Jerry Ellis (author)

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Jerry Ellis
Jerry with walking stick.jpg
Born 1947
Fort Payne, Alabama , U.S.
Occupation Writer
Nationality American
Spouse Debi Holmes-Binney

Jerry Ellis (born 1947) is an American author of fiction and non-fiction works best known for the book Walking the Trail written after he walked the 900 mile route of the Cherokee Trail of Tears. Ellis has been profiled[1] and his books reviewed[2] in several national and regional publications and on public television.[3]


Jerry Ellis was born in Fort Payne, Alabama, of mixed Scottish and Cherokee descent. His Cherokee great-great grandmother was living in the Fort Payne area at the time of the Trail of Tears, but she and her family escaped removal. He is the brother of actress Sandra Ellis Lafferty. He graduated from the University of Alabama. In 1989 he was the first person in the modern world to walk the Cherokee Trail of Tears. Ellis lives in both Fort Payne, Alabama, and in Rome, Italy. Ellis' Native American art--masks, pipes, dolls, and weapons--have been exhibited in numerous Native American galleries. Ellis is the co-founder of Tanager House, an artist retreat set on 200 wooded acres in the mountains of north Alabama, where he leads workshops on writing/publishing, spirituality, self-actualization.


  • Walking the Trail: One Man's Journey along the Cherokee Trail of Tears (1991); ISBN 978-0803267435
  • On the Trail of the Pony Express (2002)
  • Marching through Georgia: My Walk along Sherman's Route (2002)
  • Walking to Canterbury: A Modern Journey Through Chaucer's Medieval England (2007)
  • Ciao From Roma! Spring in the Eternal City of Love with Paolo Canova (2012)
  • Native American Thriller--Parts One and Two (2013,2014)
  • TWO WOLVES, A Cherokee's Journey to Feed the Sacred One (2014)


  1. ^ Stiefel, Steven (January 31, 2013). "Jerry Ellis: Retracing His Steps". Retrieved May 11, 2015. 
  2. ^ KIRSCH, JONATHAN (October 30, 1991). "BOOK REVIEW : A Road Beckons, the Mind Wanders : WALKING THE TRAIL; One Man's Journey Along the Cherokee Trail of Tears by Jerry Ellis". Retrieved May 10, 2015. 
  3. ^ "Jerry Ellis". THE A LIST WITH ALISON LEBOVITZ. Season 4. PBS. WTCI. Retrieved May 11, 2015. 

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