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Australia: ELL family of Cassilis, Merriwa and Scone, New South Wales

Journal by allycat

Dear readers, I'm researching the ELL family due to their connections to the MCMENAMINs# in my tree.

James ELL married Harriet maiden name unknown and the couple had 9 children:-

1. John Thomas Joseph ELL born 1859 Merriwa NSW Australia died 8 Jun 1936 Merriwa NSW, buried Merriwa General Cemetery
married 24 Jun 1884 Merriwa Bridget Amelia SMYTH born 1858 West Maitland NSW died 20 Dec 1938 Merriwa buried Merriwa General Cemetery.

1) Francis James ELL born 1885 Merriwa died 1949 Newcastle NSW Australia married 1908 Merriwa Alice Maud Mary PARMETER born 1884 Patricks Plain died 23 Jan 1923 West Maitland NSW (daughter of Thomas Randell PARMETER and Mary Ellen MCMENAMIN#). 2 children: Francis G. ELL died 1911 Sydney NSW and Michael Bede ELL died 1978 Sydney NSW Australia.

2) John Charles ELL born 27 Dec 1887 Merriwa died 1976 NSW married 19 Jan 1911 St.Anne Catholic Church, Merriwa Theresa May MCMAHON born 19 Sep 1890 Shamrock Hill NSW died 1962 Hamilton (daughter of Thomas John MCMAHON and Agnes Mary HENERY). 3 children: Phyllis, Enid & John.

3) Cyril Vaughan ELL born 1890 Merriwa died 1972 Newcastle NSW Australia married 1919 Orange NSW Agnes Josephine DONOVAN, one daughter Mary ELL died young 1927 Newcastle NSW Australia

4) Edward H. ELL born 1893 Merriwa NSW Australia

5) Vincent Valentine ELL born 1896 Merriwa died 1972 Newcastle NSW Australia married 1925 Tamworth NSW Florence M. GREENTREE born 1894 Tamworth, daughter of William Ernest GREENTREE and Mary A. LANE.

6) Harriet A. ELL born 1897 Merriwa

7) Edward Hilary ELL birth unknown, death 3 Jul 1978 NSW, buried Merriwa General Cemetery married Hilda May PAGE died 11 May 1985.

2. Susannah E. ELL 1861-1863 Cassilis NSW Australia

3. James E. ELL born 1864 Cassilis NSW died 1933 Hamilton NSW Australia
married 1886 Patricks Plain NSW Mary PARTRIDGE

4. Mary Elizabeth ELL born 1866 Cassilis NSW Australia
married 1894 Singleton NSW Samuel Henry THOMAS born 8 Jan 1867 Vere NR Singleton NSW died 4 Apr 1939 Hornby NSW (son of William THOMAS and Elizabeth SNAPE) ... 7 children

1) William J. THOMAS born 1895 Scone died 1940 Woollahra NSW

2) Herbert J. THOMAS born 1896 Scone NSW

3) Leila M. THOMAS born 1897 Scone NSW

4) Samuel H. THOMAS born 1898 Scone NSW

5) Leslie E. THOMAS born 1900 Scone NSW

6) Richard F. THOMAS born 1909 Taree NSW

7) Florence M. THOMAS

5. Selina R. ELL born 1868 Cassilis NSW Australia

6. Frances Jane ELL born 1870 Cassilis NSW Australia
married 1902 Parramatta NSW Francis O'NEILL, son Francis J. O'NEILL 1904-1914 Scone NSW Australia.

7. Harriet Louisa ELL 1873-1879 Cassilis NSW Australia

8. George William ELL born 1875 Cassilis NSW Australia died 1942 Granville NSW Australia married 1898 Gunnedah NSW Ellen BOWEN

9. Edith Emily ELL 1876-1879 Cassilis NSW Australia

by allycat Profile | Research | Contact | Subscribe | Block this user
on 2009-11-19 17:55:43

allycat , from sunny Queensland, Australia, has been a Family Tree Circles member since Mar 2006. is researching the following names: VOSS, DENNER, DINNER and 610 other(s).

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by Patell on 2009-12-03 11:04:50

Allycat - hello from England. Just spotted your post by pure chance. James Ell is my 2nd Great Grand Uncle - if that makes sense! He was born in Shoreditch, 23/6/1832, christened, 26th aug 1832 and was the som of Thomas Ell and Susannah Purgill. He is from a long line of Thomas' which can be traced back to the 1760s. He was a carpenter like many of the Ell family in the 1800s. He emigrtaed and then married (Catherine) Harriet Simmons (B Merriwa 16/5/1840) 7/1/1859 at Singleton. On death at 63 of cardiac failure he was classed as an undertaker. His obituary records the fact that "several well known buildings stand as a monument to his skills, the School of Arts being one".
There is also a link to the Fitzroy Hotel in Merriwa built in the 1890s - it was owned by racehose owner James (I assume his son)- who was Co owner of the Royal mail & Passenger coaches which departed from the hotel daily for Gungal, Muswell Brook & Denman.
Feel free to get in touch by email if you prefer -

Patrick Ell
Manchester, UK

by allycat on 2009-12-04 02:21:20

Dear Patrick, Hi. Thank you for sharing. Hope you found the information useful. I had found a connection with the Fitzroy Hotel and Royal Mail in general reading.

Best wishes.

by jab on 2009-12-11 04:13:11

Allycat - I am descended from James Ell him being my 2x Great-grandfather my grandfather was Edward Hilary married Hilda Page.
Your No 4 & no 7 Edward H are the same person John & Bridget only had 6 children.
My email address is and I will be able to fill in a few blank squares.
Judy Sydney

by Giavanna on 2010-01-12 04:15:23

Hi All
My great grandfather was James Ell of the the Fitzroy hotel in Merriwa. My great great grandparents where James and Harriet Ell. My grandmother was Mary Ell and she had six children, all still living.
My email is

by julesjules on 2010-04-06 12:15:30

I to am related to James E Ell as he is my great grandfather and built the Fitzroy Hotel in Merriwa which we are hoping that it will be heritage listed currently. He did have other pubs as well. He was also survived by a further two generations of racehorse trainers which included my Uncle Lloyd Jones,Father Aubrey Jones (All deceased) and my cousin Kim Jones.
James and Harriet Ell were my great grandfathers parents.
James E ell married Mary Partridge and together had Walter died in australia of war wounds WWI France and Albert also wounded WWI France, Kathleen Moade Born 1897-1980,Magdalene (Madge),and Ilene who died in Newcastle in her twenties.All our now deceased.
Mary wife of James Ell (Racehorse trainer) died 1864-1914 young and was the daughter catherine harriet who was irish and owned a pub just outside of Merriwa with her husband and children.
The curator of the Merriwa museum lives in their house currently where my great great grandmother Mary was born.
Kathline told me as a child many stories including her witnessing a bushranger brought into merriwa in a cage on cart. He was jimmy govener or jimmy blacksmith(they made the movie)
I am interested in any family history and can be contacted

by gasman35 on 2010-11-18 19:05:51

Hi! Allcat
I was wondering if you are related to the Greentree's in NSW. (Hawkesbury areas) and Dubbo. I am a grand-daughter of a GReentree.
If you wish to contact me please use
I to come from Qld (sub tropics)

by Chrisel on 2012-01-08 07:35:44

Hi Allcat,

I am the granddaughter of Francis and Alice Ell (nee Parmeter). Francis (Frank) had 5 children with Alice before she died. Francis Gerald, Reginald Kevin, Michael Bede, Joan ? And Monica ?. Francis Jnr as far as I know didn't die as he was at my Father's (Reginald) funeral in 1986. Francis remarried and had 3 more children, Gloria, another daughter who's name I cannot recall and Robert(deceased). Hope this helps you.

Christine Blayney-Murphy (nee Ell)

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