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Thursday, October 26, 1933


Death Claims Aged

Farmersville Man

Friday Morning


John D. Ellis, 93, Was Born and

Spent Entire Life on the Farm

Where He Died; Cast His First

Vote for Abraham Lincoln


John D. Ellis, one of the oldest residents of Posey County, passed away at his home near Farmersville at 11:30 o'clock Friday (20 Oct 1933) morning at the venerable age of 93 years, ten months and 28 days. Before his death he fell into a deep sleep from which he did not revive and passed peacefully away. Death was caused by infirmities of old age.


Mr. Ellis was born November 22, 1839, and had lived all his life and reared a family upon the farm where he died. We know of no other person in Posey county or elsewhere who has lived continuosly at the same place of residence over such a long term of years. He was a son of Elisha Ellis, one of the early residents of Posey county, who received a land grant, or United States patent certificate, for the 80-acre tract where the present homestead is now situated, including the tract of land where Farmersville now stands. The certificate, or land grant, is written on a sheep skin and was signed by John Quincy Adams, sixth president of the United States. Martin Van Buren was president when Mr. Ellis was born. The first great panic, or depression, was still upon the country about the time Mr. Ellis was born and is known as the panic of 1837.

The distance between his home and the L. & N. railroad station, which was not then built, was covered with woods and there was an abundance of animal life, including deer and bear, in the surrounding country and Mr. Ellis found great pleasure in hunting those animals.


Mr. Ellis cast his first presidential vote for Abraham Lincoln during the November, 1860, election.


During the Civil war he was a member of the Home Guards under the command of General Alvin P. Hovey and crossed the Ohio river into Kentucky where the Confederate general, Morgan, had been making raids.


On January 22, 1862, Mr. Ellis was united in marriage to Miss Harriett Russell, whose people also were early residents of this county and she still survives. To this union four surviving children were born, Grant, John, Jay, and Burchard Ellis, all of whom are living in this county.


The funeral was held Saturday afternoon from the Short funeral home and burial was in the Bellefontaine cemetery. Rev. E. F. Shake, pastor of the Methodist Episcopal church, was in charge. The pallbearers were Marsh Hall, William D. Utley, Sylvanus Jackson, Charles Phillips, Jack Duckworth and Richard Stevens.


Originally submitted by Betty Sellers