Nathaniel Watson Ellis
Nathaniel Watson Ellis
Rev. Nathaniel Watson "Watt" Ellis

Born: 14 June 1893, Carter County, TN.

Parents, Daniel Ellis, Jr. (1854-1934) and Eliza Collins Ellis (1862-1919).

Died: 19 January 1945, of angina pectoris, in Tellico Plains, Monroe County, TN. An obituary can be seen at Thanks to Glenn Teffeteller for the transcription!

Military service: World War I, first lieutenant in 30th Division, 59th Brigade, 117th Infantry, 3rd Battalion, Company M. Earned Distinguished Service Cross "For extraordinary heroism in action near Montbrehain, France, October 7, 1918. When his company was held up by sweeping machine gun fire, Lieut. Ellis rushed forward alone, in the face of direct machine gun fire, to an enemy machine gun nest 60 yards in advance of his platoon, and by the effective use of his pistol killed 5 of the enemy and captured 26 prisoners, together with the machine gun. Although he had been seriously wounded in two places while advancing, he held the position until his platoon came up" (Murphy, Elmer A., and Robert S. Thomas. The Thirtieth Division in the World War. Lepanto. Arkansas: Old Hickory Publishing Co., 1936. p. 248).

Married: Fannie Brunner Land, 6 Dec 1896 - June 1973 (Parents: John R. Land, Margaret Irene Ghormley).

Children: Irene Cameron Ellis, 13 Aug 1916 - March 1995, Tellico Plains, Monroe County, TN. Married: James Johnson

Watt is buried in the Tellico Plains Baptist Church.

More Information on this family is located at

Submitted by:

This page created by