PS I forgot to add this when I was mentioning Ansel Ellis's use of the name Franklin. Ansel Ellis and Sarah Covel had sons named Benjamin Franklin Ellis born at Wellfleet. They died young. There is no record of their burial at Wellfleet. Not in capecodgravestones.com or org and not in the Wellfleet book of cemeteries. I understand that people admire, for example, George Washington and Ben Franklin and will name children after them, but I think that Ansel Ellis must have had a Franklin in his ancestry. There was a Henry Franklin (Frankland) who was a member of the Old North Church, but I could never do anything with it. I read the most recent Ben Franklin book, hoping for a clue!
Did you know that Sarah Covel (Mrs. Ansel Ellis) was an herbalist? There was a little book about Swampscott and Sarah Covel Ellis is the only woman mentioned in it. (Photocopied but can't find it today!) She kept a store and sold goodies to children and simples (herbs) from her garden to adults. The book lists what she grew
Also, I have a letter, written c. 1896 from Charles Bacon (b. 1860 Boston to Allen H. Bacon, Jr. (of Wellfleet and Boston) and Catherine Carey (of Aylesford, Nova Scotia) to E. B. Martin of Swampscott, asking for information about the ancestry of Sarah Covel and Ansel Ellis. E. (Eliza) B. Martin knew only "of Cape Cod" and told Charles Bacon (my mother's uncle) to write to Sophronia (Rich) Estes of Lynn for the answer. Did Uncle Charles do it? I have no letter etc. Eliza B. Martin was a descendant of Mehitible Ellis and Moses Nesbitt. Eliza had a sister named Nettie or Nellie Martin. Their father was named Henry B. Martin, Jr. One of the Nesbitt women married the first Henry Martin and his sister named Philadelphia Martin married Ansel Franklin Nesbitt of Swampscott. Those Martins came from Devon or Cornwall in the 1800s.
For information about the Old North Church pew holders, get the website and select -history.
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