Ellison #2

Ellison Family

Submitted by Martha J. Kounse

Source: DeLand’s History of Jackson County, Michigan by Colonel Charles V. DeLand, 1903, pg 354

The Ellison family were among the early settlers in eastern New York. The father of Owen Ellison was a Revolutionary soldier and after the war settled in Orange county. Owen Ellison was born in 1809 and lived at home until his father died in 1816. Owen volunteered in the War of 1812, and was in the Battle of Plattsburg. His mother was born in 1780 and died in Michigan in 1848. Mr. Ellison married in 1830 and removed to Michigan in 1834, settling in Summit township in 1835.

Mr. Ellison was always known as a hustler, and by his energy acquired a farm of six hundred acres of land. They had a large family, of whom four sons are yet living:

  George W., who is a farmer in Summit

Frances M., who resides on the old homestead


Owen, Jr., who was assistant surgeon of the Thirty-first Infantry, resided at Ironton, Ohio


Benjamin is a druggist at Alma, Michigan.

Owen Ellison was a member of the Wesleyan Methodist church, and was for years a preacher in that denomination. He was a a strong antislavery and temperance man, and the family are all reliable Republicans. Owen Ellison and his wife both died at a good old age, and sleep sided by side in the beautiful rural cemetery at South Jackson.