John Ellis was the first child of William Ellis & Mary Allsop christened January 8th, 1804 at Tibshelf, Derbyshire.
John married Ann Morley on June 4th, 1827 at Pinxton. Witnesses at the wedding were George Hardy & Ann Cope. Ann was christened September 4th, 1807 at South Normanton, Derbyshire, the daughter of Mary & Thomas Morley.
At the time of the christening of their first child in 1828 John was described as a collier. By 1829 the family had moved to Pinxton & were living at Canal Wharf Houses & John was described as a wharfman. In 1831 they had returned to South Normanton & John was again a collier.
In 1841 John & Ann were living at Normanton where John was an agricultural labourer. They had a large family by this time – George (13), Hannah (11), William (9), Mary (7), Thomas (5), Elizabeth (3), Richard (2) & Sarah (1).
Ann, aged 37, died in 1845 in South Normanton & was buried on December 14th at South Normanton, Derbyshire. Ann died soon after giving birth to her 11th child, Mary. Sadly daughter Elizabeth, aged 9, was christened the same day as her mother was buried.
The children of John Ellis & Ann Morley were:
el.5.1.1 George Ellis christened January 22nd, 1828 at South Normanton
el.5.1.2 Hannah Ellis born at Canal Houses & christened August 30th, 1829, Pinxton; buried July 31st, 1842 at South Normanton, Derbyshire
el.5.1.3 William Ellis born christened September 4th, 1831 at South Normanton
el.5.1.4 Mary Ann Ellis christened October 13th, 1833 at South Normanton; buried January 15th, 1843 at South Normanton, Derbyshire
el.5.1.5 Thomas Ellis born at Birchwood, Alfreton & christened September 27th, 1835 at South Normanton
el.5.1.6 Elizabeth Ellis born c1837 at Alfreton & christened December 14th, 1845 at South Normanton
el.5.1.7 Richard Ellis born at Wirksworth, & christened December 30th, 1838 at South Normanton, Derbyshire
el.5.1.8 Sarah Ellis christened December 20th, 1839 at South Normanton, Derbyshire
el.5.1.9 Elijah Ellis christened January 13th, 1843 at South Normanton, Derbyshire
el.5.1.10 Anne Ellis christened May 2nd, 1844 at South Normanton, Derbyshire; buried November 14th, 1844 at South Normanton, Derbyshire
el.5.1.11 Mary Ellis christened December 8th, 1845 at South Normanton, Derbyshire; buried June 24th, 1848 at South Normanton, Derbyshire
John remarried on August 17th, 1847 in Pinxton. His new wife was Ann Bond (nee Shaw) whose husband Abraham Bond had died in 1842. Ann was born at Codnor Park & christened May 27th, 1804 at Pentrich, Derbyshire, the daughter of Amey & Henry Shaw, collier. John was described as a collier & his father was William Ellis, labourer. Both John & Ann were noted as widowed. Witnesses at the wedding were Sarah Ann Hays & Matthew Lee.
In 1851 John & Ann were living at South Normanton & John was described as a labourer. With them were John’s children Thomas & Richard, both coal miners, Elijah, Elizabeth, a servant, & Sarah, a seamer. Also with them were Ann’s children from her first marriage – Dorothy Bond (21), Emma Bond (16) Elizabeth Bond (14), all seamers. There was also a 6 month old little boy, Abraham Bond & a 23 year old lodger, James Vardy, a miner.
Son George Ellis was married to Dorothy by 1851 & they were living at Longway Bank, Wirksworth where George was a coal miner. They had a 2 year old son, James, & also with them was George’s brother William, also a coal miner, & nephew Job Taylor, 6 months old.
By 1861 John & Ann were living at Birchwood, Alfreton & the only child left at home was Elizabeth, still described as a servant. John was described as a colliery labourer.
By 1881 John was out of work & lodging with Elizabeth & James Oakley, a miner also out of work, at Birchwood Lane, Birchwood, Alfreton, Derbyshire. There was another lodger, also out of work.
John, aged 81, died on February 20th, 1884, at Somercotes, Riddings, Alfreton, & was buried on February 23rd at Riddings, Derbyshire.