- According to handwritten letter from Louisa Jane Colyer, mother to Ellen, in 1913 to examiner of her confederate pension State of Kentucky on site, Ellen lived at 2122 North Houston Street, Ft. Worth TX
- Ellen went to Lawrenceburg College near Corbin, Ky. and taught school for several years before she was married and she boarded with the grandparents of John Sherman Cooper, who was later the U.S. Senator from Kentucky. She taught grades 1-5 for ayear after the was married. She taught in the school district where C. W. Sears lived. Bert and Ellen had three children, Ollie B., Raymond and Naomi Elizabeth.
Ellen and her husband and their daughter Ollie moved to Texas and worked in the store for Sam Colyer in Ft. Worth. After a year or two Bert Sears bought a half interest in the store. In 1915 Sam Colyer's mother Louisa Jane Colyer wanted him to return to Ky.
Ellen was very active in her church. She was in the choir and made the communion breat that was used in services for many years.
She was an excellent cook and made homemade bread, biscuits, fruitcakes, pies and preserved or canned many things such as chow-chow, relish, pickled peaches, and jellies. Her home was warm and friendly and a gathering place for their children, grandchildren and friends. They were good parents, neighbors and friends to have. Both Ellen and Bert are buried at Garden of Memories Cemetery, Ft. Worth, Tx.