Thomas Ellis


Brief Life History of Thomas

Thomas Ellis was born in 1823, in Carrigallen, Mohill, County Leitrim, Ireland. He had at least 6 sons and 1 daughter with Margaret Berney. He died in 1882, in Dunedin, Otago, New Zealand, at the age of 59.

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Thomas Ellis
Margaret Berney
John Ellis
Ellen Ellis
Thomas Ellis
Robert Ellis
William Ellis
Alexander Ellis
Henry Ellis

Sources (5)

  • Thomas Ellis in entry for Henry Ellis, "New Zealand, Civil Records Indexes, 1800-1966"
  • Thomas Ellis in entry for Robert Ellis, "Ireland Civil Registration, 1845-1913"
  • Thomas Ellis in entry for Robert Ellis, "Ireland Births and Baptisms, 1620-1881"

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World Events (6)

1823 · Church Missionary Society Establishments

Age 0

The town of Paihia, within the inner reaches of the Bay of Islands, experienced growth at the hands of the Church Missionary Society. A mission was established in 1823, which led to the creation of the country's first printing press in 1835. The mission closed in 1850.

1825 · The Battle of Te Ika-a-ranga-nui

Age 2

The Battle of Te Ika-a-ranga-nui was sparked by the murder of Koriwhai of the Ngapuhi tribe by members of both the Ngati Whatua and Ngati Maru tribes. Over 1000 men fought, 700 of which lost their lives. Because of this Battle, many of the Maori tribes stopped eating people because of respect for their fallen neighbors.


Age 16

The Night of the BIG WIND. In Killarney and its neighborhood there was a terrible hurricane. The town sustained much damage and many houses were shattered.

Name Meaning

English: from the Middle English personal name Elis, an Old French vernacular form of Elias, the Latin and New Testament Greek form of Hebrew Eliyahu; see Elijah and compare Elias , Lias , Ely .

English: possibly in some instances from the Middle English female personal name Elice, a pet form of Elizabeth .

Welsh: from Elis, a shortened form of the Welsh personal name Elisse (earlier Elisedd, a derivative of elus ‘kindly, benevolent’). As usual in Welsh, the stress in Elisse is on the penultimate syllable -li-, which shifts to initial El- when the name is shortened to Elis. It later became confused with Ellis in 1 above.

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

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