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Compiled and copyright by MJP Grundy, 2003
"Daylily" block print by Anne E. G. Nydam, used with permission.



This is mainly the story of the ancestors of Martha Ely who married Isaiah Balderston in 1772,
with mention of Jane Ely who married Benjamin Paxson in 1784, and a few other Elys who married Paxsons.
It makes no pretense to being a definitive study of the entire Ely family.

        Much of the information on the earlier generations has been taken from secondary sources, especially Reuben Pownall Ely, Warren Smedley Ely, and Daniel Brittain Ely, comps., An Historical Narrative of the Ely, Revell and Stacye Families who were among the founders of Trenton and Burlington in the Province of West Jersey, 1673-1683 with the genealogy of the Ely descendants in America (1910). Eventually I hope to check out their sources, but so far I have not had time to do that. There are several accounts of the Ely family on the web, at least one of which shows its sources in a helpful way, but I have not been able to check others for accuracy with primary sources. I have included here a few bits of information that are referenced to web pages. Readers can evaluate the sources for themselves. Caveat emptor! To see the sources I've used, especially for the generations in Pennsylvania, and other notes, click on the small blue numerals in brackets. Or, you can go directly to the Citations and Notes. Not all the citations have been posted yet. This continues t be a work in progress.

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Early Generations in England


        There are mentions of Ely family members in English records from the time of the Plantagenets, but I have not seen proof of how any of them connect to our family.[1] There is one such line of the Ely family on the web, but I have not been able to check others for accuracy with primary sources. I have therefore not included it here.

        We’ll start with John ElyC, born in 1544 in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. He married Elizabeth WEBSTER (born 1548 in Somercotes). They were married in 1572 in Elizabeth’s home town, as was the usual situation. There are two Somercoates, North and South, each a parish in the union of Louth, Nottinghamshire. North Somercoates, the parish of St. Peter, was more than twice as big as South Somercoates, eight and a quarter miles northeast from Louth.[2] I don't know which of these places was Elizabeth’s home, or who her parents were. The couple moved to Lincolnshire.

        Children of John and Elizabeth (Webster) Ely (may be incomplete):

i.    Thomas ElyB , b. 1574 in Utterby, Lincolnshire.

ii.    George Ely, b. 2 July 1580, Great Carlton, Lincolnshire. See below.

        George ElyB, the son of JohnC and Elizabeth, was born 2 July 1580. He is said to have married in 1615, but his wife’s name has not been found by me.[3]

        George and his wife had at least one child, a son, George ElyA.



        George ElyA, the son of GeorgeB, was married 26 December 1644 in Oxton to Sarah HEATH. She was the daughter of John and Elizabeth (PALMER) Heath.[4]

        Oxton was a parish in the union of Southwell, five miles west by south from Southwell, in Nottinghamshire. It is on the small river Dove, on the southeast border of the ancient Sherwood Forest. The strong clay soil makes better sheep pasture than tilled farms, and there was an annual sheep fair on the second Tuesday in September. The collegiate church of St. Peter was built about the time of Richard III, but enlarged and re-pewed in 1841 so it no longer resembles how the Elys would have known it.[5]

        George first appeared in the Manor Court Records of Mansfield on 3 December 1645, when his daughter Sara was baptised there, according to the parish register.[6] These records provide our main source of information about him. Mansfield’s church of St. Peter reflects many styles of architecture. The two lower portions of the tower are early Norman. One window is in early English style. The arches, piers, and north door are in the "decorated" style.[7]

        Mansfield, where George and Sarah (Heath) lived, was a market town and parish, head of a union, in Nottinghamshire. It was fourteen miles north by west from the city of Nottingham, on the road from London to Leeds. Originally it was called Maunsfield, on the small river Maun or Mann. There were ancient British and Roman settlements here. The Mercian kings lived in Mansfield in order to hunt in Sherwood Forest, and it was a royal demesne from Edward the Confessor, William the Conqueror, William Rufus, and on up until Henry VIII gave it to the Duke of Norfolk. But the crown got it back in a real estate swap, until Elizabeth I (not into hunting) granted it away. Henry III gave it a weekly market on Mondays (afterwards changed to Thursdays), and the privilege of housebote or haybot, whereby inhabitants were permitted to take timber from Sherwood Forest for fences or house repairs. There were also cattle and hog fairs April 5 and July 10.[8]

        In 1648 George Ely obtained from the Vicar and Churchwardens a lease for 21 years, of a tenement in Westgate, Mansfield, at a yearly rent of 20 shillings. He was admitted as a tenant thereof at a Court of the Manor of Mansfield held 13 June 1648. In 1655-56 George Ely was mentioned as a part occupier of Pinfold Close.[9]

        At the same court held 13 June 1648 John HEATH and Elizabeth his wife surrendered a full moity, or half part of a close of land [i.e. arable], meadow, and pasture called Oxclose, containing about nine acres, currently in the occupation of John, to their son-in-law George Ely and his heirs.[10]

        At a Court held 15 January 1655/6 George Ely obtained a mortgage upon a cottage in a place or street called Scotland in Mansfield. In a later Court held 15 January 1668/9 Joshua Ely, son of George, deceased, surrendered it, along with a croft, to his sisters Sara, Rebecca, Ruth, and Elizabeth. On 5 July 1670 Ruth and Elizabeth surrendered their claim to it to their sisters Sara and Ruth, while at the same Court Sara surrendered her share to Joshua Ely and Rice JONES upon trust to perform her last will.[11]

        At a Court held 12 August 1656 John HEATH and Gervas Hutton [Gervase Hooton] obtained a mortgage upon a cottage in Stockwellgate, Mansfield, on behalf of Sara Ely, widow. Presumably the money was paid when it came due in 1661.[12]

        The Ely and Stacy families were among those early convicted by the Light[13] under the ministry of George Fox. The Stacy/Stacey families were of Ballifield Hall and Cinder Hill. In his Journal, George Fox recounted that three weeks earlier a meeting had been announced so “Friends that were [previously] convinced of the Truth” would have notice of his coming. The crowd that assembled to hear Fox

was judged to be about two and a half thousand people, and all peaceable and quiet. And many persons of quality were there, as, captains and other officers; and there was a general convincement.
    And at night we had a great meeting again in Thomas Stacey’s house; for people came from far and could not soon depart. The high sheriff of the county told Captain Bradford that he had intended to have come up with half a dozen of his troopers to the meeting, but the Lord prevented him and stopped him.[14]

        In the early part of the 20th century there was an antique black oak table in the Hall, inlaid with a silver plate inscribed: “This called by Fox the Quaker’s Table, made before 1593, was for many years at Synder [Cinder] Hill and afterwards for sixty years in the Tool House there, then restored and placed in Ballifield Hall by Thomas Watson Cadman, Esq., in December, 1868.”[15]

        George Ely died and was buried 31 May 1656 in Mansfield parish, Nottinghamshire.[16]

        Children of George and Sarah (Heath) Ely, as indicated in transfers of property (may be incomplete):[17]

i.    Sarah Ely1, chr. 3 Dec. 1645 in Mansfield; d. 1668.

ii.    Rebecca Ely, b. 1648 in Mansfield; m. 1668 Mahlon STACY of Dorehouse, Yorkshire, and they emigrated to West Jersey in 1678 on the Shield.[18] Rebecca's daughter Sarah Stacey m. 17/10m/1702 as his second wife, Joseph Kirkbride.

iii.    Ruth Ely, b. 1650 in Mansfield; bur. 27 Dec. 1672; m. Lionell REVELL.[19]

iv.    Joshua Ely b. 1652 in Mansfield; d. 16 June 1702, Burlington, N.J.; m. 29/8m/1673 Mary SENIOR.

v.    Elizabeth Ely, bapt. 13 Aug. 1654 in Mansfield; bur. 27 Dec. 1672 in the private family cemetery of the Stacys’ at Ballifield Hall, Hansworth, Yorkshire, where in 1905 her tomb was in a state of good preservation.[20] She was unmarried and her property descended to her brother Joshua.[21]


Immigrant Generation


Joshua Ely1, son of George and Sarah, was born in 1652 [ca. 1649?] in Mansfield, Nottinghamshire. He died between 1700 and November 1702 in Burlington, New Jersey. He was married twice, first to Mary Senior, and second to Rachel Lee.

        Joshua was a young child when his father died in 1656. His name appears in the Court Manor records as various real extate arrangements were made in settling the estate of his father and making provision for George’s mother and sisters. On 11 June 1661 Joshua obtained relief as heir of George Ely, to all his lands. At the age of twelve he would be capable of taking the oath of allegiance to the crown, and at the age of fourteen he could choose his own guardian—which was not necessary at this time as his mother was still alive.[22] As a Friend he would have refused to swear an oath.

        Joshua’s mother must have died between 26 September 1665 when she appointed a new trustee in place of Gervase HOOTON, and 5 January 1668/9 when Joshua chose his brother-in-law Mahlon STACY as his guardian.[23]

        While still a minor, Joshua married 29 Eighth Month 1673 Mary SENIOR, the daughter of Alice Senior. Mary had been born in 1653 in Mansfield. Her mother Alice was buried 17 Sixth Month 1685 at Skegby.[24] When the couple declared their marriage intentions to Mansfield Monthly Meeting, it minuted 1/7m/1673:

Joshua Ely declares his intentions of marriage with Mary Senierd. Certificates are received from his guardians, Mahlon & Rebeka Stacy & Lionel & Ruth Revel, his brother-in-law & sister, & also his grandmother, Elizabeth Heath, giving their consent to the marriage.[25]

        The marriage was held at the house of G. COCKARAIN in Skegby.

        It is not clear when the Ely family, and which members thereof, became Friends. There were no membership lists at first. A person was a Friend if his or her life testified to the Truth that Friends proclaimed. This involved witnessing against the double standard implied by taking oaths, the forced payment of tithes to a church established by the government, and outward forms of obesance and honor to people the dominant culture said were socially superior. It involved a life of scrupulous honesty as well as faithful attendance at the sometimes prohibited meetings for worship. It is possible that young Joshua went along with other family members, particularly his sister Rebecca and her husband Mahlon STACY. But perhaps Joshua had not himself experienced the inward transformation that empowered early Friends to endure such rough treatment. A minute in the Women’s Quarterly Meeting Minute Book, of Mansfield, reads:

Mary Leadbeater & Eliz. Corkram exhorted Joshua Ely & his wife for absenting from meeting; he said he had satisfied men friends & he thought that was sufficient; but after some words with him he spake something as signifying that he had not unity with all that spake amongst friends, & he was exhorted to faithfulness; his wife said she intended to come amongst us again.[26]

        Joshua and Mary’s first three children were listed in Friends records, while their fourth child, George, was christened in 1682[27], a sure sign that the family were no longer Friends. Apparently Mary decided to go with her husband, rather than remain with Friends.

        At some point Joshua and his family moved from Mansfield to the parish of Dunham, in the union of East Retford, Northern Division of Nottinghamshire.[28] Dunham is located on the river Trent on the Lincolnshire border, a few miles west of Mansfield and five and three quarters miles northeast by east from Tuxford. The river Trent was prone to flooding, sometimes to a height of ten feet. There was a market and a fair for cattle and merchandize on August 12, both long since discontinued. The church of St. Oswald was rebuilt in 1805 except for its square tower in the later English style.[29]

        Joshua’s sister Rebecca and her husband Mahlon STACY emigrated to West Jersey on the Shield, landing on 10 November 1678. With them came a cousin, Thomas REVELL, of Derbyshire, who was an Anglican. Mahlon took up a tract of land where Trenton is today, and erected a mill, that was used by settlers in Hunterdon County and also from across the Delaware River in Bucks County.[30]

        Through the influence of Mahlon and Rebecca, Joshua and Mary and their family emigrated to Trenton in West Jersey in 1683 or 1684. Mahlon conveyed 400 acres on both sides of the Assinnipink Creek to Joshua by deed dated 20 April 1685 for a consideration of £47.10.0.[31] It fronted on the river, about five eighths of a mile from a point thirty-two and a half chains north of the mouth of the creek upward, and extended inland one mile. [32] Later Joshua bought two additional tracts of 400 acres each.[33] In 1685 Joshua appears in the record as Constable for the Falls of Delaware, which had already become a trading post and village.[34]

        Apparently after moving to the new world Joshua and Mary remained apart from Friends.[35] There are no Ely records in Hinshaw for Burlington Monthly Meeting.

        On 14 First Month (March) 1687/8 Joshua Ely brought a suit against John BROCK in the Bucks County Court of Quarter Sessions and Common Pleas, for £7.11 and costs. The case was settled with the rather cryptic note that Joshua made assurances to the defendant about the boy.[36]

        Joshua witnessed a deed on 8 Fourth Month (June) 1692 in which Richard RIDGWAY sold for £101 to Samuel BEAKES 120 acres in Bucks County.[37] Both parties to the transaction were identified as yeomen of Bucks County, Pennsylvania.

        Joshua apparently owned land and was a familiar presence on both sides of the River. He was recognized as a prominent man in West Jersey. There he was commissioned a justice in 1700 and again in 1701.[38]

        Mary died in 1698 in Burlington and was buried in Trenton. Joshua then married 9 November 1699 Rachel LEE.[39]

        Joshua died before 16 Fourth Month (June) 1702 in Burlington. His will is quoted in Ely, written 6 November 1700. Joshua styled himself “Gentleman” of Burlington County. He bequeathed to his wife Rachel one third of his estate to bring up and raise their two young children, Benjamin and Ruth, each of them getting 20/. Joshua’s daughter Elizabeth was to receive £50 at age 21. To his four sons, Joshua, George, John, Hugh and his daughter Sarah, Joshua gave the residue, equally divided among the five of them, unless George marry Christian, the daughter of Nathaniel PETTIT in which case he gets no share, only just £20. Joshua named his friend and cousin Thomas REVELL of Burlington executor, and gave him £5. The will was probated in 1704. The estate was inventoried 16/4m/1702, and included a “sieled chest and lock valued at £1.4.00 containing a silver tankard and cup valued at £9”; 12 silver spoons valued at £8.08.00; a quantity of old pewter pieces, coverlets, sheets, “pillowbears”, table cloths and napkins. A list of people owing money to Joshua included Thomas REVEL £20.5 (the executor), Christopher SNOWDEN £321.12 (who witnessed the will), Benjamin FFIELDS £30, Richard LANNING £30, John RICHARDSON £3, and John CLARKE £30. The estate also included the balance of time of an indentured servant.[40]

        Children of Joshua and his first wife Mary (Senior) Ely:[41]

i.    John Ely2, b. 7/6m/1674 in Mansfield, Eng.; bur. 25/9m/1676 in Skegby, Notts.

ii.    George Ely, b. 8/8m/1675 NS in Mansfield, Eng.; bur. 3/3m/1676 at Skegby, Notts.

iii.    Joshua Ely, b. 25/2m/1677 NS in Nottinghamshire, Eng.[42]; d. 1760; m. Mary ___. In real estate transactions he is referred to as “Joshua Ely of Hopewell”.[43]

iv.    George Ely, christened (?) 8 Sept. 1682 in Mansfield, Eng.; d. 1750 in Trenton; m. 21 August 1705 Jane PETTIT, daughter of Nathaniel.[44]

v.    John Ely, said to have been b. 7 Jan. 1685 at sea on the voyage to the colonies, or perhaps soon after their arrival; d. 3 Feb. 1732 in Trenton; m. 1706 Frances VENABLES, daughter of William and Elizabeth of Bucks Co. He became the owner of the upper part of his father’s tract, where he was living at the time of his death. He also owned land a little farther back from the river in what became Middlesex Co. Had 4 children:
a) John m. Phebe ALLISON;
b) William;
c) Mary who m. William HILL;
d) Elizabeth who m. Joseph HIGSBEE[45]

vi.    Elizabeth Ely, b. 1687 in Trenton.

vii.   Hugh Ely, b. 1689 or 1693 in Trenton, NJ; d. 1771 or 1772 in Buckingham, Bucks Co., Pa.: m(1) 1712 Mary HEWSON; m(2) 1753, as her second husband Phoebe (CANBY) Smith, the widow of Robert.

viii.  Sarah Ely, b. 1690 in Trenton; Mahlon STACY was appointed her guardian on 7 Oct. 1712; Sarah was mentioned in the will of her aunt Rebecca (Ely) Stacy.[46]

ix.    Elizabeth Ely, b.

x.    Elizabeth Ely, b. 1694 in Trenton, Hunterdon Co., N.J., the year her mother died.

        Children of Joshua and his second wife Rachel (Lee) Ely:[47]

xi.    Benjamin Ely, twin, b. in Trenton

xii.   Ruth Ely, twin, b. in Trenton



Second Generation in the New World



Joshua Ely2, son of Joshua1 and his first wife Mary (Senior) Ely, was born on 25 Second Month NS [February] 1677 in Nottinghamshire, England.[48] He is said to have died 25 September 1760 near Trenton, now Hunterdon County, New Jersey. In any event, letters of administration for his estate were granted to George Ely on 14 March 1760)[49] (It seems obvious that one of these dates is incorrect.) Joshua married Mary ___.

        In 1705 Joshua bought a portion of his parents’ homestead.[50] In the real estate transactions he is referred to as “Joshua Ely of Hopewell”.[51]



George Ely2, son of Joshua1 and his first wife Mary (Senior) Ely, was said to have been christened 8 September 1682 in Mansfield, England. However, as his parents were Friends, it is highly unlikely that he was christened; I rather suspect the date is his birth. He died in 1750 in Trenton. George married on 21 August 1705 in Lewes, Sussex County (in what is now Delaware) at the home of Jonathan BAILY, uncle of the bride, Jane PETTIT, daughter of Nathaniel. It appears that George had planned to marry Christian Pettit, but his father, in his will, practically disinherited George if he married her.[52]

        George purchased 100 acres of his father’s homestead. He became an active citizen of “Trent Town”, serving on its first town council in 1746 [unless this is his son].[53]

        His will dated 16 March 1749/5, was probated 12 September 1750.[54]

        Children of George and Jane (Pettit) Ely: [55]

i. Joshua Ely3, b. 10 Mar. 1704; m. Elizabeth BELL; removed from Trenton to Solebury; had 4 sons and 3 daughters.[56]

ii. Sarah Ely, b. ca. 1705; m. John DAGWORTHY.

iii. George Ely, b. 1706;

iv. Rebecca Ely, b. ca. 1708; m. 11 Dec. 1743 Eliakim ANDERSON;

v. Mary Ely, b. ca. 1709; m. Richard GREEN;

vi. Joseph Ely, b. ca. 1710;




Hugh Ely2, son of Joshua1 and his first wife Mary (Senior) Ely, was born in 1689 or “ye year 1693” in Trenton.[57] He was not a birthright Friend, as his parents had left the Quaker fold by 1682, before his birth, although he later joined. Hugh died in 1771. He married first on 12 December 1712 Mary HEWSON who supposedly was also born in Trenton in 1689. Mary had died by 1753 when Hugh married secondly 16 May 1753 in Buckingham Phoebe (CANBY) Smith, widow of Robert, and daughter of Thomas CANBY and his first wife Sarah (JARVIS) Canby. Phebe and her father were both recorded ministers. Phebe died in 1774.[58]

        On 3 November 1712 a property in Solebury, Bucks County, was conveyed to Hugh Ely of Chesterfield, Burlington County, New Jersey, the youngest son of Joshua and Mary Ely. This was the land Thomas REVELL (executor for Hugh’s father’s estate) had conveyed to Nathaniel ROSSELL (Russel) in 1705. Hugh and Mary took up residence on the land.[59]

        On his removal to Bucks County in 1720, Hugh conveyed his tract in New Jersey on 7 May to Joseph HIGSBEE, who had married Hugh’s neice, Elizabeth Ely (daughter of John).[60] Hugh purchased 300 acres from James LENNOX, dated 19 May 1720. Then on 12 December 1724 he acquired an adjoining 100 acres in Solebury from Richard LUNDY and his wife Jane. This was all part of the original 1000 acre Lundy tract. It extended from Broadhurst’s Lane to Holicong and from the York Road to Buckingham Mountain. He resided there the rest of his life.[61]

        Hugh was named an Elder in Buckingham Monthly Meeting.[62] After 1746 he was frequently named a representative to attend Bucks Quarterly Meeting.[63]

        Hugh died in 1771 in Buckingham. In his will he identified himself as “of Buckingham, yeoman”; it was signed 22 Eighth Month (October) 1764, and probated 29 January 1772. He named his wife Phebe, and sons Thomas and Hugh executors. Also mentioned in the will were Thomas’s son Hugh, Hugh’s daughter Ann (wife of Peter MATSON); and the children of Hugh’s daughter Anna, the late wife of John WILKINSON. His son Hugh received the plantation of 250 acres. The will was witnessed by Isaac PICKERING, Joseph WATSON, and Paul PRESTON.[64]

        Phebe, Hugh’s widow, died in 1774.[65]

        Children of Hugh and Mary (Hewson) Ely:[66]

i.    Thomas Ely3, b. 20 Jan. 1714 in Trenton; m. 1734 Sarah LOWTHER; d. in Darlington, Md.

ii.    Hugh Ely Jr., b. 25 Mar. 1715 in Trenton; d. 28/4m (Apr.) 1791 in Buckingham, Bucks Co.; m. 30/9m (Nov.) 1746 at Falls in Buckingham MM Elizabeth BLACKFAN (she d. 7/5m/1796) daughter of William and Eleanor (Wood) Blackfan of lower Solebury. Elizabeth's granddaughter Hannah SMITH was remembered in Elizabeth's sister Hannah (Blackfan) PAXSON's will. Hugh and Elizabeth had 6 children:
a)   John (b. 19/3m/1748);
b)   William (b. 7/4m/1750, d. 20/1m/1824, m. 23/11m/1774 Cynthia FELL, and had a son, Edward who m. Sarah Ann Paxson);
c)   Elizabeth (b. 29/11m/1755);
d)   Hugh (b. 6/3m/1760, m. 1793 Ruth PAXSON, daughter of Oliver and Ruth (WATSON) Paxson;
e)   Jesse (b.26/3m/1765);
f)   Joseph (b. 3/5m/1771).
Hugh and his descendants remained on the farm.[67]

iii.    Ann Ely, b. 25 Mar. 1715 (apparently a twin of Hugh); d. before July 1796 in Montgomery Co., Pa.; m. Peter MATTSON, of Swedish descent; 8 children.[68]

iv.    Anna Ely, b. 21 Jan. 1718 in Trenton; d. Nov, 1762 in Bucks Co.; m. John WILKINSON.


Third Generation


Joshua Ely3, son of George and Jane (Pettit) Ely, was born 10 March 1704, and died 15 July 1783 in Solebury, Bucks County, Pennyslvania. In 1728 he married Elizabeth BELL, the daughter of Henry and Elizabeth (__) Bell.

        Joshua Ely seems to have removed from Trenton to Solebury about 1738. He joined Friends at Buckingham Monthly Meeting on 4 Fifth Month [July] 1738. He was very active in the Meeting, and was recognized as an elder in 1752. In 1758 he was recorded as a minister.[69]

        Children of Joshua and his wife Elizabeth (BELL) Ely: [[70]

i. Joshua Ely4, b. 16 Apr. 1730; d. 11 Mar. 1805; m. 22 Nov. 1758 Elizabeth HUGHES, daughter of Matthew and Elizabeth (STEVENSON) Hughes; 5 children:
a) Abner Ely, b. 2 Jul 1759; d. 11 Jun 1834; m(1) 27 Nov. 1786 in Solebury Hannah LACEY; m(2) 1790 in Solebury Hannah PIDCOCK; m(3) 1 Jan. 1795 Jane WILEY;
b) Joshua Ely, b. 19 Sept. 1760; d. 9 Mar. 1846; m. 7 Apr. 1784, in Buckingham MM, Sarah GRIFFITH;
c) Jonathan Ely, b. 2 Aug. 1762; d. 26 Aug. 1836, Solebury; m. 4 Dec. 1780, Cynthia MORTON. She was the daughter of Michael Morton who died in 1807, leaving a widow Sarah, and seven children: Cortland, Rachel wife of Charles Morrow, Cynthia wife of Jonathan Ely, Hester wife of Ephraim Bonham, Martha, Gershom, and Letitia Morton. Michael Morton purchased a small lot in Solebury in 1791. [Letter from Warren S. Ely to J. F. Morrow, 12/29/1904, transcribed by Andy Anderson, great-grandson of Homer B. Morrow, and sent to me 11/25/2014 by Duncan Morrow.]
d) Elizabeth Ely, b. 24 Sept. 1763; d. in Delaware; m. 10 Nov. 1790, Buckingham MM, David TUCKER;
e) Hannah Ely, b. 24 Sept. 1766; d. 28 Nov. 1822; m(1) 6 June 1783 John KITCHIN; m(2) 11 Nov. 1795, Oliver HAMPTON;
ii. George Ely, b. 9 Sept. 1733; d. 11 Jan. 1815; m. 24 Sept. 1760 Sarah MAGILL. She was b. 9 Sept. 1742 in Solebury, and d. 18 Sept. 1823. They had 11 children:
a) Joseph Ely, b. 13 Aug 1761;
b) Jane Ely, b. 5 Jan 1764; d. 13 Aug 1837, Columbiana Co., OH; m. 9 Jun 1784, Buckingham MM, Bucks Co., PA, Benjamin PAXSON;
c) Joshua Ely, b. 4 Jul 1766; 5 Aug 1775, Solebury.
d) Amos Ely, b. 6 Feb 1769;
e) George Ely, b. 25 Jul 1772; d. 27 Apr 1836, Solebury, Bucks Co., PA; m. 14 Nov 1798, Buckingham MM, Bucks Co., PA, Sarah SMITH (1771-1854);
f) William Ely, b. 26 Nov 1774; d. Jan 1851, Newton, Bucks Co., PA; m. 19 May 1802, Buckingham MM, Bucks Co., PA, Rebecca SMITH;
g) Aaron Ely, b. 24 Aug 1777; d. 20 May 1857, New Hope, Bucks Co., PA; m. Alada BRITTAIN;
h) Joshua Ely, b. 24 Oct 1779; d. 26 Nov 1779, Solebury.
i) Mark Ely, b. 18 Sep 1781; d. 27 Sep 1834, Solebury; m(1) 2 June 1802, Buckingham MM, Hannah JOHNSON; m(2) Rachel HAMBLETON;
j) Mathias Ely, b. 5 Sep 1783; d. 17 Nov 1838; m(1) Mary BROADHURST; m(2) Hannah Egan WHITSON;
k) Amasa Ely, b. 12 Nov 1787; d. 19 Sep 1854, Lambertville, Hunterdon Co., NJ; m1. Elizabeth BRITTAIN; m2. Alada BRITTAIN;
iii. Sarah Ely, b. 14 June 1736; d. 13 Mar. 1818; m. William KITCHEN.

iv. John Ely, b. 28 May 1738; d. 6 July 1818; m(1) 14 Nov. 1764 Sarah SIMCOCK; m(2) 10 June 1778 Margaret RICHARDS (both in Buckingham Monthly Meeting).

v. Hugh Ely, b. 8 Aug. 1741; d. 22 Apr. 1804 in Solebury; m. 21 Nov. 1764 Elizabeth WILSON (1739-1821) daughter of Samuel and Rebecca (CANBY) Wilson; 5 children:
a) Rebecca Ely, b. 25 Aug 1765;
b) Sarah Ely, b. 2 May 1768; m. 11 Sep 1793, Buckingham MM, Bucks Co., PA, Samuel SMITH;
c) Hannah Ely, b. 30 Jun 1771; d. 3 Jan 1823; m1. Samuel HARROLD; m2. Charles NORCROSS;
d) John Ely, b. 19 Dec 1773; d. 31 Jan 1778, Solebury;
e) John Ely, b. 9 Apr 1778; d. 28 July 1826; m. 11 Nov. 1801 Rachel HARTLEY, b. 23 Dec. 1773, daughter of Anthony and Sarah (BETTS) Hartley; 4 children.
vi. Hannah Ely, b. ca. 1844; m. 16 Oct. 1771 James DUBRE;

vii. Jane Ely, b. ca. 1746; d. 15 June 1830; m. 1 May 1771 Jonathan BALDERSTON.



Thomas Ely3, son of Hugh and Mary (Hewson) Ely, was born 20 January 1714 in Trenton. He married 22 Eleventh Month (January) 1734 in Bucks County Sarah LOWTHER, or Louder, daughter of William and Martha.[71] They were Friends and had emigrated from Westmeath, Ireland, to Upper Buckingham. The will of William Lowther of Buckingham, weaver, dated 12 September 1750, and probated 1 November 1750, gave to his son-in-law James BRADSHAW £60, he, in turn, was to give security to provide for William’s grand daughter Hannah Lowther, daughter of his son Robert; the balance of his estate was to be divided equally among all children, Joel excepted, who was to receive two shares.[72]

        Thomas and Sarah settled on the eastern end of Thomas’s father’s land, he having conveyed to Thomas 150 acres, including the farm occupied [ca. 1905] by Edward PAXSON. In 1733 Thomas sold the farm to his brother Hugh, who had inherited the remainder of his father’s 400 acres.[73]

        In 1773 the family moved to Harford County, Maryland, taking a certificate of removal to Deer Creek Monthly Meeting.[74] Even though most of his children were grown, all but Sarah and Ann accompanied Thomas to Maryland.[75]

        Deer Creek Monthly Meeting was formed of meetings at Deer Creek and Bush River, on the west side of the Susquehanna, originally under the care of Nottingham Meeting. In 1760 they had been joined as a monthly meeting, part of Western Quarter of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting. The next year Fawn Township Friends became an Indulged Meeting under Deer Creek’s care. In 1766 Susquehanna, or Bayside Meeting (near Havre-de-Grace), became a fourth preparative meeting. In about 1763 Deer Creek Friends built a meeting house at Darlington. In 1790 Deer Creek was attached to Baltimore Quarter of Baltimore Yearly Meeting.[76]

        Harford County was formed in 1773 out of the northeast part of Baltimore County.

        On 18 Eleventh Month 1773 the family turned out to witness the marriage of Cuthbert WARNER and Rachel HILL at Deer Creek. The certificate was signed by Hugh Ely, Thomas Ely, Hannah Warner (who later became Thomas’s wife), Mahlon Ely, Joseph Ely, Rachel Ely, and Sary [sic] BALDERSTON (who later married Hugh Ely, Jr.).[77] When Thomas and Sarah’s son Thomas, Jr. married Hannah Warner in January 1776, the certificate was signed by Thomas Ely, Hugh Ely, Isaiah LINK and Martha (Ely) Balderston, Rachel Ely, Ruth Ely, Mahlon Ely, and Joseph Ely.[78]

        Sarah had died by 27 Third Month 1794 when their son William announced his intention to marry Martha PRESTON; he was identified in the Deer Creek MM minutes as the son of Thomas and Sarah Ely, deceased.[79] Tradition says that their son Hugh fell from a rock while fishing in the Susquehanna River near Darlington, Md., and was drowned.[80]

        Children of Thomas and Sarah (Lowther) Ely:[81]

i.    Thomas Ely4 , b. 1735; m. 24/1m/1776 at Deer Creek Hannah WARNER, daughter of Croasdale Warner. On 24/4m/1790 Thomas and wife Hannah, and children George, Elizabeth, Mary, Hugh, and Amoss produced a cert. of rem. from Deer Creek MM to Gunpowder Monthly Meeting.[82]

ii.    Sarah Ely, b. 11 Nov. 1737, Solebury twp.; d. 27 Mar. 1796 in Muncie, Northumberland, Md.; m. 1758 Benjamin WARNER. Cert of rem from Buckingham rec 2/6m/1772 by Deer Creek. [83] They were still there in 31/8m/1780 when their daughter Mary announced her intention of mar. to James HAYHURST.[84]

iii.    Martha Ely, b. 19/12m/1739; d. 9 Dec. 1817; m. 10 Nov. 1772 Isaiah BALDERSTON.

iv.    Ann Ely, b. 4 May 1742, Buckingham twp.; d. 2 Dec. 1781; m. 1763 Thomas ELLICOTT; remained in Bucks Co.

v.    William Ely, b. 1752; d. 1803 in Darlington, Md.; m. 30/4m Apr. 1794 Martha PRESTON, daughter of Henry and Rachel of York Co., Penna.;[85] removed to Md.

vi.    Mahlon Ely, b. 1754; d. 1812 in Baltimore, Md.; m. Mary LITTON; requested cert. of removal from Deer Creek MM to Baltimore Monthly Meeting 28/4m/1796, he was received 13/7m/1797 and removed to the western district of the city.[86]

vii.    Hugh Ely, Jr., b. 1756?; d. 1799 in Harford Co., Md.; m. 5 May 1774 [or 1773] Sarah BALDERSTON, sister of Isaiah who m. Hugh’s sister Martha in 1772. On 29/3m/1798 Hugh requested to be released from recording marriage certificates, births, and burials for Deer Creek MM.[87] Tradition says that Hugh fell from a rock while fishing in the Susquehanna River near Darlington, Md., and was drowned.[88] On 24/10m/1799 reported that “Hugh Ely, our clerk, is deceased”.[89] There is a will of Hugh Ely, 1799: AJ 2 200. On 25/12m/1800 Sarah Ely, relict of Hugh, announced her intention to marry Joshua BROWN, son of Joshua and Hannah, both deceased.[90]

viii.    Joseph Ely, b. 17 Mar. 1757; d. 20 Aug. 1819, bur. Deer Creek Cem, Darlington, Md.; m. 2 July 1789 by a Baptist Teacher, Ann JONES. Presumably they were dealt with for this infraction; Joseph Jones did bring a paper condemning his assistance to Joseph Ely on 8/10m/1789.[91] Joseph was a farmer.[92]

ix.    Rachel Ely, b. 1760; d. 1803 in Harford Co., Md.; unmarried. She was present at a number of weddings in Deer Creek MM.[93]

x.    Ruth Ely, b. 1761; her certificate of removal from Buckingham MM was received by Deer Creek MM 30/9m/1773;[94]

Fourth Generation

George Ely, son of Joshua and Elizabeth (Bell) Ely, was born 9 September 1733. He died 11 January 1815 in Newtown, Bucks County, Pennsylvania. On 24 September 1760 George and Sarah MAGILL married in Buckingham Meeting. She had been born 9 September 1742 in Solebury, the daughter of William and Sarah (SIMCOCK) Magill. Sarah died 18 September 1823.

        Children of George and Sarah (Magill) Ely:[95]

i. Joseph Ely, b. 13 Aug. 1761; d. 9 Sept. 1820; m. 12 Mar. 1783 Mary WHITSON, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (BURT) Whitson; 10 children.

ii Jane Ely, b. 5 Jan. 1764; d. 13 Aug. 1837 in Columbiana Co., Ohio; m. 9 June 1784 in Buckingham MM, Bucks Co., Benjamin Paxson.

iii.Joshua Ely, b. 4 July 1766; d. 5 Aug. 1775.

iv. Amos Ely, b. 6 Feb. 1769; d. 20 Aug. 1847; m. Deborah WHITSON, daughter of Thomas and Elizabeth (BURT) Whitson. Their son Thomas married Mary ELY, the granddaughter of Asher and Eleanor (Holcomb) Ely. Thomas and Eleanor had 8 children: Eleanor who m. Richard Paxson; Howard, Lucy, Jeremiah S. Ely (b. 4 Dec. 1841, a farmer in Aquetong); Mahlon, Henry, Deborah (m. Elias EASTBURN), and Letitia.[96]

v. George Ely, b. 25 July 1772; d. 27 Apr. 1836; m. 14 Nov. 1798 Sarah SMITH (1771-1854);

vi. William Ely, b. 26 Nov. 1774; d. Jan. 1851; m. 19 May 1802 Rebecca SMITH ;

vii. Aaron Ely, b. 24 Aug. 1777; d. 20 May 1857; m. Alada BRITTAIN;

viii. Joshua Ely, b. 24 Oct. 1779; d. 26 Nov. 1779.

ix. Mark Ely, b. 18 Sept. 1781; d. 27 Sept. 1834; m(1) 2 June 1802 Hannah JOHNSON; m(2) Rachel HAMBLETON, daughter of James and Elizabeth L. (Paxson) Hambleton;

x. Mathias Ely, b. 5 Sept. 1783; d. 17 Nov. 1838; m(1) Mary BROADHURST; m(2) Hannah Egan WHITSON;

xi. Amasa Ely, b. 12 Nov. 1787; d. 19 Sept. 1854; m(1) Elizabeth BRITTAIN; m(2) Alada BRITTAIN;




John Ely, son of Joshua and Elizabeth (Bell) Ely, was born 28 May 1738, and died 6 July 1818. John married twice, the first on 14 November 1764 to Sarah SIMCOCK. He married for the second time on 10 June 1778 Margaret RICHARDS (both in Buckingham Monthly Meeting).[97]

Children of John and his first wife, Sarah (Simcock) Ely:

i. Mary Ely5, b. 21 June 1766 in Solebury; d. 21 Aug. 1842[98]; m. in Buckingham 10 Mar. 1790 John Paxson.

ii. Asher Ely, b. 11 July 1768; m. 1791 Eleanor Holcomb (b. 11 Mar. 1770; d. 18 Aug. 1856); 9 children.

iii.
iv.
v.

Children of John and his second wife, Margaret (Richards) Ely:

vi.



Martha Ely4, daughter of Thomas and Sarah (Lowther) was born 19 December 1739. She died 9 December 1817. She married 10 November 1772 Isaiah BALDERSTON, son of John and Hannah (COOPER) Balderston. Isaiah was born 24 Second Month 1753, and moved to Montgomery County. In 1792 they removed to Deer Creek Monthly Meeting in Harford County, Maryland.

        Isaiah was recorded as a minister by Deer Creek Monthly Meeting. A Friends minister (before the latter half of the nineteenth century) was a man or woman whose spiritual life and messages offered in meetings for worship were recognized by members of his or her meeting to be authentic gifts of the Holy Spirit. There was a process by which such Friends were recognized and minuted. There was no single word to describe these Friends, however. They were referred to as recognized, recorded, or approved ministers. There were no shades of meaning differentiating these terms, that I am aware of. Ministers met for monthly, quarterly, and yearly "select" meetings for business with other ministers, elders, and overseers, in addition, of course, to attending the general monthly, quarterly, and yearly meetings for business. A minister among Friends was expected to have a “competence”, that is a secular livelihood that supported the family and made possible the unpaid travel and ministry among Friends to which the individual was called. If a minister felt a Divine call to travel or undertake other ministerial labor, he or she brought it to the monthly meeting for Friends’ approval. If the meeting had unity with the minister and his or her proposed travel or project, the meeting would minute it. The minister would carry the minute to any other meetings visited, and the clerks of those meetings would endorse it with a few words evaluating the visit. In this way individual Friends were held accountable to the larger body.[100]

        On 28 Twelfth Month 1792 Isaiah produced a certificate of removal for himself, his wife, and four children: Ely, Pathenia, Hugh, and Jonathan, from Deer Creek Monthly Meeting to Baltimore Monthly Meeting.[101] His recording went with him.

        Isaiah was a recorded minister for about 25 years. Isaiah died at 4 a.m. on 5 September 1817, in his 65th year. Martha died 9 December the same year, aged 77.[105]

        Children of Isaiah and Martha (Ely) Balderston:[106]

i.    Sarah Balderston5 , b. 30 Nov. 1773; m. 16 Nov. 1791 at Deer Creek MM, Nicholas COOPER, son of Nicholas and Sarah Cooper; removed to Ohio; 12 children.

ii.    Ely Balderston, b. 9 May 1776; d. 7 Apr. or May 1853; m. 16 Nov. 1797 at Baltimore Esther BROWN, daughter of William and Elizabeth Brown; 11 children.

iii.    Parthenia Balderston, b. 8 March 1778; m. 15 Dec. 1796 at Baltimore John DUKEHART, son of Valerius and Margaret Dukehart;

iv.    Jacob Balderston, b. 27 Jan. 1780; d. 24/12m/1781, bur. in Friends burying ground at Deer Creek.[107]

v.    Hugh Balderston, b. 22 Dec. 1782; m. 23 Dec. 1802 in Baltimore Margaret WILSON, daughter of John and Alisanna Wilson; compiled family history in 1817-19; d. 14 June 1860. At the separation in 1828 Hugh and Margaret (both either ministers or elders) went with the Orthodox minority. Hugh was the first clerk of the Orthodox Baltimore Yearly Meeting.[108]

vi.    Jonathan Balderston, b. 10 June 1785; m. 21 Apr. 1808 at Third Haven, Elizabeth YARNALL, daughter of Uriah and Martha Yarnall; d. 29 Sept. 1819.


Fifth Generation


Asher Ely5, John and his first wife, Sarah (Simcock) Ely, was born 11 July 1768, and died 18 August 1856. He married in 1791 Eleanor HOLCOMB. She had been born 11 March 1770.

Children of Asher and Eleanor (Holcomb) Ely:

i. John H. Ely6, b. 6 Mar. 1792; m(1) 11 Nov. 1812 Elizabeth POWNALL, daughter of Reuben and Mary Lee Pownall; Elizabeth was b. 30 June 1786; d. 3 Oct. 1817.John and Elizabeth had 3 children:
a) William Lee Ely7, d.y.;
b) Reuben Pownall Ely; b. in Solebury Twp. 7 June 1815; m. Violetta DUER, daughter of Joseph and Sarah Duer; farmed for many years; removed to Lambertville, NJ in 1860; collected local genealogical data; 2 children: Elizabeth F. and Sarah W.
c) Elizabeth Ely, b. 17 Aug. 1817; d. 12 Feb. 1847; m. Howard H. Paxson; 3 children.
ii. Sarah Ely, b. 2 Dec. 1793; d. 14 Aug. 1873;

iii. Daniel Ely6, b. in Solebury 27 Oct. 1796, d. there 14 Mar. 1886; m. Sarah COX, daughter of Tunis and Elizabeth (Reeder) Cox; one son, William L. Ely7. Daniel was a miller and ran a feed-mill on his farm.

iv. Asher Ely, b. 15 May 1798 in Chester Co.; d.y.

v. Mary Ely, b. 28 Oct. 1800;

vi. Eliza Ely, b. 19 Jan. 1803;

vii. Louisiana Ely, b. 30 Oct. 1805; d.y.

viii. Holcombe Ely, b. 27 Mar. 1809;

ix. Henry P. Ely, b. 15 Dec. 1812; d. 9 Jan. 1873; m. Feb. 1844 Mary REEVE;[99].



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Notes and Sources

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1. The three generations of the Ely family in England are taken from Reuben Pownall Ely, Warren Smedley Ely, and Daniel Brittain Ely, comps., An Historical Narrative of the Ely, Revell and Stacye Families who were among the founders of Trenton and Burlington in the Province of West Jersey, 1673-1683 with the genealogy of the Ely descendants in America (New York: Fleming H. Revell Company, 1910). See also William W. H. Davis, A History of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 3 vols., 2nd ed. (1905, reprinted 1975), 3:127, 128. There is at least one web page that traces the Ely family back to the Norman conquest, but it does not appear to be our line.




2. Samuel Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England, 5th ed. (London: 1842), 4:122.


3. Duncan Cairnes Ely told me that someone once sent him the name of George's wife, but he has lost it and the informant has since died and her records destroyed. E mail 1/24/2004. If any reader can supply the name with documentation we would be delighted.


4.

5. Samuel Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England, 5th ed. (London: 1842), 4:122.


6. “Report Upon the Family of Ely” by the College of Arms, 22 Jan. 1907 as quoted in Ely et al, comps., Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 73; familysearch.


7. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England, 3:470.


x. Ely et al, comps., Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 72.


8. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England, 3:226-27.


xx. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England, 3:227.


9. “Report Upon the Family of Ely”, as quoted in Ely et al, comps., Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 73.


10. “Report Upon the Family of Ely”, as quoted in Ely et al, comps., Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 73.


11. “Report Upon the Family of Ely”, as quoted in Ely et al, comps., Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 73.


12. “Report Upon the Family of Ely”, as quoted in Ely et al, comps., Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 73.


13. The Inward Light of Christ, understood to be that which draws humans toward God, is described in the first chapter of the Gospel of John, especially John 1:1-5, 9, 14.



14. The Journal of George Fox, rev. ed. by John L. Nickalls (Cambridge: at the University Press, 1952), 177-78.


15. Davis, Hist. of Bucks Co., 3:128.


16. “Report Upon the Family of Ely”, as quoted in Ely et al, comps., Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 73. Duncan Cairnes Ely has a copy of George's will.


17. Ely et al, comps., Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 70-71; familysearch.org


18. Brey, Quaker Saga, 381; Davis, Hist. of Bucks Co., 3:128. For more information on him, including a long letter written to his brother-in-law Lionel Revell, see Ely et al, Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 141-46.


19. Davis, Hist. of Bucks Co., 3:128. There is a great deal more on his family in Ely et al, Ely, Revell and Stacye Families.


20. There is a crude sketch of the tomb and its inscription in Ely et al, Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 128.


21. Ely et al, Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 74.


22. Ely et al, Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 74.


23. Ely et al, Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 74.


24. Brey, Quaker Saga, 381; Davis, Hist. of Bucks Co., 3:128.


25. Notts. Women’s Quarterly Meeting Minute Book in the custody of Friends at Mansfield, as quoted in Ely et al, Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 76. The Mansfield Monthly Meeting minutes are quoted slightly differently by Davis, Hist. of Bucks Co., 3:128. I have been unable to see the original minutes for myself.




26. As quoted in Ely, et al, Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 76. Ely, et al, did not note the date of their move.




27.




28. As shown in the deed from Stacy to Joshua “late of Dunham”, Ely et al, Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 146.




29. Lewis, A Topographical Dictionary of England, 2:97.




30. Davis, Hist. of Bucks Co., 3:128.




31. Ely et al, Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 146.




32. Davis, Hist. of Bucks Co., 3:128.


33. Davis, Hist. of Bucks Co., 3:128-29.




34. Ely et al, Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 147.


35. Brey, Quaker Saga, 381.




36. Colonial Society of Pennsylvania, Records of the Courts of Quarter Sessions and Common Pleas of Bucks County, Pennsylvania, 1684-1700 (Meadville, Pa.: Tribune Publishing Co., 1943), (hereafter cited as QS&CP), 84. 87.




37. Charlotte D. Meldrun, comp., Abstracts of Bucks County, Pennsylvania Land Records, 1684-1723 (Westminster, MD: Family Line Publications, 1995), 37.




38. Davis, Hist. of Bucks Co., 3:128. Ely says 1699 and 1700, in Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 147.




39.




40. Ely et al, Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 148-52, quoting from Lib. 1, fol. 21, Trenton.




41. The first three entries are from Friends’ Registers, Nottingham and Derby Quarterly Meetings, as quoted in Ely et al, Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 75, 153.




42. Davis, Hist. of Bucks Co., sez he was b. 1680.




43. Davis, Hist. of Bucks Co., 3:129; Ely et al, Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 153.




44.




45. Ely et al, Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 160-61; Davis, Hist. of Bucks Co., 3:129.




46. Ely et al, Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 153.




47. Davis, Hist. of Bucks Co., 3:129.




48. Davis, Hist. of Bucks Co., states that Joshua was b. 1680.




49. Ely et al, comps., Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 154.




50. Davis, Hist. of Bucks Co., 3:129; Ely et al, Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 153.




51. Ely et al, comps., Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 154.




52. Ely et al, comps., Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 154-59.




53. taken from http://dgmweb.net/genealogy/FGS/E/ElyJoshua-ElizabethBell.shtml (as of 5m/8/2005), citing LDS Ancestral Files on familysearch.org.




54.




55.




56. Reeder, Early Settlers of Solebury, 4; Ely et al, Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 159.




57. Brey, Quaker Saga, 381. Ely et al, comps., Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, states “about the year 1689”, p. 161; Davis, Hist. of Bucks Co., says b. about 1686.




58. Brey, Quaker Saga, 381; Davis, Hist. of Bucks Co., 3:129; date of Phebe's death from Buckingham MM records, transcribed in Watring, Bucks Co., Penna. Church Records, 3:154.




59. Ely et al, Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 161.




60. Brey, Quaker Saga, 381.




61. Ely et al, Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 162, quoting Phila. Deed Book G, Vol. 12, p. 50; Davis, Hist. of Bucks Co., 3:129.




62. Brey, Quaker Saga, 381.




63. Ely et al, Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 162.




64. Bucks Will Abstracts, 1:280, citing Book 3, p. 252.




65. Anna Miller Watring, Bucks County, Pennsylvania Church Records of The 17th and 18th Centuries, Bowie, Md.: Willow Bend Books, 2003), 3:154. Watring calls her "Phebe Ely, wife of Hugh Ely and widow of __".




66. Brey, Quaker Saga, 381, citing Ely family Bible at “Maple Grove”, New Hope, Pa.




6754. George Englert McCracken, The Welcome Claimants, Disproved and Doubtful: with an Account of Some of Their Descendants, Publications of the Welcome Society of Pennsylvania, No. 2 (Baltimore: Genealogical Puclishing Company, 1970, 334. Dates of death of Hugh and Elizabeth and the names and birth dates of their children are from Buckingham MM records, transcribed in Watring, Bucks Co., Penna. Church Records, 3:155.




68. The names and some biographical data for the 8 children are given on http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/k/e/e/Michael-E-Keesling/PDFGENE6.pdf (as of 5m/8/2005).




69. Reeder, Early Settlers of Solebury, 4; Ely et al, Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 159.




70. The names and some biographical data for the children are given on http://dgmweb.net/genealogy/FGS/E/ElyJoshua-ElizabethHughes.shtml (as of 5m/8/2005), citing Penna. Archives, ser. 2, 9:256.




71. Her name is given as Ruth by Davis Hist. of Bucks Co., and Ely et al, Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 162; but Martha on p. 171 of Ely, Revell and Stacye Families.




72. Bucks Will Abstracts, 1:149, citing Book 2, p. 220.




73. Ely et al, Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 171.



74. Peden, Jr., Quaker Records of Northern Maryland, 135.




75. Ely et al, Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 171, 172.




76. Norma Jacob, ed., Quaker Roots: The Story of Western Quarterly Meeting of Philadelphia Yearly Meeting of the Religious Society of Friends (Kennett Square, Penna.:Western Quarterly Meeting, 1980), 54-55.




77. Peden, Jr., Quaker Records of Northern Maryland, 112.




78. Peden, Jr., Quaker Records of Northern Maryland, 113. Other marriages at Deer Creek MM with Ely family signatures, are on 115, 121-22, 124, 125, and 127.




79. Peden, Jr., Quaker Records of Northern Maryland, 154.




80. Ely et al, Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 172.




81. Ely et al, Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 172; familysearch




82. Henry C. Peden, Jr., Quaker Records of Northern Maryland: Births, Deaths, Marriages and Abstracts from the Minutes, 1716-1800 (Westminster, MD: Family Line Publications, 1993), 88, 113, 136, 147.




83. Peden, Jr., Quaker Records of Northern Maryland, 135.




84. Peden, Jr., Quaker Records of Northern Maryland, 140.




85. Peden, Jr., Quaker Records of Northern Maryland, 124, 154.




86. Peden, Jr., Quaker Records of Northern Maryland, 156, 195, 229.




87. Peden, Jr., Quaker Records of Northern Maryland, 159.




88. Ely et al, Ely, Revell and Stacye Families, 172.



89. Peden, Jr., Quaker Records of Northern Maryland, 161.




90. Peden, Jr., Quaker Records of Northern Maryland, 162.




91. Peden, Jr., Quaker Records of Northern Maryland, 146, 147.




92. Biographical Record of Harford and Cecil Counties, Maryland (orig. pub. 1897, published with new index by Family Line Pub’ns  & Harford Co. Genealogical Society, 1989), 317.




93. Peden, Jr., Quaker Records of Northern Maryland, 112, 113, 115, 119, 124, 125.







94.







95. Except where otherwise noted, names and dates of the children are from http://dgmweb.net/genealogy/FGS/E/ElyGeorge-SarahMagill.shtml (seen on 5m/8/2005).





96. Davis, Hist. of Bucks Co., 3:1092.



97. oops, these notes have not yet been entered.




98. familysearch AFN: JDHS-68.



99. Davis, History of Bucks County, 3:1092; and "JOHN HOLCOMBE: His Descendants Who Settled in NJ and PA" web page at http://freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.com/~johnholcombe/5th_generation.htm seen 4m/10/2007.




100. For a bibliography of material relating to this type of Quaker minister, in the past and present, see http://www.fgcquaker.org/traveling/bibliography.html.






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