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Rev John Fletcher Ellington
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Birth: 1804
Johnston County
North Carolina, USA
Death: Feb. 9, 1890
Johnston County
North Carolina, USA

John F. Ellington was born about 1804 in Clayton, Johnston County, NC, the eldest of at least 5 known children (1 boy/4 girls) born to farmer, Jesse Ellington Jr (1778-1861), and his wife, Elizabeth Brannon/Brannan. John's middle name has been found as both Farrar and Fletcher.

He was the paternal grandson of Jesse Ellington Sr. and Martha Ann Tucker of Surry County, VA, who first settled in Johnston County ca. 1750's. He is a descendant of this family's patriarch, John Ellington, the first Ellington to arrive in American Colonies ca. 1712 to help conduct a land survey of Prince George's County, VA.

The circumstances surrounding Rev. Ellington's birth are unclear, but based on his father's will, it appears John was born "out of wedlock" prior to the couple's marriage on August 5, 1810. Upon his father's death in 1861, the will stated "I give and bequeath unto my beloved son JOHN ELLINGTON who is the bodily issue of myself and wife ELIZABETH before our marriage, the whole of my lands. Also my negro man Jarrett and my negro boy Dick."

John became a Baptist minister, and upon the death of his father, a very wealthy planter as well.

On February 3, 1831, the 24-year old minister married 16-year old Christiana "Chrissy" Avera, from the prominent Avera family (also found as Averyt, or Avery) of Johnston and Cumberland Counties, NC.

The couple would have 6 known children (3 boys/3 girls): Cornelia Adaline (1831-1888), Martha (1837-1885), John T. (c. 1839), Jesse Thompson (1842-1910), Joseph C. (1843-1905), and Julia A. (1845-1912).

The Reverend Ellington served his congregation in Clayton all his life, and is reported to have served as Confederate chaplain during the Civil War; although no further information was found on this. The Reverend would have been almost 60 years old at the start of the war and it seems improbable he actually served, and more likely that he may have ministered to soldiers in the area.

John died in 1890 at age 83. His wife, Christiana, survived another two years, passing in 1892 at age 77. They are buried in Clayton City Cemetery amongst other family members.
Family links: 
  Christiana Avera Ellington (1815 - 1892)
  Cornelia Adaline Ellington Ferrell (1831 - 1888)*
  Martha Ellington White (1837 - 1885)*
  Jesse Thompson Ellington (1842 - 1910)*
  Joseph Crittenden Ellington (1843 - 1905)*
  Julia Avera Ellington Robertson (1845 - 1912)*
*Calculated relationship
Clayton City Cemetery
Johnston County
North Carolina, USA
Created by: pbfries
Record added: Jul 27, 2008
Find A Grave Memorial# 28560210
Rev John Fletcher Ellington
Added by: pbfries
Rev John Fletcher Ellington
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