Generation No. 1
1. JOANE2 PHIPPS (SAMUEL1)1,2,3 was born 1614 in England4,5,6, and died January 07, 1659/60 in Plymouth, Devonshire Co., England7,8,9. She married RICHARD ELY10,11,12 1646 in St. John's parish13,14,15. He was born Abt. 1610 in Hamshire, England16,17,18, and died November 24, 1684 in Lyme, Connecticut19,20,21. Said to be daughter of Samuel Phipps born 1588? Anyone know her ancestry or siblings? Some sources relate her to the family of Constantine Phipps, another source calls her "daughter of Colonel Phipps of Boston, from whom he bought a large tract of land in Lyme".
RICHARD ELY: On the 16th of March, 1634, there
embarked from London for New England in the ship Christian, John White,
Master, one Richard Heylei, who may or may not have been the Richard Ely
who was a "merchant in Boston, and settled in Lyme soon after 1660." (Hall
Richard Ely, of Plymouth, Devonshire county, England, emigrated to America as a widower between 1660 and 1663. He is said to have served under Cromwell, before coming to America, and probably was the "Captain Richard Ely" referred to by L. C. Norris-Ely, but this cannot be verified. He was in Plymouth, Devonshire from 1650 to 1655 where his brother Thomas was mayor of the city. It appears he brought over with him his younger son, Richard, with whom he probably lived for a time in Boston; and that his elder son, William, whom he is said to have sent for two years after he came to Boston, was at this time in the West Indies, perhaps at St. Michael's in the Island of Barbadoes, where in 1680 was living one James Ely, a planter, possibly an uncle. This would seem to indicate that Richard was in the West India trade. He seems to have been a merchant in Boston before his removal to Lyme, Connecticut, which in 1660 was a part of Saybrook, and to have amassed considerable property.
For his second wife Richard Ely married at Boston, in 1664, Mrs. Elizabeth Cullick, widow of Captain John Cullick, secretary of the Colony of Connecticut and one of the commissioners of the United Colonies 1652 to 1654. Mr. Cullick removed to Boston from Hartford about 1659 with his wife and three daughters, Elizabeth, Dorothy, and Mary, and died there, Jan. 23, 1663. He was from Felstead, England. Mrs. Cullick was a sister of Colonel George Fenwick, founder of Saybrook, Conn., where he settled in 1639 under a patent from Lords Say and Brook. He was the agent in charge of the large grants of Lords Saye and Brooke at the mouth of the Connecticut River. He had been a lawyer in England, a colonel in the army, and one of the High Court of Justice. Colonel Fenwick was a member of parliament and was appointed by Cromwell to act as one of the judges to try King Charles. He, however, declined to serve in that capacity. He was the husband of Lady Alice Fenwick widow of Sir John Boteler, and daughter of Sir Edward Apsley, whose tomb is to be seen in the Saybrook cemetery. She died in 1645. Colonel George Fenwick died in March 1656 and is buried in a church in Berwick-on-Tweed.
It was through his second wife that Richard Ely acquired the property known as Six-Mile Island Farm, where Ely Landing and Ferry were established. This property, first taken up by George Fenwick, and afterwards 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 posession of descendants of Richard Ely.
The necessary care and improvement of the lands led Richard 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 pounds in debt and Mr. Ely, discharged the debt and took title to the propenty. The estate was largely composed of lands known as the Great Meadows. Richard Ely in 1772, became involved in a lawsuit with the administrator of the estate of Colonel George Fenwick, in which he was successful and received over nine hundred pounds sterling, a very considerable sum for those days. The suit was brought in the right of his wife, Elizabeth, to recover a legacy left her by her brother.
Richard had 3,000 acres of land, 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 the estate of the Elys of Lyme. Some of these lands are still in the family. Mr. Cullick Ely lives not more than a 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. Two years after his arrival, his eldest son, William, who had gone from England to the West Indies, came to join his father. The rude brigantine manned by unskilled seamen was dismantled in a furious gale and floundered in mid-ocean. Every soul on board was drowned except William Ely, who, lashed to a yard arm, floated among the seething billows, whipped 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. Upon being landed not far from the mouth of the Connecticut
river, William sought the hamlet of his father, with joy unspeakable Richard embraced his son, who related the story of his voyage. Prayer and thanksgiving were offered up by the father and son for Divine interposition and daily for weeks and months, the father ascended to the height of a neighboring hill and there alone with outstreched arms, poured forth his gratitude to the Divine Master for the preservation of his child." (Honorable Alfred Ely, Ely Reunion Pamphlet)
Richard Ely and his wife are buried in the Ely cemetery at Lyme. Their monument, erected there by the seventh and eighth generations occupies a central site, somewhat elevated, in the ancient Ely cemetery, a place of unusual interest. Here for nine generations descendants of Richard Ely, have been buried. No one save the Ely descendants or those connected by marriage have been laid in that sacred enclosure. Upon one side of the monument is engraved the Ely coat of arms. Upon the other side this inscription "In memory of Richard Ely, born about 1610 in Hamshire, England. Came from Plymouth, England to Boston, Mass., 1661, with his sons, William and Richard. Afterwards settled at Lyme, Conn. and there died Nov. 24, 1684. Children's children are the crown of old men; and the glory of children are their fathers." Upon another side "In memory of Joane, wife of Mr. Richard Ely, died in Plymouth, Jan. 7th, 1660. In memory of Elizabeth Fenwick Cullick, daughter of George Fenwick and Dorothy Forster, his wife, married Richard Ely in Boston 1664. Died in Lyme, Nov. 12th, 1683."
Richard and Elizabeth had a son Samuel.
(The probable ancestry of Richard Ely is given at the close of the Ely family "The Ely Ancestry" in this volume. It is a synopsis of the English Elys as prepared by Mr. Wharton Dickinson and published in "The Ely Ancestry," edied by Mr. George B. Vanderpoel in 1902)
Children of JOANE PHIPPS and RICHARD ELY are:
2. i. CAPTAIN WILLIAM3 ELY, b. Abt. October 15, 1647; d. February 23, 1716/17, Lyme, Connecticut.
ii. JUDITH ELY23,24,25, baptised September 06, 165226,27,28; d. June 21, 165529,30,31.
iii. RICHARD ELY33,34,35, baptised June 19, 165736,37,38; m. MARY MARVIN42,43,44.
iv. DANIEL ELY55,56,57, baptised January 07, 1658/5958,59,60; d. March 08, 1658/5961,62,63.
Generation No. 2
2. CAPTAIN WILLIAM3 ELY (JOANE2 PHIPPS,
SAMUEL1)65,66,67 was born Abt. October
15, 164768,69,70, and died February 23, 1716/17 in Lyme,
Connecticut71,72,73. He married ELIZABETH SMITH74,75,76,77
May 12, 168178,79,80, daughter of EDWARD SMITH and ELIZABETH
BLISS. She was born August 16, 1664 in New London, Connecticut81,81,81,82,
and died October 10, 175083,83,83,84,85.
He had gone to the West Indies, perhaps to live with an uncle, about the time his father emigrated to America. Two years later Richard sent for his son who arrived about 1670. He resided in Lyme. William Ely was Deputy for Lyme to General Court in Hartford., and Court of Elections for years 1689-1698, and again in 1706-1715. He was Commissioner of Lyme 1692-1697; Captain of Train Band at Lyme and commissioned May, 1697; and appointed Justice of New London County, May, 1707: reappointed 1708-l715. The journal of the council held in New London, Aug. 26, 1710, instructs the treasurer to pay the sums expended by certain individuals for "setting forth the present expedition against Port Royal and Nova Scotia" Among them appears the name of Capt. William Ely and his claim for oe 12, 5 s. 6 d. Captain William Ely, justice of the peace was a member of the council and met with Gov. Gordon Saltonstall, in council at New London, Feb. 11, 1708.
Lyme, the town intervening between New London and Saybrook has, among other quaint items of history, a most unpuritan settlement by a pugilistic tournament between four combatants, two from each town, of a claim to certain lands, which was alike urged by New London and Lyme. The Lyme champions were Matthew Griswold and William Ely, the son of Richard the emigrant. The tradition is alluded to in various local histories, including Caulkin's "History of New London" and Dr. Dwight's "Travels in New England," 1821, Vol. II p 522. The champions of Lyme won the victory, and that town holds the land to this day. In May 1702 Captain William Ely was appointed auditor, to audit the Colony accounts and was on a committee to lay out the bounds of the town of Quinebaug.
There is a record in the probate office in New London of the will of "William Ely" dated Sept. 1717, and the inventory of "Captain William Ely" who died Mar. 1717. In the latter were "one silver tankard and silver spoons" appraised at twenty pounds. The amount of the inventory: Real estate, 1767 pounds; movables, 528 pounds; total 2,295 pounds. Frequent mention is made of William Ely as "Captain."
In the cemetery at Lyme are to be seen the tombstones of Judge William Ely and his wife. The inscription on his reads: "Here lieth the body of
William Ely, who died February 23, 1717, in the 71st year of his age." His father's monument in the Ely cemetery at Lyme, also commemorates his name.
Children of WILLIAM ELY and ELIZABETH SMITH are:
i. ANNE4 ELY86,87,88, b. 1682.
ii. ELIZABETH ELY95,96,97, b. 1683.
iii. RICHARD ELY104,105,106, b. 1690; d. 1767; m. (1) RUHAMA THOMPSON113,114,115, 1714; m. (2) MARGARETT LOCUTT125,126,127, 1730.
3. iv. MARY ELY, b. 1691; d. 1767.
v. DANIEL ELY137,138,139, b. 1693; d. March 14, 1776; m. (1) MARY ANN CHAMPLIN146,147,148; m. (2) RUTH WELLS158,159,160; m. (3) MARY ROSE170,171,172; m. (4) RUHAMA TURNER182,183,184.
4. vi. JOANNA ELY, b. 1700; d. 1766.
vii. JAMES ELY194,195,196, b. 1713; d. May 12, 1760.
5. viii. ELIZABETH ELY, b. 1715.
6. ix. WILLIAM ELY, b. 1760.
x. DEBORAH ELY203,204,205, m. (1) WALTER BUTLER212,213,214; m. (2) EBENEZER DENNIS224,225,226, 1717; b. 1682; d. 1726.
Generation No. 3
3. MARY4 ELY (WILLIAM3, JOANE2 PHIPPS, SAMUEL1)236,237,238 was born 1691239,240,241, and died 1767242,243,244. She married MOSES NOYES245,246,247. He was born 1676251,252,253, and died 1743254,255,256.
Child of MARY ELY and MOSES NOYES is:
i. WILLIAM5 NOYES257,258,259, b. 1728; d. 1807; m. EUNICE MARVIN266,267,268, Lyme, Connecticut.
4. JOANNA4 ELY (WILLIAM3, JOANE2 PHIPPS, SAMUEL1)278,279,280 was born 1700281,282,283, and died 1766284,285,286. She married NATHANIEL MATSON287,288,289.
Children of JOANNA ELY and NATHANIEL MATSON are:
i. RUTH5 MATSON299,300,301, b. 1717; d. 1762; m. JOSEPH SILL308,309,310, 1747; b. 1715; d. 1782.
ii. NATHANIEL MATSON320,321,322, b. 1725, Lyme, Connecticut; d. 1787; m. DESIRE NEWTON329,330,331, 1761; b. Colchester, Connecticut.
iii. WILLIAM MATSON341,342,343, d. 1804; m. EUNICE SKINNER350,351,352, 1763; d. 1814.
5. ELIZABETH4 ELY (WILLIAM3, JOANE2 PHIPPS, SAMUEL1)362,363,364 was born 1715. She married SAMUEL SMITH371,372,373.
Child of ELIZABETH ELY and SAMUEL SMITH is:
i. ELIZABETH5 SMITH383,384,385, m. JOSHUA RAYMOND392,393,394.
6. WILLIAM4 ELY (WILLIAM3, JOANE2 PHIPPS, SAMUEL1)404,405,406 was born 1760407,408,409. He married (1) HANNAH THOMPSON413,414,415 October 25, 1715416,417,418. She was born 1690419,420,421, and died 1733422,423,424. He married (2) MARY NOYES425,426,427 February 19, 1732/33428,429,430.
Children of WILLIAM ELY and HANNAH THOMPSON are:
i. JACOB5 ELY437,438,439, b. 1714; m. LYDIA RAY446,447,448.
ii. JAMES ELY458,459,460, b. January 11, 1718/19; d. May 12, 1766; m. DORCAS ANDREWS468,469,470, April 06, 1742, Lyme, Connecticut.
iii. MARY ANN ELY480,481,482, b. 1721; m. RICHARD PEARSON489,490,491, May 09, 1743.
iv. MARTHA ELY501,502,503, b. 1723; m. JOSIAH DEWOLF510,511,512.
v. DEBORAH ELY522,523,524, b. 1725; m. RICHARD MATHER531,532,533, May 1742.
vi. SAMUEL ELY543,544,545, b. 1729; m. ANNA MATHER552,553,554.
vii. AMMIRUHAMA ELY564,565,566, b. 1731; d. 1799; m. MARTHA PECK573,574,575.
Children of WILLIAM ELY and MARY NOYES are:
viii. HANNAH5 ELY585,586,587, b. 1745; m. ABRAHAM TURNER594,595,596.
ix. ANN ELY606,607,608, b. 1747; d. 1814; m. ELISHA ELY615,616,617.
x. MARY ELY627,628,629, m. EDWARD BROCKWAY636,637,638.
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