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Below is a family biography included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Seneca and Schuyler Counties, New York published by Chapman Publishing Co., in 1895.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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THOMAS ELLIS. In compiling an account of the different business enterprises in Reading Center, we desire particularly to call attention to that of Mr. Ellis, who is one of the successful merchants of this thrifty and progressive village. Since locating here he has conducted his affairs very satisfactorily, and, owing to the excellent stock which he keeps and the fair dealings all receive at his hands, he has obtained a good share of the public favor. In addition to this enterprise, Mr. Ellis is the owner of a fine tract of land in the town of Reading, which comprises one hundred and forty-seven and one-half acres of productive land, from the cultivation of which he reaps good returns.

A native of this state, our subject was born in Yates County, March 19, 1838. He spent the first twelve or fourteen years of his life there, and then came to Schuyler County, working out on farms here until attaining his twenty-first year. About this time he was married, and at once located in the town of Reading, on a tract of land lying just south of Reading Center, there making his home from 1859 to 1876. In the latter year he built a beautiful home in Reading Center, and although he still retains possession of his farm, he has since lived in the town and engaged in mercantile pursuits.

Mr. Ellis and Miss Jane Sutton were united in marriage in this place March 10, 1859. Mrs. Ellis was the daughter of Nathaniel and Susan (Humphrey) Sutton, and by her union with our subject there has been born a daughter. May, who is now the wife of Louis Nichols, of Brooklyn, N. Y.

Mr. Ellis is held in high esteem in the community for his social and business-like qualities. He takes a deep interest in the welfare of the town and is public-spirited and liberal in his ideas. For two years he served as Road Commissioner, and for one year was Poor Master. His good wife is a member in excellent standing of the Methodist Episcopal Church and is highly esteemed in her community.

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This family biography is one of the numerous biographies included in Portrait and Biographical Record of Seneca and Schuyler Counties, New York published in 1895. 

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