Pembroke, ME Pomeroy Anvil Monument
The eighth monument in the series was installed in June 2010 at the Cobscook Post 59 American Legion Hall in Pembroke, ME, and dedicated on July 4, 2010.
Dr. Thomas W. Pomroy, (1832 - 1926) self proclaimed Clairvoyant Physician, was born in Pembroke and practiced throughout Maine, Canada, and New York. Dr. Pomroy set up his practice in New York City in 1880 where he continued in business forty-six years, until his death at age 93. He was charged in 1887 with practicing medicine in NY without a license. That same year he wrote and published the book "Clairvoyant Reminiscences and Herbal Recipes". He graduated from the Eclectic Medical College of the City of New York in 1888 and became a licensed Eclectic Physician in the State of New York in 1889.
Each summer Thomas would return to Pembroke. It was here that he built Pomeroy Manor in 1898. Dr. Pomroy was an avid pugilist, billiards enthusiast, a Master Mason of Crescent Lodge 78 in Pembroke for seventy four years, and a life-long supporter of his hometown.
Dr. Thomas W. Pomroy
the “Clairvoyant Physician”
Born June 14, 1832 in Pembroke,
son of David Madison and Hannah (McCullough) Pomeroy,
married Maria Sarah Reynolds of Trescott on July 2, 1853.
As a young man, Thomas was employed at the Pembroke Ironworks
as a puddler and brick mason. During this time it is speculated that
he learned the healing properties of local botanicals from the
Passamaquoddy Natives. Thomas soon became known for his
ability to diagnose illness and prescribe herbal cures
while in a “clairvoyant trance.”
Dr. Pomroy was an avid pugilist, billiards enthusiast,
a Master Mason 74 yrs, member of Crescent Lodge #78,
and a life-long supporter of his hometown.
Pomeroy Manor, a summer home built in 1898, burned in 1946.
The “pool house”, a billiards parlor matching the style of the
Manor, was saved and is now located on Front Street.
Dr. Pomroy died April 18, 1926 in New York City.
Thomas and Maria are buried in Forest Hill Cemetery.
In 1660, Medad Pomeroy accepted an offer of land, tools and an anvil shaped like this in
exchange for moving his blacksmith shop to Northampton, MA. The anvil was passed
down through generations, becoming a symbol of the Pomeroy Family.
David M. Pomeroy, father of Thomas, served as private
in the 34th Infantry Regiment, formed in Maine, in the War of 1812.
William P. Pomeroy, brother of Thomas, served as Corporal in Co. F, 6th Maine Volunteers.
He died May 29, 1863 in Fredericksburg, VA,
from wounds suffered at the Battle of Marye’s Heights.
Dr. Thomas W. Pomroy
1860s-1880 Reportedly practiced in Maine, Canada and London, England
1876 Called a "Quack" by anonymous doctor in Toronto medical journal
1880 Opened permanent office in New York City
1887 Charged with practicing medicine without a license in NY.
Wrote and published "Clairvoyant Reminiscences and Herbal Recipes"
1888 Graduated from Eclectic Medical College of the City of New York.
1889 Licensed Eclectic Physician in NY.
1904 Re-elected 1st Vice President of the Eclectic Medical Society of the State of NY.
1906 - 1926 Lived and practiced at Arlington Hotel in New Yrok City.
The American Pomeroy Historic Genealogical Association has Dr. Pomroy’s
prescription books for the years 1888 - 1891 and 1907 - 1918.
The Pomeroy Family of Pembroke probably descends from Richard Pomeroy,
who settled on the Isles of Shoals, off New Hampshire, by 1670.
The Medad Pomeroy and Richard Pomeroy families are likely related, each originating in England.
Erected in 2010 by William Guilford Pomeroy, Jr.,
Seventh Great Grandson of Medad Pomeroy.