The name was originally spelled Marquis and often found as de Marquis or de Marcus. Ellis Marcus of Granville County, North Carolina and his wife Mary had at least 8 children; 1. Daniel Marcus 2. Phetise Marcus m. Phillip Whatley 3. Joshua Marcus 4. Nancy Marcus 5. William A. Marcus 6. Mary Marcus m. a Walker 7. Elizabeth Marcus m. a Beckham 8. John Marcus who died in Hancock Co., GA., about 1806, married Mrs. Hannah (Kilgore) Stallings and they had 4 children: (Hannah had 1 child by 1st husband, Mary F. Stallings) 1. Martha B. Marcus 2. Cynthia Kilgore Marcus m. Harris Allen 3. Sarah Marcus m. Hollinger Brown (Sarah Marcus & Hollinger Brown are ancestors of "Miss Lillian" President Jimmy Carter's mother) 4. Col. William Ellis Marcus, b. 7-1-1792, d. 1850, Troup Co., GA., married 3-19-1815, Sarah Floyd Bass b. 5-4-1798 d. 12-20-1867. William Ellis Marcus was a Colonel in the militia. he served in the Creek Indian War of 1836. He and Sarah Floyd Bass had 9 children.