Harrison County Iowa Genealogy


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Andrew M. ELLIS, a successful farmer of section 17 and 18, of Little Sioux Township, is the person forming the subject of this sketch.

He is a native of Ohio, being born July 12, 1839. He is a son of John and Hannah (MARTIN) ELLIS, natives of the Buckeye State. His grandfather ELLIS was named Hezekiah, and was of Welsh extraction. On the mother's side, the father was named Elijah MARTIN, and his wife's maiden name was BOGGS, and this branch of the family was of Scoth-Irish descent. Our subject was the ninth in a family of thirteen children, eight of whom still survive, all living in this county but one.

Mr. ELLIS's early education was obtained in Ohio and Iowa, at the common schools. He came to Harrison County in 1855 and began farming, which pursuit he has followed ever since. The first land he owned was forty acres on section 30, but his present farm comprises one hundred and twenty acres, seventy acres of which are under cultivation, and the balance in timber and pasture land.

Our subject was united in marriage in Little Sioux, February 22, 1866, to Miss Alice L. BONNEY, born April 10, 1844, being the daughter of Benjamin and Betsy (JINKS) BONNEY, natives of Pennsylvania, who originally came from New Hampshire. Mr. and Mrs. ELLIS are the parents of four children -- Alice May, now Mrs. SCOTT; Frank L., in Council Bluffs; Susan L. and Dora E., at home.

Mr. ELLIS enlisted as a member of Company H, Fifteenth Iowa Infantry, November 28, 1861, as a private, and was assigned to the Army of the West. He was at the battle of Shiloh, and was with his regiment until the evacuation of Corinth, and on account of sickness, was discharged August 10, 1862, at Bolivar, Tenn.

Politically, our subject gives forth no uncertain opinion, but has always voted for and supported the Republican party. He was a member of the Board of Supervisors in 1868, and has always taken much interest in the welfare of Harrison County, and watched its growth almost from the earliest history. When he came to the county, the nearest mill was on Pigeon Creek, near Crescent City, and the nearest postoffice and trading point was Council Bluffs.

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