Thomas Ellis and Jane Rees

Thomas Phillip Ellis (1792 — 1855)
Jane Rees (1787 — 1857)

Thomas Phillip Ellis was horn October 259 1792 in the Bedwellty, Monmouthshire, England and he died at the age of 63, October 21, 1855 listed of Phthisis, Aberbargold, Monmouthshire England. His profession was that of blacksmith and victualler.

We learn very little about this couple. He did marry Jane George and had three children by her–David, Charles and Jane Ellis. We know that she died and he married Jane Rees who was born about 1787 The census gives her age at 71 in 1857. She was of Gelligare, Glamorganshire, Wales. She bore Thomas four children, Mary, Margaret, Joan and Ruth. She died June 28, l857 at Aberbargold, Monmonshire, England.

Margaret married Edmund Rees in 1847, converted to “Mormonism” in 1851 and migrated to Utah in 1859.

We too learn that Thomas and Jane had little of worldly goods, his will is as follows:

Will of Wm. Thomas Ellis

Mary Thomas, the wife of William Thomas of Pontaberbardold in the parish of Bedwellty in the County of Monmouth and Ruth Jones, the wife of David Decimus Jones of Pont. Died 21 Oct. 1855.

In the name of God Amen I, Thomas Ellis (Smith of Pontabergold in the Parish of Bedwellty and Co. of Monmouth sound of mind, memory and understanding made this 27 day of May 1852 this my last will and testament in manner following.

First I also give Devise and Bequeth unto my four daughters – namely Mary, wife of William Thomas and Margaret, wife of Edmund Rees and Joan, the wife of Edward Jenkins and Ruth, the wife of David Decimus Jones, all my right title and interest in my household Houses and appurtenances thereunto belonging situated at Pontaberbargoid in the Co. of Monmouth. After the decease of the survivor of us the Testator and My beloved wife Jane Ellis between them share and share alike forever.

I also bound my four daughter or assigns to pay five pounds each to my grandson, David Ellis after the decease of the survivor of us Thomas Ellis and Jane Ellis.

I also give devise and bequeath unto my nephew. John Henry Williams the half of my shop Smith tools after my decease, forever, I also give the other (Mouty) of the Smith tools to Ellis Thomas son of William Thomas forever

All the rest and residue of my personal estate whatsoever and wheresoever and what nature kind and quality soever the same may be and herein before given and disposed of after payment of my Dept. Legacies and Funeral expenses I do give and bequeath unto my Four daughters above named their Executors Administrators and Asigns to and for their own use and Benefit absolutely–And I hereby constitute and appoint my Four daughters sole executrixes of this my last will and testament in witness whereof I have set my Hand and Seal Thomas Ellis.

The day and year above written. Witness: Edward James, David James, Harry Lewis

The above information has been gleamed from the Genea1ogical Library’s microfilm of the Welsh records and from death and birth certificates received from England after much effort by Ruth Rees Miller in 1961.

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