Wednesday, April 11, 2012

On Our Way to Cleveland!

Bill, Karen and I will be heading out to Cleveland, Ohio in about an hour to participate as vendors at the 2012 Ohio Genealogical Society Conference. I'm so excited to meet new Pomeroys and to hopefully break through some brick walls relating to Mary Ann (Coe) Pomeroy Junkins Powers. We plan on spending some time at the Western Reserve Historical Society prior to the opening of the vendor hall.

We hear that the vendor hall at the conference will be free and open to the public, so, if you're in Cleveland, even if you're not attending the conference, come on out and visit with us! We'll be raffling off a Kindle Fire and some beautiful APHGA coffee mugs.

The conference will be held at the Intercontinental Hotel at 9801 Carnegie Avenue in Cleveland. I'm told that the vendor hall is on the second floor. We are in booths 34 and 35.

Monday, April 9, 2012

Six Degrees of Separation from Kyra Sedgwick!

Did you catch “Finding Your Roots” with Louis Henry Gates, Jr., on PBS last night? The subjects of this week’s genealogical research were husband and wife, Kevin Bacon and Kyra Sedgwick. Kyra’s Sedgwick line was traced, with much emphasis on her ancestor Honorable Theodore Sedgwick (1746-1813), and the ancestral family home in Stockbridge, Berkshire County, Massachusetts. At one point in the show there was a quick shot of a family tree, which showed a few names (Ephraim Williams and a Dwight family) that were familiar to me based on our research into the Pomeroys of Hampshire and Buckland counties in Massachusetts.

Our group was talking about the show today as we spent an hour or so filing, and I mentioned the short clip with the family tree, and Lee told us that we had a Theodore Sedgwick Pomeroy in our Descendants of Eltweed Pomeroy database. I looked him up, and wouldn’t you know... our Theodore Sedgwick Pomeroy (1798-1845) was the son of Dr. Thaddeus Pomeroy (1764-1847) and Eliza Mason Sedgwick (1775-1827). Eliza Mason Sedgwick was the daughter of Honorable Theodore Sedgwick and Pamelia Dwight (1752-1807). Pamelia Dwight was the daughter of Brigadier General Joseph Dwight and Abigail Williams. Abigail Williams was the daughter of Ephraim Williams (1691-1754) and Elizabeth Jackson.

When you research families, you can’t help but find people whose life experiences draw them to you, and whom you come to think of with affection. That is the case with me and Colonel Ephraim Williams and Lieutenant Daniel Pomeroy. Both fought and died at the Bloody Morning Scout, the opening battle of the Battle of Lake George on September 5, 1755. Daniel is the direct ancestor of my boss, Bill Pomeroy. Ephraim was the commanding officer at the battle, and after he died, Seth Pomeroy, Daniel’s older brother, was given command of the forces. Colonel Ephraim Williams died unmarried and childless. In his will he set aside a bequest for the formation of a college, which would become Williams College.

In an interesting example of the interconnectivity of so many of the early colonial families, Theodore Sedgwick Pomeroy, son of Thaddeus Pomeroy and Eliza Mason Sedgwick, was the great grandnephew of both Colonel Ephraim Williams and Lieutenant Daniel Pomeroy.

Now we have to figure out how the Pomeroys are related to Kevin Bacon!

Wednesday, April 4, 2012

APHGA Staff Member to Speak on Lemuel Strong Pomeroy

United Presbyterian Church Monthly Supper
May 3, 2012 at 6:00pm
United Presbyterian Church, 25 Church St., Cortland, NY

Staff member Alethea Connolly will share her research on Lemuel S. Pomeroy at the United Presbyterian Church monthy supper in Cortland. Pomeroy, was a member of the church from 1843 - 1852. His antislavery activities were greatly determined by his strong religious commitments. Her talk, titled, "The Slavery Question & the Presbyterian Church of Cortland Village: The Diary of Lemuel S. Pomeroy, a Church Member, 1843-1852", begins at 6:45pm. Intensive research reveals a unique untold story of a man, a congregation, and a nation, coming to grips with the complex limitations of "liberty and justice for all" two decades before the Civil War. Parking is located on Central Ave. by the church.