1st wife of John Ellis

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1st wife of John Ellis

Death: before 1644
Immediate Family:

Wife of Lt. John Ellis of Sandwich
Mother of John Ellis, Jr.

Managed by: Jean Noah
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About 1st wife of John Ellis

John Ellis the immigrant to Sandwich, Massachusetts, may have had a son John, who would have been born to an unknown first wife, probably in England.[1][2]


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.

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