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Isaac & Nabby Ellis, 19th Century Paper Maker

Isaac Ellis (1790-1844)

Abigail “Nabby” Fairbanks Ellis (1795-1836)


Isaac Ellis was born on August 25, 1790. He was the son of Oliver Ellis (1745-1821) and his wife Mary Colburn Ellis (1754-1826). Isaac married Abigail Fairbanks, the daughter of Benjamin and Hannah Dean Fairbanks, on January 2, 1814 in Dedham. Abigail Fairbanks Ellis was known as “Nabby.”


Isaac and Nabby had three children: Hannah, Caroline, and Alvin. Nabby Ellis died on October 3, 1836 at the age of 41.


On September 30, 1838, Isaac Ellis married Emily Stone of Sharon. Emily had been born on June 17, 1808 in Sharon.




Isaac Ellis was employed as a paper maker. He died on January 2, 1844 of consumption. He was 54 years old. He is buried in the family lot along with his parents, Oliver and Mary Colburn Ellis and the extended Ellis family including Isaac and Nabby’s children: Hannah Ellis (1814-1833) died on June 5, 1833 at the age of 19. Caroline Ellis (1826-1847) who had married John Edwin Morse on July 24, 1846, died less than a year later on June 21, 1847 at 21; and their son, Alvin Ellis (1819-1876).


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