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Re: William Ellis & his nephew Nathaniel Ellis - from Blackawton
FindMyPast has a newspaper article from the Western Times 07 August 1847, reporting "Richard Ellis, late of the Commercial Inn. Blackawton ; also partner with James Ellis and Samuel Ellis, as Farmers" as being an insolvent debtor who was 'declared entitled to the benefit of the Act and discharged forthwith'. So it sounds as if times were hard there and Australia could offer a new start.