Birth of George Ellis (d. 17 July 1905, South Australia)
[Note: As of April 2020 I consider the case for George Ellis's birthplace and parents proven and will likely not be
providing further updates to this page.]
I am not aware of an Australian primary source
(what's this?) that
documents the birthplace or parents of my great-great grandfather,
George Ellis. George's
birthday book records his birth date as
11 June 1820.
This page describes autosomal DNA and documentary evidence that George's parents were
and Hannah Agent,
that the birthdate
in his granddaughter's birthday book is correct, and that he was baptised
on 9 July 1820,
a month after his birth, at
St George's Church in the rural locale of
Crowhurst, Surrey, England.
Proposed Family Tree
Autosomal DNA Evidence
My late mother Jill Mary Ellis
performed the 23andme.com autosomal DNA test. Mum was the great granddaughter of George Ellis. Mum's DNA kit matches
many triangulated Ellis relatives in Australia.
One of my siblings and I have taken the Ancestry DNA test, and at that site we also match many of the Australian-born
descendants of George Ellis.
Both my mother's 23andme DNA kit and her childrens' Ancestry DNA kits match descendants of a sibling, and descendants of
cousins, of the George Ellis baptised 9 July 1820 in Crowhurst. These autosomal DNA matches also match with my 1st,
2nd and 3rd cousins who are descendants of the George Ellis who died in South Australia in 1905.
(For help with match sizes refer to the
Shared DNA Relationship Chart at
George Ellis Missing from England
My great-great grandfather George Ellis
emigrated from London on the Rajasthan on 27 October 1839.
Given only one "George Ellis" was recorded as baptised at Crowhurst in that timeframe, someone with his name, birthplace and approximate birth date should not
appear in any England Census returns from 1841 onwards. A comprehensive search of
indexed 1841, 1851, 1861, etc England Census returns shows no mention of a George Ellis from Crowhurst. The surviving siblings of George Ellis from
Crowhurst, however, do appear in the 1851, 1861, and 1871 England Census returns.
George's infant brother William died in 1826 and his burial was recorded at St George's in Crowhurst. To date no record has been found of a George Ellis
of Crowhurst who died in England prior to the 1841 Census.
Based on the accumulated evidence I believe the George Ellis baptised 9 July 1820 in Crowhurst was my great great grandfather.
Many thanks to my cousin Robyn for her extensive research
into George Ellis's life.
If you have any corrections, information, etc regarding this case for George Ellis's origin, I'd be happy
to hear from you, my email address is above.