|Birth: ||Apr. 6, 1823|
|Death: ||Mar. 30, 1909|
Greenville (Meriwether County)
Roswell Ellis married Frances Maughon on 14 September 1848 in Muscogee County, Georgia. He married Anne L. Slade on 2 July 1857 in Muscogee County, Georgia. He married Elizabeth P. Rutherford on 24 November 1868 in Muscogee County, Georgia.
Company G, Georgia 2nd Infantry Regiment.
On his Georgia Confederate Pension Application he stated that he had been living in Georgia since the 8th day of April 1822.
Columbus Daily Enquirer
31 March 1909; page 1
ROSWELL ELLIS DIED LAST NIGHT
Gallant Veteran Falls Asleep at Greenville; Aged 82 Years.
WAS COMMANDER OF COLUMBUS GUARDS
His Third Wife Was Lizzie Rutherford, Who Originated the Southern Memorial Day. Funeral at LaGrange This Afternoon.
A telephone message over the Southern Bell Telephone company's wires last night from Greenville brought news of the death of Captain Roswell Ellis, formerly of this city, who died at the home of his nephew, Mr. R. K. Atkinson, there last night at nine o'clock.
There was probably no better known veteran of the civil war in this state than Captain Ellis, and the news of his death will be received with deep regret in this city. He was 82 years old.
When the call was made for troops during the Mexican war, the Columbus Guards were among the first companies to prepare for the front and answer the call, and Roswell Ellis was among the first of its members to volunteer for service. Soon after the company returned home he was promoted to a lieutenancy in the company, and was afterwards made captain. When President Davis called for troops to defend the south, it was again that the gallant Columbus Guards hurried to answer the call, with Captain Roswell Ellis at their head. He served with distinction throughout the war, and returned home broken in health.
When the Daughters of the Confederacy began to issue the little bronze medals to that band of heroes who fought so gallantly, they asked that all who had served in the Confederate army make the fact known, but there was at least one man in Georgia who failed to send in his name, and that man was Roswell Ellis, although there none more entitled to wear this badge in honor than he.
The ladies of the Memorial association sent a special invitation to this gallant old man last year to be present at the exercise on Memorial Day, and they desired to present him with the little token which marks those men who suffered so much for the south but he declined the invitation and said that he would be glad to be present, but it was a long journey for a man of his age, and that he did not desire to put them to any trouble to secure a badge for him. The ladies sent the little bit of bronze to him and requested that he wear it.
His first wife was Miss Slade of this city and after her death he married Miss Mangham. She passed away shortly after their marriage, and after he returned from the civil war he married Miss Lizzie Rutherford, a woman beloved by te entire south, "in whose patriotic heart sprang the thought of our Memorial Day."
Capt. Ellis was at one time editor of the old Columbus Times, and was a brilliant writer. His editorials during the reconstruction period did much to aid the south in building up what had been torn down by federal soldiery.
The funeral will take place at LaGrange, his old home, this afternoon, and it is expected that several people from this city will attend.
Frances Maughon Ellis
Ann Louisa Slade Ellis (1827 - 1858)
Lizzie Rutherford (1833 - 1873)
Lizzie Rutherford Ellis (1833 - 1873)
APRIL 6, 1823 – MARCH 30, 1909 / ROSWELL ELLIS / VETERAN OF TWO WARS / HE DIED AS HE HAS LIVED / A KNIGHT / WITHOUT FEAR AND WITHOUT REPROACH
Created by: Audrey
Record added: Dec 20, 2007
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Wonderful History, TY, Audrey. Deo Vindice, Rest In Peace.|
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