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The first Ellis to mack his home in Sevier County was Christopher Columbus Ellis. He did so by purchasing a one hundred acre land grant in Green County, North Carolina (soon to become Sevier County, Tennessee.) in 1791. The land bordered the French Broad River and is presently split down the middle by Hwy.66. The present Smoky Mountin Knife Works sits approximatly in the middleof the land grant.(a copy of the land grant exist today). The property includied the landing on the river presently known as Kyker's Ferry, but was originally established and operated by Christopher's family and known as" The Ellis Ferry". Going toward the I40 from Sevierville, just before crossing the river on the right of Hwy.66 the Ellis Cemetery remains today on top of a small hill overlooking the intersection of Pigeon and French Broad River. The Cemetery was first used in the late 1790's and as late as the 1930's. The Will of William Ellis, second son of Christopher probated on Dec. 2, 1878.which sets aside" one acre of ground" for the Ellis Cemetery. Christopher was born in 1760 and came to this country as a young British soldier and joined the Revolutionary War, and was with Cornwalis when he surrendered at Yorktown Christopher married Nancy Elizabeth Callahan in Cumberland, Maryland in 1786. They had ten children, but records could only substantiate five. it is believed that several of the children died at birth or in early infancy as did many children of that time. This would also account for some of the small burial plots with mere rocks as markers in our family cemetery. All of Christopher's children were raised just west of the present day Douglas Dam and south of the French Broad River on the Ellis estate, appropriatly called "River Fork". William Ellis was the second son of Christopher and one of very few slave owners in Sevier County, at one time having as many as 27. The foundations of four of the slave quaters are still discernible today around the perimeter of the rubble of the estate dwelling. William, naturally a confederate sympathizer, had two sons and one grand-son who fought on the side of the Confederacy, yet like so many families of East Tennessee, he also had three grand-son's who remained loyal to the north, one of which died in battle wearing blue somewhere near Nashville in 1863.
Donald L Ellis
225 Fieldcrest Dr.
Jefferson, TN 37760
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- Napoleon Bonaparte Ellis 2 (109 KB)
Napoleon & Malinda Ellis
- The Ellis Ferry as it is today (130 KB)
The Ellis Ferry 2
- Donald J. Ellis son of Edgar Ellis (95 KB)
My Dad Trout Fishing at the Ellis Reunion
- James Harrison Ellis (73 KB)
James, Mary & Dock
- The Ellis Ferry on the French Broad River (1240 KB)
The Ellis Ferry
- Edgar Ellis son of Edd (102 KB)
Picture of me and my Brother and sister with are Grandfather Edgar Ellis
- Mary Ellis House (101 KB)
The House that William left Mary in his Will.
- The Ellis Family Cemetery (68 KB)
Picture of ME(RIGHT)& my brother Bobby(left) at the Ellis Family Cemetery The Cemetery was first used in the late 1790's and as late as the 1930's
- Donald L. Ellis son of Donald J. Ellis (188 KB)
Trip to Disney World 2001
- James & Abby Ellis &Grandson Reece in 1926. (537 KB)
James was the son of John Ellis who served in the 31st. Inf. of the Confederate Army.James Ellis and Abbie Lowe were married on April 14, 1879 and lived
at Boyd's Creek. They owned and operated the Ellis Ferry. They sold out and moved to the Richardson Cove area, bought a 150 acre farm near the Little Pigeon River across the river from Pittman Center Road.Wher the Ellis Family Reunion's are held. James died of skin cancer in 1928.Abbie continued to live on the farm. Harrison and his family lived with her for awhile. his daughter, Ruby lived with her until the age of 16. Abbie died in 1941.
- Ellis Ferry 3 (504 KB)
Aerial Photo's of the Ellis Ferry on the French Broad River
- Bobby Ellis son of Donald J. Ellis (207 KB)
Bobby & Jamie
- Edd Ellis Son of James (551 KB)
My Grate-Grandfather Edd Ellis(back row on the right) , Milo Ellis, Bill Ellis, Walter Ellis, Mack Ellis, Abbie Ellis Sutton,My Grandfather Edgar Ellis (front row on right)
- My Son Thomas Ellis (36 KB)
Ellis Family Reunion
- Binjamin Christopher Parton (483 KB)
Binjamin & wife Margaret Evans Parton
- Walter Ellis in 1968 (136 KB)
Walter Ellis son of Edd
- My Daughter Abby Ellis (50 KB)
Ellis Family Reunion
- Narcissus D. Parton wife to Edd Ellis (560 KB)
My Great-Grandmother Narcie is 2nd cousin to dolly Parton
- Mack Ellis son of Edd (505 KB)
Mack & Ruby Ellis
- William Ellis's House (349 KB)
Built by Slaves in 1842 William Ellis was a member of the 2nd TN. militia and fouhgt with Andrew Jackson at the Battle of Horse Shoe Bend in the War of 1812. All of William's son's ( of age)fought for the South during the Civil War.
William Ellis was one of very few slave owners in Sevier County at one time having as many as 27. The foundation of four of the slave quarters are still standing today around
the perimeter of the rubble of the estate dwelling.
- Robert Lee Parton (541 KB)
Dolly's Parents,Robert Lee Parton and Avie Lee (Owens) Parton
- L.R. Ellis son of Edd (91 KB)
L.R., Carl & Leroy Ellis
- William Ellis's House 2 (478 KB)
Early architectural pieces from the William Ellis house built in 1842. The house was torn down in the 1960's during construction of State Rte.66. These pieces show the workmanship of that period from the handgrained wood to molded brick. Picture taken from the McClung Museum at the University of Tennessee
- Dolly Parton (43 KB)
Dolly and her Brother's & Sister's
- Edgar Ellis son of Edd (218 KB)
My Grandmother & Father Edgar & Ethal Ellis and My Dad Donald J. Ellis
- Napoleon Bonaparte Ellis (387 KB)
THIRD MAN FROM THE RIGHT HE WAS A MAIL MAN IN 1903.
- Family Photo at Ellis Reunion (107 KB)
Donald J.,Pamela, Kathy, Diane, Donald L., Cody & Gary