William Johnston Ellis

1855–1928 (Age 72)
Ohio, United States

The Life of William Johnston

When William Johnston Ellis was born on 8 May 1855, in Ohio, United States, his father, Elijah Ellis, was 29 and his mother, Elizabeth Jane Hughey, was 24. He married Anna Frances Butts on 1 January 1877, in Monona, Iowa, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Monona, Iowa, United States for about 5 years and Sioux City, Woodbury, Iowa, United States for about 15 years. He died in 1928, in Little Sioux, Harrison, Iowa, United States, at the age of 73.

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William Johnston Ellis
Anna Frances Butts
Marriage: 1 January 1877
John W Ellis
George August Ellis
Charles E Ellis
Clara Emma Ellis
Edward Earl Ellis
Fannie Jennie May Ellis
Mary Elizabeth Ellis
Sadie Lola Agusta Ellis
Iola Gertrude Ellis

Spouse & Children

1 January 1877
Monona, Iowa, United States


  • John W Ellis


  • George August Ellis


  • Charles E Ellis


  • Clara Emma Ellis


  • Male1888–1964Male

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World Events (8)

1860 · Ohio supports the Union side of the Civil War

Age 5

Although divided as a state on the subject of slavery, Ohio participated in the Civil War on the Union's side, providing over 300,000 troops. Ohio provided the 3rd largest number of troops by any Union state.

Age 8

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1875 · A Treaty with Hawaii

Age 20

In the Mid 1870s, The United States sought out the Kingdom of Hawaii to make a free trade agreement. The Treaty gave the Hawaiians access to the United States agricultural markets and it gave the United States a part of land which later became Pearl Harbor.

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’.

Possible Related Names

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

Sources (3)

  • William Ellis in household of Elijah Ellis, "United States Census, 1860"
  • William J Ellis in household of Elijah Ellis, "United States Census, 1870"
  • William Ellis, "United States Census, 1880"

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