Ellis, Abner Y.

Born: 1807-11-30 Warsaw, Kentucky

Died: 1878-03-10

A native of Kentucky, Ellis served as deputy sheriff of Sangamon County, Illinois for several years. He was then a salesman in James D. Henry's store. Ellis later entered a groceries and provisions business with Archer G. Herndon. He married Ann Maria Glascock in Sangamon County, in 1832. Ann died in 1834, and Ellis later married Virginia Richmond in Madison County in 1837. In 1844, Ellis was Treasurer of Sangamon County for one term and afterwards was the postmaster in Springfield, Illinois (1849-1853), under Presidents Zachary Taylor and Millard Fillmore. In 1850, Ellis owned real estate worth $950. For a few years he was in the business of merchandising in the firm of J. Williams and Company. Later, he worked as a general delivery clerk in the post office in Springfield. In 1864, Ellis moved to his farm in Moro, Illinois, where he remained until his death in 1878.

History of Sangamon County, Illinois (Chicago: Inter-State, 1881), 659; John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 285-86; Illinois Statewide Marriage Index, Sangamon County, 24 January 1832, Madison County, 8 June 1837, Illinois State Archives, Springfield, IL; U. S. Census Office, Seventh Census of the United States (1850), Sangamon County, IL, 89.