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The 

Ely Ancestry 



Lineage ofRICHARD ELY oFPlymouth, 
England, who came to Boston, Mass., about 
1655, ^ settled at Lyme, Conn, in 1660 

Collected by the late Moses S. Beach, of New York ^ by the Rev. William 
Ely, D.D., of Philadelphia. Edited £? Enlarged by Geo. B. Vanderpoel 

With a very interesting sketch of the origin b" history of the Elyes of Utterby b" 
of WoNSTON. Kindly furnished by Sumner A. Ely, Esq. 




The Calumet Press 
I 39 Fifth Avenue 
Nevs^ York 
1902 



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INSCRIBED, 



in reverent remembrance, to the Elys, who " have finished their 

work and entered into their rest." May their memory 

long be cherished as a precious heritage, bind 

together their children in bonds of 

affection and stimulate to worthy 

living the descendants of 

RICHARD ELY. 



CONTENTS 

Introduction, Pages V-XXVIII 

Origin and History of the Elyes of Utterby and Wonston, 550-1650. . .XXIX-XLV 

The Elyes of Wonston, 1540-1660 — Col. Jos. Lemuel Chester 5-19 

The Ely Re-Union at Lyme, 1878 — Plans for the Ely Ancestry 20-30 

THE ELY ANCESTRY— 

First Generation 32-37 

Second Generation 38-47 

Third Generation 48-66 

Fourth Generation 67-1 16 

Fifth Generation 117-212 

Sixth Generation 213-328 

Seventh Generation 329-451 

Eighth Generation 452-519 

Ninth Generation 520-526 

The Elyes of Lincolnshire 530 

The Elyes of Kent 531 

Miscellaneous Items Received Too Late for Classification 532-540 



INDEX OF ILLUSTRATIONS. 

1. Frontispiece — The Church at Wonston, England Title Page 

2. King Alfred's Cross at Winchester, England Page VI 

3. Ely Cathedral Page VIII 

4. Nave of Ely Cathedral Page X 

5- Hyde Abbey, Winchester, England Page XXI 

6. Tomb of Lady Fenwick, Saybrook, Conn Page XXIII 

7. King Alfred's Gate, Winchester, England Page XXX 

8. Yew Tree at Twyford, Planted by King Alfred Page XXXV 

9. Church and Churchyard, Wonston, England 5 

ID. Ruins of Wolversey Castle 6 

1 1. Cathedral Close, Winchester, England 18 

12. A View of Great Meadows and Six Mile Island, Lyme, Conn 2;^ 

13. Monument to Richard Ely, at Lyme, Conn ;^6 

14. The Ely Homestead, Livingston, New Jersey 67 

15. Monument of Captain William Ely, Livingston, New Jersey 68 

16. Monument of Rev. Richard Ely, Essex, Conn 100 

17. Monument of Moses Ely, Livingston, N. J 120 

18. Doctor Sumner Ely, State Senator, New York, 1840-43 130 

19. Sumner Stow Ely, Esq., A.M., New York City 132 

20. John Ely, of the Revolutionary Army 146 

21. Tombstone of Captain Richard Lord, New London, Conn 183 

22. Monument of Doctor Richard Ely, Chester, Conn 185 

23. William Ely (Son of Rev. Richard Ely), Face 187 

24. Monument of William Ely, Esq., Hartford, Conn 188 

25. Ely Family Mansion, 1830, Hartford, Conn 190 

26. Hon. Benj. D. Silliman, Brooklyn, N. Y 208 

27. Epaphras Cook Ely, New York City 217 

28. Hon. Smith Ely, Ex- Mayor of New York, 1876-8 220 

29. Monument of Epaphras C. Ely, Livingston, N. J 222 

30. The Colonnade Houses on Broadway, New York, Residence of Smith Ely 

in 1835 224 

31. Hon. Alfred Ely, Rochester, N. Y 241 

32. Horace Greeley 248 

33. Samuel Griswold Goodrich ("Peter Parley") 260 

34. Bronck House at Coxsackie, New York, Portion of the Estate of Mrs. 

Adelaide Ely Bronck Lampman 262 

35. Major-General Irvin McDowell 296 

36. Rev. Charles Chauncey Darling 308 

37. William D. Ely, Providence, Rhode Island 311 

38. Richard S. Ely, New York City 312 

39. Richard Ely, Binghamton, N. Y 317 

40. Zebulon Stiles Ely, New York City 322 

41. The Ely Cemetery, Livingston, New Jersey 338 

42. Moses Ely, New York City 341 



INDEX OF ILLUSTRATIONS. 

CONTINUED 

43. Lewis B. Ely, Carrolton, Missouri 342 

44. Rev. William Ely, D.D., Philadelphia, Pa 401 

45. General Chas. W. Darling, Utica, N. Y 436 

46. Hon. Morrison Remick Waite, Toledo, Ohio 418 

47. Rev. Charles Chauncy 435 

48. Samuel Mills Ely, Binghamton, N. Y 438 

49. Monument to Five Generations of Richard Ely's, Deep River, Conn 439 

50. William Ely, Providence, Rhode Island 440 

51. Sumner A. A. Ely, New York 245 

52. Smith Ely, Spokane, Washington 471 

53. James Herndon Ely, Missouri 472 

54. Prince Charles Poniatowski 475 

55. General William G. Ely, Norwich, Conn 498 

56. Professor Richard T. Ely, University of Wisconsin, Madison, Wis 515 

57. George Ely, Esq., of Kent Lodge, Lower Addiscombe, Croydon, England. . 531 

58. The Manor House, Utterby, near Louth, Lincolnshire, England, Estate of 

L. C. R. Norris Elye, Esq 527 

59. L. C. R. Norris-Elye, Esq., Utterby, England 530 

60. The Church at Utterby, England 534 



INTRODUCTION 

"It is, indeed, a desirable thing to he well descended, hut the glory he- 
longs to our ancestors." — Plutarch. 

WITH the Ancients, piety meant filial piety, and the thought was of a 
love which came to manifestation in acts, rather than expressed 
itself in words. The "pious" ^neas was so called because his filial love 
was of the sort which impelled him, at physical cost, to bear the burden of 
the "aged Anchises." That this tenet of the Ancients had a foundation in 
truth, is proven by the fact that Revelation in no wise discredited it, but 
emphasized its worth in "the first commandment with promise." One 
who is lacking in love to his ancestors to whom he owes his being, and the 
name he bears, will not be apt to abound in love for his neighbor to whom 
no ties of kinship bind him. 

It would seem that a reverent regard for the memory of those who 
have gone, and a suitable solicitude for those who shall succeed us, should 
stimulate the preservation of the Family Record. It is to be regretted that 
the matter has been, in some instances, so long neglected that an annoying 
element of uncertainty is encountered in tracing out the ancestral line. 
The value of a genealogical record is its accuracy and its completeness, and 
accordingly corrections will be welcomed as courtesies, rather than re- 
garded as chastenings. 

It is perhaps hardly necessary to say that whatever merit or interest a 
genealogical work may be fortunate enough to possess, it cannot in the 
very nature of things aspire to that of originality. Research, and not in- 
vention, is the province of the genealogist and the historian ; the effort of 
both being to collate and formulate familiar facts, as fully as may be,, 
rather than to bring to light facts hitherto unknown. 

As to the derivation of the family name of Ely there are several con- 
tradictory opinions. The best authority holds that it was derived from the 
well-known "Isle of Ely," in Cambridgeshire, which has been known as a 
religious seat from the early periods of Christian history. It is also stated 



vi THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

that "There is authority for supposing that the place, Ely, owes its name 
to a personage who bore the name, as his distinguishing cognomen, of 
Helie, and who was the last of thirty-three ancient British kings or dukes, 
who ruled the southern portion of the 'Anglian Isle' from one to three 
centuries before the Christian era." The above opinion is quoted from the 
genealogical history of the Ingersolls, by Lieut. Charles Ripley, U. S. N. 

We know that a few years after the murder of the famous Thomas a 
Becket, the name of Nicholas De Ely appears in history as one of his suc- 
cessors, and, apparently, he was the first De Ely. The "Lives of the Lord 
Chancellors," by Lord John Campbell, makes mention of Nicholas De Ely, 
at one time Chancellor of England, and who was Bishop of Worcester in 
1268, and afterwards Bishop of Winchester until his death, in 1280. The 
will of Nicholas De Ely is on record, and it directs that his body shall be 
interred at Winchester, and his heart preserved in the Cathedral. It is 
interesting to note that not long since during some repairs to the Win- 
chester Cathedral, the workmen came upon a bronze urn, with the in- 
scription, "The Heart of Nicholas Ely." 

Prior to the Conquest, in 1066, surnames were not in use in England. 
The Normans introduced the use of surnames, with many other of the 
customs of the more polished Continental nations. The name of De Ely 
probably represents a descendant of the Norman conquerors, while the 
Christian name, Nicholas, is suggestive of a Flemish or Dutch origin. 

In the nave of the venerable Cathedral at Winchester one may see the 
brazen tablet commemorative of "Elizabeth, wife of Leonard Ely, who 
departed this life in the year of Our Lord 1690." 

Beside this grave near the chancel Sir Roger Tichborne is interred, 
and near by are the tombs of King William Rufus and of Isaac Walton. 

The prominent position of Elizabeth Ely's grave indicates that she 
was a person of distinction. 

William D. Ely furnishes this note : 

"So far as there is any record among books on antiquities, chroni- 
cles, etc., in the Congressional Library at Washington, Nicholas De Ely 
was the first Ely in history. He was the Bishop of Worcester in 1268, 
and oi Winchester till his death, in 1280. 

"Burke traces the family to this same Nicholas. The way he accounts 
for losing the De from the name is that in the reign of Charles L, 1638. 




KING ALFRED'S CROSS AT WINCHESTER, ENGLAND 
(From the Mail and Express) 



INTRODUCTION. vii 

when the family left the Cavaliers and joined the party of Cromwell, they 
dropped the De." It is true that the family arms indicate a Norman 
origin, but so do the arms of hundreds of families who bear names which 
are strictly English. 

Many knights and gentlemen adventurers from Flanders and the 
Low Countries, and from other parts of Europe, were found in the army 
of William of Normandy, for the expedition of the Conquerors against 
England drew many adventurers to the ranks of the invading army, at- 
tracted by the desire for the lands, titles, or wealth, to be gained by the 
Conquest of Britain. It may well be that Nicholas De Ely derived his 
given name from some adventurous gentleman of Flanders, and his sur- 
name from grants made by the Crown. 

The surname of De Ely, thus early brought into prominence, would 
not unnaturally become in time abbreviated to "Ely," as more consonant 
to the Saxon tongue and more congenial to the Saxon mind. 

Now, while we have no means of knowing that Richard Ely, of Ply- 
mouth, was of the posterity of Nicholas De Ely, it is quite probable that 
he was of Norman descent. This is indicated by family tradition, and 
corroborated by the form, features and complexion characteristic of the 
Elys from the earliest obtainable records. 

'There is no good, analogous reason to suppose that the family name 
is of Jewish origin, although the Rev. E. Stiles Ely once wrote : 

" The Elys of Missouri, I found, bear the general forenames and 
even the features of the Ely family of New England, from which I 
have been led to believe that, years ago in England, our ancestor must 
have been some converted Jew.' " 

"It is a fact, I believe, that very many Elys have similar complexion — 
the men being dark and the zvomen brunettes — but in all I have seen the 
peculiar olive tint of the Israelite is wanting." 

The constituent elements of the English population are to 'be traced 
in the history of the country. The first inhabitants were Britons, proba- 
bly a mixed Celtic race, and who, during the time of the possession of the 
country by the Romans, must have become slightly changed by the ad- 
mixture of that race. 

Upon a scattered population of Romanized Britons, came the great 
wave of the Saxon invasion, in the fifth and sixth centuries. 



viii THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

The Britons are usually said to have been driven to the West, but 
probably this was not so much the case as has been generally thought, for 
it is seldom that an invasion expels the mass of the people from the ground 
they have long occupied. After this, however, the predominating ele- 
ment of English society was undoubtedly Saxon, the Norman Conquest 
only adding to it a French aristocracy, which little affected the great bulk 
of the population. The English, therefore, exclusive of the Welsh, who 
are Britons, almost unchanged, may be regarded as in the main a Teutonic 
people, an admixture of British or Celtic entering into the composition 
always in less and less measure as we advance from Wales towards the 
eastern coasts, where the people are nearly pure Saxon. 

"The Saxon Englishman is distinguished from other races by a 
stature rather low, owing chiefly to the neck and limbs being short, by 
the trunk and vital system being large, and the complexion, irides (plural 
of iris, the colored part of the eye, surrounding the pupil), and hair light, 
and by the face being broad, the forehead large, and the upper and back 
part of the head round and small." — Sears' Pictorial Great Britain. 

We find in all this no resemblance whatever to those of the Ely 
family who are known to us. 

Additional indications of Norman origin in the Ely family may be 
noted in the faithfully cherished names of Richard and William, which 
are Norman names made famous by illustrious Norman Kings. Richard, 
signifying "strong, like a ruler ; powerful" ; and William, signifying "res- 
olute helmet, or helmet of resolution ; defense ; protector" ; are names of 
old Germanic origin, and carry in their roots and import the suggestion 
of having been introduced by Norman, or Continental warriors, into 
Saxon England. 

The Cathedral town of Ely is situated upon a large tract of high land 
encompassed with fens that were formly covered with water, in the 
County of Cambridge, on the river Ouse. The city is built upon a con- 
siderable eminence in the "Isle of Ely," sixteen miles N. N. E. of Cam- 
bridge; population about 8,000. The city consists principally of one 
street, and contains many old buildings. It is the seat of a bishopric 
founded in 1107. Its cathedral is a splendid structure, built in successive 
centuries from 11 74 to 1534, and presenting a singular mixture of Saxon, 




ELY CATHEDRAL 



INTRODUCTION. ix 

Norman, and early English styles. It has a total length from east to 
west of 525 feet ; the western tower has an altitude of 220 feet. The in- 
terior is exceedingly beautiful, and much has been done during the pres- 
ent century to restore and beautify the various chapels it contains. In 
recent restorations by Sir G. G. Scott, R. A., over $300,000 have been 
expended. The stalls are said to be fine specimens of wood carving. 

The Church of the Holy Trinity, which is attached to the Cathedral, 
was commenced in the reign of Edward II., and is one of the most per- 
fect buildings of that age in England. 

A famous convent was founded at Ely about 670, by Etheldreda, 
wife of Egfrid, King of Northumberland, and she became its first Abbess. 
It was destroyed by the Danes in 870, and 100 years later was rebuilt by 
Ethelwold, Bishop of Winchester, who placed in it monks instead of 
nuns. 

Ely has extensive manufactories of various sorts, and several benev- 
olent institutions and schools, among which is a grammar school founded 
by Henry VIII. It is the capital of the division of Cambridgeshire called 
the 'Tsle of Ely," separated from the rest of the County by the Ouse. 
Cambridgeshire is in the south midland division of England, and was 
separated by the course of the river Ouse into two nearly equal parts, 
Cambridge County proper, and the "Isle of Ely." In the reign of 
Charles I., and until a recent period, the "Isle of Ely" was a separate jur- 
isdiction, forming a palatinate belonging to the Bishop of that See, but is 
now combined with the other parts of the County. 

I find considerable difference of opinion as to the ancestry of Richard 
Ely of Plymouth, with whom our genealogical record in America begins. 
We are not able to trace him with certainty beyond the town of Plymouth. 
An elaborate and interesting attempt has been made by the late Colonel 
Joseph L. Chester, of London, himself descended from Richard Ely, to 
connect the Elys of Wonston with Richard Ely. Colonel Chester states, 
in his printed report of his investigations, that there is no absolute legal 
proof of the connection, although he thinks he has presented a case so 
strongly circumstantial that there will be but little danger in accepting his 
conclusions. 

Colonel Chester ascertained that Leonard Ely of Wonston had a son 



X THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

Richard, who was living at Wonston early in the XVII. Century, and who 
left there between 1640 and 1650. About the date when the record of 
Richard Ely ceases to be found at Wonston there is mention of a Richard 
Ely at Plymouth, and there is the church record at Plymouth of the death 
of Richard Ely on the 12th of February, 1659. It is probable that this 
was the father of the Richard Ely who emigrated from Plymouth to 
America. 

Colonel Chester says : "I submit that there is not a fact nor a date 
in this theory that does not harmonize with what we know absolutely 
of the Wonston family and of Richard Ely, the emigrant." 

While this is quite true, and there are no important facts contro- 
verted by the theory, it would be much more satisfactory were some addi- 
tional evidence obtainable. A curious fact in connection with this point is 
that it would seem as if corroborative testimony might be adduced from 
the family Coat of Arms, in which Colonel Chester had no faith. On 
pages 6 and 7 of the pamphlet called "The Elys of Wonston," Colonel 
Chester states very fully his disbelief in the authenticity of the Coat of 
Arms. 

"Whether on tankards or emblazoned on parchment, old as they may 
appear to be, they are really," he thinks, "not older than the first quarter 
or half of the eighteenth century, when certain unscrupulous herald 
painters and engravers went over to New England and found and painted 
and engraved Coats of Arms for anybody and everybody who desired 
them." 

This conclusion of Colonel Chester would seem to be discredited by 
more recent investigation. There are sufficient reasons for asserting that 
the Coat of Arms is genuine; it forms a most important factor in the 
history of the family, and we believe that Colonel Chester was in error in 
disputing its authenticity. Ex-Mayor Smith Ely writes that when visit- 
ing Winchester, in England, he had the pleasure of meeting a certain Mr. 
George Ely, a well known gentleman of that city, who was Manager of 
the London and County Bank at Winchester, near Wonston, and who 
showed him two old rings (which he had inherited from his father) on 
which were engraved the fleurs-de-lis. These rings were family heirlooms 
of considerable antiquity. 

Investigations made in 1895 at the College of Arms, Queen Victoria 




NAVE OF ELY CATHEDRAL 



INTRODUCTION. 



XI 



Street, London, prove that the Elys were a heraldic family. The subject 
was not then as thoroughly examined as its importance merits, but enough 
was learned to make it clear that from a very early date the Elys of Won- 
ston had made use of the fleur-de-lis as their family insignia. 

The fact that Richard Ely had a Coat of Arms displaying the fleur- 
de-lis is very strong proof of a connection with the Elys of Wonston. 



General Search in the Records and Collections of the College of 
Arms, London, for the name of Ely, Eley, Elie, etc., made August, 1895, 
by A. S. Scott-Gatty, York Herald, per E. S. A. : 



C. 23 Cal. I, 
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Elye, of Great Carlets, Utterby and Louth, County 
Lincoln. Three generations signed Tho. Elye. 
Arms. 



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D. N. Alph. Ely, Bishop of Winchester, 53 H. 3, 1268 Barry of 6 

B. A. a\gu. 
D. N. Alph. Ele and Elley. Barry of 6 O. B. a bend gules. 

Elye, of London, Arg. a bend gules between six 

fleurs-de-lis gules. Sheriff 1322. 16 Ed. II. 
Ellye and -^ of Richmond. Arg. a fesse engrailed be- 

Eiy . i tween six fleurs-de-lys gules. 
Ely, per chevron Ern. and Sa. in chief two boars' 
heads couped Or. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 



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202 


Young 889 




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C. 17. 205 & 

C. 25. III. 
Collen ped. 

6. 252-5 

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" Wills 6 

347-352 
" Wills 6. 352 
" " 7. 198 

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" " 7. 206 

" " 9. 219 

" " 13- 77 

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Elie, John de, Sheriff 1202. 

Eley. Nicholas Eley married Alice Ingpenne. 

Humphrie Ellie, Vicar of Ugborough, buried there 
24 September, 1577. 

Edward Dymoke, of Co. Lincoln, 1663, mention^ 
Dymoke Eley. 

Plea, Michaelmas, term anno i King John at Bed- 
ford, William de Ely versus Eliam Picot re in- 
jury done in Wood at Sabendon. 

Elye, of Utterby. Pedigree of five generations (be- 
ginning about 1650), connected with Towne, of 
same place. 

Athanasius Ely, of Newland, Co. Gloucester, dis- 
claimed, 1623. 

Edward Elie, of Hereford, disclaimed, 1634. 

Elye, of Great Carlton, Utterby and Louth, Co. 
Lincoln, pedigree of seven generations ending 
1783. Connected with Towne, of Co. Lincoln. 

Elye, of St. Andrews, Holborn, Co. Middx., two 
generations, 171 1. 

Elye, List of Wills proved in Probate Court of 
Canterbury, 1634 to 1797. 

Elizabeth Elye, of Utterby. Administration, 17 14. 

Sarah Elye, of Co. Lincoln (Grantham), Deed, 1854, 
quoting Deed by Towne, dated 181 7. 

Ely, of Utterby. Deed 23 Car. 2. ( ) 

Act of Parliament for John Elye, 1698. 

Dymock Ely, of St. Andrews, Holborn, Will, 1712. 

Joane Eyley, of Bakewell, Co. Derby, 1677. 

Rev. Leonard Towne, of Camden Town, Co. Middx., 
in his will, dated 1826, mentions "my son 
Leonard Elye." 



INTRODUCTION. 



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C. 19. S6b Edward Tutt m. Dorothy dau. of Leonard Ely, of 
Wonston, Co. Southton. (Visitation of Hants, 
1622-34.) 
John Ely, of Overton ni. Anna Edmonds. 
Thomas Elye, of Utterbye, Co. Line m- Mary 

Honsard. 
Edward Elie, Coroner, Hereford. 17th James. 
Hugh Ely, of Mony Ashe, Co. Derby n^. Rosamond 

Bullock. 
John Ely, of Staunton, Co. Chester m. Hannah 
Wetnall. 
F. T. Church Monumental Inscription at Chipman (Chippen- 
ham?). 
Notes 6. 57 John Ely died 25 November, 1663. 

Mary, relict of John Ely, died October, 1671. 
Richard Ely died 21 July, 1676. 
Ptrs Wk Bks 1704. Ely sketch of arms. 
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4. 67 
From the private collection of Mr. A. S. Scott-Gatty, Bradfield, 
County York. Parish Registers : 

1 63 1, April 13, Katherine, wife of George Eley, 

buried. 
1634, August 3, a child of George Eley, buried. 
1637, May 10, a child of George Eley, buried. 




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THE ELY ANCESTRY. 



West Ham, County Essex: 

1770, May 8, John Horwood, widr., and Sopia Ely, 
marr<i. 
Southwold, County Suffolk : 

1749, September 13, Martha, Dau. of Philip and 
Margt. Ely, bur^. 

An honored member of the Ely family writes that in his opinion there 
is good reason to suppose the Elys to have been of French origin. 

"The Coat of Arms would indicate a French derivation, and Agnew, 
in his 'Protestant Exiles,' mentions a number of Elys who became nat- 
uralized in England within a few years after the revocation of the Edict 
of Nantes by Louis XIV., October 22, 1685." 





COAT OF" ARMS FROM THE OLD 
RICHARD ELY TANKARD. 



COAT OF ARMS FROM AN ANCIENT VELLUM 
IN THE NATHANIEL ELY FAMILY. 



There are two family relics of peculiar interest which belonged to 
Richard Ely, these are a tankard and a ring, both bearing the shield ex- 
hibiting the fleur-de-lis. The tankard is in the possession of Richard 
Fenwick Ely of New York, It came to him along the following line of 
family descent from Joanna Ely, the granddaughter of Richard Ely. 

Nathaniel Matson settled in Boston. His son, Nathaniel Matson sec- 
ond, married first Ruth Roe ; married second Joanna Ely, daughter of 
William Ely. Their seventh child, Abigail Matson, married John Coult, 
of Lyme. His son, William Coult, married Nancy Denison. Their son, 
William Coult. was the husband of Mrs. Coult, who owned the tankard. 



INTRODUCTION. xv 

The initials "A. M." on the tankard stand for Abigail Matson, to whom 
the tankard descended from her mother, Joanna (Ely) Matson. 





THE ELY TANKARD AND RING. 

The seal ring which exhibits substantially the same coat of arms as 
the tankard, is also very interesting. It is now in the possession of Mr. 
Joseph Elihu Ely of Binghamton, and descended to him along the fol- 
lowing line : His father was Oliver Ely, son of Elihu Ely of Revolu- 
tionary fame and maker of the "powder horn" hereinafter mentioned. 
Within a few years Mrs. Caroline Ely Steele, a daughter of Elihu Ely 
wrote a very full history of the ring. 

Elihu was the son of Deacon Richard Ely of Lime, youngest son of 
Richard Ely and Mary Marvin. 

This Richard Ely was the second son of Richard Ely of Pl3miouth, 
England. 

The ring is a mystery upon a mystery. The fleur-de-lis itself is an 
occult emblem. Many English and Scotch families bear it upon a portion 
of their shield, but with some reference to France. The lilies surround- 
ing the red lion in the arms of Scotland are said to have been conferred 
by Charlemagne. In that magnificent work upon French Heraldry, en- 
titled "Livre d'Or," it will be found that golden lilies were used as a 
badge by Louis VH. of France, before Heraldry had an existence. Until 
the end of the fourteenth century, the arms of French kings bore any 
number of golden fleurs-de-lis. It was Charles V., or, according to some 



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THE ELY ANCESTRY. 



historians, Charles VI., who reduced the indefinite number to three, dis- 
posed two to one, as in the arms of France to-day. This modification was 
adopted by the Bourbon branch at the same epoch; perhaps to signify 
the Trinity, or three races. In very ancient times the grant of a right to 
wear a fleur-de-lis upon the family arms appears to have been the highest 
mark of royal favor. 

Thus "By letters patent, dated at Paris, 1434, the king, Charles VII., 
permitted to the celebrated Arnand-Guilhem de Fadras to quarter his 
arms with three fleurs-de-lis and gave him the title of Restorer ot the 
Crown of France." 

THE BOURBON ROYAL STANDARD, 
History of the Symbol. 




From the heraldic point of view the fleur-de-lis is well worth fighting 
for. This famous old device derives its name from the fancy that it rep- 
resents three flowers of the white lily. It is not, however, a lily, nor even 
a flower. Some claim that it is a blossoming reed ; others say that it is 
the tip of an old style Frankish javelin. 

A fatal objection to this theory is the fact that a somewhat similar 
symbol was used as an ornament by the early Merovingian, Greek, Ro- 
man, Spanish and English kings, and has even been found on the sculp- 
tured head dresses of Egyptian sphinxes. 

We first hear of it in France in the twelfth century. When Louis 
VII. started on a cruise in 1137, he chose the purple iris as his symbol. 



INTRODUCTION. xvii 

and thus the iris became Louis' flower (fleur-de-Louis), and this was 
afterward gradually changed into fleur-de-luce and fleur-de-lis. Until 
the reign of Charles VI. there were many fleurs-de-lis on the national flag 
and arms of France, but about the year 1381 the number was reduced to 
three. 

The arms of England bore fleurs-de-lis from the time of Edward III. 
until the beginning of the present century. King Edward bore them be- 
cause he claimed to be the rightful heir to the French throne, and King 
George III. dropped them, because Ireland was joined to England in 
1800, and the King's title and the national arms had to be changed. King 
George gave up the title of King of France, and the fleur-de-lis disap- 
peared from the royal escutcheon. 

Ever since the French Revolution the fleur-de-lis has been the sym- 
bol of the royalist party and the Bourbons. During the revolution it was 
proscribed, and many persons who persisted in wearing it lost their lives 
for their temerity and loyalty. Care was taken, too, that it should be 
thoroughly effaced from all the public buildings and other places through- 
out France. When Napoleon came into power, he substituted a bee 
(some say three bees) for the old national device, and the bee has in its 
turn given way to the violet, which is the favorite flower of the im- 
perialists. 

The present discussion as to who may rightly wear it has aroused 
much interest in France, and there may be some curious developments 
before the matter is definitely settled. 




THE FIRST RICHARD ELY. 



William D. Ely, Esq., of Providence, in a note on this subject, says : 
"The Ely Arms, now in my possession, a copy of which was taken 

from the draught in the hands of Harven Ely, Esq., of Rochester, N. Y., 

are as follows, viz. : 



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"On a shield argent, a fesse engrailed between six fleurs-de-lis, gules. 
Crest, a closed helmet, facing the dexter side of the shield (to the left of 
the beholder). These arms are of the description called by the heralds 
canting or punning arms, as the legend conveys one of the neatest puns 
in the whole science. 




MRS. HEPSA FXY SILLIMAN. 



"Six fleurs-de-lis, which being interpreted may read six flowers, or 
brothers, or principal men of the family of De Ely (the two E's, contigu- 
ous, being no objection in the Norman French of the thirteenth century) ; 
the engrailed fesse (one of the original nine honorable ordinaries) en- 
circling the whole band, as brothers should be joined in one body. 

"The helmet shows the parentage of the six De Elys to have been 
from an esquire or gentleman and, as may be known from the direction 
of his visor, they were born in wedlock. 

"That the arms are of ancient date may be inferred from the fact that 
they are simple in their elements, have no inklings of quarterings about 
them, and bear upon them the fesse, the second on the list of honorable 
ordinaries. 

"Such is my reading, and hence, also, I infer that those to whom the 
Patent was granted distinguished themselves in the war with France, or 
under a French King." 



INTRODUCTION. 



XIX 



The royal lilies of France are always golden; the Bourbon lilies sil- 
ver ; but the fleur-de-lis in every description of the Ely arms that I have 
carefully verified, is red. There is an impression in many branches of 
the Ely family, where the coat of arms is not used, that red is an Ely 
color. One Ely related to me that many years ago, when a little boy, he 
went with an aged aunt into the garret where were lying several shades 
of yarn ready for weaving. She told him to choose the color he liked 
best, and when he selected scarlet, she said, "You are a true Ely. You 
have chosen the Ely color." I am told that in the Coat of Arms of Rich- 
ard Ely Hamelin, the lilies are black upon a shield of dead gold. In an- 
other branch of the family the lily is azure upon silver, but I do not find 
in any of the generations or branches that either gold or silver lilies were 
borne, and, therefore, the emblem did not indicate royalty. 

"A fosse engrailed on a shield argent, between six fleurs-de-lis or 
crest, an arm erect, vested, argent, in hand ppr., a fleur-de-lis sable. These 
arms have been borne by the name Ely as far back as the sixteenth cen- 
tury — probably much longer." 





COLONEL JOHN ELY. 



WILLIAM ELY, OF HARTFORD, CONN. 



XX THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

The following information, contributed by Hon. Smith E. Lane, of 
New York City, is interesting and suggestive. Mr. Lane quotes from 
Burke's General Armory, as follows : 

ELLEY (as borne by Charles Elley, of Hampstead, of a Hampshire 
family). 

ARMS. — Argent, three lions azure, over all a bend gules. 

CREST. — A cubit arm erect, coupled below the elbow, habited ar- 
gent, holding in the hand proper a fleur-de-lis sable. 

Observe: That the crest is the same as that of the Eiley family, but 
the arms totally different. LANE. 



There were three settlements of Elys in America between 1630 and 
1690. In 1635 there was a Nathaniel Ely living in Cambridge, Massa- 
chusetts, and in 1636 he formed one of a band of pioneers who penetrated 
the wilderness and made the first settlement at Hartford; there was the 
settlement of Richard Ely at Lyme, Connecticut; and there was the set- 
tlement of Joshua Ely, which dates from 1683, at Trenton, New Jersey. 

It has been supposed that Nathaniel and Richard Ely were brothers, 
and it is quite possible that Joshua was also a near relation, if not a 
brother, there being a tradition that Nathaniel and Richard were 
brothers, and also a tradition to the efifect that Nathaniel, Richard, and 
Joshua were brothers ; but, so far, these traditions have yielded no proof 
of fact. 

'Tt seems, however, from the great similarity and substantial identity 
of the Coats of Arms of the Nathaniel, Richard, and Joshua branches, as 
though they were of the same family, even if not closely related." 

There is great uncertainty as to the name of Richard Ely's first wife. 
Colonel Chester has found the record in the register of St. Andrew's 
Church at Plymouth of the burial of Joane, wife of Richard Ely, under 
date of January 7, 1660, but we do not know her maiden name. It is here 
that we find a suggestion which tends to corroborate the Wonston theory 
as to the ancestry of Richard Ely. 



1667. 9, October. In ansr. to the petition of Nath Ely, of Springfield, for ye remittmen of the fine ot 
sixteen pounds for selling cider, etc., the Court on the peticoners ingenuous confession, etc., judge 
meete to abate the sajd fine to twenty shillings. — The Records of the Colony of the Massachusetts Bay in New 
England. Vol. IV. Part 2. Page 330. 




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INTRODUCTION. xxi 

There is a tradition in the family that the maiden name of Richard 
Ely's first wife was Joane Phipps, and there is good reason to believe the 
tradition is correct. This theory strengthens the belief that Richard Ely 
was connected with the family at Wonston, for the family of Phipps were 
prominent residents of that place. 

"Hon. Smith Ely, Jr., while Mayor of the City of New York, received 
a letter from Rev. H. Gilder, rector of St, Peter's Church, Sandwich, 
County of Kent, England, which enclosed a "Plea for the Restoration of 
St. Peter's Church, Sandwich," a structure built in the reign of King 
John. In this printed plea is the following statement : 

" 'In this church are some very fine monuments. In the north aisle 
is one of elaborate design (circa 1320), supposed to belong to the St. 
Leger family. There are also recumbent effigies of Thomas Ely and Mar- 
garet, his wife (who were great benefactors to the church and town), 
upon a table tomb (A. D. 1400), originally under a canopy, which is now 
entirely destroyed.' 

"Then follows an appeal with a view to raise funds for the restoration 
of the church." 

"Now, if the old Elys in England who were buried nearly five hun- 
dred years ago have begun to look up distinguished and thrifty individuals 
of the name on this side of the ocean, I am sure such favored Elys will 
bend their steps to the old tomb, and ask of those recumbent effigies, with 
their armorial bearings, the missing genealogical link." 

Charles Merivale, Dean of Ely, thus writes to Z. Stiles Ely : 

"I have found the name of Ely but twice among 20,000 of our Epis- 
copal clergy, and two other times have met with it among the general 
population, but it is now of rare occurrence among us. I am well pleased 
to see that it has flourished so luxuriantly in the new soil to which it has 
been transplanted." 

After his arrival in America, between the years 1660 and 1670, 
Richard Ely married his second wife, a Mrs. Cullick, who was a sister of 
Colonel George Fenwick. George Fenwick belonged to an ancient and 
honorable family of Northumberland that traced its ancestry from a De 
Fenwyke, who was the lord of the manor and castle of Fenwyke, in Stam- 
fordham, Northumberland, in the time of King Stephen. George Fen- 
wick was the great-grandson of Sir John Fenwick, chief of the name and 



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ancestor of the Fenwicks of Wallington, Brinkburn, Stanton, Whitton, 
etc. The Brinkburn family was founded by Tristam, a grandson of this 
Sir John, who received, in the reign of Edward VI., a grant of Brinkburn 
Priory, on the river Croquet, about twenty-five miles northwesterly from 
Newcastle. 

Sir John Fenwick of Wallington, son of Tristam, was created a 
baronet by Charles I. in 1628. It is not quite certain whether George 
Fenwick was a son or a nephew of Sir John Wallington, but there is evi- 
dence that he was a member of this branch of the family, and nearly re- 
lated to the Sir John Fenwick who emigrated to New Jersey in 1675. 



Colonel George Fenwick died in March, 1656, and is buried in a 
church in Berwick-on-Tweed, where a tablet is erected to his memory, 
with the inscription : 



COL. GEORGE FENWICK, 

OF BRINKBURN, ESQ. 

Governor of Berwick in the year 1652. 

Was a principal instrument in causing this 

church to be built, and 

DIED MAR. 15, 1656. 

"A good man is a public good." 



The wife of Col. George Fenwick was Lady Fenwick, or, as she was 
sometimes called, Lady Alice Boteler. She was the second daughter of 




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INTRODUCTION. . xxiii 

Sir Edward Apsley, of Thackham, in the County of Surrey, and at the 
time of her marriage with Mr, Fenwick, was the widow of Sir John Bote- 
ler, of Teston, in Kent. Lady Fenwick died in 1645, and was the first white 
woman buried in American soil. She was interred at Saybrook, Conn. In 
1870 it became necessary to remove the remains of Lady Fenwick, owing 
to the laying out of a railroad, and the disinterment took place at Say- 
brook, Conn., on Wednesday, November 23, 1870. The remains were 
found in a good state of preservation, and were carefully collected and 
reverently reinterred in the cemetery of Saybrook, with imposing public 
ceremonies, at which some of the most prominent people of the State were 
present. 

The tomb of Lady Fenwick stands on a slight eminence on the west- 
ern shore of the Connecticut River at Saybrook, near the remains of an 
old fort, and is about a mile south of the ferry and a mile north of the 
lighthouse at the mouth of the river. 

It was a condition made by Colonel Fenwick in parting with his prop- 
erty here, that the tomb of his wife should be kept in repair by the pur- 
chaser and his heirs forever; and it so happens that the descendants of 
the purchaser have always lived on the land so disposed of. 

Hence the inscription on the tomb is a modern one, made according 
to the ancient agreement. 

The "oldest inhabitant" cannot recollect any previous lettering on the 
stone ; the sandstone, of which the tomb is composed, is so worn and fur- 
rowed by time and storm that it is not wonderful that any original marks 
have long since disappeared. 

Saybrook is notable as the place for a residence in which it is said 
that Cromwell, Pymm, Hasselrig and John Hampden — the great revolu- 
tionists of England — actually embarked in a vessel at London ; but for 
some reason did not carry out their plan, and so changed the course of 
English history. 

Long ago, when the Puritan fathers settled the town of Saybrook at 
the mouth of the Connecticut River, they established what was to prove 
one of the two cradles of civilization in the New World. The infant town 
was located on the famous grant of land obtained from the Earl of War- 
wick by Lords Say, Brooke, Seal and others. This tract is described in 



xxiv THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

the chronicles as "extending westward from Narragansett River one hun- 
dred and twenty miles along the coast, and thence to the Pacific" — a 
somewhat more extended territory doubtless than those English grantees 
realized when they sailed across the sea to take up their claim on the 
shores of that very new New England. 

The town is better known as the original seat of Yale College, the 
first fifteen Commencements having been held here. 

The removal of the institution, or more particularly its library, 
caused so much disturbance that the Governor of the State and a posse of 
officers were requisite to enforce the measure, and even then a part of the 
library was stolen and the removal of the rest much hindered by the burn- 
ing of bridges and obstructing the roads. 

The famous "Saybrook Platform" was a system of doctrine and 
church government adopted as a basis of the seminary. 




THE CHURCH, LYME, CONN. 



Lyme, the town intervening between New London and Saybrook, 
has, among many other quaint items of history, a most unpuritan settle- 
ment by a pugilistic tournament between four combatants, two from each 



INTRODUCTION. xxv 

town, of a claim to certain lands which was alike urged by New London 
and Lyme. The Lyme champions were Matthew Griswold, the son of 
George Fenwick's agent, a man of great physical power, and William Ely, 
the son of Richard the emigrant. The tradition is alluded to in various 
local histories, among which the best known are Caulkins' "History of 
New London," pp. 166-691, and Dr. Dwight's "Travels in New England," 
1821, Vol. II., page 522. 

The champions of Lyme won the victory, and that town holds the 
land to this day. 

Another item of interest is the naming of a part of the Beach on the 
Sound, at Lyme, from the circumstance of a negro sleeping in the first log 
cabin built on that side of the river, to guard the same from the Indians, 
before the settlers were ready to take possession. 

The place has always since been called Black Hall. 



George Fenwick was the founder of Saybrook, Conn., where he set- 
tled in 1639, under a patent from Lords Say and Brook; and one of his 
sisters married, May 20, 1648, Captain John Cullick, an early proprietor 
and prominent citizen of Hartford, and Secretary of the Colony from 1648 
to 1658. Captain Cullick removed to Boston, and died there, in January, 
1663. His widow was Richard Ely's second wife. 

It was through his wife that Richard Ely acquired the property 
known as Six Mile Island Farm, where Ely Landing and Ferry were es- 
tablished. This property, first taken up by George Fenwick, and after- 
wards passing, through the marriage of his sister, to whom he had given 
it, into the possession of the Elys, constitutes one of the oldest titles in 
America. 

The name of Ely's Landing is yet preserved, and portions of the farm 
are still, after two hundred and twenty-five years, in possession of de- 
scendants of Richard Ely. 



xxvi THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

The system of enumeration which has been adopted in the Ely Gene- 
alogy requires some explanation, for it is not the system in ordinary use, 
and at first glance it certainly seems cumbersome and confusing. 

The numerals affixed to each name are not mere numbers, but are 
significant figures, arranged upon a system intended to facilitate reference. 

Instead of beginning with a unit of the lowest denomination to dis- 
tinguish the first person in the series and regularly increasing the number 
for each individual in the genealogy, the reader will find a digit added for 
each generation, beginning with the second, since no unit of value is as- 
signed to Richard, of the first generation, with whom the record begins. 

Take as an illustration the number 12345, in the record; figures 
which, of course, have no reference to the recorded number of individuals 
but are simply numerals employed to facilitate reference. 

The parent of the person represented by the figures 12345 will be 
found designated as 1234. His grandparent as 123. His great-grand- 
parent as 12 ; and the next ancestor as i. 

The children of the person to whose name the numbers 12345 are pre- 
fixed will be 1 2345 1, or 123452, in the order of their ages. 

It is not a system to be in all respects commended, but it has some ad- 
vantages which it is hoped will outweigh its deficiencies. 

It is not practicable within the limits of a single volume to develop 
both a family history and a genealogy, and the reader will recognize the 
fact that the present work is more directly devoted to the latter. 

Some items of interest have been added to the dry genealogical array 
of dates and names, and for these the editor has drawn freely from the 
authorities of which a list is subjoined. 

Those who would more fully inform themselves as to the family his- 
tory will find much to interest them in a perusal of the works referred to. 

Agnew's Huguenot Exiles. 

Almanach de Gotha, 1895, page 494. 

Appleton's New American Biography. 

American Ancestry, III., p. 78, VII., p. 137. 

Barber's Hist. Coll, of Conn., 328, 9, 513, 536. 

British Names, their Origin and Meaning. Barber. 

Caulkins' His. of New London, 166-69. 
Chambers's Encyclopaedia. 



INTRODUCTION. xxvii 

Connecticut His. Soc. 

Darling Memorial. 

Durrie's Index to American Pedigrees. 

Dwight's Travels in New England, 1821, Vol. II., p. 522, 919D. 

Elliott Genealogy, p. 96. 

Family Histories, and Genealogies, by Professor and Mrs. Salisbury. 

Foster Genealogy. 

Genealogies of American Families of Royal Descent. 

Genealogy of the Ely Family, by Herman Ely. 

Genealogy of the Hyde Family. Walworth. 

Genealogical Gleanings in England. 

Gleason's Pictorial Magazine. 

Goodrich's Recollections of a Lifetime. 

Goodwin's Olcott Genealogy. 16. 

Hall Family Genealogy. 

Hill's Genealogical Table of the Lee Family, appendix C. 

History of the City of New York, by Mrs. Martha J. Lamb and Mrs. 
Burton Harrison. 

Kellogg's White Genealogy. 65. 

Kitchell Genealogy. 

Longmeadow, Mass., Centen., 1883, pp. 58, 61. 

Magazine of American History, 1884. 

Military Papers of General Daniel E. Tompkins, published by the 
State of New York. 

Montague Genealogy. 

New England His. Gen. Reg. XXXV., 236-8. 

Orcutt's History of Stratford, Conn. 

Perkin's Genealogy. 

Provincial Papers relating to the Province of N. H., 1623-1686. 

Saunderson's History of Charlestown, N. H., 333-4. 

Savage's Gen. Die. I. 431, 482; II., 2y, 116-7; III., 165; IV., 178. 

Sear's Pictorial Great Britain. 

West Springfield, Mass., Centen., 1874, 117-8. 

The editor takes pleasure in gratefully acknowledging indebtedness 
to the interesting and valuable "Historical and Genealogical Department" 



xxviii THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

of the Mail and Express, under the able and accurate management of 
Mrs. Annie Arnoux Haxton. 

Thanks are also due His Excellency, Governor Foster M. Voorhees, 
of New Jersey, for historical works of great interest and assistance kindly 
sent the editor. 

The Ely Re-union Pamphlet, published after the re-union of the 
Ely Family, at Lyme, has also been most freely drawn upon. 



GENEALOGY 



OF THE 



ELY FAMILY 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. xxix 

THE ELYES OF UTTERBY AND WONSTON, 55O-I65O. 

SKETCH OF THE ORIGIN AND HISTORY OF THE ELYES 
OF UTTERBY AND WONSTON, ENGLAND. 

In the foregoing pages we have recounted the efforts made to deter- 
mine the ancestry of Richard Ely, who came from Plymouth, England, to 
America in 1660. Regret was expressed that these efforts had not been 
productive of more substantial and satisfactory results. It is believed 
that recent investigations made by Mr. Wharton Dickinson, of New 
York, at the instance of Sumner Adriel Ely, Esq., have solved the diffi- 
culty, and, thanks to the kind courtesy of these gentlemen, we are able to 
present a very interesting account of the lineage of our first Richard. 

An additional value is given to the investigation of Mr. Dickinson by 
the fact that it appears to furnish a clue to the mystery of the relationship 
between Richard Ely, of Plymouth, and Nathaniel Ely, who came to 
Hartford in 1636. Both had very similar coats-of-arms, and while a re- 
lationship has always been deemed probable, no proof of it has, until now, 
been found. 

Col. Chester, on page VIII. of the "Ely Genealogy (Descendants 
of Nathaniel Ely), by Heman Ely," traces Nathaniel to the Rev. George 
Ely, who was of a Lincolnshire family. Mr. Wharton Dickinson would 
seem to have established the fact that Richard Ely was also of Lincoln- 
shire origin, and that he was the son of Thomas Elye, of Utterby, who 
refers in his will to his son Richard, and thus the degree of relationship 
between Richard and Nathaniel is clearly indicated. 

The following is a synopsis of the ancestry of the English Elyes as 
prepared by Mr. Dickinson : 

Paragraph I. — About the year 550 there appeared at Buda, the 
Capital of Hungary, a noble Roman youth named Tassilo, who took 
service under the Hungarian monarch, Theodoric (Theodore), and to 
whom the latter gave the hand of his daughter Brunehilda in marriage. 
Their son was named : 

Paragraph II. — Theodoric, the Htin, who in 580 was elected Duke 
by the Bavarians, a warlike people living to the southwest of Austria and 
just north of the ancient kingdom of Lombardy. He was succeeded by: 
[Bavarian Chronicles, Vol. I., page 104.] 



XXX THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

THE ELYES OF UTTERBY AND WONSTON, 55O-165O. 

Paragraph III. — Theodoric II. and the line from Theodoric II, to 
Tassillo II. is given in the Bavarian Chronicles of the Abbey of Ausberg, 
published in Latin at Ansberg in 1793, by O. F. Oefelius in Vol. I., page 
104. Theodoric was succeeded by: 

Paragraph IV. — Garihaldiis, Third Duke, and he by: 

Paragraph V. — Tassillo I., Fourth Duke, and he by: 

Paragraph VI. — Theodoric III., Fifth Duke, who was baptized by 
St. Rhudberto, Bishop of Ausberg, in 680, and was the first of his line to 
embrace Christianity. His son : 

Paragraph VII. — Theodoric IV., Sixth Duke, was the great friend 
and patron of Theodebertus, Abbot of the Monastery of Ausberg, early 
in the Eighth Century, and built the great Church and Monastery of 
Ausberg, where Luther drew up the "Ausberg Confession of Faith." 

Theodoric IV. was succeeded by : 

pAJiAGRAPH VIII. — Grimaldus or Grimvaldus, Seventh Duke, and 
he by: 

Paragraph IX. — Hinckwertus, Eighth Duke, who dying about 760 
left: 

Paragraph X. — Tassillo II., Ninth Duke, who married Luitberga, 
daughter and sole heiress of Dedierus, the last of the Lombard Kings, 
and who contested, with Charlemagne, from 784 to 786, the right to 
wear the Iron Crown of Lombardy ; but was finally overthrown by Char- 
lemagne, and cast into prison with his wife and youngest son, Guelph. 
Charlemagne had married Desidere, the only daughter of Tassillo, but 
later repudiated her and married Hildegarde of Swabia. Tassillo lan- 
guished in prison until the death of Charlemagne, in 814. He died about 
820, having had: 

I. — Theodoric V., Tenth Duke, d. s. p. 

2. — Guelph I. See paragraph XL 

3. — Desidere, Queen of Charlemagne, 768-775, in which year she 
was divorced. 

Paragraph XI. — Guelph I., 830 to 850, Eleventh Duke, had issue: 

I. — Guelph II., Twelfth Duke, an ancestor of the house of Bruns- 
wick Luneberg, which succeeded to the English Crown in 17 14. 




KING ALFRED'S GATE, WINCHESTER 
(From the Mail and Express) 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. xxxi 

THE ELYES OF UTTERBY AND WONSTON, 55O-165O. 

2. — Conrad, Count of Burgundy. See No. 12. 
3. — ^Judith, Queen of Louis I. (le Dehonnaire). 

Paragraph XII. — Conrad of Bavaria was invited by the Burgiin- 
dians to become their Sovereign Count, and thus became Conrad I. of 
Burgundy, the progenitor of an illustrious line of Counts, Dukes and 
Kings of Burgundy. He left two sons : 

I. — Conrad II., who carried on the line of Burgundy. 

2. — Wulfgrin, see No. 13, 

Paragraph XIII. — Wulfgrin took service under his kinsman, 
Charles the Bald, King of France, and was created Count of Perigord 
and Angouleme. (Genealogist, Second Series, Vol. 2, pages i to 12.) 
He married Rogerlinde, daughter of Bernard, Duke of Toulouse, and 
fought several engagements with the Northmen. He died May 3, 886, 
leaving 

I. — William, see No. 14. 

2. — Aldwin, who became Second Count of Angouleme and died 
27th March, 916. His line ended with : 
I. Aymer Taillifer, Tenth and last Count, who died in 1192, 
leaving a daughter and sole heiress. 
I. Isabel, married first, John, King of England, See 
Royal pedigree. No. 61 d. pages 8-9; married, sec- 
ond, Hugh Le Brun, Count de la Marche. 

Paragraph XIV. — William, Second Count of Perigord, died about 
910, leaving a son and heir: 

Paragraph XV. — Bernard, Third Count of Perigord, who died 
about 950, and was succeeded by : 

Paragraph XVI. — Adelbcrt, Fourth Count, who remained ^rue to 
the Carlovingian line when Hugh Capet usurped the throne of France, 
in 987. Hugh summoned all the great vassals of the crown to swear 
allegiance to him in the Cathedral of Notre-Dame, Paris. When Adel- 
bert strode up the aisle and faced the newly crowned monarch with 
haughty mien, and announced his name and rank, Hugh sternly asked 
him: "Who made thee Count?" Adelbert, eyeing him with haughty 



xxxii THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

THE ELYES OF UTTERBY AND WONSTON, 55O-165O. 

defiance, replied, "Who made thee King?" However, he seems to have 
taken the oath with the other great vassals and princes and retired to 
Perigord, where he died about the close of the Tenth Century. His son 
and heir: 

Paragraph XVU.—Heli or Helias, Fifth Count, called "de la 
Fleche," probably from his skill in handling the bow when hunting, or 
from the striking architecture of his castle towers, left: 

Paragraph XVIII. — Raoul, Sixth Count, was succeeded by : 
Paragraph XIX. — Raoul 11. , Seventh Count, who left : 
Paragraph XX. — John, Eighth Count of Perigord, who married 
Margaret, sole daughter and heiress of Hugh II., Count of Maine ; son of 
Hugh, Count of Maine, a younger son of Hugh Capet, King of France. 
See No. 4, page i and No. 35, page 5 (Royal Pedigree) ; John died in 
1090, leaving: 

1. Raoul, Ninth Count, who married Eleanor, Countess of Valois, 
and became, in right of his wife, Count of Valois. 

2. Helias, see No. 21. 

Paragraph XXI. — Helias de la Fleche succeeded his father as 
Count of Maine in 1090. 

A very satisfactory account of Helias is given in Palgrave's History 
of England and Normandy, Vol. IV., p. 631 ; and Freeman's Norman 
Conquest, Vol. III., p. 182. Helias married Matilda, daughter of Gervais, 
Seigneur du Chateau du Loir. In 1097 he took the Cross and prepared to 
join Robert, of Normandy, in the crusade. Upon asking permission 
of his feudal superior, William Rufus, King of England and Duke of 
Normandy, Rufus said, "Go where you choose, but first surrender Maine 
and Mantes ; all that my father had, I will have also." Helias answered 
that he held this patrimony by hereditary right, derived from his ancestors. 
"Let that right be investigated by the Supreme Legislature; the High 
Court in which the Kings, Nobles and the Bishops are assembled ; let the 
claim be examined according to the laws of the country, and by that judg- 
ment stand or fall." 

He was the first great peer of France to maintain the doctrine, then 
unheard of, that the people of France had constitutional rights which 



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THE ELYES OF UTTERBY AND WONSTON, 55O-1650. 

even Kings were bound to respect (a position his great descendant, 
Bishop Ely, always maintained, and enforced) 

In June, 1098, Helias was captured by stratagem by Robert de Be- 
lesme, Earl of Shrewsbury, near Dangeuil, and brought before Rufus, 
who kept him in prison until 1099, when he was released, and went to 
England (Anglo-Saxon Chronicle, Vol. II., p. 203, Vol. XXIII., Master 
of the Rolls), and in iioo Henry I. conferred upon him extensive grants 
of land in Cambridgeshire, including the Isle of Ely, where he died in 
mo. His children were : 

1. Helias, Fifth Count, who went to Maine to recover his rights, but 

was put to death by Fulk V., Count of Anjou, his brother-in- 
law. 

2. Richard de Helie, elected Abbot of Ely in 1106. See Anglo- 

Saxon Chronicle, Vol. IL, p. 203 (being Vol. XXIII, Master 
of the Rolls, Series Great Britain). 

In William of Malmsbury Chronicle, page 1 14, we find men- 
tion of "Ricardus de Helie, Abbatus de Ely," 1106-1109, 
when Henry I. transferred the Abbey to the newly created 
Diocese of Ely, as its Cathedral. 

On page 325 we find "the doubts of the incorruptibility 
of the body of Saint Wilburga cleared up by Richard 
de Helie, 1106," and "her sacred body was brought to 
the Shrine of Ely." 

3. Uthred, see paragraph 22. 

4. Sybilla, who married Count Fulk, of Anjou. 

Paragraph XXII. — Uthred de Helie inherited the land granted to 
Helie, Count of Maine, by Henry I., in iioo, in the Isle of Ely, in Cam- 
bridgeshire. Uthred died during the reign of Stephen, 1135-1154, leaving 
two sons : 

1. John, see paragraph XXIII. 

2. Helias, who went to Scotland in 1165 and received from Alexan- 

der I. a grant of the Barony of Dundas in Stirlingshire, and 
was the founder of the noble houses of Dundas of Dundas, 
Dundas of Arnistoun, and Dundas of Fingark. 



xxxiv THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

THE ELYES OF UTTERBY AND WONSTON, 55O-165O. 

Paragraph XXIII. — John de Elie flourished in the reign of Stephen 
and Henry II., and warmly espoused the cause of the Empress Matilda, 
daughter of Henry I., and wife of his (John's) own cousin, Geoffrey 
Plantagenet, Count of Anjou. When the latter's son, Henry, ascended 
the English throne, in 1154, he appointed John de Elie Treasurer of the 
Household. John died about 11 70, and was succeeded by his son: 

Paragraph XXIV. — Richard de Elie whom Henry II. appointed 
Lord High Treasurer of England, in which high office he served during 
the entire reign of Henry II., 1154-1189, and in the reign of Richard I. 
until his death in 1199. (Book of Dignities, page 152.) His son: 

Paragraph XXV. — William de Elye was one of the Justiciaries of 
England, 1208-9 (see Book of Dignities, p. 364), and Lord High Treas- 
urer in the Reign of King John. He died in 1209. Book of Dignities, 
pp. 152 and 364; his son and heir: 

Paragraph XXVI. — Walter de Elye was one of the Knights that ac- 
companied Richard to Palestine in 1190, and when they returned in 1192 
Richard placed his queen, Berengaria, and two of her ladies, Bertha, 
daughter of the Count of Brittany, and Irene, daughter of the Emperor 
of Cyprus, Isaac Comnenus, in the custody of Walter de Ely and Rober; 
de Wancie to conduct to England, and they received £168 12s. from the 
royal Exchequer for the expenses. (See Vol. VIII., p. 71, of Journal of 
the Yorkshire Archseological and Topographical Society.) Sir Walter 
distinguished himself at the Siege of Acre, and participated in other 
battles under Richard. He died about 1220, leaving several sons : 

I. Henry, who about 1220 acquired the Manor of Utterby, County 
Lincoln, where he lived many years. His name appears on the 
Rolls of the Court of Assizes, held at Lincoln. 54th Henry 
III. (1269), as attorney for Thomas Blaumpayn, of Holkyn- 
ton, County Lincoln, where he is called Henricus de Elye, of 
Utterby. Surtee's Soc. Pub., Vol, LXXXVIIL, p. 211. His 
only daughter: 

I. Catherine, married Ralph de Shelton, of Norwich, 
County Norfolk. (See Bloomfield's Norfolk, Vol. 
v., page 264.) But it is not apparent that she carried 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. xxxv 

THE ELYES OF UTTERBY AND WONSTON, 55O-165O. 

Utterby to her husband, as we find Richard, son of 
Ralph de Elye, at Utterby. Catherine left : 
I. Henry, of whom we only know that he was liv- 
ing in 1244 and was the father of : 

I. Nicholas, whose name appears in con- 
nection with the date 1257, His son 
was : 

I. Henry, 1270; father of : 

Sir Robert, born 1261 ; mar- 
ried Isabel and died in 

1305, leaving: 

I. John, who married Maud , and left: 

1. John, married Agatha . 

2. Ralph, married Joan . 

3. Nicholas, married Alice , and had 

daughter Alice, who married her cousin, 
John de Elye, of Utterby. 

4. Catherine, who married Richard de Elye, 

of Utterby. 

2. Ralph, see paragraph XXVH. 

3. Philip, Lord High Treasurer of England, 121 1. Book of Digni- 

ties, p. 152. 

4. William, witness to a charter from Walter de Calverley to the 

Monks of Howden, near Pontefract, York, in 1253. (York- 
shire Archaeological and Topographical Journal, Vol. XL, 
P- 57-) 

5. Gerard, living, 1245, 29th Henry HI. Calendar of Ancient 

Deeds, Vol, I., A. 4050. 

6. Nicholas, born in Ely, about 1200, originally a monk in the 

Cluniac Monastery of Daventry, 1231-49 (Dugdale's Monasti- 
con, Vol. v., p. 176) ; appointed Archdeacon of Ely, 1249, and 
prebendary of St. Paul's, 1252; Lord High Chancellor and 
Keeper of the Great Seal, October 18, 1260, to July, 1261 ; 



xxxvi THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

THE ELYES OF UTTERBY AND WONSTON, 55O-165O. 

Lord High Treasurer, 1262-63; Lord High Chancellor, 1263- 
64; Lord High Treasurer, 1264-66; elected Bishop of Wor- 
cester, 1266, and Bishop of Winchester, 1268; died 1280. 
(See Stephen's Dictionary of Nat. Bio., Vol. XVH., p. 344.) 
The body of this illustrious man, one of England's greatest 
prelates, was interred in the Church of Waverley Abbey, in 
Surrey, to which he was warmly attached, but his heart was 
deposited near the High Altar in his own Cathedral at Win- 
chester. 
Paragraph XX VH. — Ralph de Elye, second son of Sir Walter, was 
one of the Barons of the Exchequer from 1240 to 1246. See Book of 
Dignities, p. 382, and Calendar of Ancient Deeds, Vol. I., p. 87. He had 
four sons: 

1. Richard; see paragraph XXVHL 

2. Nicholas de Elye, who was Bailiff of Norwich, Co. Norfolk, 

50 Henry HL, 1255. 

3. Matilda married de Borsham. She died in 1312 and in 

her will mentions her nephew Adam, son of Ricardus de Ely, of 
Utterby. Calendar of Ancient Wills, Vol. L, p. 230. 

4. Thomas, of West Swindon, Co. Wilts. Inq. Post-Mortem, 22 

Ed. L (1293.) 

5. John, in Holy Orders. 

Paragraph XXVHL — Richard de Elye, of Utterby, temp. Edward 
I., appears to have inherited Utterby from his uncle Henry, as shown by 
his sister's will. His children were : 

1. Adam, see paragraph XXX. 

2. Geoffrey, a priest, Chaplain to Sir Hugh de Morny, Knt., and 

mentioned in his will May 13, 1339. Calendar of Ancient 
Wills, page 401. 

3. Thomas, who settled in Bristol in Somersetshire, 1303, and had: 

I. John of Bristol, father of: 

I. William, Bailiff and Mayor of Bristol, died, 1408. 

Paragraph XXIX. — Adam de Elye, of Utterby, appears as a de- 
fendant in Court when a youth, charged with lese-majeste. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. xxxvii 

THE ELYES OF UTTERBY AND WONSTON, 55O-165O. 

Adam filius Ricardi de Ely de Utterby qui pro felonia regnum ma- 
jeste abjuravit. De anno et die qui ad Regem pertinet. 30 Edward I., 
1301. 

Calendarium Genealogicum. Reigns of Henry III. and Edward I. 
Vol. II., page 478., No. 3. 

As the matter never came to trial it is fair to presume the charge 
was without foundation. 

He is mentioned favorably in the will of his Aunt Matilda de Bors- 
ham ; his son and heir was : 

Paragraph XXX. — Robert de Elye, of Utterby, married Isabella, 
daughter of John de Hakebury, as shown by Hakebury's will, dated 
December 21, 1328. Cal. of Anc. Wills., Vol. I., page 334. On the nth 
of December, 1328, he gave a deed to John de Mokying for lands in 
Plompsted, Wykham, and Wolwyck. Cal. of Anc. Deeds, Vol. II., page 
341. His will is dated Friday, October 18, 1333. Cal. of Anc. Wills, 
Vol. I., page 390. He was High Sheriff of London, 1330. 4 Edward 
III, His children: 

1. Roger, see paragraph XXXI. 

2. Isabel, married James Frisel, whose will is dated Friday, in 

Whitsunweek, 1341. Cal. Anc. Wills, Vol. I., page 409. 

3. Alice, married Geoffrey de Brandon, whose will is dated March 

20, 1349. Cal. Anc. Wills, Vol. I., page 613. 
Paragraph XXXL— Roger de Elye, of Utterby, who had a share 
in the Manor of Auchland, in the Bishopric of Durham, in 131 1, amount- 
ing to £10 per annum. He also owned property in London and was High 
Sheriff of London (16, Edward II.) in 1322. He married: 
First, Sybil Chaucombe, daughter of Geoffrey de Chaucombe. 
Second, Alfreda de Appleby, as shown by Cal. of Wills, Vol. I., page 
332. He left issue (children by first wife) : 

1. Roger II., see paragraph XXXII. 

2. William, who became an acolyte in Ely Cathedral in 1337, sub- 

deacon, 1340; deacon, 1341 ; when he received letters dis- 
missory to the Archdeacon of Northumberland, in the Diocese 
of Durham. 



xxxviii THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

THE ELYES OF UTTERBY AND WONSTON, 55O-165O. 

3. Ralph, who became an acolyte, 1338; sub-deacon, 1341 ; deacon, 
1342, and received letters dismissory to Northumberland in 
1342. See Registrum Palatinum Dunelmesne, Vol. III., pp. 
no, 121, 122, 190, 200; being No. 6, of the Master of Rolls, 
Great Britain. 

Paragraph XXXIL— Roger de Elye II. leased Utterby during most 
of his life, and resided in the parishes of St. Stephen de Walbrook, and 
St. Mary de Somerset in London. He married Margaret, daughter of 
John de Chaumbre and Margaret, his wife, of Boston, Co. Lincoln, 
grand daughter of Walter de Chaumbre and Avelyna, his wife; and 
great granddaughter of Richard de Chaumbre, living in Boston in 1314. 
See Cal. of Wills, Vol. I., page 246. 

Roger died in 1349; his will is dated May i, Tuesday before the 
Feast of the Apostles Philip and James, 1349, leaves bequests to the 
Prior and Convent of Newark, near Guildford, in Surrey; also, to the 
parishes of St. Stephen de Walbrook and St. Mary de Somerset and 
other charities, and names children : 

1. Andrew. 

2. Richard. 

3. Geoffrey. 

4. Margery. 

5. Christina. 

6. Roger. 

7. Sybil. 

8. Alice. 

I. Andrew continued the London line, and his son: 

I. John de Elye, of Holborn, died 1394; in his will, Cal. of 
Wills, Vol. II., p. 311, he directs that his body shall 
be buried in St. Andrews, Holborn, and mentions his 
wife, Johanna, and three daughters, and one son : 

1. Eleanor. 

2. Margaret. 

3. Alice. 

4. John of Westminster, who was living June 10, 1404. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. xxxix 

THE ELYES OF UTTERBY AND WONSTON, 55O-1650. 

Paragraph XXXIII. — Richard de Elye received Utterby as his por- 
tion of Roger de Elye's estate. He married Joan, a daughter of John, 
Earl of Richmond, and his son was styled Elias de Ely de Richmond, and 
bore for arms "Argent, a fesse sable engrailed between six fleurs de Hs." 
Visitation of York, 1363, p. 26. His son was: 

Paragraph XXXIV.— Richard de Elye, of Utterby, styled the 
younger, married Catherine, daughter of John de Shelton, of Norwich, 
Co. Norfolk. 19. Edward H., 1325. Calendar of Deeds, Vol. H., A. 2873, 
page II. 20 Edward 11. (1326). 

John Shelton, son of Sir John de Shelton, and Robert, his son, con- 
veyed to Nicholas Shelton, son of Sir John and Alice, his wife, and 
Thomas, their son, and Richard de Elye and Catherine, his wife, and 
John, his son, certain lands in Norwich, formerly belonging to said Sir 
John Shelton. Calendar of Deeds, Vol. I., A.5571. Richard had two sons 
and possibly other children. 

1. John, see paragraph XXXV. 

2. Elias or Helias, styled Elias de Ely de Richmond, whose son : 

I. Richard de Elye de Richmond, assumed the name of Rich- 
mond alone and married Elizabeth, daughter of Wm. 
Brough, of Brough Hall. 

Paragraph XXXV.— John de Elye, of Utterby, married Alice, 
daughter of Nicholas Shelton. In 6th Edward III., 1332, he conveyed to 
Nicholas de Shelton's widow, Alice, his interest in the property deeded 
to his father, himself, and others mentioned in preceding paragraph. Cal. 
Deeds, Vol. II., A. 28-24. He left : 

Paragraph XXXVL— William de Elye, of Utterby, who married 
Johanna de Ottelay, died in 1391 ; will dated, October 10, 1391 ; probated, 
October 31, 1391. Book of Wills, Vol. I., folio 27. York. 

He styles himself Wilhelmus de Elye de Everynham et Utterby, 
mentions his wife, Johanna, and daughters, Johanna and Hawise, and 
sons Richard, Robert and Stephen ; brother-in-law, John de Ottelay ; his 
executors, wife Johanna, John Worder, John Hyperon and Thos. de 
Haldon. His children were : 



xl THE ELY ANCESTRY- 

THE ELYES OF UTTERBY AND WONSTON, 55O-165O. 

1. Richard, see paragraph XXXVII. 

2. Robert. 

3. Stephen. 

4. Johanna. 

5. Hawise. 

Paragraph XXX VI I. —Richard, son of William de Elye, of Utterby, 
had a son : 

Paragraph XXXVIII. — Roger de Elye, of Utterby, married 
Johanna, daughter of Thomas Coffin, and was mentioned in Coffin's will, 
dated March 27, 1434, as being deceased. Cal. of Wills, Vol. II., page 
472 ; his son was : 

Paragraph XXXIX. — John de Elye succeeded to the estates of his 
father Roger, at Utterby, and was living there in 1466. Collectanea 
Topographica et Genealogica. Vol. IV., page 244. His son was : 

Paragraph XL. — Thomas de Elye, of Utterby, on tax rolls, 1st and 
3d. Henry VII., 1488-1490. i and 2, Lincoln, Vol. IV. He had two sons : 

1. Richard, see No. XLI. 

2. John, B. A., St. John's College, 15 12. Canon residentiary Lin- 

coln Cathedral (Foster's Alumni of Oxford, Vol. II.). 
Paragraph XLL — Richard de Elye, of Utterby, on the tax rolls 25. 
Henry VIIL, 1533. He had: 

1. Thomas, see paragraph XLII. 

2. John, B. A., St. John's College, Oxford, July, 1537; Vicar of 

Puckle Church, County of Gloucester, 1541 ; Chipping Barnet, 
County Berks, 1545; one of the reformed clergy who joined 
Cranmer, Latimer and Ridley. 

3. William, B. A., Brasenose College, Oxford, 1546; M. A., 1549; 

B. D., 21 June, 1557; Clerk of the Works, 1552. 

Second President of St. John's College, Oxford, 1559-63; 
Rector, Crick, Northamptonshire, 1560; died in prison at 
Hereford, 1619; father of: 
I. George, B. A., St. John's College, Oxford, June 25, 
1566. M. A., July 3, 1569. Vicar of Tender- 
den, Co. Kent, 1571 to his death. Married the 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. xli 

THE ELYES OF UTTERBY AND WONSTON, 55O-165O. 

daughter of Nathaniel Tylden, of Tenderden, 
Co. Kent, and had : 

I. Nathaniel, born 1577. B. A., St. John's 

College, Oxford, 1594. M. A., 1597. 

Fellow of Cambridge Hall, July 9, 

1605. Father of : 

I. Nathaniel, who came to Boston 
in 1635, and to Springfield, 
Mass, 1640. 

2. Humphrey, B. A., St. John's College, Oxford, 1566. 

M. A. 1569. Vicar of Ugborough, Devon, 1571. 
Settled at Douay. Professor of Civil Law in 
Pont a Mousson in 1588, and until his death in 
March, 1613. 

3. Thomas, B. A., Brasenose, Oxford, Matriculation 

entry dated 20 July, 1578; aged 23. 

B. A. Magdalen College, 17 December, 1578; 
Chaplain Magdalen College, 1580-89. 
M. A., 31 May, 1581. 
Vicar of St. John's Wanborough, Wilts, 1586, and Nether Wallop, 
Hants, 1587. 

Canon of Salisbury Cathedral, 1604. Overseer of the will of 
Wm. Gore, May 10, 1588. 

Paragraph XLH. — Thomas Elye, of Utterby and Great Paunton, 
Lincolnshire. Merchant of the Staple of Calais, will dated 20 April, 1545, 
proved 30 July, 1546, in Prerogative Chancery Court, London; names his 
son R'ichard as executor. Notes and Queries, Lincolnshire, Vol. H., p. 61. 

His sons were: 

1. Richard. 

2. George. 

3. Leonard. See paragraph XLIII. 

Richard continued the line at Utterby, which estate came to him 
as the eldest son. 



xlii THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

THE ELYES OF UTTERBY AND WONSTON, 550-165O. 

The grandson of Richard was Thomas, of Utterby, who was 
living there in 1634, and who was the father of John, who 
was living in Lincolnshire in 1660. 

Paragraph XLIII. — Leonard Elye removed from Utterby to Wons- 
ton, in the reign of Elizabeth, about 1560; in 1588 was Supervisor of the 
will of William Gore, of Nether- Wallop, one of the parishioners of his 
cousin Rev. Thomas Elye, of Nether- Wallop. His sons were: 

1. Richard. See paragraph XLIV. 

2. Robert, who was Vicar at Charing, in Kent, in 1595. 

3. Nicholas, who was entered at Gloucester Hall, Oxford, Feb- 

ruary, 1598, aged 17; was Rector, 1609, of Winterboro', 
Wilts, and later of Chippenham. His son, John, of Chip- 
penham Parish, Co. Wilts, died in 1663. A tablet to his 
memory was erected in Chippenham church (Genealogist, 
New Series, Vol. VI, p. 204), bearing this inscription: "Near 
this place lyeth the body of John Elye, Gent., sometime Bur- 
gess of this Towne, who dyed Nov. 2d, 1663." His wife's 
name was Mary, as we learn from her tablet: 
"Neare to this place lyeth also the body of Mary, relict of 
John Elye, Gent., who died Oct. the 19th, 1671." They 
had a son Richard, whose tablet reads : "Neare this place 
lyeth the body of Richard, son to John Elye, Gent., who 
dyed the 21st Feby., 1676, aged 23 years." 

Paragraph XLIV. — Richard Elye, of Wonston, married Elizabeth 
Gore, daughter of the William GkDre mentioned in the preceding para- 
graph, whose will is dated Nov. 9, 1587 — proved May 10, 1588. "To son 
William all my lands called Garlocks ; to my four youngest sons, Richard, 
John, Nicholas and William the Younger, all my lands in Newington, 
County Wilts, and Basingstoke, County Southampton ; and 200 pounds 
apiece to my four daughters, Agnes, Elizabeth, Barbara and Margaret ; 
Executors, eldest son, William Gore, and sister, Margaret Reade ; Super- 
visors, John Pitman, of Quarley, Thomas Elye, Clerk, Vicar of Nether- 
Wallop, and Leonard Elye, of Wonston. Children : 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. xliii 

THE ELYES OF UTTERBY AND WONSTON^ 55O-165O. 

1. John, born 1597; married April 15, 1615, Elizabeth Terry, and 

had one son and one daughter. 

1. John, born 1616; married Oct. 25, 1638, Triflfena Trede- 

sin, and came to Boston in 1650. Had issue: 

I. John, born 1639; married Mary , and 

had: 

I. Anne, bapt. Dec. 20, 1674, ist Church, 
Boston ; married 2dly Jane, who died 
April 30, 1727, aged 62. 

2. Jane came with brother John to Boston in 1650; married 

at Dedham, May, 1652, to Anthony Hubbard. 

2. Thomas. See No. 45. 

3. Nicholas. 

4. Elizabeth, born 1604; married 20 Oct., 1622, at Moreley. 

5. Richard, born 1608; removed to Plymouth, County Devon. 

6. Edward, born 1614; matriculated St. Mary's Hall, Oxford. 4 

Nov. 1 63 1 called son of "Richard Elye of Wonston, Hants, 
Gent." 
Paragraph XLV. Thomas Elye was born in 1600; the register of 
St. Mary's College, Oxford, shows that "Thomas Elye, of Southampton- 
shire, Gent., matriculated 28 March, 1617, aged 17." Graduated B.A. 
1621 ; M.A. 1625 ; Vicar of South Stoneham, Hants, 1629-30. Died 30 
March, 1631. Inquisition at Basingstoke, 11 May, 7th, Charles I. (1631) 
mentions Thomas, son and heir, aged 8; Richard, aged 6; Elizabeth, aged 
4. (Genealogist New Series, Vol. 15, p. 260.) He married, in 1622, his 
cousin Elizabeth, daughter of William Gore the Younger (5th and young- 
est son of William Gore the Elder), who owned lands at Basingstoke. 
As stated in his will he had : 

I. Thomas, born 1623; removed to Plymouth, County Devon, and 
became Alderman and Mayor of Plymouth about 1650. His 
daughter 

I. Mary married Randolph Floyer, of Topsham, County 
Devon, near Plymouth, and nephew of the gentleman who 
married her aunt, Elizabeth Elye. They had : 



xliv THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

THE ELYES OF UTTERBY AND WONSTON, 550-1650. 

1. Anthony, named in the will of his great aunt, 

Eleanor Floyer, lo January, 1695. 

2. Mary, also named in said will. 

2. Richard. See No. 46. 

3. Elizabeth; married Randolph Floyer, of Floyer, County Devon. 

(His brother, William Floyer, of Berne, County Dorset, had a 
son, Randolph Floyer, of Topsham, who married Mary 
Elye, as just related.) 

Paragraph XLVI. — Richard Ely, as he spelt his name, was born 
at Basingstoke in 1625. He is said, when a young man, to have served 
under Cromwell, and we are very much inclined to believe he is the "Cap- 
tain Richard Elye" referred to by L. C. Norris-Elye. He was just of the 
age, in 1643, ^^ have enlisted as a private, but this fact cannot at present 
be verified. He was in Plymouth, Devon, from about 1650 to 1655, where 
his brother Thomas was permanently located, and were, also, his uncle 
Richard had lived many years. They apparently belonged to St. John 
Parish, and here it is that we must look to find the name of Richard Ely's 
first wife. He probably came to Boston as early as 1655, where his 
kinsman, John Ely, had come as early as 1650, and soon after 1660 he 
married Elizabeth Cullick, a widow, daughter of Col. Samuel Phipps, of 
Boston, who owned, in her own right, some 300 acres of land at Lyme, 
Conn., to which place he removed in 1663, and where she died 12 Nov., 
1683, and he died, 24 Nov., 1684. By first wife only he had : 

1. William. 

2. Richard, born about 1650. When about 15 years old his father 

sent him to the Barbadoes, where he had a relative living 
named James Ely, living in St. Michael's Parish, Bridgeton, 
as late as 1680. (Hotten's List of Emigrants, p. 447.) Rich- 
ard seems to have been of a roving disposition, for we find him 
in 1692 in Kittery, Maine, as a witness to the will of John 
Sloper, February 9, 1692 (Maine Wills, p. 37). In 1695 we 
find his name on the Tax List of Boston (Boston Tax List, 
1694-95, p. 161). He married Mary Marvin, and in 1690 re- 
ceived 1,300 acres at Lyme. He died in 1726. 



THE ELYS OF WONSTON 
1 540-1 660. 



CHURCH AND BURIAL GROUND 

WONSTON, ENGLAND 



QUOTING FROM THE REPORT OF THE LATE 

COLONEL CHESTER WE BEGIN THE 

ACCOUNT OF THE ELYS OF 

WONSTON WITH 

A. JOHN ELY, Warden of the Episcopal Palace of Wolvesey, at 
Winchester, who, by his wife Julian, had two sons, Nicholas and Edward. 

The Will of John Ely, dated Nov. 28, 1541, was proved at Winches- 
ter by the relict JuHan on the 25th of May, 1542. Col. Chester, in his 
pamphlet, "The Elys of Woriston," says that : "The will itself affords no 
clue as to the social status of the testator, but fortunately the indorse- 
ment made upon it when filed supplies this deficiency. That endorse- 
ment is, 'Testamentum Johis Ely nuper Custodis de Wolvesey,' etc. : 
which means that he was Warden of the Episcopal Palace of Wolvesey. 
This palace of the Bishops of Winchester was in reality a castle, erected 
soon after the Conquest, and destroyed by the Parliamentary forces after 
the capture of Winchester in 1645. The post of Warden or Major-Domo 
of such an estabhshment as a bishop's castle or palace in those days, 
when they lived in a style only less than that of royalty, was one of 
dignity and importance, and would not have been held by an inferior 
person." 

"John Ely named no children in his Will; but it does not follow 
necessarily that he had none. Such omissions were very common. The 
will is so very brief that it was probably made in extremis, the chief 
object being to secure to his wife the control of his possessions, whatever 
they may have been, for the benefit of herself and her young children. 
My impression is that he left at least two sons, Nicholas and Edward. 
In the registers of Wonston, where the Ely family lived for several 
generations afterwards there occurs the baptism, 22d July, 1570, of 
William, son of Edward Ely, neither of whom is again mentioned in the 
register. I take him to have been the younger son of John Ely, and that 
he had settled elsewhere, but took occasion while, perhaps, paying a visit 
to his elder brother at Wonston to have his child baptised there. He is, 
however, of no further importance to our narrative, except as showing 



6 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

THE ELYS OF WONSTON, I54O-1660, 

a good reason for the subsequent occurrence of the Christian names of 
Edward and William in the Ely pedigree." Their children : 

Nicholas, d. 1571; m. Cannon. 

Edward. 

"I have failed to find any further trace of the widow Julian. Her will 
is not in existence. She may have remarried and so have been lost 
sight of, or she may have died and been buried at Wonston before the 
date of the existing parish registers, those previous to 1570 being hope- 
lessly lost. I may add here that, if there were ever any monuments for 
the Elys at Wonston, they have entirely disappeared, so that we can 
obtain no information from that source." 

The following view, copied from an old print of 1783, shows the 
ruins of the Episcopal Palace of Wolvesley, of which John Ely was 
Warden in 1540. 

The following is an abstract of the Will of John Ely, as given by 
Col. Chester in his pamphlet "The Elys of Wonston" : 

"In the name of god amen in the yere of our lorde god MVCxlith the xxviii 
daye of November I John Ely of the parishe of Saynte Elizabethe beinge not sike 
and in goode remembrance make and institute this my laste wille in maner and 
forme foloynge ffryste I bequethe my sowlle vnto allmightie god and to owr blessyde 
ladie saynt Marye and to all the holye companye of heven and my body to be buryed 
in Sayncte Elizabethe churche I bequeathe to my mother churche of the blessyde 
Trynite (i. e., now Winchester Cathedral) xijd to Saynte Elizabethe xijd and all 
the resydue of my goodes moveable and unmoveable I bequeathe to Julian my wyffe 
whome I make my hole executrix Wytnes whereof I have subscribyd my name and 
herevnto putte my scale." 

A A. NICHOLAS ELY. The first occurrence of the name of 
Ely in the Wonston registers is the baptism of William, son of Edward, 
already alluded to. The next is the burial on the 4th of September, 157I' 
of '"Nicholas Elye, the farmer of Wonston." This description of him does 
not mean that he was merely a farmer at Wonston, but that he was the 
farmer, or leaseholder, of the Wonston estate, belonging to the bishop of 
Winchester. The bishops of the period (and down to the time of the 
C'ommonwealth), or, rather, the various sees which they represented, 
possessed numerous estates, mostly in their respective dioceses, but 
sometimes in others, which had come into their possession either as 
religious bequests to the church or by purchase, which they let out on 
lease, and from which they derived considerable revenue. These leases 
of the "Bishops' Lands," as they continued to be called down to the 
middle of the seventeenth century, were much sought after, as, for some 



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reason or another, the bishops were considered good landlords, and 
there was also a religious feeling among the leaseholders that they con- 
nected them in some mysterious way directly with the church. The 
disposal of them afforded the bishops a sort of patronage, and it was a 
custom to give the preference to their favorites, and oftentimes to provide 
thus for their retainers, or, when, dying in their service, for their families. 
One of the Hampshire estates of the bishop of Winchester lay in the 
parish of Wonston, and it is that of which we find Nicholas Ely the 
farmer, or leaseholder, at his death in 1571. Whether it was a mere farm 
of ordinary magnitude, or a more considerable estate, it is not easy to 
say. From the fact that he is specified directly as "the farmer of Won- 
ston," it looks as though it may have been the superior farm in the 
parish. In the inventory attached to his will, however, the appraised 
value of the lease itself is given as £60. Whether this was a large or 
small sum would depend upon how long the existing lease had yet to 
run. The family were in possession of it for quite seventy-five years 
longer, but it may of course have been renewed during that period once 
or a dozen times. Sixty pounds, however, was not exactly a small sum. 
It would be equal at this day, according to the relative value of money 
then and now, to at least £300, say $1500, and this, it must be remem- 
bered, was only what a purchaser would have to pay for the right of the 
unexpired term of the lease itself. The annual rent would have to be 
paid to the landlord as well. Besides, these appraisements of a dead 
man's possessions were always greatly below their actual value, as they 
were made by the testator's friends and neighbors, on whose estates 
similar appraisements would have to be made in due course, and who 
followed the rule of doing as they would be done by. At the London 
Probate Registry it is quite understood that a testator's personal pos- 
sessions are generally appraised at about one-third their real value. If 
this were so, then the probable value of Nicholas Ely's lease would have 
been nearly $S,ooo. But, whatever it was, he was in possession of it at 
his death, and the question is, how he came by it? I can not but think, 
either that he inherited it from his father, or that after his father's death 
it was bestowed upon him by the bishop, in order thus to make some 
provision for the family of his old retainer. In either case, and in the 
absence of any of the other Elys from the county in question and the 
diocese of Winchester, I think the probability so very great as to be 
almost a certainty that the Warden of the Bishop's Palace and Nicholas 
Ely, the farmer of the same bishop's lands at Wonston, were father and 
son. 



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Nicholas Ely was twice married. Of his first wife, who was the 
•mother of all his children, I am not able to learn even the Christian 
name, as she died long before the extant registers begin. She was, how- 
ever, evidently the daughter of Elizabeth Cannon, whom Nicholas Ely 
in his will called his mother, i. e., mother-in-law, for whom he provided 
as a good son-in-law might be expected to do for the widowed grand- 
mother of his own children. His second wife was Alice, one of the 
daughters of Thomas Inkpen (or Ingpen, for they spelt the name in both 
ways), of Galacre, in Longparish, in the same county. This family was 
an heraldic one, and their pedigree was entered at the Heraldic Visitation 
of Hampshire in 1634, which proves that the social status of Nicholas 
Ely was then such that he could ally himself with the gentry of the 
county. She is mentioned in her father's will, dated 25th of February, 
1564-5, as then the wife of Nicholas Ely. She survived her husband, 
but was not buried at Wonston, nor was she remarried there. He pro- 
vided handsomely for her, even to her remaining in his own house ; but, 
as none of his children were hers, she probably returned to her own 
friends. She is of no account in the pedigree beyond showing that 
Nicholas Ely was considered a fitting match for a recognized gentle- 
woman. — Col. Chester, in 'The Elys of Wonston." 

Children of Nicholas Ely and Cannon: 

Leonard, d. Aug., 1615; m. 1572 Margaret Gore. 

Christopher, d. 1598; m. Margaret . 

Thomas, d. 1615; m. Eleanor . 

Richard, d. 1631. 

Margery, d. 1626; m. Rev. Michael Reniger. 

Mary, b. 1552. 

Elizabeth, b. 1554; m. 1584 Laurence Jackson. 

The following is a complete abstract of the Will of Nicholas Ely, 
nothing being omitted but the mere useless verbiage : 

ABSTRACT OF WILL OF NICHOLAS ELY. 
"To my mother (i. e., mother-in-law, doubtless the mother of his first wife) 
Elizabeth Cannon I give and bequeath the herbage and pasturing of one cow to be 
had upon my farm of Wonston aforesaid with sufficient fodder for the same cow to 
be had amongst the farm beasts therefor and during her natural life, also 13 bushels 
of good and sweet wheat and 13 bushels of good malt yearly to be delivered unto 
her weekly by the peck measure by my executor at my farmhouse aforesaid during 
her life and no longer: Item, I will that my executor shall yearly provide for her 
and bring upto her dwelling place in Wonston aforesaid two reasonable cartloads 
of wood during her life at his only costs and charges. — To Alyce, now my wife, I 
give, bequeath and assign £8 of good and lawful money of England yearly to be paid 



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out of my farm aforesaid during the term of my lease therein, if she so long live, at 
four equal terms of the year after my decease by even portions there to be paid: also 
I give and assign unto my said wife one chamber within my said farmhouse, which 
she herself thinkest best to choose, to have and enjoy to herself during her widow's 
estate and no longer: Item, I give and bequeath unto her my best bedstead, with 
the curtains and other furniture, my best feather bed, my best flock bed, two of my 
best bolsters, two of my best pillows, two pair of my best sheets, two of my best 
"pylloberes," a pair of my best blankets and my best coverlett, to be delivered unto 
her by my executor within one month next after my death, also wood and coal for 
firing, food, drink, &c. (particulars of which are set out at length), during her 
widow's estate, also one of my best chests or coflfers and two other mean coflfers, 
also all her own wearing apparel and linen, rings and jewels, my best hangings for 
her chamber, a table and a carpet, two stools, four cushions, &c., &c. — To Christopher 
Elye my second son. Twenty pounds, to be paid to him within two years next after 
my death. — To Thomas Elye my third son i20 to be paid to him at his age of 21 
years, and in the meantime I will that my executor shall pay for his board and 
schooling at Winchester for the first year after my decease as much money as I 
have paid within one year next afore my decease, and allow his sufficient and like ap- 
parel for that year, and afterwards place him in some trade in life as by the overseers 
of this my last will or two of them shall be thought best for his profit, and find and 
allow him sufficient apparel or 40 shillings for the same as my overseers shall think 
good until such time as his said legacy shall be fully paid. — To Richard Elye my 
fourth and youngest son £20 at his age of 21 years, and in the meantime my executor 
shall bring him up in learning, finding his books and apparel, and all other neces- 
saries with sufficient meat and drink at school and elsewhere until his said age of 21 
years. To Margery Runeger, my eldest daughter, £20, within three years after my 
decease. — To Mary, my second daughter, £20 when 19 years of age, and until then 
my executor to give her 20 shillings yearly towards her apparel. — To Elizabeth, my 
youngest daughter, £20 when 19 years of age, and in the meantime I will that my 
executor be charged with the bringing of her up in some honest and virtuous trade 
and exercise. And if it happen that said children, Thomas, Richard, Mary, or Eliza- 
beth die before receiving their legacies then the legacy of him, her or them so dying 
shall be equally divided among the survivors, and if all die (which God forbid) then 
to remain only to my executor. — All the residue of my goods, debts and chattels, 
also the lease of my farm of Wonston, I give to Leonard Ely, my eldest son, whom 
I make and ordaine sole executor of this my last Will and testament— and I appoint 
my brother-in-law, Francis Inckepenne, Gentleman, Richard Inckepenne, his eldest 
son, Edward Gilbert, of Everly Co. Wilts, Gentleman, and William St. John of Nor- 
ton Co. Southampton, Gentleman, overseers of my said will, and I give to each a 
gold angel." 

A codicil, dated 13th July, 1571, gives £10 more to each of said children, to 
make their legacies each £30. 

A codicil, dated i8th July, 1571, gives six and eight pence to the poor man's box 
at Wonston, a ewe and lamb to the parson of Wonston, and a ewe and lamb to- 
wards the reparations of the church of Wonston. 

Nicholas Elye. 

A B. EDWARD ELY, was the son of John Ely and Julian . 

No mention can be found of Edward Ely in the registers of Wonston 



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with the exception of the record of the baptism of his son, Wihiam, 
which event took place on the 22d of July 1570. 

AAA. LEONARD ELY, son of Nicholas Ely and 

(Cannon), was old enough at his father's death to be his executor, but 
was then unmarried. He married, probably toward the end of the year, 
or early in 1572, Margaret Gore (or Goore). Her identity is estabUshed 
by the following entry in the Wonston register, under date of January 
3rd, 1613-14: "Barbara, the wife of William Saint John, of Norton, 
Esquyre, whilst he lived, and Margreat, the wife of Leonard Eely, of 
Wonston, Gent., being sisters, were buryed both in one grave." In the 
Visitation of Hampshire, of 1634, the wife of this William St. John (who 
was of the family afterwards Earls of Bolingbroke) is given as "Barbara, 
daughter of . . . Goore, of Wallop, co. Southampton." It has 
not thus far been ascertained who was the father of these two sisters, but 
the Gores generally were of great respectability, and the St. Johns were 
not in the habit of marrying out of their own rank. 

By his wife, Margaret Gore, Leonard Ely had ten children, six sons 
and four daughters. 

Children of Leonard Ely and Margaret Gore: 

Dorothy, b. 1572; m. July 15, 1594, Edward Tutt. 

Richard, b. 1574; d. 1659; m. Anne . 

William, b. 1576-7; d. 1576-7. 

Barbara, b. 1578; d. 1579. 

Nicholas, b. 1580; d. 1635; m- Phillis Marsh. 

Christopher, b. 1581; m. Anne . 

Henry, b. 1583. 
Barbara, b. 1588; d. 1595. 
. • Leonard, b. 1589; m. Oct. 21, 1616, ist, Barbara Spencer; 2nd, Mary 



Elizabeth, b. 1591; m. Dec. 5, 1614, Leonard Green. 

Leonard Ely survived his wife Margaret a little more than a year 
and a half, and was buried at Wonston on the 27th of August, 161 5. He 
left a will under date of April 10, 1615, which will was proved at Win- 
chester on the 6th of September, in the same year, by Richard Ely, the 
son and sole executor. The inventory of his effects has disappeared. 
It is evident that, besides still holding the lease of the farm of Wonston, 
Leonard Ely had accumulated other leases, both in Wonston and the 
neighboring parishes. He had also married into a good family, and 



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thus acquired connections among the gentry of the county, and he died 
leaving his family well provided for. 

Following will be found a verbatim copy of the Will of Leonard Ely : 

WILL OF LEONARD ELY. 

"In the name of God Amen the tenthe day of Aprill Ao Dni 1615 I Leonard Ely 
the elder of Wonston in the countie of Southt Ge. (i. e., gentleman) consideringe 
with myselfe the certaintie of death and the uncertaintie of the time thereof do or- 
deine and make this my laste will and testament in maner and forme folowinge : 
First I geve and bequeth my sowie into the handes of Almightie God, trustinge only 
by the merits of Jhesus Christ my Saviour to be an inheritor with the electe people 
of God of the Kingdom of heaven, and my bodie to be buried in the churche of 
Wonston. Item, I geve unto the Cathedrall Church of Winchester ijs. vid. Item, 
I geve unto the parishe Church of Wonston tenne shillings. Item, I geve unto the 
poore of the parishe of Wonston the somme of fortie shilHngs to remaine towardes 
a stock for them forever. Item, I geve unto my sone Nicholas Ely my goulde ring 
for a token of my love. Item, I geve unto my sone Christofer Ely and Anne his 
wief to eche of them one unite or xxijs. pece of gould. Item, I geve unto my sone 
Henry Ely one hundred poundes of lawful! Englishe monye to be paied unto him 
within three yeares next after my decease, and in the meane time he to have his 
meate, drinke and lodginge at the charges of my executor in my farmehouse of 
Wonston if he please so long ther to remaine. — Item, I geve unto my sone Leonard 
Ely all of my estate which I bought of John Wake of one tenemente and one yard 
land in Wonston upon this condition that he shall yelde and allowe unto my execu- 
tor all his right of reversion in one tenemente now in the occupation of Thomas 
Hooker of Morsted in this countie and surrender all his right therein whensoever 
my executor shall require him thereunto. Item, wheras I have conveyed and as- 
signed unto my said sone Christofer Elie and Anne his wieff one lease of a mes- 
sauge or tenemente and two yardes landes in Hunton in the said countie with a pro- 
viso in the same dede conteyned that if it shall happen the said Christofer and Anne 
to decease withowte any issue of their bodies or of the bodie of the said Christofer 
Elie after the decease of the said Anne if he happen to overlyve her That then the 
said conveiance and assignment and every graunt and thing therein conteyned to be 
frustrat voyd and of none effecte any thinge in the said conveyance and assignment 
to the contrary notwithstandinge and the right of the said messauge and tenemente 
and two yardes landes with the appurtenances to be to the use of me the said Leon- 
ard Elie my executors and administrators all which right I geve and bequeth unto 
Richard Elie the sone of my sone Richard Elye. Item, I geve and bequeth unto my 
daughter Elizabeth one unite or two and twenty shillings pece. And wheras I have 
procured an estate of fower yardes landes in Wonston for the terme of the l)rves of 
my sonnes Leonard Elie, Richard Elie and Nicholas Elie and the lief of the long- 
est lyver of them successively my will is that my said sonnes Richard and Nicho- 
las shall surrender all their rights therein whensoever my said sonne Leonard 
shall require them thereunto. — All the rest of my goodds my dettes and legacies 
paied I geve and bequethe unto my sonne Richard Ely my eldest sonne whom I 
ordeine and make sole executor of this my last will and testament, and I desire 
my cozen Henry Saint John Esquier and my son in Lawe Mr. Edward Tutt and 



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my Sonne Nicholas Elie to be overseers of this my will, and I geve unto eche of 
them an angell of gould for a token of my love. Md. I doe geve unto my son in 
lawe Leonard Grene one unite or two and twentie shilling pesse and unto my 
two grandchildren James Tutt and Margaret Tutt an angell a pesse in gold and 
to all the rest of my son Tuttes children by my daughter xs. a pesse. Item, mj 
furder will is that my son Leonard Elie shall be allowed from my executor for 
this yeares profit of ye livinge 20/ in money towardes the byldinge of his howse 
besides the tymber which is alreadie provided for that purpose." 

A A B. CHRISTOPHER ELY, named in his father's will as his 
second son, and to whom he bequeathed £20. He settled and died in Lin- 
colnshire. He was the son of Nicholas Ely and (Cannon). 

His will, dated 14th of September, 1598, was proved in the Pre- 
rogative Court of Canterbury, the 26th of October following. It was 
dated at Kirton, in Lindsey, county Lincoln, and he styled himself a 
Yeoman. He named his brothers and sisters and their husbands, so that 
his identification is complete. His wife Margaret was his executrix, of 
whom nothing further has been found. He left a young son, Nicholas, 
evidently his only child. Lest it might be thought strange that he should 
have strayed away to a such a distant county, it may be suggested as a 
very probable and very reasonable explanation that his brother-in-law. 
Dr. Reniger, owned extensive estates in Lincolnshire (as appears by his 
will), and that he placed their management in Christopher Ely's hands, 
as his steward or agent. 

A A C. THOMAS ELY, son of Nicholas Ely and (Can- 
non), was named as third son in his father's will, in 1570. He was then 
a minor, and was at school at Winchester. 

He became Vicar of Nether Wallop, in Hampshire, loth March, 
1586-7, and on the 6th of August, 1604, was made a prebendary of Salis- 
bury, both of which posts he held until his death. His will, dated 13th 
of May, 161 5, was proved at London on the 14th of June following, by 
his brother, Richard Ely, and his brother-in-law, Lawrence Jackson. 
He left a widow. Lienor, and a young daughter, Elizabeth, of neither 
of whom was Col. Chester able to find anything later, and also one son, 
John Ely, who subsequently married Anne, daughter of Thomas Ed- 
monds, of Bossington, in Hampshire (of another heraldic family, whose 
pedigree is in the Visitation of Hampshire of 1634); but no record has 
been found of any issue. His widow renounced the administration of his 
estate on the 9th of February, 1 630-1, when he was described as of Quid- 
hampton, in the parish of Overton, Hants, and letters were granted to 
Lawrence Jackson, above mentioned, the husband of one of his aunts. 



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Children of Thomas Ely and Elenor 

John, m. Anne Edmonds. 
Elizabeth. 

A A D. RICHARD ELY, named as the fourth and youngest son 
of Nicholas Ely in the will of the latter, in 1570, was then a minor. 

In the will of his brother, Christopher Ely, in 1598, his "three 
children" were named, and in that of his sister, Margery Reniger in 
1624-5 5 he was said to be living at Overton, before mentioned. This is 
the last date to which he has been traced. He left no will, and as the 
early Overton registers are not in existence, one has not been able to 
ascertain the names of his wife and two of his children, or when they 
and himself died. His eldest and, presumably, only son, matriculated 
at Oxford University from St, Mary Hall, on the 28th of March, 161 7, 
aged 17 (so born in 1599, or early in 1600), paying the fees of a gentle- 
man's son. In the latter part of 1626 he became vicar of South Stone- 
ham, Hants, and so continued until his death. His will, dated on the 
30th of March, 1631, is on file at Winchester, but has no record of pro- 
bate attached. 

The inventory of his goods, however, is dated the 2nd of April in 
the same year. He left his lands and goods to his wife (without giving 
her name) and his three children, Thomas, Richard, and Elizabeth, all, 
of course, very young, as he could not have married until after 1621. Of 
the eldest son, Thomas, and the daughter, Elizabeth, no further in- 
formation has been found, but Richard subsequently became a merchant 
in London, where Col. Chester traced him, from his marriage in 1655-6, 
down to his burial, 30th of January, 1 680-1, 

A A E. MARGARET ELY, eldest daughter of Nicholas Ely 
and (Cannon), married the Rev. Michael Reniger, D. D. (an ac- 
count of whom will be found in Anthony Wood's Athense Oxonienses), 
afterward Arch-deacon of Winchester, Prebendary of London, and Pre- 
bendary, Sub-dean, and finally Chancellor of the Diocese of Lincoln, 
who died at Crawley, Hants, on the 26th of August, 1609. 

Margaret Ely survived her husband seventeen years. Her will, 
dated March 9, 1624-5, was proved at Winchester on the i6th of October, 
1626. They had several children, some of whom, with issue, were living 
at her death. 

A A F. ELIZABETH ELY, youngest daughter of Nicholas Ely 

and (Cannon), was married at Wonston on the first of December, 

1584, to Lawrence Jackson, described in the register as a gentleman. 
(He was the son of Rev. Lawrence Jackson, Rector of Overton, Hants.) 



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They were both Hving in 1615, with issue — Bridget and William, 
and he was living as late as February 9, 1 630-1, when he administered 
the estate of his wife's nephew, John Ely. 

A A A A. DOROTHY ELY, daughter of Leonard Ely and 
Margaret Gore, was baptised at Wonston, January 2, 1572-3, and married 
there, July 15, 1594, to Edward Tutt, of Chilbolton, Hampshire, who 
was also of an heraldic family. She died before 161 5, leaving a son 
James and a daughter Margaret, and her husband remarried. 

A A A B. RICHARD ELY, eldest son of Leonard Ely and 
Margaret Gore, was baptised at Wonston on the i8th of July, 1574. 

He was his father's executor in 161 5, and was named in his brother 
Nicholas' will, in 1634, as then of Wonston. It is clear, however, that 
he had not lived there for some years after his marriage, and before his 
father's death, as none of his children were baptised there. 

His wife, Anne, about whom nothing has been learned beyond her 
name, was buried there the 30th of October, 1646. 

Children of Richard Ely and Anne 

Richard, b. 1610. 
Edward, b. 1612; d. 1632. 
Mary, d. 1634. 
Anne, d. 1646. 

A A A E. NICHOLAS ELY, third son of Leonard Ely and 
Margaret Gore, was baptised at Wonston, January 21, 1 580-1. 

He was educated at Oxford, where he matriculated from Gloucester 
Hall, in January or February, 1597-8, aged 17, paying the fees of a 
gentleman's son. By his father, who had purchased the right from the 
patron of the living, he was, in 1608, presented to the rectory of Winter- 
slow, in Wiltshire, and continued to be rector of that parish until his 
death. 

His will, dated the 8th of May, 1634, was proved at Salisbury on 
the 14th of October, 1635, by his relict. He evidently had no children. 
Among his legacies to his brothers and sisters was one to his sister 
Elizabeth of "the gold ring with a precious stone" bequeathed to him by 
his father, which should be remembered. 

His wife was Phillis Marsh, who evidently returned to her friends. 
Her will, as of East Tisted, Hampshire, dated i8th of May, 1646, was 
confirmed May 31, 1650, and was proved at Winchester on the 2nd of 
October in the latter year, but contains nothing of interest, as her be- 
quests were confined to her own family. 



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A A A F. CHRISTOPHER ELY, son of Leonard Ely and Mar- 
garet Gore, was baptised at Wonston, January 13, 1 581-2. 

He and his wife Anne were named in his father's will in 1615, and 
he in his brother Nicholas' will in 1634; but nothing further has been 
found concerning either of them. 

A A A G. HENRY ELY, son of Leonard Ely and Margaret 
Gore, was baptised at Wonston, October 2'j, 1583. 

He had a daughter Mary baptised there, March 28, 1626, but his 
name does not occur again in the Wonston registers. 

He was named in his brother Nicholas' will in 1634, and as then 
living at Rumsey in Hampshire ; but the Rumsey registers reveal noth- 
ing about him. 

A A A L LEONARD ELY, youngest son of Leonard Ely and 
Margaret Gore, was baptised at Wonston, June i, 1589. 

He was married there, October 21, 1616, to Barbara Spencer, who 
was buried there, May 7, 1624. By her he had one son, Leonard, who 
was baptised at Wonston, November 28, 161 7, and who was living as 
late as 1646, after which nothing more concerning him has been found. 

Leonard Ely, the elder, married a second wife, Mary, who was 
buried at Wonston, January 31, 1647-8, whom he probably survived; 
but no later date of him has been found than the i8th of May, 1646, 
when he was named in the will of his brother Nicholas. By his last wife 
he had a son Samuel, baptised at Wonston, May 4, 1634, and a daughter 
Anne, baptised there, July 9, 1642. Of the latter nothing further has 
been found, but the descendants of the son Samuel have been traced 
three generations later. 

Children of Leonard Ely and Barbara Spencer : 
Leonard, b. 1617. 

Children of Leonard Ely and Mary — Second wife. 
Samuel, b. 1634. 
Anne, b. 1642. 

The fortunes of the family appear to have culminated about this 
period, viz., 1650. Leonard Ely was the youngest of six sons, and, of 
course, his fortune proportionably small. His descendants appear to 
have deteriorated in social position, though there is no reason to sup- 
pose, but the contrary, that they were otherwise than respectable in the 
various callings to which they betook themselves. This last named 
Samuel Ely left a son Leonard, who followed the trade of a joiner in 



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Winchester, and died in 1719. His will shows that he was at least a 
thrifty man, as he owned the leases of several houses in that city. He 
left three sons, Edward, Samuel, and Leonard, and two daughters, 
Elizabeth, married to Henry Crutch, a tailor, and Margaret, married to 
Robert Weight, a cordwainer. Edward, the eldest son, at his death in 
1733, was porter of the Cathedral Close in Winchester, and was thus, 
if the pedigree be correct, an official, though in a much more humble 
capacity, of the same episcopal establishment in which his ancestor, as 
warden of the Bishop's palace, had figured two centuries before. 

A A A J. ELIZABETH ELY, daughter of Leonard Ely and 
Margaret Gore, was baptised at Wonston, May 25, 1591. 

She was married there, December 5, 1614, to Leonard Green. Both 
were living, with a daughter Barbara, as late as 1635. 

"We return now to Richard Ely; the son of Leonard Ely and Margaret 
Gore. His son Richard, we know, was living at the date of his grandfather's will, 
in 1615, and evidently very young. As his brother Edward was born in 1612, it is 
probably safe to assume that he was himself born about 1610. 

The question that now arises is, What became of these last two Richards, 
father and son? 

That they left Wonston is certain, and probably soon after 1646, in which 
year the elder Richard buried his wife and daughter. The last entry of the name of 
Ely in the Wonston register is in January, 1647-8, when the second wife of Leonard 
Ely was buried. There was a rate made in x\pril, 1664, still extant, which con- 
tains the names of all the residents of Wonston at that date, and there is no Ely 
among them. Indeed, there were none left in 1646 except the families of the 
two brothers, Richard and Leonard. That of the latter I have already traced to 
Winchester, but the two Richards, father and son, appear not only to have quitted 
Wonston, but to have left the county altogether, as there is no will of either of 
them at Winchester or London. Why did they so leave and where did they go? 

As to the first half of the question, there is a most reasonable solution of the 
mystery. The old homestead at Wonston, to which the elder Richard had suc- 
ceeded, was sold over their heads, and they were driven away. 

The sequestration of all the lands held by Bishops, Deans, and Chapters by 
the long Parliament, is so well known that I need only allude to it. The Sequestra- 
tion Committee was appointed as early as 1642, but it was not until October, 
1646, that the ordinance was passed vesting all the honors, manors,, lordships, &c., 
of these dignitaries in the hands of certain trustees, "for the payment of the just 
and necessary debts of the kingdom." This was followed a month later by another 
ordinance directing the sale of all the bishops' lands and estates for the service of 
the Commonwealth. The sale of these estates commenced the next year and con- 
tinued for nearly five years. The earliest date we have was 5th July, 1647, and the 
latest 19th March, 1651-2. The prices at which the trustees had appraised them 
were so low that they were greedily purchased by speculators, or by tradesmen of 
moderate wealth, who were thus able to secure estates in the country at a low 
price. Scarcely any instances are known where the old tenants, or leaseholders 



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THE ELYS OF WONSTON, I54O-1660. 

remained on these lands. The latter class of purchasers, just mentioned, wanted 
them for their own residences, while the former instantly doubled or trebled the 
former rents, with which the bishops had been content, which was ruinous to the 
then holders, and so they were forced to abandon what had been the homes of 
their families for many generations. 

Somewhere between 1647 and 1651 the "farm of Wonston," the home of the 
Elys, had been thus disposed of, and it is precisely at this period that the two 
Richard Elys, being eldest sons in succession, the actual and prospective lessees 
of the farm, disappear, not only from the parish but from the county. 

As I have shown before, it seemed evident that the elder Richard Ely did 
not live permanently at Wonston, certainly before his father's death, as none of his 
children were baptized there. It is equally evident that he retained his right 
there, because, wherever his other residence, his wife and children were brought 
there to be buried. He was living there in 1634, as his brother Nicholas then 
described him as of Wonston. His other residence was not at Winchester nor 
its immediate vicinity, as I have exhausted the various parish registers, and find 
no trace of him, and it is clear that he went a little farther afield. My theory is 
that he was engaged in some sort of business, probably at Southampton, and, if so, 
it would be likely to be a business connected with shipping. That by 1634, he then 
beginning to get in years, he retired to the homestead at Wonston, leaving his son 
Richard to manage the business, or he himself dividing his time between the two 
places. That in process of time the son Richard decided to change the base of 
his operations, and migrated to Plymouth, either opening a branch establish- 
ment or transferring his entire business there. Such a transition from one to 
another of the principal seaports on the south coast of England would be the 
most natural thing possible. 

Portsmouth is the other seaport of Plampshire, but I have examined the 
registers of that and the adjacent parishes without finding a single Ely entry. In 
Southampton, at this period, there were four parishes, but in only one of them 
do the existing registers begin early enough to be of any use in this inquiry. The 
registers of St. Michael begin in 1552, but contain no Ely entries, while those of 
St. Mary, Holy Rood, and All Saints do not commence, respectively, until 1675, 
1653, and 1650. My firm conviction is that, if the earlier registers were not hope- 
lessly lost, I should have found in one or other of them the baptisms of the elder 
Richard's children and the marriage of the younger Richard. 

Richard Ely, the emigrant to New England, appears in Plymouth in or 
shortly before 1647, as suddenly as if he had dropped from the clouds, and he 
must have come from somewhere. I have shown that there were no Elys in 
Plymouth prior to his date and none in Devonshire at any period. He must have 
come, therefore, from some other part of the country, and as he was engaged 
in the shipping business, nothing is more reasonable than that he should have 
followed that business at his former place of residence. In those days vessels 
sailing from Southampton usually called at Plymouth, and the two ports were 
intimately connected. There is not only nothing unreasonable in my theory, but 
everything in its favor. 

In 1647, Richard Ely the younger, of Wonston, would have been about 
thirty-five years old. The Richard Ely of Plymouth had probably recently mar- 
ried, as we never hear of any other of his children than those already named, 



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THE ELYS OF WONSTON, I54O1660. 

and William, the eldest, was born there in 1647. He may, however, have been 
there a year or two longer. At all events he is there in business in 1647. 

Soon after, certainly between that year and 1651, the elder Richard suddenly 
finds the old homestead at Wonston sold over his head, and he is thrust out into 
the world in his old age. It will be remembered that he had buried his wife 
in October, 1646, and his only surviving daughter the following month. In an- 
other year or two he found himself homeless. Where should the broken-down 
old man go except to the new home of his only son in Plymouth? That he did 
go there is my firm belief, and also that he, and only he, was the Richard Ely who 
was buried there on the 12th of February, 1658-9, as I have already stated. 

I submit that there is not a fact nor a date in this theory that does not har- 
monize perfectly with what we know absolutely of the history of the Wonston 
family and of Richard Ely, the emigrant, and, although, as I said at the outset, I 
can not establish the identity by positive legal proof, the circumstantial evidence 
is so strong that, as a descendant of Richard Ely myself, I have an instinctive 
conviction that through him I descend also from the Wonston family, whose his- 
tory I have narrated, beginning with the warden of the Bishop's Palace at Win- 
chester. 

Under such circumstances, it is easy to understand the emigration of Richard 
Ely. He had buried his aged father, and in less than a year after, his own wife. 
He was the last of his direct line, the ancient home of his fathers had been wrested 
from him, and his immediate hearth was desolate. At Plymouth, and in his 
peculiar line of business, he would be sure to hear glowing accounts of the new 
world, and with no tie to keep him in England, it is not strange that, in the very 
year of his wife's death, he resolved to seek his future fortunes there. 

JOSEPH LEMUEL CHESTER. 

London, 12th February, 1881. 

(By a curious coincidence, the 222d anniversary of the burial of Richard Ely, 
Senior, at Plymouth.") 



British Museum, London, W. C, 
Dear Sir:- 30 July, 1895. 

In accordance with your request, I have made careful researches in 
order to ascertain, if possible, whether any proof can be found that the 
two families of Ely of Wonston and Ely of Plymouth (Richard Ely emi- 
grated from Plymouth to New England in 1660) were the same or were 
connected in any way. 

In order to discover this, I have followed up as carefully as possible 
the clue you suggested, viz. : that the sequestration of the Bishop of 
Winchester's lands at Wonston some time between 1642 and 1648 might 
have been the immediate cause of the breaking up of the Wonston home 
of the Elys, and the indirect cause of the emigration of Richard Ely, pre- 
suming that he was related to the Wonston Elys, if not indeed one of 
them. 



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THE ELYS OF WONSTON, I54O-1660. 

The following are the sources of probable and possible information 
upon the point which I have exhausted : — 

(i) I have examined all the printed books (including topographical 
and historical works) in the British Museum which bear upon the subject. 

(2) I have also examined the MSS. in the British Museum bearing 
on the subject, particularly the volumes entitled : 

The Original Accounts, Information, Inventories and Other Papers 
concerning the Real and Personal Estates of the Delinquents seized by 
the Parliame7it of Etigland from 1642 to 1648 inclusive, As they were 
given in at that time to the Treasurer of Sequestrations, at the Guildhall 
in London. 

(3) The Calendars of State Papers in the British Museum, and also 
in the Room for Literary Research at the Record Office, have also been 
examined. 

In the hope of finding some information on this point I have ap- 
proached the Bishop of Winchester and also the Registrar of the Diocese. 
From the letters received in reply (which I append) it seems pretty clear 
that it is hopeless to look for information in that direction. 

In conclusion, I may say that whilst I have not succeeded in find- 
ing anything which specifically confirms the theory that Richard Ely, 
who emigrated in 1660, was a member of the Ely family of Wonston, I 
have not found anything which is in any way opposed to it ; and I cannot 
but think that your supposition is correct. 

I also append copies of the Domesday Book account of Wonston, 
and a translation thereof. 

I am, dear Sir, Yours faithfully, 

George Clinch. 



Farnham Castle, Surrey, 23 July, '95. 
My dear Sir : — 

I regret to say that the Bishop of Winchester* is very ill, and unable 
to see your letter. 

I can only suggest that the Registrar of the Diocese may be able to 
give you the information you require. 
Mr. C. Wooldridge. 
Winchester. 

Yours faithfully, 
George Clinch, Esq. J. D. Henderson, Chaplain. 

* The Bishop died on the 25th July, 1895, 



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THE ELYS OF VVONSTON, I54O-1660. 

Diocesan Registry, 

Winchester. 
25 July, 1895. 
Dear Sir : — 

The period you mention, 1642- 1648, being the time of the Civil 
War, we are unable to assist you, having no records. 

Wonston was the property of Winchester Cathedral. 

Yours faithfully, 

Chas. Wooldridge. 
(Registrar of the Diocese.) 
G. Clinch, Esq., 

British Museum, 
London, W. C. 

DOMESDAY BOOK OF WONSTON. 

Ipse episcophus tenet Wenesistune. Semper fuit in monasterio. 
Tempore Regis Edwardi se defendebat pro 10 hidis ; modo, pro 7 hidis. 
Terra est 7 carucates. In domineo suut duo ; et 10 villaini, et 6 bordarii, 
cum 5 carucates. Ibi ecelesia, et 10 servi, et molines de 7 solidis et 6 
devariis. Tempore Regis Edwardi et post valuit 8 libras modo, 10 
libras. 



WENESTSTUNE, WONSTON. 
The Bishop of Winchester holds Wonston for his monks, and it 
always belonged to the monastery. It was assessed in the time of King 
Edward at 10 hides, and now at 7 hides. Here are 7 ploughlands ; 2 in 
demesne ; and 10 villeins and 6 borderers with 5 ploughlands ; also a 
church, 10 servants, and a mill worth 7s. 6d. in the time of King Edward, 
and afterwards its value was £8, and now £10. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

HISTORICAL. 

ELY REUNION. 

Lyme, Conn., Oct. 22d, 1877. 
Dear Sir : — 

In 1660, Richard Ely came from Plymouth, England, and settled 
bn the Connecticut river, at Lyme. His descendants are now scattered 
over the United States, and are largely strangers to each other. 

It has been suggested that these descendants should hold a family 
reunion in this town in June or September, 1878. The undersigned, 
residents of this place, and descendants of said Richard Ely, have been 
appointed a committee to correspond with leading members of the 
family, to ascertain their views as to the advisability of such a reunion, 
and to call the same should general interest be manifested. So far as 
expression has been made to members of the committee, it has been 
almost unanimous in favor of it. We shall be pleased to have your 
views, and also those of any other descendants you may know, with 
their names and post-ofiQce addresses, with suggestions as to the meeting 
(should it take place) ; also, any historical facts you may have respecting 
the family. 

In case your name is chosen to sign the call for said reunion, will 
it be agreeable to you to have it so used? Will you please give your 
official title in your reply, which is solicited as early as practicable. It 
may be addressed to Rev. Wm. B. Cary, Lyme, Conn., Secretary of the 
Committee. 

George Ely, Lyme, Conn. 

Zebulon Stiles Ely, Lyme, Conn., and New York. 

William N. Ely, Lyme, Conn. 

Israel N. Matson, Lyme, Conn. 

William B. Cary, Lyme, Conn. 

The undersigned, descendants of Richard and of Nathaniel Ely, respectfully re- 
quest your attendance at a family re-union, to be held at Lyme, Connecticut, on 
"Wednesday, July loth, 1878. You will also EXTEND this invitation to such of the 
descendants as you may know. 

As a Genealogy of the Ely Family is contemplated, it is desirable that all facts 
in your possession, with names, dates and family relationships fully stated, be fur- 



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nished to Rev, Wm. Ely, Chairman of the General Committee, Germantown, Phila- 
delphia as soon as possible. 

Should you decide to attend, please advise, in due time, Rev. Wm. B. Gary, 
Lyme, Conn., Secretary of the Local Committee, or Z. Stiles Ely, Treasurer, 26 West 
26th Street, New York. 

If unable to be present, the Meeting will be glad to receive your congratulations 
and good wishes, and also to be furnished with your address. 
Z. Stiles Ely, New York City. Gen. Wm. G. Ely, Norwich, Conn. 

Charles Ely, New York City. Hon. Dudley P. Ely, South Norwalk, 

Hon. Smith Ely, Jr., Mayor of the City Conn. 



of New York. 
Hon. Nathan C. Ely, New York City. 
Edwin A. Ely, New York City. 
Rev. Chas. C. Darling, New York City. 
John C. Ely, New York City. 
Benj. D. Silliman, New York City. 
John A. Ely, New York City. 
Mrs. Ely-Goddard, New York City. 
Mrs. Charlotte A. Waddell, New York 

City. 
Benj. H. Day, New York City. 
J. D. Vermilye, New York City. 
Mary C. Canfield, New York City. 
Rich'd S. Ely, New York City. 
Rich'd A. Southwick, New York City. 
Rev. John Cotton Smith, D. D., New 

York City. 
Emeline Sherman Smith, New York 

City. 
Edward T. Ely, M. D., New York City. 
Hon. George Ely, Lyme, Conn. 
Colonel L Matson, Lyme, Conn. 
Rev. Wm. B. Gary, Lyme, Conn. 
Wm. N. Ely, Lyme, Conn. 
Sam'l C. Ely, Lyme, Conn. 
J. Griffin Ely, M. D., Lyme, Conn. 
Wm. E. Selden, Hadlyme, Conn. 
Prof. Dan'l C. Eaton, New Haven, Conn. 
Edwin E. Goodrich, New Haven, Conn. 
Wm. Brewster Ely, Hartford, Conn. 
Calvin Day, Hartford, Conn. 
Mrs. Catharine C. Dutton, Hartford, 

Conn. 
Alfred E. Ely, Hartford, Conn. 
Mrs. Emily C. Curtis, Hartford ,Conn. 
Mrs. Margaret C. McClellan, Hartford, 

Conn. 
Hon. Jesse Ely, Norwich, Conn. 



Alfred Ely Austin, South Norwalk, 
Leicester Kent Ely, New York City. 
Mrs. Margaret D. Stuart, New York 

City. 
P. S. Ely, New York City. 
Griswold L. Ely, New York City. 
Wm. N. Ely, New York City. 
Mrs. Wm. R. Morgan, New York City. 
Horace S. Ely, New York City. 
Jos. N. Ely, Brooklyn, N. Y. 
Hon. Nathan Burchard, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

B. Franklin Ely, Brooklyn, N. Y. 
M. S. Beach, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

John W. Carrington, New York City. 

John R. Ely, Bay Port, L. I. 

Mrs. Lewis Lampman, Jamaica, L. I. 

S. R. Ely, Roslyn, L. I. 

Jonathan S. Ely, Tarrytown, N. Y. 

Frank B. Goodrich, Fishkill-on-the- 

Hudson, N. Y. 
S. Ely, M. D., Newburgh, N. Y. 
Delia Ely Post, Newburgh, N. Y. 
Mrs. Pamelia S. Ketcham, Greenbush, 

N. Y. 
Rich'd Ely, Binghamton, N. Y. 
Joseph S. Ely, Binghamton, N. Y. 
Hon. Chas. McKinney, Binghamton, 

N. Y. 
Gen. Chas. W. Darling, Utica, N. Y. 
Hon. Alfred Ely, Rochester, N. Y. 
Wm. W. Ely, M. D., LL.D., Rochester, 

N. Y. 
Rev. Foster Ely, Lockport, N. Y. 

C. N. Ely, Watertown, N. Y. 

Hon. Morrison R. Waite, Chief Justice 
of the Supreme Court, Washington, 
D. C. 

Seymour W. Ely, Bridgeport, Conn. 



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HISTORICAL. 



Edwin S. Ely, West Killingly, Conn. 

Sam'l Ely, Holyoke, Mass. 

H. P. Terry, Holyoke, Mass. 

Smith Ely, Ely, Vt. 

Mrs. F. T. Frelinghuysen, Somerville, 

N.J. 
Hon. George J. Ely, Perrineville, N, J. 
Jos. J. Ely, Hightstown, N. J. 
Rev. Wm. Ely, Philadelphia, Pa. 
Wm. H. Ely, Philadelphia, Pa. 
John Ely Bready,M.D., Germantown, Pa. 
Mrs. Louisa Ely Knorr, Germantown, 

Pa. 
Rich'd Elias Ely, New Hope, Pa. 
Wm, Newbold Ely, New Hope, Pa. 
Theodore N. Ely, Altoona, Pa. 



H. C. M. Ely, Wilmington Del. 

Prof. Nathaniel M. Terry, Annapolis, 

Md. 
Hon. Heman Ely, Elyria, Ohio. 
Geo. F. Ely, Cleveland, Ohio. 
Hon. Horatio Burchard, M. C, 111. 
Edw'd Ely, Chicago, 111. 
Mrs. P. A. Ely Avery, Chicago, IlL 
Thos. E. Patterson, Chicago, 111. 
Charles C. Champlin, Chicago, 111. 
Fred'k G. Ely, Chicago, 111. 
Prof. J. H. Ely, Mt. Carroll, 111. 
Rich'd S. W. Ely, Morrison, 111. 
Hon. Henry M. Burchard, Winona, 

Minn. 



The General Committee of Arrangements beg to say, that from the correspon- 
dence and other information, they were led to believe that the early part of July 
would suit the convenience of the largest number, and have consequently issued the 
call for the meeting for the loth of that month. In selecting the names affixed to 
the call, they have endeavored, so far as they were able, to get those representing the 
different branches of the family and different localities, and hence not all of those 
who have offered to sign it appear. They have added so far as known to them, the 
titles of those signing. 

They hope, and from the interest manifested are led to believe, that the Re- 
union will not only be agreeable but beneficial, bringing together, after a lapse of 
more than two hundred years, to the home of the first Richard Ely, the widely scat- 
tered members of both his family and those of the first Nathaniel Ely, there to re- 
call the virtues of our ancestors and promote among one and another kindly feelings 
and better acquaintance. They desire that this meeting may be an honor to the mem- 
ory of the fathers, and worthy of their children ; an event that will long be remem- 
bered by all who participate in it. 

The Hon. Nathan C. Ely, of New York, will preside, and Addresses, etc., are 
expected from distinguished speakers. 

The Committee intend publishing with the Genealogy a brief history of the 
family and of the meeting ; and it is believed that all the "descendants," even if they 
do not attend, will be interested in the Re-union, and especially in the volume to be 
published, and will be glad to contribute to one or both objects. 

Any excess of funds from any source will be applied towards reducing the cost 
of the book. 

Such contributions and also remittances for Dinner Tickets, are requested to 
be sent to Z. Stiles Ely, Treasurer, 26 West Twenty-sixth Street, New York, at as 
early a day as practicable. 

Tickets for the Dinner will be one dollar, and should be applied for as early as 
may be, and not later than loth June, so that provision may be made and seats re- 
served for those who attend. Should any desire to bring their friends with them, 
they will be welcomed on the same terms as descendants. Those having in their 



24 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

HISTORICAL. 

possession valuable relics and historical documents connected with the family, are re- 
quested to bring them. 

Arrangements have been made vi^ith the N. Y. and N. H. Railroad to furnish 
tickets at half fare from New York, Norwalk, Bridgeport and New Haven, to 
Lyme ; also excursion tickets, good for ten days, at same rate. All trains on gth, 
loth, lith and 12th of July, will stop at Lyme. Those wishing to avail themselves 
of the reduction will be furnished with cards, which on presentation at the Com- 
pany's ticket office in this City, Fourth Avenue and 42d Street, or at the offices in 
the other places, will entitle them to tickets at such abatement. These cards will be 
furnished on application, to any one of the following : 

Heman Ely Elyria, Ohio. Rev. Wm. Ely Germantown, Phila. 

Alfred Ely Rochester, N. Y. Dudley P. Ely S. Norwalk, Conn. 

Nathan C. Ely, 9th St. and 3d Av., N. Y. Dan'l C. Eaton New Haven, Conn. 

Z. Stiles Ely, 26 West Twenty-sixth Street, New York, 

It is expected that similar arrangements will be made with Railroads north and 
east from Lyme ; and those coming over these roads will apply for information to 
Col. Israel Matson of that place. 

Arrangements have also been made with the New York and Hartford Steam- 
boats to furnish tickets, good for thirty days, from New York to Lyme and return, 
for $1.50, from New York to Lyme $1.00, from Hartford and intermediate landings 
to Lyme and return, fifty cents. The boats leave Peck Slip, New York, daily, at 4 
p. m., arriving at Lyme about 2 o'clock the following morning. Tickets procured on 
board the boats. 

Correspondents will be particular to give the State, with the name of their 
Post Office. WM. ELY, Chairman. 

New York, March 7th, 1878. 

GENERAL COMMITTEE OF ARRANGEMENTS. 

Wm. Ely Philadelphia. Alfred Ely Rochester N. Y. 

C. C. Darling New York. Dan'l C. Eaton New Haven, Conn. 

Benj. D. Silliman New York. Dudley P. Ely S. Norwalk, Conn. 

Charles Ely New York. Wm. G. Ely Norwich, Conn. 

Nathan Burchard Brooklyn, N. Y. Heman Ely Elyria, Ohio. 

LOCAL COMMITTEE OF ARRANGEMENTS. 

George Ely Lyme. Israel Matson 'Lymt. 

Wm. B. Cary Lyme. Wm. N. Ely Lyme. 

FINANCE COMMITTEE. 

Nathan C. Ely New York. J. D. Vermilye New York. 

Z. Stiles Ely New York. Joseph N. Ely New York. 

PROSPECTUS OF THE GENEALOGY AND RECORDS OF THE 

ELY FAMILY. 
The account of the Re-union Meeting, lately published, gives much valuable 
information respecting the first of the Ely name, who settled in this country, and of 
some of the descendants. A genealogical record of the family is, however, yet to be 
prepared. A mass of matter for this purpose has already been brought together, but 
much more is still needed to fill up the gaps, and to bring down the line of descend- • 
ants of Nathaniel, Richard and Joshua Ely to the present time. In view of the in- 



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HISTORICAL. 

terest already expressed in this work, it is proposed to prepare and publish (for sub- 
scribers only) a complete genealogy of the family in three divisions, corresponding 
to its three main lines of descent. Each division of the work will be under the edi- 
torial charge of a member of that branch of the family whose records are therein 
given, and the whole work will be under the sanction of the Genealogical Commit- 
tee of the Ely Association. Brief biographical and historical notices will be intro- 
duced of the eminent and noteworthy members of the family. It must be evident to 
all, that a work of this nature, which aims at both fullness and accuracy, cannot be 
prepared without the aid and co-operation of the various members of our now widely 
scattered family. To obtain this information, a number of questions have been sub- 
joined, and it is particularly requested that all replies to these questions shall be ar- 
ranged in the order in which they are given, and that special attention be paid to 
names, dates, and places, of births, marriages and deaths. Besides what is known to 
the present generation, much knowledge can be gathered from family records in 
Bibles, from old letters and papers, from public records of wills, deeds, etc., and 
from tombstones. All communications and replies to the questions annexed to be 
directed : those of the Nathaniel Ely branch, to the Hon. Heman Ely, Elyria, Lorain 
County, Ohio; those of the Richard Ely branch, to Rev. William Ely, Germantown, 
Philadelphia; those of the Joshua Ely branch, to Richard Elias Ely, Esq., New 
Hope, Bucks County, Pa. The book will probably contain 750 to 800 pages, and 
will be printed in royal 8vo., in good style. A limited number of portraits of mem- 
bers of the family may be inserted at the expense of those so desiring. It is hoped 
that the book may be ready for the press in the course of a year or fifteen months. 
The subscription price will be five dollars per copy, put up in cloth boards. As con- 
siderable expense is incurred in the printing of such a work, it is requested that the 
subscription price, or at least one-half ($2.50) of it, be paid in, when the book is 
ready for the press (of which due notice will be given), the other half ($2.50) to be 
paid upon the delivery of the volume. The aid and assistance, both by the forward- 
ing of full and accurate information, and also by subscription, at once, to the work 
is earnestly invoked of every member of the Ely family who feels a just pride in the 
honorable records of the past, and who desires to hand down those records in dur- 
able and permanent form to the future. All names ofsubscribers, and remittances of 
subscriptions for the volume, to be sent to Edwin A. Ely, Esq., 103 Gold Street, 
New York. All particulars of family history to be sent (as stated above) to the 
editor of that branch of the family to which the writer belongs. Where any doubt 
exists on the latter point, such letters to be addressed to Rev. William Ely, Ger- 
mantown, Philadelphia. 



WILLIAM ELY. 



January, 1879. 



Please answer the following queries, adding such personal details relating to 
the individuals named, as are accessible : 

1st. — State ancestry to the first Ely; whether Nathaniel, Richard or Joshua. 

2d. — Give dates of marriage, with names in full, of each generation. 

3d. — Residence of parents and grandparents; time and place of death and lo- 
cality of burial. 

4th. — Names of parents in full, of the person who marries the Ely descendant 
(either son or daughter) and their residence. 



26 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

HISTORICAL. 

5th. — Names of all children of your parents, adding as well the names of all 
the children of grandparents, giving dates of birth, and of death when needed. 

6th. — Marriages of brothers and sisters, with dates and with names in full of 
the persons thus entering the family. 

7th. — Particulars of your own marriage, names of your children, with dates of 
birth, etc. 

8th. — Particulars of your own life, place of education, college of graduation, 
professional or other occupation, residence. 

gth. — To the above, information is especially desired of all military duties per- 
formed by any of the Ely descendants in the Colonial or Indian Wars, in the Revo- 
lution, in the War of 1812, or in the late Civil War, 1861-1865; also of all naval 
service performed by any member of the family, adding such references to public 
documents or other publications where further particulars may be obtained if 
desired. 

loth. — In your answers, please observe the exact order of the foregoing 
questions. 

NOTICE. 

All of the copies in quarto form, and a large number of the 8vo edition of the 
account of the "Ely Re-union" having been sold, those members of the family who 
have not yet subscribed for the work and who desire it, are requested to write at 
once (as the edition is a limited one) to Z. Stiles Ely, Esq., 26 West 26th Street, 
New York City ; or to Edwin A. Ely, Secretary, 103 Gold Street, N. Y. The price is 
one dollar per copy (including postage), money to be sent with the order, by draft, 
post office order, or registered letter. It may be desirable to state to those who have 
not seen it, that the work amounts to 160 pp., with many illustrations, and contains 
much and varied matter, of permanent interest to every member of the family. 

The following note from Chief Justice Waite, is but one of many testimonials 
which have been received. 

WILLIAM ELY, 

Chairman Pub. Com. 

Philadelphia, March 26th, 1879. 

Washington, D. C, March 14th, 1879. 
My Dear Sir 

I have read the "Ely Pamphlet." It is full of interest to those who take pleas- 
ure in knowing about the family. 

Certainly the work of the editor and the publishers has been well done, and I 
hope the sales will be such as not to entail a loss upon the Association. Sincerely 
yours, M. R. WAITE. 

Rev. Wm. Ely. 



THE RICHARD ELY GENEALOGICAL RECORD. 

The following statement is made for the benefit and information of those who 
have actively and financially sustained the project of collecting and publishing the 
genealogical records of the descendants of Richard Ely. 

These records were inaugurated by the late J. Nelson Sterry, and, upon his 
death, were carried forward by Rev. William Ely, until the partial loss of his eye- 
sight rendered necessary a transfer to the subscriber. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 



27 



HISTORICAL. 



They now comprise the names of about 7,000 individuals, grouped in some 
1,300 families — each individual being numbered, in pursuance of a system which 
indicates, at the same time, the generation and the particular line of descent. In 
connection with this, but not yet indexed, there has been gathered a large mass of 
biographical notes, narratives and incidents, calculated to interest the general reader, 
while obtaining special importance in the families of those immediately connected. 

By careful estimates, made with a view to publication, it was found that 
$2,000 would be required to defray the actual cost of an edition of 500 copies of 
these records and biographical notes — no payment being provided for the labor 
expended in gathering the material and preparing it for the press. 

Those who had already devoted much time and means to the work made 
liberal subscriptions, amounting to 150 copies, leaving 350 copies to be otherwise 
provided for. Of this 350 copies there have now been taken 125 copies by the fol- 
lowing subscribers : 



Z. Stiles Ely, 
Moses Ely, 
Ambrose K. Ely, 
Richard S. Ely, 
Edwin A. Ely, 
Smith Ely, Jr., 
Moses S. Beach, 
Rev. William Ely, 
Theodore N. Ely, 
Heman Ely, 
Z. Ely Hyde, 
Daniel C. Eaton, 
Mrs. Anson D. Morse, 
Horace S. Ely, 
John A. Ely, 
Dudley P. Ely, 
Ellen E. Easton, 
Julia P. Ballard, 
Addison Ballard, 
Mrs. Eli I. Merriman, 
A. R. Searles, 
Mrs. Frank Hitchcock, 
Seymour W. Ely, 
Gen. C. W. Darling, 
Miss Amelia Darling, 
Carthalo F. Ely, 
Jesse F. Ely, 



Frederic G. Ely, 
Philo S. Ely, 
Samuel L. Selden, 
Mrs. E. M. Seymour, 
Col. A. G. Brackett, 
Mrs. H. C. Moore, 
J. T. Babcock, 
Stephen H. Halsey, 
Edmund D. Halsey, 
George M. Ely, 
Charles N. Ely, 
Mrs. William Taylor, 
Charles W. Ely, 
Elisha D. Ely, 
Marcellus Massey, 
Rev. William A. Ely, 
G. W. Knowlton, Jr., 
Joseph A. Ely, 
Charles M. Wolcott, 
Mrs. C. C Dutton, 
William H. Ely, 
Mrs. S. C. Burt, 
William E. Nichols, 
Rev. L. E. Benton, 
William B. Ely, 
Charles W. Darling, 
William S. Ely, 



William H. Ely (Phila.), 

Oliver C. Ely, 

Edwards Ely, 

H. B. McClellan, 

Miss Electa Colt, 

E. Sterling Ely, 

Edmund Ely, 

Mrs. Wm. G. Lathrop, Jr., 

Ely Brothers, 

Edward S. Ely, 

Miss Lillie M. Brackett, 

Mrs. Samuel J. Cole, 

Matthew Griswold, 

Richard Ely (Bing.), 

Jacob E. Babcock, 

Mrs. Phebe H. Griswold. 

E. S. Ely, 

Mrs. John Hamilton, Jr., 

James D. Ely, 

Robert C. Ely, 

Mrs. Charles C. Burke, 

Elisha Ely, M. D., 

Louisa M. Burr, 

Mrs. Aug. M. Newell, 

A. E. Van Tassel, 

Mrs. Samuel Ellis, 

Fanny E. Simmons, 



The time for making the proposed subscriptions has now expired, and, in 
accordance with the terms under which they were solicited, it becomes my duty to 
return to each subscriber the amount remitted. 

You will therefore find enclosed herewith the bank check forwarded by you 
or a certified check on the Nassau Bank, New York, payable to your order, for the 



28 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

HISTORICAL. 

amount remitted by you. Please advise me, by postal card or otherwise, of its safe 
receipt. 

With thanks for the interest you have taken in the proposed publication, I am, 
Very Truly Yours, 

M. S. BEACH, 
Ely Genealogical Committee. 
96 Columbia Heights, 
Brooklyn, N. Y., Aug. i, 1882. 



THE RICHARD ELY GENEALOGICAL RECORD. 

The several meetings of the Ely family during the last fevir years have de- 
veloped a permanent organization known as "The Ely Association," and promoted, 
at the same time, a very desirable social intercourse and much personal 
acquaintance. 

The genealogical researches, previously commenced by individuals, have been 
continued and extended ; that of the Richard Ely branch having so far progressed 
as to invite its very early publication. 

The compilation of this record has resulted in the collection and arrangement 
of more than eight thousand names, and also in the accumulation of a mass of in- 
cidents and historical notes, relative to individuals and families, which will be 
read with satisfaction by members of the family. 

The work was commenced by James Nelson Sterry, of Newtown, Long Island, 
and at the time of his death was transferred to Rev. William Ely, of Germantown, 
Pennsylvania, who continued it for nearly three years. In consequence of impaired 
eyesight Rev. William Ely resigned his work to Mr. Moses S. Beach, of Brooklyn, 
in whose hands it has reached its present condition. 

It must be remembered that the object of the proposed publication of the 
Richard Ely genealogical record is not to make money. Those who have prepared 
it are not paid, in any way, for their services. Thej' have acted only as members 
of the familj', disbursing money placed in their hands to the best possible advan- 
tage; and they now propose that the printed book shall be furnished to all who 
desire it for the smallest sum at which it can be produced. 

The outlay necessary for printing circulars and blank records, for postage and 
for postal cards, and for preparations needful to place the work in the hands of 
the printer, was originally estimated at one thousand dollars, but this work will, 
by much care, be completed within the sum of six hundred dollars. The cost of 
printing and binding an edition of five hundred copies of a book of three hundred 
and sixty pages, of medium sized type, will be fourteen hundred dollars, making 
the total absolute outlay four dollars for each copy. If a larger edition can be 
disposed of, the cost per copy would be materially reduced. Thus an edition of 
eight hundred copies could be supplied at three dollars per copy; one of fourteen 
hundred copies, at two dollars per copy; and one of two thousand copies at one 
dollar and fifty cents per copy. As the publication will be made for the good of all 
and for the profit of no one, the money needful to defray the cost must be furnished 
before the work will be commenced. 

The publication will therefore be made upon subscriptions paid in advance, 
at the rate of four dollars per copy. Should the number thus subscribed for exceed 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 29 

HISTORICAL. 

five hundred copies, each subscriber will receive an additional number of copies free 
of charge, or a return of a portion of the money paid. Thus the subscriber for six 
copies, having paid tw^enty-four dollars, would, in the event of an edition of eight 
hundred copies being required, receive either eight copies of the book, or six copies 
of the book and six dollars in money. If the entire amount needful for the pub- 
lication is not provided within a reasonable time, all of the money subscribed and 
paid will be refunded. 

Of the subscriptions to an edition of five hundred copies, at four dollars per 
copy, the following are already entered: 

Z. Stiles Ely, 25 copies, $100.00 

Moses Ely, 25 copies, 100.00 

Ambrose K. Ely, 25 copies, 100.00 

Richard S. Ely, 25 copies, 100.00 

Edwin A. Ely and Smith Ely, 25 copies, 100.00 

M. S. Beach, 25 copies, 100.00 

Still required before publication will be commenced, . 350 copies, 1,400.00 

Total, 500 copies, $2,000.00 

Subscriptions, which must be accompanied with the money at the rate of four 
dollars per copy, may be sent to either of the following gentlemen : 

MOSES ELY, Chairman of Finance Committee, 

Boreel Building, 115 Broadway, New York, City. 
EDWIN A. ELY, Treasurer of Ely Association, 

103 Gold Street, New York City. 
MOSES BEACH, Ely Genealogical Committee, 

96 Columbia Heights, Brooklyn, N. Y. 

Should a special edition of the Richard Ely Record, printed upon extra fine 
paper, with wide margins and extra binding, be required, it can probably be fur- 
nished at an increased price of from one to two dollars per copy. Those who 
may desire copies of such an edition will please state the fact. 

Some of the records of families have not yet been completely furnished. 
Should this circular be received by members of any such family, they will please 
give notice to Mr. Beach, and supply him with the omitted portions as speedily 
as possible. 



30 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

HISTORICAL. 

In order to make clear what those who originated the idea of the 
pubHcation of the family record had in mind, how broadly and wisely 
they planned, and how elaborate and painstaking were their prepara- 
tions, it has seemed desirable to recount on the foregoing pages the 
efforts made a score or more of years since to prepare and publish the 
Genealogy of the Ely family ; descendants of Richard Ely, of Plymouth, 
England. 

Careful and intelligent effort was patiently bestowed upon the mat- 
ter and the needed information was to a great extent collected in accord- 
ance with the plan laid down for the preparation of a record which 
should be as complete as it was possible to make it. 

After some years of research and correspondence a variety of causes 
interrupted the labors of Mr. Beach, Mr. Sterry, the Rev. William Ely 
and others at that time active in the work, and not long after, owing to 
the death of Mr. Beach and the failing sight of the Rev. William Ely, the 
plan for an Ely Genealogy was finally abandoned. 

It is most unfortunate that plans so well laid, and preparations so 
widely heralded, should have been thus unavoidably defeated ; but 

"The best laid schemes of mice and men 

Gang aft a-gley. 
And leave us naught but grief and pain 

For promised joy." 

In the course of time it came about that the material obtained with 
so much care and cost by Mr. Beach, and those interested with him in 
the preparation of the record, passed into the possession of certain well- 
known members of the Ely family, who felt a keen interest in the sub- 
ject, and in the preservation of the information which had been col- 
lected, but who had not been in any way connected with the production 
of the genealogy begun by Mr. Beach and his associates, or in their 
plans, except as subscribers to the proposed work. 

Within a short time the project for publishing the Ely Genealogy 
was taken up again by less experienced and skillful hands, and an effort 
was made to partially, at least, carry out the intentions of those who 
originated the idea of a record of the descendants of Richard Ely of 
Lyme, Conn. Owing to the munificence of a lineal descendant it has 
been possible to bring the work to a conclusion and place it before our 
readers in its present shape. THE EDITOR. 

June, 1900. 



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HISTORICAL. 

In order to make clear what those who originated the idea of the 
publication of the family record had in mind, how broadly and wisely 
they planned, and how elaborate and painstaking were their prepara- 
tions, it has seemed desirable to recount on the foregoing pages the 
efforts made a score or more of years since to prepare and publish the 
Genealogy of the Ely family ; descendants of Richard Ely, of Plymouth, 
England. 

Careful and intelligent effort was patiently bestowed upon the mat- 
ter and the needed information was to a great extent collected in accord- 
ance with the plan laid down for the preparation of a record which 
should be as complete as it was possible to make it. 

After some years of research and correspondence a variety of causes 
interrupted the labors of Mr. Beach, Mr. Sterry, the Rev. William Ely 
and others at that time active in the work, and not long after, owing to 
the death of Mr. Beach and the failing sight of the Rev. William Ely, the 
plan for an Ely Genealogy was finally abandoned. 

It is most unfortunate that plans so well laid, and preparations so 
widely heralded, should have been thus unavoidably defeated ; but 

"The best laid schemes of mice and men 

Gang aft a-gley, 
And leave us naught but grief and pain 

For promised joy." 

In the course of time it came about that the material obtained with 
so much care and cost by Mr. Beach, and those interested with him in 
the preparation of the record, passed into the possession of certain well- 
known members of the Ely family, who felt a keen interest in the sub- 
ject, and in the preservation of the information which had been col- 
lected, but who had not been in any way connected with the production 
of the genealogy begun by Mr. Beach and his associates, or in their 
plans, except as subscribers to the proposed work. 

Within a short time the project for publishing the Ely Genealogy- 
was taken up again by less experienced and skillful hands, and an effort 
was made to partially, at least, carry out the intentions of those who 
originated the idea of a record of the descendants of Richard Ely of 
Lyme, Conn. Owing to the munificence of a lineal descendant it has 
been possible to bring the work to a conclusion and place it before our 
readers in its present shape. THE EDITOR. 

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List of Emigrants to America, 1600-1700: 

Hotten. 
Page 115: 27 July, 1635, passengers by the Primrose, Captain 
Douglass : Robert Eelie. 

Page 259 : Muster of the inhabitants of Elizabeth City, beyond the 
Hampton River : 

Walter Ely, his muster. 
Walter Ely. 

Elizabeth Ely aged thirty in the Warwicke, 1622. 
Ann Ely, born in Virginia. 
Page 447: James Ely and wife mentioned in 1680 in list of inhabi- 
tants of the town of St. Michaells, Barbadoes. See extract from Ely 
Pamphlet, below : 

When Richard left England, his eldest son was in the West Indies. This boy 
must, at the time of his father's second marriage, have been about fifteen years old.. 
It is a natural inquiry what a gentleman's son could be doing alone in that foreign 
country. There is mention made about this time in Camden Horton's "Shippings 
List" of one James Ely, a planter, in the West Indies, who was a man of some 
importance, owner of ten slaves, etc. Possibly, he was a brother of the first 
Richard. The boy William, after his mother's death, might have been entrusted to 
this uncle. This is given as mere conjecture. However that may be, his father 
sent for him two years after his own arrival. — Ely Re-union Pamphlet. 

Page 183, in the list of the living in Virginia, February 16, 1623, at 
Elizabeth Cittye : Walter Ely, V. X. Ely, infants Ely. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIRST GENERATION. 

Richard Ely, of Plymouth, Devonshire Co., England, emigrated to 
America between 1660 and 1663, his son Richard accompanying him. 
He resided for a time at Boston, and later settled at Lyme, Conn., which 
in 1660 was a part of Saybrook. Mr. Ely was a widower when he came 
to America, his first wife Joane (maiden name presumed to have been 
Phipps), having died in Plymouth, Jan. 7, 1660. A note by a person of 
reliability states : "This Phipps is supposed to have been a sister of Con- 
stantine John Phipps (Baron Mulgrau), the great navigator and com- 
missioner of the Admiralty. A younger brother, Viscount Normandy, 
was an officer of the British army." 

Children of Richard and Joane Phipps. 

(Recorded in Plymouth, Eng.). 

1. William, bapt. Oct., 1647; d. 1717; m. May 12, 1681, Elizabeth Smith. 

2. Judith, bapt. Sept. 6, 1652; d. June 21, 1655. 

3. Richard, bapt. June 19, 1657; m. Mary Marvin. 

4. Daniel, bapt. Jan. 7, 1659; d. Mar. 8, 1659. 

Children of Richard and Elizabeth Cullick — Second wife. 

5. Samuel. 

For his second wife Mr. Ely married at Boston in 1664 a Mrs. 
Elizabeth Cullick, widow of Capt. John Cullick, who was for some time 
Secretary of the Colony of Connecticut, and whose will may be seen 
among the Boston records. 

Capt. John Cullick was one of the most noted men in the Colony of 
Connecticut, and had, by vote of the town of Hartford, conferred on him 
the estate assigned to Jonathan Luce. He lived on the north side of Elm 
Street. He married Elizabeth, sister of Hon. George Fenwick, in 1648. 

He represented Hartford in the General Court from 1644 to 1647, 
when he was chosen Assistant and Secretary of State ; which offices he 
filled for ten years. He was one of the Commissioners of the United 
Colonies from 1652 to 1654. 

"He removed to and died in Boston in 1663, and Gen. John Leverett 
possessed his estate in Hartford." "His children were: John, 1649, 
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THE ELY ANCESTRY. 33 

FIRST GENERATION. 

jamin Batten, Boston." (Wm. S. Porter; "Hist, notices of Conn." 
Hartford; 1842.) 

The widow of Capt. Cullick being- interested, as was her brother, 
Col. Fenwick, in landed estates near the mouth of Connecticut river, the 
necessary care and improvement of the lands led Mr. Ely to leave Boston 
and make his residence at Lyme, Conn. There he and his sons added 
largely to the estates. He was the founder of the Ely family of Lyme. 
Mrs. Cullick's estate was £400 in debt, and Mr. Ely discharged the debt, 
and took title to the property. The estate was largely composed of lands 
known as the Great Meadow. In 1675, Mr. Ely applied to the Honorable 
General Court in Hartford to appropriate to him upland to accommodate 
his cattle in connection with the Great Meadow for summer food, assign- 
ing various reasons for this claim, one of which is that he is yearly 
charged with a sixth or a seventh part of the rates of the town. Mrs. 
Cullick was a sister of Colonel Fenwick, of Saybrookport, Colonel Fen- 
wick being the husband of Lady Alice Fenwick, whose tomb is to be 
seen in the Saybrook Cemetery. 

That Richard Ely was a shipping merchant in Plymouth is proven 
by a certain bond to Benjamin Stark dated Plymouth, Dec. 30, 1658, for 
the due and faithful sailing the ship Judith, by Caleb Crane, Plymouth to 
Madeira, thence to Cape Verd Islands, thence to Barbadoes, thence to 
London. This bond is now in possession of Richard Ely, of Bingham- 
ton, N. Y. 

Mr. Ely died in Lyme, Nov. 24, 1684; his second wife died Nov. 
12, 1683. Their married life was a long and happy one. Mr. Cullick Ely 
lives not over a quarter mile from where the first Richard Ely's house 
stood. 

One authority says the red sandstone monument of Mr. Ely is to be 
seen in a damaged condition in the old cemetery in Lyme, in the part of 
the town called "Black Hall." It seems that a more recent and legible 
monument has been erected by some pious descendant, information in 
regard to which has been kindly furnished by Professor Daniel C. Eaton, 
of Yale College. Eaton is a great-grandson of Elijah Ely, who was a 
great-great-grandson of the first Richard Ely. 

The brother of Richard Ely's second wife (Col. Geo. Fenwick) was a 
member of Parliament and was appointed by Cromwell to act as one of 
the Judges to try King Charles. He refused to serve, however, in that 
capacity. 

Richard Ely, after settling at Lyme, became involved in a lawsuit 



34 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIRST GENERATION. 



with George Fenwick, in which he was successful and received over nine 
hundred pounds sterHng, a very considerable sum for those days. 



IN MEMORY OF 

WILLIAM ELY, 

WHO DIED A.D. 1 76O. 

He was among the first who gave 
Freedom to his slaves, 

Therein doing 
as he would be done by. 

He had Ten Children 
Whose Posterity is Numerous. 



RICHARD ELY, 

OUR GREAT ANCESTOR. 

He was the Father 

OF William and Richard, and 

Grandfather of WILLIAM. 

His descendants, besides peopling these 

Mansions of the dead, are 

greatly multiplied in the land. 

May we all hereafter meet 
to praise God forever in a better World. 



The Ely Pamphlet, page 48, says: 'There is a record that he 
(Richard Ely) was at one time involved in some lawsuit with a Fenwick. 
It is suppose that Richard was in the right, as it was decided in his favor." 
Minutes of the County Court, 1672. 

Richard Ely, in right of his wife Elizabeth, versus John Cullick, an 
administrator on Estate of George Fenwick. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 35 

FIRST GENERATION. 

This was an action to recover legacy left to said Elizabeth by Will 
of Fenwick. A •? ^lA "% ^Vy 

Recovered £915 and costs. 

Caulkins' History of New London, page 250. 

Richard Ely had 3,000 acres of land, including what is now called 
Ely's Ferry, in his estate; and a few years later the town of Lyme set 
off to his sons, Richard and William, 1,300 acres adjoining their father's 
land, for 300 pounds, making an estate of over 4,000 acres in the pos- 
session of the Elys of Lyme. Some of these lands are still in the family. 
Mr. Cullick Ely lives not more than one quarter of a mile from where the 
first Richard's house stood. 

"An incident in the life of Richard marks deeply the religious feeling which 
imbued his soul, and illustrates the fervency of his devotion and piety. Tvirenty- 
four months after his arrival, his eldest son, William, whom he had left in the 
islands of the West Indies on his voyage, came, too, to join the virild abode of his 
surviving parent. The rude brigantine which bore him hither, with unskilled seamen 
to navigate, was dismantled in a furious gale in the archipelago, and finally 
foundered in mid-ocean. Every soul on board the ill-fated vessel sank to rise no 
more except William Ely, who, lashed to a disintegrated yard-arm, floated among 
the seething billows, lashed in fury by the raging storm, until on the third day, 
exhausted and with life nearly extinct, he was picked up by a Spanish cruiser, then 
on an exploring expedition to the shores of New England. 

"Landing William on the coast not far distant from the mouth of the Con- 
necticut, he sought and soon found the rude hamlet of his father. With joy 
unspeakable, he embraced his son, who related to him the story of his voyage, his 
rescue, and escape from a watery grave. 

"Prayer and thanksgiving were offered up by the father and son for this 
Divine interposition, and daily, for weeks and months, he ascended to the height of 
a neighboring hill and there alone, with outstretched arms, poured forth his grati- 
tude to the Divine Master for the preservation of his child." — Hon. Alfred Ely, 
Ely Re-union Pamphlet, pages 139-140. 

The Colonial Records of Connecticut, (1665-1677, pages 210 and 
211) give an account, under date of June, 1673, of a dispute between 
Mr. Richard Ely and the townsmen of Saybrook, respecting his propor- 
tion of fence on the Western Neck, and involving his title to certain 
lands claimed by him. The matter was referred to abitration, Mr. Ely 
and the town mutually binding themselves, under a forfeiture of five 
hundred pounds, to submit to the award which should be made by the 
arbitrators. 

On page 255 of the above work we find that the Court, in May, 
1675, on Mr. Ely's petition, recommended the town of Lyme to accom- 
modate Mr. Ely's farm with a suitable quantity of upland to his meadow 
at Six Mile Island. 



36 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIRST GENERATION. 

The town records at Deep River, Connecticut, contain an instrument, 
dated 1668, which is of considerable interest. 

Richard's elder son William, having attained his majority in 1668, 
was then capable of making a valid conveyance of real estate, and the 
instrument referred to is a Deed by William Ely to his father Richard 
of his right, title and interest in and to five tenements in Plymouth, 
England. 

These tenements are described as situated in Hampton Cut, near the 
New Church, 

The consideration named is fifty pounds in money and -also an island 
with a building upon it situated in the Piscataqua River, Maine. 

This instrument gives reason to believe that the Ely family were 
well-to-do residents of Plymouth, investors in real estate, and taxpayers, 
before coming to America. The conveyance was possibly made to enable 
Richard Ely to dispose of the tenements in Plymouth, for William's in- 
terest was probably only a reversionary interest. 

The island in the Piscataqua River must have been afterwards con- 
veyed back to Richard Ely, for ten years later, in 1670, he sold it to 
another party. The building erected upon it may have been for the pur- 
poses of trade with the Indians. 

There is an interesting mention of the name of William Ely in the 
annals of the Province of New Hampshire, given in Palfrey's History of 
New England, Vol. 3, and in the Provincial Papers relating to New 
Hampshire, 1623-1686, page 459, etc. 

Towards the close of the year 1682 the Governor of the Province 
(of New Hampshire), one Cranfield, was exercising despotic power in 
administering the affairs of the Province, 

He summarily dismissed a faithful officer named Stillman who had 
been in charge of the fort and appointed one of his henchmen. 

This act aroused much feeling, and Edward Gore, a Deputy from 
Hampton to the recent Assembly, gathered a little company and went 
about organizing opposition. 

No overt acts were committed, but there was an undoubted attempt 
to incite a feeling against the Governor. 

All implicated in the afifair were arrested and convicted, but were 
presently set at hberty except Gore, who was condemned to death, and 
who was imprisoned for a year, awaiting the carrying out of the sen- 
tence ; the latter part of the time in the Tower of London ; but he was 
finally pardoned. 




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The descendants of Richard Ely 
and his wife Joane 
of the seventh and eighth generations 
have erected this monument 
A. D. igoi. 



This memorial is 
strictly colonial, being 
a facsimile of the an- 
cient Wolcott monu- 
ment in the old Wind 
sor Cemetery erected 
in the lyth century, 
not far from the 
date of Richard Ely's 
death. The Ely stone 
bears also a marked 
resemblance in outline 
to the celebrated tomb 
of Lady Fenwick, 
which is of brown 
stone, bearing a 
scroll top. This seems 
very appropriate as 
Lady Fenwick and 
Richard Ely were con- 
nections by marriage, 
and the dates of their 
sojourn at the mouth 
of the "Great River" 
not far removed. 
The Richard Ely 
monument occupies a 
central site, somewhat 
elevated, in the an- 
cient Ely cemetery, a 
place of unusual inter- 
est. Here for nine 
generations, descend- 
ants only of this Rich- 
ard Ely have been 
buried. No one save 
the Ely descendants or 
those connected by 
marriage can be min- 
gled with the dust in 
that sacred enclosure. 
Undoubtedly the foun- 
der of his race in 
America, Richard Ely 
and his wife, were 
among the first buri- 
ials, if not the very 
first; but their stones 
like countless others, 
have fallen victims to 
the destructive forces 
of nature. The oldest 
now standing is the 
one to Captain Wil- 
liam Ely, born 1647, 
died Feb. 23, 1717. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 



37 



FIRST GENERATION. 



In the list of names of those who were in active sympathy with 
Gore, and were arrested with him, we find the name of William Ely. 

Governor Cranfield and his associates were most despotic, excluded 
Massachusetts vessels from their harbor, put an arbitrary value on silver 
coin, and altered the boundaries of towns. Cranfield was finally forced 
to leave the Province and take refuge in the West Indies. 

Provincial Papers relating to the Province of New Hampshire, 1623-1686, 
page 459: 

A letter from Edward Gove in prison to the Justices of the Court of Sessions 
from the Great Island in Portsmouth in New Hampshire, 29th January, 1682-3. 
To the much honored Justices of the Peace, as you call yourselves by your In- 
dictment, in which eleven men's names are subscribed, namely, Edward 
Gove, Robt. Wadly, Thos. Rawlins, John Young, John Gove, Ed. Smith, 
John Sleeper, Thos. Young, Jo. Wadly, Will. Ely, Mark Baker, 

Gentlemen: Excuse me; I cannot petition you as persons in authority, by 
the name of Justices of the Peace, for now I am upon a serious account for my 
life and the life of those that are with me. * * * * ^g ^j^yg ^ j^^rd prison, a 
good keeper, a hard captain, irons an inch over, five feet and seven inches long, 
two men locked together. * * * Pray consider we are men like yourselves. 
* * * The parties were accused of conspiracy and an attempt to overturn the 
Government in the 36th year of the reign of Charles II., A. D. 1683, but were 
subsequently pardoned. 



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THE ELY CEMETERY, LYME, CONN. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SECOND GENERATION. 

William Ely, the eldest son of Richard, had gone to the West Indies, 
perhaps to visit an uncle residing there, about the time his father emi- 
grated to America. Two years after his settlement in America, Richard 
sent for his son William, who arrived in Connecticut from the West 
Indies about 1670. He resided in Lyme, married Elizabeth Smith, and 
was for many years Judge of the County Court of New London. William 
Ely died in February, 1717, aged 71 years. The monument in the Lyme 
cemetery, erected to the memory of his father, also commemorates his 
name. 

In connection with the statement that William Ely visited an uncle 
in the West Indies about 1670, it is of interest that the Colonial Records 
of New York are said to mention the fact that in 1650 a certain William 
Ely, a merchant doing business in the West Indies, complained to Gov- 
ernor Stuyvesant of an injustice done him by the Spanish authorities, 
and petitioned the Governor to redress his injuries. 

Possibly this may have been an uncle of William Ely, the son of 
Richard, the emigrant. 

The "Mail and Express" of September 10, 1898, published the following query, 
which mentions a different date for the marriage than the one generally accepted. 
It is probably an error : 

Does any one know who were the parents of Elizabeth Smith, of Lyme, 
Conn.? She married William Ely, first, of Lyme, September, 1670. 

There is a tradition that Judge Ely was twice married, but, if so, 
the name of his second wife is not known, nor those of the children. 

Children of William Ely and Elizabeth Smith. 

1. Anne, b. 1682; died in infancy. 

2. Elizabeth, b. 1683; died in infancy. 

3. Richard, b. 1690; d. 1767; m. 1714, Ruhama Thompson; m. 1730, Mar- 

garett Olcutt, Hartford. 

4. Daniel, b. 1693; d. March 14, 1776; m. ist, Mary Ann Champlin; 2nd, 

Ruth Wells; 3rd, Mary Rose; 4th, Ruhama Turner. 

5. William, d. 1760; m. Hannah Thompson, b. 1690, d. 1733. 

6. James, or Joseph (?), b. 1713; d. May 12, 1760. 

7. Elizabeth, m. Samuel Smith. 

8. Mary, m. Moses Noyes. 

9. Deborah, m. ist, Ebenezer Dennis; 2nd, Captain Walter Butler. 
ID. Joanna, b. 1700; d. 1766; m. Nathaniel Matson. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 



SECOND GENERATION. 



39 



In the cemetery at Lyme are to be seen the tombstones of William 
Ely, and of his wife. The following inscriptions are given by Professor 
Eaton : 



HERE LIETH THE BODY OF 

WILLIAM ELY 

WHO 

Died February 23, 17 17, in the 
71st Year of his Age. 



MRS. ELIZABETH, 

relict of 

William Ely, 

Died Oct. 10, 1750, in the 89th 
year of her age. 



Col. Chester found in Plymouth the record of William's baptism, 
under date Oct. 15, 1647. 

Mr. Moses H. Beach, in a letter dated Nov. 10, 1885, states that 
William Ely's first wife, Elizabeth Smith, was a daughter of Nathaniel 
Smith and (supposed) EHzabeth Ely, who died in 1683. 

Nehemiah Smith was born in England in 1605, and died at Norwich, 
Conn., in 1686. 

From the "Mail and Express" of January 30, 1897, we take the following as to 
the Rev. Nehemiah Smith : 

Rev. Nehemiah Smith was born in England in 1605; he came to Plymouth, 
Mass., early in that century. Norwich, Conn., was purchased from the Indian 
chief, Uncas, and his sons in June, 1659. 

Rev. Mr. Smith was one of the original proprietors and largest landholder in 
the settlement. He died about 1686, 81 years old; married Sarah Bourne, born 1615, 
died 1684. They had children— Sarah, born 1642, baptized in the First Church, 
New Haven, Conn.; Mary, born 1642 (I presume twins); Hannah, 1644; Mercy, 
1645 ; Elizabeth, 1645 ; Nehemiah second, 1646, in New Haven ; he married Lydia 
Winchester, daughter of Alexander Winchester, of Rochester, Mass., October 24, 
1669. They had Nehemiah (3), November 14, 1673, who married Dorothy Wheeler, 
daughter of Isaac and Martha Park Wheeler, granddaughter of Thomas and Mary 
Wheeler. Nehemiah and Lydia (Winchester) Smith had seven children. N. 

(From the "Mail and Express," January 29,1898.) 
Lydia Winchester, daughter of Alexander Winchester, was married to Nehe- 
miah Smith, at Rochester, Mass., in 1669. What is the maiden name of Lydia 
Winchester's mother? 

Polly Winchester, born in Massachusetts or Connecticut in 1764, lived when a 
girl at Norwich, Conn. Her mother's name was Abigail Sawyer. Place of birth 
unknown. Abigail Sawyer's mother's name was Dinah Standish, a lineal descend- 
ant of Myles Standish. Was she his granddaughter, or how was she related to 
him? G. E. H. 



40 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SECOND GENERATION. 

Elizabeth, the wife of William Ely, was born in 1645, and was the daughter 
of Nehemiah Smith and Sarah Bourne. 

Nehemiah lived at New Haven, and died in 1686, probably at Norwich, and 
Elizabeth (Smith) Ely died in 1683. 

William Ely remarried, but we do not know the full name of his second wife, 
her given name seems to have been the same as that of the first wife, Elizabeth. 

A writer in the Genealogical and Historical Department of the "Mail and 
Express," in the issue of Saturday, January 21, 1899, writes : 

"William Ely lived at Lyme, Conn. He married an Elizabeth Smith, May 12, 
1681. This William Ely was the son of Richard Ely and Joanne Phipps; was born 
in England in 1646; was reported to have been in the West Indies during early 
life, and to have rejoined his father, Richard, who had settled at Lyme, Conn., and 
to have died in 1717- 

It is difficult to trace out the Smith ancestry satisfactorily, and one finds the 
name entering into nearly every genealogical line. 

An enquiry which appeared in the "Mail and Express" of December 11, 1897, 
is as follows: 

Can you or any of your readers give me any information regarding the de- 
scendants of Eleanor Elizabeth Carlosonius, a titled lady from Holland, who mar- 
ried a British officer — a Bull Smith, I believe — and eloped with him to this country 
some time during the last century, settling in Smithtown, Long Island? 

J. S. C 

The reply appeared in the "Mail and Express" of March 12, i8g8, and while 
we cannot claim any direct reference to the Ely ancestry is shown by it, the article, 
nevertheless, has an interest to the descendants of those who, very early in the his- 
tory of this country, were connected with the great family of "the Smiths." It is as 
follows : 

Smithtown, L. I., was founded by Richard Smith, who was the patentee of that 
place. He had several daughters, two of whom, Deborah and Elizabeth, married 
men named Lawrence, of the same family. After the death of William Lawrence, 
the husband of Elizabeth Smith, she married Sir Philip Carteret, of New Jersey, 
the first English Governor, and was from that time called "Lady CarteVet." She 
left numerous descendants by her first husband, William Lawrence, a record of 
which will be found in the "Lawrence Genealogy, by Thomas Lawrence." The 
above referred to may be the "titled" lady to whom you refer. This Richard Smith, 
above mentioned, I am informed, was "Bull Smith." H. M. 

Elizabeth Smith, daughter of the "bull rider," was thrice married ; her several 
husbands were William Lawrence, Philip Carteret and Richard Townley respec- 
tively. From Lady Carteret "Elizabethtown," N. J., was so named. 

Is it not probable that the mother of Elizabeth was the Princess Eleanor Eliz- 
abeth Carlosonius (or Carlos-Sonius) about whom I made enquiry? The records 
I have in my possession state that "he (Richard Smith) went to Holland and mar- 
ried a native." J. F. C. 

Elizabeth (Smith) Lawrence-Carteret-Townley was daughter of Richard 
Smith, of Nessequack, L. I., patentee of Smithtown, and married, first (license 
dated March 4, 1664), as his second wife, Captain William Lawrence, of Flush- 
ing, L. I., who died 1680 (administration March 25, 1680). She married, second, in 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 41 

SECOND GENERATION. 

April, 1681, Hon. Philip Carteret, Governor of the Province of East and West Jer- 
sey, who died between December lo and 20, 1682, and she married, lastly, in 1685, 
Colonel Richard Townley, who died in April, 171 1. Her second husband was never 
knighted, and therefore she was never "Lady" Carteret, but appears in the records 
as "the widow Cartwright." (See full account of the early generations of the Law- 
rences in the Thomas Book, 1896, pages 398-420; especially for her, pages 414-416). 
Elizabeth, N.J.,was named for Sir George Carteret's wife, Elizabeth, in 1665, nearly 
twenty years before Elizabeth Smith was there. (See Winsor's Narrative and 
Critical History of America, Vol. HL, page 425). L. B. T. 

There is a record in the Probate Office in New London of the will of "William 
Ely," dated September, 1717, and the inventory of "Capt. William Ely," who died 
March, 1717. In the latter were "one silver tankard and silver spoons," appraised 
£20. The amount of the inventory: Real. Estate, £1,767.10; Movables, £528.7; 
Sum Total, £2,295.14.4. 

Colonel Chester thought that the tankard could have been picked up anywhere, 
and had no faith in it as a family relic, but he must have been unaware of the^ 
above facts. — [Extract from letter of E. McCurdy Salisbury, July 19, 1882.] 

You will remember, too, what a champion for the landed interests of his town 
William was, when I call to your mind that he, with Matthew Griswold, fought and 
defeated the New London champions and settled the border line of Lyme at the 
Niantic River.* — From Ely Pamphlet. 

Public Records of Connecticut, page 294: Captain William Eelye and Lieut. 
John Clark, in the name of the legatees mentioned in a certain Will, petition the 
Assembly to lay out and settle the bounds of certain lands given the legatees of 
said will, and grant them a patent in the year 1687. 

This land was on both sides of the Ungushet River, within sight of Hartford, 
and was several miles in extent. 

Page 430: Costs allowed Capt. Will Eelye, Ens. Joseph Peck and Matthew 
Griswold for attendance at this Court, 1702, on petition of the inhabitants of Ha3^ 
den. 

Page 578: In 1705 Capt. Willia Ely and Lieut. Wakeman went home without 
leave from the House of Representatives. 

Page 453 : In October, 1703, the Assembly heard the complaint of Joseph Sel- 
den against Capt. Eely, charging that Justice with maladministration (the grandson 
of Capt. Ely had married the daughter of Joseph Selden, so that this was a sort of 
family quarrel). Capt. Ely expressed surprise at the attack, and desired to put in 
a proper defence. The Assembly allowed him until the following May to file his 
answer. Each party gave a bond in the sum of £ 100, Capt. Ely for his appearance, 
Selden to assure his prosecution of the case. 

Page 480: In May, 1704, on the hearing of the complaint of Joseph Selden 
against Capt. William Eely, the Court having heard and considered the pleas of 
both parties, do not judge Capt. Eely to be guilty of maladministration in the mat- 
ters alleged by said Selden, and the suit was dismissed with costs against Selden. 

The following is an extract from the Public Records of the Colony of Con- 
necticut, 1689 to 1706 : 



*See Barber's "Connecticut Historical Collections," pp. 328-9. 



42 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SECOND GENERATION. 

A special Court held at Hartford, Aug. 29, 1689, by order of the Governor. 

The gentlemen of the Court appearing with the deputies, there not being a 
sufficient number of Assistants to constitute a Court, the Governor dismissed those 
present, and ordered a meeting of the General Court the 3rd day of September next 
at Hartford. 

(The General Court vi^as unable to meet in August, on account of the preva- 
lence of an epidemic of sore throat and fever, the like having not been known in 
the memory of man.) 

On the 3rd day of September, 1689, the General Court met, and Mr. William 
Ely is named as the Deputy for Lyme. 

The first business before the Court was to determine "rules and methods 
most proper for the preserving and securing of their Majesty's subjects in these 
plantations against the rage of the heathen and the suppressing of them." 

Page 33, Mr. William Ely is named as the Deputy to the General Court at 
Hartford, Oct. 9, 1690, representing the town of Lyme. 

Page 66, Mr. Ely is nominated and appointed Commissioner for Lyme, May 12, 
1692. 

Page 75, Mr. Ely was sent to the General Court held at Hartford, June 22, 
1692, as the Deputy for Lyme, and again is named as a Deputy to the Court of 
Election held at Hartford, May 11, 1693. 

Page loi, he is also named as one of the Deputies who represented Lyme at 
the General Court held at Hartford, Sept. i, 1693, by special order of the Governor, 
and (page 121) was the Deputy to the Court of Election held at Hartford May 10, 
1694, and at the General Court at Hartford Oct. 11, 1694. 

Page 137, he was also the Deputy representing Lyme at the Court of Election- 
held at Hartford, May 9, 1695. 

Page 196, Mr. Ely was the representative or Deputy of Lyme at the Court of 
Election held at Hartford May 13, 1697. 

Mr. William Ely was also the Deputy representing Lyme at the General 
Assembly held at Hartford Oct. 14, 1697, the General Court held at Hartford Jan. 
22, 1697, the Court of Election held at Hartford May 12, 1698, the General Court 
held at Hartford Oct. 13, 1698, the General Assembly May 11, 1699, the Court of 
Election May 9, 1700 the General Assembly Oct. 9, 1701, May 14, 1702, and (at 
New Haven) Oct. 18, 1702, the Court of Election held at Hartford May 13, 1703, 
also at General Assembly at New Haven Oct. 14, 1703, Court of Election, Hartford, 
May II, 1704, General Assembly, Hartford, May 10, 1705, May 9, 1706. 

May 12, 1692, he was nominated Commissioner for Lyme, and also on May 10, 
1694, May 9, 169s, May 14, 1696, and in May, 1697. 

In May, 1698, Mr. Ely was appointed by the Court Justice for New London 
County, and was re-appointed in May, 1701, May, 1702, May, 1703, May, 1704, May, 
1705, and in May, 1706. 

Page 205, Mr. Will Ely was chosen and appointed by this Court in May, 1697, 
to be Captain of the train band at Lyme ; ordered that he be commissioned accord- 
ingly. Commissioned. 

In May, 1702, Captain William Ely was appointed Auditor to audit the Colony 
accounts. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 43 

SECOND GENERATION. 

Page 272, Capt. Will Ely served on a Committee appointed by the Court to 
find out and renew the bounds of a tract of land purchased by John Winthrop, Esq., 
late Governor of this Colonic, of certain Indian sachems. 

Page 292, in May, 1699, was on the Committee to lay out the bounds of the 
town of Quinabaug. 

Page 325, in May, 1700, was on the Committee to run the bounds of Pigscom- 
tuck. 

In May, 1700, he was on the Committee to determine the bounds of a tract of 
land situated in a place called Quinnabaug, purchased by John Winthrop, Esq., our 
late Governor, of certain Indians. 

In May, 1701, the Committee made return to the Assembly (page 351) that 
owing to the unseasonableness of the weather they had been prevented from doing 
that work, and upon motion of Hon. John Winthrop, a Committee, including Capt. 
William Eelye, was appointed to carry out said work. 

The Public Records of Connecticut, 1706-1716, page 95, has the following 
reference to Capt. Ely: 

This Assembly, May, 1709, do establish and confirm Mr. John Coult of Lyme 
to be the Ensign of the Company or Train band in that town under the command 
of Captain Wm. Ely. 

Page 292. At a meeting of the Governor and Council in New London, Oct. 30, 
171 1, Capt. William Ely of Lyme, Mr. Samuel Rogers and Capt. John Prentts of 
New London made application to this Board, setting forth that they, the said Ely 
and Rogers, had each of them a hogshead of riim seized by John Shackmaple, Esq., 
Collector of her Majestie's Customs in this Colony, and now in his possession, as 
also the said Prentts did set forth that there was another hogshead or rum seized 
in like manner by the said Shackmaple, which hogshead he did affirm to belong to 
Capt. John Hamlin of Middletown, and desired a replevin for the said hogshead. 

Resolved, Upon the hearing of the above mentioned application, and the argu- 
ments offered upon it, not to grant the replevin desired. 

Capt. William Ely was the Deputy representing the town of Lyme at the 
General Assembly at New Haven, Oct. 10, 1706, at Hartford April 2, 1707, at Hart- 
ford May 8, 1707, at New Haven Oct. 9, 1707, at Hartford May 13, 1708 (the jour- 
nals of the upper and lower house at this session are the earliest which are pre- 
served ; that of the upper house is contained in eight leaves, that of the lower is in 
four leaves) ; at Hartford May 12, 1709, r.nd May 10, 171 1 ; at New Haven June 19, 
1711; at Hartford Oct. 9, 1712; at Hartford May 14, 1713; and at New .Haven Oct. 
13, 1715- 

In May, 1707, he was appointed Justice of New London County, was re- 
appointed May, 1708, May, 1709, May, 1710, May, 171 1, and in May, 1714, and May, 
1715- 

In October, 1706, Mr. Nathaniel Lynde, Capt. William Ely and Mr. Daniel 
Taylor were appointed by the Governor and Council at the session of the Assembly 
to adjust the damage to certain barley damaged in being malted. 

Page 48 : At the Court of Assistants, held Oct. 7, 1708, Capt. William Ely of 
Lyme was admitted attorney at the bar. 

Page 448, Capt. William Ely was a member of the Council which met with 
the Governor at New London, June 2, 1714. Hon. Gordon Saltonstall was Governor. 



44 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SECOND GENERATION. 

Page 482, etc. : At the meeting of the Governor and Council at New London, 
Dec. 24, 1714, Capt. William Ely of Lyme made complaint against the selectmen of 
Lyme that they allowed certain unqualified persons, named, to the number of sev- 
enteen, to vote at a town meeting for the election of town officers. Capt. Ely's com- 
plaint was sustained, and the election was in part set aside. 

Vol. XV., page 558: Captain William Ely, Justice of the Peace, was a member 
of the Council and met the Governor, Gordon Saltonstall, in Council at New 
London, Feb. 11, 1708-9. 

The Journal of the Council held in New London, Aug. 26, 1710, gives instruc- 
tions to the Treasurer to pay forthwith out of Oie treasury of this Colony the sums 
expended by certain individuals for "setting forth the present expedition against 
Port Royal and Nova Scotia." Among thern appears the name of Captain William 
Eely, for his account on file £12 5s. 6d. 

2. Richard Ely, second son of Richard, the emigrant, has but a 
meagre record. He was born in 1656, probably in Plymouth, where Col. 
Chester found the record of his baptism, June 19, 1657. 

He accompanied his father to America, resided with him at Lyme, 
and married Mary Marvin, born in 1666, eldest daughter of Lieutenant 
Reinold Marvin, and his wife, Sarah Clark, of Lyme. 

Children of 2 Richard Ely and Mary Marvin. 

1. Samuel, b. Oct. 21, 1686; m. Jane Lord, b. 1678. 

2. Mary, b. Nov. 29, 1689; m. Niles. 

-- 3. Sarah, b. June 13, 1695; m. Gen. Jonathan Gillet, of Colchester. 

^^ 4. Richard, b. Oct. 27, 1697; d. Feb. 24, 1774; m. ist, Elizabeth Peck; m. 
2nd, Phebe Hubbard, of Middletown, Conn. 

Extract from the Colonial Records of Connecticut : 

Whereas, Upon a meeting between Captain Joseph Sill and Mr. Richard Ely, 
in behalf of Mary, his wife, daughter of Lieut. Renauld Marvin, late of Lyme, with 
the Overseers, it appeareth that there remaineth due to the said Ely in behalf of his 
wife the sum of Thirty pounds of the Ninety Pounds assigned to her by the Dis- 
tribution of the Court. 

These are to desire Lieut. Abner Post and Sergt. John Chapman to view the 
twenty acres of upland and fourteen acres of meadow belonging to the Estate of 
Reinold Marvin, which lands are at Say Brook, and by the best of their judgment 
to determine what quantity of the said twenty acres of upland shall pay this thirty 
pounds, the whole of the uplands and the meadow being estimated at eighty 
pounds ; and in case the said Post and Chapman cannot agree, then they are hereby 
desired and empowered to chose a third man a umpire, and two of these three 
agreeing to bee the final decision of the case. 

Given under our hands the 6 July, 1687. 
JOSEPH SILL. 
RICHARD ELY. 

Unto the above agreement we who have subscribed have given our advice and 
consent. Moses Noyes. 

Thomas Buckingham. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 45 

SECOND GENERATION. 

Lieut. Reinold Marvin became a Freeman of East Saybrook (Lyme) 
in 1658 on the same day with his father, Reginold. Reynold Marvin, 
Vi^ho came from England, settled at Newtown, then Hartford, then Farm- 
ington, in 1639, and was made a Freeman at Lyme, Conn., May 20, 1868; 
he died in 1662. Reinold was also a large land owner in his own right, 
and was prominent in town affairs. He represented Lyme in the General 
Court in 1670 and from 1672 to 1676. Vol. HL, p. 113, Col. Rec. of 
Conn. 

He died in the latter year He was interred not far from the centre 
of the ''Duck River Burying Ground." I beheve that there is no stone 
there of an earlier date. His grave is placed, somewhat singularly, nearly 
at right angles with all the others about it, except that of his widow and 
the grave of her second husband. 

She remarried, February 12, 1678, Captain Joseph Sill, the famous 
fighter of the Indians. 

Hubbard's Indian Wars. 

Genealogical Dictionary of New England. Savage. 

Chapman's Abstract of Lyme Records. 

New England His. & Gen. Reg. Vol. XXXIV., p. 39. 

Children of Lieut. Reinold and Sarah (Clark) Marvin : 

1. John. 

2. Mary. 

3. Captain Reinold, b. 1669. 

4. Deacon Samuel, b. 1671. 

5. Sarah, b. 1673. 

Mary married Richard Ely of Saybrook, Conn., younger son of 
Richard Ely, the emigrant, and brother of that William Ely who, with 
Matthew Griswold, was one of the Lyme champions in the famous pugi- 
listic contests to decide the New London boundary. Vol. HL, p. 115, 
Conn. Rec. 

Their children : 

I. Samuel, born 1671, who married Jane, daughter of LieuL Richard and 
Elizabeth (Hyde) Lord, thus early uniting the families of Hyde, Lee, 
Lord, and Marvin, whose frequent intermarriages defy any attempt 
to state relationships. They resided at Saybrook, and had two chil- 
dren. 



46 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SECOND GENERATION. 

.2, Richard, who was twice married and had 13 children. His first wife 
was Elizabeth Peck, by whom he had four children. Of these, the 
youngest daughter was Elizabeth, who married Colonel Sam Selden, 
Jr., and had a daughter, Elizabeth, who married Deacon Elisha Mar- 
vin, and a son, Richard E. Selden, the grandfather of the late Chief 
Justice Morrison Remick Waite. Vol. III., p. 115, Conn. Records. 

Professor and Mrs. Salisbury are of the opinion that many of the 
eccentricities attributed to Captain Reinold Marvin may more probably 
be ascribed to his son, Deacon Reinold, who married, 1st, December 23, 
1725, Mrs. Sarah Lee; and 2nd, July 7, 1746, Mrs. Mary Kellogg, nee 
Mary Niles of Colchester. 

It was the worthy Deacon who closed a letter to Judge John Gris- 
wold, in 1737, on the subject of his many law suits : 

"Sir, this is yours at any rate, 

To read, if you have leisure, 
To burn, conceal, communicate, 

According to your pleasure." 

Deacon Marvin appears to have been remarkable for his eccentricity 
in almost all the transactions of life. His courtship, it is said, was as 
follows : Having one day mounted his horse, with only a sheep skin for 
a saddle, he rode in front of the house where Sarah or Betty Lee lived, 
and without dismounting requested Betty to come to him; on her 
coming, he told Her that the Lord had sent him there to marry her. 
Without much hesitation, she replied, "The Lord's Will be done." 

During his whole life he professed to be governed much by Divine 
communications that were made to him. 

Once he said that the Lord had directed him to distribute his cows 
among his poor neighbors. After the distribution had been going on for 
some time, a certain man, fearing that none might fall to himself, went 
to the Deacon and told him that he had received a communication from 
the Lord, directing him to the Deacon for a cow. "Well," says the 
Deacon, "you shall receive it. What cow did the Lord say should be 
given you, a new milch or a farrow ?" 

"A new milch cow," was the reply. 
"Well," said the Deacon, "your communication could not be from the 
Lord, for I have already given away all my new milch cows." 

He was, it is said, the greatest land proprietor of any man in the 
vicinity, and of regular standing in the Church. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SECOND GENERATION. 



47 



In the graveyard at South Lyme may still be seen the quaintly in- 
scribed memorial of good old Deacon Marvin, who married Sarah, or 
Betty, Lee. 



THIS DEACON 



Aged 68. 



Is Freed on Earth from serving 
May for a Crown no longer wait 
Lyme's Captain 

Renold Marvin. 



The grave is so long as to be noticeable, which may show that the 
old warrior had the high stature characteristic of the family. Salisbury 
Genealogy, Vol. III., page 123. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

THIRD GENERATION. 

13. Richard Ely, son of Judge William Ely and Elizabeth Smith, 
was born at Lyme in 1690. He married first, in 1714, Ruhama Thomp- 
son, and as second wife Miss Margaret Olcott, of Hartford, in 1730. Mr. 
Ely held a military commission at the time of the French War and during 
the siege of Louisberg in 1745. 

He was thereafter known as Captain Richard Ely, to distinguish 
him from his cousin, Deacon Richard Ely, of sainted memory. 

Captain Ely died in 1767, while visiting relatives of his wife, in Hart- 
ford, and was buried in East Hartford. 

Ruhama Thompson was born in 1693, and died in 1726, parentage 
unknown. Margaret Olcott was born in Hartford, Conn., in the year 
1705. 

Children of Richard Ely and Ruhama Thompson: 

1. William, b. Aug. 10, 1715; d. Apr. 3, 1802; m. pub. Sep. 16, 1737, Eliza- 

beth Perkins. 

2. Joseph, b. 1716; d. Apr. 17, 1762; m. Dec. 9, 1742, Rebecca Selden. 

3. Richard, b. 1720; m. Mary Pearson. 

4. Simeon (Simon), b. 1723; m. Abigail Halsey. 

5. Ruhama, b. 1724; m. Ebenezer Tiffany. 

6. Margaret b. 1725; m. Eliab Pratt. 

Second Wife. 

7. Cullick, b. 1733; d. 1821; m. Sarah Foote. 

8. Elisha, b. 1735; d. 1786; m. Ann Ely, daughter of William Ely and 

Mary Noyes. 

9. Molly, m. Nichols. 

10. Lucretia, m. Malachi Corning. 

11. Adriel, b. 1744; d. 1820; m. Sarah Stow. 

12. Sarah, b. 1746; m. Silas Cheeney. 

13. Deborah, m. Cone. 

Mrs. E. U. Seymour, of Syracuse, N. Y., writes that her mother was a grand- 
daughter of Margaret Ely, and that her mother's great-grandfather, Captain Rich- 
ard Ely, was a grandson of the first Richard. He died in East Hartford while on 
a visit to his daughter, and was buried there. "My mother recollected perfectly 
the gentle and ladylike manners of her grandmother, of her leading her by the hand 
to church when the funeral obsequies of Washington were celebrated, and that her 
grandmother wore on that occasion a black satin cloak. She well remembered, too, 
hearing her say that her great-grandfather. Col. Richard Ely, brought the chest and 



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drawers from England when he first came to this country." — Page 85, Ely Pam- 
phlet. 




CHEST AND DRAWERS BROUGHT FROM ENGLAND BY RICHARD ELY, NOW IN POSSESSION 
OF MRS. E. U. SEYMOUR. 



From the "Public Records of Connecticut" we make the following 
extracts regarding Mr. Richard Ely : 

At the General Assembly holden at Hartford in his Majestie's Colony of Con- 
necticut, in New England, on the 14th day of May in the fifth year of the reign of 
our Sovereign Lord George, King of Great Britain, etc., Anno Dom. 1719, Hon. 
Gordon Saltonstall, Governor, Mr. Richard Ely was the Deputy representing the 
town of Lyme. (1717-1725, page 106.) 

In October, 1723 (p. 393), the Assembly established and confirmed Mr. Richard 
Ely of Lyme to be Ensign of the North Company or trainband in the town of Lyme," 
and he was commissioned accordingly. At the same time Mr. John Colt was Cap- 
tain of the North Company and Daniel Sterling Lieutenant, Mr. John Griswold 
Lieut, of the South Company, and Samuel Griswold, Ensign (page 412). 

Mr. Richard Ely was the Deputy representing Lyme at the General Assembly 
held at Hartford May 14, 1724, and at the General Assembly held at New Haven 
Oct. 14, 1725. (page 439.) 

On page 216, 1726-1735, there is recorded the petition of the Assembly of 
Joseph Selden, Samuel Selden, and others, the inhabitants of the south part of 



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THIRD GENERATION. 



Haddam east society, and the north part of Lyme north society v. Captain Thomas 
Gates in behalf Haddam east society, and Richard Ely in behalf of Lyme north 
society. The question was put whether anything should be granted on said peti- 
tion at this time. Resolved by this Assembly in the negative. Costs allowed 
respondents is £2 s.o, d.7. 

In October, 1729, upon the petition of Josiah DeWolph of Lyme v. Richard Ely 
as Attorney to one Edward Jarrold, complaining of a judgment of the Superior 
Court held at New London in September last, given against the petitioner, and in fa- 
vor of said Jarrold ; This Assembly, having considered the same, with the arguments 
of the parties thereon, do grant the petitioner one more trial of the action (referred 
to) in the Superior Court to be holden in New London in March next, and that the 
whole cost shall follow the final judgment and the petitioner be not allowed any 
cost on this petition, (page 256.) 

In October, 1726, Mr. Richard Ely was the Deputy representing Lyme in the 
General Assembly at New Haven, and also at the General Assembly held at New 
Haven October, 1728. This Assembly commissioned Mr. Ely as Lieutenant of the 
North Company of Lyme, in October, 1728, and in May, 1733, Lieut. Richard Ely 
was commissioned as Captain of the North Company by the Assembly. 

In October, 1737, Mr. Richard Ely was the representative of Lyme at the 
General Assembly, at New Haven, associated with Mr. Richard Lord. 

In May, 1760, Mr. Richard Ely of Lyme, in New London Co., and Abner 
Parker of Saybrook, and sundry other inhabitants of said Lyme and Saybrook, 
memorialized the Assembly, stating that there was great necessity for a public 
ferry to be set up at Ely's wharf across the Connecticut River, and also to said Par- 
ker's wharf. In view of which the Assembly appointed Richard Lord, Esq., of said 
Lyme and Hezekiah Brainard, Esq., of Haddam in said Hartford Co., and Capt. 
John Murdock of said Saybrook, a Committee to report to the General Assembly at 
New Haven in October, 1760, as to the necessity for establishing said ferries. 



TOMBSTONE OF CAPT. RICHARD ELY, HARTFORD, CONN. 



HERE LYES INTERRED 


^E BODY 


OF YE CAPTAIN 




RICHARD ELY | 


OF LYME 




Who died March ye 6, a.d. 


1767 


In the 77th year 


of his age. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 51 

THIRD GENERATION. 

14. Daniel Ely, better known as Major Daniel Ely of Lyme, was 
born at that place in 1693, and was the third son of William Ely, and 
grandson of Richard Ely, the emigrant. 

Major Ely was married four times, thus atoning for the deficiencies 
of some of his descendants. 

His first wife, Mary Ann Champlin, was born in 1692, and died 1725. 

His second wife, Ruth Wells, was born in 1696, and died in 1731. 

The third wife, Mary Rose, was born in 1703, and died 1735. 

The fourth wife, Ruhama Turner, was born 1704, and died in 1788. 

Children of Daniel Ely and his wives, Mary Ann Champlin, Ruth Wells, and 
Ruhama Turner: 

1. Mary, b. 1714; m. 1736, Benjamin Lee. 

2. Ann, b. 1716; m. Benjamin Harris. 

3. Elizabeth, b. 1718; d. Feb. 21, 1759; m. Abram Perkins. 

4. Daniel, b. 1721; d. 1767; m. Abigail Denison. 

5. Sarah. 

Second Wife. 

6. Ruth, b. 1727; m. 1750, Samuel Beckwith. 

7. Wells, b. 1729; m. ist, Elizabeth Williams; 2nd, Rebecca Selden. 

Fourth Wife. 

8. Col. John, M. D., b. 1737; d. Oct., 1800; m. Sarah Worthington. 

9. Amy, or Anne, b. 1740; d. 1776; m. Ezra Selden. 

10. Lucretia, b. 1742; m. Benjamin Colt. 

11. Christopher, b. 1743; m. Eve Marvin, Esther Hunt, and Eliot. 

12. Elisha, b. 1748; d. 1801; m. Susannah Bloomer. 

Elizabeth, the third daughter, married Deacon Abraham Perkins, 
born in 1708, and who was the son of Abraham Perkins and Abigail 
Dodge. He was deacon of the church in Lyme, and by occupation was 
a farmer. He is No. 152 in the Genealogy of the Perkins Family, Part 
L, page 60, his ancestry being Abraham 64, Isaac 12, John 2, John i. 
After the death of Elizabeth Ely, the worthy deacon married a Mary Ely, 
who was the widow of Richard Ely, her maiden name being Pearson. 
Tiieir marriage took place July 15, 1759. 

The will of Deacon Abraham Perkins was signed April 3, 1786, and 
proven Sept. 11, 1786. In his will he names his children Francis, Will- 
iam, Abraham, Jr., Betty Mather, Daniel, Samuel, Sarah Pratt, Joseph 



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and Benjamin. William, Samuel and Abraham were named as executors. 
A stone in the graveyard at Lyme bears this inscription : 



Dea. ABRAHAM PERKINS 

Died, May lo, 1786 

In the 78th year of his Age 



John Ely, the son of Daniel, was a Colonel in the army of the Revo- 
lution, was a distinguished physician, and a man of great personal worth. 

He married Sarah Worthington, the daughter of the Rev. William 
Worthington of Pachong, now Westport, Conn., who was a graduate of 
Yale College, class of 1716. 

Col. John Ely had a daughter, Elizabeth, who married July 29, 1784, 
Rev. Samuel Goodrich, a graduate of Yale College, class of 1783. Eliza- 
beth died at Berlin, Conn., March 3, 1837. 

Lucretia married Benjamin Colt, ancestor of Samuel Colt, manu- 
facturer of Colt's Revolver, and a relative of the late Dudley Selden of 
New York. 

There is mention of a thirteenth child of Daniel Ely, but no reliable 
information of such child has been obtained ; it probably died in infancy. 

We make the following extracts from the "Public Records of Con- 
necticut," regarding Mr. Daniel Ely : 

In October, 1728, the General Assembly commissioned Daniel Ely as Ensign of 
the North Company of Lyme, Richard Ely being then Lieutenant and Daniel Star- 
lin Captain, (p. 195.) 

Daniel Ely was commissioned by the Assembly as Lieutenant, page 434. 

Daniel Ely was the representative of Lyme at the General Assembly held at 
Hartford in May, 1729 (page 221). 

Daniel Ely was returned as representative of Lyme, with Moses Noyes, to the 
General Assembly at Hartford, May, 1731. The election was contested, and neither 
were allowed to take their seats, (page 312.) 

Mr. Daniel Ely was the deputy of Lyme at the Assembly held at New Haven 
October, 1734. 

On petition to the General Assembly in May, 1740, of Thomas Fosdick, 
Nathaniel Saltonstall and Lucretia, his wife, in right of Lucretia, all of New Lon- 
don, and Daniel Ely of Lyme, and Ruhamah, his wife, in right of Ruhamah, all of 
the County of New London, against Ralph Stoddard, Junr., of Groton in said 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 53 

THIRD GENERATION. 

County, a certain judgment of the Superior Court held at New London in Septem- 
ber, 1739, relative to two certain tracts of land, was declared null and void and a 
new trial ordered. (i735-i743j page 3'!^3-) 

Daniel Ely, John Griswold, and John Ely, selectmen of the town of Lyme, pre- 
sented a memorial to the Assembly in October, 1742, relative to certain property be- 
longing to William Borden, a cripple, which land the selectmen desired authority to 
sell for the benefit of said cripple. The Assembly authorized the eale of Borden's 
land to the amount of £17 los. od. (page 507.) 

In May, 1738, the Assembly voted to commission Daniel Ely as Captain of the 
Company of Lyme, (page 162.) 

And in October, 1739, the Assembly appointed Daniel Ely, Esq., to be Major 
of the Third Regiment of this Colony, page 279. 

Besides the occasions already named, Daniel represented the town of Lyme in 
the following General Assemblies : 

At New Haven, October, 1735. 
At New Haven, October, 1738. 
At Hartford, May, 1741. 
At New Haven, October, 1742. 
In October, 1739, Capt. Daniel Ely was appointed Justice in and for the 
County of New London by Act of the Assembly, was reappointed in May, 1740, and 
again in May, 1741, May, 1742, and in May, 1743. 

The Public Records of Connecticut, 1744-1750, mention Daniel Ely as repre- 
senting Lyme in the General Assembly : 
At Hartford, May, 1744 (p. 2) . 
At New Haven, October, 1745 (p. 164). 
At New Haven, October, 1749 (p. 459) . 
At Hartford, May, 1750 (p. 500). 
At New Haven, October, 1750 (p. 547). 
At Hartford, November, 1750 (p. 584). 
and as Justice, commissioned by the Assembly, in May, 1744 (p. 26) ; reappointed in 
May, 1745 (p. 105) ; and again in May, 1746 (p. 197) ; in May, 1747 (p. 270) ; in 
May, 1748 (p. 353) ; May, 1749 (p. 416) ; May, 1750 (p. 504) ; May, 1758 (p. 120) ; 
May, 1759 (Vol. XL, p. 7) ; and in May, 1761 (Vol. XL, p. 493). 

Vol. X., 1751-1757, states that in October, 1751, Major Daniel Ely of Lyme, 
with Sarah Tiffany, administrators of the Estate of Nathan Tiffany, late of Lyme, 
were authorized by the Assembly to sell lands of the deceased to the amount of 
£330, S.I, d.9, to pay debts of the Estate to that amount. (Page 50.) 

On October 23, 1752, Richard Ely of Lyme had a petition before the Assembly 
against Daniel Ely, which was not granted; costs allowed respondent £25. 
(page 52.) 

In October, 1752, Major Daniel Ely and Sarah Tiffany were empowered to sell 
more lands of Nathan Tiffany, deceased, to the amount of £90 S13 d7. (page 124). 
Daniel Ely represented Lyme in the Assembly, October, 175 1 (p. 38), and 
in addition to serving as Justice as mentioned above, was appointed Justice May, 
1751 (p. 13), also in May, 1752 (p. 73), in May, I753 (P- ISS), in May, 1754 (p. 246), 
in May, 1755 (p. 357), and in May, 1756 (p. 492). 

In October, 1767, Daniel Ely and others, owners of lands adjoining Eight Mile 
River in Lyme, memorialized the Assembly for repeal of the law forbidding the use 



54 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

THIRD GENERATION. 

of the seine for the taking of fish, and desiring the appointment of a Committee to 
examine into and report on the subject. The Committee was accordingly appointed 
to take testimony, etc., 'all at the expense of the memorialists.'" (Col. Rec. of Conn. 
Vol. XII. 1762-1767, p. 639.) 

In October, 1766, Nathaniel Matson, Junr., of Lyme, administrator on the Es- 
tate of Daniel Ely, Junr., deceased of Lyme ,petitioned the Assembly to be author- 
ized to sell certain lands belonging to the deceased, since his debts exceeded the 
value of his personal estate by the sum of £154 37 d3. The Assembly granted the 
necessary authority. (Vol. XII., page 536.) 

In October, 1767, Nathaniel Matson, Jr., petitioned for authority to sell still 
more land, that sold under the former order being insufficient by the sum of 
£29 SI3 d7 to pay all the debts of the deceased; and the authority was given for a 
further sale, (page 641.) 

In Vol. XIII., 1768-1772, it is related that in January, 1796, Daniel Ely of 
Lyme in New London County, petitioned the Assembly, "showing that in the 
year 1741, he mortgaged a tract of land to the Government, redeemable in the 
year 1745 upon the payment of £25; that he hath never yet redeemed the same, 
and he prays that some suitable person may be empowered to give a deed of re- 
lease of said lands upon the memorialist securing the payment of the sum due to 
the Government on said mortgage in some reasonable time as per memorial on 
file." 

"Resolved by this Assembly, that Matthew Griswold, Esq., of Lyme, be, and he 
is hereby, fully empowered to execute a deed of release on all said lands in said 
Deed to said Daniel Ely, upon his, said Ely's, first securing with good security to 
the satisfaction of said Matthew Griswold, Esq., to be paid to the Treasurer of the 
Colony within one year from the rising of this Assembly the sums still remaining 
due on said mortgage." (Page 164.) 

In October, 1769, Daniel Ely of Lyme memorialized the Assembly, then sit- 
ting at New Haven, "showing that by his Deed dated January 14, A. D. 1741, he 
mortgaged a piece of land lying in said Lyme, bounded as in said deed, recorded in 
the records of said Lyme, may appear; that the whole of the monies due on said 
mortgage have long since been paid, but no deed of release given, etc. ; praying that a 
deed of release may be executed, etc., as per memorial on file ; 

"Resolved by this Assembly, that upon said memorialist evidencing the pay- 
ment of said money due as aforesaid, a deed of release be executed in the name 
and behalf of the Governor and Company to the memorialist ; 

"And the Honorable Matthew Griswold, Esq., is hereby appointed and fully 
empowered to adjust and settle the payments made of said mortgage and upon evi- 
dence of the payments, to execute a deed of release of the premises in the name of 
the Governor and Company as aforesaid." 

15. William Ely, son of William Ely and Elizabeth Smith, married 
Oct. 25, 1715, Hannah Thompson, daughter of William Thompson. 

She was born in 1690, and died in 1733. 

Mr. Ely married about 1743 (one authority says Feby. 19, 1736), a 
second wife, named Mary Noyes; a widow. His death occurred in 1760. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 55 

THIRD GENERATION. 

Children of William Ely and Hannah Thomson: 

1. Jacob, b. 1 714; m. Lydia Ray. 

2. James, b. 1719; d. 1766; m. Dorcas Andrews. 

3. Mary Ann, b. 1721; m. May 9, 1743, Richard Pearson. 

4. Martha, b. 1723; m. Josiah DeWolf. 

5. Deborah, b. 1725; m. May, 1742, Richard Mather. 

6. Samuel, b. 1729; m. Anna Mather. 

7. Ammiruhama, b. 1731; d. 1799; m. Martha Peck. 
Children of William Ely and Mary Noyes (second wife) : 

8. Hannah, b. 1745; m. Abraham Turner. 

9. Ann, b. 1747; d. 1814; m. Elisha Ely (138). 
10. Mary, m. Edward Brockway. 

Mary Ann Ely, the eldest daughter of William Ely the second of 
Lyme, married Richard Pearson, eldest son of Peter Pearson and Mary 
Ford of Lyme, and a grandson of Elizabeth Hyde. They settled at 
Lyme, where they died. 

Deborah Ely, the third daughter of William Ely, married Richard 
Mather in 1742. Their son Sylvester Mather married Elizabeth Waite 
and had a daughter Lois Griswold Mather, who married Oliver Ely of 
Binghamton. 

17. Elizabeth Ely, born 171 5, daughter of William Ely and Eliza- 
beth Smith, married Samuel Smith. The date of her marriage has not 
been preserved. It is said they had a daughter named Elizabeth, who 
married Joshua Raymond. (See History of Norwich, page 199, by Miss 
Caulkins.) 

The Genealogical and Historical Department of the Mail and Express, in the 
issue of Jany. 21, 1899, contains a communication numbered 2853 and signed E. F. 
L. N. in reference to Samuel Smith as follows : 

"Samuel Smith, born 1676, married (probably) Elizabeth Ely, of Lyme, Conn. 
They had daughter, Elizabeth. Samuel was the sen of Nehemiah Smith and Lydia 
Winchester. Nehemiah was son of the Reverend Nehemiah, of Norwich, Conn., 
and Sarah Bourne. They had Elizabeth, born 1645." 

This Elizabeth Smith married William Ely, son of Richard Ely of Plymouth, 
Eng., May 12, 1681, 

18. Mary Ely, daughter of William Ely and Elizabeth Smith, was 
born in 1691, and died in 1767. 

She married Moses Noyes, who was born in 1676, and who died in 
1743- 

Children of Mary Ely and Moses: Noyes: 

1. William, b. 1728; d. 1807; m. Eunice Marvin. 

19. Deborah Ely, daughter of William Ely and Elizabeth Smith, 
married 1717 Ebenezer Dennis, son of George Dennis and Elizabeth 
Raymond. He was born in 1682 and died in 1726. 



56 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

THIRD GENERATION. 

After the death of her first husband, in 1727, Deborah Ely married 
Captain Walter Butler, an aici of Sir William Johnson during the French 
and Indian War. 

Children of Deborah Ely and Walter Butler: 

1. George, b. 1718. 

2. John, b. 1728. 

Their son John, was an officer who served with Brandt and Sir John 
Johnson during the Revolutionary War, and was killed in the battle of 
Cherry Valley. 

See Calkin's History of New London. 

Documents relating to Colonial History of N. Y. 

10. Joanna Ely, daughter of William Ely and Elizabeth Smith, was 
born in 1700, and died in 1776. 

She married, in 1716, Nathaniel Matson, born in 1684, son of Na- 
thaniel Matson and Thomas (sister of Ray Thomas). He died 

in 1776. 

Nathaniel Matson was the son of the emigrant of the same name 
who settled in Boston. His first wife was named Ruth Roe. 

Children of Joanna Ely and Nathaniel Matson: 

1. Ruth, b. 1717; d. 1762; m. 1747, Joseph Sill. 

2. William, d. 1804; m. 1763, Eunice Skinner. 

3. Nathaniel, b. 1725; d. 1787; m. 1761, Desire Newton. 

4. Elizabeth, b. 1719; d. 1815; m. Timothy Mather. 

5. Ruhama, b. 1728; d. 1820; m. 1748, Travis Ayer. 

6. Joanna, b. 1738; d. 1814; m. Joseph Mather. 

7. Mary, m. 1761, Joseph Smith. 

8. Abigail, b. 1744; d. 1820; m. 1773, John Coults. 

0. Deborah, b. 1743; d. 1793; m. ist, Williams, 2nd, Sam. Sanford. 

21. Samuel Ely, eldest son of Richard Ely and Mary Marvin, was 
born Oct. 21, 1686, in Lyme. 

His wife was Jane Lord, born about 1686, daughter of Lieut. Richard 
Lord and his wife, Elizabeth Hyde. Lieut, Lord's will, an abstract of 
which is printed in E. E. & E. M. Salisbury's "Family Histories and 
Genealogies," Vol. I., page 287, is dated 1725, and contains legacies "to 
two grandchildren, Samuel and Elizabeth Ely, children of daughter Jane, 
deceased." All the known descendants of this Samuel Ely were included 
in Walworth's "Hyde Genealogy," published in 1864, occupying many 
pages of that voluminous work. The date of Mr. Ely's death has not 
been ascertained. 

Children of Samuel Ely and Jane Lord: 

1. Samuel, b. 1713; d. Feb. 11, 1784; m. May 20, 1739, Hannah Marsh. 

2. Elizabeth, b. 1715; d. 1790; m. Oct. 7, 1735, Elisha Sheldon. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 57 

THIRD GENERATION. 

The connection between the Hyde, Griswold and Ely Families, as 
given in the Hyde Genealogy, is as follows : 

William Hyde the first (great, great, great, great grandfather of Z. Stiles 
Ely), of Norwich, is not certainly known to have been connected with any of the 
Hyde families who came to this country from England, of which there were 
several in the United States. Among other families of that name were the 
following : 

1. Samuel Hyde, who came to Newton, Mass., about 1640, and has many de- 
scendants. 

2. Jonathan Hyde, his younger brother, who married i Mary French, and 2 
Mary Rediat, and had 19 children. He was the grandfather of Jonathan Hyde, who 
settled at Pomfret, Conn., in 1714, and had 6 sons; and who was probably the 
ancestor of most of the Pomfret and Canterbury Hydes, whose descendants are 
now extensively scattered in different parts of the United States. He was the 
ancestor of the Rev. Ephraim Hyde, who graduated at Yale, 1759, and was minister 
of Rehoboth, and of the venerable Dr. John Angier Hyde, a distinguished physician 
of Freeport, Me., who was living in 1856, at the advanced age of 84 years. 

3. Humphrey Hyde, who came from England, and was an extensive land- 
holder at Fairfield, Conn., in 1655. He made his will 8 May, 1666, devising divers 
tracts of land to his son John, and to his daughters Hannah and Sarah. His son, 
John Hyde, who died 1689, at Fairfield, had by his wife Elizabeth one son and 
three daughters. He was the ancestor of the late Thomas S. Jesup, quartermaster 
general of the U. S. A. ; of Samuel Burr Sherwood, of Westport, Conn., who grad. 
at Yale in 1786, and was a member of Congress; of Sarah Sherwood, wife of the 
late Gov. Bissell of Conn. ; and of Rachel Hyde, wife of Judge Ebenezer Andrews 
of Milan, O., who grad. at Yale in 1817. 

4. John Hyde, of Richmond, Va., who came to America about 1750, and has 
descendants in various parts of the Union. 

The name of William Hyde (i) first apppears at Hartford, Conn., in 1636. 
And his name is on the monument in the old cemetery at that place as one of the 
original settlers ; and he had lands assigned to him there. 

Many families of the name of Hyde had been settled in different parts of 
England for five or six hundred years prior to the settlement of New England. 
One of the name. Sir Nicholas Hyde, was chief justice of the court of King's 
Bench in 1626; another. Sir Robert Hyde, was chief justice of the court of common 
pleas in 1660. And a third. Sir Edward Hyde, afterwards the Earl of Clarendon, 
was lord chancellor at the restoration, 1660; and was the grandfather of Queen 
Mary the Second, and Queen Ann, and of Edward Hyde, Lord Cornbury, who was 
one of the provincial Governors of New York. 

William Hyde (i) the first, of Norwich, was a contemporary of Sir Robert 
Hyde and of the Earl of Clarendon, but was undoubtedly of humbler origin. I 
have not been able to ascertain from v^^'hat part of England he came ; to what family 
he belonged; or where he first landed in this country, or the precise time when 
he arrived here. He probably, however, came over in 1633, with the Rev. Thomas 
Hooker, the first minister of Hartford; sojourned a short time at Newton, Mass., 
and removed with 'him to Hartford in 1636. The time of his removal to Say- 
brooke is not ascertained, but he owned lands in Hartford as late as 1639. He 
probably went to Saybrooke soon after that, and his daughter was married there 



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early in 1652. No information lias been obtained as to the name of his wife, or 
wliea, or where she died. From the age of the son when he died (forty), he must 
have been born in 1636. His mother was of course then living, and probably died 
at Hartford or Saybrooke, before the removal of her husband to Norwich ; as no 
account of her death is found upon the Norwich records. The daughter either 
was born in England or was married very young ; the date of her birth, or her age 
of the time of her death in 1703, have not been ascertained. 

Norwich was settled in 1660. The 35 original proprietors of that town were 
the Rev. James Fitch, the first minister of that place; Major John Mason, after- 
wards Lieut. Gov. of Cannecticut; Lieut. Thomas Leffingwell; Lieut. Thomas 
Tracy and his eldest son, John Tracy ; Deacon Thomas Adgate ; Christopher Hunt- 
ington, and his brother, Deacon Simon Huntington; Ensign Thomas Waterman; 
William Hyde and his son Samuel Hyde, and his son-in-law, John Post; Thomas 
Post; Lieut. William Backus, and his brother Stephen Backus; Deacon Hugh 
Calkins, and his son, John Calkins, and his son-in-law, Jonathan Royce; John 
Reynolds; Thomas Bliss; Francis Griswold; John Birchard; Robert Wade; Mor- 
gan Bowers ; John Gager ; Thomas Howard ; Dr. John Olmstead ; Nehemiah Smith ; 
Richard Eggerton ; John Elderkin ; John Bradford ; Thomas Bingham ; Robert Al- 
len ; John Baldwin and John Pease. Most of these original proprietors of Norwich 
were from Saybrook, and East Saybrook, (now Lyme). Hugh Calkins, and his 
son and son-in-law, and John Pease, John Gager, Nehemiah Smith and Robert 
Allen, were from New London. Thomas Waterman and John Bradford were from 
Marshfield, Mass. 

William Hyde was a man of considerable importance among the settlers of 
Norwich, and was frequently elected as one of the townsmen, or selectmen. He 
died at Norwich, 6 January, 1681. His home lot was devised to his grandson, Will- 
iam Hyde (6) the second. And a part of it was owned by William Mansfield, a 
descendant of the latter ; and was occupied by him as the site of his dwelling house 
in 1859. 

The children of William Hyde were : 

2. Samuel, b. about 1637, at Hartford ; m. Jane Lee. 

3. Hester, b. prob. in England ; m. John Post. 

II. SAMUEL HYDE (2), born at Hartford, Conn., about 1637, only son of 
the first William Hyde of Norwich, m. in June^ 1659, Jane Lee of East Saybrooke 
(now Lyme). She was the daughter of Thomas Lee and Brown, his wife. 

(This Thomas Lee came from England in 1641, with his wife and three chil- 
dren. He died on the passage; and his widow and children came to Saybrook. 
The first Thomas Lee of Lyme was a brother of Jane, wife of this Samuel Hyde. 
And Sarah Lee, who married John Large of Lyme, and setled on Long Island, was 
their sister.) 

Thomas Lee lived at Saybrook, Conn. ; he was made ensign October 12, 1676, 
and sergeant October 8, 1685. 

The Mail and Express of Nov. 4, 1899, states that Thomas Lee came to 
America about 1641 with his mother, Phebe, and two sisters, Phebe and Jane. Tra- 
dition says that his father, whose name was also Thomas, had died on the voyage 
over. They landed at Boston, and went from there to Saybrook, Conn. 

He married Sarah Kirkland, of Saybrook, and had by her five children: 

John, born 1670 ; married Elizabeth Smith, of Lyme. 



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Mary, twin of John ; married Thomas Lord, of Lyme. 

Thomas, born 1672 ; married Elizabeth Graham, of Hartford. 

Sarah, born 1674; married Daniel Buckingham, of Saybrook. 

Phebe, born 1676 ; married Capt. Reinold Marvin, of Lyme. 

He married, secondly, June, 1676, Mary DeWolf — probably the daughter of 

Belshazar DeWolf, and had by her nine children : 
Elizabeth, born 1681 ; married Samuel Peck, of Lyme. 
William, born 1684; married Mary Griffin, of Long Island. 
Stephen, born 1686; died 1694. 
Joseph, born 1688; died 1705. 
Benjamin, born 1690; died 1692. 
Benjamin, second, born 1692. 
Hannah, born 1695; married John Griswold. 
Stephen, second, born 1698; married Abigail Lord. 
Lydia, born 1701. 

At a Court of Election, held at Hartford, May 12, 1670, Thomas Lee was 
elected a Freeman of Lyme. He represented Lyme as a Deputy at a General Court 
held at Hartford October 8, 1685, at the former session being recorded as "Ensign" 
Thomas Lee, and at the latter as "Sergeant." He died December 5, 1704. 

Thomas Lee was one of the first settlers at Lyme and had large possessions 
there. He married first Sarah Kirtland, of Saybrook, and had by her five children. 
He married secondly Mary De Wolf and had by her nine children. Thomas Lee 
died December 5, 1704, at Lyme. His widow, Mary De Wolf, married May 30, 1705, 
Matthew Griswold. She died October 27, 1724, aged 68 years. 

Jane Lee, daughter of Thomas Lee and Brown, married June, 1659, 

Samuel Hyde at Hartford. She died July 8, 1745. Sarah Lee married John Largs, 
of Lyme (or John Lay). 

Samuel Hyde (2) (great-great-great-grandfather of Z. Stiles Ely) and his 
wife came to Norwich in 1660. Their eldest daughter, Elizabeth, born in August 
of that year, was the first white child born in Norwich. He was a farmer and 
had lands assigned to him at Norwich West Farms, where he died in 1677, at the 
age of 40 years. And John Birchard became the guardian of his children, who were 
all minors at that time. The date of his wife's death is not ascertained. 

Their children were : 

4. Samuel, b. in May, 1665, at Norwich; m. Elizabeth Calkins. 

5. John, b. in Dec, 1667, at Norwich ; m. Experience Abel. 

6. William, b. in Jan., 1670, at Norwich; m. Anne Bushnell. 

7. Thomas, b. in July, 1672, at Norwich; m. Mary Backus. (See note.) 

8. Jabez, b. in May, 1677, at Norwich ; m. Elizabeth Bushnell. 

9. Elizabeth, b. in August, 1660, at Norwich ; m. Lieut. Richard Lord, 

10. Phebe, b. in Jan., 1663, at Norwich ; m. Matthew Griswold. 

11. Sarah, b. in Feb., 1675; d. the same year. 

In the Genealogical Column of the Mail and Express of June 18, 1898, we find 
the following details as to Jane Hyde: 

Jane Hyde, born at Norwich, Conn. — (that part of the town is now called 
Franklin) — December 4, 1704; youngest daughter of Thomas Hyde and Mary 
Backus ; was granddaughter of Samuel Hyde and Jane Lee, of Norwich ; she mar- 



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ried, March 20, 1828, John Birchard, born April 12, 1704, at Norwich; third son 
of James Birchard and Elizabeth Beckwith, of Norwich. They had Ezra, John, 
Gideon, Phineas, Matthew, Jemima, born February 13, 1729, at Norwich, married 
Jedediah Lathrop, of Bozrah, his second wife; Phebe, Jane, Lois, Elizabeth, Lucy. 
Mrs. Jane Hyde Birchard died December 5, 1754. John Birchard married, second, 
Mrs. Mary Barrol, and after her death, Mrs. Sarah Hyde. H. R. 

No. 2,628 (Answer). — In reference to your inquiry regarding Jane Hyde, she 
was the daughter of Thomas Hyde, grandson of William Hyde, of Norwich, Conn. 
He married Mary Backus, born November, 1672. Jane was born December 4, 1704. 
She married, March 20, 1728, John Birchard, born April 12, 1704. They had 
eleven children. One of the daughters, Jemima, born February 13, 1729, married 
Capt. Jedediah Lathrop, of Bozrah, whose first wife was Abigail Hyde, daughter 
of Capt. Daniel Hyde and Elizabeth Calkins. Abigail died October i, 1751, and 
Capt. Jedediah Lathrop married. May 18, 1752, Jemima Birchard, born February 
13, 1729 (daughter of John Birchard and Jane Hyde). They had eight children. 

H. C. P. 

HI. PHEBE HYDE (10), born at Norwich, Conn., in Jan., 1663 (great, great, 
grandmother of Z. S. Ely), the second daughter of Samuel Hyde (2) and Jane 
Lee, was a granddaughter of William Hyde the first of Norwich. She married 
21 May, 1683, Matthew Griswold, born in 1653 at East Saybrook, the eldest son 
of Matthew Griswold and Anna Wolcott of Lyme. 

(This Matthew Griswold the first of Lyme and his four brothers, Thomas, 
Edward, Francis and George, were born in England, and were the sons of Edward 
Griswold of Kenilworth in Warwickshire. All these five sons, except Thomas, 
came to America ; and Edward, George and Francis lived at Windsor in Sept., 1649. 
Edward settled at Killingworth, Conn. ; Francis settled at Saybrook, and removed 
from there to Norwich in 1660, and had two sons and six daughters; George 
settled in Simsbury; and Matthew, born about 1597 in England, came with his 
brothers to Windsor, where he married, about 1636, Anne Wolcott (eldest daugh- 
ter of Henry Wolcott, Esq., and Elizabeth Sanders of Windsor), and settled at 
Saybrook at the first establishment of that town, about 1639. He was one of 
its first commissioners of the peace or magistrates. He had the charge of Gov. 
Fenwick's affairs when the latter left the colony. He had a large tract of land 
in East Saybrook (now old Lyme), at a place now called Black Hall; most of 
which is still in the hands of his descendants. Upon those lands he afterwards 
settled. He died there at the age of 96 and was buried at Saybrook, on the oppo- 
site side of the Connecticut river.) 

Matthew Griswold, and his wife, Pheby Hyde, settled at Lyme. He was a 
man of distinction, and one of the assistants of the colony. She died at Lyme, 29 
Nov., 1704. 

Their children were: 

72. Matthew, b. 15 Sept., 1688, at Lyme, who died in 1712, unm. 

73. John, b. 22 Dec, 1690, at Lyme, m. Hannah Lee. 

74. George, b. 13 Aug., 1692, at Lyme, m. i Hannah Lynde, 2 Elizabeth 



Lee. 



75. Samuel, b. in 1701, at Lyme, and d. 9 June, 1727, unm. 

76. Thomas, b. in 1703, at Lyme, and d. in July, 1719. 



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"77. Phebe, b. 15 Aug., 1684, at Lyme, and d. in 1702, unm. 

78. Elizabeth, b. 19 Nov., 1685, at Lyme, and d. in 1704, unm. 

79. Sarah, b. 19 March, 1687, at Lyme, and d. 4 Jan., 1760, unm. 

80. Mary, b. 22 April, 1694, at Lyme, m. Edmund Dorr. 

81. Deborah, b. in 1696, at Lyme, m. Robert Denison. 

82. Patience, b. in 1698, at Lyme, m. John Denison. (Great grandparents of 
Z. S. E.) 

After the death of his first wife, he m. 30 May, 1705, the widow Mary Lee. 
He d. 13 Jan., 1716, aged dz- She d. 27 Oct., 1724, aged 68. And they were buried 
in the cemetery at Old Lyme, below the hill. She was the widow of Thomas Lee the 
first of Lyme, and her maiden name was Mary De Wolf; probably daughter of Bal- 
thazar De Wolf. 

IV. JANE LORD (67), born at Lyme about 1688, the third daughter of 
Lieut. Richard Lord and Elizabeth Hyde (9) of Lyme, was a granddaughter of 
Samuel Hyde (2) the first, and Jane Lee of Norwich. She married Samuel Ely, 
the eldest son of Richard Ely of Lyme, whose wife was Mary Marvin, born 1666, 
eldest daughter of Lieut. Reinold Marvin and Sarah Clark, his wife, of Lyme. 

Samuel Ely and Jane Lord settled at Saybrook, where they died; but I have 
not ascertained the dates of their deaths. 

Their children were: 

461. Samuel, born at Saybrook, married Hannah Marsh. 

462. Elizabeth, born at Saybrook, married Elisha Sheldon. 

22. Mary Ely, daughter of Richard Ely and Mary Marvin, was born 
in 1689. 

She married Niles, of Hebron, Conn. We have no record 

of any children. 

23. Sarah Ely, daughter of Richard Ely and Mary Marvin, was born 
in 1695. 

She married, January 3, 1717, General Jonathan Gillette, of Colches- 
ter, Conn. 

The following particulars as to the Gillette ancestry are communi- 
cated by Mr. C. E. Clapp, of the firm of Park Bros. & Co., Pittsburgh, 
Penn. : 

(The Jonathan Gillette genealogy is to be found in the N. E. Gen. Hist. Rec, 
April, 1883). 

Mr. Clapp wrote under date of Dec. 23, 1895 : 

General Jonathan Gillette, or Gillet, was born at Windsor, Conn., July 28, 1685, 
and died at Colchester, Conn., Jany. 3, 1775. He married Jany. 3, 1717, Sarah 
Ely, born 1695, died Aug. 4, 1759, daughter of Richard Ely, born in Plymouth, Eng- 
land, in 1656, and of Mary Marvin, born 1666. The parents of Richard Ely were 
Richard Ely of Plymouth, Eng., and Joan Phipps. Mary Marvin was the daughter 
of Reinold Marvin of Lyme, Conn., and of Sarah Clark, his wife. 

The father of General Gillette was Josiah Gillet, who was born at Windsor, 
Conn., August, 1650, and who died in Colchester, Conn., where he removed in 1702, 



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on the 29th day of Oct., 1736. He married July 30, 1676, Joanne Taintor, born 
Apr., 1657, died Jany. 22,, 1735- 

She was the daughter of Michael Taintor of Bradford, Conn., who was born 
in Wales, and who is mentioned in 1650 as a resident of Bradford, Conn. 

Mr. Taintor was the master of a yacht trading in Virginia in 1653. He was 
Judge of Court, Commissioner, and Member of the General Assembly; he married 
Elizabeth Rose, daughter of Robert Rose. She died in August, 1659. 

The father of Michael Taintor was Charles Taintor of Fairfield, Conn., and 
of Weathersfield, Conn., who came from Wales not later than 1643, on account 
of religious persecution. Mr. Taintor was a man of wealth, who had been de- 
prived by confiscation of large estates in Wales. He held a position of importance 
among the New England settlers and was Deputy to the General Court or Assem- 
bly in 1647-1648. He was lost at sea in the year 1654. 

The father of Josiah Gillet was Jonathan Gillet, who was born about 1600, 
and departed this life August 23, 1677. His wife Mary, family name not known, 
died Jan. s, 1685. Mr. Gillet arrived at Nantasket from Dorchester, Devonshire, or 
Somersetshire, England, in the ship "Mary and John," May 30, 1630. He settled 
in Dorchester, but removed about 1636 to Windsor, Conn., where he made his per- 
manent home. 

"^"- 24. Richard Ely, youngest son of Richard Ely and Mary Marvin, 
was born Oct. 27, 1697, at Lyme, Conn., and died Feb. 24, 1777. His 
tombstone is to be seen in the Ely Burial Ground at Lyme. He married 
first Elizabeth (Phebe) Peck, and resided near the residence of Mr. Z. 
Stiles Ely. (See Ely Reunion pamphlet, page 56.) 

Mrs. Ely died Oct. 8, 1730, and Mr. Ely remarried Oct. 26, 1732. 
""■■^---^ His second wife was Phebe Hubbard, of Middletown, Conn., in 
regard to whom it is interesting to know that she was fourth in descent 
from George Hubbard, one of the original settlers of Hartford, Conn., 
her ancestry being as follows : 

Her great-grandparents were : George Hubbard, who married Ehza- 
beth Watts, 

Their son, Joseph Hubbard, married Mary Foster, and their son, 
Robert Hubbard, married Abigail Adams, of Middletown, Conn., the 
latter being the parents of Phebe, the second wife of Deacon Richard 
Ely. 

Children of Richard Ely and Elizabeth Peck: — 

1. Elizabeth, b. Oct. 11, 1724; d. Feb. 12, 1802; m. Col. Samuel Sheldon, 

captured at battle of Long Island, 1776, and died a prisoner, N. Y., 
Oct. II, 1776. 

2. Esther, b. Mar. 22, 1726; d. Dec. 2, 1736. 

3. Ezra, b. Jan. 22, 1728; d. 1793; m. ist, Sarah Starling; m. 2nd, Anna 

Starling. 

4. Mary, b. Oct. 21, 1729; died in infancy. 



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Children of Richard Ely and Phebe Hubbard (second wife) : — 

5. Richard (minister), b. Sep. 30, 1733; d. Aug. 23, 1814; m. Nov. 23, 1757, 
^ Jerusha Sheldon, of Northampton, Mass. 

^ 6. Seth, b. Dec. 11, 1734; d. Jan. 3, 1821; m. Lydia Reynolds, of Norwich, 

7. Elihu, b. Nov. 10, 1736; died in infancy. 

8. Elihu, b. Nov. 15, 1737;- d. Jun. 25, 1815; m. May 30, 1771, Anna Ely, 

second dau. of John Ely. 

9. Josiah, b. July 20, 1739; d. Apr. 26, 1826; m. Phebe Denison, of Lyme, 

and Elizabeth Lord, wid. Reuben Lord, dau. of Joseph Ely. 

10. Robert, b. June 26, 1741; d. Dec. 5, 1828; m. Jerusha Lay, of Saybrook. 

11. Phebe, b. May 16, 1743; m. James D. Colt, of Pittsfield. 

12. Hepzibah, b. June 6, 1745; d. 1815; m. May 13, 1771, John Pratt, of 

Colchester, b. Dec. 14, 1740. 

13. David (minister), b. June 7, i749; d. 1816; m. 1777, Hepzibah Mills, of 

Huntington. 




RESIDENCE OF THE SECOND RICHARD ELY. 



Richard Ely was a man of conspicuous piety and great Christian 
activity. He was generally known as Deacon Richard Ely, perhaps not 
only on account of his religious ofifice, but also to distinguish him from 



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his cousin, Capt. Richard Ely, seven years his senior, the son of Judge 
WiUiam Ely. 

I have been permitted, thanks to the courtesy of Mr. Z. Stiles Ely, 
to see copies made from the family Bible of the worthy Deacon. This 
yellow and time stained copy gives evidence of the pious and methodical 
nature of Deacon Ely. Not only the year, month, and day of each advent 
into the family is recorded, but also the hour, and, when possible, the 
minutes are noted. A spirit of faith and Christian piety voices itself in 
many entries. Blessings are acknowledged with thanksgiving, deaths 
are recorded with resignation. One can reconstruct the man from these 
entries in the Family Bible. 

"Richard Ely, of Lyme, Conn., born 1697, died 1777, married Elizabeth 
Peck. Who were his parents?" Signed E. I. L. — Mail and Express Genealogical 
Column, Sat. eve., Nov. 28, 1896. 

(The first wife of Richard Ely was Elizabeth Peck. Elizabeth Ely, 
their daughter, born 11 Oct., 1724, at Lyme, married 23 May, 1745, 
Col. Samuel Selden, of the Revolutionary army, uncle of the Rev. Eli- 
phalet Nott, D. D., Prest. of Union College, and was the mother of Chas. 
Selden and Joseph Dudley Selden, who settled at Troy, N. Y., and 
the grandmother of Elizabeth Spencer, wife of Gov. Lewis Cass, of 
Michigan. This Richard Ely was the only brother of Samuel Ely, who 
married Jane Lord. His second wife was born in 1705, and was sister 
of Robert Hubbard, who married Elizabeth Sill.) 

All the children of Deacon Ely and Phebe Hubbard lived to an ad- 
vanced age; all met in 18 13 at the house of the eldest brother. Rev. 
Richard Ely, and the younger brother, Rev, David Ely of Huntington, 
Conn., preached a sermon on the occasion, he being then nearly three 
score years and ten. 



ESTHER, 

daughter of 

Deacon Richard Ely 
and Elizabeth his wife. 

Died Dec. 2, 1736. 
Aged 10 years and 8 months. 



MRS. PHEBE, 

widow 

Deacon Richard Ely, 

Died Aug. 28, 177(9.'') 
Aged 68. 



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Professor Daniel C. Eaton furnishes the above copies of inscriptions 
from tombstones at North Lyme. 

The following interesting items are furnished me in reference to the 
children of the good Deacon Richard Ely : 

Elizabeth, the oldest child, who married Colonel Selden, was the 
grandmother of the late Chief Justice Morrison Waite of Lyme, and also 
of his wife, the Chief Justice and wife being cousins. 

Ezra, the oldest son, was the grandfather of the late Rev. Dr. Ezra 
Stiles Ely of Philadelphia, and was the grandfather of Mr. Z. Stiles Ely's 
mother. Ezra was the great-grandfather of Prof. Richard T. Ely. 

Richard, who married a Sheldon, was the grandfather of the late 
Richard S. Ely, of 373 Fifth Avenue, New York. 

Seth, who married a Reynolds, was the grandfather of the late Abner 
L. Ely, of New York. 

Elihu was the grandfather of the late Elias H. Ely, an eminent 
lawyer of this city, and friend of Daniel Webster. 




THE OLD POWDER HORN. 



Elihu Ely, great-grandson of Richard Ely, who came from Plymouth, Eng- 
land, was born at Lyme, Conn., November 15th, 1737, and died June 25th, 1815. 



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THIRD GENERATION. 

He was the maker and original owner of this ancient powder-horn (see pre- 
vious page), which, besides much other carving on its surface, bears the inscrip- 
tion: "Made in Lyme, May the 20th, the year 1776, for the defence of Liberty. 
Liberty and no Slavery. Elihu Ely, owner." 

He wa? an officer of the Connecticut Volunteers, and as such took part in the 
battle of Saratoga, October 7th, 1777, and was present at the surrender of General 
Burgoyne, October 17, I777- 

His sword carried by him as an officer on those occasions, and the powder- 
horn alluded to, are now in possession of his grandson, Richard Ely, of Bingham- 
ton, N. Y. 

He was a great reader, a man of uncommon intelligence and much humor, and 
is said to have been an unusually fine looking man. 

Josiah was father of the fifth Richard, who was the father of Mr. 
Z. Stiles Ely. 

Phebe was the grandmother of the late Judge Colt, who was Chief 
Justice of Massachusetts. 

•Hepzibah was the grandmother of the wife, now deceased, of Prof. 
Ballard, and also of the late Rev. Dr. Pratt, of Portsmouth, O. 

David was the grandfather of B. D. Silliman, the well-known law- 
yer of Brooklyn, now (1895) about ninety-three years of age. 

The Rev. Dr. David Ely was for a long time one of the Trustees of 
Yale College, and was much interested in it. 

The following extract from the Hyde Genealogy gives some con- 
nections of Phebe Hubbard : 

V. ELIZABETH SILL (457), b. at Lyme, Conn., 20 Nov., 1708, the sec- 
ond daughter of Joseph Sill and Phebe Lord (66) of Lyme, was a grand- 
daughter of Elizabeth Hyde (9) of the third generation. She m. 9 Oct., I735> 
Robert Hubbard, b. 30 July, 1712 (son of Robert Hubbard, b. 6 Oct., 1673, at Mid- 
dletown, and Abigail Atkins of Middletown, grandson of Joseph Hubbard, b. 10 
Dec, 1643, and Mary Porter, and great grandson of George Hubbard, who was 
born in Wakefield, England, in 1594, came to Hartford, Conn., in 1636, m. Eliza- 
beth Watts in 1640, settled in Hartford, and died 18 March, 1685, at Middletown. 
Robert Hubbard and Elizabeth his wife settled at Middletown). (Phebe Hubbard, 
sister of Robert, was great grandmother of Z. Stiles Ely.) 

Their children were (great uncles and aunts of Z. S. E.) : 

1923. Elihu, b. 17 Aug., 1737, at Middletown, d. 14 Sept., 1770. 

1924. Robert, b. 2 March, 1742, at Middletown, d. 8 Aug., 1742. 

1925. Robert 2nd, b. 11 Sept., 1743, at Middletown, m. Lucy Hubbard. 

1926. Elijah, b. 174S, at Middletown, m. i Hannah Kent, 2 Abigail Dickenson. 

1927. Micah, b. 1747, at Middletown, d. 1747. 

1928. Micah 2nd, b. 8 Sept., 1748, at Middletown, m. Content Guernsey. 

1929. Samuel, b. 1752, at Middletown. 

1930. Phebe, b. 5 July, 1736, at Middletown, d. 27 Sept., 1736. 

1931. Abigail, b. 5 Jan., 1739, at Middletown, m. Dr. Smith. 

1932. Phebe 2nd, b. 10 Oct., 1740, at Middletown, m. David Wells. 

1933. Elizabeth, b. 1750, at Middletown, m. James Morris. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FOURTH GENERATION. 

131. William Ely, oldest son of Captain Richard Ely and Ruhama 
Thompson, was born at Lyme, Conn., in 171 5. He was himself known 
as Captain, having held that rank in the 3rd Regiment of the Connecti- 
cut militia during the French War. 

In 1737 he married Elizabeth Perkins, and established himself as a 
farmer in his native town. 

In 1756 he left Lyme, and moved to Livingston, N. J., on the 
Orange Mountain, where he resided until the time of his death, April 3, 
1802. 

Children of William Ely and Elizabeth Perkins. 

1. William, b. Oct. 6, 1738; died in infancy. 

2. William, b. Oct. 14, 1739; d. Jan. 28, 1807; m. Lucy Perkins. 

3. Elizabeth, b. June i, 1741; died in infancy. 

4. Abraham, b. March, 1743; died 1799; m. Mary Demorest. 

5. Elizabeth, b. Dec. 20, 1745; d. June 12, 1777; m. ist, Elihu Halsey; m. 

2nd, Frederick Jones. 

6. Lois, b. July 5, 1747; d. June 25, 1822; m. ist, Thomas Parsells; m. 2nd, 

Thomas Cowperthwaite. 

7. Lucy, b. July 7, 1749; m. 1st, Dr. Abijah Perkins; m. 2nd, Ellis Cook. 

8. Joseph, b. Apr. 23, 1751; m. Susan Williams. 

9. Benjamin, b. Apr. 14, 1753; d. June 18, 1817; m. Elizabeth Brown. 

10. Moses, b. Nov. 18, 1756; d. July 14, 1838; m. Jan. 3, 1782, Rebekah 
Cook. 
From the Genealogy of the Perkins Family, we learn in regard to 
the wife of Capt. William Ely the following : 

"155. ELIZABETH (Abraham 64, Isaac 12, John 2, John i), was 
born in Chebacco Parish, Ipswich, Mass., December 30, 1715. She mar- 
ried Captain William Ely, Jr., being published September 16, 1737. He 
was born in Lyme, Conn., Aug. 10, 1715, and died in Livingston, N. J., 
April 3, 1802. She died May 27, 1782. 

"Concerning Elizabeth (Perkins) Ely, one of her grandchildren. 
Smith Ely, Jr., says : 'She is held in peculiar veneration by her descend- 
ants, in consequence of certain traditions which show her to have been 
a woman of unusual force of character and sterling integrity.' He men- 
tions the following incident showing her conscientiousness in what she 



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considered her duty: 'Shortly after their settlement in New Jersey, her 
husband was financially ruined, or nearly so, in consequence of his being 
surety for his brother, and his property was levied upon. The officers 
who made the seizure advised Mrs. Ely to secrete a silver tea service 
which she had inherited from her parents ; but she refused to do so.' " 

The Perkins Genealogy mentions an Abraham Perkins 152, son of Abraham 
and Abigail (Dodge) Perkins, born 1708, who married ist Elizabeth Ely, 2nd a 
widow, Mary Ely. This Abraham Perkins was a brother of Elizabeth, who mar- 
ried Captain William Ely. (See pages 117, 118, etc.). 

The Public Records of Conn., 1735-43, page 494, states that in October, 1742, 
on petition to the Assembly of William Ely, Junr., of Lyme, vs. Samuel Ely, Elisha 
Shelden and Elizabeth, his wife, the question was put, whether the pleas offered 
by respondents in abatement of said petition, as on file, are sufficient. Resolved by 
this Assembly in the affirmative. 

Costs £3 iSs. gd. 

Ex. granted May 18, 1743- 

We present below a representation of the monument of Captain 
William Ely, and that of his wife, Elizabeth : 



IN THE MEMORY OF 

WILLIAM ELY. Senr. 

WHO DEPARTED THIS LIFE 

April 3, 1802 
Aged 88 years. 



IN MEMORY OF 

ELIZABETH 

WIFE OF 

Capt. Wm. Ely, 

Who died May 27, 1782 

In the 68th year of her age. 



A prudent, tender and amiable wife 

A Blessing to her relations in life 

Her death, to them a loss beyond expression great 

But she, tis hoped, has gained the heavenly state. 




MONUMENT OF CAPTAIN WILLIAM ELY 

ELY CEMETERY, LIVINGSTON, NEW JERSEY 



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FOURTH GENERATION. 

No doubt, it will be observed, is expressed as to Capt. Ely's having 
entered upon a future existence of beatitude. 

It may be that his character was so elevated to make the expression 
of such hopes unnecessary if not impertinent. 

This Richard Ely's great grandson, known in the Colonial records as Captain 
William Ely, was born in Lyme, in 1713, was married in 1737 to Elizabeth Per- 
kins, and established himself as a farmer in his native town. In 1750 he emigrated. 
Perhaps some Horace Greeley of that period advised the young man to "go West." 
At all events he did go West, as far as the hills near Orange, New Jersey, where 
he purchased some land, on which I now reside, and resumed his old occupation. 
He passed a useful and blameless life and was prominent in the Church and in 
public affairs. He reared a large family and died at a very advanced age, and was 
buried by the side of his wife in a burial ground which he had arranged on his own 
farm. His descendants have continued this place of sepulture, and in this quiet 
graveyard to-day, six generations of our people rest together.. The descendants of 
Captain William Ely are very numerous, and have representatives in almost every 
walk of life; but with scarcely an exception, I may say, that they have so con- 
ducted themselves as to reflect no discredit upon their New England ancestors. 

Hon. Smith Ely, Jr., Lyme, July 10, 1878. 

In response to an enquiry from Mrs. Hattie Wilson High, 528 Peachtree Street, 
Atlanta, Ga., William C. Mowry, Secretary of State, certified over the Seal of the 
State of Connecticut, Jany. 4, 1897, that the records on file in the Secretary of 
State's Office show that William Ely was the Deputy representing Lyme, in May, 
1755, and in August, 1755 ; that the General Assembly, May session, 1738, voted 
that "This Assembly do establish and confirm Mr. William Ely to be Ensign of the 
company or trainband in the town of Lyme, and order that he be commissioned 
accordingly." 

October Session, 1740. 

This Assembly do establish and confirm Mr. William Ely to be Lieutenant 
of the 3d Company or trainband in the town of Lyme, and order that he be com- 
missioned accordingly. 

March Session, 1745. 

This Assembly do establish and confirm Mr. William Ely to be Captain of 
the 3d Company, or trainband in the town of Lyme, and order that he be commis- 
sioned accordingly. 

See Public Records of Connecticut, 1735-43. Pages 162 and 332. 1744-50, 
Page 99. 

132. Joseph Ely, second son of Captain Richard Ely, and his wife, 
Ruhama Thompson, and grandson of Judge William Ely, was born in 
1 716. He married Rebecca Selden, second daughter of Mr. Joseph Sel- 
den, Dec. 9, 1742. Their children : — 

1. Rebecca, b. Aug. 16, 1743; d. 1836; m. William Miner. 

2. Annie, b. Oct. 25, 1744; d. 1826; m. Elihu Ely, son of Deacon Richard 

Ely. 



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3. Mehitable, b. Sept. 5, 1746; d. Oct. 10, 1823; m. Samuel Holmes. 

4. Joseph, b. Aug., 1748; d. Oct. 10, 1748. 

5. Joseph, b. Sept. 20, 1749; d. Apr. 19, 1770. 

6. Elizabeth, b. 1751; d. 1836; m. ist Reuben Lord and 2nd Josiah Ely. 

7. Hepzibah, b. Oct. 22, 1753; d. 1820; m. Jonathan Warner. 

8. Charity, b. Jan. 18, 1756; d. 1829; m. Mason Brown. 

9. Olive, b. June 23, 1758 ; d. 1843 ; m. Robert Hungerford. 

Mr. Joseph Ely died April 17, 1762, at the age of 46 years; and his 
widow departed this life Feby. 20, 1781, aged 64 years. 

The second son of Mr, and Mrs. Ely, named Joseph, died while a 
member of Yale College. The Ely signet ring (see pages 81 and 82 of 
the Ely Reunion Pamphlet) is said to have descended through his hands 
to the son of his sister Anna. Anna Ely married Elihu Ely, son of 
Deacon Richard Ely, of Revolutionary fame (see Reunion Pamphlet, 
page 88). 

Mrs. Anna Ely gave the signet ring to her son, Joseph, and by him 
it was given to Joseph Elihu Ely, grandson of Elihu Ely (maker of the 
Powder Horn) and son of Oliver Ely, of Binghamton, N. Y. 

In March, 1758, the Connecticut Assembly commissioned Joseph 
Ely as 2d Lieut, in the 2d Company. (Pub. Rec. Conn. Vol. XI, page 
98.) 

133. Richard Ely, born 1720, the third son of Richard Ely and 
Ruhama Thompson, and grandson of William Ely the first, married Mary 
Pearson, who was born at Lyme, Conn., Aug. 22, 1726, and who was the 
third daughter of Peter Pearson and Mary Lord, and a granddaughter of 
Elizabeth Hyde. Their children : — ■ 

1. Richard, b. 1752; d. 1840; m. ist, Statia Lay; m. 2nd, Deborah Kidder; 

m. 3rd, Elizabeth Cook. 

2. Esther, d. 1812; m. ist, Elijah Peck, probably her first cousin, son of 

Elijah Peck and Hepzibah Pearson; m. 2nd, Isaac Ransom; m. 3rd, 
Matthew Rogers. 

3. Mary, b. 1747; d. 1847; m. George Reed. 

4. Irene, m. 1774, Captain Manassah Leech. 

5. Tabitha, b. 1760; d. 1858; m. 1772, Jedediah Peck, her first cousin, son 

of Elijah Peck and Hepzibah Pearson. 

In Vol. 12 of the Colonial Records of Conn., page 390, we find the record that 
in May, 1765, James Ely of Lyme (No. 152 of the Ely Genealogy) preferred a peti- 
tion to the Assembly against Richard Ely and Mary Ely of Lyme, and that the 
respondents moved that the petitioner be required to give a bond for the prose- 
cution of his petition, and for damages in case he should not make his plea good. 

Mr. Samuel Holden Parsons of Lyme accordingly went security in the sum 
of £20. 



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The question was then put whether anything should be granted on this petition. 

Resolved by this Assembly in the negative. 

Costs allowed to the respondents in this case i2 lis. 6d. 

Ex. granted May 3, 1765. 

134. Simon Ely, fourth son of Richard Ely and Ruhama Thompson, 
married, in 1749, Abigail Halsey of Southampton. 

Simon was a graduate of Yale College, class of 1745. He studied 
theology and preached in New Jersey about 1754, and in Chester, Conn., 
in 1756. 

"They had a family of ten children, whose record is very imperfect," 
writes Mr. Moses S. Beach, Nov. 10, 1885. Their children: — 

1. Calvin, b. 1751; d. 1779. 

2. Abigail, b. I753; d. 1755. 

3. Gabriel, b. 1755; m. 1st, Elizabeth Stocking; m. 2nd, Abigail Fuller. 

4. Isaac Halsey, b. 1757; m. ist, Hannah Reed; m. 2nd, Relief Stone. 

5. Simon, b. 1760; d. 1780. 

6. Sluman, b. 1762. 

7. Villo, b. 1765. 

8. Betsy, b. 1767. 

9. Lucretia, b. 1771. 
ID. Mary, b. 1774. 

Vol. XV., Colonial Records Conn., p. 458, 1775-1776. 

Calvin Ely was appointed by the Council of Safety Master of Galley and 
Elias Lay, Second Lieut. The Galley was an armed vessel, lying at Saybrook, in- 
tended for use against the British. 

135. Ruhama Ely, eldest daughter of Captain Richard Ely and 
Ruhama Thompson, was born in 1724. In 1749 she married Ebenezer 
Tififany, There is no record of any children. 

136. Margaret Ely, the second daughter of Captain Richard Ely 
and his first wife, Ruhama Thompson, was born in 1725, and about 1750 
she married Eliab Pratt, son of Jonathan Pratt and Mary Benton. Their 
children : — 

1. Lucy, b. 1749; m. 1766, Samuel Arnold. 

2. Margaret, b. 1751; d. 1771. 

3. Susannah, b. 1753; m. 1772, Silas Eaton. 

4. Lucretia, b. 1755; m. Roger Butler. 

5. Nathaniel, b. I7S7; m. Sarah Perkins. 

6. Russell, b. 1759; m. Hannah Hadham. 

7. Penelope, b. 1761; d. 1851; m. Ashbel Warren. 

8. Ely, b. 1763; d. 1788. 

9. Luther, b. 1765; d. 1787. 



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10. EHab, b. 1767; d. 1852; m. 1792, Dorcas Williams. 

11. Elisha, b. 1769; d. 1807; m. 1800, Lucy Bill. 

137. Cullick Ely, born 1733, son of Captain Richard Ely and Mar- 
garet Olcott, married Sarah Foote, of Colchester, daughter of Josiah 
Foote and Sarah Wells. 

(Cullick Ely, b. 1733, at Lyme, m. 5 Jan., 1758, Sarah Foote, b. 28 Jan., 1731, 
dau. of Josiah Foote and Sarah Welles of Colchester, and had six sons and two 
daughters, and d. 29 Aug., 1821. He was a son of Richard Ely of Lyme, and his 
second wife, Margaret Olcott, and grandson of William Ely the first of Lyme, 
who was born in England.) — Extract from the Hyde Genealogy. 

Children of Cullick Ely and Sarah Foote : — 

1. David, b. 1759; d. 1807; m. Keziah Mapes. 

2. Cullick, b. 1763; d. 1846; m. 1790, Azuba Lee Sill. 

3. Eleazar, b. 1765; d. 1818; m. 1798, Dorcas Brockway. 

4. Eunice, b. 1766; d. 1809. 

5. Sarah, b. 1769; m. Mapes. 

6. Russell, b. 1771; d. 1796. 

7. Charles, b. 1774; d. 1854; m. 1796, Elizabeth Perkins. (No. 21,171). 

8. Joseph, b. 1778; d. 1S30; m. 1800, Mary Magdalene Yost. 

Records of Connecticut, Vol. H., page 142: 

The Assembly approved Cullick Ely to be Ensign of the 3rd Company of the 
alarm list in the town of Lyme in the 3rd Regiment of this State. 

138. Elisha Ely was the son of Captain Richard Ely and his second 
wife, Margaret Olcott. He as born in 1735 and died in 1786. He mar- 
ried Ann Ely, No. 159. She was a daughter of No. 15 William Ely and 
Mary Noyes, was born in 1747, and died in 1814. Their children : — 

1. Elisha Olcutt, b. 1775; d. 1857; m. Fanny Ely, daughter Amiruhama 

Ely and Martha Peck. 

2. Marsylvia, b. 1777; d. 1838; m. 1805, Samuel Harvey. 

3. Eliab, b. 1779; d. 1853; m. Alice Sterling. 

4. Mary Ann, b. 1783; d. 1839. 

5. Deborah, b. 1786; d. 1863. 

6. Peggy, b. 1788; d. 1876; m. William Ebenezer. 

139. Molly Ely was the eldest daughter of Captain Richard Ely and 

his second wife, Margaret Olcott. She married Nichols, of 

Stratford, Conn., and died without issue. 

130. Lucretia Ely was the second daughter of Captain Richard Ely 
and his second wife, Margaret Olcott. She was born about 1740, and 
about 1762 she married Malachi Corning, of East Hartford, and died 
without issue. 



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i^i. Adriel Ely, son of Captain Richard Ely and his second wife, 
Margaret Olcott, was born in 1744, and died in 1829. Adriel Ely mar- 
ried Sarah Stow, of Saybrook, daughter of Jabez Stow. She was born 
in 1755, and died in 1797. 

After the death of his first wife, Adriel Ely married Hepzibah 
Turner. 

Children of Adriel Ely and Sarah Stow : — 

1. Horace, b. 1781; d. 1833; m. 1806, Sarah Rogers; m. 1832, Clarissa 

Marvin. 

2. Betsy, b. 1784; d. 1845; m. 1802, Erastus Sterling. 

3. Sumner, b. 1787; d. 1857; m. 1816, Hannah Knapp Gilbert. 

4. William Stow, b. 1789; d. 1835; m. 1820, Lydia Skinner. 

5. Adriel, b. 1791; d. 1859; m. 1826, Eveline Foster. 

The following quotation from the Ely Reunion Pamphlet is by a direct de- 
scendant of Adriel Ely: 

Rev. Dr. Foster Ely, Rector of Grace Church, Lockport, N. Y., said in sub- 
stance: 

Relatives and Friends : — When your Committee honored me with an invitation 
to prepare a paper on the "Richard Ely line," it was declined from inability to get 
the time. Judge of my surprise on arriving here to find my name on the pro- 
gramme as one of the speakers. What was to be done? To what expedient resort 
for relief from my embarrassment? The first impulse was to go either to the Ely 
Cemetery and there commune with our ancestral dead, or to the neighboring "Say- 
brook Point," so dear to our family as providing that grave for Lady Fenwick, 
around which cluster so many pleasant memories. But by my newly-found cousin. 
Judge George Ely, of this picturesque and historic place, that impulse was over- 
ruled, he giving the assurance that nothing in the way of a speech would be ex- 
acted, except what was strictly apologetical. The apology has now been offered. 

Other speakers have alluded to their own immediate branch of the family. It 
may not, therefore, be indelicate to refer to mine, and so pay departed kindred a 
slight tribute of respect. My father was Adriel, Jr. ; grandfather, Adriel ; great- 
great-grandfather, William, the son of that Richard who, as has been said, came 
from England about the year 1650, and is the patron saint of his lineal descendants. 
The children of grandfather Adriel are Horace, Betsey, Sumner, William Stow, 
and Adriel, Jr. Each of these had offspring who survived them. Horace lived 
here, in Lyme, and married Sarah Rogers, by whom he had five children. They 
have all gone to their long home. The eldest was William Horace, the father of 
Sarah Olive and Theodore Rogers. The former, it was my good fortune to marry, 
and she is here to-day, not by courtesy, but by right. 



In the 15th Volume of the Colonial Records of Conn., 1775-1776, p. 245, we 
read that at a meeting of the Governor and Council of Safety, Feby. 27, 1776, it was 



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voted that Adriel Ely be and he is hereby appointed Ensign of the Company under 
command of Capt. John Ely. 

P. 463: On Wednesday, July 3, 1776, Lieut. Martin Kirtland was appointed 
Captain of a Company at New London Station in the room of Capt. John Ely, pro- 
moted. 

2d Lieut. Dane Pratts was made ist Lieut, in room of Martin Kirtland. 

Ensign Adriel Ely was made 2d Lieut, in room of Danl. Pratts. 

Sergt. Danl. Kirtland was made Ensign in place of Adriel Ely. 

132. Sarah Ely, daughter of Captain Richard Ely and his second 
wife, Margaret Olcott, was born in 1746. She married Silas Cheney, of 
Manchester, Conn., who was born March 14, 1734, died Sept. 5, 1791. 

Children : 

I. Silas Ely, born 1779, died Sept., 1821, married May 18, 1807, Mary Young. 

After the death of Silas Cheney, the widow married a Mr. Cone, of 
Bolton, Conn. 

141. Mary Ely, eldest daughter of Major Daniel Ely and his first 
wife, Mary Ann Champlin, was born in 1714. In 1736 she married Ben- 
jamin Lee, son of John Lee and Elizabeth Smith. Their children : — 

1. Mary Ann, b. 1738. 

2. Benjamin, b. 1740; d. 1826; m. 1760, Mary Dorr. 

3. William, b. 1743. 

4. Lucia, b. 1745. 

5. Martin, b. 1748. 

6. Abigail, b. 1752. 

7. Esther, b. 1753. 

8. John, b. 1755. 

9. Elizabeth, b. 1757. 
ID. Lemuel, b. 1760. 
II. Daniel, b. 1762. 

From the Mail and Express of March 25, 1899, we take the following. It is 
very possible that the John Lee referred to was the 8th child of Mary Ely and 
Benjamin Lee. John Lee's native town (I am not positive) was Reading, Conn. 
His wife was Olive Towner. John Lee died in Roxbury, Delaware County, N. Y., 
just prior to the War of 1812. He had three children: Abigail, who married a 
Lemming; Sally, who married a Meeker, and Daniel Lee. 

Daniel Lee lived in Reading, Conn. Born January 23, 1775, and married Mary 
(Molly) Olmstead, born January 26, 1777, of Ridgefield, Conn. In 1803 Daniel Lee 
and wife, with John Lee his father and mother, came to and settled in Roxbury, 
Delaware County, N. Y. He was a captain in the War of 1812 ; he had eight chil- 
dren: Daniel Olmstead, Betsey, Sarah, Abigail, John, Hannah, Elizabeth and Mary. 

F. M. L. 



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142. Ann Ely was the second daughter of Major Daniel Ely and 
his wife, Mary Ann Champlin, and was born in 1716. We have no fur- 
ther record of her except that she married Benjamin Harris. 

143. Elizabeth Ely, the third daughter of Major Daniel Ely and 
Mary Ann Champlin, was born in 1718. She married on Feby. 28, 1739, 
Abraham Perkins, whose ancestry is given below. She died Feby. 21, 
1759. Their children : — 

1. Frances, b. 1741; m. Lee. 

2. William, b. 1743; m. Lydia Sterling. 

3. Abraham, b. 1745; d. 1824; m. 1798, Annie Fanning. 

4. Elizabeth, b. 1748; m. Frederick Mather. 

5. Daniel, b. 1750. 

6. Abigail, b. 1752; d. 1764. 

7. Samuel, b. 1754; m. 1780, Polly Jewett. 

8. Sarah, b. 1756. 

9. Joseph, b. 1760. 
ID. Benjamin, b. 1762. 
II. Abigail, b. 1764. 

The following extract from the Perkins Genealogy will serve to 
show the ancestry of Abraham Perkins, who married Elizabeth Ely, 
February 28, 1739. 

I. "JOHN PERKINS, SENIOR," the immigrant ancestor, was probably 
born in Newent, Gloucestershire, England, in the year 1590. He was among the 
earliest emigrants from the mother country, sailing from Bristol, England, Decem- 
ber I, 1630, in the ship Lyon, William Pierce, master, bound for Boston in America, 
taking with him his entire family, consisting then of his wife and five children. 
His fellow passengers were the afterwards famous divine. Rev. Roger Williams, 
and others ; twenty in all. After a stormy passage of sixty-seven days, they arrived 
at Nantasket, February 5, 1631, and on the 6th came to an anchor before Boston. 

For about two years after their arrival in America, the Perkins family re- 
sided in Boston, where the youngest child, Lydia, was born, her baptism being 
recorded upon the parish books of the First Church there, June 3, 1632. 

We are not able to ascertain with certainty just what employed the time of 
our emigrant during the two years he resided in Boston, but the record shows that 
he was not idle, but engaged in the public business of the colony. 

On the i8th of May, 1631, he took the oath of freeman, admitting him to all 
the civil rights of the colony. He removed from Boston in 1633 to the colony then 
newly founded by John Winthrop and others at Ipswich. Here he was largely en- 
gaged in agriculture and had several grants of land. The location of his house 
was near the river at the entrance to Jeffries Neck, on what is now East Street, 
where he had considerable land granted to him. 

John Perkins, besides occupying town offices and holding other places of 
trust, appears to have been one of the leading men of Ipswich, and was highly 



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esteemed by his fellow townsmen. He died in 1654, at the age of 64 years. The 
children of John Perkins and wife Judith were : — 

I. 

2. John, b. 1614, d. Dec. 14, 1686. 

3. Thomas, b. 1616, d. May 7, 1686. 

4. Elizabeth, b. i6i'8, d. 1700. 

5. Mary, b. 1620, d. 1700. 

6. Jacob, b. 1624, d. Jan. 29, 1700. 

7. Lydia, b. 1632, d. about 1672; baptised at First Church of Boston, June 

3. 1632. 

2. JOHN PERKINS, JR. (John), born in England in 1614, came, with others 
of the same family, to Boston in New England in 1631, and with them removed to 
Ipswich in 1633. The next year he had a grant of land, as appears from the book 
of land grants of Ipswich. 

He married Elizabeth about 1635, and entered upon the duties of 

life with a vigor which made him a desirable citizen of this new settlement. 

He opened the first public house in Ipswich, and was chosen as Quartermaster 
of the military organization of the settlement, a title which he ever afterwards re- 
tained. 

He was engaged in the coast fisheries, and used a part of what is Little Neck 
for curing his fish, as early as 1645. 

His family was quite large, consisting of eight sons and one daughter, and 
perhaps more. 

The children of Quartermaster Perkins and Elizabeth his wife were: 

8. John, b. 1636 ; m. Lydia ; d. 1699. 

9. Abraham, b. 1640, m. Hannah Beamsley, d. 27 Apr., 1722. 

10. Jacob, b. 1646, m. ist, Sarah Wainwright; 2nd, Sarah Kinsman; d. Nov. 

26, 1719. 

11. Luke, b. 1649, m. ist, Elizabeth Jaques; 2nd, Sarah ; d. after 

1694. 

12. Isaac, b. 1650; m. Hannah Knight; d. 1726. 

13. Nathaniel, b. 1652; m. Judith . 

14. Samuel, b. 1655; m. Hannah West; d. 1700. 

15. Thomas. 

16. Sarah. 

12. ISAAC (John 2, John i), was born in Ipswich, Mass., about 1650. He 
married, in 1669, Hannah, daughter of Alexander Knight and his wife Hannah. 
The widow, Hannah Knight, after the death of her husband, married Robert 
Whitman, November 9, 1664. 

This marriage of Isaac with Hannah Knight does not appear upon the record, 
but is made evident by the following extract: "Isaac Perkins and wife Hannah 
convey to Richard Kimball land in Ipswich which formerly belonged to her father, 
Alexander Knight, formerly of Ipswich. Feb. 6, 1716." 

On March 20, 1683-4, his father gave him a deed of 100 acres in Chebacco 
Parish, near to what is now called "the falls"; he had been living there before 



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FOURTH GENERATION. 

this deed was made. This was half of the farm his father had bought of William 
Wittred, carpenter, August 8, 1661 ; it was owned by a grandson of Isaac in 1790. 
He appears to have been a man who was highly respected by his neighbors, 
who spoke of him as "Mr. Isaac Perkins, of Chebacco." 

The children of Isaac Perkins and his wife Hannah were: — 
dZ. John, b. July i, 1670; d. young. 

64. Abraham, b. Sept. 15, 1671 ; m. Abigail Dodge. 

65. Hannah, b. Jan. 31, 1673 ; m. Woodward. 

66. Isaac, b. May 23, 1676; m. ist, widow Mary Pike; 2nd, widow Lydia 

Vifian. 

67. Jacob, b. Nov. 9, 1678; m. ist, Mary Cogswell; pub. Sept. 8, 1716; 2nd, 

Susanna Butler, widow, m. Feb. 10, 1728. 

68. Elizabeth, b. May 29, 1681. 

69. Sarah, b. March 28, 1685 ; m. Marshall. 

70. Mary, b. March 27, 1687; m. Proctor. 

64. ABRAHAM (Isaac 12, John 2, John i), was born in Chebacco Parish, 
Ipswich, Mass., September 15, 1671. He married Abigail Dodge, November 6, 
1701. She was the daughter of Joseph and Sarah Dodge, and was born in Beverly, 
the place of residence of her parents, September 12, 1681. She was the oldest of a 
family of eight brothers and sisters. Their marriage took place at Ipswich, Mass. 

Abraham Perkins was a farmer in his native place, Chebacco, and acquired 
a large property in farming lands. His homestead and farm adjoined that of his 
father. This property he bought of his uncle Nathaniel in 1700. We have no record 
of the time of his death or that of his wife. 

Children of Abraham and Abigail Dodge Perkins were : — 

149. Abigail, b. 1702; m. Joseph Emerson. 

150. James, b. in 1705; m. Margaret Andrev/s. 

151. Isaac, b.in 1707; m. Elizabeth Butler. 

152. Abraham, b. in 1708; m. ist, Elizabeth Ely; 2nd, widow, Mary Ely. 

153. Hannah, b. in 1709; m. John Butler. 

154. Sarah, b. in 171 1; m. Jonathan Low. 

155. Elizabeth, b. Dec. 30, 1715 ; m. William Ely, Jr., of Livingston, N. J. 

156. Joseph, b. March 12, 1720; m. Elizabeth Choate. 

152. ABRAHAM (Abraham 64, Isaac 12, John 2, John i), was born in Che- 
bacco Parish, Ipswich, Mass., in 1708. He removed to Lyme, Conn., with his 
brother James, in 1736, or soon after that time. He there married, first, Eliza- 
beth Ely, February 28, 1739. She was the daughter of Major Daniel Ely of Lyme, 
and was born in 1718. She died February 21, 1750, at the age of forty-one years. 
After the death of his wife, Elizabeth, he married a second time, to Mary Ely. She 
was the widow of Richard Ely; her maiden name was Person, or Pearson. Their 
marriage took place July 15, 1759. 

He was chosen a deacon of the church in Lyme. By occupation he was a 
farmer. 



78 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FOURTH GENERATION, 

The will of Deacon Abraham Perkins was signed April 3, 1786, and proved 
September 11, 1786. At this time, his wife Mary was living. In his will he men- 
tions his children as follows : Francis, William, Abraham, Jr., Betty Mather, Dan- 
iel, Samuel, Sarah Pratt, Joseph, and Benjamin. His sons William, Samuel, and 
Abraham, were named as the executors of this will. 

A stone in the grave3'ard of Lyme bears this inscription: Dea. Abraham 
Perkins, died May 10, 1786, in the 73rd year of his age. 

The children of Abraham and Elizabeth (Ely) Perkins were: — 

245. Francis, born Monday, December 14, 1741 ; m. Lee. 

246. William, born Thursday, Oct. 20, 1743; m. Lydia Stirling. 

247. Abraham, born Wednesday, August i, 1745; m. ist, Elizabeth ; 

2nd, Anna . 

248. Elizabeth, born Monday, Jan. g, 1748; m. Mather. 

249. Daniel, born Monday, Jan. 15, 1750. 

250. Abigail, b. Wednesday, Feb. 5, 1752 ; d. before 1764. 

251. Samuel, b. Thursday, April 14, 1754. 

252. Sarah, b. Thursday, June 21, 1756; m. Pratt. 

Children by Mary (Pearson) (Ely) Perkins were: — 
^S?)- Joseph, b. Sunday, May 18, 1760. 

254. Benjamin, b. Thursday, June 10, 1762; m. Demis Jones. 

255. Abigail, b. Wednesday, March 24, 1764. 

229. ISAAC (James 150, Abraham 64, Isaac 12, John 2, John i), was born in 
Lyme, Conn., June 14, 1749. He married Lois Beebe about 1775. She was the 
daughter of David and Sarah (Lord) Beebe, of Lyme, Conn. 

Isaac Perkins died in 1776. He was a soldier in the Revolutionary War, and 
a family tradition says that he was returning sick from the army, and being so ill 
as to be unable to reach his home, he died by the way ; but at what place cannot now 
be ascertained. 

An inventory of his property was rendered by his administrator to the Pro- 
bate Court, January 3, 1777. After his decease his widow, Lois, married Jacob 
Ely, of Lyme, Conn., May 15, 17S3, and had by him seven children. Jacob Ely 
died September 28, 1836. Lois died April 11, 1837. 

Children of Isaac and Lois (Beebe) Perkins were: — 

323. James Andrews, \ ^^y^^^^ ^^^^ .^ ^^^^^ 

324. David Lord, ' 

144. Daniel Ely, eldest son of Major Daniel Ely and his wife, Mary 
Ann Champlin, was born in 1721. Mr. Ely died in 1767. In 1747 he 
married Abigail Denison. They had seven children. 

1. Daniel, b. 1751; d. 1832; m. Sarah Whittlesey. 

2. Lucy, b. 1752; m. i773. Joseph Hayes. 

3. Jabez, b. 1754; d. 1841; m. Polly Bennett. 

4. Abigail, b. 1757; d. 181 1. 

5. Mary Ann, b. 1760; m. Philip Tucker. 

6. Denison, b. 1763; d. 1843; m. 1789. Phebe Lay. 
I 7. Lucretia, b. 1767; m. Geo. Lewis. 



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FOURTH GENERATION. 

148. Ruth Ely, daughter of Major Daniel Ely and his second wife, 
Ruth Wells, was born in 1727. In 1750 she married Samuel Beckwith, 
and died without issue. 

147. Wells Ely, the son of Major Daniel Ely and his second wife, 
Ruth Wells, was born in 1729. He married Elizabeth WilHams. After 
her death he married 2d, in 1754, Rebecca Selden, daughter of Samuel 
Selden and Deborah Dudley. 

Children of Wells Ely and Elizabeth Williams :— 

1. Ruth, b. 1747; d. 1841; m. Enoch Marvin. 

2. Wells, b. 1751; m. Sarah Wells. 

3. Elizabeth, b. 1753; m. Amos Randall. 

Children of Wells Ely and Rebecca Selden (second wife) : — 

4. Deborah, b. 1756; m. Spencer. 

5. Zebediah, b. 1760. 

6. Ashbel, b. 1763. 

7. Dudley, b. 1768; d. 1846; m. 1796, Ann Dolphin Harrison. 

8. Selden, b. 1770; d. 1839; m. 1800, Hepzibah Gibson. 

9. Rebecca. 

10. William, b. 1773; d. 1825; m. Docenia Johnson. 

11. Amy, b. 1777; d. 1877; m. 1818, Theodore Gridley. 

12. Rebecca, b. 1780; d. 1801. 

Wells Ely served in the Colonial Wars and was commissioned as Ensign in 
the nth Company, of which Joseph Ely was Lieutenant. 

War, VIII., 80. 

Pub. Rec. Conn., Vol. XL, page 98: 

It is probable Wells Ely served at Ticonderoga, July 8. N. Y. Col. Doc, 
Vol. X. 732. 

In May, 1759, the General Assembly of Conn, commissioned Wells Ely of 
Lyme 2nd Lieut, in the 4th Regiment. 

148. Col. John Ely, son of Daniel Ely and Ruhama Turner, was born 
in 1737, and died in 1800. He married Sarah Worthington. Their chil- 
dren : — 

1. Worthington, b. 1759; d. 1803; m. 1787, Prudence Bushneli; was a 

physician at New Baltimore on the Hudson. 

2. Amah, b. 1760; m. Coles. 

3. Ethlinda, b. 1762; d. 1829; m. 1787, Doctor Wm. Eliot, her half cousin; 

settled at Goshen, N. Y. 

4. Elizabeth, b. 1764; d. 1837; m. 1784, Rev. Samuel Goodrich. 

5. Anna Arnold, b. 1766. 

6. Temperance, b. 1768. 

7. Lucretia, b. 1770; m. Dr. Uriah M. Gregory, of Sand Lake, N. Y. 

8. Temperance, b. 1772. 

9. John, b. 1774; m. Abigail Lay. 

10. Edward, b. i777- 



8o THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FOURTH GENERATION. 

Col, Ely rendered valuable services in the army of the Revolution, 
and was a warm friend of Washington. The following is quoted from 
the Ely Re-Union Pamphlet : 

" 'General Arnold's compliments wait on Col. Ely, asks the favor of his 
company to dine with him at his house to-day at two o'clock. Thursday morning 
at eight o'clock.' 

"The month and year are not given, but of one thing we may be sure, it was 
before he betrayed the fortress. 

"Mrs. Adelaide Ely Lampman well remembers hearing her grandfather, Dr. 
John Ely of Coxsackie, describe the visits of Generals Washington and Lafayette 
to his father's (Col. Ely's) house in Saybrook. 

"The facts of his military services remain in the archives of the nation, 
reported by a committee on revolutionary claims. 

"We know that scientific tastes, and a passion for alleviating suffering, led 

him to espouse the medical profession with enthusiasm. In it he rose rapidly 

to eminence. He became especially prominent for success in treating small-pox. 

"He purchased an island which lies off the shore of Westport, and there 

erected regular hospitals for the management of the disease by inoculation. 

"Those were the days of early marriages. At twenty he became the husband 
of Sarah Worthington, one of the celebrated beauties of Connecticut. Mrs. A. E. 
Lampman has a very interesting pocketbook embroidered upon silk canvas by 
this beautiful Sarah Worthington, probably before her marriage. The Worthing- 
ton coat of arms is exquisitely wrought in silks of the true heraldic colors. Above 
the crest is worked in letters, still distinct, 'Sarah Worthington.' Beneath the 
shield, 'By the name of Worthington.' 

"In 1775 he was the father of seven children, the most eminent physician in 
the county, and wealth flowed in abundantly. There was every enticement to 
hold him in his elegant, prosperous and happy home. But with patriotic ardor 
he promptly left all to aid the Revolution. He was then thirty-eight years old. 
He first mustered and commanded a militia company. The next year he united 
the duties of major, physician and surgeon at New London. Small-pox breaking 
out in the northern army, he went thither, and by his skill arrested its progress. 
The next year, with the rank of colonel, he commanded at Fort Trumbull over a 
regiment he had raised by his own exertions and equipped with his own money. 
After supplying perfectly the needs of his soldiers, the remainder of the money in 
gold and silver, tied in a silk handkerchief, he brought and poured into his wife's 
lap, saying: 'Here, Sarah, is all that is left of the Griswold farm.' She, like a true 
mother of the Revolution, replied with a smile, 'It is the price of Liberty.' 

"In the winter, Col. Ely made the attempt to cross the Sound, and effect a 
landing on Long Island with his regiment. But it so happened that Col. Ely's 
boat was captured by the British and he was carried to Flatbush, where there were 
several hundred American officers, also prisoners. Sickness was raging among 
them. From the day of his captivity he threw the whole ardor of his nature, all 
the skill of his profession, into the unwearied nursing of these suffering patriots. 
The winter was severe, and the sick scattered over a distance of twenty miles. 
He made his patient round on foot, through the snow, until compelled by ex- 
haustion to go on horseback. For the hire of his horse he was charged enor- 



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mously, he paying from his own purse the expense, as also for medicines, at the 
same extortionate rates. 

"His son, Worthington Ely, was then a student in Yale College, afterwards 
Dr. Worthington Ely. He determined to effect the rescue of his father. Some 
friends united with him in manning a vessel, and with the utmost daring they 
captured a British force, which entitled them to the exchange of Col. Ely. Even 
then his release did not come. The sick prisoners, with the selfishness 'of 
invalids, absorbed in their own sensations, sent a deputation to petition Congress 
that Col. Ely might not be exchanged, but might remain and minister to them. 
And so this strong hearted man stifled his yearning for his lonely wife, for his 
brave eldest son, who purchased his ransom at the risk of his own life, for his 
young children growing out of his knowledge, and remained three years longer 
the Good Samaritan of the Continental prisoners. No Jesuit missionary on the 
frontier ever made greater sacrifices than this martyr-patriot, in his zeal for coun- 
try and humanity. 

"Dr. John Ely of Coxsackie (son of Col. John Ely), was most eminent in 
this State. So long as 'The New York College of Physicians and Surgeons' re- 
mains a corporation, will his name stand as its most influential founder. 

"Among those most eminent among his descendants were the brothers, 
Charles A. and S. G. Goodrich. The first and elder was distinguished in pulpit 
eloquence, served the State as Senator, and his three United States histories have 
gone through hundreds of editions. The younger, Peter Parley, is a household 
name. As story teller, as poet, as historian, as Senator, as Consul at Paris, he 
adorned whatever he touched. Nor have the daughters been without gifts. Per- 
haps the queenly Mrs. Wolcott of Litchfield, inherited most remarkably the dis- 
interestedness of her grandsire; while her sister, Mrs. Whittlesey, drew from him 
her superior powers of conversation and broad sympathetic nature. These two 
shall shine as the stars forever, for by their earnest, unselfish labors they turned 
many to righteousness. 

"His third daughter, Elizabeth Ely Goodrich, lived to see thirty of her own 
grandchildren. Perhaps Mrs. Sophia Goodrich Ashton, daughter of Rev. Charles 
A. Goodrich, led this band in richness of character. She was a deep scholar and 
a ready writer. Her 'Women of the Bible' is an authority in religious biography. 
Her life was transfigured by a faith that made Heaven just as real as Earth, and 
her home was a centre that drew thither friendship of the richest minds. All her 
gifts were consecrated, and her exquisitely beautiful hands were diligent in dispen- 
sing help, not less to orphan children than to her own. 

"A few months younger was her cousin, Mary E. Smith, wife of Hon. J. J. 
Monell, of Newburgh. She represented in large degree the beauty and genius 
of her mother, Mary Ann Wolcott Goodrich Smith. Her early death removed a 
star from a briUiant social constellation. Her poetic gift was most delicate, and 
responded whenever her taste was pleased, or her heart touched." 

Mrs. Emeline Sherman Smith, granddaughter of Dr. Worthington Ely, sent 
a poem to the Ely Reunion, which appears on page 76 of the Ely Pamphlet. 

In the "Colonial Records of Connecticut" are to be found the fol- 
lowing references to Colonel John Ely, viz. : 

In March, 1775, the Assembly commissioned John Ely as Captain of the 
lOth Company, 7th Regiment. — (Vol. XIV., page 398.) 



82 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FOURTH GENERATION. 

In April the Assembly transferred Captain Ely to the Qth Company of the 
6th Regiment.— (Page 429.) 

In March, 1776, the Council of Safety voted that Mr. David Trumbull (as 
soon as possible he can) forward what Colony Arms he has in his hands to Mr. 
Joshua Huntington in Norwich, to be by him forwarded to New London to Cap- 
tain John Ely now stationed there in the Colony service, and take a proper re- 
ceipt accordingly. — (1775-1776, Vol. XV., page 254.) 

The Council of Safety, in April, 1776, voted to draw on the Pay-Table for 
£250 in favor of Captain John Ely, for pay and wages of the Company under his 
command, and to render his account. Order drawn April 10, 1776, and delivered 
to Captain Bartram. — (Page 260.) 

The Council of Safety, on June 6, 1776, voted to draw on the Pay-Table for 
account of Captain John Ely, of a Company at New London, in favor of Wm. 
Morgan, Esq., for the sum of £154 in discharge of an order by said Ely for said 
Morgan, dated March 14, 1776, for so much borrowed and received for the use 
of his (said Ely's) Company, and to be accounted for by him on settlement of his 
account and payroll (page 407) ; and also in like manner voted an order on said 
Ely's account, in favor of Samuel Shether for the sum of £30 for so much bor- 
rowed of him by said Ely. Ely's order was dated March 18, 1776. — (41) (Page 
407.) 

In July, 1776, Captain John Ely was promoted to be Major of the Regiment 
at New London in place of Lieut-Col. Smith. — (Page 460.) 

The Council of Safety voted that an order be drawn on the Committee of 
Pay-Table for Major John Ely for the sum of £60 to be improved toward pay- 
ment of his Company wages and billeting and to be accounted for on settlement 
of his account, July 9, 1776. — (Page 470.) 

On the 31st of August, 1776, General Washington had written to Governor 
Trumbull, Aug. 24th, requesting that a body of men from Connecticut be thrown 
across the Sound to harass the enemy upon their rear and in their flanks. The 
Governor and Council on the 27th concluded to send Col. Benjamin Huntington 
and Major John Ely to Long Island, to consult and agree with friends of the 
cause in order to accomplish the General's wishes. — Spark's Letters, i, 281 (page 
510). 

On August 16, 1776, the Council drew an order in favor of Major John Ely 
for £50, to be accounted for in settling his accounts. — (Page 504.) 

(Major Ely ordered to New York.) In September, 1776, the Council voted 
that two Companies of the Regiment at New London and Groton, under com- 
mand of Col. Erastus Wolcott, Esq., be detached by said Col. Wolcott and 
marched toward New York with the militia now ordered out into actual service 
there, and that they join themselves to the regiment of militia under command 
of Gordon Saltonstall, Esq., Colonel, and that John Ely, Esq., Major of Col. 
Wolcott's Regiment, do proceed with the said two companies and take command 
of the same; and that the place of the said two companies in Colonel Wolcott's 
Regiment be supplied by such men from Colonel Coit's and Colonel Saltonstall's 
regiments as are not and can not at present be armed and equipped for immediate 
service against the enemy. — (Page 576.) 



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FOURTH GENERATION. 

On Saturday, July 6, 1776, the Council of Safety met and issued instructions 
to Doctor John Ely to visit the Army at the northward, infected with small pox, 
etc., as follows, viz.: 

By the Governor and Council of Safety of the Colony of Connecticut, Re- 
solved that 

Whereas, Two battalions are raising in this Colony to reinforce the North- 
ern Army in pursuance of the recommendation of the Continental Congress, and 
as very few of the people of this Colony have passed through the small pox now 
prevalent in that Army, recruiting is likely to be greatly hindered, etc., etc., 

This Board are of the opinion, therefore, that it is highly proper to remove 
that impediment as far and as soon as possible; and do, therefore, as an expedient 
for that purpose, appoint, empower, and direct Major John Ely, physician and 
surgeon, and a gentleman who has had great experience in that disease, to repair 
forthwith to the army in the Northern Department, wait on the General and proper 
officers, find and learn the true state of the army with respect to that infectious 
sickness, advise and consult with the General, etc., concerning the proper methods 
to cleanse and remove said infection from the army and prevent the further spread- 
ing thereof, etc., etc.. 

And he, the said Doctor Ely, is hereby recommended to the General in the 
character and for the purposes aforesaid. — (Page 469.) 

In October, 1776, John Ely was appointed major in the eight battalions then 
ordered to be raised in Connecticut. — (Vol. I., page 13.) 

In November, 1776, the Assembly commissioned John Ely Colonel of the 4th 
Battalion. — (Page 69.) 

On December 5, 1776, the Council of Safety appointed Elijah Sharp Captain 
of a Company in Colonel Ely's Company, instead of Ebenezer Holbrook's, who re- 
fuses. — (Public Records of Conn., Vol. — , 1776 to 1778, page 83.) 

In December, 1776, the Assembly ordered that one regiment, to consist of the 
same number as the Continental regiments, be forthwith raised in and kept for the 
defense in this State, to continue during the continuance of the present war, to be 
regulated, officered and appointed as shall be further agreed and determined by 
this Assembly; and that Colonel Ely be ordered to march his regiment imme- 
diately to New London, there to continue until further orders; and that in the 
meantime orders be issued to raise and draft without delay one-fourth part of the 
militia of the third, eighth, twelfth, twentieth and twenty-first regiments of this 
State, to be marched and placed at or about New London for the defence and 
safety of this State until such regiment can be raised or other proper measures 
taken for our defence, and not to be holden more than two months. — (Page 120.) 

A letter was sent Colonel Ely to notify him of his march, which is not to be 
delayed.— (Page 188.) 

The Assembly in May, 1777, appointed John Ely, Esq., to be Colonel of one 
of the battalions now to be raised for the service of this State (page 255), and (on 
page 256) it appears that he was assigned to the 2nd Battalion, of which he was 
commissioned as Colonel in June, 1777. 

The Council voted in January, 1778, extra pay to the officers and men of 
Colonel John Ely's and Colonel Roger Enos' regiments, because of their long 
and arduous services outside of the State. — (Page 483.) 



84 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FOURTH GENERATION. 

Sarah, wife of James Abbott of Lebanon, memorialized the Assembly, stat- 
ing that in May, 1777, the said James was appointed ensign in Col. Ely's Regiment 
for the defence of this State, that in the fall of 1777 the regiment was crossing the 
Sound on an expedition to Long Island, when it was captured by a British ship 
of war, that all were carried to New York, and there ever since detained as 
prisoners of war; and by reason of the detention of said James his wife has no 
means of support. The Assembly made provision to have the wages of said 
prisoner paid in part to his wife during his captivity. — (Vol. IL, p. 335.) 

The Council of Safety, March 5, 1777, voted that orders be given to draw off 
Col. John Ely from Providence to march to New London with four companies of 
his men, there to wait further orders. (Vol. I., page 187.) 

On March 6, 1777, orders were sent to General Spencer to order Colonel Ely 
with four of his companies to New London to wait further orders. (Page 188.) 

On July I, 1777, the Council of Safety voted that Col. Ely be directed to 
order Lieut. John Shipman with twenty men as a guard at Saybrook, and that 
thirty men more with a proper officer be added to said guard; also to add so 
many men to the guard at Lyme, under the command of ensign John Griswold, 
as to complete the number to thirty, to be continued at Lyme until further 
orders. (Page 336.) e 

In July, 1777, the Council voted that Joshua Bottom be and he is hereby 
appointed First Lieut, in Capt. Smith's Company in Col. Ely's Regiment. (Page 
35I-) 

July 17, 1777, it was voted that Colonel John Ely dismiss a negro slave, 
named Minto, belonging to Joseph Crandall, from said Ely's regiment, to return 
to said Crandall, and said Col. Ely is hereby directed to dismiss him accordingly, 
his premium, arms, etc., to be returned before dismission. (Page 351.) 

Gen. Jonathan Trumbull, writing from Lebanon July 18, 1777, addresses a 
long letter of instructions to Colonel John Ely, 2nd Regt., viz.: 

To station Capt. Palmer and his 2nd Lieut. Chapman with their men at 
Stonington; 

To continue the detail of men at Lyme and Saybrook; 

To place two Companies in Groton Fort; 

To station the remainder of the Regiment at Fort Trumbull and there- 
abouts. 

To watch all vessels, boats, etc., and to report from time to time the state of 
his command. (Vol. I., 1776-1778, p. 3S2-3-) 

July 23, 1777, the Council of Safety voted that Edward Hallam provide four 
ammunition carts for the troops at New London, etc., of proper construction, 
taking advice of Colonel Ely and Major Saltonstall as to the construction of said 
carts. (Page 357-) 

The Council of Safety at Lebanon, July 26, 1777, gave orders to Colonel John 
Ely concerning ammunition carts, teams, tools, utensils, horses, paymaster. Com- 
missary of ordinance stores, muster-master, artificers, magazines, Saybrook, Fort 
well, etc., on file. (Page 359.) 

On August 2, 1777, the Council gave orders to Colonel John Ely to remove 
the platform from the old Fort in New London to Fort Trumbull. (Page 361.) 



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In August, 1777, the Council wrote Colonel Ely to order Captain Collins of 
his Regiment, lately ordered to Lyme, to return to New London, etc. (Page 
388.) 

On September 25, 1777, the Council of Safety at Lebanon empowered Colonel 
Ely to raise a Company, with one captain, two lieutenants, and fifty non-commis- 
sioned officers and privates, for the expedition against Rhode Island, to have the 
same pay as the Continental troops. Also it was voted that a lieutenant and 
twenty-four privates be detached from the Matross Company at New London 
and Groton to proceed with the iron field pieces at Norwich to join the expedition 
against Rhode Island under Colonel John Ely. The Council also voted Colonel 
Ely £1,000 for the use of his Regiment. (Page 401.) 

The Council voted in September, 1777, that Eben Ledyard be appointed, to 
provide eight ox teams to transport from Groton the baggage of Colonel Ely's 
regiment to such part of the State of Rhode Island as he shall direct. (Page 404.) 

On October 4, 1777, the Council directed that Colonel Ely march on Mon- 
day next to the State of Rhode Island and Providence Plantation by the route 
directed by General Spencer and put himself and his regiment under the com- 
mand of Major General Spencer. (Page 406.) 

On November 4, 1777, the Council voted that Colonel Marshfield Parsons 
be directed to dismiss the militia under his command at New London, Groton, 
etc., as soon as Colonel Ely shall return with his Regiment. (Page 455.) 

November 18, 1777, the Council sent orders by Lieut. Angel for Colonel 
Ely to march with his Regiment and join Major General Putnam and act under his 
command until further orders. (Page 458.) 

In January, 1778, the Council voted to desire the Governor to write Gen- 
eral Clinton and inform him of the condition on which the State prisoners from 
New York were permitted to return, and to propose the exchange of Colonel Ely 
for Colonel Delancey; and the Council urged that Congress be desired to arrange 
a general exchange of prisoners as soon as possible. 

In January, 1779, a memorial of Col. John Ely on behalf of himself and other 
captives in New York and places adjacent was received. The Assembly voted 
to advance said Ely £160 in silver and gold for his use and that of other officers 
from this State in captivity for their relief and comfort and necessary refresh- 
ment. (Vol. II., page 188.) 

149. Anne Ely, b. 1740, d. 1776, dau. of Daniel Ely and Ruhama 
Turner; m. 1768, Ezra Selden, b. 1727, son of Samuel Selden and Debo- 
rah Dudley. Their children : 

1. Erastus, b. 1769, d. 1839, m. Lucy Jewett. 

2. Anne, b. 1770, d. 1777. 

3. Lucretia, b. 1772, d. 1776. 

4. Elisha, b. 1774, d. 1775. 

5. Rebecca, b. 1776 (died while mother was being buried). 

140. Lucretia Ely, dau, of Daniel Ely and Ruhama Turner, m. Ben- 
jamin Colt, 1762 ; m. 2nd Dudley Selden, 17 — . Their children : — 

I. Ethelinda, b. 1771 ; m. Joseph Dudley Selden (24i£). (There were sev- 
eral other children, of whom we have no record.) 



86 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FOURTH GENERATION. 

141. Christopher Ely, b. 1743, d. 181 7, son of Daniel Ely and Ru- 
hama Turner; m. Eve Marvin, b. 1748, d. 1770. dau. of Reynold Mar- 
vin and Mary Kelley ; m. 2nd Esther Hunt, b. 1746, d. 1788; m. 3rd Mary 
Elliott, 1798, she b. 1752, d. 1803, dau. of Aaron Elliott and Mary 
Worthington. Their children : — 

1. Esther, b. 1785, d. 1786. 

2. John Christopher, b. 1787, d. 1864, m. Eunice Noyes. 

Colonial Records of Connecticut, Vol. XIV., page 429, mentions that in 
April, 177s, Christopher Ely was commissioned by the Assembly as 2nd Lieut, of 
the 1st Company, 6th Regiment. 

Samuel Holden Parsons, Colonel. 

David Fithen Sill, 1st Lieut. 

Elisha Wade, Ensign. 

The same Assembly commissioned John Ely Captain pth Company, 6th 
Regt. 

Page 13, Public Records of Connecticut, Vol. I. (1776-1778) states that 
Christopher Ely was in Oct., 1776, appointed Captain in the eight battalions now 
ordered to be raised in this State. 

In May, 1772, Daniel Marvin, of Lyme, administrator on the estate of Eve 
Ely, late of Lyme, deceased, petitioned the Connecticut Assembly, showing that 
the debts of the Estate amounted to the sum of £74, 19s., 11, and that the said de- 
ceased left none but real estate, and praying for liberty to sell real estate, etc., as 
per memorial on file. 

The Assembly accordingly empowered the administrator to sell lands of the 
deceased in amount sufficient to liquidate the past claims against the Estate. 
(Vol. XIII., page 618, Records of Connecticut.) 

142. Elisha Ely, Owego, N. Y., b. 1748, d. 1801, son of Daniel Ely 
and Ruhama Turner, m. Susannah Bloomer, Rye, N. Y., b. 1761, d. 1823 
(possibly daughter of Joseph, of Middletown, Conn.). Their children : — 

1. Nancy, b. 1782, d. 1862, m., 1800, Archibald White; m., 1821, Abner 

Murray. 

2. Susannah, b. 1783, d. 1847. 

3. Gilbert Bloomer, b. 1785, d. 1831, m., 1809, Elizabeth McClain. 

4. Elisha, b. 1788. 

5. William Alfred, b. 1789, d. 1863, m. in 1841 Ann Smith Gregory. 

6. Edward, b. 1791, d. 1844, m. Fanny Avery. 

7. Harriet, b. 1794, d. 1881, m. in 1835 John Carmichael. 

8. Daniel, b. 1797, d. 1844, m- in 1832 Lois Gridley Kelsey. 

9. James, b. 1798, d. 1862, m. 1828 Cynthia Bundy. 

Dr. Elisha Ely was born in Lyme in 1748; he was a son of Daniel Ely. "He 
was half-brother to Dr. John Ely (Colonel), with whom he is supposed to have 
studied his profession. He married Susannah Bloomer. They had nine children. 
He practiced at Old Saybrook; was largely engaged in small-pox inoculation. 
His reception house was on the present Fenwick grounds. He purchased a large 



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FOURTH GENERATION. 

tract of land in Pennsylvania, on which Wellsboro, the shiretown of Tioga County, 
is now located. In 1779 he removed his family to Owego, N. Y., to remain till 
his new town was ready. He soon after lost all his property by the failure of the 
Tenn title,' on which his own depended. The surrounding country was then a 
wilderness, without roads or bridges. He died in 1880 from toil, exposure and 
misfortune. 

"William A., one of his six sons, was a leading man and successful merchant 
in Owego, where he left two sons, now in the drug business. Dr. Elisha Ely was 
much respected as a man and a physician. He was a leading Mason, and buried 
by the fraternity." 

151. Jacob Ely, b. 1714, son of William Ely and Hannah Thompson, 
m. Lydia Ray. Their children: — 

1. Lydia, m. Josiah Waterhouse. 

(Capt. Joseph W. Bates, Chester, Conn., will furnish more details.) 

2. Sarah, m. Elias Miner. 

3. William, b. 1752, m. H. Brockway. 

4. Moses, b. 1761, d. 1793, m. Jerusha Ray. 

5. Eleanor. 

6. Deborah. 

7. Jemima, m. Abel Bingham. 

8. Peter; died aged two years. 

9. Sophrona. 

10. Elias, b. 1769, m. Mary Miller. 

Extract from Public Records of Connecticut, 1776-1778, Vol. I., page 144: 

In Dec, 1776, Jacob Ely, of Lyme, memorialized the Assembly, shewing 
that he was a listed soldier in Captain Bingham's company in the regiment under 
command of Colonel Selden in the Continental Army in the last campaign; that 
he faithfully served therein until by reason of sickness on the 9th of Dec. last he 
was properly discharged, but by mistake was returned a deserter and thereby 
prevented from his wages, to the distress of his family, etc., as per memorial on 
file, etc. 

Resolved by this Assembly, that the Committee of the Pay-Table be and 
they are hereby directed to settle and adjust the wages due to said Jacob Ely 
to the time of his discharge aforesaid, he accounting for his arms, and that they 
give orders on the Treasurer for the payment of the same accordingly. 

152. James Ely, second son of William Ely and Hannah Thompson, 
born in 1719, married Dorcas Andrews in 1741. He died May 12, 1766. 
Six of his sons served in the Continental Army during the Revolutionary 
War. 

Children of James Ely and Dorcas Andrews : 

1. Elizabeth, b. 1742, d. 1763, m. Alexander Alford. 

2. James, b. 1744, d. 1809, m. 1760 Catharine Hayes. 

3. Ruhama, b. 1745, d. 1761. 

4. Jacob, b. 1748, d. 1836, m. in 1773 Temperance Tififany; m., 2nd, Lois 

(Beebe) Perkins. 



88 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FOURTH GENERATION. 

5. Dorcas, b. 1749, d. 1826, m. Eliphalet Alford. 

6. Tabitha, b. 1751. 

7. Aaron, b. 1753, d. Jan. 5, 1777. Killed at Kingsbridge; buried at Lyme. 

8. Andrew, b. 1756, m. Hannah Perkins. 

9. John, b. Feb. 28, 1758, d. Aug. 14, 1847, m. Elizabeth Bennett. 
ID. Gad, b. 1762, d. 1807, m. Tamar Meeker. 

II. Rhoda, b. 1762. 

William Ely, the father of James, died in 1760, and Vol. XI. of the PubHc 
Records of Conn., page 408, mentions that James Ely, in May, 1760, presented a 
memorial to the Assembly, stating that he was the administrator of the Estate of 
William Ely, late of Lyme, and that said deceased left a Will in which he di- 
rected his Executors to sell his out-lands and pay his debts, educate an infant 
grandchild, etc. The Executors refused to qualify and act, and petitioner says no 
sale can be legally made without power from the General Assembly of this 
Colony. The Assembly accordingly empowered said James Ely to sell the out- 
lands and carry out the provisions of the will. Vol. 12, Col. Rec. of Conn., page 
390, records the unsuccessful petition in May, 1765, of James Ely against 
Richard Ely, No. 133, and Mary Ely. 

153. Mary Ann Ely, b. 1721, daughter of William Ely and Hannah 
Thompson, m. 1743, Richard Pearson, son of Peter Pearson and Mary 
Lord. He was born 1717. Their children: — 

1. Elizabeth, b. Mar. 29, 1744, m. William Reed, lived at Lyme. 

2. Phebe, b. Dec. 14, 1745, m. Elisha Royce, lived at Lyme. 

3. Sarah, b. Oct. i, 1747, m. Reuel Royce, lived at Lyme. 

4. Richard, b. Mar. 25, 1750, d. Apr. 28, 1762. 

5. Mehitable, b. Feb. 15, 1752, m. Josiah Beckwith, removed to Bethany, 

N. Y. 

6. Mary, b. Feb. 28, 1754, m. Nathan Huntley. 

7. Peter, b. Oct. 14, 1756, d. 1836, m. 1781, Parnal Corah. 

8. William Ely, b. Nov. 4, 1758, m. Mehitable Reeves, m. (2) Hannah 

9. Annie, b. Mar. 24, 1764, m. Luther Reeves. 

The following account of Richard Pearson is taken from the Hyde 
Genealogy : 

V. RICHARD PEARSON (463), born at Lyme, Conn., 9 Dec, 1717, the 
eldest son of Peter Pearson and Mary Lord (68), of Lyme, was a grandson of 
Elizabeth Hyde (9) of the third generation. He m. 9 May, 1743, Mary Ann Ely, 
probably a daughter of William Ely the second of Lyme, who was a son of 
William Ely the first of Lyme and grandson of Richard Ely the first, who came 
from England. They settled at Lyme, where they died. The dates of their 
deaths I have not obtained. 



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FOURTH GENERATION, 

154. Martha Ely, born 1723, dau. of William Ely and Hannah 
Thompson; m., 1739, Josiah DeWolf. Their children: — 

1. William, b. 1740. 

2. Anna, b. 1742. 

3. David, b. 1743. 

4. Azubah, b. 1745. 

5. Martha, b. 1747. 

6. Hannah, b. 1748. 

7. Samuel, b. 1749, d. 1753. 

8. Samuel, b. 1750. 

9. Esther, b. 1753. 

155. Deborah Ely, b. 1725, dau. of William Ely and Hannah 
Thompson; m.. May 18, 1742, Richard Mather, Lyme, Conn.; he was 
born 1712^ son of Samuel Mather and Deborah Champion. Their 
children : — 

1. Mehitable, b. Mar. 7, 1743, d. 1802, m. Sept. 10, 1761, Maj. Gen. Saml. 

Holden Parsons. 

2. Samuel, b. Feb. 22, 174S, d. 1809, m. Nov. 14, 1765, Lois Griswold, 

daugh. Thos. Griswold. 

3. William, b. SepL 15, 1746, d. Sept. 24, 1746. 

4. William, b. Nov. 21, 1747, m. 1768 Rhoda Marvin, of Lyme. 

5. Elias, b. Jany. i, 1750, d. 1788, m. 1771 Lucinda Lee. 

6. Deborah, b. Oct. 3, 1752, d. 1826, m. 1771 Capt. Ezra Lee. 

7. Ezra, b. Feb. 25, 1755, d. June 4, 1755. 

8. Ezra, b. Apr. 27, 1756, d. Nov. 10, 1758. 

9. Sylvester, b. Sep. i, 1758, d. 181 1, m. 1788 Elizabeth Waite. 

10. Polly, b. Mch. 31, 1760, m. 1779, William Champlin, of Lyme. 

11. Lucia, b. Mch. 13, 1763. 

12. Richard, b. July 4, 1765, m. Eunice Calkins. 

The following from the pages of the Hall Genealogy (Part I.) is not 
without interest: — 

"Richard Mather, who married Deborah Ely (155), was son of Samuel 
Mather, born 1684, died at Lyme 1725. 

"In 1712, Samuel Mather married Deborah Champion of Lyme. She was 
the daughter of Thomas Champion and his wife Hannah Brockway. The pa- 
rents of Thomas Champion were Henry and Sarah Champion of Saybrook. 
Samuel Mather was the son of Richard Mather of Dorchester, who was bom 
1653, and married in 1680 Ehzabeth Wise, daughter of Joseph Wise and his wife 
Mary Thompson of Roxbury. 

"The father of Richard Mather was Timothy Mather of Dorchester, born in 
England in 1628, and who died in 1684. In 1650 Timothy Mather married Kath- 
erine Atherton, eldest daughter of Maj or- Gen. Humphrey Athertoru 

"General Atherton came from Preston, Lancashire, to Dorchester in 1636. 
He was Captain of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery in 1650; Selectman and 
Representative nine years from 1638; an Assistant in 1657, and until his death. 



90 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FOURTH GENERATION. 

In 1656 he succeeded General Sedgwick as Major General. He died September 
16, 1661. Died by "a judgment of God" in being thrown from his horse on return 
from a review on Boston Common. 

"Timothy Mather, who married Catherine Atherton, was a brother of In- 
crease, who was born in Dorchester in 1639. Increase Mather married Martha, 
daughter of Rev. John Cotton. Increase was a graduate of Harvard College, and 
his son, Rev. Cotton Mather, who married the daughter of Colonel John Phillips 
of Charlestown was the famous preacher of his time. 

"The Honorable J. P. C. Mather of New London was also descended from 
this branch of the Mathers. 

"From Timothy Mather and his wife, Catherine Atherton, through Richard 
and Deborah (Ely) Mather and their son, Captain Sylvester (1559), who mar- 
ried Elizabeth Waite, descend the families of Ely and Mather of Binghamton, 
N. Y., and also the family of Professor R. H. Mather of Amherst, Mass." 

The Hyde Genealogy confirms our record, and states 

(This Richard Mather, b. 22 Dec, 1712, at Lyme, m. 18 May, 1742, Deborah 
Ely, daughter of William Ely, granddaughter of William Ely the first of Lyme, 
who came from Eng. Richard Mather and Deborah Ely had 11 children born at 
Lyme: i. Mehitable who m. Samuel Holden Parsons. 2. William, who died in 
infancy. 3. William 2nd, who m. Rhoda Marvin and removed to Mass. 4. Elias, 
who m. Lucinda Lee, and was an officer in the army of the revolution. 5. De- 
borah, who m. Capt. Ezra Lee. 6. Ezra, who d. in infancy. 7. Ezra 2d, do. 
8. Sylvester, who m. Elizabeth Waite. 9. Mary, who m. William Champlin of 
Lyme. 10. Lucia, b. 1763. 11. Richard, who m. Eunice Moore Calkins. Richard 
Mather was the eldest son of Samuel Mather and Deborah Champion and grandson 
of Richard Mather, who came to Lyme about 1686, where he d. 17 Aug., 1688. That 
Richard Mather, b. 22 Dec, 1653, at Dorchester, who m. i July, 1680, Elizabeth Wise 
of Dorchester, was the second son of Timothy Mather of Dorchester by his first 
wife, Elizabeth Atherton (who d. 15 May, 1678), dau. of Maj. Gen. Humphrey 
Atherton, and was grandson of Rev. Richard Mather, third minister of Dor- 
chester, b. 1596 at Lawton, Eng., who m. 29 Sept., 1624, Catherine Holt, and had 
by her six sons: Samuel, Timothy, Nathaniel, Joseph, Eleazer, and Increase.) 

"Joseph Mather, who married (Anna Booth, bom in 1718)," was the son of Lieut. Joseph Mather and 
Phebe De Wolf, grandson of Richard Mather and Catherine Wise, great-grandson of Timothy Mather and 
Ehzabeth or Catherine Atherton, great-great-grandson of Rev. Richard Mather and Catherine Holt, also great- 
great-grandson of Major-Gen. Humphery Atherton and Mary Wale. 

There are five generations of descendants of Joseph and Anna Booth Mather published in the Mather 
genealogy by Horace E. Mather, of Hartford, Conn. This work can be seen in the largest libraries of New 
York, Boston, Albany, Philadelphia and Chicago, as well as the smaller cities. The British Museum of London 
and the Bodleian Library of Oxford have copies of it. The book of 540 pages has thirteen generations in some 
of the lines from the grandfather of Rev. Richard Mather. Horace E. Mather. 

156. Samuel Ely, born 1729, son of William Ely and Hannah 
Thompson; m. Anna Mather; b. 1758; dau. of Benjamin Mather and 
Irena Pearson. Their children: — 

1. Lucy. 

2. Samuel, b. 1774, d. 1814, m. 1805 Elizabeth Smith. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 91 

FOURTH GENERATION. 

157. Ammiruhama Ely, b. 1731 ; d. 1799; son of William Ely and 
Hannah Thompson ; m. Martha Peck. Their children : — 

1. Gabriel, b. 1756, m. Eunice Merriman, 

2. Martha. 

3. Gurdon, b. 1760, m. 1783, Parnal Phelps; m., 1818, Caroline Willy; m., 

1826, Sally Russell. 

4. Hannah. 

5. Zelophehad, b. 1765, d. 1822, m. 1793, Elizabeth Marvin Sterling. 

6. Fanny, b. 1773, d. 1840. 

7. Gates, b. 1777, d. 1800. 

158. Hannah Ely, born 1745, dau. of William Ely and his second 
wife, Mary Noyes ; m. Abraham Turner. 

150. Mary Ely, dau. of William Ely and Mary Noyes; m. Edward 
Brockway. 

181. William Noyes, b. 1728, d. 1807, son of Mary Ely and Aloses 
Noyes ; m. Eunice Marvin, Lyme, Conn. Their children : — 

I. 

2. Joseph, b. 1758, d. 1820, m. 1785 Jane Lord. 

loi. Ruth Matson, b. 1717, d. 1762, dau. of Joanna Ely and 
Nathaniel Matson; m., 1747, Joseph Sill; he was born 1715, died 1782, 
son of Joseph Sill and Phebe Lord. Their children : — 

1. Giles, b. 1748, m. 1773 Lucy Gould. 

2. Nathaniel, b. 1750, d. 1765. 

3. Ruhama, b. 1752, d. 1790, m. David Howell. 

4. Lucy, b. 1754, m. Ambrose Watrous. 

5. Ruth, b. 1756, m. Gurdon Clark. 

6. Phebe, b. 1758, d. 1765. 

7. William, b. 1760, d. 1850, m. 1787 Jemima Sterling. 

102. William Matson, Lyme, Conn., d. 1804, son of Joanna Ely and 
Nathaniel Matson, m. 1763, Eunice Skinner; she d. 1814. Their chil- 
dren : — 

1. William, b. 1764, d. 1774. 

2. David, b. 1766, m. Lois Sill. 

3. Eli. b. 1768, Willey. 

4. Aaron, b. 1770. 

5. Eunice, b. 1774, m. Maine. 

6. William, b. 1780, d. 1816, Rhoda Nevi'tcn. 

103. Nathaniel Matson, Lyme, Conn., b. 1725, d. 1787, son of Joanna 
Ely and Nathaniel Matson, m. 1761, Desire Newton, Colchester, Conn., 



92 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FOURTH GENERATION. 

who was born 1730, d. 1781, dau. of Israel Newton and Lois Tredway. 
Their children: — 

1. Susannah, b. 1761, d. 1850, m. 1786 Remick Waite. 

2. Abigail, b. 1764, d. 1813 (unm.). 

3. Nathaniel, b. 1765, d. 185 1, m. 1790 Polly Sill, m. in 1790, died in 1802; 

m. 1806 Anne Ely (No. 2483). 

4. Dinah, b. 1767, d. 1770. 

5. Israel, b. 1771; d. 1855; m. 1805, Catherine Ann Johnson; m. 1821, 

Phebe Ely (No. 2488). 

6. Lois, b. 1772, d. 1825 (unm.). 

7. Joanna, b. 1777, d. 1843, m. 1798, Samuel Buckingham. 

104. Elizabeth Matson, b. 1719, d. 1815, dau. of Joanna Ely and 
Nathaniel Matson, m. Timothy Mather, b. 171 1, d. 1800, son of Timothy 
Mather and . Their children : — 

1. Timothy, b. 1737. 

2. Sarah, b. 1739. 

3. Jehoida, b. 1740, d. 181 r. 

4. John N., b. 1742. 

5. Eunice, b. 1744. 

6. Joanna, b. 1746, d. 1747. 

7. Reuben, b. 1747. 

8. Asaph, b. 1749. 

9. Lucy, b. 1 75 1. 

105. Ruhama Matson, b. 1728, d. 1820, dau. of Joanna Ely and 
Nathaniel Matson, m. 1748, Travis Ayer, Saybrook, Conn., b. 1723, d. 
1812, son of John Ayer and Sarah Colt. Their children: — 

1. Ruhama Matson, b. 1751, d. 1820. 

2. John, b. 1763, d. 1840. m. 1786 Jemima Youngs. 

106. Joanna Matson, b. 1738, d. 1814, dau. of Joanna Ely and Na- 
thaniel Matson, m. Joseph Mather, Lyme, Conn., 1756, he b. 1713, d. 
1788, son of Timothy Mather and . Their children : — ■ 

1. Joanna, b. 1757, m. John Parsons. 

2. Nathaniel, b. 1759, m. Eunice DeWolf. 

3. Thomas, b. 1762. 

4. Moses, b. 1764. 

5. Joseph, b. 1766. 

107. Mary Matson, dau. of Joanna Ely and Nathaniel Matson, m. in 
1761, Joseph Smith, East Lyme, Conn. Their children : — 

I. Abby, d. age 18. 
, 2. Joseph, m. Lucy Harris. 

3. Matson, m. Sarah Ann Mather; m., Lucy Buckingham (Hart), 

4. Polly, d. 1856, ni. Peter Clark. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 93 

FOURTH GENERATION. 

108. Abigail Matson, b. 1744, d. 1820, clau. of Joanna Ely and Na- 
thaniel Matson, m. 1773 (his second wife), John Coult, Lyme, Conn., b. 
1724, d. 1784, son of Benjamin Coult and Miriam Harris. TlTeir chil- 
dren : — 

I. William, b. 1777, d. 1859, m. 1796 M. Nancy Denison; m. 1807 Mary 

Marvin. 
(John Coult, son of Benj. by ist wife, m. Elizabeth Denison, sister of 

William's wife, 1081.) 

109. Deborah Matson, b. 1743, d. 1793, daughter of Joanna Ely 

and Nathaniel Matson, married ist, Williams; married 2nd, 

Samuel Sanford, Saybrook, he born 1721, d. 1794. Their children:— - 

I. Elizabeth, b. 1748, d. 1823, m. Azariah Whittlesey. 

211. Samuel Ely, son of Samuel Ely and Jane Lord, was born In 
1 71 3, married in 1739, Hannah Marsh, daughter of Ebenezer Marsh and 

his wife, Parsons. Their family consisted of ten children. They 

lived at North Lyme, Conn. 

Children of Samuel Ely and Hannah Marsh : — 

1. Samuel C, b. Nov. 6, 1740; d. 1795; m. Beulah Billings. 

2. Elijah, b. May 8, 1743; d. Mar. 24, 1799; m. Feb. 14, 1765, Hepzibah Lee. 

3. Hannah, b. May 28, 1745; d. 1820; m. July 27, 1766, Deacon George 

Elliot, of Killingworth. 

4. Mary, b. 1747; d. Dec. 10, 1751. 

5. Abner (twin), b. 1749; d. Jan. 2, 1805; m. 1779, Bridget Brockway. 

6. Mary 2nd (twin), b. 1749; d. Oct. 9, 1829; m. 1767, Thos. Anderson. 

7. Lois, b. 1751 ; m. ist. Captain Ezra Selden; m. 2nd, Rev. Ezra Halleck. 

8. Elizabeth, b. 1754; d. May 2, 1791 ; m. Apr. 17, 1777, Abraham Perkins. 

9. Jerusha, b. 1756; d. July 12, 1833; m. Captain Richard Williams, of 

Saybrook. 
ID. Marsh, b. 1761; d. Nov. 2, 1835; m. Sally Warren, who died July 28, 
1838. 

Note. — Mr. Moses Beach numbered Lois Ely as the ninth child, and this 
order has been followed in the record; but it is believed by the Editor that Lois 
was the seventh child and not the ninth. 

Samuel Ely was representative from Lyme to the General Court 
many times from 1757 to 1760. (Pub. Records of Conn., Vol. XL, pages 
2, 57, 91, 303, 348, 367, 371, 498, etc.). He was commissioned Lieuten- 
ant of the third company or trainband in Lyme in October, 1750, and 
Captain of the same in October, 1755, succeeding Captain Samuel Sel- 
den in this position. He was also justice of the peace in May, 1749, and 
was held in high esteem by his neighbors and townsmen. (See Public' 
Records of Conn., 1744-50, pages 417, 555.) 



94 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FOURTH GENERATION. 



The first son, Samuel, graduated at Yale College, in 1764, was a 
Congregationalist clergyman, preached at Somers, and had two children. 

The second son, Elijah, grandfather of the late Judges Samuel L. 
and Henry R. Selden, of the Court of Appeals, State of New York, was 
drowned in the Connecticut river, March 24, 1799. 

Lois Ely, daughter of Samuel Ely and Hannali Marsh, married 
Capt. Ezra Selden, and is buried at Mattituck, L. I. 

For details in regard to Samuel Ely's numerous posterity, see the 
Hyde Genealogy. 

The tombstones of those members of the family who are buried at 
Lyme, bear the following inscriptions : 



IN MEMORY OF 

SAMUEL ELY, Esq., 

who departed this life, 

Feb'y ye nth, A.D. 1784, in 

ye 71st year of his age. 



IN MEMORY OF 

MRS. HANNAH ELY, 

WIFE OF 
SAMUEL ELY, ESQ., 

who departed this life 

April 7, A. D. 1787, in ye 

63rd year of her age. 



MARY ELY, 

daughter of 

Esq. Samuel Ely, and 

Mrs. Hannah Ely, 



Died Dec. 10, A.D. 175 1, 

in ye 5 th year of 

her age. 



in memory of 

MR. ABNER ELY, 

who died Jan. 2, 1805, 
Aged 56. 



A kind companion, tender 
parent and real friend. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FOURTH GENERATION. 



95 



in memory of 
Mrs. Elizabeth Perkins, 

wife of 
Mr. Abraham Perkins, 

who died May 2, 1 791, in 
the 37th year of her age. 



in memory of 

J E RUSH A, 

wife of 

Capt. Richard Williams, 

Of Saybrook, 

who died in this place, 

July 12, 1833, 

Aged ^^. 



THE GRAVE OF 

MAJ. MARSH ELY, 

who died Nov. 2, 1835, 
Aged 74 years. 

Beloved in Life — Lamented in Death, 

and highly esteemed by ail 

who knew him. 



An honest man the noblest work 
of God. 



TO 


THE memory OF 


MRS. 


SALLY 

relict OF 


ELY 


Major Marsh Ely, 1 


who died July 28, 


1838, 




Aged 71. 





96 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FOURTH GENERATION. 

In May, 1767, Samuel Ely and others, owners of land adjoining Eight Mile 
River in Lyme, petitioned the Assembly for the repeal of the law forbidding the 
use of the seine in taking fish, etc. Vol. 12, Pub. Rec. of Conn., page 584. 

In Oct., 1755 (Vol. 10, page 438), Samuel Ely was appointed by the Assem- 
bly, in company with Zebulon Butler, administrator of John Butler, dec'd of 
Lyme, to sell real estate belonging to the said deceased to the amount of 
£1,935. to pay the deceased's debts. 

In Jany., 1756, Vol. X, page 455, Samuel Ely was appointed to act with 
Ezra and Richard Brockway, administrators of Richard Brockway, 2nd, late of 
Lyme, to sell lands belonging to the estate, to the amount of £2,483 lis. 6d., and 
to pay the just debts of said deceased. Page 580: In Oct., 1756, the Assembly 
granted Samuel Ely and Zebulon Butler power to sell £520 19s. sd. more in value 
of said lands of John Butler of Lyme, deceased, to pay remaining debts of said 
estate. 

Plymouth Colony Records, Vol. X., 1653-1679, page 390: From the Files, 
War, Vol. I., Doc. 138: 

The Records of the Governor and Council met at Boston, August 30, 1678, 
state that some of the Maquas in June last at Maguncog not far from Natick 
killed three and carried away captive twenty-four of our friendly Indians into 
their country without the least known provocation; that the Council commis- 
sioned Samuel Ely and Benjamin Wayte to repair to the Maquas sachems and 
demand the reason for their action and the delivery of the captives, and that the 
said Commissioners have not been able to obtain any satisfaction from the said 
Sachems. 

In view of these facts, Sir Edmund Andros, Governor of New York, was 
communicated with and measures concerted to repress the Maquas and to obtain 
the release of their captives. 

The Public Records of Connecticut, 1772-75. pages 8, 74, 289, 419 and 577, 
mention the appointment of Samuel Ely as Justice in May, 1768. Also in May, 
1769, 1770, 1771, '^yy^ and 1773. 

Vol. I. states that Samuel Ely was the Deputy representing the town of Lyme 
at the General Assembly at 

Hartford, May, 1777 (P- 220). 
New Haven, October, 1777 (p. 409). 
Hartford, October, 1777 (p. 411). 
Hartford, January, 1778 (p. 470). 
Hartford, February, 1778 (p. 523)- 
Hartford, May, I779 (Vol. II., p. 250). 

He was also appointed Justice in May, 1777 (Vol. I., page 225); and was re- 
appointed in May, 1778 (Vol. II., p. 7), and again in May, 1779 (page 255). 

The powder horn of the worthy Major hangs in the library of 
Professor Eaton at Yale. It is a plain afifair, destitute of carving or de- 
vice, but it holds a good deal of powder. 

Lois, who married, first, Captain Ezra Selden, who was her third 
cousin, oldest son of Ezra Selden and Elizabeth Rogers; and second. 
Rev. Ezra Halleck, is buried at Mattituck, Long Island. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 97 

FOURTH GENERATION. 

The Hyde Genealogy contains the following account of Samuel 

Ely:— 

Samuel Ely (461), born at Saybrook, Conn., the only son of Samuel Ely 
and Jane Lord {67) of Lyme, was a grandson of Elizabeth Hyde (9) of the third 
generation. He married 20 May, 1739, Hannah Marsh. They settled at Lyme, 
where he was a justice of the peace and where they both probably died. 

Their children were: 
1955- Samuel C, b. 6 Nov., 1740, at Lyme. He graduated at Yale, 1764, and 

was a Congregational clergyman. He m. Billings and 

preached at Somers, and had two children. 

The History of Massachusetts, by J. S. Barry, page 219, states that in Shay's 
Rebellion, in 1786, the Reverend Samuel Ely of Somers, Conn., made himself 
prominent by being a ringleader of the malcontents. 

Mr. Ely interfered with the officers at Northampton and was arrested. A 
rescue was attempted by the insurgents and was successful, but three of Ely's 
followers were taken. 

A riot followed at Hatfield, where the prisoners had been taken, and the 
militia were called out, but to avoid bloodshed the Governor of the jail gave up 
his prisoners on an agreement that Ely would surrender himself for trial when 
wanted. Mr. Ely was, however, subsequently exonerated. 

212. Elizabeth Ely, born at Saybrook, Conn., 1715, was the only 
daughter of Samuel Ely and Jane Lord, and was a granddaughter of 
Elizabeth Hyde of the third generation. 

She married, Oct. 7, 1735, Captain Elisha Sheldon, born in 1709, 
who was Assistant of the Colony from 1762 until his death. He was 
the youngest son of Thomas Sheldon and Mary Hinsdale of Northamp- 
ton. He graduated at Yale in 1730. His father, Thomas Sheldon, born 
in 1661, was the third son of Isaac Sheldon, of Windsor, Conn., born 
in 1629, married 1653, and Mary Woodford, of Hartford, daughter of 
Thomas Woodford and Mary Blott, and grandson of Isaac Sheldon, of 
Dorchester, Mass. 

Children of Elisha Sheldon and Elizabeth Ely: — 

1. Mary, b. June 6, 1737; d. Aug. 28, 1737. 

2. Lois, b. June 24, 1738; d. May 12, 1843; m. Lynde Lord, her mother's 

first cousin, third son Richard Lord and Elizabeth Lynde. 

3. Elisha, b. Mar. 6, 1740; d. 1805; m. Mrs. Whiting. 

4. Mary 2nd, b. Jan. 19, 1742; d. 1764; unm. 

5. Thomas, b. Oct. 13, 1743; d. Nov. 5, 1743. 

6. Thomas 2nd, b. Aug. 5, 1745; d. 1794, at New Lebanon Springs, N. Y.; 

unm. 

7. Samuel, b. Mar. 9, 1747; d. Dec. 20, 1747. 

8. Samuel 2nd, b. May 21, 1750; d. Jan. 2, 1842; m. Elizabeth Baldwin. 



98 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FOURTH GENERATION. 

Thomas Woodford came to Boston in the "WiUiam and Francis." 
He sailed from England, March 7, 1632, and arrived in America June 5, 
1632. He settled at Roxbury, and is enumerated as 'Treeman/' March 
4, 1635. He married in Roxbury, Mary, a daughter of Robert Blott, of 
Charlestown, in 1634, who came to America in 1632, and may have been 
a fellow passenger with Thomas Woodford. Mr. Blott's wife was Susan- 
nah , who died Jany. 2, 1660. He died in 1665. 

Elisha Sheldon was an efficient oflticer of the Revolution. He served 
in various capacities, and was for gallant and meritorious services pro- 
moted to be Colonel of the 2nd Regiment Continental Light Dragoons in 
1776. 

Ruth Sheldon, born in 1663, sister of Thomas, married Joseph 
Wright, who died in 1697, and was the ancestress of Gov. Silas Wright 
of Canton, N. Y., the distinguished U. S. Senator. 

Capt. Elisha Sheldon and Elizabeth Ely (462) are mentioned in the 
Hyde Genealogy. It is there stated that 

They settled at Lyme and removed from there to Litchfield, Conn., where he 
d. I Sept., 1779. She survived him and d. in 1790. 

The following is taken from his tomb table at Litchfield: "A gentleman of 
extensive genius and liberal education, called in early life to various public em- 
ployments, both civil and military, all of which he executed with punctuality and 
fidelity, much respected for his generosity and benevolence, and greatly lamented 
by his extensive acquaintance. Blessed are the dead who die in the Lord." He 
was an Assistant of the colony from 1762 until his death. 

241. Elizabeth Ely, born 1724, was the daughter of Richard Ely 
and Elizabeth Peck, his wife. 

She married, in 1745, Samuel Selden, who was the son of Samuel 
Selden and Deborah Dudley. He was born in 1723. 

Elizabeth died in 1802. 

Samuel Selden was a Colonel in the Revolutionary Army and died 
from wounds received in the battle of Long Island in 1776. U. S. Senator 
Lyman Trumbull was a descendant of Colonel Selden. 

Children of Elizabeth Ely and Samuel Selden: 

1. Elizabeth, b. 1747; d. 1825; m. 1766, Elisha Marvin. 

2. Samuel, b. 1748; d. 1819; m. 1774, Sarah Marvin. 

3. Esther, b. 1750; d. 1751. 

4. Elijah, b. 1752; d. 1827; m. ist, 1788, Eunice Comstock; m. 2nd, 1792, 

Hannah Tracy; m. 3rd, 181 1, Wealthy Hall. 

5. Deborah, b. 1753; d. 1825; m. 1777, Joseph Spencer. 

6. Charles, b. 1755; d. 1820; m. 1786, Abigail Jones. 

7. Jemima, b. 1757; d. 1828; m. Joel Loomis. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 99 

FOURTH GENERATION. 

8. Richard Ely, 'b. 1759; d. 1848; m. ist, 1783, Desire Colt; m. 2nd, 1814, 
Hope Lord. 

9. Mary, b. 1761 ; m. 1782, Abner Lord. 

10. George, b. 1763; d. 1817; m. 1795, Olive West. 

11. Joseph Dudley, b. 1765; d. 1837; m. 1790, Ethelinda Colt. 

12. Dorothy, b. 1768; d. 1825; m. 1788, Selden Warner. 

13. Roger, b. 1769; d. 1829; m. 1796, Mary Schuyler Douglass. 

243. Ezra CulHck Ely, son of Deacon Richard Ely and his wife, 
Elizabeth Peck, was born January 22, 1728. 

Ezra was twice married, first in 175 1, to Miss Sarah Sterling, and 
after her decease in 1759, he married, in 1760, her sister, Miss Anna 
Sterling. 

Children of Ezra C. Ely and, ist, Sarah SterHng; 2d, Anna Sterling: 

1. Sarah, b. 1756; m. Elias Peck. 

2. Esther, b. 1758; m. A. Beebe. 

3. Zebulon, b. 1760; d. 1824; m. 1783, Sarah A. Mills. 

4. Ezra Stiles, b. 1762. 

5. Annie, b. 1767; d. 1842; m. 1786, Caleb Champlin. 

6. Benjamin, b. 1765; d. 1852; m. 1796, Polly Pettibone. 

7. Israel, b. 1770; d. 1855; m. 1792, Eunice Mindwell Noyes. 

(Note. — The above record was obtained by Mr. Moses Beach.) 
Through the kindness of Z. Stiles Ely, Esq., and Professor Richard- 
son, we have obtained a corrected record of the children of Ezra C. Ely : 

1. Sarah, h. April 20, 1753; m. Elias Peck. 

2. Esther, b. April 19, 1755; m. A. Beebe. 

3. Zebulon, b. Feb. 6, 1759; m. Sarah A. Mills. 

Ezra Ely's first wife, Sarah, died June 14, 1759— married Anna Sterling 
August 21, 1760. 

4. Daniel Sterling, b. Oct. 15, 1761 ; d. 1786. 

5. Anna, b. Sept. 15, 1764; m. Caleb Champlin. 

6. Benjamin, b. July 18, 1767; m. Polly Pettibone. 

7. Israel, b. July 12, 1770; m. Eunice Mindwell Noyes. 

Ezra Ely was appointed by the Connecticut General Assembly in Oct., 1759, 
Ensign of the 3rd Military Company of Lyme, of which company William Ely was 
formerly Captain.— Pub. Rec. Conn., Vol XL, page 338. 

In Oct., 1762, Ezra Ely was commissioned Captain of the same company. — 
Vol. XII., page 85. 

Appleton's New American Biography contains an account of Captain Ezra 
Ely. 

245. Richard Ely, son of Deacon Richard Ely and Phebe Hubbard, 
was born Sept. 30, 1733. He was the fourth member of the family in 
America to bear the name of Richard Ely. 



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FOURTH GENERATION. 

Mr. Ely dedicated his life to the ministry. His first charge was in 
North Bristol, Conn. (Bristol is now known as Madison.) Later he 
was for many years minister of the Second Society of Saybrook, long 
known by its Indian name 'Tettipang," now Centre Brook, and was 
afterwards pastor of the church in Saybrook. Rev. Richard Ely was a 
graduate of Yale, 1754, and his diploma is still preserved in the family. 




REV, RICHARD ELY. 



On November 23, 1757, Mr. Ely married Miss Jerusha Sheldon, who 
was the daughter of Benjamin Sheldon of Northampton, Mass., and his 
wife, Mary Strong. This is the point of connection between the Ely 
family and the descendants of Ruling Elder John Strong, of the ist 
Congregational Church of Northampton, who landed at Hull, Mass., 
May 30, 1630. See "Descendants of Elder John Strong," by Rev. Ben- 
jamin W. Dwight, Clinton, Oneida Co., N. Y. 

Miss Sheldon was born February 28, 1737, and died Nov. 26, 1797. 

Children of Richard Ely and Jerusha Sheldon : 

1. Clarinda, b. Mar. 23, 1759; d. July 28, 1847; m. Dec. 22. 1779, Dr. Sam- 

uel Darling, of New Haven. 

2. Phebe, b. Nov. 20, 1760; m. Rev. Ozias Eells, of Barkhampsted, 

Conn. 

3. Sheldon, b. June 8, 1762 ; d. July 8, 1767. 

4. Jerusha, b. Feb. 13, 1764; d. Oct. 22, 1805; m. Oct. 10, 1790, Dr. Abel 

Catlin, of Litchfield, Con^. 




xMONUMENT OF REV. RICHARD ELY 

AT ESSEX, CONNECTICUT, NEAR BY IS THE TOMBSTONE OF 
JERUSHA SHELDON 



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FOURTH GENERATION. 

5. Richard (Yale, 1785), b. June 28, 1765; d. Apr. 27, 1816, m. Sept. 4, 1791, 

Eunice Bliss, of Wilbraham, Mass. 

6. William (Yale, 1787), b. Jan. 10, 1767; d. Feb. 21, 1847; m. July 4, 1811, 

Clarissa May Davis, of Hartford, Conn. 

7. Hepzibah, b. Feb. 26, 1769; d. 1820. 

8. Huldah, b. July 26, 1772; m. ist, Nov. 4, 1792, Uriah Hayden, d. Oct. 9, 

1801; m. 2nd, Sept. 9, 1802, Rev. Aaron Hovey, of Saybrook, Conn. 

Mr. Ely departed this life at the age of 80 years, 10 months, and 
7 days, Aug. 23, 1814. He was for 50 years pastor of the church at 
Saybrook. 

The Strong family came from the County of Shropshire, England. The first 
of the name of whom we have any record removed in 1545 to Caernarvon in 
Wales. His son was Richard Strong, born in Caernarvon in 1561, removed to 
Taunton, Somersetshire, England, in 1590, and resided there until his death in 
1613. 

Richard Strong's son, John, was born in Taunton, England, in 1606. He 
sailed from Plymouth for America, March 20 1630, landed at Hull, Mass., May 30, 
1630, married, Dec, 1630, Abigail Ford, of Dorchester, Mass., she being his second 
wife. She was born 1608, and died July 6, 1688. Elder John Strong died April 
14, 1699, aged 98, had 18 children, of whom 15 had families, mostly large, and 
descendants are said to number 22,000. John Strong was for years Ruling Elder 
of First Congregational Church, Northampton, Mass. 

We take from the Mail and Express of Dec. 19, 1896, some further infor- 
mation as to Elder John Strong and his wife, Abigail Ford. Thomas Ford was the 
father of Abigail (date of birth unknown), first wife unknown; second wife (date 
of marriage unknown), Mrs. Ann Scott, widow of Thomas Scott. Thomas Ford 
died 1676. He had four daughters, if not more ; what sons, if any, does not appear. 
The daughters were: 

I. Joanna, who married November 6, 1633, Captain Roger Clapp, of Dorches- 
ter, Mass. 

II. Abigail, who married Elder John Strong. 

III. Hepzibah, married Richard Lyman, of Northampton, Mass. 

IV. Daughter, name unknown; married Major Aaron Cook. 

Elder John Strong, born 1605, Taunton, Eng.; first wife's name unknown; 
came with him from England in 1630, and she and an infant child died in Dor- 
chester, Mass., in 1630-31; hence all the children of John Strong, except John, 
born in England, in 1626, were by second wife. He married second Abigail Ford, 
born in England; died in Northampton, Mass., July 6, 1688. He died April 14, 
1699, Northampton, Mass. For authority and further details see Strong Family 
History. C. D. P. 
— Ancient Windsor, Vol. II., p. 270. Thomas Ford, one of the original com- 
pany of the Mary and John, of Dorchester, Mass., 1630; freeman at Dorchester, 
1631; memb. of orig. Dorch. church (O. C. R.); came to Windsor (see pp. 156, 
549, Vol. i); deputy to Conn. Gen'l Ct., 1637, '38, '39, '40; gr. juror, 1643; juror, 
1644; rem. to Northampton, 1659; a man of good estate and great energy. He 
was a devoted friend to the regicides, GofTe and Whalley. He mar. (i) , 



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FOURTH GENERATION. 

who was adm. to the church in Windsor, '30-'6o (O. C. R.)- Their fourth child, 
Abigail, married, 1640, Elder John Strong. 

Thomas Ford married (2) Mrs. Ann (widow of Thomas) Scott. 

He died November 28, 1676. His first wife died 1643. 

Ebenezer Strong, son of Elder John, was born 1643, died Feb. 11, 1729, mar- 
ried Oct. 14, 1688, Hanah Clapp of Dorchester, born 1646. 

Their son, Ebenezer Strong, born Aug. 2, 1671, died Nov. 12, 1729, married 
Oct. 25, 169s, Mary Holton, of Northampton, who was born July 22, 1680, and 
died Dec. 8, 1705. 

Mary Strong, their daughter, born Jany. 16, 1701, died May 26, 1770, mar- 
ried June 12, 1723, Benjamin Sheldon of Northampton, Mass., who was born 1697, 
and who died Aug. 28 1773. 

Their daughter, Jerusha Sheldon, born Feby. 28, 1737, died in 1797, married 
Nov. 23, 1757, Rev. Richard Ely (245), who was born Sept. 30, 1733, and died Aug. 
23, 1814. 

It was a son of this devout Rev. Richard Ely, of Saybrook, who projected 
and built the two first steamboats that plied between New York and the Con- 
necticut river. The same Ely, with other philanthropic men, procured from Con- 
gress, through Henry Clay, the grant of lands in Alabama which were the endow- 
ment of that beneficent institution, the Hartford Asylum for the Deaf and Dumb. 

The Ely Re-Union Pamphlet says that Rev. Richard Ely removed to Petti- 
pang (now Centre Brook), and was the honored pastor of the Congregational 
Society in that place, until years and infirmities induced him to accept Rev. 
Aaron Hovey, his son-in-law, as a colleague. Having lost his wife, he concluded 
to remove to Chester to enjoy the society of his son, Richard Ely, M. D., and his 
children. After he was eighty years old he rode from Saybrook to Hartford to 
visit his son William, on horseback, and returned in the same manner, a distance 
of fifty miles each way. 

At his request, in 1813, his five brothers visited him, all of whom had passed 
their three score and ten, except the youngest, Dr. David Ely, of Huntington, 
who preached a sermon upon the occasion. They were our father's guests, and 
though but children, we never lost the recollection of the pleasure of this family 
re-union which brought children with their fathers; it is from this recollection, 
perhaps, that we have been induced to desire another on a larger scale. The 
following year was one of great feebleness, but of cheerful resignation, and un- 
wavering trust and confidence in his Redeemer, "knowing that he was able to keep 
that he had committed to Him." 

We saw him sink, we saw him die, 
With his own hand close either eye; 
Shutting the things of earth from sight. 
When passing into heavenly light. 
Shade of our grandsire, thou art dear, 
Say is thy spirit present here? 

It should be understood— at least by the Ely family — that a sermon of Rev. 
Richard Ely, of Saybrook, with other papers and memorials of him, were collected 
and prepared for insertion in Rev. Dr. Sprague's "Annals of the American Pul- 
pit." 



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FOURTH GENERATION. 

These were sent by mail, lost in transmission, and never reached his hands. 
Most of the papers could not be replaced, nor was their loss known till too late for 
publication. 

It is deeply to be regretted that this should have caused the omission of a 
notice of this able man and prominent clergyman in the volumes of Dr. Sprague. 



Copy of an Original Manuscript in the possession of Miss C. C. Ely, Bing- 
hamton, N. Y., called "The Solemn Act and Covenant of Richard Ely": 

Eternal and ever blessed God! I desire to present myself before Thee with 
the deepest Humiliation and abasement of Soul; and to be sensible of my un- 
worthiness who am such a sinful worm, to appear before the Holy Majesty of 
Heaven and Earth, Ye King of Kings and Lord of Lords, at any time and man- 
ner, but more especially upon such an occasion as this even to enter into a 
COVENANT Transaction with Thee. But the Scheme and Plan is thine own and 
of thine infinite Mercy and Condescension in and by thy son Jesus Christ. And 
I trust it is by thy Grace I am inclined to accept it. I come therefore and ac- 
knowledge myself to have been an extreme and more than common offender even 
from my youth up, and hope sensible of my own Inability to save myself, and 
with the humble Publican praying God be merciful to me a Sinner! (in and thro' 
Christ)! I come invited by him and Wholly trusting in his Righteousness; intreat- 
ing ye for his sake thou wilt be merciful to my unrighteousness, and wilt no more 
remember my sins against me. Receive I intreat thee, thy devoted Creature who 
is now (I hope) convinced of thy Right to him and desires nothing so much as to 
be thine! 

This day I desire with the utmost solemnity to surrender myself to Thee. I 
renounce all former Lords that have had Dominion over me. I consecrate to Thee 
all that I am and all that I have Both Soul and Body, my worldly Possessions, 
my Time, my Influence over others and to be all used for thy Glory, and reso- 
lutely employed in thy service and obedience to thy commands as long as thou 
continuest me in Life; with an ardent desire to continue thine, thro' all the endless 
Ages of Eternity! desiring ever to hold myself in an attentive posture to observe 
the first Intimations of thy will, and ready to spring forward with becoming zeal 
and joy to the immediate execution of it. To thy direction also, I resign myself 
and all I have to be disposed of by Thee in such a Manner, as thou (who acts by 
infinite Wisdom) shall see best. To Thee I leave the management of all Events, 
and desire to say, and think I can say without Reserve, Thy will be done and 
not mine; rejoicing with a Loyal Heart in Thine unlimited Government as what 
ought to be the Delight of the whole Rational Creation. 

Use me O Lord as an instrument of thy service! Number me among thy 
People! Let me be washed in the Blood of Christ, thy dear Son! Let me be 
clothed with his Righteousness! Let me be sanctified in thy Spirit! Transform 
me more and more into thine Image! Impart to me thro' Him all needful In- 
fluences of thy purifying, cheering and comforting spirit! And let my Life be 
spent under thy Influences and in the Light of thy gracious countenance as my 
Father and my God! And let me when tempted to Evil remember that I have 
in this renounced my former Lords! These things I do humbly Promise and 
desire not in my own strength, but by and thro' the assistance of his Spirit whom 



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I have this Day taken to be my God. Earnestly desiring that I may never be 
left to my own strength and that I may be strengthened against every Temptation 
and carry the cross of Christ whithersoever he shall call me, with cheerfulness 
and resolution. And that when the hour of Death comes I may remember this thy 
COVENANT well ordered in all things and sure and that hereby looking upon 
God as Mine thro' Christ though every other Hope and Enjoyment is perishing 
I may have Joy and Comfort in that! And O my Heavenly Father do thou look 
Down upon thy languishing dying child, with pity, and remember it also! Put 
strength and confidence into my departing spirit! and receive it to the Abodes 
of them that sleep in Jesus, peacefully and joyfully to wait the accomplishment 
of thy Great Promise to all thy People, even that of a glorious Riesurrection of 
Eternal Happiness in Thine Heavenly Presence! And if any surviving Friend 
or Person should, when I am in the Dust, meet with this memorial of my Solemn 
Transaction with thee, may he make the Engagement his own; and do Thou 
graciously admit him or her to partake in all the Blessings of THY COVENANT, 
thro' Jesus the Great Mediator of it; to whom with Thee, O Father, and thy Holy 
Spirit, be everlasting Praises ascribed by all the Multitude that are thus saved 
by thee and by all the other celestial spirits. A.M. E.N. 

(Signed) RICHARD ELY. 

The above solemn Act was done this 28th day of August, A. D. 1755, in 
Northampton, which day was a day of provincial fasting, occasioned by the defeat 
of Genl. Braddock. And it is no sudden or rash thing, but long premeditated. 

^^ 246. Seth Ely, better known as Deacon Seth Ely, for he was deacon 
of the church at Lyme, and also justice of the peace, was the second son 
of Deacon Richard Ely and Phebe Hubbard, born Dec. 11, 1734. 
He married Lydia Reynolds, who was born at Norwich, Conn., Dec. 16, 
1736. She was the sixth daughter of John Reynolds and Lydia Lord, and 
a granddaughter of Elizabeth Hyde of the third generation. 

Children of Seth Ely and Lydia Reynolds : 

1. John, b. 1763 at Lyme; d. 1827; m. 1791, Mary Lord. 

2. Seth, b. 1764; d. 1847; m. 1799, Phebe Marvin. 

5. Richard, b. 1770; d. Sept. 10, 1774. 

6. Richard 2nd, b. 1774; d. June 11, 1775. 

7. Ebenezer; unm.; lived at Rochester, 1856. 

3. Lydia, b. Sept. 12, 1766; d. 1853; m- 1788, Judge Matthew Griswold, her 

3rd cousin, 2d son of Gov. Matthew Griswold and Ursula Wolcott. 

4. Abigail, b. 1768; m. 1816, Geo. Beckwith, and removed to Great Bar- 

rington. 

8. Phebe, b. 1778; d. July 7, 1785. 

9. Deborah, b. Dec. 19, 1781; d. 1870; m. 1805, Enoch Sill, 2d son of her 

2d cousin, Giles Sill and Lucy Gould, of Lyme. 

Seth Ely and his wife settled at North Lyme. Mrs. Ely died March 
23, 1815, and Seth Ely departed this life Jany. 3, 1821, aged 86 years. 
They were buried at North Lyme, near Judge Marvin's. 



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FOURTH GENERATION. 

Their eldest son, John, graduated at Yale 1786, and was a Congre- 
gational minister at North Bristol, Conn. He died 1827 by a fall from 
his horse. He was the father of John Ely of New York, who married 
Sarah C. Lord. 

Records of Connecticut, 1778, Volume II., page 141: 

Seth Ely was appointed Captain in the 3rd Company of the town of Lyme in 
the 3rd Regiment of this State. 

From the Hyde Genealogy we learn the following particulars as to 
the parents of Judge Matthew Griswold, who married Lydia Ely : 

V. Gov. Matthew Griswold (490), born at Lyme, Conn., 25 March, 1714, the 
eldest son of John Griswold {y^) and Hannah Lee of Lyme, was a grandson of 
Matthew Griswold and Phebe Hyde (10) of the third generation. He m. 11 Nov., 
1743, his second cousin, Ursula Wolcott, b. 30 Oct., 1724, daughter of Gov. Roger 
Wolcott and Sarah Drake of Windsor. The father, brother, husband, son and the 
nephew of this Ursula Wolcott, were governors of the State of Connecticut. Her 
father was a major general and was the second in command at the siege and cap- 
ture of Louisburgh. He was the youngest son of John Wolcott, b, in 1625 at 
Tolland in Somersetshire, who was the youngest son of Henry Wolcott and Eliza- 
beth Sanders of Tolland, and came to New England, with his parents, in 1630. 
The mother of Gov. Roger Wolcott was Martha Pitkin, also born in England, a 
lady of great talents as well as beauty. 

The following article, taken from the Genealogical Department of 
the Mail and Express of Jan. 28, 1899, gives some additional details as 
to the Wolcott ancestry: 

Henry Wolcott, the emigrant, and wife, Matilda Cromwell; children were 
born in England. Both he and his wife died 1655. Had son Henry Wolcott 2d; 
married November 8, 1641, Sarah Newbury, daughter of Thomas Newbury and 
wife Jane. After the death of a brother, Christopher, he, Henry, had his father's 
homestead. He died 1680. 

Christopher had no family and died 1662. His brother Simon had his 
place. Simon married first, a daughter of Aaron Cooke in 1657; [Joanna Cooke, 
who married, February 22, 1864, Samuel Porter, Jr., was not the daughter of Capt. 
Aaron Cooke (i), but probably the daughter of his son Aaron (2), whose daugh- 
ter Joanna (3), was born July 10, 1667. Joanna (2), daughter of Aaron (i), was 
born in 1638, and married Simon, son of Henry and Elizabeth Wolcott. — C. H. 
W. — Extract from Mail and Express, Feb. 6, 1897] ; Simon married second, Martha 
Pitkin, in 1661 ; had three sons and three daughters. Simon removed to Simsbury 
previous to King Philip's War. Then removed to the east side of the Great River. 

George removed to Wethersfield. 

Henry Wolcott 3d, son of Henry 2d, married October 12, 1664, Abiah Goflfe, 
daughter of Edward Gofife, Esq., Cambridge. She was born April i, 1647; died 
January 18, 1718; know of five children. 

Elizabeth, born August 27, 1665, married January 5, 1686, Hon. Col. Mathew 
Allyn, Judge of the Supreme Court, Connecticut. 

Abiah, another daughter, born May i, 1669, died January 25, 1696. 



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FOURTH GENERATION. 

Henry, born March 30, 1673, died August 5, 1697. 

Sarah, born August 16, 1676, married Rev. Charles Chauncey. 

Capt. Samuel, born March 26, 1679, graduated from Harvard in 1698; died 
June 25, 1709. 

Elizabeth Wolcott Allyn had son, Capt. Peletiah Allyn, who married Mary 
Stoughton, daughter of Capt. Thomas Stoughton and his wife, Dorothy Talcott 

Further information from the Mail and Express, Feb. 11, 1899, is also of 
interest. 

Sarah Newberry married, November 18, 1641, Henry (2) Wolcott; was a 
daughter of Thomas and Jane Newberry. 

"Thomas was one of the earliest settlers and largest landed proprietors of 
Dorchester, Mass. In 1634 he became Freeman and Selectman. In 1635 he was 
appointed to oversee works at the Capitol; was early engaged in Connecticut 
enterprise; sold his Dorchester property and prepared to remove to Windsor, but 
his death in December, 1635, or January, 1636, prevented. His widow and chil- 
dren removed some time before 1639-40. The children of Mr. Thomas Newberry, 
being well descended, possessed of ample means and becoming connected by mar- 
riage with some of the first families of Windsor, naturally assumed an honorably 
prominent position in the Connecticut colony." — From Stiles's "Windsor." 

"Henry (i) Wolcott, who emigrated from England was the second son of 
John Wolcott, of Tolland, in Somersetshire, England, and was baptized in the 
adjoining parish of Lydiard, St. Lawrence, December 6, 1578. He married, Janu- 
ary 19, 1606, Elizabeth, daughter of Thomas Saunders, of Lydiard, St. Lawrence. 
She was baptized December 20, 1584. He came to New England about the year 
1628, and in the year 1630 brought over his family to avoid the persecutions of 
those times against Dissenters. He was not an obscure adventurer, but held a 
fair position among the gentry of England, possessing an estate that yielded him a 
fine income. He was Freeman in Boston October 19, 1630. He removed to 
Windsor, and in 1637 was a member of the first Legislature of Connecticut. He 
was probably, after the pastor, the most distinguished man in Windsor. He died 
May 30, 1655. His widow died July 7, 1655." — From "Memorial of Henry Wol- 
cott," by S. Wolcott, in which can be found a long account of Henry Wolcott 
and his descendants. It is at the Lenox Library. A. F. 

Also in the issue of the Mail and Express of Jany. 2, 1897, a correspondent 
gives some facts as to the descendants of Henry Wolcott. 

I. Henry Wolcott, emigrant, at Windsor, Conn., baptized 1578, son of John 
Wolcott, of Golden Manor, Tolland, County of Somerset, England. 

II. George Wolcott, his son, married Elizabeth Treat, of Wethersfield, 
Conn., about 1649. 

III. George Wolcott (2), who was born September 20, 1652, married Eliza- 
beth Curtis in 1691, and had ten children. 

IV. Their son, Josiah Wolcott, born August 29, 1713, married Lucy French, 
widow of Joseph French, and daughter of Daniel and Elizabeth Bliss White, 
April 23, 1740-41, and resided in Saybrook, Conn. 

V. Their daughter. Desire Wolcott, born January 15, 1751, who married Rob- 
ert Lay, of Westbrook, Conn. 

References: "Stiles's Windsor," Vol. 2, p. 709; "Treat Genealogy," p. 485; 
"White Genealogy," p. 44- H. E. M. 



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FOURTH GENERATION. 

Matthew Griswold and wife settled at Black Hall in Lyme. He was a 
lawyer, was not liberally educated, but received the honorary title of LL.D., from 
Yale in 1779. He was for several years successively a member of the Colonial 
Assembly, and was afterwards a counsellor or assistant of the colony, and state, 
nearly thirty years. He afterwards became a judge of the superior court, and 
was the lieutenant governor and chief justice of the state, and subsequently 
governor. He was president of the state convention in 1788, to adopt the con- 
stitution of the U. S. His wife d. 5 April, 1788. He survived her and d. 28 April, 
1799, in the 86th year of his age at Lyme. Their children were: 

Matthew, b. 17 April, 1760, at Lyme. He grad. at Yale in 1780, and 
was a lawyer. He m. 4 Sept. 1788, his third cousin, Lydia Ely 
(i999q), b. 12 Sept., 1766, at Lyme, the eldest daughter of De.'. :un 
Seth Ely and Lydia Reynolds (468h) of Lyme. They settled at 
North Lyme, where he died in 1842, s. p. He was a member of 
council and a judge of the county court. 

Marian, b. 17 April, 1750, at Lyme, m. i Charles C, Chandler, 2 
Ebenezer Lane, 3 Justin Ely. 

Feby. 25, 1802. The South Hadley Canal, Massachusetts, was built by the 
issuance of lottery tickets. They bear the signature of Justin Ely. One of them 
is preserved in the Minisink Museum. 

Hannah (fourth daughter of Charles Church Chandler and Marian 
Griswold (2105), born at Woodstock. She married her step- 
brother, Theodore Ely, son of Justin Ely, Esq., of Springfield, 
Mass., by his first wife, and died in 1830, leaving one daughter, 
Hannah, who m. Henry A. Kent, a merchant of New York, and 
they were living at Brooklyn, in i860, and had four children, 

248. Elihu Ely, son of Richard Ely and Phebe Hubbard, was born 
in 1737, Nov. 15. 

He married May 30, 1771, Anna Ely, 1322, who was born in 1744, 
and who was the second daughter of John Ely. She died in 1826. Elihu 
Ely died in 1815, June 25. 

Children of Elihu Ely and 1322 Anna Ely : 

1. Caroline, b. 1772; d. 1862; m. 1816, Joel Steele. 

2. Joseph Elihu, b. 1773; d. 1840. 

3. Anna, b. 1775; d. 1851; m. i8c6, Nathaniel Matson. ] 

4. Mehitable, b. 1778; d. 1857. 

5. Elihu, b. 1780; d. 1851; m. 1816, Eliza Maria Ely, No. 24,552. 

6. Richard, b. 1782; d. 1844; m. Catherine McDonald. 

7. Oliver, b. 1785; d. 1873; m. 1814, Lois Griswold Mather. 

8. Phebe, b. 1787; d. 1874; m. 1821, Israel Matson. 

9. Elias Hubbard, b. 1790; d. 1874; m. 1832, Eliza Nichols. 

The Assembly of Connecticut in Oct., 1769, established Mr. Elihu Ely to be 
Ensign of the 3rd Company or trainband in the town of Lyme. — P. 245, Colonial 
Records of Conn., Vol. XIII., 1768-1772. 



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FOURTH GENERATION. 

249. Josiah Ely, born July 20, 1739, was the sixth son of Deacon 
Richard Ely ; he married Phebe Denison, of Lyme, youngest daughter of 
John Denison and Patience Griswold. 

Children of Josiah Ely and Phebe Denison : 

1. Josiah Griswold, b. 1766; d. 1823; m. 1793, Miss Elizabeth Sill, who 

died at Le Roy, N. Y. 

2. Enoch, b. 1769; d. 1818; m. 1796, Miss Keziah Camp. 

3. Phebe, b. 1771; d. 1849; m. 1801, Col. Abner Lord, of Marietta, Ohio. 

4. David, b. 1774; d. 1799; m. Catherine Van Orden. 

5. Richard, b. 1777; d. 1856; m. Nov. 3, 1803, Mary Ely Peck, of Chicago. 
Enoch Ely (2491), the second son of Josiah, studied law after graduation. 

He came to New York about 1795, and with McGregor, who had married his 
cousins, established the firm of McGregor & Ely, wholesale grocers. Mr. McGregor 
joined with others in building the first brick houses north of Washington Square, 
being one of the block between Fifth Avenue and University Place. In this house 
his widow lived until her death, about 25 years since, or in 1870. 

Colonel Lord, who married Miss Phebe Ely (2493), was born in Lyme, 
Conn. He was one of the first settlers of Marietta, Ohio. He built a number of 
ocean ships there, floating them to New Orleans when the rivers were high. The 
embargo came and ruined his business, as he had several vessels on his hands. 
His only son came to New York and engaged in the wholesale dry goods business 
in Pearl St. Colonel Lord was successful in business and became wealthy. He 
died about 1830. A grandson of Colonel Lord was the late Major General 
McDowell of the U. S. Army. 

The following is the account given in the Hyde Genealogy of Josiah Ely 
and his wife, and some facts are appended from the same source as to the parentage 
of Phebe Denison. 

Josiah Ely and wife settled at Lyme. He was a farmer and died 26 Apr., 
1826, at Lyme. She d. 24 April, 1802, at Lyme, aged 55. 
Their children were: 

Josiah Griswold, b. 26 Aug., 1766, at Lyme, m. Elizabeth Sill. 
Enoch, b. 10 Feb., 1769, at Lyme, m. Keziah (Durkee) Camp. 
David, b. 13 Jan., 1774, at Lyme. He m. and settled at Catskill, and d. 28 
April, 1799, at Bay of Honduras; and had one son, David, b. at Cats- 
kill. 
Richard, b. 6 Jan., 1777, at Lyme, married Mary Peck. (This Richard Ely 

was the father of Z. Stiles Ely.) 
Phebe, b. 5 Jan., 1771, at Lyme, m. Col. Abner Lord. 

V. John Denison (527), b. at Lyme, Conn., 6 Feb., 1737, the third son of 
John Denison and Patience Griswold (82) of Lyme, was a grandson of Phebe 
Hyde (10) of the third generation. He m. 9 August, 1764, Mary Sears. They 
settled at Lyme, removed to Stonington, and from there to Middletown, Conn. 
She d. 6 April, 1782, at Middletown. He was a farmer and survived her. He was 
a man of wealth, but lost most of it in the war of the revolution. 

V. Samuel Denison (529), b. at Lyme, Conn., 11 March, 1742, the fifth son 
of John Denison and Patience Griswold (82) of Lyme, was a grandson of Phebe 



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Hyde of the third generation. He m. Mary Champlin, b. at Lyme. They settled 
at Lyme, and about 1795 removed to Bridgewater, Vt, where she died about 
1800. After the death of his first wife, Samuel Denison m. the widow Cleveland, 
of Royalton, Vt, but had no issue by her. He died in Feb., 1824, at Castleton, 
Vt. 

V. Patience Denison (530), b. at Lyme, Conn., in 1735, eldest daughter of 
John Denison and Patience Griswold (82), of Lyme, was a granddaughter of 
Phebe Hyde (10) of the third generation. She m. John Walworth, of Groton, 
Conn., second son of Capt. John Walworth and Sarah Dunn, of Groton, Conn., 
and grandson of William Walworth and Mary Seaton, of Fisher's Island, and 
afterwards of Groton. 

V. Phebe Denison (532), born at Lyme, Conn., Nov., 1746, the youngest 
daughter of John Denison and Patience Griswold, of Lyme, was a granddaughter 
of Phebe Hyde (82) of the third generation. She m. i Aug., 1765, Josiah Ely, 
b. 20 July, 1739, at Lyme, the fourth son of Richard Ely, of Lyme, by his second 
wife, Phebe Hubbard. 

The following pages give some account of the connection between 
the Denison, Griswold, and Ely families from the Hyde genealogy : 

IV. John Griswold {yz) born at Lyme, Conn., 22 Dec, 1690, the second son of 
Matthew Griswold and Phebe Hyde (10) of Lyme, was a grandson of Samuel 
Hyde (2) the first, and Jane Lee, of Norwich. He married 23 June, 1713, his 
mother's first cousin, and his stepsister, Hannah Lee, born 25 Feb., 1695, the 
second daughter of Ensign Thomas Lee the first, of Lyme, by his second wife, 
Mary De Wolf. They settled at Lyme, where he was a justice of the peace. He 
died 29 Sept., 1764, at Lyme, and she died 11 May, 1773. 
Their children were: 

Matthew, b. 25 March, 1714, at Lyme, married Ursula Wolcott. 
Thomas, b. 15 Feb., 1719, at Lyme, m. Susan Lynde. 
John, b. IS May, 1739, d. 4 Jan., 1742. 
Phebe, b. 22 April, 1716, at Lyme, m. Jonathan Parsons. 
Hannah, b. 10 Jan., 1724, at Lyme, m. Benajah Bushnell. 
Lucy, b. 6 July, 1726, at Lyme, m. Elijah Backus. ' 

Sarah, b. 2 Dec, 1728, at Lyme, m. William Hillhouse. 
Clarina, b. 30 May, 1731. d. 9 April, 1732. 
Clarina 2nd, b. 9 Feb., 1733, at Lyme, m. Nathan Elliot. 
Deborah, born i March, 1735, at Lyme, m. her second cousin. Captain 
Nathan Jewett (470), second son of Nathan Jewett and Deborah 
Lord (70). 
Lydia, b. June, 1742, at Lyme, m. Samuel Loudon. But I have no further 
information respecting them. 
IV. Rev. George Griswold (74), born at Lyme, Conn., 13 Aug., 1692, the 
third son of Matthew Griswold and Phebe Hyde (ic), of Lyme, was a grandson 
of Samuel Hyde (2) the first, and Jane Lee, of Norwich. He graduated at Yale 
in 1717. He studied divinity, and in 1725 was settled as the first minister of the 
new Congregational Church, which was then formed in what is now East 
Lyme; afterwards called The Old Synagogue. He continued to discharge the 
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period of thirty-six years. He m., 22 June, 1725, Hannah Lynde, of Saybrook, 
who died previous to 1736. 

His children by her were: 

George, b. 19 Sept., 1726, at Lyme, m. Elizabeth Lee. 
Sylvanus, b. 3 Feb., 1733. at Lyme, m. Elizabeth Marvin. 
Elizabeth, b. 16 Julj^ 1728, at Lyme, m. John Raymond. 
Lucretia, b. 26 March, 1731, at Lyme, m. Jonathan Latimer. 

After the death of his first wife, the Rev. George Griswold (74) married, 20 
July, 1736, his second cousin, Elizabeth Lee, born 8 April, 1701, the second 
daughter of Thomas Lee the second, and Elizabeth Graham, of Lyme, and grand- 
daughter of Thomas Lee the first of Lyme and his first wife, Sarah Kirtland. He 
died 14 Oct., 1761, and was buried in the cemetery at East Lyme, near the 
church in which he had preached for so many years. (The Old Synagogue 
church has been replaced by a neat stone church, by the liberality of the wealthy 
descendants, in the city of New York, of the first minister of that religious so- 
ciety.) His 2nd wife d. 28 Aug., 1758. 

His children by her were: 

Samuel, b. 23 May, 1737, at Lyme, m. Mary Marvin. 
Andrew, b. 12 Aug., 1745, at Lyme, m. Eunice Prince. 
Hannah, b. at Lyme, d. unm. 
Eunice, b. 21 Jan., 1742, at Lyme, m. Ebenezer Weeks. 

IV. MARY GRISWOLD (80) born at Lyme, Conn.. 22 April, 1694, the 
fourth daughter of Matthew Griswold and Phebe Hyde (10) of Lyme, was a 
granddaughter of Samuel Hyde (2) the first, and Jane Lee, of Norwich. She m,, 
4 Sept. 1719, Edmund Dorr, b. 19 Oct., 1692, at Roxbury, Mass., sixth son of 
Edward Dorr and Elizabeth Hawley his wife, of Roxbury. 

(This Edward Dorr is supposed to be the progenitor of all the Dorrs of 
New England. He came to this country from the west of England. He was 
born in 1648 and came here about 1670 and settled at Boston. He m. his first 
wife, Elizabeth Hawley, dau. of Thomas Hawley, previous to 1680. They removed 
to Roxbury, where she died. He was a selectman of Roxbury. His second wife 
was the widow Elizabeth (Dickerman) Clapp, who died in 1733. He died at Rox- 
bury in 1734. His children, in addition to six who died young and unm. were: 
I. Ebenezer, b. 25 Jan., 1688, who m. twice, settled at Roxbury, and had seven 
sons and three daughters. 2. Rev. Joseph, b. in 1690, grad. at Harvard in 171 1, 
and was settled as minister at Meriden, Mass., in 1716, and d. 9 March, 1768; m. 
9 April, 1724, Mary Rawson, second dau. of Rev. Grindal Rawson and Susannah 
Wilson, of Meriden, and had one son and three daughters. 3. Edmund, who m. 
Mary Griswold. 4. Harbottle, b. 11 May, 1696, m. Dorothy Weld and settled 
at Boston, and had one son and one daughter. 5. Elizabeth, b. 1698, m. James 
Scott, of Boston. And 6. Clemence, b. 17 July, 1700, m. Edmund Weld, of Rox- 
bury.) 

Edmund Dorr and Mary Griswold settled at Lyme, where he carried on the 
business of a clothier or cloth-dresser. He was a man of mind and of indomitable 
perseverance. And he and a few other members of the first congregational so- 



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ciety of Lyme carried on an ecclesiastical controversy with the Rev. Jonathan 
Parsons, the third minister of Lyme, who m. Phebe Griswold, his wife's niece. 
During this controversy he obtained the sobriquet of "Servant Dorr," which he 
retained for life. He d. at Lyme; date not ascertained. His wife survived him 
and d. at North Lyme 21 Feb., 1776, and was buried in the old cemetery at North 
Lyme, near Deacon William Marvin's, by the side of her dau., Deborah Dorr, 
who d. in 1768. 

Their children were: 

George, b. 4 Aug., 1720, at Hartford, m. Sarah Marvin. 
Edward, b. 2 Nov., 1722, at Lyme. He grad. at Yale in 1742. He m. He- 
lena Talcott, dau. of Gov. Joseph Talcott, and was ordained and in- 
stalled 20 April, 1748, as minister of the first church in Hartford, Conn. 
He d. 22 Oct., 1772, s. p. His widow m. 16 Nov., 1773, the Rev. Robert 
Breck, of Springfield, who d. 23 April, 1784. 
Matthew, b. 14 June, 1725, at Lyme, m. ist, in November, 1747, Elizabeth 
Palmer, daughter of Oliver Palmer and wife, of Stonington, Conn.; 
2nd, Lydia McLean. 
The Mail and Express of January 21, 1899, contained in the Genealogical 
Department the following inquiry: 

Can any one give me the ancestry of Oliver Palmer and wife, of Stoning- 
ton, Conn.? Their daughter, Elizabeth, married Capt. Mathew Dorr, of Lynn, 
Conn., November, 1747. 

Want the ancestry of Thomas Hawley and wife, of Boston. Their daughter 
Elizabeth married Edward Dorr previous to 1680. 

Does any one know who were the parents of Elizabeth Smith, of Lynn, 
Conn. She married William Ely, first, of Lynn, September, 1670? 
Mary, b. 10 June, 1727, d. 16 July, 1742. 
Eve, b. 4 March, 1733, at Lyme, m. George Griffin. 

Elizabeth, b. 16 April, 1735, at Lyme, m. 16 April, 1754, her third cousin, 
Dr. Elisha Tracy (591), of Norwich, a great-grandson of John Post 
and Hester Hyde (3), of Norwich. 
Deborah, b. 1739, d. 28 July, 1768, at the age of 29, unm. 

IV. DEBORAH GRISWOLD (81) born at Lyme, Conn., about 1696, the 
fifth daughter of Matthew Griswold and Phebe Hyde (10), of Lyme, was a grand- 
daughter of Samuel Hyde (2) the first, and Jane Lee, of Norwich. She m. 19 
Oct., 1721, Major Robert Denison, bap. 21 March, 1697, at Stonington, son of 
Capt. Robert Denison and Joanna Stanton, of the north parish of New London 
(now Montville, Conn.). 

(The Capt. Robert Denison, of the north parish of New London, b. 17 Sept., 
1673, was a son of John Denison, b. 1646, and Phebe Lay, b. 5 Jan., 1650, and a 
grandson of Capt. George Denison the first, of Stonington, and of his second 
wife, Anne Borrodil. This Capt. George Denison was born in England in i6i8, 
and his second wife, Anne Borrodil, at Corsica, in 1615. He came to this coun- 
try with his father and two brothers about 1631; and in 1640 he m. Bridget 
Thompson, by whom he had two daughters. Upon her death in 1643 he returned 
to England and engaged in the civil war which was then going on there. And 
the tradition in the family is, that in an engagement in Ireland he was dan- 



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gerously wounded; and in that situation was cast upon the hospitality of Mr. 
John Borrodil, of Cork, a gentleman of wealth, who had an only daughter, 
Anne Borrodil, who became a ministering angel to him in his afBiction; that he 
persuaded her to marry him and to share his fortunes in this new world. He had 
by her three sons and four daughters: George, John, William, Anne, Margaret, 
Borrodil and Mary; all of whom, except the last, as well as his two daughters 
by his first wife, married and had families. He was the first representative of 
Stonington in the general assembly at Hartford. He d. 23 Oct., 1694, while at- 
tending the assembly at Hartford, at the age of 76. His widow d. 26 Sept., 1712, 
aged 97, and was buried in the Denison cemetery at Stonington, half a mile east 
of the lower bridge at Mystic. John Denison, their eldest son, b. 1646 at Rox- 
bury, m. 1667 Phebe Lay, of Saybrook. Their son, Robert Denison, b. 17 Oct., 
1673, m. Joanna Stanton, b. 5 Jan., 1679, and had among other children, Robert, 
bap. 21 March, 1691, who m. Deborah Griswold; and John, b. 28 Nov., 1698, who 
m. Patience Griswold. Phebe, the dau. of John Denison and Patience Griswold, 
m. Josiah Ely, grandfather of Z. S. Ely. In Jan., 1710, Owaneco, the sachem of 
the Mohegans, conveyed to Capt. Robert Denison, then of Stonington, a tract 
of about 500 acres of land upon the borders of Gardner's lake, near the north- 
west corner of the north parish of New London (now Montville), upon which he 
settled within two or three years thereafter and died there.) 

Robert Denison the second settled at New London, north parish. He was 
a captain in General Roger Wolcott's brigade at the taking of Louisburgh, and 
was afterwards promoted to the rank of major and of colonel. He removed to 
Nova Scotia, and in deed of the 18 Sept., 1761, of lands, on the New London 
records, he is described as "Col. Robert Denison, of Horton, Nova Scotia." 

The children of Robert Denison and Deborah Griswold were: 
Robert, b. 5 March, 1724, d. 16 May, 1724. 
Daniel, b. in 1727 at New London. 

Andrew, b. in 1728, at New London, m. Mary Thompson. 
Robert 2nd, b. in 1732, at New London, d. in infancy. I 

Deborah, b. 9 Dec, 1721, at New London, m. Christopher Manwaring. 
Elizabeth, b. 26 Feb., 1723, d. 16 March, 1723. 

Elizabeth 2nd, b. 10 Sept., 1726, at New London, m. Phelps, of Hart- 
ford. 
Mary, b. 1730, at New London, d. 21 Dec, 1743. 

He then married Prudence Sherman and had by her three children: i. 
David Sherman, b. Aug., 1734, who m. Sarah Fox. 2. Mercy, b. Oct., 1736, d. 15 
Jan, 1743. And 3, Robert 3rd, b. 31 July, I739, d- 25 Dec, 1743- 

IV. PATIENCE GRISWOLD (82) born at Lyme, Conn., 1698, the youngest 
daughter of Matthew Griswold and Phebe Hyde (10) of Lyme, was a grand- 
daughter of Samuel Hyde (2) the first and Jane Lee, of Norwich. She married 
John Denison (great-grandfather of Z. S. E.), b. 28 Nov., 1698, at Stonington, 
son of Capt. Robert Denison and Joanna Stanton, of New London, north parish. 
They settled at Lyme, where she d. 8 Nov., 1776, at the age of 78; and where he 
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Their children were: 

John, b. 31 July, 1731, at Lyme, d. 14 Dec, 1736. 
Samuel, b. Aug., 1733, at Lyme, d. 6 Dec, 1736. 
John 2nd, b. 6 Feb., 1737, at Lyme, m. 1st, Mary Sears; 2nd, the widow 

Collins. 
Samuel, b. 8 June, 1741, at Lyme, d. 15 July, 1741. 

Samuel 3rd, b. 11 March, 1742, at Lyme, m. ist, Mary Champlin; 2nd, 
i widow Cleveland. 

Patience, b. in 1735, at Lyme, m. John Walworth. 
Phebe, b. 21 April, 1739, at Lyme, d. 28 Dec, 1741. 
Phebe 2nd (grandmother of Z. Stiles Ely), b. Nov., 1746, at Lyme, m. 

Josiah Ely. 

240. Robert Ely, son of Deacon Richard Ely and Phebe Hubbard, 
was born June 26, 1741, at Saybrook, Conn., and died there Dec. 5, 1828, 
was a farmer and tavern keeper, served in the Revolutionary Army, and 
is said to have also served in the War of 1812. 

Robert married Jerusha Lay, of Saybrook, Conn., and had two sons. 
His wife died after a few years of married life, and it is said Robert mar- 
ried again, his second wife being a Sarah Fanning. 

Children of Robert Ely and Jerusha Lay : 

1. Robert Hubbard, b. 1771; d. 1845; m. 1815, Deborah Ely (1385). 

2. Jerusha, b. 1773; d. 1839; m. 1794, William Sterling. 

3. Simeon Lay, b. 1775 ; died in infancy. 

4. Phebe, b. 1776; m. 1780. 

5. Mary, b. 1779; d. 1780. 

6. Simeon Lay, b. 1781; d. 1849; m. 1808, Elizabeth Sanford. 

Records of Connecticut, Vol. IL, page 143 : 

The Assembly, in October, 1778, approved Robert Ely, Lieutenant of the 
1st Company in the 7th Regiment of the State of Connecticut. 

241. Phebe Ely, elder daughter of Deacon Richard Ely and his 
wife Phebe Hubbard, was born May 16, 1743. She married Joseph 
Denison Colt, of Pittsfield, Massachusetts. 

Children of Phebe Ely and Joseph Denison Colt : 

1. Joseph Denison, b. 1768; d. 1850; m. 1791, Sarah Root. 

2. Richard Ely. 

242. Hepzibah Ely, born June 6, 1745, daughter of Deacon Richard 
Ely and Phebe Hubbard, married May 13, 1771, John Pratt, of Colches- 
ter, Conn. She died in January, 181 5. 

Children of John Pratt Ely and Hepzibah Ely : 

1. Anna, b. 1772; d. 1778. 

2. Hepzibah, b. 1774; m. Joseph Stacy. 

3. John, b. 1776; d. 1795. 

4. Anna, b. 1778; d. 1828. 



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5. David, b. 1780; d. 1861; m. 1814, Julia Perkins, dau. of Dr. Eliphaz 

Perkins, of Conn. 

6. Ely, b. 1782. 

7. Phebe, b. 1784; d. 1815. 

8. Richard, b. 1786 

9. Mary, b. 1788; d. 1814; m. 1810, Ralph Bingham. 

Mrs. Julia Perkins Ballard, nee Pratt, No. 24256, the granddaughter of 
Hepzibah Ely, 242, writes that her grandmother Hepzibah, was born at Lyme, 
Conn., June 6 1745. Her father, Deacon Richard Ely, was a son of Richard Ely 
second, whose father, Richard, came from England to Lyme, the first of that 
name in this country. 

Hepzibah was married May 13th, 1771, to John Pratt, of Colchester, Conn., 
who was born Dec. 14, 1740. His father was Daniel Pratt, born May 26th, 1710, 
and his grandfather was Joseph Pratt, born March 6, 1671, son of John Pratt, of 
Hartford, who came with his father, John Pratt, from England to Cambridge, 
Mass., and was a member of Rev. Thomas Hooker's church, and one of the com- 
pany of about one hundred who, with their pastor, Mr. Hooker, walked from Cam- 
bridge to Hartford and laid the foundations of that city, one of whose streets 
still bears his name. He was for several years a representative in the First Gen- 
eral Court of Hartford, and died there July 15, 1655. 

In the spring of 1796, Mr. Pratt and his family left New England and went 
West. On the morning of June 16, 1796, the start was made, and the father 
read from the 14th chapter of John, until he came to the verse, "Arise, and let us 
go hence." There the book was closed, and the family left the house. The 
large front yard was well filled with friends and neighbors who had come to say 
what proved to be a last farewell. 

The family reached Marietta, Ohio, about the middle of August, all in good 
health and spirits, but very soon their trials began. John, the eldest son, was 
taken sick with a fever which prevailed in the region, and in two weeks was laid 
in his grave. Anna, a sister of eighteefi, was also very ill, and although her life 
was spared, she lived many years a confirmed invalid, being almost helpless. In 
the spring of 1797, as the land they had purchased of one thousand acres proved 
to be a desolate wilderness where it seemed impossible to go with a family, they 
moved to Vienna, a town on the Virginia shore, eight or ten miles below Mari- 
etta, where were some friends already settled from the East. Here they lived 
several years, cultivating rented ground, but at length having made some improve- 
ment on their own land (twelve miles from Athens, Ohio), and built a small house, 
they moved there in 1804. 

David (the father of the writer of this sketch) was brave and ambititious. 
At one time, in clearing some ground, he worked alone for a fortnight, with only 
his dog and gun for company and saw but one human face during that time. But 
obliged to give up severe labor, he went, a stranger, to Chillicothe, Ohio, sixty 
miles from his home, reaching there on Saturday night at dusk. He enquired for 
the house of the Rev. Robert G. Wilson, the Presbyterian minister. He was 
kindly received, and made known his wish to obtain a school. In this he was 
promptly aided by the clergyman, and became very successful as a teacher, for 
four years, carrying home his earnings at the close of each term. His sister, Hep- 
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failing, it was necessary that he should give up his school and studies to remain 
at home. He succeeded in exchanging part of the land for a smaller larm near 
Athens, where, for the first time, the family enjoyed the privilege of regularly 
attending church and the children of attending school. The Rev. Jacob Lindley 
(father of Rev. Daniel Lindley, of the African mission), was then pastor of the 
church at Athens, and preceptor of the academy there. Through his kindness, 
David became an instructor there for several years, and has been spoken of with 
tender affection to the writer, by the returned missionary as his "earliest 
teacher." 

In 1814 David was married to Julia Perkins, daughter of Dr. Eliphaz Perkins, 
from Connecticut. Dr. Perkins was born at Norwich, educated at Yale, married a 
sister of Dr. Ebenezer Fitch, first president of Williams College, and after living 
some years in Vergennes, Vt, removed with his family in 1799 to Marietta, Ohio. 

The next year David's mother and his sister Phebe fell victims to a disease 
then prevailing through the Western country, and known as "the cold plague," 
but which was probably the same as cholera. The last words of his mother, as 
the writer remembers to have heard from her father, were, "Sing praises to God, 
sing praises," — the faith that sustained under the trials of life brightening its tri- 
umphant close. 

David and his wife then took charge of the family. Mr. John Pratt died, 
after three years of sufiferihg, with palsy, a peaceful and happy death, June 5, 
1817. When asked by a friend who witnessed these years of uncomplaining suf- 
fering if he did not long for release, his answer was, "The Lord's will be done; 
His time is the best time, and I am willing to wait for that." (The above ac- 
count concerning Hepzibah Ely and her family is quoted from the Ely Reunion 
Pamphlet.) 

243. David Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1749, d. 1816, son of Richard Ely 
and Phebe Hubbard, m. 1777, Hepsa Mills, Huntington, Conn., who was 
b. 1755, d. 1803, dau. of Elisha Mills and Mary DeForrest; m. 2nd Anna 
Tomlinson Curtis, Huntington, Conn., who was b. 1807, and d. 1849. 
Their children: — 

1. Hepsa, b. Oct. 23, 1778, d. 1864, m. Sep. 17, 1801, Gold S. Silliman; 

died Jan. 22, 1864. 

2. David, b. 1780, d. 1857, m. 181 1, Priscilla Sturges Fairfield. 

3. Elisha, b. 1782, d. 1846, m. 1815, Eloise Curtis. 

4. Mary, b. 1785, d. 1871, m. John McGregor. 

5. Isaac Mills, b. 1787, d. 1845. 

Dr. Ely was zealous alike in his great mission and in the cause of his 
country. During the Revolutionary War there were many tories in his neigh- 
borhood, and he was threatened "that when the rebellion was put down he 
should be hung on an oak tree," which long flourished on the public square and 
near the meeting-house in which he preached. ("Annals of the American Pulpit," 
Vol. 2, p. 4.) 

Dr. Ely married Miss Hepsa Mills, daughter of Elisha Mills, Esq., and a 
granddaughter of his colleague the Rev. Jedediah Mills. Mrs. Silliman, who was 



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the eldest child of the marriage, was born in Huntington, October 23d, 1778, was 
married to Gold S. Silliman, Esq., September 17th, 1801, and died at Brooklyn, 
N. Y., 226. January, 1864, in the 86th year of her age. 

Rev. David Ely, D. D., was born at Lyme, July 7, 1749, and was graduated 
at Yale College in 1769. He was licensed to preach the Gospel in October, 1771, 
and was ordained colleague pastor with Rev. Jedidiah Mills on Oct. 27, 1773, in 
Hungtington. He died Feby. 16, 1816, in the 77th year of his age and the 43rd of 
his ministry. 

Rev. Thos. F. Davis, successor to Dr. Ely in the Huntington parish, has 
written a sketch of the Doctor. 

Settled in the ministry just before the War of the Revolution, Dr. Ely par- 
ticipated in the anxieties and sacrifices of that momentous occasion. In the town, 
and in those adjoining, were many adherents of the British Crown. By one ol 
these a threat was made that, when the rebellion was put down, the Doctor 
should be hung on an oak tree standing on the public square, near the meeting- 
house in which he preached. 

Dr. Ely was eminently a prudent man. It being reported in a time of great 
political excitement that he had preached on political subjects in an adjoining 
parish, a visit was made to that place with the enquiry: 

"Did Dr. Ely preach politics here?" 

"Yes." 

"What did he say?" 

"Well, sir, if he did not preach politics, he prayed politics." 

"What did he say?" 

"'Say!' he said, 'though hand join in hand, the wicked shall not go 
unpunished.' " 

Dr. Ely married Hepsa, daughter of Elisha Mills. They had five children, 
three sons and two daughters. All the sons were graduated at Yale College. 

Mrs. Ely died September 29, 1803, aged 49 years.— Hist. Stratford, p. 997. 



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13 12. William Ely, the son of Captain William Ely, of Livingston, 
New Jersey, and Elizabeth Perkins, his wife, was a grandson of Captain 
Richard Ely of Lyme. 

He was born at Lyme, Conn., Oct. 14, 1739. He married his cousin, 
Lucy Perkins, daughter of James Perkins, born in Chebacco Parish, 
Ipswich, Mass., baptized Dec. 28, 1736. 

Mr. Ely died Jany. 28, 1807, and Mrs. Ely died, at Livingston, 
N. J., Jan. 30, 1812; both are interred in the Ely Family Cemetery at 
Livingston. Mrs. Ely was a daughter of James Perkins and Margaret 
Andrews, born 1736, died 1812. Their son James is buried near his 
parents. 

Children of William Ely and Lucy Perkins : 

1. William, b. 1762; d. 1829; m. 1783, Alice or Olive Mather. 

2. Sally, b. 1765; d. 1767. 

3. Calvin, b. 1767; d. 1832; m. 1789, Betsy Hetfield. 

4. Sarah, b. 1769; d. 1827; m. Aug. 10, 1791, Benjamin Green. 

5. James, b. 1772; d. 1814. 

6. Stephen, b. 1775; d. 1815. 

In response to an enquiry from Mrs. Hattie Wilson High, of No. 528 Peach- 
tree Street, Atlanta, Ga., Adjutant General William S. Stryker, certified over the 
seal of the State of New Jersey, Jany. 20, 1897, "that the records of this office 
(the Adjutant General's) showr that William Ely served as a private, minute-man, 
in the Essex County New Jersey Militia, during the Revolutionary War." 

Mrs. High is a great-granddaughter of Sarah Ely, 13124, the fourth child of 
William Ely, and Lucy Perkins. 

1314. Abraham Ely, of Livingston, N. J., born March, 1743, died 
1799, son of William Ely and Elizabeth Perkins; married Mary Dema- 
rest, Hackensack, N. J.; married 2nd, Catherine . Their chil- 
dren : — 

1. V/illliam. 

2. Elizabeth. 

3. Eleanor. 

4. Abraham. 

5. Peter. 

6. Mary. 

7. Hester. 



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1315. Elizabeth Ely, Livingston, N. J., b. Dec. 20, 1745, d. June 12, 
1777, daughter of William Ely and Elizabeth Perkins, married, 1763, 
Elihu Halsey, Hanover, N. J., v^^ho was born about 1735 to 1740, son 

of Recompense Halsey and Hannah . Married second Frederick 

Jones, 1773, who was born about 1746, and died 1777. Their children: — 

1. Abraham, b. 1764, d. 1822, m. 1791 Nancy Beach; m. 1806 Lucretia 

Green. 

2. Isaac, b. 1765, m. 1787 Mary Clark. 

3. Jacob, b. 1769, d. 1824, m. ist, Jemima Cook, m. 2nd, Ann McLean 

McKenzie. 

4. Elizabeth, b. 1771, d. 1804, m. 1794 Samuel Robinson. 

Mrs. Elizabeth Ely Jones and her second husband, Mr. Frederick 
Jones, are buried in the Ely Family Cemetery at Livingston, N. J. 

1316. Lois Ely, Livingston, N. J., b. July 5, 1747, d. June 25, 1822, 
daughter of William Ely and Elizabeth Perkins, married Thomas Par- 
cells ; married 2nd, Thomas Cowperthwaite. Their children : — 

1. William, b. 1772, d. 1829. 

2. Thomas, b. 1775, d. 1836. 
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4. John K. 

5. Benjamin Ely, b. 1786, d. 1865, m. 1811 Jane Ross; m. 1816 Ann 

Robinson. 

6. Job. 

13 1 7. Lucy Ely, Livingston, N. J., born July 7, 1749, daughter of 
Wiilliam Ely and Elizabeth Perkins ; married, first, Abijah Perkins, born 
1743, son of James Perkins and Margaret Andrews; married 2nd, Ellis 
Cook, Hanover, N. J. Their children : — 

1. George Whitfield, b. 1780, d. 1812. 

2. Elizabeth. 

The monument of Ellis Cook stands in the cemetery attached to the Presby- 
terian Church at Hanover, N. J. It has the inscription: 
Sacred to the Memory of 
Ellis Cook, a Captain in the Revolutionary Army, 
who depart^ this life 1832. 

The Mail and Express of June 26, 1897, contained in the Genealogi- 
cal Department the following enquiry as to ElHs Cook, which has not 
yet been replied to : 

I desire information about the antecedents and descendants of Col. Ellis 
Cooke, of Morris County, N. J., who commanded a battalion or regiment of 
militia during the revolution. His home, I believe, was in or near Hanover. 

To whom, in New Jersey, should I apply for information about his service 
in the revolution. C. W. F. 



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FIFTH GENERATION. 

The Mail and Express of June 19, 1897, ^^^ ^^^ following informa- 
tion as to Ellis Cook : 

Ellis Cook, of Southampton, married and had a son, Ellis Cook, of Han- 
over, N. J., born 1732, died 1797, a colonel in the Revolutionary Army, and served 
on staff of Gen. George Washington. He married and had George Whitfield 
Cook, of Hyde Park, N. Y., born 1780, died 1812, who married in 1803 and had a 
son, Abijah Perkins Cook, of Hudson, N. Y., born 1808, president of the State 
Medical Society of United States ("American Ancestry," by Munsell's Sons 
Vol. n.). H. R. C. 

The Mail and Express of Oct. 9, 1897, gives the following item: 
Col. Ellis Cook's genealogy is in Howell's "History of Southampton, L. I."^ 
His father, Ellis, moved his family from there to Hanover, N. J., in 1747. 

1318. Joseph Ely, Livingston, N. J., born April 23, 1751, son of 
William Ely and Elizabeth Perkins ; married Susan Williams. Their 
children : — 

1. Henry. 

2. Moses Benjamin, b. 1786; d. i860; m. 1810 Anna Lawrence. 

3. Abraham. 

1319. Benjamin Ely, Livingston, N. J., born April 14, 1753, died 
June 18, 1817, son of WilHam Ely and Elizabeth Perkins; married 
Elizabeth Brown, New Marlborough, N. Y. 

1310. Moses Ely, son of William Ely and Elizabeth Perkins, was 
born at Livingston, New Jersey, on the Orange Mountain, Nov. 18, 1756. 

Mr. Ely lived on the Ely property at Livingston, and married Jany. 
3, 1782, Rebecca, or, as it is spelled in the old family Bible, Rebekah, 
Cook. 

Rebeccah Cook was the daughter of Epaphras Cook and his wife, 
Rebekah Smith, sister of Doctor Peter Smith of Chatham, N. J. The 
Cooks resided near Livingston. 

Children of Moses Ely and Rebecca Cook : 

1. Elizabeth, b. Aug. 28, 1783; d. Mar. 23, 1844; m. ist, Geo. Ring; m. 2nd, 
1819, Rev. John Watson. 

2. Abram Halsey, b. May 18, 1787; d. June 6, 1849; m. 1816, Emma Samo. 

3. Moses, Jr., b. Feb. 21, 1790; d. Sept. 14, 1842; m. 1813, Eliza Coleman. 

4. Benjamin, b. Dec. 3, 1792; d. Feb. 19, i860; m. ist, 1822, Eliza Bell; 

m. 2nd, 1837, Martha W. Higgins, nee Allen. 

5. Epaphras Cook, b. Apr. 15, 1795; d. July 17, 1864; m. 1822, Julia Ann 

Kitchell, of Hanover, N. J. 

6. Sarah, b. Nov. 24, 1797; d. Jan. 1881 ; m. 1816, Abraham Halsey. 

7. Smith, b. May 22, 1800; d. July 26, 1884; m. Abigail Bartlett. 

8. John, b. Feb. 20, 1803; d. Jan. 21, 1894; unmarried. 

9. Anna Maria, b. Apr. 8, 1805; d. Nov. 9, 1875; m. 1826, Joseph Kitchell, 

of Hanover, N. J. 



I20 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

Moses Ely died July 14, 1838; his wife, who was born Sept. 13, 1763, 
died Oct. i, 1852. Both are buried in the cemetery of the Ely family at 
Livingston, Essex Co., New Jersey. 

Epaphras Cook and his wife, as well as her brother Obadiah, are 
buried in the Northfield Cemetery, Northfield, near Livingston, New 
Jersey. 

Moses Ely took part in the War of the Revolution; was detailed in 
charge of the wagons and supply train, and was granted a pension on ac- 
count of his services in the Army of the Revolution. 

He was during a portion of the war connected with the New 
Jersey Militia. Elijah Squier of West Livingston raised a company of 
Militia, of which he was commissioned Captain. On the roster of the 
Company the names of Moses Ely and Epaphras Cook are side by side. 

Capt. Elijah Squier was the great-grandfather of Mrs. Geo. R. Kit- 
chell, of Hanover Neck, N. J. 

After the Revolution, Moses settled in New York City, purchasing 
a property on the south side of Duane street, extending through to Reade, 
not far east of College Place. Mr. Ely was engaged in the trucking 
business, and carried it on with considerable success. 

Prior to the opening of the present century, when an epidemic of 
yellow fever broke out in the city, Mr. Ely sold his property and removed 
with his family to the farm at Livingston, N. J., which at that time came 
into his possession through his father's death. 

1321. Rebecca Ely, born Aug. 6, 1743, died 1836, daughter of Jo- 
seph Ely and Rebecca Selden, married William Miner, Lyme, Conn., who 
was born 1747, died 1825. Their children: — 

I. Lucretia, b. 1778, d. 1812. 
(H. M. Selden may give William Miner's family record more fully.) 

1323. Mehitable Ely, born Sept. 5, 1746, died Oct. 10, 1823; daugh- 
ter of Joseph Ely and Rebecca Selden ; married Samuel Holmes, Comp- 
ton, N. H., who was born 1750, son of Christopher Holmes and Sarah 
Andrews. No children. 

1326. Elizabeth Ely, bom 1751, died 1836, daughter of Joseph Ely 
and Rebecca Selden ; married Reuben Lord, Lyme, Conn. ; married sec- 
ond, Josiah Ely. Their children : — 

1. Sarah, ; d. 1777; m. Gurdon Clark. 

2. Reuben, b. 1783; d. 1847; m., 1815, Sarah Morgan. 

1327. Hepsibah Ely, bom Oct. 22, 1753, died 1820, daughter of Jo- 
seph Ely and Rebecca Selden ; married Jonathan Warner, Chester, Conn., 




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THE ELY ANCESTRY. 121 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

born 1756, died 1828, son of Jonathan Warner and Elizabeth Selden. 
Their children: — 

1. Anna, b, 1778, d. 1869, m. 1817 Joel Pratt. 

2. Hepsibah, b, 1780, d. 1810. 

3. Jonathan, b. 1782, d. 1862, m. 1807 Nancy Frethy. 

4. Ely, b. 1785, d. 1872, m. 1817 Sarah Ward Warner. 

5. Thomas, b. 1787, d. 1808. 

6. Phebe, b. 1790, d. 181 1. 

7. Lovice, b. 1793, d. 1870. 

8. George Washington, b. 1796, d. 1824. 
(H. M. Selden may get more.) 

1328. Charity Ely, b. Jany. 18, 1756, d. 1829, dau. of Joseph Ely 
and Rebecca Selden, m. Mason Brown, Lebanon, Conn. Their chil- 
dren : — 

1. Emily, b. 1790, d. 1875, m. Dodger Colt. 

2. Nancy, m. Rathbun. 
. 3. Fanny, m. Rathbun. 

4. John, m. Mary Ann Peabody. 

5. Laura. 

(5 or 6 children. They moved to N. Y. State.)— H. M. Selden. 

1329. Olive Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. June 23, 1758, d. 1843, ^au. of 
Joseph Ely and Rebecca Selden, m. 1783 Robert Hungerford, Hadlyme, 
Conn., who was b. 1752, and d. 1834, son of Robert Hungerford and 
Grace Holmes. Their children : — 

1. Joseph Ely, b. 1784, d. 1861, m. 1819 Nancy Anderson. 

2. William, b. 1786, d. 1873. 

3. Lovice, b. 1789, d. 1869. 

4. Ansel, b. 1792, d. 1800. 

5. Asa, b. 1795, d. 187s, m. 1826 Eliza Palmer. 

6. Richard, b. 1798, d. 1815, unmarried. 

7. Ansel, b. 1801, d. 1877, m. 1833 Eleanor Louisa Day. 

8. Rebecca Ely, b. 1804, m. 1827 Elijah Day. 

1 33 1. Richard Ely, Hector, N. Y., b. 1752, d. 1840, son of Richard 
Ely and Mary Pearson ; m. Eustatia Bushnell Lay, who was b. 1752, d. 
1809; m. 2nd, Deborah Kidder, who was b. 1775, d. 1813; m. 3rd, Eliza- 
beth Coon (Hinckley), who was b. 1768, and d. 1845. Theii* children: — 

1. Richard, m. Sally Comstock. 

2. Betsy, b. 1782, d. 1864, m. 1801 Jabez Swift Smith. 

3. Augustus, b. 1786, d. 1870, m. 1812 Olive Scovill. 

4. Harry, b. 1788, d. 1879, m. 1812 Polly Wickham. 

5. William, b. 1790, d. 1837, m- i8i4 Fannie Currie; m. 1830 Cornelia 

Runyan. 

6. Irene Eustatia, b. 1792, d. 1873, m. 1809 John King. 

7. Hector, b. 1796, d. 1865, m. 1823 Ann Hinckley. 

8. Calvin, b. 1812, m 1832 Julia Hager 



122 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

1332. Esther Ely, d. 1812, dau. of Richard Ely and Mary Pearson; 
m. Elijah Peck, who was b. 1742, d. 1766, son of Elijah Peck and 
Hepsibah Pearson ; m. 2nd, Isaac Ransom, who d. 1783 ; m. 3rd, Matthew 
Rogers. Their children: — 

1. Irene. 

2. Abner. 

3. Richard Ely, b. 1773, d. 1848, m. Lydia Babcock; m. Betsy Chadwick. 

4. Elijah. (4ch.) 

5. Elisha, b. 1788, d. 1877, m. 1812 Fannie Champion. 
(Mrs. Phebe Barr, Kent, Ohio, knows all about two last.) 

1333. Mary Ely, b. 1747, d. 1847, dau. of Richard Ely and Mary 
Pearson ; m. George Reed, Lyme, Conn., who was b. 1732, and d. 1828. 
Their children : — 

1. Mary, b. 1768, d. 1848. 

2. Ely, m. Nancy Rogers. 

3. Irene, m. Brockway. 

4. Anna, b. 1782, d. 1864, m. Joseph Peck. 

5. Lydia, b. 1784, d. 1879, m. 1814 Christopher Davidson. 

6. Mehitable, m. Lathrop Slate. 

7. Sally, b. 1786, d. 1863. 

8. Betsy, m. Samuel Royce. 

(Mrs. Harvy Scott, Essex, Conn., is a granddau.; she can give many 
facts as to family.) 

1334. Irene Ely, dau. of Richard Ely and Mary Pearson; m. 1774, 
Manasses Leach. Their children : — 

1. Richard, b. Dec. 25, 1774, at Lyme. 

2. Lydia, b. Oct. 22, 1776, at Lyme. 

3. Elisha, b. June 6, 1779, at Lyme. 

4. Mary, b. 1781. 

5. Elijah, b. May i, 1784, at Lyme. 

6. Irene Eustatia, b. Mar. 16, 1787, at Lyme. 

7. Deborah, b. Mar. 22, 1789, m. Jonathan Gillette. 

8. Enoch, b. Jan. 20, 1794. 

The following is taken from the Hyde Genealogy: 
VI. IRENE ELY (1994), born at Lyme, Conn., daughter of Richard Ely 
and Mary Pearson of Lyme, was a great granddaughter of Elizabeth Hyde of the 
third generation. She m. 5 March, 1774, Capt. Manassah Leach. They settled at 
Lyme, where she died. 

1335. Tabitha Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1760, d. 1858, dau. of Richard 
Ely and Mary Pearson; m. 1772, Jedediah Peck, Burlington, N. Y., b. 
1748, d. 1 82 1, son of Elijah Peck and Hepsibah Pearson. TlTeir chil- 
dren : — 

1. Hepsibah, b. 1774, d. i860, m. 1796 Abel Sill. 

2. Polly, or Mary, b. 1776, d. 1856, m. 1802 David Willard. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 123 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

3. Elijah, b. 1780, d. 1780, 

4. Elijah, b. 1781, d. 1840, m. 1801 Clarissa Bates. ' 

5. Peter, b. 1783, d. 1826, m. 1809 Sarah Lewis Colgrove. 

6. Anna, b. 1786, d. 1815. 

7. Jedediah, b. 1788, d. 1844, m. 1827 Sarah Lewis Peck, nee Colgrove. 

From the Hyde Genealogy : 

VI. JUDGE JEDEDIAH PECK (1982), born at Lyme, Conn., 28 Jan., 
1748, fourth son of Elijah Peck and Hepzibah Pearson, was a great grandson of 
Elizabeth Hyde of the third generation. He m. 5 Nov., 1772, his first cousin, 
Tabitha Ely (1995), youngest dau. of Richard Ely and Mary Pearson. He was 
a farmer and they settled at Lyme, where he also pursued the business of a land 
surveyor. They removed to Burlington, N. Y., when the country was yet a 
wilderness, where he became a prominent politician and wrote many political 
articles for the public papers over the signature of "Jedediah Peck, the plow 
jogger." He was frequently elected to the house of assembly, and was also a 
member of the state senate. He was also a judge of the court of common pleas 
of Otsego Co. many years. In the war of 1812, although exempt by age and 
otherwise from the performance of militia duty, to induce others to turn out for 
the defense of the Niagara frontier, he volunteered his services, and participated 
in the battle of Queenston, where the British general Brock was killed. He and 
his wife both died at Burlington, N. Y. 

Their children were: 

5807a. Elijah, b. 29 Aug., 1780, at Lyme, d. 20 Sept., 1780. 

5808. Elijah 2d, b. i Oct., 1781, at Lyme. He m. Lucy Bates of Hart- 
wick, N. Y., and removed to Sheffield, O., where he died. They 
had six children: 

1. Elijah. 

2. Elisha. 

3. David W. 

4. Emeline. 

5. Richard Ely. 

6. Erastus. 

5809. Peter, b. 12 Nov., 1783, at Lyme. He m. Sarah Lewis of Pownal Vt, 
They removed to Ashtabula Co., O., where he died. They had four children: 

1. Sarah Wells, who was m. and living in Warren Co., la., in 1858. 

2. Esther Kitchell, m. and was living at the same place. 

3. Peter, living in Hardin county, Ohio, 1858. 

4. Mary Campbell, living in Allen Co., O., in 1858. 

5810. Jedediah, b. 19 May, 1788, at Lyme. He m. Sarah (Lewis) Peck, the 
widow of his brother Peter, in Wayne Co., O., where he died. They had one 
child: Tabitha Wells Peck. 

5811. Hepzibah, b. 27 Jan., 1774, at Lyme. She m. her fourth cousin, Abel 
Sill, eldest son of Andrew Sill and Helen Talcott Dorn of Burlington, N. Y. 



124 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

5812. Mary, b. 6 Nov., 1776, at Lyme. She m. 7 Jan., 1802, David Willard, 
b. 29 Jan., 1775, son of David Willard and Martha Sherlock. He was a farmer, 
and they settled at Burlington, N. Y., and in 1806 removed to Otisco, N. Y., 
where he was a justice of the peace for twenty years, and was a member of the 
legislature in 1826. He d. 20 Feb., 1826, at Otisco, where she d. 23 June, 1856. 
They had three children: 

1. Electa, who m. Ebenezer Jennings of Otisco, and they joined the 

Mormons. 

2. Amanda, who m. James Churchill, of SpafTord, N. Y., where she died 

and had two children: Harriet, who m. Jonathan Davis of Marcellus, 
N. Y., and Angeline, who Hi. Harman Barnum, of Otisco. 

3. Tabitha, who m. Frederick Churchill, son of James Churchill and 

Hannah Dobbs of Spafiford. He was a mechanic, and they settled at 
Otisco, where he was captain of a rifle company. In 1859 they re- 
moved to Dowagiac, Mich. They had five children: Willard, an 
artist at Clarksville, Tenn., in i860; Marcus, a farmer at Otisco; Peter, 
who m. and d. at Otisco, i860, and Cordelia, living with her parents in 
i860, unm. 

5813. Anna, b. 27 May, 1786, at Lyme; died, unm. 

1343. Gabriel Ely, b. 1755, son of Simon Ely and Abigail Halsey; 
m. ist, Elizabeth Stocking; m. 2nd, Abigail Fuller. 

Their children : 

1. Simon, b. 1778, m. Ruth Ashley. 

2. Calvin, b. 1781. 

3. Sluman, b. 1783. 

4. Ichabod Lym.an, b. 1786, d. 1815, m. 1807, Elizabeth Brainard. 

5. Elizabeth. 

6. Abigail Halsey. 

7. Samuel Green, b. 1791, d. 1881 at his nephew's, Edmund Bidwell, Lang- 

don, N. H. 

8. Mary, b. 1794, d. 1875, m. 1814, Erastus Bidwell. 

9. Lucretia. 

10. Revile, b. i799- 

1344. Isaac Halsey Ely, b. 1757, son of Simon Ely and Abigail Hal- 
sey; m. 1st, Hannah Reed; m. 2nd, Relief Stone, Windsor, Vt. Their 
children : — 

1. Prudence, m. Abel Porter. 

2. Guy, b. 1783, d. 1853, m. Nancy Wetherbee. 

3. Abigail, m. James Milliken. 

4. Calvin. 

5. Epaphroditus, b. 1804, d. 1840, m. 1826 Elizabeth Evans. 

(George Ely, Waterford, Vt., grandson of Isaac Halsey, furnishes the 
record.) 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 125 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

1361. Lucy Pratt, East Hartford, Conn., b. 1749, dau. of Margaret 
Ely and Eliab Pratt; m. 1766, Samuel Arnold. Their children:— 

1. Lucy, b. 1767. 

2. Samuel, b. 1768. 

3. John, b. 1771. 

4. Doris, b. 1773. 

5. Waite, b. 1775. 

6. Lucretia, b. 1778. 

7. George, b. 1782. 

8. Ethan, b. 1784. 

9. Betsy, b. 1786. 

1363. Susannah Pratt, East Hartford, Conn., b. 1753, d. 1830, dau, 
of Margaret Ely and Eliab Pratt; m. 1772, Silas Easton, who was b. 
1745, d. 1829, son of Timothy Easton and Prudence Buckland. Their 
children : — 

1. Silas, b. 1772, d. 1813. 

2. Margaret, b. 1774, d. 1853, m- William Butler. 

3. Susannah, b. 1775, d. 1796, 

4. Mabel, b. 1779, d. 1848, m. 1794 Daniel Roberts. 

5. Clarissa, b. 1779, d. 1828, m. 1799 Silas Hills. 

6. Daniel, b. 1782, d. 1845, m. 1804 Margaret Pratt. 

7. Norman, b. 1784, d. 1813. 

1364. Lucretia Pratt, East Hartford, Conn., b. 1755, dau. of Mar- 
garet Ely and Eliab Pratt ; m. Roger Butler, Wethersfield, Conn. Their 
children : — 

1. Henry. 

2. Charlotte, b. about 1782, m. Wells. 

1365. Nathaniel Pratt, East Hartford, Conn., b. 1757, son of Mar- 
garet Ely and Eliab Pratt; m. Sarah Perkins (1438), who was b. 1756;, 
dau. of Elizabeth Ely and Abraham Perkins, Their children : — 

1. Perry, b. 1780. 

2. George, b. 1781. 

3. Nathaniel, b. 1783. 

4. Luther. 

5. Sophia. 

6. Amarilla. 

7. Esther. (Descendants at Granby, Conn.) 

8. Sarah, m. Hayes. 

1366. P.ussell Pratt, East Hartford, Conn., b. 1759, son of Margaret 
Ely and Eliab Pratt ; m. Hannah Hadham. Their children : — 

•I. Oliver, b. 1784. 

2. Russell, b. 1786. 

3. Margaret, b. 1788. : ' 



126 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

4. Betsy, b. 1791. 

5. Hannah, b. 1793, m. Jonathan Beedle. 

6. Esther, b. 1796. 

1367. Penelope Pratt, East Hartford, Conn., b. 1761, d. 1851, dau. 
of Margaret Ely and Eliab Pratt; m. Ashbel Warren, East Hartford, 
Conn,, who d. 1843, son of William Warren. Their children : — 

1. William Ely, b. 1789, d. 1806. 

2. Harriet, b. 1791, d. 1875, m. William Camp. 

3. Ashbel, b. 1793, d. 1841, m. 1814 Abigail Hayes. 

4. Sarah, b. 1795, d. 1875. 

5. Nathaniel, b., 1797, d. 1877, m. 1820 Sarah Bidwell. 

6. Frederick, b. 1799, d. 1867, m. Mary Ann Carter McRea. 

7. Margaret, b. 1802, m. 1823 James Colvin. 

1360. Eliab Pratt, East Hartford, Conn., b. 1767, d. 1852, son of 
Margaret Ely and Eliab Pratt; m. 1792, Dorcas Williams, East Hart- 
ford, Conn., who was b. 1768, d. 1849, dau. of Abraham Williams and 
Mary Loomis. Their children : — 

1. Ely, b. 1792, d. 183s, m. 1819 Eunice Cotton. 

2. Emily, b. 1793, d. 1877, m. 181 1 Hezekiah Godwin. 

3. Abner, b. 1795, d. 1836, m. 1824 Betsy Alford. 

4. Solomon, b. 1796, d. 1876, m. 1823 Pamela Porter. 

5. Williams, b. 1798, d. 1865, m. 1826, Mary Smith; 1829, Eliza Smith. 

6. Dorcas, b. 1799, d. 1881, m. 1836 Samuel Elmore. 

7. Luther, b. 1800, d. 1863, m. 1825 Nancy Dusenberre; m. 1854 Sophia 

Stanley; m. 1859 Hannah Haumer. 

8. Mary, b. 1803, d. 1813. 

9. George Whitfield, b. 1812, m. 1833 Mary Morris; m. Anna Jean Hills. 

1361. Elisha Pratt, Cayuga Bridge, N. Y., b. 1769, d. 1807, son of 
Margaret Ely and Eliab Pratt; m. 1800, Lucy Bill, Middletown, Conn., 
who was b. 1774, d. 1844, dau. of Samuel Bill and Martha Goodwin. 
Their children: — 

1. Lucy Ely, b. 1801, d. 1878, m. 1826 John Pantrey Jones. 

2. Elisha Brown, b. 1803, d. 1861, m. 1829 Amelia Skinner; m. 1836 Jane 

O. Pratt; m. 1844 Susan Bottomley Sharp. 

3. Marstia Goodwin, b. 1805, d. 1845, m. 1827, John Bodge. 

1 37 1. David Ely, Coxsackie, N. Y., b. 1759, d. 1807, son of Cullick 
Ely and Sarah Foote; m. Keziah Mapes, who was b. 1767, d. 1839, dau. 
of Joseph Mapes and Elizabeth Davis. Their children : — 

1. Harriet, b. 1785, m. 1802 William Lord. 

2. Alfred, b. 1788, d. 1870, m. 1812 Patience Beckwith. 

3. Temperance, b. 1791, d. 1805, 

4. Keziah Mapes, b. 1794, m. 1819 Jothan Eames. 



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FIFTH GENERATION. 

5. Sarah Ann, b. 1797, m. 1815 John Rundell. 

6. David, b. 1799, d. 1878, m. 1835 Angeline Upson. 

7. Joseph Parshall, b. 1802, d. 1844. 

8. Israel CuUick, b. 1804, d. 1868, m. 1825 Mary Martha Brown. 

9. Nancy, b. 1806, d. 1879, m. 1829 Willet Palmer. 

1372. Cullick Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1763, d. 1846, son of Cullick 
Ely and Sarah Foote; m. 1790, Azubah Lee Sill, Lyme, Conn., who was 
b. 1766, d. 1826, dau. of Joseph Sill and Azubah Lee De Wolf. Their 
children : — 

1. Lucia Sill, b. Oct. 17, 1791, d. Nov. 6, 1805. 

2. Azubah Lee, b. Sep. 29, 1793, d. 1838, m. 1812 Giles Clark and had four 

children: Lucia, Azubah, Henrietta and John. 

3. Sophia Pelens, b. 1795, d. 185 1, m. 1822 Richard Philips Petherwick. 

4. Cullick, b. 1798. 

5. Russell Cullick, b. 1798, d. 1824. 

6. Elizabeth Hubbard (152,262), b. 1799, d. 1843. 

The following account, taken from the Hyde Genealogy, gives some 
additional details: 

VL Azubah Sill (1891), b. at Lyme, Conn., 10 June, 1766, eldest dau. of 
Joseph Sill (450) of Lyme, by his second wife, Azubah (Lee) De Wolf, was a 
great granddaughter of Elizabeth Hyde (9) of the third generation. She m. 2 
Feb., 1790, Capt. Cullick Ely, b. 19 May, 1763, at Lyme, second son of Cullick 
Ely and Sarah Foote. 

They settled at Lyme, where she died 1826. He removed to Canandaigua, 
N. Y., in 1831, where he died 3 Sept., 1846. Their children were: 

Russell, b. 13 Jan., 1798, at Lyme, d. 25 Jan., 1798. 

Russell Cullick, b. 13 Jan., 1798, at Lyme (twin), sailed for the West Indies 
in 1824, in the brig Falcon, from Middletown, and was lost at sea, and died unm. 

Lucia Sill, b. 17 Oct., 1791, at Lyme, d. 6 Nov., 1805. 

Azubah Lee, b. 29 Sept., 1793, at Lyme. She m. her first cousin, Giles Sill 
Clark (5516), third son of Gurdon Clark and Ruth Sill (1891). 

Sophia P., b. 25 July, 1795, at Lyme. She m. 23 Sept., 1822, Richard P. Peth- 
erick. They removed to Western, N. Y., in 1828, and she died 30 Sept., 1851, at 
Canandaigua, s. p. 

Elizabeth, b. 13 Sept., 1799, at Lyme. She m. 10 March, 1835, William James 
Ely, and removed to Canandaigua in 1842, where she died 28 Sept., 1843. They 
had three children : 

1. Delia Sophia, d. at the age of 5 years. 

2. Manton Eastburn, d. at the age of 3 years. 

3. Lucia Sill, living in 1859. 



128 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

1373. Eleazur Ely, b. 1765, d. 1818, son of Cullick Ely and Sarah 
Foote, m. 1798, Dorcas Brockway, Lyme, Conn., who was b. 1772, d. 
1839, dau. of Similius Brockway and Bridget Brockway. Their chil- 
dren : — 

1. Charlotte, b. 1799. 

2. Obed Brockway, b. 1801, d. 1842, m. 1836 Emma Giddings. 

3. Charlotte, b. 1802, d. 1846, m. 1838 Abraham Ely Perkins (21,172). 

4. Dorcas Brockway, b. 1803, d. 1821. 

5. Emma, b. 1805, d. 1829. 

6. Arabella, b. 1806, d. 1834. 

7. Eleazur Similius, b. 1807, d. 1869, m. 1833 Martha Campbell. 

8. Sylvester, b. 1808, d. 1810. 

9. Bridget, b. 1810, d. 181 1. 

•10. Ezra Brockway, b. 1813; m. 1836, Eliza Crowell (Bearse); 1851, Mary 
H. Campbell; 1855, Harriet Van Outen; 1862, Temperance S. Hall; 
1879, Gertrude Lyster. 
II. Henry Gideon, b. 1813, m. 1838 Cornelia Maria Whiting. 

1375. Sarah Ely, b. 1769, dau. of Cullick Ely and Sarah Foote; m. 
Mapes. 



1377. Charles Ely, b. 1774, d. 1854, son of Cullick Ely and Sarah 
Foote; m. 1796, Elizabeth Perkins (21,171), who was b. 1778, d. 1858, 
dau. of Elizabeth Ely and Abraham Perkins. Their children : — 

1. Miranda, b. 1797. 

2. Charles Frederick, b. 1799, d. 1842, m. 1824 Henrietta M. Sh'aille. 

3. Elizabeth Perkins, b. 1802, d. 1854. 

4. Abraham Perkins, b. 1808, m. 1838 Philura Griffin. 

5. Samuel Cullick, b. 1810, m. 1843 Sarah F. Brockway. 

6. David, b. 1812, d. 1813. 

7. Ulysses, b. 1815, d. 1865, m. 1837 Henrietta Von Bretton. 

8. Alfred, b. 1815, m. 1842 Caroline Lydia Field. 

9. George, b. 1817, m. 1855 Marianna Page. 
ID. David Alexander, b. 1820, d. 1876. 

1378. Joseph Ely, b. 1778, d. 1830, son of Cullick Ely and Sarah 
Foote; m. 1800, Mary Magdalene Yost, who was b. 1782 and d. 1839, 
dau. of Peter Yost and Mary Magdalene Shieldts. Their children : — 

1. Sally, b. 180S, d. 1830. 

2. Cullick Yost, b. 1807, d. 1814. 

3. Harriet Susan, b. 1811, d. 1836, m. 1831 Israel Kellogg. 

4. Alfred, b. 1816, d. 1846, m. 1838 Jane Forman. 

5. Eleazur Cady, b. 1820, d. 1882, m. 1854 Ann McFarland (McCarthy). 

6. Cornelius Van Buren, b. 1824, d. 1825. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 129 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

1381. Elisha Olcott Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1775, d. 1857, son of 
Elisha Ely and Ann Ely; m. Fanny Ely (1576), who was b. 1773, d. 
1840, dau. of Ammiruhama Ely and Martha Peck. Their children : — 

1. Elisha Olcott. 

2. Diodamia, b. 1802, d. 1864, m. 185 1 Noyes W. Palmer. ; 

3. Elisha Ammi, b. 1803, d. 1863, m. 1828 Charlotte Chapman. 

4. Hannah Marilla, b. 1804, d. 1879, m. 1828 William Smith. 

5. Jesse Kelsey, b. 1808, d. 1829. 

1382. Marsylvia Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1777, d. 1838, dau. of Elisha 
Ely and Ann Ely; m. 1805, Samuel Harvey, Lyme, Conn., who was b. 

1781, d. 1818, son of Samuel Harvey and Elizabeth . Their 

children : — 

1. Samuel Ely, b. 1808, d. 1874; m. 1829, Elizabeth Bushnell, 1868 Julia 

Newell Doty. 

2. Betsy Ann, b. 1810, d. 1875, m. 1843 Samuel Scott. 

3. Lucretia Miner, b. 1814, m. 1838 Chas. Chauncey Spencer. 

4. Deborah Ely, b 1817, m, 1862 Chas. Frederic Starkey. 

1383. Eliab Ely, b. 1779, d. 1853, son of Elisha Ely and Ann Ely; m. 
Alice Sterling. No children. 

(Nephews and nieces of Alice Sterling at Hamburg.) 

1386. Peggy Ely, b. 1786, d. 1876, dau. of Elisha Ely and Ann Ely; 
m. William Ebenezer Nichols. Their children : — 

I. William Ebenezer, m. Catherine Tiffany Gillette. 

1311. Horace Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. Aug. 22, 1781, d. 1833, eldest 
son of Adriel Ely and Sarah Stowe ; m. 1806 Sarah Rogers, who was b. 
July 9, 1780, d. 1826, dau. of Zabdiel Rogers and Elizabeth Snow; m. 
2nd, Clarissa Marvin, 1832, who was b. May 5, 1795, and d. 1880, dau. of 
Joseph Marvin and Phebe Sterling. Their children : — 

1. William Horace, b. 1808, d. 1851, m. 1829 Mary Coffin Brown. 

2. Zabdial Rogers, b. 1809, d. 1839, m. 1838 Mary Stanley Hungerford. 

3. Sarah Elizabeth, b. 1811. d. 1851, m. 1831 Silas Clark. 

4. Henry Adriel, b. 1813, d. 1840. 

5. Maria Vail, b. 1821, d. 1854, m. 1845 Lewis Porter Hayden, 

13x2. Betsy Ely, Brownville, N. Y., b. 1784, d. 1845, ^^^' oi Adriel 
Ely and Sarah Stowe; m. 1802, Erastus Steriing, Brooklyn, N. Y., 
b. 1778, d. 1861, son of William Sterling and Jemima Sill. Their chil- 
dren : — 

1. Erastus Sumner, b, 1804, d. 1868, m, 1830 Florilla Goff; 1852, Pc>Uy 

North. 

2. Eliza Ely, b. 1806, d. 1845, m. 1830 John Andrew Cathcart. 

3. Frances Cornelia, b. 1814, m. 1833 Marcellus Massey. 



I30 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

4. Hannah Ellen, b. 1822, d. 1855. 

5. Sally Stowe, b. 1803. 

The Hyde Genealogy states that — , 

5556. Erastus (sixth son of Jemima Sill and Capt. William Sterling of Lyme), 
b. 8 March, 1778, at Lyme. He m. Elizabeth Ely, daughter of Adriel Ely, and 
Sarah Stowe of Lyme (see No. 1459). They removed to Brownville, N. Y., where 
she died. He was living in Brooklyn in 1858, with his son. He had one son, 
Erastus, and three daughters. 

1313. Sumner Ely (Middlefield P. O.), Clarksville, N. Y., b. 1787, d. 
1857, son of Adriel Ely and Sarah Stowe; m. 1816, Hannah Knapp Gil- 
bert, Middlefield, N. Y., who was b. 1791, d. 1868, dau. of Benjamin Gil- 
bert and Mary Cornwall. Their children : — 

1. Adriel Gilbert (unm.), b. 1817. 

2. Theodore Dwight (unm.), b. 1820, d. 1869. 

3. Sumner Stowe (unm), b. 1823. [54 West loth St., N. Y.] 

4. Benjamin Cornwall, b. 1825, m. 1852 Elizabeth Cn'ppen Caryl. 

5. William Horace, b. 1829, East Worcester, N. Y., m. 1855 Ellen Caryl. 

The Public Papers of Daniel D. Tompkins, Governor of New York, 1807- 
1817, published by the State of New York, 1898, page 396, records the appoint- 
ment of Sumner Ely as Captain in the 112th Regiment of Infantry, Joseph Clyde, 
Commander. This appointment is dated Sept. 8, 1812, and no doubt the worthy 
Captain gave a good account of himself in the subsequent military operations 
of that eventful war, but he was a statesman as well as a warrior, and we find 
that the New York Civil List, published at Albany in 1858, mentions on page 
272 the fact that Sumner Ely was Member of Assembly in 1836, representing 
Otsego County, and on page 140, it is stated that he was State Senator from the 
Sth District of Otsego County from 1840 to 1843. 

1314. William Stowe Ely, Brownville, N. Y., b. 1789, d. 1835, son of 
Adriel Ely and Sarah Stowe; m. 1820, Lydia Skinner, Geneseo, N. Y., 
who was b. 1792, d. 1841, dau. of David Skinner and Jerusha Lord. 
Their children : — 

1. William Adriel, b. 1821, d. 1877, m. 1852 Julia Guernsey Backus. 

2. Charles Newel, b. 1822, d. 1878. 

3. Sarah Stowe (Watertown, N. Y.), b. 1824. 

4. Mary Jerusha, b. 1827, d. 1854, m. 1849 George Whitney. 

5. David Skinner, b. 1829, m. 1859 Harriet Maria Wheldon. 

6. Elizabeth Knapp, b. 1832. 

7. Gustavus Foster, b. 1833, d. 1834. 

1315. Adriel Ely, Watertown, N. Y., b. 1791, d. 1859, son of Adriel 
Ely and Sarah Stowe ; m. 1826, Eveline Foster, who was b. 1806, d. 1863, 
dau. Jabez Foster and Hannah Hungerford. Their children: — 

1. Harriet Foster, b. 1828, m. 1853 Chas. Richardson. 

2. Evelina, b. 1829, d. 1846. 




DOCTOR SUMNER ELY 

MEMBER OF ASSEMBLY, I 836, PRESIDENT OF THE 
MEDICAL SOCIETY OF THE STATE OF NEW YORK, 1 84O. 
STATE SENATE 184O-1843 



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FIFTH GENERATION. 

3. Elvira, b. 1833, d. 1835. 

4. Foster, b. 1836, m. 1873 Sarah Olive Ely (Brewster), (131,111). 

5. Frederick Gustavus, b. 1838, m. 1867 Matilda Caroline Boyer. 

6. Gertrude Sumner, b. 1844, m. 1870 Geo. Willard Knowlton. 

7. Theodore Newrel, b. 1846, m. 1874 Henrietta V. S. Brandes. 

Rev. Dr. Foster Ely, Rector of Grace Church, Lockport, N. Y., said: My 
father was Adriel, Jr. (1315); grandfather, Adriel (131); great-great-grandfather, 
William, the son of that Richard who, as has been said, came from England about 
the year 1650, and is the patron saint of his lineal descendants. The children 
of grandfather Adriel are Horace (1311), Betsey (1312), Sumner (1313), William 
Stowe (1314). and Adriel, Jr. (1315). Each of these had offspring who survived 
them. Horace lived here, in Lyme, and married Sarah Rogers, by whom he had 
five children. They have all gone to their long home. The eldest was William! 
Horace (13,135), the father of Sarah Olive and Theodore Rogers. The former, 
it was my good fortune to marry, and she is here to-day, not by courtesy, but by 
right. 

Theodore was a brave and accomplished naval officer. He was one of the 
engineers engaged in laying the first submarine cable, thus helping to make a 
"whispering gallery" of the old Atlantic; he was chief engineer of a man-of-war 
on the Pacific Coast when disabled by a fatal illness. He died at the early age 
of twenty-five years. Betsey (1312), the only daughter of Adriel, married a de- 
scendant of Lord Sterling. Of his four children, two survive. One of them is the 
wife of Marcellus Massey, President of the Watertown, Rome and Ogdensburgh 
Railroad. The third child of Adriel was Sumner (1313). He was a graduate of 
Yale, a physician of distinguished ability and extensive practice, and a man splen- 
didly endowed with graces of mind and heart. He was commanding in per- 
son and of winning manners. His popularity may be inferred from the honors 
awarded in the sphere of his profession and of politics. He served in the State 
Senate of New York several terms, and as Senator was wise and honest. Of the 
five children who survive him two are able physicians, and one, Sumner Stowe, is 
a well-known lawyer of Brooklyn. William Stowe (1314), the fourth child of 
Adriel, was highly respected in social and business circles for character, integ- 
rity and energy. Recently two of his sons, William A. and Charles N. died. 
The former was a clergyman of the Episcopal Church. He was a fine scholar, 
faithful pastor, and sincere Christian. The latter was a banker, whose name was 
a synonym for honesty, truth, and ability. I come now to my father, Adriel, Jr. 
(1315). the fifth and last child of Adriel, son of Richard. He married Evelina, 
daughter of Judge Jabez Foster and Hannah Hungerford, and had seven children, 
of which five live. He was in character, intellect and influence a strong and good 
man. He held many public and private offices of trust; was the soul of honor, the 
patron of whatever was good, and a charitable giver. 

1321. Silas Ely Cheney, Manchester, Connecticut, born 1779, died 
Sept., 1821, son of Sarah Ely and Silas Cheney; married on Monday 
evening, May 18, 1807, Mary Young. Children : — 

I. Mary Young, b. , died 1872, married Horace Greeley, of New 

York. 



132 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

1412. Benjamin Lee, Truxton, N. Y., b. 1740, d. 1826, son of Mary 
Ely and Benjamin Lee; m. 1760, Mary Dorr, Lyme, Conn., who was b. 
1743, and d. 1825, dau. of George Dorr and Sarah Marvin. Their chil- 
dren: — 

1. Stephen, b. 1761. 

2. Sarah Ann, b. 1763, d. 1829. 

3. Mary Ann, b. 1765. 

4. George, b. 1767, d. 1857; m. Skinner; 1791, Elizabeth Bennett- 

1818, Susan Greene; 1842, Julia Ann Tooker. 

5. Lucy, b. 1769, d. 1856, m. George Mitchell. 

6. Zenas, b. 1771. 

7. Joseph, b. 1774, m. 1795 Sarah Champion. 

8. Charles, b. 1776, d. 1848, m. 1800 Eva Hallenbech. 

9. Lydia, b. 1779, d. 1820, m. 1804 Josiah Culver Foote. 
ID. Benjamin, b. 1781, d. 1825, m. Lucy Austin. 

(Zenas married twice; was with the Mormons in Nauvoo, 1844; no children.) 

143 1. Francis Perkins, Hoston, Nova Scotia, b. 1741, son of Eliza- 
beth Ely and Abraham Perkins; m. Lee, Colchester, Conn. 

Their children : — 

1. Ely. 

2. William. 

3. Cyrus. 

1432. William Perkins, Hartland, Vt., b. 1743, son of Elizabeth Ely 
and Abraham Perkins ; m. Lydia Sterling. Their children : — 

1. Elisha. 

2. Lydia. 

3. Francis. 

4. William. 

5. Gaines, b. 1778, d. 1870. 

6. Benjamin. 

The following newspaper items would seem to refer to a son of Benjamin 
Perkins : 

The marriage of Mrs. Frances Hildt, daughter of the late Addison Gardiner 
Jerome, to Mr. Benjamin Perkins, of this city, was very quietly celebrated on 
Tuesday in the Church of the Holy Communion, Sixth avenue and Twentieth 
street. There was no one present at the ceremony, which was performed by the 
Rev. J. Townsend Cole, but the members of the two families. Mrs. Hildt was 
given away by her brother, Mr. E. M. Jerome. There was no reception after the 
ceremony. The bride's daughter. Miss Julia Hildt, whose engagement to Mr. 
Conrad Knott, son of Judge Knott, of Washington, D. C, was announced some 
time ago, will not be married until next autumn. — New York Herald. 

"Society News" in Sunday World, Nov, 8, 1896: 

Miss Julia Jerome Hildt and Charles Cooper Nott, Jr., are to be married 
at noon Tuesday in the Church of the Holy Communion. The bride is a daughter 
of the late Col. John McLean Hildt, U. S. A. She will be attended by Miss Mar- 




SUMNER STOW ELY, A.M. 

FORMERLY A MEMBER OF THE LAW FIRM OF Bf 
AND ELY, OF NEW YORK 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 133 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

jorie Nott as maid of honor. Rev. John Dennison will assist Mr. Nott as best 
man, and the Messrs. Vanderpoel, Adriance, Howard, Hildt and others will be 
ushers. The wedding breakfast will be served at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. 
Benjamin Perkins, No. 47 East Sixtieth street. Mrs. Perkins is Miss Hildt's 
mother. 

1433. Abraham Perkins, North Lyme, Conn., b. 1745, d. 1824, son 
of EHzabeth Ely and Abraham Perkins; m. 1798, Anne Fanning, Nor- 
wich, Conn., who was b. 1748, and d. 1823. 

1434. EHzabeth Perkins, b. 1748, dau. of EHzabeth Ely and Abra- 
ham Perkins ; m. Frederick Mather. 

1437. Samuel Perkins, b. 1754, son of Elizabeth Ely and Abraham 

Perkins; m. 1780, Polly Jewett, dau. of Joshua Jewett and . 

Their children : — 

1. Polly, b. 1781, d. 1783. 

2. Joseph, b. 1783, d. 1786. 
. 3. Polly, b. 1785. 

4. Samuel, b. 1787. 

5. Lucretia, b. 1791. 

6. Roger, b. 1792. 

7. Sophia, b. 1794. 

1441. Daniel Ely, Windsor, Conn., b. 1751, d. 1832, son of Daniel 
Ely and Abigail Denison; m. Sarah Whittlesey; m. 2nd, Esther Cone. 
Their children : — 

1. Sarah, m. Uriah Church. 

2. Esther, m. Jacob Smith. 

3. Abigail. 

4. Mehitable, m. Daumuy. 

5. Betsey (?) 

(Records say Mary, wife of Daniel, d. 1814, aged 65, b. 1749.) 

1442. Lucy Ely, born 1752, dau. of Daniel Ely and Abigail Denison; 
m. 1773, Joseph Hays. Their children : — 

1. Joseph, b. 1774. 

2. Ely, b. 1776. 

1443. Jabez Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1754, d. 1841, son of Daniel Ely 
and Abigail Denison; m. Polly Bennett, who was b. 1762, and d. 1839, 
dau. of John Bennett and Phebe Mack. Their children : — 

1. Polly, b. 1785, d. 1879, m. 1839 James Johnson. 

2. Daniel, b. 1788, d. 1866, m. 1807 Polly Murdock, 1810 Mary Carrier. 

3. Betsy, b. 1788. 

4. Lucretia, b. 1793, m. 1815 Frederick Putnam. 

5. Calvin, b. 1796, d. 1870, m. 1819 Abigail Lamb. 

6. John Bennett, b. 1799, d. March 31, 1882, m. 1820 Jane Vieley. 

7. Jabez, b. 1802, d. 1857, m. 1824 Cornelia Patterson. 



134 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

1445. Mary Ann Ely, born 1760, dau. of Daniel Ely and Abigail 
Denison ; m. Philip Tucker, Saybrook, Conn. Their children : — 

1. Eliphalet. 

2. Abigail. 

3. Philip. 

4. Hannah, m. Turner. 

5. Noah. 

6. Lucretia. 

7. Joseph. 

8. Mary Ann. 

1446. Denison Ely, b. 1763, d. 1843, son of Daniel Ely and Abigail 
Denison; m. 1789, Phebe Lay, who was b. 1768, and d. 1826, dau. of 
Peter Lay and Peck. Their children : — 

1. Richard Hayes, b. 1790, d. 1828, rn. 1820 Laura Maria Shepard. 

2. Gibbons, b. 1792, d. 1857. 

3. Ansel, b. 1794, d. 1865, m. Electa Smith. 

4. James Burr, b. 1796, d. 1872, m. 1826 Jane M. L. G. Binford. 

5. Willoughby Lynds, b. 1798, d. 1878. 

6. Phebe Peck, b. 1800, d. 1877, m. John Ferdon. 

7. Peter Lay, b. 1802, d. 1843. 

8. Mary Ann, b. 1805, m. 1829 Henry Matthews, 1839 Nelson Benedict. 

9. Belinda Catherine, b. 1807, d. 1845. 

10. Lorenzo Douglass, b. 1809, d. 1881, m. 1841 Caroline C. Culver. 

11. Abigail Lucretia, b. 181 1. 

(Willoughby L. (14,465), d. at Hunts, Livingston Co., N. Y., Sept. 15, 1878.) 

1447. Lucretia Ely, dau. of Daniel Ely and Abigail Denison; m. 
George Lewis. Their children : — 

I. Daniel Ely, m. Mary Fellow^s. 

1471. Ruth Ely, b. 1747, d. 1841, dau. of Wells Ely and Elizabeth 
Williams ; m. Enoch Marvin, probably Lyme. Their children : — 

1. Elizabeth. 

2. Catherine. 

3. Elisha, m. 1805 Laura Foote. 

4. Rebecca, m. , Christopher Lee. 

5. Sarah. 

6. Ruth. 

7. Rhoda. 

8. Mary. 

9. Wells, b. 1792, d. 1856, m. Mary Davis. 

1472. Wells Ely, b. 1751, son of Wells Ely and Elizabeth Williams; 
m. Sarah Wells. 

1473. Elizabeth Ely, born 1753, dau. of Wells Ely and ; m. 

Amos Randall. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 135 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

1474. Deborah Ely, b. about 1755, dau. of Wells Ely and Rebecca 

Selden; m, Spencer. In the Ely Burial Ground at Lyme we 

find the inscriptions : Betsy, widow Oliver Spencer, d. 1848, ag. 72, b. 
1776; also Hannah, w. of Ichabod, b. 1756, d. 1846; Ichabod, b. 1747, d. 
1 82 1. (There is some reason to suppose that Deborah married Obadiah 
Spencer, father of Mindwell, who m. Joseph Elliott, No. 84, in 1788.) 
Elizabeth Ely (1743) may have been b. 1776, and married Oliver Spencer, 
instead of Amos Randall, or after the death of Mr. Randall. 

1476. Ashbel Ely, b. 1763, son of Wells Ely and Rebecca Selden, 
married (wife's name not obtained). Their children: — 

I. Deborah Spencer, b. 1802, d. 1856, m. 1825 Robert Pollock. 

1477. Dudley Ely, Charlton, N. Y., b. 1768, d. 1846, son of Wells 
Ely and Rebecca Selden; m. 1796, Ann Dolphin Harrison, who was b. 
1781, and d. 1845, dau. of Thomas Harrison and Ann Dolphin. Their 
children : — 

1. Thomas Wells Harrison, b. 1801, d. 1803. 

2. James Harrison, b. 1805, m. 1831 Harriet Eliza Thompson, 1870 Carrie 

Close. 
3- Ashbel Wells, b. 1808, d. 1821. 

4. Samuel Belding, b. 1810, d. 1821. 

5. Amy Eliza, b. 1813, d. 1814. 

; 6. Amy Gridley, b. 1815, d. 1841, m. 1835 Archelaus Spencer. 

7. Jane Ann, b. 1818, m. 1841 John C. Guernsey. 

8. John Dudley, b. 1823, m. 1844 Margaret A. Matthews; 1867 EHza 

Tyler. 

1478. Selden Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1770, d. 1839, son of Wells Ely 
and Rebecca Selden ; m. 1800, Hepsibah Gibson, Middletown, Conn., b. 
1779, d. 1849, dau. of Timothy Gibson and Hannah Sage. Their chil- 
dren : — 

1. Selden Gibson, b. 1801, d. 1874, m. 1827 Rachel Wilcox. 

2. Nancy Sage, b. 1803. 

3. Rebecca Hart, b. 1805, d. 1824. 

4. Eliza Wells, b. 1807, m. 1831 Matthias Miner. 

5. Henry Augustus, b. 1809, d. 1838. 

6. Edward, b. 181 1, m. 1843 Jane Wellington Barker. 

7. Timothy b. 1814, d. 1854, m. 1841 Sarah Stark. 

8. Mary Ann. b. 1818, m. 1849 Jonas Alexander Ream. 

9. Wells Gridley b. 1818. 

1470. William Ely, Charlton, Saratoga Co., N. Y., b. 1773, d. 1825, 
son of Wells Ely and Rebecca Selden ; m. Docenia Johnson, who was b. 
1781, and d. 1855. Their children : — 

1. Selden, b. 1799, d. 1852, m. 1825 Polly Coude. 

2. Rebecca, b. 1802, m. 1822 Ira Curtis. 



136 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

3. William, b. 1804, m. 1832 Maria Louise Kline. 

4. Ambrose, b. 1807, d. 1873, m. 1829 Eliza Minerva Hawley. 

5. Thomas, b. 1814, d. 1838, m. Elizabeth Bell. 

6. Edwin Wells, b. 1821, d. 1837. 

1471. Amy Ely, b. 1777, d. 1877, dau. of Wells Ely and Rebecca 
Selden; m. 1818, Theodore Gridley, Clinton, N. Y., who was- b. 1757, 
and d. 1826. 

(W. S. Watson, M. D., 105 West 47th St., N. Y. City, may know more.) 

Their children: 

I. Elizabeth Ely, b. 1826, m. 1843 Geo. Seldon Butler. 

1481. Worthington Ely, b. 1759, d. 1803, son of John Ely and Sarah 
Worthington ; m. 1787, Prudence Bushnell, Saybrook, Conn. Their chil- 
dren : — 

I. Charlotte, m. Jonathan Southwick. 

(There were three other children whose names have not been obtained.) 

WORTHINGTON ELY. 
By Mrs. E. S. Smith. 

Worthington Ely, eldest son of Colonel John Ely, of Revolutionary fame, 
was born in Saybrook, Conn, in the year 1759. 

Of his boyhood and early youth we have, unfortunately, few records beyond 
those which tell briefly of his energy and success in study, and his honorable 
standing at Yale College, of which he was a graduate; but in his nineteenth year 
he comes before us like a hero of romance. At this time (about the close of the 
year 1777) his gallant father had been captured by the British, and was held as a 
prisoner of war; and this brave son, "together with a few other friends, fitted out 
a vessel at their own expense, and manned her for the purpose of surprising and 
capturing a British force, with which to effect the exchange of Colonel Ely." As 
the result of this expedition, with the events which followed, are all matters of 
history, it is not our province to enlarge upon them here. 

When the war was ended, and Colonel Ely returned to his family it was to 
meet with many sad discouragements. But he bore them all bravely, and derived 
much comfort and consolation from seeing how well his noble son had managed 
during his long absence. This youth, now somewhat relieved from the many 
cares and duties which had devolved upon him, was free to pursue the study of 
his chosen profession — that of medicine. 

At twenty-eight he married Prudence Bushnell, of Saybrook, with whom he 
lived very happily. As the fortune he would otherwise have inherited from his 
father had all been spent in the service of the country, he felt it was best to seek 
a larger field of practice. About the time he was meditating this change there 
came accounts of terrible ravages made by yellow fever in the South. His philan- 
thropic nature was touched at once and he determined to devote his time and 
skill to the sufiferers. Making arrangements for the comfort of his family during 
his absence, and taking with him his body-servant, a faithful colored man, he 



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went to the district where the fever raged most virulently, and for weeks devoted 
himself night and day to the care of the sick. His humane mission was blest, for 
he performed many wonderful cures, and alleviated the sufferings of all who 
came under his care. But he was at last stricken down himself, and as his system 
was much enfeebled by want of sleep and over-exertion it was a long time before 
even so fine a constitution as his could tJirow off the disease. During the many 
weeks he lay ill his money was all spent for the medicines and restoratives he re- 
quired, and before he could start for home he was compelled to part with his 
faithful servant. Thus he returned to his family a sick and impoverished man. 

But the cheerful, brave spirit was unbroken, and as soon as he was strong 
enough he began to carry out his plan for a change of residence. And now he 
made what we must always consider the great mistake of his life. Instead of go- 
ing to some city or large town, where he could have found a proper field for his 
professional skill, he settled in an obscure and lonely region in Albany County, in 
the township of Coeymans, about four miles west of the Hudson River. 

Of course, in such a neighborhood, and with such a practice, his home was 
necessarily an humble one, but it was brightened by the smiles of a fond and 
faithful wife and enlivened by the blooming faces of his lovely children. The 
eldest of these, Charlotte, a girl of remarkable beauty and talent, was her father's 
chief assistant. 

In his forty-fourth year he was attacked by a serious illness. Friends and 
neighbors called it a neglected cold, but he knew it was the premature wearing out 
of an organism that, under happier circumstances, might have lasted nearly a 
century. 

His brother Edward, an eminent lawyer, living in Goshen, some sixty miles 
away, must be notified. There were matters of the gravest import to be arranged 
between them. He had in his possession title deeds which, if properly used, might 
in the future not only place his family above want, but give them abundant 
wealth. He must get word to him, but how? Mail communications in those days 
were so slow and uncertain. Some special messenger must be sent His wife 
could not be spared from his bedside and from her little children. There was no 
one but Charlotte, the eldest daughter. 

He called her to his bedside and gave her instructions. She was to saddle 
the old horse, and ride all the way to Goshen. She was to take some food for her 
solitary dinner on the road, a little money (not enough to tempt highway rob- 
bers, who thank Heaven! were not so numerous in those days as in ours), to pay 
for her night's lodging at a house on the way, which the sick man carefully de- 
scribed. The next morning she was to start on again over a road she could "not 
possibly miss." At least, so her father said, though doubtless the poor man had 
many sad misgivings and anxieties about her safety. 

The brave little girl set off on her lonely journey and reached her destina- 
tion in safety. Once at her uncle's house, her difficulties were at an end. There 
she was petted, caressed and cared for in the most loving manner. But she could 
only rest a very short time. She must hasten, with her uncle, back to her father. 
That was his last injunction. 

They made the journey as rapidly as possible, but alas! not in time, A 
little while before they reached his bedside the sick man breathed his last. 



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Edward Ely, the beloved brother, remained some time with the bereaved 
family consoling them as best he could, and attending to all matters necessary for 
their aid and comfort. Afterwards he exerted his skill and legal knowledge in 
earnest endeavors to secure the property to which Dr. Ely was entitled; but some 
informality in the papers rendered all his efforts fruitless. He was forced to ac- 
cept the sad certainty that his brother, despite his laborious life, had died a poor 
man. 

The little heroine of our sketch became a celebrated beauty, and her four 
sisters were also women of remarkable personal attractions. They had not the 
great educational advantages of our day, but their fine natural talents, quick in- 
telligence and keen powers of observation enabled them to drink in knowledge 
as flowers drink the sunshine and the dew. They all married well and reared 
large families of children, who inherit, in many respects, the fine traits of their 
grandfather. 

(From the Home Journal, June 2, 1897.) 

BY AN OLD NEW YORKER. 

A LONG-FORGOTTEN SOCIETY LEADER AND HER FIFTH AVENUE 

FARM. 
Walking along Fifth avenue, lately, beyond the Manhattan Club, the writer 
thought with mingled satisfaction and sadness, of the wonderful changes a com- 
paratively short time has brought about in that section of the city. 

Fifty years ago everybody who was anybody in New York knew, and almost 
everybody who knew liked, the Coventry Waddells. Mr. Coventry Waddell oc- 
cupied a peculiar semi-political position, and was in confidential relations with 
the State Department at Washington. He was a very wealthy man for his era — 
probably worth half a million of dollars — and spent his income liberally. 

In his time there was no Central Park, and Fifth avenue beyond Twenty- 
third street was more or less, generally more, "the country." Mrs. Waddell took 
a liking to a tract of land extending along Fifth avenue, between Thirty-seventh 
and Thirty-eighth streets, and her husband bought the site for her, paying about 
a tithe of what the land is worth to-day. 

There was a large apple-tree in full blossom at the date when Mr. Waddell 
completed the purchase, and, while he and the real estate agent arranged mat- 
ters, Mrs. Waddell threw herself down on the luxuriant grass under the tree and 
partook with a keen relish of some solid refreshments, which she had brought 
along with her. There was a wheat field on the tract, and Mrs. Waddell men- 
tally resolved to cultivate the wheat and to get a barrel of flour out of it. And 
she did get several barrels, and with her own fair hands baked loaves of bread 
from her Fifth avenue crop. The purchase completed, and the wheat field and 
the apple-tree retained, Mr. Waddell sent for his architects and erected on his land, 
or, rather, his wife's land, one of the very finest and handsomest and cosiest and 
most delightful family mansions ever built in this city. It was really more artis- 
tically picturesque than any residence on the avenue to-day. Its towers com- 
manded an unrivalled view. The Waddell place was a genuine "fancy farm" on 
Fifth avenue. There is no spot to compare with it in this respect at present, 
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This reminds one of the fact that the old Goelet mansion, so long known as 
the "farm near Union Square," with its trees, and chickens, and cows, has forever 
disappeared. And alas! with these old places much of the old-fashioned and sin- 
cere hospitality has disappeared also. Mrs. Waddell was a Miss Southwick, 
daughter of Jonathan Southwick, of New York city, and a grand-daughter of 
Worthington Ely. One of her ancestors had been known as "The" Worthington, 
and was one of the belles of the period. She was "the toast" of three seasons. 
Among her descendants were a well-known writer of the Goodrich family, "Peter 
Parley," and a popular mayor of New York city, the Hon. Smith Ely. 

The History of the City of New York, by Mrs. Martha J. Lamb and Mrs. 
Burton Harrison, says (page 757) : 

Coventry Waddell, son of Henry and Eliza Daubiny Waddell, married Char- 
lotte Augusta daughter of Jonathan Southwick of New York City, and grand- 
daughter of Worthington Ely, whose father. Dr. John Ely, married Sarah Worth- 
ington, a great beauty, and sister to the mother of Governor John Cotton Smith. 
The Worthingtons were descended from Hugh Worthington, who held the lordship 
of Worthington under Edward IV. in 1474. The Elys settled in Lyme, Conn., 
about 1660, and the family has since been one of influence, many of its branches 
being among the substantial citizens of New York, not least of whom is our 
recent Mayor, Smith Ely. 

1482. Amah Ely, b. 1760, dau. of John Ely and Sarah Worthing- 
ton ; m. Coles. 

1483. Ethelinda Ely, b. 1762, d. 1829, dau. of John Ely and Sarah 
Worthington; m. 1787, William Elliott, Goshen, N. Y., who was born 
1755, d. 1829, son of Aaron Elliott and Mary Worthington. Their 
children : 

1. Horace William, b. 1788, d. 1863, m. 1825 Charlotte Westcott. 

2. Sarah Ethelinda, b. 1790, d. 1820, m. 1817 Benjamin Gildersleeve. 

3. Charlotte (unm.), b. 1792, d. 1820. 

4. Elizabeth, b. 1793, d. 1880, m. 1826 Zachariah N. Hoffman. 

5. Henry William, b. 1797, d. 1870, m. 1844 Sarah W. Hulse. 

6. Frances Maria, b. 1798, d. 1880, m. 1831 Hudson Kinsley. 

1484. Betsy Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1764, d. 1837, dau. of John Ely 
and Sarah Worthington; m. 1784, Samuel Goodrich, Durham, Conn., 
who was b. 1763 and d, 1835, son of Elizur Goodrich and Katherine 
Chauncey. Their children: 

1. Sarah Worthington, b. Aug. 7, 1785, d. 1842, m. 1805 Amos Cook; m. 

1815 Frederick Wolcott. 

2. Elizabeth, b. Apr. 21, 1787, d. 1864, m. 1810 Rev. Noah Coe. 

3. Abigail, b. Nov. 29, 1788, d. 1858, m. 1808 Samuel Whittlesey. 

4. Charles Augustus, b. Aug. 19, 1790, d. 1862, m. 1818 Sarah Upson. 

5. Katherine ,b. Dec. 4, 1792, d. 1873, m. 1817 Daniel Dunbar. 



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6. Samuel Griswold, b. Aug. 19, 1793, d. i860, m. 1818 Adeline G. Bradley; 

m. 1826 Mary Booth. 

7. Elihu C, b. Nov. 18, 1795, d. June 9, 1797. 

8. Mary Ann Wolcott, b. May 29, 1799, d. 1872, m. 1819 Nathaniel B. Smith 

of Woodbury. 

9. Emily Chauncey, b. Nov. 25, 1801, d. Oct. 22, 1803. 

10. Emily Chauncey, b. Nov. 13, 1805, d. 1849, "i- Darius Meade. 



We give the following brief account of the Goodrich family : 
Elizur Goodrich, born October 18, 1734, settled in Durham, Conn., and mar- 
ried Katherine, daughter of Hon. Elihu Chauncey, Feby., 1759. She was born 
April II, 1741. Rev. Elizur Goodrich died Nov. 21, 1797. Mrs. Katherine Good- 
rich died April 8, 1830. Their children: — 

1. Chauncey, b., Oct. 20, 1759; d., Aug. 18, 1815; U. S. Senator and 

Lieut.-Gov. of Conn. 

2. Elizur, b. March 24, 1761. 

3. Samuel, b. Jan. 12, 1763. 

4. Elihu, b. Sept. 16, 1764; never married. 

5. Charles Augustus, b. March 2, 1768. 

6. Nathan, b. Aug. 5, 1770. 

7. Catherine, b. Dec. 2, 1775; m. Rev. David Smith, D.D., of Durham, 

Conn.; d. 1845. 
Elizur Goodrich, born March 24. 1761, son of Elizur Goodrich and Catherine 
Chauncey; married Anna Millard Allen, only daughter of Daniel and Esther 
Allen, Sept. i, 1785. Hon. Elizur Goodrich died at New Haven, Conn., Nov. I, 
1849. Mrs. Anne Millard Goodrich died Nov. 17, 1818. Their children: — 

1. Elizur, b. Oct. 3, 1787; married Eliza, daughter of Gen. Henry Cham- 

pion, Oct. 25, 1818; residence, Hartford. 

2. Chauncey Allen,, b. Oct. 23, 1790; married Julia, daughter of Noah 

Webster, LL.D. 

3. Nancy, b. Jan. i, 1793; married Hon. Henry L. Ellsworth; d. Jan. 15, 

1847. 
Pedigree CIV. of "American Families of Royal Descent" gives the royal 
descent of the Rev. Samuel Goodrich, who married Elizabeth Ely, No. 1484, of 
the Ely Ancestry. The descent is from Edward I., King of England by his second 
wife. 

1487. Lucretia Ely, b. 1770, dau. of John Ely and Sarah Worthing- 
ton ; m. Uriah M. Gregory, of Sand Lake, N. Y. Children : — 
I. Lucretia, d. 1839 m. William W. Frothingham 1823. 

1489. John Ely, b. 1774, son of John Ely and Sarah Worthington; 
m. Abigail Lay. Their children : — 

1. Maria; m. Leonard Bronck. 

2. Edwin, b. 1803. 

3. Adelaide. 



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FIFTH GENERATION. 

The New York Civil List, published at Albany in 1858, on page 272, men- 
tions the fact that a John Ely was member of Assembly in 1806 and in 1812, repre- 
senting Greene County. It is probable that this refers to the above named John 
Ely. 

From the Mail and Express, Nov. 28, 1896'. 

"I am the direct descendant of Peter Bronck, the son of Jonas. I have in my 
possession the remnant of the original patent, and the old house at Coxsackie. 

"I know the history of all the Broncks, from Peter down, but I know very 
little of Jonas, whose history I would like. 

"Who was he, where did he come from, what was his business in New York, 
what his rank or official relation, if any, to New York? It was stated in an 
article in the 'Post' some years ago that he was one of the founders of New 
Amsterdam? 

"What is the foundation for this statement? 

"My great-grandmother was a Wolcott. She married a Lay, and lived in 
Westbrook, Conn. Her daughter, Abigail Lay, married Dr. John Ely, son of 
Col. John Ely, of Saybrook. Conn. 

"This Abigail Lay Ely had brothers, Zena Wolcott Lay, Robert Wolcott Lay, 
Josiah Wolcott Lay. Her sisters were Desire and Loxea. What I want to know 
is what Wolcott line she was in, who was her father, grandfather, etc., and who 
was the Lay she married?" A. B. L. 

1491. Erastus Selden, b. 1769, d. 1839, son of Anne Ely and Ezra 
Selden; m. Lucy Jewett, who d. 1834, dau. of David Jewett and Sarah 
Selden; m. 2nd, Laura Selden Comstock, in 1835, dau. of Ansel Com- 
stock and Elizabeth M. Jewett. Their children : — 

1. Sarah, b. 1797. 

2. Amy, b. 1799, d. 1800. 

3. John Erastus, m. Mary Comstock. 

4. Lucy Elizabeth, b. 1836, d. 1876. 
(H. M. Selden may give more.) 

Abraham P. Ely, Esq., Rochester, says: I can recount some incidents that 
took place in this famous old North Quarter Schoolhouse sixty years ago that 
will seem harsh to children in these days. 

As I have observed, these fathers believed in the Bible, and they used the 
Rod. This district was not prolific in productions except of children. In this 
they excelled any in the county. We used to number ninety scholars, wet or dry, 
hot or cold. On pleasant days, when they dressed up all the little ones, we num- 
bered one hundred and nine. Among these scholars some were men in size, and 
one weighed two hundred pounds. They were factious, disturbers of the school, 
not disposed to bow obedience to any but physical force. On one occasion they 
were about assaulting the teacher. My brother, Alfred, a very small boy, became 
frightened and ran for Mr. Erastus Selden, near by. He quickly came to the 
rescue, and seizing the first riotous boy he met at the door gave him such a 
shaking as soon restored peace and quiet. The teacher, however, left, and was: 
succeeded by Samuel Lee Selden, twenty-two years of age, then at home for a 
college vacation. He afterwards became an honored judge. The contumacious 
young man who received the shaking had been a playfellow of Mr. Selden and 



142 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

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continued to attend his school. It was the custom for the scholars, as they passed 
out of the room, to face the teacher and make a bow. This turbulent youth 
passed out without turning or bowing. Mr. Selden called him back and made 
such an application of a square cherry ruler, which teachers used to carry, that 
enabled him to finish the term. 

Note.— Samuel Lee Selden was born Oct. 12, 1800; son of Calvin Selden 
and Phebe Ely, daughter of Elijah Ely. Samuel Lee Selden is numbered 211,214 
in this genealogy. 

1412. John Christopher Ely, Baltimore, Md., b. 1787, d. 1864, son 
of Christopher Ely and Esther Hunt; m. 181 1, Eunice Noyes, Balti- 
more, Md., who was b. 1791 and d. 1870, dau. of Joseph Noyes and Jane 
Lord. Their children : — 

1. John Noyes, b. 1811, d. 1872, m. 1833 Eliza L. Baker; m. Ann E. 

Barrington. 

2. Esther Jane, b. 1812, d. 1837, m. 1834 Francis S. Walter. 

3. Joseph Christopher, b. 1814, d. 1848. 

4. James Laurence, b. 1816, d. 1817. 

5. William Noyes, b. 1818, d. unm. 1858, 

6. Richard Noyes, b. 1820, d. 1843. 

7. Mary Ann Noyes, b. 1822, d. 1865, m. 1852 John Jos. Gray. 

8. Francis, b. 1824, d. 1843. 

9. Daniel Noyes, b. 1827, d. 1832 unm. 

10. Enoch Noyes, b. 1830, m. 1854 Margaret Ford; m. 1867 Victoria 

Eugenia Walter. 

11. Martha Clarissa, b. 1833, d. 1838. 
From the Hyde Genealogy: 

"* * * 5343- Eunice, b. 20 Nov., 1791, at Lyme. She m. 5 Jan., 181 1, Col. 
John Christopher Ely, b. i Aug., 1787, at Lyme, only son of Capt. Christopher Ely 
of Lyme, by his second wife, Esther Hunt, grandson of Daniel Ely, and great 
grandson of William Ely the first of Lyme. They settled at Lyme in 1826, re- 
moved to New York, and in 1828 to Baltimore, Md., where they were living in 
1859. They had eleven children: 

1. John Noyes, b. 11 Nov., 1812, m. 11 June, 1833, Eliza L. Baker of 

Baltimore, who d. 20 June, 1842. He had by her three children: 
Catherine, b. 6 May, 1834, who m. Samuel Wingate; John B., b. 19 
Aug., 1836, and Mary J., b. 30 Sept., 1838. He then married Anne 
Barrington of Philadelphia. 

2. Esther Jane, b. 30 Dec, 1812, m. July, 1834, Francis Walter of Balti- 

more, and d. 20 Oct., 1837, leaving one daughter, who m. Joseph R. 
Golibart. 

3. Joseph Christopher, b. 22 June, 1814; d. June, 1848, Baltimore, unm. 

4. James Laurence, b. 23 April, 1816; d. i May, 1817. 

5. William Noyes, b. Feb., 1818; unm. in 1858. 

6. Richard Noyes, b. 17 April, 1820; d. 27 Nov., 1843, Baltimore, unm. 

7. Mary Anne, b. 14 Dec, 1822; m. Joseph Gray, of Baltimore. 

8. Frances Noyes, b. 11 Nov., 1824; d. 13 Aug., 1843, at Baltimore, unm. 



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FIFTH GENERATION. 

9. Daniel Noyes, b. 3 July, 1827; d. 11 Dec, 1832. 

10. Enoch Noyes, b. i Aug., 1830; m. 23 Nov., 1854, Margaret Ford, of 

Baltimore, and in 1859 had two children: Joseph Christopher, b. 11 
Oct., 1855, and Chas. Ford, b. 7 Jan., 1858. 

11. Martha Clarissa, b. 8 July, 1833; d, 20 June, 1838." 

1421. Nancy Ely, b. 1782, d. 1862, dau. of Elisha Ely and Susannah 
Bloomer; m. 1800, Archibald White, who d. 1800; m. 2nd, Abner Mur- 
ray, Athens, Pa., in 1821 ; he was b. 1773, and d. 1839, son of Noah Mur- 
ray and Mary . Their children : — 

1. Maria, b. 1800, m. Elihu Parmenter. 

2. Edward Abner, b. 1822, d. 1864, m. 1846 Marianna Page. 
(Chas. L. Murray, a nephew, South Bend, Ind., responds, does 

not know full maiden name of grandmother. 
14^3. Gilbert Bloomer Ely, Owego, N. Y., b. 1785, d. 1831, son of 
Elisha Ely and Susannah Bloomer; m. 1809, Elizabeth McClain, who 
was b. 1794 and d. 1825, dau. of John McClain and Electa Hull. Their 
children : — 

1. Maria Elizabeth, b. 1812, m. 1832, Jason Kinsley Wright. 

2. Julia, b. 1814. 

3. Martha, b. 1816, d. 1874. 

4. Alfred Bloomer, b. 1819, m. 1844 Ann Byrne; 1873, Margaret Sheets. 

5. Anson Camp, b. 1823, d. 1861, m. Parmenter. 

6. Edward Murray, b. 1826. 

1425. William Alfred Ely, Owego, N. Y., b. 1789, d. 1863, son of 
Elisha Ely and Susannah Bloomer; m. 1841, Ann Smith Gregory, New- 
burgh, N. Y., who was b. 1810, dau. of Samuel Odell Gregory and Ru- 
letta Cook. Their children : — 

1. William, b. 1842, d. 1844. 

2. Edward Odell, b. 1843, m. 1879 Bertha L. Eggleston (Roxbury, Mass). 

3. Alfred Gregory, b. 1845. 

4. Charles Christopher, b. 1847 (Front and Lake streets, Oswego, N. Y., 

responds). 

5. Anna Harietta, b. 1848; m. 1874 Eugene Lee Button. 

6. Frederick, b. 1853. 

1426. Edward Ely, Louisville, Ky., b. 1791, d. 1844, son of Elisha 
Ely and Susannah Bloomer ; m. Fanny Avery, Trumansburg, N. Y. No 
children. 

1427. Harriet Ely, b. 1793, d. 1881, dau. of EHsha Ely and Susan- 
nah Bloomer; m. 1835, John Carmichael, Owego, N. Y., who was b. 
at Perthshire, Scotland, 1795, and d. 1878, son of Charles Carmichael 
and Helen White. No children. 

1428. Daniel Ely, Grand Rapids, Mich., b. 1797, d. 1844, son of 
Elisha Ely and Susannah Bloomer; m. 1832, Lois Gridley Kelsey, Hart- 



144 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

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ford, Conn., who was b. 1811, dau. of Joseph Kelsey and Susan Gridley. 
Their children: — 

1. Mary Anna, b. 1833, d. 1867, m. 1854 Joseph Levet Pillsbury. 

2. Elisha Daniel, b. 1834, m. 1863 Elizabeth Leatter. 

3. George Walter, b. 1836, m. 1863 Theresa R. Anderson. 

4. Elizabeth Nancy, b. 1841, m. i860 David Billman Ihrig. 

5. Alice Susannah, b. 1843, d. 1869, m. 1863 Matthew McClure. 

1429. James Ely, Owego, N. Y., b. 1798, d. 1862, son of Elisha Ely 
and Susannah Bloomer; m. 1828, Cynthia Bundy, Ludington, Mich., 
who was b. 1807. Their children : — 

1. John James, b. 1829, m. 1856 Charlotte Hope Lovell. 

2. Henry Bertrand, b. 1832. 

The New York Civil List published in Albany, N. Y., in 1858, on page 272, 
mentions the fact that James Ely was a member of Assembly of the State of New 
York in 1851, representing Tioga County. 

151 1. Lydia Ely, dau. of Jacob Ely and Lydia Ray, m. Josiah Water- 
house. 

15 12. Sarah Ely, dau. of Jacob Ely and Lydia Ray; m. Elias Miner. 

1513. William Ely, b. 1752, son of Jacob Ely and Lydia Ray; m. 
H. Brockway ; m. 2nd, S Warner. Their children : — 

1. Polly, b. about 1776, m. John Dickinson. 

2. Sally, b. about 1778, m. Solomon Scoville. 

3. John, b. 1781, m. Eliza Crook. 

4. Olive, b. about 1784, m. Seymour Shailer. 

1514. Moses Ely, b. 1761, d. 1793, son of Jacob Ely and Lydia Ray; 
m. Jerusha Ray. Their children : — 

1. Nancy. 

2. Ira, b. 1788, d. 1841, m. Charlotte Brooks. 

3. Warren, b. 1790, m. 1828 Charlotte Tennant. 

4. Dolly. 

15 1 7. Jemima Ely, dau. of Jacob Ely and Lydia Ray; m. Abel 
Bingham. 

1510. Elias Ely, b. 1769, son of Jacob Ely and Lydia Ray; m. Mary 
Miller. Their children : — 

1. Catherine. 

2. Sarah (wife Anson Bates; lives East Haddam; has sons, George and 

Hanson). 

3. Lorena. 

4. Lorinda (Capt. Hanson Arnold's wife; daughter married Eli Denison, 

Deep River). 



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1521. Elizabeth Ely, b. 1742, d. 1763, dau. of James Ely and Dorcas 
Andrews ; m. Alexander Alford. 

1522. James Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1744, d. 1809, son of James Ely 
and Dorcas Andrews; m. 1760, Catherine Hayes, East Haddam, Conn., 
who was b. 1745, and d. 1809; m. 2nd, Prudence Hewitt (Marvin). Their 
children : — 

1. Richard, b. 1769, d. 1844, m. Lucretia Ray. 

2. James, b. 1771, d. 1848, m. 1792 Rispah Beebe. 

3. Dorcas, b. 1773, d. 1795, m. 1795 Dyar Emmons. 

4. Phebe, b. 1775, d. 1863, 

5. Aaron, b. 1778, d. 1800. 

6. John, b. 1781, d. 1817, m. 1802 Lucy Miller. 

7. Catherine, b. 1783, d. 181 1. 

8. William, b. 1785, d. 1821. 

9. Calvin, b. 1788, d. 1790. 

1524. Jacob Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1748, d. 1836, son of James Ely 
and Dorcas Andrews; m. 1773, Temperance Tiffany, who was b. 1747, 
and d. 1781 ; m. 2nd, Lois Beebe (Perkins), widow of Isaac Perkins, son 
of James Perkins and Margaret Andrews (and brother of 13 12), 1783, 
who was b. 1756 and d. 1837, dau. of David Beebe and Sarah Lord. 
Their children : — 

1. Temperance, b. 1774, d. 1776. 

2. Temperance, b. 1777, d. 1850, m. 1826 Samuel Osborne. 

3. Aaron, b. 1779, d. 1829, m. Susan Smith. 

4. Eli, b. 1780, d. 1869, m. 1805 Sarah Sanford. 

5. Jacob, b. 1785, d. 1831, m. Jane Hardie. 

6. Seabury, b. 1785, d. 1839, m. 1815 Ann Brown. 

7. Calvin, b. 1787, d. 1868, m. 1825 Nancy Ely Alford (Cook), No. 15254. 

8. Benjamin, b. 1788, d. 1833, m. Huldah Alfred. 

9. Seth, b. 1790. 

10. Clark, b. 1792. 

11. Gad, b. 1794, d. 1836. 

Isaac Perkins was a soldier of the Revolution, who died on his way home 
from the Army. — Perkins Genealogy. 

1525. Dorcas Ely, b. 1749, d. 1826, dau. of James Ely and Dorcas 
Andrews ; m. Eliphalet Alford. Their children : — 

1. Arnold, b. 1780, d. 1820, Granville, N. Y.; m. 1802 Lois Beebe. 

2. Amherst, b. 1783, Canada West. 

3. Polly, b. about 1785, m. Bronson. 

4. Nancy Ely, b. 1789, d. 1850, m. 181 1 Peres Cook; m. 1825 Calvin Ely 

(No. 15247). 

5. Sylvia, b. about 1792, m. Mr. Bronson, of Cazenovia, N. Y. 



146 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

1528. Andrew Ely, b. 1756, son of James Ely and Dorcas Andrews; 
m. Hannah Perkins, who was b. 1753, daughter of James Perkins and 
Margaret Andrews. Their children : — 

1. Ruhama. 

2. Andrew. 

3. Seth. 

4. Hannah. 

5. Lovicy. 

6. Thomas. 

7. Abijah. 

1529. John Ely, the ninth child of James Ely and Dorcas Andrews, 
was born at Lyme, Conn., February 28, 1758, and died August 14, 1847, 
at Philadelphia. He came to Philadelphia in 1781, and was head master 
of a large school for many years. In 1786 he married Elizabeth Bennett. 

Children of John Ely and Elizabeth Bennett : 

1. John, b. Aug. 11, 1787, d. Feb. 9, 1856, m. April 14, 1814, Margaret S. 

Lee. 

2. Sarah, b. 1789, d. 1888. 

3. Eliza Maria, b. 1791, d. 1853, m. 1809 Jas. Bracket. 

4. Maria, b. 1794, d. 1797. 

The Ely Reunion Pamphlet contains the copy of an application for 
a pension, made by the writer, the late John Ely of Philadelphia, Pa., 
grandfather of Colonel Brackett, and of Rev. William Ely of Philadel- 
phia. John Ely, the writer of this paper, was born in 1758, and therefore 
was but little more than seventeen years old when he entered service. 
He was one of six brothers, sons of James Ely of Lyme (obit. 1766) and 
Dorcas (Andrews) Ely, his wife. James Ely was grandson of William 
Ely, eldest son of Richard Ely. All the sons of James Ely served for a 
longer or shorter time in the Army during the Revolution ; his third son, 
Aaron, being killed at the battle of King's Bridge, N. Y., January 5, 
1777. This paper is given as serving to show the spirit which animated 
the young men and even the boys in the days of Lexington and Con- 
cord. John Ely, after the conclusion of the war, came to Philadelphia, 
where he married and spent a long, honored and respected life, dying in 
August, 1847, in the ninetieth year of his age. 

In 1786, John Ely married Elizabeth, daughter of Matthew Bennett 
and Sarah (Scattergood) Bennett; she died in December, 1797. In 1801 
he left Philadelphia and resided for some years in the State of New York. 
Returning to Philadelphia in about ten years, where he continued to live 




JOHN ELY 



OF THE REVOLUTIONARY ARMY 

(grandfather of rev. WILLIAM ELY OF PHILADELPHIA) 

FROM A PORTRAIT PAINTED IN I 842 BY THE LATE 

WILLIAM E. WINNER OF PHILADELPHIA, NOW IN THE 

POSSESSION OF COL. WILLIAM S. BRACKETT, PEORIA, 

ILLINOIS 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 147 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

for the rest of his Hfe, John Ely, throughout his long life, took an active 
interest in all public affairs, often writing articles on political and other 
subjects of interest at the time for the old "United States Gazette." He 
was a warm personal friend of Hon. William Bingham, first United 
States Senator from Pennsylvania, who presented to Mr. Ely an original 
marble bust of Benjamin Franklin, which is now in the possession of 
Rev. William Ely of Germantown, Philadelphia. 

It may interest many to know that John Ely took part in the work 
of the First Day Society, of Philadelphia, organized in 1791 to conduct 
schools on Sunday, after the example of the Robert Raikes's schools in 
England. Although composed largely of members of the Society of 
Friends, Bishop White was its first and only President for forty-five 
years. In 1841 the semi-centennial of this Society was held, on which 
occasion John Ely acted as one of its Vice-presidents. 

1520. Gad Ely, b. 1762, d. 1807, son of James Ely and Dorcas An- 
drews; m. Tamar Meeker; m. 2nd, (Van Buren). Their chil- 
dren : — 

1. Nameless. 

2. Eliza. 

3. Edwin. 

4. John. 

5. Gustavus. 

6. Cropsey. • 

1 53 1. Elizabeth Pearson, b. 1774, dau. of Mary Ann Ely and Rich- 
ard Pearson ; m. William Reed. 

1532. Phebe Pearson, b. 1745, dau. of Mary Ann Ely and Richard 
Pearson ; m. Elisha Royce. 

1533. Sarah Pearson, b. 1747, dau. of Mary Ann Ely and Richard 
Pearson ; m. Reuel Royce. 

1535. Mehitable Pearson, b. 1752, dau. of Mary Ann Ely and Rich- 
ard Pearson; m. Josiah Beckwith. 

1536. Mary Pearson, b. 1754, dau. of Mary Ann Ely and Richard 
Pearson ; m. Nathan Huntley. 

1537. Peter Pearson, b. 1756, d. 1836, son of Mary Ann Ely and 
Richard Pearson; m. 1781, Parnal Corah, Long Island, who was born 
1760, and died 1823. Their children: — 

Richard, b. Jan. 9, 1783, d. Dec. 20, 1853, m. Dec. 20, 1813, Indiana 

Comstock. 
2. Phebe, b. Nov. 4, 1784, d. 1877, m. Reuben Rogers. 



148 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

3. Anne, b. Feb. 15, 1787, d. 1876, m. John Percival, Moodus, Conn.; no 

children. 

4. Peter, b. 1789, d. 1869, m. 1827 Almira Huntley; m. 1848 Elizabeth 

Millard (Russell). 

5. Rachel, b. Jan. 5, 1791, m. 1815 Elijah Marsh. 

6. Julia, b. 1793, m. 1824 William H. L. Lincoln. 

7. Abijah, b. 1795, d. 1857, m- 1825 Miranda Huntley. 

8. Sarah, b. 1798, d. 1879, m. 1824 Seth Marvin Peck. 

9. Mary Sears, b. 1804, m. William Marvin. 

1538. William Ely Pearson, b. Nov. 4, 1758, third son of Mary 
Ann Ely and Richard Pearson ; m. Mehitable Reeves ; m. 2nd, Hannah 
. Their children : — 

1. Samuel, b. Oct. 14, 1782, at Lyme. 

2. Elisha, b. May 27, 1785, at Lyme. 

3. Sarah, b. July 2, 1788, at Lyme. 

4. Reeve, b. May 7, 1792, at Lyme. 

5. Mehitable, b. Dec. 19, 1794, at Lyme. 

After the marriage with Hannah , Mr. W. E. Pearson re- 
moved to Bethany, N. Y., where he died. She Avas said to be living there 
in 1859, aged 100 years. 

1539. Annie Pearson, b. Mch. 24, 1764, dau. of Mary Ann Ely and 
Richard Pearson; m. Jan. 31, 1785, Luther Reeves, of Lyme. They re- 
moved to Ashtabula County, Ohio, where they died. Their children, 
born at Lyme : 

1. Benjamin, b. Feb. 23, 1787. 

2. Rumsey, b. Apr. 18, 1789. 

3. Sarepta, b. June 13, 1792. 

4. Mary, b. Apr. 15, 1795. 

5. Anne, b. Oct. i, 1799. 

1551. Mehitable Mather, b. 1743, d. 1802, dau. of Deborah Ely and 
Richard Mather; m. 1761, Samuel Holden Parsons. 

Children of Major General Samuel Holden Parsons and Mehitable 
Mather, dau. of Richard Mather and Deborah Ely (Reg. No. 1551 in Hall 
Genealogy) : — 

I. William Walter, b. July 5, 1762, m. Esther, dau. of Thompson Philips, 

of Middletown, Conn.; d. Jan. 24, 1801; left dau., Esther Philips, who 

m. William Hammet, of Bangor, Me. 
IL Lucia, b. Nov. 8, 1764; m. Hon. Stephen Titus Hosmer, Chief Justice 

Conn. Their son, Oliver Ellsworth Hosmer, married Ann P. Hawes, 

of New York. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 149 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

in. Thomas, d. young. 

IV. Enoch, b. Nov. 5, 1769, at Lyme; d. 1846; m., Mary Wylie Sullivan, 
May 19, 1795. One child, Samuel H. Parsons, d. sp., Enoch, mar. 
2d, Mrs. Sarah Rosecrantz, dau. of Nehemiah Hubbard, of Middle- 
town. One child: Henry Ethelbert Parsons, of Ashtabula, Ohio. He 
was b. Dec. 25, 1809; mar. Abby Catherine Welles, dau. John and 
Sarah. She was b. Oct. 16, 1811. Had three children: John Welles; 
Caroline Rosecrantz, mar. Geo. Tod Ford; Samuel H. Parsons, mar. 
Mary Townsend Bennis, Bufifalo. 

V. Mehitable, mar. Wm. Brenton Hall, M. D., of Middletown, Conn. 

Children were: i. Mehitable Parsons, d. inf.; 2. Wm. Brenton, b. 
May 17, 1798, d. 1824; m. Mercy Hubbard, and had Wm. S. Hall. 3. 
Samuel Holden Parsons Hall, of Binghamton, N. Y., b. Jan. 28, 1804, 
d. 1877. Children were Chas. Samuel, of Binghamton, mar. ist. May 
Harris; 2d, Ann Knowlton; Wm. Brenton, d. sp. ; Josephine Eme- 
line; mar. Hugh Allen, of Brooklyn, and had one dau., Josie Eme- 
line; mar. Dr. Holbrook Curtis, of New York. 4. Theo. Parsons, 
of Detroit; mar. Alexandrine Godfrey; has six daughters. 5. Richard 
H. Hall; mar. Hannah Trowbridge, of Brooklyn. 

VI. Phcebe, b. Jan. 25, 1775 ; mar. Samuel Tiffin; a dau. mar. L. T. Clark, 
of Phila. 

VII. Samuel Holden, b. Dec. 31, 1777; mar. Esther, dau. Giles Page, of 
Middletown, Conn; had one dau.; mar. Wm. C. Hammett, of How- 
land, Me. 

VIII. Margaret Ann, d. sp. 

IX. Margaret, b. 1785; mar. Alfred Lathrop, of Carthage, N. Y. From 
this family descend the Lathrops, of Oswego. Dr. George Lathrop 
had a son, George Parsons Lathrop (the author); mar. Rose, dau. 
Nathaniel Hawthorne. Fred. B. Lathrop, of Oswego, mar. Mary 
Mather, dau. Sylvester Mather 2d, a bro. of Richard and Henry 
Mather, of Binghamton, and of Lois G. Mather, who mar. Olive Ely, 
of Binghamton; Olive Ely's children were William, Joseph and 
Nancy. 

Detroit, March 18, 1886. 
M. S. Beach, Esq., 

Dear Sir: — Your exceedingly kind letter of the i6th inst, with accom- 
panying Ely records, are at hand, for which please accept many thanks. I send 
you a few items from my notes, but probably there is nothing new. Will send my 
pamphlet when printed. Of course I now know your family well, but never knew 
where the Ely connection was, but thought on the mother's side. My own rela- 
tions with Wallingford you will see on opposite side of this sheet. Mr. Hugh 
Allen, of Brooklyn, my brother-in-law, you probably know. 

I visited Wallingford, the nest of both our ancestors, for the first time last 
summer, but was unable to get much information as to Brenton Hall except that his 



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THE ELY ANCESTRY. 151 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

You must have given great attention to the Ely genealogy, and the arrange- 
ment appears to me quite ingenious and effective. 

Again thanking you, I remain. Sincerely yours, 

THEO. P. HALL. 

1552. Samuel Mather, Lyme, Conn., b. 1745, d. 1809, son of Debo- 
rah Ely and Richard Mather; m. 1765, Lois Griswold (sister of Lucy, 
mother of No. 1559), b. 1747, d. 1804, dau. of Thomas Griswold and 
Susannah Lynde. Their children : — 

1. Anna, b. 1766, d. 1818, m. 1790 William Lord. 

2. Thomas, b. 1768, d. 1849, m. 1794 Elizabeth Hubbard; m. 1813 Sally 

Williams. 

3. Samuel, b. 1771, d. 1854, m. 1807 Katherine Livingston. 

4. Phebe, b. 1772, d. 181 1, m. 1810 Dr. Thomas Miner. 

5. Mehitable, b. 1774, d. 1831, m. 1799 Thomas Sill. 

6. Henry, b. 1777, d. 1802. 

7. Fanny, b. 1779, d. 1815, m. 1799 Sylvester Chapman. 

8. Richard, b. 1782, d. 1805. 

9. James, b. 1785, d. 1842, m. 181 1 Caroline Tinker. 

10. Margaret, b. 1787, m. 1808 William NicoU Sill. 

11. Lydia, b. 1790, d. 1856, m. 1810 Elijah Hubbard. 

The following items in reference to Lois Griswold and her family 
are quoted from the Hyde Genealogy: 

Thomas Griswold, born Feb. 15, 1719, married December 17, 1741, Susannah, 
daughter of Nathaniel Lynde, Jr., of Saybrook, Conn., and died July 16, 1770. 

He was known as Ensign Thomas Griswold. 

His wife died September 25, 1768. They both lie buried in the Duck River 
burying ground at Lyme. 

One of the daughters, Lois, born 1747, married Samuel Mather (1552), and 
was the paternal grandmother of Mrs. Richard Sill Griswold, now of Lyme. 

VL Lois Griswold (2109), b. at Lyme, Conn., i Sept., 1747, third dau. of 
Thomas Griswold and Susanna Lynde, was a great granddaughter of Phebe Hyde 
(10) of the third generation. She m. 14 Nov., 1765, Samuel Mather, b. 22 Feb., 
174s, at Lyme, eldest son of Richard Mather and Deborah Ely. 

Samuel Mather and Lois Griswold, his wife, settled at Lyme, where he. was 
one of the leading men of the town, and was a justice of the peace. She d. 17 
Nov., 1804, at Lyme, where he d. 26 Mar., 1809. Their children were: 

6061. Thomas, b. 10 Oct., 1768, at Lyme. He m. his fourth cousin, Sarah 
Hubbard, b. at Middletown, eldest dau. of Elijah Hubbard, Esq., by his first wife, 
Hannah Kent. He was a merchant and they lived at Albany several years, and 
then removed to Middletown, where they probably died. They had eleven chil- 
dren, of which I have only the following particulars: 

1. Elijah, who was lost at sea and probably d. unm. 

2. Thomas Griswold, graduated at Yale, 1826, m. his first cousin, Jane Anne 
Mather, dau. of Samuel Mather and Caroline Livingston, of Middletown. 



152 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

3. Frederick Sill, m. 5 June, 1838, his first cousin, Ellen Jane Mather, b. 19 
March, 1820, at Lyme, third dau. of James Mather and Caroline Tinker. They 
were living at Ashtabula, O., in 1857, and had two children: Louisa Griswold and 
Helen Frederica. 

4. William H. 

5. Edward. 

6. Theodore. 

7. Charles. 

8. George. 

9. Lydia. 

10. Augusta. 

11. Elizabeth. 

6062. Samuel, b. 4 Jan., 1771, at Lyme, second son of Samuel Mather and 
Lois Griswold. He m. Catharine Livingston, of Albany, and settled at Middle- 
town and had seven children. The only information I have obtained of those 
children is very imperfect, but I am informed that they were: 

I. Louisa Maria, b. 14 June, 1818, at Troy, N. Y, She m. 15 Sept., 1838, 
Joseph King Fenno Mansfield, b. 22 Dec, 1803, at New Haven, Conn. He grad. 
at West Point military academy in 1822, the second in his class, and was appointed 
a second lieutenant in the corps of engineers. Most of the time after he graduated 
and previous to the war with Mexico he was engaged in different parts of the 
U. S. as an engineer in the construction of military works. In the war with 
Mexico he served under General Taylor as chief engineer. He received the 
brevet of major for his conduct in the defense of Fort Brown, and the brevet of 
lieut. col. for his gallantry at the storming of Monterey in Sept., 1846, where he 
was severely wounded. He also received a brevet of colonel for his services in 
the battle of Buena Vista, in Feb., 1847. In May, 1853, he was appointed in- 
spector-general, with the rank of colonel, which office he continued to hold until 
the 14th of May, 1861, when he was appointed a brigadier-general of the regular 
army. After the disastrous battles near Bull Run, under General Pope, in Aug., 
1862, he was ordered to Washington as a mem.ber of the court of inquiry in rela- 
tion to those battles. But upon his application for active service, he was ap- 
pointed a major-general of volunteers, and ordered to report to Gen. McClellan, 
who gave him the command of the army corps which had been under the com- 
mand of General Banks. In the sanguinary battle of Antietam on the 17th of 
Sept., 1862, he was mortally wounded while cheering on his corps to a brilliant 
but. unsuccessful charge upon a part of the enemy's line, and died the next day. 
His wife survived him, and was living at Middletown in 1863. They had five 
children: Samuel Mather, b. 23 Sept., 1839; Mary Louisa, b. 23 March, 1841, d. 
22 June, 1863; Joseph Totten, b. 4 Oct., 1843, d. 15 July, 1844; Henry Livingston, 
b. 31 March, 1845, and Katherine Mather, b. i May, 1850. 

2. Louisa Maria, who m. Henry Nelson Walton, of Schenectady. 

3. Jane Ann, who m. her first cousin, Thomas G. Mather, son of Thomas 

Mather and Sarah Hubbard of Middletown. 

4. Samuel Livinston. 

5. Howard. 

6. Catherine Livinston, who. m. Burnham. 

7. Henry Richard. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 153 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

6063. Henry, b. 31 July, 1777, at Lyme, d. 24 May, 1802, unm. 

6064. Richard, b. 10 May, 1782, at Lyme, d. 12 Aug., 1805, unm. 

6065. James, b. 14 March, 1785, at Lyme. He m. 20 Jan., 181 1, Caroline 
Tinker, b. 27 April, 1790, at East Haddam, youngest dau. of Sylvanus Tinker of 
East Haddam, by his second wife. Wealthy Gilbert. He was a farmer and they 
settled at Lyme, where he engaged in business, and became wealthy, and d. 21 
April, 1842. He was living at Old Lyme in 1840. They had four children, born 
at Lyme: 

1. Harriet Caroline, m. her third cousin, John Williams Allen, eldest son 

of John Allen, Esq., and Ursula McCurdy of Litchfield. 

2. Louisa Griswold, b. 18 June, 1815; m. her father's third cousin, Richard 

S. Griswold, son of George Griswold of New York, by his first wife 
Elizabeth WoodhuU, and d. 21 March, 1840, s. p. 

3. Ellen Jane, b. 19 March, 1820, m. her first cousin, Frederick Sill 

Mather, son of Thomas Mather and Sarah Hubbard of Middletown. 

4. Frances Augusta, m. her father's third cousin, Richard S. Griswold, 

whose first wife was her sister, Louisa G. Mather. 

6066. Anna, b. 12 Dec, 1766, at Lyme. She m. her mother's third cousin, 
Dr. William Lord, fourth son of Capt. Enoch Lord and Hepzibah Marvin, and d. 
31 Oct., 1818, s. p. 

6067. Phebe, b. 22 July, 1772, at Lyme. She m. 1810, Dr. Thomas Miner of 
Middletown, and d. Feb., 181 1, s. p. 

6068. Mehitable, b. 14 Nov., 1774, at Lyme. She m. her first cousin, Capt, 
Thomas Sill, eldest son of Col. David Fithin Sill, and Sarah Griswold, of Lyme. 

6069. Fanny, b. 13 Dec, 1779 at Lyme. She m. about 1799, Sylvester Chap- 
man, b. 22 May, 1770, at East Haddam, eldest son of Ozias Chapman and Abigail 
Fuller, and grandson of Caleb Chapman and Elizabeth Church of East Haddam. 
They settled at East Haddam, where she d. 4 March, 1815. They had five children, 
b. at East Haddam: 

1. Harvey, b. 24 June, 1800, and d. Oct., 1838, unm. 

2. Phebe, b. i Aug., 1802, 

3. Lois, b. 12 Nov., 1804. 

4. Richard, b. 22 Jan., 1808, d. unm. 

6070. Margaret, b. 16 July, 1787, at Lyme. She m. her fourth cousin. Judge 
William Nicoll Sill, eldest son of Maj. Richard Sill and Elizabeth Nicoll of 
Albany, N. Y. 

6071. Lydia, b. 11 Aug., 1790, at Lyme. She m. her fourth cousin, Elijah 
Hubbard, Esq., son of Hon. Elijah Hubbard of Middletown, by his first wife, 
Hannah Kent. 

1554. William Mather, b. 1747, son of Deborah Ely and Richard 
Mather; m. 1768, Rhoda Marvin. Their children: — 

1. Lucy, b. 1768. 

2. Polly, b. 1769. 

3. Ezra, b. 1772, 

4. Eunice, b. 1773. 



154 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

5. Betsy. 

6. William. 

7. Phebe. 

8. Richard. 

1555. Elias Mather, b. 1750, d. 1788, son of Deborah Ely and Rich- 
ard Mather; m. 1771, Lucinda Lee, who was b. 1752, dau. of Abner Lee 
and EHzabeth Lee. Their children : — 

1. Andrew, b. 1772. 

2. Clarissa, b. 1774. 

3. Elias, b. 1776. 

4. William Lee, b. 1779, d. 1802. 

5. Sylvester, b. 1782. 

6. Nathaniel Griswold, b. 1784, d. 1785. 

7. Charles, b. 1787. 

1556. Deborah Mather, b. 1752, d. 1826, dau. of Deborah Ely and 
Richard Mather; m. 1771, Ezra Lee, who was b. 1749 and d. 1821, son 
of Abner Lee and Elizabeth Lee. Their children : — 

1. Samuel Holden Parsons, b. 1772, d. 1870, m. Elizabeth Sullivan. 

2. Elizabeth, b. 1774, d. 1851, m. 1801 Edward Hill. 

3. Lucia, b. 1777, d. 1778. 

4. Lucia Mather, b. 1779, d. 1870, m. John Marvin. 

5. Polly, b. 1782. 

6. Phebe, b. 1783, d. 1805. 

7. William Richard Henry, b. 1787, d. 1796. 

8. Margaret Stoutenburgh, b. 1794. 

Ezra Lee was born at Lyme, Conn., in the year 1749, and died there on the 
29th of Oct., 182 1. 

He was an officer of the Revolutionary Army, trusted by Washington, and 
beloved by his fellow officers for his calm and faithful courage and patriotic de- 
votion. 

In August, 1776, Captain Ezra Lee was selected by General Samuel H. Par- 
sons, with the approval of General Washington, to affix an infernal machine called 
a "marine turtle," invented by one David Bushnell, to a British ship, the "Eagle," 
then in New York harbor. 

The attempt was gallantly made, but was only partially successful, owing to 
the ship's thick copper sheathing. 

Captain Lee remained in the water several hours, returned in safety to the 
^Americans and was congratulated by General Washington, who afterwards em- 
ployed him on secret service. 

Not long after the attempt upon the "Eagle," Captain Lee essayed to blow 
up a British frigate, then stationed in the Hudson River, near Bloomingdale, with 
Bushnell's machine, but the attempt was discovered and failed of success. 

Captain Lee served at Trenton, Brandywine and Monmouth. — ^Appleton's 
Cyclopedia, Vol. IIL, page 662. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 155 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

1559- Sylvester Mather, Lyme, Conn., b. 1758, d. 1811, son of Debo- 
rah Ely and Richard Mather; m. 1788, Elizabeth Waite, Binghamton, 
N. Y., who was b. 1768 and d. 1854, dau. of Richard Waite and Lucy 
Griswold (sister of Lois, who married Samuel, 1552). Their children: — 

1. Nancy, b. 1790, d. 1834, m. 181 1 John Hart. 

2. George (unm.), b. 1791, d. 1827. 

3. Lois Griswold, b. 1794, d. 1865, ni. Oliver Ely. 

4. Richard, b. 1798, m. Caroline Whiting. 

5. Sylvester, b. 1801, d. 1831, m. 1827 Mary Amelia Ward. 

6. Henry, b. 1803, m. Frances Whiting. 

7. William (unm.), b. 1808, d. 1829. 

Extract from the Hyde Genealogy in reference to Sylvester Mather 
and Elizabeth Waite : 

* * * 6056. Elizabeth (second daughter of Richard Waite and Lucy Gris- 
wold of Lyme), b. 30 March, 1768, at Lyme. She m. 22 May, 1788, Capt. Sylvester 
Mather, b. i Sept., 1758, at Lyme, fourth son of Richard Mather and Deborah 
Ely, and grandson of Samuel Mather and Deborah Champion of Lyme. He was 
a shipmaster, and they settled at Lyme. He was lost at sea in Sept., 181 1, and 
she d. March, 1854, at Binghamton, N. Y. They had seven children, born at 
Lyme: 

1. Nancy, b. 2 May, 1790, m. John Hart, b. at Lyme, and d. 1834, and had 
three children: Elizabeth, m. Wyllis Warner of New Haven, who graduated at 
|Yale, 1826, was treasurer of that college about twenty years, and was then secre- 
tary thereof. They were living at New Haven, 1859, and had five children: 
Wyllis, Elizabeth, Louisa, Helen, and George. Louisa Hart m. William Whit- 
tlesey, of New Britain, and in 1859 had one child, Louisa. John Alexander Hart, 
b. 1816, m. his mother's fifth cousin, Louisa Edgerton, b. 1816, third dau. of 
James Edgerton and Charlotte Wilson; was a civil engineer, and was living at 
Owego, N. Y., 1859. 

2. George, b. 24 Dec, 1791, at Lyme, d. 1827, probably unm. 

3. Lois Griswold, b. 28 July, 1794, m. Oliver Ely, b. at Lyme, son of Elihu 
Ely and Ann Ely, and grandson of Richard Ely of Lyme, and his second wife, 
Phebe Hubbard. They removed to Binghamton, N. Y., where they were living 
in 1859, and had three children: William, Joseph, and Nancy. 

4. Richard, b. 31 Oct., 1798, m. Caroline Whiting, b. Sept., 1805, dau. of 
Mason Whiting, Esq., and Mary Edwards of Binghamton, and granddaughter of 
Dr. William Whiting and Anne Mason of Great Barrington. 

Anne Mason, through her great-grandmother, Elizabeth St. John, second wife 
of Rev. Samuel Whiting of Lynn, Mass., was descended from Alfred the Great and 
from William the Conqueror of England See No. 2147 of the Hyde Genealogy.) 

Richard Mather and his wife settled at Binghamton, N. Y., where they were 
living in 1859, and had seven children: Elizabeth Waite, b. Aug., 1824, m. in 
April, 1852, James De Pew; Mary Whiting, b. Jan., 1827, d. 1831; Rhoda A. L., 
b. July, 1830; Nancy Louisa, b. Aug., 1832, m. Oct., 1859, Edward E. Jackson; 



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FIFTH GENERATION. 

Caroline Whiting, b. June, 1834; Mason Whiting, b. Aug., 1837, m. Dec, 1857, 
Augusta R. Robinson; and Frances Amelia, b. July, 1844, d. 1848. 

5. Sylvester, b. 29 June, 1801, at Lyme, m. about 1827 Mary Amelia Ward, 
and d. at sea in 1831, and left two children: Mary Elizabeth, b. 16 Dec, 1828, m. 
her father's third cousin, Frederick B. Lathrop, son of Margaret Parsons and 
Alfred Lathrop; and John Hart, b. 3 Dec, 1830, unm. in 1861. 

6. Henry, b. 9 July, 1803, at Lyme, m. Frances Whiting, sister of his brother 
Richard's wife. They were living at Binghamton in 1859 and had three children: 
Richard Henry, Mary Doubleday, who d. in childhood; and Elizabeth Radcliff. 

7. William, b. 14 Aug., 1808, at Lyme, and d. in 1829, unm. 

1550. Polly Mather, b. 1760, dau, of Deborah Ely and Richard 
Mather; m. 1779, William Champlin. 

1552. Richard Mather, b. 1765, son of Deborah Ely and Richard 
Mather; m. Eunice Calkins. 

1562. Samuel Ely, b. 1774, d. 1812, son of Samuel Ely and Anna 
Mather; m. 1805, Elizabeth Smith, who was b. 1779, d. 1869, dau. of 
William Smith and Sarah Nathan. Their children : 

1. Samuel, b. 1806. 

2. George E., b. 1808. 

3. Henry L., b. 1810. 

(Fr. Smith records, H. Allen Smith, 13 Fulton St., Brooklyn, June 
5, '85.) 

1571. Gabriel Ely, b. 1756, son of Ammiruhama Ely and Martha 
Peck ; m. Eunice Merriman. Their children : — 

1. Polly, b. 1782, d. 1861, m. 1814 Henry Mitchell. 

2. Silas Peck, b. 1784, m. Mehitable Church. 

3. Rachel, m. Christopher Rogers. 

4. Joseph Merriman, b. 1788, m. Sarah Bullard. 

5. William (wife and 3 children all dead), b. 1791. 

6. Erastus, b. 1793, d. 1866, m. Hannah Kissam (or Rogers). 

7. Fanny, b. 1795, d. 1870, m. 1815 Libbens Rogers. 

8. Theresa, m. Charles Geer. 

9. Horatio Gates, b. 1801, Springfield, Susquehanna Co., Pa. 

(Particulars from H. G. — No. 9 has records.) 

1573. Gurdon Ely, b. 1760, son of Ammiruhama Ely and Martha 
Peck; m. 1783 Parnal Phelps, b. 1755, d. 1816; m. 2nd, Caroline Willy, 
1818, who was b. 1766, and d. 1825 ; m. 3rd, Sally Russell in 1826, who 
was b. 1786 and d. 1842. Their children : 

1. Mahala, b. 1784, d. 1785. 

2. Clarissa, b. 1786, m. Marinus Stevens. 

3. William and Silence (twins), b. 1788. 



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FIFTH GENERATION. 

4. Ammiruhama, b. 1789, d. 1842, m. 1810 Hannah Marsh Ely (No. 21,125.) 

5. Ruth, b. 1792, m. Sylvester Butler. 

6. Martha, b. 1794, m. Bethuel Williams. 

7. Gurdon, b. 1796, d. 1873, m- 1820 Olive Corry. 

8. Silence Beckwith, b. 1798, d. 1840, m. 1818 Andrew Rogers. 

1575. Zelophehad Ely, Brooklyn, Pa., b. 1765, d. 1822, son of Ammi 
Ruhama Ely and Martha Peck; m. 1793, Elizabeth Marvin Sterling, who 

was b. 1769 and d. 1857, dau. of Jacob Sterling- and Edith . 

Their children : 

1. Jacob, b. 1794, d. 1817. 

2. Lyman, b. 1796, d. 1873, m. 1826 Bathsheba Haynes Giles. 

3. Elizabeth, b. 1798, d. 1835, m. 1815 John Reed Babcock. 

4. John Russell, b. 1800, m. 1823 Lucinda Morgan Giles. 

5. Parnal, b. 1802, m. 1825 Francis M. Babcock. 

6. Hiram, b. 1805, d. 1880, m. 1829 Cyrena L. Vosburg. 

7. Jared, b. 1813, d. 1820. 

(Apply to H. G. Ely, Springfield, Susquehanna Co., Pa., for more 
information.) 

1812. Joseph Noyes, b. 1758, d. 1820, son of William Noyes 'and 
Eunice Marvin; m. 1785 Jane Lord, who was b. 1764, and d. 1843, dau. 
of Enoch Lord and Hepsibah Marvin. Their children : 
I. Richard, b. 1787. 

loii, Giles Sill, North Lyme, Conn., b. 1748, son of Ruth Matson 
and Joseph Sill (Sill Gen., p. 30); m. 1773 Lucy Gould, North Lyme. 
Their children : 

1. Betsy, b. 1774, m. Josiah Griswold Ely, son of Josiah Ely and Phebe 

Denison. 

2. Nathaniel, b. 1776, d. 1858. 

3. Enoch, b. 1778, m. July 7, 1805, Deborah Ely, daughter of Seth Ely and 

Lydia Reynolds. 

4. Gurdon Gould, b. 1780, d. 1853. 

5. Sophia, b. 1782. 

6. Lucy, b. 1784. 

7. Susan, b. 1786. 

8. Joseph, b. 1788, d. 1843. 

9. Almira, b. 1790. ) „ . 

^ ., \ S Twins. 

10. Emily, b. 1790. ) 

11. Ruth, b. 1792, d. 1799- 

1013. Ruhama Sill, b. 1752, d. 1790, dau. of Ruth Matson and Joseph 
Sill; m. David Howell ; m. 2nd, Mather Peck. 



158 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

1014. Lucy Sill, b. 1754, dau. of Ruth Matson and Joseph Sill; m. 
Ambrose Watrous, Saybrook, Conn. 

1015. Ruth Sill, b. 1756, dau. of Ruth Matson and Joseph Sill; m. 
Gurdon Clark, Lyme, Conn. 

Some details as to the descendants of Ruth Sill, 1015, are given in 
the Hyde Genealogy, from which we quote the following: 

* * * 5516. Giles Sill (third son of Gurdon Clark and, Ruth Sill, of Lyme), 
b. 4 Jan., 1790, at Lyme. He m. 24 Sept., 1812, his first cousin, Azubah Lee Ely 
(5523), b. 29 Sept., 1793, at Lyme, second daughter of Capt. CuUick Ely and 
Azubah Sill (1894). They settled at Lyme, and he d. at sea, and she d. 9 Aug., 
1838, at Lyme. They had three children, born at Lyme: 

1. John Lee, b. 6 Jan., 1812. After his father's death he was brought up at 
Palmyra, in the family of his aunt, Mrs. Ruth Matson (Clark) Beckwith (5519). 
He m. 20 Nov., 1843, Martha Flower, of Rochester. He was a merchant, and they 
settled at Palmyra, where he d. 26 Aug., 1856, and she was living at New York in 
1859. They had one child: John Gurdon, b. 10 Mar., 1850. 

2. Lucia Sophia, b. Oct. 9, 1813, m. 29 Oct., 1837, Samuel James Cole, 
only son of Joseph Cole of Lyons, N. Y., formerly of Baltimore. He was a 
farmer, and they settled at Lyons, where they were living in 1859. They had four 
children: John Lee, b. 17 Oct., 1836, graduated at Yale 1859; Samuel Seabury, 
b. 15 Sept., 1840, d. May, 1841; Ellen Sophia, b. 12 Nov., 1842, and Anne Eliza- 
beth, b. Jan., 1856. 

3. Cordelia Henrietta, b. 24 Jan., 1817, m. 1834, Samuel Decker, b. at Lime, 
N. Y., son of John Decker and Phebe Mather. They settled at Lima, removed to 
Lyons, and from there to Michigan, where they were living in 1859, and had six 
children: Giles Clark, etc. 

FORTY THOUSAND DOLLARS IN BANKS. 

Hermit Clark Had a Fortune Locked in His Old Chests. 

Lyme, Conn., May 6, 1897. — Henry Clark, a hermit, who had lived for years 
in Lyme, died recently. To-day the appraisers examined his effects. They found 
two ancient chests in the attic of the house securely locked. 

They were unable to find the keys to the huge locks, so they were broken 
open. 

In a secret compartment in one of the oaken chests were found bank books 
representing deposits of $38,000. One of the books was issued by a New London 
bank fifty years ago, being one of the first books issued after the organization of 
the bank. 

There were others on different banks in Norwich and New London, which 
showed deposits made by Mr. Clark more than twenty-five years ago. 

The books represented no additions of interest, although deposits had bee.i 
made at different times. There will be at least $2,000 of accrued interest to be 
added to the estate. 

There are four heirs to the property — two brothers, Joel Clark, of Lyme, and 
Gurdon Clark, who lives somewhere in New York State. There are also two 
sons of a dead brother. 

Mr. Clark's accumulations were made by hard labor and close economy. 



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FIFTH GENERATION. 

1017. William Sill, b. 1760, d. 1850, son of Ruth Matson and Joseph 
Sill; m. 1787, Jemima Sterling, North Lyme, dau. of William Sterling 
and . Their children : 

1. Amy, b. 1789, d. 1806. 

2. William, b. 1792. 

3. Jerusha, b. 1795. 

4. Mary Matson, b. 1797. 

5. Lucy, b. 1799. 

6. Clarissa, b. 1801. 

7. Elisha Sterling, b. 1803. 

8. Micah Sterling, b. 1805. 

9. Emmeline, b. 1808. 

1022. David Matson, b. 1766, son of William Matson and Eunice 
Skinner; m. Lois Sill, who was b. 1771, dau, of David Fithian Sill and 
Sarah Griswold. 

1023. Eli Matson, b. 1768, son of William Matson and Eunice 
Skinner ; m. Willey. 

1025. Eunice Matson, b. 1774, dau. of William Matson and Eunice 
Skinner; m. , Maine, New York (Dr.). 

1026. William Matson, b. 1780, d. 18 16, son of William Matson and 
Eunice Skinner ; m. Rhoda Newton, Colchester, Conn., dau. of Asa New- 
ton and . Their children : 

I. William Newton, b. 1812, d. 1876. 

1031. Susanna Matson, Lyme, Conn., b. 1761, d. 1850, dau. of 
Nathaniel Matson and Dinah Newton; m. 1786, Remick Waite, who 
was b. 1758, d. 1830, son of Richard Waite and Rebecca Higgins. Their 
children : 

1. Henry Matson, b. 1787, d. 1869. 

2. Charles William, b. 1789, d. 1875. 

3. Betsy Burnham, b. 1790, d. 1858. 

4. Horace, b. 1793, d. 1850. 

5. Nancy, b. 1794. 

6. Sarah Ann, b. 1796. 

7; Nathaniel Matson, b. 1802, d. 1848. 

8. Lois Susan, b. 1803, d. 1879. 

9. Abby Maria, b. 1804, d. 1835. 

1033. Nathaniel Matson, Lyme, Conn., b. 1765, d. 1851, son of 
Nathaniel Matson and Dinah Newton; m. 1790 Polly Sill, Lyme, Conn., 
who was b. 1768, d. 1802, dau. of David Fithian Sill and Sarah Griswold; 
m. 2nd, Anne Ely (2483), Lyme, Conn., in 1806; she was b. 1775, and d. 
185 1, dau. of Elihu Ely and Susannah Ely. No children. 



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FIFTH GENERATION. 

1035. Israel Matson, b. Apr. 6, 1771, d. Sept. 4, 1855, son of 
Nathaniel Matson and Desire Newton; m. 1805 Catherine Ann John- 
son, who was b. Feb. 22, 1783, and d. Aug. 20, 1807, dau. of Stephen 
Johnson and Elizabeth Diodati; m. 2nd, 1821, Phebe Ely (2488) (see 
her separate record), who was b. 1787, and d. 1874, dau. of Elihu Ely 
and Susannah Ely. Their children : 

1. Stephen Johnson, b. 1806, m. Van Bergen. 

2. Catherine Ann, b. 1823. 

3. Nathaniel, b. 1824, d. 1851. 

4. Israel, b. 1826. 

Catherine Ann Johnson is mentioned in the Hyde Genealogy; the number 
assigned to her is 5336 in that work. 

1037. Joanna Matson, Lyme, Conn., b. 1777, d. 1843, ^^^- o^ Na- 
thaniel Matson and Dinah Newton; m. 1798, Samuel Buckingham, who 
was b. 1770, d. 1850, son of Samuel Buckingham and Lydia Watrous. 
Their children : 

1. Abigail (unm.), b. 1801, d. 1861. 

2. William Alfred, b. 1804. 

3. Lucy Ann (unm.), b. 1806. 

4. Samuel Matson, b. 1809. d. 1810. 

5. Samuel Giles, b. 1812. 

6. Israel Matson, b. 1816. 

1041. Timothy Mather, b. 1737, son of Eli.zabeth Matson and Tim- 
othy Mather ; m. . Their children : 

I. Elizabeth, b. 1764, d. 1810, m. Richard Peck. 

1043. Jehoida Mather, b. 1740, d. 1811, son of Elizabeth Matson 
and Timothy Mather; m. . Their children: 

1. Lay, b. 1768. 

2. Ezra, b. 1770. 

3. Martha, b. 1772. 

4. Dan, b. 1774. 

5. Sarah, b. 1776. 

6. Eunice, b. 1778. 

1052. John Ayer, b. 1763, d. 1840, son of Travis Ayer and Ruhama 
Matson; m. 1786 Jemima Youngs, Southhold, L. I., who was b. 1762, 
and d. 1843, dau. of Thomas Youngs and Rhoda Budd. Their children : 

1. Hannah, b. 1787, d. 1827. 

2. Laura, b. 1787, living 1881. 

3. William Travis, b. 1791, d. 1878. 

4. Thomas Youngs, b. 1795, d. 1854. 

5. John, b. 1797. 

6. Deborah Matson, b. 1799, d. 1878. 

7. Mary Ann, b. 1801, d. 1848. 

8. Amelia, b. 1807, d. 1876. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. i6i 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

1 06 1. Joanna Mather, born 1757, dau. of Joanna Matson and Joseph 
Mather ; m. John Parsons. Their children : 

1. Lois. 

2. Deborah. 

1062. Nathaniel Mather, New York, b. 1759, son of Joanna Matson 
and Joseph Mather ; m. Eunice De Wolf. Their children : 

1. Joanna. 

2. Nathaniel. 

3. Eunice. 

4. Frances. 

5. Nancy. 

1072. Joseph Smith, son of Mary Matson and Joseph Smith; m. 
Lucy Harris. Their children: 

1. Emily Jarvis. 

2. Almira. 

. 3. Sophronia. 

4. Carlos. 

5. Livingston. 

6. Nelson. 

7. Leonard. 

8. Caroline. 

1073. Matson Smith, son of Mary Matson and Joseph Smith; m. 

Sarah Ann Mather, dau. of Samuel Mather and ; m. 2nd Lucy 

Buckingham (Hart), who was b. 1775, d. 1851, dau. of Samuel Bucking- 
ham and Lydia Watrous. (Numerous family; dates not obtained.) 

1074. Polly Smith, d. 1856, dau. of Mary Matson and Joseph Smith ; 
m. Peter Clark. 

1081. William Coult, Lyme, Conn., b. 1777, d. 1859, son of Abigail 
Matson and John Coult; m. 1796 Nancy Denison (sister of wife of Benj. 
Coult), who was b. 1773, d. 1802, dau. of John Denison and Mary Sears; 
m. 2nd Mary Marvin in 1807, who was b. 1775, d. 1867, ^^.u. of Mathew 
Marvin and Elizabeth Deming. Their children : 

1. William Ely, b. 1797, d. 1877. 

2. Abigail Matson, b. 1800, d. 1828. 

3. Anna Maria, b. 1802. 

4. Nancy, b. 1808, d. 1845. 

The following extract from the Ely Reunion Pamphlet is interesting 
in connection with the record of Mr. William Coult. From this family 
have been handed down the Ely Tankard and Ring : 
THE ELY TANKARD AND RING. 

Nothing is so fascinating as mystery. These two relics point to a common 
origin, but what that origin was has hitherto baffled all investigation. Theories 



i62 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

the most conflicting have been accepted; every theory involving a story of ro- 
mance. The Tankard indicates great age. All sterling silver in England since 
the time of William and Mary has received the "tower mark." The law regarding 
this is very strict. The old Tankard does not bear this, or any other trade mark. 
Therefore, if it is English it must ante-date that time. Unlike the ring, it has de- 
scended in the female line. 

Nathaniel Matson settled in Boston. His son, Nathaniel Matson, second, 
married, first, Ruth Roe; married, second, Joanna Ely, No. lo, daughter of 
William Ely. Their seventh child, No. 108, Abigail Matson married John Coult, 
of Lyme. His son, William Coult, married Nancy Denison. Their son, William 
Coult, No. 1081, was the husband of the Mrs. Coult who now owns the Tankard. 
The initials "A. M." on the Tankard stand for Abigail Matson, to whom the 
Tankard descended from her mother, Joanna (Ely) Matson. 

1091. Elizabeth Williams, b. 1748, d. 1823, dau. of Deborah Matson 

and WilHams ; m. Azariah Whittlesey, who was b. 1742, d. 

1806. Their children : 

1. William, b. 1773, d- 1806. 

2. Azariah. 

3. Almira. 

4. Fanny. 

5. Samuel. 

211 1. Samuel Cullick Ely, Somers, Conn., b. 1740, d. 1795, son of 
Samuel Ely and Hannah Marsh ; m. Beulah Billings. Their children : 

1. Dinah. 

2. Beulah, b. 1765. 

3. Malvina. 

4. Samuel, b. 1774, d. 1814. 

Josiah Gilbert Holland's "History of Western Massachusetts" states (Vol. 
I., Chap. XVI., page 231) that Samuel Ely was a thorn in the sides of the au- 
thorities during Shay's Rebellion in 1786. Mr. Ely was a clergyman, apparently 
of liberal ideas, and exerted a strong influence among his parishioners, but excited 
also bitter animosity among his opponents by his zeal, courage and independence. 

Mr. Ely was arrested, but afterwards released, without the infliction of any 
penalty. 

21 12. Elijah Ely, second son of Samuel Ely and Hannah Marsh, 
born in 1743, married Hepzibah Lee in 1765. Elijah was a prominent 
shipping merchant, and lived on the north shore of an inlet of the Con- 
necticut river which extends to the village of Hamburg, near Lyme. 
He lost his life in March, 1779, while going down in a small boat to 
Saybrook to meet a vessel whose arrival had been reported. His boat 
was upset, and he perished during the wintry night. 



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FIFTH GENERATION. 

Their children : 

1. Phebe, b. May lo, 1766; d. Oct. 15, 1853; m. Sep. 20, 1790, Calvin 

Selden. 

2. Elijah, b. Apr. 10, 1769, d. Mar. 10, 1815, m. Barbara Bain. 

3. Samuel, b. Apr. 26, 1771, d. 1815, m. Elizabeth Smith. 

4. Kate, b. May 5, 1774, d. about 1848, m. Rufus Perry. 

5. Hannah, b. May 12, 1776, m. Mar., i8io, Ammi Ely. 

6. Hepzibah, b. Jul. 22, 1780, m. Elihu Brockway. 

Chancellor Walworth's Hyde Genealogy contains a full account of 
the descendants of Elijah Ely, which we quote, as it gives some details 
not elsewhere found: 

VI. Elijah Ely (1956), b. at Lyme, Conn., 8 May, 1743, second son of 
Samuel Ely, Esq., and Hannah Marsh, was a great-grandson of Elizabeth Hyde 
(9) of the third generation. He m. 14 Feb., 1765, Catherine Lee, daughter of his 
father's third cousin, Elisha Lee and Hepzibah Lee of Lyme. Her tombstone is 
inscribed "Cate" Ely, wife of Elijah. 

Note. — Mr. Beach thought that Elijah Ely married Hepzibajh Lee not 
Catherine. 

Elijah Ely and wife settled at North Lyme, where she d. about 1788, and he 
was drowned 8 March, 1800, in the Connecticut River by the upsetting of a boat. 

Their children were: 

5752. Elijah, b. 10 April, 1769, at Lyme. He m. Barbara Bain of Nova 
Scotia. He was a shipmaster and followed the coasting trade, and was wrecked 
and drowned 10 March, 1815, in Long Island Sound. She subsequently moved to 
Yarmouth, N. S., where she died. They had nine children. 

5753. Samuel, b. 26 April, 1771, at Lyme. He m. Elizabeth Smith, and was 
a farmer. They settled at North Lyme, where she d. and where he d. in 1815. 
They had two children. 

5754. Phebe, b. 10 May, 1766, at Lyme. She m. her father's third cousin, 
Calvin Selden, fourth son of Ezra Selden of Lyme, by his first wife, Elizabeth 
Rogers. 

5755. Kate, b. 5 May, 1774, at Lyme. She m. Rufus Perry of Shelburne, 
Nova Scotia, who was drowned with his father-in-law in the Connecticut River, 
8 March, 1800. They had two children born in North Lyme, where she died 
about 1848. 

5756. Hannah, b. 12 May, 1776, at Lyme. She m. March, 1810, Ammi Ely 
and settled at Lyme, and removed to Brooklyn, Pa., where they died. They had 
one child: 

Elizabeth, b. at North Lyme, m. Albert Reynolds of Brooklyn, Pa., a 

grandson of Phebe Lee, her grandmother's sister, who m. 

Reynolds of Norwich. She d. about 1842 at Brooklyn and had two 
sons: George and Joseph. 

5757. Hepzibah, b. 22 July, 1780, at Lyme. She m. Elihu Brockway, who 
died at North Lyme a few years after the marriage, and she removed to East 
Haddam. They had one daughter, who m. Cone. 

There is also an account of Elijah Ely and family in Prof. E. E. and Mrs. 
E. M. Salisbury's Family Histories and Genealogies, Vol. III., pages 52-55- 



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FIFTH GENERATION. 

2113. Hannah Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1745, d. 1820, dau. of Samuel 
Ely and Hannah Marsh; m. 1766 George Elliott, Killingworth, Conn., 
who was born 1736, d. 1810, son of Jared Elliott and Elizabeth Smithson. 
Their children : 

1. George, b. 1767, d. 1828, m. 1790 Patience Lane. 

2. John, b. 1768, d. 1824, m. 1790 Sarah Norton. 

3. Samuel, b. 1770, d. 1817, m. 1798 Jane (Crane) Towner. 

4. Isaac (unmarried), b. 1771, d. 1794. 

5. Timothy (no children), b. 1773, d. 1796, m. Mary Darrow. 

6. Mary, b. 1775, d. 1858, m. 1813 Othniel Williams. 

7. Hannah, b. 1777, d. 1819, m. 1801 Rev. John Niles. 

8. Achilles Henry, b. 1781, d. 1856, m. 181 1 Mary Stannard. 

9. Ely, b. 1784, d. 1789. 

(Jared Elliott was a grandson of John. John E. was the apostle to the In- 
dians, Elliott Genealogy, page 35. The Elliott family were of royal descent; see 
Hyde Genealogy, page 441 and Appendix A.) 

VI. Hannah Ely (1959), born at Lyme, Conn., 28 May, 1745, eldest daugh- 
ter of Samuel Ely and Hannah Marsh, was a great-granddaughter of Elizabeth 
Hyde of the third generation. She m. 27 July, 1766, Deacon George Elliott, b. 
9 March, 1736, at Killingworth, Conn., ninth son of the Rev. Jared Elliot, D. D., 
and Elizabeth Smithson of Killingworth. He was of royal descent (see Hyde 
Genealogy, No. 441, and Appendix A.) He was a farmer, and they settled at Kil- 
lingworth, where he was deacon of the church and a justice of the peace, and 
where he died i May, 1810, and she d. in 1820. 

Their children were: 

5766. George, b. 27 Jan., 1767, at Killingworth. He m. 23 Dec, 1790, Patience 
Lane, dau. of Noah Lane of Killingworth. He was a farmer and they settled in 
that part of Killingworth which is now Clinton, where he was a prominent and 
influential citizen, and was for several years a member of the legislature. She 
d. 6 Oct., 1852. They had one child: 

Ely Augustus, b. 18 Sept., 1791, at Killingworth, now Clinton, was educated 
for a merchant. He m. 14 July, 1818, Susan Maria Pratt, b. 8 Jan., 1795, daugh- 
ter of Humphrey Pratt, Esq., of Saybrook. They setted at Killingworth, where 
he became a wealthy merchant, was brigadier-general of artillery, county judge, 
state senator, and judge of probate. They were living at Clinton, Conn., in 1862, 
where he was then engaged in agriculture. They had three childien: ist George 
Edwin, b. 16 April, 1819, at Killingworth, m. 25 Sept., 1844, Cornelia Chloe Red- 
field, b. 20 Nov., 1822, dau. of David Redfield of Clinton; was a merchant, and 
was living in Clinton in 1856, and had three children: Mary Cornelia, b. 23 March, 
1850; Grace Redfield, b. 7 Feb., 1852; and Ely Augustus, b. 18 March, 1854; 
2nd Henry Augustus, b. 17 April, 1821, at Killingworth, m. 20 Sept., 1846, Phebe 
Elizabeth Hull, b. 20 Feb., 1820, daughter of Levi Hull of Clinton, was a farmer 
living at Clinton in 1855, and had two children: Susan Elizabeth, b. 27 July, 1848, 
d. 21 Feb., 1853. and William Henry, b. 13 Feb., 1853; 3rd Charles Alexander, b. 
6 Jan., 1831, at Killingworth, m. 14 Aug., 1853, Adelaide Augusta Wilcox daughter 
of John Wilcox of Chester. 

5767. John, b. 27 Aug., 1768, at Killingworth. He grad. at Yale, 1786, was a 



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FIFTH GENERATION. 

Congregational clergyman, and received the degree of doctor of divinity at Yale, 
of which college he was a trustee for about twelve years. He m. Sarah Norton, 
daughter of Lot Norton, Esq., of Salisbury, and was settled as minister at 
^adison. Conn., 2 Nov., 1791, and continued such minister until his death. He 
admitted 335 members to the church during his ministry, and d 17 Dec, 1824, s. p. 
His widow then m. 8 Dec, 1830, his third cousin. Gen. Elisha Sterling, of 
Salisbury, eldest son of Capt. Wm. Sterling and Jemima Sill, and d. 9 July, 1841, 
s. p. 

5768. Samuel, b. 3 April, 1770, at Killingworth. He m. the widow Jane 
(Crane) Towner, dau. of J. Crane of Killingworth. He was a shipmaster. She 
d. March, 1802, at the age of 34 years, and he d. in 1817. They had one child, 
born at Killingworth: 

Louisa, b. 23 Feb., 1800, m. 17 March, 1823, Daniel Hewett of Lansingburgh, 
N. Y., who d. in 1826 at Cincinnati, s. p. She then m. 19 Jan., 1830, John W. 
Turner, of Oswego, N. Y., b. 23 Feb., 1800. They removed to Northampton, 
Mich., where he was a member of the legislature in 1852, and where he was ex- 
tensively engaged in the lumber trade. They had five children : John Elliot, b. 10 
Oct., 1831, d. 17 May, 1838; Mary Louisa, b. 24 Jan., 1834; Jane Elizabeth, b. 7 
Nov., 1836, d. 5 Feb., 1842; Ellen Calista, b. 31 Jan., 1839, d. 2 Jan., 1842; and Ada 
Frances, b. 13 Jan., 1844. 

5769. Isaac, b. 8 Sept., 1771, at Killingworth. He d. 17 Oct., 1794, unm. 

5770. Timothy, b. 20 March, 1773, at Killingworth. He m. Mary Darrow of 
Greenwich. He was a physician, and they settled at Unadilla, N. Y. He d. 2 
Nov., 1796, at Oxford, N. Y., s. p. 

5771. Achilles Henry, b. 26 July, 1781, at Killingworth. He graduated at 
Yale, 1802, and was a farmer. He m. 5 Sept., 181 1, Mary Stannard, b. 6 Oct., 1790, 
daughter of William Stannard of Saybrook. They settled at Killingworth, where 
he was postmaster for several years, and d. in 1856. They had three children : 

1. Miriam Jerusha, b. 6 July, 1812, at Killingworth, d. 1815. 

2. Miriam Jerusha, 2nd, b. Sept., 1815, at Killingworth, m. Justin A. Bliss 

of New York, and d. Sept., 1851, s. p. 

3. John Henry, b. 31 Jan., 1819, at Killingworth, m. Margaret Horning 

of New York, and was a clerk in the register's office, and afterwards 
an accountant. They had two children: Henry Achilles, b. 1840, and 
George Henry, b. 1842. 

5772. Ely, b. 14 Feb., 1784, at Killingworth, d. May, 1789. 

5773. Mary, b. 24 Jan., 1775, at Killingworth. She m. 1813 Othniel Williams, 
b. about 1786, at Wetliersfield, son of David Williams, b. about 1744. He grad- 
uated at Yale, 1810, and was a lawyer. They settled at Clinton, N. Y., where he 
died, 1832, and she d. 1858. They had two children: 

1. Othniel S., b. 27 Nov., 1814, at Killingworth, grad. at Hamilton Col- 

lege 1831, and was a lawyer; m. 6 Sept., 1843, Delia Avery, b. 17 
March, 1824, at Homer, N. Y., dau. of Prof. Chas. Avery and Delia 
Strong. They had three children: Elliot Strong, b. 5 July, 1845; Mary 
Delia, b. 28 May, 1847, and Sophia Louisa, b. 18 April, 1852. They 
settled at Clinton, N. Y., where he was surrogate of Oneida County. 
He was living there in 1861. 

2. Mary L., b. 11 Nov., 1816, and d. 28 Aug., 1837; unm. 



i66 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

5774. Hannah, b. 30 May, 1777, at Killingworth. She m., 1801, Rev. John 
Niles, b. about 1776, at Colchester. He grad. at Yale, 1797, and was a Congrega- 
tionalist clergyman. They settled at Prattsburgh, N. Y. In July, 1808, he was 
installed as pastor of the church at Bath, N. Y., where he removed with' his family 
from Prattsburgh. He d. 13 Sept., 1812, while attending at Angelica to preach 
an ordination sermon. She d. 1819. They had five children: 

1. George, b. at Prattsburgh. 

2. Saloma, m. Abel Babcock of Chester, Mass., and d. May, 1854, at Clin- 

ton, N. Y., and had three children. 

3. Mary Anne, m. Stannard, who d. s. p. She then m. her 

mother's first cousin, Similius Brockway Ely of Lyme, Conn., third 
son of Abner Ely and Bridget Brockway, and died leaving one child 
-:— John Elliot Ely. 

4. and 5. Thomas Susan, both of whom d. unm. 

21 15. Abner Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1749, d. 1804, son of Samuel Ely 
and Hannah Marsh; m. 1779 Bridget Brockway, who was b. 1756, d. 
1838, dau. of Ezra Brockway and Jane Sheldon. Their children : 

1. Ezra, b. 1781; d. 1809; m. Mary Baker. 

2. Abner Sheldon, b. 1790; d. 1866; m. 1816, Elizabeth Brockway; m. 1824, 

Fanny Griffin. 

3. Similius Brockway, b. 1796; m. 1830, Mary Ann Niles (Stannard), 

(211373); m. 1843, Elizabeth Perkins Ely (13733). 

4. Martha (unm.). 

5. Bridget, m. Obadiah Baxter. 

6. Arabella, b. 1780; d. 1806. 

7. Jane Louisa, m. William Giddings. 

8. Temperance. 

9. Calvin, b. 1786, d. 1788. 

The following account, taken from the Hyde Genealogy, varies a 
little from the data collected by Mr. Beach: 

2115. VI. ABNER ELY, born at Lyme, Conn., third son of Samuel Ely 
(461) and Hannah Marsh, was a great-grandson of Elizabeth Hyde (9) of the 
third generation. He m. Mrs. Bridget Brockway, widow of Similius Brockway, 
and daughter of Ezra Brockway, of North Lyme. The following are all the 
particulars I have obtained of his family. Their children were: 

5758. Ezra, who m. Mary Baker, and settled at Cape Cod, Mass. and d. s. p. 

5759. Abner Sheldon, b. 20 Nov., 1789. He m. 24 June, 1824, his fourth 
cousin, Frances Griffin (6433), b. 30 March, 1795, at East Haddam, second dau. 
of Col. Josiah Griffin (2258) and Dorothy Gates. They settled at Lyme, where 
they were living in 1858. They had three children born at Lyme: 

1. Frances, b. 19 Sept., 1826; living at Lyme in 1858; unm. 

2. Dr. Josiah Griffin, b. 22 Feb., 1829. He was a physician, and received 

his degree of Doctor of Medicine at Yale in 1854. He m. 3 Dec, 
1855, his fourth cousin, Elizabeth Mather Chadwick, only child of 
Capt. John Mather Chadwick and Ursula Bradford Raymond of 
Lyme. They were living at Chicago in 1858, and had one son. 
3. Abner Sheldon, b. 13 Jan., 1834; d. i Sept., 1847, at Lyme. 



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FIFTH GENERATION. 

5760. Similius Brockway. He m. Mrs. Mary Anne (Niles) Stannard, dau. 
of Rev. John Niles, and his first cousin, Hannah Elliot. She d. and left one 
child— John Elliot. 

He then married, in 1843, Elizabeth Ely, b. 14 July, 1802, at Lyme, youngest 
daughter of Charles Ely and his first cousin, Elizabeth Perkins (5784). She d. 20 
July, 1854, at Lyme, s. p., where he was living in 1858. 

5761. Martha, supposed to be living in 1859; unm. 

5762. Bridget, (Obadiah Baxter?). 

5763. Arabella (twin of last), d. in childhood. 

5764. Jane, m. Giddings of Sherman, Conn., and had several chil- 
dren. 

5765. Temperance, died in childhood. 

21 16. Mary Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1749, d. 1829, dau. of Samuel Ely 
and Hannah Marsh; m. 1767 Thomas Anderson, Lyme, Conn., who 
was b. 1747, d. 1822, son of Thomas Anderson and Margaret Reed. 
Their children : 

1. Thomas, b. 1770; d. 1863; m. 1810, Rebecca Allis. 

2. Rebecca. 

3. Ansel; lost at sea. 

4. Ezra Selden, b. 1786; d. 1869; m. Eliza Kissam. 

5. Laura b. 1789; d. 1862; m. Capt. Simeon Eldridge. 

6. Mary, m. Capt. David Brockway. 

7. John, b. 1795; d. 1833; m. Sarah Sinclair. 

8. Marsh Ely, b. 1796; d. 1876; m. 1821, Mary Kissam. 

9. Samuel, b. 1797; drowned in Long Island Sound, March lo, 1815. 

Mary Ely was a great-granddaughter of Elizabeth Hyde (9) of the 
third generation. She m. about 1767 Maj. Thomas Anderson, b. 18 
Feb., 1747, at Lyme, eldest son of Capt. Thomas Anderson, M.D., of 
Edinburgh, Scotland, afterwards of Lyme, and Margaret Reed. He 
was an officer of the army of the Revolution, and they settled at North 
Lyme, where he d. 15 Dec, 1822, aged 75 years, and she d. 9 Oct., 1829, 
aged 80 years. They were both buried in the cemetery at North Lyme, 
near Deacon William Marvin. 

Their children were: Thomas, b. about 1770, at Lyme. He m. about 1810, 
Rebecca Allis, of Madison, Conn. He was a farmer, and they settled at North 
Lyme, where they were living in 1858. They had two children : 

1. Samuel Pierce, b. about 1816, who. m. his second cousin, Hannah 

Baker Perkins, b. 13 Oct., 1818, dau. of Abraham Perkins of Lyme, 
and his second wife, the widow Mary (Baker) Ely. They settled at 
Lyme and had four children in 1858. 

2. Laura, b. 181 1, who was a teacher. 

Ansel, b. at Lyme, was lost at sea at the age of 25 years, unm. 



i68 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

Ezra, b. about 1786 at Lyme. He m. Eliza Kissam of Flushing, N. Y., was 
a farmer, and settled at North Lyme, where he was living in 1858, near the Ham- 
burgh post-office. They had three sons and two daughters. Two of the sons were 
shipmasters and commanders of London packets in 1858. 

John, b. about 1795, at Lyme. He m. Sarah Sinclair of Staten Island, was a 
shipmaster, and d. 1833, at Flushing, s. p. 

Marsh Ely, b. about 1796, at Lyme. He m. Mary Kissam, of Flushing, N. Y. 
He was a farmer, and was living at North Lyme in 1858, near the Hamburgh post- 
office, and on the farm which was owned by his grandfather, Samuel Ely. They 
had one child : 

I. Mary Elizabeth, who, m. Capt. Josiah Lord, who commanded a New 
York and London packet. 

Samuel, b. about 1797 at Lyme. He was drowned in Long Island Sound, 10 
March, 1815, with his first cousin, Elijah Ely, and d. unm. 

Mary, b. at Lyme. She m. Capt. David Brockway about 1899. They settled 
at North Lyme, where he d. 5 Feb., 1830. She survived him and d. in Kentucky at 
the age of 66 years. They had four sons and two daughters : 

1. Ansel. 

2. David. 

3. Selden. 

4. Samuel. 

5. Leonora. 

6. Abigail. 

Laura, b. about 1789 at Lyme. She m. Capt. Simeon Eldridge of Sag Harbor, 
N. Y. He d. s. p., and she was living with her brother, Marsh Ely Anderson, at 
North Lyme, in 1858. 

From the "Mail and Express" Genealogical and Historical Department, Jan. 
14, 1899, the following interesting facts are taken relative to Mr. Anderson, the 
father of Thomas Anderson, who married Mary Ely: 

Thomas Anderson, a Scotchman, born in Edinburgh, and educated at its 
University, was admitted to the practice of medicine and surgery about the year 
1735. At the breaking out of the French War he joined an English warship as 
surgeon and come to America. Upon his arrival he joined the land forces and 
served as surgeon to the end of the war, after which he went to Lyme, Conn., 
where he fell in love with Margaret Reed. 

He returned to Scotland, and after, an absence of seven years, came back to 
Lyme and married her. He died about fifteen years after the marriage. He was 
buried at Lyme, one mile from his new home. His tombstone is still standing 
(181 1). The children of this marriage were Thomas Anderson, Robert Anderson, 
James, John, Margaret, and Mary. 

Thomas Anderson lived at Lyme on his father's farm. He married Mary 
Ely and has six sons and two daughters. 

Robert lived in East Haddam and had three sons and four daughters. James 
Anderson lived in the city of Hartford, married Miss Goodwin and had two sons 
and three daughters. 

John Anderson died in the South at the age of 23. Margaret Anderson mar- 
ried Mr. Cone, who died "before my remembrance," and lived with her children 
west of Hartford. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 169 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

Mary Anderson married first Capt. Challenge Smith. The children by this 
marriage were Challenge Smith, Jemima Smith, Sabra Smith, Mary, called Polly, 
who was an infant when her father died. She married November 28, 1808, Samuel 
Noble, of Westfield, Mass, He bought a farm in Middlebury, Vt. They had no 
children at the time of writing. 

Challenge Smith, Jr., married Lucina Wheeler, of Bristol, Conn. He had 
three children, one son and two daughters, who after the death of their mother 
lived with their guardian, William Wheeler, their uncle. 

Jemima Smith married Roswell, son of Capt. Samuel Hubbard, of Haddam, 
and had six children : Anderson, Bemont, Allen, Roswell, Sally and Polly. 

They first removed to Weathersfield, Conn., then to Westfield, Mass., where 
Jemima died in 1808. Anderson Hubbard went to Canada, Bemont to Cape May,, 
and later to Marietta, Ohio. 

Mary Anderson, widow of Capt. Challange Smith, married, second, some 
time in February, 1790, Edmund Porter (3). She died March 20, 1802, in her forty- 
ninth year. Dr. Edmund Porter was a man distinguished in Pennsylvania and 
New Jersey. The details of his life are well known. 

Margaret Reed, widow of Thomas Anderson, married, second, Joseph Wells, 
Esq., and had four daughters and a son, Joseph. The name of one daughter was 
Mary. She brought all her children to Haddam, where they all married. 

21 17. Elizabeth Ely, b. 1754, d. May 2, 1791, dau. of Samuel Ely 
and Hannah Marsh; m. Apr. 17, 1777, Abraham Perkins (1433), North 
Lyme, Conn., who was b. Aug. 7, 1745, d. 1824, son of Elizabeth Ely 
and Abraham Perkins. Their children, born at Lyme, were : 

1. Elizabeth, b. Sept. 2, 1778; d. Mar. 10, 1858; m. Dec. 29, 1796, Charles 

Ely (No. 1377). 

2. Abraham Ely, b. July 24, 1782; d. 1855; ni. July 26, 181 1, Mrs. Hannah 

Chase (nee Baker); m. 2nd, in 1814, Mary Baker (Ely), (No. 21151). 

Elizabeth Ely (1961), b. at Lyme, Conn., dau. of Samuel ^Ely and 
Hannah Marsh, was a great-granddaughter of Elizabeth Hyde of the 
third generation. She m. 17 April, 1777, her third cousin, of the Ely 
blood, Abraham Perkins, b. 7 Aug., 1745, at Lyme, third son of Abraham 
Perkins and Elizabeth Ely. 

Elizabeth Ely, wife of the first Abraham Perkins, of Lyme, was 
daughter of Daniel Ely by his first wife, Mary Anne Champlin, and 
granddaughter of William Ely the first of Lyme.) 

Abraham Perkins was a farmer and they settled at North Lyme, 
where she d. 2 May, 1791. He then m., 10 April, 1798, Anne Fanning 
of Norwich, who d. 2 May, 1823, at Lyme, s. p., and where he d. 13 
April, 1824. His children by his first wife were : 

5783. Abraham, b. 24 July, 1782, at Lyme. He m. 26 July, 181 1, Mrs. Hannah 



I70 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

(Baker) Chase, dau. of Capt. Seth Baker, of Barnstable, Mass., and widow of 
Capt. Chase. They settled at Lyme, where she died. They had one child: 

1. Eliza Anne, who m. William H. Johnson, of Lyme, and was living in 
Waukesha Co., Wis., in 1859, a widow. 

He then m. 3 March, 1814, the widow, Mary (Baker) Ely, a sister of his first 
wife. In 183s they removed to Barnstable Co., where she soon after died. He had 
by her six children, born at Lyme. 

2. Seth Baker, b. 14 Dec, 1814, d. in childhood. 

3. Abraham Ely, b. 16 Dec, i8r6, m. Hannah Hadley, and was living at 
Mukwonago, Wis., in 1859. 

4. Hannah Baker, b. 13 Oct., 1818, m. her second cousin, Samuel Pierce An- 
derson, b. 1816, son of Thomas Anderson and Rebecca Allis of Lyme. 

5. Mary, b. 23 Feb., 1821, m. Dr. Bradford L. Crocker of Barnstable Co., 
Mass., and was living in Boston in 1859. 

6. Sophia Ely, b. 18 Aug., 1824, m. and living in Wisconsin in 1859. 

7. Francis William, b. 18 April, 1828, d. in childhood. 

He then m. for his third wife Charlotte Ely, dau. of Eleazer Ely and Dorcas 
Brockway, and granddaughter of CuUick Ely and Sarah Foote of Lyme. She d. 
in 1845 in Barnstable Co., where he d. Feb., 1855. He had by her two children: 

8. Elizabeth, who d. in childhood. 

9. Augusta. 

Elizabeth, b. 2 Sept., 1778, at Lyme. She m. 29 Dec, 1796, Charles Ely, b. 
19 April, 1772, fifth son of Cullick Ely and Sarah Foote of Lyme. He was a mer- 
chant at Hartford in early life. But after his marriage he settled as a farmer upon 
the farm which had belonged to his ancestor, the first Richard Ely of Lyme, and 
which has been in possession of the Ely family nearly two hundred years, on the 
east bank of the Connecticut river in Lyme; where he d. 19 Dec, 1854, and she d. 
10 March, 1858. They had ten children, born at Lyme : 

1. Miranda, b. 25 Sept., 1797, living at the old homestead at Lyme, in 1859, 
unm. 

2. Charles Frederick, b. 4 Sept., 1799, was a merchant, and settled at Natchez, 
where he m. Henrietta M. Shelby, born in Maryland. They removed to Phila- 
delphia, and from there to Louisiana, where he d. 10 Sept., 1841, and she was 
living at Camden, Ark., in 1859. They had two children born at Natchez: Eliza- 
beth, who m. John Silliman and was living at Camden, Ark., in 1859; and James 
Pennoyer, who d. in Mexico, unm. 

3. Elizabeth Perkins, b. i July, 1802, m. her mother's first cousin, Similius 
Brockway Ely, third son of Abner Ely and Bridget Brockway, and d. 22 July, 
1854, s. p. 

4. Abraham Perkins, b. i July, 1808, m. 15 Sept., 1838, Philura Grififin, b. 31 
July, 1806, at Lyme, dau. of Allen Griffin and Rhoda Beckwith. They settled at 
Lyme, removed to Rochester in 1848, and to Oswego, N. Y., in 1855, where they 
were living in 1859. He was sheriflf of New London Co., when at Lyme, and was 
afterwards a merchant and miller. They had seven children: Hubert Griffin, b. 
20 Oct., 1834, d. 20 Sept., 1846; Sarah Catherine, b. 29 Aug., 1836; Jane Elizabeth, 
b. 18 March, 1839; a child, b. i Oct., 1840, d. 3 Oct., 1840, unnamed; Henry Per- 



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FIFTH GENERATION. 

kins, b. 15 Oct., 1842; George Griffin, b. 10 March, 1846, d. 24 Sept., 1847; and 
Allen Griffin, b. 9 July, 1850, d. 16 Feb., 1852. 

5. Samuel Cullick, b. 17 Oct., 1810, m. 1843, Frances Griffin Brockway, dau. 
of Ezekiel Brockway and Frances Griffin of Lyme. He was a merchant and they 
settled at Lyme, where he was a senator and a member of the other branch of the 
legislature; and where they were living in 1859. They had two children: Florence 
Elizabeth, b. in 1847, and Frances, b. 1850. 

6. David, b. 29 Sept., 1812, and d. 25 Dec, 1813. 

7. Ulysses, b. 19 Feb., 1815, was a merchant, and went to St. Thomas, W. I., 
and m. 1837 Henrietta Van Bretton, dau. of Baron John Van Bretton of that 
island. They subsequently lived at Laguira, Marseilles, and New York, and in 
1859 at Norwalk, Conn. They had six children: Elizabeth Van Bretton, b. Sept., 
1838, at St. Thomas; Georgianna Florence, b. 1840, at St. Thomas, m. 1856, Henry 
H. Raven of St. Thomas, and living at New York in 1859; Judith Rowena, b. 1843, 
at Laguira; Charles Ulysses, b. 1846 at St. Thomas; Albert, who d. in infancy; 
and Albertina, b. 1852, at New York. 

8. Alfred (twin), b. 19 Feb., 1815, m. 31 May, 1842, Caroline Lydia Field, 
dau. of Joseph Field and Lydia Glover of Rochester. He was a lawyer~and they 
settled at Rochester, where they were living in 1861, and he was then a member of 
congress, and had four children: Joseph Field, b. 5 March, 1843; Charles Alfred, 
b. 6 Nov., 184s, d. 2 March, 1847; Caroline Lydia, b. 7 Sept., 1847; and Elizabeth, 
b. 6 July, 1850. He was taken prisoner at the battle of Bull Run, July, 1861, and 
published a work on the subject of his imprisonment, etc. 

9. George, b. 29 Oct., 1817, m. 11 Dec, 1855, Marianna Paige, b. 25 June, 
1834, at Haverhill, Mass., youngest dau. of Abel Paige and Marianna Kimball. He 
was a lawyer, and they settled at Chicago, where they were living in 1859, and had 
one child: Elizabeth Paige, b. 9 Sept., 1856, at Haverhill. 

10. David Alexander, b. 18 July, 1821. He was a lawyer and settled at 
Rochester. He went to California in 1850, and in 1859 was living at San Francisco, 



2118. Jerusha Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1756, d. 1833, ^^u. of Samuel 
Ely and Hannah Marsh; m. Richard Williams, Saybrook, Conn. No 
children. 

21 19. Lois Ely, b. 1751, dau. of Samuel Ely and Hannah Marsh, m. 
her third cousin, Ezra Selden. Captain Ezra Selden was born at Lyme, 
Conn., March 23, 1752. He was the eldest son of Ezra Selden and 
Elizabeth Rogers. He graduated at Yale, 1773, and was a lawyer of con- 
siderable repute. 

They settled at Lyme, where he raised and commanded a company 
which served in the army of the Revolution. He was severely wounded 
at the capture of Stony Point, and died in 1788. 

The widow married Rev. Ezra Halleck, of Mattituck, L. I., where 
she died, and he married again and had other children. (For further 
particulars, see the Hyde Genealogy, page 582.) 



172 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

Children of Captain Ezra Selden and Lois Ely : 

1. Ulysses, b. 1778 (grad. at Yale, 1802; was a lawyer; settled in Nor- 

wich); d. Jan. 24, 1812; unm. 

2. Abigail, d. 1803, unm. 

Second husband, Rev. Ezra Halleck : 

3. Jerusha, b. at Mattituck; m. Gershom Edwards of Riverhead. 

4. Abigail, d. an infant. 

5. Ulysses, d. an infant. 

6. Abbey 2d, d. unm. 

7. Louisa, m. Page, of Newburyport. 

21 10. Marsh Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1761, d. 1835, son of Samuel Ely 
and Hannah Marsh; m. Sally Warner, Chester, Conn., who was born 
1767, and d. 1838, dau. of William Warner and Sarah Ward (?). No 
children. 

2122. Lois Sheldon, b. 1738, d. 1843, dau. of Elizabeth Ely and 
Elisha Sheldon ; m. Lynde Lord. 

Lynde Lord, b. at Litchfield, Conn., 21 Oct., 1762, second son of Lynde Lord, 
Esq. (437), and Lois Sheldon (1970), was a great-grandson of Elizabeth Hyde (9) 
of the third generation. He grad. at Yale in 1783, and became a lawyer. He m. 
13 Jan., 1786, his second cousin of the Sheldon blood, Mary Lyman, b. 1764, at 
Northampton, only daughter of Capt. Joseph Lyman, of the army of the Revolu- 
tion, and Mary Sheldon, who was a niece of his grandfather, Capt. Elisha Sheldon, 
who m. Elizabeth Ely. They settled at Litchfield, where he was deputy sheriff 
under his father. He d. 12 Feb., 1813, at Litchfield, where she d. 12 May, 1843. 
Their children were: 

Joseph Lynde, b. 2 Sept., 1788, at Litchfield, d. 4 Oct., 1789. 

Joseph Lyman, b. 25 Aug., 1790, at Litchfield. He m. 10 May, 1812, Maria 
Tryon. They settled at Boston, and in 181 5 removed to Baltimore, where he was a 
merchant, and where she d. 14 May, 1816. They had two children : 

1. Maria Therese, b. 20 Feb., 1813, m. Joseph M. Boardman, of Macon Ga., 
and d. 15 July 184 — . 

2. Helen Louise, b. 15 June, 1815. She d. 28 Oct., 1834, at Clinton, Ga. 
Joseph Lyman Lord then m. 18 Jan., 1818, Frances Douglass Gates, b. 11 

March, 1790, daughter of Major Lemuel Gates, of the United States army. They 
removed to Boston in 1819, and to Taunton, Mass., in 1827, where he was a mer- 
chant and postmaster. In 1835 they removed to New York, where he was engaged 
in business until 1845. He then originated and became the agent of the mutual 
benefit life insurance company of New York, where he was such agent in 1859. 
He had by her eight other children: 

3. John Pierpont, b. 28 Oct., 1818, at Baltimore. He m. at Macon, Ga., Mary 
Ann Flanders, b. i April, 1822, at New York. He was a merchant, and they 
settled at Macon, and removed to Brooklyn, N. Y., where they were living in 1859. 
They had eight children: Joseph Pierpont, b, 16 July, 1839, d. 31 July, 1839; 
William Gates, b. 23 June, 1840; Frances Anna, b. 26 Jan., 1843; Maria Therese, 



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FIFTH GENERATION. 

b. 28 Nov., 1844; Mary Anne, b. 6 Aug., 1846; Charles Strong, b. 27 Aug., 1848, 
d. 18 Sept., 1849; Pierpont Flanders, b. 22 Nov., 1852, d. 6 March, 1854; and 
Charles Pierpont, b. 27 July, 1854, d. 9 Aug., 1855. 

4. Frances Anna, b. 15 March, 1820, at Boston. She m. 26 Oct., 1842, Charles 
A. Strong, of New York, who d. 17 Jan., 1851. She was living at Brooklyn in 
1859, and they had two children: Marion F., b. 5 Sept., 1844, and Helen A., b. 16 
July, 1846. 

5. Joseph Lyman, b. 5 July, 1821, at Boston. He m. Aurelia Pratt, of New 
York, where they were living in 1859, and had one child: Charles Strong, b. 25 
March, 185 1, d. 25 Nov., 1854. 

6. Eliza Gates, b. 23 July, 1823, d. 7 Nov., 1823. 

7. William Gates, b. 23 Oct., 1824, d. 3 April, 1826. 

5. Eliza Gates 2nd, b. 22 Jan., 1827, at Boston. She m. 11 April, 1853. 
George D. Puffer, of Brooklyn, N. Y., and had three children: George E., b. 5 
Feb., 1854, d. 16 March, 1855; Frank D., b. 17 May, 1855; and William Lord, b. 
14 Jan., 1858. 

9. Joseph Sproat, b. 4 Aug., 1830, at Taunton, d. 24 Feb., 1831. 

10. Joseph Sproat, 2nd, b. 23 Feb., 1832, at Taunton. He m. 8 Sept., 1856, 
Emily Puffer, of Brooklyn, where they were living in 1859, s. p. 

Erastus Aurelian, son of Lynde Lord and Lois Sheldon, b. 16 Oct., 1792, at 
Litchfield. He m. 6 Jan., 1815, Charlotte Dorman of Litchfield, b. 10 May, 1790.. 
They settled at Litchfield, and were living at Roxbury, Mass., in 1859. They had 
eight children: 

1. Augustus Aurelian, b. 5 Nov., 1815, a merchant at Litchfield in 1859. 

2. Frederick Augustus, b. and d. 1817. 

3. Corinna Mary, b. 4 Aug., 1818, living at Roxbury in 1859, unm. 

4. Mary Lyman, b. 1820, d. 1831. 

5. George Frederick, b. 16 March, 1822, at Litchfield, m. 12 Dec, 1847, 
Mary N. Dodd, of Litchfield, where they settled, and he was a farmer. They were 
living there in 1859, and had two children: Mary Frances, b. 18 Feb., 1850, and 
Catherine Williams, b. 6 June, 1854. 

6. John McHenry, b. i Jan., 1824, at Litchfield, living in California in 1859. 

7. Frances Maria, b. 28 April, 1826, at Litchfield, living in Roxbury in 
1859, unm. 

8. William Rufus, b. 29 April, 1827, at Litchfield, living at Roxbury in 1859, 
unm. 

9. Julia Spencer, b. 1832, d. 1833. 

William Rufus Lord, b. 14 Aug., 17194, at Litchfield. He d. 5 May, 1822, in 
the army, at New Orleans, unm. 

Henry Edwin Lord, b. 13 Feb., 1797, at Litchfield. He m. 22 Dec, 1823, Sarah 
McGill of Boston, where they settled, and where she d. about 1834. They had four 
children, born at Boston: 

1. Sarah Gill, b. i June, 1825, m. 19 Dec, 1844, William E. Gutterson of 
Boston. 

2. Perez Gill, b. Sept., 1827, a clerk at Detroit in 1859. 

3. Mary L., b. Sept., 1830, m. Gorham Boardman, a merchant of Boston, and 
they were living in Brooklyn, N. Y., in 1859. 

4. Henry Edwin, b. 22 Aug., 1832. He was a clerk in 1859. 



174 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

Henry Edwin Lord m. 1835, Mary W. Butler, of Litchfield, and they were 
living at New York in 1859. He had by her one child : 

5. George S., b. at Litchfield, a clerk at New York in 1859. 

George Washington Lord, b. 29 Oct., 1800, at Litchfield. He m. 14 April, 
1824, Fanny Mills of Boston, where he d. 6 May, 1824. They had one child: 
Georgianna, b. 27 Feb., 1825, at Boston, who m. Hill, a merchant of New York. 

Mary Sheldon Lord, b. 31 Jan., 1787, at Litchfield. She m. her fourth cousin. 
Rev. John Pierpont, second son of James Pierpont and Elizabeth Collins, of Litch- 
field. 

Frances Maria Lord, b. 7 Nov., 1798, at Litchfield. She m. 14 May, 1823, 
David Mayo, a merchant of Boston, and d. 3 Feb., 1824, s. p. 

Abby Lyman, b. 6 Aug., 1804, at Litchfield. She m. 15 April, 1824, Jonathan 
Snelling, a merchant of Boston. They removed to New York, where she d. 30 
April, 1845, and where he was living in 1859. They had three daughters. 

2123. Elisha Sheldon, b. 1740, d. 1805, son of Elizabeth Ely and 
Elisha Sheldon ; m. Whiting. 

Quoted from the Hyde Genealogy: 

VI. Col. Elisha Sheldon (1964), b. at Lyme, Conn., 6 Mar., 1740, eldest son 
of the Hon. Elisha Sheldon and Elizabeth Ely of Litchfield, was a great-grandson 
of Elizabeth Hyde of the third generation. He m., probably, a Whiting of Litch- 
field. He was colonel of a regiment of dragoons in the service of the U., S. in 
the war of the Revolution. Soon after the close of the vrar he removed to 
Franklin Co., Vt., where he had a grant of land and d. in 1805. The following is 
all I have learned as to his family. Their children were : 

Samuel B. Sheldon, who m. Lovice Ashley, and settled at Sheldon, Vt., and 
had one child : 

1. Elizabeth, who m. Dr. Chauncey Fitch of Sheldon, Vt., b. 17 Jan., 1771, at 
Canterbury, Conn., son of Dr. Jabez Fitch and Lydia Huntington of Canterbury. 
They had five children: Samuel Sheldon, a physician at New York; Jabez; 
John, a clergyman at Sheldon, Vt. ; Louisa, who m. Dr. Witmore; Elizabeth, who 
m. Henry Carlisle of Sheldon. 

Samuel then m. Lucy Willard, and had by her four children : 

2. Joshua Willard of Sheldon. 

3. Samuel B., who m., ist, M. S. Higgins, and, 2nd, Maria Maynard, and 
had two children ; he was postmaster at Sheldon in 1844. 

4. Lucy, who m. William Green, and had a son: William. 

5. Sarah, who m. her first cousin, Samuel W. Keyes, second son of Col. 
Stephen G. Keyes and Elizabeth Selden, and had a child: Lucy, b. 1827. 

Elisha Sheldon, who m. Elizabeth , and had three children : 

1. William B., who lived at Hamilton, C. W., and had five children: William 
J., Mary, Jane, Louisa, and Martha. 

2. Charles D., who m. twice, and lived at Hamilton, and had three children: 
George, Matilda, and Adelaide. 

3. Mary, who m. John Ganson, and had six children: Eliza, m. Eleazer 
Peckham; Elisha; Sarah, who m. William Doyle; Mary G.; Rachel; and John. 



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George Sheldon, who m. Hannah Blinn. They had eight children : 

1. Elisha, of Sheldon. 

2. Samuel B., of Sheldon. 

3. George. 

4. Whiting, of Sheldon. 
5- John. 

6. Sarah, who m. Robert Wood and had a son : Theodore Wood ; and m. 2nd, 
Rev. Nathaniel Martin. 

7. Lovice, m. Giles Martin, and had a daughter: Joanna, and a son. 

8. Lucy, m. Joel Whiting, and had three children: Joel, Lucy, and Joanna. 

Elizabeth Sheldon, who m. Col. Stephen G. Keyes. She had by him five 
children: 

1. Stephen S., m. Deborah Barlow of Fairfield, Vt., and settled at Highgate, 
and had six children. 

2. Samuel W., who m. his first cousin, Sarah Sheldon, dau. of Samuel B. 
Sheldon, by his second wife, Lucy Willard, and had a daughter: Lucy, b. 1827. 

3. Sarah Bellows, b. 7 June, 1782, m. 6 March, 1802, Major Nathaniel Z. 
Piatt, b. 16 Dec, 1775, at Poughkeepsie, N. Y., son of one of the first settlers and 
proprietors of Plattsburgh, N. Y., by his second wife, Mary Van Wyck. He was a 
merchant, and they settled at Plattsburgh, where he was a member of the legisla- 
ture and a major of militia, and where he d. 25 Oct., 1820. She had by him six 
children, b. at Plattsburgh: Elizabeth Sheldon, b. 22 July, 1803, m. 10 March, 1822, 
Capt. Samuel S. Russell of the U. S. Army, son of Judge Samuel Russell of 
Buffalo, N. Y. He was killed 28 Feb., 1839, in Florida, in a battle with the Semi- 
nole Indians. She had by him four children: William Beaumont, b. 16 Jan., 1823, 
d. 15 Sept., 1824; Francis S. Keyes, b. 2 Aug., 1825, a lieutenant in the U. S. 
army, who d. 27 Jan., 1857; Sarah, b. 3 Nov., 1829, d. 14 Dec, 1831; and Mary 
Waite, b. 15 Aug., 1832, d. 20 March, 1845. Mrs. Elizabeth (Piatt) Russell then m. 
30 March, 1845, Frederick Lewis Charles Sailly, son of Hon. Peter Sailly of 
Plattsburgh, by his second wife, Marianne Adelaide Gaillie. They settled at 
Plattsburgh, where he was collector of the customs for the district of Champlain 
and county treasurer, and where they were living in 1859, and she had by him 
one child, Mary Waite, b. 11 June, 1847; Stephen Keyes Piatt, son of 
Major Piatt and Sarah Bellows Sheldon, b. 22 April, 1805, d. 15 Sept., 1819; 
Mary Van Wyck, b. 6 Feb., 1808, m. 23 April, 1825, Carlos Adolphus Waite of 
the U. S. Army, b. 12 Feb., 1794, at Lyme, Conn., eldest son of Col. Ezra Waite 
of East Bloomfield, by his first wife, Lucy Miller, and grandson of Richard 
Waite the first of Lyme by his second wife, Rebecca Higgins. In 1858 he was 
lieut.-col. of the Fifth Reg. of U. S. Infan., and colonel by brevet, and was 
with the army in Utah, and she was living with her sister at Plattsburgh, s. p.; 
Theodorus, b. 19 Dec, 181 1, m. Marietta S. Nichols, of Enosburgh, and was 
living at Peru, N. Y., in 1858, and had nine children: Sarah F., b. 18 Sept., 1845; 
Robert, b. 14 Jan., 1847; WilHam Nichols, b. 7 Oct., 1848; James P., b. 6 March, 
1850, d. 3 Nov., 1855; Elizabeth Sailly, b. 7 Feb., 1852; Frederick Sailly, b. 19 
Sept., 1853; Mary Ellen, b. 23 Feb., 1855; Carlos A. Waite, b. i Aug., 1856; and 

Theodorus L. Nichols, b. 13 May, 1858; William Totten Waite, son of Carlos A. 
Waite and Mary Van Wyck Piatt, b. 6 Oct., 1817, d. 18 Feb., 1818; Samuel Keyes 
Waite, b. II May, 1820, m. 1844, Sarah J. Cady, dau. of Heman Cady and his first 



176 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

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cousin, Maria Piatt of Plattsburg, and had by her one child: Carlos Waite, b. 23 
Dec, 1845. After her death, he m. 6 April, 1857, Lydia J. Mount, dau. of Andrew 
J. Mount of New York. After the death of Maj. Nathaniel Z. Piatt his widow m. 
Orange Ferris of St. Albans, where she d. 7 Aug., 1845. 

4. William, m. Esther Butterfield, and settled at Swanton Falls, Vt., and had 
land, and d. leaving no children. 

5. Eliza M., m. Anselm Parsons, at Rutland. He was a merchant at Platts- 
burgh, N. Y., removed to Vermont, where they died. They had eight children: 
Charles, drowned at Plattsburgh in childhood; Elizabeth, who d. at St. Albans, 
unm.; Anselm, who d. in childhood; Sarah, who m. Col. Ira Allen, of Irasburgh, 
Vt., and d. about 1840; Mary W., m. Heman S. Royce, a lawyer at Highgate, Vt; 
Anselm 2d, a farmer; Fannie, who m. Col. Ira Allen after the death of her sister, 
his first wife; and Louisa, who m. Rev. Ebenezer Harvey Squier, who graduated 
at Middlebury college in 1838, professor at Richmond, Va. 

After the death of Col. Stephen G. Keyes his widow m. Gould of Rut- 
land, and d. leaving no children. 

Mary Sheldon, who m. William Whitney, and d. at the birth of her first child, 
and the child d. with her. 

Sarah Sheldon, who m. Elnathan Keyes ; she d. 1838. They had nine children : 

1. Maria, m., ist, Luther Mitchell, and, 2d, Ebenezer Cook, and had five 
children: Elnathan, Chester, Sarah, who m. Dr. Franklin Bradley; Mary, who 
m. Stephen Rice of Sheldon; and Stephen, who m. Lodema Lamb. 

2. Hetty Bull, who d. at McConnellsville, unm. 

3. Peabody, who m., ist, Mary Wood, and had a son, Chester P., who lived 
at Troy, N. Y.; and 2d, Mary D. Keyes. 

4. Robert, who settled in Illinois. 

5. Chester Williams, a physician of Fairfield, Vt., who m. Clarissa Northrup 
and had two children: Delia S., Elizabeth K. 

6. Sarah Bellows, m., ist, Michael Dougherty, and, 2d, Dr. James Little. 

7. Stephen Elnathan, who m. Rebecca Hunt, and had four children: Eliza- 
beth, Martha, Hetty, and Stephen. 

8. Elizabeth Gould, who m. Dr. Lyman Little of Zanesville, Ohio. 

9. Hetty Mary, who m. Dr. Hiram H. Little of McConnelsville. 

2128. Samuel Sheldon, b. 1750, d. 1842, son of Elizabeth Ely and 
Elisha Sheldon ; m. Elizabeth Baldwin. 

Samuel Sheldon (1968), b. at Lyme, Conn., 26 May, 1750, fifth son of Hon. 
Elisha Sheldon and Elizabeth Ely of Litchfield, was a great-grandson of Elizabeth 
Hyde of the third generation. He m. 31 July, 1780, his third cousin, Elizabeth 
Baldwin, b. 6 Nov., 1751, at Litchfield, eldest dau. of Isaac Baldwin, Esq., and 
Anne Collins. He was a merchant, and they settled at Litchfield, removed to 
Sheldon, Vt., and from there to Troy, N. Y., where she d. 10 Sept., 1840 and he d. 
2 Jan., 1842. 

Their children were: 

Elisha, b. 15 July, 1782, at Litchfield. He grad. at Yale in 1800, and was 
a physician, having studied medicine and surgery with Dr. Daniel Sheldon of 
Litchfield. He m. i Aug., 1802, Anne Beach, b. 25 Dec, 1783, at Newtown, Conn., 
daughter of John Beach and Mabel Beers of Sheldon, Va., and a great-grand- 



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FIFTH GENERATION. 

daughter of the Rev. John Beach of Newtown, b. 1700, who grad. at Yale, 1721, 
was settled as the minister at Newtown, became an Episcopalian, went to 
England in 1732, and obtained Episcopal ordination, and d. 19 March, 1782. They 
settled on a farm at Sheldon, and in 1822 removed to Troy, where he resumed the 
practice of his profession, and d. 14 Dec, 1832. His widow, who was a most 
beautiful woman, d. 21 Jan., 1844, at New Haven, Conn. They had two children: 

1. Elizabeth, b. 6 Dec, 1804, at Harwinton, m. 27 Sept., 1827, at Troy, Henry 
Edward Peck, b. 18 March, 1805. at New Haven, son of Nathan Peck and 
Mehitable Tibbals. He grad. at Yale, 1823, was a lawyer and settled at New 
Haven, where he was editor of The Journal and Advertiser, and was a member 
of both branches of the legislature. He d. 6 May, 1858, at New Haven, leaving 
her surviving. They had four children: Mary Helena, b. 9 Oct., 1828 (m. 15 Oct., 
1850, Cyrus Stebbins Curtis of New York, who d. 8 Oct., 1853, and had a dau., 
Mary Blandina, b. 3 Aug., 1851) ; Samuel Sheldon, b. 19 Aug., 1830, d. 22 Jan., 
1846; Phebe Warren, b. 29 Oct., 1832; and Henry Edward, b. 19 Aug., 1839. 

2. Mary, b. 6 June, 1809, at Sheldon, m. 27 Jan., 1835, at Troy, Jonathan 
Farmer Scribner, b. in New Hampshire. He was a merchant and then settled at 
Sheldon, removed to Elmira, N. Y., and in 1858 were living at Janesville, Wis., 
and had seven children: Elizabeth Sheldon, b. 19 Aug., 1838; Elisha Sheldon, b. 
1840; Mary Anne, b. 1844; Emeline Rathbone; Charles Stuart; Jonathan; and 
Helena Curtis. 

Samuel Sheldon, b. 28 Dec, 1784, at Litchfield. He d. 28 Feb., 1802, while an 
undergraduate at Yale. 

Isaac Sheldon, b. 2 Nov., 1786, at Litchfield. He m. Elizabeth Maria Tryon, 
settled at New Lebanon, N. Y., and d! 2 Jan., 1818, s. p. 

241 1. Elizabeth Sheldon, b. 1747, d. 1825, dau. of Elizabeth Ely and 
Samuel Selden; m, 1766 Elisha Marvin, who was b. 1742, d. 1817, son 
of Elisha Marvin and Catherine Mather, Their children : 

1. Elizabeth, b. 1767, d. 1834, m. 1792 Judah Colt. 

2. Elisha, b. 1768, d. 1829, m. 1812 Minerva Pendergast. 

3. Selden, b. 1770, d. 1794. 

4. Phebe (2462), b. 1772, d. 1S52. 

5. Enoch, b. 1774, d. 1840, m. 1829 Eliza Hull. 

6. Deborah, b. 1779, d. 1802. 

7. Mary, b. 1784, d. 1842. 

8. Dudley, b. 1786, d. 1852, m. 1818 Mary Whalley. 

9. Emily (24125), b. 1789, d. 1856. 

10. Elihu, b. 1791, m. 1813 Nancy (or Anna) Humphrey. 

2412. Samuel Selden, b. 1748, d. 1819, son of Elizabeth Ely and 
Samuel Selden; m. 1774, Sarah Marvin, who was b. 1752, d. 1777, dau. 

of Raynold Marvin and Mary ; m. 2nd, Deborah Colt in 1783, 

who was b. 1759, d. 1818, dau. of Joseph Colt and Desire Pratt. Their 
children : 

1. Nameless, b. 1775, d. 1776. 

2. Raynold Marvin, b. 1777. 

3. Nameless, b. 1784. 



178 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

4. Samuel Colt, b. 1786, d. 1852, m. 1808 Elizabeth Gibson Kirtland. 

5. George, b. 1790, d. 1857, m. 1813 Elizabeth Grace Card; m. 1833 Emily- 

Marvin (24119). 

6. Deborah, b. 1792, d. 1872, m. 1810 William Spencer. 

7. Sarah Marvin, b. 1794, d. 1819. 

8. Joseph, b. 1796, d. 1858, m. 1820 Mary Ann Kirtland. 

2414. Elijah Selden, b. 1752, d. 1827, son of Elizabeth Ely and 
Samuel Selden; m. 1788 Eunice Comstock, b. 1759, d. 1791, dau. of 
Abner Comstock and ; m. 2nd, Hannah Tracy in 1792, who d. 

1810, dau. of Gamaliel Tracy and ; m. 3rd, Wealthy Hall in 

1811, of East Haddam, who was b. about 1772, and d. 1853. Their 
children : 

1. Nameless, b. 1779. 

2. Elijah, b. 1780, d. 1802. 

3. Charles, b. 1782, d. 1830. 

4. Ezra, b. 1785, d. 1813, m. 1806 Mary Congdon. 

' 5. Eunice, b. 1788, d. 1847, m. 1808 Anson Young. 
6. Laura Comstock, b. 1791, d. 1850, m. 1808 Elijah Comstock. 
(H. M. Selden may give more details.) 

2415. Deborah Selden, b. 1753, d. 1825, dau. of Elizabeth Ely and 
Samuel Selden; m. 1777 Joseph Spencer, who was b. 1750, d. 1824, son 
of Joseph Spencer and Martha Brainard. Their children : 

1. Samuel Selden, m. Prudence Cook. 

2. Joseph Dudley. 

3. Patty, m. Stephen Wilson. 

4. Deborah, m. Matthew Wallace. 

5. Sophia, m. John E. Hunt. 

6. Rowena, m. Anis Nye. 

7. Eliza, m. Lewis Cass. 

8. David Brainard. 

9. William Selden. 
10. George Selden. 

2416. Charles Selden, b. 1755, d. 1820, son of Elizabeth Ely and 
Samuel Selden; m. 1786 Abigail Jones, who d. 1800, dau. of Amasa 
Jones and . Their children : 

1. Maria, b. 1787, d. 1789. 

2. Eliza, b. 1790, d. 1815, m. i8ii Henry Vail. 

3. Mary, b. 1793, d. 1812. 

4. Charles Lord, b. 1795, d. 1816. 

5. William Jones, b. 1798, d. 1857. 

2417. Jemima Selden, b. 1757, d. 1828, dau. of Elizabeth Ely and 
Samuel Selden; m. Joel Loomis, who was b. 1744, d. 1825, son of 
Benoni Loomis and Hannah Woodward. 

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FIFTH GENERATION. 

2418. Richard Ely Selden, b. 1759, d. 1848, son of Elizabeth Ely 
and Samuel Selden; m. 1783 Desire Colt of Lyme, Conn., who was b. 
1763, d. 1799, dan. of Joseph Colt and Desire Pratt; m. 2nd, Hope 
Lord (Chapman), East Haddam, Conn., in 1814, who was b. 1762, d. 
1843, and dau. of Samuel Peters Lord and . Their children: 

1. Juliana, b. 1784. 

2. Asenath, b. 1785, d. 1834, m. 1808 William Fowler Vail. 

3. Catherine Desire, b. 1789, d. 1865, m. 1810 Joseph Harvey. 

4. Maria, b. 1791, m. 1816 Henry Matson Waite (10311). 

5. Ursula, b. 1793, d. 1836. 

6. Richard Ely, b. 1797, d. 1868, m. 1821 Eliza Lynde. 

7. Elizabeth, b. 1799, d. about 1878, m. 1828 George Douglass. 

2419. Mary Selden, b. 1761, d. , dau. of Elizabeth Ely and 

Samuel Selden; m. 1782 Abner Lord (2493), who was b. 1760 and d. 
1821, son of Abner Lord and Temperance Colt. Their children: 

1. Elizabeth, b. 1784, m. 1807 Eliphalet Eraser; 2d, Benjamin Tappen. 

2. Temperance, b. 1786, d. 1864, m. 1804 Othniel Williams (21 136) ; m. 

181 1 Thomas Backus. 

3. Sophia, b. 1788, d. 1839, m. George W. Cass. 

4. Mary, b. 1790, d. 1810, m. 1809 Jonathan Guitteau. 

5. Abner, b. 1792, d. 1829. 

6. Eliza Selden, b. 1795, d. 1844, m. 1817 Abram Irvin McDowell. 

2410. George Selden, b. 1763, d. 18 17, son of Elizabeth Ely and 
Samuel Selden; m. 1795 Olive West, who was b. 1775, d. 1831. Their 
children : 

1. George, b. 1796, d. 1835, m. 1820 Louise Sophia Shattuck. 

2. Maria, b. 1798, d. 1849, m. John Tribby. 

3. Olive, b. 1800, m. Archimedes Smith. 

4. Samuel West. 

5. Elizabeth Ely. 

(H. M. Selden may send more complete record of children, etc.) 

2411. Joseph Dudley Selden, Troy, N. Y., b. 1765, d. 1837, son of 
Elizabeth Ely and Samuel Selden; m. 1790, Ethelinda Colt (14Q1), who 
was b. 1771, dau. of Lucretia Ely and Benjamin Colt. Their children: 

1. Henry, b. 1791, d. about 1803. 

2. Elizabeth, b. 1792. 

3. Dudley. 

4. Dudley, m. Augusta Packard. 

5. Henry Tabour (lost at sea). 

6. George M. 

2412. Dorothy Selden, Hadlyme, Conn., b. 1768, d. 1825, dau. of 
Elizabeth Ely and Samuel Selden; m. 1788, Selden Warner, Haddam, 



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FIFTH GENERATION. 

Conn., who was b. 1760, d. 1843, son of Jonathan Warner and Elizabeth 
Selden. Their children : 

1. Samuel Selden, b. 1789, d. 1868, m. 1819 Abigail Champlin; m. 1825 

Azubah Tully. 

2. Andrew Ferdinand, b. 1790, d. 1825, m. 1817 Lucinthia Cone. 

3. Joseph, b. 1792, d. 1861, m. 1829 Mary Ann Holmes. 

4. Richard, b. 1794, d. 1853, m. 1826 Mary Millicent Gilbert; m. 1844 Mary 

Gaylord. 

5. William Henry, b. 1797, d. 1849, m. 1826 Sarah Carifield. 

6. Matthew Griswold, b. 1799, m. 1825 Lucretia Hubbard Loomis. 

7. Mary, b. 1801, d. 1825. 

8. Eliza, b. 1803, d. 1825. 

9. Jonathan Trumbull, b. 1807, m. 1837 Anito Pico. 

2413. Roger Selden, b. 1769, d. 1829, son of Elizabeth Ely and 
Samuel Selden; m. 1796, Mary Schuyler Douglas, who was b. 1781, d. 
1849, dau. of Wheeler Douglas and Martha Rathbone. Their children : 

1. Alanson Douglas, b. 1899, d. 1852, m. 1822 Louisa Dodge Johnson. 

2. Harriet. 

3. Elizabeth Ely, b. 1802, d. 1838, m. 1824 Henry B. Funk. 

4. Henry. 

5. John. 

6. Joseph Dudley, b. 1809, d. 1849, m. 1831 Mary McGee. 

7. Samuel, b. 1812, m. 1851 Catherine Gillingham. 

8. Charles, b. 1816, d. 1871, m. 1845 Hester Gillingham; m. 1862 Elizabeth 

Keiffer. 

9. George B. 

10. Frances Mary. 

2431. Sarah Ely, b. 1756, dau. of Ezra C. Ely and Sarah Sterling; 
m, Elias Peck, Colchester, Conn. Their children : 

I. Mary Ely, b. 1778, d. 1853. 

2432. Esther Ely, b. 1758, dau. of Ezra C. Ely and Sarah Sterling; 
m. Abner Beibe, Lyme, Conn. 

2433. Zebulon Ely, Lebanon, Conn., b. 1760, d. 1824, son of Ezra 
C. Ely and Sarah Sterling; m. 1783, Sarah Apame Mills, Stratford, 
Conn., who was b. 1763, and d. 1842, dau. of Elisha Mills and Mary De 
Forest. Their children : 

1. Mary, 1784, d. 1879, m. 1809 Gerard Lathrop. 

2. Ezra Stiles, b. 1786, d. 1861, m. 1814 Mary Ann Carswell; m. 1843 

Caroline Thompson Holmes. 

3. Elisha Mills, b. 1787, d. 1832, m. 1818 Catherine Elizabeth Boode. 

4. Sarah, b. 1789, d. 1831. 

5. Julia, b. 1791, d. 1870, m. 1812 Zabdiah Hyde. 

6. Aurelia, b. 1793, d. 1838, m. 1816 John W. Carrington. 



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FIFTH GENERATION. 

7. Laura, b. 1796, d. 1875, m. 1812 Jonathan Lyman Hyde. 

8. George Fitch, b. 1798, d. 1850, m. 1819 Lucy Tilden Loomis. 

9. Abby Eliza, b. 1800, d. 1822. 

10. David De Forest, ) ( b. 1802, d. 1848, m. 1835 Jane Chancellor. 

11. Jonathan Trumbull,) "^'"^ ( b. 1802, d.1851, m. Mary Marshall Midgeley. 

12. Harriet Cornelia, b. 1804, d. 1851, m. 1824 William Green. 

2435. Anna Ely, Rope Ferry, Lyme, Conn., b. 1764, d. 1842, dau. 
of Ezra C. Ely and Anna Sterling; m. 1786 Caleb Champlin, Lyme, 
Conn., who was b. 1759, d. 1840, son of Edward Champlin and Elizabeth 
Latham. Their children: 

1. Christopher, b. 1787, d. 1858, m. 1811 Betsy Sterling. 

2. John Seabury, b. 1788, d. 1808. 

3. Benjamin Ely, b. 1790, d. 1877, m. 1817 Clarissa Harlow Williams; m. 

1858 Elizabeth Cone. 

4. Eliza, b. 179s, d. 1871, m. James Dill. 

5. William Edward, b. 1804, d. 1828, m. 1827 Jane Hathorn. 

2436. Benjamin Ely, Simsburg, Conn., b. 1765, d. 1852, son of 
Ezra C. Ely and Anna Sterling; m. 1796 Polly Pettibone, Bloomfield, 
Conn., who was b. 1776, d. 1850, dau. of Dudley Pettibone and Mary 
Latimer. Their children : 

1. Ezra Stiles, b. 1797, d. 1863, m. 1835 Rachael Smith; m. 1837 Lavinia 

Cornish. 

2. Edwin Dwight, b. 1798, d. 1832. 

3. Mary Ann, b. 1800, d. 1875. 

4. Henry, b. 1802, d. 1849, m- 1833 Caroline St. John. 

5. Seth, b. 1805, d. 1828. 

6. Nathan Close, b. 1807, m. 1834 Elizabeth Goodman Olmsted. 

7. Rosetta, b. 1809, d. 1831. 

8. Nancy Humphrey, b. 1813, d. 1877, m. 1846 Nathan Flint Miller. 

9. Dudley Pettibone, b. 1817, m. 1844 Charlotte Wilcox Phelps. 

2437. Israel Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1770, d. 1855, son of Ezra C. Ely 
and Anna Sterling; m. 1792 Eunice Mindwell Noyes, Cheektowaga, 
N. Y., who was b. 1767, d. 1858, dau. of Moses Noyes and Hannah 
Selden. Their children : 

1. Eunice, b. 1793, d. 1844. 

2. Hannah, b. 1794, d. 1858, m. 1824 Samuel Hunn. 

3. Judah, b. 1796, d. 1843, m. 1822 Irene Stetson; m. 1835 Harriet J. D. 

Pearson; m. 1839 Caroline Courtier. 

4. Israel Noyes, b. 1798, d. 1873, m. 1825 Emily Beckwith; m. 1859 Caro- 

line Fowler. 

5. Calvin, b. 1799, d. 1877, m. 1822 Martha Tennant Grinnell. 

6. Anna, b. 1802, d. 1853, m- 1840 John Ruel Carpenter. 

7. Ezra Sterling, b. 1804, m. 1843 Theresa Orne North. 



i82 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

8. Mary Ann, b. 1807, d. 1839. 

9. Enoch Selden, b. iSio, m. i860 Mary Ann Wipperman; m. 1875 Eliza- 

beth Miller. 
Among the assignments to command made by the Adjutant-General, Apr. 
13, 1812, in organizing the militia into brigades, is mentioned the name of Israel 
Ely as commander of the Fiftieth Regiment. — The Public Papers of Daniel D. 
Tompkins, Governor of New York, 1807-1817, published by the State of New York, 
1898, page 629. 

2451. Clarinda Ely, eldest daughter of Rev. Richard Ely and Jerusha 
Sheldon, was born March 23, 1759. 

Dec. 22, 1779, she m. Dr. Samuel Darling, who was born in New 
Haven, Jan. 30, 1751. He was extensively known for his purity of char- 
acter and Christian integrity. 

Dr. Darling died in New Haven, Jan. 15, 1842. His wife, Clarinda, 
died in the same city, July 28, 1847. 

Children of Samuel Darling, M. D., and Clarinda Ely: 

1. Susan, b. Jan. 25, 1781, d. Dec. 12, 1867. 

2. Samuel, b. Jan. 23, 1782, d. Jan. 13, 1874, m. Jan. 23, 1806, Nancy Abbe. 

3. William Sheldon, b. Sep. 25, 1783, d. Oct. 26, 1861, m. May 16, 1815, 

Sophie Geib. 

4. Thomas, b. Apr. 25, 1785, d. Jan. 14, 1843, m. Feb. 3, 1807, Frances 

Frith, of New Haven. 

5. Clarinda, b. Oct. 19, 1788, d. Oct. 22, 1867. 

6. Charles Chauncey, b. Sep. 15, 1790, d. Sept. 23, 1795. 

7. James Noyes, b. Oct. 11, 1793, d. Sept. 10, 1794. 

8. Anne, b. Sept. 13, 1797, d. July 9, 1855, m. Dec. 13, 1832, Rev. Orville 

Dewey, of New York. 

9. Charles Chauncey, b. Jan. 27, 1799, d. Sept. 15, 1887, m. July 25, 1829, 

Adeline Eliza Dana, of Hartford. 

The Rev. Charles Chauncey Darling, 24519, married Adeline Eliza Dana, 
who was born June 12, 1798, at Boston. The marriage took place July 28, 1829, at 
Hartford, Rev. Joel Hawes, D. D., performing the ceremony, at the house of 
William Ely, who married the bride's Aunt Clarissa (May Davis). 

May 19, 1867, Rev. Charles C. Darling removed to the Presbytery of New 
York, and was ordained for special work in connection with the Fourth Avenue 
Presbyterian Church. 

Adeline Eliza Dana was the daughter of William and Eliza Dana of Boston. 
Miss Dana was baptised by the Rev. Dr. Lathrop, July 2, 1798. 

Losing her parents at an early age, she found a home with her AunC 
Clarissa May Ely, of Hartford, youngest sister of her mother, and daughter of 
Major Robert Davis of Boston. 

She died at Saratoga Springs, N. Y., Sept. 11, 1882. The funeral services 
■wtre. conducted by the Rev. Drs. Peter Stryker and Ireneus Prime. See New 
York Observer, Oct. 12, 1882; N. Y. Evangelist, Oct. 19, 1882. 

Doctor Darling was of royal descent; the connection is given in Pedigree 
XLVn. of the "Genealogy of American Families of Royal Descent." The 
descent is through Edward I., King of England, and his first wife. 



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FIFTH GENERATION. 

We present on the opposite page a fac-simile of a tombstone, supposed to 
be the oldest in the State of Connecticut, east of the Connecticut River and which 
is found in the old burying-ground at New London. 

It commemorates one of the brothers Lord, from whom nearly all of that 
now frequent name are descended; the sixtli Richard, in lineal descent from this 
one, is now (1854) a citizen of Lyme, Conn. 

The words on the stone are easily deciphered and quite clear, excepting the 
word "paroxymies." This probably refers to some kind of social paroxysms 
or disputes which this worthy Chaplain "composed" — that is, arranged or settled. 

He appears from the records, to have been an umpire or peacemaker, as well 
as "the starre of our Cavallrie." 

The wife of Richard Lord was Sarah Graves, who died in 1676: 

Their children: 

1. Richard, b. 1636; married Mary Smith, daugtiter of Henry and Ann 

Pychon Smith, of Springfield. 

2. Sarah, b. 1638; married Rev. Jos. Haynes. 

3. Dorothy, b. 1640; married John Ingersoll, of Hartford. 

Sarah married Rev. Joseph Haynes, son of Governor Haynes, and had four 
children, one of whom — Sarah, born 1673 — married Rev. James Pierpont, pastor 
1st Church of New Haven. 

Her daughter, Abigail, married Rev. Joseph Noyes. 

Their daughter, Abigail Noyes, married Judge Thomas Darling of New 
Haven. 

From the Mail and Express, November 19, 1898, we learn that Thomas Lord 
was registered on the 29th of April, 1635, from the port of London to New Eng- 
land and embarked on the "Elizabeth and Ann" for New England. Thomas Lord, 
born about 1585; married about 1610 Dorothy — . First settled in New- 
ton, Cambridge, Mass., where his eldest son Richard, born in 161 1, had already 
established himself. In 1636-37 Thomas Lord's family were of that large com- 
pany which was led by Rev. Thomas Hooker from Massachusetts to form a new 
settlement on the Connecticut River. Thomas Lord thus became one of the first 
settlers of Hartford. He lived on the "North Side" fronting Mill River — a near 
neighbor of Gov. Haynes, Rev. Mr. Hooker and others of the prominent inhabi- 
tants. Thomas Lord was a merchant and mill owner; the time and place of his 
burial is unknown. His widow, Dorothy, died in 1675, at the age of 86. Her 
will, dated February 8, 1669, is now on file among the probate records in the office 
of the Secretary of State at Hartford. The seal which Dorothy Lord affixed to 
this will shows the coat of arms which "doubtless had been her husband's." The 
children of Thomas and Dorothy Lord were: 

1. Richard, born in England about i6ii. Died, 1662. Married Sarah Graves, 
of Cambridge. 

2. Thomas Lord, born in England about 1619. 

3. Anne Lord, bom in England about 1620. Married Thomas Stanton. 

4. William Lord, born in England about 1623. [ 

5. John Lord, born in England about 1625. 



i84 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

6. Robert Lord, born in England about 1627. 

7. Amye Lord, born in England about 1629. 

8. Dorothy Lord, born in England about 1631. 

The above is taken chiefly from Prof. Salisbury's "Family Histories and 
Genealogies." Thomas Stanton is registered among a list of passengers to sail 
for Virginia from England in 1635. It is probable this was the Thomas Stanton 
of New England. He became skillful in knowledge of the Indian language and 
rendered invaluable services as interpreter in the Pequot war. In 1638 the 
General Court of Connecticut apppointed him as stated Indian interpreter at a sal- 
ary of £10 per annum. He married at Hartford in 1637 Anna Lord. ! He 
was the first man who joined William Cheesebrough in the settlement of Stoning- 
ton, Conn. He moved his family to Stonington in 1656. The children of Thomas 
and Ann Stanton were: Thomas, Mary, John, Hannah, Joseph, Daniel, Dorothy, 
Robert, Sarah, Samuel. — From History of First Congregational Church, Stoning- 
ton, Conn., and History of New London, Conn. 

From the Mail and Express of March 27, 1897, it appears that the Richard 
Lord referred to on the old Connecticut Monument was probably a grandson of 
the Col. Richard Lord, who died in 1662. 

Abigail Warren, who married Richard Lord, of Hartford, Conn., was the 
daughter of John Warren, of Boston, Mass., and of Elizabeth, his third wife. She 
(Abigail) was born May 10, 1676. — (Goodwin's Gen. Notes, p. 349. Savage, Vol. 
IV., pp. 424-25) C. S. W. 

From the Mail and Express of Feby. 20, 1897, we take the following enquiry 
as to the marriage of Richard Lord: 

Information wanted first of the ancestry of John Warren (of Boston?), who 
married successively Deborah Wilson, Elizabeth Combs and Elizabeth Crow, who 
was the mother of Abigail Warren, who married Richard Lord (3), of Hartford. 

This John Warren died 1677? Was he a descendant of the Mayflower Pil- 
grim? 

2. The ancestry of Elizabeth Combs, second (?) wife of John Warren (of 
Boston?) F. H. L. 

The Mail and Express, April 24, 1897, gave the following item in regard to 
John Warren: 

John Warren and Deborah Wilson are ancestors of mine. I have learned 
very little of them. John was a tobacconist, or cardmaker. Savage says was early 
of Exeter, there married, October 21, 1650, Deborah Wilson, who died June 26, 
1668. He died July, 1677. They had a daughter, Sarah, who married Stephen 
Garnet. Sarah died aged loi. See history of the town of Hingham. 

C. W. H. 

2452. Phebe Ely, second daughter of Rev. Richard Ely (245) and 
Jerusha Sheldon, was born Nov. 20, 1760. 

She married Rev. Ozias Eells, of Barkhampsted, Conn. 

Children of Rev. Ozias Eells and Phebe Ely: 

a. First child died an infant. 

b. Electa, b. Jan. 4, 1791; d. 1793. 




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MONUMENT OF DOCTOR RICHARD ELY 

AT CHESTER, CONNECTICUT 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 185 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

c. Hannah, b. Apr. 29, 1793. 

1. Ozias Sheldon, b. Dec. 20, 1794; m. 1828 Amelia Vining. 

2. Emily, b. Dec. 22, 1796. 

3. Richard, b. Feb. 23, 1799. 

4. Phebe, b. Feb. 3, 1803. 

5. William Edward, b. Oct. 5, 1805. 

2454. Jerusha Ely was the third daughter of Rev. Richard Ely and 
Jerusha Sheldon. She was born Feby. 13, 1764, and died Oct. 22, 1805. 
Dr. Abel Catlin, of Litchfield, Conn,, married Jerusha Ely, Oct. 10, 1790. 
There is no record of any children. 

2455. Doctor Richard Ely, of Saybrook, Conn., son of Rev. Richard 
Ely and Jerusha Sheldon, was born Friday, June 28, 1765; was fitted for 
Yale College by his father. He graduated in 1785, and soon after mar- 
ried Miss Eunice Bliss, of Wilbraham, Mass. Wilbraham was set off 
from Springfield and incorporated as a town in 1793. Doctor Ely was 
the second of four Richards who died in the Richard Ely house at 
Chester — died 1816. 

Mrs. Ely was born Feb. 5, 1769, and died April 16, 185 1. 
Children of Richard Ely and Eunice Bliss : 

1. William, b. June 2T, 1792; d. Nov. 2, 1850; m. May 5, 1820, Harriet 

Whiting, of Hartford. 

2. Eliza Maria, b. May 8, 1794; m. Elihu Ely, M. D., of Binghamton, N. Y. 

3. Richard, b. Aug. 5, 1798; m. Sept. 12, 1829, Mary Caroline Buck, of 

Rome, N. Y. 

4. Clarissa Eunice, b. May i, 1801. 

5. Catherine Bliss, b. July 24, 1803; m. May 27, 1839, Chas. McKinney, of 

Binghamton, N. Y. 

This is the point of connection between the families of Ely and Bliss. Eunice 
Bliss was a daughter of Oliver Bliss and Catherine Brewer. Oliver was the 
grandson of Thomas Bliss of England. 

The Bliss Family emigrated from Braintree, England. Thomas Bliss and 
wife, Margaret, had five sons : 

1. Thomas, m. Margaret . 

2. Nathaniel, m. Catherine Chapin, daughter of Deacon Samuel Chapin and 

wife. Cicely, of Roxbury, 1638, and Westfield, Conn., 1660. 

3. Lawrence. 

4. Samuel, m. Mary Leonard. 

Mercy Bliss, daughter of Samuel Bliss and Mary Leonard, married Dec. 30, 
1703 ; Deacon John Ely, born Jany. 28, 1678, son of Samuel Ely. 

Deacon John Ely is designated as Number 15 in the Ely Genealogy, de- 
scendants of Nathaniel Ely by Heman Ely. 

5. John. 

(Copied from Mrs. Eunice Ely's Bible by Elihu Ely, Jr., May 10, 1834.) 



i86 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERVTION. 

Thomas and Margaret Bliss had a son, Abel, born 1709, died April 30, 1763, 
who married Jemima Chapin. Mr. Bliss resided at Wilbraham, Mass., and Miss 
Chapin at Chicopee, Mass. previous to their marriage. She died Jan. 9, 1772, 
aged dT. 

Their children: 

Oliver, born Dec. i, 1736; died April 6, 1805; married March 8, 1759, Catherine 
Brewer, born 1738, died Aug. 23, 1823. 

Abel, born Oct. 16, 1738. 

Jeremiah, born Oct. 23, 1740. (Old style date; changed to new in September, 
1752.) 

Silas, born April 26, 1743. 

Levi, born May 18, 1745. 

. Oliver Bliss and Catherine Brewer, married March 8, 1759. Catherine Brewer 
was born June 8, 1738. 

Their children : 

Achsah, b. Mar. 13, 1760; d. June, 1837; m. Rev. Henry Ely. 

Mary, b. Feb. 4, 1762; d. July 22, 1825; m. July 25, 1782, Joel Hayes. 

Catherine, b. April 24, 1764. 

Jemima, b. July 9, 1766. 

Eunice, b. Feb. 5, 1769; d. April 16, 1851 ; m. 1791, Dr. Richard Ely. 

Lois, b. March 20, 1771 ; d. Aug. 30, 1786. 

Oliver, b. Nov. 11, 1773; d. Sept. 19, 1824. 

Pliny, b. Nov. 16, 1776; m. 1812, Miss Rhoda Dennison. 

John, b. Aug. 9, 1779; m. Apr. 13, 1817, Harriet B. Merrick. 

The parents of Katherine Brewer, who married Oliver Bliss, were Rev. 
Daniel Brewer and Katherine Chauncey. Daniel Brewer was born in Roxbury, 
Mass., March, 1667, and was a son of Daniel Brewer, said to have been born in 
England. Rev. Daniel Brewer married, Aug. 23, 1689, Katherine Chauncey, eldest 
daughter of Rev. Nathaniel Chauncey. She was born at Windsor, Conn., Jan. 12, 
1676, baptised June 16, 1676, and died May 15, 1754, aged 79 years. 

Rev. Daniel Brewer was officiating at Springfield, Mass., at the time of the 
marriage of his daughter to Oliver Bliss. 

Eunice, daughter of Rev. Daniel Brewer, married Rev. Thomas Breck, the 
successor of her father. They had four children. She died in 1767, aged 60 years. 



Richard Ely, M. D., of Chester, Conn., was born in North Bristol, now 
North Madison, Conn., June 28, 1765. Here he spent his youth in habits of in- 
dustry and was fitted by his father. Rev. Richard Ely, to enter Yale College, where 
he graduated in 1785. 

He then studied medicine with Dr. John Noyes, of Lyme, Conn., and re- 
ceived a very handsome certificate from his able preceptor, dated June 9, 1786. 

He commenced practice in North Killingworth, Conn., where he resided 
several years. September 4, 1791, he married Eunice Bliss, daughter of Oliver 
Bliss, of North Wilbraham, Mass. 




WILLIAM ELY 

(son of rev. rich. Ely) 
HARTFORD, CONNECTICUT 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 187 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

His two eldest children were born in North Killingworth. He removed to 
North Wilbraham, where he remained but a year, owing to the state of his health. 
This was greatly regretted, not only by himself, but by the people, who declared 
it was the greatest loss they ever experienced. 

He practiced his profession in Centre Brook until about 1805, when he re- 
moved to another section of the town of Saybrook, called Chester. 

His father, advanced in years, removed with him to this new home, ever after 
residing under the same roof. 

Dr. Ely was treasurer of the Connecticut Medical Society the last three 
years of his life. He was elected a Fellow sixteen times in twenty-four years. He 
died April 27, 1816, of a fever brought on by overwork and exposure. He shared 
the confidence and respect of the profession and the public. He had a large con- 
sultation practice in the adjoining towns, his rides extending to the east side of 
the Connecticut River. An eminent brother physician remarked of him, "He 
never knew a physician who could get at a correct diagnosis so soon as Dr. Ely." 
He represented his town in the Legislature once, after his removal to Chester, 
but then decided that such duties were incompatible with those of his profession. 

In his Christian character he adorned the religion he professed, and was the 
strong staff upon which his beloved pastor (Rev. Samuel Mills) leaned with con- 
fidence for support. 

2456. William Ely, youngest son of Rev. Richard Ely, 245, and 
Jerusha Sheldon, was born Jan. 10, 1767, at Guilford, Conn., and mar- 
ried July 4, 181 1, Miss Clarissa May Davis, of Hartford, Conn., where 
his widow and two daughters have resided since his death. 

Children of William and Clarissa May Davis : 

1. Mary Davis, b. June i, 1812, d. young. 

2. Clarissa, b. Jan. i, 1814, m. July 3, 1831, David C. Collins, of Hartford. 

3. William Davis, b. Jun. 16, 1815, m. Apr. 25, 1854, Anne Crawford Allen, 

of Providence, R. I. 

4. Mary Davis, b. Jan. 2, 1817, d. unm. Nov. 22, 1892. 

5. Richard Sheldon, b. May 25, 1818, d. Mar. 7, 1894, m., ist, Sept. 17, 

1849, Lucinda Morgan, of New York; m. 2d, Aprili8 , 1872, Caroline 
P. Ingersoll, of Springfield, Mass. 

6. Robert Davis, b. June 3, 1822; d. Mar. 4, 1826. 

7. Charlotte Maria, b. Jun. 14, 1829, unm. 

Mr. Ely graduated from Yale College in the class of 1787, and after 
leaving college studied medicine for a time, but soon relinquished it to 
engage in commercial enterprises, and acquired a fortune as a shipping 
merchant in the India trade. 

William Ely was a man of handsome and commanding person, and of accom- 
plished and elegant manners. He was cultivated by the study of books, and still 
more highly by the observation of men and familiarity with the polished society 
of different countries. 



i88 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

He built a ship of the largest class then employed, and went in her to the 
East Indies, as an owner and supercargo. With his usual energy, to lose no 
time, he studied navigation on various voyages and made himself master of the 
science and of the practice as well. 

He also made himself so familiar with the Dutch language, during his various 
residences in Holland and her East India colonies, that he spoke it with the facility 
and accuracy of a native Hollander. This language was the more important at that 
period, as the Dutch were almost the only great commercial nation of Europe 
which could maintain a practical neutrality, and so engross a large portion of its 
most valuable commerce. 

How soon the knowledge of navigation, acquired during the leisure of the 
long sailing voyages, was to become a deliverance to him and all who sailed with 
him, he little anticipated. Yet, on one of these voyages, overtaken by a terrific 
"cyclone," the ship was brought into the greatest peril and nigh to being 
wrecked. 

So terrible was the storm that the captain and officers of the ship gave her 
up for lost, renounced their commands, and desired him to save the ship if it were 
in his power. 

Clear-headed and self-possessed, in this dreadful emergency he did not 
despair. He took the responsibility, inspired the crew by his own example with 
new hope and courage, assumed and kept the command, finished the voyage, and 
carried the ship, with her large and valuable cargo, safely into port. 

From that day he made a resolution that he would not own nor venture his 
interests in a ship which he did not himself command; and his action on the 
occasion which led to this resolve affords but a single illustration of the superb 
moral and physical courage which in him were striking traits which characterized 
his life. 

His various enterprises proving successful, and having laid the foundation of 
a fortune, handsome at least for those days, he retired in a great degree from 
active business and settled in Hartford, Conn. 

There he married, in 1811, Clarissa May Davis, daughter of Major Robert 
Davis,* of Boston, a woman whose personal beauty was only equalled by the loveli- 
ness of her character, and whose devotion to her family and cheerful interest in 
society made her remarkably attractive even at the advanced age to which she 
lived. 

Wholly indifferent to public office, Mr. Ely was a decided Federalist in his 
politics, but would accept no appointment unless he deemed it his duty as a citizen 
and saw an opportunity of doing some direct and positive good to the community. 

In a similar spirit he constantly availed himself of his medical knowledge to 
aid by advice and assistance the suffering poor around him. 



* Major of artillery in the Revolution ; in service at the " siege of Boston," and an active member of 
" The Boston Tea Party." His resemblance to Washington vtrasso striking that he was often mistaken for him. 
When the troops followed the retreating British to the outlet of the harbor, he sent to his wife, by special mes- 
senger, the earliest news of their final departure, written on part of a " barrel-head," the only stationery at 
hand. 

He was a merchant of Boston, brother of Hon. Caleb Davis (Speaker of the House of Representatives, 
Massachusetts, 1780, and delegate from Boston to the Massachusetts Constitutional Convention in 1787), and of 
Brigadier General Amasa Davis. All the brothers resided in Boston, and were members of the " Ancient and 
Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts." 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 189 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

Mr. Ely died Feb. 21, 1847, and Mrs. Ely died May 7, 1882. 

Miss Davis' sister, Eliza, married William Dana, of Boston. Miniatures of 
Mr. and Mrs. William Dana, by Malbone, are in the possession of their grandson, 
Geaeral Charles W. Darling, of Utica. 

Their daughter Clarissa, 24562, married David Chittenden Collins, who was 
a son of Alexander and Elizabeth (Mathinson) Collins. He was born at Middle- 
town, Conn., Feb. 3, 1805, and was a wealthy manufacturer, in honor of whom 
Collinsville, Conn., was named. After living some time in New York he finally 
removed to New Haven, Conn., and established his family and residence there, 
where his widow and children remain. He died at his residence, on Hillhouse 
Avenue, August 10, 1861. 

Mrs. Collins, the widow, resides at New Haven, with three daughters, Clara, 
Edith and Marion, wife of Godfrey Dunscombe, Esq. An only son, Charles, died 
several years ago. Mary died young. 

William Davis Ely, 24563, resides in Providence, R. I. 

Mary Davis Ely, 24564, was born January 2, 1817, and Nov. 22, 1892, she 
died, unmarried. She was educated by Miss Beecher and Mrs. Stowe, and was a 
favorite pupil of the latter, their mutual attachment continuing until her death. 

She was a woman of unusual intellect and brilliancy in conversation; capable, 
courageous and persevering in what she undertook. Her devotion to and success 
in the "Art School" of Hartford illustrated this. As its President she devoted to 
it her later years, and was Honorary President at her decease. 

One of the most brilliant and intellectual women of Connecticut thus writes 
of her: "The last time I saw her she held unimpaired that abounding vivacity and 
lively spirit that had always made her one of the most delightful companions to 
me. I felt as if I had breathed in oxygen after an interview with her, and so she 
lives in my memory." 

Charlotte Maria Ely was born June 14, 1829. She remains unmarried, and 
still resides in the family mansion at Hartford, where her mother and sister Mary, 
during their lives, resided with her. She was named after the Misses Charlotte 
and Maria DeWolf, of Bristol, R. I., whose sister her uncle Robert Davis married. 



DEATH OF MRS. WILLIAM ELY. 



One of the Oldest Citizens of Hartfprd. 

Mrs. William Ely died yesterday afternoon at her home, No. 668 Main 
street, and in her death one of the sweetest natures and loveliest souls passes 
from Hartford, where she has been so long known and loved, and where her 
memory will be cherished for many years to come. Mrs. Ely was between ninety 
and ninety-one years old, but until a fell a few weeks ago rendered her helpless 
she has been out among her friends, retaining and manifesting to the end her 
interest in them. She received a number of calls on New Year's Day, and so late 
as the end of February went to New Haven and attended the wedding of her 
granddaughter, Mrs. Jonathan Edwards. 

Mrs. Ely came with her mother to Hartford to live with relatives here when 
only a young girl scarcely ten years old, and has lived here ever since, being 



190 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

therefore one of the oldest inhabitants of the city. She married Mr. William Ely, 
who graduated from Yale College in 1787, as his father before him had done in 
1754. Mr. Ely was a retired merchant, who had made the trip around the world 
as supercargo more than once. He belonged to the Lyme family of that name. 
Mr, Ely was a sagacious man of business, and to his good judgment in "locating" 
the lands granted to the deaf and dumb asylum that institution is indebted for a 
valuable property. He owned and lived upon a large estate in the north part of 
the city, of which the Ely place is now a small part. It extended eastward below 
the foot of Windsor street and included what is now Ely and Winthrop streets. 
He died in 1847. 

The first Ely residence was the double wooden house next north of the 
present residence, but about 1832 the present homestead was put up. It has been 
Mrs. Ely's home for fifty years, and there she has maintained through her long 
life the gracious old-time hospitality which is so fast dying out of modern society, 
but which has helped to make her house one of the pleasantest social centres in 
the city. 

Mrs. Ely leaves three daughters and two sons — Mrs. Clarissa Collins, of New 
Haven, widow of Mr. David C. Collins; Misses Mary and Charlotte Ely, of this 
city, and Messrs. William D. Ely, of Providence, and Richard S. Ely, of New 
>York City. 

2458. Huldah Ely, the youngest child of Rev. Richard Ely and 
Jerusha Sheldon, was born July 26, 1772. Huldah married Uriah Hay- 
den, Nov. 4, 1792. 

Mr. Hayden died in 1801, and the widow married Rev. Aaron 
Hovey, Sept. 9, 1802. Mr. Hayden's only sister married Nathaniel L. 
Griswold, of New York, founder of the shipping house of N. L. Gris- 
wold & Co. 

Rev. Mr. Hovey was called to the ministry of the Second Ecclesias- 
tical Society of Saybrook, and ordained as the pastor Sept., 1804, acting 
as the colleague of the then aged Rev. Richard Ely. 

Children of Uriah Hayden and Huldah Ely : 

1. Electa, b. Oct. 24, 1793. 

2. Prudence Amelia, b. Oct. 15, 179S, d. 1880, m. 1815 Capt. H. J. 

Champlin. 

3. William Sheldon, b. Oct. 8, 1797, d. 1861. 

4. Charles Uriah, b. Jan. 7, 1799, d. 1840. 

5. Louise Cecelia, "b. Apr. 3, 1801, d. 1841, m., ist. Dr. T. Wooster, of 

Lyme, and, 2nd, Dr. E. Stoker, of New York. 



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Second Husband, Rev. Aaron Hovey. 

6. Aaron Ely, b. Jun. 20, 1805, m. 1851 Mary E. Gili 

7. George Freeman, b. Jul. 25, 1807, d. young, 1817. 

8. Richard Ely, b. Sep. 4, i8i3- 

9. Henry Russell, b. 1816, d. 1871, m. 1841 Mary Emma Kurtz. 




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THE ELY ANCESTRY. 191 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

Barber's Historical Collections of Connecticut, page 533, says in reference to 
the town of Essex, on the Connecticut, that it is a place of commercial im- 
portance, that ship-building is carried on to a considerable extent, that industry 
having been begun about 1720 by Mr. John Tucker. 

In 177s the ship Oliver Cromwell, of 24 guns, was built at this place by Mr. 
Uriah Hayden. 

2461. John Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1763, d. 1827, son of Seth Ely and 
Lydia Reynolds; m. 1791 Mary Lord, who was b. 176/1 and d. 1841, 
dau. of Abner Lord and Temperance Colt. Their children : 

1. Lydia, b. 1792, d. 1793. 

2. Thomas Lord, b. 1794, d. 1819. 

3. John, b. 1795. 

4. John, b. 1797, d. 1879, m. 1829 Sarah Colt Lord, 24933. 

5. Seth, b. 1799, d. 1801. 

6. Horace, b. 1800, d. 1867. 

7. Seth, b. 1802, d. 1878, m. 1826, Laura Mead. 

8. Abner Lord, b. 1805, d. 1871, m., 1829, Rhoda Mead; m. 1851, Elida 

Burns; m. 1865 Abigail Deborah Ely (Gregory), 24627. 
""^"^^ 9. Mary Ann, b. 1809, m. 1828 Youngs Elliott Benton. 

2462. Seth Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1764, d. 1847, son of Seth Ely and 
Lydia Reynolds; m, 1799 Phebe Marvin (241 14), who was b. 1772, d. 
1852, dau. of Elizabeth Selden and Elisha Marvin. Their children : 

1. Seldon Marvin, b. 1800, d. 1861, m. 1825 Esther Statira Griffin. 

2. Elizabeth Colt, b. 1802, d. 1855, m. 1832 Rufus Hills. 

3. Phebe Hubbard, b. 1804, m. 1827 Matthew Griswold. 

4. Lydia, b. 1807, d. 1807. 

5. Seth Elisha, b. 1808, m. 1845 Eliza Ann Hale. 

6. Ebenezer, b. 181 1, d. 1822. 

7. Abigail Deborah, b. 1813, d. 1879, m. 1848 Henry M. Gregory; m. 1865 

Abner Lord Ely, 24618. 

VL Col. Seth Ely, born at Lyme, Conn;, about 1764, son of Deacon 
Seth Ely and Lydia Reynolds, was a great-grandson of Elizabeth Hyde of the 
third generation. He m., 14 April, 1799, Phebe Marvin, b. 28 Nov., 1772, at Lyme, 
second daughter of Elisha Marvin and Elizabeth Seldon, and granddaughter of 
Col. Samuel Seldon, of the army of the Revolution, and Elizabeth Ely, his wife. 
They settled at Lyme and subsequently removed to Ripley, N. Y. He d. 11 Dec, 
1847. 

Their children were : 

5830. Selden Marvin, b. 7 March, 1800, at Lyme. He m. 10 March, 1825, his 
fourth cousin, Statira Esther Griffin, b. 19 March, 1805, at East Haddam, sixth 
dau. of Col. Josiah Griffin and Dorothy Gates. They removed to Ripley, N. Y., 
and had eight children : 

1. Mary Elizabeth. 

2. George Griffin. 

3. John Selden. 



192 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

4. Phebe, d. 19 March, 1833. 

5. Catherine Mather. 

6. Ebenezer. 

7. Phebe Marvin, 

8. Francis Griffin, 

5831. Seth Elisha, b. 24 Sept., 1808, at Lyme. He m. 20 May, 1845, Elizabeth 
A. Hale. 

5832. Ebenezer, b. 7 Feb., 1811, at Lyme, d. 12 June, 1822. 

5833. Elizabeth Colt, b, 24 April, 1802, at Lyme, m. 2 April, 1832, Rufus 
Hills, who received the degree of Doctor of Medicine at Dartmouth in 1816 and 
was a physic'an. 

5834. Phebe Hubbard, b. 19 July, 1804, at Lyme. She m. her fourth cousin, 
Matthew Griswold, Esq., third son of Governor Roger Griswold and Fanny 
Rogers, of Lyme. 

5835. Lydia, b. 8 April, 1807, at Lyme, d. 7 Sept. 1807. 

5836. Abigail Deborah, b. 10 March, 1813, at Lyme ; married A. L. Ely. 

The "Herald" of Jan. 21, 1899, publishes the following obituary of General 
S, E. Marvin, The Editor has made some inquiries with a v^ew to learn the 
ancestry of General Marvin, 

GENERAL S, E. MARVIN DEAD. 

President of Albany Savings Institution, Who Passed Away in This City 
Suffered from Kidney Disease. 

General Selden E. Marvin, of Albany, died on Thursday, at the Hotel Ro- 
land, in this city, it is said, from acute Bright's disease. He had been a sufferer 
from kidney trouble for several years and had been failing for several months. 

General Marvin was sixty-three years old, and was born in Jamestown, N, Y. 
He studied law, but abandoned it for business. He was appointed adjutant of the 
Ii2th New York volunteers in 1862, serving in that capacity and as assistant 
adjutant-general of Foster's brigade and Army of Southern Virginia through the 
Peninsula and Charleston campaigns. 

He was appointed paymaster of the United States volunteers in 1863 in the 
Army of the Potomac, resigning to accept the post of paymaster of New York 
on Governor Fenton's staff. He subsequently became Governor Fenton's adjutant- 
general. 

General Marvin in 1868 engaged in the banking business in this city as a 
member of the firm of Morgan, Kern & Marvin. He organized the Albany and 
Rensselaer Iron and Steel Company in 1875 and became a director and its secre- 
tary and treasurer. 

He was at the time of his death president of the Hudson River Telephone 
Company and the Albany Savings Institution, treasurer of All Saints' Cathedral, 
and a member of the State Board of Charities. His widow, two sons and two 
daughters survive him. 

It seems highly probable that General Marvin was a great-grandson of 
Colonel Samuel Selden of the Revolutionary Army, and was a grand-nephew of 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 193 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

Phebe Marvin, who married Seth Ely, 2462. The grandfather of General Marvin 
was Selden Marvin, who married (first) Charlotte Pratt. 

Their son, Judge Richard Pratt Marfan, married Isabella Newland. Their 
children: 

1. Selden Erastus, d. Jun. 19, 1899, m. Katherine Langdon Parker. 

2. Sarah Jane, m. Eric L. Hall. 

3. Davis Newland (deceased), m. Julia Ormes (deceased). 

4. Mary Elizabeth, m. B. F. Goodrich (deceased). 

5. William R, d. s. p. 

6. Robert Newland, m. Elizabeth . 

7. Richard Pratt, m. Jane Miller; d. Dec, '98. 

8. Isabella, d. unm. 

2463. Lydia Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1766, d. 1853, dau. of Seth Ely 
and Lydia Reynolds; m, 1788 Matthew Griswold, who was b. 1760, d. 
1842, son of Matthew Griswold and Ursula Wolcott (dau. of Governor 
Wolcott, and great-granddaughter of Henry Wolcott). No children. 

Matthew Griswold, born 1760, and who married Lydia Ely, 2463, was brother 
to Roger, member of Congress from Connecticut, who in March, 1798, publicly 
chastised Matthew Lyon, M. C, from New Hampshire, in his seat in the House 
in return for an insult put upon him by the Vermonter, for which the House had 
refused to expel Mr. Lyon, by a strict party vote. 

The Mail and Express of June 10, 1897, contains in the Genealogi- 
cal and Historical Department the following mention of a Sarah Wolcott, 
who may have been a daughter of Henry Wolcott : 

William Clark (son of Thomas, supposed to be mate of the Mayflower), born 
1639, married Sarah Wolcott, of Plymouth, March i, 1659. He was deputy in 1674, 
1680 and 1681. William Clark and Sarah Wolcott had a son, Thomas, born in 
1660. After the death of his wife, Sarah, Mr. Clark married as his second wife 
Harriet Griswold March 17, 1678, and had a son, William, born June 7, 1682, who 

moved from Lyme to Derby, Conn., in 1735, and there married Harriet , born 

August 2, 1697. 

In the records of Derby he is called "Merchant, 1748." 

Their children were: 

Eliz., born September 24, ; married Joseph Hull, May 3, 1750. 

Susannah, born May 18, 1734; married Richard Watrous. 
Lucy, born December 13, 1736; married Isaac Smith. 
Hannah, born January 22, 1739; married Oliver Curtiss. 
Sarah, born January 22, 1742. 
Shelden, born February 10, 1744. 
William born September 22, 1749. 
Charity born March 26, 1752. 

Children of Joseph Hull and Eliz. Clark, of Derby: William, Shelden, Eliz., 
Lucy, Susan and three others. A. B. E. 



194 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

Some account of Matthew Griswold and his wife, Phebe Hyde, has already- 
been given, as our readers will doubtless remember, on pages 41 and 60. Some 
repetition here seems unavoidable to preserve the continuity of the narrative and 
elucidate the family connection. Where several intermarriages between families 
have occurred it is hoped that repetition may be pardoned for the sake of 
clearness. 

"Matthew Griswold removed to Saybrook on being appointed Agent of 
Governor Fenwick. He was a Deputy of the General Court, 1654-1667-1668. He 
became an original proprietor of Lyme, which was set oflf from Saybrook. He 
was a man of large wealth and landed estate. 

"His seat was 'Black Hall,' where he died in 1698. He was buried at Say- 
brook. His wife survived him only a few years." 

There is a receipt, dated April i, 1679, registered at Saybrook for £7 sterling 
paid M. Griswold " in payt. for tombstone of Lady Alice Boteler (Lady Fenwick), 
late of Saybrook." Mag. of Amer. Hist, 1884, Vol. XL 

P. 222, of the same work, gives a letter of Governor Griswold to Roger 
Sherman, June 27, 1778. 

P. 223, Letter from same to Governor Trumbull, Aug. 3, 1779. 

P. 227, Excellent letter from Oliver Wolcott, brother-in-law to Governor 
Griswold to the Governor, Nov. 22, 1788. 

Matthew Griswold, 2nd, born 1653, married Phoebe Hyde, May 21, 1683. 
His letters to her are recorded (Mag. Amer. Hist., pages 138, etc.), and also his 
letter to Rev. Cotton Mather, dated Nov. 8, 1712, from Lyme, as to what had 
befallen his oldest son in a naval engagement near the Island of Jamaica, he 
being thrown by his own fault among the hazards of war of the Spanish Suc- 
cession. 

John Griswold, son of Matthew Griswold and Phoebe Hyde, was born De- 
cember, 1690; married Hannah Lee. 

The children are given on page 109. 

Matthew Griswold, born at Lyme, March 25, 1714, eldest child of John and 
Hannah (Lee) Griswold), married, October ii, 1743, Miss Ursula Wolcott, 
daughter of Hon. Roger Wolcott, former Governor of Connecticut. In 1751 he 
was elected representative to the General Assembly, and was chosen a number of 
years successively; in 1755 he was nominated for and in 1759 was elected to the 
Council of the State. In 1766 he was appointed one of the Judges of the 
Superior Court, and in 1769 was elected Lieut.-Governor, with which office was 
connected that of Chief Justice of State. 

In 1784 he was chosen Governor, and in 1786 retired from public life until 
the adoption of the Constitution of the United States by the Contention of the 
State in 1788, when he was called to officiate as President of that body. He died 
April 28, 1799. 

His funeral sermon was preached by Rev. Lathrop Rockwell, of Lyme. 
Governor Matthew Griswold and his wife are buried in the Duck River burying- 
ground at Lyme. 

Their children were: 

1. John. 

2. Matthew, b. April 17, 1760. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 195 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

Matthew Griswold, born April 17, 1760, son of Matthew Griswold and Ursula 
Wolcott, graduated at Yale College in 1780, and married, September 4, 1788, Lydia, 
daughter of Deacon Seth Ely, of Lyme. He settled at Lyme and died there June 
10, 1842. He studied law with his father, and became Chief Judge of the County 
Court of New London. 

The following is a list of Governors who were related to Mrs. Ursula (Wol- 
cott) Griswold: 

1. Roger Wolcott, her father. Governor of Connecticut. 

2. Oliver Wolcott, Sr., her brother, Governor of Connecticut, and signer of 
the Declaration of Independence. 

3. Oliver Wolcott, Jr., her nephew. Governor of Connecticut, and Secretary 
of the Treasury under Washington. 

4. Matthew Griswold, Sr., her husband, Governor of Connecticut. 

5. Roger Griswold, her son. Governor of Connecticut; was offered by the 
elder President Adams the post of Secretary of War, but declined it. 

6. William Wolcott Ellsworth, her first cousin's grandson, Governor of 
Connecticut. 

7. William Pitkin 3rd, her second cousin, Governor of Connecticut.* 

8. William Woodbridge, her grand-nephew through her husband. Governor 
of Michigan. 

9. Jonathan Trumbull, Sr., her third cousin, through the Drakes, Governor 
of Connecticut. 

10. Jonathan Trumbull, Jr., fourth cousin of her children. Governor of Con- 
necticut, Speaker of the House of Representatives, United States Senator. 

11. Joseph Trumbull, her remote cousin. Governor of Connecticut. 

12. Frederick Walker Pitkin, of the same Pitkin blood as herself. Governor 
of Colorado. 

13. James Mather Allen, her great-great-grandson. Governor of Dakota. 

14. Roger Sherman Baldwin, married Emily Perkins, of the same Pitkin 
blood as herself. Governor of Connecticut. 

15. William Alfred Buckingham, Governor of Connecticut, was of the same 
Lee descent as her husband. 

16. Grover Cleveland, of the same Hyde and Lee blood as herself, Governor 
of New York and President of the United States. 

2464. Abigail Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1768, dau. of Seth Ely and Lydia 
Reynolds; m. 1816 George Beckwith, Great Harrington, Mass. No 
children. 

(Barzilla Beckwith, Great Barrington, furnishes the facts.) 

2469. Deborah Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1781, d. 1870, dau. of Seth Ely 
and Lydia Reynolds; m. July 7, 1805, Enoch Sill, loii, Marion, N. Y., 

* In connection with Governor Pitkin it is interesting to note that he is an ancestor of Mr. Kilbourne 
Tompkins, formerly with the Knickerbocker Press, now of the Calumet Press, 139 Fifth avenue, New 
York. Mr. Tompkins is the sixth in direct descent, on his mother's side, from Governor Pitkin, and 
among his heirlooms preserves with pride a pincushion made from the wedding dress of the Governor* s 
daughter. 



196 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

who was b. 1778, d. 1866, son of Giles Sill and Lucy Gould. Enoch 
Sill was the second cousin of Deborah Ely. Their children : 

1. Charles Augustus, b. Aug. 14, 1806, m. 1836, Mary F. Reynolds. 

2. Seth Ely, b. June 3, 1809, d. Sept. 15, 1851, m. Sept. 1840 Harriet Eliza 

Allen, daughter of General Ethan B. Allen, of Batavia, N. Y. 

3. Lydia Griswold, b. Jan. 24, 1812, d. 1875, unm. 

4. Susan Abby, b. Apr. 27, 1814, d. Dec. 22, 1847, m. Apr. 22, 1835, James 

Albert Hoyt. 

5. Jane Louisa, b. Oct. 18, 1816, d. Oct. i, 1850, m. June 28, 1843, Aaron 

Martin Thompson, of Moreau. 

6. Mary Sophia, b. Jan. 5, 1820, m. Sept. 26, 1853, Rev. Asa Johnson. 

7. Ebenezer Enoch, b. Sept. 14, 1822, d. 1875, m. Nov. 5, 1854, Beatrice 

Wetherspoon. 

8. John Nathaniel, b. March 8, 1827, m., i860, Julia Buckbee; m., 1871, 

Elizabeth Payn, Moreau, Saratoga Co., N. Y. 

2481. CaroHne Ely, b. 1772, d. 1862, dau. of Elihu Ely and Anna 
Ely; m. 1816 Joel Steele, Bloomfield, N. Y. No children. 

2483. Anna Ely, b. 1775, d. 1851, dau. of Elihu Ely and Anna Ely; 
m. 1806 Nathaniel Matson, Lyme, Conn., who was b. 1765, and d. 185 1, 
son of Nathaniel Matson and Dinah Newton. 

2485. Elihu Ely, Chenango Point, N. Y., b. 1780, d. 185 1, son of 
Elihu Ely and Anna Ely; m. 1816 Eliza Maria Ely (24552), Chester, 
Conn., who was b. 1794, and d. 1840, dau. of Richard Ely and Eunice 
Bliss. Their children : 

1. Elihu, b. 1818 (name changed in Cal., 1851, to Hubbard, C. M.; re- 

siding Wilmington, Del.). 

2. Richard, b. 1819, m. 1849 Sarah Roseboom, care C. E. Ely (24554), 

Binghamton. 

3. Eliza Maria, b. 1822, d. 1823. 

4. , b. 1823. 

5. Joseph, b. 1825, d. 1831. 

2486. Richard Ely, b. 1782, d. 1844, son of Elihu Ely and Susannah 
Ely; m. Catharine McDonald (second dau. Refer to Charles J. Mc- 
Curdy, opp. church, Lyme). Their children : 

1. Madeline. 

2. Daughter; married a Cuban and went to Cuba to reside. 

2487. Oliver Ely, Binghamton, N. Y., b. 1785, d. 1873, son of Elihu 
Ely and Susannah Ely; m. 1814 Lois Griswold Mather (i5593)' who 
was b. 1794, d. 1865, dau. of Sylvester Mather and Elizabeth Waite. 
Their children : 

1. William Mather, b. 1818, d. 1871, m. 1840, Marietta Bradley Jarvis. 

2. Elizabeth Ann, b. 1820, d. 1828. 

3. Louisa Griswold, b. 1823, d. 1849, m- 1845 Robert C. Trivett. 



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FIFTH GENERATION. 

4. Joseph Elihu, b. 1825, m. 1856 Elizabeth Davis McKean. 

5. Nancy Hart, b. 1S29, m. 1848 Charles Pratt; m. 1876 Frederick Ed- 
ward Pratt. See also page 279. 

2488. Phebe Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1787, died 1847, dau. of Elihu Ely 
and Susannah Ely; m. 1821, Israel Matson, Lyme, Conn. (1035), b. 1770, 
d. 1853, son of Nathaniel Matson and Dinah Newton. Their children : 

1. Catherine Ann, b. 1823, m. 1842 James Pease Terry. 

2. Nathaniel, b. 1824, d. 185 1. 

3. Israel, b. 1826, m. 1864 Sarah McCurdy Lord. "^ 

2489. Elias Hubbard Ely, New York City, b. 1790, d. 1874, son of 
Elihu Ely and Susannah Ely, m. 1832 Eliza Nichols, Lyme, Conn., who 
was b. 1811, d. i860, dau. of Henry Nichols and Prudence Brainerd. 
Their children : 

1. Caroline, b. 1836, d. 1871, m. 1858 Edwards Woodruff. 

2. Eldon, b. 1839, d. i860. 

3. Grenville, b. 1841. 

4. Isabella, b. 1846. 

2491. Josiah Griswold Ely, New York City, b. 1766, d. 1823, son of 
Josiah Ely and Phebe Denison; m. 1793 Elizabeth Sill, Lyme, Conn., who 
was b. 1774, d. 1854, dau. of Giles Sill and Lucy Gould. Their chil- 
dren: 

I Emily Almira, b. 1794, d. 1825, m. 1813 William Lord. 

2. Giles Sill, b. 1796, d. 1866, m. 1832 Emmeline Amelia Hoe; m. 1864 

Nancy Comstock. 

3. Augustus Henry, b. 1798, m. Mary Watkins. 

4. Lucy, b. 1801, d. 1803. 

5. David Griswold (twin), b. 1804, d. 1845, m. 1833 Ruth Sill Marvin. 

6. Enoch Josiah (twin), b. 1804, m. 1828 Lucretia Franklin. 

7. Phebe Caroline, b. 1807, m. 1828, Alonzo C. Denison. 

8. Leveritt Huntington, b. 181 1, d. 1847, m. 1841 Caroline Brooks. 

9. Joseph Nathaniel, b. 1816, m. 1843 Hannah M. Robbins. 

The following extracts in reference to Josiah G. Ely, Enoch Ely and 
Phebe Denison are taken from the Hyde Genealogy, and give some de- 
tails not collected by Mr. Moses Beach : 

VI. Josiah Griswold Ely (2305), born at Lyme, Conn., 26 Aug., 1766, eldest 
son of Josiah Ely and Phebe Denison, was a great-grandson of Phebe Hyde (10) 
of the third generation. He m. Feb., 1793, Elizabeth Sill, b. 10 July, 1774, at 
Lyme, eldest dau. of his third cousin, Giles Sill, and Lucy Gould, then of Lyme, 
but afterwards of Moreau, N. Y. They settled at Lyme and removed to Le Roy, 



198 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

N. Y., in 1815, where he d. 16 May, 1823. She removed to Brooklyn, N. Y., and 
h3. 8 Dec, 1854. 

Their children were : 

6569. Giles Sill, b. 29 Aug., 1796, at Lyme. He m. 18 October, 1832, Emmeline 
Amelia Hoe. He was a merchant, and they settled at Palmyra, N. Y. They re- 
moved to New York in 1835, and were living at Brooklyn, N. Y., 1839. She d. 
12 April, 1862. They had three children. 

1. Mary Elizabeth, b. 15 Aug., 1833, m. 20 June, 1855, Harvey Baxter, of 

Brooklyn, son of Timothy Baxter and Martha Harvey, and in 1859 
had two children, Maria Harvey, b. 25 June, 1856, d. 1857; and Alfred 
Timothy, b. 9 Oct., 1858. 

2. Emmeline Hoe, b. 25 May, 1835, m. 25 June, 1856, William McNaughtan, 

b. 8 Nov., 1820, son of Alexander McNaughtan and Janet Allen, of 
Paisley, Scotland, and in 1859 had one son : Ramsay, b. 6 Oct., 1857. 

3. Isabella Taylor, b. 9 July, 1843, unm. in 1859. 

6570. Augustus Henry, b. 20 Sept., 1798, at Lyme. He m. Mary Watkins and 
was a merchant, and they were living at New York, s. p., in 1859. 

6571. David Griswold, b. 17 April, 1804, at Lyme. He m. 9 Oct., 1833, his 
second cousin, Ruth Sill Marvin, b. 10 Feb., 1810, dau. of James Marvin and 
Ruhama Clark, of Lyme. He was a merchant, and they settled at Palmyra, 
where she d. July, 1843. He removed to Iowa City, where he d. 8 Dec, 1845. 
They had one child : 

David Huntington, b. 23 March, 1843, living with his aunt, Phebe C. 
Denison, at Iowa City, in 1859. 

6572. Enoch Josiah, b. 17 April, 1804, at Lyme (twin). He m. 27 March, 
1828, at Le Roy, N. Y., Lucretia Franklin. He was a farmer, and they settled at 
Le Roy, where they were living in 1859. They had one daughter: 

Emily Almira, who m. Williams, of Le Roy, and d., leaving no 

children. 

6573. Leverett Huntington, b. 25 June, 181 1, at Lyme. He m. I June, 1841, 
Caroline Brooks, of New York, and d. 13 Mar., 1847, at St. Augustine, Fla. He 
was living at Brooklyn, N. Y., in 1859. They had two sons : 

1. Josiah Griswold. 

2. Henry Brooks. 

6574. Joseph Nathaniel, b. 21 Sept., 1816, at Le Roy. He m. Hannah Mitchell 
Robbins, dau. of Daniel C. Robbins and Elizabeth Mitchell, of Hempstead Har- 
bor, N. Y. He was a merchant, and they settled at New York, and were living at 
Brooklyn in 1859. They had six children : 

1. Elizabeth Thorn, b. 29 Oct., 1843, d. 5 June, 1845. 

2. William Robbins, b. 14 Sept., 1845. 

3. Arthur Tracy, b. i August, 1847. 

4. George Griswold, b. 28 May, 1850. 

5. Lydia Robbins, b. 13 Nov., 1853. 

6. Frederick Joseph, b. 6 Feb., 1859. 

6575. Emily Almira, b. 29 March, 1794, at Lyme. She m. 16 May, 1813, 
WilUiam Lord, of Lyme, and was his second wife. They removed to Le Roy, 
N. Y., where she d. 10 July, 1825, and he d. 13 June, 1862. They had four sons: 



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FIFTH GENERATION. 

1. Frederick Henry, b. 22 Oct., 1814, at Lyme, m. 14 Feb., 1838, Sabine 

Bailey, and was living at Alden, N. Y., in 1859. 

2. Josiah Griswold, b. 17 July, 1817, at Le Roy, d. 2 Sept., 1842. 

3. George Peter, b. 26 March, 1819, at Le Roy, m. Mary B. Hendee, of 

Alden, N. Y. He was a merchant, and they settled at New York, and 
they were living at Chicago in 1859. 

4. Theodore Dwight, who m. and was living at Alden in 1859. 

6576. Lucy, b. 22 Aug., 1801, at Lyme, d. 4 Nov., 1803. 

6577. Phebe Caroline, b. 5 May, 1807, at Lyme. She m. Alonzo Denison, of 
Iowa City, as his second wife. They were living in 1859, and she had no children. 

2492. Enoch Ely, New York, N. Y., b. 1769, d. 1818, son of Josiah 
Ely and Phebe Denison; m. 1796 Keziah Durkee (Camp), Lyme, Conn., 
who was b. 1762, d. 1834, dau. of Nathaniel Durkee and Keziah Martin. 
Their children : 

1. Gustavus Denison Durkee, b. 1797, d. 1798. 

2. Gustavus Denison Durkee, b. 1799, d. 1801. 

3. Phebe Augusta, b. 1801, d. 1878, m. 1819 Leonard Denison. 

VI. 2492. Capt. Enoch Ely (2306), b. at Lyme, Conn., 10 Feb., 1769, second 
son of Josiah Ely and Phebe Denison, of Lyme, was a great-grandson of Phebe 
Hyde (10) of the third generation. He grad. at Yale, 1792, and was a lawyer. He 
m. 4 Aug., 1796, at New York, Keziah (Durkee) Camp, b. 24 May, 1762, at New 
Milford, dau. of Nathaniel Durkee and Keziah Martin of Lyme, and widow of 
Dr. Elisha Camp of Catskill. 

(Col. Elisha Camp, of Sackett's Harbor, and Minerva Camp, who m. Judge 
Augustus Sackett, the founder of Sackett's Harbor, were her children by her first 
husband.) 

They settled at New York, and removed to Sackett's Harbor in 1813. He 
was a master in chancery and a captain of militia. He d. 25 June, 1818, at 
Sackett's Harbor, where she d. 24 March, 1834. 

Their children were : 

6578. Gustavus, b. May, 1797, at Catskill, d. 22 Aug., 1798. 

6579. Gustavus 2d, b. March, 1799, at New York, d. 5 Oct., i8or. 

6580. Phebe Augusta, b. 5 June, 1801, at New York. She m. 15 Feb., 1819, 
Leonard Denison, of Sackett's Harbor, b. i Jan., 1792, at Stonington, Conn., son 
of Peleg Denison and Mary Gray, of Stonington. He was a merchant, and they 
settled at Sackett's Harbor, where he was a collector of the customs, and where 
they were living in 1859. They had twelve children: 

1. Mary Augusta, b. 5 Sept., 1820, and d. i Aug., 1821. 

2. Elisha Ely, b. 24 Nov., 1822, a farmer, living at Sackett's Harbor ia 

1859, unm. 

3. Augusta Elizabeth, b. 14 April, 1824, and d. 6 Oct., 1824. 

4. Augusta Minerva, b. 13 Dec, 1825, m. 21 Dec, 1847, James A. Grunbee, 

planter, of Morgantown, N. C, a grandson of Judge Augustus Sackett, 
of Sackett's Harbor. They had in 1859 three children: Amelia Deni- 
son, b. 1848; Eliza Denison, b. 1850, and William McRea, b. 1853. 



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5. Amelia Sophia, b. 5 Jan., 1828, a teacher at Spring Hill., Ark., in 

1859, unm. 

6. Elizabeth Camp, b. 26 Sept., 1829; living at Princeton, Ark., 1859, unm. 

7. Leonard S., b. 8 March, 1833, living at Omaha, Neb., in 1859, unm. 

8. Charles Henry, b. 16. Jan., 1837, d. 26 May, 1838. 

9. Mary Lord, b. 27 June, 1839, d. 2 May, 1855, unm. 

10. George Wilson, b. 10 Aug., 1840. 

11. Henrietta Maria, b. 11 Mar., 1842, a teacher in Princeton Seminary 
in Ark. in 1859. 

12. Anna Caroline, b. 14 Aug., 1843, d. 10 July, 1845. 

2493. Phebe Denison Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 171, d. 1849, ^^u- of 
Josiah Ely and Phebe Denison; m. 1801, Abner Lord (1419), Marietta, 
Ohio, who was b. 1760, d. 1821, son of Abner Lord and Temperance Colt. 
Their children : 

1. Augusta Denison, b. 1803, d. 1804. 

2. Phebe Denison, b. 1805; m. 1827, John Andrews. 

3. Sarah Colt, b. 1809, m. 1829 John Ely. 

4. Mary Selden, b. 1814; d. 1833. 

The Hyde Genealogy gives the following full account of the family 
of Phebe Ely and Col. Lord : 

VI. 2493. Phebe Ely, b. at Lyme, Conn., 5 Jan., 1771, only dau. of Jo- 
siah Ely and Phebe Denison, was a great-granddaughter of Phebe Hyde of the 
third generation. She m. 1801, Col. Abner Lord, b. 24 Aug. 1760, at Lyme, second 
son of Col. Abner Lord and Temperance Colt of Lyme. He was in the army 
of the Revolution, was one of the first settlers of Marietta, O., and colonel of 
militia and associate judge, and was proprietor of the town of Vienna, in Vir- 
ginia, opposite Marietta. She was his second wife, and was a highly accomplished 
and intelligent lady. He d. 2 May, 1821, at Columbus, O., and she d. 17 March, 
1849, at Steubenville, O. His children by her were: 

6589. Augusta, b. at Marietta, and d. in infancy. 

6590. Phebe Denison, b. 3 April, 1805, at Marietta. She m. Nov., 1827, Dr. 
John Andrews, a physician, of Steubenville, O. They were living at Columbus, 
O., in 1859, and he was president of the State Bank of Ohio. They had six chil- 
dren: 

1. Martin, b. 6 Dec, 1828; grad. at Kenyon College, and was a lawyer. 

He m. 31 May, 1852, Caroline Wolcutt of Steubenville, where they 
were living in 1859, and had two children. 

2. Abner Lord, b. 14 Sept., 1831; graduated at Marietta College, and was 

a lawyer at Cincinnati in 1859; unm. 

3. Mary Lord, b. 30 May, 1836, and was unm. in 1859. 

4. Alexander Lord, b. 18 Jan., 1841. 

5. Eliza Ann Frazer, b. 27 March, 1844. 

6. Margaret, b. 25 Dec, 1849. 

6591. Sarah Colt, b. 25 Aug., 1809, at Marietta. She m. 5 Aug., 1829, John 
Ely, b. 10 June, 1797, at Bethel, Conn., son of Rev. John Ely and Mary Lord, of 



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FIFTH GENERATION. 

Madison, Conn. He was a merchant and afterwards a lawyer; and they were 
living at New York in 1859. They had five children, who died in infancy, and 
had four other children then living: 

1. Mary Lord, b. 31 May, 1834; m- Richard Payson. 

2. John Andrews, b. 24 Oct., 1836; grad. at the New York Free Academy, 

now the College of the City of N. Y., and was living in Chicago in 
1859. 

3. JuHa Augusta, b. 19 Feb., 1839, and was unm. 1859. 

4. Anne Eliza, b. 3 Aug., 1843. 

6sc2. Mary Selden, b. 27 April, 1814, at Columbus. She d. 18 Feb., 1833, at 
Steubenville; unm. 

The first wife of Col. Abner Lord of Marietta, was Mary Selden, b. 22 April, 
1761, at Lyme, fourth dau. of Col. Samuel Selden and Elizabeth Ely of Lyme, by 
whom he had six children: Elizabeth, b. 16 July, 1784; Temperance, b. 3 April, 
1786, m. Thomas Backus; Sophia, b. 19 May, 1788; Mary, b. 17 May, 1790; 
Abner, b. 6 Aug., 1792; and . 

2494. David Ely, Catskill, N. Y., b. 1774, d. 1799, son of Josiah Ely 
and Phebe Denison; m. Catherine Van Orden (DuBois), dau. of Ben- 
jamin Van Orden and Elizabeth Vanderburgh. Their children : 

I. David, b. 1798; d. 1862, Catskill, N. Y.; m. 1826, Elizabeth Osborn 
(Van Loan). 
(Temperance Van Orden, Catskill, N. Y., of same family.) 

2495. Richard Ely, youngest son of Josiah Ely, and Phebe Denison, 
was b. in 1777, and m. his second cousin, Mary Ely Peck. Mr. Ely d. 
at Chicago in 1856. 

Their children: 

1. Richard Edwin, b. Dec. 16, 1805; d. July 31, 1836. 
Elias Peck, b. 1807; d, 1807. 

2. Elias Peck (was minister), b. Dec. 31, 1808; d. Sept. 5, 1834. 

3. Mary Emeline, b. Nov. 15, 1810; d. June 3, 1856, in India; m. Aug. 15, 

1854, Rev. S. B. Mungar, a missionary. 

4. Sarah Adelia, b. 1812; d. 1838, at Port Gibson, Miss. 

5. David Josiah, b. May 5, 1815; d. Feb. 24, 1877; m. ist, Feb. 5, 1837, 

Mary Grafton; m. 2nd, Jan., 1848, Caroline Wheeer Duncan, of Ohio. 

6. Phebe Augusta, b. Aug. 10, 1817; d. Nov. 21, 1842; m. O. F. Avery. 

7. Zebulon Stiles, b. Nov. 8, 1819; m. ist, Jan. 27, 1849, Sarah H. Duncan, 

of Ohio; m. 2nd, Mary E. Post, of Indiana. 

8. Enoch Denison, Jan. 15, 1822; d. July 9, 1854, at Chicago; m. Sept. 26, 

1853, Hettie Larrimore, of Michigan. 

We learn from the Hyde Genealogy that : 

VI. Richard Ely, b. at Lyme, Conn., 6 Jan., 1777, fourth son of Josiah 
Ely and Phebe Denison, was a great grandson of Phebe Hyde, of the third 



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FIFTH GENERATION. 

generation. He m. 3 Nov., 1803, Mary Peck, b. 1778, at Colchester, Conn., 
dau. of Elias Peck and Sarah Ely of Colchester. He was a farmer, and they 
settled at Lyme, where he was a justice of the peace and a deacon of the church. 
They removed to Illinois in 1844, and she d. 30 Aug., 1853, at Waukegan, and 
he d. 3 July, 1856, at Chicago. Besides two who died in infancy, their children 
were: 

6581. Richard Edwin, b. 16 Dec, 1805, at Lyme. He was a farmer, and d. 
31 July, 1836, at Bellevue, Iowa, unm. 

6582. Elias P., b. 31 Dec, 1808, at Lyme. He grad. at Washington College, 
Hartford, 1831, studied theology at Princeton Seminary, and was a Presbyterian 
clergyman. He d. 5 Sept., 1834, unm. 

6583. David Josiah, b. 5 May, 1815, at Lyme. He m. 5 Feb., 1837, Mary 
Ann Grafton, dau. of James Grafton and Mary Marshall. He was a merchant 
and they settled at Port Gibson, Miss., and she d. Aug., 1843. They had one dau., 
b. 1839, who m. Nov., 1858, James A. Parsons, b. at Enfield, Conn., and they were 
living at Chicago in 1859, where he was a wholesale merchant. Her Christian 
name not ascertained. 

David Josiah Ely then m. Jan., 1848, Caroline Wheeler Duncan, dau. of 
James Duncan and Eliza T. Vilette, of Massillon, O. They were living at Chi- 
cago, 111., in 1859, where he was a merchant. 

6584. Zebulon Stiles, b. 8 Nov., 1819, at Lyme. He m. 27 Jan., 1849, at 
Chicago, Sarah Hammond Duncan, b. 22 Oct., 1824, dau. of James Duncan and 
Eliza Tillinghast Villette of Massillon. He was a merchant, and they settled at 
Chicago. They removed to New York in 1854, where they were living in 1859, 
and had six children: 

1. Edward Stiles, b. 7 Nov., 1853. 

2. Margaret Duncan, b. 12 Sept., 1855. 

3. Grace Duncan, b. 31 July, 1857. 

4. Mary, b. 10 June, i860. 

5. Sarah Hammond, 8 Dec, 1863. 

6. Richard D., b. 19 Aug., 1865. 

6585. Enoch Denison, b. 15 Jan., 1822, at Lyme. He m. 20 Sept., 1853, at 
Niles, Mich., Hettie C. Larrimore. He was a merchant at Chicago, where she d. 
7 July, 1854, s. p., and he died two days afterwards. 

6586. Mary Emeline, b. 15 Nov., 1810, at Lyme. She m. Aug., 1854, Rev. 
Sindol B. Munger, missionary of the A. B. F. M., and d. 3 June, 1856, at Satara, 
India. He survived her and was a missionary at Satara in 1858. 

6587. Sarah Aurelia, b. 31 Dec, 1812, at Lyme. She d. 22 Aug., 1838, at Port 
Gibson, unm. 

6588. Phebe Augusta, b. 10 Aug., 1817, at Lyme. She m. 21 Nov., 1842, 
Oscar F. Avery, of Groton, Conn. He was a merchant, and they lived at Wauke- 
gan and Chicago, and in 1859 were living at New York, where he was a broker. 
They had four children: 

1. Mary Augusta, b. 28 Oct., 1843. 

2. Richard Ely, b. 12 Feb., 1851. 

3. Carrie Duncan, b. 16 Feb., 1854, and d. May, 1854. 

4. George Stiles, b. Oct., 1855, d. July, 1858. 



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FIFTH GENERATION. 

Rev. Elias P. Ely (24952), son of Deacon Richard and Mary Ely, was born 
in North Lyme, December 31st, 1808. He died at the age of twenty-five years 
and was interred in the Ely burying-ground at Lyme. Yet, counting by what he 
accomplished, his life was not short. While we should call him still a boy in age 
he became an academic teacher in Haddam, Conn. Afterward, while teaching a 
classical school in Berlin, Conn., he passed easily into the senior class at Wash- 
ington (now Trinity) College, Hartford, where he graduated with honor. The 
same year he received the degree of A. B. from Yale. 

His success in teaching did not divert him from the ministry, which he kept 
always in view. In March, 1832, he became a student at Princeton Theological 
Seminary four months after the session had begun. He mastered Latin, Greek 
and Hebrew, read most of the languages of modern Europe, and had progressed 
in Chaldaic and Syriac, with a missionary's career in view. He was an eloquent 
writer, and his address to his fellow-students upon "Independence of Thought" 
was published in the "Biblical Repository" at the suggestion of Professor Hodge. 

In October, 1833, he was licensed to preach, but his health declined, and he 
was obliged to leave the Seminary. Still he continued his ministerial labors in 
North Lyme, Essex, Old Lyme and in Baltimore. During the summer of 1834 
he supplied the pulpit in West Chester, Pa. 

The family felt his death a grievous bereavement, but the record of his life 
stands a noble legacy to children's children. 

Rev. Mr. Colton, of Lyme, preached his funeral sermon from the text: "I 
have fought the good fight, I have finished my course, I have kept the faith- 
henceforth there is laid up for me a crown of righteousness." 

2401. Robert Hubbard Ely, Saybrook, Conn., b. 1771, d. 1845, son 
of Robert Ely and Jerusha Lay; m. 1815, Deborah Ely (1385), who was 
b. 1785, d. 1863, dau. of Elisha Ely and Ann Ely. Their children : 

1. Amos Hubbard, b. 1816; m. 1852, Rosabelle Godfrey. 

2. Jerusha Ann, b. 1818; m. 1843, Horace Chapman Scott. 

2402. Jerusha Ely, Gouverneur, N. Y., b. 1773, d. 1839, dau. of 
Robert Ely and Jerusha Lay; m. 1794, William Sterling, Lyme, Conn,, 
who was b. 1768, d. 1827, son of William Sterling and Jemima Sill. 
Their children : 

1. Robert Ely, b. Mar. 29, 1796; d. Mar. 6, 1806. 

2. Thomas Sill, b. Apr. 5, 1798; d. Jan. 26, 1839; m. May 25, 1824, Mary r. 

Falconer. 

3. William Erastus, b. June 9, 1801; d. 1861; m. Aug. 16, 1838, Octavia 

Parsons. 

4. Jerusha Lay, b. May 25, 1803; m. Dec. 31, 1829, Edwin Dodge. 

5. Maria Ely, b. Oct. 15, 1807, d. 1881; m. May 23, 1832, Rev. Barach But- 

ler Beckwith. 

6. Phebe Hubbard, b. Oct. 2, 1809, d. July 20, 1830. 

Quoted from the Hyde Genealogy: 

* * * * 5552. William, second son of Jemima Sill and Capt. 
William Sterling, b. 16 May, 1768, at Lyme. He m. 11 Sept., 1794, Jerusha Ely 



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FIFTH GENERATION. 

(2402), b. 17 Feb., 1773, at Saybrook, eldest daughter of Robert Ely and Jerusha 
Lay of Saybrook, and granddaughter of Richard Ely of Lyme and his second 
wife, Phebe Hubbard. They settled at Lyme, where he was a prominent citizen 
and a colonel of militia, and where he died 10 May, 1827. She d. 27 May, 1839, 
at Gouverneur, N. Y. They had six children: 

1. Robert Ely, b. 29 March, I796,at Lyme; d. 6 March, 1806. 

2. Thomas Sill, b. 5 April, 1798, at Lyme, graduated at Yale 1820, and 

was a lawyer. He m. 25 May, 1824, Mary P. Falconer, and they settled 
at Winchester, Miss. He was appointed circuit judge, and removed 
to Clark Co., in that State, where he d. 26 Jan., 1839. They had two 
sons: William and Thomas Falconer, who were planters in Clark Co. 
in 1858; and one daughter, Mary Jerusha, who d. at the age of ten 
years. 

3. William Erastus, b. 9 June, 1801, at Lyme, m. 16 Aug., 183S, Octavia 

Parsons, of Gouverneur, N. Y., daughter of Lewis B. Parsons and 
Lucina, his wife. He was a merchant, and they were living at 
Gouverneur in 1858, and had six children: Maria Ely, b. 23 July, 
1839; Emily Parsons, b. 3 July, 1842; Frances Jerusha, b. 11 July, 
1844; William Erastus, b. 6 Dec, 1846; Anna Lucina, b. 5 Aug., 
1849; Lewis Thompson, b. 7 Oct., 1851. 

4. Jerusha Lay, b. 25 May, 1803, at Lyme, m. 31 Dec, 1829, Edwin 

Dodge, b. 13 Dec, 1801, at Kent, Conn., son of Gardner Dodge and 
Rhoda, his wife. He was a lawyer, and they settled at Gouverneur, 
N. Y., where he was postmaster for twenty years, was a member of 
the legislature, and was the county judge for eight years, and 
where they were living in 1858. He was then president of the Pots- 
dam and Watertown R. R. Co. They had four children: Emma 
Sterling, b. 17 Jan., 1833, d. 13 Nov., 1853, unm.; William Robert, 
b. 16 June, 1834; Maria Lay, b. 5 Sept., 1837; and Edwin Gardner, 
b, ID Aug., 1839, all unm. in 1858. 

5. Maria Ely, b. 15 Oct., 1807, at Lyme, m. 23 May, 1832, Rev. Barach B. 

Beckwith, b. 29 March, 1805, at Lyme, son of George Beckwith and 
Patience, his wife. He graduated at Williams College, 1827, and in 
the theological department at Yale in 1831, and was a clergyman. 
They settled at Athol, Mass., removed to Castine, Me., 1831, and to 
Gouverneur, N. Y., in 1843, where he became pastor of the Presby- 
terian Church, and where they were living in 1858. 

6. Phebe Hubbard, b. 2 Oct., 1809, at Lyme, d. 20 July, 1830, unm. 

2406. Simeon Lay Ely, Madison, Conn., b. 1781, d. 1849, son of 
Robert Ely and Jerusha Lay; m. iSoS, Elizabeth Sanford, Guilford, 
Conn., who was b. 1782, d. 1842, dau. of Zachariah Sanford and Lois 
Huntley. Their children : 

1. Elias Sanford, b. 1809; m. 1833, Hester Maria Wright. 

2. Lois Jerusha, b. 1816; d. 1826. 

3. Robert Edgar, b. 1818; d. 1821. 



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FIFTH GENERATION, 

2411. Joseph Denison Colt, Pittsfield, Mass., b. 1768, d. 1856, son of 
Phebe Ely and Joseph Denison Colt; m. 1791 Sarah Root, Pittsfield, 
Mass., who was b. 1771, d. 1865, dau. of Ezekiel Root and Ruth Noble. 
Their children : 

I. Ezekiel Root, b. 1794, d. i860, m. 1818 Electa Campbell. 

2422. Hepsibah Pratt, b. 1774, dau. of Hepsibah Ely and John 
Pratt ; m. Joseph Stacy. 

2425. David Pratt, Athens, Ohio, b. 1780, d. 1861, son of Hepsibah 
Ely and John Pratt; m. Mar. 2y, 1814, Julia Perkins, Canterbury, Conn., 
who was b. 1784, d. 1867, dau. of Eliphaz Perkins and Lydia Fitch. 
Their children : 

1. Eliphaz Perkins, b. 1816, m., 1844, Elizabeth Coulter Mills; m., 1853, 

Elizabeth Loughry; m., 1876, Mary Eliza Urmston. 

2. Maria Fitch, b. 1817, m. 1856 Henry Hay. 

3. Laura Elizabeth, b. 1819, m. 1847 Charles Jacob Currier. 

4. John Henry, b. 1822, m. 1854 Julia Perkins. 

5. Robert Wilson, b. 1824, m. 1849 Hannah Maria Brown. 

6. Julia Perkins, b. 1828, m. 1851 Addison Ballard. 

2429. Mary Pratt, Athens, Ohio, b. 1788, d. 1814, dau. of Hepsibah 
Ely and John Pratt; m. 1810 Ralph Bingham, New Plymouth, Ohio, 
who was b. 1782, d. 1854, son of Silas Bingham and Irena Rice. Their 
children : 

1. Jerusha, b. 181 1, d. 1878, m. 1832 Sylvanus Finney. 

2. Mary, b. 1813, d. 1876, m. 1837 Samuel Draper Eggleston. 

Honorable mention is made of Silas Bingham and of his brother 
Alvin in the History of Ohio. Binghamton, N. Y., is named after the 
Binghams. 

2431. Hepsa Ely, Huntington, Conn., b. 1778, d. 1864, dau. of David 
Ely and Hepsa Mills ; m. 1801 Gold SelHck Silliman, Newport, R. I. 

(Prof. Silliman refers for further details to Hon. B. D. Silliman and 
family, Pierrepont and Clinton Sts., Brooklyn. Prof. S., New Haven, 
has record and is descendant.) 

Dr. Ely married Miss Hepsa Mills, daughter of Elisha Mills, Esq., and a 
granddaughter of his colleague, the Rev. Jedediah Mills. Mrs. Silliman, who was 
their eldest child, was born in Huntington October 23, 1778, was married to Gold 
S. Silliman, Esq., September 17, 1801, and died at Brooklyn, N. Y., 22 January, 
1864, in the 86th year of her age. 

Her husband, Mr. Gold S. Silliman, and his brother, the late Professor 
Benjamin Silliman of New Haven (both of whom were graduated at Yale Col- 
lege in 1796), were sons of General Gold Selleck Silliman, of Fairfield, Conn, (a 
graduate of Yale College in 1752), who did good and active service in the Revo 



2o6 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

lutionary War. He was Attorney for the Crown prior to that period, and after 
the war served his fellow-citizens as a magistrate, representative, and State's at- 
torney. He was a brave, prudent and efficient officer, and was highly esteemed 
in private life as a neighbor, gentleman and Christian. ("Hollister's Hist, of 
Conn.," vol. 2, p. 654.) 

General Silliman was a son of Judge Ebenezer Silliman, who was grad- 
uated at Yale College in 1727, was Speaker of the General Assembly from 1736 
to 1739, from which date he was for twenty-eight years a member of the 
Council, or upper house of the Legislature. At the end of that time he was again 
elected to the Assembly, of which he was again the Speaker in 1773 and 1774- 
He was also annually elected a Judge of the Superior Court, for twenty-three 
years, besides being a Judge of the Probate Court, Judge of the County Court, 
and Colonial Auditor, and held various other public trusts. For a period of over 
forty-five years he was almost constantly in public life. He was, says his epitaph, 
"distinguished by a clear understanding, a sedate mind and dignity of deportment, 
and was well versed in jurisprudence, learned in the law and religiously upright." 
(2d Hollister, 653.) 

Mrs. Hepsa Ely Silliman was a student from her earliest years. 

Mrs. Sigourney mentions in her work, entitled "Past Meridian," p. 268, in 
an article on Mrs. Silliman's character and writings, that: 

* * * "Her contributions to the 'American Journal of Science/ during a 
long series of years, were numerous and important. Among them her articles 
entitled 'Vitality of M{atter,' in vol. 15th; 'Polar Explotfations,' vol. i6th; 
'Geology of the Arctic Regions,' and 'Malaria,' vol. 17th, and 'The Causes of the 
Aurora Borealis,' vol. 19th, have gained the marked attention of profound minds. 
Many valued emanations from her pen on moral and patriotic subjects, distin- 
guished by power and pathos, have appeared from time to time in our varilous 
periodicals. Her paper on 'Aerolites' is a remarkable production, eminent for 
clearness of style, closeness of argument, and originality of theory. Its appendix 
contains a chronology of aerolites, commencing with the fall of a meteoric stone 
at Crete 1,407 years before the Christian era. This was published in Europe, and 
is the only one of her productions to which her name is affixed, which was done in 
compliance with the earnest solicitation of friends. Of an exceedingly interesting 
treatise on the 'Fur Trade and Fur-Bearing Animals,' which, or a great part of it, 
was copied in one of the Edinburgh magazines without reference to its source, 
she pleasantly remarks in a letter to a friend: 

" 'As I do not write for fame, it did not disturb me that this should have been 
published in 'Blackwood' without acknowledgment, making it appear as original 
in that journal. Indeed, I was not a little pleased that it should be so well 
thought of.' 

"Essays embodying great research she dedicated simply to the diffusion of 
knowledge, personal ambition having no share in her iiit,ellectual element. Sin- 
gularly free was her whole nature from selfishness or desire of display." * * * 

It is worthy of remark that the paper on aerolites, to which Mrs. Sigourney 
alludes, was written after its author had passed fourscore years. 

The esteem in which she was held, and the sorrow caused by her death, were 
strikingly manifested by notices in the public journals; by the large attendance 
at the funeral; and by the character of those present. The funeral sermon was 



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FIFTH GENERATION, 

preached January 27, 1864, by the Rev. A. A. Willits, at the First Reformed 
Dutch Church, in Brooklyn. 

The Honorable B. D. Silliman, of 31 Nassau St., New York City, a 
son of the late Gold S. Silliman and Hepsa Ely, furnishes, under date of 
Dec. 7, 1898, the following family record, which, coming from a gentle- 
man then over ninety-three years of age, is of considerable interest : 

Family record of the late Gold S. Silliman, of Brooklyn, L. I., and Hepsa 
Ely Silliman, his wife: 

(Where the word "Washington" is written in the following memoranda it is 
intended to mean and to include in several cases, the house and place of my 
brother-in-law, the late Thomas Blagden, which, or a part of which, is north of, 
and adjacent to, the boundary line of Washington City and the District of Co- 
lumbia and is practically treated, and spoken of, as being a part of Washington) : 

Gold S. Silliman (son of General Gold S. Silliman) was born at Fairfield, 
Conn., October 26, 1777, and died at Brooklyn, N. Y., June 3, 1868, in the ninety- 
first year of his age, and was buried in the family vault in Greenwood Cemetery. 

His wife, Hepsa Ely Silliman, daughter of Rev. David Ely and Hepsa Mills, 
his wife, was born at Huntington, Conn., October 23, 1778, and died at Brooklyn, 
N. Y., January 22, 1864, in her eighty-seventh year, and was buried in the family 
vault in Greenwood Cemetery. 

The said Gold S. Silliman was a son of General Gold S. Silliman, of Fair- 
field, Conn., and his wife, the said Hepsa Ely Silliman, was a daughter of the 
Rev. David Ely, of Huntington, Conn., where she was married September 17, 1801. 
Her said father officiated at the marriage. 

Those of their children who survived very early infancy were: 

1. Mary Amelia Silliman, who was born at Newport, R. I., August 13, 

1802; died at Washington, D. C, March 13, 1865. 
She was married to Rev. George Jones, chaplain in United States Navy. 
He died in Philadelphia. They were both buried in the family vault 
in Greenwood Cemetery. 

2. Augustus Ely Silliman, born at Newport, R. I., February 2, 1804; died 

at the same place, November 4, 1805, and was buried in Newport. 

4. Benjamin Douglas Silliman, born at Newport, R. I., September 14, 

1805. 

5. Augustus Ely Silliman (second of the name), born at Newport, R. I., 

April II, 1807; died at Brooklyn, N. Y., May 30, 1884, in the seventy- 
seventh year of his age. Buried in the family vault in Greenwood 
Cemetery. 

6. Harriet Silliman, born at Newport, R. I., January li, 1809; died at 

Brooklyn, N. Y., on the 10th January, 1893, in the eighty-fourth year 
of her age. Buried in family vault in Greenwood Cemetery. 

7. Henry Silliman, born at Newport, R. I., May 10, 181 1; died at War- 

saw, Wyoming County, N. Y., July 17, 1867, in the fifty-sixth year of 
his age, and was buried there. 



2o8 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTPI GENERATION. 

8. Aurelia Silliman, born at Newport, R. I., on the loth May, 1811; died 

at Brooklyn, N. Y., on the 3d day of August, 1884, in the seventy- 
third year of her age, and was buried in the family vault in Green- 
wood Cemetery. 

9. Elizabeth Silliman, born at Newport, R. I., April ist, 1813; died at 

Washington, D. C, on the day of March, 1892, in the seventy- 
ninth year of her age. She was buried in the family vault in Green- 
wood Cemetery. 

10. Emily Greene Silliman, born at Newport, R. I., June 8, 1815; was 
married to Thomas Blagden, of Washington, D. C, where she died 
on the 6th of November, 1853, and was buried in the Blagden family 
vault in the Congressional burying-ground, Washington. 

11. Caroline Augusta Silliman, born in New York, September 7, 1817; 

she was married to William Rogers Taylor, of Newport, R. I. (who 
became an admiral in the United States Navy); she died at Wash- 
ington, D. C, May 4, 1842, and was buried in the "New Cemetery" 
at Newport, R. I. 

12. Laura Silliman, born at New York, February 14, 1819; she was mar- 

ried to Thomas Blagden (after the death of his first wife, Emily 
Greene Silliman, above-named). 

13. George Danforth Silliman, born at Fairfield, Conn., August 29, 1821; 
died August i, 1851, in his twenty-ninth year, and was buried in the 
family vault in Greenwood Cemetery. 



31 Nassau Street, 
New York, Dec. 7th, 1898. 
Mr. Editor: 

Dear Sir: — My delay in sending the enclosed must have seemed strange to 
you. It was caused by my mislaying your note and thereby losing your address. 

I have prepared by extracts from the family Bible the genealogical state- 
ments you wish, and now send them herewith. 

I am glad to know that you intend to prepare a statement of the Ely 
genealogy, and am anxious to know how full you are able to make it. 

I cannot make a satisfactory table of the genealogy of my father's family 
prior to that of his grandfather. Judge Ebenezer Silliman, though I suppose that 
the materials exist as far back as Daniel Silliman, of Fairfield, about 1680 or 1690. 
By aid of some guessing we go back to Daniel Sillimandi, who, with his family, 
emigrated from Lucca, in Italy, in 1500 to Geneva (where they dropped the di), 
and still exist in Switzerland under the name of Silliman as we spell it. My 
uncle, the late Professor Silliman, of Yale College, visited the Rev. Francis Julius 
Silliman, of Cote aux Fees, in Switzerland, in 18 — , and records his visit in his 
"Visit to Europe in 1851," Vol. 2, page 247. 

I am, dear sir, truly yours, B. D. SILLIMAN. 




HON. B. D. SILLIMAN 

BROOKLYN, N. Y. , 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 209 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

Apropos of Mr. Silliman we give the following newspaper extract as 
to his property corner of Broadway and Wall Street : 

$400 A SQUARE FOOT FOR BROADWAY LOT. 

The Price Mr. Silliman Refused for His Narrow Lot, Corner Broadway and 

Wall Street. 

Four hundred dollars a square foot, or $50,000 per running foot, has been 
offered for the corner lot on Broadway, at the southerly side of Wall street. In 
other words, $1,200,000 was offered for the premises and lot No. 86 Broadway, 
twenty-four feet wide. 

This is the highest price ever offered per square foot for land in North 
America. The offer was refused. Benjamin D. Silliman, the owner, did not wish 
to sell, and he thought that if he did the property was worth $500 a square foot. 

The highest previous price ever reported for real estate in the metropolis 
was offered and accepted for the property No. 13 and 15 Nassau street, at the 
northwest corner of Pine street. John H. Searles, the Sugar Trust magnate, paid 
$250 a square foot for this land last year. The two lots are larger than the Silli- 
man plot on Broadway, yet Mr. Searles did not have to give as much for both as 
is asked for the tiny lot opposite Trinity Church. 

Mr. Silliman, the owner of the $1,200,000 lot, will celebrate his ninety-fifth 
birthday on September 14 next. He is the oldest living graduate of Yale. He 
received his diploma in June, 1824. To him the old spot at the corner of our two 
busiest streets is an heirloom. He does not wish any one else to own it. 

He has an office at No. 31 Nassau street, near by, and a beautiful home in 
Brooklyn; but the Wall street corner is the apple of his eye. Not long ago his 
fellow-townspeople presented him with a marble bust of himself, and hailed him 
as "Brooklyn's First Citizen," now that the venerable J. S. T. Stranahan is dead. 
But Mr. Silliman would have been even more gratified if they had made a 
combined offer of ten millions for his pet city lot and he could have replied: 

"You're very generous, but I don't want to sell it." 

The following article relative to Mr. Silliman, from the pen of La- 
vinia Hart, appeared in the New York "World," April 29, 1900: 

Benjamin D. Silliman has returned to the active practice of the law. 

Mr. Silliman will be ninety-five years old next September, and will soon cele- 
brate the seventy-first anniversary of his admittance to the bar. 

In all the history of professions and statesmanship there is no case akin to 
this, except it be that of Lord Stratford de Redcliffe, the world-famed diplomat of 
England, who at the age of ninety-two was called from his retirement to settle the 
complications resultant from the Russo-Turkish war. 

But Mr. Silliman has broken that record by three years, and though he is 
nearing the century post, he is advancing with as brisk a tread as he had at the 
half or the quarter. 

Mr. Silliman says: 

"In the days when I was admitted to the bar the whole judicial force of the 
State was only a corporal's guard compared with that of to-day. The Supreme 



2IO THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

Court consisted of three Judges, John Savage being the Chief Justice, and Jacob 
Sutherland and Wilham L. Marcy the Associate Justices. They held four general 
terms annually, at Albany in January and October, in this city in May and at 
Utica in July. The special terms were also held in Albany. 

"It makes me shiver, even here in the comfort of my office, with the warm 
spring sunshine flooding in, when I think of those stage-coach and stage-sleigh 
day-and-night winter journeys through the snowdrifts, and often on the upper part 
of the river itself, when the ice was thick enough to bear the weight. And with 
an occasional capsize, for stage-drivers were not always members of temperance 
societies. 

"Yet those old-time journeys to the courts were not wholly unpleasant. Per- 
haps they were accountable in part for that close fraternity that existed between 
members of the profession, which in some ways seems to have waned in these 
latter years. Those were the days of extreme courtesy, of a certain old-time elo- 
quence which the rush and turmoil of life had not made superfluous. There was 
more of stateliness and reserve and formality than prevail at this day, and the 
bearing of lawyers toward one another contained more of the punctillio generally 
imputed to the days of duelling. Two of the learned Judges then on the bench 
in this city had been wounded in duels. Three members of the bar of that time 
occur to me who had killed their adversaries, and others who had been engaged 
in such afifairs. But compulsion is not now, if it ever was, essential to courtesy. 

"I think of all the men of the bar of olden time Aaron Burr made the most 
impression on me. When I was admitted he was the only eminent lawyer of the 
time. His appearance was remarkable. He was small of stature, slender, yet very 
formal and reserved in bearing. His eyes were keen and penetrating, his hair 
straight and stroked back, tied in a queue behind, and whether in the court-room, 
on the street or elsewhere, he always appealed to me as a man who was isolated 
and alone. 

"Once I called on Aaron Burr with Dr. Hosack, who was the surgeon in 
his duel with Alexander Hamilton. His grace and elegance of manner and the 
ease and interest of his conversation, though tainted with a touch of cynicism, 
impressed me deeply. 

TRIBUTE TO CHANCELLOR KENT. 

"Chancellor Kent, with whom I had the honor and happiness to pass my 
clerkship as a student, was one of the grandest men the profession has ever 
known. When he ceased to be his memory remained with me as an example, and 
I have striven always to emulate his splendid character. 

"When Chancellor Kent was admitted to the bar in 1785 there was not a 
solitary volume of reports of any court in this country. Now there are thousands 
of volumes of reports of this State alone, not to speak of those from all the other 
States. From this you may judge that the study of the law to-day is a very dif- 
ferent undertaking from the holiday journeys and calling of our classic prede- 
cessors. 

"There was less of law to be learned then, and more time to learn it. We 
were not in such a hurry then, and our libraries could almost stand on our 
mantels. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 



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"Those were the days of eloquence, and such men as John Wells and Thomas 
Addis Emmett reached the summit of the profession, because their ability as 
orators was added to learning and logic. 

"Our predecessors had few, if any, cases involving such grave questions and 
vast amounts as those which are now of every-day occurrence. 

"In 1829 there were about 495 lawyers in this city; to-day there are more 
than 8,000. 

"The fact that there are briefless barristers does not mean that there isn't 
work enough to go around. 

"The present day with its gigantic business interests, its great corporations 
and unlimited commerce, calls young men to the bar with an urgency never 
known before. 

"To the well-intentioned young man who selects the law as his profession 
it will be the means of building up his character. In no calling in life is the 
standard higher, of duty, of fidelity, of truth, of honor. Its ethics exact these vir- 
tues and often instil them where otherwise they would merely have been planted. 

"I like to see the young men come into the profession, and I know of 
nothing that fills me with keener interest, or gives me more heartfelt satisfaction, 
than to see one of them reaching to that roomy, topmost pinnacle, where the 
honors given and received by profession and professional are a splendid illustra- 
tion of the reciprocity theory." 

From the History of Stratford and Bridgeport, Conn., by Orcutt, 
page 985, we obtain the inscription on the monument of Rev. David Ely's 
daughter Hepsa, in the Huntington burying-place : 



SACRED TO THE MEMORY OF 

MRS. HEPSA ELY SILLIMAN, 

WIFE OF 

Gold S. Silliman, 

and daughter of 
Rev. David Ely, D. D., 

AND 

Mrs. Hepsa Ely. 

Born in Huntington, Oct. 23, 1778. 

She departed this life on the 

22nd of Jany., 1864, in the 86th year 

of her age, at Brooklyn, N. Y. 



212 THE ELV ANCESTRY. 

FIFTH GENERATION. 

2432. David Ely, Huntington, Conn., b. 1780, d- 1857, son of David 
Ely and Hepsa Mills; m. 181 1 Priscilla Sturges, Fairfield, Conn., who 
was b. 1783, d. 1826, dau. of Jonathan Sturges and Deborah Lewis. 
Their children : 

1. William Watson, b. 1812, d. 1879, m. 1834 Sarah Anne Allen. 

2. Harriet Mills, b. 1813, d. 1816. 

3. Elizabeth Miller, b. 1815, d. 1842. 

4. Isaac Mills, b. 1819, d. 1880, m. 1868 Harriet Eliza Rogers, 

5. David Judson, b. 1820. 

6. Jonathan Sturges, b. 1822, d. 1898, m. 1855 Euphemia Graham Hicks; 

m. 2nd, 1866, Susan Delafield Monson. 

7. Priscilla Sturges, b. 1826. 

2433. Elisha Ely, Huntington, Conn., b. 1782, d. 1846, son of David 
Ely and Hepsa Mills; m. 1815, Eloise Curtis, who was b. 1792, d. 1863, 
dau. of Henry Curtis and Anna Tomlinson. Their children : 

1. Louisa Maria, b. 1815, m. 1842 Robert D. Gardner. 

2. David Henry, b. 1819, d. 1841, m. 1841 Anna F. Seagrave. 

3. Elisha, b. 1819, m. Asenath Narcissa Campbell. 

4. John McGregor, b. 1822, d. 1849, m. 1846 Emily Punderson. 

5. Harriet, b. 1824, d. 1849. 

6. George Mills, b. 1827, d. 1858. 

7. Edward, b. 1830, m. 1854 Esther Ally Bowditch, 

8. Douglas, b. 1833, m. 1859 Mary Jane Hovi^ell. 

9. Oliver Curtis, b. 1836. 

2434. Mary Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1785, d. 1871 ,dau. of David Ely 
and Hepsa Mills ; m. John McGregor, New York City. ' 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

13121. William Ely, Pleasant Valley, N. Y., b. 1762, d. 1829, son of 
William Ely and Lucy Perkins; m. 1783 Alice Mather, who was b. 1762, 
d. 1842. Their children : 

1. William, b. 1785, d. 1794. 

2. Samuel Mather, b. 1787, d. 1867, m. 1808, Rebecca Smith. 

3. James, b. 1790. 

4. Sally, b. 1792, d. 1793. 

13123. Calvin Ely, Hanover, N. J., b. 1767, d. 1832, son of William 
Ely and Lucy Perkins; m. 1789 Betsy Hetfield, Caldwell, N. J., who 
was b. 1771, d. 1852, dau. of Caleb Hetfield and Lydia Haynes. Their 
children : 

1. Lydia Haynes, b. 1792, d. 1867, m. 181 1 John Henry Stephens. 

2. Jeanette Edgar, b. 1794, d. 1843, m. Isaac Brookfield Camp. 

3. Caleb Hetfield, b. 1796, d. 1867, m., 1822, Sarah Elizabeth Cook; m., 

1854, Selina Morrison. 

4. James, b. 1798, d. 1870, m. 1824, Susan Cooper Sayre. 

5. Lucetta Alice, b. 1799, d. 1882, m. John Muchmore. 

6. Phebe Ball, b. 1801 (39 Orchard St., Newark). 

7. Catherine Maria, b. 1803, m. 181 1 Stephen Burnett Cook. 

8. William Freeman, b. 1805, d. 1856, m. Mary McKenzie. 

9. Elizabeth Ann, b. 1810, m. 1832 Henry Evans. 
10. Harriet Smith, b. 1812 (Newark). 

13124. Sarah Ely, b. Oct. 6, 1769, d. Apr. 27, 1827, dau. of William 
Ely and Lucy Perkins ; m. Benjamin Green, Whippany, N. J-, Aug. 10, 
1791. 

1. William Ely, m. Oct. 18, 1823, Mary Stiles. 

13151. Abraham Halsey, Fishkill, N. Y., b. 1764, d. 1822, son of 
Elizabeth Ely and Elihu Halsey; m. 1791 Nancy Beach, Hanover, 
N. J., who was b. 1767, d. 1805, dau. of Enoch Beach and Susannah Day 
(Darling) ; m. 2nd, Lucretia Green, Hanover, N. J., in 1806, who was b. 

1763, d. 1822, dau. of Benjamin Green and Douglass. Their 

children : — 

1. William Ely, b. 1792, d. 1793- 

2. Susan Day, b. 1794, d. 1868, m. 181 1 William Jackson. 



214 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

3. Samuel Beach, b. 1796, d. 1871, m. 1821 Sarah DuBois Jackson. 

4. Abraham A. B., b. 1798, d. 1852, m. Elizabeth Le Flore. 

5. Silas Dickerson, b. 1801, d. 1881, m. 1826, Stella Ann Ross; m. 1835, 

Ruhama Churchill Pearson. 

6. Electa Dickerson, b. 1804, d. 1806. 

13152. Isaac Halsey, b. 1765, d. , son of Elizabeth Ely and 

Elihu Halsey; m. 1787 Mary Clark. Their children: 

1. John R., b. 1788, d. 1830, m. 1824 Mary F. R. Winans. 

2. Abraham, b. 1790, m. Sarah Ely, dau. Moses Ely and Rebecca Cook. 

3. William, b. 1796, d. 1878, m. 1814 Maria Ogilvie. 

4. Eliza Tucker, b. 1799, m. 1818 William Hunter. 

5. Isaac, b. 1801, d. 1895, m., 1826, Harriet Ryan; m., 1866, Cornelia Dow. 

6. Charlotte Ludlum, b. 1804, d. about 1824, m. 1823 Isaac T. Ludlum. 

13153. Jacob Halsey, New York City, b. 1769, d. 1824, son of Eliza- 
beth Ely and EHhu Halsey; m. Jemima Cook, Hanover, N. J., who d. 

1800, dau. of John Cook and ; m. 2nd, Ann McLean McKenzie, 

New York City, who d. 1834, dau. of Hugh McKenzie and Marian 
McLeod. Their children: 

1. John Cook, b. 1792, d. 1837, m. 1816 Marian McLean. 

2. Mary Ailing, b. I795, d- 1872, m. 1815 George King Drake. 

3. Eliza, b. 1797, d. 1819. 

4. Stephen Ailing, b. 1798, d. 1875, m., 1831, Elizabeth Frances Reboul; 

m., 1853, Elizabeth Hinsdale Goble. 

5. Robert, b. 1800. 

6. Jacob, b. 1805. 

7. Louisa, b. 1808. 

131 54. Elizabeth Halsey, b. 1771, d. 1804, dau. of Elizabeth Ely and 
Elihu Halsey; m. 1794 Samuel Robinson, who was b. 1761, d. 1809. 
Their children : 

1. William, b. I795, d. 1822. 

2. Abraham, b. 1797, d. 1830. 

3. Nancy Halsey, b. 1799, d. 1869, m. 1814 Benjamin Jackson. 

4. Sarah, b. 1800, d. 1827. 

5. Andrew, b. 1802, d. 1823. 

13165. Benjamin Ely Cowperthwaite, Springfield, N. J., b. 1786, d. 
1865, son of Lois Ely and Thomas Cowperthwaite; m. 181 1, Jane Ross, 
England, who was b. 1789, d. 1813, dau. (parei^tage unknown to the 
family); m. 2nd, Ann Robinson in 1816, Danbury, Conn., who was b. 
1792, dau. of Zelotes Robinson and Hannah Waller. Their children: 

1. Edwin Ross, b. 1812. 

2. Amelia Ann, b. 1817, tn., Chapin; m., Richard Place. 

3. George Ely, b. 1819, m. 1844 Mary Topping. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 215 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

4. Francis, b, 1821, d. 1822. 

5. Emmeline, b. 1824, d. 1828. 

6. Franklin, b. 1826. 

7. Joseph, b. 1829. 

8. Thomas Gould, b. 1833, d. 1875. 

9. Eliza Waller, b. 1836, d. i860. 

(Mrs. Cowperthwaite's address is care Mrs. Richard Place, So. 4th and 2nd, 
Brooklyn, E. D.) 

13172. Elizabeth Cook, Hanover, N. J., dau. of Lucy Ely and Ellis 
Cook; m. Ward, Danbury, Conn. 

13182. Moses Benjamin Ely, b. 1786, d. i860, son of Joseph Ely 
and Susan Williams ; m. 1810 Anna Lawrence, who was b. 1791, dau. of 
Joseph Lawrence and Phebe Halstead. Their children : 

1. Eliza, b. 1812, d. 1873, m. 1829 Jonathan Owen Wicks. 

2. Benjamin, b. 1814, d. 1848. 

3. Halstead Gidney, b. 1816. 

4. Phebe Jane, b. 1817, d. 1842. 

5. Anna Maria, b. 1819, m. 1846 James Francis Secor. 

6. Moses Benjamin, b. 1821, d. 1845. 

7. Samuel Leeden, b. 1823, d. 1827. 

8. Susan, b. 1825, d. 1826. 

9. Thomas Constant, b. 1827, m. Ann Eliza Sherman. 
ID. Joseph Lawrence, b. 1829, d. 1832. 

11. Susan Emmeline, b. 1831, d. Aug., 1895, m. 1854 Henry Wellington 

Wilkinson. 

12. Harriet, b. 1833, m. 1850 Samuel Zachariah Gonzales. 

13101. — Elizabeth Ely, Livingston, N. J., b. 1783, d. 1844, dau. of 
Moses Ely and Rebecca Cook ; m. George Ring, who d. at the South ; m. 
2nd, 1819, Rev. John Watson, Livingston, N. J., who was b. 1784, d. 
1840, son of John Watson and Martha Lee. 

Children of EHzabeth Ely and George Ring : — 

1. Moses, b. Jan. 28, 1801, d. Jan. 12, i860, m. Ann Maria Shook. 

2. George Ring, b. Oct. 26, 1803, d. June 7, 1837, m. Eunice Smith, b. 

May 16, 1806; m., 2nd, Dec. 4, 1833, Roxana Rankin, who was b. 
March 12, 181 1. 

Children by second marriage : 

3. Benjamin Ely, b. 1820, d. 1893, m. 1844 Susan Caroline Teed. 

4. William Williamson, b. 1822, d. Oct., 1901, m. 1846 Nancy B. Teed. 

5. Sarah Maria, b. 1826, d. 1896, m. 1846 Isaac Halsey (131063). 

13102. Abram Halsey Ely, Livingston, N. J., b. 1787, d. 1849, son 
of Moses Ely and Rebecca Cook; m. 1816 Emma Samo, Livingston, 



2i6 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

N. J., dau. of Isaac Samo and Sarah Wilson, She was b. 1799, and d. 
1874. Their children: 

1. Rebecca, b. 1817, d. 1899, i"- 1836 Charles Shourt. 

2. Charles Edward, b. 1819, d. 1837. 

3. Sarah Samo, b. 1822, d. 1870, m. 1845 Alexander Augustus Folmar. 

4. Isaac Samo, b. 1825, d. 1880, m. 1854 Delia Maria Rose. 

5. Moses, b. 1828, m. 1853 Emma Heaton Scott. 

6. Emma, b. 1831, d. 1848. 

7. Elizabeth Watson, b. 1833, m. 1853 Samuel Charles Jennings. 

8. Adelaide Gertrude, b. 1837, m. 1856 Robert Larter. 

9. Anna Maria, b. 1839, m. 1866 Miles Obed Grammer. 
10. Caroline Stagg, b. 1842, m. 1863 Jotham Edgar Hedden. 

13103, Moses Ely, third child of Moses Ely, 1310, and Rebecca 
Cook, was b. Feb. 21, 1790, and d. Sept. 14, 1842. 

He married, about 1813, Eliza Coleman, who resided in Nyack. They 
had eight children. 

Children of Moses Ely and Eliza Coleman : 

1. Eugene, b. 1815, d. Sept. 23, 1881, m. 1843 Martha Ann Newhall. 

2. Augustus, b. 1817 (?), d. 1881, unm. 

3. Delia, b, 1819 (?), d. 1879 (?), m. 1840 Alfred Post. 

4. Mary Elizabeth, b. 1821, d. 1880, unm. 

5. John Cole, b. Sept. 30, 1823, d. Jan. 7, 1898; m. Apr. 23, 1857, Lucy Lord 

Slade. 

6. Rebecca, b. 1825 (?), d. about 1832. 

7. Smith, b. Apr. 28. 1828, d. Feb. 27, 1896; m. Oct. 25, 1870, Gertrude 

Hardy. 

8. Moses, b. Jan. 31, 1830, d. Oct. 24, 1884; m. Oct. 17, 1855, Augusta P. 

Brown. 

Eliza Coleman was b. 1790, and d. 1858. She was the dau. of John 
Coleman and Bathsheba Goldsmith. 

Mr. Ely was a Justice of the Peace in New Windsor, near New- 
burgh, and was generally known as Judge Ely. He was a warm-hearted 
man, and it is related of him that when he performed the marriage cere- 
mony for persons whose means were too limited to permit them to give 
their friends a wedding feast he would provide cake and wine for the 
entertainment at his own expense. — Martha A. Ely. 

1 3104. Benjamin Ely, third son of Moses Ely, 13 10, and Rebecca 
Cook, was born Dec. 3, 1792; and was m. in the year 1822 to Eliza Bell, of 
Franklin County, Kentucky, by whom he had five children : Ann Maria, 
Lewis Bell, John Steele, Smith, and Margaret Rebecca. 

Eliza Bell Ely, wife of Benjamin Ely, d. June 10, 1833. She was the 
daughter of Clement Bell and Margaret Steele. 




EPAPHRAS C. ELY 

NEW YORK 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 217 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

Benjamin Ely married a second time, in 1837, to Mrs. Martha W. 
Higgins, of Palmyra, Mo., by whom he had four children, born in Car- 
roll, Co., Mo. 

Mrs. Martha Washington Higgins was the daughter of Richard 
Allen and Pamelia McCracken. 

Mr. Ely died in Carrollton, Mo., Feb. 19, i860. 

Children of Benjamin Ely and Eliza Bell: 

1. Ann Maria, b. Sept. 29, 1823, d. Dec. 5, 1891, m. 1845 Alton Franklin 

Martin. 

2. Lewis Bell, b. May 18, 1825, d. June 18, 1897, m. 1849 Martha H. 

Herndon. 

3. John Steele, b. 1827, d. Jan. i, 1834. 

4. Smith, b. Mar. 23, 1829, d. Jul. 31, 1850 (in Sacramento, Cal.). 

5. Margaret Rebecca, b. 1831, d. Nov., 1836. 

6. Robert Cochran, b. Oct. 10, 1838, m. 1865 Clara Ann Cosby. 

7. Frank, b. Aug. 8, 1842, d. Feb. 10, 1890, m. 1873 Clara Daniel. 

8. Mildred, b. Jan. 5, 1844, m. 1868 Wm. J. Montgomery. 

9. Emma, b. July 29, 1849, d. 1864. 

1 3 105. Epaphras Cook Ely was born at his father's residence, on 
Lombard St., now Trinity Place, New York, April 15, 1795. Moses Ely, 
the father, had taken a contract connected with the erection of Trinity 
Church, and for convenience occupied a residence in that vicinity. Epa- 
phras inherited a portion of the family estate at Livingston and continued 
to hold it until his death, when it came to his children, who still retain it 
and make the old homestead their summer residence. 

Epaphras Cook Ely when still a lad went with his brother Moses to 
engage in the tanning business near Newburgh, New York. 

Soon after the war of 1812 broke out, and Moses Ely was called upon 
to serve in the militia for the national defense. 

As Moses could ill afford to leave his family and his business, 
Epaphras volunteered to enter the army in his brother's stead, and was 
ordered with his regiment to Staten Island. A large force had been 
drawn to this point to repel an anticipated attack of the English. 

Epaphras was a member of a Regiment of Detailed Militia in the Infantry 
Branch of the United States service. The Regiment was commanded by Lieuten- 
ant-Colonel Michael Smith, and Epaphras Ely's name appears upon the roster of 
Captain Benjamin Horton's Company. 

The troops were dismissed to their homes after a brief service, 
however, without having been attacked, the operations of the enemy 
having been carried on in another direction. 



2i8 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

After the war Epaphras was for a time engaged in the tanning busi- 
ness at Esopus, N. Y. 

In 1822 he married Julia Ann Kitchell, of Hanover, N. J., daughter 
of Ambrose Kitchell and Elizabeth Mulford. The family removed to New 
York City, Oct., 1825, and resided first in Stone Street, between William 
and Broad Streets, and afterwards in Duane Street, between Church and 
Chapel Streets, the latter now West Broadway. 

Children of Epaphras Cook Ely and Julia Ann Kitchell : 

1. Ambrose Kitchell, b. Jan. 31, 1823. 

2. Smith, b. Apr. 17, 1825. 

3. William Henry, b. May 14, 1829, m. Aug. 30, 1864, Maria Josephine 

Rogers. 

4. Edwin Augustus, b. Aug. 15, 1836. 

5. Maria Louise, b. June 2, 1846, m. Oct. 14, 1868, George Burritt 

Vanderpoel. 

Mr. Ely engaged in the hide and leather business, first with Moses 
Ring (13102), under the firm-name of Ring & Ely, in Ferry St., and, on 
the retirement of Mr. Ring, continued in business on his own account 
until his death. 

Mr. Ely died in 1864, ^nd is interred in the Ely Cemetery at Living- 
ston, N. J., where his wife is also buried. 

He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, at one time attend- 
ing Dr. Edwin F. Hatfield's church ; afterwards attended in Second 
Ave., corner Fourteenth St., during the ministry of Dr. Asa D. Smith; 
and later was a member of Dr. William Adams' congregation, Madison 
Square Presbyterian Church. 

Julia Ann Kitchell, of Hanover Neck, N. J., was born in 1800 and 
died in March, 1864, at her residence, 132 East Twenty-third St., south- 
west corner of Lexington Ave., New York City. 

Ambrose Kitchell Ely, 47 West 57th St., New York, eldest son of 
Epaphras Cook Ely and Julia Ann Kitchell, was born at Livingston, Es- 
sex County, New Jersey, on the Ely Homestead Farm, January 31, 1823. 

He first engaged in mercantile pursuits as an assistant to his father 
in the hide and leather business in Ferry St., New York, and aflter fa- 
miliarizing himself with the business accepted a position with Messrs. 
Lapham, Corse & Co., at 18 Ferry St. Some years later he became a 
member of the firm of Thorne, Watson & Co., and remained with that 
firm during ten years. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 219 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

Since his retirement from the firm of Thorne, Watson & Co., Mr. 
Ely has continued in business on his own account at 103 Gold St., corner 
of Frankfort St., New York. 

Smith Ely, Jr., 47 West 57th St., New York, son of Epaphras Cook 
Ely and Julia Ann Kitchell, was born at the residence of his maternal 
grandfather, Ambrose Kitchell, in Hanover, Morris County, New Jersey, 
in 1825. 

He was educated for the bar, studied law in the office of Frederic de 
Peyster, graduated from the University Law School, and was admitted 
to practice in 1846, but never practiced his profession, preferring to enter 
mercantile pursuits, in which he has been actively engaged in New York 
City for many years, being a member of the hide and leather trade. 

Mr. Ely has always been a consistent Democrat. He was elected 
School Trustee in 1856, State Senator in 1857 (being the first Democrat 
ever elected from his district), and Member of the Board of Supervisors 
of the City and County of New York in i860, retaining the position until 
the Board was abolished in July, 1870. 

Mr. Ely was Commissioner of Public Instruction in 1873 and 1874; 
was a member of the 42nd Congress and of the 44th Congress from the 
6th District of New York, when he served as Chairman of the House 
Committee on Expenditures of the Treasury Department. 

In 1876, Mr. Ely was elected Mayor of New York City by a ma- 
jority of fifty-six thousand over General Dix, the Republican candidate 
for Mayor. Mayor Ely's administration was marked by a wise and 
strict economy, and in each of the years of his term the net amount of the 
city debt was reduced, as well as the annual tax levy. 

In 1895 ex-Mayor Ely was appointed Commissioner of the Depart- 
ment of Public Parks and Places in and for the City and County of New 
York. 

Aaron Kitchell, grandfather of Julia Ann Kitchell, was born in 1744; died 
June 25, 1820; married, ist, Phebe Farrand, born 1743, died March 12, 1807. He 
married a second wife, but they had no children. 

The children of Aaron Kitchell and Phebe Farrand were: 

Farrand, b. March 9, 1769, d. June 4, 1818, m. Esther Mulford, b. 1769, d. 

Dec. 16, 1842. 
Joanna, b. Jan. 18, 1771, m. Philetas Miller. 
Jemima, b. Mar. 6, 1773, d. early. 

Ambrose, b. Dec. 31, 1774, d. May 12, 1854, m. Betsy Mulford. 
Susan, b. Dec. 9, 1776, m. Timothy Mulford. 
Lucy, b. Mar. 15, 1779, m. John Fairchild. 
Electa, b. Apr. 6, 1782, m. Elias Carter. 



220 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

Aaron, 2nd, b. Apr. i8, 1784, d. July 17, 1828, m., ist, Phebe Smith; 2nd, 

Jane Jacobus. 
Betsey, b. Oct. 9, 1786, d. Feb. 5, 1854, m. Baxter Syre. 
Mary, b. Oct. 4, 1788, m. Martin E. Thompson. 

Aaron Kitchell was one of the patriot leaders in all that period of doubt and 
strife that preceded, attended and followed the War of the Revolution. He began 
life in the humble calling of blacksmith, but in a few years secured a prosperous 
business, and rose to a position of wide influence and esteem. 

He was among the very earliest volunteers in the Continental Army, but he 
was soon found capable of larger service than in the field, and was put upon the 
Commission of Forfeited Estates and dealt with the Tories far and near. 

After the close of the war he was for some years in the State Senate. In 
1799 he was elected to Congress, and was re-elected continuously until 1807. He 
was then chosen U. ,S. Senator, and served four years in that capacity, until con- 
tinued ill-health compelled him to resign. 

Aaron Kitchell is described as a tall, spare, athletic person, who pined in 
the uncongenial life at Washington, and longed to return to his simple Hanover 
home. He would never accept office again, and was happier, he claimed, in going 
back from the Senate to the anvil than in going from the anvil to the Senate. 

His old business occupied the rest of his long and honored life, and yielded 
him easily what little it took to make such a man rich. 

This memorial is over his grave in Hanover churchyard: 

"He was a man of sound, vigorous and discriminating mind; 
Of affections warm, steady, charitable; 
Of genius bright, active and penetrating; 
Of industry vigorous and enterprising; 
Of temper mild and resolute; 
Of manner plain; 
Of religion, a firm believer in Christ, and died in full assurance 

of a happy reward. 
He was an active, faithful and zealous advocate of the freedom 
of his country, and for thirty-six years was a member in the 
State and National Councils. 

Thus sleeps the man whom bounteous Heaven 
Hath all the gifts of nature given; 
Sound in judgment, with religious mind. 
To his Saviour his breath resigned." 

Mr. Kitchell was a zealous adherent of Jefferson, for whose election he la- 
bored strenuously and whom he supported against Burr in the long balloting of 
the two Houses of Congress that finally gave Jefferson the prize. 

An instance is given of his deft handling of all matters, small or large. At 
a time when nearly all Morris County went crazed with an epidemic superstition 
in the famous "Morristown Ghost" affair, he almost alone kept his head in the 
general panic. He came to the haunted spot with "Old Hagar," his favorite five- 
foot and three-inch barrel gun, and proposed as a test to try a shot at his ghost- 
ship anywhere within ten rods. 

The bare proposal seems to have put an end to the wretched delusion. 




HON. SMITH ELY 

STATE SENATOR I 857. SUPERVISOR OF THE CITY OF 

NEW YORK, I 860-1 870, MEMBER OF 42D AND 44TH 

CONGRESS, MAYOR OF THE CITY OF NEW YORK, 

1876-78 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 221 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

The parents of Aaron Kitchell were Joseph and Rachel Kitchell, whose 
children were: 

Abraham, b. Aug. 26, 1736, d. Jan. ll, 1807; m., ist, Sarah Ford, b. Apr. 

15, 1739, d. Oct. 7, 1776; m., 2nd, Rebecca Farrand, b. Feb. 5, 1750, 

d. Jan. 9, 1829. 
Moses, emigrated to Kentucky with his brother John, it is said, and many 

of their descendants are to be found in the West. 
Aaron, b. 1744, d. June 25, 1820; m., ist, Phebe Farrand, b. I743> ^-^ 

Mch. 2, 1807. 
Asa, b. Oct. 28, 1748. 

John. ■ v 

Sarah, m. Benjamin Lindsey. -, , 

Grace, m. Samuel Ford. - , -^"^ 

Joanna, m. John Bridge. 

Phebe, m., ist, Beach; m. 2nd, Randall. 

Jemima, m. Phineas Farrand. 

The parents of Joseph Kitchell, the father of Aaron, were Abraham Kitchell 
and Sarah Bruen. Their children: 

Samuel, b. 1704, d. Nov. 9, 1732. 

Joseph, b. 1710, d. March 22, 1779; m. Rachel, who d. Dec. 24, 1789. His 
homestead on Hanover Neck is still held in the family. 

John, b. 1714, d. Jan. 9, 1777; m., ist, Maria Phoenice; m., 2nd, wife's 
name not known; m., 3rd, Mercy Parkhurst (?), b. 1723, d. Dec. 14, 
1789. His farm adjoined his brother Joseph's, on Hanover Neck. 

David, b. 1723, d. Dec. 26, 1753; m. Ruth Tuttle, b. 1713, d. Apr. 4, 1780. 
He inherited the homestead in Whippany, still held in the family 
and known on Morris County maps as "The Kitchell Homestead." 
His will names but two children, Uzal and Stephen, and divides his 
estate between them. 

Grace, m. Linsley. 

Mary Allis, b. 1715, d. Mch. 29, 1762; -m. Paul Leonard. 

Abigail, m. Edmund Crane. 

The parents of Abraham Kitchell, the grandfather of Aaron, were Samuel 
Kitchell and Elizabeth Wakeman. Children: 
Sarah, b. Dec. 9, 1657. 
Elizabeth, b. Feb. i, 1659; m. Seth Tompkins, b. 1649, son of Michael 

Tompkins, of Milford, Conn., who harbored in his house the fugitive 

judges of King Charles. 
Abigail, b. Aug. 10, 1661; m. John Ward, of Newark. 
Samuel. 

Mary, m. Josiah Ward, of Newark. 
Susanna, m. "Insign" Jonathan Baldwin, Milford. 
Children by second wife, Grace Pierson: 
Abraham, b. 1679, at Newark, d. Dec. 2, 1741, at Whippany, N. J.; m. 

Sarah Bruen, b. 1679, d. Apr. 30, 1745; removed to Hanover, N. J.. 

1710. 
Grace, m. Jonathan Bell, of Stamford, Conn. 



222 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

The parents of Samuel Kitchell were Robert Kitchell and his wife, Margaret, 
dau. of the Rev. Edward Sheaffe, of Cranbrooke, Kent, England. 

Robert Kitchell was b. in England in 1604 and d. at Newark, N. J., in 1682. 
He left England Apr. 26, 1639, with a company of Puritan refugees, led by 
the Rev. Henry Whitfield, in the first vessel that anchored in the harbor of 
Quinnipiac, now New Haven, Conn. 

In 1666 he removed to Newark with his son Samuel; the settlement ranged 
itself along what are now Broad, Market, Mulberry and Washington streets. The 
lots of Robert and Samuel Kitchell appear on the chart of the original town. 
Samuel's six acres fronted on the Lower Green, or Parade Ground, which to-day 
blesses all beholders of the beautiful park of Newark. Robert's six acres lay 
southeast of Samuel's, cornering upon it. So the lot fell to them Feb. 6, 1667, 
Robert drawing No. 12 and Samuel No. 15. 

The children of Robert Kitchell and his wife, Margaret Sheafife, were: 

Samuel, b. in England 1633, d. Apr. 26, 1690; m., ist, Elizabeth Wake- 
man, of New Haven, Conn; m., 2nd, Grace, b. July 13, 1650, at 
Branford, Conn., dau. of Rev. Abraham Pierson, the leader in the 
Newark Settlement, 1666. 
' Joanna, m. Rev. Jeremiah Peck. 

', Sarali, d. Guilford, May 10, 1651. 

13106. Sarah Ely, New York City, born 1797, died Jan. 21, 1881, 
daughter of Moses Ely and Rebecca Cook, married 1816, Abraham Hal- 
sey, New York City (13 1522), who was born 1790, died 1827, son of 
Isaac Halsey and Mary Clark. Their children : 

1. Mary Eliza, b. 1817, d. 1844; m. Plummer, and left one child: 

Abraham Halsey Plummer, now living. 

2. Rebecca Ely, b. 1819, d. 1890, m. 1838 Lorin Ingersoll. 

3. Isaac, b. 1821, m. 1846 Sarah Maria Watson (131015). 

4. Moses Ely, b. 1823, d. May 31, 1893, m. 1850, Adelia Maria Teed. 

13107. Smith Ely, Ely, Vt., born 1800, died 1884, son of Moses Ely 
and Rebecca Cook, married Abigail Belknap Bartlett. Their children : 

I. Adelaide, married Leonard Wales Goddard, 1850. 

The obituary notices of Smith Ely, published in the metropolitan 
press at the time of his decease, read as follows : 

"Smith Ely, of Ely, Vermont, formerly of this city (New York), died at 
Chiron Springs, N. H., on Saturday, July 28, 1884, in the 85th year of his age. 

"He leaves one daughter, Mrs. Ely Goddard, who is now in the City of 
Mexico, and two grandchildren, Colonel Ely Goddard and the Princess Poni- 
atowska. 

"Mr. Ely was well known to the citizens of New York, having lived here for 
nearly fifty years of his life. 

"He was born in Livingston, N. J., in 1800, and removed to New York in 
1823. 




MONUMENT OF EPAPHRAS C. ELY 

ELY CEMETERY, LIVINGSTON, NEW JERSEY 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 223 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

"In that year he purchased the property at No. 36 Broad St. and 32 New 
St. for business purposes, and continued in its occupation for thirteen years, when 
he formed a partnership with his brother-in-law, C. Bartlett, at No. 71 Fulton 
St. and No. 73 Beekman St., under the firm name of C. Bartlett & S. Ely, which 
continued for over thirty years. 

"In 1837, he purchased a city residence at No. 714 Broadway, opposite 
Washington Place, which still remains (1884), and attracts the attention of pass- 
ers-by by the contrast which it presents to the surrounding buildings. It is of 
white marble, with a Grecian portico, resting on mammoth marble pillars, and at 
the time it was constructed was the finest residence in the city. 

"Mr. Ely for several years resided on Staten Island, near New Brighton, 
and during this period was elected to the office of County Supervisor and Mem- 
ber of Assembly, the only public positions he ever held. He took little active 
part in politics, but devoted himself earnestly to his business, and his reputation 
as a merchant was very high. In 1870, Mr. Ely became interested in copper mines, 
and was made President of the Vermont Copper Company, and removed to Ely, 
Vermont, where he resided until his death. 

"The funeral was held on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 1884, at the place of his 
birth, Livingston, N. J., the summer residence of his nephews, Ambrose K. Ely 
and ex-Mayor Smith Ely, of New York. 

"Mr. Smith Ely was of an old New England family, being the sixth in lineal 
descent from Richard Ely, the Cromwellian, who removed from Plymouth, Eng- 
land, to Lyme, Conn., in 1666. 

"Richard Ely's wife was Elizabeth Fenwick, sister to the Colonel Fenwick 
who received from the British Crown a grant of the territory which is now the 
State of Connecticut. 

"The Colonel's wife. Lady Fenwick, who was so distinguished in Colonial 
Annals, died and was buried at Saybrook, Conn. 

"Notwithstanding his advanced age, Mr. Smith Ely retained his mental 
faculties unimpaired, and enjoyed excellent physical health until the hour of his 
death. 

"He died suddenly, and apparently without pain, of heart failure, while 
dressing for dinner." 

1 3 109. Anna Maria Ely, born 1805, died 1875, daughter of Moses 
Ely and Rebecca Cook ; married, 1826, Joseph Kitchell, Hanover, N. J., 
who was born 1803, son of Ambrose Kitchell and Elizabeth Mulford, 
and grandson of Senator Aaron Kitchell. Their children : 

1. Joseph Henry (Morristown, N. J.), b. 1828; m. Fanny Gaines. 

2. Edward Lewis, b. 1831. 

3. Ambrose Ely (Madison, N. J.), b. 1835 ; d. 1890; m. 1861, Josephine E. 

Meeker. 

4. George Ring, b. 1839; m. 1867, Sarah Clara Squier. 

The Morristown Chronicle of April 14, 1899, in an article on Hanover Church 
mentions the fact that Elder Joseph Kitchell of Hanover Neck, was one of the 
escort of Lafayette from Newark through Hanover to Morristown during Lafay- 
ette's visit to America. 



224 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

13261. Sarah Lord, died 1777, daughter of EHzabeth Ely and Reu- 
ben Lord; married, 1773, Gurdon Clark. 

13262. Reuben Lord, born 1783, died 1849, son of Elizabeth Ely 
and Reuben Lord; married, 1815, Sarah Morgan, who was born 1798, 
died 1846, daughter of Abram Morgan and Sarah Dibble. Their chil- 
dren: 

1. Reuben, b. 1816. 

2. Sarah Elizabeth, b. 1819; m. 1839, Allen Griffin. 

3. Josiah Morgan, b. 1821; d. 1879; m. 1851, Mary Elizabeth Anderson 

(No. 211682). 

4. Samuel Holmes, b. 1823 (Saybrook, Conn.) 

5. William Augustus, b. 1825; d. 1875. 

1 327 1. Anna Warner, born 1778, died 1869, daughter of Hepsibah 
Ely and Jonathan Warner; m. 1817, Joel Pratt, who was b. 1762, d. 1841. 
No children. 

(Richard Nott Pratt, Centrebrook, Essex, Ct., is a grandson, and 
Frederick's Pratt's wife and Lyman Spencer's wife, granddaughters, of 
Joel Pratt, Essex.) 

13273. Jonathan Warner, b. 1782, d. 1862, son of Hepsibah Ely and 
Jonathan Warner; m. 1807, Nancy Frethy, who was b. 1789, d. 1881, dau. 
of Edward Frethy and Deborah Pratt. Their children : 

1. Nancy, b. 1808; m. 1825, Archibald Holman. 

2. Adeline, b. 1810. 

3. Jonathan, b. 1812; m. 1839, Lydia Allen. 

4. Phebe, b. 1815; m. i8ss, John B. King. 

5. Adeline, b. 1818; m. 1839, Rufus P. Ranney. 
'■ 6. Jane, b. 1820; m. 1841, George Starr. 

7. Louisa, b. 1823; m. 1844, Charles S. Simonds. 

8. George, b. 1825; d. 1877; m. 1872, Matilda Burdett. 

9. Isabella, b. 1827; m. 1848, Monroe C. Moore. 

10, Francis H., b. 1831; m. 1859, Jane Mitchell. 

11. Charles Ely, b. 1834; m. 1867, Mary Butcher. 

(Chas. Warner, Jefferson, O.; Mrs. Judge R. P. Ramsey, Euclid Ave., 
Cleveland, O.) 

13274. Ely Warner, Chester, Conn., b. 1785, d. 1872, son of Hepsi- 
bah Ely and Jonathan Warner; m. 1817, Sarah Ward Warner, dau. of 
John Warner and Mehitable Clark, who was b. 1798. Their children: 

1. Jonathan, b. 1818. 

2. Sarah, b. 1820; m. 1848, Daniel Silliman. 

3. Jonathan, b. 1823. 

4. George Washington, b. 1827; m. i860, Clara Drusilla Wilcox. 




THE COLONNADE HOUSES ON BROADWAY— FORMER RESIDENCE OF SMITH ELY 

From Pelletreau's Early New York Houses 
These two houses stood directly opposite Washington Place and, with the exception of the Goelet 
house, were the last stylish residences on Broadway, 

On June i, 1833, Elisha Bloomer "hatter" purchased these two lots for $15,600 and upon them 
he erected two houses exactly ahke and called them the Colonnade Houses. They were Nos. 714 and 716 
Broadway. He sold house No. 714 to Smith Ely, a very prominent citizen, for S30.000, who made an 
agreement that "whereas the two houses are built in such style and manner as to present an entire front 
of great beauty and elegance and the marring and defacing, or alteration of either might depreciate the 
other it is agreed that neither be changed without the consent of the owner of the other." 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 225 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

5. Jared Clark, b. 1827; d. 1855. 

6. Hepzibah Ely, b. 1832; m. 1853, Henry Russell. 

7. Andrew, b. 1838. ] . 

8. Anne, b. 1838; m. 1870, Jarvis Smith, p^"'^' 

13281. Emily Brown, b. 1790, d. 1875, dau. of Charity Ely and 
Mason Brown ; m. Dodger Colt, Lyme, Conn. Their children : 

1. Sally, ; m. Congdon 

2. Elizabeth Emily, ; m. Shobe. 

13282. Nancy Brown, dau. of Charity Ely and Mason Brown; m. 
Rathbun. 



13283. Fanny Brown, dau. of Charity Ely and Mason Brown; m. 
Rathbun. 



13284. John Brown, son of Charity Ely and Mason Brown ; m. Mary 
Ann Peabody. Their children : 

I. Joseph. 

13291. Joseph Ely Hungerford, Hadlyme, Conn., b. 1784, d. 1861, 
son of Olive Ely and Robert Hungerford; m. 1819, Nancy Anderson, 
Millington, Conn., who was b. 1795, dau. of Robert Anderson and Anna 



1. Louise Nancy, b. 182a; m. 1847, Horace Burr. 

2. Deborah Church, b. 1822; d. 1859; m. 1855, Samuel Conklin Magna. 

3. Sophia Anderson, b. 1824; d. 1856. 

4. Richard Ely, b. 1825 (not married). 

5. Joseph Williams, b. 1829; m. 1864, Sarah Frances Warner. 

13295. Asa Hungerford, Hadlyme, Conn., b. 1795, d. 1875, son of 
Olive Ely and Robert Hungerford; m. 1826, Eliza Palmer, who was b. 
1801, dau. of Aaron Palmer and Azubah Brainard. No children. 

13297. Ansel Hungerford, Hadlyme, Conn., b. 1801, d. 1877, son of 
Olive Ely and Robert Hungerford; m. 1833, Eleanor Louisa Day, 
Westchester, Conn., who was b. 1804, d. 1858, dau. of Justin Day and 
Matilda Day. No children. 

13298. Rebecca Ely Hungerford, Hadlyme, Conn., b. 1804, dau. of 
Olive Ely and Robert Hungerford; m. 1827, Elijah Day, Westchester, 
Conn., who was b. 1802, d. 1867, son of Justin Day and Matilda Day. 
Their children : 

1. Robert Elijah, b. 1828; m. i860, Harriet North Green. 

2. Norman, b. 1830; m. 1859, Eliza Boies. 

3. Sarah Maria, b. 1832; m. 1854, Francis Edwin Gates. '. 4. ' 



226 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

4. Albert, b. 1835; m. 1865, Kate Emily Webb; m. 1869, Susan Slade 

(Sterling) ; m. 1876, Sallie De Vere Wiggins. 

5. Almon, b. 1838; m. 1862, Augusta Ann Brockway. 

6. William Henry, b. 1840; m. 1863, Jane Maria Rogers; m. 1869, Emma 

Ann Banning. 

7. Matilda, b. 1844; m. 1868, Joseph Benjamin Brockway. 

1 331 1. Richard Ely, son of Richard Ely and Eustatia Bushnell Lay; 
m. Sally Comstock. Their children : 

1. Charles Wesley. 

2. Minerva; m. Albert L. Porter. 

3. Alexander Comstock. 

4. Adolphus. 

13312. Betsy Ely, b. 1782, d. 1866, dau. of Richard Ely and Eustatia 
Bushnell Lay; m. 1801, Jabez Swift Smith, Canaan, Conn., who was b. 
1777, d. 1855, son of Reuben Smith and Hannah Swift. Their children: 

1. Elvira, b. 1801; d. 1855. 

2. Harlow, b. 1803; d. 1876; Hartwellville, Shiawassee, Mich. 

3. Richard Ely, b. 1805. 

4. Reuben Swift, b. 1807; m. 1831, Harriet Newell Farlin; m. 1840, Sarah 

Ann Farlin; m. 1843, Ruth Cassidy; m. 1854, Eliza Shoemaker. 

5. Lewis Bushnell, b. 1809; d. 1881. 

6. Melissa, b. 1812; d. 1873. 

7. Dorcas Amanda, b. 1814. 

8. Jackson Brown Porter, b. 1817; d. 1845. 

9. Whitley Johnson, b. 1819; m. 1st, 1842, Olive Louisa Smith; m. 2nd, 

1856, Mary Auble. 

10. Julia Elizabeth, b. 1822. 

11. Francis Marion, b. 1825; d. 1855. 

12. Eustatia, b. 1828; d. 1849. 

13313. Augustus Ely, Hector, N. Y., b. 1786, d. 1870, son of Rich- 
ard Ely and Eustatia Bushnell Lay; m. 1812, Olive Scovill, Salisbury, 
Conn., who was b. 1793, d. 1880, dau. of Timothy Scovill and Chloe 
Kelsey. Their children : 

1. Olive Maria, b. 1813; m. ist, 1846, Benjamin Chcever; m. 2nd, 1864, 

Charles Carroll Carr. 

2. Oliver, b. 1815; d. 1817. 

3. Philo Scovill, b. 1817; m. 1839, Esther Osborn. 

4. Polly Ann, b. 1819; m. 1840, Joseph Martin Hager. 

5. William Bushnell, b. 1821; m. 1847, Almira Woodford. 

6. Chloe Scovill, b. 1824; m. 1847, David Cory Hillerman. 

7. Lydia Margaret, b. 1827; m. 1852, George Van Vleck Hitchcock. 

8. Harriet, 6. 1830 (not married) ; residence, Watkins, N. Y. 

9. Mary, b. 1834; m. 1862, Henry Scott Hudson. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 227 

SIXTIf GENERATION. 

13314. Harry Ely, Hector, N. Y., b. 1788, d. 1879, son of Richard 
Ely and Eustatia Bushnell Lay; m. 1812, Polly Wickham, Hector, N. Y., 
who was b, 1790, d. 1857, dau. of William Wickman and Phebe Rose. 
Their children : 

1. William Augustus, b. 1812; d. 1816. 

2. Harriet Samantha, b. 1814; d. 1815. 

3. Richard Ely, b. 1816 (North Hector, N. Y.); m. ist, 1837, Hannah Ann 

Hagar; m. 2nd, 1868, Deborah Barker. 

4. George Clark Wickman, b. 1818; d. 1846; m. 1843, Jane Campbell. 

5. Stephen Van Rensselaer, b. 1820; m. ist, 1843, Lavinia Hagar; m. 2nd, 

1877, Elizabeth B. Staring. 

6. Fanny Jane, b. 1822; m. 1840, Hamilton Randolph Searles. 

7. James Monroe, b. 1824; d. 1845. 

8. Emma Sabina, b. 1826; m. 1847, Luther Henning Hatfield. 

9. Phebe Fidelia, b. 1829; m. ist, 1849, William Wharton Johnson; m, 

2nd, 1859, Edward Compson Elliot. 
ID. Harriet Amelia, b. 1833; iri- ist, 1856, Hiram Hovey; m. 2nd, 1879, Ben- 
jamin J. Erway. 

13315- William Ely, Hector, Schuyler Co., N. Y., b. 1790, d. 1837, 
son of Richard Ely and Eustatia Bushnell Lay; m. 1814, Fanny Curry, 
who was b. 1796, d. 1829, dau. of Robert Curry and Abby Brown (first 
cousin of Robert Burns, the Scotch poet) ; m. 2nd, Cornelia Runyan in 
1830, who was b. 1804, d. 1878, dau. of George Runyan and Sarah Bro- 
kaw. Their children: 

1. Olivia, b. 1815; d. 1845; m- 1832, George Doty. 

2. Emma Maria, b. 1816; m. 1833, James Campbell. 

3. Edward Hector, b. 1818; d. 1874; m. 1841, Loretta Shannon. 

4. Caroline, b. 1820; d. 1850; m. 1837, Edward Smith. 

5. William Henry, b. 1823; d. 1864; m. 1847, Mary Van Horn. 

6. Harriet Samantha, b. 1825; d. 1856; m. 1843, Leman David Coburn. 

7. Ellsworth, b. 1827; d. 1882; m. 1858, Maria Louisa Van Horn. 

8. George Runyon, b. 1832. 

9. Augustus Wyckoff, b. 1834; d. 1867; m. 1862, Margaret Van Horn. 

10. Fanny, b. 1837; d. 1840. 

13316. Irene Eustatia Ely, b. 1792, d. 1873, dau. of Richard Ely and 
Eustatia Bushnell Lay; m. 1809, John King, Ithaca, N. Y., who was b. 
1783, d. 1857, son of Francis King and Mary Jones. Their children : 

1. Eustatia, b. 1812; d. 1850. 

2. Julius Ackley, b. 1814; m. 1841, Elizabeth Hazen. 

3. Maria, b, 1816; m. 1836, William Manchester Wright. 

4. Harriet, b. 1819; d. 1855; m. 1839, William Woodward. 

5. Rufus, b. 1822; m. 1st, 1848, Catherine Gardner; m. 2nd, 1871, Lizzie 

Cogswell. 



228 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

6. William Ely, b. 1825; m. 1864, Emily Jane Staring. 

7. Jane, b. 1828. 

8. Louisa Jane, b. 1830; d. 1858. 

9. John Henry, b. 1833; m. 1870, Rachel Lewis. 

13317. Hector Ely, b. 1796, d. 1865, son of Richard Ely and Eustatia 
Bushnell Lay; m. 1823, Ann Hinckley, who was b. 1797, d. 1874, dau. 
of Nathan Hinckley and Elizabeth Coon. Their children : 

1. Franklin Pratt, b. 1823; d. i860; m. Frances Louisa Stevens. 

2. Andrew Jackson, b. 1825; d. 1829. 

3. Helen Ann, b. 1829; m. Nathaniel Madison Matthews. 

4. Hector, b. 1834; m. Phebe Jane Clawson. 

13318. Calvin Ely, Neenah, Wis., b. 1812, son of Richard Ely and 
Deborah Kidder; m. 1832, Julia Hager, Hector, N. Y., who was b. 1812, 
d. 1880, dau. of Peter Hager and Amanda Smith. Their children : 

1. Amanda Malvina, b. 1833; m. 1854, Aaron Thompson Potter. 

2. John Hager, b. 1835; d. 1863; m. i860, Victoria Elizabeth Crossett. 

3. Olivia E., b. 1837; d. 1876; m. 1859, Lucian Paine. 

4. Emma Jane, b. 1840; m. i860, Hobart Henry Crossett. 

5. Harriet Lucretia, b. 1842; m. 1873, John Edwards Chapin. 

6. Frances Ermina, b. 1845; m. 1878, De Witt Clinton Van Ostrand. 

13323. Richard Ely Ransom, Lyme, Conn., b. 1773, d. 1848, son of 
Esther Ely and Isaac Ransom ; m. Lydia Babcock ; m. 2nd, Betsy Chad- 
wick, b. 1782, d. 1820. Their children: 

1. Rachel, b. 1797; d. 1844; m. 182 1, Timothy Johnson. 

2. Esther Ely, b. 1806; m. 1863, Gideon Parker. 

3. Irene Darrow, b. 1808; m. 1831, Jonathan Tibbitson Mack. 

4. William Brooks, b. 181 1; m. 1838, Cynthia Turner. 

5. Isaac Edward, b. 1814; d. 1859; m. Mary Brown. 

6. Mary Ann, b. 1816; m. 1839, William T. Banning. 

7. Richard Ely, b. 1818; d. 1879. 

8. Betsy Niles, b. 1818; d. 1820. 

9. Joseph Perkins, b. 1820; d. 1874; m. 1844, Sylvia Ann Webber. 

13325. Elisha Rogers, Pavilion, N. Y., b. 1788, d. 1877, son of 
Esther Ely and Matthew Rogers ; m. 1812, Fanny Champion, who was 
b. 1 79 1, dau. of Stephen Champion and Phebe Hosier. Their children: 

1. Elijah Prentice, b. 1813; m. 1839, Mary Ann Beckwith. 

2. Phebe Esther, b. 1815; m. Justus Barr. 

3. Mary, b. 1817; d. 1875; m. 1838, Henry Shepard. 

4. Nancy, b. 1819; m. Samuel Nelson Royce. 

5. Chauncey, b. 1822; d. 1875; m. 1855, Almira Peck (No. 153785)- 

6. Charles, b. 1825; m. 1854, Julia Pearson Lincoln. 

7. Fanny Caroline, b. 1827; m. Lewis Patterson. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 229 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

8. Elisha Champion, b. 1830. 

9. Lurinda Emmeline, b. 1834; m. 1878, Oliver Drew Farnsworth. 

10. Harriet Amelia, b. 1837; d. 1877; m. 1867, Oliver Drew Farnsworth 
(No. 133259). 

13332. Ely Reed, Batavia, N. Y., son of Mary Ely and George Reed; 
m. Nancy Rogers. 

13333. Irene Reed, dau. of Mary Ely and George Reed ; m. 

Brockway. 

13334. Anna Reed, b. 1782, d. 1864, dau. of Mary Ely and George 
Reed; m. Joseph Peck, who was b. 1776, d. 1838. 

13335. Lydia Reed, Lyme, Conn., b. 1784, d. 1879, dau. of Mary 
Ely and George Reed; m. 1814, Christopher Davidson, Lyme, Conn., 
who was b. 1774, d. 1852, son of Christopher Davidson and JaalSearles. 
Their children : 

1. Lydia Reed, b. 1820; m. 1838, Samuel Hart. 

2. George Washington Reed, b. 1826; m. 1856, Mary Eliza Maynard. 

13336. Mehitable Reed, dau. of Mary Ely and George Reed; m. 
Lathrop Slate, who was b. 1766, d. 1872. 

13338. Betsy Reed, dau. of Mary Ely and George Reed; m. Samuel 
Royce. 

13347. Deborah Leach, b. 1789, dau. of Irene Ely and Manasses 
Leach ; m. Jonathan Gillette. 

(One son in Lyme, one son and daughter in East Haddam.) 

13351. Hepsibah Peck, Burlington, N. Y., b. 1774, d. i860, dau. of 
Tabitha Ely and Jedediah Peck; m. 1796, Abel Sill, son of Andrew Sill 
and Helen Talcott Dorn, of Burlington, New York. 

13352. Polly, or Mary, Peck, Otisco, N. Y., b. 1776, d. 1856, dau. 
of Tabitha Ely and Jedediah Peck ; m. 1802, David Willard, son of David 
Willard and Martha Sherlock. Their children : 

1. Electa; m. Ebenezer Jennings, of Otisco. 

2. Amanda, m. James Churchill, of Spafiford, New York. 

3. Tabitha, m. Frederick Churchill, of Spafiford, N. Y. 

13354. Elijah Peck, Sheffield, Ohio, b. 1781, d. 1840, son of Tabitha 
Ely and Jedediah Peck; m. 1801, Clarissa Bates. Their children: 

1. Richard Ely. 

2. Erastus. 

3. Jedediah. 

4. Elisha. 

5. Elijah. 



230 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

6. Clarissa. 

7. David W. 

8. Emmeline. 

13355. Peter Peck, Monroe, Ohio, b. 1783, d. 1826, son of Tabitha 
Ely and Jedediah Peck ; m. 1809, Sarah Lewis Colgrove (13357), who was 
b. 1789, d. 1861, dau. of Christopher Colgrove and Eleanor Lewis. Their 
children : 

1. Elijah. 

2. Mary, b. 1811; m. 1838, Daniel Campbell. 

3. Esther, b. 1813; m. 1833, John Kitchell. 

4. Peter. 

5. Sarah. 

6. Sarah Ann, b. 1823; d. 1881; m. 1845, Lewis Wells. 

13357. Jedediah Peck, Frederick, Ohio, b. 1788, d. 1844, son of 
Tabitha Ely and Jedediah Peck ; m. 1827, Sarah Lewis Colgrove (Peck) 
(13355), who was b. 1789, d. 1861, dau. of Christopher Colgrove and 
Eleanor Lewis. Their children : 

I. Tabitha Ely, b. 1829; m. 1859, Avery David Martin. 

1 343 1. Simon Ely, b. 1778, son of Gabriel Ely and Elizabeth Stock- 
ing; m. Ruth Ashley. Their children: 

1. Sophia, m. Willard Nott. 

2. Ruth. 

13434. Ichabod Lyman Ely, Chatham, Conn,, b. 1786, d. 1815, son 
of Gabriel Ely and Elizabeth Stocking; m. 1807, Elizabeth Brainard, dau. 
of Joshua Brainard and Hannah Forbes ; she was b. 1789, d. 1869. Their 
children : 

1. Joshua Brainard, b. 1809; d. 1877; m. ist, 1831, Lodama Phelps; m. 

2nd, Laura Ashcraft; m. 3rd, 1862, Laura Ann Chalker. 

2. Lyman Ichabod, b. 1810. 

3. Sylvester Nelson, b. 1812; d. 1849; m. ist, 1833, Orinda Houche Rus- 

sell; m. 2nd, 1844, Mary Eliza Cook. 

4. Roxana, b. 1815; m. 1842, Alfred Silliman. 

13438. Mary Ely, b. 1794, d. 1875, dau. of Gabriel Ely and Abigail 
Fuller; m. 1814, Erastus Bidwell, who was b. 1791, and d. 1866, son of 
Allen Bidwell and Anna Wood. Their children : 

1. Edmund, b. 1815; m. 1834, Indiana Green Jefts. 

2. Martha, b. 1817; d. 1818. 

13441. Prudence Ely, dau. of Isaac Halsey Ely and Hannah Reed; 
m. Abel Porter, 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 231 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

13442. Guy Ely, Littleton, N. H., b. 1783, d. 1853, son of Isaac Hal- 
sey Ely and Hannah Reed ; m. Nancy Wetherbee, who was b. 1785, d. 
1847. Their children : 

1. George Warner, b. 1808; d. 1876; m. 1832, Mary Stearns Redington. 

2. Caroline Warner, b. 181 1; d. 1833; m. 1832, Samuel W. Berkley. 

13443. Abigail Ely, dau. of Isaac Halsey Ely and Hannah Reed; m. 
James Milliken. 

13445. Epaphroditus Ely, Charlestown, N. H., b. 1804, d. 1840, son 
of Isaac Halsey Ely and Relief Stone ; m. 1826, Elizabeth Evans, Charles- 
town, N. H., b. 1807, d. 1863, dau. of Peter Evans and Emma Walker. 
Their children : 

1. Elizabeth Stone, b. 1827; m. 1847, Roswell Smith. 

2. Louisa Walker, b. 1829; m. 1847, Cotton Gaylord Nash. 

3. Allan Evans, b. 1830; d. 1858; m. 1850, Lois Brewster. 

(Peter A. Evans, brother of Eliza, Charlestown, N. H., may assist about 
other members of family.) 

13632. Margaret Easton, b. 1774, d. 1853, dau. of Susannah Pratt 

and Silas Easton ; m. William Butler, son of Daniel Butler and , 

Their children: 

1. Mary (Brigham, Northampton, Mass.). 

2. Betsy. (Asa Manning; 3 sons, i dau.; son of Wm. Butler, Norwich, 

Conn.) 

3. Delia. 

(After Mr. Butler's death the widow married a Mr. Cox.) 

13634. Mabel Easton, b. 1777, d. 1848, dau. of Susannah Pratt and 
Silas Easton; m. 1794, Daniel Roberts, Litchfield, Conn., who was b. 
1773, d. 1841, son of John Roberts and Hannah Preston. Their children: 

1. Susannah, b. 1796; d. 1832. 

2. Almon Peck, b. 1798; d. 1832. 

3. Rumina, b. 1800; d. 1862. 

4. Julia Ann, b. 1802; d. i860. 

5. Albert, b. 1804; d. 1842. 

6. Jessie, b. 1807; d. 1834. 

7. Norman Easton, b. 1809; d. 1844. 

8. George Pratt, b. 181 1; d. 1875. 

9. William Edwin, b. 1813, 92 Ward St., New Haven, Conn., sends Rob- 

erts family record. 

10. Harriet Newell, b. 1815; d. 1827. 

11. Henry Mason, b. 1817; d. 1838. 

12. John DeWitt, b. 1821; d. 1822. 



232 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

13635. Clarissa Easton, b. 1779, d. 1828, dau. of Susannah Pratt and 
Silas Easton; m. 1799, Silas Hills, who was b. 1779, and d. 1849, son of 
Silas Hills and Anna House. Their children : 

1. Electa, b. 1800; d. 1827. 

2. John, b. 1802; d. 1832. 

3. Alvin, b. 1803; d. 1823. 

4. Clarissa Easton, b. 1805. 

5. Clarissa, b. 1807; d. 1827. 

6. Dudley, b. 1809. 

7. Harry, b. 1812. (95 Capitol Ave., Hartford, Conn.) 

8. Angeline, b. 1814. 

9. Eli, b. 1816. 

13636. Daniel Easton, b. 1782, d. 1845, son of Susannah Pratt and 
Silas Easton; m. 1804, Margaret Pratt (13663), who was b. 1788, d. 
1849, dau. of Russel Pratt and Hannah Wadham. Their children : 

1. Agis, b. 1805; d. 1877. 

2. Adeliza, b. 1807; d. 1853. 

3. Susannah, b. 1809; d. 1874. 

4. Mary Jeanette, b. 1816; d. 1880. 

5. Ellen Ely, b. 1829. (Ellen Ely Easton, residing at old homestead, 

Hartford Co., Conn., responds and promises more information.) 

13642. Charlotte Butler, Wethersfield, Conn., b. about 1782, dau. 
of Lucretia Pratt and Roger Butler; m. Wells, Wethersfield. 

13658. Sarah Pratt, dau. of Nathaniel Pratt and Sarah Perkins; m. 
Hayes. (Several descendants at Granby, Conn.) 

13665. Hannah Pratt, b. 1793, dau. of Russell Pratt and Hannah 
Hadham ; m. Jonathan Beedle. 

13672. Harriet Warren, b. 1791, d. 1879, dau. of Penelope Pratt and 
Ashbel Warren ; m. William Camp, Hartford, Conn., son of James Camp 
and Lucy Forbes. Their children : 

1. Julia, b. 1814. 

2. Emmeline, b. 1816. 

3. William, b. 1818. 

4. Sarah, b. 1820. 

5. Lucy, b. 1822. 

6. Margaret, b. 1824. 

13673. Ashbel Warren, Vernon, Conn., b. 1793, d. 1841, son of 
Penelope Pratt and Ashbel Warren; m. 1814, Abigail Hayes, East Hart- 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 233 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

ford, Conn., who was b. 1795, d, 1861, dau. of John Hayes and Sybil 
Starks. Their children : 

1. Charlotte Maria, b. 1814. (House.) 

2. William Ely, b. 1817. 

3. Mary Ann, b. 1819; d. 1842. (Adams.) 

4. Elizabeth Louisa, b. 1821; d. 1854. (Mrs. Franklin Avery.) 

5. Alvira Sophronia, b. 1831. (Mrs. Nelson Gray.) 

13675. Nathaniel Warren, East Hartford, Conn., b. 1797, d. 1877, 
son of Penelope Pratt and Ashbel Warren; m. 1820, Sarah Bidwell, East 
Hartford, Conn., who was b. 1800, and d. 1878, dau. of Rodolphus Bid- 
well and Phebe Daniels. Their children : 

1. Harriet Francis, b. 182 1; d. 1880. 

2. Lucius Harvey, b. 1823. 

3. William Ely, b. 1825; d. 1879. 

4. George Austin, b. 1827. 

5. Emily Annette, b. 1830. 

6. Leverett Dwight, b. 1832. 

7. Alfred Newton, b. 1835. 

8. Laura Jane, b. 1838. 

9. Frederick Rodolphus, b. 1840; m. 1867, Amelia Milton (Fred. R. War- 

ren (136759). Silver Lane, E. Hartford, contributes much information.) 

13676. Frederick Warren, b. 1799, died 1867, son of Penelope Pratt 

and Ashbel Warren; m. Mary Ann Carter McRea, , N. C. 

Their children : 

1. Harriet, b. 1828. 

2. Sarah Ann, b. 1831; d. 1832. 

3. William Ely, b. 1832; Powerville, Ga. 

4. Margaret Elizabeth, b. 1833; d. iS:6. 

5. Leonidas Pratt, b. 1835. 

6. James Frederick, b. 1837. 

7. Mary Ann, b. 1839; d. 1847. 

8. Harvey, b. 1841; d. 1S55. 

9. Julia, b. 1844. 

10. Joseph Nathaniel, b. TS45. 

11. Thomas Duncan, b. 1S47. 

12. Elmira, b. 1851; d. 1864. 

13. Charles, b. 1853; d. 1875. 

14. Columbus, b. 1855. 

15. Alice, b. 1857. 

(Went to Georgia about 1822. Has nephew, Geo. Austin Warren, who 
resides at East Hartford (136754.) 



234 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

13677. Margaret Warren, Oberlin, O., b. 1802, d. , dau. of Pene- 
lope Pratt and Ashbel Warren; m. 1823, James Colvin, East Hartford, 
Conn., who was b. 1800, d. 1869. Their children : 

1. James Frederick, b. 1824; d. 1872. 

2. Francis, b. 1826. 

3. Timothy, b. 1827; d. 1874. 

4. Augustus, b. 1829. 

5. Lucinda Ward, b. 1831. 

6. Warren, b. 1833; d. 1838. 

7. Margaret, b. 1835. (Margaret Warren living with dau., Mrs. George 

Jones, Oberlin, Ohio.) 

8. George b. 1840; d. 1841. 

9. George Warren, b. 1843; d. 1862. 

1 3601. Ely Pratt, b. 1792, d. 1835, son of Eliab Pratt and Dorcas 
Williams; m. 1819, Eunice Cotton, East Hartford, Conn., who was b. 
1797, d. 1867, dau. of John Cotton and Eunice Warren. Their children: 

1. Mary, b. 1822. 

2. Algernon, b. 1824; d. 1873. 

3. Adriel Ely, b. 1826. 

4. Luther, b. 1828; d. 1879. 

5. Sumner, b. 1830; d. 1838. 

6. Doddridge, b. 1833. 

13602. Emily Pratt, East Hartford, Conn., b. 1793, d. 1877, dau. 
of EHab Pratt and Dorcas Williams; m. 181 1, Hezekiah Goodwin, East 
Hartford, Conn., b. 1787, d. 1873, son of Joseph Goodwin and Hannah 
Olmstead. Their children : 

1. Francis Pratt, b. 1813; d. 1875; m. 1848, Cordelia Abigail Millen. 

2. Horace Ely, b. 1815; m. 1842, Julia Ann Holmes. 

3. Emily Mary, b. 1817; m. 1846, Joseph Seymour. 

4. Edwin Olmsted, b. 1819; m. Harriet Brown. 

5. Frederic Luther, b. 1825; d. 1826. 

13603. Abner Pratt, East Hartford, Conn., b. 1795, d. 1836, son of 
Eliab Pratt and Dorcas Williams ; m. 1824, Betsy Alford, Glastenburg, 
Conn., who was b. 1801, dau. of John Alford and Nancy Stratton. Their 
children : 

1. Jane. 

2. Electa. 

3. Cornelia. 

13604. Solomon Pratt, East Hartford, Conn., b. 1796, d. 1876, son 
of Eliab Pratt and Dorcas Williams; m. 1823, Pamela Porter, East 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 235 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

Hartford, Conn., who was b. 1800, dau. of Asahel Porter and Lucy 
Keeney. Their children : 

1. Lucy Ann, b. 1824. 

2. Almena Keeney, b. 1826; d. 1864. 

3. Royal Porter, b. 1828. 

4. George Edwin, b. 1832. 

5. Samuel Austin, b. 1836; d. 1838. 

6. Samuel Austin, b. 1840; d. 1862. 

7. Caroline Ellen, b. 1843. 

8. Solomon Arthur, b. 1848. 

13605. WilHams Pratt, b. 1798, d. 1865, son of EHab Pratt and 
Dorcas Williams; m. 1826, Mary Smith, Glastenburg, Conn., b. 1797, 
d. 1827, dau. of Jedediah Smith and Mary Treat; m. 2nd, Eliza Smith, 
Glastenburg, Conn., in 1829, who was b. 1805, d. 1861, dau. of Jedediah 
Smith and Mary Treat. Their children : 

1. Mary Smith, b. 1830; d. 1864. 

2. Henry Luther, b. 1833; d. 1858. 

3. William Wells, b. 1835; d- 1861. 

4. Julia, b. 1837; d. 1865. 

5. Helen Elizabeth, b. 1839. 

6. Amelia Dorcas, b. 1842; d. 1871. 

7. Margaret Ely, b. 1846; d. 1881. 

13606. Dorcas Pratt, East Hartford, b. 1799, d. 1881, dau. of Eliab 
Pratt and Dorcas Williams ; m. 1836, Samuel Elmore, South Windsor, 
Conn., who was b. 1787, d. 1867, son of Samuel Elmore and Sarah 
Loomis. No children. 

(Mrs. E. M. Seymour, Syracuse, N. Y., may have more details.) 

13607. Luther Pratt, Milton, N. Y., b. 1800, d. 1863, son of Eliab 
Pratt and Dorcas Williams; m. 1825, Nancy Dusenberre, Plattekill, N. 
Y., who was b. 1799, d. 1853, dau. of William Dusenberre and Rebecca 
Snedeker ; m. 2nd, Sophia Stanly, East Hartford, Conn., in 1854, who 
was b. 1823, d. 1858, dau. of James Stanly and Temperance Pitkin; m. 
3rd, 1859, Hannah Haumer, Wethersfield, Conn., who was b. 1814, dau. 
of Francis Haumer and Huldah Dickinson. Their children : 

1. Sophia Stanley, b. 1855. 

2. Beulah, b. 1857; d. 1858. 

13609. George Whitfield Pratt, East Hartford, Conn., b. 1812, son 
of Eliab Pratt and Dorcas Williams ; m. 1833, Mary Morris, Wethers- 
field, Conn., who was b. 1813, d. 1876, dau. of Elijah Morris and Tamar 



236 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

Davis; m. 2nd, Anna Jean Hills, Hartford, Conn., who was b. 1854, dau. 
of Frederick Woodbridge Hills and Jane Pratt (dau. of 13603). Their 
children : 

I. Anna Dorcas, b. 1881. 

13611. Lucy Ely Pratt, b. 1801, d. 1878, dau. of Elisha Pratt and 
Lucy Bill; m. 1826, John Pautrey Jones, East Hartford, Conn., who was 
b. 1791, d. 1880, son of Nathaniel Jones and Mary Cornwall. Their 
children : 

1. Mary, b. 1827; d. 1843. 

2. Marstia, b. 1830. 

3. John Pautrey, b. 1832. 

4. Lucy Ely, b. 1834; d. i88r. 

5. Oliver Smith, b. 1837. 

6. Nathaniel, b. 1840. 

7. Jane Elizabeth, b. 1843. 

8. James, b. 1846. 

13612. Elisha Brown Pratt, b. 1803, d. 1861, son of Elisha Pratt and 
Lucy Bill; m. in 1829, Amelia Skinner, Granby, Conn., who was b. 1809, 
d. 1833; m. 2nd, Jane O. Pratt, Hartford, Conn., in 1836, who died 

1839, dau. of George Pratt and ; m. 3rd, Susan Bottomley 

Sharp, Boston, Mass., in 1844, dau. of Daniel Sharp and Ann Conldwel!. 
Their children : 

1. Jane Amelia, b. 1839; d. 1841. 

2. Daniel Sharp, b. 1845. 

3. Elisha Brown, b. 1849; d. 1868. 

4. Jennie Sharp, b. 1853; d. 1857. 

13613. Marstia Goodwin Pratt, b. 1805, d. 1845, dau. of Elisha Pratt 
and Lucy Bill ; m. 1827, John Bodge, New Haven, Conn., who was b. 
1800 and d. i860, son of Henry Bodge and . Their children : 

1. George Elisha, b. 1828; d. 1863, Fort Wagner. 

2. John, b. 1830; d. 1881. 

3. Albert, b. 1833. 

4. Henry, b. 1836; d. 1878. 

5. Lucy, b. 1838. (Now Mrs. Tomlinson, Orange, Conn.) 

6. Andrew, b. 1841; added the name Seymiour. 

7. Martha Pratt, b. 1845; d. 1848. 

13711. Harriet Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1785, dau. of David Ely and 
Keziah Mapes ; m. 1802, Wilham Lord, Lyme, Conn., son of Joseph Lord 
and . Their children : 

1. William Russell. 

2. Harriet Ely; m. James Sylvester Wall in e. 

3. David Ely. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 237 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

13712. Alfred Ely, EUisburg, N. Y., b. 1788, d. 1870, son of David 
Ely and Keziah Mapes ; m. 1812, Patience Beckwith, Great Barrington, 
Mass., who was b. 1791, d. 1844, dau. of George Beckwith and Patience 
Beckwith. Their children: 

1. Harriet Beckwith, b. 1813; d. 1815. 

2. George Beckwith, b. 1816; d. 1816. 

3. George Beckwith, b. 1817; d. 1877; m. 1843, Gertrude Sophia Harmon. 

4. Erastus, b. 1819; m. 1844, Adelia Mapes. 

5. Emily, b. 1822; d. 1880; m. 1841, Samuel Sedgwick. 

6. Harriet Eliza, b. 1830; d. 1830. 

7. Alfred, b. 1832 (Euclid Ave., Cleveland, O.); m. 1856, Caroline F. 

Burnham. 

8. Caroline Frances, b. 1837. 

13714. Keziah Mapes Ely, West Swansey, N. H., b. 1794, dau. of 
David Ely and Keziah Mapes; m. 1819, Jotham Eames, West Swansey, 
N. H., who was b. 1793, d. 1850, son of Jotham Eames and Eiisebia 
Goddard. Their children : 

1. Sarah Ann, b. 1820. 

2. David Ely, b. 1822; d. 1868. ' 

3. Lucy Ann, b. 1823. 

4. James Cummings, b. 1825. 

5. Nancy, b. 1827; d. 1868. 

6. Keziah Mapes, b. 1829. 

7. Rhoda Maria, b. 1830. 

8. Jotham Goddard, b. 1834. 

9. Frederick Page, b. 1838; d. 1841. 

13715. Sarah Ann Ely (widow) Alden, Erie Co., N. Y., b. 1797, 
dati. of David Ely and Keziah Mapes; m. 1815, John Rundell, Cox- 
sackie, N. Y., who was b. 1793, d. 1872, son of Richard Rundell and 
Prudence Reynolds. Their children : 

1. Keziah, b. 1816; d. 1821. 

2. John Ely, b. 1818; d. 1853. 

3. Elizabeth Wilks, b. 1820. 

4. Prudence Ann, b. 1822; d. 1857. 

5. Lucinda Wicks, b. 1825. 

6. Nancy Amelia, b. 1827. 

7. Joseph Parshall, b. 1829. 

8. Edwin Ruthven, b. 1832. 

9. Emily Harriet, b. 1837. 

13616. David Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1799, d. 1878, son of David Ely 
and Keziali Mapes ; m. 1835, Angeline Upson, Camden, N. Y. (present 



238 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

address, 40 Adams St., Rochester, N. Y.), who was b. 181 3, dau. of 
Erastus Upson and Cynthia Ballard. Their children : 

1. Harriet Angeline, b. 1836; m. 1855, Charles Frank Van Doom. 

2. LaRue Perrine, b. 1838; m. i860, Mary Maria Carpenter. 

3. Wilmer Mapes, b. 1847; m. 1868, Helen Adelaide Wilson. 

4. Mary Elizabeth, b. 1851; m. 1873, Albert George Irving. 

5. Erastus Upson, b. 1857. (Care Pancost, Sage & Morse, Rochester.) 

13718. Israel Culhck Ely, Chicago, 111., b. 1804, d. 1868, son of 
David Ely and Keziah Mapes ; m. 1825, Mary Martha Brown, New York 
City, b. 1806, d. 1872. Their children : 

1. Harriet Amelia, b. 1826; m. 1844, Lemuel Julius Bliss. 

2. William Lane, b. 1829; d. 1878; m. 1852 Clara Ann Denike. 

3. Emily, b. 1834; m. i860, Joseph Coles Field. 

4. Mary Smith. (525 Vernon Ave., Chicago.) 

5. Almira Horressa, b. 1844; m. 1863, Isaac Van Hagen. 

13719. Nancy Ely, b. 1806, d. 1879, dau. of David Ely and Keziah 
Mapes ; m. 1829, Willet Palmer, Coxsackie, N. Y. (or West Coeymans, 
N. Y.), who was b. 1804, son of Gideon Palmer and Phebe Sarles. Their 
children : 

1. Phebe Jane, b. 1830; d. 1870; m. 1854, Charles Robert Palmer. 

2. Lucinda Rundell, b. 1835; m. 1871, Charles Robert Palmer. 

3. Emily, b. 1837; d. 1852. 

4. Sarah Ann, b. 1841; d 1870; m. i860, Rev. Arthur Day. 

5. Ely, b. 1843; m. ist, 1864, Harriet Hopkins; m. 1871, Violet Hopkins. 

13722. Azuba Lee Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1793, d. 1838, dau. of Cullick 
Ely and Azubah Lee Sill; m. 1812, Giles Sill Clark, Lyme, Conn., who 
was b. 1791, son of Gurdon Clark and Ruth Sill. Their children: 

1. Lucia Sophia, b. 1813; m. 1837, Samuel James Orme Cole. 

2. Azubah Lee, b. 1815; d. 1818. 

3. Cordelia Henrietta, b. 1817; m. 1838, Samuel Clark Decker. 

4. John Lee Sill, b. 1819; d. 1856; m. 1839, Martha Ann Flower. 

13723. Sophia Pelens Ely, Canandaigua, N. Y., b. 1795, d. 1851, 
dau. of Cullick Ely and Azubah Lee Sill ; m. 1822, Richard Philips Peth- 
erick, Plymouth, England, b. 1795, d. 1867. No children. (At present 
the widow lives at Huntington, Lorain Co., O.) 

13752. Obed Brockway Ely, b. 1801, d. 1842, son of Eleazur Ely 
and Dorcas Brockway; m, 1836, Emma Giddings (21 1476), who was b. 
1811, d. 1880, dau. of Jane Louisa Ely and William Giddings. Their 
children : 

1. William Pitt, b. 1836; d. 1871 m. 1863, Jane Lester. 

2. Tane Louisa, b. 1838; d. 1854. , 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 239 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

^3733- Charlotte Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1802, d. 1846, dau. of Eleazur 
Ely and Dorcas Brockway; m. 1838, Abraham Ely Perkins (21172), who 
was b. 1782, d. 1855, son of Elizabeth Ely and Abraham Perkins. Their 
children : 

1. Elizabeth, b. 1840, d. 1858. 

2. Charlotte Augusta, b. 1843; d. 1863. 

IS7S7. Eleazur Simileus Ely, Philadelphia, Pa., b. 1807, d. 1869, 
son of Eleazur Ely and Dorcas Brockway; m. 1833, Martha Campbell, 
who was b. 181 1, d. 1870, dau. of William Campbell and Mary Hanrahan. 
Their children : 

1. William Henry, b. 1834; m. 1866, Marian Ash. 

2. Abby Lee, b. 1836; d. 1867. 

3. Mary Florence, b. 1838; d. 1867. 

4. Eliza Morgan, b. 1841; m. 1863, John Cromwell Herbert. 

5. Martha Ellen, b. 1844; d. 1856. 

6. Charlotte, b. 1846; d. 1848. 

7. Eleazur Simileus, b. 1851; m. 1873, Emma Matilda Steele. 

13730. Ezra Brockway Ely, Gowan, Luzerne Co., Pa., b. 1813, son 
of Eleazur Ely and Dorcas Brockway; m. 1st, 1836, Eliza Crowell 
(Bearse), who d. 1850, dau. of Shubael Crowell and Abigail Parker; m. 
2nd, 185 1, Mary Hanrahan Campbell, Philadelphia, Pa., who was b. 
1810, d. 1854, dau. of William Campbell and Mary Hanrahan; m. 3rd, 
1855, Harriet Van Outen, Philadelphia, Pa., who was b. 1832, d. 1863, 
dau. of John Van Outen and Harriet Campbell ; m. 4th, 1864, Temper- 
ance Scudder Hall, Philadelphia, Pa., who was b. 1840, d. 1870, dau. of 
Elisha Hall and Polly Simmons; m. 5th, 1879, Gertrude Matilda Lyster, 
Breedsville, Mich., who was b. 1839, dau. of Armstrong Thomas Lyster 
and Anna Isabella Osdell. Their children : 

1. Henry Gideon, b. 1837, d. 1850. 

2. Ezra Brockway, b. 1839, m. 1864 Isadora Hallett. 

3. Benjamin Franklin, b. 1840, d. 1869, m- 1865 Katherine Virginia Shortz, 

4. Henry Augustus, b. 1863. 

5. Carrie Hall, b. 1865. 

6. William Lincoln, b. 1866. 

7. Eliza Brockway, b. 1868. 

13731. Henry Gideon Ely, Bridgeport, Conn., b. 1813, son of Elea- 
zur Ely and Dorcas Brockway; m. 1838, Cornelia Maria Whiting, 
Bridgeport, Conn., who was b. 1819, d. 1876, dau. of Seymour Whiting 
and Gissel Maria Wheeler. Their children : 

1. Seymour Whiting, b. 1838, m. 1863 Mary Ellen Wheeler. 

2. Ezra Brockway, b. 1840, d. 1864. 



240 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

3. Cornelia Maria, b. 1842, d. 1864, m. 1863, Abraham Coolbaugh 

Brod'head. 

4. Jane Seney, b. 1844. 

5. Helen Elizabeth, b. 1848, d. 1850. 

6. Henry Gideon, b. 1850, m. 1880, Frances Caroline Ely (i37752). 

7. Sarah Louise, b. 1853, d. 1858. 

8. Eliza Kensett, b. 1855, d. 1856. 

9. Alida Williams, b. 1857, d. 1858. 
10. Alfred Wheeler, b. i860, d. 1862. 

^Z7'J'^- Charles Frederick Ely, Shreveport, La., b. 1799, d. 1842, 
son of Charles Ely and Elizabeth Perkins; m. 1824, Henrietta Maria 
Shaille, Camden, Ark., who was b. 1806, d. 1868, dau. of Zacharias 
Shaille and Henrietta Matthews. Their children : 

1. Elizabeth Heller, b. 1826, m. 1845 John Ira Silliman. 

2. James Pennoyer, b. 1828, d. 1845. 

13774. Abraham Perkins Ely, Rochester, N. Y., b. 1808, son of 
Charles Ely and Elizabeth Perkins; m. 1838, Philura Grififin, Lyme, 
Conn., who was b. 1806, dau. of Allen Griffin and Rhoda Beckwith. 
Their children : 

1. Hubert Griffin, b. 1834, d. 1844. 

2. Sarah Catherine, b. 1836. 

3. Jane Elizabeth, b. 1839. 

4. , b. 1840. 

5. Henry Perkins, b. 1842. 

6. George Griffin, b. 1846, d. 1847. 

7. Allen Griffin, b. 1850, d. 1852. 

13775- Samuel Cullick Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1810, son of Charles 
Ely and Elizabeth Perkins ; m. 1843, Sarah Frances Brockway, who was 
b. 1816, dau. of Ezekiel Brockway and Frances Griffin. Their children: 

1. Florence Elizabeth, b. 1847, m- 1876 Delemer Edward Clapp. 

2. Frances Caroline, b. 1850, m. Henry G. Ely, son of Henry G. Ely and 

Cornelia M. Whiting. 

13777. Ulysses Ely, Norwalk, Conn,, b. 1815, d. 1863, son of 
Charles Ely and Elizabeth Perkins; m. 1837, Henrietta Von Bretton, 
no Prospect Place, Brooklyn, dau. of Baron John Von Bretton and 
— ' . Their children : 

1. Elizabeth Von Bretton, b. 1838. 

2. Georgiana Florence, b. 1840, m. 1856 Henry H. Raven. 

3. Judith Rowena, b. 1843. 

4. Charles Ulysses, b. 1846. 

5. Albert, b. 1850, d. 1851. 




H(3N. ALFRED ELY 

ROCHESTER, NEW YORK 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 241 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

6. Albertina, b. 1852. (Supposed to be living on 136th St., near Third 

Ave., Nev/ York.) 
(Refer to Zeroga, shipping brokers, New York, for Von Bretton.) 

13778. Alfred Ely, Rochester, N. Y., b. 181 5, son of Charles Ely 
and Elizabeth Perkins; m. 1842, Caroline Lydia Field, Rochester, N. Y., 
who was b, 1818, dau. of Joseph Field and Lydia Glover. Their children : 

1. Joseph Field, b. 1843. 

2. Charles Alfred, b. 1845, d. 1847. 

3. Caroline Lydia, b. 1847. 

4. Elizabeth, b. 1850. 

The Hon. Alfred Ely, Member of Congress, was taken prisoner by 
the Confederates at the battle of Bull Run, July, 1861. 

Mr. Ely was visiting the battlefield and was captured by a force of 
Confederates near the Union lines. He was taken to Richmond and 
confined in Libby Prison. The Government effected his release some 
time after in exchange for Charles J. Faulkner, formerly American Minis- 
ter to France, who had been imprisoned for disloyalty. 

Mr. Ely published a volume giving an account of his experiences 
of life in Libby Prison. 

13779- George Ely, Lyme, b. 18 17, son of Charles Ely and Eliza- 
beth Perkins; m. 1855, Marianna Page, Haverhill, Mass., who was b. 
1834, dau. of Abel Page and Marianna Kimball. Their children : 

1. Elizabeth Page, b. 1856. 

2. George Page, b. 1879. 

13783. Harriet Susan Ely, b. 181 1, d. 1836, dau. of Joseph Ely and 
Mary Yost; m. 183 1, Israel Kellogg, who was b. 1798, d. 1880; son of 
. Their children : 

I. Joseph Ely, b. 1833, m. 1864 Sarah Bradley Brown. 

13784. Alfred Ely, b. 1816, d. 1846, son of Joseph Ely and Mary 
Yost; m. 1838, Jane Forman, who was b. 1819, dau. of William Forman 
and Lydia Couyne. Their children : 

1. Eleazer Arelous, b. 1839, m. 1865 Lydia Guest Edwards. 

2. George Haring, b. 1841, d. 1881. 

3. William Alfred, b. 1843, m. 1870 Frances Catherine Putnam. 

13785. Eleazer Cady Ely, Johnstown, N. Y., b. 1820, d. 1882, son 
of Joseph Ely and Mary Yost ; m. 1854, Ann McFarland (McCarty), dau. 
of Alexander McFarland and Olive Mosker. No children. 

13812. Diodamia Ely, b. 1802, d. 1864, dau. of Elisha Olcott Ely 
and Fanny Ely; m. 1851, Noyes W. Palmer, who was b. 1813. No chil- 
dren. 



^42 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

(John M. Palmer, who resides at Hamburgh, Conn., is a son of 
Noyes W. Palmer, by a subsequent marriage.) 

13813. Elisha Ammi Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1803, d. 1863, son of 
Elisha Olcott Ely and Fanny Ely; m. 1828, Charlotte Chapman, West 
Brooks, Conn., who was b. 1809, d. 1833, dau. of Timothy Chapman and 
Charlotte Jones ; married, 2nd, in 1835, Electa Ann Chapman. Their 
children : 

1. Harriet Lamira. b. 1830, m., 1852, Leverett Delucious Hart; m., 2d, 

1861, Norman Judd. 

2. Henry Chapman, b. 1832, d. 1S36. 

3. Charlotte Chapman, b. 1833, d. 1834. 

4. Henry Elisha, b. 1836, d. 1862. 

5. Charlotte Minerva, b. 1838, m. 1857 Asahel Eaton Van Tassel. 

6. Fannie Electa, b. 1840, d. 1880, m. 1863 David Sheldon Beebe. 

7. Frederick Augustus, b. 1844, m. 1867 Christina Vermilyea. 

8. George Chapman, b. 1850, m. 1869 Lois Amelia Carter. 

13814. Hannah Marilla Ely, b. 1804, d. 1879, dau. of EHsha Olcott 
Ely and Fanny Ely; m. 1828, William Smith, Essex, Conn., who was b. 
1804, d. 1877, son of and Sarah . Their children: 

1. Ann Maria, b. 1829, d. 1855, m. 185 1 William Bainbridge Claflin. 

2. Francis Ely, b. 1831. 

3. Phebe Jane. b. 1833, ni. 1858 Sylvanus Marvin Pratt. 

4. Martha Williams, b. 1836, d. 1866, m. 1856 Samuel Henry Seward. 

5. John Williams, b. 1838, m. 1866 Ellen Maria Carter. 

6. Margaret Olcott, b. 1841 (not married; resides at Essex Point, Conn., 

and has a genealogy of her father's family). 

7. Clarinda Sophia, b. 1843, d. 1872, m. 1863 Gardner Kelley Dickinson. 

8. Franklin Vernet, b. 1847, d. 1880, m. 1874 Lillie De Witt. 

13821. Samuel Ely Harvey, Saybrook, Conn., b. 1808, d. 1874, son 
of Marsylvia Ely and Samuel Harvey; m. 1829, Elizabeth Bushnell, who 
was b. 1799, d. 1865, dau. of Elias Bushnell and Sarah Bushnell ; m. 2nd, 
Julia Newell Doty (Stone), Windham, Greene Co., N. Y., in 1868, who 
was b. 1818, dau. of William Doty and Julia Newell. Their children: 

1. Sarah Elizabeth, b. 1829, d. 1849. 

2. Francis Jedediah, b. 1830, d. 1876, m., ist, 1859, Angeline Bushell; m., 

2nd, 1875, Amelia Ayer (105231). 

3. Susan Maria, b. 1835; m. 1861, Charles Olando Buell. 

13822. Betsy Ann Harvey, Saybrook, Conn., b. 1810, d. 1875, dau. 
of Marsylvia Ely and Samuel Harvey ; m. 1843, Samuel Scott, Plainfield, 
N. J., who was b. 1792, d. 1865. No children. ( Jerusha Ann Ely (24012) 
is the widow of Horace Scott, son of Samuel Scott, Brooklyn, N. Y, 
Her father has quite a genealogy.) 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 243 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

13823. Lucretia Miner Harvey, Saybrook, Conn., b. 1814, dau. of 
Marsylvia Ely and Samuel Harvey; m. 1838, Charles Chauncey Spencer, 
Saybrook, Conn., b. 1813, d. 1876, son of David Spencer and Rachel 
Bushnell. Their children : 

1. Maria Adelaide, b. 1838. 

2. Frances Catherine, b. 1840. 

3. Amelia Annette, b. 1841, d. 1856. 

4. Mary Edgar, b. 1843. 

5. Margaret Nichols, b. 1844, d. 1858. 

6. Charles Samuel, b. 1846. 

7. Lucretia Marsylvia, b. 1848. 

8. Sarah Elizabeth, b. 1852. 

9. Susan Ella Harvey, b. 1854. 

13824. Deborah Ely Harvey, Plainfield, N. J., b. 1817, dau. of Mar- 
sylvia Ely and Samuel Harvey ; m. 1862, Charles Frederick Starkey, Es- 
sex, Conn., who was b. 1810, d. 1875, son of Charles Starkey and Sibil 
Chapman. No children. 

13861. William Ebenezer Nichols, East Haddam, Conn., son of 
Peggy Ely and William Ebenezer Nichols; m. Catherine Tiffany Gil- 
lette, dau. of Francis Gillette and Catherine Tiffany. (Catherine Tiffany 
still lives at E. Haddam ; the children both dead.) Their children : 

1. William Ebenezer, East Haddam, Yale College. 

2. Name not obtained. 

131 11. William Horace Ely, New Haven, Conn., b. 1808, d. 1851, 
son of Horace Ely and Sarah Rogers; m. 1829, Mary Coffin Brown, 
Brownville, N. Y., who was b. 181 1, d. 1874, dau. of George Brown 
and Olive Coffin. Their children : 

1. Sarah Olive (13154), b. about 1831, m. i860 Samuel Copp Brewster. 

2. Theodore Rogers, b. 1834, d. 1861. "A great-grandson of Adriel Ely, 
"Theodore Rogers Ely, a distinguished naval officer; was engaged in 

laying the first submarine Atlantic cable."— Ely Reunion Pamphlet. 

131 12. Zabdiel Rogers Ely, b. 1809, d. 1839, son of Horace Ely and 
Sarah Rogers; m. 1838, Mary Stanley Hungerford, Watertown, N. Y., 
who was b. 18 15, dau. of Orville Hungerford and Elizabeth Porter Stan- 
ley. Their children : 

I. Nameless, b. 1839. 

131 13. Sarah Elizabeth Ely, Watertown, N. Y., b. 181 1, d. 1851, 
dau. of Horace Ely and Sarah Rogers; m. 1831, Silas Clark, Kenosha, 



244 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

Wis., who was b. 1802, son of Silas Clark and Mary Ann Hill. Their 
children : 

1. Horace Ely, b. 1832, m. i860 Sarah Gilbert Sandiforth. 

2. Sarah Joanna, b. 1834, d. 1837. 

3. Mary Smith, b. 1836. 

4. Henry Rogers, b. 1839, d. 1873. 

5. Hannah Maria, b. 1841, m. 1865 Andrew Thompson. 

13^15. Maria Vail Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1821, d. 1854, dau. of 
Horace Ely and Sarah Rogers ; m. 1845, Lewis Porter Hayden, Essex, 
Conn., who was b. 1813, d. 1847, son of Ebenezer Hayden and Sarah 
Hommedieu. Their children : 

I. Lewis Ebenezer, b. 1846 ; d. 1847. 

13121. Erastus Sumner Sterling, b. 1804, d. 1868, son of Betsy Ely 
and Erastus Sterling; m. 1830, Florilla Goff (dau. of Daniel Goff, 
produce dealer, N. Y.), who was b. 1804, d. 185 1 ; m. 2nd, Polly North 
(Antisdel), (wid. of A. Antisdel, Esq., Supt. Am. Ex. Co., Milwaukee), 
in 1852, who was b. 1808, d. 1871, dau. of Daniel North and Hannah 
Hicks. Their children : 

1. Henry Sumner, b. 1831, d. 1834. 

2. William Alexander, b. 1833, m. i860, Mary Helen Marsh. His resi- 

dence is at New London, Wis., and he replies to the inquiry as to the 
family record. 

13222. Eliza Ely Sterling, b. 1806, d. 1845, dau. of Betsy Ely and 
Erastus Sterling; m. 1830, John Andrew Cathcart, Brownsville, N. Y., 
who was b. 1798, d. 1852, son of Andrew Cathcart and Margaret Brown. 
No children. 

13X23. Frances Cornelia Sterling, Brooklyn, N. Y., b. 1814, dau. of 
Betsy Ely and Erastus Sterling; m. 1833, Marcellus Massey, Brooklyn, 
N. Y., who was b. 18 15, son of Hart Massey and Lucy Swain. Their 
children : 

1. Robert Doxtater, b. 1837. 

2. Frederick Sterling, b. 1839. m. 1869 Minnie Masson. 

3. Frank Marcellus, b. 1841, d. 1846. 

4. Thompson Morris, b. 1844. 

13134. Benjamin Cornwall Ely, Girard, Pa., b. 1825, son of Sumner 
Ely and Hannah Knapp Gilbert; m. 1852, Elizabeth Crippen Caryl, 
Worcester, N. Y., who was b. 1830, dau. of Leonard Caryl and Mary 
Crippin. Their children : 

1. Mary Lola, b. 1855. 

2. Sumner Adriel, b. 1855. 

(Adriel Gilbert, M. D., Girard, Pa., will furnish information for the record.) 




SUMNER ADRIEL ELY, 
NEW YORK CITY 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 24^ 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

3. Theodore Julius, b. 1857, m. Nettie Willis. 

4. Benjamin Caryl, b. 1858, m. Lucy Stow. 

5. Gertrude Elizabeth, b. i860, m. Horace Luddington Rossiter. 

6. William Frederick, b. 1863, m. Anne Stow. 

7. Ella Louisa, b. 1867. 

8. Jenny Carlotta, b. 1869, d. Apr. 21, 1891 ; m. Henry N. Nichols. 

13135- William Horace Ely, East Worcester, Otsego Co., N. Y., b. 

1829 ; d. , son of Sumner Ely and Hannah Knapp Gilbert ; m. 1855, 

Ellen Caryl, East Worcester, N. Y., who was b. 1834, dau. of Leonard 
Caryl and Mary Crippin. Their children : 

1. William Caryl, b. 1856, m. Grace, daughter Stanton Courter, of Cobles- 

kill, N. Y. (President International Railway Co., Buffalo). 

2. Adriel Benjamin, b. 1859. 

13141. William Adriel Ely, Watertown, N. Y., b. 1821, d. 1877, son 
of William Stow Ely and Lydia Skinner; m. 1852, Julia Guernsey 
Backus, East Bloomfield, N. Y., who was b. 1826, d. 1864, dau. of Joshua 
Backus and Martha Howes. Their children : 

1. Mary Whitney, b. 1853. 

2. Martha Backus, b. 1855. 

3. William Stow, b. 1858, d. 1873. 

4. Julia Guernsey, b. 1861. 

13144. Mary Jerusha Ely, Brownsville, N. Y., b. 1827, d. 1854, dau. 
of William Stow Ely and Lydia Skinner; m. 1849, George Whitney, 
Philadelphia (247 No. i8th St.), Pa., who was b. 1819, son of Asa Whit- 
ney and Clarinda Williams. Their children : 

I. Mary Ely, b. 1850, d. 1881, m. 1880 Alexander Ewing Outerbridge. 
(George Whitney married Sarah C. Farmer for 2nd wife.) 

13145. David Skinner Ely (care Steele & Price, 108 Randolph St., 
Chicago), Waukegan, 111., b. 1829, son of William Stow Ely and Lydia 
Skinner; m. 1859, Harriet Maria Wheldon (at present Waukegan, 111.), 
Salem, N. Y., who was b. 1837, ^^u. of Phineas Barker Wheldon and 
Maria Stevens. Their children : 

1. Newel Whitney, b. 1861, d. 1863. 

2. William Wheldon, b. 1863. 

3. Lucy Stevens, b. 1866. 

13151. Harriet Foster Ely, Renovo, Pa., b. 1828, dau. of Adriel Ely 
and Eveline Foster; m. 1853, Charles Richardson, Auburn, N. Y., son of 
Joseph Lane Richardson and Catherine Dole. Their children : 

1. Evelina Ely, b. 1862. 

2. Joseph Lane, b. 1864. 



246 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

13154. Foster Ely, Lockport, N. Y., b. 1836, son of Adriel Ely and 
Eveline Foster; m. 1873, Sarah Olive Ely (Brewster) (131111), who was 
b. about 1831, dau. of William Horace Ely and Mary Coffin Brown. 

DEATHS. 
ELY— In this city, July I, 1884, Sarah Olive, 
wife of Foster Ely, D. D. 

Friends are invited to attend the funeral from 
her late residence, 184 West Genesee St., Satur- 
day, July 5, at 2.30 P. M. Interment private. 
(From the Syracuse Journal, Thursday Evening, July 3, 1884.) 
Sarah Olive Ely, daughter of William Horace and Mary C. Ely, of Brown- 
ville, Jefferson County, New York, in her sixteenth year married Samuel C. 
Brewster, one of the most prominent and influential citizens of this city. Intro- 
duced to the highest social circles, she soon became their brightest ornament, 
her extraordinary powers of mind and heart and her natural graces making her at 
once a leader. Her hospitable reception of the Right Rev. Bishop Huntington, 
when he took up his residence here, was an event to be remembered, and, was 
characteristic of the old-time hospitality she was wont to dispense with open 
doors. Subsequent to the death of Mr. Brewster she was, on the 20th of February, 
1873, united in marriage with Rev. Foster Ely, D. D., her second cousin, then 
rector of St. Paul's Episcopal Church, Newport, Ky., and now rector of Grace 
Church, Lockport, N. Y. In both these cities, where, after her marriage, the 
major portion of her time was passed, she quickly assumed the same high social 
position she had ever enjoyed in Syracuse, modified and brought into truer har- 
mony with her natural instincts by the position accorded her as a clergyman's 
wife. 

Mrs. Ely's life, devoted as it was to religious work, to charitable enter- 
prises, to social obligations, was nevertheless pre-eminently literary, in accord- 
ance with her natural tastes and ample opportunities. Though graduating at a 
first-class seminary, she considered her education as yet hardly begun. Accord- 
ingly, even after her marriage, she diligently pursued her favorite studies and 
until confined to her chamber by the long and painful illness that ended her earthly 
life she was devoted to literature. 

Of her poems we recall, among others, "Twilight Musing," "Typographical 
Errors of My First Poem," "Welcome Home" (addressed and read to the 149th 
New York Volunteers), "Song of the Summer Birds," "Ruth," "Not Knowing," 
"No," "Alone" (suggested by the untimely death of her only brother, Theodore 
R. Ely, an accomplished officer of the United States Navy). The introductory 
verse of "Alone" reads : 

"The river ran gold with the light on its breast. 

And the waves went eddying by. 
As the wooing sun kissed the lips of the West, 
Gilding the throne where my love sought rest 

Under the evening sky. 
Now sadly alone by the river I stray. 
For my love has left me this many a day. 
Left me to droop and to die." 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 247 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

Not caring for public recognition, most of her poems were given to the 
press over a nom de plume. Verse after verse she penned for no other reason than 
that she loved the muse. The authorship of two of her best sonnets has been 
claimed by another. 

As a prose writer, her style is clear and terse. It is the garb of beautiful and 
elevated thoughts. She seldom wrote without a definite aim. Many an able 
article on the living issues of the day has she anonymously written to influence 
public opinion. For many years as secretary of the "Syracuse Home Association" 
it devolved upon her to write a great deal, and it is not too much to say that her 
brilliant imagery rendered attractive even the dry details embodied in the reports 
of this benevolent institution. 

To the exertions of Mrs. Ely — then Mrs. Samuel C. Brewster — the Home 
Association is largely indebted for its present edifice. Syracuse papers placed 
their columns at her service; and earnest, touching appeals were read from all the 
city pulpits. 

But her most pretentious work, a novel now about ready for publication, 
will particularly show her excellence as a prose writer. It gives her rich fancy 
greater range among the varied topics familiar to her cultivated mind. 

13155. Frederick Gustavus Ely, 220 State St., Chicago, 111., b. 1838, 
son of Adriel Ely and Eveline Foster; m. 1867, Matilda Caroline Boyer, 
Evans Mills, N. Y., who was b. 1844, dau. of Joseph Boyer and Roxanna 
Grant Howard. Their children : 

I. Samuel Boyer, b. 1869. 

13156. Gertrude Sumner Ely, Watertown, N. Y., b. 1844, dau. of 
Adriel Ely and Eveline Foster; m. 1870, George Willard Knowlton, 
Watertown, N. Y., who was b. 1839, son of George Willard Knowlton 
and Elizabeth Carroll. Their children : 

1. Theodore Ely, b. 1872. 

2. Carroll Foster, b. 1878. 

3. Gertrude Willard, b. 1881. 

I3I57- Theodore Newel Ely, Altoona, Pa., b. 1846, son of Adriel Ely 
and Eveline Foster; m. 1874, Henrietta Von Sinden Brandes, Erie, Pa.^ 
who was b. 1846, d. 1880, dau. of Charles Brandes and Catherine Shank. 
Their children : 

1. Katherine Brandes, b. 1875. 

2. Gertrude Sumner, b. 1876. 

3. Charles Brandes, b. 1879. 

4. Henrietta Brandes, b. 1880. 

Theo. N. Ely was connected with the Pennsylvania Railway for 
many years, holding an important position on the Altoona Division. 

13211. Mary Young Cheney, Litchfield, Conn., born Oct. 20, 1811, 
died in New York City, October 30, 1872, daughter of Silas Ely Cheney 



248 THE ELY ANCESTRY, 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

and Mary Young; married Horace Greeley, of the New York Tribune, 
New York City, July 5, 1836. Mr. Greeley died at Pleasantville, N. Y., 
November 29, 1872. Children : 

1. Ida, b. , d. , m. Colonel Nicholas Smith. 

2. Gabrielle Rosamond, b. March 26, 1857, m. Rev. Dr. Frank M. Clen- 

denin, Apr. 23, 1891 (Saint George's Day), at Pleasantville, N. Y. 

14121. Stephen Lee, Westerlo, N. Y., b. 1761, son of Benjamin Lee 
and Mary Dorr ; m. (wife's name not known). Their children : 

1. Zebulon, m. Nancy Harris (son of Stephen Franklin, near Albany in 

1850.) 

2. John. (Chenango Forks, N. Y., with family.) 

14123. Mary Ann Lee, b. 1765, dau. Benjamin Lee and Mary Dorr; 
m. Skinner. 

141 24. George Lee, New Village, L. L, who was b. 1767, d. 1857, 
son of Benjamin Lee and Mary Dorr; m. 1791, Elizabeth Bennet, Hunt- 
ington, L. L, b. 1770, d. 18 1 7, dau. of Lemuel Bennet and Eliza- 
beth Wood of Randolph, Orange Co., Vt. ; m. 2nd, Susan Greene of 
Setauket, L. I., sister of Rev. Zachariah Greene, in 1818, who was b. 
1766, d. 1841 ; m. 3rd, Julia Ann Tooker, Brookhaven, L. I., in 1842, who 
was b. 1774, d. 1858. Their children: 

1. Samuel Bryant, b. 1792. 

2. George Dorr, b. 1795, d. 1842. 

3. Benjamin, b. 1798, d. 1814. 

4. Elizabeth, b. 1805, d. 1806. 

14125. Lucy Lee, Lyme, Conn., b. 1769, d. 1856, dau. of Benjamin 
Lee and Mary Dorr; m. George Mitchell, New Scotland, N. Y., who 
was b. 1766, d. 1847, son of George Mitchell and Anna Bacon. Their 
children : 

1. Erastus, b. 1789, living 1859. 

2. Eunice, b. 1791, m. Philip Shear, Norton Hill, N. Y., 1859. 

3. Adam, b. 1795. d. 1802. 

4. George Lee, b. 1801 (New Scotland, N. Y., 1859). 

5. Jeanette, b. 181 1, m. Fred Onderdonk, Coeymans, N. Y., 1859. 

14127. Joseph Lee, Lyme, Conn., b. 1774, son of Benjamin Lee and 
Mary Dorr ; m. 1795, Sarah Champion. Their children : 

1. Charles. 

2. Joseph, d. 1821. 




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THE ELY ANCESTRY. 249 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

14128. Charles Lee, Truxton, N. Y., b. 1776, d. 1848, son of Ben- 
jamin Lee and Mary Dorr; m. 1800, Eve Hallenbeck, Bethlehem, N. Y., 
daughter of John Hallenbeck and Mary Buskirk. Their children : 

1. Mary Ann, b. 1801, d. 1849. 

2. Eunice, b. 1803, d. 1828. 

3. John Hallenbeck, b. 1804, d. 1807. 

4. Joseph, b. 1806, d. 1807. 

5. Benjamin, b. 1808. 

14129. Lydia Lee, b. 1779, d. 1820, dau. of Benjamin Lee and Mary 
Dorr; m. 1804, Josiah Culver Foote, Coeymans, N. Y., who was b. 1775, 
d. 1819, son of John Foote and Ruth Culver. Their children : 

1. John, b. 1805 (Coventry, N. Y., 1859). 

2. Mary Ann, b. 1806; d. 1818. 

3. Ruth, b. 1808 (Coventry, N. Y., 1859). 

4. George Dorr, b. 1810 (Pittsfield, 111., 1859)- 

5. Lucy b. 1812. 

6. Lydia, b. 1814; m. Patrick Hoy, Albany, N. Y., 1859. 

7. Abraham, b. 1816 (Bainbridge, N. Y. 1859). 

14120. Benjamin Lee, Pompey, N. Y., b. 1781, d. 1825, son of Ben- 
jamin Lee and Mary Dorr ; m. Lucy Austin. No children. 

14411. Sarah Ely, dau. of Daniel Ely and Sarah Whittlesey; ra. 
Uriah Church. 

144.12. Esther Ely, dau. of Daniel Ely and Esther Cone; m. Jacob 
Smith. 

14414. Mehitable Ely, dau. of Daniel Ely and Esther Cone; m. 
Danmuy. 

14431. Polly Ely, Gainesville, N. Y., b. 1785, d. 1879, dau. of Jabez 
Ely and Polly Bennett ; m. 1839, James Johnson, Gainsville, N. Y. No 
children . 

14432. Daniel Ely, Rushford, N. Y., b. 1788, d. 1866, son of Jabez 
Ely and Polly Bennett; m. 1807, Polly Murdock, Hamilton, who d. 1809; 
m. 2nd, 1810, Mary Carrier, Rushford, N. Y., who was b. 1785, d. 1877. 
Their children : 

1. Caroline, b. 1807. 

2. Betsy Mary, b. 1812. 

3. Columbus, b. 1814. 

4. Clinton, b. 1816. 

5- Sarepta Jane, b. 1818. • 

6. Cornelia Persis, b. 1821. 



250 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

14434. Lucretia Ely, Gainesville, N. Y., b. 1793, dau. of Jabez Ely 
and Polly Bennett; m. 1815, Frederick Putnam, Gainesville, N. Y., who 
d. 1863. Their children : 

1. Betsy Ely, b. 1815. 

2. Phebe Bennett, b. 1817, d. 1878. 

3. Dorcas, b. 1819. 

4. Jane Ely, b. 1820, d. 1846. 

5. Lucretia, b. 1822, d. 1865. 

6. Polly Celinda, b. 1825, d. 1863. 

7. Frederick Alonzo, b. 1827. 
8. 

14435. Calvin Ely, Gainesville, N. Y., b. 1796, d. 1870, son of Jabez 
Ely and Polly Bennett; m. 1819, Abigail Lamb, Gainesville, N. Y., b. 
1799 (living Feb., 1882), daughter of Asa Lamb and Abigail Miller. 
Their children: 

1. Emily, b. 1821, m. 1845 James Hasting Wiseman. 

2. Jerome Bonaparte, b. 1822, m. 1849 Ruth Hendee. 

3. Cathalo Fayette, b. 1823, m. 1850 Lydia Maria Jordan. 

4. Matilda Ann, b. 1825. 

5. Calvin, b. 1827. 

6. Abigail, b. 1829, m. 1851, David Pratt. 

7. Jabez Daniel, b. 1830, d. 1865. 

8. Vivalda Wood, b. 1855. 

g. Calma Ann, b. 1836, d. i860. 
ID. Demila, b. 1841. 

14436. John Bennett Ely, East Gainesville, N. Y., b. 1799, d. Mar. 
31, 1882, son of Jabez Ely and Polly Bennett; m. 1820, Jane Vieley, 
Shongam, N. Y., who was b. 1801, dau. of James Vieley and Catherine 
Palmateer. Their children : 

1. Frederick Fayette, b. 1821, d. 1844. 

2. Sarah, b. 1823. 

3. John Bennett, b. 1825, d. 1878. 

4. Ann Maria, b. 1827, d. 1861. 

5. George Washington, b. 1830, d. i860. 

6. Betsy, b. 1832. 

7. Lorenzo, b. 1834. 

8. James Harvey, b. 1836, d. 1868. 

9. Sullivan, b. 1839. 

10. Mary Jane, b. 1840, d. 1862. 

14437. Jabez Ely, Gainesville, N. Y., b. 1802, d. 1857, son of Jabez 
Ely and Polly Bennett; m. 1824, Cornelia Patterson, Tuscola, Mich., who 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 251 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

was b. 1804, daii. of William Patterson and Hannah Hoag. Their 
children : 

1. Denison Jabez, b. 1826, Central City, Col., m. 1851, Mary Jane Brown. 

2. Laura Louise, b. 1828, m. 1847 Edmond B. Fisher. 

3. William Patterson b. 1829, d. 1869, m. 1856 Eliza Ann Nichols. 

4. Mary Eliza, b. 1831, m. 1854 Alphonso Brown. 

5. James, b. 1834, d. 1855. 

6. Edmund, b. 1836, Davisburg, Mich.; m. i860, Maria Quigley; m. 2nd, 

1866, Helen Frances Granger. 

7. Ralph, b. 1838, m. i860 Harriette Tappin. 

8. Wilbur Hoag, b. 1840, d. 1842. 

9. Martha Cornelia, b. 1842, m. 1863 Lorin Greene. 
10. Elizabeth Ann, b. 1845, d. 1865. 

14454. Hannah Tucker, dau. of Mary Ann Ely and Philip Tucker; 
Their children : 



I. 


Demetrius. 


2. 


Nehemiah. 


3. 


Richard. 


4- 


George. 


5. 


Charles. 


6. 


Jane. 


7- 


Mary. 



14461. Richard Hayes Ely, b. 1790, d, 1828, son of Denison Ely and 
Phebe Lay; m. 1820, Laura Maria Shepard (Clark), Utica, N. Y., who 

was b. 1783, d. 1839, dau. of Shepard and Abigail Mix. Their 

children : 

1. James Denison, b. 1821, d. 1867. 

2. Caroline Elizabeth, b. 1823, m. 1842 Belden Rowe McAlpine. 

3. Richard Hayes, b. 1829, d. 1835. 

14463. Ansel Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1794, d. 1865, son of Denison Ely 
and Phebe Lay ; m. Electa Smith. Their children : 

1. William Shepard, Syracuse, N. Y. 

2. Ansel Augustus. 

3. Electa. 

4. Cornelia. 

5. Richard Hayes. 

14464. James Burr Ely, b. 1796, d. 1872, son of Denison Ely and 
Phebe Lay; m. 1826, Jane Mary Le Grand Binford, White Sulphur 

Springs, Va., who was b. , d. 1876, dau. of Joseph Binford and 

Mary Snead LeGrand. Their children : 

1. Ann Elizabeth, m. Armistead. 

2. Lucy Jane, b. 1831 ; m. 1866, John Edward Patteson. 



252 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

3. Mary Maria, b. 1833; d- 1875; m- 185 1, Robert Alexander Lancaster. 
(Dau., Fannie Lancaster, Richmond, Vt., may know some details as 
to family history.) 

14466. Phebe Peck Ely, Rochester, N. Y., b. 1800, d. 1877, dau. of 

Denison Ely and Phebe Lay ; m. John Ferdon, , Pa., who was 

b. 1794, d. i860. Their children : 

1. James. 

2. John Henry. 

3. Phebe Ann. 

4. Lorenzo Denison, b. 1832; m. Lucy Bradner. 

5. Andrew Ely, b. 1834; d. 1867. 
, 6. Charles Matthew, b. 1838. 

7. Mary Elizabeth, b. 1841 ; m. i860. Earl Wilcox. 

8. William Ansel, b. 1844; d. 1856. 

14468. Mary Ann Ely, Essex, Conn., b. 1805, dau. of Denison Ely 
and Phebe Lay; m. 1829, Henry Matthews, Penfield, Monroe Co., 
N. Y., who was b. 1803, d. 1834, son of Jabez Matthews and Louisa 
Owen; m. 2nd, Nelson Benedict, Maple Rapids, Mich., in 1839, who was 
b. 1810, d. 1865, son of Hiram Benedict and Abigail McCrea. Their 
children : 

1. Laura Ely, b. 1829; d. 1835. 

2. Elizabeth Matthews, b. 1840; d. 1871, m. 1867, Charles Puller. 

3. George Ely, b. 1842; d. 1880; m. 1867, Laura Maria Eldred. 

4. Helen Amanda, b. 1845; d. 1848. 

14460. Lorenzo Douglass Ely, Rochester, N. Y., b. 1809, d. 1881, 
son of Denison Ely and Phebe Lay; m. 1841, Caroline Cornelia Culver, 
Rochester, N. Y., who was b. 1818, dau. of Oliver Culver and Alice Ray. 
Their children: 

1. Oliver Culver, b. 1842. 

2. Alice Elizabeth, b. 1844. 

3. Caroline Cornelia, b. 1847; d. 1848. 

4. Lorenzo Douglass b. 1850. 

5. Cornelia Culver, b. 1859. 

14471. Daniel Ely Lewis, son of Lucretia Ely and George Lewis; 
m. Mary Fellows. Their children : 

1. Daniel. 

2. John. 

3. George. 

4. Harris. 

5. Catherine. 

6. Mary. '^ 

7. Emma. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 253 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

14713. EHsha Marvin, son of Ruth Ely and Enoch Marvin; m. 1805, 
Laura Foote, who was b. 1784, dau. of Dan Foote and Isabella Henry. 
Their children : 

1. Chauncey, b. 1806. 

2. Minerva, b. 1808; m. Edson Hall. 

3. Elisha, b. 1813; m. Lorraine Jones. 

14714. Rebecca Marvin, dau. of Ruth Ely and Enoch Marvin; m. 
Christopher Lee. 

14719. Wells Marvin, b. 1792, d. 1856, son of Ruth Ely and Enoch 
Marvin; m. Mary Davis. 

14761. Deborah Spencer Ely, Portland, Me., b. 1802, d. 1856, dau. 
of Ashbel Ely and ; m. 1825, Robert Pollock, Paisley, Scot- 
land, son of Nazro Pollock and Margaret McFarland. Their children: 

1. Amy McFarland, b. 1826; m. 1842, Andrew Curtis. 

2. Adelia Woodruff, b. 1827; m. 1846, James William McKindley. 

3. David Ely, b. 1829. 

4. James Blair, b. 1834; d. 1880. 

5. Isabella, b. 1836; m. 1854, James Paddock Smith. 

14772. James Harrison Ely (care M. S. & L. S. R. R. freight office, 
Chicago, 111.), b. 1805, son of Dudley Ely and Ann Dolphin Harrison; 
m. 1831, Harriet Eliza Thompson, Galway, N. Y., who was b. 1813, d. 
1869, dau. of Gideon Thompson and Elizabeth Smith; m. 2nd, Carrie 
Close, Summerfield, Mich., in 1870, who was b. 1840, dau. of Philip Close 
and Catherine . Their children : 

1. James Thompson, b. 1833; d. 1875; m. 1859, Mary Emma Lock. 

2. Samuel Wells, b. 1836; d. 1858. 

3. Jessie, b. 1875. 

14776. Amy Gridley Ely, Charlton, N. Y., b. 1815, d. 1841, dau. of 
Dudley Ely and Ann Dolphin Harrison; m, 1835, Archelaus Spencer, 
Rome, N. Y., who was b. 1811, son of Jonathan Spencer and Mary 
Young. Their children : 

I. Mary Young, b. 1838; m. 1879, Samuel Thomas Jackson. 

14777. ]^^^ Ann Ely, b. 1818, dau. of Dudley Ely and Ann Dolphin 
Harrison; m. 1841, John Calkins Guernsey, Rom.e, N. Y., who was b. 
1817, son of Solomon Guernsey and Delia Caulkins. Their children: 

1. John Harrison, b. 1842; m. 1862, Frances Louisa West 

2. James Jewett, b. 1845; m. 1868, Jennie L. Scott. 

14778. John Dudley Ely, Rome, N. Y., b. 1823, son of Dudley 
Ely and Ann Dolphin Harrison ; m. 1844, Margaret Almira Matthews, 
Broome, N. Y., who was b. 1826, d. 1866, dau. of Jared Matthews and 



254 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

Margaret Hummel ; m. 2nd, Eliza Tyler, Lee, N. Y., in 1867 ; she was 
b. 1833, dau. of John Tyler and Catherine Sheldon. Their children : 

1. Anna Dolphin, b. 1859; d. i860. 

2. Anna Mary, b. 1863. 

3. John Tyler, b. 1868. 

14781. Selden Gibson Ely, Middletown, Conn., b. 1801, d. 1874, son 
of Selden Ely and Hepsibah Gibson; m. 1827, Rachel Wilcox, Crom- 
well, Conn., who was b. 1804, dau. of Giles Wilcox and Lucy Clark. 
Their children : 

1. Dwight, b. 1830. 

2. Lucy, b. 1837. 

3. Emma Elvira, b. 1839. 

4. Giles Wilcox, b. 1841. 

5. Gibson, b. 1843. 

(There were 8 children, all of whom are dead.) 

14784. Eliza Wells Ely, Rockville, Conn., b. 1807, dau. of Selden 
Ely and Hepsibah Gibson; m. 1831, Matthias Miner, Cromwell, Conn,, 
b. 1804, d. 1863, son of John Miner and Maria Funday. Their children: 

1. Helen Augusta, b. 1832; m. 1857, Courtland A. Skinner. 

2. Mary Ann, b. 1837; m. 1862, Samuel Fellar McFarland. 

3. Charles Henry, b. 1840; m. 1867, Elmira L. Neale. 

14786. Edward Ely, Winona, Minn., b. 181 1, son of Selden Ely and 
Hepsibah Gibson; m. 1843, Jane Wellington Barker, Oriskany Falls, 
N. Y., who was b. 18 17, dau. of Mason Barker and Elizabeth Ingham, 
Their children : 

1. Charles Edward, b. 1844, De Smet, Dakota, 

2, Helen Mar, b. 1850, Flandreau, Dakota; m, 1876 Henry M. William- 

son. 

3. Mason Barker, b. 1853, Mexico. 

4, Harriet Elizabeth, b. 1858, 

14787. Timothy Ely, Cromwell, Conn., b. 1814, d. 1854, son of 
Selden Ely and Hepsibah Gibson; m, 1841, Sarah Stark, Lyme, Conn., 
res. Cromwell, Conn., who was b. 1816, dau. of Christopher Clark and 
Phebe Taber Jewett. Their children : 

1, Henry Augustus, b, 1843. 

2. Ellen Phebe, b, 1846, 

14788. Mary Ann Ely, Lancaster, Ohio, b. 1818, dau. of Selden Ely 
and Hepsibah Gibson; m. 1849, Jonas Alexander Ream, Lancaster, Ohio, 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 255 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

who was b. 1809, d. 1882, son of Sampson Ream and Ann Stukey. Their 
children : 

1. Alice, b. 1851, m. 1878 Edmund Godwin. 

2. Flora Ely, b. 1854, m. 1876 Charles Henry Towson. 

14701. Selden Ely, b. 1799, d. 1852, son of William Ely and Docenia 
Johnson ; m. 1825, Polly Coude, who was b. 1800, d. 1876, dau. of Jona- 
than Coude and Sarah Thompson. Their children: 

1. William Henry, b. 1826, m. 1853 Mary Rachel Underbill. 

2. Sarah Docenia, b. 1830, d. 1857, m. 1852 Samuel Charles Brott 

3. Ann Amelia, b. 1834, d. 1838. 

4. Harriet Rebecca, b. 1837, m. i860 William Taylor. 

14702. Rebecca Ely, Madison, Wis., b. 1802; dau. of William Ely 
and Docenia Johnson; m. 1822, Ira Curtis, who was b. 1797, d. 1866. 
Their children : 

1. Eveline Belding, b. 1822, d. 1826. 

2. William Ely, b. 1825, d. 1846. 

3. Hetty Amelia, b. 1828; m. 1845, Wakeman Gold Sprague (131 W. 

Genesee St., Syracuse, N. Y.). 

4. Samuel Belding, b. 1834, d. 1853. 

5. Caroline Docenia, b. 1837, m. 1861 Edgar Stevens McBride. 

I47Q3- William Ely, Park Ridge, Canfield, Cook Co., 111., b. 1804, 
son of William Ely and Docenia Johnson ; m. 1832, Maria Louisa Kline, 
Fonda, Genesee Co., N. Y., who was b. 18 10, dau. of John Sebastian 
Kline and Catherine Veeder. Their children : 

1. Maria Docenia, b. 1834, d. 1859. 

2. Amelia Catherine, b. 1836, d. 1879. 

3. Annie Rebecca, b. 1839. 

14704. Ambrose Ely, Charlton, Saratoga Co., N. Y,, b. 1807, d. 1873, 
son of William Ely and Docenia Johnson ; m. 1829, Eliza Minerva Haw- 
ley (170 Division St., Milwaukee, Wis.), who was b. 1808, dau. of Elias 
Youngs Hawley and Lydia Curtis. Their children : 

1. Rebecca Eliza, b. 1830; m. 1851 Charles Atwood Noyes. 

2. Ambrose Henry, b. 1832, d. 1836. 

3. Lydia Docenia, b. 1833, m. 1855 Gideon Pierce Hewitt. 

Lydia Ely has established for herself a reputation for charity and good 
Vi^orks recognized throughout the United States, and while it is unnecessary that 
we enumerate here even the more prominent beneficences with which she has 
actively been associated, yet the notice of her name cannot fail to suggest the 
latest of her public enterprises. 

The Soldiers' Monument at Milwaukee, Wis., has been entirely erected from 
funds collected by Lydia Ely. 



256 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

The sum of $30,000, raised by her unaided efforts, was completed in October^ 
1899, by the sale to Captain Pabst of her autograph book for $8,000. The volume 
contains 150 pounds of autographs mixed with some of the brightest things in the 
way of quotation. Autographs of artists, dramatists and statesmen mingle with, 
those of scholars and ecclesiastics, and all with some appropriate sentiment. 

President Cleveland and his Cabinet, President McKinley and his Cabinet,, 
U. S. Supreme Court Judges, U. S. Circuit Court Judges, 54th and 55th Con- 
gresses, the Army and Navy, and U. S. Civil List, form no inconsiderable part of 
this mighty work, which is of the greatest interest and value and reflects infinite 
credit on the skill and patient industry of Lydia Ely. 

14705. Thomas Ely, b. 1814; d. 1838; son of William Ely and Doce- 
nia Johnson; m. Elizabeth Bell. Their children: 
I. Marian Docenia, b. 1836, m. Thomas Ready. 
2. Thomas Henry, b. 1839, d. 1863, m. 1859 Anna Twedell. 
14711. Elizabeth Ely Gridley, b. 1826, dau. of Amy Ely and 
Theodore Gridley; m. 1843, George Selden Butler (529 Hurlbut St., Chi- 
cago, 111.), son of Daniel Butler and Betsy Comstock. (W. S. Watson, 
M. D., 105 West 47th St., N. Y. City, may know more of the family 
history.) 

1 483 1. Horace William Elliott, Goshen, N. Y., b. 1788, d. 1863, son 
of Ethelinda Ely and William Elliott; m. 1825, Charlotte Westcott, who 
was b. 1804, d. 1880, dau. of David Manderville Westcott and Keziab 
Gale. Their children : 

1. Ethelinda Ely, b. 1827, d. 1879, m. 1846 William Henry Beers. 

2. Charlotte, b. 1829 m. 1854 Marshall Bellinger. 

3. William Edward Ely, b. 1831. 

4. Katherine, b. 1833. 

5. Charles Goodrich, b. 1837. 

6. Sarah Wilkins, b. 1842, m. 1871 James Egbert Dill. 

7. Horace William, b. 1840. 

8. Anna Maria, b. 1845. 

9. Henrietta Duer, b. 1849. 

14832. Sarah Ethelinda Elliott, b. 1790, d. 1820, dau. of Ethelinda 
Ely and William Elliott; m. 1817, Benjamin Gildersleeve, Milledgeville^ 
Ga. Their children : 

1. William Elliott, b. 1818, d. 1822. 
14834. Elizabeth Elliott, b. 1793, d. 1880, dau. of Ethelinda Ely and 
William Elliott ; m. 1826, Zachariah Nicholas Hoffman, New York City,, 
who was b. 1797, d. 1861, son of Nicholas Hoffman and Eda Sylvester. 
Their children : 

1. Mary Ethelinda, b. 1827, m. i860 Rev. John Milton Wolcott. 

2. William Henry, b. 1830, d. 1849. 

3. Eda Elizabeth, b. 1833, m. 1859 John Osbrey. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 257- 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

14835. Henry William Elliott, Elmira, N. Y., b. 1797, d. 1870, son of 
Ethelinda Ely and William Elliott ; m. 1844, Sarah Wickham Hulse, who 
was b. 1823, d. 1873, dau. of Edward Hulse and Elizabeth Tooker. Their 
children : 

1. Sarah Elizabeth, b. 1845, m. 1864 Charles Oscar Durland (Mrs, Dur- 

land, Euclid Place and First St., Elmira, N. Y.). 

2. Henry William, b. 1849, unm. 

3. William Hoffman, b. 1850, d. 1867. 

14836. Frances Maria Elliott, b. 1798, d. 1880, dau. of Ethelinda 
Ely and William Elliott; m. 1831, Hudson Kinsley, Torringford, Conn., 
who was b. 1796, d. 1868, son of Benjamin Kinsley and Eunice Hudson. 
No children. 

(Wm. H. Kinsley, 344 W. 59th St., N. Y. City, son of former wife.) 
14841. Sarah Worthington Goodrich, Ridgefield, Conn., b. 1785, 
d, 1842, dau. of Betsy Ely and Samuel Goodrich ; m. 1805, Amos Cook, 
Danbury, Conn., who was b. 1773, d. 1810, son of Joseph Piatt Cook 
and Sarah Benedict; m. 1815, Frederick Wolcott, Litchfield, Conn., who 
was b. 1767, d. 1837, son of Oliver Wolcott and Laura Collins. Their 
children : 

1. Elizabeth (Cook), b. 1806, m. 1824, Richard Wayne Stiles. 

2. Joseph Piatt (Cook), b. 1808, d. 1835. 

3. Charles Mosely (Wolcott), 1816, m., ist, 1843, Mary Elizabeth Good- 

rich (148461); m., 2nd, 1849, Catherine A. Rankin. 

4. Chauncey Goodrich (Wolcott), b. 1819, d. 1821. 

5. Henry Griswold (Wolcott), b. 1820, d. 1852. 

6. Mary Frances (Wolcott), b. 1823, m. 1845 Theodore Frothingham. 

7. Elizabeth (Wolcott), b. 1827. 

8. Mary Wayne (Wolcott), b. 1829. 

9. Frances Barton (Wolcott), b. 1832. 

ID. Richard Montgomery (Wolcott), b. 1837. 

Henry Griswold Wolcott descendant of Elizabeth Ely, opened the first 
American mercantile house in Shanghai, China. 



SKETCH OF GOVERNOR WOLCOTT OF MASSACHUSETTS, 

Whose Father was J. Huntington Wolcott, a son of Frederick Wolcott by His 

First Wife. 
Roger Wolcott is a descendant of a distinguished ancestry. His great-great- 
grandfather was Roger Wolcott, Governor of Connecticut, and second in com- 
mand in the famous expedition which captured Louisburg in 1745- His great- 
grandfather, Oliver Wolcott, was a signer of the Declaration of Independence, 
major-general in the American Revolution, and Governor of Connecticut at the 



258 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

time of his death. His grandfather was Frederick Wolcott, for more than thirty- 
years judge of probate in Connecticut, who, twice refusing a nomination as 
Governor of Connecticut, actively aided to elect to that position his brother, who 
had previously served as Secretary of the Treasury in the Cabinets of Washington 
and John Adams. J. Huntington Wolcott, his father, was born at Litchfield, 
Conn., August 29, 1804. At an early age he removed to Boston, where he entered 
the employ of A. & A. Lawrence & Co., merchants. While yet a young man he 
was made a partner in the firm. This house took a leading part in the develop- 
ment of the great manufacturing and commercial enterprises of New England. 
Roger Wolcott was born in Boston, July 13, 1847, and was graduated at Harvard 
in 1870, being orator of his class. Choosing law for a profession, he was grad- 
uated at Harvard Law School in 1874. In 1877-79 he served in the Common 
Council of Boston, and in 1882-4 sat in the State House of Representatives. In 
1892 and again in 1893, 1894, and 1895 he was elected Lieutenant-Governor of 
Massachusetts. Mr. Wolcott was married in 1874 to Miss Edith Prescott, a 
descendant of Colonel William Prescott, of Bunker Hill fame, and a grand- 
daughter of William H. Prescott, the historian. On the death of Governor 
Greenhalge, in March last, Lieutenant-Governor Wolcott, by virtue of his office, 
became acting Governor. Mr. Wolcott is a lawyer, with an office in Boston. He 
is a Republican in politics, but in 1884 he voted for Grover Cleveland. 

The N. Y. Herald of August 2, 1900 announces the acceptance by Gov. Wolcott 
of the post of Ambassador to Italy tendered him by President McKinley, to fill 
the vacancy created by the resignation of General Draper. 

14842. Elizabeth Goodrich, b. 1787, d. 1864, dau. of Betsy Ely and 
Samuel Goodrich ; m. 1810, Noah Coe, New Haven, Conn., who was b. 
1786, d. 1871, son of Charles Coe and Mary Bates. Their children: 

1. Helen, b. i8ri, d. in infancy. 

2. Charles Goodrich, b. 1813, d. 1834. 

3. Frederick Augustus, b. 1816, d. 1870, m. 1841 Ann Eliza Mitchell. 

4. Samuel Goodrich, b. 1819, d. 1869, m. 1844 Grace IngersoU Hawley 

5. Elizabeth Ely, b. 1821, m. 1843 Chauncey Goodrich. 

14843. Abigail Goodrich, New York City, b. 1788, d. 1858, dau. of 
Betsy Ely and Samuel Goodrich; m. 1808, Samuel Whittlesey, Hartford, 
Conn., who was b. 1775, d. 1842, son of Roger Newton Whittlesey and 
Ann Woodruff. Their children : 

1. Samuel Goodrich, b. 1809, d. 1847, m. 1841 Anna Cook Mills. 

2. Charles Chauncey, b. 1812, d. 1818. 

3 Elizabeth, b. 1815, d. 1848, m. 1833 James William Tillman. 

4. Henry Martyn, b. 1821, d. 1875, m. 1866 Louisa Maria Sweet. 

5. Charles Augustus, b. 1823, d. 1849. 

6. Emily Chauncey, b. 1825, m. 1848 Lucius Curtis. 

14844. Charles Augustus Goodrich, b. 1790, d. 1862, son of Betsy 
Ely and Samuel Goodrich; m. 1818, Sarah Upson, Hartford, Conn., who 
was b. 1793, dau. of Benoni Upson and Lydia Hopkins. Their children: 

I. Sophia Upson, b. 1819, d. 1872. m. 1844, John Ashton. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 259 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

2. Sarah Upson, b. 1820, d. 1858, m. 1845, William W. Woodworth. 

3. Charles Chauncey, b. 1823, m., 1855, Mary Ashton; m., 1871, Sarah 

Meigs Haywood. 

4. Arabella Upson, b. 1825, d. 1863, m. 1850, Benjamin Callender. 

5. Catherine Chauncey, b. 1827, m. 1865, Thomas Rice Dutton. 

6. Samuel Griswold, b. 1829, m. 1862, Anne Williams Butler. 

7. Frederick Augustus, b. 1835, d. 1862. 

14845. Katherine Goodrich, Berlin, Conn., b. 1792, d. 1873, dau. of 
Betsy Ely and Samuel Goodrich; m. 1817, Daniel Dunbar, BerHn, Conn., 
who was b. 1774, d. 1841, son of Asaph Dunbar and Polly Potter. Their 
children : 

1. Edward Ely, b. 1818, d. 1871, m. 1858, Sophie Sterry Mauran. 

2. Frederic, b. 1821. 

3. Daniel, b. 1822, d. 1838. 

4. Margaret Elizabeth, b. 1826, m. 1850, Homer Hines Stuart. 

14846. Samuel Griswold Goodrich, b. 1793, d. i860, son of Betsy 
Ely and Samuel Goodrich; m. ist, 1818, Adeline Gratia Bradley, Brattle- 
boro, Vt., who was b. 1800, d. 1822, dau. of Stephen Rowe Bradley and 
Gratia Taylor; m. 2nd, 1826, Mary Booth, who was b. 1807, d. 1868, dau. 
of Frank Booth and Mary Tomelee. Their children : 

1. Mary Elizabeth (Bradley), b. 1818, d. 1845, m. Nov. i, 1843, Chas. M. 

Wolcott. 

2. Frank Booth, b. 1826, m. 1859, Ella Dumont Schmidt. 

3. Emily Louisa, b. 1829, m. 1856, Nathaniel Smith, 148483. 

4. Chauncey, b. 1834, d. 1851. 

5. Alice Lee, b. 1837, m. 1859, Frederick G. Eldridge. 

6. Mary Wolcott, b. 1846, d. 1874, m. 1867, Edward Jackson Lowell, d. 

April, 1874. 

Samuel Griswold Goodrich has achieved so prominent a place in literature 
as to be entitled in a family genealogy to something more than the mere mention 
of his name. 

The Genealogy of the Goodrich Family by Lafayette Wallace Case, M. D., 
page 221, etc., gives a very interesting account of this eminent writer, and from it 
we quote briefly: 

"Samuel Griswold Goodrich (Samuel S, Elizur 4, David 3, David 2, William 
i), was born in Ridgefield, Conn., August 19, 1793. At fifteen years of age he left 
his home to earn his living in Danbury Conn., and, while faithful to his duties, 
pursued his studies as best he could, and with such zeal that midnig'ht study told 
upon his health and impaired his sight for life. In 181 1 he worked in Hartford, 
where he joined a literary society and enjoyed the helpful friendship of Miss 
Huntley, afterward Mrs. Sigourney. In 1812 he had a taste of war, his company 
of artillery being ordered to New London, where some British ships lay in the 
offing; but he saw no real fighting. At the time of the famous Hartford Conven- 
tion he lived with his uncle, Governor Chauncey Goodrich, then Mayor, and 
knew and studied the brilliant circle of men surrounding the Governor. 



26o THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

"In i8i8 he married and settled in Hartford as a publisher, where he saw 
the dawn of American literature. He now began to write short stories for 
children. 

"In 1823 he went to Europe for the benefit of his health. On his return he 
settled in Boston and wrote hia first Parley Book, 'Tales of the Sea,' the success 
of which may be said to have been equalled only by that of the volumes which 
followed it. He often wrote fourteen hours a day, much of this by dictation to 
his wife, she seated in the light, he behind a screen, in constant fear of blindness. 
This labor brought on heart trouble, and in 1832 he again visited Europe for 
advice. 

"He carried very flattering letters of introduction on this journey. Oliver 
Wolcott, Governor of Connecticut, spoke of him in the highest terms. John 
Quincy Adams sent him three letters, Dewitt Clinton presented him to John- 
Jacob Astor, Timothy Pitkin to Richard Rust, and, later, Daniel Webster tO' 
Lord Derby. 

"He speedily became a favorite in English society, and received much atten- 
tion from Sir Walter Scott, the Lockharts, Mary Howitt, Lady Blessington, and. 
others. 

"In 1829 he commenced in Boston the publication of an annual, entitle* 
'The Token, or Atlantic Souvenir,' and to this many distinguished authors con- 
tributed, among them Nathaniel Hawthorne, who was then just beginning his 
literary career and whose merits were recognized by Mr. Goodrich. 

"In his 'Recollections of a Life Time,' Mr. Goodrich states that he had been 
the author or editor of one hundred and seventy volumes. 

"Charles Sumner once said that at the bottom of a Cornish mine he saw 
two books; one was the Bible, and the other was 'Peter Parley's Tales of the 
Sea.' 

"At the time of Mr. Goodrich's death some eight million copies of his books, 
had been sold, and since that time probably a million more have been printed. 

"Mr. Goodrich was a good public speaker and debater. He represented his 
district in the Massachusetts Legislature in 1836, and took a prominent part in the 
presidential campaign of 1840. He was made U. S. Consul to Paris in 1851 by 
President Fillmore. 

"Mr. Goodrich returned from Europe in 1855 and purchased a house in 
New York, where he lived for several years, spending his summers in a quaint 
old red brick mansion in Southbury, Conn. 

"He died suddenly at his home in Ninth St., New York City, May 9, i860, 
at the age of sixty-seven. His remains were buried at Southbury on the following 
Sunday. 

"He married, first, in January, 1818, Adeline Gratia, daughter of Stephen 
Rowe Bradley, for sixteen years United States Senator from Vermont. She died 
in June, 1822. Mr. Goodrich married, second, in January, 1826, Mary Booth, 
daughter of a prominent merchant in Boston. She died in 1868. 

S. C. Goodrich was certainly a pioneer in juvenile literature. I heard him- 
say, laughing, that his attention was turned in that direction by seeing the ad- 
vertisement of books "adapted to children and persons of the meanest capacity!" 



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SAMUEL GRISVVOLD GOODRICH 
"peter parley" 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 261 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

14848. Mary Ann Wolcott Goodrich, Berlin, Conn., who was b. 
1799, d. 1872, dau. of Betsy Ely and Samuel Goodrich; m. 1819, Na- 
thaniel Benedict Smith, Woodbury, Conn., who was b. 1795, d. 1881, son 
of Nathaniel Smith and Ruth Benedict. Their children : 

1. Mary Elizabeth, b. 1820, d. 1858, m. 1842, John James Monell. 

2. Caroline Ely, b. 1830, d. 1835. 

3. Nathaniel, b. 1832, d. 1877, m. 1856, Emily Louisa Goodrich, 148463. 

14840. Emily Chauncey Goodrich, Durham, Conn., b. 1805, d. 1849, 
-dau. of Betsy Ely and Samuel Goodrich ; m. Darius Meade, 64 Stuyvesant 
Ave., Brooklyn, N. Y. (Enquire of Mrs. Chas. Augustus Goodrich, 
14844.) Their children : 

1. Samuel Goodrich, Kansas. 

2. Emily Goodrich (Mrs. Babcock), died. 

3. Adelaide Ely, m. Livingston. 

4. Worthington, died. 

5. Helen, m. Warner. 

14871. Lucretia Gregory, b. , dau. of Lucretia Ely and Dr. 

Uriah M. Gregory; m. about 1823, William W. Frothingham. Children: 
1. Worthington, m. i860, Harriet A. Shepard. 

Note. — Mrs. Frothingham, nee Gregory, died at Sand Lake, near Albany, 
N. Y., about 1840. 

14891. Maria Ely, b. ; dau. of Dr. John Ely and Abigail Lay; 

m. Leonard Bronck, b. June 29, 1797, d. Feb. 8, 1872, son of 

Leonard Bronck and Catherine (Tryntje) Vandenburg. Children : 

1. Edwin Ely, b. , d., single, June 22, 1861. 

2. Leonard, b. , d. single, July 23 1854. 

3. Adelaide, b. , m. Dec. 5, 1871, Rev. Lewis Lampman, son of Oba- 

diah Lampman and Elizabeth Vandenburg. 



BRONCK FAMILY NOTES. 

Jonas Bronck was the emigrant to this country and settled near Albany, 
where he purchased land of the Indians, Jan. 13, 1662. Pieter Bronck, his son, 
was granted a patent for land at Coxsackie, in Greene County, New York, known 
as the "Bronck Patent." A residue of this estate is now in possession of his de- 
scendant, Mrs. Adelaide Ely Bronck Lampman. 

Pieter Bronck left his estate to his son Jan, who married Commerje Leen- 
dertse, daughter of Leendert Philipse Conyn. His will is dated Sep. 9, 1738, and 
was proved Oct. 6, 1743. He was a lieutenant in 1709; Justice of the Peace for 
Albany in 1728. 

His son, Jan Leendertse Bronck, married Elsje Van Buren. He was captain 
of militia in 1740, and was made major of the nth Reg:t. Oct. 20, 1775, by act of 
the Provincial Congress. 



262 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

Jan had but one child, viz.: 

Leonard, b. May ii, 1751, d. Apr. 22, 1828; m. Jan. 11, 1796, Tryntje 
(or Catherine) Vandenburg, daughter of Robert Vandenburg and 
Elbertje Van Buren. He was member of Assembly, 1786 to 1798; 
State Senator, 1800. Children: 
Leonard, b. June 29, 1797, m. Maria, daughter of John Ely, M. D.; 
Leonard d. Feb. 3, 1872. Children: 

1. Edwin Ely, b. , d. s. June 22, 1861. 

2. Leonard, b. , d. s. July 23, 1854. 

3. Adelaide, b. ; m. Dec. 5, 1871, Rev. Lewis, son of Obadiah 

Lampman and Elizabeth Vandenburg. 

Leonard Bronck graduated at Union College in 1820, studied law, and was 
admitted to the bar soon after. 

His son, Edwin Ely, graduated at Williams College, in 1850; was admitted 
to the bar in 1852; died June 22, 1861. 

— Hist. Greene Co., N. Y., pp. 254 and 423. 

It is thought that the State of New York adopted the coat-of-arms of Jonas 
Bronck with some slight modification. 



(The "Mail and Express," Saturday, April 23, 1898.) 
OLD COXSACKIE HOUSE. 

Time has dealt gently with the old stone house of the Bronck Patent, stand- 
ing in the Coxsackie Valley, surrounded by a thousand acres of the original 
patent. 

Old as it is, over two centuries, it bears little evidence of the ceaseless wear 
of wind, sun and storm, but appears as if it still might stand through coming ages. 

The brick addition, looked upon as quite modern, bears the date of 1738, and 
forms part of the individual history attached to every homestead that has re- 
mained in a family. The bricks, brought from Holland, kept up the love for 
that country, inherited through the wife of Jonas Bronck, the emigrant, even if 
traits of character must be attributed to Jonas himself from his Swedish nationality. 

The "Mail and Express" of Jany. 9, 1897, informs us more fully as to the 
history^of Jonas Bronck: 

No. 1,190 (Answer). — Jonas Bronck is many times referred to in the various 
histories of New Amsterdam, and always in terms of respect. He arrived at Man- 
hattan Island early in July, 1639, on the ship Fire of Troy, with his family and 
servants. Bronck was from Copenhagen, and left there for Amsterdam. His 
family originated in Sweden, where it has long been known. He became 
"Seigneur," or first proprietor, of a large tract of land lying just north of the 
Harlem River, where he built a very substantial stone house. In this he had a 
fine library, filled with treatises, in Danish and Latin, on law, history and 
divinity. While he held no offices in the government, this was due to a per- 
sonal inclination, and not to lack of ability. 



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BRONCK HOUSE AT COXSACKIE, NEW YORK 

PROPERTY OF MRS. ADELAIDE ELY BRONCK LAMPMAN 
FROM THE MAIL & EXPRESS, APR. 23, 1898 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 263 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

He was a cultivated gentleman, far above the ordinary type of colonist, and 
it is probable he would have figured prominently in State affairs had his life been 
spared, but he died in April, 1663, deeply lamented by all in the colony. His 
widow, who was Antonia Slaghburn, married the noted Arendt van Curler, of 
Rensselaerwyck, and died at Schenectady, December 19, 1676. His son, Peter 
Jonassen Bronck, in 1696 received the patent for the land at Coxsackie, and what 
remains of the Bronck Patent is now owned by Mrs. Adelaide Ely Bronck 
Lampman. D. R. E. C. 

14913. John Erastus Selden, son of Erastus Selden and Laura Selden 
Comstock ; m. Mary Comstock ; m. 2nd, Louise . (H. M. Sel- 
den may give more.) 

14121. John Noyes Ely, Baltimore, Md., b. 1811, d. 1872, son of 
John Christopher Ely and Eunice Noyes ; m. 1833, Eliza Lefevre Baker, 
who was b. 1811, d. 1842; m. 2nd, Ann Eliza Barrington, Philadelphia, 
Pa., dau. of John Barrington and Catherine Baker. (Wm, Ely, Lyme, 
may have some information as to Baker and the Baker record.) Their 
children : 

1. Catherine Ann, b. 1834, m. Samuel Beacham Wingate. 

2. John Barrington, b. 1836, m., 1862, Leonora Coleman; m., 1881, Emma 

Collison. 

3. Mary Jane, b. 1838, m. 1861, Henry Noyes. 

(Address Ann E. Barrington, care Enoch Noyes, Port Deposit, Md., for in- 
formation about self and Baker.) 

14122. Esther Jane Ely, b. 1812, d. 1837, dau. of John Christopher 
Ely and Eunice Noyes ; m. 1834, Francis S. Walter, Baltimore, Md. 
(Wm. Ely, Lyme, may know further details as to family.) Their chil- 
dren: 

I. Mary Olivia, m. Joseph R. Golibart. 

14127. Mary Ann Noyes Ely, Baltimore, Md., b. 1822, d. 1865, dau. 
of John Christopher Ely and Eunice Noyes ; m. 1852, John Joseph Gray, 
Baltimore, Md., who was b. 1827, son of William Gray and Martha 
Arnold. Their children : 

1. David W., b. 1853. 

2. Martha Eunice, b. 1855. 

3. Mary, b. 1857. 

4. Frances Ely, b. 1861, 

5. Ellen Noyes, b. 1863. 

14120. Enoch Noyes Ely, Baltimore, Md. (46 Collington Ave.), b. 
1830, son of John Christopher Ely and Eunice Noyes; m. 1854, Margaret 
Ford, who d. 1865, dau. of William Ford and Margaret Sommers; m. 



264 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

2nd, 1867, Victoria Eugenia Walter, Somerset Co., Md., who was b. 1845, 
dau. of George Robert Walter and Emma Dean. Their children : 

1. Joseph Christopher, b. 1855. 

2. Charles Ford, b. 3858. 

3. William Noyes, J. 1861, d. 1862. 

4. Edwin Noyes, b. 1863. 

5. Minnie Noyes, b. 1869, d. 1870. 

6. Enoch Noyes, b. 1872, d. 1873. 

7. Eunice Emma, b. 1874. 

8. Victoria Virginia, b. 1875. 

14211. Maria White, b. 1800, dau. of Nancy Ely and Archibald 
White ; m. Elihu Parmenter, Owego, N. Y. Their children : 

1. Seneca. 

2. George. 

3. Frederick. 

4. Caroline. 

5. Edward. (Only living son, Owego, N. Y.) 

14212. Edward Abner Alurray, b. 1822, d. 1864, son of Nancy Ely 
and Abner Murray; m. 1846, Marianna Page, Athens, Pa., who wasl b. 
1825, dau. of Thomas Page and Anne West. Their children: 

1. Ely Edward, b. 1847, m. 1869 Clara Flowers Merrill. 

2. Willard Page, b. 1849, Athens, Pa.; m. 1876, Louise S. Welles. 

3. Charles Francis, b. 1851, m. 1878 Ellen Antoinette Mandeville. 

4. Anne Page, b. 1855; m. Frank Munsell. 

5. Henrietta Spaulding, b. 1859. 

14231. Maria Elizabeth Ely, Athens, Bradford Co., Pa., b. 1812, 
dau. of Gilbert Bloomer Ely and Elizabeth McClain; m. 1832, Jason 
Kingsley Wright, Athens, Pa., who was b. 1807, d. 1877, son of Foster 
Wright and Mary Kingsley. Their children : 

1. Edward Gilbert, b. 1833. 

2. Frederick Kingsley, b. 1835, m. 1862 Ellen Lowry. 

3. Mary Goodrich, b. 1836, m. 1855 Edward Le Roy Parmenter. 

4. Ely, b. 1838, m. 1865 Ella Fairchild. 

5. Jason, b. 1838, m. 1870 Louise Dell Hancock. 

6. Maria Eliza, b. 1841, m. 1869 Addison Miles Fairchild. 

7. Susan Harriet, b. 1843, m. 1868 Dilton Yarrington Carswell. 

8. Anson Francis, b. 1845, m. 1880 Sarah Jane Hawes. ; 

9. Stella Nancy, b. 1848, m. 1869 Elijah Plornley Gillett. 
10. Alfred Curtis, b. 1850, m. 1879 Ida Anthony. 

(Mrs. Capt. J. K. Wright now living at Athens. Pa.) 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 265 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

14234. Alfred Bloomer Ely, Smithland, Livingston Co., Ky., b. 
1819, son of Gilbert Bloomer Ely and Elizabeth McClain; m. 1844, Ann 
Byrne, Spencer Co., Ky., who was b. 1822, and d. i860, dau. of Joseph 
Byrne and Hannah Hancock; m. 2nd, 1873, Margaret Sheets, who was 
b. 1840, dau. of Henry Sheets and Sarah Decker. (Alfred Bloomer Ely 
will gladly help all he can to perfect the Ely Family Record.) Their 
children : 

1. Martha Jane, b. 1845, m. 1868 Frank Brady Huston. 

2. Mary Hannah, b. 1852, d. 1873. 

3. Ann Elizabeth, b. 1855, d. 1881. 

14235. Anson Camp Ely, b. 1823, d. 1861, son of Gilbert Bloomer 

Ely and Elizabeth McClain ; m. Martha Maria Parmenter, dau. of 

Parmenter. Their children: 

I. Emma Delphine, b. 1850, m. 1876 Henry Douglass Somerville. 
(Chas. Parmenter, husband of an Ely, was instantly killed at Springfield 
Armory, Sept. 30, 1881.) — Press Notice. 

14252. Edward Odell Ely, 24 Ransom St., Grand Rapids, Mich., b. 
1843, son of William Alfred Ely and Ann Smith Gregory ; m. 1879, Ber- 
tha Louise Eggleston, Grand Rapids, Mich., who was b. 1853, dau. of 
Ebenezer Seymour Eggleston and Harriet Eliza Swift. No children. 

14255. Anna Harietta Ely, Owego, N. Y., b. 1848, dau. of William 
Alfred Ely and Ann Smith Gregory; m. 1874, Eugene Lee Button (145 
West 44th St., N. Y. City), who was b. 1846, son of Alexander Drake 
Button and Elizabeth Driggs Graves. Their children : 
I. Louise Hendley, b. 1875. 

1428 1. Mary Ann Ely, Owego, N. Y., b. 1833, d. 1867, dau. of 
Daniel Ely and Lois Gridley Kelsey; m. 1854, Joseph Levet Pillsbury, 
Boscawen, N. H., who was b. 1829, d. 1874, son of Joseph Pillsbury and 
Martha Clough Little. Their children: ! 

1. Mary Ely, b. 1855. 

2. George Henry, b. 1857, d. 1865. 

3. Charles Daniel, b. 1857. 

14282. Elisha Daniel Ely, Akron, Ohio, b. 1834, son of Daniel Ely 
and Lois Gridley Kelsey; m. 1863, Elizabeth Leatter, McVeytown, Pa., 
b. 1829, dau. of James Leatter and Sarah Jacobs. Their children : 

1. Mary Lois, b. 1865. 

2. Alice Jane, b. 1870. 

3. Daniel McClure, b. 1872. 



266 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

14283. George Walter Ely, Fort Wayne, Ind., b. 1836, son of Daniel 
Ely and Lois Gridley Kelsey; m. 1863, Theresa Rebecca Anderson, Fort 
Wayne, Ind., b. 1841, dau, of Calvin Anderson and Rebecca Lybarger. 

14284. Elizabeth Nancy Ely, Owego, N. Y., b. 1841, dau. of Daniel 
Ely and Lois Gridley Kelsey; m. i860, David Billman Ihrig, Wooster, 
Ohio, who was b. 1837, son of Peter Ihrig and Christina Billman. Their 
children : 

1. Alice Lois, b. 1861. 

2. Mary Blanche, b. 1865. 

3. Charles Ely, b. 1866. 

4. Birdie Isabel, b. 1874. 

5. Annie Grace, b. 1875. 

6. David Billman, b. 1880. 

14285. Alice Susannah Ely, Owego, N. Y., b. 1843, d. 1869, dau. of 
Daniel Ely and Lois Gridley Kelsey; m. 1863, Matthew McClure, Woos- 
ter, Ohio, who was b. 1842, d. 1877, son of Charles McClure and Lucetta 
Rogers. No children. 

14291. John James Ely, Rockford, Mich., b. 1829, son of James Ely 
and Cynthia Bundy; m. 1856, Charlotte Hope Lovell, lona, Mich., who 
was b. 1834, dau. of Cyrus Lovell and Louise Fargo. Their children : 
I. Charles Lovell, b. 1857. 

15131. Polly Ely, b. about 1776, dau. of William Ely and ; 

m. John Dickinson. 

15132. Sally Ely, b. about 1778, dau. of William Ely and ; 

m. Solomon Scoville. 

(There is a monument in the Lyme Cemetery inscribed to the mem- 
ory of Abigail Scoville, died 1808, aged 31.) 

15133. John Ely, b. 1781, son of William Ely and ; m. 

Eliza Crook. Their children: 

1. Whitmore, b. 1804. 

2. Hannah. 

15134. Olive Ely, b. about 1784; dau. of William Ely and ; 

m. Seymour Shailer. 

15142. Ira Ely, b. 1788, d. 1841, son of Moses Ely and Jerusha Ray; 
m. Charlotte Brooks, who was b. 1794, d. 1876. Their children: 

1. Theodore Russell, b. 1812, m. 1834 Amanda Lev^ris. 

2. Albert, b. 1813, d. 1840, m. 1837 Maria Spencer. 

3. Lucy Ann, b. 1815, m. 1840 Alva Birdsey Bailey. 

4. Samuel, b. 1818, d. 1876, m. 1858 Catherine P. Kennard. 

5. Ira, b. 1819, d. about 1846, m. 1842 Caroline Genevieve. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 267 

^ : •■ ' - SIXTH GENERATION. 

* 6. James Smith, b. 1822, d. 1864, m. 1846 Amelia Harrison. 

7. Joseph, b. 1822, d. 1855, m. Clarissa Parmelee. 

8. Martha Bates, b. 1824, m. 11846 Storrs Hubbard. 

9. Abbie Charlotte, b. 1827, d. 1850, m. 1849 Leverett Griswold. 
10. Rebecca Brooks, b. 1829, m. 1850 Enos Hubbard Knowles. 

15143. Warren Ely, Springfield, N. Y., b. 1790, son of Moses Ely 
and Jerusha Ray; m. 1828, Caroline Tennant, who was b. 1802, dau. of 
Anson Tennant and Abby Havens. Their children : 

1. Margaret, b. 1829, m. 1848 Daniel Smith. 

2. Eliza, b. 1831, m. 1854 Jacob William Bassinger. 

3. Harriet, b. 1833, m. 1853 Augustus DooHttle. 

4. Lydia, b. 1835, d. 1869, m. 1858 Daniel Bassinger. 

5. Abbie, b. 1837, d. i860. 

6. Caroline Matilda, b. 1839, d. 1857. 

7. Smith, b. 1841, m. 1863 Martha Wycoff. 

8. Fitz James, b. 1843, m. 1869 Mary Delay. 

9. Adeline Huss, b. 1847, m. 1875 Rufus Perry Bennett. 

1 522 1. Richard Ely, b. 1769, d. 1844, son of James Ely and Cath- 
erine Hayes ; m. Lucretia Ray, Their children : 

1. Calvin. 

2. Alvaro, b. 1794. 

3. Allen, b. 1796. 

4. James, b. 1798, m. 1822 Louisa Everest. 

5. Lucretia. 

6. Abigail. 

7. Aaron, b. 1805. 

15222. James Ely, East Haddam, Conn., b. 1771, d. 1848, son of James 
Ely and Catherine Hayes; m. 1792, Rispah Beebe, East Haddam, Conn., 
who was b. 1767, d. 1844, dau. of William Beebe and Lydia Smith. Their 
children : 

1. Sophia, b. 1793, d. 1875, iri- 1812, Asa Swan; m. 1852, Selden Cook. 

2. Electa, b. 1795, d. 1866, m. 1817, Samuel Arnold. 

15224. Phebe Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1775, d. 1863, dau. of James Ely 
and Catherine Hayes; m. 1795, Dyar Emmons, East Haddam, Conn., 
who was b. 1769, d. 1843, son of Joseph Emmons and Lois Gilbert. 
Their children : 

1. Augusta Matilda, b. 1797, d. 1865, m. 1817 Jacob Buell Gardner. 

2. Catherine Ely, b. 1798, d. 1846, m. 1820 Caleb Loomis (152245). 

3. Aaron Ely, b. 1800, d. 1878, m. 1826 Mary Newton Kellogg; m. 1853 

Eunice Avery (Huntington). 

4. Octavius, b. 1802, d. 1861, m. 1826. Violetta House; m. 1854 Eliza- 

beth Marshall (Smith). 



268 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

5. P.hebe Ely, b. 1804, d. 1863, m., 1825, John Cook Snow; m., 1847, Caleb 

Loomis (152242). 

6. Nancy, b. 1806, d. 1877, m- 1831 Robert Chauncey Northam. 

7. James Ely, b. 1809, d. 1819. 

8. Prudence Hewitt, b. 181 1, d. 1812. 

9. Edward Gilbert, b. 1814, m. 1836 Harriet Gates Chapman. 

10. Dyar, b. 1815, m. 1842, Laura Huntington Silliman. 

11. James Ely, b. 1822, m. 1851 Caroline Elizabeth Spencer; m. 1865 

Phebe Jane Miner. 

15226. John Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1781, d. 1817, son of James Ely 
and Catherine Hayes ; m. 1802, Lucy Miller, Hamburg, Conn., who was 
b. 1777, d. 1859, dau. of Valentine Miller and Mary Miller. Their 
children : 

1. Horace, b. 1803, m. 1827 Rhoda Tooker. 

2. William James, b. 1806, m. 1835, Elizabeth H. Ely (13726); m. 1844, 

Emma Giddings (Ely), (13732). 

3. John Griswold, b. 1810, d. 1863, m. 1832 Sally P. Williams. 

4. Rodney Brockway, b. 1812, d. 1813. 

5. Ansel Rodney, b. 1814, d. i860, m. 1840 Mary Ann McCrery. 

6. Calvin Lynds, b. 1816, m., 1841, Orvice Elizabeth Brockway; m., 1874, 

Elizabeth Mather Hayden. 

15242. Temperance Ely, Naugatuck, Conn., b. 1777, d. 1850, dau. of 
Jacob Ely and Temperance Tiffany ; m. 1826, Samuel Osborne, who was 
b. July 12, 1774, d. 1819. 

15243. Aaron Ely, b. 1779, d. 1829, son of Jacob Ely and Temper- 
ance Tififany; m. Susan Smith, dau. of Richard Smith and . 

Their children : 

1. William, b. 1826. 

2. Susan Ann. 

3. Sarah, m. Townsend. 

4. Charles Edwin. 

5. Albert Smith. 

Mrs. Isabel Ely Hamilton writes that Aaron Ely compiled the Dictionary for 
Mr. Webster, and received one thousand dollars for his valuable service in con- 
nection with that great work. Mr. Ely died of brain fever caused by over-study. 

15244. Eli Ely, Bristol, Conn., b. 1780, d. 1869, son of Jacob Ely and 
Temperance Tififany; m. 1805, Sarah Sanford, Plymouth, Conn., who 
was b. 1784, d. 1854, daughter of Jesse Sanford and Sarah Fenn. Their 
children : 

1. Jesse Sanford, b. 1807, d. 1879, m. 1835 Harriet Grosvenor. 

2. Albro, b. 1809, m. 1846 Philomela Thompson. 

3. David, b. 181 1, m. 1835 Abigail Thurston. 

4. Edwin, b. 1813, m. 1836 Betsy Weaver. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 269 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

5. Sarah Fenn, b. 1815, d. 1870, m. 1842 Elisha Danielson. 

6. Julia Temperance, b. 1818, d. 1875. 

7. Jane Cynthia, b. 1825, m. 1848 Silas Harrison Carrington. 

15245. Jacob Ely, Cincinnati, Ohio, b. 1785, d. 1831, son of Jacob 
Ely and Lois Beebe (Perkins) ; m. Jane Hardie, New York City. Their 
children : 

1. Jacob William, b. 1809, d. 1850, Cincinnati, O. 

2. John E., b. 1815. 

15246. Seabury Ely, b. 1785, d. 1839, son of Jacob Ely and Lois 
Beebe (Perkins) ; m. 1815, Ann Brown, who was b. 1793, d. 1870, dau. of 
Robert Brown and Catherine Carloch. Their children : 

1. Sarah Ann, b. 1816, d. 1819. 

2. Catherine Elizabeth, b. 1819, m. 1841 William Augustus Lawrence. 

3. Sarah Ann, b. 1822. 

4. Robert Seabury (died in war), b. 1829, d. 1863. 

5. George Edward, b. 1831, m. 1870 Sarah Ann Lott. 

6. Emmeline Louisa, b. 1835, m. 1863 Henry Johnson. 

15247. Calvin Ely, Cheshire, Conn., b. 1787, d. 1868, son of Jacob 
Ely and Lois Beebe (Perkins) ; m. 1825, Nancy Ely Alford (Cook), (No. 
15254), who was b. 1789, d. 1850, dau. of Dorcas Ely and Eliphalet Al- 
ford. Their children : 

1. Calvin Luther, b. 1828, m. 1850 Sarah Louisa Beers. 

2. Griswold Seabury, b. 1828, m. i860 Martha Friend. 

15248. Benjamin Ely (resided with his father at Lyme), b. 1788, d. 
1833, son of Jacob Ely and Lois Beebe (Perkins) ; m. Huldah Alfred. 
Their children : 

I. Jeannette, m. Alexander Elliott. 

15251. Arnold Alford, Granville, N. Y., b. 1780, d. 1820, son of 
Dorcas Ely and Eliphalet Alford; m. 1802, Lois Beebe, who was b. 1785, 
d. 1858, dau. of Gideon Beebe and Thankful Cook. Their children: 

1. Arnold, b. 1804, d. i860. 

2. Elizur, b. 1807, d. 1835. 

3. Louisa, b. 1812, m. 1831 Elisha Gates. 

4. William, b. 1815. 

5. Mary, b. 1818. 

6. Alden Ely, b. 1820. 

15252. Amherst Alford, b. about 1783; resides in Canada West; son 
of Dorcas Ely and Eliphalet Alford ; m. . 

15253. Polly Alford, b. about 1785, dau. of Dorcas Ely and Eliphalet 
Alford ; m. Bronson, Cazenovia, N. Y. 



27© THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

15254. Nancy Ely Alford, b. 1789; d. 1850; dau. of Dorcas Ely 
and Eliphalet Alford; m. 1811, Peres Cook, Cheshire, Conn., who 
was b. 1765, d. 1820, son of Samuel Cook and Ruth Leete. Their chil- 
dren: 

1. Samuel Don Francisco, b. 1812; d. 1820. 

2. Virgilious Gustavus, b. 1814; d. 1841; m. 1839, Elizabeth Washburn. 

3. Louisa Francesca, b. 1818; d. 1841; m. 1834, Augustus Barnes. 

4. Ann Ely Lord, b. 1819; d. 185 1; m. 1845, Edward Miller. 

15255. Sylvia Alford, b. about 1792, dau. of Dorcas Ely and Eliphalet 
Alford; m. Bronson, Cazenovia, N. Y. 

1 5291. John Ely, eldest child of John Ely (1529) and Sarah (Scatter- 
good) Bennett, was born in Philadelphia, August 11, 1787. 

Between 1802 and 1822 he resided in Albany, N. Y., where he mar- 
ried Margaret Strutenburg Lee, April 14, 1814. She was a daughter of 
Capt. Ezra Lee and Deborah Mather Lee, and was born in Lyme, Conn., 
Nov. II, 1794. She died in Philadelphia, September 27, 1857. Her 
father, Captain Lee, served several years in the Continental Army, His 
name is found in Allen's American Biography, and in Appleton's New 
American Biography. His wife, Deborah Mather, was a descendant of 
Timothy, second son of Rev. Richard Mather, who came to Boston in 

1635- 

John Ely returned to Philadelphia in 1824, and remained there until 
his death, February 9, 1856. Their children : 

1. Elizabeth Bennett, b. July i, 1815; d. Feb. 3, 1816. 

2. Charles Henry, b. Jan. 29, 1817; d. Apr. 30, 1818. 

3. Eliza Ely, b. Mar. 13, 1819; m. Sept. 20, 1838, Jas. H. Bready. 

4. John Lee, b. July 9, 1821; d. Aug. i, 1821. 

5. Louisa Ely, b. Oct. 18, 1823; d. May 10, 1879. 

6. Richard Henry, b. Feb. 16, 1826; d. June 27, 1828. 

7. James, b. Mar. 27, 1828; d. Feb. 17, 1858. 

8. William, b. June 4, 1831; m. Nov. 16, 1858, Caroline Craig. 

15293. Eliza Maria Bennett Ely, Rochester, Ind., b. 1791, d. 1853, 
dau. of John Ely and Eliza Bennett; m. July 5, 1809, James Brackett, 
Lancaster, N. H., who was b. 1782, d. 1852, son of Joseph Brackett and 
Mary Weeks Nye. Their children : 



1. Mary Elizabeth, b. 1810; m. 1829, Jeremiah Eaton Cary. 

2. John Ely, b. 1812; d. 1855. 

3. Joseph Warren, b. 1815; m. 1843, Eliza Maria Parmelee. 

4. James Wolfe, b. 1816; m. 1846, Sarah Ann Work Brown. 

5. Lyman Stebbins, b. 1818; d. 1847; m. 1845, Eliza Ann Rannells. 

6. William, b. 1821; m. 1849, Elizabeth M. Partridge. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 271 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

7. Charles, b. 1825; d. 1863; m. 1851, Margaret Wilson. 

8. Margaret, b. 1827; d. 1828. 

9. Albert Gallatin, b. 1829; m. 1853, Martha Tolman Briggs. 

1 5371. Richard Pearson (his address is supposed to be East Beth- 
any, N. Y.), b. 1783, d. 1853, son of Peter Pearson and Parnal Corah; 
m. 1813, Indiana Comstock, East Haddam, Conn., who d. 1861, dau. of 
Hezekiah Comstock and Anna Cone. Their children : 

1. Mary Ann, b. 1814. 

2. Indiana Louisa, b. 1816. 

3. Richard William (East Bethany, N. Y.), b. 1818; d. 1824. 

The following is an extract from the Hyde Genealogy in reference to 
Peter Pearson and his family : 

VI. PETER PEARSON (1973), born at Lyme, Conn., 14 Oct., 1756, second 
son of Richard Pearson and Mary Ann Ely, was a great grandson of Elizabeth 
Hyde of the third generation. He married 15 November, 1781, Parnal Corah, 
of Long Island, born 10 March, 1760. They settled at Lyme, where she died 10 
Jan., 1823, and he died 12 Jan., 1836. 

Their children were: 

15371 (of the Ely Genealogy), or 5794 (of the Hyde Genealogy). Richard, 
born 9 Jan., 1783, at Lyme. He married 20 Dec, 1813, Indiana Comstock, daugh- 
ter of Hezekiah Comstock and Anna Cone of East Haddam. They settled at 
Bethany, N. Y., in 1815, where he died 20 Dec, 1853, and where she was living in 
1859. They had four children, the first born at Lyme, the others at Bethany: 

1. Mary Ann, b. 18 Oct., 1814; m. 18 Sept., 1838, Henry Wright, of 

Middlebury, N. Y., and in 1859 had six children. 

2. Indiana Louisa, b. 6 Sept., 1816; m. Jan., 1836, Dan L Worthington. 

He was a merchant, and they were living at East Bethany in 1859, 
and had five children. 

3. Richard William, b. 16 April, 1818, and d. 11 Oct., 1824. 

4. Richard, b. i April, 1828; m. 31 December, 1857, Theresa Eliza Lewis, 

of York, and was living at East Bethany in 1859. 

15372. Phebe Pearson, b. 1784, d. 1877, dau. of Peter Pearson and 
Parnal Corah; m. 17 — , Reuben Rogers, East Bethany, N. Y., who was 
b. 1788. No children. (Richard W. Pearson (i 5371 3), East Bethany, 
furnishes dates, etc.) 

The Hyde Genealogy states that : 

5797 (15372 of the Ely Genealogy). Phebe Pearson was born 8 November, 
1784, at Lyme. She married Deacon Reuben Rogers, born 11 February, 1788, of 
Burlington, N. Y. They removed in 1813 to Bethany, N. Y., and were living at 
East Bethany in 1859. 



272 THE ELV ANCESTRY 

SIXTH GENERATION, 

15373. Anne Pearson, East Haddam, Conn., b. 1787, d. 1876, dan. 
of Peter Pearson and Parnal Corah; m. John Percival, Moodus, Conn., 
who d. 1848. No children. 

(Edward Worthington, Moodus, gives the dates, etc.) 
Quoted from the Hyde Genealogy : 

5798 (15373 of the Ely Genealogy). Anne Pearson, b. 15 Feb., 1787, at Lyme. 
She m. Deacon John Percival of East Haddam. He d. 3 Oct., 1848, at East Had- 
dam, where she was living in i860, s. p. 

15374. Peter Pearson, Lyme, Conn., b. 1789, d. 1869, son of Peter 
Pearson and Parnal Corah; m. 1827, Almira Huntley, who was b. 1807, 

d. 1846, dau. of Silas Huntley and ; m. 2nd, Elizabeth Millard 

(Russell), Hamburg, Conn., in 1848, who was b. 1800, dau. of Calvin 
Millard and Elizabeth Burns. Their children : 

1. Henry Clay, b. 1829. 

2. Sarah Elizabeth, b, 1839. 

(Peter Pearson, still living, refers to Betsy Rogers, Pleasant Valley, Conn., 
as to Huntley family record.) 

From the Hyde Genealogy : 

5795. Peter Pearson, b. 25 Feb., 1789, at Lyme. He m. Almira Huntley, b. 
1807, at Lyme, daughter of Silas Huntley. He was a farmer, and they settled at 
Lyme, where she d. 24 March, 1846. He had by her two children: 

1. Henry, b. 16 Jan., 1829; unm. in 1859. 

2. Sarah E., b. 4 Feb., 1839; unm. in 1859. 

He then m. widow Russell, and was living at Lyme in 1859, and had no issue 
by her. 

15375. Rachel Pearson, b. 1791, dau. of Peter Pearson and Parnal 
Corah ; m. 1815, Elijah Marsh, Pavilion, N. Y., who d. 1854, son of Amos 
Marsh and Clarissa Howe. Their children : 

1. Julia Ann, b. 1816; d. 1853; m. March 11, 1846, Nelson Rogers. 

2. Peter, b. 1818; unm. 

3. George Buel, b. 1819; m. Feb. 17, 1852, Sarah S. Clark. 

4. Frederick William, b. 1822; d. 1825. 

5. India Maria, b. 1826; m. Jan. 11, 1847, Silas F. Kellogg. 

6. Laura Selinda, b. 1829; unm. 

7. Alvira Arabella, ) ^ . b. 1832; m. Dec. 29, 1852, Jno. R. Perry. 

8. Almira Isabella, [ ^*"^' b. 1832; d. 1857. 

From the Hyde Genealogy : 

5799 (15375 of the Ely Genealogy). Rachel Pearson, b. 3 Jan., 1791, at Lyme. 
She m. 1815, Elijah Marsh, b. 4 May, 1787, at Hartford, Conn., son of Amos Marsh 
and Clarissa Howe, of Wolcott, N. Y. He was a farmer and they settled at Pa- 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 273 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

vilion, N. Y., where he d. 17 Nov., 1854, and where she was living in i860. They 
had eight children, born at Pavilion: 

1. Julia Ann, b. 22 Feb., 1816; m. 11 March, 1846, Nelson Rogers, son of 

Ezekiel Rogers and Mary Beckwith, of Bethany, N. Y. They settled 
at Pavilion Centre, where she d. 8 Sept., 1853, leaving one child: Buel 
S., b. 26 July, 1847. 

2. Peter Pearson, b. 18 Jan., 1818, a farmer, living at Pavilion in i860, 

with his mother, unm. 

3. George Buel, b. 11 Sept., 1819; m. 17 Feb., 1852, Sarah S. Clark, dau. 

of William Clark and Cornelia Stewart of Kendall. He was a me- 
chanic, and they were living at Chicago in i860, and had one child: 
Marshall Murray, b. 12 June, 1856, at Chicago. 

4. Frederick William, b. 19 Oct., 1822; d. 8 Aug., 1825. 

5. India Maria b. 25 Nov., 1826; m. 11 Jan., 1847, Silas F. Kellogg, son of 

Horace Kellogg and Electa Farnsworth of LeRoy, N. Y. They set- 
tled at Perry, removed to Detroit, and in 1869 were living at Owasco, 
Mich., and had one child: Jennie Lee, b. 26 Sept., 1854. 

6. Laura Selinda, b. 18 Dec, 1829, and was living at Pavilion in i860; unm. 

7. Alvira Arabella, b. 14 March, 1832; m. 29 Dec, 1852, John R. Perry, 

son of RoUin Perry and Orra Pearson of Pavilion. They were living 
at Rochester, N. Y., in i860, and had two children: Frank Clarence, 
b. 22 Dec, 1855, and George Albert b. 18 Jan. 1858 at Le Roy. 

8. Almira Isabella (twin), b. 14 March, 1832; d. 25 Aug., 1857, at Detroit, 

while visiting her sister. 

15376. Julia Pearson, b. 7 March, 1793, dau. of Peter Pearson and 
Parnal Corah; m. 1824, William H. L. Lincoln, Pavilion, N. Y., who 
was b. 1792. Their children : 

1. Julia Pearson, b. 1828; m. Jan. 12, 1854, Charles Rogers. 

2. Nancy Pearson; b. 1832; unm. 

Quotation from the Hyde Genealogy: 

15376 (or, as numbered in Hyde Genealogy, 5800). Julia Pearson was b. 7 
March, 1793, at Lyme. She m. 20 May, 1824, William H. L. Lincoln, b. 20 Aug., 
1792, in Vermont. They settled at Bethany, and removed to Pavilion, where she 
was living in 1859. They had two children: 

1. Julia Pearson, b. 11 May, 1828, at Pavilion; m. 12 Jan., 1854, Charles 

Rogers of Pavilion, and in 1859 had one child. 

2. Nancy P., b. 20 March, 1832, at Bethany, where she was living in 1859, 

unm. 

15377. Abijah Pearson, b. 1795, d. 1857, son of Peter Pearson and 
Parnal Corah; m. 1825, Miranda Huntley, East Bethany, N. Y., who 
was b. 1806, dau. of Silas Huntley and Betsy Beebe. Their children : 

1. Phebe Elizabeth, b. 1826; d. 1879; m. 1857, A. Maxson. (Resided at 

Onarga, 111., in 1857.) 

2. John Percival, b. 1828; d. 1850, on his way to California, unm. 

3. Mary Ann, b. 1830; m. George Smith, of Old Lyme. 

4. Reuben Rogers, b. 1832. 



274 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION, 

5. Nancy Miranda, b. 1834, East Bethany, N. Y., responds. 

6. Frances Caroline, b. 1836. 

From the Hyde Genealogy : 

5796 (numbered in Hyde Genealogy). Abijah Pearson, 15377 of the Ely An- 
cestry, was born 14 Aug., 1795, at Lyme. He married 13 Nov., 1825, Miranda 
Huntley, daughter of Silas Huntley of Lyme. They settled at Lyme, where he 
died 24 May, 1857, and where she was living in i860. They had six children, born 
at Lyme. 

15378. Sarah Pearson, b. 1798, d. 1879, dau. of Peter Pearson and 
Parnal Corah; m. 1824, Seth Marvin Peck, East Bethany, N. Y., who 
was b. 1800, d. 1868, son of John Moore Peck and Abigail Pratt. Their 
children : 

1. Sarah Elizabeth, b. 1826; m. May 27, 1852, Alvin Rockwood. 

2. Phebe Rogers, b. 1827; m. Feb. 24, 1853, Benj. F. Peck. 

3. Laura, b. 1829; m. Feb. 25, 1852, Horace Ensign. 

4. Seth Marvin, b. 1831; unm. 

5. Almira, b. 1833; m. May 3, 1855, Chauncey Rogers. 

6. Henry, b. 1836; unm. 

Quoted from the Hyde Genealogy : 

5801. Sarah Pearson, 15378, born 22 June, 1798, at Lyme. She married 9 
Sept., 1824, Seth M. Peck, son of John Moore Peck and Abigail Pratt of Lyme. 
They settled at Bethany, N. Y., and where living at East Bethany in 1859, and had 
six children: 

1. Sarah Elizabeth, b. 3 Feb., 1826, m. 27 May, 1852, Alvin Rockwood, of 

Rushford, N. Y. 

2. Phebe Rogers, b. 18 Sept., 1827, m. 24 Feb., 1853, Benjamin F. Peck of 

Bethany, and in 1859 had two children: Florence, b. July, 1856; and 
Richard b. Oct., 1857. 

3. Laura, b. 23 June, 1829, m. 25 Feb., 1852, Horace Ensign, and in 1859 

had two children: Charles, b. May, 1857, and Frank, b. Nov., 1858. 

4. Seth Marvin b. 14 April. 1831, and was unmarried in 1859. 

5. Almira, b. 10 March, 1833, m. May, 1855, Chauncey Rogers, and in 

1859 had one child: Justice Byron, b. Jan., 1856. , 

6. Henry, b. 7 Sept., 1836, and was unmarried in 1859. 

15379. Mary Sears Pearson, b. 1804, dau. of Peter Pearson and Par- 
nal Corah; m. William Marvin, Marilla, N. Y. (Mary lives with child, 
Bethany, N. Y.) Their children : 

1. William Ely, b. 1825. 

2. Isaac Pearson, b. 1830; m. 1857, Laura Woodworth. 

3. Harriet Newell, b. 1832; unm. 

4. Edward Payson, b. 1834. 

5. Frances Parnal, b. 1837. 

6. John Percival, b. 1842. 

7. Mary Sears, b. 1849. ! 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 275 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

Quoted from the Hy,cle Genealogy : 

5802. Mary Sears Pearson, 15379, born 22 June, 1804, at Lyme. She mar- 
ried Deacon William Marvin of Lyme. They were living at Marilla, N. Y., in 
1859, where he was for several years agent of the American Bible Society and of 
the Tract Society. They had seven children: 

1. William Ely, b. Jan., 1825, a teacher in the female college of Tennessee 

in 1859. 

2. Isaac Pearson, b. Oct., 1830; m. Laura Maria Woodworth of Falmouth, 

Ky., and was a teacher of a seminary in Kentucky in 1859, and had 
one child, Anna Laura, b. 1858. 

3. Harriet Newell, b. Aug., 1832, a teacher and instructor in music in 

1859, unmarried. 

4. Edward Payson, b. Dec, 1834, an undergraduate in Danville College, 

Kentucky, in 1859. 

5. Frances Parnal, b. March, 1837, a teacher in 1859, unmarried. 

6. James Percival, b. Oct., 1842. 

7. Mary Sears, b. June, 1849. 

1 551 1. William Walter Parsons, b. July 5, 1762, son of Mehitable 
Mather and General Samuel Holden Parsons ; m. Esther, dau. of Thomp- 
son Philips of Middletown, Conn. ; d. July 24, 1801. Their children: 

I. Esther Philips, m. William Hammet, of Bangor, Maine. 

15512. Lucia Parsons, b. Nov. 8, 1764, dau. of Mehitable and Gen- 
eral Samuel Holden Parsons ; m. Hon. Stephen Titus Hosmer, Chief 
Justice of Connecticut. Their children : 

I. Oliver Ellsworth, m. Ann P. Hawes, of New York. 

15514. Enoch Parsons, b. Nov. 5, 1769, d. in 1846, son of Mehitable 
Mather and Samuel Holden Parsons; m. May 19, 1795, Mary Wylie Sul- 
livan. Their children: 

I. Samuel Holden (Hartford, Conn.). 

Enoch Parsons was married a second time, to Mrs. Sarah Rosecrantz, nee 

Hubbard (daughter of Nehemiah Hubbard of Middletown). They had one child: 

I. Henry Ethelbert, born Dec. 25, 1809; he resided in Ashtabula, Ohio, 

and married Abby Catherine Nelles, daughter of John and Sarah 

Nelles, born. Oct. 16, 181 1. 

15515. Mehitable Parsons, b. 1771, dau. of Mehitable Mather and 
General Samuel Holden Parsons; m. William Brenton Hall, M. D., of 
Middletown, Conn. Their children: 

1. Mehitable Parsons, d. in infancy. 

2. William Brenton, m. Mercy Hubbard. 

3. Samuel Holden Parsons, Binghamton, N. Y., b. June 28, 1804. d. 1877; 

m. Emeline Bulkeley, b.. Rock Hill, 1798; d., 1855. 

1 55 16. Phebe Parsons, dau. of Mehitable Mather and General 
Samuel H. Parsons; b. Jan. 25, 1775 ; m. Samuel TifBn; a daughter mar- 
ried S. T. Clark, of Philadelphia. 



2 76 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

155 17. Samuel Holden Parsons, son of Mehitable Mather and Gen- 
eral Samuel Holden Parsons; b. Dec. 31, 1777; m. Esther, dau. of Giles 
Page of Middletown, Conn. ; had one daughter, who married William C. 
Hammett, of Rowland, Me. 

155 19. Margaret Parsons, dau. of Mehitable Mather and General 
Samuel Holden Parsons; b. 1785 ; m. ist, Feb. 10, 1807, Stephen Hubbard, 
b. June 21, 1779, died March 27, 1812, at Champion, N. Y. Their 
children : 

1. Mary Sullivan, b. Apr. 29, 1808, m. Dec. 21, 1830, Hon. Joel Turrill. 

2. William H. 

Margaret Parsons m. 2d, March 6, 1814, Alfred Lathrop, of Carth- 
age, N. Y. Their children : 

3. Stephen Holden. 

4. Samuel P. 

5. George Alfred. 

6. Eliza S. 

7. Enoch T. 

8. Frederick B., m. Alary Mather. 

15521. Anna Mather, b. 1766, d. 1818, dau. of Samuel Mather and 
Lois Griswold; m. 1790, William Lord, Lyme, Conn., who was b. 1762, 
d. 1852, son of Enoch Lord and Hepsibah Marvin. No children: 

(Mrs. Edward E. Salisbury will assist on Lyme names). 

15522. Thomas Mather, Middletown, Conn., b. 1768, d. 1849, son of 
Samuel Mather and Lois Griswold; m. 1794, Elizabeth Hubbard, Mid- 
dletown, Conn., who was b. 1775, d. 1812, dau. of Elijah Hubbard and 
Hannah Kent; m. 2nd, 1813, Sally Williams, who was b. 1789, d. 1832, 
dau. of Benjamin Williams and Martha Cornell. Their children : 

1. Elijah Hubbard, b. 1796, d. 1817. 

2. Samuel, b. 1798. 

3. George, b. 1799, d. 1800. 

4. Hannah, b. 1801, d. 1813. 

5. Elizabeth, b. 1803, d. 1804. 

6. Mary, b. 1805, d. 1808. 

7. Thomas Griswold (155233), b. 1808. 

8. Frederick Samuel, b. 1815, d. 1881. 

9. William Hubbard, b. 1817, d. 1851. 

10. Edward, b. 1818, d. 1869. 

11. Theodore, b. 1820, d. 1862. 

12. Amelia Charlotte, b. 1822. 

13. Augusta Harriet, b. 1824, d. 1844. 

14. Charles, b. 1826, d. 1857. 

15. George Alfred, b. 1828, d. 1857. 

16. Elizabeth Sally, b. 1831. 

17. James, b. 1831, d. 1832. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 277 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

15523- Samuel Mather, Middletown, Conn., b. 1771, d. 1854, son of 
Samuel Mather and Lois Griswold; m. 1807, Katherine Livingston, 
Albany, N. Y,, who was b. 1787, d. 1855, dau. of Abraham Livingston 
and Maria Peebles, Their children: 

1. Louisa Maria, b. 1808, d. 1880. 

2. Elizabeth Hubbard, b. 1810. 

3. Katherine Livingston, b. 1813, d. 1817. 

4. Jane Ann (155222), b. 1814. 

5. Samuel Livingston, b. 1817. 

6. Howard, b. 1820. 

7. Katherine Livingston, b. 1822. 

8. Henry Richard, b. 1824. 

9. Mary Cornelia, b. 1827, d. 1828. 

(Samuel Mather, Euclid Ave., Cleveland, O., has record of children. 
Roderick H. Burnham, Hotel Capitol, Hartford, Conn., is writing Mather 
Genealogy, and responds to the inquiries as to Ely Ancestry.) 

15524. Phebe Mather, b. 1772, d. 181 1, dau. of Samuel Mather and 
Lois Griswold; m. 1810, Thomas Miner, M. D., Middletown, Conn., b. 
1778, d. 1 84 1, son of Rev. Thomas Miner. No children. 

15525. Mehitable Mather, b. 1774, d. 1831, dau. Samuel Mather and 
Lois Griswold ; m. 1799, Thomas Sill, son of David Fithian Sill and Sarah 
Griswold. (Further particulars may be obtained from Mrs. Shadrack 
Sill, Lyme, daughter (seven or eight children), or from Israel Matson or 
Miss Mary Sill, Lyme, writes Thomas G. Mather.) 

15527. Fanny Mather, East Haddam, Conn., b. 1779, d. 1815; dau. 
of Samuel Mather and Lois Griswold; m. 1799, Sylvester Chapman, who 
was b. 1770, son of Ozias Chapman and Abigail Fuller. Their children: 

1. Harvey (unm.), b. 1800, d. 1838. 

2. Phebe, b. 1802. 

3. Lois, b. 1804. 

4. Richard (unm.), b. 1808. 

5. Frances Anne, b. 1810. 

15529. James Mather, Lyme, Conn., b. 1785, d. 1842, son of Samuel 
Mather and Lois Griswold; m. 181 1, Caroline Tinker, East Haddam, 
who was b. 1790, d. 1865, dau. of Sylvanus Tinker and Wealthy Gilbert. 
Their children : 

1. Harriet Caroline, b. 181 1. 

2. Louisa Griswold, b. 1815, d. 1840. 

3. Ellen Jane, b. 1820. 

4. Frances Augusta, b. 1822. (Descendants live in Lyme.) 



2 78 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

15520. Margaret Mather, b. 1787, dau. of Samuel Mather and Lois 
Griswold; m. 1808, WiUiam Nicoll Sill, Bethlehem, N. Y., who was b. 
1786, son of Richard Sill and Elizabeth Nicoll. Their children: 

1. Margaret Nicoll, b. 1809. 

2. Rensselaer Nicoll, b. 1811. 

3. Elizabeth Nicoll, b. 1813, d. 1814. 

4. Elizabeth Nicoll, b. 1815, d. 1827. 

5. Francis Nicoll, b. 1818. 

6. Lydia Mather, b. 1820. 

7. John, b. 1822. 

8. William Nicoll, b. 1825. 

9. James Mather, b. 1828. 

(John Sill, Bethlehem, N. Y., may furnish more detailed information, says 
Thos. Mather.) (Frank Sill and John Sill reside in Albany.) 

15521. Lydia Mather, b. 1790, d. 1856, dau. of Samuel Mather and 
Lois Griswold; m. 1810, Elijah Hubbard, Middletown, Conn., who was 
b. 1777, d. 1846, son of Elijah Hubbard and Hannah Kent. Their chil- 
dren: 

1. Elijah Kent, b. 1812, d. 1839. 

2. Henry Griswold, b. 1814, Middletown, Conn., only child living. 

3. Margaret Sill, b. 1817, d. 1838. 

4. John Marshall, b. 1832. 

1 555 1. Andrew Mather, b. 1772, son of Elias Mather and Lucinda 

Lee ; m. . Their children : 

I. John P. C, b. 1816. 

15561. Samuel Holden Parsons Lee, b. 1772, d. 1870, son of Debo- 
rah Mather and Ezra Lee ; m. Elizabeth Sullivan. Their children : 

1. John. 

2. Henry. 

3. Elizabeth. 

4. Sarah. 

5. Samuel Holden Parsons. 

6. Mary. 

7. William Richard. 

8. Thomas Ezra. 

9. Maud Louisa. 

15562. Elizabeth Lee, Albany, N. Y., b. 1774, d. 185 1, dau. of Debo- 
rah Mather and Ezra Lee; m. 1801, Edward Hill, who was b. 1774, d. 
1828, son of Samuel Hill and Edith Bagley. Their children : 

1. Christopher Edward, b. 1803, d. 1874. 

2. Elizabeth Lee (Albany, N. Y.), b. 1804. 

3. Mary Ann. b, 1807. 



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SIXTH GENERATION. 

4. Lucia Maria, b. 1810, d. 1850. 

5. Margaret Jane, b. 1812, d. 1870. 

6. William Henry, b. 1816. 

7. Leonard Lee. 

15564. Lucia Mather Lee, b. 1779, d. 1870, dau. of Deborah Mather 
and Ezra Lee ; m. John Marvin, Albany, N. Y. Their children : 

1. Richard Henry. 

2. Charles Benjamin. 

3. William Alexander, 

15591. Nancy Mather, b. 1790, d. 1834, dau. of Sylvester Mather 
and Elizabeth Waite; m. 181 1, John Hart, Lyme, Conn., who was b, 
1784, d. 1858, son of John Hart and Nancy . Their children: 

1. Elizabeth (Mrs. Wyllis Warner, New Haven, Conn.), b. 1814. 

2. John Alexander (Cleveland, O.), b. 1816. 

3. Louisa (Mrs. William Whittlesey, New Britain, Conn.), b. 1822. 
(Apply to Richard Mather, Binghamton, N. Y., for further details.) 

15593. Lois Griswold Mather, b. 1794, d. 1865, dau. of Sylvester 
Mather and Elizabeth Waite ; m. Oliver Ely, son of Elihu Ely and Ann 
Ely. They resided at Binghamton, N. Y., and were living there in 
1857. Their children: 

1. William. 

2. Joseph. 

3. Nancy. 

15594. Richard Mather, Binghamton, N. Y., b. 1798, son of Sylves- 
ter Mather and Elizabeth Waite ; m. Caroline Whiting, Binghamton, N. 
Y., who was b. 1805, dau. of Mason Whiting and Mary Edwards. Their 
children : 

1. Elizabeth Waite, b. 1824. 

2. Mary Whiting, b. 1827, d. 1831. 

3. Rhoda A. L., b. 1830. 

4. Nancy Louisa, b. 1832. 

5. Caroline Whiting, b. 1834. 

6. Mason Whiting, b. 1837. 

7. Frances Amelia, b. 1844, d. 1848. 

15595. Sylvester Mather, b. 1801, d. 1831, son of Sylvester Mather 
and Elizabeth Waite; m. 1827, Mary Amelia Ward. Their children: 

1. Mary Elizabeth, b. 1828. 

2. John Hart, b. 1830. 



28o THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION, 

15596. Henry Mather, Binghamton, N. Y., b. 1803, son of Sylvester 
Mather and EHzabeth Waite; m. Frances Whiting, dau. Mason Whiting 
and Mary Edwards. Their children : 

1. Richard Henry. 

2. Mary Doubleday. 

3. Elizabeth Radcliffe. 

15623, Henry L. Ely, b, 1810, son of Samuel Ely and Elizabeth 
Smith ; m. 1822, Mary A, Strong, (Extract from Smith records furnished 
by H, Allen Smith, 13 Fulton St,, Brooklyn, N, Y., June 5, 1885.) No 
children given, 

15711. Polly Ely, Colchester, Conn., b, 1782, d, 1861, dau. of Gabriel 
Ely and Eunice Merriman; m. 1814, Henry Mitchell, Lemontown, Wyo- 
ming Co., Pa., who was b, 1792, d, 1880, son of Amasa Mitc,hell and 
Huldah Stocking. Their children : 

1. Horatio Henry, b. 1816, m. 1837, Alsina Darrow. 

2. George Ely, b. 1823. 

3. Eunice Mary, b. 1826, d. 1871. 

15712. Silas Peck Ely, Brooklyn, Susq. Co., Pa., b, 1784, son of 
Gabriel Ely and Eunice Merriman ; m, Mehitable Church, Their chil- 
dren: 

I. George Merriman, b. 1825, m. 1852, Julia Caroline Austin. 
(It is stated that there were other sons: Orrin Church Ely, Niles, Mich., 
Joseph Merino Ely, Lyme, Conn.; left one child, William, who died.) 

1 5713. Rachel Ely, Lyme, Conn., dau. of Gabriel Ely and Eunice 
Merriman ; m. Christoher Rogers. (They had two sons and two daugh- 
ters, whose names were not ascertained. The parents are dead.) 

1 5714. Joseph Merriman Ely, Lyme, Conn,, b. 1788, son of Gabriel 
Ely and Eunice Merriman ; m, Sarah Bullard. No children. 

15716. Erastus Ely, b. 1793, d. 1866, son of Gabriel Ely and Eunice 
Merriman; m, Hannah Kissam (or Rogers?), b. 1800, d. 1864, Their 
children : 

I. Gabriel Gates (near New Milford, Susq. Co., Pa.) 

15717. Fanny Ely, b, 1795, d, 1870, dau. of Gabriel Ely and Eunice 
Merriman; m. 1815, Libbens Rogers, Brooklyn, Pa., who was b. 1789, d. 
1872, son of Andrew Rogers and Lucy Libbens, Their children : 

1. Elizabeth Lucy, b. 1816, d. 1855, m. 1844 George Benson Lewis. 

2. Andrew, b. 1818, m. 1843 Elizabeth Sterling Babcock, 157532. 

3. Charles, b. 1821, d. 1846. 

4. Rachel, b. 1823, d. 1857, m. 1843 Albert Gallatin Reynolds. 



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SIXTH GENERATION. 

5. Sarah Emmeline, b. 1826, d. 1865. 

6. Christopher, b. 1828, m. 1859 Mary S. Burch. 

7. Henry, b. 1830, m. 1857 Lucy Jane Bunnell. 

8. Mary Jane, b. 1833, d. 1869, m. 1858 Jonas Halstead Stanton, 

9. Edwin, b. 1835, d. 1865. 

10. Fanny Lucretia, b. 1838, d. i860. 

15718. Theresa Ely, dau. of Gabriel Ely and Eunice Merriman; m. 
Charles Geer. (Theresa died in Minnesota, leaving one daughter.) 

15732. Clarissa Ely, b. 1786, dau. of Gurdon Ely and Parnal Phelps; 
m. Marinus Stevens. Their children : 
' I. Henry, b. 1822, d. 1861. 

15734. Ammi Ely, Brooklyn, Pa., b. 1789, d. 1842, son of Gurdon 
Ely and Parnal Phelps; m. 1810, Hannah Marsh Ely (21 125), Lyme, 
Conn., who was b. 1776, dau. of Elijah Ely and Catherine Lee. Their 
children : 

I. Elizabeth, d. 1842, m. Albert Reynolds. 

15735. Ruth Ely, b. 1792, dau. of Gurdon Ely and Parnal Phelps; 
m. Sylvester Butler, Lyme, Conn., who d. 1842. 

15736. Martha Ely, b. 1794, dau. of Gurdon Ely and Parnal Phelps; 
m. Bethuel Williams, Lyme, Conn. Their children : 

1. Clarissa Culver, b. 1820, d. 1848. 

2. Sophia Ann Maria, b. 1822, d. 1846 

(Mrs. Shipman refers to John W. Smith, Essex, Conn. Bethuel Williams' 
brother was Avery Williams, of Deep River, who is dead; his daughter married 
Mr. Shipman. O. M. Smith, wife of J. W., says that Philander Hull, Killing- 
worth, Conn., can furnish more information.) 

15737. Gurdon Ely, b. 1796, d. 1873, son of Gurdon Ely and Parnal 
Phelps; m. 1820, Olive Corry, who was b. 1798, dau. of Andrew Corry 
and Phebe Potter. Their children: 

1. Jeremiah Bennett, b. 1821, d. 1858, m., ist, 1844, Henrietta Mack; m., 

2nd, 1849, Julia Newbury. 

2. Parnal Mahala, b. 1823, m., ist, 1843, Henry Stevens, 157321; m., 2nd, 

1862, Elijah Jones Johnson, 157374. 

3. Ammi, b. 1824, m. 1849 Emily Laura Tewksbury. 

4. Clarissa Rosetta, b. 1827, d. i860, m. 1858 Elijah Jones Johnson. 

5. Lydia Chapman, b. 1829, m. 1848 William Thompson Seely. 

6. Martha Ann, b. 1836, m. 1856 Lyman Kelsey 

7. Olive Sophia, b. 1839, d. 1878, m., 1st, 1863, John D. Cunion; m., 2nd, 

1869, Charles Ritchie. 

15738. Silence Beckwith Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1798, d. 1840, dau. 
of Gurdon Ely and Parnal Phelps ; m. 1818, Andrew Rogers, Brooklyn, 



282 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

i 

Pa., who was b. 1792, d. 1878, son of Andrew Rogers and Mary Rogers. 
Their children : 

I. Gurdon Barnum, 1821, m. 1849 Juliana Tucker. 

15752. Lyman Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1796, d. 1873, son of Zelophe- 
had Ely and Elizabeth Marvin Sterling; m. 1826, Bathsheba Haynes 
Giles, Rush, Pa., who was b. 1808, d. 1876, dau. of Thomas Giles and 
Betsy Deming. Their children : 

I. Mary Ann, b. 1832, m. 1851 Isaac Van Auken. 

15753- Elizabeth Ely, Saybrook, Conn., b. 1798, d. 1835, dau. of 
Zelophehad Ely and Elizabeth Marvin Sterling; m. 18 15, John Reed 
Babcock, Preston, Conn., who was b. 1788, d. 1836, son of John Reed 
Babcock and Louisa Gilmore. Their children : 

1. Jacob Ely, b. 1817, m. 1844 Lucy Maria Lathrop. 

2. Elizabeth Sterling, b. 1820. 

3. Louisa Gilmore, b. 1821, m., 1st, 1842, Samuel Warren Spencer; m., 

2nd, 1869, James Grandison Packer. 

4. Charles Marsh, b. 1825, m. 1856 Clara Davis Connor. 

5. John Reed, b. 1828, m. 1857 Betsey Warner. 

6. Lucy Amanda, b. 1830, m. 1852 George Clinton Brundage. 

7. James Thomas, b. 1835, m. i860 Julia Adeline Mason. 

15754. John Russell Ely, Brooklyn, Pa., b. 1800, son of Zelophehad 
Ely and Elizabeth Marvin Sterling; m. 1823, Lucinda Morgan Giles, who 
was b. 1805, d. 1872, dau. of Thomas Giles and Betsy Demming. Their 
children : 

1. George Washington, Thompson, Susq. Co., Pa., b. 1825, m. 1848 Elea- 

nor Van Auken. 

2. Alice Sterling, b. 1827, d. 1864, m. 1848 Samuel Franklin Brown. 

3. Benjamin Giles, Holsterville, Wayne Co., Pa., b. 1829, m., ist., 1852, 

Amanda R. Parks; m., 2nd, 1877, Sarah E. Pedrick. 

4. Betsy Demming, b. 1831, m. 1851 Elijah Snell. 

5. Jacob J., b. 1834, m., ist, 1857, Laura Marsh Carr; m., 2nd, 1867, 
' Martha Annette Jagger. 

6. Marvin, b. 1837, d. 1863, m. 1862 Sarah Johnston Luce. 

7. Hannah Marian, b. 1841, m. 1859 Elisha Keeler Elliott. 

8. Jabez, b. 1844, m. 1870 Sarah Elizabeth Gavitt. 

9. John Russell, Brooklyn, Pa., b. 1848, m. 1876 Helen Bissell. 

15755. Parnal Ely, Lyme, Conn. (res. Rockford, III), b. about 1802, 
dau. of Zelophehad 5:iy and Elizabeth Marvin Sterling; m. 1825, Francis 



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SIXTH GENERATION. 

Mitchell Babcock, Rockford, III, who was b. 1799, d. 1872, son of Isaac 
Babcock and Amy Gavitt. Their children : 

1. Isaac Zelophehad, Montrose, Susq., Co., Pa., b. 1825, m. 1853 Sarah A. 

Allen. 

2. Priscilla Walker, Poultney, Rutland Co., Vt., b. 1831, m., ist., John F. 

Crosby; m., 2nd, George L. Bliss. 

3. Noyes Eliab, Rockford, 111., b. 1833, m. 1865, Harriet Eloise Crosby. 

4. Amy Elizabeth, Rockford, 111., b. 1835, d. 1875, m. 1852 George D. 

Goodsell. 

5. Lyman Francis, Omaha, Neb., b. 1838, m. 1865 Mary V'ictorine 

Stevens. 

15756. Hiram Ely, New Milford, Conn., b. 1805, d. 1880, son of 
Zelophehad Ely and Elizabeth Marvin Sterling ; m. 1829, Cyrena Lovina 
Vosburg, who was b. 1808, d. 1867, dau. of Jacob Vosburg and Lovina 
Myers. Their children : 

1. Jacob Parker, Tunkhannock, Pa., b. 1829. 

2. Charles Harris, b. 1831, m. 1857 Lois Alice Lathrop. 

3. Lyman Sterling, b. 1832, d. 1837. 

4. Eliza, b. 1836, d. 1854. 

5. Andrew Freeman, b. 1838, m. 1863 Mary Agnes Rhodes. 

6. Louisa, b. 1841, m. 1865 Miles Avery Smith. 

7. Jerome, Oak Harbor, Island Co., Wash., b. 1844. 

loiii. Betsy Sill, b. 1774, dau. of Giles Sill and Lucy Gould; m. 
her father's third cousin, Josiah Griswold Ely, eldest son of Josiah Ely 
and Phebe Denison. 

10113. Enoch Sill, b. 1778, son of Giles Sill and Lucy Gould; m. 
July 7, 1805, his third cousin, Deborah Ely, b. 1781, at Lyme, daughter 
of Seth Ely and Lydia Reynolds. 

* * * 5494. Enoch, 10113 (second son of Giles Sill and Lucy Gould, of 
Lyme), b. 3 May, 1778, at Lyme. He m. 7 July, 1805, his third cousin, Deborah 
Ely (i999t), b. 19 Dec, 1781, at Lyme, dau. of Seth Ely, Esq., and Lydia Rey- 
nolds (468h), of Lyme. He was a farmer, and they settled at Moreau, N. Y., 
where he was a justice of the peace and a deacon of the Congregational church, 
and where they were living in 1859. They had eight children, b. at Moreau: 

1. Charles Augustus, b. 14 Aug., 1806, m. Mary F. Reynolds. He was a 
farmer, and they removed to Wales, N. Y., where he was supervisor of the 
town, and a member of the legislature. They were living at Wales in 1855, and 
had ten children: Catherine D., b. 16 March, 1838; Seth Reynolds, b. 1 Oct., 
1839; John Enoch, b. 2 Sept., 1841; Charles Henry, b. 14 July, 1843, d. 2 July, 
1844; Frederick, b. 10 May, 1845, d. 5 March, 1846; Frank (twin of last), d. 5 
Aug., 1846; Harriet and Helen (twins), b. 5 Aug., 1847; Mary Louisa, b. 7 Nov., 
1849, and Margaret Agnes, b. 29 May, 1853. 

2. Seth Ely, b. 3 June, 1809, at Moreau, m. Sept., 1840, Harriet E. Allen, 
daughter of Gen. Ethan B. Allen, of Batavia. He was a lawyer, and they settled 



284 THE ELV ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

at Buffalo, N. Y., where he was elected a justice of the supreme court of the State 
in 1847, which office he held at the time of his death. He d. 15 Sept., 1851, at 
Buffalo, where she was living in 1859. They had five children: Francis, b. 28 
Nov., 1841; Charles, b. i Oct., 1843; Henry Seymour, b. 20 June, 1846; Florence, 
b. 28 Sept., 1848, and Mary, b. 15 Oct., 1851. 

3. Lydia Griswold, b. 24 Jan., 1812, and living at Moreau, N. Y., in 1859, unm. 

4. Susan Abby, b. 27 April, 1814, m. 2 April, 1835, James Albert Hoyt, b. 9 
March, 1812, at Moreau, son of Job Hoyt and Anna Raymond. He was a silver- 
smith, and they settled at Saratoga Springs, where he was an elder in the Presby- 
terian Church. They removed to Troy, N. Y., where she d. 22 Dec, 1847. They 
had three children: Harriet Amelia, b. 27 May, 1836; Frances Louisa, b. 19 Sept., 
1838, and Charles Sill, b. 19 July, 1846, d. 12 May, 1847. J. A. Hoyt then m. i Oct., 
1849, Eliza Ann Wilson, and they were living at Saratoga Springs in i860, and he 
had two children by her : Mary Antoinette and Ida Evelyn. 

5. Jane Louisa, b. 18 Oct., 1816, m. 28 June, 1843, Aaron M. Thompson, of 
Moreau. He was a farmer, and they settled at Moreau, where he was a justice 
of the peace. Jane Louisa d. i Oct., 1850. Mr. Thompson was living in 1858. 
They had two children: Franklin Cornell, b. 6 Nov., 1846, and Anna Louisa, b. 
6 Aug., 1848. 

6. Mary Sophia, b. 5 Jan., 1820, m. 26 Sept., 1853, Rev. Asa Johnson, of 
Peru, la. He was a Presbyterian clergyman, and they were living in Iowa in 1858, 
and had one child : Mary, b. June, 1858. 

7. Ebenezer Enoch, b. 14 Sept., 1822, m. 15 Nov., 1854, Beatrice Wither- 
spoon, of New York, where they were living in 1858. He was an artist, and they 
had one child: Florence Beatrice, b. Aug., 1856. 

8. John Nathaniel, b. 8 March, 1827, was a farmer, and was living at Moreau 
in 1858, unm. 

10411. Elizabeth Mather, b. 1764, d. 1810, dau. Timothy Mather; 
m. Richard Peck, Lyme, Conn. Their children: 

1. Nathaniel. 

2. Richard. 

21 121. Phebe Ely, b. 1766, d. 1853, daughter of Elijah Ely and Hep- 
zibah Lee ; married Lieut. Calvin Selden of Lyme, September 20, 1790. 
Mr. Seldon was one of the leading citizens of the town, as had been his 
father and his grandfather. Too young to serve in the Revolution, as did 
his uncle, Colonel Samuel Selden, and his father. Captain Ezra Selden, he 
was commissioned Lieutenant in the service of the State after the war 
was over. 

He lived for more than twenty years in a house his father, Ezra Sel- 
den, had built near the village of Hamburg. Here Squire and Mrs. Sel- 
den dispensed old-fashioned hospitality, and lived so as to win the sin- 
cerest respect of their neighbors. 

Mr. Selden's oldest son died from an accidental discharge of a sen- 
try's gun during the war of 1812. He left the bereavement keenly. Mr. 



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SIXTH GENERATION. 

Selden died October 28, 1820. His wife lived to see both her younger 
sons Judges of the Court of Appeals of New York, and died at the house 
of her youngest daughter, in New Haven, October 15, 1853. 
Their children : 

1. Roxana, b. May 19, 1791, d. Oct. 21, 1876, m., ist, Jan. 4, 1812, Morrison 

Jack; m., 2nd, Aug. 20, 1837, Wm. Clark Fraser. 

2. Ezra, b. Aug. 17, 1793, d. Aug. 16, 1814. 

3. Elizabeth, b. Apr. 18, 1796, d. May 8, 1868, m., ist, Sep. 24, 1818, Joseph 

Spencer; m., 2nd, Apr. 21, 1831, Amos B. Eaton (U. S. Army). 

4. Samuel Lee b. Oct. 12, 1800, d. Sep. 20, 1876, m. July 27, 1831, Susan 

Matilda Ward. 

5. Almira, b. Sep. 20, 1803, d. Sep. 29, 1867, m. May 28, 1826, Nathaniel 

A. Bacon. 

6. Henry Rogers, b. Oct. 14, 1805, d. Sep. 18, 1885, m. Sep. 25, 1834, 

Laura Anne Baldwin. 

Calvin Selden was born at Lyme, March 14, 1763, and was the 
fourth son of Ezra Selden and Elizabeth Rogers, and a great grandson 
of William Hyde of the third generation. (See Hyde Genealogy, page 
582.) Phebe Ely was born May 10, 1766, and was the eldest daughter 
of Calvin Selden's third cousin, Elijah Ely and Hepsibah Lee of Lyme. 

We append a quotation from the Hyde Genealogy : 

VI. CALVIN SELDEN (1740), born at Lyme, Conn., 14 March, 1763, fourth 
son of Ezra Selden and Elizabeth Rogers (358), was a great-grandson of William 
Hyde (6) of the third generation. He married 20 September, 1790, Phebe Ely 
(5754), horn 10 May, 1766, eldest daughter of his third cousin, Elijah Ely (1956), 
and Hepsibah Lee of Lyme. He was a farmer, and they settled at Lyme, where 
he died 28 October, 1820. She died 15 October, 1853, at New Haven. 

Their children were: 

4469. Ezra, born 17 Aug., 1793, at Lyme. He was in the service of the 
United States at the mouth of the Connecticut River in the war of 1812, and was 
accidentally shot by a sentinel, and died 16 August, 1814, unmarried. 

4470. Samuel Lee, born 12 October, 1800, at Lyme. He married, 27 July, 
1831, Susan Matilda Ward, born 20 March, 1808, daughter of Dr. Levi Ward and 
Mehitable Hand, of Genesee Co., N. Y. He was a lawyer and they settled at 
Rochester, N. Y., where he was for several years Clerk of the Court of Chancery 
of the State of New York. He was afterwards one of the Justices of the Supreme 
Court, and in 1858 was a Judge of the Court of Appeals. They were living in 
Rochester in 1859, where she died about 1861. They had two children born at 
Rochester. 

4471. Henry Rogers, born 14 Oct., 1805, at Lyme. He married, 25 Sept., 
1834, Laura Anne Baldwin. He was a lawyer, settled at Clarkson, N. Y., 
and was for several years State Reporter of the decisions of the Court of 
Appeals. In 1856 he was elected Lieut.-Gov. of the State of New York, and in 
1858 received the honorary degree of Doctor of Laws from Yale College. They 



286 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

were living at Clarkson in 1859, and at Rochester in 1863; and he was Judge of 
the Court of Appeals. They had eleven children, born at Clarkson. 

4472. Roxanna, born 19 May, 1791, at Lyme. She married 4 Jan., 1812, Mor- 
rison Jack, born at Balmarino, in Fifeshire, Scotland, son of Alexander Jack and 
Margaret, his wife. He was a sugar and coffee planter in the West Indies, and 
died at New Brunswick. They had two children. 

After the death of her first husband, Roxanna (Selden) Jack married, Aug. 
20, 1837, William Clark Frazer, Judge of the District Court of the Territory of 
Wisconsin. He graduated at Princeton, was a lawyer, and was son of Capt. Wm. 
Frazer and Sarah Clark of Newcastle, Del. He died 19 Oct., 1838, at Mil- 
waukee; and she was living at Brockport, N. Y., in 1862. 

4473. Elizabeth, b. 18 April, 1796, at Lyme. She m., 24 Sept., 1814, Joseph 
Spencer, b. at Hartford, Conn., son of Isaac Spencer, who was Treasurer of the 
State. He graduated at Yale in 181 1, and was a lawyer. They settled at 
Rochester, where he was elected to the State Senate. He was taken sick while 
attending the Senate at Albany, where he died 2 May, 1823, beloved and respected 
by all who knew him. She had by him one child, born at Rochester: 

I. Elizabeth Selden, b. 5 Jan., 1819. She m. 19 Nov., 1852, Elisha Colt, 
son of Elisha Colt of Hartford, who was for many years Comptroller 
of the State of Connecticut. They settled at Hartford, and were 
living there in 1858, and had one son: Joseph Spencer, b. Feb., 1854. 

After the death of her first husband, Elizabeth (Selden) Spencer m., 21 
April, 1831, Amos B. Eaton, son of Prof. Amos Eaton and Sarah Cady. He 
graduated at the U. S. Military Academy at West Point in 1826, and in 1862 was 
a Lieut.-Colonel in the U. S. Army, in the commissary department; and they 
were living at New Haven. She had by him three children. 

4474. Almira, born 20 Sept., 1803, at Lyme. She married, 28 May, 1826, 
■Nathaniel A. Bacon, of New Haven, son of Nathaniel Bacon and Rebecca, his 
wife, of New Haven. They settled at New Haven, and were living there in 1858, 
and had five children born there. 

2II22. Elijah Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1769, d. 1815, son of Elijah Ely 
and Catherine Lee; m. Barbara Bain, Yarmouth, Nova Scotia, d. 1843, 
dau. of Alexander Bain and . Their children : 

1. Samuel, b. 1795. 

2. Sarah (Yarmouth, 1859), d. 1862. 

3. Calvin, b. 1799, d. 1815. 

4. Juliana, b. 1798, d. 1842, m. 1822 William Brockway Niles. 

5. Clarissa d. 1815. 

6. Belinda, b. 1815. 

7. Rozanna (Yarmouth, 1859), d. 1879, m. James Phillips. 

8. Elijah Bain, b. 1809, d. 1871, m. 1835 Eliza Pearsall. 

9. Calvin Lee, b. 1812, m., ist, 1841, Tirzah Abigail Lay; m., 2nd, 1846, 

Mary Ann Yokes. 
(Mrs. Julia Nowlin, 171 Keep St., Brooklyn, E. D., states that Calvin was 
resident at Kenosha, Wis.; also says that his widow, Mrs. Eliza Ely, lives in 
Brooklyn.) 



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SIXTH GENERATION. 

21123. Samuel Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1771, d. 181 5, son of Elijah Ely 
and Catherine Lee; m. Ehzabeth Smith. Their children: 

1. George, b. 1806. 

2. Leander. 

21 124. Catherine Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1774, d. 1848, dau. of Elijah 
Ely and Catherine Lee; m. Rufus Perry, Shelburne, Nova Scotia, who 
was b. 1771, d. 1800. Their children: 

1, Elizabeth, b. 1796, m. William Bradbury. 

2. James, m. and resided with his family at Black River, Nova Scotia, 

1858. 

21 126. Hepsibah Ely, East Haddam, Conn., b. 1780, dau. of Elijah 
Ely and Catherine Lee; m. Elihu Brockway, Lyme, Conn. Their chil- 
dren : 

I. Daughter, m. L. W. Cone. 

21131. George Elliott, Killingworth, Conn., b. 1767, d. 1828, son of 
Hannah Ely and George Elliott; m. 1790, Patience Lane, who was b. 
1769, d. 1852, dau. of Noah Lane and Grace Budington. Their children : 

I. Ely Augustus (Clinton, Conn.), b. 1791, d. 1870, m. 1818 Susan Maria 
Pratt. 

21 132. John Elliott, Madison, Conn., b. 1768, d. 1824, son of Han- 
nah Ely and George Elliott; m. 1790, Sarah Norton, Salisbury, Conn., 
who was b. 1766, d. 1841, dau. of Lot Norton and Esther Merrill. No 
children. 

(Biography in Elliott Gen., p. 96. — Sarah Norton's 2nd husband, 
who was a member of the family of Gen. Elisha Sterling, Salisbury, 
Conn., may furnish more information.) 

21133. Samuel Elliott, Killingworth, Conn., b. 1770, d. 1817, son of 
Hannah Ely and George Elliott; m. 1798, Jane Crane (Towner), who 
was b. 1768, d. 1802, dau. of J. Crane. Their children: 

I. Louisa, b. 1800; m., ist, 1823, Daniel Hevi^ett; m., 2nd, 1830, John W. 
Turner. 

21 135. Timothy Elliott, Unadilla, N. Y., b. 1773, d. 1796, son of 
Hannah Ely and George Elliott; m. Mary Darrow, Greenwich, Conn. 
No children. 

21 136. Mary Elliott, b. 1775, d. 1858, dau. of Hannah Ely and 
George Elliott; m. 1813, Othniel Williams, Clinton, N. Y., who was b. 



288 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

1786, d, 1832, son of David Williams and . (See 24192). Their 

children : 

1. Othniel Samuel, Clinton, Oneida Co., N. Y., b. 1814, d. 1880, m. 1843, 

Delia Avery. 

2. Mary Louisa (unm.), b. 1816, d. 1837. 

2 11 37. Hannah Elliott, b. 1777, d. 18 19, dau. of Hannah Ely and 
George Elliott; m. 1801, John Niles, Prattsburgh, N. Y., who was b. 
1776, d. 1812, son of John Niles and Dorcas Beckert (Beckett or Beck- 
with, says granddaughter Harriet Booth, dau. of Dr. Noah Niles.) 
Their children : 

1. George, b. 1801, d. 1876 (Prattsburg, Steuben Co., N. Y.), m. 1832, 

Mary Russell. 

2. Saloma, d. 1854 (married twice); m. Abel Babcock. 

3. Mary Ann, b. 1803, d. 1840, m. 1825 Stannard. 

4. Thomas (no children; d. at Bath, N. Y., about 1865). 

5. Susan (no children). 

21 138. Achilles Henry Elliott, Killingworth, Conn., b. 1781, d. 1856, 
son of Hannah Ely and George Elliott; m. 181 1, Mary Stannard, Say- 
brook, Conn., who was b. 1790, d. 1876, dau. of William Stannard and 
Miriam Sherman, Their children: 

1. Miriam Jerusha, b. 1812, d. 1815. 

2. Miriam Jerusha, b. 1815, d. 1851, m. Justin A. Bliss. 

3. John Henry, b. 1819, m. Margaret Horning. 

21 151. Ezra Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1781, d. 1809, son of Abner Ely 
and Bridget Brockway ; m. Mary Baker, Cape Cod, Mass., who d. 1835^ 
dau. of Seth Baker and . 

21 152. Abner Sheldon Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1790, d. 1866, son of 
Abner Ely and Bridget Brockway; m. 1816, Elizabeth Brockway, Lyme, 
Conn., who was b. 1796, d. 1823, dau. of Zebulon Brockway and Abigail 
Banning; m. 2nd, Fanny Griffin, East Haddam, Conn., in 1824, who was 
b. 1795, dau. of Josiah Griffin and Dorothy Gates. Their children: 

1. Abner Sheldon, b. 1817, d. 1818. 

2. Abner, b. 1825. 

3. Frances Elizabeth, b. 1826, d. i860. 

4. Josiah Griffin, b. 1829, m. 1855 Elizabeth Mather Chadwick. 

5. Abner Sheldon (unm.), b. 1834, d. 1847. 

21 153. Similius Brockway Ely, Lyme, Conn., living, 1858, b.. 1796, 
son of Abner Ely and Bridget Brockway; m. about 1830, Mary Ann 
Niles (Stannard) (211373), b. 1803, d. 1840, dau. of John Niles and Han- 
nah Elliott; m. 2nd, 1843, Elizabeth Perkins Ely (13773), who was b. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 289 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

1802, d. 1854, dau. of Charles Ely and Elizabeth Perkins. Their chil- 
dren: 

I. John Elliott, Lyme, Conn. 

Mary Ann Niles was of royal descent through the Elliott family. 
The line is given in pedigree CIII of the work entitled "American 
Families of Royal Descent," and is through Edward III. of England and 
his wife Philippa. 

21155. Bridget Ely, dau. of Abner Ely and Bridget Brockway; m. 
Obadiah Baxter. 

21157. Jane Louisa Ely, dau. of Abner Ely and Bridget Brockway; 
m. William Giddings, Sherman, Conn., b. 1782, d. 1831, in Gull Prairie, 
Mich., son of Zebulon Giddings and Louisa Towner. Their children: 

1. Adeline, b. 1803, d. 1839, m. 1827 Jonathan Russell 

2. Abner Ely, b. 1805. 

3. William Pitt, b. 1807, d. 1837. 

4. Jane Ely, b. 1808, d. 1839, m- Daniel A. Plummer. 

5. Louisa, b. 1809, m. 1835 Don Carlos Barnes. 

6. Emma, b. 181 1, d. 1880. 

7. Ely, b. 1813, m. Minerva Shepard. 

8. John, b. 181S, d. 1843. 

9. Marsh, b. 1816, m. Louisa Mills. 
ID. Ezra De Graffe, b. 1817. 

11. Czar, b. 1819. 

12. Eusebia Dorcas, b. 1822, m. Upjohn. 

21161. Thomas Anderson, b. 1770, d. 1863, son of Mary Ely and 
Thomas Anderson; m. 1810, Rebecca Allis, Madison, Conn., who was 
b. 1780, d. 1870, dau. of and Hannah Norton. Their children: 

1. Laura, b. 181 1, m.^1860, Charles Sweet. 

2. Samuel Pierce, b. 1816, m. Hannah Baker Perkins, 211724. 

21164. Ezra Selden Anderson, North Lyme, Conn., b. 1786, d. 1869, 
son of Mary Ely and Thomas Anderson; m. Eliza Kissam, Flushing, L. 
I., who was b. 1800, d. 1848, dau. of Hewlett Kissam and Ann Wilkins. 
Their children : 

1. Mary Ely, b. 1822. 

2. Hewlett Kissam, b. 1824. 

3. Thomas, b. 1827. 

4. Sarah Jane, b. 1830. 

5. Ansel Brockway, b. 1832, m. 1855 Sarah Ellen Manwaring. 

6. Ezra Selden, b. 1835. 

7. Marsh Ely, b. 1837. 

i 8. Samuel, b. 1840. . ' ' 



290 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

21165. Laura Anderson, b. 1789, d. 1862, dau. of Mary Ely and 
Thomas Anderson ; m. Simeon Eldridge, Sag Harbor, L. I., who was b. 
1776, son of Joshua Eldridge and Jennie . No children. 

(James H. Eldridge, Sag Harbor, L. I., nephew of Simeon.) 

21166. Mary Anderson, dau. of Mary Ely and Thomas Anderson; 
m. David Brockway, who was b. 1769, d. 1830. Their children: 

1. Ansel. 

2. David. 

3. Selden. 

4. Samuel. 

5. Leonora (Mrs. Leonora Brockway, Lyme, Conn.). 

6. Abigail. 

21167. John Anderson, Flushing, L. I., b. 179S, d. 1833, son of Mary 
Ely and Thomas Anderson; m. Sarah Sinclair, Staten Island. 

21x68. Marsh Ely Anderson, b. 1796, d. 1876, son of Mary Ely and 
Thomas Anderson; m. 1821, Mary Kissam, Flushing, L. I., dau. of Hew- 
lett Kissam and Ann Wilkins. Their children : 

1. John, b. 1827, d. 1828. 

2. Mary Elizabeth, b. 1832. 

21172. Abraham Ely Perkins (13733), b. 1782, d. 1855, son of Eliza- 
beth Ely and Abraham Perkins; m. 181 1, Hannah Baker (Chase), who 

was b. 1789, d. 1813, dau. of Seth Baker and ; m. 2nd, 

1814, Mary Baker (Ely), (21J51), who d. 1835, dau. of Seth Baker and 
. Their children : 

1. Elizabeth Anne, m. William Henry Johnson. 

2. Seth Baker, b. 1814, d. 1816. 

3. Abraham Ely, b. 1816, m. 1844, Hannah E. Hadley. 

4. Hannah Baker (211612), b. 1818, m. Samuel Pierce. 

5. Mary (East Boston, 1859), b. 1822, m. 1843 Bradford Lincoln Crocker. 

6. Sophia Ely, b. 1824. 

7. Francis William, b. 1828, d. 1840. 

21193. Jerusha Hallock, Aquebogue, L. I., dau. of Lois Ely and 
Ezra Hallock ; m. Gershom Edwards, Baiting Hollow, L. L, son of Ger- 
shom Edwards and Abigail Hallock; m. 2nd, Jonathan B. Horton. Their 
children : 

1. Mary Ann, b. 1816, d. 1866, m., ist, 1832, William Camack Burnet; m., 

2nd, 1866, Nathaniel F. Waring. 

2. Abigail Selden. 

3. Ulysses. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 291 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

4. Abigail Selden (unm.). 

5. Louisa, b. 1810 (about), m., ist, Page; m., 2nd, Caplen. 

(Jerusha Hallock was educated by Lyman Beecher, and was an accomplished 

scholar and poetess.) 

The State of Texas, 
County of Galveston. 

I, Louisa Ely Caplen (nee Edwards), of Galveston County, Texas, do 
by these presents certify that I am a daughter and heir-at-law of Gershom 
Edwards, deceased, who resided during his lifetime in the State of New York. 
I had only one sister, whose name was Mary Ann Edwards, she and I being the 
only children of the said Gershom Edwards, deceased. Our mother's name 
was Jerusha Hallock. (Jerusha was daughter of Lois Ely.) Our father had 
brothers, among whom I remember Henry, William, and Dr. B. Benjamin Ed- 
wards, who married a Miss Nancy S. Jackson, of Bloomingdale, New York. Our 
father had four sisters, viz.: Ann Edwards, who married a gentleman by the 
name of Warner. She had one son. The next sister of my father was named 
Abbie Edwards. She married a gentleman by the name of Skidmore. She after- 
wards married for her second husband Judge Mathews. His next sister, Jerusha 
Edwards, married William Lewis and had several children. They lived on 
Howard Street, New York, when I was a child. Our father had another sister, 
Mary Edwards, who married a gentleman by the name of Cook. Her daughter 
was named Harriet Cook, who married, I think, in New York. 

Our father, Gershom Edwards, was born on Long Island, New York, and 
kept store there during the Revolutionary War. My uncle William, my father's 
brother, lived in the village of Verona, Utica, in those days. Our father had no 
sons, so Mary Ann Edwards and I, Louisa Ely Edwards, now Caplen, were his 
only children and heirs-at-law. Our father's brother Henry died at sea. William 
had several children, viz.: Jerome, Robert, and William, and I think two daugh- 
ters. My sister, Mary Ann, and I are the grand-daughters of Lois Ely of Lyme, 
Connecticut, at the old Ely landing. Our father and mother died in New York. 

Witness my hand at Galveston, Texas, this 3rd day of June, A. D., 1891. 
(Signed.) LOUISA ELY CAPLEN. 

Sworn to and subscribed before me this 3rd day of June, A. D., 1891. 
Witness my hand and official seal at Galveston, Texas, the day and year last 
above written. 

W. A. NICHOLSON, 

Notary Public, 
(SEAL.) 

Galveston County, 

Texas. 
Note. — 1898. — Louisa Ely Caplen is still living. — R. H. Riley. 



The State of Texas, 
County of Galveston. 

I, W. A. Nicholson, a Notary Public in and for Galveston County, Texas, 
-do hereby certify that the above and foregoing instrument is a true and correct 



292 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

copy of an affidavit and statement made by Louisa Ely Caplen and sworn to be- 
fore me on the 3rd day of June, A. D., 1891. 

Given under my hand and seal office in Galveston, Texas, this 6th day of 
June, A. D., 1891. 

W. A. NICHOLSON, 

Notary Public, 
(SEAL.) 

Galveston County, 

Texas. 
Mr. Editor: 

It is more than probable that the Henry Edwards (who was lost at sea) 
is the intermentioned Henry, and to whom it is more than likely that George 
III. gave the 99-year lease of the millions of property, on account of the no- 
bility of the family, covering from Stewart's to beyond Wall St. and Trinity 
Church; value, $300,000,000. R. H. RILEY. 

241 1 1. Elizabeth Marvin, b. 1767, d. 1834, dau. of Elizabeth Selden 
and Elisha Marvin; m. 1792, Judah Colt, son of Joseph Colt and Desire 
Pratt. Their children : 

I. Elizabeth. (H. M. Selden has record of death.) 

241 12. Elisha Marvin, b. 1768, d. 1829, son of EHzabeth Selden and 
Elisha Marvin; m. 1812, Minerva Pendergast, who was b. 17 — . Their 
children : 

1. William Elisha, b. 1814. 

2. Elizabeth Susan, b. 1818, d. 1874. 

(H. M. Selden may furnish more information.) 

241 15. Enoch Marvin, b. 1774, d. 1840, son of Elizabeth Selden and 
Elisha Marvin; m. 1829, Eliza Hull. No children. 

241 18. Dudley Marvin, b. 1786, d. 1852, son of Elizabeth Selden 
and Elisha Marvin; m. 1818, Mary Whalley, dau. of Joseph Whalley and 
Hannah Saltonstall. Their children: 

I. Dudley Selden, b. 1819. 

241 10. Elihu Marvin, b. 1791, son of Elizabeth Selden and Elisha 
Marvin; m, 1813, Nancy (or Anna) Humphrey, who was b. 1782, dau. of 
John Humphrey and Sally Durand. Their children: 

1. Susan, b. 1816, d. 1834. 

2. Sarah, b. 1820, d. 1843. 

24124. Samuel Colt Selden, b. 1786, d. 1852, son of Samuel Selden 
and Deborah Colt; m. 1808, Elizabeth Gibson Kirtland, who was b. 1792, 
d. 1844, dau. of Daniel Kirtland and Lydia Lord. No children. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 293 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

24125. George Selden, Erie, Pa., b. 1790, d. 1857, son of Samuel 
Seidell and Deborah Colt; m. 1813, Elizabeth Grace Card, who was b. 
1795, d. 1827, dau. of Joseph Card and Hannah McConn; m. 2nd, 1833, 
Emily Marvin (241 19), Lyme, Conn., who was b. 1789, d. 1856, dau. of 
Elisha Marvin and Elizabeth Selden. Their children : 

1. Charles Townsend, b. 1815. 

2. Joseph, b. 1817. 

3. Samuel, b. 1821. 

4. Martha Elizabeth, b. 1823. 

5. John Card, b. 1825. 

6. George, b. 1827. 

24126. Deborah Selden, b. 1792, d. 1872, dau. of Samuel Selden and 
Deborah Colt; m. 1810, William Spencer, who was b. 1784, d. 1871, son 
of Israel Selden Spencer and Temperance Brockway. 

24128. Joseph Selden, b. 1796, d. 1858, son of Samuel Selden and 
Deborah Colt; m. 1820, Mary Ann Kirtland, who was b. 1798, d. 1865, 
dau. of Daniel Kirtland and Lydia Lord. 

24144. Ezra Selden, b. 1785, d. 1813, son of Elijah Selden and 
Eunice Comstock; m. 1806, Mary Congdon, who was b. 1788, d. 1815, 
dau. of Stephen Congdon and Susan . Their children : 

1. Charles, b. 1807, d. 1848. 

2. Elijah, b. 1809. 

3. Sarah, b. 181 1, d. 1827. 

24145. Eunice Selden, b. 1788, d. 1847, ^au. of Elijah Selden and 
Eunice Comstock; m. 1808, Anson Young, who was b. 1782, d. 1875, 
son of William Henry Young and Lady Swift. Their children : 

1. Fanny, b. 1808, d. 1874. 

2. Laura, b. 1810. 

3. Ulysses Selden, b. 1812. 

4. Henry, b. 1814. 

5. Roderick, b. 1817, d. 1870. 

6. Alvin, b. 1819. 

7. Chipman Swift, b. 1821. 

8. Emily, b. 1823, d. 1843. 

9. Eunice, b. 1825, d. 1828. 

10. Lydia, b. 1828, d. 1829. 

11. Maria Loomis, b. 1830, d. 1833. 

12. Mariette, b. 1833, d. 1857. 

24146. Laura Comstock Selden, b. 1791, d. 1850, dau. of Elijah Sel- 
den and Eunice Comstock; m. 1808, Elijah Comstock, who was b. 1776, 
son of Asa Comstock and Submit Marsh. Their children : 

1. Elijah Selden, b. 1810, d. 1829. 

2. Charles Gordon, b. 181 1, d. 1837. 



294 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

3. Henry Tracy, b. 1813. 

4. Frederick William, b. 1817. 

5. Elizabeth Selden, b. 1821. 

6. Edward Elijah, b. 1826. 

2415 1. Samuel Selden Spencer, son of Deborah Selden and Joseph 
Spencer; m. Prudence Cook. 

24153. Patty Spencer, dau. of Deborah Selden and Joseph Spencer; 
m. Stephen Wilson. 

24154. Deborah Spencer, dau. of Deborah Selden and Joseph Spen- 
cer; m. Matthew Wallace. 

24155. Sophia Spencer, dau. of Deborah Selden and Joseph Spen- 
cer ; m. John E. Hunt. 

24156. Rowena Spencer, dau. of Deborah Selden and Joseph Spen- 
cer ; m. Annis Nye. 

24157. Eliza Spencer, dau. of Deborah Selden and Joseph Spencer; 
m. Lewis Cass, who was b. 1782, d. 1866, son of Jonathan Cass and Mary 
Oilman. Their children : 

1. Mary Sophia. 

2. Elizabeth. 

3. Isabella. 

24162. Eliza Selden, b. 1790, d. 181 5, dau. of Charles Selden and 

Abigail Jones; m. 181 1, Henry Vail, son of Moses Vail and . 

Their children : 

I. Nameless (buried in grave with mother). 

24182. Asenath Selden, b. 1785, d. 1834, dau. of Richard Ely Selden 

and Desire Colt; m. 1808, William Fowler Vail, son of Vail 

and Sarah Fowler. Their children : 

1. Richard Selden, b. 1810. 

2. Sarah, b. 1812, d. 1843. 

3. Elizabeth Ely, b. 18—, d. 1878. 

4. Thomas Scott, b. 1817. 

5. Asenath Colt. 

6. Julia Amanda. 

24183. Catherine Desire Selden, b. 1789, d. 1865, dau. of Richard 
Ely Selden and Desire Colt; m. 1810, Joseph Harvey, who was b. 1786, d. 
1873, son of Ithamar Harvey and Electa Fowler. Their children: 

1. Catherine, b. 181 1. 

2. Joseph Selden, b. 1814, d. 1853. 

3. Henry, b. 1817, d. 1826. '• 

4. Nameless, b. 1822. 

5. Emily, b. 1824. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 295 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

6. James Morris, b. 1826, d. 1831. 

7. Charles Thompson, b. 1829. 

24184. Maria Selden, b. 1791, dau. of Richard Ely Selden and Desire 
Colt; m. 1816, Henry Matson Waite (10311), who was b. 1787, d. 1869, 
son of Remick Waite and Susannah Matson. Their children: 

1. Morrison Remick, b. Nov. 29, 1816; graduate Yale; m. Amelia C. 

Warner, of Lyme, Conn., Sept. 21, 1840. He and his brother Richard 
(8) were well-known lawyers, residing at Toledo, O. 

2. Frederick William, b. May 20, 1818; d. June 25, 1819. 

3. George Chapman, b. Aug. 18, 1820; grad. Yale; d. Aug. 11, 1849. 

4. Henry, b. Jany. 23, 1822; d. Nov. 10, 1846. 

5. Joseph, b. Feby. 9, 1824; d. Feb. 10, 1825. 

6. Douglas, b. Apr. 8, 1827; lives in Toledo. 

7. Maria Selden, b. Sept. 20, 1831; m. Peter F. Berdan; resided in 

Toledo; died . 

8. Richard, b. Sept. 20, 1831; m. Alice Jane Voris, May 21, 1857. 

24186. Richard Ely Selden, b. 1797, d. 1868, son of Richard Ely 
Selden and Desire Colt; m. 1821, Eliza Lynde, Saybrook, Conn., who 
was b. 1796, d. 1866, dau. of William Lynde and Sally Kirtland. Their 
children : 

1. Richard Lynde, Hadlyme, b. 1824. 

2. Samuel Hart, Escabana, Mich., b. 1826. 

3. William Ely, Hadlyme, b. 1828. 

4. Eliza Prentice, b. 1830, d. 1871, m. Elihu Geer, Hadlyme. 

5. Sarah Lynde, b. 1837. 

24187. EHzabeth Selden, b. 1799, d. about 1878, dau. of Richard Ely 
Selden and Desire Colt; m, 1828, George Douglas, who was b. 1795, d. 
1865, son of Ralph Douglas and Ann . Their children : 

1. Maria, b. 1830. 

2. Ralph, b. 1831. 

3. Ellen, b. 1834. 

4. George Selden, b. 1837. 

5. Henry Waite, b. 1840. 

6. Mary Elizabeth, b. 1842, d. 1872. 

24191. Elizabeth Lord, b. 1784, dau. of Mary Selden and Abner 
Lord; m. 1807, Eliphalet Eraser; m. 2nd, Benjamin Tappan, United 
States Senator, Ohio. 

24192. Temperance Lord, b. 1786, d. 1864, dau. of Mary Selden and 
Abner Lord; m. 1804, Othniel Williams; m. 2nd, 1811, Thomas Backus, 
who was b. 1785, d. 1825, son of Elijah Backus and Lucretia Hubbard. 
Their children: 

1. Elijah, b. 1812, d. 1855. 

2. Lucretia, b. 1813, m. Abner Lord Guitteau. 



296 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

3. William Woodbridge, b. 1814, d. 1842. 

4. Alexander, b. 1816, d. 1861. 

5. Abner Lord, b. 1818. 

24193. Sophia Lord, b. 1788, d. 1839, dau. of Mary Selden and Ab- 
ner Lord ; m. George W. Cass. 

24194. Mary Lord, b. 1790, d. 1810, dau. of Mary Selden and Abner 
Lord; m. 1809, Jonathan Guitteau, who was b. 1781, d. 1822, son of 
Judson Guitteau and Patience Gaylord. Their children : 

I. Abner Lord, b. 1810, m. Lucretia Backus, 241922. 
24196. Eliza Selden Lord, b. 1795, d. 1844, dau. of Mary Selden 
and Abner Lord; m. 1817, Abram Irvin McDowell, who was b. 1790, 
son of Samuel McDowell and Anna Irvin. Their children: 

1. Irvin, b. 1818. 

2. Mary, b. 1820, d. 1823. , 

3. Anne, b. 1822. 

4. John Adair, b. 1824. 

5. Malcolm, b. 1827. 

6. Eliza, b. 1829. 

7. Starling, b. 1833. 

24101. George Selden, Meadville, Pa., b. 1796, d. 1835, son of 
George Selden and Olive West; m. 1820, Louise Sophia Shattuck, 
Meadville, Pa., who was b. 1801, d. 1868, dau. of Jared Shattuck and 
Maria Madeline Sophia de Vincent. Their children: 

1. Adelaide Louise, b. 1821. 

2. George Shattuck, b. 1822 (97 Liberty St., N. Y.), m. 1842 Elizabeth 

W. Clark. 

3. Mary Elizabeth, b. 1824, d. 1831. 

4. Sophia Matilda, b. 1829, d. 1862. 

24102. Maria Selden, b. 1798, d. 1849, dau. of George Selden and 
Olive West ; m. John Tribby. Their children : 

1. Elizabeth Nixon. 

2. Mary Worthington. 

3. George Selden. 

24103. Olive Selden, b. 1800, dau. of George Selden and Olive West; 
m. Archimedes Smith. Their children : 

1. Jane Maria. 

2. George Selden. 

3. Olive Eglinton. 

4. Jane Alexander. 

5. Alexander. 

6. Elizabeth. 




GENERAL IRVIN McDOWELL 

COMMANDER-IN-CHIEF OF THE ARMY OF THE POTOMAC 

MAY 29, I 86 I , COMMISSIONED MAJOR GENERAL, MARCH 

14, 1862, AND ASSIGNED THE COMMAND OF THE ARMY 

OF THE RAPPAHANNOCK 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 297 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

7. George Selden. 

8. Tacitus Rice. 

9. Archimedes. 

10. Brainerd Spencer. 

24114. Dudley Selden, son of Joseph Dudley Selden and Ethelinda 
Colt ; m. Augusta Packard. Their children : 

I. Louisa, m. Morgan, 63d St. and Boulevard, New York City. 

241 21. Samuel Selden Warner, b. 1789, d. 1868, son of Dorothy 
Selden and Selden Warner; m. 1819, Abby (Abigail) Champlin, b. 1793, 
d. 1823, dau. of Silas Champlin and Elizabeth Lay; m. 2nd, 1825, Azubah 
Tully, who was b. 1789, d. 1863, dau. of Elias Tully and Azubah Kirtland. 
Their children: 

1. Amelia Champlin, b. 1820. 

2. Abby Elizabeth, b. 1822, d. 1850. 

3. Mary Eliza, b. 1826, m. 1850, Joel M. Gloyd. 

4. Samuel Selden, b. 1827. 

5. Margaret, b. 1831, d. 1833. 

Extract from letter of Abraham P. Ely, Ely Reunion Pamphlet, 
page 94, containing a reference to Samuel Selden Warner : 

This famous old North Quarter Schoolhouse (although I have not the 
exact date) must have been erected a hundred and fifty, perhaps nearly two hun- 
dred years ago. It was taken down a few years since, removed, and rebuilt about 
one hundred and fifty rods south. If the studs and rafters of this building 
could talk they would reveal many incidents interesting for a memorial publica- 
tion. I venture to assert that no schoolhouse in the land has sent out more men 
and women of ability, worth of character, and religious influence. Hundreds of 
Beckwiths, Elys, Lords, Perkins, Sterlings, received their first instruction here. 

I do not find that any of the children of that old generation have surpassed 
their fathers in ability, or in those traits of character which go to make good and 
valuable citizens. 

Another fact may be noted. The sons who remained at home and died upon 
the ancestral acres were the superior members of these large families. This fact 
is no disparagement to those fathers whose children shall assemble upon this 
occasion from the East, West, North or South. During one season, I remember, 
there was much disorder in the school. The next winter Mr. Samuel Selden Warner 
-was employed. He was a large, powerful man, and had the reputation of a good 
and severe teacher. These large boys no sooner showed disobedience of rules than 
Mr. Warner sent two lads into the woods for hickory rods. They returned with 
half a dozen, too long to wield under the ceiling of the room. These were curtailed 
to six feet, toughened in the ashes, and then applied with a vigor I never witnessed 
before or since. This whipping ended the disturbance. 

I wish it distinctly understood that no Ely boys were among these naughty 
rioters. 



298 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

24122. Andrew Ferdinand Warner, b. 1790, d. 1825, son of Dorothy 
Selden and Selden Warner; m. 1817, Lucinthia Cone, who was b. 1796, 
d. 1846, dau. of Cephas Cone and Sarah Gates. Their children : 

1. Selden Cone, b. 1818. 

2. Andrew Ferdinand, b. 1820, d. 1856. 

3. Lucinthia Cone, b. 1823, d. 1824. 

4. William Henry, b. 1825. 

24123. Joseph Warner, b. 1792, d. 1861, son of Dorothy Selden and 
Selden Warner; m. 1829, Mary Ann Holmes, who was b. 1809, dau. of 
Ozias Holmes and Betsy Tully. Their children : 

1. Nancy Holmes, b. 1830. 

2. Ann Elizabeth, b. 1834. 

3. Joseph Selden, b. 1837 (Bozrahville, Conn.). 

24124. Richard Warner, b. 1794, d. 1853, son of Dorothy Selden and 
Selden Warner; m. 1826, Mary Millicent Gilbert, b. 1803, d. 1836, dau. 
of John Gilbert and Cynthia Hyde; m. 2nd, 1844, Mary Gaylord, dau. 
of Samuel Gaylord and Polly Pons Starr. Their children : 

1. Richard Selden, b. 1828. 

2. Mary Gilbert, b. 1829. 

3. Samuel Gaylord, b. 1848. 

4. Charles Crocker, b. 1850. 

24125. William Henry Warner, b. 1797, d. 1849, son of Dorothy Sel- 
den and Selden Warner; m. 1826, Sarah Canfield, who was b. 1799, dau. 
of Joel Canfield and Sarah Peters. Their children : 

1. Elizabeth Canfield, b. 1828. 

2. Sarah Marilla, b. 1831, d. 1833. 

3. William Henry, b. 1833. 

4. Sarah Frances, b. 1835. 

5. Harriet Marilla, b. 1837, d. 1838. 

6. Mary Selden, b. 1839. 

7. Henry Elford, b. 1845. 

24126. Matthew Griswold Warner, b. 1799, son of Dorothy Selden 
and Selden Warner; m. 1825, Lucretia Hubbard Loomis, who was b. 
1804, d. 1876, dau. of David Loomis and Clarissa Williams. Their 
children : 

1. Matthew Griswold, b. 1827, d. 1880. 

2. Lucretia Loomis, b. 1828, d. 1847. 

3. Emmeline Eliza, b. 1830, d. 1831. 

4. Edwin Cass, b. 1831, d. 1853. 

5. Ellen Champion, b. 1834, d. 1847. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 299 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

6. Mary Eliza, b. 1835, d. 1843. 

7. Clarissa Jane, b. 1837, d. 1875. 

8. Mary Amelia, b. 1842, d. 1875. 

24129. Jonathan Trumbull Warner, Los Angeles, Cal., b. 1807, son 

of Dorothy SeJden and Selden Warner; m. 1837, Anito Pico, , 

Mexico, who was b. 1820, d. 1859. Their children: 

1. William Gale, b. 1838. 

2. Maria Anito, b. 1839, d. 1847. 

3. William Henry, b. 1842, d. 1847. 

4. Elizabeth, b. 1844. 

5. Andrew Ferdinand, b. 1846. 

6. John. 

7. Isabella. 

8. Conception. 

2413 1. Alanson Douglas Selden, b. 1799, d. 1852, son of Roger 
Selden and Mary Schuyler Douglas; m. 1822, Louisa Dodge Johnson, 
who was b. 1807, d. 1878, dau. of Edmund Johnson and Betsy Stimpson. 
Their children : 

1. Elizabeth Mary, b. 1824. 

2. Henry Funk, b. 1828, d. 1830. , ., " 

3. Henry, b. 1831, d. 1833. ; ' !, 

4. John Roger, b. 1835 (Cincinnati, O.). 

5. Louisa Johnson, b. 1838, d. 1842. ,,^ 

6. Sarah Bassett, b. 1842, d. 1870. .I" 

7. Frances Louisa, b. 1845. 

8. Sophia Hunt, b. 1848, d. 1852. 

9. Henrietta Douglas, b. 1851, d. 1853. 

24133. Elizabeth Ely Selden, b. 1802, d. 1838, dau. of Roger Selden 
and Mary Schuyler Douglas; m. 1824, Henry B. Funk, who was b. 
1786, d. 1865. (See 24131 for further details.) (Mrs. H. F. B., care 
Hugh McBrinay & Co., Chicago, 111.) 

24136. Joseph Dudley Selden, b. 1809, d. 1849, son of Roger Selden 
and Mary Schuyler Douglas ; m. 1831, Mary McGee. 

24137. Samuel Selden, Leavenworth, Kansas, b. 1812, son of Roger 
Selden and Mary Schuyler Douglas; m. 185 1, Catherine GilHngham, 
who was b. 1822, dau. of William GilHngham and Jane McPherson. 

24138. Charles Selden, b. 1816, d. 1871, son of Roger Selden and 
Mary Schuyler Douglas; m. 1845, Hester GilHngham, dau. of William 
GilHngham and Jane McPherson ; m. 2nd, 1862, Elizabeth Keififer, who 
was b. 1839. 

24331. Mary Ely, Lebanon, Conn., b. 1784, d. 1879, ^^.u. of Zebulon 
Ely and Sarah Apame Mills ; m. 1809, Gerard Lathrop, New York City, 



300 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

who was b. 1778, d. 1852, son of Azuriah Lathrop and Abigail Hunting- 
ton. Their children: 

1. Abigail Huntington, b. 1810, m. 1835 Donald McKenzie. 

2. William Gerard, b. 1812, d. 1882, m. 1837 Charlotte Brackett Jennings. 

3. Mills Ely, b. 1814. 

4. Charles Christopher, b. 1817, d. 1865, m. 1856 Mary Augusta Andruss. 

5. Ezra Stiles, b. 1818. 

6. Mary Cornelia, b. 1820, d. 1879, m. 1840 Jacob Dykeman Vermilye. 

7. Charlotte Eliza, b. 1822. 

24332. Ezra Stiles Ely, Philadelphia, Pa., b. 1786, d. 1861, son of 
Zebulon Ely and Sarah Apame Mills; m. 1814, Mary Ann Carswell, who 
was b. 1792, d. 1842, dau. of Samuel King Carswell and Margaret Means ; 
m. 2nd, 1843, Caroline Thompson Holmes, Virginia, who was b. 181 2, 
dau. of Thompson Holmes and Eliza Allen Stockly. Their children : 

1. Margaret Carswell b. 1815, m. 1832 Samuel McClellan. 

2. Samuel Carswell, b. 1816, d. 1878. 

3. Ezra Stiles, b. 1818. 

4. Ezra Stiles Duffield, b. 1820. 

5. Mary Ann, b. 1822, d. 1825. 

6. Mary Ann Mills, b. 1826, m. 1842 James Harvey Patterson. 

7. Ben Ezra Stiles, Rev., b. 1828, Argyle, Winnebago Co., 111.; m., ist, 

1848, Elizabeth E. McElroy; m., 2nd, 1873, Abbie Amelia Moore. 

8. Caroline Holmes b. 1845, d. 1846. 

9. Ezra Stiles, b. 1846, d. 1848. 

10. Harriet Clarissima, b. 1848, m. Beale S. Blackford. 

11. Thompson Holmes, b. 1850, d. 1853. 

12. Zebulon DeForest b. 1852, m., ist, 1874, Clara Vanola Major; m., 2nd, 

1878, Mamie Anne Souder. 

Appleton's Cyclopaedia of American Biography has the following 
notice of Ezra S. Ely, which is sufficiently interesting to be quoted in full : 

Ezra Stiles Ely was born in Lebanon, Conn., June 13, 1786, and died in 
Philadelphia, June 18, 1861. He graduated at Yale College in 1803, studied 
theology with his father, Rev. Zebulon Ely, and was ordained pastor of the Pres- 
byterian Church in Colchester, Conn., in 1806. 

He was next chaplain of the Nev/ York City Hospital; subsequently pastor 
of the Pine Street Church, Philadelphia until 1844, and of the North Liberties 
Church in that city until 1851, when he had a paralytic stroke. 

He undertook to establish a college in Missouri in 1834, but the eflfort was 
not entirely successful in his hands. 

He was one of the founders and trustees of Jefferson Medical College, and 
donated the lot and erected the building for that institution. He was active in 
works of benevolence, giving during his life about $50,000 to various institutions, 
including Jefferson Medical College and Marion College, Mo. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 301 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

Washington College, Tenn., gave him the degree of D. D. He was the 
author of many valuable and well-known religious works and works of instruction 
and explanation in regard to the Scriptures. 

24^^2- Elislia Mills Ely, Paris, France, b. 1787, d. 1832, son of 
Zebulon Ely and Sarah Apame Mills; m. 1818, Catherine Elizabeth 
Boode, Paris, France, who was b. 1800, d. 1876, dau. of Edward Gustave 
Boode and Catherine Bonrda (dau. of Governor of Dutch Guiana, resi- 
dent of Surinam, etc.). Their children : 

1. James Joseph Ernest, m. Anna Horlofif. 

2. Alphonso Ethelbert Mills, b. 1821, m. 1841 Drusilla Pinkston. 

24335. JuHa Ely, Lebanon, Conn., b. 1791, d. 1870, dau. of Zebulon 
Ely and Sarah Apame Mills ; m. 1812, Zabdial Hyde, Lebanon, Conn., 
who was b. 1786, d. 1851, son of Zabdial Hyde and Mary Lyman. Their 
children : 

1. Elizabeth Plummer, b. 1814, d. 1855, m. 1834 Robert McClay Hen- 

ning (243362). 

2. Sarah Mills, b. 1817, d. 1825. 

3. Edwin Clark, b. 1819, m. 1844 Elizabeth Ann Peake (Gordon). 

4. Martha, b. 1821. 

5. Robert Sterling, b. 1822, d. 1823. 

6. Julia Ely, b. 1824; m., ist, 1844, Alexander Clark Bunker; m., 2nd, 

1854, Washington Holmes Hayens ; m., 3rd, 1862, Herbert Post. 

7. Henrietta Mills, b. 1826, m. 1848 Charles Smith Shelton. , 

8. Aurelia Carrington, b. 1828, m. 1848 Edward Chauncey Halsey. 

9. Zabdiel Sterling, b. 1832; m., 1st, 1862, Lucy Stetson Whitmore; m., 

2nd, 1878, Sarah Louisa Goddard. 
10. Zebulon Ely, b. 1834 (care Pollard Pettis & Co., N. Y. City). 

The following is an extract from the Hyde Genealogy in reference 
to Zabdial Hyde and Julia Ely : 

Vn. ZABDIAL HYDE (2868), born at Lebanon, Conn., 24 Sept., 1786, 
eldest son of Colonel Zabdial Hyde and Mary Lyman, was a great-grandson of 
Samuel Hyde of the third generation. He married, 24 Sept., 1812, Julia Ely, born 
24 July, 1791, at Lebanon, daughter of Rev. Zebulon Ely and Sarah Mills of 
Lebanon; granddaughter of Ezra Ely and Sarah Sterling of Lyme, and great- 
granddaughter of Richard Ely of Lyme and his first wife, Elizabeth Peck. He 
was a merchant, and they settled at New York. He died 23 March, 1851, at St. 
Francisville, Mo. 

Zabdial Hyde, who married Julia Ely, was of royal descent, through Henry 
L, King of France, and his wife, Anne of Russia. The line is given in Pedigree 
LXXXVL of "American Families of Royal Descent." 

Among the children of Col. Zabdial Hyde and Mary Lyman were: 
Zabdial, b. 24 Sept., 1786, at Lebanon; m. Julia Ely. 
Jonathan Lyman, b. at Lebanon; he m. Laura Ely and settled in Missouri. 



302 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

24336. Aurelia Ely, b. 1793, d. 1838, daii. of Zebulon Ely and Sarah 
Apame Mills; m. 1816, John W. Carrington, Danbury, Conn. Their 
children : 

1. Robert R., b. 1827, d. 1857. 

2. Sarah Mills, b. 1829, d. 1869, m. 1859 Robert McClay Hening (243351). 

3. John W. (579 Classon Ave., Brooklyn) ; m. Cathei-ine Juliana 

Worthington. 

4. Zebulon Ely, b. 1819, d. 1881, m. 1849 Mary Reed Gay. (His widow 

lives at Orange, N. J., and has family record of Sarah Mills, his 
sister, and also the Hening record, 243351.) 

5. Daniel Noble, b. 1823 (present address, Easton, Talbot Co., Md.); m. 

1851 Frances Mary Satterlee. 

24337. Laura Ely, Lebanon, Conn., b. 1796, d. 1875, dau. of Zebulon 
Ely and Sarah Apame Mills; m. 1812, Jonathan Lyman Hyde, Lebanon, 
Conn. No children. 

24338. George Fitch Ely, Lebanon, Conn., b. 1798, d. 1850, son of 
Zebulon Ely and Sarah Apame Mills ; m. 1819, Lucy Tilden Loomis, 
Lebanon, Conn., who was b. 1799, d. 1863, dau. of Amos Loomis and 
Lucy Tilden. Their children : 

1. Laura Aurelia, b. 1820, m. 1854 Sylvanus Farrar Drinkwater. 

2. George Mills b. 1825, d. i860, m. 1847 Eleanor Wotton. 

3. Ezra Stiles, b. 1834, d. 1851. 

24330. David DeForest Ely, Lebanon, Conn., who was b. 1802, d. 
1848, son of Zebulon Ely and Sarah Apame Mills ; m. 1835, Jane Chan- 
cellor, Havre, France, who was b. 1817, d. 1842 (mother's maiden name 
not obtainable). Their children : 

1. Jonathan Neff, b. 1837, d. 1858. 

2. Sarah Victoria, b. 1839, m. 1876 William Gerard Lathrop. 

3. David Chancellor, b. 1841. 

24331. Jonathan Trumbull Ely, b. 1802, d. 185 1, son of Zebulon Ely 
and Sarah Apame Mills ; m. Mary Marshall Midgeley, , Eng- 
land. No children. 

24332. Harriet Cornelia Ely, Lebanon, Conn., who was b. 1804, d, 
1851, dau. of Zebulon Ely and Sarah Apame Mills; m. 1824, William 
Green, 629 St. Mark's Ave., Brooklyn, who was b. 1796, son of William 
Green and Mary Guernsey. Their children: 

I. Harriet Cornelia, b. 1827, m. 1851 Augustus Olcott Moore. 
a James Dixon, b. 1829, d. 1853. 

3. William Champlain, b. 1831, m. 1859 Catherine Hammond Mills. 

4. Charles Finney, b. 1835, m. 1859 Amanda Chichester Cunningham. 

5. David Ely, b. 1837, m. 1864 Theodosia Alston Pearce. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 303 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

6. Beulah, b. 1839. 

7. Sarah Clarissima, b. 1842, m. 1868 William Edward Burt 

24351. Christopher Champlin, Ottawa, 111., b. 1787, d. 1858, son of 
Anna Ely and Caleb Champlin; m. 1811, Betsy Sterling Lee, who was 
b. 1791, d. 1876, dan. of Lemuel Lee and Sarah Sterling. Their children: 

1. John Calvin, b. 1812, d. 1873, m. 1848 Julia Ann Kennedy. 

2. Elizabeth Lee, b. 1814, m. 1842 Isaiah Strawn. 

3. Caroline Rebecca, b. 1816, d. 1863, m. 1856 Roger Wolcott Griswold. 

4. Sarah Ann, b. 1818, m. 1877 James Leland. 

5. Cordelia Eliza Dill, b. 1822, m. 1841 Joel West Armstrong. 

6. Mary Christophene, b. 1824, m. 1845 Cyrus Bentley Lewis. 

7. Bertha Ayrault, b .1826, m. 1850, William James Glover. 

8. Jane Sill, b. 1831, m. Abraham Provost. 

9. Frances Maria, b. 1833, m. 1854, Alvin Ford. 

24353. Benjamin Ely Champlin, East Lyme, Conn., b. 1790, d. 1877, 
son of Anna Ely and Caleb Champlin; m. 1817, Clarissa Harlow Will- 
iams, Waterford, Conn., who was b. 1794, d. 1856, dan. of George Will- 
iams, and Nancy Hewitt ; m. 2nd, 1858, Elizabeth Cone, Haddam, Conn., 
who was b. 1803, d. 1865. Their children : 

1. George Benjamin, b. 1818, d. 1875, m. 1857 Theresa Dwight. 

2. NicoU Fosdick, b. 1821, d. 1851, m. 1844 Frances Elizabeth Smith. 

3. Eliza Williams, b. 1824, m. 1848 John Jay Warren. 

4. Georgiana Storer, b. 1828, d. i86r, m. 1848 Sylvester Ely Worcester 

Johnson. 

5. Clarissa Jane, b. 1832, m. 1855 Earl Martin. 

24354. Eliza Champlin, b. 1795, d. 1871, dau. of Anna Ely and 
Caleb Champlin; m. James Dill, New York City. Their children: 

I. Eliza Champlin, b. 1823, d. 1871, m. 1846 James Adrian Suydam. 

24355. William Edward Champlin, b. 1804, d. 1828, son of Anna 
Ely and Caleb Champlin; m. 1827, Jane Hathorn, who was b. 1805, d. 
1878, dan. of John Hathorn and Mary Brooks. Their children : 

I. Anna Hathorn, b. 1828, m. 1861 Cornelius Paulding Ross. 

24361. Ezra Stiles Ely, Fairfield, N. J., b. 1797, d. 1863, son of Ben- 
jamin Ely and Polly Pettibone; m. 1835, Rachel Smith, Rockaway Neck, 

N. J., who was b. 1805, d. 1836, dau. of Peter Smith and ; m. 

2nd, 1837, Lavinia Cornish, Simsbury, Conn., res. Weatogue, Hartford 
Co., Conn., who was b. 1799, dau. of George Cornish and Susannah 
Mitchelson. Their children : 

I. George Cornish, b. 1838, Fairfield, N. J., not married. 



304 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

24364. Henry Ely, Simsbury, Conn., b. 1802, d. 1849, son of Benja- 
min Ely and Polly Pettibone; m. 1833, Caroline St. John, dau. of Elijah 
St. John and Theodosia Moses. Their children : 

1. Seth, b. 1834, d. 1872, m. 1861 Adelaide Hurlburt. 

2. John Roderick, b. 1836, m., ist, 1862, Rebecca Howser Cooper; m., 

2nd, 1868, Phebe Maria Lott. 

3. Charles, b. 1839, d. 1841. 

4. Jane Caroline, b. 1841, m. 1864 Benjamin Whitfield Cowles. 

5. Henrietta Ellen, b. 1844, m. 1871 William Roberts Adams. 

6. Charles Henry, b. 1849. 

24366. Nathan C. Ely, 115 West 42nd St., N. Y. City, b. 1807, son 
of Benjamin Ely and Polly Pettibone ; m. 1834, Elizabeth Goodman Olm- 
sted, Hartford, Conn., who was b. 1817, d. 1878, dau. of Lynde Olmsted 
and Amelia Goodman. Their children : 

1. Mary Elizabeth, b. 1835, m. Thomas L. Scovill. 

2. Henry Clay, b. 1837 (H. W. Smith & Co., 3 South St.); m. 1863 

Christiana Ward. 

3. Amelia AugHsta, b. 1839; m. 1866 Gerard Banker Scranton. 

4. Nathan Lynde, b. 1843 (808 Lex. Av., 247 Water St.); m. 1873 Kate 

Louise Shipman. 
Nathan C. Ely was chosen Assistant Alderman of the Seventeenth Ward, 
New York City, in 1851, when Ambrose C. Kingsland was Mayor. — Vol. Man., 
1853, page 370. 

24368. Nancy Humphrey Ely, Simsbury, Conn., b. 1813, d. 1877, 
dau. of Benjamin Ely and Polly Pettibone; m. 1846, Nathan Flint Miller, 
Bloomfield, Conn., who was b. 181 1, d. 1878, son of Elijah Miller and 
Chloe Allen. Their children : 

1. Mary Ely, b. 1847, m. 1870 Eli Ives Merriman. 

2. Nathan Flint, b. 1848. 

24369. Dudley Pettibone Ely, South Norwalk, Conn., b. 1817, son 
of Benjamin Ely and Polly Pettibone ; m. 1844, Charlotte Wilcox Phelps, 
Simsbury, Conn., who was b. 1825, d. 1858, dau. of Jeffrey Orson Phelps 
and Paulina Barnard. Their children : 

1. Harriette Pauline, b. 184S, d. 1868, m. 1866 Jonathan Ebenezer Wheeler. 

2. Charlotte Elizabeth, b. 1847. 

3. Mary Rosetta, b. 1849, m. 1877 George Horace Millard. 

4. Augusta Ayres, b. 1851. 

5. Dudline Pettibone, b. 1855, m. Charles T. Raymond. 

RAYMOND. — Suddenly, January 20, in Stan- 
ford, Conn., Charles T. Raymond, son-in-law 
of the late Dudley P. Ely, of South Norwalk, 
Conn., in his 41st year. — N. Y. Herald, Jan. 21, 
1897. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 305 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

24372. Hannah Ely, Buffalo, N. Y., b. 1794, d. 1858, dau. of Israel 
Ely and Eunice Mindwell Noyes; m. 1824, Samuel Hunn, Alexander, 
Genesee Co., N. Y., who was b. 1787, d. 1871, son of Samuel Hunn and 
Mary Tillotson. Their children : 

1. John Ely, b. 1826, m. 1870 Lena Salome Shope. 

2. Hiram Selden, b. 1826, m. 1851, Patience Emily Simonds. 

3. Anna Sterling, b. 1828, d. 1831. 

4. Ely, b. 1830, d. 1844. 

5. Hannah Noyes, b. 1832, m. 1852 Ebenezer Lull Foote. 

6. Horace, b. 1834; m-, ist, 1855, Elizabeth Rich; m., 2nd, 1866, Sarah 

Ann Cathcart. 

7. Nancy Eunice, b. 1836, d. 1880. 

8. Julia Emily, b. 1838 (Alexander, N. Y.). 

24373. Rev. Judah Ely, Philadelphia, Pa., b. 1796, d. 1843, son of 
Israel Ely and Eunice Mindwell Noyes ; m. 1822, Irene Stetson, Fredonia, 
N. Y., who was b. 1796, dau. of Samuel Stetson and Katherine Taft; m. 
2nd, 1835, Harriet Jane Dashiel Pearson, Baltimore, Md., who was b. 
1804, dau. of Jesse Pearson and Hannah Young; m. 3rd, 1839, Caroline 
Courtier, Chipping, Sodbury, Gloucestershire, England, who was b. 1817, 
d. 1853, d^^^- of Samuel Courtier and Elizabeth Silverthorne, Their chil- 
dren : 

1. Richard Theodore, b. Oct. 3, 1823, d. Aug. 7, 1825. 

2. Ezra Sterling, b. Jan. 17, 1825, d. Apr. 25, 1899, m. 1853 Harriet Gardner 

Mason. 

3. Augusta Eliza Clapp, b. Jan. 20, 1827, m. Feb. 18, 1849, John Hamil- 

ton, Jr. 

4. Jesse Fearson. b. 1836, m. 1870 Lois Adela Dodge. 

5. Charlotte Elizabeth, b. 1839 (Bitlis, Turkey), missionary A. B. F. M. 

6. Mary Ann Caroline, b. 1841 (Bitlis, Turkey), missionary A. B. F. M. 

24374. Israel Noyes Ely, Olivet, Mich., b. 1798, d. 1873, son of 
Israel Ely and Eunice Mindwell Noyes; m. 1825, Emily Beckwith, Great 
Barrington, Mass., who was b. 1798, d. 1858, dau. of George Beckwith 
and Patience Beckwith; m. 2nd, 1859, Carohne Fowler (Beckwith) (Re- 
male), Syringham, Mass., who was b. 1799, d. 1869, dau. of Asa Fowler 
and Lavinia Forsyth. Their children : 

1. George Beckwith, b. 1827, m. 1855 Mary Green. 

2. Eunice Mindwell, b. 1828, d. 1872, m. 1847 Albertus Lavoisier Green. 

3. Edwin Noyes, b. 1830, m. 1853 Sophia Antoinette Barlow. 

4. Ezra Allen, b. 1832. 

5. Henry Selden, b. 1835, d. 1839. 

(Mrs. Caroline E. Johnson, "]() Spring St., Hartford, Conn., is a granddaugh- 
ter of Lavinia Forsyth.) 

There were no children by the second marriage of Israel Noyes Ely. 



3o6 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

The New York Civil List, published in Albany, N. Y., in 1858, on 
page 272, mentions the fact that Israel N. Ely was member of the 
Assembly of the State of New York in 1853 from Erie County. 

24375. Calvin Ely, Cheektowaga, N. Y., who was b. 1799, d. 1877, 
son of Israel Ely and Eunice Mindwell Noyes; m. 1822, Martha Tennent 
Grinnell, Stephentown, N. Y., who was b. 1803, dau. of William Grinnell 
and Diodamia Brown. Their children : 

1. Mary Melinnie, b. 1826, d. 1877, m. 1846 Nicholas Bishop Keeney. 

2. Martha Jane, b. 1828, m., ist, 1851, Alonzo Green; m., 2nd, Charles 

Robert Nevitt. 

3. William Grinnell, b. 1831, m. 1853 Frances Malvina Bunell. 

4. Sarah Celina, b. 1834, m. i860 David Morse. 

5. Lucy Maria, b. 1839, m. 1866 Chauncey Porter Avery. 

6. Ellen Caroline, b. 1841, m. 1864 John Franklin Hitchcock. 

24376. Anna Ely, Cheektowaga, N. Y., b. 1802, d. 1853, dau. of 
Israel Ely and Eunice Mindwell Noyes ; m. 1840, John Buel Carpenter, 
Fayette, Miss., who was b. 1804, son of Joseph Carpenter and Sarah 
Buel. No children. 

24377. Ezra Sterling Ely, Cheektowaga, N. Y., b. 1804, son of 
Israel Ely and Eunice Mindwell Noyes ; m. 1843, Theresa Orne North, 
Boonville, N. Y., who was b. 181 5, dau. of Nathan North and Nancy 
Bulkley. Their children: 

I. Nathan North, b. 1844, d. 1861. 
24379. Enoch Selden Ely, Cheektowaga, N. Y., b. 1810, son of Israel 
Ely and Eunice Mindwell Noyes ; m. i860, Mary Ann Wipperman, who 
was b. 1838, d. 1863, dau. of Charles Frederick Wipperman and Cath- 
erine Mary Houbrok ; m. 2nd, 1875, Elizabeth Miller, Williamsville, N. 
Y., who was b. 1844, dau. of Daniel Miller and Rebecca Bearse. Their 
children : 

1. Henry Sterling, b. 1861. 

2. Eunice, b. 1876. 

3. Grace, b. 1879. 

24512. Samuel Darling, b. 1782, d. 1874, son of Clarinda Ely and 
Samuel Darling; m. 1806, Nancy Abbe, who was b. Feb. 24, 1780, d. July 
15,1846. Their children : 

1. Shubael Abbe, b. June 4, 1807, d. Mar. 28, 1878. 

2. Samuel, 5. Apr. 3, i8og, d. June i, 1849, m. July 27, 1831, Margaret G. 

Brown, b. July 14, 1814. 

3. Edwin Augustus, b. Jan. 6, 181 1, d. Feby. 10, 1851. 

4. Tliomas William, b. Sept. 19, 1813, d. Nov. 28, 1858, m. Dec. 14, 1856, 

Sophia A. Garlich. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 30/ 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

5. Charles Henry, b, Aug. 4, 1816, d. Feby. 10, 1853. 

6. Frances Eliza, b. Oct. 11, 1818, d. Dec. 18, 1835. 

7. Amelia Louisa, b. Apr. i, 1822 (unm., 71 Clermont Ave., Brooklyn). 

8. Clarinda Lucy, b. Aug. 2, 1824, m. Dec. 17, 1846, Geo. W. Palmer, 

24513. William Sheldon Darling, New York City, b. Sept. 25, 1783, 
d. Oct. 26, 1861, son of Clarinda Ely and Samuel Darling; m. May 16, 
1815, Sophia Augusta Geib, Standerheim, Germany, who was b. Aug. 
15, 1794, d. July 30, 1863, dau. of John Geib and Rebecca Shrimton. 
Their children : 

1. Rebecca Clarinda, b. Apr. 7, 1816, d. Aug. 25, 1854, m. 1834 Henry 

Burger, d. 1861. 

2. William Augustus, b. Dec. 27, 1817, d. May 26 1895 (President Mur- 

ray Hill Bank, 3rd Ave. and 47th St); m., ist 1839, Eliza M. Lee; 
m., 2nd, 1855, Josephine B. Lee; m., 3rd, 1881, Isabella McPherson. 

3. Sophia Louisa, b. Dec. 20, 1819; m. March 29, 1845, George L. Wood. 

4. Samuel Ellsworth, b. Jany. 13, 1823, m. Margaret Broadbent, d. July, 

1861; m., 2nd, Oct. 18, 1865, Mary Poncher. 

24514. Thomas Darling, New Haven, Conn., who was b. April 25, 
1785, d. Jan. 14, 1843, son of Clarinda Ely and Samuel Darling; m. Feb. 
3, 1807, Frances Frith, Bermuda, who was b. Feb. 3, 1788, d. July 12, 
1871, dau. of Hezekiah Frith and Mehitable Geary. Their children: 

1. Joseph Frith, b. Oct. 22, 1807, d. Sept. 9, 1887; m. Oct. 2, 1861, Ann 

Frances Manly Dunscomb, b. 1836. 

2. Clarinda Ely, b. Jany. 27, 1809, d. Oct. 9, 1820. 

3. Ann Frances, b. Feb. 12, 181 1, d. Sept. 29, 1886, m. July 23, 1833, 

Henry Ibbotson, b. June 18, 1797, d. Aug. 27, 1S49. 

4. Mehitable Mary, b. Oct. 4, 1813, d. June 23, 1814. 

5. Thomas Lloyd, b. Nov. 16, 1814, d. Sept. 30, 1815 

6. Thomas, b. Apr. 13, 1816 (122 East 23rd St., N. Y., furnishes the 

record). 

7. Mary, b. Jany. 23, 1818, d. Sept. 17, 1821. 

8. Clarinda Ely, b. Nov. 19, 1820, d. May 28, 1877, m. 1847 Henry Miller, 

b. June, 1820, d. May 16, 1872. 

9. Harriet Romeyn, b. Sept. 28, 1823, d. Nov. 23. 1873; m- ist, June 11. 

1847, Nathan Merritt Owen, b. Mar. 8, 1818. d. Oct. 3, 1847; m. 2nd, 
July 3, 1850, Horatio W. Shaw, b. June 3, 1822. 

10. Susan Mehitable, b. Mar. 7, 1825, m. Oct. 14, 1841, William M. Picks- 

lay, b. Oct. 14, 1813, d. Jan. 19, 1896. 

11. Helen Smith, b. Jan. 31, 1827. 

24518. Anne Darling, b. Sept. 13, 1797, d. July 9, 1855, dau. of 
Clarinda Ely and Samuel Darling; m. Dec. 13, 1832, Loring Orville 



308 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION, 

Daniel Dewey, Sheffield, Mass., who was b. July 28, 1789, d. 1867, son of 
Stephen Dewey and Elizabeth Owen. Their children : 

1. Elizabeth Ann b. Oct., 1833, d- 1839. 

2. Clara Ely, b. Sep. 3, 1840, m. Aug. 8, 1869, Woodbury O. How, b. 

June 25, 1829. 

24519. Charles Chauncey Darling, New Haven, Conn., b. Jan. 27, 
1799, d. Sept. 15, 1887, son of Clarinda Ely and Samuel Darling; m. July 
25, 1829, Adeline Eliza Dana, who was born June 15, 1798, d. Sept. 11, 
1882, dau. of William Dana and Eliza Davis. Their children : 

1. Charles William b. Oct. 11, 1830, m. Dec. 21, 1857, Angeline E. 

Robertson. 

2. Eliza Colt, b. Feby. 25, 1833, d. July 13, 1852. 

24521. Ozias Sheldon Eells, b. 1794, son of Phebe Ely and Ozias 
Eells ; m. 1828, Amelia Vining. 

(William W. Eells, of Davenport, Iowa, is probably a son.) 

24551, Rev. William Ely, son of 2455 Dr. Richard Ely and Eunice 
Bliss, married Miss Harriet Whiting, May 5, 1820. 

Miss Whiting was born March 20, 1800. 

Mr. Ely died Nov, 2, 1850. 

Their children : 

1. Harriet Ely, b. Jany. 9, 1822. 

2. William Whiting, b. Nov. 24, 1825, m. 1872 Elmira King. 

3. Eliza Maria, b. Dec. 9, 1828, m. 1853 Eliab W. Metcalf. 

4. Mary Whiting, b. Sept. 23, 1831. 

5. Richard Spencer Whiting, b. Oct. 27, 1834, m. 1858 Mary Ellen 

Crawford. 

6. Samuel George Whiting, b. Nov. 13, 1837, m. 1869 Frances B. Beach. 

Mr. Ely was born at North Killingworth, Conn., June 2'j, 17<^2. 
When he was four or five years of age, his father, Dr, Richard Ely, 
moved to the Society, then known in Saybrook by its Indian name "Petti- 
pang," 

In 1805, his father moved again to the North Society, of the town 
of Chester, where he purchased a large farm, William was a valuable 
and valued assistant in all his father's labors, and was of a most amiable 
and industrious disposition. 

He entered Yale College in 1809, graduated in 1813, and entered 
the Theological Seminary at Andover, Mass, 

In 1818 he became pastor of a church in Vernon, Conn., and in 1820 
married Miss Harriet Whiting of Hartford. Afterwards Mr. Ely was 
called to the church in North Mansfield, where he labored sixteen years. 




REV. CHARLES CHAUNCEY DARLING 

AGED 88 YEARS, NEW HAVEN, CONNECTICUT 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 309 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

When he resigned his pastorate, he took up his residence at Easthampton, 
Mass. 

The Whiting Family is one of the oldest and most respected of New 
Haven families. The following item is quoted from the Genealogy of 
the Ingersolls, of Hampshire, by Lieut. Charles Stedman Ripley, U. 
S. N.: 

"Jared, born June 3, 1722, son of Mr. Jonathan Ingersoll, and Sarah, his 
wife, married Hannah Whiting of New Haven, daughter of the Hon. Joseph 
'Whiting of New Haven, August i, 1743. Col. Whiting was a son of Rev. John 
Whiting, fourth minister of Hartford, Conn., and Phebe, his wife, daughter of 
Thomas Gregson of New Haven, and grandson of Hon. WiUiam Whiting;,' one 
of the first settlers of New Haven. 

"Jared Ingersoll and his wife, Hannah Whiting, had two children, James 
and Jared. The latter graduated at Yale College in 1766, and was ani eminent 
lawyer of Philadelphia, member of Congress, and of the Convention which framed 
the Constitution. In 1812 he was the Federal candidate for the Vice-Presidency; 
resigned the office of Attorney-General of Pennsylvania in 1816; died Oct. 31, 
1822, aged seventy-three; was at that time Judge of the United States District 
Court of Pennsylvania." 

24553. Richard Ely, b. Aug. 5, 1798, son of Dr. Richard Ely (2455), 
m, Mary Caroline Buck, of Rome, N. Y., Sept. 12, 1829, dau. of William 
Buck and Mary Higley Mills. 

Their children: 

1. William Buck, b. July 29, 1830, d. Sept. 6, 1835. 

2. Mary Elizabeth, b. Sept. 16, 1832, d. Sept. 6, 1835. 

(Both died the same day, and were interred in one grave.) 

3. Richard William, b. Feb. 20, 1836. 

4. Samuel Mills, b. Oct. 24, 1837, m. Oct. 10, 1867, Mary H. Hawley. 

5. Mary Catherine. 

24555. Catherine Bliss Ely, Chester, Conn., b. July 24, 1803, dau. of 
Richard Ely and Eunice Bliss; m. May 27, 1839, Charles McKinney, 
Binghamton, N. Y., who was b. 1810, son of Jacob McKinney and Eliza 
Sabin. No children. 

24562. Clarissa Ely, daughter of William Ely (2456) and Clarissa 
May Davis, was born Jan. i, 1814, and was married July 3, 1831, to Da- 
vid Chittenden Collins, who was a son of Alexander Collins and Eliza- 
beth Watkinson, his wife. Alexander Collins, son of General Augustus 
Collins and Mary Chittenden of North Guilford, born 1774, died 1816, 
married Elizabeth Bliss Watkinson of Lavenham, England, who died 



3IO THE ELY ANCESTRY 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

1828. David Collins was born at Middletown, Conn., Feb. 3, 1805, and 
was a wealthy manufacturer, in honor of whom Collinsville, Conn., was 
named. 

Their children : 

1. Clara Ely, b. Feb. 24, 1834. 

2. Mary, b. Sept. 23, 1836, d. Mar. 19, 1848. 

3. Edith, b. Dec. 6, 1838. 

4. Charles Henry, b. Jan. 3, 1850, d. Mar. 4, 1875. 

5. Marion, b. May 5, 1847, m., ist, Feb. 28, 1882, Dr. Jonathan Edwards; 

m., 2nd, May 8, 1890, Godfrey Dunscombe. 

After living for some time in New York, David Collins finally re- 
moved to New Haven, Conn., and established his family and residence 
there, where his widow and children still reside. He died at his home 
on Hillhouse Avenue, August 10, 1861. 

Mr. and Mrs. Collins had five children, Clara Ely, Mary, Edith, 
Charles Henry, and Marion, of whom the three former were born at Hart- 
ford, Marion at New York, and Charles at New Haven. 

Mrs. Collins resides at New Haven, with three daughters — Clara, 
Edith, and Marion, wife of Godfrey Dunscombe, Esq. Charles, the only 
son, died several years ago. Mary died, at the age of 11 years, at her 
father's residence in Lafayette Place, New York. 

Marion Ely, youngest daughter of David Collins and Clarissa Ely, 
married, Feb. 28, 1882, Jonathan Edwards, M. D., of New Haven, son of 
Jonathan Edwards and Maria Champion. He graduated from Yale Col- 
lege in 1863, and also, in 1867, from the College of Physicians and Sur- 
geons in New York City. He died at New Haven, July 19, 1886. 

Dr. Jonathan Edwards was the fifth in descent from the Rev. Jona- 
than Edwards of Northampton, the distinguished theologian and meta- 
physician. 

His widow married. May 8, 1890, Godfrey Dunscombe, of New 
York, who was born at Quebec, Canada. 

Marion, youngest daughter of David Collins and Clarissa Ely, married (2) 
Godfrey Dunscomb, Esq., of New York City, eldest son of John William Duns- 
comb and Caroline Birche Durnford, daughter of General Elias Durnford, Royal 
Engineer, of Tunbridge Wells, England. 

Godfrey Dunscomb was born at Montreal, Canada, July 4, 1845; studied law 
in Paris, France; and later came to New York City to reside. 

His father was Collector of the Port of Quebec, appointed by the Queen, 
and held the place for thirty-three years, till pensioned. 




WILLIAM D. ELY 

PROVIDEXCE, RHODE ISLAND 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 311 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

The father of John W. Dunscomb was Mr. John Dunscomb, of Bermuda, 
and later of Newfoundland, where he built the old Cathedral at St. Johns (now 
burned). In it was his large Memorial Chancel window. St. Johns (the town) 
was named for him. He was a man of great wealth and generosity. A photo- 
graph of this window is preserved in the family, with the memorial inscription, 
indicating the love and veneration in which his memory was held. 

24563. William Davis Ely, eldest son of William (2456) and Clarissa 
May (Davis) Ely, was born at Hartford, June 16, 181 5. He graduated 
at Yale College in 1836, and, later, was recalled to officiate as tutor there. 
He attended several post-graduate courses at the professional schools, 
and studied law at the New Haven Law School, under Judges Daggett 
and Hitchcock. After a year of travel in Europe, he was admitted to 
practice in the Courts of Connecticut, Nov. 7, 1843. 

On March 5, 1847, o^i motion of Hon. Roger S. Baldwin, then Sena- 
tor, he was admitted as an Attorney and Counsellor, in the Supreme 
Court of the United States at Washington, D. C, 

He was engaged principally in railroad practice and affairs. 

He married, April 25, 1854, Anne Crawford Allen, daughter of Hon. 
Zachariah Allen, LL.D., of Providence, R. I., and Eliza Harriet Arnold, 
his wife. 

Their children : 

1. Harriet Allen, b. Feb. 26, 1855, d. Apr. 26, 1862. 

2. William, b. June 17, 1858, m. July 24, 1894, Cora Codman. 

Miss Anne Crawford Allen was a lineal descendant (in the 15th 
generation) from Raoul Bernon, founder of the La Rochelle branch 
of the Bernon family, a younger branch of the House of Burgundy.* 
Gabriel Bernon, the distinguished Huguenot, on the Revocation of the 
Edict of Nantes, took refuge in England. Thence, in 1688, he emigrated 
to America, bringing, at his own charge, more than forty compatriot 
refugees to found Oxford, in Massachusetts, where he had bought a large 
plantation. He resided some years in Boston. Later, he went to New- 
port, R. L, and finally to Providence. 

Arnold's History of Rhode Island says that "to his devotion, perse- 
vering piety, and untiring zeal, the first three Episcopal churches of 
Rhode Island owe their origin." He died in Providence in 1736 at the 
age of ninety-two years, and was buried beneath his pew in St. John's 
Episcopal Church, where his tomb is still to be seen. 

His family was a stay and a support of the Huguenot cause in La 
Rochelle, both before and after the Revocation of the Edict of Nantes. 



*See Rev. C. W. Baird's "Huguenot Emigration to America," in vert. "Bernon." 



312 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

Mrs. Ely was born in Providence, June 9, 1818, and died there, at 
Mr. Ely's residence, Oct. 15, 1888. 

Harriet Allen, daughter of William D. Ely and Anne Crawford 
Allen, was born at Hartford, Feb, 26, 1855, and died at Providence, April 
26, 1862. A beautiful portrait of her, painted by Staigg, is in Mr. Ely's 
possession. 

William Ely, son of William D. Ely and Anne Crawford Allen, was 
born at Providence, June 17, 1858. He graduated in the scientific de- 
partment of Brown University, June, 1878, and spent the following year 
(1878-9) attending the post-graduate course of the Scientific School of 
Yale University at New Haven, where his father, grandfather, and great- 
grandfather had graduated. 

July 24, 1894, he married, at St. Paul's Church, Brookline, Mass., 
Miss Cora Codman, only daughter of James M. Codman and Henrietta 
Gray (Sargent) Codman, his wife. 

Miss Codman was born in Brookline, Mass., June 12, 1874. They 
reside in Providence. 

24565. Richard Sheldon Ely, second son of William Ely (2456) and 
Clarissa May Davis, was born May 25, 1818. He died at his residence 
on Fifth Avenue, New York, March 7, 1894. 

When only 17 years old he came to New York aid was connected 
with the importing house of "St. Felix." In the great fire of 1835, Mr. Ely 
succeeded, single-handed, in saving the books and accounts of the firm. 
Thus, all their insurance and other claims were settled promptly and 
without difficulty. Later, he engaged in the business on his own ac- 
count, and during eight years resided in Paris. 

September 17, 1849, he married (i) Lucinda Morgan, daughter of 
Matthew Morgan and Lucinda Lee, of New York City. 

After living some time in Paris, in 1853 he engaged in the banking 
and shipping business, and went to Liverpool, where he remained for six 
years. While there, from 1853 to 1859, he was elected President of the 
American Chamber of Commerce in that city. In i860 he withdrew 
from active business and returned to America, purchasing a beautiful 
country seat, called Deerclifif, at Avon, Conn., as a residence. It is situ- 
ated on the mountain near Hartford. Though Avon was his residence, 
he spent a large portion of his time at his dwelling house, on Fifth Ave- 
nue, New York. 

After the death of his first wife, Mr. Ely married, April 18, 1872, (2) 
Caroline Phelps Ingersoll, a daughter of Major Edward Ingersoll, who 
for many years was on duty at the United States Armory in Springfield, 




RICHARD S. ELY 

NEW YORK CITY 



THE ELY ANCESTRY, 313 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

Mass. The mother of CaroHne P. Ingersoll was Harriet (Childs) 
Ingersoll. 

Children of Richard Sheldon and Caroline Phelps Ingersoll : 

1. Richard Fenwick, b. Mar. 4, 1874. 

2. Maud Ingersoll, b. Feb. 29, 1876. 

From the N. Y. Herald, Marck 6, 1894. 

The funeral services of the late Richard Sheldon Ely, who died at his home, 
37i Fifth avenue, on Wednesday, after a lingering illness, will take place at the Re- 
formed Church, Thirty-eighth street and Madison avenue, to-morrow morning at 
9.30. The burial will be at Greenwood. 

Mr. Ely was well known in the banking and shipping business in London 
and Paris, as well as in this country. 

He was born in 1818 in Hartford. In i860 he retired from business after 
amassing a fortune, and in 1872 he married a daughter of Major Edward Ingersoll. 
He leaves a widow and a son and daughter. 

Mr. Ely's attractive personality won for him everywhere a host of 
warm friends. He was a member of the "Century Club," the Historical 
Society, and of the Archaeological, Ethnological, and Geographical So- 
cieties of New York. 

24586. Aaron Ely Hovey, Essex, Conn., b. June 20, 1805, son of 
Huldah Ely and Aaron Hovey; m. 1851, Mary Elizabeth Oilman, Gil- 
manton, N. H., who was b. 1823, d. 1879, dau. of Winthrop Oilman and 
Mary Jacobs. No children. 

24589. Henry Russell Hovey, Essex, Conn., who was b. 1816, d. 
1871, son of Huldah Ely and Aaron Hovey; m. 1841, Mary Emma Kutz, 
Claremont, N. H., who was b. 1818, dau. of Erasmus Andrew Kutz and 
Mary Trippe. Their children : 

1. Amelia Louisa, b. 1843, m. 1865 Roger Williams Love. 

2. Mary Emma, b. 1845, m. 1861 James Thomas Curtin. 

3. Caroline Susan, b. 1847. 

4. Ada Louisa, b. 1849, m. 1870 George Metcalf Cone Richmond. 

5. Henry Russell, b. 1851, m. 1880 Alice Eliza Huntley. 

6. Champlin Ely, b. 1853, d. 1857. 

7. Frederick Eugene, b. 1855. 

8. Florence Eugenia, b. 1855. 

24614. John Ely, New York City, b. 1797, d. 1879, son of John Ely 
and Mary Lord; m. 1829, Sarah Colt Lord (24933), residence. Orange, 
N. J., b. 1809, dau. of Phebe Ely and Abner Lord. Their children : 

1. John Lord, b. 1832, d. 1833. 

2. Mary Lord, b. 1834, m. 1861 Charles Henry Payson. 

3. John Andrews, b. 1836, m. 1876 Mary Elizabeth Berrien. 



314 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

4. Julia Augusta, b. 1839. 

5. Anna Eliza, b. 1842. ") . 

6. Sarah Ellen, b. 1842. j ^^^"^■ 

7. Abner Lord, b. 1844. 

8. William, b. 1845. 

9. Phebe Ellen, b. 1850, d. 1853. 

24617. Seth Ely, Norv^alk, Conn., b. 1802, d. 1878, son of John Ely 
and Mary Lord ; m. 1826, Laura Mead, South Salem, N. Y., who was 
b. 1804, dau. of Clark Mead and Lois Gilbert. Their children : 

1. John Clark, b. 1828, d. 1865, m. 1856 Julia Richmond. 

2. Horace Seth, b. 1832, m. 1875 Fanny Rogers Griswold. 

3. Linus Mead, b. 1835, m. 1874 Cornelia Church Morehouse. 

4. Laura Augusta, b. 1836, d. 1837. 

5. Thomas Lord, b. 1840, d. 1863. 

6. Caroline Amelia, b. 1843. 

24618. Abner Lord, b. 1805, d. 1871, son of John Ely and Mary 
Lord; m. 1829, Rhoda Mead, who was b. 1808, d. 1849, dau. of Clark 
Mead and Lois Gilbert; m. 2nd, 185 1, Elida Burns, who was b. 1820, d. 
1863, dau. of John Burns and Jane Huyck ; m. 3rd, 1865, Abigail Debo- 
rah Ely (Gregory) (24627), who was b. 1831, d. 1879, ^^^- o^ Seth Ely 
and Phebe Marvin. Their children : 

1. Abner Lord, b. 1830, d. 1857. 

2. Sophia, b. 1832. 

3. Thomas, b. 1833, d. 1835. 

4. Rhoda Augusta, b. 1835, d. 1836. 

5. Caroline Elizabeth, b. 1838, d. 1839. 

6. Harriet Louisa, b. 1840, m. 1867 William Noyes Griswold. 

7. Emily Lois (246218X), b. 1842. 

8. Thomas Mead, b. 1846, d. 1847. 

9. Mary Gilbert, b. 1847, d. 1849. 

10. Elsie Patrick, b. 1852, m. 1872 Charles Clinton Burke. 

11. Edward Spring, b. 1855. 

12. Abner Lord, b. 1857. 

13. Sarah Breath, b. 1859. 

~~ 24619. Mary Ann Ely, b. 1809, dau. of John Ely and Mary Lord; 
m. 1828, Youngs Elliott Benton, Linden, Genesee Co., Mich., who was 
b. 1807, son of Daniel Benton and Fanny Ledyard Elliott. Their chil- 
dren : 

1. Fanny Elizabeth, b. 1829, m. 1852 Edward Elliott Simmons. 

2. Ledyard Ely, b. 1831, m. 1853 Emily Moore. 

3. Mary Lord, b. 1833, m. 1856 Francis Sackner. 

4. Youngs Elliott, b. 1837 (Linden, Genesee Co., Mich.) 

5. Sarah Fowler, b. 1840, m. Dedrick. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 315 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

6. Lydia Griswold, b. 1842, d. 1852. 
^ 7. Laura Ely, b. 1844, m. 1863 Theo. Crandell. 

8. Cornelia Amanda, b. 1847, m- 1866 Alonzo Brown Hyatt. 

9. Joseph Augustine, b. 1849, d. 1856. 

10. Jessie Augusta, b. 1855 (Linden, Mich.). 

24621. Selden Marvin Ely, Ripley, N. Y., b. 1800, d. 1861, son of 
Seth Ely and Phebe Marvin; m. 1825, Esther Statira Griffin, East Had- 
dam. Conn., who was b. 1805, dan. of Josiah Griffin and Dorothy Gates. 
Their children : 

1. Mary Elizabeth, b. 1826, d. 1866, ra. 1850 Charles Augustus Brewster 

Pratt. 

2. George Griffin, b. 1828; m. 1876 Frances Ann Thompson. 

3. John Selden, b. 1830, m. i860 Sarah Jane McHenry. 

4. Phebe, b. 1832, d. 1833. 

5. Catherine Mather, b. 1835, m. 1863 Alexander Cochran Robinson. 

6. Ebenezer Seth, b. 1837. 

7. Phebe Marvin, b. 1839, ni. 1867 John Loriman Gill. 

8. Francis Griffin (246187X), b. 1843, d. 1873, m. 1870 Emily Lois Ely 

(246187). 

24622. Elizabeth Coh Ely, Erie, Pa., b. 1802, d. 1835, dau. of Seth 
Ely and Phebe Marvin; m. 1832, Rufus Hills, Erie, Erie Co., Pa., who 
was b. 1792, d. 1861, son of Stephen Hills and Anna Stevens. No chil- 
dren. (Mrs. Wm. A. Herron, Pittsburg, Pa., furnishes dates. ) 

24623. Phebe Hubbard Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1804, dau. of Seth Ely 
and Phebe Marvin; m. 1827, Matthew Griswold, who was b. 1792, d. 
1879, son of Roger Griswold and Fanny Rogers. Their children: 

1. Phebe Hubbard, b. 1828. 

2. Catherine, b. 1829. 

3. Lydia Maria, b. 1831, m. 1855 John Card Selden. 

4. Matthew, b. 1833, m. ist, 1866, Sarah Lucy Olmtsed; m., 2nd, 1876, 

Annie Brooks Schenck. 

5. Marian, b. 1835. 

6. Phebe Marvin, b. 1838. 

7. Ellen Elizabeth, b. 1841. 

8. Elizabeth, (Lyme, Conn.), b. 1847. 

9. Fanny Rogers (246172X), b. 1848. 

24625. Seth Elisha Ely, Ripley, N. Y., b. 1808, son of Seth Ely and 
Phebe Marvin; m. 1845, Eliza Ann Hale, who was b. 1818, d. 1879, dau. 
of Horace Hale and Elizabeth McBride. No children. 

24627. Abigail Deborah Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1813, d. 1879, dau. of 
Seth Ely and Phebe Marvin ; m. 1848, Henry Morehouse Gregory. (Mrs. 
John Hudson, Sandusky, O.) 



3i6 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

24691. Charles Augustus Sill, East Aurora, Erie Co., N. Y., b. 1806, 
son of Deborah Ely and Enoch Sill; m. 1836, Mary Finn Reynolds, who 
was b. 1814, dau. of John Reynolds and Catherine Tierce. Their chil- 
dren: 

1. Catherine Deborah b. 1838. 

2. Seth Reynolds, b. 1839; m. 1863, Mary Lapham. 

3. John Enoch, b. 1841. 

4. Charles Henry, b. 1843; d. 1844. 

5. Frederick, b. 1845; d. 1846. ) . 
: 6. Frank, b. 1845; d. 1846. j" 

7. Harriet, b. 1847. ') Twins. 

8. Helen, b. 1847; \ m. 1875, Edwin Marvin Nichols. 

9. Mary Louisa, b. 1849. 
10. Mary Agnes, b. 1853. 

24692. Seth Ely Sill (Sill gen., p. 37), Buffalo, N. Y., b. 1809, d. 
1851, son of Deborali Ely and Enoch Sill; m. 1840, Harriet Eliza Allen, 
329 Delaware Ave., Buffalo, N. Y., who was b. 182 1, dau. of Ethan B. 
Allen and Hannah Seymour. Their children : 

1. Francis, b. 1841. 

2. Charles Bishop, b. 1843; m. Cora Ellwood Cook. 

3. Henry Seymour, b. 1846. 

4. Florence, b. 1848. 

5. Mary, b. 1851; d. 1873; m. 1871, Frank' I. Dorr. 

24694. Susan Abby Sill, b. 1814, d. 1847, dau. of Deborah T^ly and 
Enoch Sill ; m. 1835, James Albert Hoyt, Saratoga Springs, N. Y., who 
was b. 1812, son of Job Hoyt and Anna Raymond. Their children: 

1. Harriet Amelia, b. 1836; m. 1874, Edmund George Kendall. 

2. Frances Louisa, b. 1838. (Wilson Mission. 125 St. Mark's Place, New 

York.) 

3. Charles Sill, b. 1846; d. 1847. 

24695. Jane Louisa Sill, b. 1816, d. 1850, dau. of Deborah Ely and 
Enoch Sill ; m. 1843, Aaron Martin Thompson, Moreau, N. Y., who was 
b. 1814, son of Ebenezer Thompson and Ann Henderson. Their chil- 
dren : 

1. Franklin Cornell, b. 1845: m. 1868, Lucy Ann Welsh. 

2. Anna Louise, b. 1848 ; m. 1870, James Augustus Fake. 

24696. Mary Sophia Sill, Marshall, Mich., b. 1820, dau. of Deborah 
Ely and Enoch Sill; m. 1854, Asa Johnson (Rev.), Marshall, Mich., who 
was b. 1802, son of Asa Johnson and Clarissa Carver. Their children : 

I. Mary Clarissa, b. 1858. 




RICHARD f:LY 

(son of elihu) 
ilNGHAMPTON, NEW YORK 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 3^7 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

24697. Ebenezer Enoch Sill, 114 South Fifth St., Rochester, N. Y., 
b. 1822, d. 1875, son of Deborah Ely and Enoch Sill; m., 1854, Beatrice 
Wetherspoon, New York City, who was b. 1828, dau. of James Wether- 
spoon and Jane Marshall. Their children : 

1. Florence Beatrice, b. 1856. 

2. Rovvena Hamilton, b. 1865. 

3. Stuart Ely, b. 1868. 

24698. John Nathaniel Sill, Moreau, Saratoga Co., N. Y., b. 1827, 
son of Deborah Ely and Enoch Sill; m. i860, Julia Buckbee, who d. 
1866; m., 2nd, 1871, Elizabeth Payn. Their children: 

1. Alice, b. 1861. 

2. Mary, b. 1864. 

24852. Richard Ely, Binghamton, N. Y., b. 1819, son of Elihu Ely 
and Eliza Maria Ely; m. 1849, Sarah Roseboom, Cherry Valley, N. Y., 
b- 1822, dau. of Abraham Roseboom and Ruth Johnson. Their children: 

1. Lucy Shannon, b. 1850. 

2. Catherine Roseboom, b. 1852. . . 

3. Eliza Maria, b. 1854; d. 1864. 

4. Sarah Roseboom, b. 1856. 

5. Richard Erskine, b. 1859; d. i860. 

6. Robert Erskine (not m.), b. 1861. 

24871. William Mather Ely, Binghamton, N. Y., b. 1818, d. 1872, 
son of Oliver Ely and Lois Griswold Mather; m., 1840, Marietta Brad- 
ley Jarvis, Binghamton, N. Y., who was b. 1820, dau. of Henry Jarvis 
and Marietta Sanford. Their children : 

1. Henry Oliver, b. 1841; m. Kate Moss White. 

2. William Sylvester, b. 1845; d. 1847. 

3. Louise Griswold, b. 1850; m. Robert Maurice Hagaman. 

4. Minnie Piatt, b. 1857. 

5. George Mather, b. i860. 

6. Charles Piatt, b. 1862. 

Appleton's American Biography has the following sketch of Mr. 
Ely: 

William Mather Ely was born in Binghamton, N. Y., in 1818, and died there, 
Feb. 5, 1872; was educated at Amherst College, but did not graduate. 

After leaving college he followed mercantile pursuits for a time, but after- 
wards engaged in farming, and was for years President of the State Agricultural 
Society. 

In 1868 he was elected to the Legislature, and served until his death. 

He was an industrious legislator, and acquired extensive knowledge of State 
affairs. 



3i8 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

24873. Louisa Griswold Ely, Binghamton, N. Y., b- 1823, d. 1849,. 
dau. of Oliver Ely and Lois Griswold Mather; m. 1845, Robert C. 
Trivett, son of Elias Trivett and . No children. (No further in- 
formation obtained.) 

24874. Joseph Elihu Ely, Binghamton, N. Y., b. 1825, son of Oliver 
Ely and Lois Griswold Mather; m., 1856, Elizabeth Davis McKean, 
Philadelphia, Pa-, who was b. 1836, dau. of William Wistar McKean and 
Rosa Davis Clark. Their children : 

1. Rosa McKean, b. 1857: d. 1858. 

2. William Mather, b. i860. 

3. Elizabeth Anna, b. 1862. 

4. McKean, b. 1863; d. 1877. 

The New York Civil List, published in Albany in 1858, mentions, on page 272, 
that Joseph E. Ely was Member of Assembly of the State of New York in 1853, 
and represented Broome County. 

Joseph Ely is the grandson of Elihu Ely, maker of the Powder Horn, and 
has the ring exhibiting the family arms. 

"There was a tradition among the old Elys that they were of French ex- 
traction — that in the persecution whish threatened the Huguenots they made 
their escape as they could — that their great ancestor, named Joseph, enjoyed a 
place of honor and trust, that this family ring, bearing the royal coat of arms, 
was used by none but the most confidential officer or Prime Minister, and was 
given him at this time of danger to facilitate his escape." 

24875. Nancy Hart Ely, Owego, N. Y., [furnishes interesting family 
records] ; b. 1829, dau. of Oliver Ely and Lois Griswold Mather ; m. 
1848, Charles Piatt, Owego, N. Y., who was b. 1821, d. 1869, son of 
Jonathan Piatt and Betsy Goodrich; m., 2nd, 1876, Frederick Edward 
Piatt, Owego, N. Y., who was b- 1819, son of William Piatt and Lesbia 
Hinchman, Their children : 

1. William Ely, b. 1849; d. 1873. 

2. Louisa Trivett, b. 1851, m. 1873 Aaron Putnam Storrs. 

3. Charles Henry, b. 1857; d. 1870. 

4. Fanny Elizabeth, b. i860; d. 1878. 

24881. Catherine Ann Matson, Lyme, Conn., b. 1823, dau. of Phebe 
Ely and Israel Matson ; m., 1842, James Pease Terry, South Weymouth, 
Mass., who was b. 1812, d. 1873, son of Solomon Terry and Margaret 
Pease. Their children : 

1. Nathaniel Matson, b. 1844; m. 1878, Frances Augusta Griswold. 

2. James Luther, b. 1846. 

3. Anna Ely, b. 1848; d. 183 1. 

4. Israel Newton, b. 1851; m. 1880, Emily Huntington Butler. 

5. Catherine Margaret, b. 1853; d. 1864. 

6. Francis Augustus, b. 1855. 

7. Charles Appleton, b. 1858. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 319 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

24883. Israel Matson, Lyme, Conn., b. 1826, son of Phebe Ely and 
Israel Matson ; m. 1864, Sarah McCurdy Lord, Lyme, Conn., who was 
b. 1838, d. 1865, dau. of Stephen Johnson Lord and Sarah McCurdy. 
No children. 

24891. Caroline Ely, New York City, b. 1836, d. 1871, dau. of Elias 
Hubbard Ely and Eliza Nichols ; m. 1858, Edwards Woodrufif, Marys- 
ville, Cal., who was b. 1824, son of Henry Augustus Woodruff and 
Olivia Edwards. Their children: 
I. Edward Haynes, b. 1859. 

2491 1. Emily Almira Ely, b. 1794, d. 1825, dau. of Josiah Griswold 
Ely and Elizabeth Sill; m. 1813, William Lord, Lyme, Conn., who was 
b. 1796, d. 1862. Their children: 

1. Frederick Henry, b. 1814; (left a family). 

2. Josiah Griswold (unm.), b. 1817; d. 1842. 

3. George Peter, b. 1819. 

4. Theodore Dwight, b. 1823. 

24912. Giles Sill Ely, b. 1796, d. 1866, son of Josiah Griswold Ely 
and Elizabeth Sill; m. 1832, Emmeline Amelia Hoe, Brooklyn, N- Y., 
who was b. 1809, d. 1862, dau. of Robert Hoe and Rachel Smith; m. 
2nd, 1864, Nancy Comstock (care H. S. Wheeler, 336 Jay St., Brook- 
lyn), who was b. 1813, dau. of Jeremiah Comstock and Diadamia 
Williams. Their children: 

1. Mary Elizabeth, b. 1833; d. 1875; m- 1855, Harvey Baxter. 

2. Emmeline Hoe, b. 1835 ; m. 1856, William Macnaughtan. 

3. Isabella Taylor, b. 1843; d. 1875; m. 1864, Robert Hosie. 

24913. Augustus Henry Ely, New York City, (residence 262 West 
i8th), b. 1798, son of Josiah Griswold Ely and Elizabeth Sill; m. Mary 
Watkins, New York City. No children. 

24915. David Griswold Ely, b. 1804, d. 1845, son of Josiah Gris- 
wold Ely and Elizabeth Sill; m. 1833, Ruth Sill Marvin, Palmyra, 
Wayne Co., N. Y., who was b. 1810, d. 1844, dau. of James Marvin and 
Ruhama Clark, Their children : 

I. David Huntington, b. 1844; m. 1874, Harriet America Donovan; (resi- 
dence at Pretty Prairie, Reno Co., Kan.) 

24916. Enoch Josiah Ely, Leroy, N. Y., b- 1804, son of Josiah Gris- 
wold Ely and EHzabeth Sill ; m. 1828, Lucretia Franklin, Leroy, N. Y., 
who was b. 1808, dau. of Sylvanus Franklin and Elizabeth Buell. Their 
children : 

I. Emily Almira, b. 1829; d. 1855; m. 1853, Edward Williams. 



320 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

24917. Phebe Caroline Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1807, dau. of Josiah 
Griswold Ely and Elizabeth Sill; m. 1828, Alonzo Corrolius Denison, 
Pretty Prairie, Reno Co., Kan.; b. 1813, son of Gurdon Denison and 
Ethelinda Slack. No children. 

24918. Leveritt Huntington Ely, b. 1811, d. 1847, son of Josiah 
Griswold Ely and Elizabeth Sill; m. 1841, Caroline Brooks, 786 DeKalb 
Ave., Brooklyn (wid.), who was b. 1812, dau. of John Brooks and Lucy 
. Their children : 

1. Griswold Lord, b. 1842; (G. L. Ely, 74 Reade St., N. Y.); m. 1866, Jen- 

nie Dickinson. 

2. Henry Huntington, b. 1845; m. Marie Borie. 

24919. Joseph Nathaniel Ely, 96 Pineapple St., Brooklyn, b. 1816, 
son of Josiah Griswold Ely and Elizabeth Sill; m-, 1843, Hannah 
Mitchell Robbins, Brooklyn, N. Y., who was b. 1820, dau. of Daniel 
Cook Robbins and Elizabeth Mitchell. Their children : 

1. Mary Elizabeth Thome, b. 1843; d. 1845. 

2. William Robbins, b. 1845; d. 1862. 

3. Arthur Tracy, b. 1847; m. 1873, Mary Horn. 

4. George Griswold, b. 1850; m. 1872, Alice Graves. 

5. Lydia Robbins, b. 1853. 

6. Frederick Joseph, b. 1859. 

24923. Phebe Augusta Ely, Sacketts Harbor, N. Y., b. 1801, d. 
1878, dau. of Enoch Ely and Keziah Durkee Camp; m. 1819, Leonard 
Denison, Sacketts Harbor, N. Y., who was b- 1790, d. 1879, son of 
Joseph Denison and Mary Gray. Their children : 

1. Mary Augusta, b. 1820, d. 1821. 

2. Elisha Ely, b. 1822, d. 1863. 

3. Augusta Elizabeth, b. 1824. 

4. Augusta Minerva, b. 1825, m., 1st, 1847, James Augustus Greenlee; 

m., 2nd, 1859, Samuel Ellis. 

5. Amelia Sophia, b. 1828, m. 1859 George Kingsbury. 

6. Elizabeth Camp, b. 1830, m., ist, i860, Orville Jennings; m., 2nd, 1870, 

John Rutherford. 

7. Leonard Snowden, b. 1833, d. 1878, m. 1855 Angeline Sigourney. 

8. Charles Henry, b. 1837, d. 1838. 

9. Mary Lord, b. 1839, d. 1855. 

ID. George Wilson, b. 1840, m. 1871 Olivia Cochrane Vandergrift. 

11. Henrietta Maria, b. 1842, m., ist, 1872, Henry English Flynn; m., 2nd, 

1876, Edward Games Halliday. 

12. Annie Caroline, b. 1843, d. 1845. 

24932. Phebe Denison Lord, Lyme, Conn., b. 1805, dau. of Phebe 
Denison and Abner Lord; m. 1827, John Andrews (Pres. State Bank), 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 321 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

161 Broad St., Columbus, O., son of Martin Andrews and Rachel Hull. 
Their children : 

1. Martin (155 Lasalle St., Chicago), b. 1828, m. 1852 Caroline Wolcott. 

2. Abner Lord, b. 1831, m. Emma Buttles. 

3. Mary Lord, b. 1836, m. William King Rogers. 

4. Alexander Lord, b. 1842, d. 1875. 

5. Eliza Ann Frazer, b. 1845, m. George Purmoy Bassett. 

6. Margaret, b. 1849, d. 1880, m. Frank Stewart Osborn. 

24941. David Ely, Catskill, N. Y., b. 1798, d. 1862, son of David 
Ely and Catherine Van Orden; m. 1826, Elizabeth Osborn (Van Loan), 
who was b. 1799, d. 1859, dau. of Ezekiel Osborn and Eliza Collins- 
Their children : 

1. David Josiah (Hudson, N. Y.), b. 1826, m. 1855 Charlotte Berry 

Comfort. 

2. Catherine Elizabeth, b. 1830, d. 1831. 

24953. Mary Emmeline Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. Nov. 15, 1810, d. June 
3, 1856, dau. of Richard Ely and Mary Ely Peck; m. Aug. 15, 1854, 
Sindol Barnes Munger, Satara, India, who was b. 1802, son of Calvin 
Munger and Rebecca Heminway. No children, (Sarah S- Munger, 
Washington St., opposite Euclid, Dorchester, Mass., responds.) 

Mary Emeline Ely, eldest daughter of Deacon Richard and Mary Ely, was 
born in North Lyme, Conn., Nov. 15th, 1810. Died in Satara, in Western India, 
June 3d, 1856. 

The death of her brother Elias (No. 24953) was to her an overwhelming 
sorrow. The desire of her heart had long been to accompany him as a missionary 
to some distant country. 

In 1852 she removed to Chicago to join her immediate family. A time 
came, however, when she was released from her duty as a daughter. Providence 
seemed again to beckon her to missionary work. 

On August 15th, 1854, she was married to Rev. S. B. Munger. The Sep- 
tember following she sailed (the first missionary from the Second Presbyterian 
Church of Chicago) for India. 

She landed joyfully in Bombay, having suffered on the voyage with grievous 
seasickness. With ardor she entered upon her Christian work, deeply pained 
with the degradation in which she found the women of India. For nineteen 
months she labored to convey to these debased sisters the blessings of Chris- 
tianity. In the spring of 1856 she was seized with an illness that, after a month 
of intense physical suffering, terminated her life. 

She met death with such songs of victory her sick room was said to be "like 
an outer court of the mansions of the blest." 

24955. David Josiah Ely, New York City, b. May 5, 181 5, d. 
Feb. 24, 1877, son of Richard Ely and Mary Ely Peck; m. Feb. 5th, 
1837, Mary Ann Grafton, who was b. 1818, d. 1843, dau, of James Graf- 



322 • THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

ton and Mary Marshall ; m-, 2nd, Jan., 1848, Caroline Wheeler Duncan, 
Massillon, O., dau. of James Duncan and Eliza Tillinghast Villette. 
Their children : 

1. Sarah, b. 1839, m. 1858 James A. Parsons. 

2. Mary Eliza, b. 1850, m. 1870 Charles Addison Miller. 

3. James Richard, b. 1859. 

David J. Ely was born in Lyme, Conn. ; at the age of thirteen years 
he came to New York City and secured employment as clerk with Don 
Alonzo Cushman. 

After acquiring sufficient knowledge of business with his first em- 
ployer, Mr. Ely engaged in business in the South for a few years, and 
finally located in Chicago about 1843, where he carried on the importa- 
tion of tea, coffee, sugar, etc. 

The firm was at first Reynolds, Ely & Co. ; then D. J. Ely & Co. 

In 1866 Mr. Ely removed to New York City and carried on business 
as an importer of coffee on a large scale until his decease. 

,24956. Phebe Augusta Ely, 1350 Michigan Ave., Chicago, 111., born 
Aug. 10, 1817, daughter of Richard Ely and Mary Ely Peck; married, 
Nov. 21, 1842, Oscar Fitzallan Avery, New York City, who was bom 
1813, died 1881, son of John Jay Avery and Nancy Murdock. Their 
children : 

1. Mary Augusta, b. 1844, d. 1879, m. 1867 Henry Payson Merriman. 

2. Richard Ely, b. 1852, d. 1864. 

3. Caroline Duncan, b. 1854. ■ 

4. George Stiles, b. 1855, d. 1858. 

24957. Zebulon Stiles Ely, 26 West 26th Street, New York City, 
born Nov. 8, 18 19, son of Richard Ely and Mary Ely Peck; married Jan. 
27, 1849, ^t Chicago, Sarah Hammond Duncan, of Massillon, Ohio. She 
was born in 1824, and died in 1881. Her parents were James Duncan and 
Eliza Tillinghast Villette. 

Children of Zebulon Stiles Ely and Sarah H. Duncan: 

1. Edward Stiles, b. 1853, m. 1880 Emma D. Palmer, of N. Y. 

2. Margaret Duncan, b. 1855, m. 1878 Prof. A. D. Morse, of Amherst 

3. Grace Duncan, b. 1857, m. Prof. E. C. Richardson, of Princeton. 

4. Mary, b. i860, m. Rev. A. B. Bassett, of Ware, Mass. 

5. Sarah H., b. 1863, d. 1864. 

6. Richard Duncan, b. 1865, d. 1866. 

Mr. Ely remarried in 1854. His second wife was Mary Post. 

He resides at No. 26 West Twenty-sixth St., has acquired a com- 
petency, and is a much respected member of the Madison Square Pres- 
byterian Church. 




ZEBULON STILES ELY 

NEW YORK 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 323 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

In connection with the Ely reunion Mr, Z, Stiles Ely was efficient 
both in New York City and in Lyme. No one can realize his labors 
without going through the hundreds of letters he received, and answered 
so faithfully, that not one dinner ticket miscarried. 

Zebulon Stiles Ely was for many years member of the mercantile 
firm of D. J. and Z. S. Ely, of Chicago and New York. He retired some 
years since from active business, has devoted himself to benevolent 
work, and has been especially identified with the Wetmore Home, of 
which he is President, and has also taken a warm interest in other be- 
nevolent work. 

24958. Enoch Denison Ely, Chicago, 111., born Jan. 15, 1822, died 
July 9, 1854, son of Richard Ely and Mary Ely Peck; married, Sep. 26, 
1853, Hettie Collier Larimore, who was born 183 1, died 1854, daughter 
of Joseph Clark Larimore and Mary Jane Wilson. No children- 

2401 1. Amos Hubbard Ely, Branford, Conn., born 1816, son of 
Robert Hubbard Ely and Deborah Ely ; married, 1852, Rosabelle God- 
frey, Windsor, N. Y., who was born 1835. Their children: 

1. Robert Hubbard, b. 1853. 

2. William Edgar, b. i860. 

3. Rosabelle, b. 1865. 

4. Mary Grace, b. 1867. 

5. Ada May, b. 1871. 

24012. Jerusha Ann Ely, 356 West 56th St., New York City, born 
18 18, daughter of Robert Hubbard Ely and Deborah Ely; married, 
1843, Horace Chapman Scott, New York City, who was born 18 17, died 
1881, son of Samuel Scott and Mary Kelley. Their children: 

1. Jerusha Ely. 

2. Horace. 

(Mrs. Scott, the widow, resides in Brooklyn and has genealogy ; her 
address can be found from B. S. Tone, 291 Broadway, New York.) 

24022. Thomas Sill Sterling, Winchester, Miss., b. Apr. 5, 1798, 
d. Jan. 29,. 1839, son of Jerusha Ely and William Sterling; m. May 25, 
1824, Mary P. Falconer. Their children: 

1. William. 

2. Thomas Falconer. 

3. Mary Jerusha. 

24023. William Erastus Sterling, Gouverneur, N. Y., b. June 9, 
1801, d. 1861, son of Jerusha Ely and William Sterling; m. Aug. 16, 



324 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

1838, Octavia Parsons, Gouverneur, N. Y., who was b. 1815, dau. of 
Lewis Baldwin Parsons and Lucina Hobart. Their children: 

1. Maria Ely, b. 1839. 

2. Emily Parsons, b. 1842. 

3. Frances Jerusha, b. 1844. 

4. William Erastus, b. 1846, d. 1858. 

5. Anna Lucina, b. 1849, d. 1871. 

6. Louis Thomas, b. 1851. 

24024. Jerusha Lay Sterling, Gouverneur, N. Y. (St. L. Co.), b. May 
25, 1813, dau. of Jerusha Ely and William Sterling; m. Dec. 31, 1829, 
Edwin Dodge, Gouverneur, N. Y., b. 1801, d. 1877, son of Gardner 
Dodge and Rhoda Dowd. Their children : 

1. Emma Sterling, b. 1833, d. 1853. 

2. William Robert, b. 1834, m. 1866 Martha Jane Noyes. 

3. Maria Lay, b. 1837, m. 1864 John Lansing. 

4. Edwin Gardner, b. 1839. 

24025. Maria Ely Sterling, b. Oct. 15, 1807, d. 1881, dau. of Jerusha 
Ely and William Sterling; m. May 23, 1832, Barach Butler Beckwith, 
Gouverneur, N. Y., who was b. 1805, d. 1870, son of George Beckwith 
and Patience Beckwith. No children. 

24061. Elias Sanford Ely, Madison, Conn., b. 1809, son of Simeon 
Lay Ely and Elizabeth Sanford ; m. 1833, Hester Maria Wright, West- 
brook, Conn., who was b. 1812, dau. of Jedediah Chapman Wright and 
Sylvia Lay. Their children : 

1. Elizabeth Jerusha, b. 1834, m. 1859 Theodore Fowler. 

2. Edgar Simeon, b. 1837, m. 1871 Maria Jane Brown. 

3. Charles Wright, b. 1839, m. 1867 Mary Grace Darling. 

4. Willoughby Wright, b. 1841, m. 1871 Adeline Estella Looker. 

5. Hester Louisa, b. 1844, d. 1845. 

6. Emily Sanford, b. 1848, d. 1865. 

7. Elias Hubbard, b. 1850, m. 1874 Laura Eudora Crosby. 

8. Cornelia Maria, b. 1857. 

241 1 1. Ezekiel Root Colt, Pittsfield, Mass., b. 1794, d. i860, son of 
Joseph Denison Colt and Sarah Root; m. 1818, Electa Campbell, Pitts- 
field, Mass., who was b. 1793, d. 1873, dau. of David Campbell and Lucy 
Laflin. Their children : 

1. James Denison, b. 1819. 

2. Helen, b. 1821. 

3. Thomas, b. 1823, d. 1877. 

4. Electa, b. 1825. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 325 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

5. Catherine, b. 1829. 

6. Mary, b. 1831. 

24251. EHphaz Perkins Pratt, Portsmouth, O., b. 1816, son of 
David Pratt and Julia Perkins ; m. 1844, Elizabeth Coulter Mills, Frank- 
fort, Ky., who was b. 1816, d. 1850, dau. of Benjamin Mills and Mary 
Reade Thornton; m., 2nd, 1853, Elizabeth Loughry, Indiana Co., Pa., 
who was b. 1822, d. 1870, dau. of James Loughrey and Sarah Hender- 
son; m., 3rd, 1876, Mary Eliza Urmston, who was b. 1832, dau. of 
Nathaniel Massie Urmston and EveHna Comstock. Their children : 

1. David Perkins, b. 1845 (Bridgeport, Ohio). 

2. Benjamin Mills, b. 1850. 

3. Sarah Elizabeth, b. 1854, d. 1877. 

4. Julia, b. 1855. 

5. Mary Lucy, b. 1858. 

24252. Maria Fitch Pratt, Marietta, O. (now at Rockford, 111.), b. 
1817, dau. of David Pratt and JuHa Perkins; m. 1856, Henry Hay, who 
was b. 1806, d. 1879, son of James Hay and Mary Miller. 

24253. Laura Elizabeth Pratt, Rockford, 111., b. 1819, dau. of David 
Pratt and Julia Perkins; m. 1847, Charles Jacob Currier, South Ber- 
wick, Mo., who was b. 1819, son of Daniel Little Currier and Mary 
Roberts. Their children: 

1. Charles Pratt, b. 1848, d. 1870. 

2. Addison Herman, b. 1852. 

3. Edward Wilson, b. 1857. 

24254. John Henry Pratt, Allentown, N. J., b. 1822, son of David 
Pratt and Julia Perkins ; m. 1854, JuHa Perkins, Allentown, N. J., who 
was b. 1824, dau. of Henry Perkins and Eliza Ann Reeve. No children. 

24255. Robert Wilson Pratt, Saltville, Mitchell Co., Kansas, b. 
1824, son of David Pratt and Julia Perkins ; m. 1849, Hannah Maria 
Brown, Athens, O., who was b. 1825, dau. of John Brown and Sophia 
Walker. Their children : 

1. Alice Elizabeth, b. 1850. 

2. Julia Sophia, b. 1852. 

3. Lucy Maria, b. 1854. 

4. Charles Currier, b. 1857. 

5. John Alonzo, b. 1859. 

6. Herbert Ely, b. 1861. 

7. Edgar Brown, b. 1863. 

8. Laura May, b. 1865. 

9. Harlan Ballard, b. 1867. 
ID. Harry Hey, b. 1867. 



326 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

24256. Julia Perkins Pratt, Easton, Pa., b. 1828, dau. of David 
Pratt and Julia Perkins; m. 185 1, Addison Ballard, who was b. 1822, 
son of John Ballard and Pamelia Bennett. Their children : 

1. Harlan Hoge, b. May 26, 1853, m. Aug. 20, 1879, Lucy Bishop Pike. 

2. Winifred Pamelia, b. Jan. 16, i860, m. April 9, 1885, Francis Beaker. 

3. Julia Spaulding, b. Aug. 13, 1863, d. 1871. 

The following faultless rhymes are from the pen of the talented 
writer, Mrs. Julia P. Ballard, of Easton, Penn. : 

THE ELY REUNION. 

In this hallowed retreat where we gather to-day. 
Though far from the homestead we've wandered away, 
With words of true welcome for grave and for gay 
We'll forget the long years we have all been astray; 
And, as children returned to the home of one mother, 
With heart and with hand we will greet one another. 

From homes in the east, and from far western plains. 
Where "He who transplanted" still kindly "sustains;"* 
The home-call has thrilled through our blood-blended veins. 
And we hasten to-day to the home of one mother 
To re-link golden chains as we greet one another. 

We come with true hearts and our children we bring 
To the noble old State to which fondly we cling; 
Of whose splendor of government proudly we sing. 
In the days when a Winthrop our charter could bring; 

(Though its fate seemed to hang on the Governor's ring, 
Which his ancestor had as a gift from the king! ) 
And which sheltered us long with its broad spreading wing ; 
To this royal old State, to this home of one mother, 
We hasten to-day to embrace one another. 

And we'll listen in silence while hovering near 
Are those we would honor by gathering here ; 
Who rejoice in affection that holds them still dear, 
And which royally triumphs o'er time and o'er fear; 
As they call to Re-union in that blessed sphere 
Where love is eternal, and life is all clear; 
Where the children all safe in the home of one mother. 
In the land of the Ransomed shall meet one another. 



'Qui transtulit sustinet." The motto of Connecticut. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 327 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

24291. Jerusha Bingham, New Plymouth, O., b. 181 1, d. 1878, dau. 
of Mary Pratt and Ralph Bingham; m. 1832, Sylvanus Finney, New 
Plymouth, O., who was b. 1801, d. 1868, son of Solomon Finney and 
Patience Churchill. Their children : 

1. Irene Amanda, b. 1834, d. 1841. 

2. Asenath, b. 1835. 

3. Jerusha, b. 1838, d. 1841. 

4. Sophronia, b. 1840, d. 1841. 

5. Sylvanus Bingham, b. 1842, d. 1863. 

6. John Henry, b. 1844, d. 1849. 

7. Rufus Churchill, b. 1849. 

24292. Mary Bingham, Hope Furnace, O., b. 1813, d. 1876, dau. of 
Mary Pratt and Ralph Bingham; m. 1837, Samuel Draper Eggleston, 
Hope Furnace, O., who was b. 181 1, son of Arthur Eggleston and 
Lovina Edna Smalley- Their children : 

1. Emily (Hope Furnace, O.), b. 1842. 

2. Clara Belle, b. 1844, m. 1880 John Henry Bennett. 

3. Sophronia, b. 1848, d. 1861. 

4. Samuel Lawrence, b. 1851, m. 1881 Harriet Elizabeth Bay. 

24321. William Watson Ely, Rochester, N, Y., b. 1812, d. 1879, 
son of David Ely and Priscilla Sturges ; m. 1834, Sarah Anne Allen, 
Fairfield, Conn., who was b. 1811, d. 1878, dau. of Joseph Allen and 
Sarah Nichols. Their children : 

1. Augustine Beers, b. 1835, m. 1869 Elizabeth Aldrich. 

2. William Smith, b. 1841. 

3. George Pratt, b. 1843, d. Jan. 3, 1897. 

4. Joseph Allen, b. 1846, Orange Valley, N. J., unm. 

5. Edward Talbot, b. 1850, m. 1882 Emma L. Weber. 

23324. Isaac Mills Ely, Chenango Forks, N. Y., b. 1819, d. 1880, 
son of David Ely and Priscilla Sturges ; m. 1868, Harriet Eliza Rogers, 
who was b. 1843, ^^u. of Henry Augustus Rogers and Emma Willard. 
Their children : 

1. Emma Willard, b. 1869. 

2. William Rogers, b. 1871. 

3. Harry Sturges, b. 1876. 

24326. Jonathan Sturges Ely, Tarrytown, N. Y, (now at 30 Clinton 
St., Brooklyn, N. Y.), b. 1822, d. May 19, 1898, son of David Ely and 
Priscilla Sturges ; m. 1855, Euphemia Graham Hicks, who was b. 1833, 
d. 1864, dau. of John Graham Hicks and Lavinia Graham ; m. 2nd, 1866, 
Susan Delafield Monson, Hobart, N. Y., dau. of Levinus Monson and 
Mary Parish. No children. 



328 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SIXTH GENERATION. 

24331. Louisa Maria Ely, b. 1815, dau. of Elisha Ely and Eloise 
Curtis ; m. 1842, Robert D. Gardner, Monroe, Conn. 

24332. David Henry Ely, b. 1819, d. 1841, son of Elisha Ely and 
Eloise Curtis; m. 1841, Anna F. Seagrave, New Haven, Conn. 

24333. Elisha Ely, M. D., Healdsburg, Sonoma Co., Cal., b. 1819, 
son of Elisha Ely and Eloise Curtis ; m. Asenath Narcissa Campbell, 
Buffalo, N. Y., dau. of Benjamin Campbell and Mary Asenath Houston. 
Their children : 

1. Louisa Maria. 

2. Mary Campbell. 

24334. John McGregor Ely, Huntington, Conn., b. 1822, d. 1849, 
son of Elisha Ely and Eloise Curtis; m. 1846, Emily Punderson, Hun- 
tington, Conn., b. 1823, dau. of Thomas Punderson and Betsy Day. 
Their children : 

1. Edward Punderson, b. 1847, m. 1871 Florence Elizabeth Stafford. 

2. Emma McGregor, b. 1849, m. 1874 Paul Cheeseborough Skiff. 

24337. Edward Ely, merchant tailor, Chicago, 111., will give in- 
formation of family, b. 1830, son of Elisha Ely and Eloise Curtis; m. 
1854, Esther Ally Bowditch, New Haven, Conn., who was b. 1834, d. 
1861, dau. of Jonas Blair Bowditch and Esther Ally. Their children: 

I. Emma Louisa, b. 1855. 

24338. Douglass Ely, Box 16, Colorado Springs, Col., b. 1833, son 
of Elisha Ely and Eloise Curtis; m. 1859, Mary Jane Howell, who was 
b. 1840, dau. of Lewis Dunham Howell and Lois Phelps. Their 
children : 

1. Douglas Howell, b. i860, d. 1880. 

2. Mary Eloise, b. 1864, d. 1881. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

131212. Samuel Mather Ely, Pleasant Valley, N. Y., b. 1787, d. 
1867, son of William Ely and Alice Mather; m. 1808, Rebecca Smith, 
Lyme, Conn., who was b. 1788, d. 1842, Their children: 

1. Jane Alice b. 1813, m. 1831 Abiel Stark. 

2. Almira b. 1815, d. 1857, m. Ensign Smith. 

3. Ruth Ann, b. 1817. 

4. Mary Louisa, b. 1819, d. 1832. 

5. Maria Stilwell, b. 1821, d. 1823. 

6. Isaac Smith, b. 1825, d. 1879, m. 1853 Jane Thorn. 

7. Phebe Smith, b. 1830 (Brooklyn, N. Y.). 

8. William, b. 1832 (Brooklyn, N. Y.). 

131231. Lydia Haynes Ely, Hanover, N. J., b. 1792, d. 1867, dau. of 
Calvin Ely and Betsy Hetfield; m, 181 1, John Henry Stephens, Newark, 
N. J., who was b. 1789, d. 1870, son of Thomas Stephens and Susan 
Burdye. Their children : 

1. Mary Langdon, b. 1812, d. 1845, m. 1845 George Ross. 

2. Jeannette Ely, b. 1814, d. 1850, m. 1838 James Alexander Edgar. 

3. Frances Henrietta, b. 1816, d. 1850, m. 1844 Lemuel Smith. 

4. Thomas Henry, b. 1820, d. 1856. 

5. Susan Eliza, b. 1824, m. 1849 Charles Edward Milnor. 

6. Eleanor Phebe, b. 1828 m. 1865 George Washington. 

131232. Jeannette Edgar Ely, b. 1794, d- 1843, dau. of Calvin Ely 
and Betsy Hetfield; m. Isaac Brookfield Camp, son of William Camp 
and . Their children : 

1. James Ely, b. 1823, d. 1853, m. 1847 Eliza T. Kingsland. 

2. William Henry (not m.), b. 1825, d. 1877. 

3. Hugh Nesbit, b. 1827, d. 1895, m. 1854 Elizabeth Dorothea McKesson. 

4. Freeman Anderson, b. 1829, d. 1858. 

5. Mary Stephens, b. 1831, d. 1838. 

131233. Caleb Hetfield Ely, Newark, N. J., b. 1796, d. 1867, son of 
Calvin Ely and Betsy Hetfield; m. 1822, Sarah Elizabeth Cook, South 
Dover, N. J., who was b. 1800, d. 1851, dau- of Silas Cook and Eliza 



330 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

Salter; m., 2nd, 1854, Selina Morrison, who was b. 1799, dau, of Aaron 
Morrison and Phebe . Their children : 

1. Fanny Eliza, b. 1823. 

2. Charlotte Ellery b. 1825, d. 1872, m. 1847 John Ludlow Crane. 

3. Wallace Augustus, b. 1828, m. 1874 Sarah Elizabeth Griffin. 

4. Jeannette Stephens, b. 1830, d. 1874, m. 1858 James Charles Little- 

wood. 

5. Hannah Maria, b." 1834, d. 1851. 

6. Karriette, b. 1836, m. 1857 DeForest Edward Plant. 
' 7. Frederick, b. 1839. 

8. Julia Remsen, b. 1842, d. 1876, m. 1862 Joseph Henry Shafer. 

9. Emma Augusta, b. 1845, d. 1865. 

131234. James Ely, Hanover, N. J., b. 1798, d. 1870, son of Calvin 
Ely and Betsy Hetfield; m. 1824, Susan Cooper Sayre, Columbia, 
N. J., who was b. 1802, d. 1877, dau. of Ebenezer Sayre and Charity 
Cooper. Their children : 

1. Catherine Louisa, b. 1825, m. 1848 Ephraim Farrand Sayre. 

2. Sarah Elizabeth, b. 1827, m. 1851 David Franklin Sayre. 

3. Susan Agnes, b. 1828, m. 1856 Thomas Hallock Homan. 

4. James Livingston, b. 1831, m. 1863 Julia Elizabeth Crowell. 

5. Theodore Milbank, b. 1833, m. 1862 Albertine Jeannette Hopping. 

6. William Freeman, b. 1838, m. 1863 Phebe Adaline Schenck. 

7. Daniel Sayre, b. 1842, d. 1843. 

8. Eugene Augustus, b. 1844, m. 1868 Ida Campfield. 

9. Frederick Sayre, b. 1846. 

(Wm. F., No. 6, at Hanover, N. J., will give more.) 

131235. Lucetta Alice Ely, b. 1799, d. 1882, dau. of Calvin Ely and 
Betsy Hetfield ; m. John Muchmore, Newark, N. J. 

131237. Catherine Maria Ely, b. 1803, dau. of Calvin Ely and Betsy 
Hetfield; m. 181 1, Stephen Burnett Cook, 39 Orchard St., Newark, 
N. J., who was b. 1795, d. 1842. 

131238. William Freeman Ely, b. 1805, d. 1856, son of Calvin Ely 
and Betsy Hetfield ; m. Mary McKenzie. 

(Cannot be obtained ; they never left Scotland. — H. Hayes-) 

131239. Elizabeth Ann Ely, Binghamton, N. Y., b. 1810, dau. of 
Calvin Ely and Betsy Hetfield; m. 1832, Henry Evans, Newark, N. J., 
who was b. 1808, d. 1867, son of James Evans and Elizabeth Blakeway. 
Their children: 

1. Theodore, b. 1833 (Dover, N. J.), m. 1855 Mary Elizabeth Day. 

2. Elizabeth Sophia, b. 1837, m. 1859 Henry Hayes. 

3. Harriet, b. 1839, ™- 1862 Cyrus Strong Clapp. 

4. Isabel, m. James Edwin Johnson. 



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SEVENTH GENERATION. 

131241. William Ely Green, son of Benjamin Green and Sarah Ely, 
13124, married Oct. 18, 1823, Mary Stiles, dau. of Ephraim Price Stiles 
and Anna Williams, born in Bloomfield, N. J., March 18, 1803, died July 
31, 1874; William Ely Green died Apr. 14, 1867. The family moved to 
Georgia about 1828. Children : 

1. Caroline Augusta, b. Oct. 8, 1824, m. John H. Colt, d. Mar. 5, 1879. 

2. Sarah Anna, b. Nov. 29, 1826, m. Augustus N. Du Pre, d, Feb. 4. 1873. 

3. Henry Martyn, b. Nov. 15, 1829; fell in battle of Silver Creek, near 

Washington, July 22, 1864. 

4. Louisa Ritter b. Sept. 27, 1834, m. Col. Z. A. Rice, d. Dec. 26, 1882. 

5. William Wallace, b. Nov. 8, 1837, d- Apr. 20, 1855. 

6. Mary Frances, b. May 2-7, 1840, m. Jas. H. Wilson, Dec. 3, 1861; m., 

2nd, Capt. A. G. Grier, Dec. 8, 1868; no issue; d. March 6, 1896. 

7. Harriet Hopping, b. Nov. 7, 1843, d. Nov. 30, 1862. 

8. Robert Edgar, b. Sept. 29, 1846, m. Eva S. Wilson, living (1897) in 

Gainesville, Ga. 

131 5 12. Susan Day Halsey, Fishkill, N. Y., b. 1794, d. 1868, dau. of 
Abraham Halsey and Nancy Beach; m. 181 1, William Jackson, Rock- 
away, N. J., who was b. 1788, d. 1872, son of Stephen Jackson and Mary 
Burwell. Their children : 

1. Mary Burwell, b. 1812. 

2. Nancy Beach, b. 1813, d. 1861. 

3. Abraham Halsey, b. 1815, d. 1850. 

4. William Augustus, b. 1817. 

5. Joseph Henry, b. 1819 (11 Tompkins Place, Brooklyn). 

6. Samuel Beach, b. 1821. 

7. Susan Louise, b. 1824. 

8. Silas Halsey, b. 1827, d. 1872. 

9. Sarah Electa, b. 1828, d. 1832. 

10. Theodore Frelinghuysen, b. 1830. 

11. Freeman Winslow, b. 1832, d. 1862. 

12. Robert Alexander, b. 1834. 

13. Edmund Drake, b. 1837, d. 1843. 

14. Frances Arabella, b. 1841, d. 1842. 

131513. Samuel Beach Halsey, Rockaway, N. J., b. 1796, d. 1871, 
son of Abraham Halsey and Nancy Beach ; m. 1821, Sarah Dubois Jack- 
son, Rockaway, N. J., who was b. 1803, d. 1859, dau. of Joseph Jackson 
and Elizabeth Piatt Ogden. Their children : 

1. Joseph Jackson, b. 1823. 

2. Abraham, b. 1825, d. 1826. 

3. Ann Eliza, b. 1827, d. 1868. 

4. Susan Electa, b. 1829, m. Dr. Columbus Beach. 

5. Abraham, b. 1831. ■ \ 



332 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SEVENTH GENERATION. . ' 

6. Stephen Jackson, b. 1833, d. 1835. 

7. Samuel S., b. 1835, d. 1889. 

8. Cornelius Van Wyck, b. 1837. 

9. Edmund Drake, b. Sep. 11, 1840, d. Oct. 17, 1896, m. May 27, 1869, Mary 

Darcy. 

Edmund D. Halsey was born in Rockaway, New Jersey, September 11, 1S40. 
His father, Samuel Beach Halsey, was a lawyer in Fishkill, New York, and came to 
Rockaway in 1834. His mother was a daughter of Col. Joseph Jackson of Rock- 
away, whose family were among the early settlers of the county and the owners 
of several of the old forges in the Rockaway Valley. 

Mr. Halsey was fitted for college at Morris Academy and at Phillips 
Academy, Andover (class of 1857). He entered the sophomore class, Princeton, 
1857, and was graduated with honor in i860. He delivered the philosophical oration 
at Commencem.ent. He studied law with his brother. Samuel S. Halsey, until 
August, 1862, when he enlisted as a private in Co. K, 15th Regt.. N. J. Vols.; Jan. 
15, 1863, promoted as sergeant-major in place of John P. Fowler, killed; commis- 
sioned second lieutenant, Co. R, June 19, 1863; commissioned first lieutenant, Co. 
D., July 27, 1863, mustered and detailed as acting adjutant, Aug. 12, 1863; com- 
missioned first lieutenant and adjutant Jan. i, 1864. He was in all the marches and 
engagements of his regiment until he resigned, Jan. i, 1865, on account of his 
health, which he never fully recovered; he served almost continually the last year 
as judge advocate of courts martial when the regiment was in camp. He resumed 
the study of law and was admitted to the bar, November term, 1865; counsellor, 
February term, 1869. He was married May 27, 1869, to Mary Halsey Darcy, 
daughter of Henry G. Darcy, of Newark, and granddaughter of Dr. John S. 
Darcy, formerly of Hanover, in this county. 

He leaves a widow, a son, Edmund D. Halsey, Jr., and daughter, Cornelia 
V. W. Halsey. 

Mr. Halsey is buried in the family plot in the cemetery at Rockaway. 

131514. Abraham A. Halsey, Granada, Miss., b. 1798, d. 1852, son 
of Abraham Halsey and Nancy Beach ; m. Elizabeth LeFlore, Carroll- 
ton, Miss., who d. 1846, dau. of Greenwood LeFlore and . 

Their children : 

1. Martha, b. 1838. 

2. Greenwood LeFlore, b. 1840. 

3. John Beach. 

131515. Silas Dickerson Halsey, South Grand Blanc, Mich., b. 1801, 
d. 1881, son of Abraham Halsey and Nancy Beach; m. 1826, Stella Ann 
Ross, Rockaway, N. J., who was b. 1804, d. 1834, dau. of David Ross 
and Mary Flinchman; m. 2nd, 1835, Ruhama Churchill Pearson, East 
Avon, N. Y., who was b. 181 1, dau. of David Pearson and Huldah 
Churchill. Their children : 

1. David Ross, b. 1827. 

2. William Jackson, b. 1829; d. 1855. . ; 



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SEVENTH GENERATION. 

3. Mary Ann, b. 1831 (Brooklyn, N. Y.). 

4. Samuel Pearson, b. 1833. 

5. Amanda, b. 1835; d. 1841. 

6. David Pearson, b. 1838. 

7. Sarah Jane, b. 1840. 

131521. John R. Halsey, b. 1788, d. 1830, son of Isaac Halsey and 
Mary Clark ; m. 1824, Mary F. R. Winans. Their children : 

I. Stephen Halsey. 

131523. William Halsey, Hanover, N. J., b. 1796, d. 1878; son of 
Isaac Halsey and Mary Clark; m. 1814, Maria Ogilvie. Their children: 

1. William, b. 1816. 

2. Maria, b. 1819; m. William H. Ogilvie. 

3. Peter Ogilvie, b. 1822; d. at Hanover, N. J., Monday, Sept. 12, 1898. 

4. Isaac (289 E. Broadway), b. 1824. 

5. Annie, b. 1827; m. Hunter. 

WEDDING BELLS. 
BENJAMIN— PIERSON. 

Marriage of a greatgrandson of William Halsey and Maria Ogilvie. 

The marriage of Miss Sara Louise, daughter of Mrs. Julia Baker Pierson, 
to Mr. William Halsey Benjamin, occurred on Thursday evening June 23rd, at 
8:30 o'clock, at the home of the bride's mother, Morristown. The ceremony was 
performed by Rev. Albert I. White. 

The bride was married in travelling gown, and the ceremony was witnessed 
by nineteen guests. 

The flowers were beautiful, consisting of palms, ferns, red begonias, hydran- 
geas and daisies, and the corner of the room where the bridal party stood was 
banked to the ceiling with ferns, palms and hydrangeas. The bride came in on arm 
of groom, there being no attendants. Miss Hecht, of Jersey City Heights, played 
the "Bridal Chorus" from Wagner's Lohengrin, and after the ceremony Mendels- 
sohn's wedding march. 

Among the presents was a quantity of old silver, the gift of the bride's 
mother; one piece of which was nearly 200 years old, engraved with a crest bearing 
the motto, "Tandem Vincitin." On account of the serious illness of Peter O. 
Halsey, grandfather of the groom, the wedding trip was postponed.— Madison 
Eagle, July i, 1898. 

DEATH OF MRS. HALSEY. 
She Used to Live in Columbia Street and Look Out on the East River. 
Mrs. Maria Ogilvie Halsey, the widow of William Halsey and daughter of 
Judge Peter Ogilvie, who was a resident of this city over a hundred and fifty 
years ago, died at Afton, Morris county, N. J., on Tuesday, a week ago, aged 
102 years. Her mother's maiden name was Ann De Witt. Mrs. Halsey was born 
in this city on Oct. 3, 1793. and during her childhood and early womanhood was 



334 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

an attendant at the First Presbyterian Church, which at that time stood in Wall 
street between Nassau street and Broadway. She was baptized there on 
Nov. 2, 1793. At the time of her birth the family lived in a handsome house in 
Liberty street, and afterward they moved uptown; that is, to the corner of 
Broadway and Murray street. 

They had a large summer residence bounded on three sides by Sherifif, De- 
lancey, and Columbia streets, where they afterward lived permanently. This 
property is still in possession of the family, and, though large sums were offered 
for it repeatedly, Mrs. Halsey always refused to part with it. During the latter 
years of her life Mrs. Halsey talked often of her life in the old Columbia street 
house. The view from the house to the East River was at that time entirely 
unobstructed, and when the tide was unusually high the water frequently came up 
to the house Mrs. Halsey loved to tell of how she sat on her father's piazza and 
saw the captured British ship Macedonian brought up from the lower bay and 
towed into the Navy Yard. 

Mrs. Halsey's marriage occurred in 1814. Her husband also was a New 
Yorker. He died at Hanover, N. J., Dec. 3, 1878. They lived in this city at the 
corner of East Broadway and Gouverneur street up to 1875, when they moved 
to New Jersey and took up a permanent residence in Morris county 

Mrs. Halsey was a woman of great force of character, and she retained her 
mental faculties up to the time of her death. She inherited a large amount of 
property, a great deal of which she divided among her children during her lifetime. 
She also gave largely to charities. She had five children, Dr. William Halsey, of 
Caldwell, N. J.; Peter O. Halsey, of Hanover; Isaac Halsey, of this city, who 
died in 1889, leaving one son, Edward H. Halsey; Maria, the wife of the late Will- 
iam H. Ogilvie who died in 1887, leaving two children, the late Mrs. Ida Ingersoll 
and Clinton Ogilvie, the landscape painter; and Mrs. Annie O. Hunter, who died 
at Caldwell, N. J., in 1887, leaving one son, Charles Wilfred Hunter. 

Mrs. Halsey was buried at Hanover. She leaves an estate valued at $300,000. 
The executors are ex-Mayor Halsey, of Morristown, N. J., and ex-Mayor Smith 
Ely, of this city.— New York Sun, Dec. 11, 1895. 

131524. Eliza Tucker Halsey, Tappan, N. Y., b. 1799, dau. of Isaac 
Halsey and Mary Clark; m. 1818, William Hunter, who was b. 1786, d. 
1839, son of William Hunter and Susannah Campbell. Their children : 

1. John Halsey, b. 1819 (Brooklyn, N. Y., 331 14th). 

2. Isaac William, b. about 1821. 

3. George Augustus, b. 1824, about. 

4. Charles Henry, b. about 1829. (Caldwell, N. J.) 

5. Edwin Benjamin, b. about 1831. 

6. Theodore Samuel, b. about 1836; d. about 1846. 

131525. Isaac Halsey, Madison, N. J., b. 1801, son of Isaac Halsey 
and Mary Clark; m. 1826, Harriet Ryan, who was b. 1812, d. 1863; 
parents not known ; she was an orphan of 14 years when married ; m. 2nd, 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 335 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

1866, Cornelia Dow, dau. of Hardenburg Dow and Catherine Wagner. 
Their children : 

1. Edmund Ryan, b. 1837. 

2. Marinus Willett, b. 1839; d. 1841. 

3. John Remsen, b. 1842. 

4. Isaac William, b. 1847; d. 1859. 

131526. Charlotte Ludlum Halsey, b. 1804, d. 1824, dau. of Isaac 
Halsey and Mary Clark ; m. 1823, Isaac T. Ludlum. 

131531- John Cook Halsey, N. Y. City, b. 1792 (about), d. 1837, 
son of Jacob Halsey and Jemima Cook; m. 1816, Marion McLean, 
New York City, who d. 1852, dau. of John McLean and Anne McKenzie. 
Their children : 

1. John McLean, b. 1817. 

2. Anne Eliza, b. 1819; d. 1851. 

3. Jacob Stephen, b. 1821; d. 1853. 

4. Caroline Slidell, b. 1823; d. 1862. 

5. Wilson Price Hunt, b. 1826. 

131532. Mary Ailing Halsey, New York City, b. 1795, d. 1872, dau. 
of Jacob Halsey and Jemima Cook; m. 1815, George King Drake, Mor- 
ristown, N. J., who was b. 1788, d. 1837, son of Jacob Drake and Esther 
Dickinson. Their children : 

1. Edmund Burke, b. 1817; d. 1836 (unm.). 

2. Eliza Halsey, b. 1819. 

3. Ann McKenzie, b. 1821; d. 1880. 

4. Mary Louisa, b. 1823. 

5. Marion McLean, b. 1830; d. 1838. 

131534. Stephen Ailing Halsey, Astoria, N. Y., b. 1798, d. 1875, son 
of Jacob Halsey and Jemima Cook; m. 1831, Elizabeth Frances Reboul, 
New York City, who was b. 1804, d. 185 1, dau. of John Baptiste Reboul 
and Elizabeth Hurtin ; m. 2nd, 1853, Elizabeth Hinsdale Goble, Newark, 
N. J., who was b. 1824, dau. of Jabez G. Goble and Emily Seymour Hins- 
dale. Their children : 

1. John Jacob, b. 1832. , 

2. George Augustus, b. 1837. 

3. Stephen Bolles, b. 1839. 'i 

4. William Reboul, b. 1851. 

5. Spencer Goble, b. 1854. 

6. Emily Seymour, b. 1855. 

7. Mary Ailing, b. 1856. 

8. Frank Spencer, b. i86r. 



336 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

131543. Nancy Halsey Robinson, b. 1799, d. 1869, dau. of Elizabeth 
Halsey and Samuel Robinson ; m. 1814, Benjamin Jackson, Belleville, 
O., who was b. 1792, d. 1868, son of Benjamin Jackson and Abigail 
Mitchell. Their children: 

1. Elizabeth Robinson, b. 1816; d. 1875; m. 1831, Abijah Ives Beach. 

2. Susan Halsey, b. 1818; m. 1839, John P. Nichols. 

3. Nancy Ann, b. 1820; m. 1837, Chas. Hoff Beach. 

4. William Robinson, b. 1823; d. 1877; m. 1845, Julia Bowne Williams. 

5. Sarah Robinson b. 1825; d. 1874; m. Jan. 14, 1850, Samuel Beach 

Jackson. 

6. Caroline Cecilia, b. 1827; m. 1847, Bolivar Wells Kellogg. 

7. Henrietta M., b. 1831; d. 1846. 

8. Mary Louisa, b. 1834; d. i860; m. 1858, David Simpson Gray. 

9. Abijah Beach, b. 1838; m. 1868, Eliza Rosalia Stanberry. 
10. Julia Adeline, b. 1842; m. 1861, Lewis John Bonar. 

131652. Amelia Ann Cowperthwaite, b. 18 17 (widow N- Y. City), 

dau. of Benjamin Ely Cowperthwaite and Ann Robinson ; m. 

Chapin ; m. 2nd, Richard Place, So. 4th and Ind., Brooklyn, E. D. 

1 3 1653. George Ely Cowperthwaite, Danbury, Conn., who was b. 
1819, son of Benjamin Ely Cowperthwaite and Ann Robinson; m. 1844, 
Mary Topping, who was b. 1825, dau. of George Washington Topping 
and Prudence Cheney. Their children : 

1. Benjamin Ely, b. 1845. 

2. Leonora Campbell, b. 1846. 

3. Mary Topping, b. 1848. 

4. George Ely, b. 1852. ' < 

5. Annie Robinson, b. 1855. 

6. Gifford George, b. i860; d. 1863. 

131821. EHza Ely, b. 1812, d. 1873, dau. of Moses Benjamin Ely 
and Anna Lawrence; m. 1829, Jonathan Owen Wickes. (Mrs. Blan- 
chard Pearson, Elizabeth, N. J., is Wickes' sister.) Their children : 

1. Thomas Constant. 

2. John Jacob. 

131825. Anna Maria Ely, b. 1819, dau. of Moses Benjamin Ely and 
Anna Lawrence ; m. 1846, James Francis Secor, b. 1816 (house, 5 West 
38th St.), son of Francis Secor and Hannah Carpenter. Their children : 

1. James Francis, b. 1847; m. 1880, Joan Elizabeth Klink. 

2. Thomas Ely, b. 1848. (29 Wall St., h. 5 W. 38th.) 

3. Anna Amelia, b. 1851. 

4. Clara Gonzalez, b. 1853; m. 1877, Frank Dickerson. 

5. Isla Virginia, b. 1855. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 337 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

Mrs. Secor died Oct. 5, 1898, at Pelham Manor, where she had re- 
sided for some years. 

131829. Thomas Constant Ely, b. 1827, son of Moses Benjamin Ely 
and Anna Lawrence ; m, Ann Eliza Sherman. Their children : 
I. Harriet Alexina, b. i860; m. 1881 Walter Ives. 

131821. Susan Emmeline Ely, b. 1831, d. August, 1895, dau. of 
Moses Benjamin Ely and Anna Lawrence; m. 1854, Henry Wellington 
Wilkinson, New York Hotel, N. Y., who was b. 1829, son of Chester 
Wilkinson and . Their children : 

1. Chester Ely, b. 1854, d. 1855. 

2. Anna Louisa, b. 1856; m. 1878 Henry Tarleton Wills. 

3. Frances Ellen, b. 1858; m. 1881 Chas. Gilbert Nichols. 

4. George Ely, b. i860. 

5. James Francis, b. 1861. 

131822. Harriet Ely, b. 1833, dau. of Moses Benjamin Ely and Anna 
Lawrence; m. 1850, Samuel Zachariah Gonzalez, Pensacola, Florida, who 
was b. 1817. No children. 

131011. Moses Ring, son of Elizabeth Ely and George Ring, b. Jan. 
28, 1801, d. Jan. 12, i860, m. Ann Maria Shook, Rhinebeck, N. Y. Their 
children : 

1. Eugene, b. April 2, 1827; m. ist, Sarah A. Hand, d. Feb. 7, 1873; m. 2nd, 

Emma L. Hunt. 

2. Alonzo, b. March 15, 1829; m. Berlinda A. Cramer. 

3. Theron, b. July 7, 1831, d. Nov. 21, 1849. 

4. Elizabeth, b. Nov. 9, 1833; m. George Fellows. 

5. John Shook, b. May 2, 1836. 

6. Cornelia, b. July 16, 1838; m. P. H. Stickle. 

7. Rosalthe Ann, b. Aug. 6, 1841 ; d. Oct. 12, 1842. 

8. George Lewis, b. Oct. 21, 1843; m. Emma Morren. 

131012. George Ring, son of Elizabeth Ely and George Ring, b. 
Oct. 26, 1803, d. June 7, 1837, m. Eunice Smith, b. May 16, 1806, d. 1830. 
Their children ; 

1. Anna Maria, b. Feb. 16, 1828. 

2. Moses Ely, b. Feb. 10, 1830. 

George Ring, after the death of his first wife, married, Dec. 4, 1833, Rox- 
anna Rankin, in the City of Albany. She was born in Littleton, N. H., 
March 12, 181 1. Mr. Ring moved to Michigan about 1834, and died 
in that State. Children : 

3. Eunice Amelia, b. Oct. 20, 1836, in Tecumseh, Geneva Co., Mich.; m. Jas. 

W. Carleton, 5. Jan. 28, 1801, d. Jan. 12, i860. 



338 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

131013- Benjamin Ely Watson, Livingston, N. J., b. 1820, d. June 
7, 1893, son of Elizabeth Ely (Ring) and John Watson; m. 1844, Susan 
Caroline Teed, dau. of David Parker Teed and Elizabeth Force. Their 
children : 

1. Benjamin Ludwick, b. 1846, d. Nov. 20, 1895; m- Emma L. Watson. 

2. Ann Caroline, b. 1848; m. George Carpenter. 

3. William Morris, b. 1851 ; m. Lydia A. Allison. 

4. Susan Elizabeth, b. 1853; m. Charles Ellis Cook. 

Benjamin Ludwick Watson died on Wednesday, Nov. 20, 1895, ^t his resi- 
dence, 301 McDonough St., Brooklyn, in the soth year of his age. 

131014. William Williamson Watson, Livingston, N. J., b. 1822, 
son of Elizabeth Ely (Ring) and John Watson ; d. Oct., 1901 ; m, 1846, 
Nancy Benedict Teed, b. 1823, dau. of David Parker Teed and Elizabeth 
Force. Their children: 

1. John Parker, b. 1847; m. ist, Laura Pringle; m. 2nd, Emily Neely. 

2. Maria Louisa, b 1849; m. Moses Ely Ingersoll. 

3. William Ely, b. 1852. 

4. Sarah Elizabeth, b. 1854; m. 1876, Charles W. Blodgett. 

131021. Rebecca Ely, Newark, N. J., b. 1817, d. Apr. 28, 1899, dau. 
of Abram Halsey Ely and Emma Samo; m. 1836, Charles Shourt, New 
York City, who was b. 1813, d. 1845, son of Oliver Shourt and Elizabeth 
. Their children : 

1. Emma Ely, b. Dec. 17, 1839, d. Sept. 30, 1893; m. Aug. 1864, Geo. 

Garrabrant. 

2. Elizabeth, b. May, 1842, d. July, 1882; m. May, 1870, Benjamin Schultz. 

3. Charles Henry, b. March, 1844, d. March 27, 1877; m. in 1865 Amelia 

Miller. 

Mrs. Rebecca Ely Shourt died at her residence, 202 Littleton Ave., 
Newark, N. J., on Friday, April 28, 1899, and is interred in the Ely 
family cemetery at Livingston, N. J. 

(Mr. Hedden, who furnishes much information, refers to Benjamin 
Schultz, Plain St., near William, Newark, N. J., for further details.) 

131023. Sarah Samo Ely, Morrisania, N. Y., b. 1822, d. 1870, dau. 
of Abram Halsey Ely and Emma Samo; m. 1845, Alexander Augustus 
Folmar, Morrisania, N. Y., who was b. 1822, d. i860, son of John Folmar 
and Mary Berry. Their children : 

1. Mary Emma, b. 1846; m. Dec. 7, 1869 William Nesbitt. 

2. Edward Henry, b. 1850; m. 1870 Elizabeth Ritchie. 

3. Sara Augusta, b. 1857 ; m. Nov. 1880, Louis F. Hurd. 

4. Albert, b. 1859. 

(Mrs. Mary Nesbit, Summer Place, Woodside, N. J., may give 
names, dates, etc., of children married.) 

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b. 1825, d. December, 1880, son of Abram Halsey Ely and Emma Samo; 
m. 1854, Delia Maria Rose, Burton, O., who was b. 1835, dau. of John 
Henry Rose and Rachel Peffers. Their children : 

1. John Henry. 

2. Delia. 

131025. Moses Ely, St. Louis, Mo., b. 1828, son of Abram Halsey 
Ely and Emma Samo; m. 1853, Emma Heaton Scott, Carrollton, 111., 
who was b. 1833, dau. of William Scott and Harriette A. Tennyson. 
Their children : 

1. Elizabeth, b. 1854. I^^i^g 

2. Charles Edward, b. 1854- j ^^'°'" 

3. Lewis Bell b. 1856; d. 1858. 

4. James Hart, b. 1858. 

5- William Douglass, b. i860; d. 1S73. 

131027. Elizabeth Watson Ely, Toms River, N. J., b. 1833, dau. of 
Abram Halsey Ely and Emma Samo; m. 1853, Samuel Charles Jen- 
nings, Toms River. N. J., who was b. 1828, son of Charles Harris Jen- 
nings and Phebe Robertson Burnet. Their children : 

1. Adelaide Ely, b. 1855; d. 1887; m. 1878, Moses Ely Halsey. 

2. Halsey, b. 1862. 

3. Myra Dodd, b. 1866; d. 1873. 

4. Delia, b. 1867; m. W. B. Ayres. 

131028. Adelaide Gertrude Ely, East Orange, N. J., b. 1837, dau. of 
Abram Halsey Ely and Emma Samo ; m. 1856, Robert Larter, England, 
who was b. 1831, son of Robert Larter and Jane Racy. Their children: 

1. Jennie Louise, b. 1857; d. Oct. i, 1899. 

2. Lucie Florence, b. 1859. 

3. Roland, b. 1863; m. April 18, 1894, Harriet Wilson. 

4. Caroline Hedden, b. 1865; m. Feb. 19, 1890, John Birks Scarlett. 

5. Annie Grammer, b. 1868. 

6. Arthur Ely, b. 1871. 

7. Edward Alan, b. 1874. 

8. Gertrude Ely, b. 1878. 

131029. Anna Maria Ely, East Orange, N. J., b. 1839, dau. of 
Abram Halsey Ely and Emma Samo ; m. 1866, Miles Obed Grammer, 
St. Louis, Mo., who was b. 1832, d. 1871, son of John Grammer and 
Melinda Nimmo. No children. 

131030. Caroline Stagg Ely, East Orange, N. J., b. 1842, dau. of 
Abram Halsey Ely and Emma Samo; m. 1863, Jotham Edgar Hedden, 



340 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

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East Orange, N. J., who was b. 1841, son of Jotham Hedden and Eliza 
Jeffreys. Their children: 

I. Mary Adelaide, b. 1864; m. June 14, 1888, Avery Fayette Cu&hman. 

HEDDEN. — Suddenly, on Wednesday, April 5, Jotham E. Hedden. 

Funeral services at his late residence, 228 Jefferson Ave., Brooklyn, on 

Saturday, April 8, at eleven o'clock A. M. Interment at East Orange.— 

Herald, April 7, 1899. 

131231- Eugene Ely, eldest son of Moses Ely, 13103, and Eliza 
Coleman, was b. in 181 5. 

He m. 1843, Martha Ann Newhall, of Salem, Mass., b. 1818. They 
had five children. 

Mr. Ely died Sept. 23, 1881. His wife d. at Yonkers, N. Y., July 26, 
1897, at the home of her son, Cheever Newhall Ely. 

The parents of Mrs. Ely were Isaac Newhall and Sally Lewis. 

1. Anna Newhall, b. 1846; d. 1851. 

2. Cheever Newhall, b. 1848; m. May, 1883, Madeleine Wright. 

3. Maria Wales, b. 1853; d. 1890. 

4. Alfred Post, b. 1855; d. 1858. 

5. Mary Eugenia, b. i860; d. 1889; m. 1886, Sidney Caldicott Chubb. 

131033. Delia Ely, dau. of Moses Ely, 13103, and Eliza Coleman, 
was b. about 1819, and d. about 1879. 

Delia Ely m. Alfred Post in 1840. They had six children. 

1. Alfred, b. 1842; d. about 1845. 

2. James Clarence, b. 1844; d. 1896; m. 1892, Anna Pultz. 

3. Eugene Ely, b. 1846; m. about 1873, Ella Jennings. 

4. William Wisner. 

5. John Augustus, said to be married; wife's name not obtained. 

6. Elizabeth Coleman, b. i860; m. about 1889, Herbert L. Eldred, of El- 

dred, Sullivan Co., N. Y. 

The parents of Alfred Post were David Post and Eleanor Wisner. 
Alfred was b. in 181 1. 

131035. John Cole Ely, New York City (242 Fifth Ave.), b. Sept. 
30, 1823, son of Moses Ely, 13103, and Eliza Coleman; m. Apr. 23, 1857, 
Lucy Slade, who was b. 1836, dau. of John Slade and Lucy Lord. John 
Cole Ely d. at New Haven, Conn., on Friday, Jan. 7, 1898, in the 75th 
year of his age, and is interred in Greenwood Cemetery, N. Y. Their 
children : 

I. John Slade, b. Dec. 4, i860; m. Grace Taylor, April 29. 1893. 

"In 1897 Prof. John Slade Ely, of New York City, was elected to the vacant 
professorship of the Theory and Practice of Medicine in Yale University, and is 
expected to begin his duties in the fall. Prof. Ely was graduated at the Scientific 




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School in 1881, and received his further medical education in New York City and 
in Germany. He is now professor in the Woman's Medical College in New York 
City, and has made an enviable reputation for proficiency in the pathological basis 
of medicine." 

131037- Smith Ely, Newburg, N. Y., b. Apr. 28, 1828, ci. Feb. 27, 
1896, son of Moses Ely and Eliza Coleman ; m. Oct. 25, 1870, Gertrude 

Hardy, who was b. 1839, dan. of Charles William Hardy and . 

Their children : 

1. Moses, b. Jan. lo, 1874. 

2. Charles Hardy, b. Aug. 16, 1875. 

3. Smith, b. Feb. 12, 1877. 

4. Gertrude, b. Feb. 15, 1882. 

Dr. Ely was a man of distinction and acknowledged ability in his profession. 
His obituary printed in the Herald states that "Dr. Smith Ely, for many years a 
leading physician and surgeon in Newburg, died Feb. 2T, of heart disease, sixty- 
eight years old. He studied medicine in this city, London and Paris. For a time 
he was one of the resident physicians at the Emigrants' Hospital, Ward's Island, 
and afterward made several voyages as surgeon on the steamer Franklin, between 
New York and Havre. He had been a director of the Highland National Bank 
since 1875."— N. Y. Herald, Feb. 28, 1896. 

131038. Moses Ely, youngest son of Moses Ely, 13 103, and Eliza 
Coleman, was b. Jan. 31, 1830. He was a prominent lawyer in practice 
in New York City for many years, acquired a competency, and was highly 
esteemed in the legal profession. He m. Augusta P. Brown, Oct. 17, 
1855. Moses Ely d. Oct. 24, 1884. 

Augusta P. Brown was b. at Newburgh, N. Y., in 1832, and was 
the dau. of John Brown and his wife, Frances Ludlow. Their children : 

I. Eliza Josephine, b. Apr. 6, 1857; m. Dec. 4, 1884, Albert S. Thayer. 
131041. Anna Maria Ely, Linneus, Mo., b. Sept. 29, 1823, d. Dec, 

1891, dau. of Benjamin Ely and Eliza Bell; m. 1845, Alton Franklin 
Martin, Linneus, Mo., who was b. 1812, son of Lewis Martin and Mary 
Jones. Their children : 

1. A.nn Eliza, b. 1846; m. 1863, John McCormack Neece. 

2. Lewis Ely, b. 1847; m. Sallie Wykoff. 

3. Ellen, b. 1849; m. A. J. Stannard. 

4. Virginia Newell, b. 1851; d. 1851. 

5. John Mason Peck, b. 1852; m. Katherine Hitt. 

6. Caroline Hull, b. 1855; d. 1879. 

7. Alton Franklin, b. 1857; m. Susan Hubbard. 

8. Charles Fuller, b. 1859. 

9. Theodosia Ernest, b. 1861. 
10. Grace Truman, b. 1864. 

II. Daisy Dean, b. 1867; m. Glenn Stannard. 



342 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

13 1042. Lewis Bell Ely, Carrollton, Mo., b. May 18, 1825, d. June 
18, 1897, son of Benjamin Ely and Eliza Bell; m. 1849, Martha Henry 
Herndon, who was b. 1831, dau. of James Herndon and Ann Reed Per- 
kins. Their children : 

1. Smith, b. 1850; m. 1874, Josephine Gillespie. 

2. Mary Elizabeth, b. 1852, m. G. G. Parry. 

3. Anna Bell, b. 1855, m. William Roscoe Thomas. 

4. James Herndon, b. 1857. 

We quote from "The Central Baptist" of St. Louis, June 24, 1897, 
the following on the death of Brother Ely : 

Lewis B. Ely was born in Frankfort, Ky., in May, 1825, and was therefore 
a little more than 72 years old when he died. At the age of 13 he came with his 
parents to Carroll Co., Mo., where the rest of his life has been spent. At the age 
of 16 he was converted and united with the Carrollton Baptist Church, of which 
he has been a member for 56 years. He lived a life that shined with increasing 
radiance all the way to the end. His heart grew riper and carried more of heav- 
en's sunshine as the days went on. Some men are endowed with one or two gifts 
which enable them to attain success in a particular calling but do not fit them 
for other places. Brother Ely was a well rounded man. As a hired boy in a store 
he made himself capable of becoming a partner and a proprietor. He prospered 
in the management of a large business without becoming sordid or worldly. He 
allowed nothing secular to overshadow or suppress his religious life. He was so 
deeply in love with life and duty, and right doing was so thoroughly the habit 
of his life that it was the easiest and most natural thing for him to do good. Long 
since he passed the point where he had to hold a debate with his will when ques- 
tions of duty presented themselves. His heart never grew old. He loved chil- 
dren, and was the loved superintendent of his church Sunday-school for more 
than 20 years, giving it up only because a larger work for the Lord called him 
from home. For a number of years he was President of the Missouri Baptist 
Sunday School Convention and greatly promoted its interests. He always carried 
in his pockets beautiful cards with wholesome mottoes, giving them out to old 
and young, selecting those which wisely fitted each case. Since its formation he 
has been moderator of the Missouri Valley Association, and has helped it into an 
efficient organization. Three times he was moderator of the General Association, 
and was Vice President of the Southern Baptist Convention. 

Perhaps the largest service he has rendered the denomination in an official 
way and the world at large was through his connection with William Jewell Col- 
lege. It was in honor of his splendid service that the Ely Hall was erected some 
years ago, and by it his name will be perpetuated in the college life. 

Some years ago he prepared the Berean Bible Readings, and at his own 
expense he published and gave out thousands of these little tracts. 

Bro. Ely was a good and great man. His goodness made him great. His 
heart was tender, his impulses were pure, his motives were energetic and his 
aspirations were noble. He was an inspiration to young and old alike, and was 
every man's friend. No man has ever lived among Missouri Baptists who filled 
so important a place in our denominational life, who touched with a helping hand 




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SO many of our enterprises or who impressed himself so thoroughly upon all 
people. Every Baptist home in Missouri was open to his coming, and every hand 
was glad to grasp his. There is universal mourning over his death, and he will 
be sadly missed in all our gatherings and councils. On Wednesday afternoon of 
this week he is to be laid to rest at his home in Carrollton. 

13 1046. Robert Cochran Ely, Carrollton, Mo., b. Oct. 10, 1838, son 
of Benjamin Ely and Martha Washington Allen Higgins ; m. 1865, 
Clara Ann Cosby, who was b. 1843, d^-^- o^ Wingfield Minor Cosby and 
Mary Reed Strange. Their children : 

1. Edward Cosby, b. 1866; m. Lilly Jewell. 

2. Benjamin, b. 1868; d. 1869. 

3. Mary Reed, b. 1869. 

4. Frank Black, b. 1873. 

5. Mattie May, b. 1875; m. Thomas S. Ballew. 

131047. Frank Ely, St. Louis, Mo. (501-5 No. 5th), b. Aug. 8, 1842, 
d. Feb. 14, 1890, son of Benjamin Ely and Martha Washington Allen 
Higgins; m. 1873, Clara Daniel, Hardinsburg, Ky., who was b. 1847, 
dau. of Vivian Daniel and Vitula McCreary. Their children : 

1. Lewis Benjamin, b. 1873; m. April, 1894, Gertrude Amy Jordon. 

2. Vivian Daniel, b. 1875. 

3. Tula McCreary, b. 1877. 

4. Mildred, b. 1880. 

5. Clara, b. 1883; d. 1896. 

The following notice appeared in the New York papers on the occa- 
sion of Mr. Ely's sudden death : 

Frank Ely, of the Ely & Walker Dry Goods Company of St. Louis, Mo., 
died of pneumonia at the Murray Hall Hotel in this city early on Friday morn- 
ing. He was forty-seven years old, was born in Kentucky, and was brought up 
by his brother, of the firm of Hill & Ely, at Carrollton, Mo. He then went to 
St. Louis, where he entered the employ of the firm of Crow & McCreary, dry 
goods merchants, as a clerk. The name of the firm was subsequently changed to 
that of Crow, Hargadine & Co. Mr. Ely married a niece of Senator McCreary, 
and was admitted to membership in the firm. Later Mr. Walker was taken 
into partnership, and the firm became Ely, Walker & Co. In 1886, Mr. Ely 
reorganized the firm into a corporation, under its present name, and it has been 
regarded as the leading dry goods establishment in that city. 

Mr. Ely came to this city three weeks ago and was suddenly seized with a 
chill while at dinner. His wife was telegraphed for and immediately came on and 
nursed him. He seemed to rally, but suffered a relapse. He leaves a widow and 
five children. His remains were taken on Friday evening to St. Louis, and the 
funeral will take place this afternoon from the Third Baptist Church there. The 



344 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

dead merchant was a cousin of ex-Mayor Ely of New York, and his elder brother, 
Louis B. Ely, is the Vice-President of the American Baptist Missionary Society. 

OBITUARY.— Mr. Frank Ely, president of the Ely & Walker Dry Goods 
Company, of St. Louis, Mo., died at the Murray Hill Hotel this morning (Fri- 
day), at 1:45 o'clock. He had been sick since Jan. 22 of pneumonia. His wife 
arrived on the 2Sth ult. and nursed him tenderly and carefully to the end. She 
left with the remains for St. Louis at 6 P. M., the same day, accompanied by some 
relatives. Many of Mr. Ely's personal friends volunteered to go to St. Louis 
with the remains, but the offer was declined. Mr. Ely was one of the most 
widely known and most respected merchants holding business connections with 
this city, and his death cast a deep gloom over the market. Mr. Ely was about 
47 years of age. He started in business in 1S64 with the firm of Crow, McCreary 
& Co., afterwards Crow, Hargadine & Co., into which firm he was admitted as a 
partner and remained up to the present time, his firm uniting with Mr. Walker, 
under the name of Ely, Walker & Co., which was changed into a corporation in 
1886, under the present title. They were doing a large and steadily increasing 
business, and enjoying reputation second to none for prosperity and business in- 
tegrity. — New York "Times," Sunday, Feb. 16, 1890. 

1 3 1048. Mildred Ely, Carrollton, Mo., b. Jan. 5, 1844, dau. of Ben- 
jamin Ely and Martha Washington Allen Higgins; m. 1868, William 
Johnson Montgomery, Carrollton, Mo., who was b. 1825, d. 1897, son of 
William Montgomery and Mary Johnson, No children. 

131053. William Henry Ely, New York City, b. May 14, 1829, son 
of Epaphras Cook Ely and Julia Ann Kitchell ; m. Aug. 30, 1864, Maria 
Josephine Rogers, dau. of Abel Hardenbrook Rogers and Caroline 
Gaines. Their children : 

1. Julia, b, June 21, 1865; m. Nov. 3, 1888, Chas. A. Smylie. 

2. Alice, b. March 10, 1867; m. June i, 1893, Dr. P. F. Chambers. 

13 1055. Maria Louise Ely, New York City, dau. of Epaphras Cook 
Ely and Julia Ann Kitchell ; m. Oct. 14, 1868, George Burritt Vanderpoel, 
607 Fifth Ave., New York City, who was b. Aug. 29, 1846, son of Jacob 
Vanderpoel and Catherine Ann Waldron. Their children : 

1. Julia Louise, b. July 31, 1870; d. Dec. 28, 1874. 

2. Catharine Ann, b. June 11, 1872; d. Aug. 18, 1872. 

3. Ambrose Ely, b. August 9, 1875. 

131061. Mary Eliza Halsey, New York City, b. 1817, d. 1844, dau. 
of Sarah Ely and Abraham Halsey; m. 1840, William Plummer, Brook- 
lyn, N. Y. Their children : 

I. Abraham Halsey, b. 1842 

131062. Rebecca Ely Halsey, New York City, b. 1819, d. Jan. 12, 
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b. 1815, New York City, 58 Beekman, 105 East 21st St., son of James 
H. Ingersoll. Lorin Ingersoll d. Aug. 27, 1889. Their children : 

1. James Harvey, b. 1839; m- 1871, Ida Maria Ogilvie. 

2. Moses Ely, b. 1841; m. 1874, Maria Louisa Watson. 

3. William Halsey, b. 1844; m. Kate Bloomer. 

4. Mary Eliza, b. 1847; m. 1868, Alexander Taylor Compton. 

5. Sarah Maria, b. 1849; m. 1868, Garret Van Antwerp De Graff. 

6. Lorin, b. 1852; d. unm. 

7. John E., b. 1857; m. Elizabeth Jones. 

8. Lorin, b. i860; lost at sea on the voyage to China. 

131063. Isaac Halsey, New York City, b. 1821, son of Sarah Ely 
and Abraham Halsey; m. 1846, Sarah Maria Watson (see page 215), 
New York City (Wall St. and Cottage Ave., Morrisania) (131015), b. 
1826, d. July 3, 1896, dau. of Elizabeth Ely and John Watson. Children: 

1. Elizabeth Watson, b. 1847. 

2. William Henry, b. 1849. 

3. George Washington, b. 1851. 

4. Anna Maria, b. 1853. 

5. Sarah, b. i860. 

131064. Moses Ely Halsey, Livingston, N. J., b. 1823, d. May 31, 
1893, son of Sarah Ely and Abraham Halsey; m. 1850, Adelia Maria 
Teed, Livingston, N. J., who was b. 1830, d. Sept. 6, 1897, dau. of David 
Parker Teed and Elizabeth Force. Their children : 

1. Ida Maria, b. 1852; d. 1872. 

2. Moses Ely, b. 1853; m. 1878, Adelaide Ely Jennings. 

OBITUARY— MRS. ADELIA M. HALSEY. 
Mrs. Adelia M., widow of the late Moses E. Halsey, died at her home, in 
Livingston, at an early hour on Tuesday morning. She leaves an only son, Moses 
E. Halsey, well known in business circles in New York City. Mrs. Halsey was 
widely known and esteemed. Her brother, Andrew Teed, was Sheriff of Essex 
County during the latter part of the sixties. Among the widely extended friend- 
ships of Mrs. Halsey were many persons of distinction. Mrs. Halsey was con- 
nected with old families in New Jersey and New York. In early life she joined the 
Baptist Church and was a constant and earnest Christian. She was held in 
high esteem by the people of Livingston, among whom she made her home. 

131071. Adelaide Ely, 24 East 42d St., New York. dau. of Smith 
Ely and Abigail Belknap Bartlett ; m. 1856, Leonard Wales Goddard. 
son of George Calvin Goddard and Catherine Susan Staples. Their 
children : 

1. Smith Ely, b. 1857; m. 1883, Alice Sutton Whitney. 

2. Catherine Maud Staples, b. 1858; m. April 4, 1884, Prince Charles 

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131091. Joseph Henry Kitchell, Hanover Neck, N. J., b. 1828, son 
of Anna Maria Ely and Joseph Kitchell; m. Fanny Gaines, of Troy, 
N. J., dau. of Marcus D. L. Gaines and Ewen. Their children : 

1. Helen, m. 1895, Walter Herbert Gaines Beach. 

2. Edith, b. 1875. 

3. Grace. 

131093- Ambrose Ely Kitchell, Madison, N. J., b. 1835, d. 1890, son 
of Anna Maria Ely and Joseph Kitchell; m. i860, Josephine E. 
Meeker, Afton, N. J., dan. of Daniel Meeker and Sarah Richards. Their 
children : 

1. Daniel Meeker, b. 1862, d. June 29, 1891. 

2. Maria Ely, b. 1868, m. 1893, Jacob Ewing Ward. 

Obituary notice of Mrs. Ambrose Kitchell, from the Madison "Eagle" of 
Friday, April 2, 1897: 

Mrs. Ambrose E. Kitchell, who died last week in New York at the home of 
her daughter, Mrs. Ward, 47 West Eleventh St., was a life-long resident of this 
vicinity. She had been ill a few days with pneumonia, and her death was a great 
shock to a large circle of friends. Her husband, who was one of the first com- 
muters on the Morris & Essex road, and one of the oldest merchants in "The 
Swamp," died a few years ago, and her only son died suddenly shortly after. 
Mrs. Ward is the sole surviving child. Mr. and Mrs. Kitchell bought and built 
on the property now owned by T. A. Stemmler, Esq. Since selling that their 
home has been with Mrs. Kitchell's brothers, the Messrs. Meeker. Mrs. Kitchell 
was a member of the Presbyterian Church of Madison, and a woman of most 
noble and unselfish character. 

(From the New York "Times," March 27, 1897.) 
Mrs. Josephine Meeker Kitchell, died Thursday, after a short illness, from 
pneumonia, at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Jacob E. Ward, 47 West Eleventh 
Street. Her husband, Ambrose E. Kitchell, who died eight years ago, was one 
of the oldest merchants in "The Swamp," being a member of the firm of Ely, 
Vanderpoel & Kitchell. The family home was formerly at Madison, N. J., but 
after the death of Mr. Kicthell his widow lived with her daughter in this city. 
Mrs. Kitchell had a wide circle of friends. Funeral services will be held at the 
residence at 11 o'clock this morning and burial will be in Madison. 

1 3 1094. George Ring Kitchell, Hanover, N. J., b. 1839, son of 
Anna Maria Ely and Joseph Kitchell; m. 1867, Sarah Clara Squier, 
Livingston, N. J., b. 1844, dau. of John Squier and Mary Munn. Their 
children : 

I. John Henry, b. 1871. 
132621. Reuben Lord, Stapleton, S. L, b. 1816, son of Reuben Lord 

and Sarah Morgan ; m. A E . Their children : 

I. Esther, b. 1854, d. 1879. 



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132622. Sarah Elizabeth Lord, Lyme, Conn., b. 1819, dau. of 
Reuben Lord and Sarah Morgan ; m. 1839, Allen Griffin, Lyme, Conn., 
b. 1813, son of Allen Willey Griffin and Phebe Smith. Their children : 

1. Ellen Moore, b. 1841. 

2. Allen Josiah, b. 1843. 

3. Eliza Morgan, b. 1844, d. 1863. 

4. Reuben Lord, b. 1847, Hartford, Conn. 

5. David, b. 1853, d. 1859. 

6. Edward David, b. 1859. 

132623. Josiah Morgan Lord, b. 1821, d. 1879, son of Reuben Lord 
and Sarah Morgan; m. 1851, Mary Elizabeth Anderson (21 1682), who 
was b. 1832, dau. of Marsh Ely Anderson and Mary Kissam. No 
children. 

13273 1. Nancy Warner, Lenox, Ashtabula Co., O., b. 1808, dau. of 
Jonathan Warner and Nancy Frethy; m. 1825, Archibald Holman, who 
d. 1879. 

132733. Jonathan Warner, Jefferson, O., b. 1812, son of Jonathan 
Warner and Nancy Frethy ; m. 1839, Lydia Allen, who d. 1843 5 ^n. 2nd, 
1848, Katherine Krum. 

132734. Phebe Warner, Cleveland, O., b. 1815, dau. of Jonathan 
Warner and Nancy Frethy; m. 1855, John B. King. 

132735. Adeline Warner, b. 1818, dau. of Jonathan Warner and 
Nancy Frethy ; m. 1839, Rufus P. Ranney, Euclid Ave., Cleveland, O. 

132736. Jane Warner, Lenox, Ashtabula Co., O., b. 1820, dau. of 
Jonathan Warner and Nancy Frethy; m. 1841, George Starr, who d. 
1875. (Resides with Mrs. Nancy Holman, 13273 1). 

132737. Louisa Warner, b. 1823, dau. of Jonathan Warner and 
Nancy Frethy ; m. 1844, Charles S. Simonds, Jefferson, O. 

132738. George Warner, b. 1825, d. 1877, son of Jonathan Warner 
and Nancy Frethy; m. 1872, Matilda Burdett. Their children: 

1. Jessie Louise, b. 1873. 

2. George, b. 1874. 

132739. Isabella Warner, b. 1827, dau. of Jonathan Warner and 
Nancy Frethy; m. 1848, Monroe C. Moore, who d. 1850; m. 2nd, 1855, 
John Ducro, Ashtabula, O. 

132730. Francis H. Warner, Carver, Carver Co., Minn., b. 1831, 
son of Jonathan Warner and Nancy Frethy; m. 1859, Jane Mitchell. 
Their children : 

1. Adeline C, b. i860. 

2. Francis H., b. 1862. 



348 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

3. Phebe J., b. 1869. 

4. Jane S., b. 1877. 

132731. Charles Ely Warner, Jefferson, Ashtabula Co., O., b. 1834, 
son of Jonathan Warner and Nancy Frethy ; m. 1867, E. Mary Butcher. 
Their children : 

1. Marion E., b. 1868. 

2. Cornelia A., b. 1869. 

132742, Sarah Warner, b. 1820, dan. of Ely Warner and Sarah 
Ward Warner; m. 1848, Daniel Silliman, Chester, Conn., who was b. 
1816, son of Samuel Silliman and Anne Shipman. Their children : 

1. Frederick William, b. 1850. 

2. Sarah Ann, b. 1852, d. 1873. 

3. Kate Warner, b. 1856. 

4. Carrie Roberts, b. 1858. 

132744. George Washington Warner, Chester, Conn., b. 1827, son 
of Ely Warner and Sarah Ward ; m. i860, Clara Drusilla Wilcox, Had- 
dam. Conn., b. 1840, dau. of Ebenezer Wilcox and Alma Eliza Hubbard. 
Their children : 

1. Nellie Eudoria, b. 1861. 

2. William Andrew, b. 1863. 

3. Agnes Fidelia, b. 1865. 

4. Lilian Alida, b. 1867. 

5. Edith Adele, b. 1872. 

6. Louis Ely, b. 1874. 

132746. Hepsibah Ely Warner, b. 1832, dau. of Ely Warner and 
Sarah Ward Warner; m. 1853, Henry Russell, who was b. 1830. son of 
Samuel Russell and Temperance Squire. Their children : 

1. Fanny Gertrude, b. 1854. 

2. Caroline Squire, b. 1856. 

132748. Anne Warner, b. 1838, dau. of Ely Warner and Sarah Ward 
Warner; m. 1870, Jarvis Smith, who was b. 1840, son of Joseph Smith 
and Charlotte Ray. Their children : 

1. Jared Ely, b. 1870. 

2. Susie, b. 1872. 

3. Jonathan Warner, b. 1874. 

4. Anne, b. 1877. 

5. Jasper, b. 1880. 

132811. Sally Colt, dau. of Emily Brown and Dodger Colt; m. 
Congdon, Lyme, Conn, 



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SEVENTH GENERATION. 

1 328 1 2. Elizabeth Emily Colt, dau. of Emily Brown and Dodger 
Colt ; m. Shobe, Lung Creek, W. Va. 

132911. Louisa Nancy Hungerford, Hadlyme, Conn., b. 1820, dau. 
of Joseph Ely Hungerford and Nancy Anderson; m. 1847, Horace 
Burr, Wilmington, Del, who was b. 1817, son of Noah Piatt Burr and 
Rebecca Bulkley. Their children : 

1. Ellen Louisa, b. 1848. 

2. Anna Elizabeth, b. 1851, d. 1861. 

3. Mary Sophia, b. 1853. • 

4. Lilian Emmeline, b. 1856. 

5. Clara Amelia, b. 1858. 

6. William Hungerford, b. 1859. 

7. Alice Spencer, b. 1861. 

8. Eliza Hooker, b. 1863. 

132912. Deborah Church Hungerford, Hadlyme, Conn., b. 1822, 
d. 1859, dau. of Joseph Ely Hungerford and Nancy Anderson; m. 1855, 
Samuel Conklin Magna, Westbrook, Conn., who was b. 1819, d. 1874, 
son of Joseph Nicholas Magna and Lydia Post. Their children : 

I. Maria Isabelle, b. 1857. 
132915. Joseph William Hungerford, Hadlyme, Conn., b. 1826, son 
of Joseph Ely Hungerford and Nancy Anddrson; m. 1864, Sarah 
Frances Warner, Mount Pleasant, Mich., who was b. 1835, dau. of 
William Henry Warner and Sarah Canfield. No children. 

132981. Robert Elijah Day, Hartford, Conn., b. 1828, son of Re- 
becca Ely Hungerford and Elijah Day; m. i860, Harriet North Green, 
Hartford, Conn., who was b. 1830, d. 1863, dau. of Benjamin Wyatt 
Green and Eunice North Woodrufif. Their children : 

I. Harriet Greene, b. 1864. 

132982. Norman Day, Norwich, Conn., b. 1830, son of Rebecca 
Ely Hungerford and Elijah Day; m. 1859, EHza Boies, Chester, Conn., 
who was b. 1834, dau. of Jarvis Boies and Nancy Gibbs. Their children : 

1. Nellie Boies, b. 1867. 

2. Edward Norman, b. 1870. 

132983. Sarah Maria Day, Hadlyme, Conn., b. 1832, dau. of Re- 
becca Ely Hungerford and Elijah Day; m. 1854, Francis Edwin Gates, 
Hadlyme, Conn., who was b. 1827, son of Urson Gates and Huldah 
Williams. Their children : 

1. Charles Day, b. 1855. 

2. William Edwin, b. 1857. 

3. Justin James, b. 1862. 



350 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

4. Elizabeth Matilda, b. 1865. 

5. Ellen Maria, b. 1867. 

132984. Albert Day, Louisville, Ky., b. 1835, son of Rebecca Ely 
Hungerford and Elijah Day; m. 1865, Kate Emily Webb, Chester, 
Conn., who was b. 1836, d. 1866, dati. of Philip Smith Webb and Emily 
Smith Ventres; m. 2nd, 1869, Susan Slade (Sterling), Baltimore, Md., 
who d. 1875; m. 3rd, 1876, SalHe de Vere Wiggins, BaUimore, Md. 
Their children : 

I. Eliza Potter, b. 1872. 

132985. Almon Day, Hadlyme, Conn., b. 1838, son of Rebecca Ely 
Hungerford and Elijah Day; m. 1862, Augusta Ann Brockway, Lyme, 
Conn., who was b. 1843, dau. of Joseph Smith Brockway and Mary 
Sophia Brockway. Their children : 

1. Mary Louisa, b. 1863. 

2. Charles Elijah, b. 1866. 

3. Ella Maria, b. 1868. 

132986. William Henry Day, Hadlyme, Conn., b. 1840, son of Re- 
becca Ely Hungerford and Elijah Day; m. 1863, Jane Maria Rogers, 
Millington, Conn., who was b. 1844, d. 1866, dau. of Erastus Rogers and 
Ann Beebe; m. 2nd, 1869, Emma Ann Banning, Hadlyme, Conn., who 
was b. 1853, d. 1876, dau. of George Ransom Banning and Celinda 
Keeney. Their children : 

1. Anna Clarissa, b. 1865. 

2. Albert Ansel, b. 1870. 

3. Almon Hungerford, b. 1874. 

132987. Matilda Day, Hadlyme, Conn., b. 1844, dau. of Rebecca 
Ely Hungerford and Elijah Day ; m. 1868, Joseph Benjamin Brockway, 
Hadlyme, Conn., who was b. 1842, son of Ezra Chapel Brockway and 
Lucy Ann Howard. Their children : 

I. George Day, b. 1869. 
133112. Minerva Ely, Cold Water, Mich., dau. of Richard Ely and 
Sally Comstock; m. Albert L. Porter. 

133124. Reuben Swift Smith, Hartwellville, Mich., b. 1807, son of 
Betsy Ely and Jabez Swift Smith; m. 1831, Harriet Newell Farlin, who 
was b. 1812, d. 1838; m. 2nd, 1840, Sarah Ann Farlin, who was b. 1818, 
d. 1842; m. 3rd, 1843, Ruth Cassidy, b. 1825, d. 1845; m. 4th, Eliza 
Shoemaker, who was b. 1823, d. i860. (The family record does not give 
the names of wives' parents.) Their children : 

I. Peter Nimrod, b. 1832; m. ist, 1853, Margaret Morehouse; m. 2nd, 1856, 
Eunice Cordelia Howard. 



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SEVENTH GENERATION. 

2. Mary Olivia, b. 1835; m. ist, 1855, Hiram Cutter Dennis; m. 2nd, 1871, 

Henry Peter Vosburgh. 

3. Harriet Newell, b. 1841; m. Purdy. 

4. Olive Sarah, b. 1845; ni. 1867, Warren Barnum. 

5. Frank Marion, b. 1856; m. 1879, Addie Edgecomb. 

1 33 1 29. Whitley Johnson Smith, Logan, N. Y. (will respond for 
family), b. 1819, son of Jabez Swift Smith and Betsy Ely; m. 1842, Olive 
Louisa Smith, Hector, N. Y., who was b. 1817, d. 1844, dau. of Chauncey 
W. Smith and Hester Smith; m. 2nd, 1856, Mary Auble, who was b. 
1829, dau. of John Auble and Mary V. Mount. Their children : 

1. Hester Elizabeth, b. 1843. 

2. Carrie Olivia, b. i860. 

3. Horatio Seymour, b. 1863, d. 1865. 

133131. Olive Maria Ely, Hector, N. Y., b. 1813, dau. of Augustus 
Ely and Olive Scovill ; m. 1846, Benjamin Cheever, North Brookfield, 
Mass., who was b. 1791, d. 1857, son of Samuel Cheever and Elizabeth 
Hubbard; m. 2nd, 1864, Charles Carroll Carr, Horseheads, N. Y., who 
was b. 1812, son of Elijah Carr and Catherine Williams. Their children : 
1. Mary Eliza, b. 1847, d. 1853. 

133133- Philo Scovill Ely, 50 Barclay St., N. Y. City, b. 1817, son 
of Augustus Ely and Olive Scovill ; m. 1839, Esther Osborn, Yates Co., 
N. Y., b. 1817, dau. of Absalom Osborn and Anna Van Campen. No 
children. 

133134. Polly Ann Ely, 14 Second St., Brooklyn, N. Y., b. 1819, 
dau. of Augustus Ely and Olive Scovill ; m. 1840, Joseph Martin Hager, 
who was b. 1818, son of Isaac Hager and Sarah Peck. Their children: 

1. Harlan Page, b. 1842. 

2. Frances Amelia, b. 1845. 

3. Augustus Ely, b. 1848. 

4. Willis, b. 1850. 

5. Philo Scovill, b. 1852. 

6. Richard Storrs, b. 1857. 

7. Mary Cheever, b. 1859, d. 1861. 

133135- WilHam Bushnell Ely, Hector, N. Y., b. 1821, son of Au- 
gustus Ely and Olive Scovill; m. 1847, Almira Woodford, Hector, 
N. Y,, who was b. 1822, dau. of James Woodford and Urania Robinson. 
Their children : 

1. Flora Anale, b. 1849; m. 1876, Judson Dilizon Mallory. 

2. Charles Robinson, b. 1857; m. 1880, Emma Lavella Durland. 

3. William Cheever, b. 1859. 

4. George Woodford, b. 1865. 



352 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

133136. Chloe Scovill Ely, Watkins, Schuyler Co., N. Y., b. 1824, 
dau. of Augustus Ely and Olive Scovill ; m. 1847, David Cory Hiller- 
man, who was b. 1820, son of William Hillerman and Hannah Cory. No 
children. 

1 33 1 37. Lydia Margaret Ely, b. 1827, dau. of Augustus Ely and 
Olive Scovill ; m. 1852, George Van Vleck Hitchcock, Fishkill, N. Y., 
who was b. 181 5, son of Joseph Hitchcock and Lavinia Haight. Their 
children : 

I. William Ely, b. 1855, d. 1872. 
133139. Mary Ely, Watkins, N. Y., b. 1834, dau. of Augustus Ely 
and Olive Scovill; m. 1862, Henry Scott Hudson, Elmira, N. Y., who 
was b. 1834, son of Lemuel Hudson and Maria Tredwell Woodruff. 
Their children : 

1. Minnie Scovill, b. 1864. 

2. Henry Ely, b. 1867. 

3. Mary Frances, b. 1868. 

4. Anna, b._ 1870. 

5. Lemuel Augustus, b. 1872. 

133143. Richard Ely, North Hector, N. Y., b. 1816 (he is wilHng 
that any should send to him for particulars of family), son of Harry Ely 
and Polly Wickham ; m. 1837, Hannah Ann Hager, Hector, N. Y., who 
was b. 1815, d. 1866, dau. of Peter Hager and Amanda Smith; m. 2nd, 
1868, Deborah Barker, Hector, N. Y., b. 1826, dau. of Joseph Barker 
and Mary Milliman. Their children : 

1. Harry, b. 1837. 

2. Chester Monroe, b. 1842, d. 1844. 

133144. George Clark Wickham Ely, Dix, Schuyler Co., N. Y., b. 
1818, d. 1846, son of Harry Ely and Polly Wickham; m. 1843, Jane 
Campbell (residence, Lodi. N. Y.), who was b. 1819, dau. of Archibald 
Campbell and Elizabeth Seely (now Jane T. Rapelye, Farmer Village, 
Seneca Co., N. Y.). Their children: 

I. Caroline, b. 1844, d. 1857. 

133 145. Stephen Van Rensselaer Ely, Tecumseh or Macon, Lena- 
wee Co., Mich., b. 1820, son of Harry Ely and Polly Wickham ; m. 1843, 
Lovina Hager, Hector, N. Y., who was b. 1819, d. 1875, dau. of Jacob 
Hager and Susan Whitman ; m. 2nd, 1877, Elizabeth Benjamin Staring. 
Elmira, N. Y., b. 1829, dau. of Jacob Henry Staring and Catherine 
Weaver. Their children : 

1. Frances Jane. b. 1846. 

2. Mary Adele, b. 1848, d. 1879. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 353 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

V 

3. Adelia Lovina, b. 1850, d. 1876. 

4. George Hatfield, b. 1852, d. 1875. 

5. Harriet Amelia, b. 1855, d. 1876. 

6. Wharton Johnson, b. 1857, d. 1876. 

7. Lilian, b. 1863. 

133146. Fanny Jane Ely, b. 1822, dau. of Harry Ely and Polly 
Wickham; m. 1840, Hamilton Randolph Searles, Mad. Ave. and I72d 
St., Tremont, Westchester Co., N. Y., who was b. 18 12, son of Edward 
Searles and Elizabeth Mary Todd. Their children : 

1. May Ely, b. 1842; m. 1873, Robert Lawson. 

2. Caroline Elizabeth, b. 1845, d. 1847. 

3. Albert Randolph, b. 1850; m. 1874, Martha Dorothea Heins. 

4. Fannie Johnson, b. 1854. 

133148. Emma Sabina Ely, South River, Middlesex Co., N. J., b. 
1826, dau. of Harry Ely and Polly Wickham ; m. 1847, Luther Henning 
Hatfield, South River, N. J., who was b. 1820, son of Elisha Hatfield 
and Elizabeth Miller. Their children : 

1. Florence Estelle, b. 1848; m. 1869, George Morris. 

2. William Esty, 2 Park St., Boston, Mass., b. 1850. 

3. Charles Luther, New Lebanon, N. Y., b. 1855. 

4. Harriet Amelia, South River, N. J., b. 1857. 

5. Townsend Beckwith, 361 West 21st St., N. Y., b. 1863. 

6. George Ely, South River, N. J., b. 1870. 

1 33 149. Phebe Fidelia Ely, Henry and Carroll Sts., Brooklyn, N. 
Y., b. 1829, dau. of Polly Wickham and Harry Ely; m. 1849, William 
Wharton Johnson, New York City, b. 1828, d. 1854 (enquire of William 
Gray, Nyack, N. Y.) ; m. 2nd, 1859, Edward Compson Elliot, Brook- 
lyn, N. Y., 567 Henry St., who was b. 1827, son of Josiah Elliott and 
Eliza Compson. Their children : 

1. Grace Lavinia, b. i860. 

2. Harry Randolph, b. 1862. 

3. Lily Beatrice, b. 1867. 

• 1 33 140. Harriet AmeHa Ely, Hector, N. Y., b. 1833, dau. of Harry 
Ely and Polly Wickham ; m. 1856, Hiram Hovey, who d. 1858 ; m. 2nd, 
1879, Benjamin J. Erway, Hector, N. Y. 

133151. Olivia Ely, b. 1815, d. 1845, dau. of William Ely and Fannie 
Curry ; m. 1832, George Doty, Amboy, Lee Co., 111., who was b. 1808, 
son of William Doty and Elizabeth Parker. Their children : 

1. William Franklin, 340 Broadway, N. Y., b. 1835; m. 1864. Caroline 

S. Whitlock. 

2. Patience Elizabeth, b. 1837; m. 1861 John Budd Kinnan. 



354 THE ELV ANCESTRY 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

3. Charles Goheen, Sedalia, Mo., b. 1840. 

4. Emma De Ette, b. 1842; m. 1866, Benj. Jas. Bond. 

5. Fanny, b. 1845. 

133 1 52. Emma Maria Ely, b. 1816, dau. of William Ely and Fannie 
Curry; m. 1833, James Campbell, Stony Fork, Tioga Co., Pa., son of 
Archibald Campbell and Elizabeth . Their children : 

1. William Ely, b. 183S, d. 1837. 

2. Elizabeth, b. 1838. 

3. Francis, b. 1840. 

4. Margaret, b. 1844. 

5. Archibald, b. 1847. 

6. Cornelia, b. 1850. 

7. Edward, b. 1852. 

8. Harriet, b. 1854. 

1 33 1 53. Edward Hector Ely, Hector, Schuyler Co., N. Y., b. 1818, 
d. 1874, son of William Ely and Fannie Curry; m. 1841, Loretta Shan- 
non, Starkey, Yates Co., N. Y., who was b. 1818, dau. of N. Shannon and 
Sarah Littell. Their children : 

1. Fanny, b. 1842; m. John Crisfield. 

2. William, b. 1843; m. 1879, Delphina C. Bradner. 

3. Emmet Aratus, b. 1846, d. 1847. 

4. Margaret Shannon, b. 1849. 

5. Ellsworth, b. 1855, d. 1862. 

133154. Caroline Ely, Hector, N. Y., b. 1820, d. 1850, dau. of 
Wilham Ely and Fannie Curry; m. 1837, Edward Smith, Hinsdale, Cat- 
taraugus, N. Y. (has married again), who was b. 1817, son of Richard 
Smith and Ann Maria Kelsey. Their children : 

1. William Henry, b. 1841; m. 1869, Frances Emmeline Covell (171 So. 

Clinton St., Syracuse). 

2. Fanny Maria, b. 1843, d. 1873; m- 1865, William Edward Keeler. 

3. Richard, b. 1845; m. 1877, Martina Willis Read. 

133155. William Henry Ely, Brooklyn, N. Y., b. 1823, d. 1864, son 
of William Ely and Fanny Curry; m. 1847, Mary Van Horn, dau. of 
William C. Van Horn and . Their children : 

I. Frederick. 

133 1 56. Harriet Samantha Ely, Addison, N. Y., b. 1825, d. 1856, 
dau. of William Ely and Fannie Curry ; m. 1843, Leman David Coburn, 
Addison, N. Y., who was b. 1817, son of Harvey Coburn and Laura 
Beecher. Their children : 

1. Ellsworth Harvey, b. 1850, d. 1880; m. 1875, NeUie Eliza Newman. 

2. Carrie Louisa, b. 1854; m. 1874, Rodney Alfred Teed. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 355 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

133157- Ellsworth Ely, care of Pratt & Letchworth, 52 Terrace 
Square, Buffalo, N. Y., or 74 Walnut St., Lockport, N. Y., b. 1827, d. 
1882, son of William Ely and Fannie Curry; m. 1858, Maria Louisa 
Van Horn, Lockport, N. Y., who was b. 1838, dau. of John Van Horn 
and Maria Dewhurst. Their children: 

1. Van Horn, b. 1866. 

2. Frederick William, b. 1869. 

133 1 59. Augustus Wyckoff Ely, Brooklyn, N. Y., b. 1834, d. 1867, 
son of William Ely and Cornelia Runyan ; m. 1862, Margaret Van Horn, 
Manchester, Mich., dau. of William C. Van Horn and . 

133162. Julius Ackley King, 529 West Washington St., Chicago, 
III., b. 1814, son of Irene Eustatia Ely and John King; m. 1841, Eliza- 
beth Hazen, Ithaca, N. Y., who was b. 1814, dau. of Allen Blair Hazen 
and Mary Washburn Ogden. Their children : 

1. Ogden Hazen, b 1842; m. 1874 Georgiana Moody. 

2. Legrand, b. 1844. 

133163. Maria King, Ithaca, N. Y., b. 1816, dau. of Irene Eustatia 
Ely and John King; m. 1836, William Manchester Wright, Chamois, 
Osage Co., Mo., who was b. 1810, d. 1881, son of Zebulon Douglass 
Wright and Esther Manchester. Their children : 

1. Theron Herbert, b. 1841, d. 1863. 

2. Frances Irene, b. 1844, d. 1863. 

3. William Rufus, b. 1846. 

4. Earl Douglas, b. 1848. 

5. Horace King, b. 1850. 

6. Sophronus, b. 1853. 

7. Maria Louisa, b. 1855. 

133164. Harriet King, Ithaca, N. Y., b. 1819, d. 1855, dau. of Irene 
Eustatia Ely and John King; m. 1839, William Woodward, Big Flats, 
N. Y., b. 1817, son of John Woodward and Sarah Venn. Their children : 

1. William Eugene DeLancey, b. 1842, d. 1875. 

2. Helen Augusta, b. 1844, d. 1845. 

3. Charles Martel, Watkins, N. Y., b. 1846; m. 1877 Sarah Eliza 

Robinson. 

4. John Venn, b. 1849, d. 1875. 

5. George Henry, Big Flats, N. Y., b. 1851. 

133165. Rufus King, Chicago, III. (277 Park Ave.), b. 1822, son of 
Irene Eustatia Ely and John King; m. 1848, Catherine Gardiner, Big 
Flats, Chemung Co., N. Y., who was b. 1821, d. 1863, dau. of George 
Gardner and Elizabeth McLean; m, 2nd, 1871, Lizzie Cogswell, Halifax, 



35^ THE ELY ANCESTRY- 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

Nova Scotia, who was b. 1850, dau. of Winkworth Allen Cogswell and 
Caroline E. Barnaby. Their children : 

1. Rufus, b. 1849, d. 1852. 

2. Lewis Gardner, b. 1850, d. 1854. 

3. Catherine Marietta, b. 1855, d. 1877. 

4. Fanny Jane, b. 1858. 

5. John, b. i860. 

133166. William King, Elmira, N. Y., b. 1825, son of Irene Eus- 
tatia Ely and John King; m. 1864, Emily Jane Staring, Brighton, Monroe 
Co., N. Y., b. 1835, dau. of Jacob Henry Staring and Catherine Weaver. 
Their children : 

I. Alice Irene, b. 1878. 

133169. John Henry King (747 Jackson St., Chicago, 111.), b. 1833, 
son of Irene Eustatia Ely and John King; m. 1870, Rachel Lewis, who 
was b. 1844, dau. of Amos Lewis and Mary Plean. No children. 

133171. Franklin Pratt Ely, b. 1823, d. i860, son of Hector Ely and 
Ann Hinckley; m. Frances Louisa Stevens, who was b. 1836, d. 1858, 
dau. of Charles Stevens and Asenath Mclntire. Their children : 
I. Myron Hinckley, b. 1858; m. Ida May Reynolds. 

133173- Helen Ann Ely, b. 1829, dau. of Hector Ely and Ann 
Hinckley; m. Nathaniel Madison Matthews, who was b. 1824, son of 
Nathaniel Matthews and Selecta Brown. Their children : 
I. Adelaide, b. 1865. 

133174. Hector Ely, b. 1834, son of Hector Ely and Ann Hinckley; 
m. Phebe Jane Clawson, dau. of Garrett Clawson and Lydia Vantile. 
Their children : 

1. Willis Ford, b. 1861. 

2. Clarence, b. 1868. 

3. Anna Helen, b. 1875. 

133181. Amanda Malvina Ely, Hector, N. Y., b. 1833, dau. of Cal- 
vin Ely and Julia Hager ; m. 1854, Aaron Thompson Potter, who was b. 
1830, son of Mathias Potter and Harriet Dean. Their children : 

1. Florabel, b. 1855. 

2. Frederick Ely, b. 1857. 

3. Andrew John, b. 1861. 

4. Harriet Sherman, b 1863. 

133182. John Hager Ely, Hector, N. Y., b. 1835, d. 1863, son of 
Calvin Ely and Julia Hager; m. i860, Victoria Elizabeth Crossctt, who 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 357 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

was b. 1840, d. 1861, dau. of Samuel Crossett and Eunice Barber. No 
children. 

133183. Olivia E. Ely, Hector, N. Y., b. 1837, d. 1876, dau. of 
Calvin Ely and Julia Hager; m. 1859, Lucian Paine, who was b. 1835, 
son of Edward Paine and . Their children : 

1. Charles Carroll, b. i860. 

2. John Ely, b. 1862. 

3. Harriet May, b. 1865. 

133184. Emma Jane Ely, Hector, N. Y., b. 1840, dau. of Calvin Ely 
and Julia Hager; m. i860, Hobart Henry Crossett, who was b. 1836, son 
of Samuel Crossett and Eunice Barber. Their children : 

1. Victoria Ely, b. 1862. 

2. Charles Nelson, b. 1864. 

3. John Calvin, b. 1867. 

4. Julia Eunice, b. 1869. 

133185. Harriet Lucretia Ely, Hector, N. Y., b. 1842, dau. of Calvin 

Ely and Julia Hager ; m. 1873, John Edwards Chapin, , Ky., 

who was b. 1831, son of Lucius Chapin and Sarah Cowgill. Their 
children : 

I. Ellen Ely, b. 1879. 

1 33 186. Frances Ermina Ely, Hector, N. Y., b. 1845, cl^u. of Calvin 
Ely and Julia Hager ; m. 1878, Dewitt Clinton Van Ostrand, Liverpool, 
N. Y., who was b. 1827, son of Aaron Van Ostrand and Elizabeth Col- 
lins. No children. 

1 3323 1. Rachel Ransom, b. 1797, d. 1844, dau. of Richard Ely Ran- 
som and Lydia Babcock; m. 1821, Timothy Johnson, who was b. 1793, 
d. 1870. Their children : 

1. Sylvester Ely, b. 1823. 

2. Henry Gardner, b. 1828. 

3. Louisa Hall, b. 1838, d. 1879. 

(Mrs. Esther E. Parker, 133232, Essex, Conn., says their oldest son was 
Sylvester Ely Martin, and that his dau., Clara G. Martin, Lancesonville, (?) will 
report that Martin is an adopted name.) 

133232. Esther Ely Ransom, Lyme, Conn., b. 1806, dau. of Richard 
Ely Ransom and Betsy Chadwick; m. 1863, Gideon Parker, Essex, 
Conn., b. 1790, d. 1871, son of Samuel Parker and Abigail Lencson. No 
children. 



358 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

^33^33- Irene Darrow Ransom, Empire, Fond du Lac Co., Wis., b. 
1808, dau. of Richard Ely Ransom and Betsy Chadwick; m. 1831, Jona- 
than Tibitson Mack, who was b. 1804, d. 1881, son of Elijah Mack and 
Lydia Tibitson. Their children : 

1. Jonathan Ely, b. 1832. 

2. Leander Henry, b. 1834. 

3. Ellen Seldina, b. 1836 (responds from Fond du Lac, Mrs. W. W. Wil- 

son, Box 640). 

4. Norton William, b. 1838, d. 1862. 

5. Mary Jane, b. 1840. 

6. Theron Ransom, b. 1843. 

7. Rachel Emmalinda, b. 1847. 

8. Prudence Melissa, b. 1849. 

9. Bainbridge Ashton, b. 1853. 

133234. William Brooks Ransom, St. Josephs, Berrien Co., Mich., 
b. 181 1, son of Richard Ely Ransom and Betsy Chadwick; m. 1838, 
Cynthia Turner, who was b. 18 17, dau. of John Turner and Judith 
Minor. Their children : 

1. Theron Turner, b. 1840. 

2. Theodore Weld, b. 1844. 

133235. Isaac Edward Ransom, b. 1814, d. 1859, son of Richard Ely 
Ransom and Betsy Chadwick ; m. Mary Brown, Blackwood, N. Y. 

133236. Mary Ann Ransom, b. 1816, dau. of Richard Ely Ransom 
and Betsy Chadwick; m. 1839, WilHam Theophilus Banning-, Empire, 
Wis., who was b. 181 1, son of Benjamin Banning and Clarissa Corwin. 
Their children : 

1. Newell Bartlett, b. 1841. 

2. Emerett Turner, b. 1842. 

3. Ellen Amelia, b. 1845. 

4. Esther Ely, b. 1849. 

133239. Joseph Perkins Ransom, b. 1820, d. 1874, son of Richard 
Ely Ransom and Betsy Chadwick; m. 1844, Sylvia Ann Webber, East 
Long Meadow, Mass., who was b. 1820. Their children: 

1. Mary Jane, b. 1846. 

2. Annie Louise, b. 1848, d. 1849. 

3. Louisa Ann, b. 1851. 

4. William Henry, b. 1856. 

(Mrs. Mary Tamellies, North Granby, Conn., responds.) 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 359 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

133251. Elijah Prentice Rogers, Darien, N, Y., b. 1813, son of 
Elisha Rogers and Fanny Champion ; m. 1839, Mary Ann Beckwith, b. 
1817, dau. of Josiah Beckwith and Turner Tinker. Their children: 

1. Frank Monroe, b. 1848. 

2. Mary Isabelle, b. 1857. 

133252. Phebe Esther Rogers, b. 1815, dau. of EHsha Rogers and 
Fanny Champion ; m. Justus Barr. 

133253. Mary Rogers, b. 1817, d. 1875, dau. of EUsha Rogers and 
Fanny Champion ; m. 1838, Henry Shepard. 

133254. Nancy Rogers, b. 1819, dau. of Ehsha Rogers and Fanny 
Champion; m. Samuel Nelson Royce, Two children. Names not as- 
certained. 

133255. Chauncey Rogers, Bethany, N. Y., b. 1822, d. 1875, son of 
Elisha Rogers and Fanny Champion; m. 1855, Almira Peck (153785), 
who was b. 1833, dau. of Seth Peck and Sarah Pearson. Their child: 

I. Byron Justus, b. 1856. 

133256. Charles Rogers, Pavilion, N. Y., b. 1825, son of Elisha 
Rogers and Fanny Champion ; m. 1854, Julia Pearson Lincoln, who was 
b. 1828, dau. of William Lincoln and Julia Pearson. Their children: 

1. Ida, b. 1858. 

2. Arthur, b. 1872. 

133257- Fanny Caroline Rogers, b. 1827, dau. of Elisha Rogers and 
Fanny Champion ; m. Lewis Patterson. 

133259. Luranda Emmeline Rogers, b. 1834, dau. of Elisha Rogers 
and Fanny Champion; m. 1878, Oliver Drew Farnsworth (i3325qx). 
Pavilion Centre, N. Y., who was b. 1835, son of Oliver Farnsworth and 
Fanny Parker. (O. D. Farnsworth, Pavilion Centre, Genesee Co., N. Y., 
will give all Rogers record.) One authority says that there were no 
children (?). Another authority says there were five children (?). 

133250. Harriet Amelia Rogers, b. 1837, d. 1877, dau. of Elisha 
Rogers and Fanny Champion; m. 1867, Oliver Drew Farnsworth (133- 
259), Pavilion Centre, N. Y., who was b. 1835, son of Oliver Farnsworth 
and Fanny Parker. No children. 

133351. Lydia Reed Davison, Durham, Conn., b. 1820, dau. of 
Christopher Davison and Lydia Reed ; m. 1838, Samuel Hart, Durham, 
Conn., who was b. 1816, son of Samuel Hart and Patience Hubbard, 
Their children : 

1. Lydia Jane, b. 1841. 

2. John Davison, b. 1844. 

3. Walter Edward, b. 1848. 



36o THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

133352. George Washington Reed Davison, Lyme, Conn., b. 1826, 
son of Lydia Reed and Christopher Davison; m. 1856, Mary EHza 
Maynard, b. 1836, d. 1880, dan. of William Maynard and Eliza Walden. 
Their children : 

1. Mary Jane, b. 1859. 

2. Lydia Louisa, b. i860. 

3. Annie Ebell, b. 1861. 

4. George William, b. 1862. 

5. Charles Henry, b. 1864. 

6. John Christopher, b. 1866. 

7. Eliza Walden, b. 1868. 

8. Fanny Winters, b. 1869. 

9. Rosa, b. 1871. 

10. Edward Griffin, b. 1872, d. 1875. 

11. Albert Omega, b. 1874. 

133552. Mary Peck, b. 181 1, dau. of Peter Peck and Sarah Lewis 
Colgrove; m. 1838, Daniel Campbell, Columbus Grove, Putnam Co., O., 
b. 1812, son of Richard Campbell and Susannah Lautz. Their children: 

1. Chauncey, b. 1839. 

2. Lewis, b. 1841, d. 1843. 

3. Isaac, b. 1843. 

4. Richard, b. 1844. 

5. Sarah Ann, b. 1847. 

6. Susan Maria, b. 1849, d. i860. 

133553- Esther Peck, Winterset, Madison Co., Iowa, b. 1813, dau. of 
Peter Peck and Sarah Lewis Colgrove; m. 1833, John Kitchell, Palmy- 
ra, la., b. 1809, d. i860, son of Joseph Kitchell and Nancy Kitchell. 
Their children : 

1. Lucy Ann, b. 1834. 

2. Sarah Ellen, b. 1836, d. 1839. 

3. Nancy Jane, b. 1838. 

4. Charles Wesley, b. 1840. 

5. Aaron, b. 1842. 

6. Harriet, b. 1844. 

7. James, b. 1846. 

8. Mary Elizabeth, b. 1848. 
g. Esther Eliza, b. 1849. 

10. John Whitney, b. 1851, d. 1853. 

133556. Sarah Ann Peck, b. 1823, d. 1881, dau. of Peter Peck and 
Sarah Lewis Colgrove; m. 1845, Lewis Wells. Their children: 

1. Lewis Willoughby, b. 1845, d. 1853. 

2. Leslie Winfield, b. 1846, d. 1854. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 361 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

3. Lucius Whitney, b. 1847. 

4. Leander Wiley, b. 1849. 

133571- Tabitha Ely Peck, res. Fredericktown, O., b. 1829, dau. of 
Jedediah Peck and Sarah Lewis Colgrove (Peck) ; m. 1859, Avery David 
Martin, Westernville, Oneida Co., N. Y., who was b. 1826, son of David 
Martin and Theresa Denison. Their children : 

1. Sarah Effie, b. 1861. 

2. Gary Allen, b. 1867. 

134311. Sophia Ely, dau. of Simon Ely and Ruth Ashley; m. Wil- 
lard Nott, Charleston, Pa. (P. M. says not at Ch., Pa.) 

1 34341. Joshua Brainard Ely, East Haddam, Conn., b. 1809, d. 
1877, son of Ichabod Lyman Ely and Elizabeth Brainard; m. 1831, 
Lodama Phelps, Canton, Conn., who was b. 1808, d. 1836, dau. of Noble 

Phelps and ; m. 2nd, 1837, Laura Ashcraft, Willimantic, Conn., 

who was b. 1810, d. 1861, dau. of Edward Ashcraft and Sarah Taylor; 
m. 3rd, 1862, Laura Ann Chalker, Saybrook, Conn., who was b. 1823, 
dau. of John Beaumont and Lucy Watrous, Their children : 

1. Unnamed daughter, b. 1833. 

2. Alonzo Brainard, b. 1835; m. 1856, Mary Eliza Snow. 

3. William Nichols, b. 1838, d. 1840. 

4. Laura Lodama, b. 1840, d. 1855. 

5. William Ashcraft, b. 1846; m. 1872, Maggie Lewis. 

6. Annie Laurie, b. 1863; m. 1881, Charles Henry McArthur. 

134343. Sylvester Nelson Ely, East Haddam, Conn., b. 1812, d. 
1849, son of Ichabod Lyman Ely and Elizabeth Brainard; m. 1833, 
Orinda Houche Russell ; East Haddam, Conn., who was b. 1810, d. 1844, 
dau. of George Russell and Eunice Plumb; m. 2nd, 1844, Mary Eliza 
Cook (care Lyman A. Ely), Worcester, who was b. 181 1, dau. of John 
Cook and Phebe Mercy Reddington. Their children: 

1. Adelaide Orinda, b. 1835; m. ist, Edward Lee; m. 2nd, 1869, George 

Henry Pease. 

2. Lyman Adelbert, b. 1836; m. i860, Ellen Louisa Tinker. 

3. Margaret BoUes, b. 1838; m. 1855, Henry Ghampion Spencer. 

4. Susan Elizabeth, b. 1840, d. 1847. 

5. Sylvester Nelson, b. 1843, d. 1850. 

6. Ella Ninette, b. 1847, d. 1864. 

134344. Roxanna Ely, East Haddam, Conn., b. 1815, dau. of Icha- 
bod Lyman Ely and Elizabeth Brainard ; m. 1842, Alfred Silliman, East 



362 THE ELY ANCESTRY 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

Haddam, Conn., who was b. 1818, d. 1875, son of Huntington Silliman 

and Statira . No children. 

(Mason Silliman, Moodus, Conn., can furnish further details.) 

134381. Edmund Bidwell, Langdon, N. H., b. 1815, son of Mary- 
Ely and Erastus Bidwell ; m. 1834, Indiana Green Jefts, who was b. 1812, 
dau. of Hosley Jefts and Abigail Green. Their children : 

1. Antentia Martha, b. 1835. 

2. Willard Albert, b. 1837. 

3. Harvey Boynton, b. 1839, d. 1845. 

4. Abby Maria, b. 1843, d. 1845. 

1 3442 1. George Warner Ely, St. Johnsburg, Vt., who was b. 1808, 
d. 1876, son of Guy Ely and Nancy Wetherbee; m. 1832, Mary Stearns 
Redington, who was b. 1806, d. 1874, dau. of Thomas Redington and 
Polly Stowell. Their children : 

1. Charles Redington, b. 1833; m. 1858, Lydia Emily Foster. 

2. Caroline Warner, b. 1836; m. 1865, Barnard Douglas Eastman. 

3. Guy, b. 1838. 

4. George Benjamin, b. 1839 (Waterford, Vt., will give any information 

he can). 

5. Henry Guy, b. 1842; m. 1867, Addie Eloise Newell. 

6. William Henderson, b. 1844; m. 1868, Amanda Royce. 

7. Edward Billings, b. 1848. 

8. Frederick Leverett, b. 1850, d. 1878. 

13/1422. Caroline Warner Ely, Littleton, N. H., b. 181 1, d. 1833, 
dau. of Guy Ely and Nancy Wetherbee; m. 1832, Samuel W. Berkley, 
New Orleans, La., who d. 1833, (Both d. of cholera on steamer on 
Mississippi River.) (Henry Guy Ely, St. Johnsburg, Vt., responds — 
1344225.) 

134451. Elizabeth Stone Ely, Charlestown, N. H., b. 1827, dau. of 
Epaphroditus Ely and Elizabeth Evans; m. 1847, Roswell Smith, Had- 
ley, Mass., who was b. 1815, son of Enos Smith and Polly Dickinson. 
Their children: 

I. Emma Elizabeth, b. 1849; m. 1871, George Franklin Smith. 

134452. Louisa Walker Ely, Northampton, Mass., b. 1829, dau. of 
Epaphroditus Ely and Elizabeth Evans ; m. 1847, Cotton Gaylord Nash, 
Hadley, Mass., who was b. 1820, d. 1873, son of Erastus Nash and Pene- 
lope Gaylord. Their children: 

1. Allan Ely, b. 1849; m. 1878, Mary Frances Thayer. 

2. Samuel Gaylord, b. 1853. 

3. Edward Claire, b. 1866. . .[ 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 363 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

134453. Allan Evans Ely, New York City, b. 1830, d. 1858, son of 
Epaphroditus Ely and Elizabeth Evans ; m. 1850, Lois Brewster, North- 
ampton, Mass., who was b. 1822, d. June 29, 1896, dau. of Jonathan 
Brewster and Minerva Warner. Their children : 

1. Harry Allan, b. 1853. 

2. Esther Brewster, b. 1855. 

3. Louisa Walker, b. 1858, d. 1859. 

ELYi— On Monday, June 29, 1896, Lois 
Brewster Ely, widow of Allan Evans Ely, in 
seventy-fourth year of her age. For thirty-five 
years identified with the work of the Home for 
the Friendless. 

Funeral Wednesday, July i, at four P. M., 
Fourth Avenue Presbyterian Church, corner 
Twenty-second St. Interment Thursday after- 
noon at Northampton, Mass. 

136759. Frederick Rodolphus Warren, Silver Lane. East Hartford, 
Conn, (an active contributor to record), b. 1840, son of Nathaniel War- 
ren and Sarah Bidwell ; m. 1867, Amelia Milton, dau. of William Milton 
and Mary . Their children : 

1. Leander Henry, b. 1868. 

2. Elizabeth Milton, b. 1871. 

3. Alice Milton, b. 1873. '. ':; 

4. Linda Milton, b. 1876. 

136021. Francis Pratt Goodwin, Michigan City, Ind., b. 1813, d. 
1875, son of Emily Pratt and Hezekiah Goodwin; m. 1848, Cornelia Abi- 
gail Millen, Jamesville, N. Y., who was b. 1822, dau. of John MTllen and 
Amy Porter. Their children : 

1. Emily Adele, b. 1852. 

2. Frank Millen, b. 1856. 

3. Hattie Eugenia, b. 1857. 

4. Isabelle, b. 1859. 

5. Herbert Monroe, b. 1862. 

136022. Horace Ely Goodwin (15 Chapel St., Hartford, Conn.), b. 
1815, son of Emily Pratt and Hezekiah Goodwin; m. 1842, Julia Ann 
Holmes, who was b. 1814, dau. of Benjamin Holmes and Zarepta Craw. 
Their children: 

1. Junius Eugene, b. 1843. 

2. Julia Louise, b. 1846. 

3. Carrie Alice, b, 1856. , - .' > 



364 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

136023. Emily Mary Goodwin, Syracuse, Conn., b. 1817, dau. of 
Emily Pratt and Hezekiah Goodwin; m. 1846, Joseph Seymour, Syra- 
cuse, N. Y., who was b. 181 5, son of Joseph Seymour and Abigail Carlo. 
Their children : 

1. Edwin Goodwin, b. 1851. 

2. Charles Henry, b. 1856. 

3. Francis Hall, b. 1858, d. 1862. 

136024. Edwin Olmstead Goodwin, East Hartford, Conn., b. 1819, 
son of Emily Pratt and Hezekiah Goodwin ; m. Harriet Brown, Coventry, 
Conn., dau, of Jonathan Clark Brown and Sophia Bingham. Their 
children : 

1. Edwin Pratt, b. 1849. 

2. Emily Seymour, b. 1852. 

3. Harriet Rosalie, b. 1855, d. 1856. 

4. Jennie Arabella, b. 1858, d. 1862. 

137112. Harriet Ely Lord, dau. of Harriet Ely and William Lord; 
m. James Sylvester Walling, Kendallville, Ind. Their children: 

1. David Culver. 

2. Harriet Lord. 

3. Mary Jane. 

137123. George Beckwith Ely, Cleveland, O., b. 1817, d. 1877, son 
of Alfred Ely and Patience Beckwith; m. 1843, Gertrude Sophia Harman 
(420 Prospect St., Cleveland), b. Pulaski, N. Y., who was b. 1824, dau. 
of Silas Harmon and Lucy Wales. Their children : 

1. George Frederick, b. 1843; m, i86g, Mattie Treville Kellar. 

2. Helen Harmon, b. 1851; m. 1871, Ralph Worthington. 

137124. Erastus Ely, Westernville, Oneida Co., N. Y., b. 1819, son 
of Alfred Ely and Patience Beckwith ; m. 1844, Adelia Mapes, Coxsackie, 
N. Y., who was b. 1819, dau. of Jason Mapes and Laura Mapes. No 
children. 

137125. Emily Ely, b. 1822, d. 1880, dau. of Alfred Ely and Patience 
Beckwith; m. 1841, Samuel Sedgwick, Binghamton, N. Y., who was b. 
1813, son of Samuel Sedgwick and Marian Henry. Their children : 

1. La Rue Ely, b. 1845, d. 1864. 

2. Charles Sumner, b. 1856; m. 1878, Minnie Elizabeth Davison. 

3. Samuel Plumb, b. 1864. 

137127. Alfred Ely, Cleveland, O. (C. C. C. & I. R. R.), b. 1832, 
son of Alfred Ely and Patience Beckwith; m. 1856, Caroline Frances 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 365 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

Burnham, who was b. 1837, dau. of Willard Burnham and Matilda Whee- 
lock. Their children : 

1. Alfred, b. 1862. 

2. Anna Buel, b. 1856. 

3. Caroline Florence, b. 1869. 

137161. Harriet Angeline Ely, Rochester, N. Y., b. 1836, dau. of 
David Ely and Angeline Upson; m. 1855, Charles Frank Van Doom, 
who was b. 1828, son of Frederick Van Doom and Matilda Salisbury. 
Their children : 

1. Charles Ely, b. 1857. 

2. Elizabeth Stone, b. 1859. 

3. Jessie Mary, b. 1862. 

4. Anna Bell, b. 1868, d. 1879. 

5. George Wilmer, b. 1871. 

137162. La Rue Perrine Ely, San Mateo, Fla. (Putnam Co.), b. 1838, 
son of David Ely and Angeline Upson ; m. i860, Mary Maria Carpenter, 
who was b. 1843, ^^^- of Robert Carpenter and Maria Beck. Their chil- 
dren: 

1. Ella Marie, b. 1861. 

2. David LaRue, b. 1863. 

3. Maud Baldwin, b. 1865. 

4. Mary Grace, b. 1868. 

5. Horace Wilmer, b. 1872. 

6. Frank Leighton, b. 1874. 

7. Wilmer Mateo, b. 1875. 

137163. Wilmer Mapes Ely, Rochester, N. Y., b. 1847, son of David 
Ely and Angeline Upson; m. 1868, Helen Adelaide Wilson, Rochester, 
N. Y., who was b. 1847, dau. of John Sylvester Wilson and Harriet 
Jennings. Their children : 

1. Harriet Angeline, b. 1869. 

2. May Herberta, b. 1873. 

3. John Wilson, b. 1875. 

4. Annie Jennings, b. 1877. 

137164. Mary Elizabeth Ely, Rochester, N. Y., b. 1851, dau. of 
David Ely and Angeline Upson; m. 1873, Albert George Irving, who 
was b. 1849, d. 1879, son of David Norman Irving and Alice Almira 
Cook. Their children : 

1. Albert LaRue, b. 1874. 

2. Mary Effie, b. 1877. 

3. Harry Wilmer, b. 1879. 



366 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SEVENTH GENERATION, 

137181. Harriet Amelia Ely (3630 Vernon Ave., Chicago, 111.), b. 

1826, dau. of Israel Cullick Ely and Mary Martha Brown; m. 1844, 
Lemuel Julius Bliss, who was b. 1814, d. 1855. Their children : 

I. William Lemuel, b. 1845. 

137182. William Lane Ely, New York City, b. 1829, d. 1878, son of 
Israel Cullick Ely and Mary Martha Brown ; m. 1852, Clara Ann Denike, 
who was b. 1832, dau. of Charles Augustus Denike and Margaret Martha 
Brown. Their children: 

1. Clara Emily, b. 1853. 

2. Charles Franklin, b. 1855. 

3. Florence Almaret, b. 1861, 

4. William Clifford, b. 1863. 

137183. Emily Ely, Chicago, 111., b. 1834, dau. of Israel Cullick 
Ely and Mary Martha Brown ; m, i860, Joseph Coles Field, who was b. 

1827, son of John Coles Field and Lydia Ann Ketchum. Their chil- 
dren: 

1. Florence Emily, b. 1861. 

2. Howard, b. 1863. 

137185. Almira Horessa Ely, Chicago, 111., b. 1844, dau. of Israel 
Cullick Ely and Mary Martha Brown ; m. 1863, Isaac Van Hagen, Fonda, 
Montgomery Co., N. Y., who was b. 1827, son of John Van Hagen and 
Catherine Hanson. Their children : 

I. Carrie Ely, b. 1864, d. 1865. 
I 2. George Ely, b. 1873. 

137191. Phebe Jane Palmer, b. 1830, d. 1870, dau. of Nancy Ely and 
Willet Palmer; m. 1854, Charles Robert Palmer (137192X), Grapeville, 
Greene Co., N. Y., who was b. 1829, son of Elias Palmer and Melinda 
. Their children: 

1. Emma Jane, b. 1856; m. 1878, Elisha B. Powell. 

2. Alice Cary, b. 1858. 

3. Ida May, b. i860. 

4. Carrie Lucinda, b. 1863. 

5. Frank Willet, b. 1869. 

137192. Lucinda Rundell Palmer, b. 1835, dau. of Nancy Ely and 
Willet Palmer; m. 1871, Charles Robert Palmer (137191X), Grapeville, 
Greene Co., N. Y., who was b. 1829, son of Elias Palmer and Melinda 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 367 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

137194. Sarah Ann Palmer, b. 1841, d. 1870, dau. of Nancy Ely and 
Willet Palmer ; m. i860, Rev. Arthur Day, Pownal, Vt., b. 1830, son of 
Cornelius Day and Elizabeth Peters. Their children : 

I, Sarah Frances, b. 1865, d. 1878. 

137195. Ely Palmer, Coeyman's Hollow, Albany Co., N. Y., b. 1843, 
son of Nancy Ely and Willet Palmer; m. 1864, Harriet Hopkins, Wes- 
terlo, N. Y., who was b. 1846, d. 1871, dau. of Elah Hopkins and Hannah 
Udell ; m. 2nd, 1871, Violet Hopkins, Westerlo, N. Y., who was b. 1843, 
dau. of Elah Hopkins and Hannah Udell. Their children: 

I. Lilian, b. 1873. 

137221. Lucia Sophia Clark, Lyme, Conn., b. 1813, dau. of Azubah 
Lee Ely and Giles Sill Clark ; m. 1837, Samuel James Orme Cole, Lyons, 
N. Y., who was b. 1813, son of Joseph Cole and Eleanor Priscilla Orme. 
Their children : 

1. John Lee, b. 1838. 

2. Samuel Seabury, b. 1840. 

3. Ellen Sophia, b. 1843; m. 1874, Augustus Frederick Gillette. 

4. Annie Elizabeth, b. 1855, d. 1881; m. 1877, Jason Parker. 

137223. Cordelia Henrietta Clark, Lyme, Conn., b. 1817, dau. of 
Azubah Lee Ely and Giles Sill Clark; m. 1838, Samuel Clark Decker, 
Owasso, Mich., who was b. 1816, d. 1866, son of John Decker and Phebe 
. Their children: 

1. Cordelia Sophia, b. 1841, d. 1843. 

2. Giles Clark, b. 1843; m. 1869, Margaret Elizabeth Smith. 

3. Martha Flower, b. 1846; m. 1875, Edgar Allen Poe Byerly. 

4. John Lee, b. 1848; m. 1872, Emily Wicking. 

5. Richard Franklin, b. 1853. 

6. Cordelia Henrietta, b. 1855; m. 1874, Thomas Jefferson Horsman. 

137224. John Lee Sill Clark, b. 18 19, d. 1856, son of Azubah Lee 
Ely and Giles Sill Clark ; m. 1839, Martha Ann Flower, Palmyra, N. Y., 
who was b, 1817. Their children: 

I. John Gurdon; married; wife's name not obtained. 

137321. William Pitt Ely, b. 1836, d. 1871, son of Obed Brockway 
Ely and Emma Giddings; m. 1863, Jane Lester, who was b. 1838, d. 
18—, dau. of Alfred Lester and Lucy Peck. No children. (Wm. Ely, 
care Z. S. Ely, Lyme.) 

137371- William Henry Ely (238 South Third St., Philadelphia, 
Beverly, N. J.), b. 1834, son of Eleazur Similius Ely and Martha Camp- 



368 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

bell; m. 1866, Marian Ash, Philadelphia, Pa., who was b. 1834, dau. of 
James Ash and Margaretta Trimble. Their children : 

1. Marian Ash, b. 1867, d. 1880. 

2. William Henry, b. 1870. 

3. Frances Campbell, b. 1872. 

4. James Louis, b. 1874, d. 1880. 

137374. Eliza Morgan Ely (55 Saunders Ave., Philadelphia, Pa.), b. 
1841, dau. of Eleazur Similius Ely and Martha Campbell ; m. 1863, John 
Cromwell Herbert, who was b. 1838, son of Theodore Cromwell Herbert 
and Adeline Elizabeth Ackerman. Their children : 
I. William Cromwell, b. 1864. 

137377. Eleazur Similius Ely, Bordentown, N. J., b. 185 1, son of 
Eleazur Similius Ely and Martha Campbell; m. 1873, Emma Matilda 
Steele, Bordentown, N. J., who was b. 185 1, dau. of William Steele and 
Sarah Moyer. Their children : 

1. Charles, b. 1874, d. 1874. 

2. Sarah Lulu, b. 1875. 

137322- Ezra Brockway Ely (Room 12, No. iii Broadway, P. O. 
Box 262, N. Y. City), b. 1839, son of Ezra Brockway Ely and Eliza 
Crowell (Bearse), Gowanda, Luzerne Co., Pa. ; m. 1864, Isadora Hallett, 
who was b. 1840, dau. of Rowland Sears Hallett and Abigail Baker Crow- 
ell. Their children: 

1. Lester Hallett, b. 1866. 

2. Isadore, b. 1870. 

137303. Benjamin Franklin Ely, Barnstable, Mass., b. 1840, d. 1869, 
son of Ezra Brockway Ely and Eliza Crowell (Bearse) ; m. 1865, Kath- 
erine Virginia Shortz, Mauch Chunk, Pa., who was b. 1843, ^^^- o^ 
Abraham Shortz and Sarah Rothermel. Their children: 

1. Harriet Douglas, b. 1866, d. 1872. 

2. Sarah Rothermel, b. 1868. 

T'STSl^- Seymour Whiting Ely (iii Broadway), 342 State St., 
Bridgeport, Conn., b. 1838, son of Henry Gideon Ely and Cornelia Maria 
Whiting; m. 1863, Mary Ellen Wheeler, New York City, who was b. 
1838, dau. of Henry Timothy Wheeler and Jane Amanda Griffing. Their 
children : 

1. Seymour Whiting, b. 1864, d. 1867. 

2. Cornelia Maria, b. 1866. 

3. Henry Wheeler, b. 1868. 

4. Mary Ellen, b. 1870. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 369 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

5. Edith Griffing, b. 1873. 

6. Alfred Brockway, b. 1875. 

7. Edgar Brodhead, b. 1877. 

8. Clara Louisa, b. 1879. 

137313. Cornelia Maria Ely, b. 1842, d. 1864, dau. of Henry Gideon 
Ely and Cornelia Maria Whiting; m. 1863, Abram Coolbaugh Brodhead, 
Lehighton, Carbon Co., Pa., who was b. 1824, son of Garrett Brodhead 
and Cornelia Dingman. Their children : 
I. Jennie S., b. 1863. 

137316. Henry Gideon Ely, Boston, Mass., b. 1850, son of Henry 
Gideon Ely and Cornelia Maria Whiting; m. 1880, Frances Caroline 
Ely (137752), Lyme, Conn., who was b. 1850, dau. of Samuel Cullick Ely 
and Sarah Frances Brockway. 

137721. Elizabeth Heller Ely, Natchez, Miss., b. 1826, dau. of 
Charles Frederick Ely and Henrietta Maria Shaille; m. 1845, John Ira 
Silliman, Canton, Miss., who was b. 1816, son of Thomas Silliman and 
Anna Canfield. No children. 

1 3775 1. Florence Elizabeth Ely, b. 1847, '^^^- o^ Samuel CulHck Ely 
and Sarah Frances Brockway ; m. 1876, Delemer Edward Clapp, Auburn, 
N. Y., who was b. 1845, son of Edward Delemer Clapp and Sarah Jane 
Van Patten. Their children : 

1. Josephine, b. 1877. 

2. Lucy, b. 1879. 

3. Emmons Donaldson, 

4. Edward Allison. 

137772. Georgiana Florence Ely, b. 1840, dau. of Ulysses Ely and 
Henrietta Van Bretton; m. 1856, Henry H. Raven, New York City. 

137831. Joseph Ely Kellogg, LeRoy, N. Y., b. 1833, son of Harriet 
Susan Ely and Israel Kellogg; m. 1864, Sarah Bradley Brown, who was 
b. 1837, dau. of John Edmund Brown and Anna Cathcart. Their children : 
I. Louis Israel, b. 1875. 

1 37841. Eleazer Arelous Ely, 31 William St., Johnstown, N. Y. 
(responds), b. 1839, son of Alfred Ely and Jane Forman ; m. 1865, Lydia 
Guest Edwards, who was b. 1843, dau. of Edward Edwards and Lydia 
Guest King. Their children: 

1. Edward Alfred, b. 1869. 

2. Fannie Amelia, b. 1873. 

3. Bessie, b. 1875. 

4. Howard DeGraff, b. 1877. 

(E. A. Ely, 31 William St., Johnstown, N. Y., will get all his father's 
family record and forward it.) 



370 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

137843. William Alfred Ely, b. 1843, son of Alfred Ely and Jane 
Forman; m. 1870, Frances Catherine Putnam, who was b. 1850, dau. of 
Cornelius Putnam and Maria Gardinier. Their children : 

1. Harry Forman, b. 1871, d. 1878. 

2. Carrie Dell Forman, b. 1873, d. 1878. 

138131. Harriet Lamira Ely, b. 1830, dau. of Elisha Ammi Ely and 
Charlotte Chapman; m. 1852, Leverett Delucious Hart, Oneida Lake, 
N. Y,, who was b. 1826, d. 1859, son of Calvin Hart and Jane Lumbard ; 
m. 2nd, 1861, Norman Judd, Durand, 111., who was b. 1829, son of Jason 
Judd and Rebecca Shaw. Their children: 

1. Frances Charlotte, b. 1856. 

2. Isabella Josephine, b. 1862. 

138135. Charlotte Minerva Ely, b. 1838, dau. of Elisha Ammi Ely 
and Electa Chapman; m. 1857, Asahel Eaton Van Tassel, Durand, III, 
who was b. 1826, son of Isaac Van Tassel and Polly Eaton. Their 
children : 

1. Lottie Minerva, b. 1859. 

2. Amos Henry, b. 1863. 

3. Frederick Eaton, b. 1869. 

138136. Fannie Electa Ely, b. 1840, d. 1880, dau. of Elisha Ammi 
Ely and Electa Chapman; m. 1863, David Sheldon Beebe, who was b. 
1837, son of Sydney Beebe and Julia Sheldon. Their children: 

I. Charles Elisha, b. 1867. 

138137. Frederick Augustus Ely, Oregon City, Ore., b. 1844, son 
of Elisha Ammi Ely and Electa Chapman; m. 1867, Christina Ver- 
milyea, Syracuse, N. Y., who was b. 1849, dau. of George Washington 
Vermilyea and Christina Pease. Their children : 

1. Duane Chapman, b. 1869. 

2. George Vermilyea, b. 1871. 

3. Charles Frederick, b. 1875. 

4. Clarabell, b. 1879. 

138138. George Chapman Ely, Oregon City, Ore., b. 1850, son of 
EHsha Ammi Ely and Electa Chapman; m. 1869, Lois Amelia Carter, 
who was b. 1852, dau. of Elijah Carter and Elizabeth Delany. Their 
children : 

1. Lizzie Electa, b. 1872. 

2. Lottie Bell, b. 1874. 

3. Mamie, b. 1878. 

4. Fannie Minerva, b. 1880. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 371 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

138141. Ann Maria Smith, b. 1829, d. 1855, dau. of Hannah Marilla 
Ely and William Smith; m. 1851, William Bainbridge Claflin, who was 

b. 1823, d. 1854, son of Claflin and Nancy . No 

children. 

138143. Phebe Jane Smith, b. 1833, dau. of Hannah Marilla Ely and 
William Smith; m. 1858, Sylvanus Marvin Pratt, who was b. 1836, son 
of Gustavus Pratt and Eunice Bull. Their children : 

1. Frances Maria, b. 1861. 

2. Leonard William,, b. 1866. 

138144. Martha W. Smith, b. 1836, d. 1866, dau. of Hannah Marilla 
Ely and William Smith; m. 1856, Samuel Henry Seward, Putnam, Conn., 
son of Samuel Lee Seward and Huldah Sanford. (Samuel Henry Seward 
has married again and now lives in Putnam, Conn.) Their children: 

I. Walter Lee, b. i86o. 

138145. John William Smith, Essex Point, Conn., b. 1838, son of 
Hannah Marilla Ely and William Smith ; m. 1866, Ellen Maria Carter, 
who was b. i8zj4, dau. of Oliver Couch Carter and Martha Janet Brock- 
way. Their children : 

1. Clara Lucy, b. 1867. 

2. Robert Madison, b. 1870, d. 1876. 

3. Oliver Carter, b. 1874, d. 1876. 

4. Clyde Raymond, b. 1877. 

138147. Clarinda Sophia Smith, b. 1843, d. 1872, dau. of Hannah 
Marilla Ely and William Smith; m. 1863, Gardner Kelley Dickinson, 
who was b. 1829, son of Gardner Kelley Dickinson and Anna Pratt. No 
children. 

138148. Franklin Vernet Smith, b. 1847, d. 1880, son of Hannah 
Marilla Ely and William Smith ; m. 1874, Lillie DeWitt, Elmira, N. Y., 
who was b.1854, dau. of William DeWitt and Betsy Gregory. Their 
children : 

1. Julia Estelle, b. 1875. 

2. Lillian Clare, b. 1876. 

138212. Francis Jedediah Harvey, Saybrook, Conn., b. 1830, d. 1876, 
son of Samuel Ely Harvey and Elizabeth Bushnell ; m. 1859, Angeline 
Bushnell, who was b. 1838, d. 1873, dau. of Christopher Bushnell and 
Sylvia Chapman; m. 2nd, 1875, Amelia Ayer (105231) (Edwin Ayer, 
who resides at Saybrook, Conn., is a brother of Amelia Ayer), who was 
b. 1835, dau. of William Travis Ayer and Louisa Clark. (After the de- 



3/2 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

cease of Francis Jedediah Harvey, Amelia Ayer married Charles Kelsey 
in 1881, and now lives in Centre Brook, Conn.) Their children: 

1. George Wilberforce, b. i860. 

2. Samuel Ely, b. 1862. 

138213. Susan Maria Harvey, b. 1835, dau. of Samuel Ely Harvey 
and Elizabeth Bushnell; m. 1861, Charles Orlando Buell, East Haven, 
Conn., who was b. 1828, son of Oliver Buell and Polly Wilcox. Their 
children : 

1. Morris Clarkson, b. 1864. 

2. Charles Frederic, b. 1867. 

3. D'Orville Harvey, b. 1870. 

131 1 1 1. Sarah Olive Ely, New Haven, Conn. (13154X), b. about 

1831, dan. of William Horace Ely and Mary Coffin Brown; m. about 
i860, Samuel Copp Brewster, who was b. 1798, d. 1870, son of Jacob 
Brewster and Dorothea Copp. No children. 

131 131. Horace Ely Clark (will gladly help with the genealogy), b. 

1832, Kenosha, Wis., son of Sarah Elizabeth Ely and Silas Clark; m. 
i860, Sarah Gilbert Sandiforth, Watertown, N. Y., who was b. 1830, dau. 
of Lewis Rupert Sandiforth and Hannah Frances Wright. No children. 

131135. Hannah Maria Clark, Kenosha, Wis., b. 1841, dau. of Sarah 
Elizabeth Ely and Silas Clark; m. 1865, Andrew Thompson, Faribault, 
Minn., who was b. 1833, son of Andrew Thompson and Maria Smith. 
Their children : 

1. Horace William, b. 1867. 

2. Louis Clark, b. 1875. 

3. Jessie, b. 1877. 

4. Mabel, b. 1878. 

13T212. William Alexander Sterling, New London, Wis., b. 1833, 
son of Erastus Sumner Sterling and Florilla Goff ; m. i860, Mary Helen 
Marsh, who was b. 1836, dau. of Lewis Ebenezer Marsh and Elizabeth' 
Cotton Dorr. Their children : 

1. Walter Erastus, b. 1861, d. 1870. 

2. Florilla Eliza, b. 1862. 

3. Ella Marsh, b. 1866. 

4. Alice Dixon, b. 1869, d. 1870. 

5. William Albert, b. 1872 (New London, Wis.). 

6. Ely Dorr, b. 1877. 

131232. Frederick Sterling Massey (24 Schermerhorn St., Brooklyn, 
N. Y.), b. 1839, son of Frances Cornelia Sterling and Marcellus Massey; 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 373 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

m. 1869, Minnie Masson, who was b. 1848, dau. of Theodore Alfred 
Masson and Virginia Sereto. Their children : 

1. Grace Sterling, b. 1870. 

2. Frank Sterling, b. 1874. 

131441. Mary Ely Whitney, b. 1850, d. 1881, dau. of Mary Jerusha 
Ely and George Whitney ; m. 1880, Alexander Ewing Outerbridge, Phil- 
adelphia, Pa., who was b. 1850, son of Alexander Ewing Outerbridge and 
Laura Catherine Harvey. Their children : 

I. George Whitney, b. 1881. 

132111. Ida Greeley, born , d. , dau. of Mary Young 

Cheney and Horace Greeley ; m. Col. Nicholas Smith. Children : 

1. Horace Greeley. 

2. Nixola. 

3. Ida. 

132112. Gabrielle Rosamond Greeley, b. March 26, 1857, dau. of 
Mary Young Cheney and Horace Greeley; m. April 23, 1891, Rev. Dr. 
Frank M. Clendenin, b. Sept. 17, 1853. Children: 

1. Gabrielle Elizabeth Montrose, b. Dec. 28, 1893. 

2. Muriel Gwendolin Morton, b. Oct. 9, 1898. 

144351. Emily Ely, Hermitage, N. Y., b. 1821, dau. of Calvin Ely 
and Abigail Lamb; m. 1845, James Hasting Wiseman, Hermitage, N. 
Y., who was b. 1818, d. 1869, son of William Wiseman and Polly Has- 
ting. Their children : 

1. Ellen, b. 1846. 

2. Walter Clayton, b. 1848. 

3. Adelbert James, b. 1850, d. 1867. 

4. Seymour, b. 1853. 

5. Clinton, b. 1857. 

144352. Jerome Bonaparte Ely, Lima, Livingston Co., N. Y., b. 
1822, son of Calvin Ely and Abigail Lamb ; m. 1849, I^^^^h Hendee, who 
was b. 1830, dau. of Esau Hendee and Electa Slusser. Their children : 

1. Carlton Legrand, b. 1846. 

2. Lottie Irena, b. 1858. 

3. Frank Livera, b. 1864. 

144353. Carthalo Fayette Ely, Cortland, De Kalb Co., 111., b. 1823, 
son of Calvin Ely and Abigail Lamb ; m. 1850, Lydia Maria Jordan, who 
was b. 1826, dau. of Rufus Jordan and Rebecca Bacon. Their children : 

1. Franklin, b. 1851, d. 1865. 

2. Marion Matilda, b. 1853. 



374 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

3. Lucina Priscilla, b. 1855. 

4. Edward Lewis, b. 1858. 

144356. Abigail Ely, Gainesville, N. Y., b. 1829, dau. of Calvin Ely 
and Abigail Lamb; m, 185 1, David Pratt, Gainesville Creek, Wyoming 
Co., N. Y., who was b. 1825, d. 1875, son of Elisha Pratt and Clarissa 
Grain. Their children : 

1. Alice Clarissa, b. 1852; m. 1874, James Cleveland. 

2. Charles Elisha, b. i860. 

144371. Denison Jabez Ely, Central City, Col., b. 1826, son of Jabez 
Ely and Cornelia Patterson; m. 1851, Mary Jane Brown, dau. of Sylves- 
ter Brown and . Their children : 

1. Wilber Sylvester, b. 185 1. 

2. James Mortimer, b. 1853. 

144372. Laura Louise Ely, Tuscola, Mich., b. 1828, dau. of Jabez 
Ely and Cornelia Patterson; m. 1847, Edmund Barton Fisher, Tuscola, 
Mich., b. 1818, son of Timothy Fisher and Millison Johnson. Their 
children: 

1. Edgar Maurice, b. 1848, d. 1850. 

2. Elbert Maurice, b. 185 1. 

3. Mary Louisa, b. 1853. 

4. Walter Edmund, b. 1855. 

5. Ella Cornelia, b. 1857. 

6. James Frank, b. 1859. 

7. Elizabeth Maria, b. 1864, d. 1865. 

8. Edmund Barton, b. 1866. 

144373. William Patterson Ely, Gainesville, N. Y, b. 1829, d. 1869, 
son of Jabez Ely and CorneHa Patterson ; m. 1856, Eliza Ann Nichols, 
Gainesville, N. Y., who was b. 1831, d. 1881, dau. of Alexander Nichols 
and Ann Velie. No children. 

144374. Mary Eliza Ely, Warsaw, Wyoming Co., N. Y., b. 1831, 
dau. of Jabez Ely and Cornelia Patterson; m. 1854, Alphonso Brown, 
Frankfort, Mich., who was b. 1827, son of Nehemiah Jabez Brown and 
Ursula Denison. Their children : 

1. James Ely, b. 1856; m. 1879, Emily Simmons Hayward. 

2. Ella May, b. 1858, d. 1863. 

3. Nehemiah J., b. i86r, d. 1863. 

4. Edward, b. 1864, d. 1865. 

5. Susan May, b. 1866. 

144376. Edmund Ely, Davisbnrg, Mich., b. 1836, son of Jabez Ely 
.and Cornelia Patterson; m. i860, Maria Quigley, who was b. 1837, d. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 375 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

1864, dau. of Ashbel Quigley and Sarah Jackson ; m. 2nd, 1866, Helen 
Frances Granger, who was b. 1840, dau. of Gideon Robins Granger and 
Amy Caroline Burleigh. Their children : 

1. Alton Ashbel, b. 1861. 

2. Francis Granger, b. 1868. 

3. Eva May, b. 1874. 

144377. Ralph Ely, Chicago, 111. (his last residence was at Bloom- 
ington, 111.), b. 1838, son of Jabez Ely and Cornelia Patterson; m. i860, 
Harriette Tappin. Their children : 

1. Charles, b. 1864. 

144378. Martha Cornelia Ely, Batavia, N. Y., b. 1842, dau. of Jabez 
Ely and Cornelia Patterson ; m, 1863, Lorin Greene, Batavia, N. Y., who 
was b. 1838, son of Daniel Greene and Elizabeth Haight. Their chil- 
dren : 

.1. Elizabeth Bell, b. 1866. 

2. William Edward, b. 1869. 

144612. Caroline Elizabeth Ely, Newburgh, N. Y., b. 1823, dau. of 
Richard Hayes Ely and Laura Maria Shepard (Clark) ; m. 1842, Belden 
Rowe McAlpine, son of Daniel McAlpine and Katherine Rowe. Their 
children : 

1. Sophia Louisa, b. 1845. 

2. Caroline Ely, b. 1851. 

3. Katherine Douglas, b. 1854; m. 1877, George Ayers Leavitt. 

4. Kenneth, b. 1864. 

144641. Ann Elizabeth Ely, White Sulphur Springs, Va., dau. of 

James Burr Ely and Jane Mary Le Grand Binford ; m. Armi- 

stead. 

144642. Lucy Jane Ely, White Sulphur Springs, Va., d. 1873, dau. of 
James Burr Ely and Jane Mary Le Grand Binford; m. 1866, John 
Edward Patterson. Their children : 

1. Maggie, b. 1867. 

144643. Mary Maria Ely, b. 1833, d. 1875, dau. of James Burr Ely 
and Jane Mary Le Grand Binford; m. 1851, Robert Alexander Lancas- 
ter, 66 Broadway, P. O. 3431, N. Y. City, who was b. 1829, son of John 
Alexander Lancaster and Adelaide de Rieux. Their children : 

1. James Ely, b. 1853, d. 1858. 

2. Adelaide de Rieux, b. 1854; m. 1876, William Hale Lucke. 

3. Mary Ely, b. 1856, d. 1859. 

4. Fanny Lee, b. 1858. - 



376 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

5. John Alexander, b. 1S59. 

6. Bessie, b. 1861. 

7. Robert Alexander, b. 1863. 

8. Edwin Williams, b. 1864. 

9. Nathaniel de Rieux, b. 1866. 

10. Carrie McAlpine, b. 1868. 

11. Marie Louise Saunders, b. 1870. 

12. Alice Read, b. 1872. 

13. Charles Read, b. 1875. 

144664. Lorenzo Denison Ferdoii, b. 1832, son of Phebe Peck Ely 
and John Ferdon ; m. Lucy Bradner, who was b. 1834. Their children : 

1. Lester, b. 1859, d. i860. 

2. Mary Bell, b. 1861. 

3. Wesley, b. 1864. 

4. Effie May, b. 1878, d. 1879. 

144667. Mary Elizabeth Ferdon, Du Plain, Mich., b. 1841, dau. of 
Phebe Peck Ely and John Ferdon; m. i860, Earl Wilcox, Du Plain, 
Mich., who was b. 1836, son of Lyman Wilcox and Lucy Richards. Their 
children : 

1. Frederick Lyman, b. 1871. 

2. Jennie Maud, b. 1873. 

144682. Elizabeth Matthews Benedict, b. 1840, d. 1871, dau. of Mary 
Ann Ely and Nelson Benedict; m. 1867, Charles Puller, who was b. 1837. 
Their children : 

I. Laura Helen Benedict, b. 1869. 

144683. George Ely Benedict, b. 1842, d. 1880, son of Mary Ann 
Ely and Nelson Benedict ; m. 1867, Laura Maria Eldred, who was b. 
1843, dau. of Augustus Eldred and Fanny Maria Clark. Their children : 

I. Charles LeGrand, b. 1868. 

147132. Minerva Marvin, b. 1808, dau. of Elisha Marvin and Laura 
Foote; m. Edson Hall, Busti, Chautauqua County, N. Y. (Both dead, 
leaving two children.) 

147133. Elisha Marvin, b. 1813, son of Elisha Marvin and Laura 
Foote ; m. Loraine Jones, Elliott, N. Y. 

147611. Amy McFarland Pollock, Rochester, N. Y., b. 1826, dau. of 
Deborah Spencer Ely and Robert Pollock; m. 1842, Andrew Curtis, 84 
East Ave., Rochester, N. Y., who was b. 1822, d. 1857, son of Abijah 
Nichols Curtis and Naomi Smith. Their children : 

1, Robert Pollock, b. 1845; m. 1879, Anna Lauretta Swanton. 

2. Rosetta, b. 1847; m. 1867, Henry Eggleston Ball. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 377 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

3. Mary Eliza, b. 1849; m. 1869, Austin Velorious Milton Sprague. 

4. Charlotte Isabella, b, 1857. 

147612. Adelia Woodruff Pollock, b. 1827, dau. of Deborah Spencer 
Ely and Robert Pollock; m. 1846, James William McKindley, 31 No. 
Clinton St., Rochester, N. Y., who d. 1881. (Mrs. Amy McFarland Pol- 
lock (147611) may be referred to if other enquiry fails to obtain needed 
data.) Their children : 

1. Sarah Pollock, b. 1848. 

2. Annie Jane, b. 1852; m. 1877, William Henry Harrison Rogers. 

3. Bell Marion, b. 1854. 

4. William Hugh, b. 1856. 

147615. Isabella Pollock, Portland, Me., b. 1836, dau. of Deborah 
Spencer Ely and Robert Pollock; m. 1854, James Paddock Smith, South 
Ballston, Saratoga Co., N. Y., who was b. 1824, son of Thomas Smith 
and Maria Noble. Their children : 

1. Thomas Noble, b. 1862. 

2. Mary Bell, b. 1867. 

147721. James Thompson Ely, Chicago, 111., b. 1833, d. 1875, son of 
James Harrison Ely and Harriet Eliza Thompson ; m. 1859, Mary Emma 
Lock, Chicago, 111., who was b. 1840, d, 1869, dau. of William Lock and 
Hannah Bushnell. Their children : 

1. Henry Selden, b. i860. 

2. Taylor Lewis, b. 1861. 

3. Harriet Eliza, b. 1863. 

4. Mary Emma, b. 1864. 

5. William Lock, b. 1866. 

6. Lizzie Gerry, b. 1868. 

147761. Mary Young Spencer, Cazenovia, N. Y., b. 1838, dau. of 
Amy Gridley Ely and Archilaus Spencer; m. 1879, Samuel Thomas Jack- 
son, Cazenovia, N. Y., who was b. 1838, son of Abram Jackson and 
Cornelia Ann Thomas. Their children : 

1. Elizabeth Spencer, b. 1881. 

147771. John Harrison Guernsey, East Topeka, Kan., b. 1842, son 
of Jane Ann Ely and John Caulkins Guernsey; m. 1862, Frances Louisa 
West, who was b. 1838, dau. of Linus Seth West and Delia Thayer. 
Their children : 

I. Frank Jay, b. 1868. 



378 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

147772. James Jewitt Guernsey, Waterville, N. Y., b. 1845, son of 
Jane Ann Ely and John Caulkins Guernsey; m. 1868, Jennie L. Scott, 
who was b. 1845, dau. of James Scott and Keziah Smith. Their children : 

1. Evelyn Geraldine, b. 1870. 

2. Frederick Jewitt, b. 1872. 

3. William Henry, b. 1874. 

147841. Helen Augusta Miner, Worcester, Mass., who was b. 1832, 
dau. of Eliza Wells Ely and Matthias Miner; m. 1857, Courtland A. 
Skinner, Worcester, Mass. Their children: 

1. Bell M., b. 1859- 

2. Minnie A., b. 1864. 

147842. Mary Ann Miner, Rockville, Conn., b. 1837, dau. of Eliza 
Wells Ely and Matthias Miner; m. 1862, Samuel Fellar McFarland, 

Rockville, Conn., son of Andrew McFarland and Edea . 

Their children : 

I. Mary Ann, b. 1865. 

147843. Charles Henry Miner, Baldwin Place Home, Boston, 
Mass., b. 1840, son of Eliza Wells Ely and Matthias Miner; m. 1867, 
Elmira L. Neale. 

147862. Helen Mar Ely, Flandreau, Dakota, b. 1850, dau. of Ed- 
ward Ely and Jane Wellington Barker; m. 1876, Henry Martyn Wil- 
liamson, who was b. 1851, son of Thomas Smith Williamson and Mar- 
garet Poage. Their children: 

1. Sumner, b. 1877. 

2. William Edward, b. 1879. 

147881. Alice Ream, Lancaster, O., b. 185 1, dau. of Mary Ann Ely 
and Jonas Alexander Ream; m. 1878, Edmund Godwin, Reedsburg, 
Wis., who was b. 1848, son of George Godwin and Mary Rebecca Mor- 
ris. Their children : 

I. Dean Ely, b. Nov. 12, 1881. 

147882. Flora Ely Ream, Lancaster, O., b. 1854, dau. of Mary Ann 
Ely and Jonas Alexander Ream; m. 1876, Charles Henry Towson, 
Lancaster, O., who was b. 185 1, son of James William Towson and 
Margaret Searlee. Their children : 

I. Helen, b. Jan. 16, 1882. 

147011. William Henry Ely, b. 1826, son of Selden Ely and Polly 
Coude; m. 1853, Mary Rachel Underbill (Box 947, Schenectady, N. Y.), 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 379 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

who was b. 1828, dau. of Abram Kipp Underhill and Mary Cavert. 
Their children : 

1. Emma Amelia, b. 1855. 

2. Frank Selden, b. 1858. 

147012. Sarah Docenia Ely, b. 1830, d. 1857, dau. of Selden Ely 
and Polly Coude; m. 1852, Samuel Charles Brott, who was b. 1828, d. 
1864, son of Frederick Brott and Christine Sisterly. Their children : 

1. Mary Caroline, b. 1854, d. 1855. 

2. Harriet Amelia, b. 1856, d. i860. 

147014. Harriet Rebecca Ely (offers to help in preparing family 
record), Charlton, Saratoga Co., N. Y., b. 1837, dau. of Selden Ely and 
Polly Coude; m. i860, William Taylor, b. 1832, son of William Taylor 
and Lydia Valentine. Their children : 

1. John Holmes, b. 1865. 

2. Minnie Belle, b. 1867. 

147023. Hetty Amelia Curtis, b. 1828, dau. of Rebecca Ely and 
Ira Curtis; m. 1845, Wakeman Gold Sprague, 131 West Genesee St., 
Syracuse, N. Y., who was b. 1822, son of Anson Sprague and Olive 
Wright. Their children: 

I. Mary Caroline, b. 1852; m. 1870, Anthony Lamb. 

147025. Caroline Docenia Curtis, b. 1837, dau. of Rebecca Ely and 
Ira Curtis; m. 1861, Edgar Stevens McBride, Madison, Wis., who was 
b. 1833, son of David McBride and Emily Stevens. No children. 

147041. Rebecca Eliza Ely, Kilbourne, Wis., b. 1830, dau. of Am- 
brose Ely and Eliza Minerva Hawley; m. 185 1, Charles Atwood Noyes, 
who was b. 1826, son of Caleb Noyes and Zelinda Carlton. Their 
children : 

1. Charles Ely, b. 1854, d. 1868. 

2. Lillie Hewitt, b. 1858. 

3. Mary Putnam, b. i860; m. 1878, Edward J. Perry. 

147043. Lydia Docenia Ely, Studio 14, No. 115 Wisconsin St., 
Milwaukee, Wis., who was b. 1833, dau. of Ambrose Ely and EHza 
Minerva Hawley; m. 1855, Gideon Pierce Hewitt, son of Gideon Pierce 
Hewitt and Mary Hunter. No children. 

14705 1. Marian Docenia Ely, b. 1836, dau. of Thomas Ely and 
Elizabeth Bell ; m. Thomas Ready, 197 South 9th St., Brooklyn, E. D., 
New York. 



38o THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

147052. Thomas Henry Ely, b. 1839, d. 1863, son of Thomas Ely 
and Elizabeth Bell ; m. 1859, Anna Twedell. Their children : 
I. Edwin, b. 1862, 

148311. Ethelinda Ely Elliott, b. 1827, d. 1879, dau. of Horace 
William Elliott and Charlotte Westcott; m. 1846, William Henry Beers, 
who was b. 1824, d. 1880, son of Cy renins Beers and Margaret Van 
Antwerp, Their children: 

I. Cyrenius Elliott, b. 1847. 

148312. Charlotte Elliott, b. 1829, dau. of Horace William Elliott 
and Charlotte Westcott; m. 1854, Marshall Bellinger Stafford, Water- 
ville, N, Y., who was b. 1821, son of Aaron Stafford and Harriet Terry. 
Their children : 

I. William Elliott, b. 1856, d. 1869. 

1483 16. Sarah Wilkins Elliott, b. 1842, dau. of Horace William 
Elliott and Charlotte Westcott; m. 1871, James Egbert Dill, Warwick, 
N. Y., who d. 1 87 1, son of Robert Dill and Robertson. 

148341. Mary Ethelinda Hoffman, b. 1827, dau. of Ethelinda Elliott 
and Zachariah Nicholas Hoffman ; m. i860. Reverend John Milton Wol- 
cott, 144 East 57th St., N. Y. City, who was b. 1830, son of Col. Harvey 
James Wolcott and Laura Cone. No children. 

148343. Eda Elizabeth Hoffman, b. 1833, dau. of Ethelinda Elliott 
and Zachariah Nicholas Hoffman ; m. 1859, John Osbrey, 57 West 42d 
St., N. Y. City, who was b. 1823, son of John Osbrey and Elizabeth 
Jones. Their children : 

I. Eda Elizabeth, b, i860. 

14835 1. Sarah Elizabeth Elliott, Euclid Place and ist St., Elmira, 
N. Y., b. 1845, dau. of Henry William Elliott and Sarah Wickham 
Hulse; m. 1864, Charles Oscar Durland, who was b. 1838, son of Joseph 
Durland and Catherine Maria Dunning. Their children : 
I. Grace Elliott, b. 1873. 

148411. Elizabeth Cook (widow), Morristown, N. J., b. 1806, dau. 
of Sarah Worthington Goodrich and Amos Cook; m. 1824, Richard 
Wayne Stiles, Morristown, N. J., who was b. 1802, d. 1877. Their 
children : 

1. Elizabeth Wolcott, b. 1827. 

2. Mary Wayne, b. 1829, d. 1847. 

3. Francis Barton, b. 1832. 

4. Richard Montgomery, b. 1837. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 381 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

148413. Charles Mosely Wolcott, Fishkill-on-Hudson, N. Y., b. 
1816, son of Sarah Worthington Goodrich and Frederick Wolcott; m. 
1843, Mary Elizabeth Goodrich (148461), who was b. 1818, d. 1845, 
dau. of Samuel Griswold Goodrich and Adeline Bradley; m. 2nd, 1849, 
Catherine Almedia Rankin, who was b. 1817, dau. of Henry Rankin and 
Ann Marsh. Their children : 

1. Frederick, b. 1844, d. 1846. 

2. Henry Goodrich, b. 1853 ; m. Julia Sterling Hutchins. 

3. Katherine Rankin, b. 1855. 

4. Annette Rankin, b. 1857. 

148416. Mary Frances Wolcott, b. 1823, dau. of Sarah Worthing- 
ton Goodrich and Frederick Wolcott; m. 1845, Theodore Frothingham, 
Philadelphia, Pa., who was b. 1818, d. 1873, son of Samuel Frothingham 
and Eliza Atkind. Their children : 

1. Mary Goodrich, b. 1846 . 

2. Theodore, b, 1848. 

3. Eliza Cornelia, b. 1853. 

4. Bessie Wolcott, b. 1859. 

5. Harriet, b. i860. 

148423. Frederick Augustus Coe, b. 1816, d. 1870, son of Elizabeth 
Goodrich and Noah Coe; m. 1841, Ann Eliza Mitchell, White Plains, 
N. Y., who was b. 1817, dau. of Minott Mitchell and Ann Eliza Silliman, 
Their children : 

I. Caroline Mitchell, b. 1843, d. 1845. 

148424. Samuel Goodrich Coe, b. 1819, d. 1869, son of Elizabeth 
Goodrich and Noah Coe ; m. 1844, Grace Ingersoll Hawley (care Theo- 
dore Fitch, Yonkers), who was b. 1818, dau. of William Hawley and 
Catharine King. Their children : 

1. Charles Goodrich, b. 1846 (Frost & Co., 233 Broadway, N. Y. C.) 

2. Catherine Hawley, now Mrs. Theodore Fitch, Yonkers, b. 1848. 

3. Frederick Augustus, b. 1853. 

148425. Elizabeth Ely Coe (care Maguay, Hooker & Co., Florence, 
Italy), b. 1821, dau. of Elizabeth Goodrich and Noah Coe; m. 1843, 
Chauncey Goodrich, New Haven, Conn., who was b. 1817, d. 1868, son 
of Chauncey Allen Goodrich, and Frances Julia Webster (dau. of Noah 
Webster, author of Webster's Die). Their children : 

1. Julia Webster, b. 1844. 

2. Edward Elizur, b. 1845; m. 1878, Sara Maud Shoftner. 



382 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

148431. Samuel Goodrich Whittlesey, Ceylon, Asia, b. 1809, d. 
1847, son of Abigail Goodrich and Samuel Whittlesey; m. 1841, Anna 
Cook Mills, Saratoga Springs, N. Y., who was b. 1820, dau. of Jabez 
Mills and Hannah Coe. Their children : 

1. Charles Mills, b. 1842. 

2. Emily Louisa, b. 1843, d. 1844. 

3. Samuel Goodrich, b. 1846, d. 1867. 

148433. Elizabeth Whittlesey, b. 1815, d. 1848, dau. of Abigail 
Goodrich and Samuel Whittlesey; m. 1833, James William Tillman, De- 
troit, Mich., who was b. 1810, d. 1867, son of William Tillman and Mary 
Carr. Their children : 

I. William (Maj., Louisville, Ky.), b. 1834. 

148434. Henry Martyn Whittlesey, Washington, D. C, b. 1821, d. 
1875, son of Abigail Goodrich and Samuel Whittlesey; m. 1866, Louisa 
Maria Sweet (Johnson), Washington, D. C, who was b. 1822, d. 1878, 
dau. of Ezra Sweet and Janet McLaren Clow. No children. 

148436. Emily Chauncey Whittlesey, Hartford, Conn., b. 1825, 
dau. of Abigail Goodrich and Samuel Whittlesey ; m. 1848, Lucius Cur- 
tis, Toringford, Conn., son of Eleazur Curtis and Amanda Steele. No 
children. 

148441. Sophia Upson Goodrich, b. 1819, d. 1872, dau. of Charles 
Augustus Goodrich and Sarah Upson; m. 1844, John Ashton, b. 1800. 
Their children: 

1. Kate, b. 1849. 

2. John, b. 1855, d. 1872. 

148442. Sarah Upson Goodrich, b. 1820, d. 1858, dau. of Charles 
Augustus Goodrich and Sarah Upson; m. 1845, William Walter Wood- 
worth, Berlin, Conn., who was b. 1813, son of Walter Woodworth and 
Mary Sage. Their children : 

1. Charles Goodrich, b. 1846, d. 1855. 

2. Walter, b. 1848. 

3. Sarah Goodrich, b. 1850. 

4. Frank Goodrich, b. 1853. 

5. Mary Montague, b. 1855. 

6. Samuel James, b. 1857, d. 1858. 

148443. Charles Chauncey Goodrich, b. 1823, son of Charles Au- 
gustus Goodrich and Sarah Upson ; m. 1855, Mary Ashton, who was b. 
1830, d. i860, dau. of John Ashton and Mary Elizabeth McClenan ; m. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 383 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

2nd, 1871, Sarah Meigs Haywood (Mrs. C. C. Goodrich, Turner House, 
N. H.), who was b. 1842. Their children: 

1. Mary Upson, b. 1857. 

2. Emily Chauncey, b. 1859, d. 1862. 

3. Charles Augustus, b. 1872. 

4. Elizabeth Ely, b. 1876. 

5. Sarah Upson, b. 1879. 

148444. Arabella Upson Goodrich, b. 1825, d. 1863, dau. of Charles 
Augustus Goodrich and Sarah Upson; m. 1850, Benjamin Callender, 
who was b. 1810. (Benjamin Callender, Milk St., Boston, can give some 
details relating to his own immediate family and also as to 148411.) No 
children. 

148445. Catherine Chauncey Goodrich, 91 Hudson St., Hartford, 
Conn, (responds), b. 1827, dau. of Charles Augustus Goodrich and 
Sarah Upson; m. 1865, Thomas Rice Button, who was b. 1817, son of 
Matthew Rice Button and Maria Hopkins. (Mrs. Button has requested 
her niece. Miss Ashton, 148443, to respond.) No children. 

148446. Samuel Griswold Goodrich, Eq. Life Ins. Co., 81 Cheap- 
side, London, b. 1829, son of Charles Augustus Goodrich and Sarah 
Upson ; m. 1862, Anne Williams Butler, who was b. 1833, dau. of John 
Simpkins Butler and Cordelia Williams. Their children : 

1. Annie Butler, b. 1863. 

2. Grace Upson, b. 1864. 

3. Annie Warburton, b. 1866. 

4. Samuel Griswold, b. 1867. 

5. Charles Chauncey, b. 1869, d. 1870. 

6. John Butler, b. 1871. 

7. Samuel Griswold, b. 1874. 

8. Chauncey Allen, b. 1875. 

9. Katherine Chauncey, b. 1876. 
10. Sophia, b. 1879. 

(Dr. John S. Butler, 112 Woodland St., Hartford, Conn., responds and 
oflfers assistance in preparing the genealogy. 

Notice of the death of Mr. Goodrich: 

GOODRICH.— In Hartford, Conn., March 7, 
1900, Samuel Griswold Goodrich, aged seventy 
years. Funeral services at his late residence, 
26 Summer St., to-morrow (Saturday) after- 
noon, at two o'clock. 

148451. Edward Ely Bunbar, New York Cit)^ b. 1818, d. 1871, son 
of Katherine Goodrich and Baniel Bunbar; m. 1858, Sophie Sterry 



384 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

Mauran, Providence, R. I., who was b. 1824, dau. of Joseph Mauran 
and Sophie Russell Sterry. Their children : 
I. Edward Mauran, b. i860. 

Edward Ely Dunbar, in connection with Hon. Lewis Tappan, origi- 
nated the Mercantile Agency. He sailed up the Pacific coast in the 
first steamer that was sent around to California. It was he who opened 
a mint for coinage in San Francisco. He was the discoverer and first 
owner of the now richest silver mine in Arizona. He threw fortune in 
the way of others and passed on himself to new enterprises. — Ely Re- 
union Pamphlet. 

148454. Margaret Elizabeth Dunbar, 25 West i8th St., New York 
City, b. 1826, dau. of Katherine Goodrich and Daniel Dunbar; m. 1850, 
Homer Hines Stewart, New York City, who was b. 1809, son of Aaron 
Stewart and Linda Colt. Their children : 

1. Katherine, b. 1853. 

2. Homer Hines, b. 1856. 

3. Inglis, b. i860. 

148462. Frank Booth Goodrich, Matteawan, N. Y., b. 1826, son of 
Samuel Griswold Goodrich and Mary Booth ; m. 1859, Ella Dumont 
Schmidt, who was b. 1834, dau. of John William Schmidt and Mary 
Elizabeth Baker. No children. 

148465. Alice Lee Goodrich, Boston, Mass., b. 1837, dau. of Samuel 
Griswold Goodrich and Mary Booth; m. 1859, Frederick Gideon El- 
dridge, New York City, who was b. 1837, son of Gideon Eldridge and 
Phebe Ann White. Their children: 

1. Frederick, b. i860. 

2. Marion, b. 1865. 

3. Chauncey, b. 1867. 

4. Howard, b. 1880. 

(F. G. E., care H. I. Nicholas & Co., 5th Ave., 22d St. and Broadway.) 

148466. Mary Wolcott Goodrich, b. 1846, d. 1874, dau. of Samuel 
Griswold Goodrich and Mary Booth ; m. 1867, Edward Jackson Lowell, 
Boston, Mass., b. 1845, son of Francis Cabot Lowell and Mary Lowell 
Gardner. Their children : 

1. Alice, b. 1869. 

2. Guy, b. 1870. 

3. Frederick, b. 1874. 

148481. Mary Elizabeth Smith, b. 1820, d. 1858, dau. of Mary Ann 
Wolcott Goodrich and Nathaniel Benedict Smith ; m. 1842, John James 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 385 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

Monell, who was b. 1813, son of Samuel Monell and Elvira Scott. 
Their children : 

1. Howard Worthington, b. 1843; d. 1849. 

2. Goodrich Smith, b. 1847; d. 1849. 

3. Mary Goodrich, b. 1851. 

4. Ruth Benedict, b. 1859; d. 1861. 

148483. Nathaniel Smith, Woodbury, Conn., b. 1832, d. 1877, son 
of Mary Ann Wolcott Goodrich and Nathaniel Benedict Smith ; m. 1856, 
Emily Louisa Goodrich (148463), now Middlebury, Conn., who was b. 
1829, dau. of Samuel Griswold Goodrich and Mary Booth. Their 
children : 

1. Minnie Goodrich, b. 1857; d. 1880. 

2. Dudleigh, b .1858. 

148403. Adelaide Ely Meade, dau. of Emily Chauncey Goodrich 

and Darius Meade; m. Livingston, Brooklyn, N. Y. (Darius 

Meade, 64 Stuyvesant Ave., Brooklyn.) 

148405. Helen Meade, dau. of Emily Chauncey Goodrich and 
Darius Meade ; m. Warner. 

148711. Worthington Frothingham, b. about 1824, son of William 
W. Frothingham and Lucretia Gregory; m. Apr. 26, i860, Harriet A. 
Shepard. Their children : 

1. Walter Dudley, b. March, 1861. 

2. Isidora S., b. August, 1864; m. Feb. 26, 1884, Clarence C. Chapman. 

3. Worthington Wolcott, b. February, 1876. 

148913. Adelaide Ely, dau. of Maria Ely and Leonard Bronck, m. 
Dec. 5, 1871, Rev. Lewis Lampman, 577 High St., Newark, N. J., son of 
Obadiah Lampman and Elizabeth Vandenburg. Their children: 

Leonard Bronck. 
Maria Bronck. 

The following article from the N. Y. Herald, of Tuesday, Sept. 27, 
1898, will have an interest to the friends of Dr. Lampman : 

BIG CHURCH BELL WRECKS PIPE ORGAN. 
James Tyler, colored, sexton of the High Street Presbyterian Church, in 
Newark, went into the belfry on Sunday night and began to ring the bell for the 
evening service. A few seconds later the bell, which weighs 1,505 pounds, 
crashed from its hangings and fell through the belfry loft and into the big pipe 
organ just under it. The rope was jerked out of the sexton's hands and he was 
flung violently to one side. He was struck on the back by a heavy beam and 



386 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

rendered helpless. The Rev. Dr. Lampman and others who were in the church 
ran to his assistance and took him down stairs. 

The bell lay in a mass of organ pipes, plaster and broken timbers. Just 
what caused the accident could not be determined. It may have been due to 
rusted and broken bolts or to a broken belt on which the bell swung in its frame, 
or to both. 

The bell fell nearly fifty feet. How much damage was done had not been 
decided last night, as the organ will have to be thoroughly overhauled. It was 
to be replaced by a handsome organ in a few days, and had already been sold. 
The bell, which had hung in the church since its dedication in 1852, was not 
injured in the fall. Arrangements were made for its immediate rehanging. 

"When the bell fell," said Dr. Lampman to me, "the sound was like that 
of an explosion. There were few persons in the auditorium, but in the Sunday 
school room there was a meeting of young people. A few minutes later the fall- 
ing of the bell would have probably resulted seriously, as the choir would have 
been in the choir loft. Sexton Tyler is not dangerously hurt." — "Herald," Tues- 
day, Sept. 27, 1898. 

141211. Catherine Ann Ely, Baltimore, Md., b. 1834, dau. of John 
Noyes Ely and Eliza L. Baker; m. Samuel Beacham Wingate, 50 Col- 
lington Ave., Baltimore, Md., son of Thomas Taylor Wingate and Ann 
Maria Flannigan. Their children : 

1. William. 

2. Lewis. 

3. Annie. 

4. Katie. 

5. Charles. 

6. John. 

141212. John Barrington Ely, Baltimore, Md., 326 East Pratt St., 
b. 1836, son of John Noyes Ely and Eliza Lefevre Baker; m. 1862, 
Leonora Coleman, who was b. 1840, d. 1880, dau. of Darius Colman and 
Elizabeth Binyon, m. 2d 1881 Emma Collison, who was born 1846, 
dau. of William Collison and Elizabeth . Their children : 

1. Augusta, b. 1863. 

2. Eunice Gertrude, b. 1865. 

3. Leonora, b. 1868. 

4. Bessie, b. 1870, d. 1873- 

5. John Colman, b, 1872. 

141213. Mary Jane Ely, Baltimore, Md., b. 1838, dau. of John 
Noyes Ely and Eliza Lefevre Baker; m. 1861, Henry Noyes, Lyme, 
Conn., who was b. 1826, son of Enoch Noyes and Clarissa Button. 
Their children : 

I. John Ely, b. 1862. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 387 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

14122 1. Mary Olivia Walter, dau. of Esther Jane Ely and Francis 
S. Walter; m. Joseph R. Golibart, 479 Franklin St., Baltimore. 

142121. Ely Edward Murray, Athens, Pa., b. 1847, son of Edward 
Abner Murray and Marianna Page; m. 1869, Clara Flowers Merrill, 
Athens, Pa., who was b. 1847, "^^.u. of George Merrill and Catherine 
Boyce. Their children : 

1. Marianna Page, b. 1872. 

2. Elizabeth West, b. 1875, 

3. Catherine Merrill, b. 1877. 

142122. Willard Page Murray, Athens, Pa., b. 1849, son of Edward 
Abner Murray and Marianna Page; m. 1876, Louisa Shipman Welles, 
Athens, Pa., who was b. 1854, dau. of Charles Frederick Welles and 
Elizabeth Laporte. Their children : 

1. Jessie Welles, b. 1877. 

2. Elsie, b. 1878. 

142123. Charles Francis Murray, Wilkesbarre, Pa., b. 1851, son of 
Edward Abner Murray and Marianna Page; m. 1878, Ellen Antoinette 
Mandeville, Waverly, N. Y., who was b. 1856, dau. of Mahlon Mande- 
ville and Maria Axford. Their children : 

I. Eleanor Welles, b. 1879. 

142312. Frederick Kingsley Wright, Wellsboro, Tioga Co., Pa., 
who was b. 1835, son of Maria Elizabeth Ely and Jason Kingsley 
Wright; m. 1862, Ellen Lowry, Wellsboro, Tioga Co., Pa. Their 
children : 

I. Minnie. 

142313. Mary Goodrich Wright, b. 1836, dau. of Maria Elizabeth 
Ely and Jason Kingsley Wright; m. 1855, Edward Leroy Parmenter, 
Menominee, Mich., who was b. 1832. Their children : 

1. John Wright, b. 1856, d. 1863. 

2. Edward Leroy, b. 1858. 

3. Henrietta May, b. 1868. 

4. Emma Ely, b. 1874. 

1423 14. Ely Wright, Warsaw, Wis., b. 1838, son of Maria Elizabeth 
Ely and Jason Kingsley Wright; m. 1865, Ella Fairchild, Marinette, 
Wis., who was b. 1840, dau. of John Fairchild and Laura Bigelow. 
Their children : 

1. Nellie May, b. 1866. 

2. Robert Ely, b. 1869. 

3. Frederic Charles, b. 1871. 



,388 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

4. Ralph, b. 1873. 

5. Jessie Fairchild, b. 1876. 

6. Leah, b .1879. 

142315. Jason Wright, Marinette, Wis., b. 1838, son of Maria Eliza- 
beth Ely and Jason Kingsley Wright; m. 1870, Louise Dell Hancock, 
who was b. 1848, dau, of William Hancock and Lucy Northorp. Their 
children: 

1. Clara Louise, b. 1873. 

2. John Frank, b. 1874. 

3. Winifred, b. 1876. 

142316. Maria Eliza Wright, b. 1841, dau. of Maria Elizabeth Ely 
and Jason Kingsley Wright; m. 1869, Addison Miles Fairchild, Mari- 
nette, Wis., who was b. 1843, son of John Fairchild and Laura Bigelow. 
Their children : 

1. Maud Maria, b. 1870. 

2. William Richardson, b. 1872. 

3. Winifred, b. 1874. 

4. Pauline, b. 1879. 

142317. Susan Harriet Wright, b. 1843, ^^^- of Maria Elizabeth 
Ely and Jason Kingsley Wright; m. 1868, Diltor Yarrington Carswell, 
Athens, Bradford Co., Pa., son of Ozias Caswell and CaroHne Lambert. 
Their children: 

1. Frederick, b. 1877. 

2. John, b. 1879. 

142318. Anson Francis Wright, Quinnesec, Mich., b. 1845, son of 
Maria Elizabeth Ely and Jason Kingsley Wright ; m. 1880, Sarah Jane 
Hawes, Fond du Lac, Wis., b. 1857, dau. of Jason Whiting Hawes and 
Jane Washburn. No children. 

142319. Stella Nancy Wright, b. 1848, dau. of Maria Elizabeth Ely 
and Jason Kingsley Wright ; m. 1869, Elijah Plornley Gillett, who was 
b. 1843, son of Plornley Gillett and Charlotte Georgia. No children. 

1423 10. Alfred Curtis Wright, Athens, Bradford Co., Pa., b. 1850, 
son of Maria Elizabeth Ely and Jason Kingsley Wright; m. 1879, Ida 
Anthony, Corning, N. Y., dau. of Dudley Anthony and Susan Merrill. 
Their children : 

I. Anson Ely, b. 1880. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 389- 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

142341. Martha Jane Ely, b. 1845, dau. of Alfred Bloomer Ely and 
Ann Byrne; m. 1868, Frank Brady Huston, who was b. 1847, son of 
George Huston and Sally Brady. Their children : 

1. Frank Brady, b. 1870. 

2. George, b. 1873. 

14235 1. Emma Delphine Ely, b. 1850, dau. of Anson Camp Ely and 
Martha Maria Parmenter; m. 1875, Henry Douglas Somerville, 
Suamico, Wis., who was b. 1847, son of Alexander Somerville and Jane 
Douglas. Their children : 

1. Mary Ely, b. 1877. 

2. Henry Alexander, b. 1879. 

151421. Theodore Russell Ely, 38 Sixth St., Brooklyn, E. D., N. Y., 
b. 1812, son of Ira Ely and Charlotte Brooks; m. 1834, Amanda Lewis, 
who was b. 1815. Their children: 

1. Emma Sophia, Brooklyn, b. 1843, d. 1867. 

2. Charles Steel, Brooklyn, b. 1852. 

(Mrs. Sophia Judson, Burlington, Conn., will know the parents of Amanda 
Lewis.) 

151422. Albert Ely,, Haddam, Conn., b. 1813, d. 1840, son of Ira 
Ely and Charlotte Brooks; m. 1837, Maria Spencer, who was b. 1818, 
dan. of George Spencer and Sally Pettibone. Their children : 

I. George Albert, b. 1838; m. 1861, Jennie Hunter. 
(After the death of Mr. Albert Ely, in 1840, the widow married Gardner 
D. Newberry, Plantsville, Conn.) 

151423. Lucy Ann Ely, Middletown, Conn., b. 1815, dau. of Ira 
Ely and Charlotte Brooks ; m. 1840, Alva Birdsey Bailey, Middletown, 
Conn., who was b. 1814, d. 185 1, son of Zabbud Bailey and Diodamia 
Young. Their children : 

1. Marvin Brooks, b. 1842. 

2. Emily Aurilla, b. 1843. 

3. Eleanora, b. 1846; m. 1864, John Graves. 

4. Alva Arlington, b. 1851; m. 1877, Josephine Amelia Bradley. 

151424. Samuel Ely, Baltimore, Md., b. 1818, d. 1876, son of Ira 
Ely and Charlotte Brooks ; m. 1858, Catherine Phebe Kennard, ^6 So. 
Washington St., Baltimore, Md., who was b. 1828, dau. of Richard Ken- 
nard and Catherine White. Their children : 

1. Isabella Kennard, b. 1858. 

2, Samuel, b. i860. 



390 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

3. Ulysses Grant, b. 1863. 

4. Harry, b. 1866. 

(Mrs. Ely says write to Lucy A. Bailey, care L. A. Burr, Middletown, 
Conn., for other particulars of family history. 

151425. Ira Ely, b. 1819, son of Ira Ely and Charlotte Brooks; m. 
1842, Caroline Genevieve (last name Dutch, meaning war line or line of 
warriors), died suddenly in 1847 o^ cholera. (One child, Caroline Gene- 
vieve, was taken back to her maternal grandmother, and has not been 
heard from in 20 years. She went to sea in a bark, and the bark was 
never heard from.) 

1 5 1426. James Smith Ely, Meriden, Conn., b. 1822, d. 1864, son of 
Ira Ely and Charlotte Brooks; m. 1846, AmeUa Harrison, Madison, 
Conn., res, Meriden, who was b. 1826, dau. of Truman Harrison and 
Charlotte Griffiths Hull. Their children : 

1. Emma Charlotte, b. 1848, d. 1852. 

2. Kate Isabel, b. 1854, d. 1855. 

3. Ernest Archer, b. 1857. 

4. Bertha Irene, b. 1862. 

151427. Joseph Ely, East Haddam, Conn., b. 1822, d. 1855, son of 
Ira Ely and Charlotte Brooks ; m. Clarissa Parmelee. (Wid. m. Austin 
Jones, Deep River, Conn. ; had two children, Albert Judson and Joseph, 
now married and in Centrebrook, Conn.). 

1 5 1428. Martha Bates Ely, Haddam, Conn., b. 1824, dau. of Ira 
Ely and Charlotte Brooks; m. 1846, Storrs Hubbard, Higganum, 
Conn., who was b. 1823, son of Stephen Hubbard and Phebe Johnson. 
No children. 

1 5 1429. Abbie Charlotte Ely, Meriden, Conn., b. 1827, d. 1850, 
dau. of Ira Ely and Charlotte Brooks; m. 1849, Leverett Griswold, 
South Meriden, Conn., who was b. 1826, son of William Griswold and 
Sarah Griswold. No children. 

15 1420. Rebecca Brooks Ely, Middletown, Conn., b. 1829, dau. of 
Ira Ely and Charlotte Brooks ; m. 1850, Enos Hubbard Knowles, South 
Farms, Middletown, Conn., son of Ruel Knowles and Exah Hubbard. 
Their children: 

1. Abbie Arabel, b. 1853; m. 1877, Richard Beattie. 

2. Emma Carlyn, b. 1855; m. 1878, Abbot Jackson Bagley. 

3. Eliza Ann Smith. 

4. Albert. 

5. Alberti. 

6. Victor LeRoy. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 391 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

15 143 1. Margaret Ely, Springfield, N. Y., b. 1829, dau. of Warren 
Ely and Caroline Tennant; m. 1848, Daniel Smith, sup. Van Hornes- 
ville, Herkimer Co., N. Y., who was b, 1818, son of Samuel Smith and 
Elizabeth Shaul. Their children : 

1. Charles Ely, b. 1850, d. 1880; m. 1870, Mary Wiles. 

2. William, b. 1854, d. 1859. 

3. Caroline Elizabeth, b. 1855; m. 1870, David Frost. 

4. Mary, b. i860, d. 1862. 

5. Ettie, b. 1868. 

15 1432. Eliza Ely, Springfield, N. Y., b. 1831, dau. of Warren Ely 
and Caroline Tennant; m. 1854, Jacob William Bassinger, who was b. 
1818, son of Daniel Bassinger and Catherine Walrath. Their children: 

1. George Henry, b. 1856. 

2. Ella Drusilla, b. 1858. 

3. Frank Ely, b. 1863. 

4. Elizabeth May, b. 1865. 

151433. Harriet Ely, Springfield, N. Y., b. 1833, dau. of Warren 
Ely and Catherine Tennant; m. 1853, Augustus DooHttle, who was b. 
1829, d, 1879, son of David Doolittle and Freelove Sweet. Their 
children : 

1. Willard Augustus, b. 1855; m. 1879, Sarah Guillet. 

2. Rufus Warren, b. 1859, d. 1879. 

3. Caroline Matilda, b. 1867. 

151434. Lydia Ely, Springfield, N. Y., b. 1835, d. 1869, dau. of 
Warren Ely and Caroline Tennant; m. 1858, Daniel Bassinger, Glens 
Falls, N. Y., who was b. 1831, son of Daniel Bassinger and Catherine 
Walrath. Their children : 

I. Frederick, b. 1863. 

151437. Smith Ely, Springfield, N. Y., b. 1841, son of Warren Ely 
and Caroline Tennant; m. 1863, Martha WycoflF, Springfield, N. Y., 
who was b. 1847, d. 1877, dau. of William Wycoff and Rachel Allen. 
Their children : 

1. Margaret, b. 1865. 

2. Lavinia, b. 1868, d. 1880. 

3. Lydia Marian, b. 1870. 

4. Charles, b. 1875. 

5. Ross James, b. 1877. 



392 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

151438. Fitz James Ely, London, Nemaha Co., Neb., b. 1843, son 
of Warren Ely and Caroline Tennant; m. 1869, Mary Delay, who was 
b. 1852, dau. of Joseph Delay and Harriet Maddox. Their children: 

1. Warren, b. 1869, d. 1870. 

2. Charles Floyd, b. 1870. 

3. Harriet Caroline, b. 1871. 

4. Lucy, b. 1876. 

5. Alice, b. 1879. 

151439. Adeline Huss Ely, b. 1847, dau. of Warren Ely an3 Caro- 
line Tennant; m. 1875, Rufus Perry Bennett, Springfield, N, Y,, who 
was b. 1846, son of Marvin Bennett and Edith Ann Krum. Their 
children : 

1. Ella Mary, b. 1876. 

2. Edith Caroline, b. 1878. 

3. Myrtle Chase, b. 1879. 

4. Grace Arline, b. 1880. 

1 522 14. James Ely, Thompsonville, Conn., b. 1798, still living Dec. 
22, 1881, son of Richard Ely and Lucretia Ray; m. 1822, Louisa Everest^ 
who was b. 1793, d. 1849; "i- 2nd, Sybil Chapin, who was b. 1803. 
Their children : 

1. Joseph Harvey, b. 1823, d. 1874; m. 1845, Laura Maria Goodrich. 

2. Frederick Everest, b. 1827; m. 1850, Elizabeth Thompson Martin, 

3. Mary Louise, b. 1832; m. ist, 1852, John Ensworth; 2nd, 1862, Jamea 

Norton. 

1 5222 1. Sophia Ely, East Haddam, Conn., b. 1793, d. 1875, dau. of 
James Ely and Rispah Beebe; m. 1812, Asa Swan, East Haddam, Conn., 
who was b. 1791, d. 1839, son of Jabez Swan and Mehitable Wheeler j 
m. 2nd, 1852, Selden Cook, Moodus, Conn., who was b. 1786, d. 1867, 
son of Moses Selden Cook and Elizabeth Cone. Their children : 

1. Sophia, b. 1813; m. 1832, Erastus Franklin Peck. 

2. James Ely, b. 1815, d. 1857; m. 1836, Lydia Maria Harris. 

3. Francis, b. 1817, d. 1869; m. 1840, Aurelia Church. 

4. Rufus Wheeler, b. 1818, d. 1864; m. 1840, Mary Anderson Cone. 

5. Edwin, b. 1821, d. 1843. 

6. Charles Wolcott, b. 1823, d. 1848; m. 1848, Persis Jane Ackley. 

7. Rispah Ely, b. 1825; m. i860, Elihu Marvin Day. 

8. Electa Arnold, b. 1827, d. 1853; m. 1848, Augustus Stanley Smith. 

9. Charlotte Gleason, b. 1831, d. 1850; m. 1849, Albert Selden. 
10. William Henry, b. 1835, d. 1836. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 393 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

152222. Electa Ely, b. 1795, d. 1866, dau. of James Ely and Rispah 
Beebe; m. 1817, Samuel Arnold, who was b. 1795, d. 1880, son of Josiah 
Barnes Arnold and Azubah Williams. Their children : 

1. Fluvia, b. 1818; m. 1837, Lord W. Cone, of Moodus, Conn. 

2. Nancy, b. 1820, d. 1877; m- 1841, Charles Miner. 

3. Emmeline, b. 1827; m. 1845, William L. Fuller, of Moodus, Conn. 

4. William Ely, b. 1830 (Graham St., second door from Lafayette Ave., 

Brooklyn, N. Y.). 

152241. Augusta Matilda Emmons, b. 1797, d. 1865, dau. of Phebe 
Ely and Dyar Emmons; m. 1817, Jacob Buell Gardner. Their children: 

1. Prudence Matilda, b. 1817, d. 1847; m. 1836, J. Nelson Sterry. 

2. Emmeline Freedom, b. 1819, d. 1879; m. 1838, Timothy Augustus 

LaPlace. 

3. James, b. 1821, d. 1829. 

4. Rosetta J., b. 1823, d. 1857; m. 1848, Benjamin C. Northrup. 

5. Jacob Buell, b. 1826, d. 1852; m. 1850, Sarah Quinn. 

6. Sarah Ellen, b. 1830; m. 1856, John H. Haskins. 

152242. Catherine Ely Emmons, b. 1798, d. 1846, dau. of Phebe Ely 
and Dyar Emmons; m. 1820, Caleb Loomis (152245), who was b. 1797, 
d. 1867, son of Samuel Loomis and Betsy Dunham. Their children: 

1. Louisa, b. 1821, d. 1839. 

2. Joel, b. 1822 (Lebanon, Conn.) ; m. 1861, Sarah Beckwith Miller. 

3. Robert, b. 1829, d. 1864; m. 1850, Phebe A. Leonard. 

4. Lyman, b. 1831, 3. 1835. 

5. Lyman, b. 1836; m. 1862, Arlina Worthington. 

152243. Aaron Ely Emmons, West Chester, Conn., b. 1800, d. 1878, 
son of Phebe Ely and Dyar Emmons ; m. 1826, Mary Newton Kellogg, 
Colchester, Conn., who was b. 1805, d. 185 1, dau. of Joseph Kellogg 
and Rachel Comstock; m. 2nd, 1853, Eunice Avery (Huntington), 
West Chester, Conn., who was b. 1813, dau, of Robert Stanton Avery 
and Sally Cary. Their children : 

1. Henry, b. 1827 (resides in Boston and has a family of seven children) ; 

m. 1856, Olive Elizabeth Page. 

2. Emily, b. 1829, d. 1853; m. 1852, Samuel Rogers Adams. 

3. Elizabeth, b. 1831. d. 1855; m. 1850, William Phelps. 

4. Horace, b. 1833, d. 1856. 

5. Ellen, b. 1834, d. 1852. 

6. Julius, b. 1836, d. 1837. 

7. Caroline, b. 1838, d. 1854. 



394 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

8. Julius, b. 1841, d. 1871. 

9. Nelson, b. 1843 (resides at Dayton, O., and has five children); m. 

1869, Jeanette Bigelow Chamberlain. 
ID. John, b. 1846 (resides at Dayton, O., and has two children); m. 1873, 
Jennie Griffin. 

152244. Octavius Emmons, West Chester^ Conn., b. 1802, d. 1861, 
son of Phebe Ely and Dyar Emmons; m. 1826, Violetta House, Glas- 
tonbury, Conn., who was b. 1809, d. 1853, dau. of Jeremiah House and 
Ruth Perple ; m. 2nd, 1854, Elizabeth Marshall (Smith), East Haddam, 
Conn., who was b. 1819, d. 1854, dau. of William Marshall and Eliza 
Dillaby. Their children : 

1. Almira Mellissa, b. 1827; m. 1849, Sherman Bigelow Rogers. 

2. Nancy Jane, b. 1829; m. 1850, David Brainard Williams. 

3. Albert Henry, b. 1831, d. 1865; m. 1853, Nancy Holcomb. 

4. Theresa Ann, b. 1833, d. 1834. 

5. Ellen Maria, b. 1835; m. 1856, John Newton Mitchell. 

6. Olivia Minerva, b. 1840; m. 1856, Watson Wesley Clark. 
I 7. Josephine Rosilla, b. 1844; m. 1863, Lyman West. 

8. Marshall, b. 1855. 

9. George Edward, b. 1857. 
10. Hattie Octavia, b. 1861. 

152245. Phebe Ely Emmons, Leesville, Conn., b. 1804, d. 1863, dau. 
of Phebe Ely and Dyar Emmons ; m. 1825, John Cook Snow, who was 
b. 1804, d. 1844, son of Henry Snow and Anna Cook; m. 2nd, 1847, 
Caleb Loomis (152242X), who was b. 1797, d. 1867, son of Samuel 
Loomis and Betsy Dunham. Their children : 

1. Nameless, b. 1826. 

2. John Franklin, b. 1827, d. 1830. 

3. William Henry, b. 1829. 

4. John Bartlett, b. 1832, d. 1871; m. 1862, Emma Martha Umberfield. 

5. Julia Ann, b. 1834, d. 1837. 

6. Romanzo Ebenezer, b. 1844, d. 1875; m. 1869, Lucy Maria Hay ward. 

152246. Nancy Emmons, West Chester, Conn., b. 1806, d. 1877, 
dau. of Phebe Ely and Dyar Emmons; m. 1831, Robert Chauncey 
Northam, West Chester, Conn., who was b. 1807, son of Charles 
Northam and Sally Harvey. Their children : 

1. Charlotte Matilda, b, 1832; m. 1854, Cornelius Dan Doane. 

2. Charles Harvey, b. 1834, d. 1838. 

3. David Todd, b. 1836; m. 1861, Sarah Ann Champlin. 

4. Nameless, b. 1838. 

5. Ann Elizabeth, b. 1839, d. i860. 

6. Nancy Louise, b. 1841, d. 1872; m. 1863, Henry J. Granger. 

7. Robert Chauncey, b. 1844, d. 1881; m. 1872, Estelle Fidelia Havens. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 395 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

152249. Edward Gilbert Emmons, West Chester, Conn., b. 1814, 
son of Phebe Ely and Dyar Emmons ; m. 1836, Harriet Gates Chapman, 
East Hampton, Conn., who was b. 181 1, dau. of Stephen Chapman and 
Huldah Cone. Their children : 

1. George W., b. 1840, d. 1842. 

2. Horace Chapman, b. 1842; m. 1872, Eva Cecile Strong. 

3. Levi Raymond, b. 1844, d. 1855. 

4. Harriet Ely, b. 1846; m. 1872, Neziah Bliss. 

5. John Leslie, b. 1849. 

152240. Dyar Emmons, Colchester, Conn., b. 181 5, son of Phebe 
Ely and Dyar Emmons ; m. 1842, Laura Huntington Silliman, Chatham, 
Conn., who was b. 1821, dau. of Eliphalet Silliman and Nancy Brainard 
Fuller. Their children : 

1. Walter Carlos, b. 1844, 

2. Royal Preston, b. 1846; m. 1867, Maria Greenwood. 

3. Julia Maria, b. 1848, d. 1875. 

4. Sarah Isadore, b. 1853, d. 1880. 

5. Mary Ellen, b. 1855. 

6. William Brainard, b. 1857. 

7. Louisa, b. i860. 

8. Frank Thomas, b. 1861, d. 1864. 

15224^. James Ely Emmons, Moodus, Conn, (has a record of the 
family), b. 1822, son of Phebe Ely and Dyar Emmons; m. 1851, Caro- 
line Elizabeth Spencer, who was b. 1830, d. 1864, dau. of Elijah Spencer 
and Mary Bigelow; m. 2nd, 1865, Phebe Jane Miner, Pharsalia, N. Y., 
who was b. 1842, dau. of Frederick Allen Miner and Sarah Ashcraft. 
Their children : 

1. Charles Edward, b. 1852; m. 1874, Rosetta Babcock. 

2. Gertrude Elizabeth, b. 1856, d. 1880. 

3. Phebe Maria, b. 1867. 

152261. Horace Ely, Hamburgh (Lyme), Conn., b. 1803, son of 
John Ely and Lucy Miller ; m. 1827, Rhoda Tooker, Lyme, Conn., who 
was b. 1803, d. 1878, dau. of John Tooker and Vashti Harvey. Their 
children : 

1. William Horace, b. 1827, d. 1851 ; m. 1849, Harriet Pliny Hamant. 

2. Lucy Ann, b. 1829 (Hamburgh, Conn.) ; m. 1849, Seth Monroe Brock- 

way. 

3. Rhoda Catherine, b. 1830 (Middletown, Conn.) ; m. 1856, Thomas Clark 

Brockway. 

4. Nameless, b. 1832. 

5. John James, b. 1834, d. i8sr. 

6. Julia Augusta, b. 1836, d. 1841. 



396 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SEVENTH GENERATION, 

7. Calvin Rodney, b. 1838, d. 1841. 

8. Elizabeth Augusta, b. 1842 (Hamburgh, Conn.). 

9. Elmer Augustus, b. 1844; m. 1869, Frances Reynolds. 

152262. William James Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1806, son of John Ely 
and Lucy Miller; m. 1835, Elizabeth Hubbard Ely (13726), who was b. 
1799, d. 1842, dau. of Cullick Ely and Azubah Lee Sill ; m. 2nd, 1844, 
Emma Giddings (Ely), (13732X), Sherman, Conn., who was b. 181 1, d. 
1880, dau. of Jane Louisa Ely and William Giddings. Their children : 

1. Delia Sophia, b. 1836, d. 1841. 

2. Manton Eastburn, b. 1838, d. 1841. 

3. Lucia Sill, b. 1842, d. 1877. 

4. James Pennoyer, b. 1845, d. 1863. 

5. Henry West, b. 1848. 

6. Lewellyn Giddings, b. 1854 (Hamburgh, Conn.) ; m. 1877, Sarah Jane 

Hall. 

152263. John Griswold Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1810, d. 1863, son of 
John Ely and Lucy Miller ; m. 1832, Sally Pratt Williams, Essex, Conn., 
who was b. 1812, dau. of Roderick Williams and Philenda Williams. 
Their children : 

1. John Heber, b. 1834, d. 1865; m. 1863, Ellen Maria Martin, 

2. Elizabeth Alice, b.*i836; m. 1861, Henry Sill Lord. 

3. Oscar Alexander, b. 1838; m. 1866, Antoinette Brockway. 

4. Ellen Gates, b. 1840; m. 1862, Calvin Lauriston Mack. 

5. Roderick Patterson, b. 1842, d. 1844. 

6. Isabel Lavinia, b. 1844; m. 1871, Captain David Boughton Hamilton. 

7. Ernest Howland, b. 1846, d. 1865. 

8. Lewis Lee, b. 1848, d. 1869. 

9. Nameless, b. 1851. (Dr. Josiah G. Ely, Hamburgh, may know; or 

Samuel C. Ely, Ely's Ferry, Hamburgh.) 
ID. Edna Jane, b. 1853. 
II. Edward Williams, b. 1856. 

152265. Ansel Rodney Ely, Lyme, Conn., b. 1814, d. i860, son of 
John Ely and Lucy Miller ; m. 1840, Mary Ann McCreary, Lyme, 
Conn., who was b. 1818, d. 1869, dau. of William McCreary and Nancy 
Terry. Their children : 

1. Ansel Rodney, b. 1842, d. 1865. 

2. Albert, b. 1845 (Hamburgh, Conn.) ; m. 1869, Angenette Tooker. 

3. Arthur Calvin, b. 1847. d. 1876. 

4. Rosabel Augusta, b. 1849; m. 1866, Frank Anderson. 

5. Ida, b. 1853, d. 1872. 

152266. Calvin Lynds Ely, Hamburgh, Conn., b. 1816, son of John 
Ely and Lucy Miller; m. 1841, Orvice Elizabeth Brockway, New 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 397 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

Rochelle, N. Y., b. 1817, d. 1872, dait. of Rodney Brockway and Mary 
Alice Miller; m. 2nd, 1874, Elizabeth Mather Hayden, Essex, Conn., 
who was b. 1836, dan. of Ulysses Hayden and Elizabeth Hayden Lord. 
Their children : 

1. Alice Angela, b. 1844, d. 1845. 

2. Walter Scott, b. 1847; m. 1878, Ann Louisa Morris. 

152433. Sarah Ely, dau. of Aaron Ely and Susan Smith; m. Town- 
send DeKalb (prob. DeKalb Townsend), (Mrs. Sarah Townsend, 237 
Skillman St., Brooklyn, N. Y.) 

152441. Jesse Sanford Ely, Norwich, Conn., b. 1807, d- '^^79> son 
of Eli Ely and Sarah Sanford; m. 1835, Harriet Grosvenor, North 
Killingly, Conn., who was b. 1813, dau. of Robert Grosvenor and Mary 
Begg-. Their children : 

1. William Grosvenor, b. Dec. 11, 1836 (Norwich, Conn.) ; m. 1865, Au- 

gusta Elizabeth Greene. 

2. Edwin Sanford, b. 1843 (Norwich, Conn.) ; m. 1872, Mary Brewer Chap- 

pell. 

3. Charles Albro, b. 1845; d. 1846. 

152442. Albro Ely, Harwinton, Conn., b. 1809, son of EH Ely and 
Sarah Sanford; m. 1846, Philomela Thompson, Mansfield, Conn., who 
was b. 1823, dau. of Charles Thompson and Mehitable Slate. Their 
children : 

1. Jane Olivia, b. 1848; m. 1869, Henry Smith Coe. 

2. Walter Albro, b. 1851; m. 1873, Henrietta Maria Terry. 

3. Eli Thompson, b. 1853. 

4. Clarence Monroe, b. 1855. 

5. Jessie Harriet, b. i860. 

152443. David Ely, Franklinville, Cattaraugus Co., N. Y., b. 181 1, 
son of Eli Ely and Sarah Sanford; m. 1835, Abigail Thurston, Frank- 
lin, Mass., who was b. 1817, 

152444. Edwin Ely, Danielsonville, Conn., b. 1813, son of Eli Ely 
and Sarah Sanford; m. 1836, Betsy Weaver, Brooklyn, Conn. 

152445. Sarah Fenn Ely, Danielsonville, Conn., b. 181 5, d. 1870,, 
dau. of Eli Ely and Sarah Sandford ; m. 1842, Elisha Danielson, Daniel- 
sonville, Conn., who was b. 1796, d. 1866, son of James Danielson and 
Sarah Lord. Their children: 

1. Katherine Ely, b. 1845. 

2. Charles Elisha, b. 1847. 

3. William Henry, b. 1848; m. 1880, Alice Hart Robinson. 

4. Sarah Lord, b. 1850, d. 1851. 

5. Edwin Lord, b. 1852. 



398 THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

6. George Eliakim, b. 1854. 

7. Walter Huntington, b. 1856. 

152447. Jane Cynthia Ely, Bristol, Conn., b. 1825, dau. of Eli Ely 
and Sarah Sanford; m. 1848, Silas Harrison Carrington, Bristol, Conn. 

152462. Catherine Elizabeth Ely, Lawrence Dale, Flushing, L. I., 
b. 1819, dau. of Seabury Ely and Ann Brown; m. 1841, William Augus- 
tus Lawrence, Flushing, L. I., who was b. 181 1, d. 1875, son of Thomas 
Lawrence and Elizabeth Stratton. Their children : 

1. Edwin Seabury, b. 1842. 

2. Ann Augusta, b. 1843. 

3. Mary Elizabeth, b. 1845. 

4. William Augustus, b. 1846; m. 1879, Emma Weeks. 

5. Theodore Brown, b. 1847. 

6. John Austin, b. 1849. 

7. Amelia Stratton, b. 1852. 

8. Sarah Louisa, b. 1855. 

9. Henry Bogert, b. 1856. 

10. Katie Lois, b. 1858, d. 1866. 

11. Uretta Bell, b. 1864. 

(Mr. William Augustus Lawrence has an interesting ancestry, being a lineal 
descendant of Capt. Wm. Lawrence, who landed in Conn., 1635.) 

152465. George Edward Ely, b. 1831, son of Seabury Ely and Ann 
Brown ; m. 1870, Sarah Ann Lott, who was b. 1843, dau. of Francis Lott 
and Amelia Van Allen. Their children : 

I. Zenobia, b. 1872. 

152466. Emmeline Louisa Ely, b. 1835, dau. of Seabury Ely and 
'Ann Brown ; m. 1863, Henry Johnson, who was b. 1830, son of John 
Johnson and Maria Lott. Their children: 

1. Henry Ditmans, b. 1865. 

2. Maria Louisa, b. 1867. 

3. William Lupton, b. 1872. 

1 52471. Calvin Luther Ely, Branford, Conn., b. 1828, son of Cal- 
vin Ely and Nancy Ely (Alford) Cook; m. 1850, Sarah Louisa Beers, 
Branford, Conn., who was b. 1832, dau. of Lester Beers and Mary Stead- 
man. Their children : 

1. Frances Anna, b. 1851 ; m. 1873, Benjamin Eli Goodrich. 

2. Adrian Griswold, b. 1853; m. 1876, Mary Elvira Averill. 

3. Hattie Alford, b. 1857. 

4. Lottie May, b. 1864. 

Isabel Ely Hamilton, widow of Captain David B. Hamilton, states, 
in reference to Calvin Luther Ely, that he served in the War of the Re- 
bellion and obtained the rank of captain for distinguished gallantry. 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 399 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

Captain Calvin Ely was a faithful and efficient officer, and is highly 
esteemed by his large circle of friends. 

Captain and Mrs. Ely celebrated their golden wedding in June, 1900. 

152472. Griswold Seabury Ely, Meridian, Sutter Co., Cal., b. 1828, 
son of Calvin Ely and Nancy Ely Alford (Cook); m. i860, Martha 
Friend, who was b. 1832, dau. of John Friend and Ella Campbell. Their 
children : 

1. Ella Louisa, b. 1863. 

2. Calvin Luther, b. 1865. 

3. Lottie May, b. 1868. 

4. Esther Maud, b. 1872. 

5. Ora Eva, b. 1879. 

152481. Jeannette Ely, dau. of Benjamin Ely and Huldah Alford; 
m. Alexander Elliott, son of Moses Elliott and Ellen McClellan. Their 
children : 

1. James. / 

152513. Louisa Alford, Emporia, Kansas, b. 1812, dau. of Arnold 
Alford and Lois Beebe; m. 1831, EHsha Gates, Castleton, Vt., b. 1797, 
d. 1864, son of Cyrus Gates and Mercy Herrick. Their children : 

1. Betsy Louisa, b. 1831, d. 1851. 

2. Elizur Alford, b. 1833, d. 1834. 

3. Esther Maria, b. 1834. 

4. Elizur, b. 1837, d. 1838. 

5. Caroline, b. 1839, d. 1842. 

6. Edgar Woodward, b. 1841, d. 1859. 

7. John Alford, b. 1843, d. 1845. 

8. Mary Isabel, b. 1845. 

9. Caroline Herrick, b. 1847. 
10. Alice Ida, b. 1850. 

(Mary I. Gorham, Orange, Mass., is one of the children. Mrs. Gates was 
at Fairhaven, Rutland Co., Vermont, January i, 1882.) 

152542. Virgilious Gustavus Cook, b. 1814, d. 1841, son of Nancy 
Ely Alford and Peres Cook; m. 1839, Elizabeth Washburn, Litchfield, 
Conn. No children. 

152543. Louisa Francesca Cook, b. 1818, d. 1841, dau. of Nancy 
Ely Alford and Peres Cook ; m. 1834, Augustus Barnes, Southington, 
Conn., who was b. 1810, son of Beebe Barnes and Rosannah Beecher. 
Their children : 

I. Augustus Cook, b. 1838. 
(Louisa Miller, dau. of Edward Miller, Meriden, Conn., has Bible of Peres 
Cook of considerable historic interest.) 



400 , THE ELY ANCESTRY. 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

152544. Ann Ely Lord Cook, b. 1819, d. 1851, dau. of Nancy Ely 
Alford and Peres Cook; m. 1845, Edward Miller, Meriden, Conn., son 
of Samuel Miller and Mary Gilbert. Their children : 
I. Anna Lewis, b. 1847. 

152913. Eliza Ely, dau. of John Ely and Margaret Strutenburg Lee, 
was b. March 13, 1819, and d. Jan. 11, 1899. 

She m. Sept. 20, 1838, James Hall Bready, Esq., a member of the 
Philadelphia Bar. His parents were Clement Lee Bready and Mary Hall. 
Mr. Bready d. Dec. 26, 1842. Children: 

1. John Ely, b. Apr. 11, 1840; m. Apr. 23, 1873, Marcia Winona Brovvnell. 

2. Louisa Ely, b. Dec. 10, 1841; m. 1866, George F. Knorr. 

John Ely Bready, M. D., resides in Dubuque, Iowa. He m. Marcia 
Winona Brownell. 

Louisa Ely Bready m. George F. Knorr, of Philadelphia, who d. 
June, 1874, in Germantown, 

The following hymn was composed by Mrs. Eliza Ely Bready for the 
opening exercises of the Ely Reunion at Lyme, July 10, 1878 : 
Hymn by Mrs. Eliza Bready, of Germantown, Philadelphia: 
Two centuries since or more, 
To this New England shore, 

Our Fathers came; 
With hearts and hands all true, 
Bringing from old to new. 
Faith, love, and hope, to view 
The land we claim. 

Since that eventful day 
To us so far away. 

What change has come! 
From bleak New England's shore 
To all the country o'er, 
North, West, and South, yea more 

Our kindred roam. 

The Ely name is found 

Through all the country round — 

Faithful and true; 
And now to-day we meet 1 

Pilgrims with willing feet. 
To hold some converse sweet. 

With old and new. 

God grant our country peace. 
And let it never cease 
Forevermore. 




REV. WILLIAM ELY, D.D. 

PHILADELPHIA, PENNSYLVANIA 



THE ELY ANCESTRY. 401 

SEVENTH GENERATION. 

Give us the children's glory, 
The Fathers wise and hoary, 
Promised in sacred story, 
In days of yore. 

152918. Rev. Dr. William Ely, son of John Ely, 15291, and Mar- 
garet Strutenburg Lee, was b. in Philadelphia, June 4, 1831 ; was edu- 
cated in Philadelphia, and studied theology at the General Theological 
Seminary, New York. 

He was ordained Deacon by the late Bishop Alonzo Potter, Oc- 
tober 5, 1856 ; and Priest, Feb. 7, 1858, by the same Prelate. 

He m. Caroline Craig, dau. of Oldham G. Craig and Mary Matilda 
Roberts, Nov. 16, 1858. She was b. March 14, 1838, and d. Feb. 26, 1871. 

Their children : 

1. Unnamed, b