Tag Archives: Samuel Delmont Ellison

Samuel Delmont Ellison & Family

15 Feb

Samuel Delmont Ellison was the oldest son of Benjamin Walker Ellison and Mary Alice (Cutler), born on 1 JUN 1866 in Greenville, Montcalm County, Michigan. According to United States IRS Tax Assessment records, the Benjamin Ellison family lived in Eureka and Greenville from Dec. 1865. In 1870, the family was living in Cleveland, Ohio and in 1874, they moved to Boyne Falls, Charlevoix County, Michigan. Samuel’s father was a maltster and a farmer and was debilitated by the after effects of having contracted malaria during his service to the Union.

On 22 JUL 1891, Samuel married Caroline Seegmiller, the daughter of Henry and Mary A. Seegmiller. Caroline was born 11 OCT 1870 in Ontario, Canada and with her family, immigrated to Grand Traverse County, Michigan about 1884.

Caroline and Samuel had two children. Russell Henry Ellison born 17 NOV 1895 in Grand Rapids, Michigan and Glyndon Walker Ellison born 28 NOV 1897 also in Grand Rapids. By 1900, Caroline was living in the Traverse City State Hospital (also known as Northern Michigan Asylum), Grand Traverse County, Michigan.

Traverse City State Hospital

In 1900, Samuel and his sons were without a wife and mother. Samuel lived in Eau Claire city, Eau Claire, Wisconsin. His oldest son, Russell was living with his maternal grandparents Henry and Mary Seegmiller in Paradise, Grand Traverse County, Michigan. Glyndon was living with his paternal grandparents Benjamin and Mary A Ellison in Boyne Valley, Charlevoix County, Michigan.

But in 1903 the boys had joined their father in Eau Claire and attended school there.

In 1910, Samuel lived with his parents, Benjamin and Mary Ellison in Boyne Valley, Charlevoix County, Michigan. His sons, Russell and Glyndon were not living with the family. Samuel helped care for his now almost entirely disabled father.

On 10 JUN 1913 in Charlevoix County, Michigan, Samuel applied for a marriage license to Tena Watkins, a 42 year old divorcee from Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania. The application was denied and the marriage did not take place. On the 1910 and 1920 Census, Caroline Ellison continued to be listed as a married woman and a resident of the Insane Asylum.

In 1920, Samuel was living in the State Lunatic Asylum in Austin, Texas.

Insane Asylum Austin Texas

On 23 JAN 1921, Samuel died in the State Lunatic Asylum in Austin, Texas. No one claimed his body and he was buried in the Austin Texas Asylum Cemetery.

In 1922, Russell’s first wife, Harriet, died in El Paso, Texas.

HarriettEllisonDeathRecord

On 21 SEP 1927, Caroline died in the Northern Michigan Asylum in Grand Traverse County, Michigan.

Caroline Seegmiller Birth Record

Samuel Ellison 1910 US Census

Tena Watkins 1910 US Census

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Samuel D Ellison 1900 US Census

SD Ellison Application for Marriage to Tena Watkins

SD Ellison & Caroline Seegmiller Marr. Rec.

SD Ellison Death Record

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Caroline Ellison on 1910 US Census

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Ellison & Van Buren Photographs

29 Oct

Photographs of William Arthur and Anna Elizabeth Van Buren Ellison:

In the photograph below from 1916, first row, far left, Alice Baines and Harold Delmont Ellison seated. Hattie Forkel and Russell Henry Ellison seated in center. Russell was the eldest son of Samuel Delmont Ellison and Caroline Seegmiller. Hattie Forkel was Alice Baines’s best friend. Hattie and Russell married 29 MAY 1917 in Belleville, Wayne Co, MI. Hattie died in El Paso, Texas on 06 MAY 1922, the mother of Russell Henry, Jr. Can you identify the rest of the people?

A photograph of William Arthur Ellison at one of his three gas stations:

The photograph below is of the following children: Glenn Gee, Ruth Ellison, Helen and Norman Cole, Beatrice Ellison but which is whom is not clear.

Ella and Fred Van Buren, 1900, Boyne City, Michigan. The children of Orren and Eliza May Van Buren:

Emma and Ella Van Buren:

Ellison Family Reunion photograph circa 1957. In the back row, sixth person from left, is Alice Baines Ellison:

Thank you to the generous person who shared these with me!

Wanted- Benjamin Walker Ellison family

1 Aug

I am wishing to purchase copies/originals of photographs of Benjamin Walker and Mary Alice Ellison and their children, Samuel, William and Enoch Chester of Charlevoix County, Michigan. They lived in Boyne Falls from 1874 to 1913. They also lived in Cleveland, Ohio and Kent County, Michigan.

I am also looking for:

  •  Photographs of their parents, William and Margaret Hudson of Cleveland, Ohio and Samuel and Eunice Amanda Cutler of Cleveland, Ohio, and Walker Ellison of Baildon, Yorkshire, England.
  • Copies/originals of diaries, journals, and personal letters from any of the above family members.
  • Photographs, advertisements, memorabilia, documents, etc from the BW Ellison & Sons Brewery in Boyne Falls, Michigan circa 1882.
  • The 16th Michigan Infantry, Company G but ONLY between April 1, 1865 and the end of the Civil War, July 1865.

Please contact me by leaving a comment on this post.

Benjamin W Ellison’s Deceased Children

26 Feb

According to the Cleveland Interment Records, two children were buried with Benjamin W Ellison’s mother and step-father, Margaret and William Hudson in Woodland Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio.

One was a daughter, age 23 days. She was interred on 24 JUL 1871. The other was a son, age 2 months. He was interred on 10 JAN 1873.

There is a record of a Guy Glyndon Ellison being born in Charlevoix County, Michigan on 04 AUG 1878.

In JUN 1883, a Glynden B. Ellison is recorded as having died in Boyne Valley, Charlevoix, Michigan.  The child was a male, and 4 years old at time of death. He was the son of Benjamin W and Mary A Ellison.

Despite the differences in name, I believe this is the same child.

Benjamin W Ellison and Mary A Ellison were married in 1862 in Cleveland, Ohio. Mary was 14 years old and Benjamin was 21. He served the Union from March 1865 to July 1865 for the state of Michigan.

This is what I have so far on their children:

Samuel Delmont born 1 JUN 1866 in Greenville, Montcalm Co, MI.

William Arthur born 15 AUG 1868 in Parma, Cuyahoga County, OH.

Baby Girl Ellison born end of JUN/1st of JUL 1871 in Cuyahoga County, OH.

Baby Boy Ellison born NOV 1872 in Cuyahoga County, OH.

Guy Glyndon/ Glyndon B. born 04 AUG 1878 in Boyne Valley, Charlevoix County, MI.

Enoch Chester born 26 JUL 1880 in Boyne Valley, Charlevoix County, MI.

Benjamin W. Ellison on 1870 U.S. Census

16 Feb

Benjamin W. Ellison is listed on the 1870 U.S. Census with his family in the 11th Ward, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio.  This tells us that although Benjamin Walker served for Michigan in the Civil War, he and his family moved back to Cleveland, his hometown, after the War.

Listed as:

Lerryamin Ellison, age 26, works at a Malt House, born in England, both parents are of foreign birth, U.S. Citizen

Mary Ellison, age 22, keeping house, born in New York, both parents of U.S. birth

Samuel Ellison, age 4, born in Michigan, father of foreign birth

William Ellison, age 1, born in Ohio, father of foreign birth

Source Citation: Year: 1870; Census Place: Cleveland Ward 11, Cuyahoga, Ohio; Roll: M593_1192; Page: 9B; Image: 22; Family History Library Film: 552691.

Source Information:

Ancestry.com. 1870 United States Federal Census [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Ancestry.com Operations, Inc., 2009. Images reproduced by FamilySearch. Original data:

  • 1870 U.S. census, population schedules. NARA microfilm publication M593, 1,761 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.
  • Minnesota census schedules for 1870. NARA microfilm publication T132, 13 rolls. Washington, D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.