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Charles Pomeroy b 1854

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Charles Pomeroy was born on 30 September 1854

He is my 2nd great-granduncle and is a DNA connection. i.e. on the paper route between me and a DNA match.


He was born in in Giles Cross, Bradford Peverell, Dorset.

His father was John Pomeroy and his mother Mary Ann Bowditch. Read more about Mary Ann in my article about John Bowditch. According to the 1841 Census John and his family, which at the time included 6 children, were living at Coles Cross, about 3 miles away from Broadwinsor, or Broadwindsor. The same place with variations of spelling. A short 1 hour walk along Coombe Water Lane, Park Water Lane, and Common Hill / B3164, and into the village of Broadwindsor. John was an Agricultural Labourer.


An extract of the 1841 Census.   -  All with Birth County and Country of Dorset, England 
Given Name SurnameAgeEstimated Birth YearGender
John Pomery 30 1811 Male
Mary Pomery 25 1816 Female
David Pomery 10 1831 Male
Mary Pomery 8 1833 Female
Anna Pomery 6 1835 Female
Harriot Pomery 5 1836 Female
George Pomery 3 1838 Male
John Pomery 1 1840 Male

Coles Cross OS 25 inch Map

Click on map to open interactive Ordnance Survey 25" Map at National Library of Scotland.


John and Mary lived near his parents George Pomeroy and Frances Pomeroy nee Gibbs in Coles Cross. A John Pomeroy is shown as a landowner on the Tithe Apportionment Map of Coles Cross, along with George Pomeroy and Frances Pomeroy.

Tithe Map Broadwindsor Pomeroy cluster


 In the 1851 Census, unsurprisingly, John and Mary had more children listed, and the eldest 4 had moved away or passed away. John was now a shepherd. The whole family were listed as being born in Dorsetshire, Broadwindsor.

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