Notes for John Ellis, Lt.: Colonial Wars (King Phillips War) Lt. Militia, Sandwich, MA., 1653 engaged to train militia. Lt. John Ellis of Sandwich, MA by Col.Harry Ellis Genealogies of the Mayflower Family Register Lineages of associates pg.501 Descendants of Jeremiah Ellis
Lt. John Ellis set sail from England in July 1621 on the ship "Fortune"and arrived on Cape Cod in Nov. 1621.
John Ellis ( ? -1677) came from England in the 'Fortune' in 1621, was one of the first settlers of Sandwich, Mass in 1643, and was appointed to train militia in what was then called the Sandwich Train Band. He was a Lieut and commanding officer for many years.
John Ellis, Sr was in the court held on August 20, 1644 accused of fornication. Witnesses were called. (Nathaniel B. Shurtleff ed., Records Of the Colony of New Plymouth, vol. 2, p. 74. June 4, 1645 "John Ellis of Sandwich...and his now wife...is censored to be whpt at publicke post and Elizabeth his wife to stand by whilst execucon of the sentence is pformed; which was accordingly done. And the said John Ellis for his long and tedious delayes occasioning much trouble and charge to the countrye, for that he would not confess the truth untill the present, is fyned 5 li." ibed, p. 85 He served June 5, 1651 on the Grand Enquest. (Plm. Col. Recs., vol.2, p. 168). With others he was appointed by the Court "to lay out the convenientest Way from Sandwich unto Plymouth, 24 Feb. 1652" (ibid., p.61). He and two other men, on December 13, 1653, were to have whales "cast up" or grounded within the limits and bounds of Sandwich. In March 1654 he was building a mill with three other men. He was listed as making contributions to the building of a public meeting house in 1655 and to the minister's salary in 1657. March 2, 1657 or 1658, four men were summoned before the Court "to answer for a tumultuous carriage att a meeting of the Quakers at Sandwich." They were admonished and fined 20s each, but upon examination at the same time "Leuft. Ellis, Steven Wing and Thomas Butler...found not soe faulty as was supposed" were admonished and cleared. (Plymouth Colony Court Records, vol. 3, p. 130). John was licensed, May 3, 1659, "to keep an ordinary att Sandwich for the entertainment of strangers and trauvellers and he is to provide conveniencyes for that end, and may sell strong waters and wine for such purchases, but is prohibited to permitt towndwellers to staye drinking unnecessaryly att his house" Plym. Col. Recs., vol. 3, p.610. June 6, 1660 he engaged to train the military company of Sandwich. In 1662 several men were appointed to treat with "Leftenant Ellis" about finishing the town dock. On August 1, 1670, an Indian called William complained "that the owen of Lieuf. Ellis" had broken into his corn at Break Heart Hill. He was chosen as one of the rater for Sandwich July 13, 1671. On February 28, 1675 a town meeting was held to consider what steps should be taken to protect the people against Indian attacks in connection with King Philip's War. It was ordered that Lt. John Ellis should make provision for the inhabitants to come to safety into the garrison on Town Neck in times of danger. Lieut. John Ellis was in King Philip's War. It is thought that he and his son John, Jr. were killed on February 2, 1676 or 1677. (It was probably 1676 because King Philip's War ended at his death at Bristol on August 12, 1676.) It is known that they were dead before March 1676 or 1677 because Elizabeth Freeman Ellis presented their wills for probate at the court of Plymouth on June 5, 1677.
References: "LT. JOHN AND ELIZABETH (FREEMAN) ELLIS OF SANDWICH, MASS." BY LYDIA B. (PHINNEY) BROWNSON, OF DUXBURY, MASS. AND MACLEAN W. MCLEAN, OF PITTSBURGH, PA. THE NEW ENGLAND HISTORICAL AND GENEALOGICAL REGISTER, JULY 1965-OCTOBER 1968 AND A GENEALOGY CONSTRUCTED BY ALICE V. ELLIS OF STOCKTON SPRINGS, MAINE
ADDITIONAL INFORMATION: A John Ellis came to America on "Abigail" in 1635. says one researcher.Could this have been his son? Or is there another line from another John?
Ellis Genealogy: Captain Caleb H. Ellis, JFJ File
Source for lineage of children: Genealogies of Mayflower Families, Vol. I, pps 573-601. I got this off the Ellis Forum BB on the net. I put it here for what it's worth, do not think the Mayflower refence is correct, but she does reference colonial records. (RHE)
Posted by Lynne A. Jones on September 14, 1998 at 12:47:16:
In Reply to: Re: Lt. John Ellis Decendant posted by Barry C Wood on September 07, 1998 at 22:45:56:
Hi Barry- Just got some Ellis info from an elderly friend- he found it in the Penobscot Marine Museum, Searsport, Me."Brothers and Forebearers" by Charles Roscoe Howland. Starting with John Ellis b. abt. 1620 d. prev. to May 23, 1677- states he came on the "Mayflower" in 1629 with his uncle Richard Masterson(at age 21). He took the oath of Freeman, June 2,1641 in Boston and left for Plymouth Colony. Settling in Sandwich,which was named after the home town of his late uncle Richard and may have been John's also (in England). He gave the necessary data to the town clerk, stating that he was John Ellis, Jr. and had come over to Plymouth on the "Mayflower". He m. before Aug.20, 1644 at Sandwich, Elizabeth Freeman- dau. of Edmund. In 1654 the General Court of Plymouth Colony comm. John Ellis to be the Lieutenant,(then Commander) of the Militiary Co. at Sandwich.Elizabeth d. at Rochester just before April 20, 1714 at age 89. Their children were all b. in Sandwich- Deborah-1644/45, John, Jr.abt 1646, Bennet- 1648, Lt. Mordecai- 1650, Manoah -1652, Joel-1654, Matthais- 1657, William- 1660, Edmund Freeman( known as Freeman)-abt. 1663. Number 2 son Manoah b. July 1652 d. prob. after 1711. He m. in 1680 Mary Burgess of Yarmouth. This is confirmed in " Landmarks of Plymouth" ( Davis) p. 48- Burgess geneal. He was a freeman of Sandwich in 1681. In 1687 he moved to Harwich area Only 6 children are listed- #2 son is Manoah- married on Nov.22, 1710 to Elizabeth Atkins. Their son Manoah m. Sarah Eldrich of Harwick Ma.. April 26, 1755. This Manoah signed a petition for the incor. of Frankfort(Stockton), Maine on May 26, 1790 He bought land on Cape Jellison in 1791. He and Sarah had at least 3 ch-. the 3 rd being Manoah who married Thankful Smart!!! From here on the info is handwritten and not very clear but as near as I can list it is this- Manoah and Thankful's son Barach m. Lydia Cross Smart and the line continues down to my friend Gilman Ellis who is in his 80s now .
The info below came from: http://www.parsonstech.com/genealogy/trees/rturner1/d1698.htm#P4907 He says John was son of John b.1596 and Ann Masterson and....
576. Lt John ELLIS was born about 1610 in Kent City, England. He died on 23 Mar 1676 in Sandwich, Barnstable Co., MA. May have died in King Philip's War. Was on the Able to Bear Arms List in 1643. Lieutenant on Jan 1653. John Ellis died near 23 May 1677, date of the inventory of his estate. We find no record of his widow Elizabeth's death nor any settlement of his or her estate. She was baptized at Pulborough, Sussex, 11 Apr 1624, daughter of Edmund Freeman; so she was 53 when her husband died, and she may have lived until early in 1706 and died shortly before the entries in the proprietor's records above cited. Came to America with his uncle Richard Masterson in 1629 on the Mayflower (?). May have had a previous marriage and a son John from that marriage.Origin unknown. On a list of those between 16 and 60 able to bear arms in Sandwich 1643. 'John Ellis of Sandwich...and his now wife... is censured to be whit at publicke post and Elizabeth his wife to stand by whilst execucon of the sentence is pformed; which was accordingly done. And the said John Ellis for his long and tedious delayes occasioning much trouble and chare to the countrey, for that he would not confess the truth untill the present, is fined 5 li.' Served 5 Jun 1651 on the Grand Enquest. On a committe to lay out a road from Sandwich to Plymouth 24 Feb 1652. Made Lieutenant 9 Jun 1653. He was awarded with Richard Chadwell and Thomas Dexter, the whales that comu put within bounds of Sandwich for which they must pay 16 p each. This agreement was sighned by James Skeff, William Swift and John Ellis on 21 Feb 1654. On 1 Mar 1654, agreed to Build a mill with William Swift, William Allen and James Skeff for which they would be paid 20 pounds of wheat and beef by each colonist by the following November. Due to pay some shillings for the ministers salary on 17 Jul 1657, along with William Swift and Ezra Perry. He was indebted to the town 14s 8d in Feb 1657/1658 and was appointed to build a Meeting House. Found not guilt of participaing in a tumultuous meeting of Quakers in Sandwich on 2 Mar 1657/1658. In 1659 he is allowed by the Court in Sandwich to maintain an Inn and liquor store but the purchasers are not to drink on site. Known as Lt. after 1659. 18 Jun 1660 he was instructed to deliver powder to the musqueteers. He built a town dock in 1662 -1665. Ordered to pay 20 s for part of a whale he had. A native, William complained that Ellis' oxen had broken into his corn at Break Heart Hill, which was convirmed by Elisha Hedge. Chosen with others as 'raters' for Sandwich 13 Jul 1671. Given 20 acres of land on 26 Aug 1674, 'beginning at his cow yard at the Western side of his fence going down to the beach..' to be layed out by Job Bourn and Thomas Tupper. Chosen with others to lay out new land for Ebenezer Nye. Ordered by the town meeting on 28 Feb 1675 to make provision for a garrison at Town Neck for people during King Philip's War. He may have perished with his son by a previous marriage and Thomas Tobey in Feb 1676/1677 in conflict with the Indians. His wife Elizabeth received a grant of land made to veterans of King Phillip's War. His inventory included clothes, beds, brass kettles, pots and pans, a rapier and belt and 'gun,' powder, bullets, tubs, barrels, pails, books, 4 cows, calves, bull, another lost bull (in the woods), a horse, 10 sheep with lambs, 5 hogs with piglets, chairs, iron pieces, 18 bushels of corn, iron molds for lead. In addition his son John also left a saddle, pistols, another horse with colt, lost horses, 2 augers, saw, and small tools, a boat, an old skif, and 1 1/2 yard of red cotton. etc.
More About John Ellis, Lt.: Date born 2: Abt. 1620, St. Butolph, Bishops Gate, London, England.620, 621, 622, 623 Died 2: 02 Apr 1697, Sandwich, Barnstable, MA, USA.624 Military: First military man residing on the Cape..625, 626, 627
More About John Ellis, Lt. and Elizabeth Freeman: Marriage: 04 Jun 1645, Sandwich, Barnstable Co., MA.628, 629, 630
Children of John Ellis, Lt. and Elizabeth Freeman are: