Crewman Ely was born England .in
Mr. Ely's existence on the Mayflower and in early Plymouth Colony is known only by one statement, written by William Bradford (1590-1657) on his passenger list. We don't even know that "Richard" was his first name.
"There were also other two seamen hired to stay a year here in the country, William Trevor, and one Ely. But when their time was out they both returned."
- Crewman Ely - MayflowerHistory.com