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Richard Ellis [el.6.3]

Richard Ellis was the third child of John Ellis & Sarah Reynolds christened March 27th, 1808 at Tibshelf, Derbyshire.

Richard married Mary Staples on June 11th, 1832 at St Martin, Alfreton, Derbyshire.  Witnesses at the wedding were Edward Bridgett & Josh Rolley.  Mary was christened August 20th, 1809 at St Mary, Ilkeston, Derbyshire, the daughter of Deborah & Joshua Staples. 

In 1841 Richard & Mary were living at Stanley Lane End, Stanley, Wakefield, Yorkshire & Richard was a coal miner.  They had 3 children – Ann (7), Mary (3) & Emma (1 month).

By 1851 Richard & Mary were living at Jump, Wombwell, Barnsley, Yorkshire & Richard was a pit labourer.  At home were children Mary (12), Emma (9) & William (3).

Daughter Mary married James Meyers, a miner, on March 24th, 1856 at Darfield, Yorkshire.

An article in the Yorkshire Gazette of July 4th, 1857 reported on a ‘Frightful Coal-Pit Incident at the Chickenley Heath Colliery.  Richard & his son William, aged just 10, were finishing their shift in the mine & were ascending to the surface in a cage hoisted by a rope.  A few feet from the top the rope broke & the cage crashed to the bottom of the shaft.  Richard, aged 49, was ‘horribly mangled & quite dead’ and son William who was ‘fearfully mutilated’ was taken to the surface but died soon afterwards.  The rope made of wire it was stated was quite new & a verdict of accidental death was recorded.

Richard & son William died on June 26th & were buried on June 28th, 1857 at St Peter’s, Earlsheaton, Dewsbury, Yorkshire.

Widowed Mary was living with daughter Ann & her husband William Liles, an iron moulder, & family at Guide Road, Audenshaw, Ashton-under-Lyne, Lancashire in 1861.  Also living with them was Mary’s daughter Emma, aged 19.

Mary continued to live with daughter Ann & family, & in 1871 they were living at Pocket, Rumworth, Lancashire.

The children of Richard Ellis & Mary Staples were:

el.6.3.1  Ann Ellis born at Riddings & christened Sept 29th, 1833 at St Martin Alfreton,Derbyshire; buried April 10th, 1905 in Bolton, Lancashire

el.6.3.2  Mary Ellis born at Portland, Nottinghamshire c1838 at Portland, Nottinghamshire

el.6.3.3  Emma Ellis born Stanley, Yorkshire April-June 1841 at Stanley, Yorkshire

el.6.3.4  William Ellis born Jump, Wombwell, Yorkshire c1848;  buried June 28th, 1857 at St Peter’s, Earlsheaton, Dewsbury, Yorkshire.





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