Smith Ely

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Smith Ely, son of Moses Ely and Rebekah Cook, was born at Livingston, Essex Co., New Jersey, 22 May 1800.1 He died at Chiron Springs, Grafton Co., New Hampshire, 26 July 1884,2 and was buried at Ely Cemetery, Livingston, Essex Co., New Jersey.3

Smith married Abigail Belknap Bartlett, whose parents are unknown.1

"The obituary notices of Smith Ely, published in the metropolitan press at the time of his decease, read as follows

"Smith Ely, of Ely, Vermont, formerly of this city (New York), died at Chiron Springs, N. H., on Saturday, July 28, 1884, in the 85th year of his age.

"He leaves one daughter, Mrs. Ely Goddard, who is now in the City of Mexico, and two grandchildren, Colonel Ely Goddard and the Princess Poniatowska.

"Mr. Ely was well known to the citizens of New York, having lived here for nearly fifty years of his life.

"He was born in Livingston, N. J., in 1800, and removed to New York in 1823."

"In that year he purchased the property at No. 36 Broad St. and 32 New St. for business purposes, and continued in its occupation for thirteen years, when he formed a partnership with his brother-in-law, C. Bartlett, at No. 71 Fulton St. and No. 73 Beekman St., under the firm name of C. Bartlett & S. Ely, which continued for over thirty years.

"In 1837, he purchased a city residence at No. 714 Broadway, opposite Washington Place, which still remains (1884), and attracts the attention of passers-by by the contrast which it presents to the surrounding buildings. It is of white marble, with a Grecian portico, resting on mammoth marble pillars, and at the time it was constructed was the finest residence in the city.

"Mr. Ely for several years resided on Staten Island, near New Brighton, and during this period was elected to the office of County Supervisor and Member of Assembly, the only public positions he ever held. He took little active part in politics, but devoted himself earnestly to his business, and his reputation as a merchant was very high. In 1870, Mr. Ely became interested in copper mines, and was made President of the Vermont Copper Company, and removed to Ely, Vermont, where he resided until his death.

"The funeral was held on Wednesday, Aug. 5, 1884, at the place of his birth, Livingston, N. J., the summer residence of his nephews, Ambrose K. Ely and ex-Mayor Smith Ely, of New York.

"Mr. Smith Ely was of an old New England family, being the sixth in lineal descent from Richard Ely, the Cromwellian, who removed from Plymouth, England, to Lyme, Conn., in 1666. "Richard Ely's wife was Elizabeth Fenwick, sister to the Colonel Fenwick who received from the British Crown a grant of the territory which is now the State of Connecticut. "The Colonel's wife. Lady Fenwick, who was so distinguished in Colonial Annals, died and was buried at Saybrook, Conn.

"Notwithstanding his advanced age, Mr. Smith Ely retained his mental faculties unimpaired, and enjoyed excellent physical health until the hour of his death.

"He died suddenly, and apparently without pain, of heart failure, while dressing for dinner."4
This person was last edited on8 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, further cited as Beach, Ely, and Vanderpoel, The Ely Ancestry.
  2. [S981] Beach, Ely, and Vanderpoel, The Ely Ancestry, 119, 222.
  3. [S1546] Barbara Schaffer, Find A Grave memorial #31783142, added 28 Nov 2008, online, accessed Jun 2015, further cited as Find A Grave.
  4. [S981] Beach, Ely, and Vanderpoel, The Ely Ancestry, 222-3.