Stacey Campbell staceycampbell@yahoo.com

Birth of George Ellis (d. 17 July 1905, South Australia)

I'm not aware of any primary source that documents the birthplace or parents of my great-great grandfather, George Ellis. George's granddaughter's birthday book states he was born 11 June 1820.

This document attempts to build a case that George's parents were Benjamin Ellis and Hannah Agent, that the birthdate in his granddaughter's birthday book is correct, and that his birthplace was Crowhurst, Surrey, England.


My great-great grandfather, George Ellis, 1872

Autosomal DNA Evidence

  • My late mother Jill Mary Ellis performed the 23andme.com autosomal DNA test. Mum's DNA kit matches many triangulated Ellis relatives in Australia. Mum's test also matches Gedmatch DNA kit A785547. The one-to-one test at Gedmatch for my mother's kit and A785547 returns:
    Largest segment = 22.2 cM
    Total of segments > 7 cM = 32.0 cM
    2 matching segments
    Estimated number of generations to MRCA = 4.4
    
    A785547 is the 4xgreat granddaugther of Hannah Ellis and Richard Roffey. Hannah Ellis was born around 1785 and was baptised at St George's in Crowhurst, Surrey on 31 July 1785. Hannah Ellis married Richard Roffey (1785-1853) in Godstone, Surrey on 7 April 1807.
    
    
  • I have a 2nd cousin who also has my great-great grandfather George Ellis as her great-great grandfather; she also matches A785547. The one-to-one test for my 2nd cousin and A785547 at Gedmatch returns:
    Largest segment = 22.4 cM
    Total of segments > 7 cM = 22.4 cM
    1 matching segments
    Estimated number of generations to MRCA = 4.7
    
  • I have an autosomal DNA match on Ancestry DNA from "Alma" (surname excluded for privacy) who is a great-great granddaughter of Hannah Ellis. Alma was 89 years-old in 2016. Alma's kit has not been uploaded to Gedmatch, however Ancestry's DNA match report returns:
    20.4 centimorgans shared across 1 DNA segment
    
  • Alma also matches a 3rd cousin of mine on Ancestry who is related to me via my great-great grandfather George Ellis, and is also a DNA match of mine on Ancestry. Ancestry DNA does not currently report the size of that match to 3rd parties.

Connecting Hannah Ellis and George Ellis

I believe my great-great grandfather George Ellis is the nephew of the Hannah Ellis mentioned above. Hannah's parents were John Ellis and Sarah (mn unknown). John and Sarah had a son, Benjamin. Benjamin Ellis was baptised at St George's in Crowhurst on 6 March 1791.

Benjamin Ellis married Hannah Agent at St Georges in Crowhurst on 19 Aug 1819.

I can find documentation for 4 children of Benjamin Ellis and Hannah Agent. George Ellis was their oldest. I can't find birth-date documentation for their child George, however he was baptised at St George's in Crowhurst on 9 Jul 1820. Assuming this George Ellis is my great-great grandfather then his baptism occurred 28 days after the birthdate recorded by his Australian-born granddaughter.

George Ellis Likely Missing from England

My great-great grandfather George Ellis emigrated from London on the Rajasthan on 27 October 1839. He should not appear in any England Census return from 1841 onwards. A comprehensive search of indexed 1841, 1851, 1861, etc England Census returns shows no mention of a George Ellis from Crowhurst. Siblings of George Ellis from Crowhurst, however, do appear in the 1851, 1861 and 1871 England Census returns.

Many thanks to my cousin Robyn for her extensive research into George Ellis's life.

If you have any corrections, information, etc regarding this circumstantial case for George Ellis's origin, I'd be happy to hear from you, my email address is above.