Eli was born 28 July 1836 in Wethersfield, Genesee County, New York. This city is now in Wyoming County, New York. Eli is the son of Chauncye Conkey and Sarah Walker Charles. We find Eli first in the 1840 Census as one of the males identified in the census for Chauncey Conkey. The family moved from New York to Michigan in the year 1840.
We find Eli next in the 1850 Census in North Plains, Ionia County, Michigan. Next we find him in Ronald, Ionia County, Michigan. His occupation in 1860 is a farmer. On 3 December 1868 Eli marries Amanda Phillips in Ionia County, Michigan. Amanda was the daughter of Andrew Phillips and Sabina Mathmer. Below is the marriage record.
The newly married couple can be found living with Eli's parents in the 1870 Census in Ronald, Ionia County, Michigan. Amanda would have been pregnant at the time of the Census with twin children, Albert and Lucy. Albert and Lucy are born 6 July 1870 in Ronald, Ionia County, Michigan. Their third child, George, is born in 1872. At some point Eli purchases the land south of Woodard Lake next to his parents land as shown on the Ronald map below. Look south of the big lake on Western edge - that property belongs to Eli. Next door is his father's property. This is from the 1875 plot map for Ionia County.
We find the family still living here in the 1880 Census. Next door is still his father and mother. Eli is still farming his land. By the 1900 Census, where we still find Eli and his family farming, both his parents have passed away. The land next door is now being farmed by his brother, Ira.
Eli Conkey and Amanda Phillips have the following children:
1. Albert Seth Conkey - born 6 Jul 1870 in Ronald, Ionia County, MI, dies 6 Nov 1940 in Ellsworth, Grafton County, NH. Marries Olive Heth.
2. Lucy Conkey - born 6 Jul 1870 in Ronald, Ionia County, MI, dies 7 Jan 1905 in Ronald, Ionia County, MI. Lucy never marries.
3. George Conkey - born 9 Aug 1872 in Ronald, Ionia County, MI, dies Jan 1948 in Ronald, Ionia County, MI. Marries Myrtle Smith.
Eli passes away 22 August 1908 in Ronald, Ionia County, Michigan. I have attached some copies of death notices and the death record. Eli is buried in the Woodard Lake Cemetery. I will post a picture when I can find one. Update, I have posted the picture of Eli's headstone below.