Born 19 September 1832, at Melin-y-coed, near Machynlleth. Although his parents were in humble circumstances, he received help which enabled him to be well educated. He was master of a national school which was under the patronage of Sir Robert Williames Vaughan, bart., Nannau, Mer., and afterwards became the first headmaster of the British school at Nant Peris, Caernarfonshire. In 1853 he emigrated to the U.S.A. He lived for a while in Pennsylvania, in Utica, N.Y., where he was editor of Y Gwyliedydd, and in New York for a period, editing Y Drych a'r Gwyliedydd. He removed from New York to West Bangor, Pa., where he kept a school and began to preach; he was ordained in 1865. He ministered to Calvinistic Methodist churches in various places: Ebensburg, Pa., Hyde Park, Pa., Bangor, Pa., Cincinatti, Ohio, etc.; he then went westwards and ministered in San Francisco and in Coal Creek, Colorado. When the General Assembly of the Calvinistic Methodists was formed in Columbus, Ohio, in 1869, Ellis became its first secretary. He edited or co-edited Y Cyfaill, Baner America, and Blodau yr Oes a'r Ysgol; he was part-owner of Blodau yr Oes. He died 1 June 1901 at Pueblo, Colorado.
Published date: 1959
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