Hi To All.... For those Ely descendants who cannot find their families listed in the book known as Records of the Descendants of Nathaniel Ely, The Emigrant,the following passage, taken from the Introduction, may offer other directions in which some present-day Ely descendants may continue their research.Unfortunately, there are no other details about Richard and Joshua, only the date of July 10, 1878 when the Ely clans of all three men gathered in Lyme, Connecticut.The historical record of that city may reveal future paths chosen by the descendants of Richard and Joshua at that place and time.
“It was found there were representatives present from three distinct families, viz:Nathaniel, Richard and Joshua Ely, but all effort to connect them as brothers, cousins or even cousins removed has failed, and instead of publishing a genealogy, including the several branches, as was first proposed, each branch has taken in charge its separate work. Later, at a meeting in Holyoke, Massachusetts, July 9, 1879, …..interest was expressed by descendants of other names (of the Nathaniel branch), …. it was decided to extend it, (the genealogy) in the female line to families of grand children.”
For those interested only in the genealogy of Nathaniel Ely, a reprint of the book was released in January, 2010.I am a 12th generation descendant of Nathaniel.The original edition was compiled by Heman Ely and published in 1885.My copy, of which only 520 copies were printed, has 569 pages...the new reprint contains over 700 pages.I know it can be ordered through national bookstore chains for around $70.00.Best on-line price I could find is just over $50.00.
If anyone has any questions, I'll be happy to help if I can. Mary