History of the Ellerbe Family


          While on a visit to my Grandfather, Alexander Wiles Chambliss at Montgomery City Missouri, September Tenth Eighteen Hundred and Eighty Nine, He gave me the data which is given below.


          Later, in the year Nineteen Hundred and Eight, after I located in North Carolina I assisted at a country Church in Anson County near the South Carolina line and there I found a book, entitled “History of the Old Cheraws” and from this book I took some data which agrees with that given me by my grandfather with minor exceptions as to some of the first names of the older members of the family.


          It must be remembered that my grandfather was an old man when he dictated the facts to me and he cold not remember many minor details but the chief facts are true.


          For the purpose of giving my children the history of the Ellerbe family, I am writing here first, the data given by my grandfather, then the facts [that] are found in the book above mentioned.


written at Wilson North Carolina,

February 25, 1914

From the original manuscript which

I have had since September 10, 1889.


                                                     Signed Thomas Williams Chambliss.


“The Ellerbe Family”

Dictated by Rev Alexander Wiles Chambliss D.D.

Montgomery City, Missouri, September 10, 1889

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          Two brothers, William Ellerbe and Thomas Ellerbe lived in South Carolina in the early period. Their lands lay between the Pee Dee and the Cheraw rivers.


          William Ellerbe married a Miss Farr.

                     They had five Children:

                                John–            father of the Ellerbe family of the Alabama River, Alabama and also of the St. Louis Missouri Branch. I think he left two daughters.

                                Zachariah

                                Esther–married a Mr. Powe.

                                Elizabeth.

                                Martha--also married a Mr. Powe, brother of one mentioned above.

                                May have been another child.


Ellerbe family - A.W.C.–Page 2


          Thomas Ellerbe, brother of William Ellerbe (page 1)

          Married a Miss Crawford–

Had two sons, several daughters. One of the daughters married a “Crawford”–another married a “Farr”.


                     The two sons were:

Joseph married Elizabeth Farr Ellerbe (cousin) daughter of William Ellerbe (page 1)

 

John married a Miss Powe, the daughter of Mr. Powe and Martha Ellerbe, daughter of William Ellerbe, (page 1)

Second wife was also Miss Powe, daughter of Mr. Powe and Ester Ellerbe (page 1).

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Thomas Powe married Martha E. Ellerbe, daughter of William Ellerbe and Miss Farr.


          Had daughters, one of which was the first wife of John Ellerbe–above.


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Erasmus Powe married Esther Ellerbe, daughter of Williams Ellerbe and Miss Farr.


          Left two daughters, one of which became the second wife of John Ellerbe, above.

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John Ellerbe, son of Thomas Ellerbe married

          Martha Powe–first wife.

          Mary Powe–second wife–see above.


          Some of the children were:

                     Erasmus–

                     Alexander–married a Miss Pegues or Pigues. Several daughters.

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Joseph Ellerbe, son of Thomas Ellerbe–see top of this page.

          married

Elizabeth Farr Ellerbe, cousin, daughter of William Ellerbe, page 1)

          Children:

                     John–died young

                     Cecelia married Mr. McQueen.

                     Thomas Farr married Ann Elizabeth Bishop

see next page.


Ellerbe family–A.W.C.–Page 3.


                     Rebecca Ann born June 26, 1813, married A. W. Chambliss.

                     William–died young.

                     Hannah Elizabeth.

                     George Washington.

                                Note– at this time–1889–A.W.C. thinks that George Washington Ellerbe (above) is living in Meridian Miss.

                                       –   At this time A.W.C. thinks that Hannah Elizabeth died in childhood, but is not sure.

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Mr. McQueen married Cecelia Ellerbe (page 2) had four children: (maybe others)

                     Ann–married Nicholson–later Smith–went to North Carolina.

                     Cecelia–married Dr. Housal of North Carolina.

                     Jane–married Mr. Nicholson and went to Texas.

                     John-died.

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Thomas Farr Ellerbe, son of Joseph Ellerbe, page 2, married

Ann Elizabeth Bishop.

          Thomas Farr Ellerbe died

and his widow, Ann Elizabeth Bishop Ellerbe became the second wife of Alexander Wiles Chambliss.

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Alexander Wiles Chambliss, son of John and Catherine Chambliss married

Rebecca Ann Ellerbe, daughter of Joseph and Elizabeth Farr Ellerbe, see top of this page

          at Cheraw S.C. August 5, 1834

          Children:

                     Williams Ellerbe                 born   Feb 2, 1836

                     Hannah Elizabeth              born   June 3, 1838

                     John Alexander                  born   August 30, 1840

                     Joseph Ellerbe                   born   Feb 10, 1843

                     Rebecca Ann                                born   Nov 14, 1845

                     Thomas Ellerbe                  born   June 9, 1848–lived 15 days.

                     Catherine Adele                 born   Dec 6, 1849

                     Charles Mallory                  born   Sept 3, 1852

 

Mrs. Rebecca Ann Chambliss died at Liberty Missouri Sunday March 4, 1883. Aged 69 years, 8 mos, 9 days.

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Alexander Wiles Chambliss –same as above– married his second wife

Ann Elizabeth Bishop Ellerbe, widow, as above                                    ----See next page.


The Ellerbe family – A.W.C. Page 4

 

This marriage occurred at St. Paul Minn Nov 15, 1883 and they lived together until the death of Alexander Wiles Chambliss–just before Christmas, 1893. Aged at death, 81 years and about six months.

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THE ELLERBE FAMILY

AS FOUND

IN A PRINTED BOOK


“History of the Old Cheraws–An account of the aborigines of the PeeDee”

The First White Settlement.

by

Rev. Alexander Gregg D.D.

Bishop Protestant Episcopal Church, Texas.

Dated at San Antonio Texas, 1867

Dr. Gregg was formerly rector of St. David’s Parish Cheraw S.C.


          “Thomas Ellerby settled on the west side of the PeeDee River. John Ellerby settled on the east side of the river. They came from Virginia about 1742 and Thomas entered the Welsh Tract. John Ellerby probably returned to Virginia.


          Thomas Ellerby married Obedience Gillespie–name formerly spelled Gillespy.


                     The Gillespy family came from the north of Ireland to South Carolina about 1743 and with General Christopher Gadsen brought the first boat to Cheraw–so tradition says.


                     James Gillespy–married daughter of Francis Young and died before the war of the Revolution.


                     Left two sons–FRANCIS AND JAMES. Francis died young. James was born in 1754 and was prominent in [the] revolution and also in St. David’s Parish, Cheraw. C. C. Gillespy had two daughters–one of these married john Westfield and they moved to Virginia. The other–“Obedience” married Thomas Ellerby. The name “Gillespy” was changed to “Gillespie” about 1756.


                     The son, James mentioned above, married a Miss Wild and lived on the land which was afterward the home of his son, General James Gillespie of Marlborough.


The Ellerbe Family–Continued–Page 5.


THOMAS ELLERBY

          married

OBEDIENCE GILLESPIE

          lived on Juniper Creek, on road between Cheraw S.C. and Society Hill. Owned Mill site.

          School teacher changed the spelling of the name to “Ellerbe”–The name having become very familiar in that time in that section. The change in the spelling came shortly after or about the time of the death of Thomas Ellerby. The old name “Ellerby” is still known (1867) in England.


HAD TWO SONS


          William.

          Thomas

See page one–data give to Thomas Williams Chambliss by Alexander Wiles Chambliss.


After the death of Thomas Ellerby–top of this page–the widow–Obedience Gillespie Ellerby married a man maned Charles Bedingfield or Beningfield and this man ran away while [with] both of the children–his stepsons were young. He carried about everything except the land. This was before the Revolutionary War and the name of Bedingfield was heard no more although before that time he was a man of some note.

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WILLIAM ELLERBE had children as follows:

          Ester married Erasmus Powe (See page 1)

          William F married Ann Robinson (she later married–Clemant Prince.)

          Elizabeth married Joseph Ellerbe (cousin) page 2

          Martha Married Thomas Powe brother [of] Erasmus–Page 1

          Zachariah married Obedience Ellerbe ?

          Thomas F. married Rebecca Ellerbe ?

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THOMAS ELLERBE had children as follows:

          William E married Miss Crawford.

          James also married Miss Crawford.

          Thomas married Miss Leslie Prince

          James married George Strother.

          Joseph married Elizabeth–cousin–page 2.

          Mary married Alexander McQueen–see page 3 (–may be error in A.W.C.)

          Rebecca married John McFarland.

          John, married Martha Powe, then Mary Powe–page 2


THE ELLERBE FAMILY–Continued–Page 6


          Thomas and William Ellerbe were prominently connected with St. David’s Parish, Cheraw S. C.–both vestrymen. They were also Whigs in the Revolution. Captain Thomas Ellerbe served under Colonel Kolb in 1780 and under Benton in 1781.

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