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Saturday, September 2, 2017

From the Files of Marguerite Cook Clark: Bert and Susie Porter Ellis

On the back - Aunt Susie Ellis

On the back - Bert Ellis  Uncle Bert

Susan "Susie" Cook
Born November 29, 1834 in Jasper County, Mississippi
Died April 13, 1914 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana

Ira Robertus Ellis
Born May 15, 1829 in Mississippi
Died December 24, 1914 in Bienville Parish, Louisiana
Son of Lennon Bridges Ellis and Theresa M. Moffett

Bert and Susie Ellis was written on the back of the above photo. Marguerite Cook Clark's daughter guessed they were Mississippi family but could not positively tell the connection. I'm a sucker for a good mystery and love the search so scanned photos.

It didn't take long to find the connection. Susie was the older sister of Sophrania Pauline Porter Cook. They were the daughters of Larkin Lancelot "Landlot" and Elizabeth Bounds Porter. 

Susan Porter and Ira Robertus Ellis married sometime after September 10, 1850, as on this date, the 1850 census has Susie as single and living with her parents. In 1910, on the federal census, they reported being married for 60 years. 

Bert was reported to be a teacher on the 1870 Federal Census, a farmer in 1880, and a teacher in 1900. 

Susie and Bert lived in Arcadia in Bienville Parish at the times of their deaths and had no children. 

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Sources Public Member Trees [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: Operations, Inc., 2006. Original data: Family trees submitted by Ancestry members.

Family photographs and documents from the collection of Marguerite Cook Clark. Accessed April 28, 2014, September 14, 2014, and November 9 to 11, 2016. Used with permission.


  1. My grandmother was a Porter from Bernice. She was an only child of Martin Porter. A spinster aunt and sister of Martin lived with them after my grandmother's mother died. Tillman Porter was her grandfather. These are great pictures.

    1. She had some wonderful photos. I wished I'd scanned them all. I am sure there were many Porters and Cooks I skipped as they are not my family. Next time, I will scan everything!