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Ellis, James M., was born in Lafargeville, August 5, 1844. His father, Halsey Ellis, was also a native of that town, where his parents, Samuel J. and Mary Ellis, settled in 1815. Halsey Ellis married Sylvia, daughter of David Graves, and through life was a contractor and builder. He died in 1897 in his eightieth year. James M. Ellis was educated in the common schools and in 1862 enlisted in Co. G, 10th N. Y. Heavy Artillery, and took part in the campaigns of Generals Smith, Burnside, Grant and Sheridan, serving until the close of the war, with rank of sergeant. He then returned to Lafargeville and in 1882 came to Alexandria Bay and purchased an interest in the Proctor Mills, which he now owns and in connection deals in lumber and building material. In 1875 he married Mary, daughter of Sanford Calham, and they have one son and one daughter, Claude and Beatrice. Mr. Ellis is one of the representative men of his town, taking an active interest in school and church work and has ever advanced the best interests of his town and its people.

Our County and it's people
a descriptive work on Jefferson County, New York
Edited by: Edgar C. Emerson
The Boston History Co., Publishers, Syracuse, N. Y. 1898