Monday, January 25, 2010

APHGA Weekly Report 1/25/2010

The Great A. A. Pomeroy Book Update Project

Nancy and Caryn researched Edwin Guilford Pomeroy (Francis Austin, Francis W., Spencer, Pliny, Daniel, Ebenezer, Medad, Eltweed) and his wife Etta May (Stansberry) Pomeroy and their tenure in Omaha, Nebraska, where Edwin was working for the McKeen Motor Car Company (a division of the Union Pacific Railroad). Caryn and Nancy have been pouring over Edwin and Etta May’s extensive correspondence to find clues to where Edwin was working and which McKeen Motor Cars he was servicing. Based on an inventory of McKeen Cars built between 1905 and 1917 in the book “Interurbans Without Wires”, written by Edmund Keilty (1979, Burbank, CA); a listing of “Some Motor Car Services Now Established” found in the 1912 McKeen Motor Car Company Catalog and Edwin’s letters to Etta May when he was on the road servicing cars, Nancy has been able to identify 4 cars that she can prove Edwin worked on, and 18 other cars that it is possible that Edwin worked on. Nancy is entering facts abstracted from Edwin and Etta May’s correspondence into our Eltweed Pomeroy genealogy database.

Caryn found an article in the 9 Jan 1908 edition of the Elyria Republican (Elyria, OH) that notes that E.G. Pomeroy was in Elyria visiting friends. We have a postcard in the collection that was sent to Edwin congratulating him on the birth of his first child in December 1913 by an R.B. Rhinehart, postmarked Elyria, OH. Caryn is researching R.B. Rhinehart to see if we can connect him with the Pomeroy or Bowe family. Caryn also found a 1909 Machinists’ Monthly Journal online that listed Harry Tressler (Edwin’s friend and co-worker) as a member of the Machinist Committee for the McKeen Motor Car Company.

Caryn spent part of her week filing a large stack of research. Rick, Barb, Caryn and Betty reviewed and transcribed Pomeroys in the 1865 New York Census. Betty continued to enter matched Social Security Death Index records into the various Pomeroy databases and continues to enter matched Canadian records into the Eltweed Pomeroy database.

Barb continued her review of America’s Historical Newspapers. She found an article that described Marcus Mills (Brick) Pomeroy’s wedding trip to Salt Lake and the Pacific Coast with his second wife, Mrs. Louisa M. Thomas. She also found an article about a Reverend Samuel Pomeroy of Pittsfield. Another interesting article discussed Senator Samuel Clarke Pomeroy’s endowment of a Pomeroy Chair for Women at Howard University. He contributed $10,000 to the endowment and asked that women contribute $5,000.

Ed continued to review, abstract and data-enter Pomeroys found in directories in Maine. He spent this week concentrating on Portland directories. This directory research has been very helpful in identifying family members based on shared residence. Ed found information about William Pomeroy, born 17 Mar 1884 in ME who married a Mary T (last name unknown), born about 1888 in Northern Ireland. The couple had at least three children: Dora M. Pomeroy, born about 1915 in ME; Alva L. Pomeroy, born about 1917 in ME, died 11 Mar 1967 in ME; and Robert William Pomeroy, born about 1918 in ME. William lived with his parents in East Livermore, Androscoggin Co., ME in 1900. He was found in Portland on New York St., in 1916, then on Pillsbury St., in South Portland in 1917 and 1918. Between 1919 and 1912 he was a caretaker for Charles Dunn Jr in Scarboro, Cumberland Co., ME and on 14 Jan 1920 he was a manager of a sheep farm, living with his wife and children on Black Point Rd., in Scarboro, ME. From 1922 to 1925 William was living with his wife Mary on Allen St. in Portland, ME and employed as a driver. The 1925/1926 Portland Directory identifies William as a caretaker, living in Portland. The 1927 Portland Directory lists William as removed to Berlin, NH. William and Mary are found in the 1930 US Federal Census living in Livermore, Androscoggin Co., ME. William was the son of Augustus Pomeroy, born about 1846 in Canada, and Eugenia Marie (or Mary) Dustie, born about 1846 in Canada. William’s siblings include: Mary E. Pomeroy, born about 1871 in ME who married a Mr. Gagnon before 1910; Lena E. Pomeroy, born about 1875 in ME who married Fred K or H Severy on 5 Jul 1897 in East Livermore, ME; Charles Pomeroy, born about 1877 in ME; Eddie Pomeroy, born about Dec 1879 in ME; Rose D. Pomeroy, born about Jun 1881 in ME who married Charles A. LeBreque about 1902 in ME; Paul E. Pomeroy, born about May 1886 in ME; Minnie E. Pomeroy, born about 1888 in ME who married James Fredrick “Fred” Dunn on 8 Jun 1914 in Livermore Falls, ME; Aurelia Pomeroy born about Jan 1890 in ME; Eva L. Pomeroy born about 1894 in ME; and Ola Pomeroy, born before 1906 (probably in ME). If anyone is researching this family, please contact Nancy. We would love to identify who Augustus Pomeroy’s parents were!

Lee continued to organize and review Canadian Pomeroy research she has been conducting. This week she worked on the John Pomeroy and Georgina White family, whose children included Clayton, Gertrude and Herbert from Cramahe Township, Province of Ontario. This is the John Blake Pomeroy (George, James, Silas, Abner, Caleb, Samuel, Caleb, Eltweed) family. John was born about 1872 in Cramahe and married Georgina G. White (born about 1878 in Forest, Province of Ontario), on 25 Dec 1896 in Northumberland County, Province of Ontario. Our information regarding the children of John Blake and Georgina is as follows: Clifford Wilford Pomeroy, born 21 Jul 1898 in Northumberland County; William Herbert Pomeroy, born 15 Jun 1900 in Northumberland County; Essie Gertrude Pomeroy, born 28 May 1902 in Northumberland or Durham County; and Clara Marjorie Pomeroy, born 14 Sep 1908 in Castleton. Was Clifford known as Clayton? Is anyone else researching this family? If so, please contact Nancy!

Nancy, who is a member of the Central New York Genealogical Society, has been asked to participate on the committee to celebrate the 50 year anniversary of the CNYGS in 2011. The committee is planning a genealogy conference for October 2011 in the Syracuse area. The Central New York region was in the middle of several major western migration routes during the 19th century, and is a great place to do genealogical research. Several top rate Historical Societies and Archives are available to researchers from Albany to Buffalo. We’re excited to participate in the planning of the conference and will update our blog readers as more information becomes available. Mark your calendars for October 2011!

The Pomeroy Collection

Nancy organized and filed items that were donated by Paula Miller, the Director of the William G. Pomeroy foundation.

The Mary Ann Coe Project

Rick reviewed Bowling Green State University’s historical records holdings at their Center for Archives Collection. It is possible to purchase certain microfilmed Ohio court, probate, tax and real property records.

Pat and Judy continued to review articles about Huron County in “The Firelands Pioneer” and are entering information about early settlers into our Eltweed Pomeroy database. Pat identified an early settler of Norwich, Huron Co., OH, named Augustus Cook[e] who was born in Onondaga County and settled in Norwich in 1818. He married Martha Fletcher, born in Otsego Co., NY in 1819 in Norwich. Pat also identified Nathan Strong who married Harriet Underhill, the daughter of Major David Underhill of Ridgefield, Huron Co., OH. Nathan Strong’s father, Major Joseph Strong, came to Lyme/Groton from Manlius, Onondaga County, NY in 1811. Did Mary Ann know the Strong family?

We have added 308 people, 222 sources and 2,134 citations to our genealogy databases over the past two weeks.

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