Tuesday, April 16, 2019

APRIL A2Z BLOGGING CHALLENGE - E

SURNAMES ON MY FAMILY TREE BEGINNING WITH E

I have not participated in the A2Z Blogging Challenge for a few years, due to health issues and other commitments, but I have decided that I should not miss this year's special TENTH ANNIVERSARY A2Z blogging challenge. This is my fOURTH post of the 2019 challenge and since while attending the Rootstech Conference in Salt Lake City in February, I joined the Surname Society, I have decided to make the theme of my A2Z challenge Surnames on my Family Tree. 

I am listing, according to the alphabet letter of the day, the surnames of my ancestors and others on my family tree that begin with that letter. For the second part of each blog I will choose an ancestor's surname that begins with the appropriate letter and write a little about that ancestor and the surname itself.

SURNAMES BEGGINNING WITH THE LETTER E
  • EAKIN - Manitoba, Canada
  • EAKIN - Ireland
  • EDMANSON - Delaware, USA
  • EDWARDS - Westmeath, Ontario, Canada
  • EGGINGTON/ EGGLINGTON - Rosario, Argentina
  • EIBBERT - Prussia
  • EISELIN - Gemany
  • ELDER - Allegheny, Pennsylvania, USA
  • ELLIS -  St Dunstan, St Stepney, London, England
St Dunstan, St Stepney, Wikimedia, Creative Commons
  • EMEMDORFER - Beutelsbach, Baden - Wurttemberg, Germany
  • EMERSON - Alnwick, Northumberland, UK
  • ENRIQUEZ - Mexico
  • ERHARDT -Ohringen, Baden-Wurttemberg, Germany
  • EUSSLE - Germany
  • EUSTACE - Londonderry, Northern Ireland
  • EVANS - River, Kent, England
St Peter and Paul's, River, Kent, Wikimedia, Creative Commons
  • EVANS - Rosario and Cordoba, Argentina
  • EVANS - Paddington, London, UK

ELIZABETH ELLIS ab 1727 -1772

St Katherine's by the Tower, Middlesex, London, Wikimedia, Creative Commons
Elizabeth ELLIS was my 7th great grandmother. At the recorded age of 26 years, Elizabeth married Edward MANTON [1], a miller of the same age [2]. The marriage banns for this couple were read in both St Dunstans and All Saints [3], Stepney and St Katherine the Virgin, by the Tower [4]. The marriage banns record for St Dunstans indicates that both bride and groom were 'of the same place' meaning that they were residing in St Dunstan Stepney at the time of the marriage [5] but not necessarily FROM the same parish.  


Marriage Banns for Edward Manton and Elizabeth Ellis, St Dunstan, Stepney [6]

Edward Manton of St Dunstan, Stepney, in the County of Middlesex, Miller, and Bachelor aged Twenty Six years and alleged upon oath that he intends to marry with Elizabeth Ellis of the same place Spinster aged Twenty Six years [7]

English Marriage Banns were traditionally read three Sundays in a row, in the home parish of the both the bride and groom [8]. For the intended marriage of Elizabeth Ellis and Edward Manton, banns were read the parishes of St Dunstans, Stepney and St Katherine's by the Tower [9]. These parished are around 1.9 miles apart [10].  Although both Edward and Elizabeth are stated to be 'of St Dunstans, Stepney' [11]  (both parishes in Middlesex, London), the publishing of banns in two parishes indicates that either Elizabeth or Edward originally came from St Katherine by the Tower.


Marriage Banns for Edward Manton and Elizabeth Ellis, St Katherine by the Tower [12]
The Bond of 200 Pounds  which was intended to ensure that the marriage occurred was paid by the groom to St Katherine's by the Tower [13]. The marriage between Elizabeth Ellis and Edward Manton took place on December 23, 1753 [14] at the church of St Katherine's by the Tower. This suggests, though is not evidence that Elizabeth Ellis came from that parish since it was common for couples to marry in the bride's parish [15].


The Marriage of Elizabeth Ellis and Edward Manton [16]
Despite both bride and groom's ages being given as 26 years it is possible that one or both ages were incorrect [17]. Finding the parents of my 7th great grandmother, Elizabeth ELLIS is proving to be a challenge and my search continues to be a work in progress. 
I have eliminated several baptisms of females named Elizabeth Ellis from their recorded deaths and I am currently researching the following possibilites for my Elizabrth Ellis's birth, baptism and parents.

I have found ELLIS baptisms, marriages and deaths in the parish of St Dunstans going back to the 1500's but only one baptism in St Katherine's by the Tower.


  1. Eliz. Ellis Baptised 22 November 1730, St Katherine's by the Tower, John Ellis and ELizabeth [18].
  2. Eliz. Ellis, baptised Stepney, 18 April 1728, John Ellis and Ann [19].
  3. Eliz. Ellis, baptised Stepney, 18 April 1731, Thomas Ellis and Jane [20].


ORIGINS OF THE SURNAME ELLIS

Ancestry.com offers the following explanation for the origin of the surname Ellis:

English and Welsh: from the medieval personal name Elis, a vernacular form of Elijah (see Elias). In Wales this surname absorbed forms derived from the Welsh personal name Elisedd, a derivative of elus ‘kindly’, ‘benevolent’.[21]

Forebears gives me a different origin for this surname:

In the whole range of family nomenclature there is perhaps no name which admits of more variety of origin, or a greater number of differing forms. "Elies or Ellis in British," says Hals, in D. Gilbert's Cornwall, iii. 429, "is ason-inlaw by the wife, and Els or Ells, a son-inlaw by the husband.[22]

Wikipedia provides me with a similar explanation as Ancestry:


Ellis is a first name and surname of English and Welsh origin.The surname was first recorded in 1202 in LincolnshireEngland.
Last name: Ellis. This ancient surname of many spellings, is a "crusader" import into Europe from the Holy Land. Recorded as Elliss, Elix, Ellice, Eles, Elias, Heelis, and many other forms, it derives from the Greek "Elias", itself from the Hebrew "Eliyahu", and meaning "Jehovah is God". In Wales this surname absorbed forms derived from the Welsh personal name Elisedd, a derivative of elus ‘kindly’, ‘benevolent’.[23]

FOOTNOTES

1.Marriage Banns Elizabeth Ellis and Edward Manton, St Dunstans, Stepney, London and Surrey, England, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1597-1921, Ancestry.com
2.Ibid.
3.Ibid.
4.Marriage Banns Elizabeth Ellis and Edward Manton, St Katherine's by the Tower, London, England, Baptisms,Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812, Ancestry.com
5.Marriage Banns Elizabeth Ellis and Edward Manton, St Dunstans, Stepney, London and Surrey, England, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1597-1921, Ancestry.com
6.Ibid.
7.Ibid.
8. Marriage Banns, Genuki, https://www.genuki.org.uk/big/eng/LIN/churchrecs#Banns
9.Guide to Marriage Records in the Parish Registers, https://www.familytreeresources.com/marriage-records.html
10.Google Maps.
11.Marriage Banns Elizabeth Ellis and Edward Manton, St Dunstans, Stepney, London and Surrey, England, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1597-1921, Ancestry.com
12.Marriage Banns Elizabeth Ellis and Edward Manton, St Katherine's by the Tower, London, England, Baptisms,Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812, Ancestry.com
13.Ibid.
14.Marriage Elizabeth Ellis and Edward Manton, 1753, London, England, Baptisms,Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812, Ancestry.com
15. The History of Parish Registers, The Joiner Marriage Index, http://joinermarriageindex.co.uk/history-of-parish-registers/
16.Marriage Elizabeth Ellis and Edward Manton, 1753, London, England, Baptisms,Marriages and Burials, 1538-1812, Ancestry.com
17.Marriage Banns Elizabeth Ellis and Edward Manton, St Dunstans, Stepney, London and Surrey, England, Marriage Bonds and Allegations, 1597-1921, Ancestry.com
18.Baptism of Elizabeth Ellis, 22 November 1730, St Katherine's by the Tower, Familysearch.
19.Baptism of Elizabeth Ellis, 18 April 1828, Stepney, Familysearch.
20.Baptism Elizabeth Ellis, 18 April 1731, St Dunstans, Stepney, London, Docklands and East End Naptisms, Findmypast.
21. Ellis Family History, Ancestry.com, https://www.ancestry.com.au/name-origin?surname=ellis
22. Surname Ellis, Forebears, https://forebears.io/surnames/ellis
23. Surname Ellis, Wikipedia, https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ellis



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