Ellen was only one when she came with her parents to the United States. William and Ellen Bone emigrated from England in 1857. They sailed on the George Washington, and arrived in New York on 20 April. After they arrived, they went to stay with Ellen's family. They were there for four years in order to save up enough money to head to Utah. Circumstantial evidence from census, genealogical, and newspaper records proves the Bone family traveled to Utah in 1861. According to Ellen's uncle James Martin's obituary, they traveled to Utah with the Andrus Company of 1861.
She married John Barnett. The surname of Barnett appears on her Death Certificate.