Private Joseph S. Ellis
47th Wisconsin Volunteers 4 Feb 65-4 Sep 65

On information compiled by his descendant great great grandson


Date:04/05/11 018:45:42 EDT

Mr. Bennett.

Joseph S. Ellis (looks like there were lots of Ellis' in service from Wisconsin at that time) one of the 475th was my great great grandfather.

Though you may need to sort this story a bit, I include it for your perusal.

My mother, JoAnn Klein (JAK in this document) did some extensive genealogy work in the late 90's.  She is now deceased.  Her mother (Katherine Ellis Kositzky) was the granddaughter of Joseph S. Ellis. 

Most of this document comes from work done in the 1930's by Katherine

I'll just cut and paste it as I have it.

Robert P. Klein- Descendant great great grandson

As it turns out, Robert had sent me a lot on compiled information on his ancestor.  I realized it could be important to have this info presented in a bio so that anyone searching this Ellis line could find it and if needed contact Robert should the desire more information so I asked him to shorten it which he did.  So please contact him by clicking on his name in this bio for further info.

Joseph S. Ellis' headstone in

Hot Springs National Cemetery

Hot Springs, South Dakota

formerly known as Battle Mountain Cemetery >

Below is the information  he sent me on Joseph Ellis of the 47 Wisconsin Reg, I am pleased to add it here:


Joseph ELLIS was the youngest of the 12 children born to  The Reverend Harmon and Julia (DOOLITTLE) ELLIS. Joseph was born in North Haven, CT. on 6 October 1844 and died on 25 July 1924 at the Veterans Hospital at Hot Springs, SD.  He is buried at Battle Mountain Cemetery Hot Spring in Sct 7, row 2, grave 8. His death record gives the cause of death as "cerebral hemorrhage.

   Shortly after Joseph's birth his father, Rev. Harmon Ellis, left his family     Wilson, an older brother of Joseph, went to Wisconsin with the intention of investing his mother's modest inheritance in a small farm.  He reported a "great need" for Baptist ministers in that region.  He suggested that his father try to secure an appointment from the Baptist Home Mission Board to "labor in that field."

  Rev. Harmon ELLIS received an appointment as an "exploring agent" and in the spring of 1852 the family moved to Lake Mills, WI.  Joseph's oldest brother, William, remained in the east.

   The family found a log cabin in which to live until a more comfortable house could be built. 

   Joseph enlisted on 3 Feb. 1865 and gave his age as 20. He served with the 47th Wisconsin Volunteer Infantry.  He was mustered out on the 4h of Sept. 1865, in Nashville, TN and returned to Amherst.                                       

   Joseph Ellis and Ermina Julia MORRISON were married 23 Nov. 1864 1865?) Joseph's father, Rev Harmon Ellis officiated. Ermina was the oldest daughter of Hiram A. (Wilber?)  MORRISON and Sarah (Sally) FELCH.

   Joseph was successful in obtaining a Civil War Veterans land claim in Iowa. In March of 1871 the family moved using a covered wagon pulled by oxen.  Their destination was northern Iowa in what is currently Plymouth County. Joseph's claim was the NE 1/4 Sct 10, Twn 92 Range 44, Marion Township. Ermina MORRISON ELLIS was a tiny woman.  She died at 55 of a long standing heart ailment.

        Joseph and Ermina's home was the center of the pioneer life of their community.  They knew simple music, loved to teach others and were proud possessors of an organ.  They were better educated than most of their neighbors.  They taught their own children to read before they were old enough to go to school.                                     

Ermina had difficulty nursing her babies. Bottle babies frequently died in the years before importance of pasteurization of milk was common knowledge. Eight children were born to Ermina but four babies died. The surviving  children  were Milton, Edith, Ermina, and Mercy.                     

   Joseph knew the carpentry trade and this was useful in the pioneer communities in which he lived.  He was also station manager in Remson, Iowa at one time.                                                   

   Joseph and his family lived in the Remsen, Iowa area for thirteen years and in 1884 he sold his homestead  and moved to a farm near Pender, NE.  After nine years in Nebraska Joseph moved to Watango, Oklahoma.  He ran a store in OK and was a postmaster for a short time.  This was the era of the "Sooners."  Liberal granting of credit broke him and he returned to NE.                           

  The family's first move from WI to IA was accomplished by a covered wagon pulled by oxen and in later moves the covered wagon was pulled by horses.

   At one time Joseph tried farming in the Red River Valley near Fargo, ND but lost everything when an early freeze killed the un-ripened wheat.  Joseph and Ermina lived in the Pender, NE area until Ermina's death in 1905. She was buried in the Randolph, NE cemetery.                 

   Joseph was residing in the Battle Mountain Sanitarium in Hot Springs, SD at the time of his death in 1924.                         

   During the war he had contracted an intestinal disease which blighted somewhat his health and happiness as a young man.  Katherine, his granddaughter, remembered him as a hale and hearty old-timer.

   Joseph applied for a Civil War Veterans Pension in 1890, 1899, 1912 and 1915.  At the time of his death in 1924 he was receiving a pension of $50 a month. He gave as his need for a pension, "That he is disabled for manual labor and unable to earn a support by reason of sciatica, rheumatism, piles, chronic diarrhea and resulting effects."

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Robert P. Klein- Descendant great great grandson



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