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The Pomeroy Family Line
 


Our Pomeroy line in America begins with Eltweed. One of his descendants married David Copeland in  1759. Some of the history of Eltweed and his descendants has been disputed but I have recorded what seems to be accurate and reasonable.

This is their story, as I know it.

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Generation 1

Eltweed Pomeroy (1585 - 1673)

Eltweed POMEROY was born before 4 Jul 1585 in England. He was baptized in Beaminster, County Dorset, England on 4 Jul 1585.  In 1629 Eltweed married Margery Mary Rockett.  Their first son Eldad  was born at Plymouth, County Devon, England. The three are believed to have arrived in Dorchester, Ma in 1632 just 12 years after the Mayflower arrival at Plymouth.

He took the oath of freeman on 4 Mar 1632/33 in Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. He was made chairman of the board of the Dorchester town government in 1633. He was one of the first settlers and proprietors of Dorchester MA and first selectman.  Their children Mary and John were born at Dorchester.

 He and his family moved with Mr. John Warham's congregation to Windsor, CT in 1638.  The couple had five additional children all born at Windsor;  Medad, Calib, Mary, Joshua and Joseph. He owned two houses, one on the Palisade and the other on the Sandstone Road after 1638 there. This land was given as gifts to his son's Caleb and Joseph. He sold to Thomas Nowell, a parcel of land and his home lot in the Palisado on 4 Aug 1641. He was chosen for his town to determine the price any weaver should receive for yarn on 3 Jun 1644. Margery is believed to have died in 1655 just 3 years after the birth of their youngest child Joseph.  He was listed as a freeman in Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut on 11 Oct 1669.  He sold to Walter Fylar 1 1/2 acre of meadowland in the Great Meadow on 25 Apr 1671 in Windsor. He lived with his son Medad in Northampton, Massachusetts in 1671. He died in Mar 1673 at the home of Medad at the age of 87. Tradition said Eltweed went blind and died 2 years after moving in with his son.

Pequatt Indians had stolen and  killed Eltweed's mare in Connecticut. He came before the magistrates requesting help in restitution from the Pequatts on 11 Apr 1639.  He was paid for the loss of the mare with wampum in the sum of Ten pounds on 4 Aug 1654. He was satisfied with the amount the Court allowed him.

Of interest is the fact that wampum was used as currency by both the Indians and the English during this period. Eltweed Pomeroy was the founder of the Pomeroy family in America and he and Margery Mary Rockett were my 8th great grandparents.

 

Generation 2

Joshua Pomeroy (1646 - 1689) &  Elizabeth Lyman (1652 - 1676)

Joshua was the 2nd child of Eltweed and Margery Pomeroy and was born in 1652 at Windsor, Hartford, Connecticut. He married Elizabeth Lyman on 22 Aug 1672. She was the daughter of Richard Lyman (1618 - 1662) and Hapzibah Ford (1625 - 1683) who arrived in America about 1631. Their first son, John, was born in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts in 1674. The family relocated to Deerfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts where the rest of their 8 children were born. We know nothing else regarding this Family.

Note of interest

Joshua's brother Medad (1638 - 1716) was the best known of Eltweed's 8 children. Deacon Medad Pomeroy was born in 1638 in Windsor, Hartford County, Connecticut. He was baptized on 19 Aug 1638 and lived in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts in 1659. Between 1659 and 1716 he was a gunsmith in Windsor, Connecticut and in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. He was first given use of John Webb's blacksmith tools by the town of Northampton in Aug 1660. An anvil and the tools were given to him to bring him to the town of Northampton where a blacksmith was needed.

 He took the freeman oath on 31 May 1661 in Northampton. He and David Wilton and Joseph Taylor were given the liberty to erect a saw-mill on a brook in 1674 in Easthampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. Medad was chosen Deacon of the church where Solomon Stoddard was pastor in 1675 in Northampton. There are family trees listing two different women as Medad's wife but the same marriage date and conflicting lists of children so we will omit them in this narration. Since Medad was my 7th great grand uncle, his family in not crucial to our geneology.

 He took part in the battle of Turner's Falls in 1676 during King Philip's War. Some regard the battle as a massacre of the Indians in their village. Medad was elected as representative to the Massachusetts General Court in 1677. He was on the committee for the re-settling of Deerfield in 1680.and was Commissioner to the United Colonies. He was elected as representative to the General Court between 1683 and 1686 and was elected as representative to the Massachusetts General Court again in 1690. From 1692 to 1712 he was a town clerk in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. He was elected as representative to the General Court in 1692 in Massachusetts. He was town treasurer in Northampton, Massachusetts from 1693 to 1710. From 1698 to 1716 he was a county treasurer in Hampshire County, Massachusetts. He died on 30 Dec 1716 in Northampton, Hampshire County, Massachusetts. and was buried at the Bridge Street Cemetery in Northampton.

The gift of the anvil and tools has prompted modern members of the Pomeroy family to adopt the Anvil as the family symbol. See http://www.americanpomeroys.org/Anvils.html

 

3rd Generation 

Joshua Pomeroy (1675 - 1714) &  Repent Weeks (1675 - 1714)

The second child of Joshua and Elizabeth Lyman was born on 24 Sep 1675 at Deerfield, Franklin County, Massachusetts and was named Joshua. He was first married to Ester, maiden name unknown. He was captured by the Indians with his wife in 1704. They were apparently released because they were known to be living in Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts on 8 Dec 1706. Ester must have died shortly after that date. Nothing is known of any children from that marriege.  Joshua POMEROY and Repent WEEKS were married on 4 Feb 1708 in Dorchester, Massachusetts. Boston, Massachusetts marriages source lists marriage date as 5 Feb 1707. In 1712 he was a Constable in Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.

 Repent Weeks was the daughter of Joseph Weeks and Mary Atherton. Repent was the granddaughter of Maj. Gen. Humphrey Atherton, who was a prominent military man, politician and land owner. He was also notable for his persecution of Quakers and Heretics (witches). To follow their family line see Weeks/Atherton Family.

The couple settled at Norton, Bristol, Massachusetts where their daughter Mary was born on 11 Sep 1710. Their second daughter Sarah was born 10 Feb 1712 at Dorchester, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. But Repent and another baby girl were apparently both lost in child birth in 1714.

It is odd that he died also in 1714. Nothing more is known of the family.

 

4th Generation

Mary Pomeroy (1710-1754) & Samuel Clapp (1710-1773)

Mary Pomeroy, the first daughter of Joshua and Repent was born on 11 Sep 1710. On 10 Nov 1733 she married Samuel Clapp the son of Samuel Clapp and Bethiah Dean. The elder Samual Clapp's grandfather was born in Dorchester, England in 1597 and Bethiah Dean's great grandfather John Dean was born in England about 1600. Samuel and Mary resided in Norton, Massachusetts. Samuel was a Representative to the General courts in 1733; he was on the Board of Selectmen in 1732, 1733, 1734 and 1735. Mary and Samuel had 7 children between 1736 and 1750. Mary died at the age of 44 in 1754. Samuel was 63 when he died in 1773.

 

Continuation

 On 29 Nov 1759, the third child of Mary and Samuel Clapp, Elizabeth, married David Copeland, our 4th great grandfather. The line continues via the Copeland family to the present day ... and beyond.  See 4th Generation: David Copeland 1738 - 1779

 

Grandpa Don Plefka
aka Harry Ronald Cecora
04/08/2012
Rev 07/27/13

 

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