Isaac Ellis; Farmer, Surveyor, Cattle Dealer
Isaac Newton Ellis (1810-1893)
Isaac Newton Ellis was born on November 26, 1810. His father and mother, Royal Ellis and Betsy Morse Ellis, who had married on January 12, 1807, had two other children: Roxa, born in 1813 and David, born in 1821.
Isaac Ellis was a farmer and never married. In the 1870 U.S. Census, he and his brother David continued to live on the family farm with their mother and a James Edwards, who was a farm laborer. In 1890, Ellis was also a cattle dealer.
In 1872, when Norwood was incorporated as an independent town, Isaac Ellis became both a surveyor of highways, a position that entailed the maintenance of roadways, and one of the community’s first Engineers of the Fire Department.
He died on November 25, 1893 of old age. He was 83 years old. Isaac Newton Ellis is buried in the Ellis family lot.