French & Indian War

Joseph Ellis originally lived in what is now Cherry Hill and would volunteered to fight in the French and Indian War. Having been raised a Quaker, this resulted in Ellis being expelled from the Society of Friends.

Later Ellis would move to Gloucester Town. His experience in that war would lead to him being selected as a Colonel in the Second Gloucester County militia regiment. Ellis would also be appointed High Sheriff of Gloucester County by Royal Governor William Franklin. After the break in England, Ellis would continue to serve as the Sheriff.

With the outbreak of fighting in the American Revolution, Ellis would become a General in the NJ Militia, although he would later decline the rank

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Joseph Ellis' house in Gloucester Town was located on the Delaware River at the location of was today is known as Freedom Pier.