An Unexpected Death
John Ellis Dies Suddenly At Atlantic Highlands
He Was Found Unconscious in His Office on Saturday Morning and He Died That Afternoon Without Having Regained Consciousness
John Ellis, a justice of the peace at Atlantic Highlands, died very unexpectedly on Saturday. His death was due to heart disease, superinduced by the excessive use of alcohol. Mr. Ellis was not a habitual drinker, nor was he dissipated. He would not touch liquor for months at a time and then for several days he would drink to excess. Last Thursday he began drinking and he remained in his office all night. Friday he seemed to be all right, but he did not go home. Friday night John Oliver, the night watchman, noticed him in his office again at a late hour, and he tried to persuade him to go home. Mr. Ellis promised to go home and he got ready as if to go. Toward morning in passing the office Mr. Oliver noticed that the door was open and looking inside he saw Mr. Ellis lying face downward on the floor. He was taken home and several doctors were summoned but he died on Saturday afternoon without having regained consciousness. Mr. Ellis had whiskey in his office and he had taken more than his heart could stand. Coroner Tetley of Red Bank investigated the case, but he did not deem an inquest necessary.
Mr. Ellis was 59 years old. He was a son of Rev. John Ellis, who came to this country from England as a missionary. The younger Mr. Ellis was born in Ohio. When he was a boy his father became a member of the New York conference and the family moved to New York city. For about twenty years Mr. Ellis was employed in the Park national bank at New York and rose to the position of head bookkeeper. Afterwards he was employed as purser for five years on a steamship line plying between New York and the West Indies. He had traveled considerably in this country and abroad. He was well versed in current affairs and was a man of education.
About eighteen years ago Mr. Ellis moved to Atlantic Highlands and shortly after moving there he married a daughter of Jerome Welsh of that place. She survives him and he also leaves two children, a girl aged ten years and a boy aged three years. Mr. Ellis worked as bookkeeper when he first went to Atlantic Highlands and afterward he drove a tea route. For the past ten years he had been a justice of the peace and had devoted his time entirely to that business. He was better versed in law than the average justice.
Mr. Ellis’s mother is still living and was visiting her son at the time of his death. She is 86 years old. Mr. Ellis leaves also three brothers, two at New York and one at St. Johns, New Brunswick; and a son by a former marriage.
The funeral was held to-day at half-past one o’clock at the first Baptist church at Atlantic Highlands. Rev. A. B. McLaurin, pastor of the Central Baptist church, had charge of the service. The body was buried at Bay View cemetery. The business men of Atlantic Highlands contributed a fine floral piece at the funeral as an evidence of the regard in which Mr. Ellis was held as a citizen.
Source: Red Bank Register, Wednesday, Mar 12, 1902