The following information about Thomas Ely has been extracted from the Clergy of the Church of England Database.
Thomas Ely was ordained Deacon on 10 January and Priest on 26 February 1716, his qualification being recorded as literatus, a term used to indicate that he did not possess a degree, but was judged by the Bishop to possess sufficient learning to qualify for ordination.
On 24 April 1716 he was appointed Curate of Takeley in Essex and on 24 September 1718 instituted as Rector of Wennington, near Romford, in Essex. He remained at Wennington until his collation as Rector of Thorley on 27 May 1728, where he served until his death in 1742.
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