Epaphras Ely

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ChartsDescendants of Ellis Cook-6 Generations
Epaphras Ely, son of Moses Ely and Rebekah Cook, was born at New York, New York Co., New York, 15 April 1795.1 He died 17 July 1864,2 and was buried at Ely Cemetery, Livingston, Essex Co., New Jersey.3

Epaphras married Julia Ann Kitchell, daughter of Ambrose Kitchell and Betsey / Eliza Mulford, in 1822.2

Moses Ely, the father, had taken a contract connected with the erection of Trinity Church, and for convenience occupied a residence in that vicinity. Epaphras 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 Lieutenant- 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.

After the war Epaphras was for a time engaged in the tanning business at Esopus, N. Y.

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.

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.

He was a member of the Presbyterian Church, at one time attending 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.4


Julia Ann Kitchell b. 9 Nov 1800, d. 4 Mar 1864
This person was last edited on9 Jun 2015


  1. [S981] Moses S. Beach, Rev. William Ely and Geo. B. Vanderpoel (ed.), The Ely Ancestry: Lineage of Richard Ely of Plymouth, England, who came to Boston, Mass., about 1655, & settled at Lyme, Conn, in 1660 (New York: The Calumet Press, 1902), 119, 217, further cited as Beach, Ely, and Vanderpoel, The Ely Ancestry.
  2. [S981] Beach, Ely, and Vanderpoel, The Ely Ancestry, 119.
  3. [S1546] Barbara Schaffer, Find A Grave memorial #31782942, added 28 Nov 2008, online http://www.findagrave.com, accessed Jun 2015, further cited as Find A Grave.
  4. [S981] Beach, Ely, and Vanderpoel, The Ely Ancestry, 217-218.