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Col. A. C. Ellis, the son of Dr. Robert Binns Ellis, was born July 12, 1840, in Richmond, Ray County, Missouri. Died March 19, 1912 in Salt Lake City. He was a member of the law firm of Dickson Ellis, Ellis & Schulder. The death of a man like Col. A. C. Ellis is a great loss in any community. He represented the very best that is in poor human nature. He was of the very highest type of American citizenship.
He was universally trained at a time when the higher educational institutions still cling to the severe classical standard and the student went forth prepared at a glance to run a word back to its original root and at the same time from his training to judge intuitively all that was loftiest in language.
He was admitted to practice before the Supreme Court of Ohio. January 19, 1853; Supreme Court of Iowa, April 15, 1854; Supreme Court, Territory of Utah, January 16, 1855, and later to the Supreme Court of the United States.
After graduating from University of Missouri he went to the University of Louisville, Law Department. In those days the training there was not only a grounding in the science of the law, but it extended to the law's application to the infinite forms of business, and to the rights of man and the obligations and powers and prerogatives of governments. This training was manifest in Col. Ellis every day of his life.
True, he joined in a rebellion to rend the Union in twain, but behind him was the furious public opinion of all his friends and relatives, the training of a lifetime-the uprising of millions, half of his countrymen, all his personal friends. In 1861 he enlisted in a regiment of Missouri Infantry, under Col. Ben Rives and General Sterling Price.
None of us can tell what we would have done under the same impelling causes, and the sincerity of his convictions was made clear by the fact that he went out and offered his life for them, and fought until the cause was lost in his State and he was a prisoner.
When paroled, he turned his face towards the West and settled in Carson City, Nevada, and began the practice of law. From the first day he appeared in court, those who heard him-and they were shrewd judges-realized that a masterful scholar and profound lawyer had appeared among them. He was never discomfited in court. The law of any case was clear to him at a glance, and his presentation of a case was most beautiful. There was no guess work. It was the application of an exact science to a problem, and there was never any faltering, in presenting in language every word of which was the right word to give to his argument light and power and charm.
From the first day, too, it was clear that the sorrows and disappointments he had suffered were never to be given further expression in his life. Never had a sectional word never any repining over lost hopes but the building up of a high name. He succeeded, too. He built up a splendid practice at a bar where some of the most royal minds on the coast were daily competitors; over and over the political party to which he belonged tried with passionate earnestness to heap all the honors in their gift upon him.
And he repaid them. He more than once canvassed the State, and the speeches he delivered were as sharp and incisive as were ever delivered in that State, and at the same time there was a tone accompanying them which even now lingers in the memories of the men who listened to them with a refrain like that of a stately anthem.
When the great bonanza went into borasco Col. Ellis moved to San Francisco, and there for twelve years maintained his place in the forefront of the foremost lawyers of the coast. In 1895 moved to Salt Lake City. Here he has left to his stalwart partners the active work of the firm, but to the last his brain was clear; his nature genial and high as ever; and the comfort left the loved ones is that as husband, father and citizen his life was rounded full, and he has gone to his final rest with every duty fulfilled, and with a long life's work fully completed. Col. Ellis was married in 1860 to Lucie Reeves Cobb. A. C. Ellis Jr., Henry R. Ellis, Dr. L. R. Ellis, and Carrie A. Ellis are the four living children.
[Source: History of the bench and bar of Utah; By Interstate Press Association; Publ. 1913;
Transcribed and submitted by Andrea Stawski Pack.]

R. B. ELLIS, M. D.
Robert B. Ellis was born in Sussex county, Virginia, December 4, 1812. When but six years old his father removed with him to Kentucky. Here he was educated, chiefly in Transylvania University, at Lexington, from the literary and classical department of which institution he graduated with high honor. After leaving college he began the study of medicine, with the distinguished Doctor Benjamin Dudley for preceptor. He subsequently went through the usual course of instruction, and received the degree of doctor of medicine from the Pennsylvania Medical College.
He soon after began to practice the healing art. Doctor Ellis came to Ray county in the year 1S37, and, locating at Richmond, opened his doctor's office there. Here he soon made a host of friends, and rapidly built up a good practice. His success as a physician was such that he gain the confidence of the people all over the county, and his services were in almost constant demand. He possessed the happy faculty of making himself pleasant and agreeable to all classes, and rapidly rose in the popular esteem in consequence. His fame as a physician spread throughout
the state, and the extent of his practice was not excelled, perhaps, by that of any physician, at that time, in Missouri. After staying at Richmond for four years, Doctor Ellis removed to the suburbs of the town of Gallatin, Missouri, at that time just being built up, and improving a fine farm, established his home upon it, and always afterward, during his residence in northwest Missouri, though frequently away traveling with his wife for the benefit of her health, he kept his home upon this farm. Doctor Ellis was twice elected to the higher branch of the general assembly of Missouri, and was a member of the national democratic convention that nominated James K. Polk for the presidency, at Baltimore, in 1844. His first wife died at Jefferson City, in 1842, whither she had accompanied her
husband, who was there in attendance, as a member, upon the session of the state senate. During his second term as state senator. Doctor Ellis was married again, at Jefferson City. The lady becoming his wife this time, was a daughter of Hiram P. Goodrich, D. D., a distinguished educator and divine of Missouri. After the expiration of the senatorial session, Dr. Ellis returned, with his bride, to his home at Gallatin. Here he remained for one year, and then moved to St. Louis, and practiced his profession in that city for some time. During his residence there, he delivered a course of lectures to the students of the McDowell Medical College, upon "Cholera; its Origin, Progress, and Treatment," with particular reference to its ravages, at that time, in this country. These lectures were delivered during the years 1848-9. As an evidence of appreciation of his valuable services, the college conferred the honorary degree of M. D. upon Doctor E., already a graduate of two popular institutions. In 1849 he went to California, and pursued the practice of medicine at the city of Sacramento. Here the second Mrs. Ellis died. The doctor remained at Sacramento until about the year 1860. During this time he was married again, to Miss Sarah J. Buckner. About the year 1860, Doctor Ellis removed from Sacramento to Carson City, Nevada. Here, eight years after her marriage, the third Mrs. Ellis died, and her husband was again left alone, and remained unmarried until his death. He was a member of the California legislature, and, at one time, was president of the medical university of that state. The issue of his first marriage was three children: Robert H., Mary E-, and Adrian C; of his second, two: Sallic and Rosa G.; and of the third, four: Paris B., Ada M., John G., and William W. Dr. R. B. Ellis died at Carson City, Nevada, in the month of January, 1873, and was buried with Masonic honors, and the legislature adjourned out of respect
to the memory of the man who had figured so prominently in the affairsof the state, and attended the funeral in a body.
Ray County History 1881

George S. Ewing
A native of Howard county, Missouri, and was born January 19, 1832. His parents removed to Ray county when he was very young, and here, together with some schooling in Kentucky, he received his education. He was occupied with farming until the beginning of the great civil war, when he espoused the cause of the south and enlisted for the war under General Sterling Price. He was engaged at the battles of Corinth, Springfield, Iuka, Franklin, New Hope Church, and other lesser engagements. Was discharged at Jackson, Mississippi, in the spring of 1865, and returning to Ray county, Missouri, resumed his farming. Mr. Ewing was married in the month of June, 1852, to Miss Lydia A. Tisdale, of Ray county. They became the parents of five children, living: William W., Robert S., Joseph, Jackson and Thomas. In religion, Mr. Ewing is a Baptist, a consistent and devoted Christian and a good man.
Ray County History 1881, Page 592

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