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Re: Sarah Covell m Ansel Ellis 1792 Wellfleet, Mass.
Posted by: susan lovell (ID *****2695) Date: April 09, 2005 at 12:37:31
In Reply to: Re: Sarah Covell m Ansel Ellis 1792 Wellfleet, Mass. by Betsy Filz of 811

There were a few other men named Ansel Ellis. One was born in the early 1800s (1810-1811-1812-1813) in the Dartmouth/Fairhaven/New Bedford area. No parents' names given. That one married Diana Pittsley and had a son Ansel Ellis who moved to upper New York state.
"Our" Ansel Ellis died in Charlestown, Mass. in February of 1812 or 1813. I have the date but not at hand. It's from A Record of Deaths in Boston and Vicinity which I got on the NEHGS website. Supposedly Ansel Ellis is buried at the Old North Church in Boston. (That information is from work done by a descendant of the Nesbitts connecting with a Childs family.) I wrote to the office of the Old North Church (also called Christ Church) and asked for the burial information about Ansel Ellis, hoping to get his parents etc. Nothing. Many people are in crypts under the Old North Church and the workers have to go in the cellar with flashlights etc. to look for names. The office people suggested that he might be buried in Copp's Hill Celetery which is across the street from the Old North Church. There's a book telling who is buried at Copp's Hill. There are Ellis people from Sandwich but no Ansel. (I don't mean to imply that he is from Sandwich, Mass.) There were people with the Ellis surname who were pew-holders at the Old North. Ansel's middle name is Franklin and the Franklin name and the combination of Ansel+Franklin has been carried on through some generations. Ansel Franklin Nesbitt, for example. And another person was named Henry Ansel Franklin ____Nesbitt? And in my line, which is through Ansel Ellis and Sarah Covel's daughter Sarah Ann (Sally) Ellis who married Allen Holbrook Bacon of Wellfleet in July of 1822 - their first son was named John Franklin Bacon. At the time of their marriage, the Ellis girls were living in Charlestown and Sarah (Sally)'s marriage was recorded at Charlestown and at Wellfleet.
Sarah Covel Ellis died at Swampscott in November of 1848 and is in the Swampscott Cemetery. I have her death certificate. I got if from Massachusetts Archives, so I could get her parents' names and her birthplace etc., but the information isn't on the certificate.
I can follow Mehitible "Hitty" or "Hetty" Ellis and have her marriage in Boston to Moses Nesbitt and their living at Lynn/Swampscott. And Olive Ellis married at Charlestown or Boston to _____ Rich. Olive's daughter Sophronia Rich married Mark Estes and lived in Lynn.
My Sarah (Sally) Ellis who married Allen H. Bacon died December 7, 1835. Her death is recorded at Wellfleet but the records don't tell where she is buried. Some of her children died young and there is no record of their burial at Wellfleet or at Eastham.
I believe that Sarah Covel (who m. Ansel Ellis) had a brother named Thomas Hopkins Covel. They all owned and sold some land in Wellfleet or Eastham. Then Thomas Hopkins Covel moved to the Hardwick/Petersham area of Worcester County and I think he was married to a Doane, maybe a Bethia Doane. Records say Thomas Hopkins Covel was killed in New York state during the War of 1812.
Ansel Ellis was listed as a mariner when he lived at Wellfleet. His marriage certificate says he was "of Barnstable," so I wrote to the town clerk at Barnstable. No record of his having been there and they think it meant of Barnstable County rather than the town.
Sarah Covel and/or Ansel Ellis had a young lady, likely a relative, living with them. Hannah Doane was her name. The Wellfleet records give her name as Hannah Doane Ellis and make it look as though she is an "early" child of Sarah and Ansel. I think she is just a relative who was living with them. She married Lemuel Newcomb at Wellfleet or at Charlestown. Some of their children -last name of Newcomb-were born at Wellfleet and others at Charlewtown.
Also, in Mehitible's descendants, they named some girls Hanna Doane _____.
One of them is in the Swampscott Cemetery next to her grandmother, Sarah Covel. Her stone is black slate and says -widow of Ansel Ellis. So at least that's a sure thing.
Thanks for writing. What is y our line?
Susan Lovell

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