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Ellen "Texas Ellen" Wilson
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Birth: 1822, Canada
Death: Mar. 16, 1855
Coloma
El Dorado County
California, USA

A prostitute and madam, she owned and operated the bawdy house called "The Lone Star of Texas", giving her the nickname "Texas Ellen" despite her Canadian birth.

A man named York became infatuated with her, and one day, through a window, saw her dancing with another man. Flying into a jealous rage, he pulled his gun and fired through the window at the man, hitting her instead. She died instantly. York fled and was never captured.

Custom generally forbade burying prostitutes in the sacred ground of the cemetery, but the people of Coloma allowed it in her case because of her many generosities and kindnesses during the cholera and smallpox epidemics of 1852 and 1853, in which she nursed and comforted the many sick and dying.

According to an article in the Mountain Democrat Texas Ellen was born in Virginia not Canada or Texas. 
 
Note: Legend has it that the headstone of John Covington is set over Ellen's grave. He is said to be buried next to her, dying some 27 years after her. They were friends at one time.
 
Burial:
Pioneer Cemetery
Coloma
El Dorado County
California, USA
Plot: Plot 22, Row 1, Grave 10
 
Maintained by: Eileen
Originally Created by: Lonnie DeCloedt
Record added: May 21, 2001
Find A Grave Memorial# 5470136
Ellen Texas Ellen Wilson
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Ellen Texas Ellen Wilson
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Ellen Texas Ellen Wilson
Added by: Lonnie DeCloedt
 
 
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I'm so sorry for what happened to you. You were a very young woman. You loving kindness despite how you lived shined so bright, that people remembered how kind you were. I hope to see you in the new system of things, where there will be no more sicknes...(Read more)
- Danielle McCullers
 Added: May. 27, 2014

- AR
 Added: May. 16, 2014
A yellow rose for "Texan Ellen"!
- Linda Davis
 Added: May. 15, 2014
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