A Small Branch of The Pomery Tree
New DNA results ( 2011-12) are beginning to indicate that the Lewannick Family Group are connected
to the Stoke Gabrial ( Armorial) family of John Pomeroy and Mary Narracott - which is interesting and exciting!
My great, great, great grandfather was Richard Pomery, born 7 Jan 1781 , son of John Pomery and Elizabeth Evens, his second wife whom he
Jan 1769 in Lewannick Cornwall. His father may have been a yeoman farmer or an agricultural labourer, from Lewannick, we have as yet to establish this, but since he and Richard could read and write it suggests the former.
Richard was born and grew up with seven
siblings in rural Werrington, an agricultural parish surrounding Werrington House, a neat mansion with a
well-wooded park. The owner of which at that time was Dukes of Bedford the Morice family, who were lords of the manor, although the
Barton estate belonged to the Duke of Northumberland. The village of Werrington is, even in 2011, a tiny cluster of houses, with a school, on a crossroad.
Richard went off to London as a young man where, in
the southern side of Thames, on 20th September 1807 he married
Webber daughter of John and Mary Webber of West Teignmouth in Devon. He took employment with East India Dock Company in 1809 but what he did and where he was in London between those dates we have not discovered.
From On Line
Parish Clerk Werrington.Original records
are held at the CRO, Truro, Cornwall
29 Nov 1774 Elizabeth Pomery buried
1 Oct 1775 William son of John & Elizabeth
6 Sept 1778 John son of John & Elizabeth
20 Feb 1780 William son of George & Elizabeth
7 Jan 1781 * Richard son of John &
Elizabeth Pomery This is our Great x 4 grandfather
22 Feb 1784 Elizabeth daughter of John &
Elizabeth Pomery baptised
Banns in Werrington
1st, 8th 15th
April 1781 Richard Pomery &
Jane Wareth -
how this couple attach to my family, if they do, I haven't established. They were probably related since John and his father witnessed the marriage on 17 April 1781. The marriage in Werrington Devon, of Richard Pomeroy of the parish of St Teath to Jane Wareth or Wroth was performed by
Curate. Witness: John Pomeroy
[signed] & John Pomeroy [his mark]
For many years, there was a brickwall about where Richard Pomery was born .
We had a variety of information about him, where he worked but we did not know where he originated.
Then in 2002 we found an entry for him in the CENSUS 1851 -
7 Mitre Square, Dukes
Place, St. James, City
Richard Pomeroy Lodger Widowed 70 Clerk E
& W India Docks born DEVON Warrington
which should read Werrington
Devon. Once we knew where to look we found an entire family.
Why and when exactly he went to London and how he got there we have not yet established
Richard had married Issot Webber in 1807, before he got work with EIDC, ,but how he met her and how they both came to be in Rotherhithe when they married is unknown.we also do not know where they lived or what he did for an occupation for the years between 1807- 1809.
In 1809 Richard
was taken on as an extra check clerk on Aug 4th 1809 in the East India Dock Company. He was paid £1.11.6 ( a week?) and by 1815 he had
been promoted to a permanent check clerk.
Recent documents have come to light showing a William
Pomeroy who was a director of that illustrious company. Was he a sponsor
and if so what was his connection to this family?It is a matter of record that he worked as an extra check clerk (recording /checking
goods entries) in the new East India Docks. Company.
From Aug 4th he was paid £1.11.6 ( a week?) and by 1815 he had been promoted to
a permanent check clerk. By June 12
1827 he had been promoted to a 3rd clerk 3rd division in the General Office and
on 8 August 1828 was a 2nd clerk 2nd division in the General Office. He was
obviously doing well at this point because in 1829 he became a ships ledger
clerk with a wage of £140 per annum.
In 1842 his salary was increased to £165 and
rose by £5 a year for the next couple of years. He was pensioned off on 21st October 1853 when he was still a
ships ledger clerk and earning £175 p.a.
After being pensioned off he was paid a pension of £60 p.a.
In 1838 his only
child Augustus Stephen Jeffrey Pomery married Sarah Georgiana Moore dau. of George
Moore and Sarah Hornblow from Colchester Essex .
I have extensively researched
Hornblow, and discovered she married again, bigamously, in 1816 and in
1820 went to South Africa as one of the 1820 Settlers. I have recently published a novel based on her life called There Lies Your Country
Her younger children little Sarah Georgiana
and her brother
John Moore were left behind probably with her father but this is not
1841 census 46 Green Street Stepney
Richard Pomeroy age 55 clerk
Issot Pomery wife age 50
Augustus Pomery age 20 son clerk
Sarah Georgina Pomery ( nee Moore) Dau.in Law age 20
Georgiana Augusta Pomery age 1, grand daughter
Mary Livermoor age 15 servant
Issot died of Typhus in Stepney in 1850 age 64. For a while Richard continued to live in London and later went to live
with his son Augustus in Liverpool where he died 21 July 1859.
His son Augustus Stephen Jeffrey Pomeroy started out in Stepney working for the East India Dock Company, as was the custom, son
followed the father into the great East and West India Companies. Augustus was on at East India Dock Company in 1832 at a wage of £1 11s 6d .
In May 1839 his job was made into a permanent
position (they obviously had to prove themselves in those days - or maybe it
was waiting for dead man's shoes so that everyone
could move up the ladder). He
resigned on 24 July 1846 to take up the job with Mersey Docks and Harbour Board
at the Albert Dock in Liverpool when he was earning £100 p.a.
In 1858 Augustus
was promoted to Principle of General Office and his salary raised to Ð250 per
annum and in 1863 A S J Pomeroy was
still in his position as Principle of General Office.
But was in addition
Receiver of Charges and duty Superintendent of the Albert Dock Offices. At this
stage his wage was £ 275 per annum, plus house and coals.
A S J Pomeroy
was 63, when he was superannuated (retired) in 1880. At this stage he received
£ 300 p/a, the house and coals. He had worked for the Mersey Docks & Harbour Board for 34 Years.
The family lived
out of the city on the Wirral then a very salubrious area in a house called
Fountains Lodge was demolished sometime in the 1960’s and all that remains is a gatepost with the name
Sarah Pomeroy ( he changed the spelling at some point) produced 8 children and
I have traced most the descendants of that family. Three of their children died
in infancy- the living children were
Augusta Pomeroy the eldest child and only daughter of Augustus senior and
Sarah Moore .
She married Dr George Shearer in 1868 and they went to China where their first
three of seven children were born,including my grandfather James Augustus Shearer born 1870. They returned to Liverpool in 1875 where he had a medical practice in
Upper Parliament Street and lectured on botany. He was a friend of Robert Dick
and corresponded with Charles Darwin.
Fredericks Brett Pomeroy, married Elizabeth Jackson, had two sons, Edgar
and Campbell and died young of TB in 1871. His sons, and their mother, lived
with her father in law at Fountains House for several years and after he died. They migrated to USA in 1888 where Edgar made a name for himself. - I found and contacted one of
their descendants in California.
Webber Pomeroy, my Cousin Pat Smith is descended from this sibling, who possibly
worked for the East India Company, was married in Calcutta.
They had four
children before he too died young, of typhoid and pneumonia, at the home of his
brother Rev Walter Willie Pomeroy in Islington in 1880.
His eldest son James
died at Albert Dock House from acute bronchitis with diarrhoea at
the age of one on 9th Feb 1875.
His son Harrison
Hornblow Pomeroy was a black sheep He stole money from the shipping line he
worked for and after going to prison for several years migrated to Australia
where his wife disowned him and his four children grew up without him. His son, Anthony, who died in 2010 refused to talk about his father.
Albert Pomeroy became a clergy man married and had one child Mary Elsie who died a reclusive eccentric in a house filled with newspapers in the 1960's.
William Pomeroy also became a clergyman, a canon , married to Martha Wire from Colchester, the family appearing to have retained connections with friends of their mother Sarah Georgian Pomeroy nee Moore. Walter and Martha had
Scotland, in Thurso in Caithness which is about as far north as one can go
without falling off, lived William Shearer and his wife
Janet Milne. These are my 4 x great grandparents. William was I believe son of Donald
Shearer and Margaret Brotchie, (yet to prove this)
William Shearer was Overseer to Capt Sinclair of Holborn Head, Laird of
( I have been told that Shearer are a Sept of the Clan Sinclair.) His
wife was Janet Milne ,
one of 8 children of Alexander Milne and Jean
Kynoch of Fyfee in Aberdeen, with a lineage going back 4 generations beyond
to the 1670's. Recorded in his marriage lines as Tenant of Forse.
married on 27th November 1795 in Reay. Their children included James, Janet,
Donald, George, William and Margaret.