Lake Erie Islanders: James Ellithorpe of Catawba
Sketches from the 1917 History of Northwest Ohio
(reference 4a in the Bibliography)
ELLITHORPE. Two of the first families to be represented in the citizenship
of Catawba Island were the Ellithorpes and Tilliotsons. These early
pioneers were Henry Ellithorpe and Richard Tilliotson, who were of English
and Scotch ancestry and came from Kelleys Island to Catawba Island. When
they arrived only three or four other families were living there. Henry
Ellithorpe acquired over 300 acres of land known as Lot No.1, while
Richard Tilliotson took up seventy-seven acres of Government land just
above the Ellithorpe place. From that time to the present these names have
been intimately associated with the history of the island and there has
hardly been a public enterprise with which one or both of these names have
not been intimately connected.
Ellithorpe had the following children, all of whom spent their lives at
Catawba Island. George, Cyrus, Russell and Emily, the last the wife of
Ellithorpe married the daughter of Richard Tilliotson, and he subsequently
became owner of the old Tilliotson homestead, where he followed
agriculture until his death in September, 1897. His wife passed away in
James Ellithorpe, the only child of Russell Ellithorpe, and a grandson of
both Henry Ellithorpe and Richard Tilliotson, was born on Catawba Island
March 10, 1857, and has always lived on the old homestead of his father
and of his grandfather Tilliotson. After his father died he kept up the
active operation and cultivation of the land, and he is now recognized as
one of the largest peach growers on the entire island, having forty-six
acres in that fruit. He is now ably assisted by his son, Vernon, born
October 30,1890, who married Mabel Welch, born June 3,1893, a daughter of
James Welch of Catawba Island. His two daughters are Muriel, born January
28, 1893, who is now traveling with a theatrical company; and Eola, born
July 21, 1894, who married June Kline, a farmer in Danbury Township and is
the mother of two children, Earnest, born March 23, 1914, and a baby
daughter, named Millicent, born July 7,1915.
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