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Robert Ellyson

Also Known As: "Allison/Ellyson/Ellison/"
Birthplace: Scotland
Death: Died in James City, James, Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Ellyson of Newcastle and Elizabeth Ellison
Husband of Elizabeth Ellyson (Gerrard); Susannah Ellyson and Hannah Gerrard
Father of Gerrard Robert Ellyson 1658; Gerrard 1659 Robert Ellyson, I; Gerald Ellyson, 1671; Hannah Armistead; Robert Ellyson and 1 other
Brother of Nathaniel Ellyson; Samuel Ellyson; Joseph Ellyson and Cuthberth Ellyson
Half brother of William Spence Ellyson; Thomas Ellison, and Sarah Ellyson,

Occupation: Doctor, Physician; land owner; Sergeant at Arms House of Burgesses, 1657-58; High Sheriff James City County, VA & St. Mary's Parish, MD, Jan. 1642-3., Doctor MD, Note: Wende McAndrew's site (10/2/2008) http://www.gencircles.com/users/wende/1/data/275
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About Dr. Capt. Robert Ellyson

Family of Robert Ellyson

1. DR. ROBERT3 ELLYSON (ROBERT OF NEWCASTLE2, JOHN1)1,2,3,4 was born Bet. 1615 - 1620 in England, and died Bef. September 28, 1671 in James City County, Virginia. He married SUSANNAH GERARD Abt. 1650 in Virginia, daughter of THOMAS GERARD and SUSANNAH SNOWE. She was born Abt. 1627 in Lancashire Co, England, and died 1716.


Dr Robert Ellyson was a trusted and prominent man in Colonial Virginia. He was one of the founders of York County. He was a high Sheriff of James City County; sergeant-at-arms of the House of Burgesses in 1657-58; a leading burgess in 1656, 1659-60. 1660-61, 1663, with the rank of Captain. (See William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine -- VI, page 227; Stanard, Colonial Virginia Register, pp. 72, 75, 77; same IX, p.65; Register of the land Office, Richmond, Virginia, Patent Book No. 7, p.22. Minutes of the Council and General Court of Colonial Virginia, p. 311. Virginia journal of the House of Burgesses, 1619--1658--1659, pp. XXII, 95, 99, and 311. Same Volume 1659/60,--1693 pp. VII and VIII, 21, and 25. Same 1727--40 p. 445.)

     Dr Robert Ellyson received as a legacy from his friend Dr Henry Waldron, a library of books -- one of the few in Virginia at that early date.
     Robert Ellyson (Ellison) came to Maryland as "Barber Chirurgeon" before 1643 and after holding the office of high sheriff of St. Mary's county, emigrated to Jamestown, Va, where he was high sheriff of James City County and sergeant-at-arms of the house of burgesses in 1657-58, and a leading burgess in 1656, 1660, 1661, 1663, with the rank of captain. He left a daughter Hannah, who married Anthony Armistead, and a son Gerard Robert Ellyson. (Encyclopedia of Biography -- Virginia -- New York: Lewis Pub. Co., 1915, L.G.Tyler, Ed., p. 229)


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DR. ROBERT ELLYSON, b. Cl6l5-20, no doubt in England; d. 1671, in James City Co. (?), Virginia; probably m. in early 1650s, in Va., Elizabeth (___). We believed she might have been Elizabeth Soanes, daughter of Henry (Speaker of the House of Burgesses, in 1660) and Judith Soanes, Sr., until recently, when we discovered that she was alleged to have married John Peterson, of Charles City to. [Historical Southern Families, vol. 5, p. 88, by John Bennett Boddie.] Judith Soanes, "Jr.", daughter of the latter couple, m. (1) as his (2) wife, Henry Randolph and (2) Peter Field (and through this (2) m. was the great grand-mother of Thomas Jefferson). [Adventurers of Purse and Person, Virginia 1607-1625, by Annie Lash Jester and Martha Woodroof Hiden, p. 103, henceforth referred to simply as, Jester.] It was William Randolph, son of Henry Randolph and his (1) wife, Elizabeth, whom one Elizabeth Ellison sponsored, upon the occasion of his baptism, in 1658, in James City. (Judith Soanes eventually became the (2) wife, as stated supra, of Henry, and stepmother of Will-iam Randolph.) It is generally conceded that this Elizabeth was the wife of Dr. Robert Ellyson.

Dr. Ellyson first lived in Maryland for about four years, where he was a par-ticipating member of the community, but it was only after he removed to Virginia, that he really became politically active and prominent. We suspect this was due, at least in part, to an advantageous marriage, such as the one with the Soanes family would have been. He really was rather an amazing man, for he was all of the following, and sometimes simultaneously, physician (barber-surgeon), attorney, burgess, justice, twice high sheriff (in Md. and in Va.), sergeant at arms, militia officer, and member of a number of important legislative committees.

NOTE: He may also have served as a justice in Md., as the entry, infra, under date Jan. 1643, appears to speak of him as a member of the "Coram" (quorum), thus a leading justice.

We have found helpful, three articles concerning Dr. Ellyson - the first by Dr. Tyler, in Tyler's Quarterly Historical and Genealogical Magazine, vol. 10, p. 32; the second, in Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography, vol. 1, p. 229; and the third in The Virginia Magazine of History and Biography, vol. 72, No. 1, pp. 42-9, by Mr. Douglas W. Ellyson Wagner. Unfortunately, both Dr. Tyler and Mr. Wagner made errors in premise. Dr. Tyler, for instance, made the mistake of saying that there were two generations of Gerrard Robert Ellyson's, the first being the son of Dr. Robert (which was correct), and the latter the husband of Anne Myhill (which was not correct). Mr. Wagner, on the other hand, erred in stating 'It is generally assumed that Robert Ellyson married Elizabeth, the daughter of Dr. Thomas Gerrard." This last is easily disproved, as Elizabeth, daughter of Dr. Gerrard, m. May 6, 1659, in Maryland, Nehemiah Blackstone, who died 1693 [Liber A.B.H., p. 193, Hall of Records, Annapolis]. In a letter to this compiler, from Mr. Wagner, dated Brooklyn, N.Y., Mar. 22, 1966, he also told us he was convinced that Gerrard Robert Ellyson, son of Dr. Robert, had two wives simultaneously, Sarah ( _____ ), and Anne Myhill.

In an attempt to untangle this family once and for all, we engaged the services of Mr. John Frederick Dorman, well known genealogist, and editor and publisher of The Virginia Genealogist. Mr. Dorman eventually reported to us he was convinced that Gerrard R., son of Dr. Robert, had one wife only, Sarah (___), and it seemed perfectly clear to him that Anne Myhill's Ellyson husband, was a brother to Gerrard R., but he had failed to discover- this mans name. Mr. Dorman also disagreed with anoth-er aspect of Mr. Wagner s letter to us, in which he stated that Frances Moody was a daughter. to Gerrard Ellyson, son of Anne Myhill Ellyson, and that her child-ren, by a husband who deserted her, assumed the surname of their grandfather. Mr. Dorman states in his report, it is quite obvious after reading the will of Gerrard Ellyson, that Frances Moody was not Gerrard's dau., and her children were also his, in spite of the fact he also had a living wife, who indeed survived him. Frances Moody's children did, however, assume their father's sur-name, in later life.

It seems highly probable that either Dr. Robert Ellyson or his wife, had some Gerrard ancestry, since they gave that name to their son, but there is no ap-parent connection with the prominent Dr. Thomas Gerrard, a Roman Catholic, in spite of the fact that he lived in St. Mary's Co., Md. at the same time as Dr. Ellyson. The former later removed to Westmoreland Co., Va. The only alternative would seem to be that Robert Ellyson named his son for Dr. Gerrard, simply because he greatly admired him, but this seems a bit farfetched to us.

Mr. Wagner, in his article, stated unequivocally, that Dr. Robert Ellyson was descended from "Robert Ellyson (no dates given) of Hakwell in Northumberland (England), and a member of one of Newcastle-upon-Tyne's most distinguished merchant families". He also stated that Dr. Robert Ellyson was probably "descended from one of Cuthbert Ellyson's grand children". Cuthbert, he said, (who d. C1563), was the founder of the Ellyson family, of Newcastle. However, Mr. Wagner neglected to document his source for Dr. Robert's alleged descent from these men.

Following are abstracts of records we've found concerning Dr. Ellyson.

Aug. 1 "Robert Ellison of St. Mary's Hundred, assessed 30# tob." [Archives, 1642 op. cit., Vol. 1, p. 143.]

Sept. "Robert Ellison Inhabitant of Kent, excused for absence as being out 1642 of the Province or Co." [Ibid., p. 169.]

Nov. 5 "An Enquest taken at St Manes on the fifth day of November 1642 before me Edward Parker upon the view of the body of Anne Thomson infant there lying dead, by the Oath of Mr. Thos. Greene gent, John Price, Barnaby Jackson, Thomas Franklin, Francis Posie, Peter Macrill, William Hardige, Robt. Nicholls, Francisco Van Eynd, Robert Hedger, Edward Cottam, and Robert Ellyson, sworne to enquire how and by what means the said Anne came to her death, who say upon their oath, that they doe not find any thing but that the said Anne came to a naturall death." [Ibid., vol. 4, p. 139.]

Jan. 5 Robt. Ellyson barber-chirurgeon demandeth of Nicholas Hervey 955 lb.. of 1643 lb; for the residue of an acct due to the pd for chirurgery & physick this last somer." [Ibid., p. 215.]

Jan. 15 "Robt Ellyson barber-chirurgeon demandeth of Sr Edmond Ploydon Knt 1643 1156 lb tob due by acc of chirurgery & physick this last summer for Ellen & Jane Stevenson, maid servts of the said Sr Edmond. "Attach Sr Edm. Ploydens right of service in the persons of Ellen & Jane Stevenson & keepe it so attached until the said Sr Edmond shall putt in security to answere by himselfe or attorney to the suit of Robt Ellyson in an action of debt of ll56 lb tob. at the Court of the first March next; upon his pill of judgment to proceed in default. And then retorne &c." [Ibid., pp. 215-16.]

Jan. 16 Robt Ellyson barber-chirurgeon complaineth with the defend for the 1643 ter, for that whereas the said p1. did agree against Nicholas Hervey plan- Cure of his man Henry Spim for the price of 1200 lb tob; that the plf did accordingly take in hand, and follow the said cure for divers months, & brought it to a good state, & was ready to perfect it; till he was hindred & putt off it by the deft never the lesse the said deft denieth to satisfie the said price to the plt "the said nicholas hervey saith that the plt did not follow the cure till he was hindred & putt off by the deft but did voluntarily neg-lect & depart from it, to the endangering of the mans life. And this he desireth to be tried by the country... "And the said Rob. Ellyson saith & meinteineth, that he did follow & was ready to pfect the cure & that it was well nighe pfected ere he depted at all from it & if in his abs ence vpon reasonable cause any charge or damage was incurred by the defL he is willing to deduct it out of his re, as the Court shall think fitt. Venire facias 15. freemen: pill 100'" tob. ret 39 febr. 9clock morning." [Ibid., pp. 230-1.] Jan. Robt Ellyson, coram Leiutent G[ene]rall was sworn sheriff in forme1643 supra, pa: 28." [Ibid., p. 231.]

Jan. "I doe hereby require (in his Maties name) Richard Ingle mariner to 1643 yield his body to Robt Ellyson sheriff of this County, before the first day of ffebr. next to answere to such crimes of treason as on his Maties behalfe shalbe objected agst him vpon his vtmost pill of the Law in that behalfe. And I doe further require all psons that can say, or disclose any matter of treason agst the said Richard Ingle, to informe his LoPS Attorny of it at some time before the said Court to the end it may be then & there prosequeted. 6. Brent." [Ibid., pp. 231-2.]

Feb. 7 "nich: hervey appeared to the suit of Robt Ellyson for 955 lb tob; & 1643/4 saith it is not due (more then 155 lb & to the demand of 1200 lb for cure of the man, he saith the plt did relinquish the cure afore it was pfected, & prayed time to prove it in the afternoone. "pduced witnesse henry hooper, who sworne; nic hervey prayed to be tried by the country" [Ibid., p. 229.]

Feb. 9 "Giles Brent Esq &c demandeth of Robt Ellyson 250lb tob & cask, for 1643/4 the price of one gonne of the plfs delivered him by Mr Wyatt, & deteineth from the plt by the deft "the said Robt Ellyson saith that he tooke no charge of the gonne demanded, nor is able to restitution: "And upon the confession of the deft in Court, Qf non compos mentis when he took the gonne, the Court fined him lOQIb tob. "And the Secretary found, that the gonne was deposited in the defts hands by Mr Wyatt at such time as the deft was in drink, & that Mr Wyatt ought to impute to himself what hapned from tbe fault of the defendt in the negligent keeping of the gonne during that indispoon of the defts & doth not find that the gonne is in the possession or pover of the deft whereby he may be judged to restore it to the plt the owner of it: & therefore dismissed the def. [Ibid., pp. 249-50.]

Feb. 9 "Rob. Ellyson discharged of his sheriffwick by L[ieut.] G[enl.]" 1643 [Ibid., p. 250.] Mar. "the Sheriff returned for grand Enquest, who were impannelled & 1643 sworne:... Mr Tho. Greene gent, Rob Ellyson, Rob Kedger, Francis Gray, George Binx, Will. Edwin, Nathan Pope, William Marshall, Xpofer Carnoll, Tho. Baidridge, Ellis Beach, John Rutlige "[Concerning] "...within the mannr of Snowhill in the hundred of St manes, on the 23 of ffebruary last, John dandy of the foresaid hundred blacksmith, upon the person of an Indian ladd (since Christned by the name of Edward).. .& one gonne charged wth bulletts against the said Edward did discharge. . .of wth said wound the said Edward...died." [Ibid., p. 260.]

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There is considerable confusion as to whom Robert Ellyson married. The LDS Ancestral File indicates he married Susanna Gerrard. However, as explained in her notes, it is quite apparent that she married Robert Slye.

Tidewater Virginia Families, by Virginia Lee Hutchenson Davis further contributes to this confusion. That text says: There does not appear to be any conclusive evidence as to whom Robert Ellyson married. Most of the printed accounts state that it is generally assumed that he married Elizabeth, the daughter of Dr. Thomas Gerrard. However, Dr. Thomas Gerrard did not mention a daughter, Elizabeth, in his will, nor did he name an Ellyson grandchild. Elizabeth Gerrard was named as a headright when Thomas took up land in Maryland, she was not named as a headright when he patented land in Virginia.

A printed account of the Gerrard family lists the names of Dr. Gerrard's children: Justinian (the oldest), Thomas, Susanna, Anne, Frances, Temperance, Elizabeth, Jane, John, and Mary (see Governor Garrard of Kentucky, 1962, pp. 184-185). However, the William and Mary College Quarterly - Washington and his Neighbors does not include an Elizabeth.

Maryland and Virginia Colonials by Sharon J. Doliante, indicates the wife was Elizabeth ____ who until recently was thought to be Elizabeth Soanes, daughter of Henry (Speaker of the House of Burgesses, in 1660). However, this Elizabeth now appears to have married John Peterson, of Charles City Co.

For now, I will assume that either Susanna or Elizabeth Gerrard is the wife of Robert Ellyson. This is simply based on the fact that Robert's first male child is named Gerrard Ellyson and the naming convention of the time would indicate he was named after the maternal grandfather


Appointment 1: Bet. 1656 - 1663, Burgess

Appointment 2: High Sheriff, James City Co. Virginia

Appointment 3: High Sheriff, St. Marys Parish Md.

Appointment 4: Bet. 1657 - 1658, Sergeant of Arms, House of Burgesses

MILI: Military: Captain

Occupation: Physician

Residence: 1642, Kent County, Maryland


There is some question as to whether this is the wife of Captain Robert Ellyson. The Founders of the Maryland Legislature 1635-1789 indicate that this Susannah first married Robert Slye and second John Coode. The William and Mary College Quarterly - Washington and his Neighbors indicates she married Robert Slye, Esq., of the Maryland Council. See the notes for Robert Ellyson for a more detailed discussion.

Here is a fairly authoritative discussion of the issue by Barbara Petty:

To: QUAKER-ROOTS@rootsweb.com


From: Barbara Petty

Date: Thu, 22 Jan 1998 06:55:24 -0800

Hello ELLYSON cousins.

Interesting conversation about Robert ELLYSON's wife being possibly a daughter of Thomas GERRARD. To add to the pot, I wrote to Sharon Doliante, compiler of Mary and Virginia Colonials about this and she sent me a copy of a letter from Br. Ambrose Carroll Moorman of St. Benedict, OR dated Jan. 31, 1992 to Ms. Doliante. In this letter he said the following:

"Dr. Lorand V. Johnson, M.D. now deceased of Cleveland, Ohio wrote several books on the Johnson family and in 1976 he assured me that Sue Terrel of Rockcastle Farm, Lynchburg, Virginia had the old family bible of the SLYE family. Elizabeth Gerrard's sister, Susannah GERRARD, married by 1683, Robert SLYE (ca. 1628-1670/1) by whom she had four children as her first husband. At any rate the original SLYE family bible reads: Baptized on ye 1st day of December, 1666 A.D., Thomas, infant son of Robert and Susanna Slye. The sponsor's being his uncle Justinian GERRARD and aunt Elizabeth ELLYSON.'

"Now the only other aunt Elizabeth' that this child could have had was his father's sister, Elizabeth Russell of Lond, England.' It seems that this information came from his will written on January 18 and entered for probate on March 13, 1670/1. This information comes from: A Biographical Dictionary of the Maryland Legislature, 1615-1789 Vol. II, p. 739, which was published using the documents of the MD Hall of Records.

(some omitted)

"The information from the SLYE bible was given to Dr. Johnson by Mrs. Wirt, who for about 50 years was a frequent contributor to genealogical magazines and he presumed that she had copied this out of Sue Terrel's bible. All three were acquaintances. I have not checked it for the purpose of this letter, but Sue Terrel, like myself was part of the larger CLARK-MOORMAN-ELLYSON-JOHNSON connection and also had the family bible of Capt. Christopher CLARK. I have also an original document involving the GERRARD- WASHINGTON marriage, which was passed down to me. Without looking into my note I think Thomas GERRARD did have a sister

Elizabeth in England. There was another GERRARD family in Virginia and I have checked into it to what possibilities it may have had and there are none. The family may have been either from a brother or 1st cousin of Thomas GERRARD. Among Thomas GERRARD's children there is also a JOHNSON connection as there is in the WASHINGTON family, but nothing is certain about it."

As a point of interest - an obscure genealogy: A South Carolina Family: Mills-Smith and Related Lines by Laurens Tenney Mills with addenda by Lilla Mills Hawes and Sarah Mills Norton (1960) gives the following (on p. 10) found in an old family Bible which was entered just after the American Revolution by Mrs. Elizabeth Allison (Ellyson) Erwin (Irvin). The record was copied in 1958 from a record obtained from Miss Julia Ervin, Rt. 3, Darlington, S.C. This genealogy states:

"This Bible (printed in London by Robt. Barker, 1613) has no section for births, marriages, deaths, but she used blank page to record the following:

My father, Robert Allison, passed 1772 (the name during long years has been/spelt, Allyson, Ellison, Elison, Allison, etc.) My mother was Mary Lide or Lloyd,/ (drt. to Robt. Lloyd from Wales to Penn. abt 1683.) My grparents were John Allison/and Elizabeth Matthews of Va. He being son of Robt and Ann Myhill. He being son of/Capt. Robt. Allison & Hannah Gerard of Maryland & Va. He being son of Robt Allison/& Sarah Spence of V. He Being son of - John Allison, Ellyson b. Windyedge county/Lanark, Scotland, who marr'd with Ellin Hamilton & came to Va. in early days bef./1625. The first ones of our family lived in Va. & Maryland/'

She then lists her immediate family (brothers and sisters and offspring) and at the end states that "Elizabeth, myself, M. 1744 John Ervin Sr. Our offspring - Elizabeth, Mary, Sarah,/James, Robert, John, Mary, Jeane, Hugh and two died young. Both my husband and myself gave gratefully our time & services to our County at/beginning of Great Struggle for Independence. I nursed the Sick and John was Commissary/ Assembling Medicines & Equipments. He never lived to see Victory, but I did." Ms. Doliante thought it "extraordinary that the person who wrote the Bible record, should have known so many generations of their family! I find today that most folks only know their father & possibly their grandfather! Especially males!"

However, if you check the early records of Va. you'll find for example in The Original Lists of Persons of Quality 1600-1700 by John Camden Hotten (repr. Genealogy Pub. Co. 1974) that on "A List of Names; of the Living in Virginia February the 16 1623," "At Archurs hoop (Archer's Hope)" there lived a John ELISON and ux ELISON and a Child (not named). Living "in James iland (James Island?)" lived William SPENCE and ux SPENCE, infans SPENCE and Sara SPENCE.

Since Doliante listed a daughter for Ellyson named Hannah, it might be that Mrs. Ervin's memory might indeed have failed her somewhat and perhaps she confused in her memory the name of the sister of Robert ELLYSON for the name of the mother? My husband's own Ulster Scot family in NC was able to give me good start on his lineage taking the line back several generations (at least three) from their own. I think that Mrs. Ervin realized that she had lived through a monumentally historic era in this country and wanted to record her family for all her posterity. The Bible surely still exists somewhere, but where it is isn't presently known. One cousin speculated that it might be in the possession of the Sen. Sam Irvin family. There is a collection of his records in the Southern Historical Collection at UNC-Chapel Hill. The Mills-Smith genealogy can be found at the South Caroliniana Lib. in Columbia, SC and

a xeroxed copy has now been placed in the Library of Virginia.

Barb Petty


Here is another post from Barb Petty posted in Jan 1998:

Don't know if this helps, but Hinshaw shows in his data from Henrico (VA) MM that:

ELLYSON 1768, 8, 6. Susanna, dt Joseph, New Kent, mbr Black Creek Mtg, disorderly conduct

1770, 3, 3. Susanna con disorderly con & rst

1770, 9, 1. Susanna ltm Thomas JORDAN.

This appears on p. 174 of the VA vol. (Vol. VI?) of Hinshaw's Encyclopedia.

On p. 173:

1743/44, 12, 4. Joseph gc to m

1744, 4, 2. Joseph rmt Mary BINFORD

On p. 172:

1744, 3, 6. Joseph, s Robert, New Kent Co.; m in Frs MH, Wayenoak, Charles City Co., Mary BINFORD, dt John, Charles City Co.

1754, 8, 3. Susannah m John BINFORD in the house of her father, Robert, New Kent Co.

p. 174:

1758, 6, 3. Joseph, mbr Black Creek Mtg, suffered a seizure of cash in lieu of priest's wages.

p. 173:

1764, 1, 11. Mary, dt Joseph & Mary, New Kent Co.; m. Robert JORDAN. (p. 174 shows that on 1764, 3, 3. Mary rmt Robert JORDAN.)

1766, 1, 5. Agnes, dt Joseph, dec, & Mary, New Kent Co.; m Moore BELL.

1766, 6, 9. Joseph, Black Creek Mtg, d

1772, 5, 7. John, s Robert, New Kent Co.; m in CUrles MH, Henrico Co. Agnes WOODSON, dt Charles, Henrico Co.

1772, 5, 23. Robert [ELLISON] & w Sarah, mbr Black Creek PM, rpd dec since last account

1791, 4, 11. Mary d (mbr Black Creek)

There may be a few more entries of interest to you in the Henrico MM records. The rest of your data would show up under JORDAN I suppose. This would be all that I could personally verify.

Tidewater Virginia Families by Virginia L.H. Davis, listed the following:


Robert ELLYSON I m. Elizabeth _____.


Gerrard Robert m. Anne MYHILL

Hannah m. Anthony ARMISTEAD

Gerrard Robert m. Anne MYHILL


Robert m. Sarah (surname unknown)



Gerrard Robert m. Sarah (surname unknown)


Robert m. Sarah CREW

Agatha m. John CREW Jr <- my ancestors

Hannah m. Andrew CREW

William m. Agnes JOHNSON

Elizabeth m. John JOHNSON

Judith m. James LADD

Cecilia m. Thomas ELMORE, Jr.

Ursula m. William LADD, Jr.

Thomas m. Elizabeth CREW

NOTE: In Old New Kent County Some Account of The Planter, Plantations and Places in new Kent County, Vol. I by Malcolm Hart Harris MD, West Point Va 1977, p. 184 (I carelessly did not note if this was a reprint of an earlier published book) lists The Ellyson Family. I don't know how much credence we can give to this (probably not a lot), but he states that Gerrard Robert ELLYSON, son of Gerrard Robert ELLYSON who m. Anne, dau. of John MYHILL of Elizabeth City Co, moved to Chesterfield Co. where his will was proved in 1770. He named his three nephews, Gerrard, Robert and Thomas. It was his widow, who was the "sprightly old tit" aged 85 with three thousand pounds who m. Mr. William CARTER aged 23, son of Mr. John CARTER. It also states that Sarah was sister of Hon. John CLOPTON. Thomas ELLYSON, who lived in Chesterfield Co. was the father of the three nephews who were named in the will of their uncle, Gerrard ELLYSON in 1770. "The late Hon. J. Taylor ELLYSON, Lt. Governor of Virginia, descends from William ELLYSON, who had a son, Onana, who was father of Henry K. ELLYSON (1823 - ) who was the father of J. Taylor and William ELLYSON of Richmond." This looks a little confused.

Robert m. Sarah CREW


Matthew m. Elizabeth LADD

Joseph m. Mary BINFORD

Susanna m. John BINFORD

John m. Agnes WOODSON

Maryland and Virginia Colonials by Sharon J. Doliante, p. 254 shows:

Joseph, son of Robert and Sarah (CREW) ELLYSON, d. bef. Mar. 5, 1766; m. May 6, 1744, Friends Meeting House, Wayenoak, Chas. City Co., Mary BINFORD, dau. of John BINFORD, of Chas. City Co. Their dau. Susanna m. Thomas JORDAN (that line not followed).

By the way, in the records of Henrico MM, on p. 177 under the name GARTRITE (also at times spelled GARHITE or GARITE or GARTRIGHT in the records), a Judith GARTHRIGHT testified on 1749/50, 12, 16 in the case arising from a dispute concerning the estate of Gerard Robert ELLYSON. In 1699/1700, on 12, 9 Ephm [GARHITE] contributed 150 lbs of tobacco toward the building of a new MH at Curles. Same date a Samuel [GARITE] contributed 100 lbs of tobacco toward the building. In 1703/4 a Jane [GERTRITE] signed the mtg book as a token that she was in unity with this MM now being held.

Also in a note I saved from Robert Martin on Prodigy Service in 1992 he stated that a letter from Mr. R.E.F. Garret, Member, Society of

Genealogists, London, 14 Dec 1961 shows Peter GERRARD, was transported to Charles City Co. Va. 25 Feb 1653 by Ferninando Austin. He also stated that Henry GERRARD of Charles City Co. had a will dated 20 Jul 1689, probated 11 Mar 1692/3, sons: Ferninando & Nicholas, and dau. Eliz. BAYLEY, sp. of Jacob BAYLEY. Nicholas WYATT of Charles City Co. and John TIRREY of Surry were appointed overseers and Mathew ADAM and Will JENNINGS were witnesses.

A note from Jan Babb on Prodigy to Robert Martin in '92 stated: from "Marriages of Richmond Co" Rebecca, wife of Gerrard Newton was dau. of Nehemiah BLAKISTONE (died intestate 1716 St. Mary's Co. [Md?]). Nehemiah and Elizabeth were married 6 May 1669. Elizabeth was dau. of Thomas GERRARD, Esq (1608-1673) and his first wife, nee Suanna SNOW(e); she m. 2) Ralph RYMER and 3) Joshua GUI{L)BERT. She added that that book said to check Flowering of the Maryland Palatinate and Heralderic Maylandiana for


Marriage: Abt. 1650, Virginia


             i.   CECILIA ELLYSON.
             ii.   HANNAH ELLYSON 5, b. Bet. 1654 - 1655, Virginia; d. December 19, 1728, Elizabeth City County, Virginia; m. COLONEL ANTHONY ARMISTEAD6,7; b. 1645, Virginia; d. Abt. 1710.


Appointment: Bet. 1693 - 1699, Burgess, Elizabeth City Co. Va.

             iii.   GERRARD ROBERT ELLYSON 8, b. Abt. 1659, Virginia; d. 1756, New Kent County, Virginia; m. ANNE MYHILL8, 1700, Henrico County,Virginia; b. Abt. 1673; d. Aft. 1727.
             iv.   UNKNOWN ELLYSON8.

Robert ELLISON Dr-14235 (John ELLISON, John) was born about 1615 in , , , SCOTLAND. He died before 1671 in , , VA.

UPDATE: 1994-09-09

-10th Great Grandfather of Teresa May COOK KEEL. Information provided by Carl Ellison.

BIR-MAR-DEATH: Pedigree chart provided by Teresa on September 3, 1994.

Robert married (MRIN:5445) Hannah GERRARD-14236 about 1640 in , , MD.

UPDATE: 1994-09-09

-10th Great Grandmother of Robert M. Cook Awalt.

NAME-MAR: Pedigree chart provided by Teresa on September 3, 1994.

Information provided by Carl Ellison. Although Carl says there is no conclusive proof that it is Hannah. It may of been Elizabeth Gerrard or even another Elizabeth. She also may have been Susannah?

Robert and Hannah had the following children:

+ 5 F i. Hannah ELLISON-17520 was born about 1657 and died about 1728.
+ 6 M ii. Gerrard Robert ELLISON-14233 was born about 1659 and died 1721/1727.


  1. ID: I259654
  2. Name: Robert Ellison
  3. Sex: M
  4. Birth: ABT 1615 in Scotland
  5. Death: BEF 1671 in VA

Father: John Ellison b: ABT 1585 in Windyedge,Lanark Co,Scotland

Mother: Ellin Hamilton b: ABT 1585 in Scotland

Marriage 1 Susannah Elizabeth [@] Gerrard b: 1627 in Lancashire, England

   * Married: ABT 1640


  1. Has Children Hannah [@] Ellyson b: ABT 1657 in VA
  2. Has Children Gerard Robert [I @] Elison b: ABT 1659 in New Kent Co, VA

JOHN ELLISON was born 1585 in Windyedgee Avondale Lanark Scotland, and died 1660 in Virginia. He married ELLIN HAMILTON, daughter of SR. ROBERT HAMILTON



ROBERT ELLISON died 1656. He married SARAH SPENCE, daughter of WILLIAM SPENCE



ROBERT ELLYSON ALLISON born 1612, and died September 01, 1671 in New Kent Virginia. He married HANNAH GERRARD, daughter of SAMUEL GERRARD and JANE ?

THOMAS ALLISON, b. March 03, 1636/37, Virginia; d. 1680; m. MARY ROBERTS, September 18, 1662, England

-------------------- Robert was probably born in Scotland about 1615. There is no date for his arrival and he did not appear in the ship's list with John or Ellin. This, however, does not pose a real problem since the lists kept on most ships were not that accurate.

Robert Ellyson was in the Maryland Colony at least by 1642. He was listed in the levy of St. Mary's Hundred of August 2, 1642, when he was assessed thirty pounds of tobacco. He must have lived in St. Mary's County, and also oned land in Kent County, for that same year he was listed as an absent freeman of Kent. It had become a county that year and Robert's land was likely on the Island of Kent.

Robert was practicing as a chirugeon and physician at that time, with patients on Kent Island. He was involved in the Provincial Court with several patients who had not paid their bills. One of his delinquent accounts belonged to Sir Edmond Ployden who had engaged him to tend two of his maid servants. The entry in the court records read:

'Robert Ellyson, barber-chirugeon, demandeth of Sir Edmond Ployden, Kent, 1156 pounds tobacco due by account of chirugeny and physick this last summer for Ellen and Jane Stevenson, maidservants of the said Sir Edmond.

Added to Robert's responsibilities were those of sheriff of St. Mary's County, but he held office only briefly. He did investigate a case of high treason against Captain Ingle who had 'Spoken scandalous words against Prince Rupert.' Ingle was arrested, escaped and led a rebellion in which St. Mary's City was sacked and the governor forced to flee. Fortunately for Robert, he was not the sheriff at the time of the rebellion.

What drew Robert Ellyson to Maryland is not known, nor what then caused him to resettle in Virginia as he did not seem to be involved in the religious controversy. He was in Maryland as late as February 1644, but was in York County, Virginia, by 1646, when he was listed as a lowyer there.

Dr. Ellyson became active in the affairs of the county, and may have helped settle several estates. At a court held in January 1646, he was allowed to satisfy his claim for 1030 pounds of tobacco out of the estate of Robert Jackson. Apparently had more than one place of residence, as he was found in both James City County and Gloucester County, later.

He was elected a burgess from James City in 1656, he was addressed as Lieutenant Colonel Ellyson and was listed among the justice of the Gloucester County Court, while the following year he served as a justice in James City County. During his terms he was appointed a member of the committee for the levy and later, on the committee for private causes which dealt with suits appealed from the General Court of the Assembly. He served at one time as sergeant-at-arms for the General Assembly, and was also the high sheriff of James City County. 

He was referred to variously as Captain, Major, Lieutenant Colonel and Colonel, though not necessarily in correct rank sequence. He must have certainly served in the militia, as the military titles were not generally used without authority. During the period of Dr. Ellyson's service to the colony, he seemed to have continued in his practice of medicine, occasionally.

Dr. Robert Ellyson testified that he treated Fortune Perkins, who came to him sorely bruised in his body about the arms and sides, and one of his shoulders dislocated. His shoulder was reduced by Dr. Ellyson and he stated that he did not know how Perkins came by his injuries (August 1661). The entry in the court record described the confrontation in detail. Mr. Perkins had been beaten up by Benjamin Rucker, with the crowd that gathered shouting, "Beat out his eyes and do not let him breathe."

Robert was one of those appointed, in 1660, to a committee of the Council and Assembly to make plans to build a

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Dr. Capt. Robert Ellyson's Timeline

Age 10
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Age 27
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James, Virginia, USA
Age 40
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Age 44
James City County, Virginia, United States
September 27, 1671
Age 56
James City, James, Virginia, United States
Age 56