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Henry H. RUSSELL
Dida Esther LORD
Our subject changed his name to William Brown ELY between his first marriage, to Dida Esther LORD, and his second marriage, to Mary Frances POTTER.  I've used two family group sheets for him, partly because the combined page became so complicated, but mainly because of the way I file family group sheets on my web site, which is by husband's surname.  This way, whichever name someone is searching on, they will find him.

I have yet, myself, to find any paper evidence documenting that these two men are the same person, yet descendants insist he is, and Y-DNA testing has proven them correct in that a patrilineal line male descendant of William Brown ELY is a strodtng genetic match with other descendants of William RUSSELL (1605-1661) see Haplogroup R1b - Lineage 04 (Kit #303111) at the FTDNA-WFN Russell DNA Project.

Husband:  Henry H. RUSSELL, a.k.a., William Brown ELY
Birth:  5 Mar 1842, Fitchburg, Worcester Co., MA
Death:  1 May 1921, Ainsworth, Brown Co., NE
Disposition:  buried Ainsworth Cemetery, Ainsworth, Brown Co., NE
Education:  Graduated 1878, University of Michigan at Ann Arbor, Dept. of Medicine and Surgery
Occupation:  physician (allopath)
Father:  Francis RUSSELL (1807-1887) Jacob6 > James Jr5 > James Sr4 > William3 > Benjamin2 > William1 RUSSELL (1605-1861) of Cambridge 
Mother:  Mary P. WHITE (1805-1885)
Marriage-1:  by 1865
Wife-1:  Dida Esther LORD
Birth:  Mar 1832, East Windsor, Hartford Co., CT
Death apparently:  1920-30, Bridgeport, Fairfield Co., CT
Occupation:  homemaker
Father:  Henry LORD
Mother:  Chloe GRISWALD
Child born in CT:
1.  Francis Lord "Frank" RUSSELL, b. 10 Apr 1866
Keywords for search engines:  genealogy; USA, US, United States, Connecticut, New Hampshire, Nebraska, New York

Sources:

1.  Marriage Record:

2.  Charles Edward Potter, ed.  1995.  Genealogies of Some Old Families of Concord, Massachusetts...  Heritage Books, Concord, MA, 143 pp. (excerpts online at books.google.com):
On p. 89, there is a record showing Henry H. & Dida (LORD) RUSSELL as parents of Francis Lord RUSSELL, born Apr. 10, 1866.  As this is only an excerpt, with no context, I can't tell what the source of the record is or where the location is.

3.  1840 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):
  Francis RUSSELL (æ 30-40) is living in Fitchburg, Worcester Co., MA (pp. 74B-75A), with his family.

4.  1850 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):
  Henry H. RUSSELL (æ 8, b. CT) is living in Fitchburg, Worcester Co., MA (p. 167B), with his parents, Frances RUSSELL (æ 43, b. NH) & Mary (æ 41?, b. NH), plus siblings.
  can't find Dida (or her mother), but her father appears to be living alone in Enfield, Hartford Co., CT (q.v.).

5.  1860 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):
  H. RUSSELL (æ 18, NH) is living in Fitchburg, Worcester Co., MA (p. 838), with his parents, F. RUSSELL (æ 55, NY) & M.M. (æ 55, NH), plus siblings. 
  Dida E. LORD (æ 28, b. CT) is living in Enfield, Hartford Co., CT, with her parents (q.v.).

For other events post-1860, see William Brown ELY's page.

6.  1870 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #602 of 704):  Brooklyn P.O., Brooklyn (Ward 21), Kings Co., NY, Roll, p. 545A, PN 182, 1517/1380, enumerated 22 Jul 1870, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1870 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):-
Lord Henry 71 M W Peddler     Connecticut
____ Carrie 73 F W       Vermont
Russell Didah 37 F W       Connecticut
_______ Frank  4 M W       Conn
Niel Mary E 18 F W Domestic Servant     Conn

7.  1875 New York State Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #50 of 58):  Brooklyn (Ward 25, ED 4), Kings Co., NY, p. 79, enumerated 24 Jun 1875, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1875 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):-
1875:  for an explanation of the column headings, please see
What the Numbers in the Census Mean (missing columns contained no data).
1 2 3 4 5 6 7 9 10 11 12 13 14 15 16
557 Brick 5,000 744 Henry Lord 75 M   Ct /     Pedler Kings Co /
        Chloe 75 F Wife Vt /          
        Esther Russell 42 F Dau Ct   /        
        Francess  9 F " Ct            
        Emma Neal 24 F Serv Mass     / Servant    

8.  1880 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #59 of 59 indexed "Esta"):  246 Franklin Ave., Brooklyn, Kings Co., NY, Roll 843, p. 159C, PN 59, SD 2, ED 51, enumerated 14 Jun 1880, official enumeration date 1 Jun 1880 (extracted by Diana Gale Matthiesen):-
1880:  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 8 9 11 13 24 25 26
* 246 320 588 Russell Ester W F 48     / Keeping House Conn Conn Vermont
         "    Frank W M 14 Son /   At Home Conn Mass Conn
      Lord Chloa W F 83 Mother   / At Home Vermont Vermont Vermont
      Hule Emma W F 29 Boarder /   At Home Mass Mass Mass
*Franklin Ave

9.  1890 U.S. Census:  the 1890 Census Population Schedules were destroyed.

10.  1900 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #27 of 60):  499 Central Avenue, Bridgeport City (Ward 12), Bridgeport Town, Fairfield Co., CT, Roll 132, p. 89A, SN 14, SD 22, ED 48, enumerated 8 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 11 12 13 14 15 19 20 22 23 24 25 27
* 499 269 284 Converse Alfred G Head W M Apr 1865 35 M 7     MA MA MA Shop? Laborer 0 Y Y Y R H
      ________ Ella A Wife W F Jul 1853 46 M 7 0 0 NY MA VT     Y Y Y    
      Russell Esther D Aunt W F Mar 1832 58 Wd   1 1 CT CT VT     Y Y Y    
      Durphy Nancy G M-in-law W F Oct 1824 75 Wd   2 1 VT CT VT     Y Y Y    
*Central Avenue
Nancy G. (LORD) DURPHY is Esther's sister; Ella (DURFEE) CONVERSE is Nancy's daughter.

11.  1910 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #5 of 51):  145 Central Avenue, Bridgeport City, Bridgeport Town, Fairfield Co., CT, Roll T624_129, p. 94A, SN 3A, SD 29, ED 54, enumerated 16 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 21 22 23 24 26 28
* 145 X 50 Converse Alfred G Head M W 48 Wd 15     MA MA MA Eng Driver Coal Co W N 0 Y Y R H
      Durfee Nancy M-in-law F W 85 Wd 65 2 0 VT CT VT Eng None         Y Y    
      Russell Esther House Keeper F W 78 Wd 42 1 1 CT CT VT Eng House Keeper private family W N 0 Y Y    
*Central Avenue

12.  1920 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com, Image #2 of 24):  326 Wilmot Avenue, City of Bridgeport (Ward 12), Fairfield Co., CT, Roll T625_176, p. 177B, SN 1B, SD 38, ED 82, enumerated 3 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 9 10 11 12 17 18 19 21 23 26 27 28
* 326 8 16 Converse Alfred G Head Un M W 55 M Y Y MA MA VT Machine Operator Chair Factory  
      Russell Esther D Aunt   F W 86 W Y Y CT CT VT Housekeeper Private Family OA
*Wilmot Avenue

13.  1930 U.S. Census Every-Name-Index/Images (online at Ancestry.com):  Esther not found; Alfred has re-married.

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

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

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