John Ellis was the third child of Richard Ellis & Sarah Wass born at Palterton & christened May 24th, 1823 at St Leonard, Scarcliffe, Derbyshire.
John was working as a farm servant for farmer Christopher Norwood in Beighton, Derbyshire at the time of the 1841 census. Also working as a servant for the family was Catherine Parkin who was to become John’s wife.
John married Catherine Parkin, aged 20, on October 16th, 1841 at the Cathedral Church of St Peter & St Paul, Sheffield. Both gave their address as Park Hill & John, aged 18, gave his occupation as farmer. Catherine was born c1820 in Sothall, Beighton, Derbyshire, the daughter of William Parkin, a farmer.
In 1851 John & Catherine were living at Sothall, Beighton, Derbyshire & John was a farm labourer. They had a 9 year old son, William.
John & Catherine were still living at Sothal St, Beighton in 1861 & John was described as an agricultural labourer.
By 1871 John & Catherine had moved to Sheffield Park, Sheffield, Yorkshire & were living at East Hill Lodge & John was now a gardener. With them was a 7 year old niece, Ann Turner.
Catherine died in 1872 & was buried on July 17th at Beighton.
The children of John Ellis & Catherine Parkin were:
el.2.3.1 William Ellis born at Palterton & christened May 27th, 1842 at St Leonard’s, Scarcliffe, Derbyshire
In 1874 John married again. His second wife was Jane Cartledge, a 53 year old spinster. They married at the Cathedral Church of St Peter & St Paul, Sheffield on May 4th. Jane was born at Hackenthorpe & christened November 19th, 1821 at Beighton, Derbyshire, the daughter of Jane & Joseph Cartledge, a grinder.
John & his new wife Jane were living at Richmond, Handsworth, Yorkshire in 1881 & John was now a groom.
By 1891 John had returned to Beighton & he & his wife Jane were living at Frenchmans Row. John was now a greengrocer & living with them was a nephew, George Bellingham (33), a coal miner.
There is a death for John Ellis aged 78 in 1901 registered in Clowne, Derbyshire . He was buried on June 12th.