A Twig of
AN APPLE TREE of POMEROYS
Ancient and Modern
The genealogical research into an old family
The progenitor of the Pomeroy family tree came to England
with the Norman Conquest of 1066
The Family held lands around Falaise in Normandy the apple growing area of Normandy
There are the remains of a castle, the Chateau Ganne, in the municipality of La Pommeraye,
This lies 37 km south of Caen, in the region of Calvados, and stands at the heart of "Norman Hills" by the River Orne.
Ralph or Radulphus de la Pomerai was awarded some 54 Devonshire manors for his support of the
Duke William of Normandy , known as William the Bastard, the Conqueror and as William I of England.
William was the illegitimate son of the unmarried Robert, Duke of Normandy, by his mistress Herleva.
Robert was a contender for the throne of England, which was held by his childless cousin Edward the Confessor.
The Pomeroy family name has continued into the present day in various spellings including
Pomerai, Pomeroy, Pomery, Pummery, Pomroy, Pummery
Berry Pomeroy parish was the caput ( head or seat) of this large feudal barony.
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Pomerology - the original Pomeroy Family History Site - here
PLEASE NOTE- I do not have a database of Pomeroy families
Pomeroy Twig website does not deal with the genealogy of families in the USA -
Queries about modern families should be directed either to Pomerology or for those in USA to the American Pomeroy website
Pomeroy Connections -
researching links to the Maine & New England Colonists and the connections to Devon & Cornwall
with a comprehensive and carefully researched accounting of Pomeroy Genealogy
from around the 16th C onwards and correcting many of the errors made in the past.
or American Pomeroys
or Eltweed Pomeroy was a colonist who migrated from Beaminster in Dorset around
his line formed the basis a debatable connection to the armorial tree of Pomeroy.
See Eltwids page.
This Website is a work in progress since research is on-going-
I am always interested to hear from anyone who uncovers new facts or documents that might help connect the dots
If you wish to contribute please email me on wooltucker(at) gmail.com
Berry Pomeroy Castle by English Heritage
'Before archaeological excavations began in 1980, Berry Pomeroy was generally believed to be a fortress of Norman origin.
In fact, it is now clear that the castle was begun by the Pomeroy family at some time in the late 15th century,
and encloses a great house built by Somerset's descendants between about 1560 and 1610.
When the Pomeroy family began to build Berry Pomeroy Castle in the later 15th century, they had already owned the manor of ‘Berri’ for over 400 years. It had originally been granted by William the Conqueror to Ralf de Pomaria, a Norman knight from La Pommeraye near Falaise.
There is, however, no record of an earlier fortress here. The Pomeroys previously occupied an unfortified manor house by the village church, which was still in full use in 1496.
Archaeology has established that the castle was built on a previously unused site over a mile north-east of the village church,
within an existing deer park.'
Exactly when the castle was begun remains uncertain.
It first appears in the records when Sir Richard Pomeroy died in 1496 as owner of the ‘honour, castle and manor of Bury’. It seems most likely to have been begun by Richard's father Henry whose spouse was Alice Raleigh
although he died only 16 years before Richard in 1481 so it is just possible, that given the length of time it would have taken to build
such a fortress, it could have been begun by Sir Edward Pomeroy, whose spouse was Margaret Beville, who died in 1447.
The Pomeroy family tree today has many branches but only one has a clearly recorded link with
that ancient family.
which is the existing cadet line that was created in Ireland and became the lineage of Lord Harberton.
However with the advances in DNA it is beginning to look as if there may be other Pomeroy families
that all connect back to a common ancestor and maybe the armorial tree
The hunt is ongoing
The Pomeroy family that descended from Ralph
or Radulphus de la Pomerai came from Normandy with William Duke of
For his part in the Norman Conquest of
England Ralph de la Pomerai was awarded more than 50 manors, their lands and rents in Devon.
Ash (Bradworthy), Ashcombe, Aunk Berry Pomeroy, Radworthy, Brendon,
Clyst St George, Curtisknowle, Dunsdon,
Heavitree, Highleigh, Huxham, Keynedon,
Lank Combe, Mamhead, Peamore, Sheldon, Smallridge, Southweek,
Pomeroy, Strete Raleigh, Tale, Upottery, Washfield, Weycroft, Yeadbury, Great
Caffyns Heanton, Cheriton (Brendon), Dunkeswell,
Dunstone (Widecombe in the Moor), Gappah, Holcombe, Mowlish.
By around 1496 Pomeroy lands included Berry Pomeroy included Coffyns Heannton
(Lynton) Ogewell, Churston Ferrers,
Clyst Forneson (Sowton) Gattecombe in
Colyton, Knighton Hethfield at Hennock,
Pynesford in Asprington and Saltern at
The family became established in Devon at Bury Pomeroy near the thriving town
The family expanded and spread outward, and over the intervening
centuries there were family groups across Devon
and the south of the west
country, into Cornwall and later into Dorset.
The senior line of the family
became extinct in the 17th Century .
The current Pomeroy family , the Viscounts Harberton,
stems from a cadet Irish branch of the Ingsdon Manor family at Ilsington
near Haytor on Dartmoor
Bury Pomeroy Castle no longer belongs to the Pomeroy family and having been sold some 500 years ago
In 1547 Sir Thomas Pomeroy, being deeply in debt sold the castle the manors and the lands of Bury Pomeroy
Two years later Thomas was in even deeper trouble. He took part in the Prayerbook Rebellion of 1549,
For his part in this West Country rebellion, which
was suppressed in a most bloody fashion,
Thomas was sent to the The Flete prison
where he languished for several years before he was released and sent
to the country.
Some of his family leased back the family holdings at Sandridge in Stoke Gabriel near
Dartmouth and in Brixham
but by 1715 the main line died out when Joan daughter of Roger Pomeroy in 1679 married Humphrey Gilbert of the
famous Gilbert family of nearby Compton Castle.
Her cousin Hugh, son of Valentine Pomeroy had
daughters who died in infancy and when he died in 1715 the Sandridge line of
the Pomeroys ended.
The Cornish Tregony Pomeroy line also died out , as did,
apparently, the land-owning line at St
Columb Major in Cornwall,
some of the children of
Collaton Pomeroys, in the parish
of Newton Ferrers, near Plymouth lived.
Henry Pomeroy of Tregony and Richard Leigh
son of Anne Pomeroy of Collaton and William Leigh of Leigh both married in 1600 and 1601
Their wives were two sisters, Elizabeth and Eleanor Bonython
of St Collumb Major.
The St Columb line ‘daughtered’ out in the mid 17th century when William Pomeroy died
in 1622 at St Ervan in Cornwall-
his Will lost in the bombing of Exeter in WWII
The other family was at Ingesdon in Ilsington
parish a manor near the village of Bickington in Devon. This Ilsington branch of the family became
extinct in the 17th century.
In 2012 we discovered a previously unknown group of Pomeroys who seem to have descended
from the Ingsdon branch
and moved to Landrake in Cornwall,their descendants going into the East India Company and moving to London.
The Pomeroy's who went to Ireland fared better.
Some went off the West Virginia in
the 1750’s and those who remained became a newly createsthe armorial line the Ingsdon cadet branch.
This is the current Viscounts Harberton line.
However DNA has shown that there are descendent from the Stoke Gabriel and Sandridge line and
Cornwall, Somerset, Dorset as well as Devon all have ancient well founded
We are still seeking to establish where
THE MODERN POMEROY'S
and there are numerous dedicated people are hunting for the answer
A LITTLE ENGLISH HISTORY
When William the Bastard, Duke of
Normandy sailed from Normandy he brought some 500 knights with him. The battle at Hastings that resulted from this invasion was, after some
turbulant times, to create the beginnings of a nation of unity and
power, England and ultimately Great Britain.
is recorded in 1066 in the Battle Rolls at Falaise as being one of the knights
with William the Conqueror In 1068 he is recorded as taking part in the siege of Exeter. Awarded 58 manors
in Devon including Berry Pomeroy, plus two in Somerset
by the time of Ralph's
his death in around 1102 his estate was the fifth largest baronial landholding
in Devon.He is recorded in 1066 in the Battle Rolls at Falaise as being one of
the knights with William the Conqueror In 1068 he is recorded as taking part in the siege of Exeter. Awarded 58 manors
in Devon including Berry Pomeroy, plus two in Somerset by the time of Ralph's death in around 1102 his estate was the fifth largest baronial landholding
in DevonHenry De
La POMERAI Married before 1146 to Rohese of Normandy
Died: AFT 1176 who was alleged to be the natural daughter of HENRY I "Beauclerc" of Normandy (King of England)
and Sybilla CORBET
Children: 1. Henry De La POMERAI 2. Joscelin De La POMERAIUK genealogy an
excellent site run by Nigel Batty Smith.
A brief history
de la POMERAI The family name of Pomeroy was derived from the apple growing orchards of
La Pommeraie, in Calvados, arrondissement of Falaise, canton of Thury-Harcourt,
Normandy, France. [If you look at a map of western France Calvados is close to
the Normandy coast , Falaise where William the Conqueror was born, is on a
parallel with Paris.] The name may arise from the family position as keepers of the king's apple orchards. Pomme = apple- de la Roi- of the King
la Pomerai Born circa 1010 in Of Saint Sauveur de la Pommeraye, La Manche, Normandy,
Chievre family Legend Roger La Maniche Chievre Abbey of St. Mary du Val, Bayeaux
was born in 960.
He married Petronilla.
William had the following children:
William "Guillame" Le Chievre "La Capra" was born in
1023/1028 & died in Sep 1087.
"Ralph""Ralf" de la Pommeraie . (see
notes on Chievre website)
Hugh de La Pommeraie died in 1066.
Beatrix Chievre Abbess of St. Michael's Mount in Cornwall.
Aegidio de Chivre d'Anjou.
Domesday Book has Chievre ( Cheever) holding numerous lands in Devon, the most interesting of
these being the manor of Ingsdon which was later the seat of the Pomeroy
family.The Baumont family held this manor from
However as yet (2012) I have found no later connections by marriage
between these families, at a time when intermarriage between cousins were
fairly common for dynastic reasons. This does not mean marriages did not occur, just that I have not found them. (
I do not know and have not looked for the sources used by the Chievre family
The ancient and now ruined castle of de la Pomerai in Normandy le Chateaux Ganne - here
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