William Claud Washington Ellis

1890–1976 (Age 86)

The Life of William Claud Washington

When William Claud Washington Ellis was born on 6 March 1890, his father, James Ezra Ellis, was 43 and his mother, Nancy Ann Elizabeth Bell, was 44. He married Nila Myrtle Light on 21 July 1915, in Cleburne, Arkansas, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons. He lived in Calvin, Hughes, Oklahoma, United States in 1930 and Calvin Township, Hughes, Oklahoma, United States in 1940. He died on 5 June 1976, at the age of 86.

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William Claud Washington Ellis
Nila Myrtle Light
Marriage: 21 July 1915
Joseph Haskell Ellis
Herman Lee Ellis
Vernon Dale Ellis

Spouse & Children

21 July 1915
Cleburne, Arkansas, United States


  • Joseph Haskell Ellis


  • Herman Lee Ellis


  • Vernon Dale Ellis


Parents & Siblings

  • James Ezra Ellis


  • Nancy Ann Elizabeth Bell




  • Martha Ann Ellis


  • William Silas Ellis


  • Kansas Chestina Ellis


  • Kansas Chestina Ellis


  • Female1873–1959Female

+8 More Children

World Events (8)

1896 · Plessy vs. Ferguson

Age 6

A landmark decision of the U.S. Supreme Court upholding the constitutionality of racial segregation laws for public facilities if the segregated facilities were equal in quality. It's widely regarded as one of the worst decisions in U.S. Supreme Court history.

Age 17

Oklahoma is the 46th state.
1913 · The Sixteenth Amendment

Age 23

The Sixteenth Amendment allows Congress to collect an income tax without dividing it among the states based on population.

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)

  • W C Ellis, "United States Census, 1940"
  • Claud W Ellis, "United States Census, 1930"
  • William C Ellis, "United States Census, 1920"

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