|Birth: ||Jan. 16, 1807|
|Death: ||Nov. 26, 1898|
John Wick Ellis is the son of Isaac Spencer Ellis and Martha Shipley Ellis. He married Malinda Jane Ramey Nov. 26, 1829 in Saline county, Mo. He was her second husband.
John Ellis and his family moved to Cooper county, Missouri before 1820. It was John's brother William, who first entered land in Heath's Creek Township, which John later bought and then entered ten acres more. It was here he had a blacksmith's shop for making farm tools. He also farmed, one of his crops being tobacco. (SOURCE: "Life in Pettis County, 1815-1973" by Hazel N. Lang, n.p. 1975)
The following is a list of the early settlers who were here prior to the organization of the county: Richard Hurt, W W Cross, George McClure, Henry Rector, Capt. O. Kidd, Amos Fristoe, Col. Chas, Cravens, Hiram Scott, John Ellis, Richard Bird, Bethel Allen, Thomas Ferguson, J W Beaman, Thomas Beaman, Wm O'Brien, James Anderson, John O'Bannon, Martin Sitton, Thomas Wasson, James Ramey, W K Ramey, Thomas Martin, Henry Rains and Reuben E Gentry. The last named gentleman came to this neighborhood prior to the formation of Missouri as a State. The early settlers held the first courts and transacted all their legal business at a place on Muddy, called "Pin Hook." It was first called by this name by an early adventurer from Tennessee, who said it resembled a hard place in his native state by that name. Pin Hook was the center of the first settlement of the county and was for a time the county seat. Here the first courts were held in an old building joined to a log cabin which was used for a store. The first store was kept her by Messrs. Marmaduke and Sappington, after which Clifton and Watson Woods kept the store in the same house until they moved their goods to the village of Georgetown.
The first marriage of this old settlement was in the winter of 1821, Miss Malinda Ramey to Thomas Brock. The first death was that of Thomas Brock in 1822. Malinda Ramey Brock then married John Wick Ellis after the death of her first husband.
Malinda and John Ellis built a house in the northern part of Pettis county, in what is now Heath's Creek township. (12 miles north of Sedalia) It was made of logs and had a full basement, which was used for storage of barrels of molasses which he made. All of their children were born here, and John and Malinda and their youngest daughter died there. Their house was later used for storage of grain. John had his own blacksmith shop, where he made all his own farm tools, and he also had a still near what is known as Farmer's City Ford. They had many acres of land, buying some of it from the U.S. Government.
Both John and Malinda were very large people, John being six feet six inches tall. There were many interesting stories told about him. He never liked heels on his shoes, and and always took them off a new pair, although he went barefoot most of the time.
There was much conflict in this family during the Civil War, as John Ellis was a southerner, and his wife's people were northerners. At one time Melinda's brother came with the Federal soldiers to take John and she chased them away. Another time they came on a raiding party. As they entered the front door, Malinda slipped out the back and tossed a hive of bees among the horses. This frightened the horses, and the soldiers, hearing the commotion, fled, thinking the Confederates were coming. Federal soldiers also destroyed the still.
At one time there were eleven John Ellis' in the family, and they were given nicknames to tell them apart. There was Flat tobacco John, California John, County Line John, Fiddling John and others.
John Ellis started his own family burying ground on his farm. In 1888 he deeded it to his heirs forever. His youngest son had been buried there in 1853. Malinda and John are buried in this cemetery. They had 11 children together. The cemetery is located on the north side of Kemp Road, in the center of a grove of Cedar trees about 1/8 mile back off the road.
Son Isaac Spencer Ellis b. July 31, 1835 died in 1872 at McKinney, Collin co., Tex. burial place unknown. He married Lenore F. Scott.
John and Malinda's last child, a son Robert Ellis b. ca. 1856 is not seen in census after 1870. Perhaps he too is buried in this cemetery.
In 1895, at the age of 89 years John Ellis was still living on his farm 12 miles north of Sedalia. SOURCE: (Portrait and Biographical Record of Johnson and Pettis Counties, Missouri, Chapman Publishing Co., 1895.)
John Ellis died at the age of 91 or 92.
Isaac Spencer Ellis (1783 - 1859)
Martha Shipley Ellis (1785 - ____)
Malinda Jane Ramey Ellis (1810 - 1887)
Martha Ann Ellis Carter (1830 - 1907)*
James Ramey Ellis (1832 - 1909)*
Mary Elizabeth Kindred Ellis Dillard (1838 - 1923)*
Mary Elizabeth Ellis Dillard (1838 - 1923)*
Rachel Ellis Scott (1840 - 1920)*
Benjamin Franklin Ellis (1844 - 1877)*
Malinda Ellen Ellis Dillard (1846 - 1926)*
John William Ellis (1848 - 1927)*
George Shipley Ellis (1850 - 1853)*
Caroline Permelia Ellis Leftwich (1852 - 1933)*
Note: s/s Malinda Ellis
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