Pomeroy, Ralph

Variant last names: Pomroy; Pomory
honorificEsquire
Birth: December 8, 1737 in Hebron, CT
Death: March 19, 1819
Affiliation:

College of New Jersey; Moor's Indian Charity School; Continental Army; State Government of Connecticut

Education:

College of New Jersey, 1758

Nationality:

Anglo-American

Occupation:

Master at Moor's Indian Charity School for one year (1758); Lawyer in Hartford, CT; Military Paymaster of Connecticut during the Revolutionary War; State Controller of Connecticut

Marital status:

Married Eunice Belding on January 31, 1770

Biography:

Ralph Pomeroy was the son of Rev. Benjamin Pomeroy and Abigail Wheelock and the nephew of Eleazar Wheelock. Although he was not as involved in Wheelock's mission as his father, he still had close ties to Moor's Indian Charity School. After graduating from the College of New Jersey in 1758 (unlike his brother Josiah, Ralph did not attend Moor's), he was the master at Moor's for a year. Following this tenure, he studied law and became, in effect, Wheelock's lawyer on retainer. During the war, Ralph was a paymaster in the Continental Army. He remained involved in state politics, acting as State Controller after the war. Ralph appears in a letter from Brainerd to Wheelock on March 23, 1757, quoted in McCallum, about a religious revival at the College of New Jersey.

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Sources:

Alexander, Samuel Davies. Princeton College during the eighteenth century. Anson D.F. Randolph, 1872. Accessed via googlebooks 11/20/2012. Ancestry.com Message Board. “Ralph Pomeroy.” http://boards.ancestry.com/thread.aspx?mv=flat&m=32&p=surnames.pomeroy Accessed 11/19/12. Barbour, Lucius Barnes. Families of Early Hartford, Connecticut. Genealogical Publishing Com Jan 1, 1977. Accessed via googlebooks 11/19/2012. Love, Deloss. Samson Occom and the Christian Indians of New England. Pilgrim Press 1899. McCallum, James. The Letters of Eleazar Wheelock’s Indians. Dartmouth College Press 1932. McClure, David and Parish, Elijah. Memoirs of the Rev. Eleazar Wheelock. Edward Little and Co 1811. Scripophily.net. “Receipt of Lawful Money from Ralph Pomeroy - Connecticut 1791.” http://scripophily.net/rapoceco17.html Accessed 11/19/2012. Wheelock Family Genealogy. “Rev. Benjamin Pomeroy.” http://www.wheelockgenealogy.com/ged/ralphdsc/d0000/g0000032.html Accessed 11/19/2012.