Ellis of Barnstable, Massachusetts
Lieut. John Ellis [a] b 14 Sep 1623, St. Butolph, Bishops Gate, London, England, d 2 Apr 1697, Sandwich, Barnstable, MA. He md Elizabeth Freeman 4 Jun 1645, Sandwich, Barnstable, MA, daughter of Edmund Freeman and Bennet Hodsoll.
Children of John Ellis and Elizabeth Freeman were:
Children of Matthias Ellis and Mercy Nye were:
Children of Matthias Ellis and Thankful Bassett were:
a. He was a Lieutenant in the militia during the Colonial wars. Records in Sandwich refer to a John Ellis, Sr. and Jr.; it is believed that John Ellis, Sr. is the John Ellis who married Elizabeth Freeman; the John Ellis, Jr. is believed to most likely be a son of this John Ellis, Sr, but born perhaps in England, by a first wife which died. His estimated birthdate (1637) would have been too early to have been a son of Sr. John Ellis by wife Elizabeth Freeman: because this John Ellis, Jr. held land in Sandwich in 1658, he would've been at the very least 18 years , and more than likely over 21 years, of age...thus could not have been a son of Elizabeth Freeman who married John Ellis in 1646. This first wife, earlier son theory is supported by Inventories of estates for both John Sr and John Jr, who evidently died timewise in close proximity, and both of whose inventories were presented on the same date by "widow Elizabeth Ellis"; John Ellis, Sr. and John Ellis, Jr. also owned adjoining land. Also, the fact that it was common to name a son after the father, and John Ellis and Elizabeth Freeman had no known son named John, further adds to the theory of a first first-born son named John by a previous wife.
There has been no documentation found which conclusively links John Ellis, quoted by Thornton from the Leiden archives, with brother-in-law Richard Masterson, to the John Ellis of Sandwich, MA. Drake quoted a list of presumably English townsmen in Leiden, Holland; Richard Masterson is no. 15 on this list, with the notation of his marriage (in 1619) to Mary Goodall, and the name of John Ellis "brother in law" who was a witness to said marriage. No. 61 on this list is John Ellis, but he is not further described. Records of the Banns for Richard Masterson and Mary Goodall also reveal this same information. Another source (Daniel Plooij, The Pilgrim Fathers From a Dutch Point of View, 1932) cites correspondence from William Bradford to one Christopher Ellis in Leiden, and that he was a brother to this John Ellis. Other sources (Hotten's Lists, The Winthrop Fleet, Planters of the Commonwealth, etc.) show no record of a John Ellis which could possibly have been the aforesaid Leiden Ellis. The first list of settlers in Sandwich, MA is dated 3 Apr 1637 and no John Ellis appears on this list. Yet by 1643, a John Ellis does appear on a list of those between ages 16 and 60 and able to bear arms. This puts his estimated birthdate about 1620, and he is believed to be John Ellis who married Elizabeth Freeman.
b. She is evidently misidentified in A Genealogy of the Nye Family as the daughter of Benjamin Nye and Katherine Tupper. A deed of Jonathan Nye to his son Jonathan Nye, dated 1717, makes specific reference to his sister, Mercy Nye, who is "feeble" and unable to care for herself, see NEHGR, Vol. 159, Jan 2005, The Origins of Benjamin Nye: Examining the Records, by Ian Hilder, George R. Nye, and Jonathan A. Shaw. Mercy Nye, daughter of Benjamin Nye (and siser of the aforementioned Jonathan Nye, Sr., never married, thus the origins of Mercy Nye, wife of Matthias Ellis, are still unknown.
GL: Vital Records of the Towns Barnstable & Sandwich, Volume XIV, 1912, pp 130-131, Volume XXIX, 1931, p 137; The Benson Family Records, p 119, by Fred H. Benson, 1920; A Genealogy of the Nye Family, Volume I, p 29, by David Fisher Nye, 1907; Mack Genealogy, Volume II Appendix, p 1420, by Sophia Smith Martin, 1904.
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