I am tracing a William Ellis born c. 1830 in Ireland (acc. to the 1860 census for Allentown PA
Wm Ellis age 30 born Ireland day laborer
Pauline age 5 born PA
Sarah age 5 born PA went to school in that year (so born in 1855-56.)
Looks like his wife may have died in childbirth and I cannot find this family after 1860, except for daughter Sarah.
I have followed Sarah through the census but I lose her after her 2nd marriage in 1908. She married Joseph Rehr around 1872 and had 2 sons, William and Nicholas. Her second marriage was to Thomas Wright. Sarah was sent out to work with a couple in Philadelphia. Not sure which one of the following she was in the 1870 census:
Phila: Sarah Ellis age 15 servant both parents foreign born
Phila: Sarah Ellis age 15 servant parents not foreign born attended school
Phila 2nd enum: Sarah Ellis 14 with John age 40 Sarah age 30 and Susan age 9
Then in 1880:
Joseph Rehr/Rehn age 25 PA PA PA machinist married circa 1873? in Pottsville (Schuylkill County) or Allentown?
wife Sarah M. 24 PA IR PA (so she was born in 1856 and her father was Wm Ellis born in Ireland acc to 1860 census?)
Nicholas J. age 6
William W. age 3
Have you come across this family in your research?
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