My ancestor [Tate] makes reference to one W. Ellerby in his diary. Tate met W. [William?] Ellerby in 1830, in Sunderland, Durham, England.This is the quotation about W. Ellerby:
I became acquainted with a W. Ellerby, a hicksite Quaker, and a person of very eccentric habits, and having an income allowed him to pursue them, he had made very good use of his time.He had traveled somewhat; he had been on the battledfield of Waterloo and had crossed the Atlantic, up through lower Canada and crossing over at Black Rock. Entered the United States September 1830 and settled on a tract of land in Oakland County, Michigan, and returned to Sunderland, Durham, at which time I became acquainted with him.He must have sailed from the States to London and there made some effort to gather quite a number of associates agreeing to emigrate to America and there form a colony on the Egrarian model.He had with him a volume of the New Harmony Gazette, and a full copy of Hick's sermons, and those we had read to us every day during our passage across the Atlantic.
If anyone has any information about exactly who this W. Ellerby was, I'd appreciate it as a footnote for my manuscript. Thanks.