Eltweed Pomeroy

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Eltweed Pomeroy, son of Richard Pomeroy, was born probably shortly before his baptism at Beaminster, Dorset, England, 4 July 1585.1,2 He died at Northampton, Hampshire Co., Massachusetts, March 1673.2

Eltweed married (1) Johanna Keech, daughter of John Kiche, at Beaminster, Dorset, England, 4 May 1617;2,3 he married (2) Margery Rocket at Crewkerne, Somerset, England, 7 May 1629;2,3 he married (3) Lydia Brown at Windsor, Connecticut, 30 November 1664. The ancestry of the last two wives is unknown (or not traced here).2,3

At one time, Eltweed Pomeroy was thought to have come on the Mary and John in 1630, however, he is shown to have signed documents at Beaminster in 1631. He was granted membership to the Dorchester church, 4 Mar 1632/3. While there is no doubt that Eltweed was a solid citizen of good standing, he is never titled "Mr.," the sign of respect usually accorded those who were of higher social standing in old England. Jacobus mentions Colonial Records of Massachusetts and Connecticut, Grant's Windsor records, published Dorchester Town Records, Winthrop's Journal and Stiles' History of Ancient Windsor as among the sources he checked. In Stiles', he noted Eltweed was called "Goodman Pomeroy," hardly indicative of someone of known gentle or noble birth.

He held several minor offices including Dorchester selectman, 8 Oct 1633; Dorchester committee to make rate, 3 Nov 1633; Dorchester constable, 3 Jun 1634; Committee to settle claims of Thomas Richards, 6 Oct 1634. After moving to Connecticut, he was on a jury, 5 Oct 1658; and was one of four "experienced men," two from Hartford and two from Windsor, chosen to "determne the price or rate that any weaver in the said town shall received by the yard."

Among records of his land holdings are:
Ordered to provide forty feet of fence at common field, rated for two cows, 3 Apr 1633. Granted lot #85, six acres, in meadow beyond Naponset. His land was mentioned in a grant to William Gaylord, 1 Mar 1635/6. On 4 Jul 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."

A long running case begain shortly after Eltweed moved to Windsor, 11 Apr 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. On 6 Oct 1651, it was ordered that Thomas Taunton should go to Narragansett and deman of Ninigrett £40 for Eltwood Pomrye's mare, or Pequoiam to be delivered up, according to the determiniation of the Commissioners in September last. On 4 Oct 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." On 14 Mar 1660/1, the "Court doth grant and order that there shall be paid unto Eltweed Pomry the sum of then pounds, out of the wampum that is come from Narroganset, at six per penny, as recompense for his loss in his mare," and on 7 Jun 1661 the court reported that Eltweed Pomery hath received the £10 in wampum, from the Governor, that the Court formerly granted him." On 14 Oct 1669, the Connecticut court "upon the ptetition of Eltwood Pomeroy to have some relief and satisfaction for the mare the Indians killed of his, according tothe acts of the Commissioners in '59, do see cause to grant to Eltwood Pomeroy tend pound out ofthe public treasury."

At a Particular Court in Jun 1651, "Eltwood Pomry" sued William Trall "in an action of the case about cattle impounding to the damage of 39s.," However, the jury found otherwise, and the court ordered Pomeroy to pay Trall "4d. a head which was 29 head, being in full satisfatction to Trall for the verdict of the townsmen of Wyndsor wihich was 27s."

At Windsor, the land inventory of 4 Feb 1640/1 shows:
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 thwenty-six acres, the breadth thirty rods "
"in the pallizadoe one acre and half"
"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 for use for her own during her life. . . and after her death the said Eltweed . . . took it for his own" for a price agreed upon between him and her children which he paid."
"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 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 tosell one acre of the land."

The town granted a parcel to Eltweed Pumery to "make in full of his due from the town. . . in quantity thirty acres." On 4 Aug 1641, "Eltweed Pomry of Winsor" sold th Tho 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 the associated common rights.

On 25 Apr 1671, "Eltwed Pumry" sold to "Walter Fylar" one acre and a half of meadowland in the Great Meadow, and six months later, "Lidea Pumery" sold Fylar one more acre int the Great meadow.

At Springfield, 30 Sep 1673, "Eltwed Pomery late of Northampton dying intestate in March last his son Medad Pomery presented to the court the inventlry of his father's estate" and made administrator. The inventory "of the estate of Eltwed Pomery which he brought to Northampton," totatled £9 18s; charges, including Medad's expenses "in bringing my father from Windsor," came to £24.4,1

Family 1

Johanna Keech b. 15 May 1586, d. bef. 27 Nov 1620
  • Dinah Pomeroy2 b. 6 Aug 1617
  • Elizabeth Pomeroy2 b. 28 Nov 1619, d. bef. 13 Jul 1621

Family 2

Margery Rocket d. 5 Jul 1655
  • Eldad Pomeroy2 b. Feb 1629/30, d. 22 May 1662
  • Mary Pomeroy2 b. abt. 1632, d. abt. 1640
  • John Pomeroy2 b. abt. 1635, d. 1647
  • Deacon Medad Pomeroy+2 b. 19 Aug 1638, d. 20 Dec 1716
  • Caleb Pomeroy2 b. 6 Mar 1641, d. 18 Nov 1691
  • Mary Pomeroy2 b. 21 Apr 1644, d. 1657
  • Joshua Pomeroy2 b. 22 Nov 1646, d. 16 Oct 1689
  • Joseph Pomeroy2 b. 20 Jun 1652

Family 3

Lydia Brown b. abt. 1620, d. aft. 7 Nov 1671
This person was last edited on17 Dec 2017


  1. [S2281] Robert Charles Anderson, The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England 1620-1633, Volumes I–III, 3 vols. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995), 3:1486-90 (Eltweed Pomeroy), further cited as Anderson, GMB.
  2. [S16] Mary L. Holman, Ancestry of Colonel John Harrington Stevens and His Wife Francis Helen Miller(Concord, New Hampshire: Rumsford Press, 1948), 392-399, further cited as Holman, Stevens-Miller Genealogy.
  3. [S1872] Clarence Almon Torrey, New England Marriages Prior to 1700, 3 vols. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 2011), 1208, further cited as Torrey, New England Marriages (2011).
  4. [S1891] Donald Lines Jacobus, "Pre-American Ancestries: III. Pomeroy," The American Genealogist 9 (Apr 1933): 235-239, further cited as Jacobus, "Pomeroy."