I dont know if their is a connection but I know of a Thomas Ellis who served in the Militia 1778 for the crown along with a Leonard Bowles in Nassau, N. P. Bahama Islands. They were both Mariners and both owned ships. Leonard married an Elizabeth Ellis 1768 and his friend Jeremiah Newton married a Mary Ellis 1767. I think Thomas, Elizabeth and Mary were siblings. There is a Philadelphia and a South Carolina connection I know but just now starting to gather the pieces. Leonard was originally from London so maybe the Ellis family could also have originally come from their. What do you know of Thomas Ellis? Do you have records from Christ Church Nassau with dates etc?