Southampton, MA Pomeroy Anvil Monument
The ninth monument was dedicated at the Conant Memorial Park on Tuesday, July 4, 2012. The 22nd Massachusetts Militia Group presents a 21 gun salute.
This monument seeks to celebrate the early families of Southampton, whose descendants intermarried, and moved west seeking the American dream.
The District of Southampton was formed in 1730. Early residents Ebenezer Corse,
Samuel and Eldad Pomeroy, sons of Caleb Pomeroy, were living here then.
Southampton was officially set off from Northampton
by the Massachusetts General Court on April 19, 1775.
These men settled over the next 5 years:
Samuel Danks Ebenezer Kingsley Noah Sheldon
Moses Wright Jonathan Bascomb Nathan Lymam
Phineas King Stephen Sheldon Stephen Root
Noah Pixley Nathaniel Searle Joseph Clark
Samuel Burt Ebenezer French Roger Clapp
Ezra Strong Eleazur Hannum Aaron Clark
Elisha Clark Waitstill Strong Elias Lyman
John Miller Ichabod Strong John Clark
Elias Root Israel Sheldon John Wait
These early settlers intermarried with the Pomeroys.
Their descendants have spread across the U.S.A.
Sardis Pomeroy Chapman (1803-1892) a shoemaker and
later a genealogist, researched the early Southampton
families and lived on Main St. across from Conant Park.
In 1660 Medad Pomeroy, brother to Caleb, accepted an offer of tools, an anvil shaped like this replica, and land in exchange for opening a blacksmith shop in Northampton, MA. That anvil was passed through many generations of Pomeroy blacksmiths and gunsmiths, becoming a symbol of the family.
Eltweed Pomeroy (1585-1673) was the founder of this family. Many of his descendants settled in
Southampton. Pomeroy Mountain and Pomeroy Meadow Road were named
for Caleb Pomeroy who settled here by 1665.
Records show over 250 Pomeroys were born in Southampton by 1869.
Notable among them are:
Capt. Lemuel Pomeroy (1738-1819), innkeeper, commander
of Militia and representative in the State Legislature.
Ebenezer Pomeroy (1740-1826), served in Revolution
with Lemuel Pomeroy, moved family to Otisco, NY 1806.
Hon. Samuel Clark Pomeroy (1774-1854), abolitionist,
agent of the Emigrant Aid Society and Republican
Senator from Kansas. Otisco, NY resident.
Lemuel Pomeroy (1778-1849), gun and woolen
manufacturer in Pittsfield, MA.
Theodore Pomeroy (1785-1860), physician and
oil-cloth manufacturer in Utica, NY.
Rev. Lemuel Pomeroy (1807-1889), Congregational minister,
abolitionist. Preached in VT, NY, OH, IL and KS.
The Pomeroy Anvil Trail celebrates the western migration of the American People through the
progress and movement of one family. Putting family names to historic places connects
all who view our monuments with the past, present and future of this great country.
We urge everyone to discover their own family's historic trail.