Gilbert P. Ellis’ Story

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Gilbert P. Ellis was my grandfather, hero and mentor.  He was born in St. Louis, MO on Tuesday, June 22, 1915 to William P. Ellis and Caroline L. Johannpeter Ellis.  Grandpa said Great Grandma had wanted to name him Marmaduke but fortunately changed it to Gilbert.  Grandpa said, “Being named Gilbert was tough enough.  If I had been named Marmaduke, I would have

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The Johannpeter Family

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 Great Grandma and most of her brothers and sisters were first generation Americans.  Her parents, Frederick William Johannpeter (1839 – 1903) and Johanna C. Grieve Johannpeter (1843- 1920), were born in Prussia before the unification of Germany.  Her oldest brother Gustav was born in Prussia in 1868, two years before they moved to the United States and settled in St.

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Caroline Leah “Lee” Ellis nee Johannpeter, Part I

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My great-grandmother, Caroline Leah “Lee” Ellis nee Johannpeter was born to Frederick William August Johannpeter, 1839 – 1915, and Joanna Grieve, 1843 – 1920, in St. Charles, MO on June 13, 1881.  She was the second youngest of seven siblings, Gustav, Anna, Amalia “Marie”, Julius “Jules”, Herman and Charles Frederick.  Great Grandma was said to be a very strong-willed person.

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Intro and Next Generation Challenge

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The story of our family begins in England, Germany, Ireland, France and various other European countries as well as Mexico and the American Indian peoples. It includes journeys through numerous states and areas but it is intrinsically linked to Missouri in general and St. Louis, MO in particular. You will meet some family members that you know or knew and numerous family

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