Lucy Ely

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ChartsDescendants of Ellis Cook-6 Generations
Lucy Ely, daughter of William Ely and Elizabeth Perkins, was born at Lyme, Connecticut, 7 July 1749.1 She died 29 January 18192 and was buried at Wooster Street Cemetery, Danbury, Connecticut.3

Lucy married (1) Dr. Abijah Perkins, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), say 1768;4,1 she married (2), as his 2nd wife, Colonel Ellis Cook, son of Ellis Cook and Mary Williams, in 1778.5,6

In 1780, prominent women of New Jersey, mostly, if not all, wives of government officials, formed a Women's Relief Society to provide assistance to the men of the Continental army. Other than it was formed, no other records of it's organization nor any accounts of actual donations seem to exist. Lucy Ely, as "Mrs (Col) [Ellis]Cook" was one of those named to coordinate the effort in Morris County:7
Trenton, July 4, 1780
The Ladies of Trenton, in New-Jersey, emulating the noble example of their Patriotic Sisters of Pennsylvania, and being desirous of manifesting their zeal in the glorious cause of American Liberty, having this day assembled for the purpose of promoting a subscription for the relief and encouragement of those brave Men in the Continental Army, who, stimulated by example, and regardless of danger, have so repeatedly suffered, fought and bled in the cause of virtue and their oppressed country: And taking into consideration the scattered situation of the well-disposed through the State, who would wish to contribute to so laudable an undertaking have for the convenience of such, and the more effectually to carry their scheme into execution, unanimously appointed . . . a committee whose duty it shall be immediately to open subscriptions and to correspond with the Ladies hereafter named, of the different counties throughout the state, whose aid and influence in their several districts, the ladies now met here, have taken the liberty to solicit in promoting said subscriptions, viz..; whose well-known patriotism leaves no room to doubt of their best exertions in the promotion of an undertaking so humane and praise-worthy, and that they will be happy in forwarding the amount of their several collections, either with or without the names of the donors, which will be immediately transmitted by Mrs. (Moore) Furman, who is hereby appointed Treasurer, to be disposed of by the Commander in Chief, agreeable to the General Plan.

Family 1

Dr. Abijah Perkins b. 2 Oct 1743, d. bef. 26 Nov 1776
  • Child Perkins8 b. say 1770, d. bef. 18 Oct 1772
  • (…) Perkins8 b. 18 Oct 1772, d. bef. 16 Nov 1774
  • Hannah Perkins8 b. 19 Sep 1773, d. aft. 1776
  • George Whitefield Perkins9 b. 14 Apr 1776, d. 25 Sep 1778

Family 2

Colonel Ellis Cook b. 1732, d. 17 Apr 1797
This person was last edited on28 Jul 2021


  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), 67, 118, further cited as Beach, Ely, and Vanderpoel, The Ely Ancestry.
  2. [S1591] Trenton, New Jersey, Tax Ratables, Morris County, 1778-1822, 1802, FHL microfilm 865483, further cited as Morris County Tax Ratables.
  3. [S2323] Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed Jul 2021), memorial page for Lucy Cook, Find a Grave memorial #42591287, maintained by Gary Boughton, further cited as Find A Grave.
  4. [S1589] George A. Perkins, The Family of John Perkins of Ipswich, Massachusetts (Salem, Massachusetts: Salem Press Publishing and Printing, 1889), 59, further cited as Perkins, The Perkins Family.
  5. [S217] William O. Wheeler and Edmund D. Halsey, Inscriptions on the Tombstones and Monuments in the Grave Yards at Whippany and Hanover, Morris County, N. J. (1894; reprint, Lambertville, New Jersey: Hunterdon House, 1984), 40, further cited as Wheeler and Halsey, Hanover Graves.
  6. [S981] Beach, Ely, and Vanderpoel, The Ely Ancestry, 67, 118-119.
  7. [S1054] Larry R. Gerlach, New Jersey in the American Revolution 1763-1783: A Documentary History (Trenton, New Jersey: New Jersey Historical Commission, 1975), 348-350, further cited as Gerlach, New Jersey in the Revolution.
  8. [S842] C. M. Woolsey, History of the Town of Marlborough, Ulster County, New York From its Earliest Discovery (Albany, New York: J. B. Lyon, Printers, 1908), 365, further cited as Woolsey, History of Marlborough.
  9. [S842] Woolsey, History of Marlborough, 367.
  10. [S1325] Jacob Green, W. Ogden Wheeler and Edmund D. Halsey, Church Members, Marriages & Baptisms, at Hanover, Morris Co., N.J. During the Pastorate of Rev. Jacob Green, and to the Settlement of Rev. Aaron Condit: 1746-1796 (Morristown, New Jersey: The Jerseyman, 1893), 29, further cited as Green, Wheeler, and Halsey, Church Members, Marriages & Baptisms, at Hanover, Morris Co., N.J.
  11. [S1088] Hanover Presbyterian Church Burial Ground (Hanover, Morris Co., New Jersey; 3 1/2 miles SE of Hanover on Rt-10), Lucy Cook Grave Marker, SW side of church,, March 2007.