We are trying to determine if James Ellington, who was married to Sina Huff and lived in Ellington, MO, is the same James Ellington who was married to my gggrandmother (James was her 2nd husband); James was murdered by bandits in El Monte, CA on Sept. 21, 1854, shortly after arriving there from Texas.My gggrandmother, Mahala Jane MacKey, married a James Ellington in McLennan County, TX on January 26, 1851 (the McLennan Co. marriage records misspell Ellington as "Ellenton"). Mahala had inherited a portion of her late father's property in Hill County, TX and sold her share in March of 1845, when we believe she and James left for CA, arriving and establishing a ranch in El Monte, CA (known as "Little Texas"). Mahala had two sons, Tom Ellington b. 1852, before the couple left TX, and George Ellington b. 1854. (Mahala went on to marry a Thomas Gentry in El Monte, CA; after his death, she married Homer Hicks in El Monte, CA).
According to a story we've heard, James Ellington, who was married to Sina Huff, left for the California gold rush via Texas and took some of his children from his marriage to Sina with him, however, the children later returned to MO. This James is also said to have been murdered in CA in 1854.
In the 1850 census (2 years before the marriage of James to Mahala) we find a listing on the next page over from our Mahala MacKey Burns:
E. Ellington43, b. MO, Blacksmith L.A.17, b. MO Jno. 16, b. MO Joseph 8, b. MO
Is is possible that "E." Ellington is actually James Ellington who was married to Sina? Any input would be firstname.lastname@example.org