PIONEER PREACHER DEAD
John Ellis Passed Away at His Home in Evansville
John Ellis, aged 86, passed away at his home in Evansville , Indiana
on Oct. 13, his death being due to paralysis and the decay of years.
Mr. Ellis was born in Ohio in 1820, and came to Mt. Vernon in 1858.
He was then in the ministry preaching the doctrine of the Methodist
Episcopal church. For many years he had appointments in and about
Mt. Vernon, in addition to working at the saddlers trade and clerking
in stores. Mr. Ellis was one of the pioneer preachers of the county,
the type of his ministry dating back to early manhood.
In later years during the time the L.&N. shops were located here, he
was upholsterer for the company, and when the shops moved to Howell he
also went, retaining his old position which he held until about two years
ago being compelled at the time to give up his work on account of failing health.
Mr. Ellis was married six times, four wives have gone before. His last wife
was Fannie Lowry who with three children of their union survives him. Four
other children Ed, of Louisiana, Mo., Al of Sturgis, Ky., Mrs. Nannie Witham,
of California and Mrs. Myra Collins, of Arthur, Ill., are also living.
He was a devout Christian and a faithful adhered to the principles of Methodism.
He was not a man to seek publicity, but went about on his quiet way doing good
at all times.
Next to his church came the I.O.O.F. lodge. He belonged to Marion Lodge of this city.
The body arrived here from Evansville, Monday morning and the funeral was held at
the First M.E. church in the afternoon, followed by interment at Oakwood, which was
in charge of the Odd Fellow.
Source: Mount Vernon Register News
Date: Oct. 15 1906
Submitted by Brenda Hereford and Nancy E. Davis
Relationship: Great Granddaughters