Alan, I don’t have anything specifically on a Rev. Ellis but I have the following details, that were sent to me in 1995. My correspondent had extracted the information from a pedigree of the ’Smiths’ of Haulgh Hall. Working from the top down He had the following children to a ‘Joseph of Ringley’, (I have the parents as Jas. & Jane) (dates are baptisms not births) John 1744 Jane 1746 William 1748 Elizabeth 1750 Ellis 1754 Thomas 1756 Robert 1759.
Robert married Betty Blomley, Thomas married Eliz.Vernon and in 1775 Ellis married Hannah Smith (dau of John & Margaret Smith of Haulgh Hall. Bpt 1755 – Died 1825).
Ellis & Hannah lived at Edge Fold Farm, Middle Hulton. Ellis died in 1798 but they had the following issue John 1775 James 1777 Margaret 1779 (known as Peggy) Jane 1780 William 1781 Mary 1783 Thomas 1785 Betty 1787 Ann(Hannah?) 1788 Ellis 1790 Martha 1792 Robert 1793
James married Alice Crompton 1801 and they and their family lived at Edge Fold Farm. (James died 1853) John went to Montego Bay, Jamaica. He died in 1820. He married Mary Selbeck and they had issue Henryd1831m ?????? Josephb1803d1855m ?????? Marym W S Tonge in Jamaica Janed1831m ? Vernon Jamesb1813d1821 Ellisd1856m ? ?no-issue Elizabethm ? Shaw Edwardm ? ?4 children Margaretb1819d1822 The above order is based on the order the information was supplied. I don’t have birth dates but as the order isn’t alphabetical or all male followed by all female, it may be correct.
I don’t know how reliable the information is. Ellis is specifically mentioned as dying without issue in 1856, but maybe the death is of a son and he went on to have a second son called Ellis. Maybe one of the others (Henry, Joseph or Edward) had a son called Ellis.
More research in Jamaica is required to prove a link, but I strongly suspect that John & Mary were the grandparents of Rev. Ellis.
I have also had contact from Alice(1999) daughter of Kingsley Fray of Jamaica, and my father when calling round the phone nos for UK Frays came across a Daisy Fray in Blackburn who also came from Jamaica. Do you have details of any of the more recent generations?