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.

Thursday, January 21, 2010

APHGA Report for Months of December 2009 and January 2010

The Great A. A. Pomeroy Book Update Project

Barb, Rick, Pat, Betty, Ed, Pat and Caryn searched and transcribed Pomeroys and variant spellings in the 1865 US Federal Census which is available on the Family History Center’s pilot website at;p=allCollections . These records are not indexed yet, but if you’re looking for family in New York, they’re a great resource.

Nancy learned about the online availability of West Virginia Vital Records from Dick Eastman’s blog, and gathered all Pomeroy, Pomroy, Pumroy and Pumray records. Many of these records connect with Chuck P’s VA Pomeroy family, Don P’s WV Pomeroy/Pomroy family, and the Daniel Pomeroy family (Hiram, Daniel, John, John, Noah, Joseph, Eltweed). Daniel was born about May 1848, probably in Niagara County, NY. He married Harriet (last name unknown) Nov. 1869 in MO. The couple had at least four children: William T. Pomeroy, b. abt 1871 in Clinton Co., MO; Cora Pomeroy, b. abt Mar 1875 in NY; Daniel Edward Pomeroy, b. abt 1878 in Erie Co., NY; and Jennie Hellen Pomeroy, b. abt Mar 1880 in NY. Both William T and Daniel Edward Pomeroy married in WV. William married Anna Henderson 11 Jun 1894 in Mannington, Marion County, WV and Daniel Edward married Bertie Emma Lawson 21 Jan 1903 in Weston, Lewis County, WV. Daniel and Bertie were the parents of Robert Edward Pomeroy, b. abt 1903 in Lewis County, WV who married Marianna Simon 25 Oct 1936 in Clarksburg, Lewis County, WV. To view these records yourself, go to: .

Judy continued to enter Canadian Census records into our various Pomeroy genealogy databases. Betty has also been entering research found by Lee regarding a family descended from Eltweed who settled in Canada. She continued to enter matched Social Security Death Index records for New York State. Betty also entered a newspaper clipping found by Barb that detailed the Cutting-Pomeroy wedding of October 1869, published in The Pittsfield Sun on 14 Oct 1869. Colonel Walter Cutting, born 9 Apr 1841 in NY married Maria Center Pomeroy (Robert, Lemuel, Lemuel, Seth, Ebenezer, Medad). The couple had at least four children: Juliana, born 18 Aug 1870 in Dalton, Berkshire County, MA; Mary Cutting, born 28 Sep 1873 in Pittsfield, Berkshire County, MA; Walter Livingston Cutting 2nd, born 17 Aug 1875 in MA; and Madeline Cutting, born 28 Dec 1877 in MA. Betty was able to follow this family through US Federal Census records.

Betty researched Florence Bird Pomeroy (William McKenzie, Daniel, John Patrick, Daniel, Daniel, Noah, Joseph, Medad, Eltweed). Florence was born about 1888 in the Province of Ontario, and married Robert W. Johnston, born about Mar 1853, in MO, on 25 Nov 1913 in Maidstone, Essex County, Province of Ontario. The couple had at least one child: Grace Johnson, born about 1916 in South Dakota.

Lee organized and drafted an outline of primary USA to Canada emigrant Eltweed Pomeroy descendants. She also started to match Western Land Grant Records for Canadian Pomeroys in Manitoba, Saskatchewan, Alberta and British Columbia and reviewed Pomeroys found in the Ontario (Canada) Genealogy Database. Lee also saved and transcribed research on additional descendants of Wilkinson Pomeroy (George A, Silas, Abner, Caleb, Samuel, Caleb, Eltweed). Wilkinson was born 11 Sep 1825 in Cramahe Township, Northumberland County, Province of Ontario. He married Lucretia Richards about 1855 in Cramahe Township (she was born about 1835 in Cramahe). The couple had at least four children: George Vernon Pomeroy, born about 1859 in Cramahe, Eliza O Pomeroy; born about 1861 in the Province of Ontario; Oliver Church Pomeroy, born 7 Dec 1861 in Haldimand, Northumberland County, Province of Ontario; and John R. Pomeroy, born about 1864 in the Province of Ontario. George Vernon Pomeroy married Margaret Elizabeth Battisby 26 Sep 1894 in Northumberland, Northumberland County, Province of Ontario, and they had at least one child, Lancelot Vance Pomeroy, born 10 Sep 1895 in Cramahe. Lancelot married Ruby Albertina Leach 1 Oct 1919 in Cobourg, Northumberland County, Province of Ontario. Ruby was born about 1900 in Oakville, Province of Ontario, to parents John L and Bella (Cross) Leach. Lee also researched Oliver Pomeroy, brother of Wilkinson Pomeroy, born about 1827 in Cramahe, who married Hannah and had at least four children, all born in Upper Canada: Andrew Pomeroy, born about 1853; William Pomeroy, born about 1855; Jane A. Pomeroy, born about 1857; and Victoria Pomeroy, born about 1859. Lee also completed her review and transcription of Canadian Pomeroy death records available through Lee has been passing on her matched research of Eltweed descendants to Betty for data entry.

Ed entered matched 1865 NY State Census records into the Unlinked Pomeroy database and continued his review and data entry of Pomeroys and variant spellings found in city directories in Maine. Ed has also started to review and enter Massachusetts vital records for Maine Pomeroy families who moved to Massachusetts. Ed has also been entering matched Canadian Census records into the Unlinked Pomeroy database. Ed matched US Federal Census records of descendants of John Pomeroy (Benjamin, Benjamin, Richard, Richard who settled on the Isles of Shoals) and Mehitable Tufts. Many of John and Mehitable’s children are identified as having been born in St. Stephen’s Parish, Charlotte County, Province of New Brunswick, Canada. Nancy has a hunch that this family is somehow related to Thomas W. Pomroy, the Clairvoyant Herbalist of Pembroke, ME. Records indicate that Thomas’ father David may have been baptized in St. Stephen’s Parish, and a possible brother of David, Benjamin Pomeroy, appears also to have been baptized in St. Stephen’s Parish, a son of Richard Pomeroy. We would love to be able to connect these two families, please contact Nancy if you have done any research on this line!

Barb continued her review of America’s Historical Newspapers, and is fast becoming an expert on Marcus Mills “Brick” Pomeroy and the Honorable Samuel Clarke Pomeroy. She found an interesting article about a John N. Pomeroy who had at one time suffered from alcoholism and been a patient of the New York Inebriate Asylum, and who later lectured on the effects of alcoholism. This brings up the curious question regarding two John Norton Pomeroys that we have been researching. One, born 12 Apr 1828 in Rochester, Monroe County, NY, was the son of Enos Pomeroy (Enos, Stephen, Ebenezer, Ebenezer, Medad, Eltweed) and Sarah Strong Norton. This John Norton Pomeroy married Anna Rebecca Carter 21 Nov 1855, in Savannah, Chatham County, NY and died 25 Feb 1885, in San Francisco, San Francisco County, CA. The couple had at least four children: Howard Norton Pomeroy; Carter Pitkin Pomeroy; Harriet Howard Pomeroy; and John Norton Pomeroy Jr, who would become a Professor of Law and author. Our other John Norton Pomeroy was born 27 Sep 1792 in Vermont, son of Doctor John Pomeroy (Francis, Francis) and Mary Porter. This John Norton Pomeroy married Lucia Loomis 25 Mar 1819 in Burlington, Chittenden County, VT and the couple had at least one child, Mary H. Pomeroy, born
about 1835 in VT. Albert A. Pomeroy gives a short description of the life of Doctor John Pomeroy in his book “The History and Genealogy of the Pomeroy Family” but is unable to connect this family as descendants of Eltweed. If anyone has been researching this family, we’d love to hear from you!

Nancy did some preliminary research on the family of Lebbeus (or Libbeus) Stannard and Eunice Pomeroy (Medad, Medad, Joseph, Medad, Eltweed) which needs to be entered into our Eltweed database. Jessica F, a descendant, has been tracing this line.

Caryn has been helping with filing and matching Pomeroy vital records, and will be helping Nancy do research on Edwin Guilford Pomeroy (Francis A., Francis W., Spencer, Pliny, Daniel, Ebenezer, Medad, Eltweed) and the McKeen Motor Car Company (see The Pomeroy Collection).

The Pomeroy Anvil Trail

Rick contacted Ontario County, NY Records and Archives to see if they had a copy of the incorporation papers for the First Presbyterian Church in Lyons, and inquired and located the old tax assessment books for Lyons. Rick transcribed the 1849 contract to build the First Presbyterian Church of Lyons. Slips (pews) were sold upon completion to absolve subscribers and defray the cost of the building. The church was built on the existing Presbyterian Church Burying Grounds. Rick put together a proposed itinerary for a visit to Lyons, NY to further research Reverend Francis Pomeroy, his land connections with the building of the Erie Canal, and property adjoining the current First Presbyterian Church, his cousin Robert Ashley and a new Pomeroy found while checking census records, Pomeroy Alford. If you know who Pomeroy Alford is, please contact Nancy!

Nancy has been entering research done on the Ashley/Pomeroy/Williams/Williston families found during her research of Lyons, NY.

The Pomeroy Collection

Nancy accessioned and itemized various genealogy and history journals, magazines and newsletters donated by Bill Pomeroy. Nancy also spent time working on the Edwin Guilford Pomeroy, Etta May (Stansberry) Pomeroy and Bertha (Bowe) Pomeroy collection of photographs, letters and postcards. Edwin was the son of Francis Austin Pomeroy (Francis W., Spencer, Pliny, Daniel, Ebenezer, Medad, Eltweed) and Bertha (Bowe) Pomeroy. Edwin was born 12 Aug 1886 in Sandusky, OH, and lived as a child in Columbus and Tiffin, OH. From what we can piece together from photographs and correspondence, E.G. worked as a machinist in Elyria, OH when he was 19 years old. He also apparently worked for a time in Pocatello, IA, when he was 21, before moving to Omaha, NE to work for the McKeen Motor Car Company. The earliest record we currently have of E.G. in Omaha is a letter he wrote to his then fiancĂ© and later wife, Etta May Stansberry. This letter was dated 21 Feb 1909, but based on the contents of the letter the couple had obviously known each other prior to this date. Nancy made a connection with the grandson of E.G.’s and Etta May’s best friends in Omaha, Harry and Julia (Horalek) Tressler. Julia was a nurse as was Etta May, and according to an article written by grandson Mike Tressler in the Toledo Blade, on 21 Jun 1990, Harry and his best friend (who turned out to be E.G.) came from Ohio to Omaha to work at the McKeen Motor Car shop. Harry and E.G. took rooms in a rooming house next door to where Julia and Etta May boarded, in fact, according to Mike Tressler, Harry and E.G. took their meals at the boarding house where Julia and Etta May boarded! We are working with Richard Palmer, a free-lance writer, to put together a piece on E.G. and his career at McKeen Motor Car Company.

The Mary Ann Coe Project

Judy and Pat continued to review articles about Huron County, OH in The Firelands Pioneer; and Huron County, OH tax records and census records. They are entering names of early Huron County residents into our genealogy database. Of particular interest was a find by Pat, regarding Major Frederick Falley. Born in Westfield, MA in 1765, he would later help Elisha Whittlesey and Platt Benedict select Norwalk, OH as the Huron County seat. His father, Captain Richard Falley, was the first government gun manufacturer during the Revolutionary War and was the great grandfather of President Grover Cleveland. The Falley family was related to the Allen family of Westfield.

Also of interest, found by Judy, was Caleb Palmer who married Alvin Coe’s wife’s sister, Harriet Smith. Johnny Appleseed lived for a time with Caleb and his family in New Haven, OH. Judy also found a connection to the Coe family and Reverend John Seward. His mother was Ann Coe, daughter of Ephraim Coe. Alvin Coe studied under Reverend John Seward and Reverend Harvey Coe, a cousin of Alvin, in Ohio.

Rick has contacted Ohio county clerks’ offices regarding the purchase availability of court and deed records on microfilm. So far it appears that the best resource for this material is through Bowling Green State University.

We have added 1315 people, 136 sources and 5,782 citations to our genealogy databases over the past month.