Matthew Ellistone was probably a native of this town, where the family had long resided. He lived here in 1646, and on the 3rd of September in that year was appointed by an ordinance of the Lords to Stamford Rivers, in the stead of Dr John Meredith, who had been deprived the 6th of May, 1643. On his ejection, he returned to Coggeshall and lived at the Grange, where he had licence to hold a meeting for worship in 1672. He was a Presbyterian.
"The notes of the sermon which was intended to have been preached by Mr. Elliston, at the Burial of old John Picknet at Kelvedon, Sept. 6, 1675. But he being then hindered, he preached it the Sunday after, being the 12th September, 1675.
"Text—Phil. i. 15. You find the Apostle in a straite at the penning of this text; and I was in a straite; straites of time as to my sermon and meditations: and some of you know I was in a straite when it was intended to be delivered, by reason of an unkind and unchristian opposition. That which was then hindered is by relations desired to be the discourse of the day. — Bufton's MSS.
In 1677 he is mentioned as Matthew Ellistone of Little Coggeshall, clerk, in connection with Isaac Ellistone of the same place, probably his brother, and lived there until his death.
"The notes of the sermon preached at the funeral of my cousin, Isaac Ellistone's wife, by Mr. Burwell, Nov. 13, 1674."
"The notes, etc. of my cousin, Mr. Isaac Elliston, hy Mr. Burwell, April 3, 1678."
"1678, 5th Oct. — My cousin Sam.Sparhawke's wife was buried. She was old Mr. Burwell's daughter, Minister."— [Probably Mr. Jeremy Bubwell, ejected at Hertford.] — Bufton's MSS.
"1693, May 3.— Buried Matthew Ellistone." — Markshall Reg