Edwin Ellis was the tenth child of John Ellis & Elizabeth Watson born July-September 1849 at Greenwich, Ripley, Derbyshire.
In 1851 Edwin was living with his parents & 3 sisters & a brother at Greenwich, Ripley, Derbyshire.
Edwin was still living at home with his parents at Greenwich in 1861 & at age 11 he was described as a coal miner.
In 1871 Edwin & his widowed father John (both coal miners) were with Edwin’s sister Matilda, now married to Richard Burgin, at the time of the census. They were living at Greaves St, Ripley.
Edwin (Edward on marriage certificate & IGI records) married Hannah Hemmet on January 28th, 1872 at Duffield, Derbyshire. Witnesses at the wedding were Joseph Lacey & Sarah Ann Hemmet. Hannah was born November 20th, 1852 at Golden Valley, Swanwick, Derbyshire, the daughter of Mary Ann & John Hemmet, a miner & christened September 4th, 1853 at Ironville, Derbyshire.
In 1881 Edwin (listed as Edward in census) & Hannah were living at 166 Primrose Hill, Blackwell, Derbyshire. His sister Matilda & family were living nearby on Primrose Hill. Edwin was still a coal miner. They had 5 children – William (8), Edward (6), John (4), Walter (2) & Emma (1 month).
By 1891 Edwin & family were living at 5 Court 1, London Rd, St Peter, Derby, & Edwin was now an engine stoker. Edwin’s wife was listed as Eliza on the census born c1854 in Swanwick. Sons William (no occupation given), Edward & Walter, both shoe finishers were at home, as was daughter Emma. [It seems likely that Hannah had died & Edwin had remarried. There is a marriage for Edward Ellis & Eliza Inchlieff (born 1853 in Swanwick, Derbyshire, the daughter of Mary & John Inchlieff, a colliery mason) in April-June 1884 at the Register Office, Basford. However no death for Hannah Ellis has been found.]
The children of Edwin Ellis & Hannah Hemmet were:
el.126.96.36.199 William Ellis born c1873 at Ripley, Derbyshire
el.188.8.131.52 Edward Ellis born November 12th,1874 at Ripley, Derbyshire; died May 31st, 1945 at Sheffield
el.184.108.40.206 John Ellis born Jan-March 1877 at Ripley, Derbyshire
el.220.127.116.11 Walter Ellis born February 17th, 1879 at Ripley, Derbyshire; died June 25th, 1940 at Derby Royal Infirmary
el.18.104.22.168 Emma Ellis born February 19th, 1881 at Blackwell, Derbyshire; died Oct-December 1956 at Mansfield
Edwin was summoned on a number of occasions in the 1890s by the School Board for failing to send his children to school.
Son William married Kezia Stocks in July-September 1894 at Derby.
Edwin died on January 28th 1895 at 5 Baker’s Buildings, London Rd, Derby, aged 45.
In 1901 widow Eliza was still living at 5 Court 1, London Rd & was working as a charwoman. Walter, a wood sawyer in the timber yard was at home, as was Emma, who was described as a net mender ‘lace’. Son Edward had joined the Yorkshire Light Infantry in 1892 & remained in the army until 1919. While he was serving in Malta Edward married Barbara Ellen Critchell in 1903.
Daughter Emma married her cousin, Arthur Burgoyne (Burgin) (el.22.214.171.124), in 1905 at Derby. The 1911 census shows Emma & Arthur living at 153 Primrose Hill, Blackwell with their 3 children, Arthur, Edwin & Ethel & with them was Arthur’s mother Matilda (el.6.1.8).
Eliza was still working as a charwoman in 1911 & was now living at 52 Rivett St, Derby. There were no children at home, but she had 2 boarders. Son Walter, a wood sawyer, had married Ruth Taylor in 1901 & they & their 4 children were living at 28 Allestree St, Derby in 1911. The 1939 register shows widowed Walter, a watchman, living at 36 Haig St, Derby with daughter Eva, a hosiery linker.
Son William was widowed by the time of the 1911 census & he & his 5 surviving children were living at 48 Lower Chapel St, Ilkeston, Derby. He worked as a colliery stationary engine stoker.
There is a death for Eliza Ellis, aged 62, registered at Ilkeston, Derby in 1914.