Ellis Album

Black Ellis Album #1, Page 3

BEA1, page 3


Page three features three photographs.  Two are photos of my great-grandfather, Claude Albert Ellis.  The third includes my great-grandmother, Blanche Octavia Huband.  The dates of these photos are significant.  1913, June 1915, and July 1915.  Each of these photographs was taken before my great-grandparents were married on 22 November 1917.  I wonder if the first two photos were taken in different locations in the same yard (study the fence):


BEA1, img 3, Claude Albert Ellis, June 1915
Claude Albert Ellis, June 1915
BEA1, img 4, Blanche & --- Campbell (Isaac's sister), July 1915
Blanche Octavia Huband with Miss Campbell (Isaac’s sister), July 1915
BEA1, img 5, Claude Albert Ellis in Germantown, Pennsylvania, 1913
Claude Albert Ellis, Germantown, Pennsylvania, 1913


The last photo was taken in Germantown, Pennsylvania in 1913.  My great-grandfather, Claude Albert Ellis, served a mission for the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints from 4 June 1912 through 4 July 1914.  He served in the Eastern States mission which included Pennsylvania.

In an undated autobiography written by Blanche, she wrote this:

“Then in 1914 I met Claude A. Ellis who had just returned from a mission to the Eastern States, and I thought he surpassed all the others with his refined manners and his blonde wavy hair.  We were real friendly with Hazel Berrett and William Gibson who returned with Claude from the same Mission.  We had all our dates together and went in a little rubber tired buggy with a black horse.”

“After about three years of courtship, we were married in the Salt Lake Temple 22 Nov. 1917 by Alvin Smith.”

So, the first two photos on this page were taken after Blanche and Claude met, but well before they married.  The remainder of this album skips around chronologically with many photos from before their marriage, and many from after.

One more noteworthy passage from Blanche’s autobiography is very relevant in light of the Covid 19 pandemic today:

“After we were married about 1 1/2 years was when the flu was so bad and everyone was dying, especially pregnant women.  Six weeks before Beth was born, Claude and I were in bed with the flu.  Everyone was scared to death of it, but Mrs. Emily Chadwick came every morning and took care of us.  She walked all over town every day taking care of people.  Beth Louise was born 17 March 1919 with Dr. Riley Brown and Mrs. Emily Chadwick present.  When Beth was two months old, Hattie Storey, who was living with us, and I had diptheria and were quarantined in.  Mother took the baby and kept her.  Aunt Tave who had been with us years before when I had diptheria as a child, was at mothers and helped take care of the baby.”


Once again, this page includes notations made by two individuals.  The note written in white pencil that reads, “Blanche & —- Campbell (Isaac’s sister)” is my grandmother, Mary Margaret Ellis’s handwriting.



This post is part of a series sharing this wonderful old family photo album.  You can learn more about the album here.  A digital version of this photo album can be viewed on Flickr here.



7 thoughts on “Black Ellis Album #1, Page 3”

  1. I agree–same fence, same yard.

    And it is good to look back and remember that our ancestors survived terrible things. We will as well—as long as we are smart and stay away from each other for a while (except electronically).

    1. Thanks for weighing in on the yard/fence, Amy!

      Yes, we will survive by staying smart! I was just watching an ICU doc from Weill Cornell Medical Center talk about how to protect your family. Hopefully people heed his good counsel.


        1. I’m with you! Dr Fauci is great. I loved hearing about what is going on in the NYC hospital though. He also shared some good practical tips for being aware of your hands at all times and how to navigate the outside world when you have to. Wash those hands!!

  2. Amazing notes by your great grandmother to set the scene for the photos and timeline. And having history tie in, just genealogy gold!

  3. The photo of Blanche and “Isaac Campbell’s sister” is also in one of my old albums – I think it was Grandma’s (Margaret Noble Bevans Neel). I just started working on identifying the photos in it today and it mostly spans 1913 to 1915 and about half of the photos have some relationship to the Ellis family so most probably were sent to Grandma by Blanche – quite a few of her. So I tried to figure out Miss Campbell’s name – as you probably know Isaac has to be Isaac Searl Campbell who married Verna Olive Bailey. There aren’t lots of helpful photos of his sisters on Family Search, and just in case I took a look at his sister-in-laws too. My conclusion is this is probably Effie Campbell who would have been about 44 years old when this photo was taken. The woman does look older to me so 44 doesn’t exclude her.

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