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Ira Lindsey
(1790-1844)
Maria Ayres
(1810-1883)
Eugene Mason Wiswell
(1818-1866)
Elvira Bradshaw
(1824-1900)
Benjamin Franklin Lindsay
(1838-1901)
Catherine Frances Wiswell
(1846-1918)

Ellis John Lindsay
(1873-1949)

 

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Olive Myrtle Kindig

Ellis John Lindsay 23,24

  • Born: 8 August 1873, Onarga, Iroquois County, Illinois 25,26
  • Baptized: 28 November 1894, Onarga, Iroquois County, Illinois
  • Marriage: Olive Myrtle Kindig 29 December 1897 in Danforth, Iroquois County, Illinois 22
  • Died: 30 September 1949, Beaverville, Iroquois County, Illinois at age 76 25,26
  • Buried: 3 October 1949, Onarga, Iroquois County, Illinois at Onarga Cemetery 26

bullet   Cause of his death was stroke.

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Ellis was educated in the Onarga schools and worked the family farm since the age of fifteen. Because of his trustworthiness and keen business abilities, his mother favored him to manage the farm over the other children. However, none of the Lindsay's were particularly fond of farming. Ellis was no exception and probably took over the farm for the financial benefit.

At the age of 24, he married Olive Myrtle Kindig, a descendant of Elizabeth Martha Gish and distant relative of the silent film actress Lillian Gish. The newly weds had a home build for them that was designed from already existing blueprints of the home of John Olson in California. Mr. Olson was Olive's relative by way of her sister. Ellis used the existing architectural plan to save money. Because the original plan did not include a basement, access to the basement as it exists today is awkward. Their new home sat on property that was next door to a Pentecostal Christian Church filled with holy rollers. According to family, Ellis once asked a church member and friend of the family named Ollie James if their God was deaf. Ollied replied, "No Mr. Lindsay, why?" Ellis responded, "Then why do you yell so much?"

In 1933, Ellis was part of a jury that confirmed Lee B. Margrey, Sr. died of the accidental discharge of a trap gun. The shotgun trap had been set in the chicken house to catch chicken thieves. When attempting to throw a loose chicken back into the barn, Mr. Margrey slipped on a brick and fell against the string that pulled the trigger and discharged the gun that cost his life. The summer of that same year Ellis was in a car accident on his way home from Chicago with Frank Carrington. Without warning, a car crossed in front of their Studebaker sedan on Route 49. Damages were made to the vehicle, but no one was injured.

1933 was also the year that his sister Alice was accused of murdering her daughter-in-law. It seems that Ellis rarely talked to Alice after this occasion, but he also believed that Alice could not have committed the murder.

Ellis was active in the community and well known in the town, but focused primarily on maintaining the success of his farm. He was known for his genial nature, affability and "high standard of conduct." Much like his father, he was not a believer in women's rights and therefore refused to pay for the education of his only daughter who, regardless, went on to attend the University of Illinois for at least one semester and studied art.

Ellis died in 1949 at the age of 76 at the Haven of Rest Nursing Home in Beaverville of a stroke. He was cremated at Mt. Hope Cemetery in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois and buried in Onarga Cemetery alongside his wife. When asked once about his desire to be cremated he jested, "Well, you might as well burn me because I'm going to hell anyway."

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cerebral arteris deronis, ceribral henaribay with hemiplegia coronary sclerosis. Associated diseases included broncho pnemonia, ascending pyelitis and orchitis (left side)

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He appeared on the census in 1880 in Onarga, Iroquois County, Illinois. He lived in the household of his parents.

He appeared on the census in 1900 in Onarga, Iroquois County, Illinois. He was head of household and property owner.

He appeared on the census in 1910 in Onarga, Iroquois County, Illinois. He was head of household and property owner.

He appeared on the census in 1920 in Onarga, Iroquois County, Illinois. He was head of household and property owner.

He appeared on the census in 1930 in Onarga, Iroquois County, Illinois. He was head of household and property owner. He also owned a radio set.

He appeared on the census in 1940 in Onarga, Iroquois County, Illinois. He was head of household and owned property valued at $3,000.

He was a member of the Onarga Lodge and the Knights of Phythias.

He worked as a farmer.

He was a registered democrat on the national level and an independent on the local level.

His funeral was held at Onarga Christian Church 2 October 1949 in Onarga, Iroquois County, Illinois.



He was cremated at Mt. Hope 3 October 1949 in Chicago, Cook County, Illinois.



He was buried at Onarga Cemetery in Onarga, Iroquois County, Illinois.


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Ellis married Olive Myrtle Kindig, daughter of John David Kindig and Martha Elizabeth Gish, 29 December 1897 in Danforth, Iroquois County, Illinois.22 (Olive Myrtle Kindig was born 27 August 1875 in Roanoke, Woodford County, Illinois 22,27, baptized 28 November 1894 in Onarga, Iroquois County, Illinois, died 7 November 1956 in Mayfield, Graves County, Kentucky 27 and was buried after 7 November 1956 in Onarga, Iroquois County, Illinois at Onarga Cemetery 27.) The cause of her death was heart failure.




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