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William McLouth ELY
Grace Maude CHESNUT
Husband:  William McLouth ELY
Birth:  21 Sep 1875, Marion, Wayne Co., NY
Death:  5 May 1955, Ainsworth, Brown Co., NE
Disposition:  buried Ainsworth Cemetery, Ainsworth, Brown Co., NE
Education:  1892, graduated Ainsworth High School; 1900, Bachelor of Laws, University of Nebraska
Occupation:  lawyer
Father:  William Brown ELY
Mother:  Mary Frances POTTER
Marriage:  7 Jun 1905, Ainsworth, Brown Co., NE
Wife:  Grace Maude CHESNUT
Birth:  8 May 1881, Denver, Denver Co., CO
Death:  18 Nov 1970, Ainsworth, Brown Co., NE
Disposition:  buried Ainsworth Cemetery, Ainsworth, Brown Co., NE
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Samuel W. CHESNUT (1848-1922)
Mother:  Rebecca Aneline HIVELY (1856-1932)
Children born in Ainsworth, Brown Co., NE:
1.  Samuel Chesnut ELY, b. 9 Jan 1910
2.  Rebecca Frances ELY, b. 30 Jan 1923
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Colorado, Nebraska, New York

Sources:

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  1900 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #2 of 14 indexed "William Misouth Ely"):  1234 R? St., Lincoln (Ward 4), Lancaster Co., NE, Roll 933 (Book 2), p. 1B, SH 1B, enumerated 1 Jun 1900, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1900 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1900:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 13 14 15  
* 1234 9 10 Ely William McLouth Roomer W M Sep 1875 24 M S NY NY NY [remainder unreadable]
*R?
Living in a boarding house.  The page is in poor condition, and some of it is unreadable (the image at Genealogy.com is worse).

3.  1910 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #20 of 37):  East R Street, Ainsworth Village, Ainsworth Twp. (T80), Brown Co., NE, Roll T624_839, p. 10B, SN 10B, SD 170, ED 24, enumerated 20 Apr 1910, official enumeration date 15 Apr 1910 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1910:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
  1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 17 18 19 20 23 24 26 27 28
* 57 58 Ely William M Head M W 34 M1 5     NY CT NY Eng Lawyer General Pra OA Y Y O M H
    ___ Grace M Wife F W 28 M1 5 1 1 CO MO OH Eng None       Y      
    ___ Samual C Son M W 1/12 S       NE NY CO   None              
    ___ William B Father M W 68 M2 38     CT US NY Eng Doctor Medicin OA   Y      
    ___ Mary F Mother F W 65 M1 38 2 2 NY NY NY Eng None       Y      
*Ea R
Listed two households from Grace's parents, Samuel W. CHESNUT (æ 63, b. MO) & Rebecca A. (æ 54, b. OH).

4.  1920 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #25 of 47):  Oak Street, Ainsworth City (Ward 2), Ainsworth Pct., Brown Co., NE, Roll T625_981, p. 13A, SN 13A, SD 6, ED 28, enumerated 12 Jan 1920, official enumeration date 1 Jan 1920 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1920:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 16 17 18 19 21 23 25 26 27 28
* X 281 295 Ely William M Head O F M W 44 M   Y Y NY CT NY Y Attorney Own office OA
      ___ Grace M Wife     F W 39 M   Y Y CO MO OH Y None    
      ___ Samuel C Son     M W 10 S Y Y Y NE NY CO Y None    
*Oak Street
Listed eight households from William's parents.

5.  1930 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #10 of 28):  Ainsworth City, Brown Co., NE, Roll 1266 (Book 1), p. 26B, SN 5B, ED 9-1, SD 2, enumerated 10 Apr 1930, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1930 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1930:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 24 25 27 28 30
120 128 Ely Wm M Head O $5,000 R N M W 54 M 29 N Y NY MA NY Y Lawyer O Y N
    ___ Grace M Wife         F W 48 M 24 N Y CO MO KS Y None      
    ___ Rebecca F Dau         F W  7 S   Y   NE NY CO   None      
    ___ Samuel C Son         M W 20 S   Y Y NE NY CO   None      

6.  1940 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #2 of 50):  245 Oak Street, Ainsworth City (South Ward), Ainsworth Pct., Brown Co., NE, Roll T627_2237, p. 1B, SN 1B, SD 5, ED 9-1, enumerated 2 Aapr 1940, official enumeration date 1 Apr 1940 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):¤
1940:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see What the Numbers in the Federal Census Mean.
LOC HOUSEHOLD NAME RELATION   PERSONAL EDUCATION   BIRTHPLACE   CIT RESIDENCE in 1935   EMPLOYMENT STATUS FS
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16 17 18 19 20 21 22 23 24 25   26 27 28 29 30   31 32 33 34
* 245 20 O 5000 N Ely William M Head M W 64 M N C-3? New York   Same house     N Y - - - - 54   Lawyer Private Practice OA 52 0 Y  
          ___ Grace M Wife F W 58 M N H-10 Colorado   Same house     N N N N N H            0 0 Y  
          ___ Rebecca Daughter F W 19 S Y H-11 Nebraska   Same house     N N N N N S            0 0 N  
*Oak Street
This record was hard to read.
7.  Find-a-Grave: Entries (online at findagrave.com):
Except for the tombstone images and occasional mention of a death certificate,
this database consists of undocumented patron submissions, so caveat emptor.
Name: William McLouth Ely Grace Maude Chesnut ELY
Birth: Sep. 21, 1875 May 8, 1881
Death: May 5, 1955 Nov. 18, 1970
Burial: Ainsworth Cemetery
Ainsworth, Brown Co., NE
Ainsworth Cemetery
Ainsworth, Brown Co., NE
Inscription: h/o Grace M w/o Wm
Contributor: Deb; Mar 04, 2007 Deb; Mar 04, 2007
Memorial #: 18241367 18241362

8.  World War I Selective Service System Draft Registration Cards, 1917-1918.  Microfilm Series M1509 (4277 rolls), National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, DC (card images and index online at Ancestry.com):
Microfilm Roll: 1711449
Name: William McLouth Ely
Permanent Home Address: Ainsworth Brown Nebr
Age in Years | Date of Birth: 42 | Sept 21 1875
Race: White
U.S. Citizen: Native Born
Present Occupation: Lawyer
Employer's Name: None
Place of Employment: Ainsworth Brown Nebr
Nearest Relative Name: Grace M Ely
Nearest Relative Address: Ainsworth Brown Nebr
Signature: William McLouth Ely
Height (tall, medium, short): Medium
Build (slender, medium, stout): Slender
Color of Eyes | Color of Hair: Blue | Brown
Physically Disabled: No
Date of Registration: Sept 12, 1918
Ainsworth, NE

9.  Sara Mullin Baldwin & Robert Morton Baldwin, eds.  1932.  Nebraskana: Biographical Sketches of Nebraska Men and Women of Achievement Who Have Been Awarded Life Membership in the Nebraska Society.  Baldwin Co., Hebron, NE (online at the Nebraska USGenNet site; boldface added):
p. 380
William McLouth Ely

A distinguished lawyer in Nebraska is William McLouth Ely, who was born at Marion, New York, September 21, 1875, the son of William Brown and Mary Frances (Potter) ElyWilliam Brown Ely, who was a leading

p. 381 physician, and at one time the president of Nebraska State Medical Society, was born in Connecticut, March 1842, and died at Ainsworth, Nebraska, June 23, 1921. Mary Frances (Potter) Ely was born at Marion, New York, July 6, 1844, and died at Ainsworth, November 7, 1926.

Mr. Ely attended the public schools at Penfield, New York, and Marion Collegiate Institute, was graduated from the Ainsworth High School in 1892, and in 1900 received the Bachelor of Laws degree at the University of Nebraska, where he was a member of Alpha Tan Omega.  He has engaged in the practice of law at Ainsworth, since 1900, and has taken a prominent part in the political and civic affairs of his community.

A Republican, Mr. Ely served as county attorney of Brown County, Nebraska, 1903-07, was county judge of Brown County in 1899, and in 1928 was defeated candidate for district judge.  He is a director in the National Bank of Ainsworth, is a member of the Ainsworth Commercial Club, and holds membership in the Country Club there.  He holds membership in the American Bar Association, the Nebraska State Bar Association, the Red Cross, Nebraskana Society, and the Young Men's Christian Association.

During the late war he was chairman of the Four Minute Men, served as a member of the legal advisory board and the Home Guard, and was active as a member of the War Savings Committee. His fraternal organizations include the Royal Arch and Commandery bodies of the Masons, the Independent Order of Odd Fellows, and the Woodmen of the World.

On June 7, 1905, Judge Ely was married at Ainsworth to Grace Maude Chesnut, who was born at Denver, Colorado, May 8, 1881. They have two children:  Samuel C., born January 9, 1910, who is a law student at the University of Nebraska where he holds membership in Alpha Sigma Phi; and Rebecca Frances, born January 30, 1923.  Residence: Ainsworth.

William Brown ELY's tombstone says he died May 1st, 1921, not June 23rd.

10.  "Who's Who" (unsourced item attached to a PublicMemberTree online at Ancestry.com):
ELY, WILLIAM McLOUTH: Attorney; b Marion, NY Sept 21, 1875; s of Wiliam B Ely-Mary Frances Potter; ed Ainsworth HS 1892; U of N LLB 1900; Alpha Tau Omega; m Grace M Chesnut June 7, 1905 Ainsworth; s Scmuel C; d Rebecca F, 1899 Brown Co judge; 1900-prac in Ainsworth; 1903-07 co atty; city atty; past mbr sch be; Comml Clu; 15th Judicial Dist Bar Assn; Neb St Bar Assn; IOOF 130; AF& AM 224; Congl Ch; Rep; hobby, golf; res Ainsworth

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

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

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