it was nice to hear from you again. my dad corresponded extensively with mr. gerschbacher before his death. he was indeed the key to much of the information we have today. do you have the name and dates of the ship that john ellis sailed to the colonies on. It was a ship called "the america" and it left london england on june 23, 1635 bound for virginia. william barker was ships master. John Eeles is listed on the passenger list as being 16 years of age. one researcher thinks he is from yorkshire, england. perhaps someone will check the records of yorkshire in the future to see what is there. this ship is listed on the internet and will come up if you do a ships passenger lists search. the source of this lists is "Hotten's Lists" pp 95-96. i have a photo of the ellis ferry that the family ran on broad river until the early 1900's and the house they built on the property is still standing. let me know if you would like a copy. James and Absaloms graves are on this property in cleveland county on the n.c./s.c. state line.
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