Capt. Elias C. Ellis, (USA)

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Capt. Elias C. Ellis, (USA)

Birthplace: Brown County, Ohio, United States
Death: February 12, 1901 (74)
Carthage, Hamilton County, Ohio, United States
Place of Burial: West Chester Township, Butler County, Ohio, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of John D. Ellis and Anna Ellis
Husband of Purlina Ellis and Mary J. Ellis
Father of Ella E. Parker; Frank Remley Ellis and Carrie May Ellis
Brother of Pvt. William C. Ellis, (USA)
Half brother of Unknown Ellis; Palemon Perry Ellis; George Ramey Ellis; Amos S. Ellis; Amy Sabine Ellis and 2 others

Occupation: Mayor, Insurance Agent, Farmer
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About Capt. Elias C. Ellis, (USA)

Elias C. Ellis was a teacher in Higginsport, Brown County, Ohio, but he later moved to Dayton where he was principal of the public school in 1860. His brother, Palemon, lived with him and was also teaching.

In an August 13, 1901 deposition, Palemon P. Ellis stated, "Capt. E. C. Ellis, now deceased, was my brother. I boarded with him for several years prior to my own enlistment in the fall of 1861. After entering the service I was in constant correspondence with him . . . [He did not serve] subsequent to Mar. 1864, at which time he was discharged to accept the Office of Mayor of Dayton, Ohio."

Elias C. Ellis served in several civic capacities. A history of Dayton, Ohio (Drury, p. 368) states: "On the evening of July 8, 1858, a little company of men met at the old Wesley chapel on Third street near Main, for the purpose of considering the organization of a Young Men's Christian Association 'to promote the social, intellectual and spiritual welfare of young men.' One week later at the First Presbyterian church, an organization was effected and the constitution adopted . . .

"According to the plan there were three classes of members--active, associate and honorary--and attendance at the monthly meetings was required under penalty of being dropped from the active membership. The officers were . . . These officers served for six months at which time a final election was held, Mr. A.B. Leaman being made president and Messrs. E.A. Daniels, E.C. Ellis, and Joseph Holmes, being directors.

"The association had no permanent headquarters and only irregular meetings seem to have been held. It undertook spiritual work in the public institutions of the city and the surrounding towns of the county and in the mission Sunday schools and church services in the townships, but no work seems to have been exclusively for young men. The minutes of the association still preserved are brief and quite incomplete.

"Early in 1860, record is made of a communication from the association in Richmond, Virginia, asking that the last Sunday in January be observed as a 'day of special prayer for our country, that differences might be harmonized and the Union preserved.'

"With 1861 came the Civil War and the crowd of other interests seem to have ended the work of this young association. So far as the record shows, it never had a home, but it is evident that its members were in earnest in their desire to do something for the betterment of Dayton." (Drury, p. 268)

Elias C. Ellis was one of five on a recruitment committee in the 5th Ward of Dayton to form a company of home guards. Thirty-five men were enrolled on one day.

During the Civil War, Elias C. Ellis originally served as 1st Lieutenant in Company "B", 93rd Regiment (enlisting July 17, 1862). Then he was made Captain of Company "G" on March 19, 1863. He was wounded at the Battle of Chickamauga, September 19, 1863. A ball entered his thigh, struck the femur near the trocanter and passed back along the ischium. Although the outside wound healed, this was painful the rest of his life and left him lame, walking with a cane.

On April 4, 1864, elections were held in Dayton. Captain E.C. Ellis of the 93rd Regiment was the Union candidate for Mayor of Dayton and W.H. Gillespie (the previous mayor) was the Democratic candidate. Of the soldiers voting, 237 voted for Ellis and 2 voted for Gillespie. His wound was still giving him problems, so he received a medical discharge and returned to Dayton to serve as mayor. In 1864, he listed his occupation as mayor, insurance agent, and dealer in fruits and confectionaries.

On December 15, 1870, Elias' daughter Ella was married to Eli B. Parker of Georgetown, Ohio. Eli was a teacher in the public schools in Brown County, and in 1870 was appointed Deputy to his brother, A.J. Parker, Treasurer of Brown County, serving for three years. Ella died in October 1871. Later Eli was major of Georgetown and attorney at law there. He kept his ties with the Ellis family, giving a supporting deposition in 1901 for E.C. Ellis' pension application.

Later in life, E.C. Ellis lived in northern Hamilton County. He served as principal of Harrison School and also bought a 150 acre farm. While in Hamilton County, his first wife, Purlina Remley, died in 1871 and was buried near Georgetown (burial place unknown). Elias then remarried (to Mary J. Ellis at her father's home near Zanesville, Muskingum County, Ohio) in 1874.

About four or five months before Elias's death, Mary J. Ellis was appointed his guardian and he was committed to the Insane Asylum, Longview Hospital at Carthage, Ohio. He died February 12, 1901. His widow and unmarried daughter, Carrie M. Ellis, continued to live on the farm, renting it out. Their yearly income was less than $100 per year when Mary J. Ellis applied for a widow's pension. She died in 1919. Carrie was mentioned in 1924 in Amy S. Ellis's will (to receive $200), but she was deceased in 1934 when the will was probated.

Both Elias C. Ellis and William C. Ellis were mentioned in their grandmother's (Sarah Crossley) will, probated in Indiana.

Catherine H. Ellis, January 2020

Source: Familysearch

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Capt. Elias C. Ellis, (USA)'s Timeline

January 18, 1827
Brown County, Ohio, United States
February 12, 1901
Age 74
Carthage, Hamilton County, Ohio, United States
West Chester Township, Butler County, Ohio, United States