Saturday, February 20, 2010

Surname Saturday - ELLAM

I've come to believe that I am the ONLY person alive who has a direct interest in the Ellam Family! I have come across researchers looking into the trees of those who married into this line but not one direct descendant since I started my research over 10 years ago.

Still, I want to post the Ellam line as my first surname Saturday just in case. (Always the optimist!)

I have traced the line back to Lancashire, England and my husband's 4th Great-Grandparents
RALPH ELLAM (1788 - ?) and ELIZABETH HUGHES (1791). Ralph and Elizabeth had 8 children.

His 3rd Great-Grandparents had a somewhat tragic story. RALPH ELLAM, JR. (1823-1859)and ELIZABETH GREENALL (1829-1885) were married in Lancashire in 1853. They had 3 children, Alice in 1855, Elizabeth in 1857 and WILLIAM ELLAM born the 29 Jul 1858. On the 12 Apr 1859, when William was only 9 months old, Ralph was killed in a coal mining accident.

His Great-Great Grandparents were WILLIAM ELLAM (1858-1933) and MARGARET WATKINSON (1859-1933). They died 4 months apart and are buried together in St. Helens Cemetery in Lancashire. They had 8 children, the oldest being my husband's Great-Grandfather, John.

His Great Grandparents were JOHN ELLAM (1883-1933) and ADA BAILEY (1886-1967). John was the first member of the Ellam clan to immigrate to America. He and Ada came on 14 April, 1911 and settled in Bridgeport, Connecticut. John died in 1933 in Connecticut the same year as his parents died in England. In fact, both John and his mother Margaret died in the same month, January. John died first by less than a week. I wonder if Margaret had gotten word of her sons death before she passed on herself. John and Ada had two sons, John and William.

His Grandparents were JOHN ELLAM, JR. (1908-?) and FLORENCE WALKER (1909-1995). They had 4 sons before divorcing in 1944. John, Jr. is my brickwall. After the divorce, John disappears from the family. The last record I can find on him is when he is employed on the ship the Arthur L. Perry and working as a cook in 1946.

I'm putting this out there hoping the Genealogy Gods are smiling down on me and will bring me many missing Ellam relatives with information on John!


  1. Welcome to the Geneabloggers family. Hope you find the association fruitful; I sure do. I'm fairly new, as well, and have found it most stimulating, especially some of the Daily Themes.

    Keep telling your ancestor stories!

    Dr. Bill ;-)
    Author of "13 Ways to Tell Your Ancestor Stories"

  2. Hello,

    Are you still looking for information? Have you found any.
    I'am William Ellam, I believe that Florence Walker was a great aunt. She lived with my Grand Father William Ellam and Grand Mother Annie Ellam nee Martin?(got to look into that) in Gravenhurst On Canada until her death. But i do think that she passed before 1995.