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Ann Remington Ellery


Wife of William Ellery

Ann Remington, daughter of Hon. Jonathan Remington of Cambridge, Mass., became in October, 1750, the first wife of William Ellery. She was a highly educated and accomplished young woman and a descendant from Governors Dudley and Bradstreet, of the old Bay Colony. William Ellery, son of well-to-do and well-educated parents of Newport, R. I., was grad-uated from Harvard College in 1747, at the age of twenty, and had just completed his legal studies and begun the practice of law when he returned to Cambridge for his bride. She was three years his junior and their new home in Newport was a center of refined and cultured society. She died in 1764, after bearing him seven children, four daughters and three sons.

Their oldest daughter, Elizabeth, born in 1751, became the wife of Hon. Francis Dana, LL.D., member of Congress, Minister to Russia, and Chief Justice of Massachusetts. Their son was Richard H. Dana, the poet. A grandson of the same name became a noted lawyer. Lucy Ellery, the second daughter married William Channing of Newport, Attorney-General of Rhode Island, and their son was the eminent divine William Ellery Channing. Amy, the third daughter, became the wife of Hon. William Stedman, who was a member of Congress from 1803 to 1810. William Ellery, Jr., the eldest son, married Abigail, daughter of Captain William Shaw and a noted beauty of her day. Edmund Trowbridge Ellery, the younger son, was mar-ried to Catharine, daughter of Benjamin Almy.

Source: Wives of the Signers: The Women Behind the Declaration of Independence, by Harry Clinton Green and Mary Wolcott Green, A.B. (Aledo, TX: Wallbuilder Press, 1997). Orignaly Published in 1912 as volume 3 of The Pioneer Mothers of America: A Record of the More Notable Women of the Early Days of the Country, and Particularly of the Colonial and Revolutionary Periods (New York: G.P. Putnam's Sons). Pages 89-91. (Some minor spelling changes may have been made.)


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