Showing posts with label 1855 NY State Census. Show all posts
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Friday, June 17, 2011

APHGA Blog Post for June 17, 2011

The Great A. A. Pomeroy Book Update Project

We have welcomed several new members this past month (in part because I have been diligently trying to catch up with my e-mail requests!), and the book project continues to gain momentum as we add new descendants and facts to our databases. As of last Monday we show 57,975 people, 18,010 sources and 264,623 citations in our descendants of Eltweed Pomeroy database; 13,046 people, 6,363 sources and 75,899 citations in our Unlinked Pomeroy database; and 6,903 people, 274 sources and 21,958 citations in our Descendants of George Pomeroy database.

Diane L., Richard Pomeroy Isles of Shoals descendant, has generously sent us a copy of the book “Home, Pomeroy Ridge” by Charlie Smith. The book details the history of Pomeroy Ridge, New Brunswick, Canada. Thank you Diane!

Betty’s been working on some Pomeroy puzzles I handed over to her, including the Sterling Pomeroy/Henrietta S. Jackson family (Hiram Sterling, Hiram, John, Noah, Joseph, Eltweed). Sterling was born in Chaumont, Jefferson Co., NY in 1832, and was out in Ohio, Bureau Co., IL by 1854, shortly after he married Henrietta in Jefferson Co. He served two terms in the IL state legislature, was a farmer who also engaged in shipping and banking. He was also apparently a druggist, living in Chicago in 1900. He died in Chicago in 1903. The couple had one daughter, Agnes, born abt 1861 in Ohio, Bureau Co., IL, who married Robert H. Fagan. The couple had two children, Henrietta Fagan, b. Feb 1880, and Sterling Fagan (AKA Sterling Pomeroy), born 2 Aug 1882. For some reason Sterling used the surname Pomeroy when he married Francis M Spratt in 1904 in Fergus, MT, and his death certificate is also under the surname Pomeroy. Census records also identify Sterling’s surname as Pomeroy. Betty also filled in missing information on the Orle G. Pomeroy/Huldah C. Jackson family. Orle (John Wesley, John Seymour, Nathaniel, Noah, Noah, Joseph Medad, Eltweed), was born 1841 in Delaware Co., NY and married Huldah in 1863. He died in 1879. Huldah was born 1845 in Delaware Co., and died Mar 1934. The couple had two children, Emmagene, born 1865 and Robert James born 1871.

Betty has also been working on the family of Roxalinda Pomeroy (Nathaniel, Noah, Noah, Joseph, Medad, Eltweed), born 1779 in CT. She married first Joseph Cook, by whom she had at least 7 children, and second, John Wall. She died in 1853 in Franklin, Delaware Co., NY and is buried in the Ouleout Valley Cemetery in Franklin. Betty continues to fill in collateral line information on Ellen Elizabeth Day, the daughter of Dr. Jonathan Day and Eunice Pomeroy (Lemuel, Lemuel, Seth, Ebenezer, Medad, Eltweed). Ellen was born in Syracuse, NY in 1828, where her father was a physician. She was the third of four children born to the couple during their short marriage of 8 years. Dr. Day died in 1832, while only 31 yrs. old, a victim of the cholera epidemic he worked so hard to control. The widow Eunice Day, moved back home to Pittsfield, MA with her three remaining children and cared for her ailing father until his death. She married Colonel George T. M. David in 1852 in Pittsfield, and had one child, George Z. M. Davis. The couple were living in New York City by 1860 and Eunice became a nurse to injured and ill Union Soldiers in the city. She was elected to the Board of Managers of the Woman’s Hospital of the State of New York in 1866 and served in that position until she died in March of 1885.

Betty also spent time working on some Pomeroys found in Pitcher, Chenango Co., NY. We have one documented family, that of Stephen Pomeroy (Enos, Stephen, Ebenezer, Ebenezer, Medad) whose daughter Relief Pomeroy, born 1811, married John H. Bennett in 1834. We also have an undocumented Mary Pomeroy, b. abt 1799 in CT, who married an Ezra Bennett by 1835. Both Bennett families were living in Pitcher, but we can’t connect Mary with any descendants of Eltweed. Skip H., one of our APHGA members, has also been working on this puzzle. If anyone knows the answer, please let us know! Betty also spent time filling in the lines of the daughters of Stephen and Dorothy (Carter) Pomeroy who were sisters of Relief.

Betty worked with APHGA member Scott S. on his Pomeroy line. Emiline Pomeroy, (Elisha, Simeon, Titus, John, Ebenezer, Medad, Eltweed) born 1834 in South Hadley, MA, married Steven DeForest Chase in 1858, and had two children, George Pomeroy Chase and Percy LeBarron Chase. Emiline died 22 Mar 1897 in Granby, MA, on the same day that her sister Julia Ann (Pomeroy) Hooker died in South Hadley Falls.

Last but not least, Betty is also researching William Fancher Pomeroy (Michael Myers, Charles Watrous, Watrous, Charles, Noah, Noah, Joseph Eltweed) whose family we will discuss in the Pomeroy Anvil Trail section of this report! William Fancher Pomeroy was born in 1864 in Brooklyn, NY to parents Michael Myers and Sarah Prua (Fancher) Pomeroy. William’s parents divorced before 1 Jun 1871, when Sarah married James Henry Pelton in Waterloo, NY. William was adopted by James Pelton and legally changed his name prior to his marriage to Mamie G. Genung in 1886.

Barb continues to transcribe the records from the Church of Christ, Northampton, MA and is also now entering that information into our genealogy databases. Barb, who is also the Phoenix, NY Town Historian, had an article published in the Phoenix Register on May 20th, entitled “Diary of a Phoenix School Girl”. Several years ago, Barb purchased a diary of a young girl who lived in Phoenix. As no name was associated with the diary, Barb had to do some real digging to find out who the diary belonged to. In the end, she was able to identify the author of the diary as Cora Adelia Patrick, daughter of William P and Caroline Elizabeth (Serrott) Patrick. Cora was born in Hinmansville, NY in 1866. And wouldn’t you know, Cora married Harry Dwight Pomeroy (Theodore Clapp, Stephen, Ebenezer, Ebenezer, Eldad, Caleb, Eltweed). Harry, born in Cortland, NY in 1866, graduated from Cornell University as a mechanical engineer, and went on to hold several patents. He lived and worked for a while in Syracuse and was involved in the manufacture of typewriters and was later employed by Gaylord Brothers, Inc. in Syracuse. His family lived in Phoenix, where he and wife Cora are buried. Barb and Lee took a research trip to Cortland, NY and found contact information for a descendant of Harry and Cora and has since spoken with her and will be setting up a meeting to share information. Barb also went to the Onondaga Historical Society to read some of the many diaries of Harry Dwight Pomeroy that are housed there. Barb has also submitted another article to the Phoenix Register which should be published this weekend, and the newspaper has agreed to her having a column dedicated to local history and genealogy!

Ed continues to match unmatched census records and has been having some success. He hands over the Eltweed families to Betty and has been entering the Unlinked Pomeroys and the George Pomeroy descendants. Ed’s research has taken him on a virtual tour of the US, working on Pomeroys in West Virginia, Michigan, New York, Florida, Alabama, Georgia, Washington, California, Maine, Ohio, Colorado, Iowa, Nebraska, Illinois, and Kentucky. You Pomeroys can’t sit still, can you? (OK Jack, I’m expecting a good comeback joke!)

One of the many interesting families Ed’s been working on are the descendants of John Trumball and Sally (Dunham) Pomeroy. John Trumbull Pomeroy was born in Vermont 4 Apr 1794 and died in 1833 in Orleans County, NY. His wife Sally was born about 1800 in NY. The couple had two children that we know of; Mortimer C. Pomeroy, born abt 1816 in NY and Daniel O. Pomeroy, born 10 Aug 1821 in Genesee County, NY. It seems likely that John descends from Eltweed, given where he was born and where he migrated to, but we have yet to make a solid connection. There are some intriguing similarities to a John Pomeroy, son of Elisha and Submit (Greene) Pomeroy (Seth, Medad, Joseph, Medad, Eltweed). Not much is known about this John. The A.A. Pomeroy book states that he was born about 1808 and that he died before 1840 in OH. After John’s mother Submit died, his father married Lucy Warner in 1814 in Hamilton, Madison Co., NY, and the family is found in the 1820 US Federal Census in Elba, Genesee County. According to a descendant of John Trumbull Pomeroy, he died in 1833 in Barre (Center), Orleans Co., NY, but a his son Daniel, published in the book “History of Macomb County, Michigan” (Chicago: M.A. Leeson & Company, 1882) states that he died in Orleans County, NY in 1839. Could John Pomeroy, son of Elisha and Submit (Greene) Pomeroy, be one and the same as John Trumbull Pomeroy who married Sally Dunham? And if so, did John have a son William who lived in Huron Co., OH, as stated in the A.A. Pomeroy book?

Speaking of elusive William Pomeroys, Ed’s been chasing a William born about 1822 in NY who married first Axey Lord about 1844, then Maria L, before 1868. He was a farmer who was living in Tompkins, Jackson County, Michigan by 11 Sep 1850 when the US Federal Census was taken. He died 19 Mar 1875 in Tompkins, the father of seven children, five by Axey: Albert, born about 1845; Mary, born about 1848; William S (Willis), born about Sept. 1854; Anna N, born about 1854; and Mary F, born about 1857; and two by Maria: Melvin H., born 16 Jun 1867; and Ida, born about 1872.

Another Pomeroy mystery that Ed’s been working on is the Benair J. Pomeroy family. Benair, born 15 Mar 1860 in Pittsburgh, PA, married Catherine Komp before 1881. He died 3 Mar 1930 in Schenectady, NY. His wife Catherine, daughter of Philip and Elizabeth, was born about Sept. 1863, in NY and died 3 Oct 1944 in Schenectady. Benair had a sister Annie who married a Mr. Hewitt. Benair was a machinist turned mailman, and had seven children that we know of: Henry John (Harry), born 1881; Philip Edward, born 1882; Andrew William, born 1884; Agnes, born 1886; Edward George, born 1887; William B., born 1891; and Joseph B., born 1893, all in Schenectady.

And proving that no distance is too far for a Pomeroy to travel, we leave you with the tale of Elihu D. Pomeroy, born April 1854 in NY who died 25 Jun 1909 in Everett, Snohomish Co., WA. He married Louisa A. Strom in 1881 and the couple had one child that we know of, Edison Dell Pomeroy, born Apr 1833 in Benton, MI, who died 19 Jul 1929 in Seattle, WA. This is another of our “Unlinked Pomeroys” and we’d love to know which Pomeroy family they belong to. If you’re familiar with any of these Pomeroy, please let us know!

I’m sure you’re wondering what Lee, Pat and Judy have been working on, and I promise to post another blog with this information next week, but it’s just about time to go home, so I’ll publish this now.

The Pomeroy Collection


I’m happy to report that Tammy is here for extended hours during the summer and has been diligently working on the collection. The whole department participated in a re-org and clean-up of our office and, I must say, the place has never looked better!

The Pomeroy Anvil Trail

I’m very excited to announce that we have received approval from the city of Auburn, NY to place a Pomeroy Anvil Monument commemorating Theodore Medad Pomeroy and showcasing the other Pomeroy families in Auburn. Sheila Tucker, Cayuga County Historian, has been instrumental in getting the approvals needed, and we are very thankful of her efforts. I will be going out to Auburn this Saturday to look at the proposed sites. Theodore Medad Pomeroy, born 31 Dec 1834 in Cayuga County, (Medad, Timothy, Ebenezer, Eldad, Caleb, Eltweed) graduated from Hamilton College in 1842. He was the Auburn Village Clerk in 1847 and was admitted to the NYS bar in 1849, and was part of the firm Allen and Pomeroy. Between 1850 and 1856 he was a District Attorney, and between 1861 and 1869 was a member of the House of Representatives. He married Elizabeth Leitch Watson in 1857, sister of the wife of his later law partner, William Seward, Jr. In 1868 he was the first Vice President and general counsel of the American Express Company and was Mayor of Auburn between 1875 and 1876, was named President of the Cayuga County Historical Society in 1877 and served as NYS Senator between 1878 and 1879. His homestead was donated to the city, and is now the site of Pomeroy Park and the Veteran’s Memorial Park. Theodore was an abolitionist and friend and sometime employer of Harriet Tubman. He is buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn.

Other significant Pomeroys who lived in Auburn were the family of Colonel Charles Watrous Pomeroy (Watrous, Charles, Noah, Noah, Joseph, Eltweed). Charles Watrous Pomeroy was born 8 Mar 1808 in Auburn, married first Hopey Lonsbury in 1828 and after her death, married second Sarah Minerva Tibbals in 1836. He built the first freight depot in Auburn in 1836 and was an agent for the Auburn Prison in 1852 and went on to be appointed warden of the NYS Prison in Auburn. He was postmaster of Auburn in 1870 and was appointed a commissioner for the building of a new armory in NYS. He is also buried in the Fort Hill Cemetery in Auburn.

We are also working with Ruth Bernier of Southampton to get approval from the town to install a Pomeroy Anvil Monument. Southampton was set off from Northampton in 1730, and Caleb Pomeroy was a significant land owner. Pomeroy Mountain, Pomeroy Ford and Pomeroy Meadows in Southampton are named after him. Of this line descend many Revolutionary War Veterans, ministers and politicians, notably General Timothy Pomeroy (grandfather of Theodore Medad Pomeroy), Samuel Clarke Pomeroy, Reverend Medad Pomeroy (father of Theodore Medad Pomeroy), Reverend Rufus Pomeroy, Reverend Thaddeus Pomeroy and Reverend Jeremiah Pomeroy.

Captain Lemuel Pomeroy, descended from Caleb’s brother Medad, and father of noted gunsmith Lemuel Pomeroy who resided in Pittsfield, was also an important figure in the history of Southampton, serving as a selectman and a representative of the General Court and as a member of the State Legislature for forty years.

If you are a resident of Southampton and would like to see this monument installed, please contact your town board and show your support for this project.

The Mary Ann Coe Project


I continue to work on the Mary Ann Coe book, and once again would like to send my appreciation to Huron County researcher extraordinaire, Henry Timman. I recently “found” his abstract of “Volume A, Huron County Wills to 1852” online at HeritageQuest. Other versions exist on the web (and unfortunately do not all give credit where credit is due!) Henry abstracted these records in 1960 and is still going strong at the Firelands Historical Society. If you’re researching family in Norwalk, OH or environs, and need some feet on the ground and an expert in county and town resources, give Henry a call, you won’t be disappointed!

Central New York Genealogical Society’s 50th Anniversary Conference – “Good As Gold”

Both Barb and I are on the planning committee of the CNYGS 50th Anniversary Conference, scheduled for Oct 14th – 15th of this year, in Syracuse, NY. We’re quite excited about all the events associated with the conference including the Friday Night Banquet, with speaker Barry J. Ewell, and the Saturday conference, featuring Barry J. Ewell, Suzanne Etherington, Ph.D., Edward L. Galvin, Holly Sammons and Roger B. Williams.

From the program: “Barry Ewell is a writer and researcher with extensive genealogical experience in internet and field research, digital and software resources, and mentoring genealogists. He lives in Salt Lake City and is the founder of MyGenShare.com.”

“Suzanne Etherington, Ph.D., is a Region 6 Advisory Officer, for the New York State Archives Government Records Services.” I had the pleasure of taking some college history courses from Suzanne when she was an adjunct professor at Syracuse University. Her knowledge and enthusiasm for her subject is contagious – she has opened up whole new avenues of research for me, and was instrumental in helping me identify what I wanted to be when I grew up (well, other than a rock star!) Suzanne was also a presenter at the Conference on New York State History held in Ithaca, NY last year.

Ed Galvin is the Director of Archives and Records Management at Syracuse University, and a good friend and mentor. I worked with Ed at SU before I came on board in my current position. Along with being a professional archivist, Ed has also taken on the task of tracing the families of D’Escousse, a small village on the northern shore of Isle Madame, in Richmond County, Nova Scotia. You can check out Ed’s D’Escousse research at his website at http://elgalvin.mysite.syr.edu/gen/de/ . Ed will be speaking about the hidden genealogical treasures in college and university archives.

Holly Sammons is the Head Librarian of the Local History and Genealogy Department at the Onondaga County Public Library, and is every genealogist’s dream librarian. Her passion and commitment to excellence is evident when you visit the library. Her staff if knowledgeable and helpful, and her efforts to provide this much needed, free resource to the community is evident when you visit the Library. As part of that commitment, she has arranged for the OCPL Local History and Genealogy Department to be a Family History Library! Holly will be speaking about the resources available in the Local History and Genealogy Department of the Library.

Our own Roger Williams has served as a member of the CNYGS Board of Directors and helped the CNYGS develop their first website and County Indexing Project. Roger’s workshop will focus on gadgets for the traveling genealogist.

The Vendor Hall, sponsored by the American Pomeroy Historic Genealogical Association, is quickly filling up, so if you are an interested vendor, please contact me at roots@cxtec.com . We have received verbal commitments from the following vendors: Cornell University Press; SUNY Press; Onondaga Historical Society; NYSCOGO; “Back Street Mary” Messere; CNYGS and the APHGA. Other vendors we are working with and hoping to showcase are the New England Historic Genealogical Society; the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society; the Pompey Historical Society and the History Press.

For more information about the conference, please visit the CNYGS website at http://www.rootsweb.ancestry.com/~nycnygs/50th_anniversary.htm .

Thursday, September 9, 2010

APHGA Report, September 9, 2010

The Great A. A. Pomeroy Book Update Project

We’ve had a number of new members over the past three weeks, and lots of new discoveries as Nancy, Betty, Ed, Judy and Pat continue to get caught up with the reams of data-entry that research creates!

Mary Ann connected with a Pomeroy descendant from Hawaii, and she and Nancy have been doing research to try to connect this family. So far, Nancy has been able to trace the family back to Samuel Sexton Pomroy, born abt. 1825 in Canada, who died 1877 in San Francisco, CA. Samuel Sexton Pomroy married first, on 22 Nov 1846 in London Township, East Middlesex Co., Ontario, Canada, Jane Matthews, born abt 1827 in England. The couple had at least seven children that we know of: Eva, born abt 1847 in Canada; Clara M., born abt 1849 in Canada, died 8 Jan 1917; Louisa M B, born Apr 1852 in Canada, died 1 Sep 1918, in Honolulu, Hawaii; Ida Elizabeth, born abt. 1854 in Canada, died 1875 in San Francisco; Edward M., born 26 Dec 1859 in Canada, died 28 Nov 1921; Walter Melville, born Dec. 1861 in San Francisco, and Selena, born Aug 1863 in San Francisco. Samuel Sexton Pomroy married second, in 1873 in San Francisco, Elizabeth H. Robertson, born 1827 in the US, died 9 Apr 1905 in Honolulu. Several of Samuel’s children moved to Hawaii around the 1880s. Samuel Sexton Pomroy was identified as a general agent, living in Westminster, Ontario according to the 1851 Canadian Census, he was one of 12 originating shareholders of the Colonial Bank of Canada which was formed in Toronto in 1856. He was a captain of the 1st Battalion of London, Ontario Militia in 1857 and was living in San Francisco by 1861. We are trying to identify who Samuel’s parents were. If you are related to this family, please let us know! Nancy is still entering research done on this family into our Unlinked Pomeroy database, so Hawaiian Pomeroys, please be patient – we’ll get this research to you as soon as it’s entered!

Judy has entered some new information about the Pomeroy Tucker family, and we’re still trying to puzzle out how this family is connected to the Pomeroys. A.A. Pomeroy identified Pomeroy Tucker, b. 10 Aug. 1802, as the son of Foster and Mary Ann (Pomeroy) Tucker, but Nancy doesn’t think this is possible as Pomeroy Tucker was born before Foster and Mary Ann were. Mary Ann Pomeroy was born 17 May 1809 in Hamilton, Oneida Co., NY, daughter of John Pomeroy (John, Noah, Joseph, Eltweed) and third wife Deborah Foster. To add to the confusion, Mary Ann Pomeroy married Foster Tucker about 1834. Foster, born 11 Nov 1810 in Cherry Valley, Otsego Co., NY, was the son of Caleb Tucker and his wife Thirza Foster. Thirza Foster was the sister of Mary Ann Pomeroy’s mother, Deborah Foster.

According to research available on the Web, Pomeroy Tucker, born 10 Aug 1802 in Palmyra, Wayne Co., NY, was the son of Jeduthan/Jaduthan Tucker and his wife Abi Brown. Jeduthan was born 13 Jan 1769 in Pomfret, Windham Co., VT. Does anyone know if Jeduthan was related to Foster and Caleb Tucker? Or, if not, what the Pomeroy connection is to this family?

Nancy has been working with a descendant of John Phelps Pomeroy who was born between 1790 and 1800 in Connecticut and died according to some researchers about Jun 1850 in Norfolk, Saint Lawrence Co., NY. John married Narcissa Henderson about 1819 in Hopkinton, Saint Lawrence County, New York and the couple had at least eight children that we know of: David Pomeroy, born between 1815 and 1820 in Hopkinton; Chester, born between 1820 and 1825 in Hopkinton; Jesse Henderson, born Oct 1821 in New York (probably Hopkinton); Eldridge G., born Aug 1833 in Hopkinton; Delia, born between 1825 and 1830 in Hopkinton; Lucretia, born between 1825 and 1830 in Hopkinton; Earl, born abt 1827 in Hopkinton; and John Willard Pomeroy born abt 1831 in Hopkinton.

Research done by this descendant indicated a possible connection to the Rose family, of which Daniel Pomeroy Rose was a member. Daniel was born 6 Aug 1784 in Coventry, Tolland Co., CT, to parents Timothy Rose and Elizabeth Polan Pomeroy. Elizabeth was born 10 May 1755 in Lebanon, New London Co., CT, daughter of Daniel Pomeroy (Noah, Joseph, Eltweed) and Naomi Kibbe. Naomi Kibbe was the daughter of Edward Kibbe and Dorothy Phelps, and was married to a Joseph Phelps, prior to her marriage to Daniel Pomeroy. This connection with its various lines of Phelps, is intriguing as John’s middle name was Phelps. Some research indicates that Elizabeth Polan (Pomeroy) Rose may have been an aunt of John Phelps Pomeroy. If so, from with sibling did he descend? We know of only three children of Daniel and Naomi (Kibbe) Pomeroy, Daniel Pomeroy, born 3 Aug 1750 in Colchester, New London. CT and died 23 Jan 1785, whose early death indicates that he is not the father of John Phelps Pomeroy; and Eleazer D. Pomeroy, born 24 Oct 1752 in Lebanon, CT and died 16 Jun 1811, in Coventry, CT. Eleazer married two sisters, Sibyl and Priscilla Kingsbury. John Phelps Pomeroy’s approximate date of birth (1790-1800) would seem to indicate that he could be a son of Eleazer and Priscilla, but with so much written about this family, why would a child be undocumented? Obviously, more research needs to be done to solve this puzzle! Luckily there are several John Phelps Pomeroy researchers out there, and I’m confident one of them will get to the bottom of this! As luck would have it, Judy has been pulling and entering census records for the Daniel Pomeroy Rose family, so perhaps some clues will arise from this research.

Another bit of research we’ve been doing is to try to determine which Josiah Pomeroy was in business with Lemuel Pomeroy in Pittsfield, MA in early 1800s? Previously, we believed it was Josiah Pomeroy Sr. born 5 Jan 1778 in Northampton, Hampshire Co., MA, who died 11 Jun 1861 in Leverett, Franklin Co., MA, son of Benjamin (Josiah, Ebenezer, Medad, Eltweed) and Esther (Clark) Pomeroy, because he was living in Hinsdale, Berkshire Co., MA at the same time that Lemuel Pomeroy (Lemuel, Seth, Ebenezer, Medad, Eltweed) was in Pittsfield. According to research, Josiah Pomeroy was in business with Lemuel Pomeroy between 1 Jul 1818 and 2 Dec 1839, at which time the partnership was legally dissolved. One of the things we’ve learned that has always puzzled us it the statement in a published History of Pittsfield, that Lemuel and Josiah were “distant cousins”. Given how knowledgeable and proud Lemuel was of his ancestry, it seemed odd that the exact relationship was not known.

Nancy recently found an obituary for Josiah Pomeroy of Pittsfield, which confirms that he was not the Josiah, son of Benjamin and Esther (Clark) Pomeroy who lived in Hinsdale, as this Josiah died in 1850, and Josiah of Hinsdale died in 1861. The obituary alluded to family difficulty, and was more intriguing than informative. Additional research identified a record on the Family Search pilot search that states Josiah Pomeroy of Pittsfield, MA was born in Kinderhook, Columbia Co., NY! Well, my goodness, we know of another Josiah Pomeroy who was living in Kinderhook at about the same time that this Josiah was born (abt 1788). This was Dr. Josiah Pomeroy who married Ann Allis. Dr. Josiah was a son of Joseph (Joseph, Medad, Eltweed) and Thankful (Burbank) Pomeroy. Dr. Josiah Pomeroy was a Tory who acted as a surgeon for the British Army and lived for a time in Montreal. He later was found in Newtown, Suffolk Co., NY before settling in Kinderhook. Until now, we did not have any information of any male offspring of Dr. Josiah Pomeroy, but a preponderance of circumstantial evidence points to Josiah of Pittsfield being the son of Dr. Josiah Pomeroy.

Bettie (Pomeroy) Gambill of TN descendant Ben L has been finding a lot of evidence that points to John and Sallie C. (Little) Pomeroy as the most likely parents of Bettie. A letter written to Bettie’s husband Robert Lee Gambill makes mention that “Ida” had been visiting Bettie and helping her while she was in a sanitarium suffering with Tuberculosis. John and Sallie Pomeroy had a daughter Ida Sue Pomeroy. We believe this is the Ida mentioned in the letter. John Pomeroy’s parents were William and Sarah. William was born abt. 1785 in NC and died after 9 Oct 1850 in Williamson Co., TN. Sarah was born abt 1785 in SC.

Judy has been entering newspaper articles from the Northern New York Newspaper site.

Barbara continues to transcribe the records of the First Church of Christ, Northampton. Betty has been entering research on William Lee Pomeroy and wife Nancy Ulisse Blunt that Lee has been working on. William was born 16 Aug 1853 in Stanstead, Quebec, Canada, son of Captain George Pomeroy (Hazen, Selah, Benjamin, Josiah, Ebenezer, Medad, Eltweed) and Azubah Lee. This is a small portion of the research that Lee and Ed have done on Canadian Pomeroys. Betty and Ed have also been reviewing unmatched census records to try to connect them to our various databases and get them entered.

Ed has been working on a number of Newfoundland Pomeroys found on the Grand Banks Newfoundland Genealogical Society website. If you’re looking for Newfoundland ancestors, Ed highly recommends this site!

Betty has also been filling in the family of Thomas Pomeroy and Judith Phifer. Thomas was born 6 Jan 1794 in Suffield, Hartford Co., CT, to Amos (Nathaniel, Nathaniel, Joseph, Medad, Eltweed) and Rebecca (Spencer) Pomeroy. Judith was born about 1800 in Henry County, VA where the couple married in 1824. According to A.A. Pomeroy, Thomas settled in Dayton, OH. While we did find Thomas in Miami, Montgomery Co., OH, in 1840 and 1850, he didn’t stay there. Betty has tracked the family from there to Brandywine, Shelby County, Indiana where Thomas died 1 May 1874. Thomas and Judith has at least five children that we know of: Martha Jane, b. abt 1826 in VA; George, born abt 1828 in VA; Thomas J., born 22 Apr 1830 in VA., Judith Ann, born 8 Apr 1832 in Henry Co., VA and Sarah E, born abt 1845 in Montgomery Co., OH.

Lee has been coordinating department visits to the Onondaga County Public Library to review, transcribe, and print Pomeroys found in the 1855 NY State Census. Transcription has been completed for four counties: Onondaga, Cortland, Delaware and Cayuga. Lee has also been researching a Jeremiah Pomeroy, born about 1818 in Canada, and found in Onondaga County in the 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880 census records. The census records have led to some confusion as he is identified in some as Jeremiah and others as Daniel. We do know that his wife was Harriet, born about July 1824 in NY, and that the couple had the following children: Minerva (Maria), born abt 1845 in NY; Mary, born abt 1849 in NY; Harriet or Helen, born abt Jun 1850 in NY; Elizabeth, born abt 1847 in Syracuse, Onondaga Co., NY; George, born abt Feb 1853 in NY; and Henrietta, born abt 1854 in NY. We do not know who Jeremiah/Daniel’s parents were, but we believe he had a brother John, born abt 1829 in Canada, who was living with him according to the 1850 US Federal Census. Also in the household was Delaura Pomeroy, born about 1831 in Canada. She and John were identified as having been married within the year, so we assume that Delaura was John’s wife.

Christine continues to file, file, file. She is also researching unmatched 1930 census records and trying to connect them to the Pomeroys in our various databases.

The Pomeroy Collection


Tammy continues her work itemizing and digitally photographing or scanning every item in the collection. She is currently on the 7th shelve of objects and is scanning a box of various Pomeroy collectibles, including an autograph of Marcus Mills “Brick” Pomeroy.

The Pomeroy Anvil Trail

It’s time to start thinking of the next stop on the Pomeroy Anvil Trail. Nancy and Bill would like to squeeze in a visit to Lockport, NY this fall. We’re also always open to suggestions, so if you know the perfect town for a monument, please let us know!

The Mary Ann Coe Project


Nancy entered some recent newspaper articles featuring David Powers, Mary Ann Coe’s third (if you count the second, common-law marriage to Benjamin Junkins) husband. According to two advertisements, David Powers was a member of Rough and Ready Club in Sandusky, Ohio. A quick search on Google identified the Rough and Ready Clubs of 1848 as political organizations formed “to assist in putting ‘Old Zack’ into the presidential chair.” Well, now it all makes sense. Millard Fillmore ran as Zachary Taylor’s Vice President. David Powers was the brother-in-law of Millard Fillmore.

Pat has completed her data-entry of the exploits of Carlos C. Coe, relative of Mary Ann Coe. Carlos was an early balloonist and thought to be the model for Frank L. Baum’s “Wizard of Oz.”

Judy continues to transcribe and enter articles from the Firelands Pioneer into our database. We are looking to find connections with people living in Norwalk, OH who may have originally been from Onondaga, Genesee or Oneida Counties, New York.

We have added 1679 new people, 700 new sources and 8608 new citations since our last blog post.

Thursday, August 12, 2010

APHA Weekly Report, August 11, 2010

The Great A. A. Pomeroy Book Update Project

We have a new researcher working on the project! Christine H. is a volunteer at the Camillus Historical Society and a Find-A-Grave volunteer. She is currently helping us with our backload of filing and file organizing, but she will soon be taking over the data-entry of the George Pomeroy book and will be entering research done on that family to that database. George came from Ireland and settled in Pennsylvania about 1730.

Nancy has been working with a Benjamin L, who is descended from Bettie Lou Pomeroy, born 4 Jul 1880 in TN, who died 1 Jul 1910 and is buried in the Gambill Cemetery in Nashville. Bettie married Robert Lee Gambill on 18 Dec 1896 in Davidson Co., TN. We are currently following a hunch that Bettie is an undocumented daughter of John and Sallie C. (Little) Pomeroy. John was born about 1820 in Williamson Co., TN to William and Sarah Pomeroy. William was born about 1785 in NC and died after 9 Oct 1850 in Williamson Co., TN. Sarah (last name unknown) was born about 1785 in NC. William and Sarah had the following children that we know of: Nancy, born about 1800 in Macon, Bibb Co, GA; Abraham, born about 1802 in TN; Willis, born about 1804 in Williamson Co., TN; Thomas, born about 1806 in Macon, Bibb Co., GA; Millie, born about 1809 in Macon; Elizabeth, born about 1810 in Macon; James, born about 1813 in Macon; Mary, born about 1816 in Williamson Co., TN; William Henry born about 1816 in Williamson Co.; John, born about 1820 in Williamson Co.; Temperance C., born about 1821 in Williamson Co.; and Catharine, born about 1830 in Williamson Co. If anyone is researching this family, please contact us!

Betty has been working on the Grove Pomeroy family and his son Timothy R. Pomeroy. Timothy was born Dec 1849 in Steuben Co., NY and is found in Woodhull, Steuben Co., when the 1865 New York State Census was enumerated. Grove, born abt 1821 in New York descends from Phineas, Phineas, Phinehas, Medad, Joseph, Medad, Eltweed. This information has enabled Betty to further fill in this line, and she has added 6 children born of Timothy and his wife Arvilla B. Sherwood. These children include: Harry T., born Jun 1875 in NY; Grace M., born Jun 1877 in NY; Lee, born Aug 1881 in NY; Fred Wallace, born 16 Dec 1888 in Hornell, Steuben Co.; George G., born 15 Dec 1890 in Hornell; and Iva M, born Feb 1897 in NY.

Lee coordinated and led a field trip to the Onondaga County Public Library where she and our researchers reviewed the 1855 NY State Census records on microfilm and (where available) indexed in books. She also examined Maine collateral line family histories and various files and obituaries for Ashley, Pixley and Benedict family names. Lee also used www.fultonhistory.com to identify further information on the Theodore Ashley family.

Barb continues to add to her growing database of Northampton, MA church records, including births, baptisms, marriages, membership, death and removals. She has entered over 2,000 records to date. Barb also continues her review of Pomeroys in the America’s Historic Newspaper database.

Ed has been gathering and entering Pomeroy records in the Pomeroy Ridge, New Brunswick vicinity. He entered additional data on Martin Pomeroy and Lydia Rowell who were married in 1840 in Old Town, Maine, and had a son Luther S. Pomeroy, born 1846. Ed also added matched 1881 Canadian Census records that Lee had transcribed and organized. Ed also researched John Henry Calvin Pomeroy who was born in Linneus, Aroostook Co., ME in 1886 and married Berta Louise Wilson on 28 Aug 1915 in Vancouver, British Columbia.

Judy has been helping us with miscellaneous data-entry including Arizona Marriages; Mobile County, AL Marriages, KY Marriages and Rochester, NY directories. She has also been working on TN vital records.

The Pomeroy Collection


Exciting news about the Pomeroy Collection: Tammy C. has returned and has taken on a huge project to digitally photograph and scan every item in the collection. Tammy will be adding metadata to the digital images so that we will be able to easily locate the objects using the Copernic search engine. If you’re not familiar with Copernic, it is software that is able to “read” files, documents and spreadsheets, e-mail, pdfs, internet history and metadata. We are using the corporate edition, which we purchased from Copernic, but they also have a home version which is free. Once your files are indexed, you can quickly search your hard-drive, and networked drives for names, places, any word you can think of. Because of our vast collection of digital records it’s imperative that we have a fast, user-friendly search engine.

Nancy is looking into solutions to cataloging our library using a web-based database. As an affiliate member of the Central (NY) Library Resource Council we need to upload our library onto WorldCat, using the MARC code format. Nancy is currently looking at http://biblios.net/ as a possible solution, (and learning more about MARC code than she ever really wanted to!)

The Pomeroy Anvil Trail

Nancy just purchased a 4 pin to 4 pin firewire cable from her favorite cable supplier, CXtec, so she will now be able to download the video her husband Jerry shot at the Pembroke, ME Pomeroy Anvil Dedication. My, those folks at CXtec are friendly, and helpful!

The Mary Ann Coe Project


Judy visited the Winterthur Museum research center in her new home state of Delaware, to look at an early Pompey account book. The book belonged to Stuttson Benson and is housed in the Joseph Downs Collection. The book covers the years 1807 through 1848. From what has been learned about Stuttson, he was apparently a farmer and weaver. The book contains 90 pages and includes an index page (probably done at some later date). Names include Benedict Amos, Richard Gage, Seth T. Benson, Robert Nagus, Daniel Lewis, Lewis R. [H]ood, Joseph Row, William Donaghey, Job Debenport, Levi Barber, Anson Wood, Peter Benson, John Upford, Andros, Nathan Rose, Bently Gideon, Stuart Mathew, Stimpson Morg, Benson Benjamin (Benjamin Benson?), Unver [sp?] Wood, Goodel Isoner, William Donegy, Stephen Benedict, Robert Negus (probably the same man as Robert Nagus), Samuel Preston, Nathaniel Green, Seth P. Benson (probably the same man as Seth T. Benson), Sheleman, James Pettit, Alexander Hall, John Ely or Sly, Richard Taylor, Moses Stimson, Henry Hall, Antony Snyder, John Watonburgh, Elisha Ely or Sly.

Of particular interest in these account books are the names James Pettit and Samuel Preston. Men with these names were living in Norwalk, OH when Mary Ann moved there, and she had business ties with both. Are the James Pettit and Samuel Preston who are listed in Stuttson Benson’s account book the same men who were living in Norwalk, Ohio? Nancy is going to review the other names against the 1801-1802 Pompey account book at the Pompey Historical Society to see if any of the names in the Stuttson Benson book are listed in the earlier Pompey account book.

Judy has also identified several other account books held at the Winterthur Museum which may be of interest to us, including two Northampton, MA account books and a mechanic’s ledger from 1832-1860 that belonged to Lebbeus B. Guile from Dryden NY. Lebbeus Ball Guile was the son of Andrew and Charlotte (Curtis) Guile and was baptized in Pompey 1 Sep 1816. His mother, Charlotte Curtis, was the widow of Lebbeus Ball, Jr. Lebbeus Ball, Jr. was the brother of Sarah Ball who married Ithamar Coe. Ithamar and Sarah (Ball) Coe were the parents of Mary Ann Coe. An interesting account book from Ohio is also in the collection. This book, dating between 1847 and 1848, apparently belonged to Smith Peck, who lived in Sandgate, VT, but the daybook contains records on account of a Sandusky, OH hatter. Could Mary Ann, her son Francis or her husband David Powers have bought a hat from this person?

Nancy has been researching and entering information about Theodore Ashley, born about 1800 in Westfield, MA to parents Stephen and Sarah (Pomeroy) Ashley. Theodore was the grandson of Pliny and Sarah (Allen) Pomeroy, and nephew of Spencer Pomeroy. Theodore’s mother died when Theodore was only two years old, leaving 6 small children, including one infant who died a month later. We speculate that Sarah’s death precipitated Pliny and Sarah (Allen) Pomeroy’s removal from Westhampton, MA to Westfield, MA. Theodore Ashley settled in Syracuse, NY by 1825. Although his grandmother, Sarah (Allen) Pomeroy, died in March of 1823, his Uncle Spencer Pomeroy and Aunt Clarissa (Pomeroy) Wood were living in Manlius at that time. Was Theodore in contact with Spencer and Clarissa? Can we find any correspondence between them?

Judy has also been adding the TrueWorthy and Selah Cook families into our database. TrueWorthy and Selah were brothers and early Pompey residents. TrueWorthy was one of the original members of the Pompey Congregational (later Presbyterian) Church and attended when Reverend Hugh Wallis was pastor. To complicate matters, Homer Cook, born 14 Dec 1818 in Pompey, and died Feb 1893 in Lake Mills, Jefferson Co., WI, a grand-nephew of TrueWorthy and Selah Cook, was the husband of Mary Ann Cook, born about Sept 1812 who died Dec. 1902. Mary Ann was the daughter of (believe it or not), Enos Pomeroy Cook and his wife Mary “Polly” Sutton. Enos was born 18 Feb 1797 in Oneida Co., NY and died 3 Feb 1851 in Rochester, Monroe Co., NY. Enos was the son of Daniel Cook and Rebecca Pomeroy (Eliakim, Noah, Joseph, Medad, Eltweed).

Pat has been catching up on Mary Ann Coe related data entry.

We have added 450 new people, 101 new sources and 2284 new citations to our genealogy databases over this past week.