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Pomeroy Journals - circa 1820 to 1840

Contributed by Nancy Schlobohm

A web site visitor, Nancy Schlobohm, contributed the very interesting journal extracts shown below. She was searching for, and found, information about her ancestor, Medad Pomeroy and family. As a result, she provided the information that is shown below. Unfortunately, this information has been sitting in your web site coordinator's email box since July 2002. Fortunately, it has been found and is now being posted. Although the article mentions Conneaut Township, it also indicates Cranesville, which is actually a part of Elk Creek Township. As we do not have the "exact" location, this article will be listed associated with both townships.

Additional information concerning this family will be posted at a later date as some clarification is needed. However, since this material contains so many names, it is being posted now.

The following information is directly quoted from POMEROY HISTORY

August 1939, by William Fisler Pomeroy:



Conneaut Township had as first settlers in 1798, Arthur Crane and his brother Elihu Crane.

The first Commissioners of Conneaut Township were Samuel Bradish, Matthew Harington, and Captain David Sawdy.

Born in Providence, Rhode Island, Captain Sawdy was a blacksmith, a sailor on a whaling vessel, ship Captain, was taken prisoner in French and Indian War, sailed to West Indies, and operated drygoods store in Paris New York. In 1819 he bought farm 1600 acres in Conneaut Township, Erie County, PA. Opened a store, was appointed Postmaster in 1823 and held the office until it was moved to Pomeroy's Corners. He was appointed to the State Legislature in 1837. The foregoing biography of Captain Dawdy is not intended to connect him with Pomeroy history. That he was a commissioner is what makes him interesting in connection with this story.



In 1920, Joe Richardson, while rummaging through an old attic, found an account book which had lain hidden for many long years. Joe was a Holland boy, having come to America about 3 years before. Being well educated and a great reader, he found much that was interesting in the long narrow book which my grandfather, James Pomeroy, had used while engaged in running a tavern, in 1837, at Cranesville, Conneaut Township, Pennsylvania. In 1939, I was fortunate in receiving a visit from Joe Richardson whom I had not seen for 18 years. Eighteen years before, he had visited his parents in Wagoningen, Holland. His father induced him to stay in Holland and he became interested in the extensive wood manufacturing business which his father and brother operated. The first thing Joe wanted to see was the old account book which he had found back in 1920. Under the excitement of visiting, telling of his wife and 4 children, recalling happy memories and the loud talking which always accompanies such an occasion, there was not much chance for Joe to read the dim writing. I showed him the story which I had written and, impulsively, promised to make a copy and send it to him after he had returned to Wagoningen, Holland. Eighteen yers had changed Joe from a happy-go-lucky farmhand into a mature businessman of 44, who might have stepped from office or factory anywhere. His scotch ancestry, for his grandfather emigrated to Holland from Scotland, had left its imprint upon him, although he looked more like an Englishman. He spoke casually of wood from Sweden, Germany, Checho-Slovakia, and of cities, Brussels, Amsterdam, and other points in Europe. the afternoon passed all too quicly and there remains but the brightness which he left behind him when he went away, and the task of copying the story, which in order to make it perhaps more interesting I have undertaken to adorn with a touch of fancy, here and there. _______________________________________________



at Cranesville, Pennsylvania



Imagination must supply part of this story, although it will not be necessary to draw much from that source. Beside me lies an old account-book in which James Pomeroy kept the records of his transactions a century ago. this old book is long and narrow, tattered and torn from abuse, and the writing, while legible, is badly faded.

Leaning over the bar and chatting with each customer in turn, James Pomeroy wrote:

Oct 2 1837 Isaac Pomeroy Dr. to 10 1/2 beef @4 42

Oct 25th 1837 Bill of Witnesses & Referees

Geo Stuntz 1 Dinner 25

David Sawdy 1 Dinner 25

Daniel Fleming 1 Dinner 25

Wm Cross 1 Dinner 25

Royal Jackson 1 Dinner 25

Cal Davis Paid

Evans Paid

Esq. Hall Paid

Geo R. Cutler 1 Dinner 25

Esq. Litchfield 1 Dinner 25

Bill of 26th 1837 To crackers and cheese 37

David Sawdy Lodging & Breakfast 31

Geo Cutler " " 31

Esq. Litchfield " " 31

Wm. Cross " " 31

David B. Jackson " " 31

27th David Sawdy Supper lodging

& Breakfast 56


Here the page is torn and we can only wonder what business brought together Esquires Ball and Litchfield, the referees and witnesses? Perhaps it was land boundaries, or opening a road?

James Pomeroy was in his prime, 42 years old, when he wrote on this page, now brown and mottled; while Harriet, then 16, went quickly here and there to wait upon the hungry men. The timid child that ran bout the house; was Steve, my father, then a child of 3.


Oct 8 1837 Thos. McClean commenced boarding

Sept 15 Peter McKenney commenced boarding.

Oct 29 Peter McKenney left boarding

Oct 29 Isaac Pomeroy to 12 lbs. beef @ 4 cents 48

Sep 10 1837 Fowler Crane commenced boarding

Left boarding May 3d 1838

35 weeks and one day 2.50 per week


Sep 18 Thos. Annis Dr. to 62 lb. beef 2.40

to 1 drink whsk .06

Oct 2 to 16 lbs. beef @4 .64 total 3.10

Sept 19 Thos. Annis Cr. by cash 2.46

Oct 30 by potatoes .64 total 3.10

Sep 19 Abner Darlymple Dr.

1 drink and supper 31

2 drinks 12

to breakfast 25

Oct 6 1837 Harmon Irish Cr. by one pair Oxen 45.00

the above settled

Oct 19 1837 Abner Darlymple Cr. by 7 1/2 lbs. maple sugar 94

Sep 20 1837 Sherman Haley to supper & lodging 25

Sep 21 to supper 25

to 1 horse two days 75

to 2 drinks whiskey 13

Sep 25 to one bushel potatoes 25

Nov 1 1837 Hugh McBride Dr. mail carrier

to 4 quarts oats 9

to 2 drinks brandy 13

to 1 whsk 6

Nov 1 1837 Received $100 from Nathaniel Pomeroy which I agree to account for

Emma Loomis to supper 25

To crackers & cheese by referees & witnesses 25

A King to supper 25

Daniel Fleming to supper 25

Nov 2 1837 James Pomeroy 6 days to Erie coast expenses 4.50

paid Jackson .50

Nov 4 1837 Samuel Halstead Cr. by 1 bushel corn 50

Nov 5 1837 Murphy Cr. by 15 1/2 bu. turnips 94

Nov 15 1837 Geo Hoxey Cr. by chopping 7 cords of wood 2.63

Nov 20 1837 Goodnow left 2.75 to pay tax against him paid 2.75

Nov 21 Paid Jackson 1.00

December Court 1.50

Dec. 27 Griswold Dr.

to 1 bu. buckwheat .62

to 1 bu. buckwheat .62

Jan 15 1837 no name given Cr. by 3 1/2 lbs. butter .50

Jan 20 1837 Anson Canfield Cr. by 1 bu. oats .31


June 28 1837 George Pomeroy Dr. to 1 bushel corn 1.50

Samuel Culver Dr. to 1 bushel corn 1.50

Amos Bradish Debtor to A. Munrow bill of returns 3.00

George Pomeroy Debtor to cash for Nathaniel Pomeroy 1.14


June 1837 Elihu Crane Dr. to 1000 ft. of hewed timber

@ 4 cents per foot 40.00

1837 James Duncan Dr.

to making wagon axle 1.50

to framing axle tree 1.50

5 meals victuals & lodging 1.31

Horses to hay 2 nights & 1 day .50

to five pecks of oats .62

Total 5.44

Evidently James Duncan had broken his wagon axle and had halted his journey at the tavern while James Pomeroy, who also did carpenter work, made a new axle for him.


1840 Anson Crocker Dr. to 3 bu. of oats .25

to 1/2 bu. oats

The oats had by DeWolf .19

to two bu. oats fed to Isaac Pomeroy's & Sherman's

teams oxen .50

to thirty yards factory cloth 3.75

to two axes 1.25


Probably this cloth was used to make a wagon sheet for a covered wagon


My eye falls upon an entry in a woman's handwriting, dainty and feminine, possibly written under the critical gaze of the customer. In fancy I see a trace of color mounting her cheek as she makes the record:

Aug the 7 Dr. to 25 pounds of flower

at 2 1/2 cents per pound .62

Dr. to washing .06

Ruth Pomeroy Cr. by 14 lbs. cheese


The Tavern Keeper had given Ruth Pomeroy, who his sister-in-law, credit for one cheese weighing 14 lbs.

But there is more than the record indicates. There must be. As I turn the crumbling leaves I feel very near to these old names. It seems as if they speak in gentle tones, low and sweet, while closer, closer round about me come the echoes of a day recorded on its faded page. Waiting there, beside the pasture fence, the patient cows watched Ruth take down the bars. She called out gently, each familiar name and patted them as they passed through the gate. While carrying the heavy, brimming pail, a sentimental song rose in her throat. Perhaps in a spring-trough the milk was cooled. Then carefully the cheese was put to press. Down in the stone-arched cave all cool and dark, she placed the cheese upon the shelf to age. Ruth Pomeroy was 37 years old when she walked into the tavern carrying a 14 lb. cheese. Ruth was the daughter of Elihu Crane and was born April 20, 1799; Eliza Crane (cousin) was born to Abiaither Crane, in same house on the same day, Conneaut Township, Erie Co., PA.

Isaac Pomeroy and Ruth Crane were married and had 9 children; Alden, Clarinda, Mary, Hannah, Sarah, Lucy, Laura, Eliza, and Jerome (Civil War Vet.) Isaac died in 1842.


Alden Pomeroy was a farmer and had 169 acres of land. He served 7 years as Captain of the Pennsylvania State Militia.

Isaac Pomeroy was a brother to my grandfather James Pomeroy.

It is not disappointing to note that none of the Pomeroys of our ancestry, since coming to America, rose to fame and high honor. You can rest assured that the historians would have been quick to distinguish the names, if among them had been found those entitled to be recorded among the great. And yet, there is satisfaction in thinking about the lives of our great-great-great--grandfathers, and how they lived in the outskirts of villages or perhaps chopped out trees at the edge of the woods in clearing a building place. Hewing, building, soldiering, and farming, our predecessors met the challenge of life in a new world. We can trace our genealogy back through the lives of these Early Americans, by the imprint which their rugged characters left on the communities in which they lived and died. For 200 years our folks lived around Northampton, Mass., and at Suffield, Conn., and New Ashford, Mass.; then after the Revolutionary War, they joined the stream of emigration that flowed westward over the Allegheny Mountains, and settled in northwest Pennsylvania in Erie County.



From History of Erie County Pennsylvania:


"WINTER SCHOOL was held in the cabin of NATHANIEL POMEROY about 1 1/2 miles NW of Albion, in 1822, by Rodolphis Loomis." Nathaniel Pomeroy was a brother to Grandfather James Pomeroy.



After several entries in the first pages of the account book, he recorded an index:



David Atwood

John Alesworth

Thomas Acres

Thomas Annis



Walter Bradish Wm. Boardwell Amos Bradish

Francis Brock Stephen Beckwith Reuben Benton

Nathan Barton Austin Beale Wm. Bowler

Noah Ball Nathaniel Babit Nathaniel Battles

Richard Bradish Joshua Barron Charles Bagley



Fowler Crane Geo Cutler Jerry Collins

Anson Canfield Philip Coon John Carter

Elihu Crane Jonas Cutler Walter Cady

Ephriam Crane Oliver Cook F. J. Christy

Adoujeah Crane Jabez Cloak

Robert Condon John Canada

Anson Crocker Horace Craz



Daniel Driscol Alva DeWolf

James Duncan James Dunn

Horace Darlin Hiram DeWitt





Esquire Jas. Eaton David Graves Hillgore Lewis Irish

Lyman Evans L. R. George Hopkins Harmon Irish

Griffiths Philip Hays

Glenn Geo Hoxey

Wm Hulburt

Samuel Halstead

J K L. P. Howard L

Obid Jenks Wm Kelly Jacob Hutchins Litchfield

Abel James Anthony King Hamilton Sprague Lee

Isaac Johnson Jacob Keyser Hogarty Daniel Le Horn

Levi Joslin Alfred King Hayman Alfred Leatherby

Joseph L. Jackson John Kingston A.L. Hathaway Patrick Long

Aben Keep T. Hedges James Lynch

Julius Keepe John Le Horn



Wm Martin Michael O'Brien Sullivan Porter

Samuel Main Wm O'Neil Michael Perry

Cornelius McBride James O'Hara Elias Palmer

Lyman Maxon Geo Pomeroy

Daniel Mansfield Francis Pierce

David Matthers Isaac Pomeroy

Geo Montgomery John Perry

Albert Matthers Nathaniel Pomeroy

Robert McKalmy Joseph Petro

Rober Mac Commins Lewis Preston

Jesse Macumber Orson Pond

Wm Morgan John Pomeroy

David Milks Isaac Pomeroy

John Mac Brader Lyman Pomeroy

Willard Marifield George Petro

Cornelius Mahoney Harry Pomeroy

John Mina

John Maginty

Lyman Maxon



O.C. Randall Gravestone Sikes Doctor Trowbridge

Patrick River Ezekiel Sanders

Samuel Sherman

James Swany

Charles Spiller

Abraham Spiller

Israel Still

Edward Sondergrass


Here the list ends, for the page is torn.



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