Mifflin County Biographies
"History of the Juniata Valley and Its People, Vol. II" 1913

John B. Ellis


The Ellis family herein recorded came to Lewistown from Center county, Pennsylvania, and are probably descendants of the Welsh family of Ellis, founded in Pennsylvania by Rowland Ellis, of Bryn Mawr, Pennsylvania.

Alexander Ellis, father of John B. Ellis, of Lewistown, was born at Boalsburg, Center councy, Pennsylvania, in 1816. He moved to Juniata county at an early day, came to Lewistown in 1881, and died 1885. He married Martha Basem, born in Juniata county in 1822, died in Lewistown in 1904. Children: Lemuel, Mary, Kate, William! Edward, Carrie, Rebecca, Stewart, and John B., and four who died young.


John B. Ellis

John B., youngest son of Alexander and Martha Ellis, was born in Juniata county, Pennsylvania, January 22, 1863. He attended public, common and normal schools, obtaining a good English education. At the age of eighteen years he moved to Lewistown with his parents and began learning the blacksmith's trade in a Lewistown shop. After working five years he entered the employ of the Pennsylvania railroad as blacksmith, in December, 1886. He continued at the forge three years, then was promoted to be night foreman, which position he now holds. He is a Democrat in politics, and has held the offices of school director and assessor of the first ward, the latter an office he yet holds. He is a member of the Lewistown Lodge, No. 203, Free and Accepted Masons; Lost Creek Lodge, No. 131, Independent Order of Odd Fellows; and of the Methodist Episcopal church.

He married, October 16, 1884, Ida M. Stoner, born in Lewistown, January 31, 1864, only child of Andrew K. and Angeline (Maban) Stoner, he an early settler of Lewistown, where he died November 18, 1864, she surviving him until November 9, 1909. Children: 1. Mary Grace, born October 22, 1885; married Harry H. Shaw; children: Mary Grace, deceased, Harrison H. and Madeline. 2. Anna Gertrude, born April 6, 1889; married William D. Feather; children: William E., Helen Luella, Thomas Charles, deceased, and Robert David. 3. Robert Alexander, born September 15, 1897, residing at home.



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