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John ELY
Mary DENNIS
WARNING:  the John ELY / ELEY / EALYs are being mixed up, thanks principally to the databases at the LDS.  The other John being mixed up here is the John ELY who married Catharine JOHNSONBACH.  I do not see how the John ELY who was son of Michael ELY (birth record solid, see below), and was thus living in Washington Co., PA, by 1790, could be the John ELY who married Catharine JOHNSONBACH in Centre Co., PA, ca. 1795.  Also, if John ELY s/o Michael is the one in the 1850 Census of Morrow Co., as he appears to be, then he is obviously not the John ELY who was in the 1850 Census of Green Co., WI, and who was the one who married Catharine JOHNSONBACH. 
Husband:  John ELY
Birth:  8 Jul 1773, Londonderry Twp., Lancaster [now Lebanon] Co., PA
Baptism:  24 Jul 1773
Death:  aft. 1850, presumably Morrow Co., OH
Father:  Michael ELY
Mother:  Anna Maria/Mary REGINA
Marriage:
Wife:  Mary DENNIS
Birth:  ca. 1774
Death:  ca. 1819
Father:  Michael DENNIS
Mother:  Rosanna WOLF
Children:
1.  Philip ELY, b. 1800-1810 (closer to 1800)
2.  Martin ELY, b. ca. 1802; living 1840, Bloomfield Twp., Knox [now Morrow] Co., OH
3.  Michael ELY, b. 1803/4
4.  Katharine ELY, b. 1804/5
5.  Peter ELY, b. 1808/9
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Ohio, Pennsylvania


Sources (n.b., Morrow Co. was formed from Richland, Delaware, Marion, and Knox Cos. in 1848):

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1790

3.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1800 (Broderbund CD-312):
1800 - - - - -
1800 Elley, John PA Washington Co. p. 706 00100-3011000

4.  1810

5.  1820

6.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1830 (Broderbund CD-315):
1830 Ely, John OH Richland Co. Perry Twp. p. 48
The only other ELY in the county is John's son, Michael.

7.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1840 (Broderbund CD-316):  can't find him, at least not anywhere I would expect him to be (can't find his son, Michael, either).

8.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1850 (Broderbund CD-317):  no Morrow Co., OH, records on CD.

9.  North Bloomfield, Morrow County, OH, 1850 Federal Census (online at the Morrow County OHGenWeb site; transcribed by Jane Peppler).  [link died] On p. 407A (enumerated 7 Aug 1850):
809 819 Ely Michael 46 M Farmer 800 Pa
    Ely Catharine 42 F     Pa
    Ely John 76 M     Pa
    [Michael & Catharine's 8 children]          
Our subject is living with his son, Michael, and his family.  John should be 77 years old, but I think we can safely say he is the son of Michael & Anna Maria, born 1773.  Unfortunately, John's wife is deceased, so we cannot confirm her identity, but note that Michael & Catharine have named their first two children John and Mary.  Not conclusive, but supportive, that Michael's mother was Mary DENNIS, that is, unless Catherine JOHNSONBACH really was Mary Catherine JOHNSONBACH, in which case it's no help at all, though I wonder if someone didn't make her "Mary Catherine" for that very reason.  Our big problem is the lack of primary marriage records for these John ELYs.

10.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  IGI - International Genealogical Index (online at FamilySearch.org):
Secondary sources caveat emptor!
John ELY
Spouse: Mary DENNIS
Marriage: 1792, Buffalo, Knox, Ohio
Source: none given
JOHN EALY
Spouse: MARY DENNIS
Marriage: 1802, Knox, Ohio
Source: patron submission
John ELY
Spouse: Catharine JOHNSONBACK
Marriage: Abt. 1795, Washington, Pennsylvania
Source: none given
John ELEY
Spouse: Catherine JOHNSONBACK
Marriage: Abt. 1804, Of Centre, Pennsylvania
Source: patron submission
These marriage records all appear to be guesses, so it may not be worth discussing them.  There is no "Buffalo" or Buffalo Twp. in Knox Co., OH (which county was not formed until 1809), and a marriage in Ohio that early is unlikely in the extreme.  There is a Buffalo Twp. in Washington Co., PA, and that location could make sense in that John's parents were living there at that time.  I don't see how the John who married Mary DENNIS in Washington Co., PA, can be the same John ELY who married Catherine JOHNSONBACH/JOHNSONBAUGH/SCHANTZENBACH in Centre Co.  There were no JOHNSONBACHs (or variations) in Washington Co., but there were some in Centre Co. (it's an extremely rare surname), so I've no reason to doubt the marriage to Catherine took place in Centre Co.

.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service:  AF - Ancestral File (online at FamilySearch.org).
Secondary sources caveat emptor!
John EALY
Birth: Abt 1781, Berks, Pennsylvania
Death: Aft 1830
Spouse: Mary DENNIS; Marriage: Abt 1802
Spouse: Catherine JOHNSONBACK; Marriage: Abt 1820
Husband's Name: John ELY
Born: 8 Jul 1773; Place: Derry Twp., Dauphin Co., Penn.
Christened: 24 Jul 1773; Place: Bindnagle Church, Palmyra, Lancastor (sic), Pennsylvania
Died: 16 May 1853; Place: North Bloomfield, Morrow, Ohio
Buried: Place: Shauck Cemetery, Perry Twp., Morrow, Ohio
Married: 1795; Place: , Washington, Pennsylvania
Father: Michael ELY
Mother: Mary (Regina)

Wife's Name: Mary Catharine JOHNSONBACK
Born: 11 Sep 1776; Place: , Washington, Pennsylvania
Died: 11 Mar 1849; Place: North Bloomfield, Morrow, Ohio
Buried: Place: Shauck Cemetery, Perry Twp., Morrow, Ohio
Married: 1795; Place: , Washington, Pennsylvania

1.  Michael ELEY
2.  Peter ELEY
3.  Mary ELEY
4.  David ELEY
5.  Martin ELEY
6.  Rosannah ELEY
7.  Elizabeth ELY
8.  Phillip ELEY
9.  Jacob ELEY

If the AF is right which I greatly doubt and one John ELY married both Mary DENNIS and Catherine JOHNSONBACH or if Catherine JOHNSONBACH was Mary Catharine JOHNSONBACK and married the son of Michael ELY, then it's back to the drawing board!!

.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service: Pedigree Resource File (index to CDs online at FamilySearch.org).
Secondary sources caveat emptor!
Compact Disc #12
John EALY
Birth: abt 1781; Place: , Berks, Pennsylvania
Death: aft 1830
Father: George Ealy
Mother: Christina Strofsnider
Spouse: Mary Dennis; Marriage: abt 1802
Spouse: Catherine Johnsonback; Marriage: abt 1820
Compact Disc #12
Mary Ealy
Birth: 1804; Place:
Death: 27 Apr 1871, Monroe, Green, Wisconsin
Burial: Place: Illiff Cem, Monroe, Green, Wisconsin
Father: John Ealy
Mother: Mary Dennis
Spouse: Othey or Otho King
Marriage: abt 1820
The Mary ELY who married Otho KING did end up in Green Co., WI, as did other children of the John ELY who was (age 74) in the 1850 Census of Green Co., WI, and obviously not the John ELY who was in Morrow Co., OH, in 1850, who was (age 76/7), the s/o Michael ELY.  If the latter married Mary DENNIS, then she cannot be the mother of the Mary ELY/EALY who married Otho KING.

The Families of George Ealy, East Finley Township, and Michael Ely, Buffalo Township, Washington [County], Pennsylvania (online at the Washington Co., PA, GenWeb site).  John is said to be in New Castle Twp., Coshocton Co., OH, in 1820 Census; Perry Twp., Richland Co., OH, in the 1830 Census; and North Bloomfield Twp., Morrow Co., OH, in the 1850 Census.

WorldConnect (online at RootsWeb.com).  Says John's father is George ELY (nfd) and that John's sister is the Catherine who married John DENNIS.  No children given.

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