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Thomas ELY

Male Abt 1725 - Bef 1780  (~ 55 years)

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  • Name Thomas ELY 
    Born Abt 1725  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Name Thomas EALEY 
    Name Thomas EALIE 
    Name Thomas EALLY 
    Name Thomas EALY 
    Name Thomas ELEY 
    Died Bef 27 Mar 1780  Bedford County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location 

    • (1) Some sources claim that Thomas ELY was the father of John HALE, who was born between 1753 and 1754 in Bedford County, VA, died about 1842 in Bledsoe County, VA, and is described elsewhere in this database. The compiler has found no proof of that claim.

      (2) Bales, Hattie Byrd Muncy, Early Settlers of Lee County, Virginia and Adjacent Counties, Vol. 2, Greensboro, NC: Media Inc., 1977, pp. 435-437:

      In the early Virginia records the name ELY is variously spelled, appearing as Eally, Eley, Ealey, Elly, Ally, and Ely. . . .

      Thomas Ely, the ancestor of the branch of the EIy family in Southwestern Virginia, was among the early emigrants of the name to the American Colonies and came about the middle of the eighteenth century. According to tradition, Thomas was a young man about twenty-four years of age when he left England for America, and on shipboard met an Irish girl by the name of Jane Smith who was born in Dublin, Ireland, whom he fell in love with and they were either married aboard ship or shortly after they arrived at the port of entry.

      There is some evidence that they remained in Pennsylvania for a few years after their marriage, until after the birth of their two oldest sons, before coming to Virginia. After moving to Virginia they settled in Stafford County where they remained for a few years. The loss of the Stafford County records eliminates forever the evidence that would establish more accurately Thomas Ely's place or places of residence during these early years.

      Thomas Ely was a soldier in the war between Great Britain and France and received a Land Office Warrant for fifty acres of land to be surveyed in any county within the Commonwealth for his Military service. The place of his residence when he was engaged in this war is not definitely known, but most probably in Stafford County. He was under the command of Colonel Byrd.

      The first established place of residence of Thomas Ely in Virginia was not confirmed with documentary proof until 1772. November 23, 1772 Thomas Ely (Eally) of Bedford County purchased land in Bedford County from John Caffery and wife Elizabeth of Bedford County.

      Deed Book D-4, page 415, Bedford County, Virginia[:]

      "This Indenture made this Twenty third day of November one thousand seven hundred and seventy two between John Caffery of the County of Bedford of the one part and Thomas Eally of the County aforesaid of the other part. Witnesseth the said Caffery for Diver's Good Causes and Considerations, but more especially for and in consideration of the sum of Sixty pounds current money of Virginia . . . one certain tract piece or parcel of land lying and being in the County aforesaid on the South fork of Beaver Creek containing one hundred acres. . . .With all wood, swamps, meadows, low and high ground, orchards, gardens, houses and all appurtenances.

      ["]Signed by

      ["]John Caffery (L.S.)
      ["]Elizabeth Caffery (L.S.)["]

      Deed of Mortgage, June 23, 1773[:]

      ["]Thomas Ealie of Bedford County . . . to Daniel L. Hylton of Henrico County . . . 100 acres lying on Beaver Creek . . . 18 pounds, 12 shillings, 10 pence. . . . (DBK 5-E, P 114)["]

      Thomas Ely and family were residents of Bedford County, Virginia during the Revolutionary war, and Thomas and three of his sons were soldiers in this war. Thomas Ely Sr. served as private in the 5th Virginia Regiment, Continental Line under various Captains under the command of Colonel Josiah Parker and Colonel Abraham Buford. (List of Rev. Soldiers - Eckenrode: Thomas Ealey (5 VR) W.D. 118, 5) Thomas Ely Jr., presumably the eldest son, was killed in this war.

      Disbursements to Jane Ealy (Ely)[:]

      ["]At a Court Held for Bedford County the 27th March 1780. Present, Samuel Hairston, William Mead, James Callaway, John Hunter, John Talbot, Francis Thorp, William Leftwich, John Fitzpatrick, & William Henderson, Gent:

      ["]Jane Ealy Wife of Thomas Ealy a Soldier in the Service of the United States alld. two hundred weight of pork in the hands of Jonathan Rosser which is Ordd. to be certd.

      ["]County Order Book 6, Page 276.["]

      ["]At a Court Field for Bedford County July 25th 1780. Pre. James Callaway, Charles Lynch, John Talbot, John Ward & Harry Buford Gente., William Callaway, Wm. Leftwich Gent., Jno. Callaway Gente

      ["]Jane Ealy wife of Thos. Ealy ald. 4 Barrels of Corn to be Purchased by Jonathan Rosser for her Use in the absence of her Husband in the Service of the United States (8 in Family)

      ["]County Order Book 6, Page 290["]

      Tradition - Thomas Ely[:]

      "Wounded at Buford's Defeat, feigned death. . . . British soldier said, "This old man is not dead" and ran a bayonet through him . . . asked, "Why are you fighting against the King?" Thomas replied, "I married here, my family is here, my home is here and I think I have a right to fight for my country."

      ["]A List of Soldiers of the Virginia Line on Continental Establishment who have received Certificates for the balance of their full pay Agreeable to an act of Assembly passed November Session 1781:

      ["]Mens Names: Ealey Thomas Sold Cav; Ealey William sold Cav
      ["]By whom received: Colo J Talbert; Colo J Talbert
      ["]Days when: Nov 10 1782; Nov 10 1782
      ["]Sums: 33 17 3; 33 17 3


      "The records of this office show that one Thomas Ealy, name also borne as Thomas Eley, served in the Revolutionary War as private in Captain Harry Terrell's Company, also designated Captain Samuel Colston's and Captain William Fowler's Company, 5th Virginia Regiment, commanded by Colonel Josiah Parker. He enlisted March 10, 1777, to serve until March 8, 1778, and was discharged March 15, 1778. Other records show that he enlisted February 25, 1776, for two years. Nothing further relative to this soldier has been found of record."

      ["]Lutz Wahl
      ["]Brigadier General
      ["]Acting The Adjutant General[:]

      Thomas and Jane Ely had twelve children: . . .

      [i] Thomas Ely Jr., most likely the eldest son, was killed in the war of the Revolution, according to tradition. . . .

      [ii] William Ely was born March 25, 1758 in Pa., according to his declaration, for a pension and the 1850 U.S. census. . . .

      [iii] John Ely, b. about 1755, was a soldier in the Revolutionary war, Continental Line. . . .

      [iv] Isaac Ely. No record has been found to show that he was a soldier In the Revolutionary war. . . .

      [v] Rachel Ely, m. Edward Napier, son of Patrick Senior. . . .

      [vi] Jane Ely, m. Renne Napier, son of Patrick Senior. . . .

      [vii] David Ely, m. in Lee County, Virginia, Sarah Claypool. . . .

      [viii] Robert Ely, b. March 9, 1773 in Bedford County, Virginia. . . .

      [ix] Joseph Ely, b. Nov. 12, 1775 in Bedford County, Virginia. . . .

      [x] George Ely, b. 1777-80 in Bedford County. . . .

      [xi] Sarah Ely was married, August 1, 1793 in Montgomery County, Virginia, to John Webb, son of William. . . .

      [xii] Margaret Ely was married September 27, 1798 in Montgomery County, Virginia to Alexander Suter of Montgomery County. Margaret was most likely the youngest child, and the only one of the children that did not move to Lee County with the other members of the family.

      In the absence of recorded facts, tradition is the next best source of information: Thomas Ely died two years later from the wound he received, 1780, at Buford's Defeat. Apparently sometime after the death of Thomas, Jane Ely with her large family of children left Bedford County, Virginia and settled in Montgomery County where they received small land grants, and where they lived for several years, until they sold their holdings and made the move to Lee County, Virginia, 1796-98.

      Montgomery County, Virginia - Plott Book D, Page 355[:]

      ["]Surveyed for Jane Elly 100 acres of land from Commissioners for the District of Washington and Montgomery for 50 acres and dated September 9, 1782 ap a [?] to her by Abram Morgan and one other entry of 50 acres to her by James Adair on the East side of New River above the mouth of Spruce Run, adjoining her right of settlement. Plott delivered and fee paid by James Adair - March 30, 1789.["]

      Deed Book C, Page 27 - October 1, 1796[:]

      ["]Jane Ely of the county of Montgomery and State of Virginia sold 100 acres in Montgomery County, lying on the North east side of New River above the mouth of Spruce Run, to Ralph Bogle for fifty pounds. . . .

      ["]Jane X Ely [her mark] (SEAL)

      In presence of us

      ["]John Stafford
      ["]Adam Johnston
      ["]Edward Stafford
      ["]At a Montgomery County Court April 1797 proven by the oaths of the witnesses and ordered to be recorded.

      ["]Charles Taylor Clerk["]

      After the sale of her land in Montgomery County, Virginia, October 1, 1796, Jane Ely moved with her children to Lee County, Virginia, where they settled and established homes. Presumably Jane Ely lived with her children after coming to Lee County since no records have been found showing that Jane was a land owner in the county. The date of Jane's death is not known nor the place of burial. She was most likely buried on Sugar Run in the old John Ely graveyard, in an unmarked grave. There are a number of unmarked graves in the Robert Ely family graveyard near his old home where Robert and Anne Ely are buried but no records have been found showing that Jane Ely was buried in this family plot.
    Person ID I32760  Frost, Gilchrist and Related Families
    Last Modified 19 Nov 2020 

    Family Jane SMITH,   b. Abt 1730, Dublin, Ireland Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 1 Oct 1796, Lee County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 66 years) 
    Married Abt 1750 
     1. John ELY,   b. 1755, Stafford County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 18 Feb 1839, Lee County, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age < 84 years)  [natural]
    Last Modified 19 Nov 2020 
    Family ID F14225  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart