In 2003 we finally broke
through the brick wall
when the 1851 census
found Richard Pomery, 7 Mitre
Square, Dukes Place, St. James, City of London,
So after many years we have one brick out and can peep through the gap!
It was an exciting moment !
Pat Smith nee Moore & Annie, who has
taken the Pomeroy name, are 3rd
Cousins, and with Richard Anthony Pomeroy, called Tony, in
Australia and have Augustus Stephen Jeffery Pomeroy (son of
Richard and Issot Pomery) as their four times great -
Over the water in Virginia Charles Wilson Pomeroy,(Chuck) who died in 2008 , is also related, by DNA but quite how that connection is made we have yet to discover. His family tree goes to Cork in Ireland so some or one of our ancestors from Devon and Cornwall must have gone there before about 1740.
Richard Anthony (Tony) Pomeroy in Australia had been hunting for our four times great - grandfather Richard Pomery's origins for a very long time. In 2003 Pat posted a message on the POMEROLOGY guest book and within days there was a message to say that he was in the 1851 census. It really was an exciting breakthough.
Tony had also been seeking the connection that brought the Hornblow name into the family. Annie found that connection and it led to an amazing woman Sarah Hornblow her three times great grandmother.
In June 2 2003. Annie went to the Devon Records Office and found Richard in the Bishops Transcripts and in the South West Studies Library she found more of the family in Werrington transcription. Pat contacted the OLPC and by 3 June we had a message from the OLPC in Australia, and then we had a whole lot more.
Note ( The OLPC for Werrington also descends from a Pomeroy family, in Farway East Devon).
Werrington- There is no village at Werrington, just the church and the big house. I wondered if a village had once have existed somewhere on the estate but when I visited we could find no sign of it, despite much going round the lanes. It is possible that if there a village it was removed because it spoiled the view, something that did happen in the 18th century. However the Werrington Park and the house have been there a considerable time so maybe not.
The earliest IGI entry for Pomeroys in Werrington in an Elizabeth Pomery
born about 1632 who married William Martin 1652 and died
in North Tamerton between 1672 and 1686. It would appear that Pomeroy's had lived in the parish of Werrington over a
From the Parish registers of Werrington we discovered :-
The family may have consisted of 9 children- 5 from John
Pomeroy’s previous marriage to Elizabeth
Williams which produced Roger ,1762, Mary b 1763, Elizabeth b 1765, Ann b 1768.
The family seems to originate in Talland in Cornwall two
or three generations before that. On his marriage lines there is a witness Elizabeth
Giles, Tony in Australia has long
felt she might be his sister, Annie however feels that she may well have been a
Webber. Teignmouth was still two parishes in that time West Teignmouth being
the larger. It was an active port at that time, exporting wool cloth called serge, leather goods, saddles,
bridles harnesses and horse equipage as well as also ball clay.
In the Census of 1851 Richard Pomery, 7 Mitre
Square, Dukes Place, St. James, City of London, and stated that he was born
in Warrington Devon , which finally turned out to be the parish of Werrington
near Launceston. In our process of discovery we have checked the
transcript parish registers for Werrington. It is a small parish and
there are relatively few entries. The parish clerk has extracted
all the Pomery's for us. We have his marriage and his death
certificate and the census return where we finally found him.
Augustus was married to Sarah Georgiana Moore in 1838. She was daughter of a remarkable woman Sarah Hornblow who married 4 times and had 11 children. First married to george moore in 1810 she had 3 children Mary Catherine in 1811, Sarah Georgiana in 18134 and also John Cotton Moore, before she married again, in 1816, bigamously. With her new ‘husband’ she went to South Africa taking only Mary Catherine and leaving Sarah and John behind presumably with their father George Moore.
Augustus and Sarah had eight children and he too
started out in the Docks in London , later moving to Liverpool where he changed the spelling
of family name from Pomery to Pomeroy and took up a clerical post with Royal Albert Docks Authority.
1900 census has Elizabeth Pomeroy and her two sons and Edgar’s wife Mattie or Martha, living at 1361 Forth Ave, Oakland City Alameda. Elizabeth b Oct 1850 age 59, Edgar b June 1869 , Campbell b Sept 1871, Martha b June 1874 ( Mattie) wife of Edgar born in California
Edgar married Mattie French
in Alameda in California in 1897 and had at least one son, Gordon, born 1906.
He became a San Francisco furniture designer. there was anothe child Campbell born 1906 but he seems to have died in infancy. Mattie died in 1916 and Edgar later married again. Between 1920 and 1930 he married a woman called Lottie) could this be Charlotte) who was 25 years his junior.
In 2005 we made contact with Edgar's grandson Robert Gordon Pomeroy in Freeport CA
Campbell married Lena Moffat Hanger but we are unsure when although fairly sure it was in California and they had two children Edgar Gordon
and Virginia. I wonder who Gordon was that the name features in both their
childrens names. Virginia married Percy McQuire before 1927 and had children Kathleen born 1927 and a son James Pomeroy McGuire died 1959 Guanajuato Mexico.
It is possible James died in the 1959 Mexican Hurricane was a devastating tropical cyclone that was one of the worst Pacific hurricanes which impacted the Pacific coast of Mexico in October 1959. It killed at least 1,000 people, and perhaps double that, a record that still stands, and caused at least 280 million dollars in damage.
We believe that his wife, Isset or Issot
Webber, is the one found in IGI from West Teignmouth (another port) born
in 1788 to John Webber and Mary. John's parents may have been William Webber
and Dorothy Skinner who were married in Stoke Damerel in 1761. They had at
least 3 sons Thomas, William and John, born between 1762 to 1766 and both
parents appear to have been born in Morval Talland Looe area of Cornwall where
there is a cluster of Pomery’s