William Hudson Naturalization Record

William Hudson was naturalized as a US citizen on February 28, 1857. He immigrated from Baildon, Yorkshire, England in September 1848 with his family. He was the second husband of Margaret Cooper Ellison, and the step-father to Benjamin Walker Ellison and his older sister Mary Maria Ellison (married three times: Dawson, Martin, Robinson). Margaret and William had at least three children together: Anna, Emma, and Elizabeth. I can find records only that Anna survived to adulthood. She married Enoch Robinson (as did her half-sister Mary).

The Naturalization Act of 1855 made for the situation that all of William’s children born outside of the USA (Mary Maria, Benjamin, and Anna were born in Baildon, Yorkshire, England) and his alien immigrant wife became US citizens upon his naturalization.

William was a good step-father as evidenced by the fact that Benjamin went by the last name of Hudson for quite some time as a young man, and he named his second son William. He did not name any of his sons after his birth father, Walker Ellison. Benjamin learned the trade of being a maltster from William: the grew the ingredients for beer and brewed the beer. William Hudson died in 1860, one year after Margaret, at the age of 45, leaving the children orphaned.

The original record (with little information on it):


And the card:


Ellison & Van Buren Photographs

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!

Ellison & Austin, Boyne Falls Village, Michigan

In the Patron’s List of the 1901 Charlevoix County Plat Book I found an advertisement:

Ellison & Austin –General Blacksmithing, Wagon Making and Repair Shop

Horse Shoeing Done in a Scientific Manner

Within the 1901 Plat Book are listed:

William Ellison

J. P. Austin

I am pretty certain this is my 2nd great-grandfather, William A. Ellison. Further research will determine.  He was there in Boyne Falls in 1901, not moving down to Hazel Park until 1911. I wonder what it means to horse shoe “in a scientific manner”?

William & Anna Ellison Oakview Cemetery File

The nice gentleman at Oakview Cemetery in Royal Oak, Michigan photocopied the entire file they hold for William and Anna Ellison. You may remember that William’s parents were Benjamin Walker and Mary Alice Ellison and Anna’s parents were George and Emily Van Buren. Some of the Van Buren’s are also buried at Oakview and also two more generations of Ellison’s. It is a beautiful cemetery.

I had already posted their graves on Find A Grave. Click on their names to see:  William and Anna

If any of you happen to be in Hazel Park at any time, I would very much appreciate a photo of Anna and William’s house at 23424 Easterling Avenue. I could not locate an image online but the map claims the house is still there.

I have scanned in the copies and posted them below. Remember you can just click on the image to enlarge it. Enjoy.

William Ellison & Anna E. Van Buren Marriage Record 1889

William A. Ellison and Anna Elizabeth Van Buren were married 18 SEP 1889 in Boyne Falls, Charlevoix County, Michigan. The copy comes from the FHL Microfilm # 965392 (Book 2, Page 12). The print machine at the center is old so my copies are very poor. E.A. Robinson is William’s Uncle; he was married to Benjamin Ellison’s two sisters (but not at the same time (: ).

The record reads as follows:

  • Date of License- Sept 13, 1889
  • Full Name of Bridegroom and Maiden Name of Bride – William A. Ellison, Miss Anna Elizabeth Van Buren
  • Age of each in years – 21, 21
  • Race – White, white
  • Residence of each- Boyne Falls MI, Boyne Falls MI
  • Birthplace of each – Ohio, Michigan
  • Occupation of each – Laborer, Housemaid
  • Name of Father of each – Benjamin W. Ellison, George Van Buren
  • Maiden Name of Mother of each – Mary Alice Cutler, Emily Pryer
  • Times previously married – No, No
  • Date of Marriage – Sept. 18, 1889
  • Place of Marriage – Boyne Falls, MI
  • Name of Official Station of person by whom married – John Redpath, Minister of Gospels
  • Witnesses to Marriage and residence of witness – E. A. Robinson, Boyne Falls MI and Cora Baringer, Boyne Falls MI



William A. Ellison Birth Record

On 15 AUG 1868, William Arthur Ellison was born to Benjamin W. and Mary A. Ellison in Parma, Cuyahoga County, Ohio. You will note that Benjamin registered his son’s birth in Montcalm County, Michigan. Benjamin and Mary had been living in Michigan since May of 1863. In 1870, they are listed as being back in Cleveland on the U.S. Census.

William A. Ellison is the father of Harold Delmont Ellison.

Birth Record

Source: http://www.familysearch.org. Michigan Births, 1867 – 1902 for William E. Ellison.

Benjamin W Ellison’s Deceased Children

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.

Grandma Van Buren Photograph

This photograph was sent to me by the kindness of Grace Wilfong. This is a family photograph of the William A. and Anna E. “Libby” Ellison family with their Grandma Van Buren. Grandma Van Buren is in the middle on the left. She is Emily Louise Van Buren, the daughter of Thomas Pryer and Cornelia A. Phillips. She married George Washington Van Buren on 18 JUN 1862 in Roxand, Eaton County, Michigan.

Next to Grandma Van Buren sits Libby Ellison. In the back row: Harold Delmont Ellison, Agnes Ellison, William A. Ellison, and Arthur Raymond Ellison. In the front: Mary Clementine “Mamie” Ellison, Beatrice Emily Ellison and Edna M. Ellison.

Below is the back of the photograph:

Benjamin W. Ellison on 1870 U.S. Census

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.