|Harrison County Iowa Genealogy|
HISTORY OF HARRISON COUNTY, IOWA, 1891
Hiram ELLIS, deceased, was a native of Brown County, Ohio, but became a resident of Harrison County in March, 1871. The date of his birth was April 6, 1829. His parents were John and Hannah (MARTIN) ELLIS, natives of Ohio. Hiram's early life was spent in the Buckeye State, and there he received a common school education. He worked on his father's farm until he became of age, and in 1854 emigrated from Brown County to near Hennepin, Putnam County, Illinois, where he farmed until he came to Harrison County, and rented a farm of Dave GAMET, in Little Sioux Township. The following year hepurchased a farm on section 2, Township eighty-one, and now owns one hundred and seventy-five acres of land, one hundred acres of which are under the plow and all surrounded by a good fence.
March, 1851, was a new era in this man's life, for it was during that month that he married Eliza PORTER, daughter of James B. and Mary (PETTIJOHN) PORTER, who were natives of Ohio. By this marriage union five children were born: Luella, now Mrs. HOPE; Maggie, now Mrs. CADWELL; Oliver J., of Wakefield, NE; James P., of Louisville, NE; and Willam C., at home.
Politically, our subject was identified with the Republican party, and in religious matters was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He passed from the scenes of this life July 23, 1888, being sixty years of age.
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