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When Charles was a young boy, the family moved from his grandmother's house in Manhattan to Upper Montclair, New Jersey. The year hadn't been found, but it was after 1870. While in Montclair, "Charlie" went to Mt. Hebron School at the corner of Grove Street and Bellevue Avenue.

Mt. Hebron School

When his father died, Charles and his mother moved to Brooklyn to live with her Hoyt aunts on St. Felix Street. Although Aunt Louisa Hoyt was a Methodist, the Ellingwoods went to an Episcopal Church. With the recommendation of the rector of the Church of the Redeemer at 5th Avenue and Pacific Street in Brooklyn he was accepted at the Trinity School in New York. He and his mother were living at 83 St. James Place near Pratt University by 1893. Given that Horatia Cunningham must have also been living near Pratt, where she was teaching wood-carving and perhaps attended the same church, it can be assumed that this is where they met. They married at the Cunningham home at 203 Claremont Street in Montclair by Rev. Frederick Carter of St. Luke's Episcopal Church. A marriage notice in a Pratt bulletin says they were to live in Glen Ridge, but they were soon living at 78 Clinton Street, Montclair, a house his mother apparently bought. She lived with Charles and Horatia for the rest of her life.
     Charles was a stockbroker in partnership with his brother-in-law James Cunningham between 1895 and 1901. He was a partner in the creation of the Wolverine Lubricants Co. in 1911. Their most notable product was Wolf's Head Oil, a fine motor oil distributed nationally. It was supposedly a favorite of chauffeurs who drove limousines and although far removed from when the family was a part of the company, it is now used for race cars. Charles eventually headed the firm. The family lost their positions in the company about 1930 when Charles was removed as a voting board member for misappropriation of company funds. Charles was fiercely devoted to his daughters. The family lived in a succession of large houses in Montclair and owned a summer house on Groton Long Point, CT. Charles owned a sloop called Diana, which was raced on Long Island Sound.

Charles died at the Cunningham family home at 80 Clinton Street in Montclair and is buried in Restland Memorial Park, Hanover, NJ.

children of Charles Hoyt Ellingwood and Horatia Blanche Cunningham:

i. Evelyn Horatia
ii. Virginia , b. 5 June 1898

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