Title: Pomeroy, Albert A., History and Genealogy of the Pomeroy Family (Toledo, Ohio: Franklin Printing, 1912)
Title: Sheldon, George, History of Deerfield, Mass., Vol. II (Deerfield, MA: 1896, reprinted 1972)
CallNumber: CS / 71 / C989 1889
Title: Spear, Burton, Search for the Passengers of the Mary & John 1630 (The Mary & John Clearing House, 1987)
Title: Genealogies of Connecticut Families: From the New England Historical and Genealoglicali Register. Vol. 3 (P-W) (Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co., Inc., 1983)
CallNumber: CS / 71 / C989 1889
Title: Barbour Collection of Connecticut Vital Records
Name: NEHGS, Boston and Haverhill, MA library
Givenname: NEHGS, Boston and Haverhill, MA library
CallNumber: F / 127 / 093 / B28 / 1941
Continued: Page 1486-1490. ELTWEED POMEROY ORIGIN: Crewkerne, Somersetshire MIGRATION: 1632 FIRST RESIDENCE: Dorchester REMOVES: Windsor 1636 CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Admission to Dorchester church prior to 4 March 1632/3 implied by freemanship. FREEMAN: 4 March 1632/3 [MBCR 1:367]. In 13 May 1669 list of Windsor freemen [CCCR 2:519]. OFFICES: Dorchester selectman (as "Mr. Eltwid Pummery"), 8 October 1633 [DTR 3]. Dorchester committee to make rate, 3 November 1633 [DTR 4]. Dorchester constable, 3 June 1634 [MBCR 1:121]. Committee to settle claims of Thomas Richards, 6 October 1634 [MBCR 1:132]. Connecticut jury, 5 October 1658 [RPCC 194]. One of four "experienced men," two from Hartford and two from Windsor, chosen to "determine the price or rate that any weaver in the said town shall receive by the yard" [CCCR 1:104]. ESTATE: Ordered to provide forty feet of fence at common field, rated for two cows, 3 April 1633 [DTR 2]. Granted Lot #85, six acres, in meadow beyond Naponset [DTR 322]. Land of Eltweed Pomeroy mentioned in a grant to William Gaylord, 1 March 1635/6 [DTR 16]. On 4 July 1639 George Minot of Dorchester purchased from Richard Bellingham "one dwelling house and home lot and barn, and all lands, meadows, pastures, woodlands, commons & appurtenances thereunto belonging, heretofore in the possession of one Pomroy" [Lechford 106]. In the Windsor land inventory on 4 February 1640[/1] "Eltweed Pomry hath granted from the plantation an homelot with the additions nine acres the breadth fifteen rods"; in the "great meadow eighteen acres and half"; "over the great river in breadth thirty rod, in length three miles"; "in the northwest field twenty-six acres, the breadth thirty rods"; "in the pallizadoe one acre and half" [WiLR 1:55]. Also, "whereas Eltweed Pomry formerly gave liberty to Mrs Esabell Hueit in the time of her widowhood in way of courtesy to build her a house by the help of her friends adjoining to the end of his dwelling house to use for her own during her life ... and after her death the said Eltweed ... took it for his own" at a price agreed upon between him and her children which he paid [WiLR 1:55]. Also, "Eltweed Pomry hath given and granted to his son Caleb Pomery upon his entering into marriage with Hepsiba Baker" a child's portion of land, part of his homelot, and after the father's death to be Caleb's, but he also had provided that the rest of his land "in that particular close to remain for Caleb" after the death of his father, but now whereas Caleb bought a couple of oxen of his father and was to pay for it by work as needed yearly for the next six years, "and he having paid but little of it" and tending to live at New Hampton, "his father is necessitated to sell one acre of the land" [WiLR 1:55]. A parcel of land was granted by the town to Eltweed Pumery to "make in full of his due from the town ... in quantity thirty acres" [WiLR 1:58]. On 4 August 1641 "Eltweed Pomry of Winsor" sold to Tho[mas] Nowell of Windsor "one parcel of land with the house standing on it in the palisado, containing one acre and half an acre," "in the Great Meadow ten acres," and associated common rights [WiLR 1:101]. On 25 April 1671 "Eltwed Pumry" sold to "Walter Fylar" one acre and a half of meadowland in the Great Meadow [WiLR 1:74]. On 7 November 1671 "Lidea Pumery" sold to "Walter Fylar" one acre in the Great meadow [WiLR 1:74]. At a court held at Springfield on 30 September 1673 "Eltwed Pomery late of Northampton dying intestate in March last his son Medad Pomery presented to the court the inventory of his father's estate" and was made administrator of his father's estate. He presented an "inventory of the estate of Eltwed Pomery which he brought to Northampton," which totalled £9 18s.; charges against the estate, including Medad's expenses "in bringing my father from Windsor," totalled £24 [HamPR 1:146]. BIRTH: Baptized Beaminster, Dorsetshire, 4 July 1585, son of "Richarde Pomerye" [NEHGR 67:261]. On 26 May 1667 John Winthrop Jr. treated "[blank] Pommery" aged "above 80 years" [WMJ 728]. DEATH: Northampton March 1673 [HamPR 1:146]. MARRIAGE: (1) Beaminster 4 May 1617 Johana Keech; she was baptized at Beaminster 15 May 1586, daughter of "John Kiche," and was buried there 27 November 1620 [NEHGR 67:261]. (2) Crewkerne, Somersetshire, 7 May 1629 Margery Rocket (the groom identified as "of Bemister") [NEHGR 59:215]. She died at Windsor on 5 July 1655 [CTVR 43; Grant 82]. (3) Windsor 30 November 1664 Lydia (Brown) Parsons [CTVR 10], widow of Thomas Parsons [NEHGR 148:226-30]. On 16 June 1668 John Winthrop Jr. treated "Pummery, Lidia, above 50 years, wife of Elt. Pommery of Winsor," and on 23 March 1668/9 he treated "Pomery, Lidia, 52 years, wife of old Eldad [sic] Pomery of Winsor" [WMJ 815, 889]. She died after 7 November 1671 [NEHGR 148:226, citing WiLR 1:74]. CHILDREN: With first wife i DINAH, bp. Beaminster 6 August 1617 [NEHGR 67:261]; no further record. ii ELIZABETH, bp. Beaminster 28 November 1619; bur. there 13 July 1621 [NEHGR 67:261]. With second wife iii ELDAD, b. say 1631; in his will of 20 May 1662 "Eldad Pomery" bequeathed to "my dear & beloved friend Susanna Cunliffe whom I had intended to have made my wedded wife" some moveables and one-third of the rest of his estate; and the remaining two-thirds to "my two beloved brethren Medad & Caleb" [HamPR 1:17-18; see also HamPR 1:14, 22, 23]; d. Northampton 22 May 1662 [Pynchon VR 155]. iv MARY, b. say 1633; d. Windsor 19 December 1640 [Grant 78-79]. v JOHN, b. say 1635; d. Windsor 1647 [Grant 80]. vi MEDAD, bp. Windsor 19 August 1638 [Grant 59]; m. (1) Northampton 21 November 1661 Experience Woodward [Pynchon VR 141]; m. (2) Northampton 14 September 1686 Abigail (Strong) Chauncy [Pynchon VR 143]; m. (3) Northampton 24 January 1704/5 Hannah (Warriner) Noble [NorthVR 1:104]. vii CALEB, bp. Windsor 6 March 1641[/2] [Grant 59]; m. Windsor 8 March 1664 Hepzibah Baker [CTVR 10; Grant 59]. viii MERCY, bp. Windsor 21 April 1644 [Grant 59]; d. Windsor 1657 [Grant 81]. (Another source gives the death of "Mary Pomry" at Windsor on 21 April 1657 [CTVR 43]; this is probably meant for Mercy, and the day and month are suspiciously identical to Mercy's date of baptism.) ix JOSHUA, bp. Windsor 22 November 1646 [Grant 59]; m. (1) Northampton 22 August 1672 Elizabeth Lyman [Pynchon VR 142], daughter of Richard Lyman; m. (2) Northampton 9 January 1678 Abigail Cook [NorthVR 1:99]. x JOSEPH, bp. Windsor 20 June 1652 [Grant 59]; m. Westfield 20 June 1677 Hannah Lyman [Pynchon VR 31], daughter of Richard Lyman. ASSOCIATIONS: Eltweed Pomeroy's second wife was Margery Rockett, apparently from Crewkerne. There was a JOHN ROCKETT who appeared briefly at Dorchester in 1633, and a Richard Rockett who was in Dorchester shortly after that, suggesting a possible relationship. COMMENTS: In 1912 Albert A. Pomeroy, as part of his genealogy of the descendants of Eltweed Pomeroy, published many English records, including an impressive chart pedigree, which carried the Pomeroy lineage back several generations in the family of that name of Berry-Pomeroy, Devonshire [Pomeroy Gen 1-124, especially 23-77]. In 1914 Elizabeth French demonstrated that this could not be true, and that the photographic reproduction of a manuscript pedigree used as part of the proof had been fraudulently altered [NEHGR 68:47-56, 70:55; see also Flagg 339]. The ancestry of Eltweed Pomeroy beyond his father Richard remains unknown. The claim has frequently been made that Eltweed Pomeroy was a passenger on the Mary & John in 1630, but this seems unlikely. His first appearance in New England records is as a freeman on 4 March 1632/3, and this suggests that he was one of several West Country immigrants who settled in Dorchester in 1632, including NICHOLAS DENSLOW, GILES GIBBS and GEORGE HULL. Associated with this claim is the inclusion in some accounts of a baptismal date for son Eldad in February 1629/30 at Plymouth, Devonshire. This record is immediately suspicious, as it does not give the day on which the baptism occurred, and it does not state in which of the Plymouth churches the baptism took place. It appears to be an attempt to place Eltweed Pomeroy in Plymouth at the time of the sailing of the Mary & John from that port. A search for the baptism of Eldad in other West Country parishes might set these related problems to rest. Matthew Grant said that "Eltwed Pumery" had five children born in Windsor [Grant 92]. Mary and John, who both died in Windsor in the early 1640s, were probably born during the family's residence in Dorchester. On 11 April 1639 "Elty Pomry of Windsor complained that he had [a mare] taken away by the Pequatts, which after the wars [worn] was killed by the Naanticke Indians; he desir[ed] therefore the help of the Court to be relieved [and that] some order may be taken with them for restitution. [The] Court took the same into serious consideration and [think] it according to their duty and good reason to protect [the] persons and estates of all members of the Comm[onwealth] so far as lyeth in their power in a way of just[ice,] and accordingly promised as opportunity shall be off[ered] to deal with those Indians about it" [CCCR 1:27]. On 6 October 1651 it "was ordered that Thomas Staunton should go to Narragansett and deman of Ninigrett £40 for Eltwood Pomrye's mare, or Pequoiam to be delivered up, according to the determination of the Commissioners in September last" [CCCR 1:227]. On 4 October 1660 "Eltweed Pomrey hath engaged in Court to rest satisfied with what consideration the Court shall allow him, in reference to his mare that was killed" [CCCR 1:354]. On 14 March 1660/1 the "Court doth grant and order that there shall be paid unto Eltweed Pomry the sum of ten pounds, out of the wampum that is come from Narroganset, at six per penny, as recompense for his loss in his mare" [CCCR 1:362], and on 7 June 1661 the court reported that "Eltweed Pomrey hath received the £10 in wampum, from the Governor, that the Court formerly granted him" [CCCR 1:370]. On 14 October 1669 Connecticut court "upon the petition of Eltwood Pomeroy to have some relief and satisfaction for the mare the Indians killed of his, according to the acts of the Commissioners in '59, do see cause to grant to Eltwood Pomeroy ten pound out of the public treasury" [CCCR 2:119]. At a Particular Court in June 1651 "Eltwood Pomry" sued William Trall "in an action of the case about cattle impounding to the damage of 39s.," and the court ordered Pomeroy to pay Trall "4d. a head which was 29 head, being in full satisfaction to Trall for the verdict of the townsmen of Wyndsor which was 27s." [RPCC 102]. BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: In 1912 Albert A. Pomeroy published a massive study of the Pomeroy family in England and America [History and Genealogy of the Pomeroy Family: Collateral Lines in Family Groups, Normandy, Great Britain and America comprising the Ancestors and Descendants of Eltweed Pomeroy from Beaminster, County Dorset, England, 1930 (Toledo, Ohio, 1912), cited above as Pomeroy Gen]. This volume is lavishly illustrated with facsimiles of many important documents, but, as noted above, falls into unfortunate error on the English ancestry. In 1948 Mary Lovering Holman published a solid account of the immigrant [Stevens-Miller Anc 1:392-99].
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