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Ellis, John Cock

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Type of person Individual
Date of birth 1824
Place of birth Sancreed, Cornwall, England
Date of arrival 1852
Principal occupation Farm labourer and farmer
Date of death 1906
Place of decease Aldinga

John Cock Ellis was born on 14 April 1824 at Sancreed, Cornwall, England. He was the son of John Ellis (1787-1861) and Mary Cock (1791-1852). Aged 27 years and described as a farm labourer, he arrived aboard Sibilla from Plymouth on 15 March 1852.

John Ellis, aged 34 years, married Catherine Martin (1835-1909), aged 24 years, the daughter of Thomas Martin (1800-1862) and Mary Evans (1806-1887), on 23 August 1859 at Trinity Church, Adelaide.

John and Catherine had one daughter, Emma (1861-1939), who was born at Aldinga. She married Alfred Henry Baylis (1859-1919) on 1 March 1884 at Victor Harbor and had two children. Emma died at St. Peters, SA.

John was a farmer at Aldinga from before 1867 until his death in 1906. He paid rates on section 231 (79 acres owned by the SA Company) from 1867, section 232 (80 acres agricultural land owned by John Hill) from 1881 and section 250 (80 acres owned by the SA Company) from 1884.

John Cock Ellis, aged 82 years, died on 7 May 1906 at Aldinga and is buried in St Stephens Anglican Cemetery, Willunga. Catherine Ellis (née Martin) died at Salisbury on 19 October 1908.


  • Passengers in History Database – South Australian Maritime Museum
  • South Australian Births – Index of Registrations 1842-1906
  • South Australian Marriages – Index of Registrations 1842-1937
  • South Australian Deaths – Index of Registrations 1842-1972
  • Ratepayer List Willunga & Aldinga Councils 1850-1888
  • SA Directories – Aldinga 1883-1906
  • The Express and Telegraph 10 March 1884:2
  • The Register 9 May 1906:4
  • Evening Journal 21 Oct 1909:1

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