GEORGE W. ELLENWOOD, farmer, P. O. New Grand Chain, was born in Pulaski County, Ill., January 16, 1845. His parents, John D. and Mary E. Ellenwood, both died when he was small. They were natives of East Tennessee, and their married life had been blessed with nine children, only two of whom survive — Rebecca and George W. The former married a Mr. Coughman, who died in New Orleans of yellow fever. By him she has two children, G. W. and Charlie. George W., the subject of these lines, obtained what little education the common schools of the county afforded. He chose farming for an occupation, and has always been thus engaged. In July, 1862, he responded to the nation's call for patriots, and cast his lot with the Eleventh Illinois Volunteer Infantry, Col. Coates. He served three years, was through the Vicksburg campaign, etc., and was mustered out in July, 1865, at Springfield. In March, 1867, he wedded Malinda E. Yocum, a daughter of William J. and Mary Ann Yocum. This union has been blessed with five children — Florence M., James F., Charlie E., Amine B. and George W. Mr. Ellenwood is a member of the K. of H., and also, with his wife, of the Good Templars and also K. & L. of H. Both are members of the Christian Church. Politically, he is a Republican. He has a farm of fifty acres, which is devoted largely to the raising of sweet potatoes.
Extracted 02 Nov 2014 by Norma Hass from 1883 History of Alexander, Union and Pulaski Counties, Illinois, Part V - Biographical Sketches, page 303.