|Death: ||Feb. 17, 1873|
This is likely the marker of Mr. Ellis as it is beside that of his wife.
Source: WPA Cemetery List of Cleveland Co, NC Vol. #1 - p 2, Old Buffalo Baptist Cemetery, Cherokee Co, SC - Charles H Ellis - no birth date, d F
eb 17, 1873 - In the 68th Year of His Age. Wife Nancy (Turner) Ellis is be side him.
s/o Benjamin J. & Mary Hopper Ellis
Source: Spartanburg Co., SC Deed Book EE, p 464, to Benjamin Ellis from David R Ellis - on the west side of main Broad River, waters of Sarratt's creek, containing 100 acres more or less. Sworn before A Bemer,Magistrate and witnessed by Charles Ellis, Ransom Bell, J R Ellis, [David's brothers & son-in-law, Ransom Bell.] It is signed by Benjamin Ellis, who is the father of Charles & David; Sold March 27, 1857; Registered 16 April 1857.
Source: Broad River Genealogy Society newsletter, Vol. XII, No. 3, Aug 1992. Confederate Pardons, Government Order 42, 1866. This doc shows application for pardon, offence committed recommendation by the state governor, and the decision of the president of the USA. Charles H Ellis was listed as "rebel postmaster". Those in leadership roles were not pardon at the conclusion of the war as were the soldier - who onlyhad to take the oath of allegiance and be pardoned. These leaders wereleft un-pardoned so that they could not exert leadership until the government was sure that they would not be a problem. This was a majorpart of "harsh reconstruction." This GO listed the pardon of Charles Ellis along with 28 others: Ellis, Charles (#1648, 1st exception). Application dated 5 Sep 1865; age 61; farmer; postmaster for about 20 years at Ervinsville, "an established office for about 40 years." Pardon recommended 5 Jan 1866; pardoned 1 Feb 1866.
Ellis Ferry 1782
Source: Summer, 1981, Ellis Cousins Newsletter, p 15 - "THE ELLIS FERRY - The Ellis Ferry was located on the Broad River below Shelby, NC and at one time was the only way of crossing the river between Shelby and Gaffney, SC. This picture (shows 2 sets of horse & buggy on a ferry) and information on the Ferry were submitted by ECN members Maybelle Demay of Newberg, Oregon and Sam Ellis of Spartanburg, SC. Photo was taken around 1898 - 1900 by John N. Randall. Shown in the photo areO.Z. Randall in the front buggy, Rev. and Mrs. Ambrose Hopper are in the second buggy.
Source: Rutherford Co., NC minutes dated 15 Jan. 1828 - Contains a petition of Benjamin Ellis and Robert A. Allison to establish the ferry on Broad River at Irvinsville (long known by the name of Quinn's Ferry). A large imposing two story white frame home known as the Ellis House was built just across the river. The house (later known as the Gramling House is still standing and in use) was used in the early days asa stop-over for people crossing the river and was also used as the Stage Coach Station. Not far from the Ellis House is a graveyard (this is the Ellis Family Cemetery - dates are recorded on the family group sheets)." Please note our ancestor Charles ELLIS was not buried in thefamily cemetery but is close by at Buffalo Baptist cemetery beside hiswife Nancy. [Charles Ellis, along with his brother, David R, became partners with their father in the Ferry Enterprise.]
SOURCE: Cleveland County Historical Society -- "Ellis Family History" BEN ELLIS was the father of Charles and (John) Rick Ellis (and other sons to be mentioned later) who the labor of scores of slaves first built a bridge across Big Broad River to furnish a trade route fromShelby to Gaffney, and then after the Civil War, when the bridge washed away, operated a ferry there for many years -- ELLIS' FERRY."
Note: The Ellis Ferry was started by this writer's 3/g grandfather's Benjamin J Ellis and later he had two of his sons as partners - David Ross Ellis this writer's 2/g grandfather and father of Charles H. (2) Ellis. The following account is a fanciful fairy tale version of the truth, in a paper called ?Ellis Family History.?
- Dr. Ed Ellis
SOURCE: ELLIS FAMILY HISTORY
"Having no lands or houses, the brothers began a hustle to overcome their handicaps. They saved and bought land from the government, and soon secured deed for it, (practically all the land along both sides ofthe river south of MT. Sinai church, extending to the outskirts of Gaffney.) Fourteen acres of this land has never gone out of the Ellis Family, and another 25 acre tract was out for only a short time. It wassold and later bought back by S. A. Ellis (S.A. Ellis died June 12,1949) of Shelby.
Seeing the need for progress in travel and convenience, the brothers purchased seventy or eighty slaves, and supervised the construction ofa huge wooden bridge across Big Broad River. Commerce began, and before long there was brisk business between Shelby and Gaffney, the Ellis Bridge was on the most direct route possible. (Note: No record can be found of such a bridge. Anything this important that would link thetwo Carolinas would be big news. Dr. Ed Ellis.]
Things went smoothly for a time, but tragedy came before so very long. It was about this time that President Abraham Lincoln issued his Emancipation Proclamation and freed the slaves. They were gone, and with them the source of the Ellis labor. To top this blow, rain fell intorrents that year. Big Broad became a river twice its normal size, and the Ellis Bridge, which the slaves had built was washed asunder, and with no capital or labor to replace it, something had to be done.
A substitute for the bridge was found, a ferryboat, operated by Charles Ellis of the south side of the river, so trade went on. A Negro operated the ferry, and charged the sum of 25 cents for horse-drawn wagons, carriages and ox-carts, 10 cents for a horseback rider, and 5 cents for those choosing to walk. "Set me across" people would yell to the old Negro on the other side. ....Old persons in this community recall seeing great caravans of wagons at the ferry landing some filled with apples, others with cabbages and produce.
Sam Ellis (descendant of Charles Ellis) remembered the tales his father told him...such as, the way molasses was hauled from Columbia to Burr Town settlement. The southern colony built huge barrels and attached shafts to the ends. Mules were harnessed to the shafts and a slaveguided the animal. Thus the molasses was rolled to the Broad River people."
SOURCE: ELLIS FAMILY HISTORY-- Cleveland County Historical Society
Info taken from site of Dr. Ed Ellis
Nancy Turner Ellis (1809 - 1890)
Bolivar Cantrel Ellis (1829 - 1862)*
Luther Ellis (1832 - 1854)*
Mary Marsilla Ellis (1833 - 1847)*
Eady Amelia Ellis Brem (1835 - 1852)*
David Benjamin Franklin Ellis (1837 - 1919)*
Cynthia Louisa Ellis Borders (1839 - 1893)*
Elijah Ross Ellis (1846 - 1932)*
Pierre Logan Ellis (1849 - 1932)*
Dora Ellis Hopper (1852 - 1917)*
Buffalo Baptist Church Cemetery
South Carolina, USA
Created by: Zandalee
Record added: Nov 20, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 31568150
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