Edward Barnes Ellis, Jr. has worked as a journalist, a lobbyist and a laborer. A native of Craven County, Eddie is the descendant of a family that recorded the first land deed in North Carolina. Among his ancestors are settlers at Jamestown, Va., and veterans of the American Revolution and the War Between the States. He’s been hooked on history since elementary school.
He served in the N.C. General Assembly for four years as a legislative representative for state employees. For most of his career, he was engaged in the newspaper business as a reporter, photographer, columnist, editor and publisher. Eddie is the founder of the Havelock News and the former publisher of Cherry Point’s Windsock. He was chosen to be the official historian of the City of Havelock in 1984.
Eddie has written three histories based on his years of personal research. His 2005 book In This Small Place: Amazing Tales of the First 300 Years of Havelock and Craven County, North Carolina, is the first volume of history ever written about the Havelock-Cherry Point area. His second book, New Bern History 101, a compelling portrait of the city of his birth, received the 2010 Book Award of the North Carolina Society of Historians. His third, a photo book entitled Historic Images of Havelock & Cherry Point, offers more than 170 rare images and detailed descriptions of the community collected over four decades.
The author headed the small committee that created the Havelock Historical Exhibit at the Havelock Tourist & Events Center. During its 2007 opening ceremony he received a Key to the City of Havelock Award from the mayor and city commissioners for his “contributions and commitment as Havelock’s Official Historian.”
Most of his collection of local historical records was donated in 2011 to East Carolina University. Included in the Edward B. Ellis, Jr. Papers are hundreds of documents, maps, deeds, newspapers, oral histories, cemetery records, archaeological reports, correspondence, biographies, genealogies and historic photographs. Local historical lore preserved by this research has been shared in books, exhibits, published articles, public speeches and lectures to all ages. The work continues here.
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