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Elizabeth Ellis (French)

Birthdate: (68)
Birthplace: London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
Death: July 21, 1697 (68)
Dedham, Suffolk County (Present Norfolk County), Province of Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Daughter of Capt. William French and Elizabeth French
Wife of Lieutenant Richard Ellis, of Dedham
Mother of Elizabeth Hill; Sarah Ellis; Mary Fisher; John Ellis; Annah "Hannah" Searle and 4 others
Sister of Francis French, Sr.; Samuel French; Mary Hyde; John French; Sarah Peake (French) and 4 others
Half sister of Sarah Crosby; Abigail French and Hannah Child

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About Elizabeth Ellis

RICHARD 2 ELLIS, Lieutenant ( l ), born about 1621, deposed on 28 Jan. 1661, aged 40 years, on 28 May 1685, aged 64 years, died in Dedham, Mass., 21 Oct. 1694; married in Dedham, 19 Sept. 1650, Elizabeth French, born 1629, died in Dedham, 21 June 1697 (p. 197).


Administration on his estate was granted to his widow, Elizabeth, and to John Ellis, his eldest son, 27 Dec. 1694, and the account of John Ellis, surviving administrator of his father, Richard Ellis, was filed 16 Sept. 1697. (Suffolk Probate, 3: 516; 11: 339.)

Children born in Dedham, Mass. :

  • i. Elizabeth 3 , b. 23 July 1651.
  • ii. Sarah, b. 23 Jan. 1652.
  • iii. Mary, b. 3 Feb. 1654; m. Amos Fisher.
  • iv. John, b. 31 Jan. 1656; m. Elizabeth Fisher.
  • v. Annah, b. 15 Mar. 1659.
  • vi. Rebecca, b. 30 Apr. 1661; m. John Fisher.
  • vii. Eliezer, b. 10 Jan. 1663; m. Mehetabel Thurston.
  • viii. Joseph, b. Oct. 1666; m. Mary Graves.
  • ix. Abigail, b. 5 July 1669; m. Ebenezer Ellis.

supporting data

William French, in Anderson, Robert Charles; George F. Sanborn; and Melinde Lutz Sanborn. The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England, 1634-1635. (NEHGS, 1999-2011), 2:591.

  • "Elizabeth (French), b. about 1629 (aged 6 in 1635 (Hotten 99]); married at Dedham 19 Sep 1650 Richard Ellis [DeVR 126]; on 21 Jun 1657, "[blank] the wife of brothre Richard Ellice was received into [Dedham] Church" [DeChR 34]. (The published Cambridge church records call her "Elizabeth now Ellliot & now joined at Dedham" [CaChR 8], presumably an error in transcription of the surname.)"

The Great Migration view is she married only once to Richard Ellis. She would have been age 21 at her first and only marriage. That makes sense. The family association believes she married before that age first to Richard Elliot. The evidence for this is weak and implausible at best:

French Family Association:

  • Elizabeth French, b. in England ca. 1629, baptized 5 Sep 1630 in Halstead, England at the parish church of St. Andrews [6], but this record could not be found. She immigrated at age 6 [4] with parents, m1. Robert Eliot/Elliot of Dedham [1] prior to Nov 1658 [4] on 19 Sep 1650 [6], m2. Richard Ellis [1] p. 53. Richard Ellis is listed in his father-in-law’s will. Elizabeth died prior to her father’s death of 1681.

Noted genealogist concurs with Anderson:

Richard2 Ellis, in Holman, Mary Lovering, and Harriett Grace Scott. The Scott Genealogy. (Boston, Mass., 1919), 193.

  • "… Elizabeth French, born 1629, died in Dedham, 21 June 1697 married Richard Ellis, etc.

Hill, Don Gleason, Editor. The Record of Births, Marriages and Deaths, and Intentions of Marriage: in the Town of Dedham, Massachusetts, Volumes 1 & 2. 1635-1845 With an Appendix Containing Records of Marriages Before 1800, Returned from Other Towns, Under the Statute of 1857. (Dedham, Mass.: Town of Dedham, 1886), 25.

  • "Elizebeth, wife of Leut. Richard Ellis, deceased July 21, 1697"

Some Internet trees show an Elizabeth Chenery (sometimes Genery) dau of Lambert Chanery as wife of Richard Ellis. This is also not correct.

"Widow Ellis" (We don't know her name) married first to Unknown Ellis in England and had Richard and Joseph Ellis. She married second to Lambert Chenery and had Isaac and John Chenery. So she was mother or Richard Ellis and not his wife and her name is unknown.


DeTR 1 :20; DeChR 24; RBOP 2; HmTR 44; SPR Case #721; Bond l 57-58, 740-41; Medfield Hist 338-39; Scott Gen 192

See also GM 2:2:60-63; TAG 76:245-47; NEHGR 162:115-16; GMN 21 :12; TAG 76:246; Kempton Anc 1 :224-39; Charles Henry Pope, The Cheney Genealogy

  • Scott genealogy : [descendants of John Scott of Roxbury ...] by Holman, Mary Lovering, 1868-1947 page 193
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Elizabeth Ellis's Timeline

September 5, 1629
Halstead Parish,Essex,England
September 5, 1629
Halstead Parish, Essex, England
September 5, 1629
Halstead Parish,Essex,England
September 5, 1629
Halstead, Essex, England, United Kingdom
September 5, 1629
Halstead Parish, Essex, England
September 5, 1629
Halstead Parish, Essex, England
London, Greater London, England, United Kingdom
May 23, 1651
Age 22
Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts
November 23, 1652
Age 23
Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts