Ellis, Thomas J.
March 06, 2007 07:27PM
Kentucky: A History of the State, Battle, Perrin, & Kniffin, 7th ed., 1887,
Kenton Co.

THOMAS J. ELLIS, sheriff of Kenton County, Ky., was born in Kenton County,
November 17, 1835, and is the fourth of a family of six children born to
James and Elizabeth (Leathers) Ellis. James Ellis was born in Culpeper
County, Va., in 1802, and was a son of William and Nancy (Clendenning)
Ellis. Mrs. Elizabeth Ellis was born in Kenton County, a daughter of
Joshua Leathers. Thomas J. Ellis was educated at the schools in Kenton
County, and at an early age learned civil engineering and surveying,
worked at it until July 8, 1861, when he enlisted in the Confederate Army,
Second Kentucky Infantry, under Roger Hanson, but was subsequently with
Gen. Morgan, with whom he remained until the close of the war, as first
lieutenant. On his return to his native county he farmed and worked at
surveying. In 1870 he was elected county surveyor, and served two terms,
or until 1878. In 1871 he moved to Covington. In 1882 he was elected
city engineer, served up to 1884, when he was elected sheriff, and
re-elected in 1886. He was united in marriage to Miss Georgia B. Runyan,
of Boone County, Ky., daughter of J. M. and Mary (Hamilton) Runyan. One
child has blessed this union--George M. J. Mr. Ellis is a member of
the A.O.U.W.

Ellis Leathers Clendenning Runyan Hamilton Hanson
Boone-KY Culpeper-VA

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