Samuel Elly, New Ross & Bannow 1782 – 1842

Samuel Ellys’ ancestor, John Elly (1651 – 1733), accompanied his widowed mother to Ireland after his father had fallen in the battle between the kings’ and parliament armies at Worcester. He later joined the society of Friends and settled at New Ross. In 1691 he married Deborah Sandham (1668 – 1737) daughter of Robert Sandham of Sussex and Deborah Baker of Youghal. John and Deborah had 12 children. A Meeting for Worship was held at their house, and continued there through the life of their son Samuel Elly and afterwards until it was removed to New Ross Meeting House in 1789.

Historian, Tom McDonald, provides the following account of Samuel Elly Junior (likely to be a grandson of the aforementioned John and Deborah).

The Secretary of Lloyd’s in a letter of April 30th 1828 referred to Mr Samuel Elly junior as the agent “for this establishment, for the coast of Wexford and part of Wicklow”. According to an action taken in January 1877 by Captain Henry Samuel Hunt Boyse against Nicholas Sinnott of Vernelly, Sam Elly had lived on fifteen acres in Vernelly [Vernely, Bannow] bounded on the North by the road leading to the strand.

When the poet Thomas Moore visited Bannow in September 1835 he had a dinner with Tom Boyse, Mr Elly and other important people at Sam Elly’s cottage. Mr Elly set [rented] this house in the summer time presumably on the basis that his work of inspecting shipwrecks would be greatly redundant in that season. The house was described as containing: “Two sitting rooms, three bed chambers, kitchen, Coach-house, stabling, etc, all fully furnished.”

Thomas Moore, wrote in his journal of his visit to Bannow in September 1835:

“After driving about a while (the roads being like avenues) and everything in short wearing a face of comfort and prosperity, we went to the house of an honest Quaker, Mr Elly, one of those most zealous, Boyse told me, in organising all the preparations for my reception.”

Sam Elly died in late February 1842 at “Bannow Lodge” but his residence was, in truth, “Wellington Cottage”. The same issue [newspaper] that carried Mr Elly’s death notice also carried a notice of a Sheriff’s Sale of Sam Elly’s residence, furniture, farming stock, plants and flowers, library of 600 books and a few vessels or ships.

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