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John Brooke Brooke Ellis, of Dedham

Also Known As: "Ellice"
Birthdate: (92)
Birthplace: Cotton, Suffolk, England
Death: Died in Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Thomas Thurberne Ellis, of Suffolk; Thomas Ellis and Margaret Ellis, of Suffolk
Husband of Ann Ellis
Father of Anne Culver; John Benjamin Ellis, of Dedham; Joseph Benjamin Ellis; Francis Benjamin Ellis; Richrard Ellis, Lt. and 1 other
Brother of William Ellis; Robert Ellis; Francis Ellis; Ann Ellis; Samuel Ellis and 6 others
Half brother of Francis Thurberne Ellis and William Thurberne Ellis

Occupation: one of the first settlers in (Contentment) later called Dedham; signer of Dedham Covenenant;
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About John Brooke Brooke Ellis, of Dedham

Please note: NOT the Puritan John Ellis of Leiden who married Blandyna Masterson.

John Ellis was born Abt. 1590 in of Cotton, Suffolk, England (336), christening: 21 Apr 1605 in Cotton, Suffolk, and died Bef. May 1677 in of Dedham, MA, or New London County, CT - killed in the King Philips War in early 1677.

Parents: Thomas Ellis (1567-1630) and Margaret Brooke (1609-1655) of Suffok, England.


  1. on 13-Feb-1609 at England Ann Benjamin, daughter of John Benjamin.

5 children include:

  1. John Ellis, Jr, born Abt. 1618; died Unknown.
  2. Ann Ellis, born 01 Jul 1619 in Skipton, Yorkshire, England; died 04 Dec 1678 in Groton, New London County, CT; married Lt Edward* Colver I 19 Sep 1638 in First Church, Dedham, Middlesex County, MA.
  3. Joseph Ellis, born Abt. 1625 in Of Dedham, MA; died 06 Mar 1663/64 in Dedham, MA; married Ruth Morse Bef. 1663; born 03 Jun 1637 in Dedham, MA; died Aft. 03 Mar 1674/75.
  4. Lt Richard Ellis, born Abt. 1625; died Unknown; married Elizabeth French 1658; born 1629 in England; died Unknown.
  5. Francis Ellis, born Abt. 1627; died Unknown.


  • Founder: 1636, among the 1st settlers of Dedham, MA
  • Freeman: 02 Jun 1641, Dedham, MA
  • Immigrant Ancestor: 1635, England, Suffolk, to MA
  • Migration: 1635, England, Suffolk, to MA

The settlement of Dedham, Massachusetts

Dedham was settled in the summer of 1636 by "about thirty families excised from the broad ranks of the English middle classes"[4] traveling up the Charles River from Roxbury and Watertown traveling in rough canoes carved from felled trees.[5] These original settlers, including Edward Alleyne, John Everard, John Gay and John Ellis "paddled up the narrow, deeply flowing stream impatiently turning curve after curve around Nonantum until, emerging from the tall forest into the open, they saw in the sunset glow a golden river twisting back and forth through broad, rich meadows."[5] In search of the best land available to them they continued on but

The river took many turns, so that it was a burden the continual turning about.... West, east, and north we turned on that same meadow and progressed none, so that I, rising in the boat, saw the river flowing just across a bit of grass, in a place where I knew we had passed through nigh an hour before. "Moore," said Miles then to me, "the river is like its Master, our good King Charles, of sainted memory, it promises overmuch, but gets you nowhere."[5]

They first landed where the river makes its 'great bend,'[5] on what is today Ames Street, near the Dedham Community House and the Allin Congregational Church in Dedham Square. The Algonquians living in the area called the place Tiot.[2] Tiot, which means "land surrounded by water," was later used to describe the village of South Dedham, today the separate town of Norwood.[6] In "its first years, the town was more than a place to live; it was a spiritual community."[1]




  • 335., (LDS ancestral files), "Electronic."
  • 5. Abbott, Katharine M. (1903). Old Paths And Legends Of New England. New York: The Knickerbocker Press. pp. 290–297.
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John Brooke Brooke Ellis, of Dedham's Timeline

November 28, 1583
Cotton, Suffolk, England
July 1, 1619
Age 35
Craven, North Yorkshire, England
Age 37
Emigrated to the United States
September 14, 1623
Age 39
St. Butolph, Bishops Gate, London, Middlesex, England
Age 41
Probably England, (Present UK)
Age 43
Dedham, Norfolk, Massachusetts
Age 59
Sandwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts
March 23, 1676
Age 92
Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts