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 Charles Ellis

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Charles Ellis

Birth
Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Death 20 Jul 1900 (aged 83)
Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Burial Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA
Plot Range 10, Sec. 1, H.S. 1
Memorial ID 81831738 View Source
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Charles's father was a prominent businessman and partner of John Allan, foster father of Edgar Allan Poe. Charles became a close childhood friend of Poe. (He wrote later that his father and John Allan opposed Frances Allan taking young Edgar into the Allan home.) His uncle was Powhatan Ellis, a diplomat and U.S. Senator.

Charles attended the University of Virginia in 1834 and 1835, during which time he maintained a lively diary of his life on campus and in Charlottesville. He afterward worked in his father's business. He was elected President of the Richmond & Petersburg Railroad in 1861, which he guided through the Civil War years. He applied for and received a federal pardon after the War, and was voted out as President in 1870. He continued working in the railroad industry thereafter.

Charles never married. He died at 307 W. Franklin Street of "Softening of the Brain," per Cemetery records. Cemetery records show him buried in one of two plots owned by Louis Bossieux (Range 1, Sec. 1, H.S. 1), but his marker appears in his father's plot in Range 10.



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  • Created by: Jeffry Burden
  • Added: 11 Dec 2011
  • Find a Grave Memorial 81831738
  • Find a Grave, database and images (www.findagrave.com/memorial/81831738/charles-ellis : accessed ), memorial page for Charles Ellis (28 Mar 1817–20 Jul 1900), Find a Grave Memorial ID 81831738, citing Shockoe Hill Cemetery, Richmond, Richmond City, Virginia, USA ; Maintained by Jeffry Burden (contributor 46873454) .