Ellis was the son of Robert Sloan & Margaret Cook of Blount Co. Tennessee. He married Permelia Green Freeman, 26 Jan 1843, in Murray Co. Ga. Permelia was born 16 May 1827 in North Carolina the dau of Benjamin Freeman Jr. and Nancy Taylor Pope. The father of 13 children and a farmer his whole life, he died as a result of a wagon accident. His wife moved to Victory Co. Tx. after his death with some of her sons.