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Col. Samuel ELY, Esq.
Catharina MERKEL
Husband:  Samuel ELHI / ELY
Birth:  ca. 1745
Death:  1828
Military Service:  Col., 1st Bat., Berks Co. Militia
Father:  (Hans) David EHLI
Mother:  Elizabeth __?__
Marriage:
Wife:  Catharina / Catherina MERKEL / MERKLE / MARKEL / MARKLE
Birth:  by 1755
Other Spouse:  m1. Mr. HOTTENSTEIN
Children born in Berks Co., PA:
  1.  (Daughter A) EHLI, b. ca. 1771
  2.  Jacob EHLI, b. 1 Apr 1773; m. Elizabeth __?__
  3.  Maria EHLI, b. 15 Aug 1775
  4.  Samuel EHLI, Jr., b. 25 Dec 1777; d. 11 Oct 1855
  5.  Daniel EHLI, b. 2 Jun 1780
  6.  Solomon ELY, b. 13 Jan 1783; m. Catherine __?__
  7.  (Daughter B) ELY, b. ca. 1784
  8.  (Daughter C) ELY, b. ca. 1787/8
  9.  Susanna ELY, b. 15 Jul 1790
10.  (Son A) ELY, b. ca. 1791/2
11.  (Son B) ELY, b. ca. 1793/4
12.  Hanna ELY, b. 28 Aug 1795 
13.  (Daughter D) ELY, b. ca. 1797
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Sources:

1.  F. Edward Wright.  1993.  Berks County Church Records of the 18th Century.  Vol. 2.  Family Line Publ., Westminster, MD (Broderbund CD-166).
INTRODUCTION...
XX.  MOSELEM (Ontelaunee, Zion's, Peter's, St. Peters)
Richmond Township
A Lutheran register was begun in 1741.  The Reformed register begins in 1764 referring to the congregation as "Peter's Church in Richmond Township."
Lutheran pastors:  Tobias Wagner (1743-1759), Bernard Michael Hausihl (1759-1763), Helfrich Schaum (1763-1778) and Daniel Lehman (1778-1810).
Reformed pastors:  Glatfelter states they cannot be identified with certainty.
Location:  Zion, 4 miles west of Kutztown; Reformed is St. Peter's United Church of Christ, 3 miles northwest of Fleetwood.
Records: Pennsylvania State Library. Baptismal Records of Zions (Moselem) Lutheran Church, Richmond Twp., Berks Co., Pa., 1743-1809...
MOSELEM CHURCH
Baptismal Records...
Solomon Ely, son of Samuel E. and wife, Catharina, born January 13, 1783, baptized April 13, 1783. Sponsors: Friederich Hill and Anna Maria.
Samuel Herrman, son of Jacob Herrman and wife Elisabetha, born December 2, 1786, baptized March 4, 1787. Sponsors: Samuel Ely Esq. and Catharina.
Susanna ELY daughter of Samuel Ely esq. and wife Catharina, born July 15, 1790, baptized December 21, 1790. Sponsors: Georg Kemp and wife Susanna.
Hanna Ely daughter of Samuel Ely and wife Catharina, born August 28, 1795, baptized December 22, 1795. Sponsor: Maria Engelin, single.
Johannes Straub son of Johannes Straub and wife Maria, born October 7, 1795, baptized January 1, 1796. Sponsors: Samuel Ely and wife Catharina.
Note that Jacob ELY was the sponsor of the baptism of Benjamin HILL, son of Jacob HILL of this church, and that Maria ENGELIN was the sponsor of the baptism of Elisabeth ELY, daughter of the same Jacob ELY (and wife Elisabetha).

2.  Census Index:  Colonial America, 1607-1789 (Broderbund CD-310):  not found, but there are no Berks Co., PA, records on the CD.

3.  1790 Census Index and Digital Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #1 of 6; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1790 PA Berks Co. Maxatany Twp. p. 80 Samuel Ely 2-3-6-2-0
These data indicate:
Gender and Type Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 free white males 16 or over in or bef. 1774 = Samuel (b. ca. 1745)
= Jacob (b. 1773)
3 free white males 15 or under 1774-1790 = Samuel (b. 1777)
= Daniel (b. 1780)
= Solomon (b. 1783)
6 free white females all ages in or bef. 1790 = Catharina (b. by 1755)
= Daughter A (b. ca. 1771)
= Maria (b. 1775)
= Daughter B (b. ca. 1784)
= Daughter C (b. ca. 1787/8)
= Susanna (b. 1790)
2 other free people all ages in or bef. 1790 = names unknown
Listed three lines above Jacob HILL, who is listed one line above Frederick HILL.

4a.  Census Index:  U.S. Selected Counties, 1800 (Broderbund CD-312).  Please see my WARNING regarding use of this database (the numerical data have the genders switched). 
1800 Ely, Samuel PA Berks Co. p. 634 31201-2120100

4b.  1800 Census Index and Digital Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #1 of 4; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1800 PA Berks Co. Maxetawny Twp. p. 634 Samuel Ely 21201-31201-00
These data indicate:
No. & Sex  Age Class Therefore Born Individuals Inferred
2 males 9 or under 1790-1800 = Son B (b. ca. 1793/4)
= Son A (b. ca. 1791/2)
1 male 10-15 1784-1790 = Solomon (b. 1783)
2 males 16-25 1774-1784 = Daniel (b. 1780)
= Samuel (b. 1777)
1 male 45 or over in or bef. 1755 = Samuel (b. ca. 1745) 
3 females 9 or under 1790-1800 = Daughter D (b. ca. 1797)
= Hannah (b. 1795)
= Susanna (b. 1790)
1 female 10-15 1784-1790 = Daughter C (b. ca. 1787/8)
2 females 16-25 1774-1784 = Daughter B (b. ca. 1784)
= Maria (b. 1775)
1 female 45 or over in or bef. 1755 = Catharina (b. by 1755)
List is alphabetical, so no neighborhood reconstruction is possible.

5.  1810 Census Index and Digital Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #10 of 181; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1810 PA Berks Co. Maxatawny Twp. p. 67/589 Samuel Ely Esqr 33111-01810-00 13 30 25 4 0 200 30 30 20 220
These data indicate:

6.  1820 Census Index and Digital Images (online at Ancestry.com; Image #X of X; extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):
1820 PA Berks Co. Maxatawny Twp. p. 199 - - -
These data indicate:

.  LDS.  Family Search: Internet Genealogy Service: Pedigree Resource File (index to CDs, online at FamilySearch.org).

.  Annette Ely Schaumann, Steven Schwengels, & Gloria Gregory.  Genealogy of the Eli Family of Berks County, Pennsylvania (online at my.execpc.com/~steve2/).

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