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,

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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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