Finding the Right Thomas and Nancy Ellison

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This is the father of Sarah A. Ellison who married John Coleman Martin.

Which is the right Thomas and Nancy Ellison?

Which is the right Thomas and Nancy Ellison?

In case you have trouble reading that screen shot, here’s the whole text: He may look strange to our modern eyes, but I’m delighted to get this quaint photo of my 3X great-grandfather. His name is Thomas Ellison and my cousin in California sent me the photo. Thank you, Lori!

In researching his life, I found some confusion on ancestry.com. There are two men named Thomas Ellison and they are both married to a Nancy. I’ve been sorting it out and want to document it here as part of my 52 Ancestors series.

Known facts about my ancestor:
Thomas Ellison – born on 10 Jul 1809 in Madison, Kentucky, USA
Died 31 Aug 1896 in Cedar Township, Knox County, Illinois, USA.
His wife is Nancy D. Huddleson. She was born 10 Feb 1812 in Kentucky, United States and died 22 Feb 1879 in Cedar Township,Knox, Illinois, USA.

Among their children is Sarah A Ellison who married John Coleman Martin. She lived 1839 to 1887. At this point, I’m into family history that my grandmother documented. Sarah’s siblings are:

Edmund (1835-)
Mary J. (1837-)
Melton James (1841-)
Elizabeth (1842-)
Lydia (1844-)
Eliza M. (1846-1848)
Madison (1847-1847)
Francis (1850-1851)

There’s another Thomas Ellison who is mixed up with my ancestor on some family trees online. I want to set the record straight. This is a different Thomas Ellison.

This one was born 23 Jul 1794 – Montgomery, Kentucky, USA and died 8 Jul 1858 in Campbell, Greene County, Missouri, USA.
His wife Nancy Patterson was born in 1796 and died in 1871. They were married in 1820.
Their children are:

Nancy (1821-1860)
John Thomas (1823-1857)
Alexander Dennie (1826-1861)
Hancock (1829-)
Hannah A (1829-)
James (1829-)
Jane C (1833-1866)
Zilpha (1834-)
Polly D (1835-)
Elizabeth (1838-1917)
Robert Patterson (1841-1908)

The key to sorting the 2 families out is the 1850 census for Abington, Knox County, Illinois and for Campbell County, Greene, Missouri. In that census, I can see Sarah A. and her siblings in Illinois while the other family shows up in the Missouri census.

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