Cortlandt Manor in Westchester County, New York — The American Northeast (Mid-Atlantic)
In 1660 Medad Pomeroy 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 for the family.
Seth Pomeroy, grandson of Medad, was born May 20, 1706. A skilled blacksmith and gunsmith, he was one of the owners of the original anvil. Well known for his honesty, integrity, strong religious convictions and patriotism, his letters show that he was also a devoted husband and father.
Seth saw public service much of his life, including:
1745 Capt. at Siege of Louisbourg
1748 Commander of Fort Massachusetts
1755 Lt. Col. at Battle of Lake George
1774 Member of First MA Provincial Congress
1775 Maj. General in command of MA forces
1775 Volunteer at Battle of Bunker Hill
1776 Brig. General of the Continental Army
1777 Commander of MA forces at Peekskill
Seth died of pleurisy at the home of Miss Johnson in Peekskill, February 19, 1777. He was buried in this
When the American Revolution ended, the great pioneer migration to the West began.
The Pomeroy Anvil Trail commemorates the westward migration of the American people through the movement of the Pomeroy family.
( Back of Monument : )
Eltweed ca 1585-1673
Emigrated from England ca 1630, founded first American branch of Pomeroy family.
Deacon Medad 1638-1716
Third son of Eltweed, original owner of the Pomeroy anvil.
Hon. Maj. Ebenezer 1669-1754
Third son of Medad. King’s attorney and High Sheriff of Hampshire.
Major General Seth 1706-1777
Fifth son of Ebenezer. Gunsmith, blacksmith and patriot.
Lieut. Daniel 1709-1755
Brother of Seth, killed at Battle of Lake George.
Sons of Seth who served in the Revolution:
Capt. Lemuel 1738-1819
Lieut. Asahel 1749-1833
Sons of Daniel who served in the Revolution:
Maj. Daniel 1737-1808
At least 55 Pomeroy sons served in the American Revolution.
In 1898 the Sons of the American Revolution erected a monument to Seth Pomeroy in the adjoining Hillside
“ . . . att King’s Bridge . . . there was about 300 of ye Enemy yt Came to Drive our forces from ye ground . . . ye Enemy took that advantage of our men & Drove them at first but it Soon turn’d against them with ye loss of about 40 of their men killed, one killed on our Side 4 or 5 wounded our men Drove them Into ye Forest.”
Erected in 2007 by William Guilford Pomeroy, Jr.
Great Grandson of Pliny Pomeroy
( Side of Monument : )
Erected 2007 by William Guilford Pomeroy, Jr. (Marker Number 6.)
Topics. This historical marker is listed in these topic lists: Settlements & Settlers • War, US Revolutionary. A significant historical date for this entry is January 25, 1822.
Location. 41° 18.773′ N, 73° 54.03′ W. Marker is in Cortlandt Manor, New York, in Westchester County. Marker is on Locust Avenue south of Oregon Road, on the right when traveling north. Marker is located at the southwestern edge of Hillside Cemetery. Touch for map. Marker is in this post office area: Cortlandt Manor NY 10567, United States of America. Touch for directions.
Other nearby markers. At least 8 other markers are within walking distance of this marker. Old St. Peters (a few steps from this marker); Red Schoolhouse (within shouting distance of this marker); The Van Cortlandtville School 160th Anniversary of St. Peter’s (about 300 feet away, measured in a direct line); Old Saint Peter’s Episcopal Church (about 300 feet away); Site of St. Peter’s Church (about 400 feet away); French Soldiers of the Revolutionary War (about 400 feet away); Heroes of the American Revolution (about 400 feet away). Touch for a list and map of all markers in Cortlandt Manor.
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