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Ellis, Thomas --  1587 - Colonist roster

Ellis, Robert  (boy) --  1587 - Colonist roster


The Lost Colony of 1587

In the year 1587, Sir Walter Raleigh organized another colonial expedition consisting of 150 persons. Men, Women, and children were part of this group. Thomas and Robert Ellis were included, Thomas' particular position/job is unknown. It is believed that Robert was his son.


Write up extracted from: 

Ellis Research File

Ellis, Thomas --  1587 - Colonist roster

Ellis, Robert  (boy) --  1587 - Colonist roster


From Roberta Estes:


After working with the names of these early colonists for several years I've begun to imagine what some of them looked like. There are portraits or engravings of Raleigh, Drake, Cavendish, Grenville, and perhaps a few of the others who are fairly well known. I also discovered that portraits of Edward Gorges and David Williams exist and that a portrait at Trinity College, Oxford, may be of Thomas Hariot.


Thomas Ellis, of the Lost Colony, also. Before leaving his home in Exeter he had been a member of the vestry of his parish church, St. Petrock, which still stands on the main business street of Exeter.

One phase of my study which I have yet had only an opportunity to think about is to consider any possible relationships which may have existed between the Roanokers and the settlers at Jamestown twenty years or so later. One instance of a possibility, I will cite, however. John Pory, secretary of the Virginia colony, came down into what is now Gates County in 1622. I had often wondered just why he made the journey and I have now discovered that his sister was married to a man named Ellis and that Thomas and Robert Ellis, the latter a boy, were among the Lost Colonists. I'd like to establish that a relationship existed between the various Ellises concerned. (See Pory entry - Link)

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