The Richard Ely monument occupies a central site, somewhat elevated in the ancient Ely cemetery, a place of unusual interest. It is a lovely spot. Here for nine generation, descendants only of Richard Ely have been buried. Noone save the Ely descendants or connected by marriage can be there. Undoubtedly, the founder of his race in America and his wife,were among the first to be buried here, if not the very first, but their stones like countless others, have fallen victims to destructive forces of nature.
The monument inscriptions:
end-coat of arms
one side: In Memory of Richard Ely born about 1610 in Hampshire, England. Came from Plymouth, England, to Boston, Massachusetts, 1661 with his sons William and Richard. Afterwards settled in Lyme, Conn, and there died Nov. the 24th, 1684.
Other side: In memory of Joane, wife of Mr. Richard Ely, died in Plymouth January 7th, 1660
In memory of Elizabeth Fenwick, (relict of Capt. John Cullick) daughter of George Fenwick of Brinkburne, Northumberland, and Dorothy Forster, his wife born...
married to Mr. Richard Ely in Boston, 1664. Died in Lyme Nov 12th, 1683
Other end: The descendants of Richard Ely and his wife Joane of the seventh and eighth generations have erected this monument A.D. 1901
The oldest now standing is the one to Captain William Ely, born 1647, died Feb 23, 1717. Elizabeth, wife of William died Oct 10, 1750 age 89
I have a list of 56 stones now standing. Other surnames include Beebe, Rogers, Russel. I have been there, but have no directions on hand. Easy to fine once there. For more information on the names firstname.lastname@example.org