William Dale Ellis

1918–1998 (Age 79)
Ash Flat, Sharp, Arkansas, United States

The Life of William Dale

When William Dale Ellis was born on 16 December 1918, in Ash Flat, Sharp, Arkansas, United States, his father, Oral Ellis, was 23 and his mother, Cliffie David Dean Duke, was 17. He married Imogene Virginia Coley on 2 March 1940, in Muskogee, Oklahoma, United States. They were the parents of at least 2 sons and 1 daughter. He lived in McIntosh, Oklahoma, United States in 1930 and Turner Township, McIntosh, Oklahoma, United States in 1940. He died on 21 February 1998, in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States, at the age of 79, and was buried in Oklahoma City, Oklahoma, Oklahoma, United States.

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William Dale Ellis
Imogene Virginia Coley
Marriage: 2 March 1940
Shirley Ann Emmitt
William Dee Ellis
Olen Dale Ellis

Spouse & Children

2 March 1940
Muskogee, Oklahoma, United States


Parents & Siblings



  • Eldrie Ates Ellis


  • Male1918–1998Male

  • Kenneth K Ellis


  • Mavis Helena Ellis


  • Cloid Richard Ellis


World Events (8)

1919 · The Eighteenth Amendment

Age 1

The Eighteenth Amendment established a prohibition on all intoxicating liquors in the United States. As a result of the Amendment, the Prohibition made way for bootlegging and speakeasies becoming popular in many areas. The Eighteenth Amendment was then repealed by the Twenty-first Amendment. Making it the first and only amendment that has been repealed.
1921 · Tulsa Race Massacre

Age 3

 By 1921, Tulsa was a booming city with a population of over one hundred thousand, with ten thousand African Americans in the Greenwood District. Crime rates in Tulsa soared and vigilantism was present. An incident occurred with Dick Rowland, an African American shoe shiner, and Sara Page, a white elevator operator. Reports claim Rowland stepped on Page’s foot and she let out a scream. The newspaper reported Rowland attempted to rape Page. Rowland was arrested and white vigilantes demanded the sheriff to hand over Rowland for lynching. An armed group of African American men went to the courthouse to aid in protecting Rowland from the mob. The group was turned away and a shot was fired between the white and African American groups, which ignited a riot. While buildings in Tulsa were burned, a major effort by whites focused mainly on the Greenwood District which was burned to the ground and many were shot. Over 30 people were killed and many were injured in the riots. 

Age 23

Japanese attack 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)

  • Dale Ellis in household of Oral Ellis, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Dale Ellis in household of Oral Ellis, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Dale W Ellis in household of Oral Ellis, "United States Census, 1920"

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