Ellis,  James Madison

Ellis, James Madison[1]

Male 1816 - 1909  (92 years)

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  • Name Ellis, James Madison  [2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8
    Born 28 Oct 1816  Jackson County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 6, 7, 8
    Gender Male 
    Died 26 Jun 1909  Ellijay, Gilmer County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Buried Berean Baptist Church, Gilmer County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Person ID P7677  MK's Family Tree
    Last Modified 4 Jun 2017 

    Father Ellis, James Ezra,   b. 1791, Greene County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. July 1849, Gilmer County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 58 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Mother McClure Rowland, Nancy,   b. 20 Oct 1790, South Carolina, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 March 1871, Fannin County, Georgia, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 80 years) 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F1922  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Harrison, Rachel B.,   b. 1817, Buncombe County, NC Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 26 Aug 1876, Ellijay, Gilmer County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 59 years) 
    Married 1838  Murray County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Ellis, Thaddeus Stephen,   b. Mar 1840, Pisgah, Gilmer County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Mar 1879, Pisgah, Gilmer County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 39 years)  [natural]
     2. Ellis, John Alexander,   b. 1842, Chatworth, Murray County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1864, Reliance, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 22 years)  [natural]
     3. Ellis, Mary Ann,   b. 5 Apr 1847, Ellijay, Gilmer County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1885, Pickens County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)  [natural]
     4. Ellis, Violet Caroline,   b. 27 Sep 1848, Gilmer County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 14 Jul 1905, Ellijay, Gilmer County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 56 years)  [natural]
     5. Ellis, Nancy A,   b. Jan 1850, Polk County, TN Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1928, Gilmer CO, GA. Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 78 years)  [natural]
     6. Ellis, Joseph Pickens,   b. Mar 1854, Ellijay, Gilmer County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 11 November 1933, Harriman, TN Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 79 years)  [natural]
     7. Ellis, Rachel Minerva,   b. 7 May 1856, Ellijay, Gilmer County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Feb 1928, Fannin County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 4 Jun 2017 
    Family ID F1893  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Thurman, Nancy A.,   b. Jun 1861, GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 6 Apr 1918, Ellijay, Gilmer County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 56 years) 
    Married 24 Jan 1887  Gilmer County GA Find all individuals with events at this location  [8
    Children 
     1. Ellis, Nancy  [natural]
     2. Ellis, James Blaine,   b. 14 Jul 1888, Ellijay, Gilmer County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 1972, Ellijay, Gilmer County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years)  [natural]
     3. Ellis, Betty Ann,   b. 7 Aug 1890, Ellijay, Gilmer County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1917, Ellijay, Gilmer County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 26 years)  [natural]
     4. Ellis, Josie Josephine,   b. 10 Aug 1892, Ellijay, Gilmer County, GA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 31 Oct 1984, Calhoun, GA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 92 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 4 Jun 2017 
    Family ID F1894  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • 1838, helped remove Indians from Gilmer County, GA

      1868 - 1870, served as Representative in the GA State Legislature

      Referred to as Too Dottie Too by the Cherokees in re: red hair and literacy

      29 Sept 1852, Listed as Mountaintown School District Patron[Ellis0630.ged]

      James Madison Ellis was the son of James E. and Nancy Ellis, who was born October 28, 1816 in Jackson County, Georgia. James Madison Ellis came with his father, James, to Murray County, Georgia into the area of the Vann House in 1832. In November 1837, he enlisted as a soldier in Winfield Scott's army for the removal of the Cherokees from Georgia. He was sent to Fort Hetzel (in what is now East Ellijay of today) in Col. Lindsey's Regiment of Georgia Volunteers, where his brother, Elijah was a soldier. There were 1,100 Indians from Gilmer County sent on the "Trail of Tears" to Oklahoma. He was mustered out at the Vann House in July, 1838.
      There the same year, James Madison married Rachel B. Harrison, who was born 1817 in Buncombe County, North Carolina, the daughter of Sarah Oglesby Harrison and Rev. Nathan Harrison. Rev. Harrison was the first Methodist Missionary that was sent to North Georgia to preach to the Indians. When Rev. Harrison died in Murray County, Georgia in July 1852, his death notice appeared in the Southern Christian Advocate and it stated "he was cousin of General Harrison, late President of the United States."
      The first child of James Madison and Rachel Ellis was Thaddeus Stephen Ellis who was born in 1840 in Murray County and appears on the Murray County Census of 1840. By 1842, James and Rachel Ellis moved to Gilmer County, where their other children were all born.
      During the Civil War James and Rachel lived near the old Macedonia Church he helped to establish. On January 2, 1864, along with his son, Thaddeus, and his son-in-law, Henry Cochran, they joined Company D of the 10th Regiment of the Tennessee Volunteers with the Union Forces. In the Gilmer County Courthouse there is a record which reads:
      To All Whom It May Concern
      Know you that I, James M. Ellis, Corp of Lieut. L.D. McJunkins, Company D, 10
      Regiment of Tenn. Calv. Vol. who was enrolled 1864 to serve 3 years in during
      the war is here by discharged from the service of the United States this the 5th
      day of June 1865 at Louisville, Ky. By reason Go. No. 27 1865 Department of
      Ky. Know objective of his being re enlisted is known to exist. The said James
      M. Ellis was born in Jackson CO,. in the state of Ga. is 41 years of age height
      6 feet high pair of capt blue eyes red hair and by occupation when enlisted a
      farmer then at Louisville, Ky the 2nd June 1865.
      J. H. Smith, Dept. VR 6
      Recorded by T. T. Stallings, Ordinary, this Feb. 1st 1866
      After the Civil War was over, James M. Ellis, being a minister, was very active in organizing Primitive Baptist Churches in North Georgia. Among them were, Macedonia, Pisgah, Dial and Berean. In 1868 James Ellis was elected to Georgia House of Representatives and served until 1870. On 26 August 1876 Rachel died and she is buried at Old Berean Baptist Church in Gilmer County. Eleven years later on January 24, 1887, James Madison Ellis married Nancy A. Thurman.
      James Madison Ellis lived a full life, serving in Indian War, Civil War, preacher and serving his county in Georgia House of Representatives, on June 26, 1909 at the ripe old age of 93 he passed on into the hands of God. He is buried by Rachel at Old Berean Church Cemetery. James's second wife Nancy died April 6, 1918 and she is buried by James also.

  • Sources 
    1. [S-160393983] Ancestry Family Trees, (Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members.), Ancestry Family Tree.
      http://trees.ancestry.com/pt/AMTCitationRedir.aspx?tid=77651689&pid=7677

    2. [S-155232641] 1850 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), Year: 1850; Census Place: Subdivision 33, Gilmer, Georgia; Roll: M432_70; Page: 400A; Image: 330.

    3. [S-162842864] U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current, Ancestry.com, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.).

    4. [S-155232487] U.S., Civil War Pension Index: General Index to Pension Files, 1861-1934, National Archives and Records Administration, (Ancestry.com Operations Inc).

    5. [S-162956578] 1840 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), Year: 1840; Census Place: District 825, Murray, Georgia; Roll: 47; Page: 262; Image: 1116; Family History Library Film: 0007045.

    6. [S-163193825] 1870 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), Year: 1870; Census Place: Subdivision 55, Gilmer, Georgia; Roll: M593_152; Page: 21B; Image: 46; Family History Library Film: 545651.

    7. [S-163193794] 1860 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Ancestry.com Operations, Inc.), Year: 1860; Census Place: Subdivision 33, Gilmer, Georgia; Roll: M653_124; Page: 160; Image: 160; Family History Library Film: 803124.

    8. [S-155213788] 1900 United States Federal Census, Ancestry.com, (Ancestry.com Operations Inc), Year: 1900; Census Place: Coosawattee, Gilmer, Georgia; Roll: 200; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 0043; FHL microfilm: 1240200.


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