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Windham County Connecticut
WINDHAM COUNTY RECORDS
CHARLES BACKUS POMEROY
AS RECORDED IN:
COMMEMORATIVE BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD OF TOLLAND AND WINDHAM COUNTIES CONNECTICUT.
BIOGRAPHICAL SKETCHES OF PROMINENT AND REPRESENTATIVE CITIZENS AND OF MANY OF THE EARLY SETTLED FAMILIES.
PUBLISHER: J.H.BEERS & CO., CHICAGO; 1903 P. 428
CHARLES BACKUS POMEROY has an ancestral line notable for the strong character, industrial worth and intellectual activity that have marked its various representatives, and he is in the seventh generation from Eltwood Pomeroy, the emigrant ancestor of the family in the New World. The line is as follows: Eltwood, Joseph, Noah, Joshua, Samuel, Charles B., Sr., and Charles Backus.
(I) Eltwood Pomeroy was born in England, and died in Windsor, Conn., in 1662. In 1630, under the auspices of Gov. Winthrop, he came from England, and landed at Nantucket, Mass., in March of that year. Very shortly he went to Dorchester, Mass., where he quickly rose to prominence in local affairs. In 1633, when the town government was established, he was made chairman of the board, and five years later, with his family and many others from England, he removed to Windsor, Conn., where he owned two houses, one on the Palisade, and the other on the Sandstone road. His was a large family, and Joseph Pomeroy, who was born in 1652, was his twelfth child.
(II) Joseph Pomeroy, who died in 1734, married Hannah Lyman, who was born in Northampton, July 20, 1658, a daughter of Richard Lyman, and died in 1736. Joseph Pomeroy was one of the eight original owners of Colchester, Conn., under a grant from the crown. He was a farmer, contractor and builder, and was prominent in the business world of his time. His was also a large family, and his twelfth son, Noah, was born in 1700.
(III) Noah Pomeroy, who was born in Colchester, Conn., died in Somers, in 1779, He married Elizabeth Sterling, of Lyme, Conn., who was born there in 1700, and who died in Somers in 1779. Noah Pomeroy lived in Coventry, but in 1752 removed to Somers, where he owned a large tract of land in the east part of the town, and was extensively engaged in farming. Both Noah Pomeroy and his wife were buried in the North Cemetery in Somers.
(IV) Joshua Pomeroy, was born in 1737, in Coventry, live until 1823, in Somers, where he married Mary Davis, who was born in Somers in 1736, and died in 1815. They were farming people of much character and industry.
(V) Samuel Pomeroy was born in 1767, and he died in 1847. Born and bred a farmer, he followed that occupation all his life, although in early life he taught school several winters. The house in which he lived on the mountain road, towards Stafford, is still standing. Both himself and wife belonged to the Congregational Church, and were buried in the North cemetery, in Somers. Katharine Day, the first wife of Mr. Pomeroy, was born in West Springfield, Mass., in 1772, and died in 1838. She was the mother of the following children: Charles B., the father of Charles B., whose name appears at the opening of this article; Samuel, who married a Miss Fuller, of Somers, Conn., and had one son, Samuel; Katy, who died unmarried in Somers; Lucinda, who married Orrin Pomeroy, who was fifty years a deacon in the Somers Congregational Church; and Mary D., who died, unmarried, in Somers.
(VI) Charles B. Pomeroy, Sr.,
was born in Somers in 1806, and was reared as a farmer boy in his
native town, where he was known by his middle name, as Backus Pomeroy.
Mary A. Hurlburt, his wife, was born in Somers in 1810, daughter
of Capt. Job and Lucinda (Collins) Hurlburt, and the granddaughter
of Jabez Collins. When about twenty-five years old Mr. Pomeroy
had a severe sickness, never entirely recovering his health, and
remaining somewhat frail to the end of his life. About 1840 he
removed with his family to what was then known as Sixteen Acres,
near Springfield, Mass., where he followed farming as his health permitted.
His death occurred in Ludlow, Mass., in
Charles Backus Pomeroy, a dealer in real estate and a prominent farmer in the town of Willimantic, has filled the office of Sheriff of Windham county, and is a well known and prominent citizen, descending from an old New England family, with connection by marriage with many prominent names in the old Colonial and early days of New England, among whom is the Bradford family, of which he is in the ninth generation from Gov. William Bradford.
Mr. Pomeroy was eight years old
at the time of the removal of his parents to Sixteen Acres, where,
as the oldest son of the family, his days at school were cut short,
and he early applied himself to the help of his father, who at that
time was in very poor health. This was the reason why he had such
limited advantages at school, a fact that caused him in later years
to take much interest in popular education, and inspired him to the
better education of his children. From a boy of twelve years, Mr.
Pomeroy was practically thrown on his own resources, and being industrious
and pushing, soon made a place for himself as a worker. The lack
of education, however, he has felt all his life as a handicap, and
yet it may be doubted if more schooling would have made him more
successful in life, or given him greater influence in the community,
where his sound character and honest nature have won him universal
respect. After the death of his father, he accompanied his mother
to Somers, and they made their home with her father, Capt. Job Hurlburt,
for some time. While still a boy, Charles B. Pomeroy went to Rockville,
Soon after his marriage Mr. Pomeroy
settled in New Haven, where he followed the carpenter trade for several
years, and then removed to Webster, Mass., where he was engaged in
farming as well as at his trade for three years. At the end of that
time he bought a farm at Long Meadow, Mass., where he did both carpenter
and farm work. Later he bought a country store at Willington, Conn.,
in connection with which he filled the position of agent for the
New London and Northern Railway at West Willington, being also postmaster.
Mr. Pomeroy was next located at Tolland where he bought a farm, and
became a deputy jailer, serving under Sheriffs Pease and Falk, of
Tolland county. From Tolland, Mr. Pomeroy removed to Stafford, where
he bought the Springs House, which he conducted for a
year and a half. At the expiration of that period, he disposed of
this property, and in 1875 came to Willimantic, where he entered
the real estate business. In 1877 Mr. Pomeroy was made deputy sheriff
of Windham county, and served under Sheriff Osgood, and nine years
later was elected Sheriff by a plurality of 936
On May 27, 1852, Mr. Pomeroy was married
to Mary E. Palmer, who was born June 18, 1832, a daughter of Harris
and Amelia Ann (Starr) Palmer, of Webster, Mass., the latter of whom
was born in Thompson, Conn., May 12, 1805, a daughter of Darius and
Sarah (Wilson) Starr, a sister of William Starr (now the actuary
of the Massachusetts Mutual Life Insurance Co.), and a granddaughter
of Jonathan Wilson (born Dec. 25, 1747, served in the Continental
army, and died in 1837). Harris Palmer was in the seventh generation
from Thomas Palmer, of Rowley, Mass., the line being through Thomas
(2), Samuel, Samuel (2), Samuel (3), and Parker, to Harris; he was
reared a farmer, and died March 14, 1835, at the untimely age of
thirty-eight years, his burial occurring in Webster, Mass., where
he was living; his wife died June 18, 1870, in Tolland, Conn., while
making her home with her daughter, Mrs. Pomeroy. Mr. and Mrs. Palmer
were the parents of two children, Mary E., Mrs. Pomeroy; and William
Harris, a corporal in Company I, 15th Mass. V.I., who was killed
in the Battle of the Wilderness,
Mr. Pomeroy belongs to Eastern Star Lodge, F.&A.M.; Trinity Chapter, No. 9, R.A.M.; Council No. 10, R.&S.M.; St. Johns Commandery, No. 11, K.T.; Sphinx Temple, Nobles of the Mystic Shrine, of Hartford; and Obwebetuck Lodge, No. 16, I.O.O.F., of Willimantic. He also belongs to the S.A.R., and is eligible for membership in many of the Colonial Societies. Mr. Pomeroy has filled the position of a director in the Willimantic Building and Loan Association. He and his family are prominent members of the Congregational Church, and his wife is active in the Sunday School and the Ladies Society, as well as in the W.C.T.U.
Mr. and Mrs. Pomeroy have had the following
family: (1) Lizzie A., born April 14, 1853, in New Haven, was married
Nov. 7, 1872, in Tolland, to John Bliss Fuller, who died in 1883
in North Carolina; to this marriage was born one son, Lucius P.,
who is a graduate of the Yale Law School. Mrs. Fuller has since become
the wife of L.L. Litchfield. She belongs to the D.A.R. and the Mayflower
Society. (2) Minnetta J., born March 27, 1858, at Long Meadow, Mss.,
was married Nov. 20, 1878, to Theron M. Cooley, who died June 27,
1890. She is living in Willimantic with her two sons, Norman P. and
George Marion. (3) Mary Eliza, born Nov. 28, 1860, in East Long Meadow,
lives at home; she belongs to the D.A.R. (4) Alice Catherine, born
July 8, 1865, in Tolland, was married March 13, 1884, to C.A. Everst,
of Willimantic, and they are the parents of four children: Florence
Gould, Mary Starr, Alice Catherine and Charles P. (5) Charles B.,
Jr., born Nov. 17, 1871, in Stafford Springs, is a dairyman and farmer
in Willimantic. (6) Harris Starr was born June 30, 1875, in Willimantic,
was educated in the
Mr. Pomeroy owns large tracts of real estate in and around Willimantic, where his energies and enterprising spirit has wrought out much good to the city. Starting life with little or no resources save his own ability, he has won a very comfortable competence, and has received many evidences of his standing in the public mind. His suburban home, on South street, where he located in 1884, has been transformed from a tract of wild land on which he has made all the improvements from the beginning, making it one of the most attractive residences in Willimantic.
Linda D. Pingel great-great granddaughter of Cyrus White of Rockville, Ct.
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