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Ellingsworth/Evans, A page from Henry Co., IL Hist
Posted by: Terry (ID *****3247) Date: March 23, 2002 at 16:14:13
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William was born in DE and Zepporah Evans bn MD

William was the son of Jacob & Sally Ellingsworth of Delaware.

Zepporah Evans is the dau. of William Evans and Margaret Randell of MD.

Does anyone have any information on Zepporah's Family?



The History of Henry County Illinois
Volume Two
The Pioneer Publinshing Company, Chicago, IL
Page 768

Josephus S Ellingsworth dates his residence in Illinois from 1850 and in Henry County from 1863.
He is now a retired farmer of Genesco, deriving his income from his land interests, for he is still the
owner of a valuable farm property in Colona township. He was born in Worcester County, Maryland,
October 15, 1844, and is one of the six children of William [born ca. 1819] and Zepporah (Evans)
Ellingsworth. His paternal grandfather, Jacob Ellingsworth, was a native of Delaware, whence he
removed to Maryland where he died. In his family were the following children: Minus, Elizabeth, Jennie, Henry, Jacob and William. The maternal grandfather of Mr. Ellingsworth was William Evans, a native of Maryland and of Welsh descent. Both he and his wife, Mrs. Margaret Evans, died in Maryland. They had three daughters and two sons: William, James, Zepporah, Ellen and Nancy.
William Ellingsworth, the father of our subject, devoted his entire life to farming and in 1850 carne to Illinois, settling in Rock Island county. The year 1863 witnessed his arrival in Henry county, at which time he took up his abode in Hanna township, where he purchased two hundred and forty acres of partially improved land. To that he added until his place comprised three hundred and twenty acres, but subsequently he sold the property and invested in one hundred and eighty acres in Loraine township.
At length he sold that property and in his old age removed to Genesco. where he died in 1886, having passed the eighty-fourth milestone on life s journey. For about twenty years he had survived his wife, who passed away at the age of fifty-six years in the faith of the Methodist church, 'of which she was a devoted member. They were the parents of four sons and two daughters: Jacob Henry, now deceased; Eliza the wife of H C Bartlett; Elizabeth, the deceased wife of Jacob Smith; William J.; JOSEPHUS S.; and John L.
Josuphus S. Ellingsworth was a little lad of but six summers when brought to Illinois by his parents and when a young man of nineteen years he carne to Henry county. He was reared to the routine work of the farm, devoting the summer months to the labors of the field, while in the winter seasons he acquired his education in the district schools. He remained at home until he had attained his majority and then worked as a farm hand by the month for three years, after which he rented land which he cultivated for two years. In the meantime he carefully saved his earnings, after which he purchased one hundred and five acres of partially improved land in Hanna township. For a period he cultivated that property and then sold it and purchased three hundred and twenty acres in Colona township upon which he lived for ten years. This he still owns and from it derives a substantial annual income, but on the 4th of March, 1907. he put aside all the cares of the farm and removed to Genesco where he purchased fine home on Palace Row which he now occupies.
On the 13th of February, 1870, Mr. Ellingsworth was married to Mrs. Mary Hanna, the widow of
Robert N. Hanna, and a daughter of Young and Lucy (Niver) Stokes. Mrs. Ellingsworth was born in Scott county, Iowa, and by her marriage has become the mother of five sons: Young Stokes, a farmer residing near Huron, South Dakota, married Lucy Burton and has one son, Allen R.; Robert died at the age of 4yrs as the result of an accident; Joseph, a practicing physician of Watertown, Illinois, wedded May Evans; James Garfield, a resident farmer of Hanna township, married Emma Gerstner; and Archie M. is at home. Mrs. Ellingsworth had two children by her first marriage: Maude F., the wife of Edward M. Applegarth, and Frederick N., who resides in California.



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