James served in Company M and Company B of the 2nd US Calvary between 1871 and 1876 at Fort D A Russell in the Wyoming Territory. He enlisted on 4 October 1870 in Toledo, Ohio. He deserted on 16 January 1871 and was apprehended on 23 August 1871. He was discharged on 7 April 1876. James and his wife Margaret both applied for a military pension and were both denied.
On 8 November 1882, he married Margaret WARNER in Erie, Monroe County, Michigan. Margaret was born 19 October 1861 in Kansas, Sandusky County, Ohio to David WARNER and Elizabeth MOWRY. James and Harriet lived in Wood County, Ohio. James died on 5 August 1912 in Weston Township, Wood County, Ohio.
After James’s death, Margaret moved to Toledo with their children. There she married Amos WARD on 15 November 1915. She died on 16 May 1927 in Bowling Green, Wood County, Ohio. James and Margaret are buried in the Weston Cemetery in Wood County.
James and Margaret had the following children:
Clara Belle ELLIS was born 9 September 1886 in Whitehouse, Lucas County, Ohio. She married Merle Lester LONG on 9 September 1904 in Wood County. She died on 15 March 1935 in Washington Township, Wood County, Ohio and was buried in Weston Cemetery.
Charles William ELLIS was born 20 September 1889 in Swanton, Lucas County, Ohio. He died 3 September 1911 in Liberty Township, Wood County, Ohio. He was buried in Weston Cemetery.
James Edward ELLIS was born in October 1892. He married Inez McKEE on 13 December 1917 in Lucas County, Ohio. He died on 3 August 1967 in Toledo.
Sarah Alice ELLIS was born 13 April 1894 in Weston, Wood County, Ohio. She married Thomas O BARNES on 30 April 1917 in Lucas County, Ohio. She died on 5 December 1958 in Toledo.
Robert ELLIS was born 19 April 1897 in Weston, Wood County, Ohio. He married Merle McATEE on 11 November 1918 in Lucas County, Ohio. He died on 30 May 1970 in Toledo and was buried in Toledo Memorial Park Cemetery.
Dewey ELLIS was born 8 August 1898 and died on 5 August 1899 in Plain Township, Wood County, Ohio.
Frank Benjamin ELLIS was born 2 January 1902 in Liberty Township, Wood County, Ohio. He married Mabel M RUMPF on 26 August 1920 in Monroe, Monroe County, Michigan. He died on 6 February 1965 in Toledo.
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