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Lucy Montgomery, daughter of William and Margaret Montgomery, was born in Gibson County, Indiana, December 11, 1835. She was married at Lincoln, Illinois, September 10, 1863 to Benjamin F. Ellis, who died March 31, 1886. She was the mother of six children namely, George Ellis of Minden, Nebraska, Charles Ellis of Middletown, Illinois, James Ellis of Nunn, Colorado, Mrs. Jennie Morris of Fancy Prairie, Illinois, Nora Perry of Lentner, Missouri, and Carl Ellis of Heartwell, Nebraska.
After the death of her husband, she made her home with her son, Charles, up to the time of her death, having lived in the vicinity of Middletown most of her days, excepting her sojourn in Missouri from March 1, 1890 to April 1906. She died in Middletown, August 12, 1907, after a protracted illness, leaving six children, (as above named) and three bothers and six sisters, namely: Wesley Montgomery of Mason City, Ill., Mrs., Patsy Knowles and Mrs. Jane Roberts, both of Owensville, Ind., Mrs. Dorcas Killion of Red Oak, Ia., Mrs. Nancy Eldridge of Mason City, Ill., Levi Montgomery of Bolivia, Ill., Mrs. Elizabeth Wadkins of Sedgwick City, Kansas, Mrs. Catherine Stone of Mason City, Ill., and William Montgomery of Middletown, Ill.
Mrs. Ellis was converted when only 14 years of age, at a camp meeting. Later she joined the Methodist Church and lived a faithful, Christian life. She was a woman of piety and devotion. Her last days were marked by frequent prayer and song. A faithful, loving mother and devoted sister has passed to her reward.