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While I was researching descendants of Samuel Fuller who settled in Maine after the Revolutionary War, I stumbled across Charles Alton Ellis, who is my fourth cousin twice removed. He was born in Parkman, Piscataquis County, in 1876. He was the son of David Brainard Ellis and Eliza Wharff Lombard.

He attended Wesleyan University (Middletown,…


Added by John P. Ellis on July 27, 2019 at 3:00pm — No Comments


After Freeman Ellis and Isaac Fuller completed their 12 days of Minuteman duty at Marshfield, they went home to Plympton and enlisted in the regular army for irregular warfare.


“Irregular warfare” is Richard Frothingham’s description of what took place during the Siege of Boston in the spring, autumn, and winter of 1775. Freeman and Isaac served in Colonel…


Added by John P. Ellis on September 16, 2014 at 2:00pm — No Comments


My two 4 x great grandfathers from Plympton, Massachusetts were members of Theophilus Cotton’s Minute Regiment. Freeman Ellis and Isaac Fuller “marched on the alarm of April 19, 1775 to [drum roll please] Marshfield; service 12 days…” 

They didn’t march toward Lexington or Concord, or to Boston, but to Marshfield, a distance of 14 miles from Plympton (according to Google Maps). The history books have told us that all the action was in Boston, where the British regulars…


Added by John P. Ellis on August 28, 2014 at 10:00pm — 1 Comment


I have two great-great-great-great grandfathers who were members of the Massachusetts Colonial Militia in Plympton, Massachusetts. They are Freeman Ellis (1745 – 1802) and Isaac Fuller (1751 – 1833). Both of them settled their families in Oxford County, Maine in the 1790s. Freeman Ellis died in Hartford, Maine in 1802. Isaac Fuller died in Livermore, Maine in 1833. The son…


Added by John P. Ellis on August 11, 2014 at 9:30pm — 1 Comment


A big step forward has been taken in the search for the origins of Eleazer Boyd Dickey with the publication of "David Dickey of New Hampshire, Nova Scotia, and Maine" in the July 2012 edition of the New England Historical and Genealogical Register (vol. 166, pp. 205 - 218) by Ellen J. O'Flaherty.

She claims that Eleazer was the oldest son of David Dickey and Mary Boyd, who left Londonderry, New Hampshire with brothers Adam and Robert Dickey and became original grantees of the township…


Added by John P. Ellis on July 16, 2014 at 1:30pm — No Comments

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