Sunday, December 20, 2015


ALEXANDER C. ELLIS is the eldest child of Joel and Jane (Mason) Ellis. Joel Ellis was born November 17, 1784, in what is now Fayette County, Ky. His father, John Ellis, was a native of Virginia, born January 29, 1749; his father came from England and his mother from Wales. John Ellis came to Kentucky about 1780, and located near the present site of Lexington, where he died January 15, 1794, leaving twelve children, of whom subject's father was the seventh. Joel Ellis was bound out to the carpenter's trade, but upon coming of age gave his attention to farming, in Gallatin County, Ky.; he afterward moved to Henry County, and in 1839 he bought a large tract of land in Ohio County, with a view to stock raising, but owing to the undeveloped condition of the country, this was a failure, and he lost heavily by this venture and by the war. He possessed, however, a good competence at his death, in August, 1871. He was a man of great force of character, and held many responsible positions of trust, among which were those of magistrate and sheriff of Gallatin County. He was twice married; his first wife, Polly Smith, died February 21, 1841, leaving twelve children. His second wife, who died January 24, 1882, bore him four children, of whom Alexander C. is the eldest child, and was born July 27, 1842, in this county. He attended the district school, and afterward took a thorough course at the Hartford Seminary. When seventeen years of age he began teaching, which he followed during the winter months for nine years. March 31, 1868, he married Mrs. Mary E. Hill, nee Stevens, daughter of John B., and Jane (Baird) Stevens, and has since been trading, dealing in tobacco and farming. For two years he was deputy sheriff of this county, and in 1884 received the nomination for sheriff, but declined to make the race. He is a member of the Masonic fraternity, and he and wife are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church. Their children are Bennett S., Pearla, Charles H., Ernest and Everett (twins), Howard B., Z. Wayne and Samuel H.

Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895

HENRY M. ESKRIDGE, Ohio County, was born January 25, 1861, in Hardinsburgh (sic), Breckinridge Co., Ky., where he grew to manhood. In 1880 he located at McHenry, Ohio County, and in 1883 at Echols, where he now resides. His father, Elijah E. Eskridge, was born September 19, 1812, in Grayson County; was a judge in Breckinridge County, and is still living. He is the son of Capt. George Eskridge, of Virginia, a Revolutionist, who suspected and abused Benedict Arnold, and died in 1824, aged over eighty years. The family are of Irish extraction. Elijah R. married Elizabeth, daughter of James W. and Sarah (Morris) Taylor, of Breckinridge County. She was born in 1813 and died in 1874, and to them were born Letitia (Haswell), James G., Morris, Mamie (Butler), Roscoe, Alfred, Jennie (Williams), Melville and Henry M. The last named attended the common schools and the high school at Hartford, improved his opportunities, and secured a good education. He is superintendent of the McHenry-Rockport Company's store at Echols, and in politics is a Republican.

Source: J. H. BATTLE, W H. PERRIN, & G. C. KNIFFIN 1895

Note:  Henry McHenry Eskridge died 11 October 1915. He is buried at Hardinburg.

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