Friday, March 19, 2010

APHGA Bi-Weekly Report 3/19/2010

The Great A. A. Pomeroy Book Update Project

We’ve been getting a lot of e-mails from Pomeroy descendants or people who know Pomeroys, it’s been really exciting. I can’t help but think that the show “Who Do You Think You Are” may have something to do with the increased interest in genealogy!

APHGA Members Jeannie Y and Diane L have been helping Nancy read through several volumes of Hancock County, Maine deeds, which have been digitally scanned, but the early books are not indexed, so it’s a matter of looking page to page to identify Pomeroys, Lunts and Coffins. What we’re trying to do is find some record that connects William Pomeroy, b. 9 Jul 1789 in Trenton, Hancock Co., who married Nancy Grant, to a William Pomeroy (b. between 1750 and 1774) who is living in Orphan Island, Hancock County, with a small family according to the 1790 US Federal Census. Other possible children of William Pomeroy are Hannah Pomeroy who married John Gatcomb, Samuel Pomeroy b. abt 1789 who married Lydia Gatcomb, and John Pomeroy, b. abt 1790 who married Rachel Grant, sister of Nancy Grant. Jeannie gets a gold star for having read the largest number of deed books!

We heard from a West Virginia Eltweed Pomeroy descendant just this week and she’s been sending lots of great information. We’re curious to learn why Daniel Pomeroy (Hiram, Daniel, John, John, Noah, Joseph, Eltweed), b. May 1848, in NY (probably Pendleton, Niagara Co.), left New York state, after serving as a Private in Company I, of the 2nd Mounted Rifles Regiment of NY and settled in Missouri for a time (where he married Harriet “Hattie”) only to move again to Lincoln, Tyler County West Virginia by 11 Jun 1900 (according to the US Federal Census). Is anyone else researching this line? If so, we’d love to hear from you!

Another researcher contacted us about Jeremiah Pomeroy, b. abt 1777 in ME and found in 1820 in Starks, Somerset County, ME. Also in Starks according to the 1820 US Federal Census were John Pomeroy, of 45 years and upwards, Richard Pomeroy, of 45 yrs of age and upwards, and Benjamin Pomeroy, aged between 26 and 45. It seems likely that these heads of household are related, and we have certain information about each separately, but would like to connect them. In an interesting coincidence (Hank Jones would laugh if he read this), we were contacted about a Pomeroy family living in Economy, Indiana in the 1930s. It would appear, from our research that this family connects to the Richard Pomeroy found in Starks in 1820. There is also a connection to the Daggett family, Elizabeth Daggett married Richard Pomeroy and her nephew married a Lydia Pomeroy. A Lydia S, Daggett, 30, b. ME, was found living with the Albion Pomeroy family in Beloit, Rock County, Wisconsin according to the 1860 US Federal Census. Albion Pomeroy was the father of Clinton H. Pomeroy who settled in Economy, Indiana.

Judy and Ed have been entering Canadian Census records into our various Pomeroy databases. Judy as also been entering Pomeroy related Drouin records that Lee has translated and matched. When Betty is not entering vital records and related Parsons found in the Parsons Family Genealogy written by Gerald Parsons, she has been continuing to organize vital records that need to be entered, based on a priority system that we recently came up with. She has gone through the majority of files and is also matching the records in those files. She, Ed and Judy will be entering those records based on their priority.

Barb continues to review the Eltweed database and identify descendants with missing information. This is being stored in a spreadsheet so that we can sort by time period, place, or name to help us identify where further research is needed. She also continues to research Pomeroys found in America’s Historic Newspapers online. She, Betty, Caryn and Rick also continue to review, transcribe and match Pomeroys found in the 1865 NY State Census.

Lee is completing her match of Pomeroys in the 1911 Canadian Census, she has also started to organize our Publication project, identifying possible articles and publications of interest.

Caryn continues to research Edwin Guilford Pomeroy’s friends, family and acquaintances found in his two address books, and Nancy has been entering that information; and other early Tiffin settler information into our databases. Nancy met with Richard Palmer to hand over research done on Edwin and the McKeen Motor Car Company for an article that Richard will be writing.

The Pomeroy Collection

Nancy processed a number of journals, magazines and newsletters from various genealogical and historical societies, which have been donated by Bill Pomeroy. Nancy just received a copy of a reprint of the book “Local Color, Stories of Westhampton’s First 225 Years” edited by Jacqui Hickey LaFrance, James E. Bridgman and Sarah K. Mulvehill, originally published in 2003 and out of print for 7 years. Contact the Westhampton Historical Society (Westhampton, Massachusetts) for a copy before they sell out!

The Pomeroy Anvil Trail

Nancy is working with members of the Pembroke Historical Society in Maine to install a Pomeroy Anvil Monument dedicated to Thomas W. Pomroy this coming summer. The dedication is scheduled for the morning of the 4th of July and will immediately follow the parade, which ends at the American Legion Hall.

The Mary Ann Coe Project

Judy and Pat continue to research early Huron County, Ohio to identify where the early settlers of this county came from. As suspected, many came from Hampshire County, Massachusetts via Onondaga County, New York. It must have been extremely frustrating to keep running into old neighbors, especially when one took such measures to leave them behind! Judy continues to transcribe and enter research found in the Firelands Pioneers into our database, while Pat has been entering 1820 US Federal Census records for the county and researching those settlers to see if there were any familial or geographical ties to Mary Ann (Coe) Pomeroy Junkins Powers.

Rick continues to abstract the Bela Coe probate records (over 300 pages!). He has transcribed the will, and the inventory and has also created a spreadsheet of names found in the probate file with pertinent information and page numbers.

We have added 1399 new people, 182 new sources and 4498 new citations to our genealogy databases over the past two weeks.

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