Desire Ellis

18 September 1796–
Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States

The Life of Desire

When Desire Ellis was born on 18 September 1796, in Providence, Providence, Rhode Island, United States, her father, Augustus Ellis, was 38 and her mother, Desire Slocum, was 41. She married Henry Arnold in 1821, in Rhode Island, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 4 daughters. She lived in New York, United States in 1870 and Morris, Morris, Otsego, New York, United States for about 5 years. She was buried in Morris, Morris, Otsego, New York, United States.

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Henry Arnold
Desire Ellis
Marriage: 1821
William Arnold
Miranda Arnold
Sally Alice Arnold
Robert Bell Arnold
Henry Dennis Arnold
Lucinda Matilda Arnold
Celinda Arnold
Charles Edwin Arnold

Spouse and Children

    Henry Arnold



Rhode Island, United States


    William Arnold


    Sally Alice Arnold


    Robert Bell Arnold


    Henry Dennis Arnold


    Lucinda Matilda Arnold


+3 More Children

Parents and Siblings



+3 More Children

World Events (8)

1797 · Albany is Named Capital of New York

Age 1

Albany became the capital of New York in 1797. Albany is the oldest continuous settlement of the original 13 colonies.
1811 · USS Revenge

Age 15

On January 9, 1811, the USS Revenge hits a reef off of Watch Hill, Rhode Island. The load the ship is carrying is handed off to other ships and the USS Revenge is tied down by tow ropes. It brakes free from the ropes and later sinks. In 2011 divers find what are believed to be the remains of the ship.
1827 · Slavery Becomes Illegal in New York State

Age 31

During the years 1799 to 1827, New York went through a period of gradual emancipation. A Gradual Emancipation Law was passed in 1799 which freed slave children born after July 4, 1799. However, they were indentured until 25 years old for women and 28 years old for men. A law passed 1817 which freed slaves born before 1799, yet delayed their emancipation for ten years. All remaining slaves were freed in New York State on July 4, 1827.

Name Meaning

English and Welsh: from the medieval personal name Elis, a vernacular form of Elijah ( see Elias ). In Wales this surname absorbed forms derived from the Welsh personal name Elisedd, a derivative of elus ‘kindly’, ‘benevolent’.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Desire Arnold in household of Charles E Arnold, "New York State Census, 1875"
  • Desire Arnold, "New York State Census, 1865"
  • Desire Arnold in household of Henry Arnold, "New York State Census, 1855"

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