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Research Co-ordinator DNA Project Leader Association Archivist

Derek Iremonger

It is with great sadness that I have to make PFA members aware of the passing away of Derek, our Membership secretary and long-time expert in the Pomroy surname. Derek had been quietly battling cancer for some time, though when I last spoke to him a few weeks ago he was by his manner backing up his suggestion that he was responding very well. Indeed, we talked about how we planned to push our research forward in order to have something concrete and new to present at the 2016 reunion.

Derek’s funeral will take place this Friday, 24th October, in Cardiff, south Wales. The PFA has sent flowers, from all us, and passed on our condolences to his wife Sue and to his two daughters. We’ve also made a donation to the cancer centre that looked after Derek during this last year. If you wish to pass on a message to Derek’s family, please email me and I will collate them and pass them on in due course.

I had the privilege of working with Derek for many years. As a researcher he was both thorough and meticulous, the ideal combination to tackle the many questions that his independent analysis of our family history transcriptions threw up. He was also very gracious whenever, as he regularly needed to, his eye had been keener to make connections within the data and within families than my own. The traffic of ideas ran in both directions, but I often had the feeling that Derek was running both the signal box as well as the main line! I will miss him a great deal, and I hope we in some time are able to produce a record of our collective research that recognises all the work that he put into it. I am especially grateful that he took on, uncomplainingly, the time-consuming task of running the membership subscriptions in the UK and liaising with our overseas reps, a job that he did year after year with characteristic efficiency.

So, thank you, Derek, for everything you did for us, and shared with us.


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2012 Annual Report: now published!

The 2012 annual report on our research project is now being sent out to members. Dated 31st December 2012, it summarises in 12 pages the status of our project to date.

It can be downloaded, in either A4 or US Letter sized versions, at:

Chris Pomery, PFA Archivist

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2011 Annual Report…now out!

The 2011 report updating PFA members on the progress in our project, and reviewing our current hypotheses, has just been published.

The members’ version, which runs to 100 pages, contains details for each family tree we’re tracking and is available from me as a  PDF.

A shortened version of 18 pages, which has the description of the project but does not contain the details about individual trees, is available in A4 and US-Letter versions on the Downloads page of our website. We hope this will give non-members an idea of the scale of the project and how much progress we’ve made!

Chris Pomery

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Alma’s research website

US rep, Alma LaFrance, has been delving into our history and she’s got a lovely website presenting her thoughts and conclusions at


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2012 PFA Subscription Rates

Annual subscriptions to the PFA for 2012 become due 1 January 2012.
Please note that we do not send out invoices and personal reminders are very time consuming!
We have kept our 2012 subscription rates the same as last year’s.

The rates for 2012 are:
Australia                   A$18
Canada                       C$18
Ireland                       €10
New Zealand            NZ$22
UK                              £10
USA                            US$15

Please make your payments to your appropriate country rep. Contact details can be found on the last page of the 2011 PFA Annual Report, due out soon.

Cheques/checks should be made out in the name of your country rep, except UK cheques which should be made payable to the Pomeroy Family Association.

For members with UK bank accounts, if you currently pay by cheque but would prefer to pay by Standing Order, please let me know. My contact details are on the last page of the PFA Annual Report.

Seasons Greetings and a Happy New Year to all our members!

Membership Secretary

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Pomeroy Family Association…on Facebook

Just to remind everyone, we have a group on Facebook. The URL is:

Chris Pomery

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Arscott Pomeroy (Holsworthy tree)

I am seeking information concerning Arscott Pomeroy’s lineage see below. Any assistance would be greatly appreciated.

John Pomeroy, Ontario, Canada- member of the Holsworthy Pomeroy family –


Arscott Pomeroy christened 6 Nov 1813 the son of John and Susan Pomeroy in Holsworthy Devon England.

Arscott married Dorcas Hender 31 Mar 1836 in Holsworthy. I have been able to find them in the 1841 census living in Stratton without children. I have not been able to find any other records for this couple in England.

Arscott Pomeroy died 16 Dec 1888 was a shoemaker and is buried in buried in Gorrie, Huron County Ontario. There are no records for either Arscott or Dorcas in the 1871 or 1881 Canadian Census. I have been unable to find any records in England or Canada for his wife’s death, there are no records for her living in Canada either.

Although not an obvious member of the Holsworthy family. What makes this interesting for me is that in his latter years he resided close to several other members of the Holsworthy family in Canada. In fact Thomas Pomeroy born 1810 Holsworthy named his son James Arscott born 1856 Stratford Ontario Canada.


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