- Born: Cir 1720
- Marriage (1): Unknown
source: Raymond & Marie who note:
James Ella (Ellar/Ellay/Eller), a corn-miller of Thornton-le-Street in North Yorkshire (not far from Thirsk) c.1670s married Mary Taler (Taylor?) at the parish church there in 1674 but the parish registers are in poor condition so the day and month are not known, also the BT's are fragments before c.1700. He was buried there 19th of Sept., or 3rd of Nov., 1691. There is a "Goods Inventory" for this James Ellay (Ella) at the Durham University Archives. It states what is in his home and his mill nextdoor.
There is the following that can be read better in the Thornton-le-Sreet registers: baptism of James, son of James Ellar (Ella), 7th of Nov., 1675.
These registers are at the record office in Northallerton in North Yorkshire and the Bishops Transcripts with some early "Allertonshire" Wills are at the Durham University Archives because before the early 1800s the top part of North Yorkshire (North Riding of York) was once under the Bishopric of Durham, even though in Yorkshire.
James Eller (Ella) junior married Dorothie (Dorothey) Harland 2nd or 12th of June 1698 at Cowesby Parish Church. He was buried 23rd of Feb., 1746/7, at Leake Parish Church. He and his wife's abode was the water-wheeled corn-mill in Borrowby village, so he became a corn-miller like his father. Their son Michael Ella (senior) had his baptism at Leake Parish Church 9th of Feb.,1706/7. Another son was Samual Ella baptism at Leake P.Church 28th of May 1714.
This Samual married Anne Herring at Cowesby P.Church 13th Feb., 1737/8. Anne Ella (nee' Herring) was buried Cowesby 29th of March 1746. Samuel was buried Leake 29th of Jan., 1769. He was a "Yeoman Farmer" and it is he and Anne I (Raymond) descend from.
One of Samuel and Anne's children was a William Ella, baptism at Cowesby 5th of Sept., 1742. He became a millwright for North Yorkshire, abode Borrowby village and a miller. He married Ruth Fosick (Fossick) at Easingwold Parish Church 6th of Jan., 1768. There son Robert had his baptism at Leake 4th of Oct., 1768. He became a corn-miller at Tadcaster and married Elizabeth (Betty) Prince, the rest you know of.
Wiiliam and Ruth had another son Lancelot Ella, baptism 2nd of Sept., 1770 at Cowesby. He was given the first name of his grand-father Lancelot Fossick and there were other earlier and later Lancelot Fossicks.
The name Fossick and variants of it was also Foswick. This has a meaning of a wick (settlement) on or near the river Foss in North Yorkshire joining the river Ouse at York. So, the Fossicks/Foswicks origin was "from a river Foss Wick (settlement)".
It is said some later member or members of the Fossicks went to Australia and it is now thought that the name has a meaning of "Fossicking in the ground" and that's what it has now become but Fossick/Foswick families can be found in North Yorkshire and Cleveland long before 1700.