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Henry ELY
Sarah WATT
WARNING:  our subject's wife, Sarah (WATT) ELY, is being mixed up with Sarah (WATT) POE, wife of Jesse POE.  The other Sarah WATT married Jesse POE in Ross County in 1823, before our subjects were married in 1824 in Pickaway County.  Both couples appear in the 1830 census in the respective counties where they were married, so these two Sarah WATTs cannot be the same person.  The issue then becomes the parentage of both women, which secondary sources appear to have all over the map.  Many sources show Samuel & Judith (ZEIGER) WATT as the parents of either Sarah, which is astounding considering most sources even some of the same ones show their daughter, Sarah, died in 1814!  Under the circumstances, I'm considering both Sarah's parents unknown.
Husband:  Henry ELY
Birth:  11 Apr 1800, PA
Father:  John ELY
Mother:  Catharine DREISBACH
Marriage:  13 Oct 1824, Pickaway Co., OH
Wife:  Sarah WATT
Birth:  ca. 1804/5
Parents:  unknown

The average female marries first at age 19 and is, on average, four years younger than her husband.  That would place this Sarah's birth ca. 1804/5.

These alleged parents had a daughter, Sarah, who is said to have died in 1814!  She's the one born 25 Jul 1804.
Father:  Samuel WATT (1775-1846)
Mother:  Judith ZEIGLER (1774-1855)
In the 1820 Census of Pickaway Co., OH, a Samuel WATT is listed two households from Henry's father, John ELY; he is the only WATT in Pickaway County in 1820 and one of only two WATTs in 1830.  There is, thus, a case to be made that some Samuel WATT was this Sarah's father.
Children(?) born in Circleville, Pickaway Co., OH:
1?  (Daughter A) ELY, b. 1825-30
2?  (Daughter B) ELY, b. 1825-30
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1.  Anon.  1966.  Marriage Index:  Ohio, 1789-1850.  Liahona Research, Orem, UT (Broderbund CD-400):
ELY, Henry Watt, Sarah 10/13/1824 Pickaway Co.

2.  1830 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #3 of 22; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1830 OH Pickaway Co. Circleville Roll 138 p. 26 Ln. 03 Henry Ely 000 210 - 201 010
These data indicate:
No. & Sex Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 males 15-19 1810-1815 = brother?
= brother?
1 male 20-29 1800-1810 = Henry (b. 1800)
2 females 4 or under 1825-1830 = daughter? sister?
= daughter? sister?
1 female 10-14 1815-1820 = sister?
1 female 20-29 1800-1810 = Sarah (b. 1804)
Henry's mother died in 1828, and his father died early in 1830.  There are no other ELY's enumerated in Pickaway County, and as Henry was the eldest of his parents' children, the teenagers with him in the 1830 census are likely his orphaned siblings.

3.  1840 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  cannot find.

4.  1850 U.S. Census Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  cannot find.

5.  Raymond Bell Anthology:  The Families of George Ealy, East Finley Township, and Michael Ely, Buffalo Township, Washington [County], Pennsylvania (online at the Washington Co., PA, GenWeb site).
1.  Henry b Mar 19-1772 d May 11-1845 Plain Twp, Franklin Co, Ohio
         m 1800 Eve Nyswaner b Sep 5-1775 d Oct 10-1842, to Buffalo
         Twp 1807: East Finley 1816; Washington Twp, Pickaway Co,
         Ohio 1830 - founder Lutheran Church, Circleville
The material in red pertains to the Henry ELY who married Eve NEISWANER.  The material in black pertains to our subject.  Raymond Bell got the two men mixed up. 

6.  Public Member Trees (online at Ancestry.com).

7.  WorldConnect / Ancestry World Trees (online at RootsWeb.com/Ancestry.com).

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