ANDREW ELLIS was born in the village of Economy, Wayne Co., Ind., September 17, 1841. His father, Samuel Ellis,
was of English, and his mother, Abigail Key, of English and German descent. Both were natives of East Tennessee.
Soon after their marriage, they immigrated to Indiana, and were among the early settlers of Wayne County, locating
at Economy, where the father followed his trade blacksmithing until the year 1850, when, with his family, he removed
to Union Township, Howard County, where he remained till his death, which occurred September 1, 1866. During the
ten years following their arrival in Howard County, A. Ellis, who was one of the younger members of the family,
attended the common schools of the county, and assisted his older brothers in clearing up a farm, from what was
then an almost unbroken wilderness. In 1861, he attended high school at New London, under Prof. Lewis Estes, and
in 1862 the State Normal School at Kokomo, under Prof. J. Baldwin. These completed his school studies. February
15, 1863, he was married to Miss Armina Jones, youngest daughter of Moses and Eunice Jones, who were pioneers of
eastern Howard County. During the same year, he built a house on his, father's farm, and commenced housekeeping.
Here, on May 11, 1864, was born Miss Belle Ellis, their only child. In the fall of 1865, he removed with his family
to Livingston County, Mo., where he taught school during the winter of 1865-66, and in May, 1866, returned to Indiana,
stopping at Windfall. During the three years following, he taught in the public schools of Howard and Tipton Counties.
In the summer of 1869, he turned his attention to the study of telegraphy, and, upon the resignation of W. H. H.
Lancaster, he was appointed agent for the P., C. & St. L. R. R., at Windfall, and took charge of the office
November 1, 1869. December 15, 1881, he was transferred to the agency of the same road at Kokomo, succeeding Mr.
John M. Ray. Mr. Ellis is thoroughly qualified for the position, and is a favorite with the community.
Counties of Howard and Tipton, Indiana
Historical and Biographical
Charles Blanchard, Editor
F. A. Bettey & Co.
Howard County, IN
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