Albert Alonzo Pomeroy.

History and genealogy of the Pomeroy family : colateral lines in family groups, Normandy, Great Britain and America; comprising the ancestors and descendants of Eltweed Pomeroy from Beaminster, County Dorset, England, 1630 (Volume pt. 1) online

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Copyright, 1912



Published 1912

Printed in the United States

Toledo. Ohio

This edition is limited to 400
numbered copies. This book is

To the Memory of
who laid the foundation of the
Pomeroy Genealogy;

To the Memory of

whose genealogical genius and intellectual qualities
'prompted her to continue the study;

And to all Descendants of


who honor their Fathers and Mothers and

who are respected by their Children,

"The History and Genealogy of the Pomeroy Family"
is respectfully inscribed by
Sandusky, Ohio, March 3, ipi2.



The NuiiBER of Youk Book IX

Dedication X

Contents XI

Abbreviations XII

List of Illustrations XIII

Errata XV

Officers of the Pomeroy Family Association XVI

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Preface 1

•>^Pomeroy Ancestors in Normandy 7

Sir Radulphus de La Pommeraie, Son of Roger 13

Original Investigations 15

"Raoltle de La Pommeraie" 18

HoLpERs of Land in Domesday 19

Inquisitions Post-Mortem 2p

First Progenitors of the Pomeroy Family 21

PoMEROY Ancestors in England 23

The Domesday Book; or the Great Sur\"ey of England, (with translation) 24

The Honours of Berry Pomeroy 32

The Great Lay Tenants-in-Chief 37

Booklands and Manors, (The Hide, Virgate and Ferling) 38

The Honours of Bradnich, held by William Capra, Brother of Ralph 40

Descendants of Ralph de Pomerei 44

The Harburton Branch in Ireland 78

Calendar of the English Kings 79

Some Authorities Quoted in this History 79

Village of Berry Pomeroy 80

The Castle of Berry Pomeroy 80

The Guard-Room and Chapel in the Tower 82

Berry Pomeroy Church 83

Berry House and Vicarage 84

The Castle Mill 85

The Insurrection in Devonshire 85

Last Siege of the Castle by the Army of King Edward VI 86

Occupation of Berry Pomeroy Castle by the Seymours 87

Beatrix (Beatrice) Pomeroy of Nether Stowey. 88

Sandridge, Devonshire 88

Legends of Berry Pomeroy Castle 88

Succession of the Seymol^rs 91

The Prince of Orange at Berry Pomeroy 92

Pomeroy Manors in Cornwall 93

Tregoney Castle, Built by Henry de Pomeroy 94

Tremeton Manor and Castle, Erected before the Conquest 96

Castle of Saint Michael's ^Iount 100

Mount Edgcomb House and Hedingham Castle 102

Compton Castle, Held by the Families of Raleigh and Guilbert 104

MocoLLop Castle and Haddon Hall, Home of De Vernon 105

Pomeroy Coat-of-Arms and Crests 106

The Pomeroy Achievement 109

Heraldic Key , 110

Part uTmu


Importance of Preserving Family Records 113

Mission in Search of Records and Verification 116

Photographic Evidence from Salisbury _. 117

Survey of Counties Somerset and Dorset 119

Survey of Counties Devon and Cornwall 121

Eltweed Pomeroy ; His Descendants in America 124

Second Generation 138

Third Generation 146

Fourth Generation 164

Fifth Generation 192

Sixth Generation 286

Seventh Generation 429

Eighth Generation 634

Ninth Generation 774

Tenth Generation 807

Eleventh Gener.\tion 812

Pomeroy Ancestral Chart ; A Study in Heredity 813

Pomeroy Men in the Revolution 827

First Major-General of the Massachusetts Army 827

First Brigadier-General of the Continental Army 831

Pomeroy JvIen in ^Massachusetts Organizations 834

Pomeroy Men in Connecticut Organizations 846

Pomeroy Forage-]\Iaster in New Jersey 847

Pomeroy Men in the Colonial Wars of Connecticut and Massachusetts 84S

Addenda — Lost Pomeroy Famiues 849

Thomas Pomeroy — "Foreigner and First Settles" 850

John Sullivan Pomeroy — Unknown 855

James Pomeroy of Brixham, England , 856

"The Great Release" 859

Index First — Pomeroy Christian Names and Marriages 861

Index Second — Names Other than Pomeroy, in' Collateral Lines, (Include

Children and Grandchildren of Pomeroy Mothers) 893

Abbreotatuittsi ujseli m tl|ts CSFtt^alcgxral E^gtst^r

The abbreviations used throughout this volume are explained below or elsewhere
near the matter they refer to.

The plus mark ( + ) indicates that the individual opposite whose name it stands

will be found in the next generation, (by the corresponding number), with his or
her children. The parallel ( = ) in the Index denotes marriage.

ae. — aged. tmrn. — unmarried.

b. — born. s. p. — (sine prole) without issue.

bp. or bapt. — ^baptized, Co. — Company or County.

Ch. — child. Cav. — cavalry.

Ch'n. — children. Art. — artillery.

CoL— -college. Inf. — infantry.

d. — died. Res. — resided, or last known residence.

dau. — daughter. Rev. — Revolution.

gen. — generation. VoL — ^volunteer.

gr. or grad. — ^graduate. Vet — ^veteran.

m. — ^married.

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Frontispiece V

Ruins of Berry Pomekoy Castle 1

Mount Saint Michel, Normandy 5

The Castle of Gaillard. Stronghold of Richard Coeur de Lion 8

The Hostellerie of William the Conqueror at Dives 8

The Ancient Church at Dives 15

CoLONNE Commemorating the Departl^re of the Fleet of the Xormans 18

Statue of William the Conqueror at Falaise, Normandy 18

The Gateway, Berry Pomeroy Castle 23

Map of the Rwer Dart. Showing the Location of Berry Pomeroy 32

St. Margaret's Tower. Berry Pomeroy Castle 36

Dartmouth Castle, Guarding the ^Iouth of the River Dart 40

View of Ford Abbey, Founded by William de Pomeroy 40

Village of Berry Pomeroy 44

Berry Pomeroy Church 49

Castle Cornet, Isle of Guernsey, Capt. William de la Pomeroy, Governor 55
■ The Ancient Rougemont Castle, Exeter, Devon, Henry de Pomeroy,

Governor 55

The Vestibltle, Berry Pomeroy Chltich , 59

Desecrated Tomb of Sir Richard de Pomeroy in Berry Pomeroy Church 59

Pomeroy ^Manor House at Wills, Stoke Gabriel, Devon 64

Pomeroy !NLanor House at Sandridge, Stoke G-abriel 64

Berry Head, Brixham. Devonshire 74

Harberton Village, Devonshire . . . .' ■ 74

North and East Views of Berry Pomeroy Castle 80

The Defaced Screen in Berry Pomeroy Church 84

Ancient Stained Glass Window, Berry Pomeroy Church 84

The Ghost Walk, Berry Pomeroy Castle 89

The Old Mill, Berry Pomeroy Castle 89

Penzance, Cornwall, the Locality of the Pomeroy Manors of Alverton 93

Ruins of Tregoney Castle, Built by Sir Henry de Pomeroy.. 96

Ruins of Tremeton Castle, Ancient Palace of Cornish Kings 96

Stronghold of Mount St. Michael, Cornwall 100

Compton Castle, Marldon, Devon 104

Hedingham Castle, Seat of Sir Robert de Vere 104

Family Anvil, Brought from Engl.^nd in 1630 by Eltweed Pomeroy 112

Broadwindsor, County Dorset, (Now Part of Beaminster) 113

Beaminster, County Dorset, Birthplace of Eltweed Pomeroy 113

St. Peter's Church, Dorchester 118

Ruins of M.\iden Castle, Dorchester 118

Exeter Cathedral (The Mortuary Chapel) 121

Historic Church at Totnes '• 123

Ruins of Totnes Castle, Built by Judhael de Totnes 123

St. Bartholomew's Church, Crewkerne, Somerset 130

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VnxAGE OF Crewkerne, Somerset 130

Monument Erected at Peekskill, N. Y., to the Honor of General Seth


Unveiling the Marker on the Site of the Fort Bridgman ^Massacre 321

Ivy-mantled Ruins of the Kitchen and Great Fire-places, Berry Pomeroy

Castle, (Your Historian in Evidence) 429

The First Postage Stamp, Issued by The Pomeroy Express 454

The Great Yew Tree, Berry Pomeroy Churchyard. .' 510

Northern Section of Berry Pomeroy Church (Your Historian at the Gate) 510

Stone Marking the Spot where the Pequot War Ended 523

Fountain at Southport, Conn., Commemorating the End of the Pequot War 523

State Rooms and Court, Berry Pomeroy Castle 812

The Pomeroy Coat-of-Arms, with correct Crest for Descendants of Eltweed

Pomeroy 860


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Mary Pomeroy, (Daughter of Gen. Seth Pomeroy), (359) 211

Henry Shepherd, (1023) 212

Asahel Pomeroy, (362) 220

Lemltil Pomeroy, (9S8) ^ 327

Hon. Samltil Clark Pomeroy, (3775) 373

Hon. Oren Pomeroy, (2203) 422

Norman Pomeroy, (4540) 620

Oren Day Pomeroy, M.D., (4624) 629

H. Sterling Pomeroy, ^I.D., (4629) 630

George Eltweed Pomeroy, (5180) 662

S. Harris Pomeroy, (5424) 665

Albert A. Pomeroy, (6047) 689

Henry Burt Pomeroy, (6637) 726

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Tablet in the Old Church at Dives bearing the Names of the Companions

of William the Conqueror 15

Photographs from the Domesday Book, with Translation : 25-31

Letter from the Duke of Brittany to Capt. William de Pomeroy, with

Translation 54

The Coker Pedigree 62

Second Administration of Richard Pomeroy, Father of Eltweed 62

The Pomeroy Pedigree (two pages facing) 108

Christening of Eltwitt Pomeraye, Beaminster Parish Records 124

Marriage of Eltwide Pumery and Johana Keech, Beaminster Parish

Records 126

Baptism of Dinah, filia Eltwidi Pumery 126


Marriage Record of Eltweed Pomery and Marjory Rockett, at Crewkerne,

Somerset 128

Signatures of Eltweed Pomeroy 135-138

Commission of Seth Pomeroy as Major at Louisbourge 171

Commission of Seth Pomeroy as Colonel at Lake George 171

Col. Seth Pomeroy Chosen as FiRst Major-General of the Massachusetts

Army in the Revolution 829

Powers of the General Officers 829

Rate of Pay Est.vblished by the House of REPRESENT.\TrvES 830

Warrant for Pay Drawn in favor of Major-General Seth Pomeroy 832

Tablet on the Walls of the Chapel at West Point as First Brigadier-
General of the Continental Army , 832

Srrata~pi0a5^ ritang? in gour Tlolxmi^

1 Page 307, No.


1 Page 317, No.


Page 343, No.


Page 358, No.


Page 362, No.


Page 386, No.


Page 407, No.


Page 418, No.


Page 427, No.


Page 443, No.


Page 770, No.


Page 780, No.


Page 812, No.

10237 :

Index First, page 869

Index First, page 871

Mary Pomeroy to read, b. Sept. 4, 1787; not 1887.

Anna M. Dickenson to read, m. 1880; not 1830.

Elijah Pomeroy to read, b. June 11, 1786; not 1886.

Omit the death date of Thaddeus Spencer, who evidently died

soon after marriage; it was Capt. Thaddeus Spencer who died

Dec. 30, 1825.

Anna Pomeroy to read, m. May, 1818; not 1718.

To read son of Joel Pomeroy and Dolly Miller; not Mary Hale.

James Warriner Porter to read, m. (1) April 22, 1831; not 1851.

Sarah J. Taylor to read, who d. Aug. 26, 1885; not 1895.

Mary Pomeroy to read, d. 1845; not 1835.

Third line to read, he d. 1856.

Adam Rufus Brewer to read, b. Feb. 21, 1874; not 1904.

Omit comma after Thomas.

Walter A. Falvey to read, b. May 4, 1905.

second line, Ehzabeth = Solomon Smith, 1376; not 1378.

next to last line, read, Florento L. = Nora M. Dowd.


Wftittrs of tI|F Pom^rng IFrnntlg Assurtatunt

President — H. Sterling Pomeroy^ AI.D., Boston, Mass.
Treasurer — George Eltweed Pomeroy, Toledo, Ohio.
Secretary and Historian — Albert A. Pomeroy^ Sandusky, Ohio.
Vice-Presidents — S. Harris Pomeroy, New Rochelle, N. Y.

Mrs. William W. Rodman, New Haven, Conn.

Miss Cornelia Roff Pomeroy, Southport, Conn.

Mrs. Deborah Jane Spaulding Darling, Lincoln, Mass.

Charles E. Pomeroy, Salt Lake City, Utah.

Chairman — Eltweed Pomeroy, Donna, Texas.

Henry Burt Pomeroy, Cortland, N. Y.
H. Sterling Pomeroy, M.D., Boston, Mass.
Miss Cornelia Roff Pomeroy, Southport, Conn.

Compose the Committee for the English investigation.

George Eltweed Pomeroy, Toledo, Ohio.
Albert A. Pomeroy, Sandusky, Ohio.

Committee for the American research.







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In presenting this volume to the Pomeroy Family in America, it is
my wholesome and earnest desire that you do not assume too readily
that it is a mortuary record; that it does not contain any information but
of birth and death dates : you are invited to discover that it also includes
a full measure of interesting historical episodes of those who first bore
the ancient and distinctive name of Pomeroy in Normandy and England, as
well as many of the enticing enterprises of youth, as represented by the
tenth, eleventh and twelfth generations of Pomeroy Life in America. And
youth is the most charming thing under the sun.

It was actually necessary that the loose ends of these annals should be
gathered up at this time, in order that those who have worked in the field
might count the sheaves ; and that we might not encroach on the supersti-
tious and intangible thirteenth generation. It is, however, possible that
small Pomeroy representatives of the thirteenth generation have already
found the way into the Twentieth Century through the channel which
has been so closely followed from the Tenth Centur\' ; but if so, they have
not yet made themselves known to the writer, and when they come to this
register of those who arrived earlier, they will be able to locate themselves ;
they will be proud to know who their grandfather and grandmother were,
and be happy in their vitality and the unbroken flow of their mysterious
blood-strain, which has found the way into their personality through Old
World romance and New World enterprise, and

"Let me recite to the yet unknowing world
How these things came about." — Shakespeare.

It is a history; it is a faithful chronicle of the action of some of the
makers of history, and of the determined women who have supported them
for more than ten centuries in their purpose to hand to their posterity the
desirable results of their endeavor and to suggest that they live again in
their children and grandchildren, with the belief that those children will
emulate and broaden the records of sterling and enduring qualities left to
them by their Sires.

As was said in the "Romance and Histor\ of Eltweed Pomeroy,"
"however democratic a man may be, he is usually vulnerable to a desirable
and wholesome ancestral pride." It is gratifying to know that many of his
ancestors were among those who laid the foundation of this great Republic.
From the time of the first settlement in New England to the Declaration
of Independence they were a remarkable race, and today their personal
characteristics of mind and body are represented in every state of the
Union. Their influence has been felt in the formation and development of
the government and its institutions. Practically, those New England Col-
onists have made the national force of which we are so proud, and which
late immigration of a different nature has not wholly obliterated.

It is well known that the more frequently a manuscript has been trans-

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cribed the wider it grows from the original, as errors will creep in, espec-
ially if such manuscript is composed of proper names and dates. As some
of the records which enter into this family history have been written and
rewritten many times by diverse persons it is evident that there will be
many errors in this book, which are now unavoidable. Many of the letters
sent out by the Annalist for more definite information have met with no
response, even with return postage inclosed. There is another phase to this
diffidence which is to be regretted, and which has made it impossible for
the Annalist to secure a complete accounting of all the descendants of
Eltweed Pomeroy. After the most persistent urging there are many of our
great ancestor's descendants who have absolutely ignored every effort to
obtain any part of their family records, and others who have, but partially
responded, so that many families will be presented without well-defined
and satisfactory information.

It has been suggested that the Annalist should hold open the avenues
of reception for another indefinite period ; but if that were done there is no
warrant that those who have been indifferent and apathetic toward the enter-
prise during the last quarter of a century would be any better qualified to
forward their records, or demonstrate any eagerness to do so. It is there-
fore to those who have been loyal and faithful to the work ts. Dives is notable for being the port in which
the fleet assembled which conveyed the Norman invaders to the shores of
England. It is therefore an ancient town of great interest. The first
structure that attracts the attention of visitors is the old church where
Bishop Odo, William's half-brother, dispensed blessings and courage to the
army of invasion. Upon the wall over the main entrance is placed a stone
tablet upon which the names of the Sires and Tenants-in-Chief, Companions
of William the Conqueror in his subjugation of England, are engraved.
Conspicuous in this list is the name of our ancestor, Raoul de La Pommeraie.
As this is an evidence and a testimony, your Historian lost no time in
securing a photograph of the entire list, which will be readable in the half-
tone cut presented here. Photographs were also secured of the old church,
interior and exterior, used to illustrate these pages. This verification of
Pomeroy tradition that our name is very ancient and distinctive, is indeed
gratifying. Further investigation located the monument or collonne il-
lustrated and described on another page, erected to commemorate the great
campaign which gave to our forefather those broad and fertile manors in the
heart of Devonshire, and Devonshire is the gem of England today. And the
dwellers in the Channel Islands, which belonged to Normandy, naively insist
that the "Channel Islands do not belong to England, but that England
belongs to them," and they say it in their Norman-French language.

Situated at the small village of Dives, near the sea-coast in Calvados,
is the hostellerie de Guillaume le Conquerant, one of the most ancient and
celebrated inns of France. It looks out over the barren waste of land which
has reclaimed itself from the channel, and it was from here that William,
Duke of the Normans, set forth for the conquest of England.

The ancient harbor at the mouth of the river Dives has been filled up
with sand, and a pillar (described on another page) marks the spot where
the Conqueror is supposed to have set sail. The village, once an important
place on the coast, contains some interesting carved houses and a church.
It is an historic and almost a sacred spot, this little Dives, with its famous
inn, and one to which the pilgrim may well repair with pleasure and

The hotel itself is quite picturesque, a wood and plaster construction
of the Norman type, built around a court, with rambling rooms and exterior
staircases. The beams are blackened with age and carved in designs of
the sixteenth century, and the comers of the court are softened by climb-

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ing roses, wistaria, and other vines. They riot about the quaint balconies
of the second story, and ornament them with floral decorations charming to
behold. This is the ideal of the French inn, and is so well known and
appreciated that its fame has gone over the world.

The heroic equestrian bronze statue of the Conqueror at Falaise is
admirably executed, and well placed to attract quick interest from all
visitors. This old walled city is the birthplace of. William, and though a
minor and of illegitimate birth he was accepted as Duke of the Normans on
the death of his father. That part of his reign, which comes between the
battle of Val-es-Dunes and the invasion of England was the great day
of Normandy as a wholly independent power.

But your Historian was too far north to become personally familiar
with the Norman home of our great ancestor, and transportation being
uncertain in the French language, he made another invasion in the Chan-
nel passenger steamer Princess Ena, Arthur Noble Pomeroy, First Officer,
the port of destination being St. Malo, by way of the Race and Swinge
past the Channel Islands. About 6.00 a. m. we ran into a fog and cast
anchor between Alderney and Cape la Hague, lying there until 4.00 p. m.
and did not reach St. Malo until 8.00 o'clock.

Castle Cornet, on the island of Guernsey, which we passed soon after
the fog lifted, has been a stronghold of importance since the days of
Henry 11. Down to 1672 it was the residence of the Governor of the Island.
Here was the prison in which Gen. Lambert and other noted persons were
confined. During Edward III.'s reign the French attacked Castle Cornet
but could not hold it for long. In 1372 the Castle saw some fierce fighting.
Ivan de Galles, a Welshman whose father had been executed by Edward
III. and whose estates had been forfeited, obtained ships and assistance
from Charles V. of France. He landed, and, after a severe battle, defeated
Edmund Ross, the Governor, who fled to Castle Cornet. Here he was
safe. Captain William Pomeroy (see 024 and letter from the Duke
of Brittany), a noted and scientific artillerist, was in command; the Castle
was strong and well protected by artillery. The siege was finally abandoned
by Ivan under the advice of the French King.

In December, 1643, three commissioners of Guernsey, who were in-
vested by Parliament with plenary powers and instructions to seize the
person of Sir Peter Osborne (the Royalist Governor) at Castle Cornet,
were by strategy, enticed to the castle and were themselves imprisoned
with promise of short shift. During the night they cut their way through
the floor into a room below, where was stored some cotton. A rope was
made from the cotton by means of which the commissioners escaped,
although fired upon by the sentries.

A few years later the castle was still held for the King. The garrison
capitulated on December 15, 1651, being the last in the British Isles to
submit to the Long Parliament. In 1672 the Castle was partially blown up
through lightning firing the powder magazine. Subsequently it was re-
garded unfavorably as a stronghold, for many of the defences were in
ruins. It has since been repaired and accommodates the royal artillery,
but for practical purposes of war its duties have been taken over by Fort

George. Castle Cornet stands on the outermost projection of the pier in
the harbor of St. Peter Port.

The city of St. Alalo is built upon the rock of St Aaron, at the
mouth of the river Ranee, and the quaint houses are inclosed by imposing
ramparts. St. Malo, the walled city, is on the left, and as the Princess Ena
approaches there is a splendid view. The cathedral dates from the ninth
century. The expedition we are now about to proceed with will be in the
nature of a forced march and we must go forward. The primitive rail-
ways through Normandy are very accommodating, as one must change
cars at nearly every station, thus affording the tourist an opportunity of
becoming acquainted with each hamlet on the line while waiting for the
connection. After leaving St. Malo we made stops of some duration at
Dinan and Dol, before reaching Pontorson, where a change is made to
tram-cars which run to St. Michael's ]Mount. Dinan is also a walled city
and actually betrays its age, having been founded about the time that RoUo
acquired the province of Normandy, 911 A. D. There is also a castle or
prison here which frowns upon the sluggish river Ranee. Bertrand du
Glesclin is the hero of Dinan. He was Constable of France, 1314-1380,
and there is a statue to his honor near the center of the place where he
met an English knight in single combat and overthrew him. The Castle was
erected in 1380 by Duke John of Brittany. Dol has a magnificent cathedral.
It does seem that if these people had a fine church edifice they were
well equipped for life against all the ills of the cold world. The castle at

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