He was born in Virginia, where he owned two plantations. Ellegood was a justice of the peace and a colonel in the local militia. He married Mary Saunders, the sister of Chief Justice of New Brunswick, John Saunders. Ellegood supported the British governor and raised a loyalist regiment but was taken prisoner in 1776. At the end of the Revolutionary War, he received a land grant on the Saint John River where he settled with his family. Ellegood purchased Benedict Arnold's property at Fredericton when Arnold left the colony. He was named a magistrate and supervised road building in the area. He died on his property in 1801.
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