She was born in St. Just, Cornwall, England, the eldest of 11 children. She did not receive any schooling. When she was 13 years old, she went to work in stores and homes for a schilling a week (about a dollar). "Food was so high we went hungry most of the time, and unless you had a garden and raised some vegetables to eat, it was next to impossible to survive." She got her father to raise flowers and ship them to London.
Her husband was born in the same town, and they were married there on Dec. 31, 1898 in the Church of England. They decided to go to America. First went William, with his brother and his wife, then Elizabeth followed with their two children. The first went to Bisbee, but didn't like it there, and so came to Globe. Her children, Annie and Pascoe, were six and four, respectively. The streets were unpaved, and the sidewalks were boards. When it rained, they put down planks from street to street so people wouldn't get mired down in the mud. She said the men wore sixshooters, and "believe me," there was plenty of shooting going on.
Most of the saloons were on the west side of Broad Street, and women knew they were not supposed to walk on that side, or if they did, to "take the consequences."
Her husband worked as shaft timberman in the Old Dominion Mine, and they took in roomers and boarders. "Like every other woman," she said, "I washed on a washboard, heating water on one or both of the wood stoves I cooked on, as well as heating those heavy sadirons."
When her son William was born, he weighed 3 lbs 8 oz, and she carried him around on a pillow for his first year while she worked.
She said although it was a hard life in the early years, they never were sorry they left their homeland. They went back for a three month's visit in 1932, and were quite homesick for Globe.
Source: Arizona Record newspaper, Aug. 23, 1956; courtesy Bullion Plaza Cultural Center & Museum, Miami, AZ
William Ellis (1877 - 1936)
Elizabeth Ann Ellis Mugford (1901 - 1952)*
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