Ellington, Isaac Cyrus

Male 1823 - 1907  (84 years)


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  • Name Ellington, Isaac Cyrus 
    Born 6 Apr 1823  Madison County Oh Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 12 Oct 1907 
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    • The Biographical Record of DeWitt County, Illinois, Illustrated.
      Chicago: The S. J. Clarke Publishing Company, 1901.
      Volume 1, Page 398

      Isaac Ellington
      There is particular satisfaction in reverting to the life history of the honored and venerable gentleman whose name introduces this review, since his mind bears the impress of the historical annals of the state of Illinois from early pioneer days. Since 1828 he has made his home in this section of the county for over half a century. He is now living on section 16, Barnett township, where he has an excellent farm of four hundred and eighty acres. Mr. Ellington was born on the 6th of April, 1822, in Madison county, Ohio, and comes of good old Revolutionary stock. His paternal grandfather, John Ellington, aided the colonies in their struggle for independence, and became one of the pioneers of Kentucky. Our subject's father, David Ellington, was born in that state, and at an early day removed with his father to Ohio, where he grew to manhood and married Miss Catherine Huffman, a native of Ohio. Her father, Esquire Huffman, was also a soldier of the Revolutionary war. For some years after his marriage, David Ellington was engaged in farming in the Buckeye state, and in 1828 came to Illinois by wagon. He took up a claim in McLean county, where he improved a small farm, but later removed to what is now Waynesville township, DeWitt county, and bought a farm of two hundred acres, on which he spent the remainder of his life. He died in 1886, and his wife died later, both being laid to rest in the Waynesville cemetery.

      Isaac Ellington, of this review, was principally reared in McLean county, and well remembers when Bloomington contained but three houses, and one of these was a blacksmith shop. In those early days when this region was all wild and unimproved the family was forced to endure many hardships and privations such as are incident to pioneer life. Our subject assisted his father in the arduous task of opening up a new farm, and with his breaking team has turned many an acre of virgin soil.

      In 1846 Mr. Ellington was married in Waynesville to Miss Lucy Ann Nichols, who was born in Muskingum county, Ohio, March 12, 1830. Her father, M. P. Nichols, was born in England in 1812, and when a child came to the new world, locating in Ohio, where he wedded Miss Mary McConnaha, a native of Muskingum county. In 1838 they came to DeWitt county, Illinois, and settled in Wapella township, where Mrs. Nichols died, July 18, 1839, and her husband the day following. Their remains were interred in Wapella cemetery. In the fall after the death of her parents, Mrs. Ellington returned to Ohio with an aunt and there spent the winter. The following spring she and a younger sister again came to Illinois with a family, but had to walk the entire distance of five hundred and fifty miles, sleeping on the ground at night. She then made her home with David Ellington until her marriage. Her early life was full of hardships, but she always made the most of her advantages, and by her industry and economy materially assisted her husband in getting a start in life. They began their domestic life in a small house on the farm where he still resides, but at that time they had no near neighbors and were often very lonely. For fifty-five years they traveled life's journey together, sharing its joys and sorrows, its adversity and prosperity, and were only parted when death claimed Mrs. Ellington, September 6, 1901. She left many friends as well as her immediate family to mourn her loss.

      After his marriage Mr. Ellington remained on the home farm with his father until 1850, when he purchased eighty acres of wild prairie land where he now resides, and commenced the improvement of his farm, which he has increased until it now contains four hundred and eighty acres, and is under a high state of cultivation. His home is a large neat residence, and everything about the place is in perfect harmony therewith. Besides his valuable property he owns two pieces of timber land of fifty-six acres. His life has been one of industry and usefulness, and due success has not been denied him. The Democratic party has always found in him a stanch supporter of its principles, but he has never cared for office, preferring to give his entire time and attention to his farming interests.

      Mr. Ellington has two children: Cyrus, the only son, helps to carry on the home farm, and like his father votes the Democratic ticket. Martha is now the wife of Jefferson Sprague, who also lives with our subject, and they have five children, namely: Carter, Harry, Ralph, Frank and Carl. The family is one of prominence in the community where they reside.

      Note: Above article lists Isaac's mother as HUFFMAN. It should be HOUGHAM.
      Also: Moses Hougham is listed as Esquire?
    Person ID I3651  Hougham
    Last Modified 26 Jan 2015 

    Father Ellington, David E
              b. 27 Aug 1797
              d. 22 Aug 1884  (Age 86 years) 
    Mother Hougham, Catherine
              b. 21 Mar 1803, HIllsborough Highland Co. Oh Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 12 Oct 1886, Waynsville Il Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 83 years) 
    Married 21 Jul 1822  Madison County Oh Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F983  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Nichols, Lucy Ann
              b. 12 Mar 1827, Muskingum Co OH Find all individuals with events at this location
              d. 6 Sep 1901  (Age 74 years) 
    Married 1846 
    Children 
     1. Ellington, Cyrus
    +2. Ellington, Mattie
    Family ID F1566  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart