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Mueller, at Rappendorf. near Kitzingen, Ba-
varia, born April 26, 1839. daughter of Casper
and Anna Barbara ( Hartlep ) Mueller. Her
father was born in Bavaria in 1804, died 1890,
and was a farmer of Bavaria. Her mother died



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some years before that time, age sixty-eight.
Her parents were Lutherans of excellent repu-
tation and family, and had ten children, of
whom these are living: Martin Muller, lives
in Roxbury, retired currier ; Margaret E.,
mentioned above ; Dorothy Muller, married
Justus Wissker and lives in Hartford, Con-
necticut; Barbara (Mueller), widow of Ernest
Schumann, lives in Jamaica Plain; Anna Mul-
ler, married Wolf and resides in Rox-
bury. Mrs. Mock came to the United States
at the age of twenty, and settled in Boston.
She has been a helpmate to her good husband
in the truest sense of the word, always con-
tributing to his assistance in every way pos-
sible. Of a genial nature, she has had a wel-
come home for all who sought her companion-
ship, and with generous hands has given freely
to every worthy cause, and, unsolicited, helped
many poor German friends whom she found
in need. Children: i. Jacob Henry, men-
tioned below. 2. Frederick John, born Janu-
ary 18, 1866; died April 12, 1869. 3. Philip
A., born May 27, 1870; educated in Boston
public schools and at business college, and la-
ter was associated with his father in the res-
taurant business ; is a member of the Jamaica
Plain Veteran Firemen, and has been captain
of the company, being one of the organizers
of the company five years ago; married June
6, 1900, Louise C. Heyl, born April 7, 1877;
attends the German Lutheran Church ; resides
at 28 Burrough street, Jamaica Plain ; chil-
dren : i. Harold A., born June 5, 190 1 : ii.
Hazel E., October 27, 1903: iii. Ralph Jacob,
November 20, 1905.

(IV) Jacob Henry, son of Adam Mock,
was born May 14, 1863. He received a good
education in the public and private schools
and at business college. He early entered a
business life, associating himself with bis
father in the restaurant, and of late vears has
practically succeeded to the management of
the business. While he has not been a political
office-seeker, at the urgent request of his
friends he accepted the nomination for repre-
sentative to the general court in 1906 and was
elected for that term, and again in 1907 and
1908. He lias faithfully represented the in-
terests of his constituents, working hard and
earnestly for the good of the community. He
was a member of the state taxation committee
for three years, chairman of tbe printing com-
mittee, and served on the elections and other
committees. In 1904 he was a delegate to the
Republican national convention which nomin-
ated Roosevelt for president. He is a promi-



nent German Republican, and served as a
member of the ward committee for four years.
In musical circles lie is well known, and is
also a moving spirit in social organization. For
fifteen years he has been organist of the Ger-
man Lutheran church, and is an active mem-
ber of the Boston Germania Society, which
organization numbers among its members
some of the best German citizens of Boston.
He married, October 26, 1892, Mary Anna
Heyl, born in South Boston, November 28,
1866, died at her home in Jamaica Plain, Au-
gust 4, 1898. She was the daughter of Au-
gust A. Heyl, who was born November 13,
1835, in Weiler, Duchy of Saxe-Weimar, and
granddaughter of John Christopher Heyl,
who was born in the Harz Mountains, king-
dom of Hanover, September 17, 1789. The
last named became a papermaker and went to
Saxe-Weimar, where he died aged seventy-
two years six months; he married, late in life,
Elizabeth Xierergal, of Saxony, born June
30, 1816, died March 17, 1900. August A.
Heyl learned the baker's trade and came to
America when a young man, establishing a
bakery in South Boston, where he accum-
mulated a competence; he married Elizabeth
Avenius, who was born in Rhein-Pfalz, Ba-
varia, August 3, 1840, and had children: i.
Mary A., married Jacob H. Mock, mentioned
above; ii. George A. Heyl, born September

13. 1869: iii. Elizabeth Heyl, May 23, 1870:
iv. John Heyl, July 2, 1873, died January 4,
1879; v. Lulu C. Heyl, born April 7, 1877;
vi. Laura A. Heyl, twin with Lulu C, died
July 26, 1878; vii. Fred. C. Heyl, born April

14, 188 1. Children of Jacob H. Mock: 1.
Frederick Adam, born August 26, 1893; at-
tends the high school, and is much interested
in music. 2. Elsie Eva, January 30, 1896;
pupil in grammar school. 3. Louisa M., Sep-
tember 28, 1897. also grammar school stud-
ent.



John Beless, immigrant ancestor,
BELESS lived at Barrow-on-Suir, Leices-
tershire, England. He was a
knitter by trade. He had no schooling and
was largely self-educated, but having a gift
of speech and being prominent for his relig-
ious zeal and fervor, he was made local preach-
er in the Methodist church. After his five
^nis had been in America and prospered, they
sent for their father and mother. Mr. Beless
made bis home in Needham, Massachusetts,
where he worked in the factory of his son
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life. He was a prominent member and faith-
ful worker in the Methodist church in Need-
ham. He married Catherine ■ — . who sur-
vived him some years. She is buried in the
Xeedham cemetery. Children: 1. John, born
April 5, 1826. mentioned below. 2. Thomas,
came from England in 1849, spent a few years
at Oakhill, now part of Newton, Massachu-
setts, removing in 1855 to that part of Need-
ham, an adjoining town, now known as High-
landville, the name first given to it by the
Beless brothers and Marshall S. Rice ; he
and his brother James were in partnership
many years, manufacturing knitted goods;
they built a larger shop on High street, the
house where the brothers lived for thirty
years, and their old factory with some addi-
tions has recently been remodeled for the
Mother's Rest, an institution conducted by the
Baptist Society of Newton. 3. James, came
from England with his brother Thomas, and
was associated in business with him. 4. George,
lived at Needham, a knitter by trade also; re-
turned to England, and died there. 5. Joseph,
born in England, came to this country about
1850 and lived with his brothers at Oakhill;
finally located with his brother Thomas at
Xeedham Plain, where he bought a farm.

(II) John (2), son of John (1) Beless, was
born in Barrow-on-Suir, Leicestershire, Eng-
land, April 5, 1826, and was baptized in in-
fancy in the established church of that parish.
He began to learn the knitting trade at the
age of eight years. Throughout his boyhood
he worked in the mill and in his father's gar-
den, and had but limited schooling. At the
age of eighteen years he was a miller's ap-
prentice, but had to abandon that trade on ac-
count of an injury to his left hand. He re-
sumed the trade of knitter. His brother,
James and Thomas, who preceded him to this
country, sent for him. He took passage in the
sailing vessel "Stratfordshire." which was lost
with all on board when making its next trip to
the United States. The voyage lasted twenty-
one weeks and he landed in Boston, April,
1852. From Boston he made his way on foot
to Oakhill where his brothers lived. He had
been given up, the ship being so long overdue,
and was welcomed as if he had risen from the
dead. He was employed at his trade in the
knitting factory of his brothers. His wife and
two children, Ruth and Catherine, sailed from
England, July 7, 1853, arriving August 25 fol-
lowing. He followed his trade during the re-
mainder of his life. He died at Needham, De-
cember 27. 1903, at the age of seventy-seven.



He was a Republican in politics, casting his
first vote for Lincoln. He attended the First
Parish Church of Needham. He had suffered
from asthma from his youth, and, in addition
to this affliction was handicapped by the in-
jury to his hand, yet he lived a long and ex-
ceedingly useful life. He was distinguished
for his uprightness and fair dealing. An in-
stance of the faith reposed in him by those
who knew his character is that exhibited by a
townsman, Mr. George Gay, who once ad-
vanced him five hundred dollars to take up a
mortgage debt, refusing to take a note or other
security, relying upon the honor of Mr. Be-
less. It is the simple truth to say that his
word was as good as his bond. He was frank,
straightforward and honest in all his dealings.
He and his brothers helped build up the village
of Highlandville, now Needham Heights, and
the section has often been called Belessville in
token of their enterprise. The deaths of three
of the brothers, John, James and Thomas,
within the space of seven months was a great
loss to the community. He married, in 1847, at
St. Mary's Church, Loughborough, England,
Charlotte Wright, born July 14, 1831, died No-
vember 14, 1885. Children: 1. Ann, born
June 21, 1848, died young. 2. Ruth, May 4,
1849, died 1875 ; married William Lee, a
manufacturer of knit goods. 3. Catharine,
January, 1851, married George Scotton, man-
ufacturer of knit goods; children: i. Ethel,
married, October 12, 1899, Frederick Merton
Holmes ; their children are : Dorothy Holmes,
born October 21, 1900, and Donald Holmes,
born October 23, 1904 ; ii. Grace, a stenog-
rapher and bookkeeper. 4. John, October 24,
1852. died young. 5. Esther Ann, Septem-
ber 3, 1854, married William R. Lee, a chem-
ist. 6. Sarah Jane, March 2, 1856, married
Joseph Thorpe. 7. John Henry, December 21,
1857. married Mary Lee, daughter of Mark
Lee, of the well-known and long-established
firm of Lee Brothers. 8. Grace A., mentioned
below.

(Ill) Grace A., daughter of John .(2)
Beless, was born in Xeedham, and educated
there in the public schools. Since she was
twenty years of age she has worked in the
knitting factories at different times of Thom-
as and George Scotton, M. J. Moseley and
her brother-in-law. Joseph Thorpe. In fact,
all her brothers and sisters who grew to ma-
turity followed the family trade of knitting
at some period in their lives. In her youth
she attended the First Unitarian Church and
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school. At present she attends the Epis-
copal church and is actively interested in its
work.



(For ancestry see Richard Pomeroy).

(VII) Thomas Jefferson
POMEROY Pomeroy, son of Deacon

Justus Pomeroy, was born
at Easthampton, April 12, 1808, and died
March 17, 1888. He was educated in the
public schools and at Williston Seminary at
Easthampton. He was for many years an
undertaker in Easthampton. He married,
November 13. 1832, Rebecca Stella Finch,
who died August 27, 1882. He died March
17, 1888. Children, born at Easthampton:
I. Thomas Luzerne, 1833; died young. 2.
Thomas Luzerne. October 15, 1835; died
September 7, 1861. 3. Charles Stuart, died
young. 4. Henry Foote, born September
15, 1841 ; mentioned below. 5. Charles Stu-
art, born 1846 ; died young.

(VIII) Henry Foote, son of Thomas Jef-
ferson Pomeroy, was born at Easthampton,
September 15. 1841, and died December 10,
1898. He attended the public schools of his
native town and the Williston Academy. He
became associated with his father and suc-
ceeded him in the undertaking business. He
retired about five years before his death.
Mr. Pomeroy was an honored member of
Ionic Lodge of Free Masons ; of the Chapter,
Royal Arch Masons ; of the Council, Royal
and Select Masters, and of the Commandery,
Knights Templar. He was fond of hunting
and outdoor exercise, especially horseback
riding, and was constantly in the saddle.
He was a member of the Northampton Rid-
ing Club and of the Sportsmen's Club of
Massachusetts. He married, December 1,
1869, Caroline E., daughter of Willard and
Julia (Merrill) Birge. of Torrington, Con-
necticut. Granddaughter of Hamlin Birge,
and great-granddaughter of Simeon and Ex-
perience (Hamlin) Birge. Simeon Birge was
a soldier in the revolution, and was at Sara-
toga. Willard Birge was a prominent stock
dealer.

Mr. and Mrs. Pomeroy have had no chil-
dren. Mrs. Pomeroy attended a select pri-
vate school at Torrington, and graduated
from the State Normal School at New
Britain, Connecticut. She has been active in
society and in charitable work. She is a mem-
ber of the Daughters of the American Revo-
lution, and was regent in 1905, 1906 and
1907. She is president of the Tuesday Morn-



ing Club of Easthampton. She has been es-
pecially generous in assisting youths desir-
ing an education. Two of her proteges grad-
uated from Williston Seminary, and are now
holding positions of trust, and she is aiding
fifteen students to secure a liberal education
at the present time. Mrs. Pomeroy has trav-
eled extensively in this country and Canada.
Since the death of husband she has success-
fully managed his large estate. She has been
a generous contributor to church and mis-
sion funds.



Among the numerous Smith
SMITH families of Connecticut, among

the first settlers, was a family of
four brothers and a sister who settled in Hart-
ford and vicinity. It is not known that their
parents came to this country. 1. Mary, mar-
ried William Partridge. 2. Christopher, re-
sided at Northampton, and died without issue.

3. Simon, of whom nothing further is known.

4. Joseph, settled in Hartford, and had fifteen
children. 5. William, mentioned below.

(II) William Smith, brother of those men-
tioned above, was born in England. He mar-
ried, in August, 1644, Elizabeth Starling, and
resided in Wethersfield. Farmington and Mi<l-
dletown, Connecticut. He died January. 1670,
leaving nine children.

( III ) Benjamin, son of William Smith,
was born in Farmington, in 1658. He was
founder of a prominent family at West
Springfield, Massachusetts. He bought a tract
of land there September 7, 1688, of John
Pynchon. West Springfield was then called
Pauquetuck. For several years he cultivated
his farm there, but resided at Westfield, near
Joseph Moseley, on account of Indian hos-
tilities. Later he built his house and a saw
mill on the brook. The original mill saw has
been preserved. He died in 1738. aged eighty
years. He married Ruth Loomis, of West-
field. Children : William ; Ruth, married
Samuel Taylor; Samuel; Elizabeth, married
Ebenezer Miller; Rachel, married Samuel
Morgan ; Jonathan, mentioned below : Job ;
Mary, married Ebenezer Day.

(IV) Jonathan, son of Benjamin Smith,
was born in 1697. at West Springfield, Massa-
chusetts. His house there was east of the
brook, on an eminence at the junction of the
two roads. He died February 9, 1772, in his
seventy-fifth year. His epitaph on his grave-
stone at West Springfield reads: "The virtu-
ous father of a numerous offspring to whom
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He married Margaret, daughter of Samuel
Ball. He was a pious and strict Puritan, a
prominent and useful citizen. Children, born
at 'West Springfield: I. Jonathan; mentioned
below. 2. David, resided at Pauquetuck. 3.
Solomon, resided at West Springfield. 4.
Caleb, went to Vermont. 5. Daniel, lived on
father's homestead. 6. Margaret, married
Stephen Miller. 7. Simeon, settled at Xew
Lebanon Springs.

( Y ) Jonathan (2), son of Jonathan (1)
Smith, was born about 1725. He inherited the
Ball homestead at West Springfield. He mar-
ried, and had seven children.

(VI) Jonathan (3), son of Jonathan (2)
Smith, resided also at West Springfield.

(VII) Jonathan (4), son or nephew of
Jonathan (3) Smith, was born at West
Springfield, August 27, 1790, and died Feb-
ruary 27, 1845. He lived in that part of West
Springfield, now Holyoke, and was a cooper
by trade. He married, February 27, 1816,
Martha Ely, daughter of Joseph Ely (see Ely).
Children, born at West Springfield: 1. Jon-
athan Moseley, mentioned below. 2. Martha
Asenath, born March 5, 1819; died May 10,
1866; married Moses Cutler. 3. Jube Ely,
born May 5, 1821 ; died June 11, 1882. 4.
Hiram Myron, born October 16, 1828.

(VIII) Jonathan Moseley, son of Jonathan
(4) Smith, was born in South Hadley, March
20, 1817. and died March 13, 1867. He was
educated in the public schools of South Had-
ley, and in early life was a farmer. Later, he
owned and operated the swing ferry for many
years. He was a Whig in politics, and a mem-
ber of the Baptist church. He married, in
West Springfield, March 30, 1843, Lucinda.
daughter of Oliver and Esther (Dickinson)
Warren, of Amherst, Massachusetts. She
was born November 3, 1823, and died in Hol-
yoke, Massachusetts, November 13, 1908.
Children : 1. Emily M., born at West Spring-
field, October 9, 1844; married J. F. L. Sea-
ver. 2. Ellen S., born March, 1846. 3. Charles
Fayette, born August 24. 1851, mentioned be-
low. 4. Herbert M., born June 14, 1854.

(IX) Charles Fayette, son of Jonathan Mos-
ley Smith, was born August 24, 1851. He was
educated in the public schools. At the age of
sixteen he became a clerk in the Hadley Falls
Bank. From time to time he was promoted
and for a number of years was teller. He
resigned after fourteen years in this bank, to
enter the employ of the George W. Prentiss
Company, wire manufacturers. Three years
later he was elected cashier of the City Na-



tional Bank, and in 1884 was elected presi-
dent, an office he has filled to the present
time. When the Glasgow Manufacturing Com-
pany applied for the appointment of a receiver
in 1900, Mr. Smith was appointed. When the
affairs of the old company were wound up,
Mr. Smith organized a new corporation, the
Hadley Mills, of which he became the treas-
urer. After being closed for four years, the
mill resumed work under the new manage-
ment, and has been signally successful. Mr.
Smith is also president of the Holyoke Ice
Company. He is a Republican in politics,
and a member of the Holyoke Canoe Club, the
Holyoke Golf Club, and the Bay State Club.

(The Ely Line. See Nathaniel Ely 1).

(III) Deacon Joseph Ely, son of Samuel
Ely, was born in Springfield, August 20, 1663,
and died in West Springfield, April 29, 1755.
His will was dated April 14, 1738. He mar-
ried Mary Riley, born June 2, 1665, died
May 19, 1736, daughter of John Riley. Chil-
dren: 1. Joseph, born April 9, 1686; men-
tioned below. 2. Mary, born July 25. 1689;
died 1732. 3. Martha, born July 16, 1691.
4. Nathaniel, born October 21, 1694; died
December 29, 1787. 5. Ruth, born October
20, 1697: died May 21, 1754, unmarried. 6.
Sarah, born January 8, 1703. 7. John, born
June 19, 1706; died May 15. 1754.

(IV) Joseph (2), son of Deacon Joseph (1)
Ely, was born in West Springfield, April 9,
1686, and died there January 6, 1770. He
married Margaret Leonard, born 1692. died
October 3, 1760. Children: 1. Margaret,
born October 26. 1714: died September 5,
1796. 2. Miriam, born June 16, 1716; died
October 29, 1800. 3. Joseph, born March
30, 1718; mentioned below. 4. Azubah, born
March 15, 1719. 5. Keziah, born September
15, 1723 : died January 1, 1796; married, Feb-
ruary 7, 1771, Aaron Bush. 6. Zebia, born
September 22, 1726: died September 26.
1808. 7. Mary, born October 4, 1728; died
May 16, 1802. 8. Benjamin, born Decem-
ber 25, 1730: died December 25, 1802. 9.
Enoch, born February 5. 1734: died Novem-
ber 16, 1736. 10. Dorcas, born September
22, 1735; married John Ely. 11. Anne, born
October 10, 1738: died May 9, 1740.

(V) Captain Joseph (3), son of Joseph (2)
Ely, was born in West Springfield, March
30,' 1 718. and died there May 31. 1803. He
was one of the company of rangers under
Captain Phineas Stevens, which during the
French and Indian war. in April. 1747, sue-



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cessfully resisted an attack on the fort at
Charlestown, New Hampshire. He was
wounded in the forehead. He married, Feb-
ruary 3, 1749, Mary Day, born August 7,
1726, died April 22, 1771, daughter of John
and Abigail (Bagg) Day. Children, born in
West Springfield: 1. Ann. August 13, 1750;
died May 25, 1828. 2. Margaret, January 12,
1752; died June 2, 1843. 3- J ane ' J une 8 >
1753; died June 22, 1818. 4. Enoch, No-
vember 13, 1754; died February 19, 1843. 5.
Joseph, October 19, 1756: mentioned below.

6. Lovisa, January 1. 1758; died October 15,
1759. 7. Lovisa, October 13, 1760; died
May 30, 1841. 8. Captain Jube, July 15,
176] ; died June 5, 1843. 9. Edmund, March

7. 1763: died January 7, 1834. 10. Russell,
1765; died May 12, 1841. 11. Asenath, Sep-
tember 24, 1768; died November 8, 1827.
12. Preserved, (twin), April 7, 1771 ; died
December, 1775. 13. Child (twin), born
April 17, 1771 ; died April 19, 1771.

(VI) Joseph (4), son of Captain Joseph
(3) Ely, was born in West Springfield. Oc-
tober 19, 1756, and died there June 19, 1850.
He was a soldier in the revolution, and one
of the founders of the First Baptist Church in
West Springfield. He married, November 23,
1786, Martha Smith, born 1767, died October
23, 1847, daughter of Samuel and Abiah
(Chapin) Smith. Children, born in West
Springfield: 1. Sophia, born September 29,
1787; died December 13, 1867, unmarried.
2. Lovisa. born April 2, 1789; died Decem-
ber 18, 1878, unmarried. 3. Martha, born
May 29, 1793 ; died March 24, 1867 ; married
February 27, 1816, Jonathan Smith (see
Smith VII). 4. Cynthia, born December 5,
1797; died March 30, 1885, unmarried. 5.
Joseph, born 1798; died September 6, 1803.
6. Asenath, born 1800 ; died young. 7. Joseph,
born July 3. 1804: died September 27, 1869.

8. Samuel, born October 1, 1806: died August
21, 1879. 9- Austin, born February 25, 1809.



(For preceding generations see Robert Eyricke 1).

This Scandinavian name of
HERRICK great antiquity has had numer-
ous variations as follows : Eric,
Eitike, Erik, Erike, Erick, Irek, Eyrek, Eyrice,
Eyricke, Herik, Heryk, Herick or Heyrick.
Among those on record are Henry and Alain
Eyryk of Great Stretton, in the twelfth cen-
tury; Robert Eyricke of Houghton, in 1450;
and John Heyrick of Leicester, with his son
Nicholas of London, who were probably the
first to introduce the initial H. His son Rob-



ert used the form Herick, and the other sons
adopted Heyrick. The ancient family claimed
descent from Ericke, the Danish chief who
invaded Britain in the reign of Alfred, and
being vanquished was compelled to repeople
the wasted districts. He was known as
"Erice, King of the Danes who hold the
Countrie of East Angle." The pedigree of
the English family of Herrick points to Sir
William, of the Leicester county branch, as
the father of the American ancestor. Will-
iam Herrick was a goldsmith of London — in
those days a most honorable occupation, in
volving more than the mere sale of plate and
jewels. He was honored with knighthood by
James I. The next year Sir William entered
Parliament, and for twelve years or more he
was in almost daily service at the court. He
loaned huge sums of money to the king for
both public and private purposes. He finally
settled, a very rich man, on his fine estate,
Beau Manor Park, as a retired merchant, in
1624. His wife, Lady Joan, was noted for
her piety and beauty, as the following couplet
placed under her portrait shows :

"Art may her outside thus present to view.
How fair within no art or tongue can show."

(I) Henry or "Henerie Hericke" was the
fifth son of Sir William and Lady Joan He-
ricke, of Leicester county England, and was
born at Beau Manor in 1604. When he came
to America he probably landed first in Vir-
ginia, for his father. Sir William, was in-
terested in the early mercantile adventures of
that colony. The only record of any of the
sons of Sir William residing abroad was in
1653, when Henry was mentioned under cir-
cumstances indicating that his residence at
that time was in America. It is stated that
"a Cleveland emigrated with Henry Hericke
from Beau Manor, parish of Loughborough."
The following communication in support of
this was received in 1651 by Rev. Henry
Cleveland while in England: "Henry Herick.
son of Sir William, went from Virginia to
Salem, Massachusetts, and was there January
28. 1653, as per letter now preserved at Beau
Manor, addressed to his brother Tohn. With
this Herrick went to America a Cleveland of
Loughborough." It is stated that the family
arms of the Salem branch are identical with
those of the Leicester county family of Eng-
land. Henry settled at Salem, "on the Cape
Ann Svde of Bass River", now Beverly. He
was "a husbandman in easy circumstances".
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