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Nathaniel Ely

Male Abt 1609 - 1675  (~ 66 years)


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  • Name Nathaniel Ely  [1
    Born Abt 1609  [2
    Gender Male 
    Died 25 Dec 1675  Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4
    Person ID I20617  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of JTS
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2020 

    Family Martha,   d. 23 Oct 1683, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married Bef 1634  [2
    Children 
    +1. Samuel Ely,   b. Abt 1634,   d. 17 Mar 1692, Springfield, Hampden, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years)
    Last Modified 14 Nov 2020 
    Family ID F12750  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Emigrated 1634; first at Cambridge, then Hartford. He was among the "Adventurers Party" of twenty-five men led by John Steele who scouted area that would become Hartford in October 1635, before the Rev. Hooker's party departed Cambridge in May 1636, and he was one of sixteen founders living in Hartford in 1635 prior to the arrival of Hooker's party. His name is on the Founders Monument in downtown Hartford. Removed to Norwalk in 1650, where he was a deputy to the general court in 1657. Removed to Springfield in 1660, where he held a variety of public offices. Beginning on 26 Sep 1665 he was a tavern keeper in Springfield, and on the same date he was released from the obligation to train so long as he continued to operate the ordinary, which he did until his death.

      He was clearly a close friend of Robert Day, whose daughter Mary married his son Samuel. They were made freemen of the Bay Colony on the same day, 6 May 1635; they removed to Hartford together, both as members of the Rev. Hooker's party; and in Hartford their lots adjoined. Ely only left Hartford for Norwalk after Day's death in 1648. As Day is known to have arrived on the Elizabeth in 1634, it seems plausible that Ely might have as well. John Insley Coddington (citation details below) points out that most of the passengers on the Elizabeth were from Suffolk, and that according to Suffolk musters rolls from 1638, there was only one Suffolk parish, Bildeston, in which both Days and Elys lived.

  • Sources 
    1. [S387] Hale, House and Related Families, Mainly of the Connecticut River Valley by Donald Lines Jacobus and Edgar Francis Waterman. Hartford, Connecticut: Connecticut Historical Society, 1952.

    2. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.

    3. [S1649] Records of the Descendants of Nathaniel Ely by Heman Ely. Cleveland, Ohio: Short & Forman, 1885.

    4. [S4959] John Insley Coddington, "Nathaniel1 Ely of Springfield, Massachusetts Is Not (Alas!) the Man We Though He Was." The American Genealogist 30:78, 1954.