Ellis was born on 18 February 1852 at Northrop, Flintshire, to parents Joseph Hewitt, a coal miner (1861), and Mary Roberts. he was baptised on 14 march 1852 at Northrop.
Before entering the ministry Ellis worked as a coal miner.
After leaving the PM ministry, Ellis became a presbyterian minister.
He married Annie Maria le Lean (1865-1920) in late 1887 at Sevenoaks, Kent. Census returns identify one child.
- Lelean McNeill (1890-1974) – a missionary (1939)
Ellis died on 7 November 1897 at Aldershot, Hampshire
In 1901 Annie is living in East India Dock Road, Poplar described as Lady Superintendent Presbyterian Settlement . She married William Edwin Orchard, a presbyterian minister, in 1904.
- 1875 Malton
- 1877 Pateley Bridge
- 1880 Leeds IV
- 1881 York
- 1883 disappears
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers
Note: Records give the forename as Ellis rather than Elias in Leary.