Joel Ellis was born 7 January 1679 in Sandwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts to Matthias Ellis (1657-1748) and Mercy Nye (1652-1744) and died 21 June 1763 Middleborough, Plymouth County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. He married Elizabeth Churchill (1687-1753) 6 April 1710 in Sandwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts. He married Jemima Tupper (1704-1771) 27 March 1758 in Middleborough, Plymouth County, Massachusetts.


A BIOGRAPHY OF JOEL ELLIS, Sr., by Larry Overmire (7th great grandson), Aug. 2008:

Joel Ellis, Sr., was born in Sandwich, Barnstable County, Massachusetts, on Jan. 17, 1679/80, the eldest of nine children of Lt. Matthias Ellis and Mercy Nye.

On Apr. 6, 1710, at Sandwich, 30-year-old Joel married 23-year-old Elizabeth Churchill, the daughter of Sgt. John Churchill and Rebecca Delano. Elizabeth is a distant cousin of Sir Winston Churchill and President Franklin Delano Roosevelt.

Joel and Elizabeth had eight children: Joel Jr., John, Samuel, Matthias, Rebecca, Elizabeth, Charles, Thomas.

Joel was an officer in the Massachusetts Militia. He died in Middleboro, June 21, 1763, at the age of 84 and was buried at Cemetery At The Green.


Offspring of Joel Ellis and Elizabeth Churchill (1687-1753)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Joel Ellis (1711-1783)
Barnabas Ellis (1712-1734)
John Ellis (1714-1779)
Samuel Ellis (1716-1771)
Matthias Ellis (1719-1790)
Rebecca Ellis (1721-1781)
Elizabeth Ellis (1723-1763)
Charles Ellis (1726-1789)
Thomas Churchill Ellis (1728-1797)


Vital Records

Middleborough Gravestone


'Here Lies buried Cap. Joel Ellis who died June ye 21, 1763 in ye 85 year of his age'



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