of Greene County, Pennsylvania
ELY, farmer and stock-grower, Waynesburg, Penn., was born in Washington
County, Penn., August
28, 1823. He is a son of Jonas and
Euphen (Wilson) Ely, who were of German and Scotch extraction. His mother was also a native of Washington County.
His father, who was a farmer and stock-grower, was born in Berks County, Penn., and
came to Greene County in 1843. He settled near Waynesburg on the farm now
owned by J. A. J. Buchanan, Esq. Mr. Ely
reared a family seven children, of whom Jonas is the sixth. He received a common school education in Washington County, where he remained on the farm
with his parents until their death. His
father died in 1863 and his mother in 1860.
Mr. Ely has been successful as a farmer, and is the owner of 384 acres
of land. In 1870 he bought his present
farm, to which he moved in 1875. The
following year he erected one of the finest houses in Franklin Township,
where he now resides. Mr. Ely was united
in marriage in Greene
County, in 1845, with
Miss Elizabeth, daughter of William and Margaret (Milligan) Hill, who were of
English and Irish origin. Mrs. Ely’s
Father was born in Franklin
Township in 1798. To Mr. and Mrs. Ely have been born three
children—William and Jonas, farmers; and Belle, who is the wife of Jonathan
Funk, Esq., of Waynesburg, Penn.
Their mother is a consistent member of the Cumberland Presbyterian
Church. Mr. Ely takes great interest in
the schools of the county, and has served seventeen years as school
director. He has also been for several
years secretary of the Green County Agricultural Society. In politics he is a Republican. Jonas, his second son, was born October 15,
1848, and is a successful farmer. In
1878 he married Miss Alice, daughter of Madison Saunders, of Waynesburg, Penn.
History of Greene County, Pennsylvania
Samuel P. Bates
Nelson, Rishforth & Co., Chicago.
Transcribed by Annette Bame Peebles
The Greene County, Pennsylvania Biographies Project – http://freepages.history.rootsweb.com/~arkbios/Greene/index.html.
Date of Transcription: 17 November 2008
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