Thursday, October 18, 2018

George C R Ellis

Crushed To Death Under Train.

Delmar, Del., May 25. —George Ellis, aged 24, of Delmar, was killed by a train to day while passing over the tracks of the Philadelphia, Wilmington & Baltimore road, here. Both legs were amputated  and he was crushed to death. A widow and one child survive him.

The Evening Republican May 26 1902

George C R Ellis was born in 1871 to Joseph and Rebecca Knowles Ellis.  He married Sarah Ella Ralph (1868-1941).  Sarah never remarried after the death of George. They had one child, Randall Ralph Ellis (1893-1973). Randall never married and never had children so this branch of a family tree ends with him.  Randall besides working for the railroad was a great book reader and would meet the Wicomico Bookmobile each week when it came to Delmar.

George prior to his death in 1893 had fallen off a freight car and broke his arm.  It was an occupation hazard of being a brakeman on the railroad.

Delmar, Jan. 28 Mrs. Sarah Ella Ellis, age 72, widow of George Ellis of Delmar died early yester day morning at her home here after an illness of two weeks. Since the death of her husband 39 years ago, Mrs. Ellis had made her home here with her son, Randall Ellis. Funeral services will be held tomorrow afternoon at two o'clock from the home on West East Street with the Rev. Walter A. Donoway, pastor of the Delmar Mt. Olive Church, officiating. Mrs. Ellis is survived by one son, Randall Ellis of Delmar and one brother, Albert Sidney Ralph of Laurel. Interment will be in Delmar Methodist Protestant Cemetery.

The Salisbury Times January 28 1941


  1. the news on May 25th say 24 years old, if accident was in 1902 he was 30 or 31 years old.

  2. It is confusing, he died 1893 or 1902? Something doesn't add when the wife's obituary from 1941 says "since the death of her husband 39 years ago".