Early Bronaugh Residents

Ellis Family

This family was in Bronaugh very early and were featured in the 1887 History of Vernon County. We hope to learn more about them.


From: History of Vernon County, Missouri. 1887, p. 798.


(Farmer, Section 18, Post-office, Bronaugh).

Mr. Ellis has by no means been engaged in farming as long as many whose names appear in the present volume, and yet, to judge from the surroundings of his home farm, the results which have attended his efforts, and his success as a whole, one might well conclude that his was a life-long experience in the calling. Without doubt he is justly conceded to be one of the best agriculturists in this portion of the county, at least. His farm is improved far above the average, and as a result surrounding farms have been greatly benefited and improved. The conveniences upon his place in the way of dwelling, barns, sheds, etc., have all been made by himself and are just the buildings necessary for the proper conduct of a representative homestead. There are included in this estate 325 acres of excellent land, and this is thoroughly managed and carried on so as to procure the best possible results. By birth Mr. Ellis is from New York, having been born in Onondaga county, October 29, 1823. Elias and Margaret Ellis, née Halstead, his parents, had a family of 10 children, of whom Erial was the third child. Remaining in the Empire State until about 14 years of age, he then went to Ohio, where he grew up on a farm until the age of 18, at which time he commenced a mercantile experience in the clothing line. For 18 years he was thus occupied at different places in Ohio, subsequently removing to DeWitt County, Ill., where, and in McLean County, he remained some 17 years. The years 1861 and 1862 were spent in California. During seven years of the time mentioned he worked at bricklaying, having previously learned that occupation. In 1873 a location was chosen in Vernon county, and here be has continued principally to remain, giving his attention to agricultural pursuits. In 1875, however, he again found it necessary to replenish his means, not a little having been spent in his endeavors to make a start in this country. In a year he returned, remained a short time, and in company with his wife, once more started for the Golden State, staying there 19 months; following this he lived here three years and afterwards some 9 months in California. The balance of the time has been passed here. On July 13, 1848, Mr. Ellis was united in marriage with Miss Eliza B. Burnap, who was born near Lancaster, Fairfield county, though reared in Columbus, 0., a daughter of Daniel and Harriet (Baker) Burnap. Mrs. Ellis is a lady of true worth and intellect, and is highly esteemed for her many noble qualities. The success of her husband is due not a little to the valued aid and encouragement which has been given him at times when such assistance was most needed. Their only child now living is Elias A. Two children are deceased. Mr. E. belongs to the A. F. an A. M., having been made a Mason at Findlay, 0.

Grave marker for Erial & Eliza Ellis - Welborn Cemetery, Moundville.

Note also that their son Elias A. is listed on the side, 1851- 1917.

Here is the obituary for his son, Elias Ellis from the December 5, 1917 Bronaugh Journal.


The following item is about the death of Elias Ellis's second wife - Sarah Dunlop Ellis:

This article is from the Guthrie, Oklahoma newspaper of that date. An article from Nevada tells that Sarah Ellis was buried at Worsley Cemetery (although her husband was buried at Welborn)

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