Harrison County Iowa Genealogy


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Samuel ELLIS, a highly respected citizen of Little Sioux township, came to Harrison County with the vanguard of civilization in 1854, and hence very naturally finds a place in this connection. He was born in Brown County, Ohio, and is the son of John and Hannah (MARTIN) ELLIS, natives of Ohio and Kentucky, respectively. The father's father was Hezekiah ELLIS, and the mother's parents were Elijah and Rebecca BOGGS, of Virginia. Our subject is of a family of thirteen children: Elijah, living at Omaha; Samuel; Ephraim J., Hirma, and Sylvanus, deceased; Alexander, living at Missouri Valley; Silas, deceased; John H., Andrew M., Clark, and Eliza Cooper, living at Little Sioux; Hannah (Mrs. BONNEY), deceased; and Luella, (Mrs. MURRAY).

Mr. ELLIS passed his early years in Brown County, Ohio, the date of his birth being June 3, 1826. He was educated at the district schools of his native county, passing his youthful days on his father's farm and in the mill. Later on he leased the mill of his father and operated it a while, the same being sold to other parties in 1854. His father died in June, 1849, during the Asiatic cholera epidemic.

In November, 1853, our subject came to Council Bluffs and remained there until the following March, and then came to what is now Jackson Township, Harrison County, and cultivated the old MARTIN farm, now occupied by Mr. ROBERTS. He came to his present farm in 1857; the same is one hundred and sixty acres situated on section 1, one half of which is under cultivation.

Our subject was united in marriage February 10, 1853, at Eagle Creek, Ohio, to Sarah E. BAILEY, the daughter of James M. and Cassandra BAILEY. Mr. And Mrs. ELLIS are the parents of seven children, five of whom are still living; Clark B., Charles E., Dickson, Josephine, Mrs. HUFF; and Carrie. Frank R. and William W. are deceased. The greatest affliction of our subject's life was the death of his wife, which occurred April 10, 1868.

Politically, our subject has always been identified with the Republican party.

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