William Ellis was the ninth child of Susannah Thorpe & Humphrey Ellis born July-September 1855 at Hucknall Huthwaite, Nottinghamshire.
William was living with his parents & sisters at Tibshelf in 1861.
By the time of the 1871 census William was the only child still at home & was employed as a coal miner at the age of 15. He & his parents were still living at Tibshelf.
William married Elizabeth Smith on April 16th 1876, at Blackwell. Witnesses at the wedding were William’s brother-in-law, George Riley, and Jane Smith. Elizabeth was born c1858 at Greenhill Lane, Derbyshire.
In 1881 William & Elizabeth were living at Mount Pleasant, Blackwell, Derbyshire & William was a coal miner. They had a 4 year old daughter Elizabeth Ann.
Elizabeth gave birth to at least four more children, Hephzibah, Mary Jane, Sarah Ann & Agnes, before she died in 1887, aged 29. Elizabeth died at Stonebroom & was buried on June 7th at Tibshelf. It is possible that she died after giving birth to a son as there is a burial for Frederick Ellis aged 1 month on July 10th, 1887 at Tibshelf.
The children of William Ellis & Elizabeth Smith were:
el.184.108.40.206 Elizabeth Ann Ellis born May 25th, 1877 at Blackwell, Derbyshire; died April 19th, 1959 at Tibshelf
el.220.127.116.11 Hephzibah Ellen Ellis born July-September 1879 at Blackwell; buried February 16th, 1880 at Blackwell
el.18.104.22.168 Mary Jane Ellis born December 1880; buried Jan 30th, 1881at Blackwell
el.22.214.171.124 Sarah Ann Ellis born May 1881 at Methley, Yorks; buried June 30th, 1881 at Methley, Yorks
el.126.96.36.199 Agnes Ellis christened December 26th, 1883 at Methley, Yorkshire
el.188.8.131.52 Frederick Ellis born June 1887 at Tibshelf; buried July 10th, 1887 at Tibshelf
William’s second marriage took place on June 10th, 1889 at North Wingfield, Derbyshire. His second wife Helen Elizabeth Barker (nee Turner) had also previously been married & had 2 children to her former husband, Elijah Barker. Helen was christened January 12th, 1862 at Hoveton St John, Norfolk, the daughter of Sarah Allen & Charles Turner, a furnace labourer.
In 1891 William & Helen (Ellen in census) were living at Newton, Tibshelf Lane, Blackwell & William was still a coal miner. Children with them were Elizabeth (14) & Agnes (8) from William’s first marriage, & William & Helen’s daughter Florence E (1). Also with them were Helen’s children Sarah Ann Barker (9) & William Barker (6).
William’s daughter Elizabeth Ann married Alonzo Newbold, a coal miner, in Oct-December 1895 at Blackwell.
William & Helen were still living in Blackwell at Newton Green in 1901 with children Florence, Elsie A (8), Hephzibah E (5), John C T (1) & William Barker, a colliery horse driver below ground.
In 1911 William & Helen were living at Station Terrace, Newton, Alfreton, Derbyshire & William was still working as a coal miner hewer. Children at home were Edith Florence, a dress maker, Elsie Annie, a domestic servant, John Charles Turner & Oswald Humphrey (7). Sadly little Oswald was to die later that year. Interestingly William & Helen appear to have been Primitive Methodists as Oswald was mentioned as having given a recitation during the celebration of the anniversary of their Sunday School in June of 1911.
Daughter Elizabeth Ann & husband Alonzo Newbold were living at 14 Lincoln St, Tibshelf, Alfreton in 1911 with their 7 children.
Daughter Hephzibah was living with her step-sister Sarah Ann Barker, now married to Arthur Stephenson, a sewing machine agent, & their 2 young children in 1911. They were living at 20 Fisher Gate, Nottingham & Hephzibah was working for a hosiery manufacturer. She was to marry Frederick Pope in 1918.
Daughters Florence Edith & Elsie Annie both married in 1913. They had a double wedding at the Primitive Methodist Church, Newton on Whit Monday. Florence married Herbert Butler & Elsie married Thomas Milnes. The brides wore gowns of oriental satin trimmed with oriental lace & wore veils with wreaths of orange blossom. A reception was held at the home of the brides. (Derbyshire Courier, May 17th, 1913)
Helen died at Station Terrace, Newton, aged 64, & was buried on January 21st, 1926 at Blackwell.
William died at Station Terrace, Newton, aged 71, & was buried on July 13th, 1926 at Blackwell.
The children of William Ellis & Helen Elizabeth Barker (nee Turner) were:
el.184.108.40.206 Florence Edith Ellis born March 21st, 1890 at Blackwell, Derbyshire; died Oct-December 1976 at Scarborough
el.220.127.116.11 Elsie Annie Ellis born February 10th, 1893 at Blackwell, Derbyshire; died April-June 1968 at Scarborough
el.18.104.22.168 Hephzibah Ellen Ellis born June 13th, 1895 at Blackwell, Derbyshire; died April-June 1974 at Mansfield
el.22.214.171.124 John Charles Turner Ellis born February 4th, 1900 at Blackwell, Derbyshire; died July-September 1956 at Chesterfield, Derbyshire
el.126.96.36.199 Oswald Humphrey Ellis born April-June 1903 at Blackwell, Derbyshire; died October 1911 at Newton Alfreton, Derbyshire