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Francis Martin Martin Pomeroy

Birthdate: (60)
Birthplace: Somers, Tolland County, Connecticut, United States
Death: October 20, 1882 (60)
Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, United States
Place of Burial: Mesa, Maricopa County, Arizona, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Martin Pomeroy and Sybil Pomeroy
Husband of Irene Ursula Pomeroy; Sarah Pomeroy; Jessamine Ellizabeth Pomeroy and Hannah Pomeroy
Father of Francelle Eugene Robson; Dr Francis Ashbel Pomeroy; Elijah Pomeroy; John Haskell Pomeroy; Irene Ophelia Newell and 19 others

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About Francis Martin Martin Pomeroy

Mormon Pioneer

"...Pomeroy, Francis M. – (10th Ten) Born Feb. 22, 1822, at Somers, Tollard County, Connecticut, to Martin and Sybil Hunt Pomeroy. He was hired out to an uncle at the young age and when he reached 15, he joined a whaling crew. He eventually became harpoonist, and worked his way to first mate. At 21, he was in a shipwreck off Peru, of which he was the lone survivor. A Castillian family took him in and he stayed for two years, learning Spanish. He returned to Salem, Massachusetts, where he married Irene Ursula Haskell and was baptized in 1844. They moved to Nauvoo. With the original company on June 18, 1847, he was among nine men left to operate the upper ferry of the Platte River. While at the ferry, his wife arrived in a westbound company and he continued west with them. They settled in the Twelfth Ward in Salt Lake City, but he was soon called on a mission to Lower California with Apostle Charles C. Rich that lasted a year. He returned to Salt Lake City where he acted as host and interpreter to a delegation representing Mexico President Benito Juarez, who met with Brigham Young. In 1862, he moved to Weber Co., Utah, until 1864 when he helped settle Paris, Idaho. He moved to Salt River Valley in Arizona and became a founder of the city of Mesa, Maricopa Co., Ariz. He was widely respected by the Indians there and was set apart as president of the Indian Mission in 1881. Two years later, on Feb. 28, 1883, he died in Mesa at age 60..."


The son of Martin and Sybil Hunt Pomeroy and the third child in a family of nine. While still very young he was hired out to his uncle as a farm hand until he was fifteen years of age. One night he tied his belongings in a red handkerchief and journeyed to New London where he became a crewmember of a whaling vessel. Six years later the ship was dashed against the rocks off the coast of Peru, but Francis managed to swim ashore and was found by the son of a family who took him home. He remained for two years and learned to read and write in Spanish. He then made his way to New Orleans and finally Salem, Massachusetts where he met Irene Ursula Haskell who had recently joined the LDS Church and he also became a member. Francis and Irene were married the following year and they moved to Nauvoo, Illinois. Francis became a member of the first company of pioneers and came with them to the Salt Lake Valley. In 1849 he went on a mission to California returning the following year and on April 3, 1853 he married Sarah Matilda Colburn and in 1858 married Jessamine Routledge as plural wives. On June 15, 1860 Irene Haskell Pomeroy died. She had borne him seven children. Two years later Francis sold his farm and city property and moved his family to Weber, Utah where he remained for two years. Apostle Charles C. Rich later persuaded him to join him in Idaho. Moving his family to Paris he took charge of the building of the first sawmill in that valley. The cold weather soon compelled him to move to a warmer climate and after hearing reports of the Salt River Valley in Arizona he moved there and eventually settling in Mesa. He was instrumental in bringing water to that vicinity through the utilization of the old Montezuma canal and later became one of the directors of the canal. He was also made trustee of the township and justice of the peace. As "pacifier" in the district, not only among the white population but also among the Indians and Spaniards, Francis was often called upon to help settle disputes. This, no doubt, inspired the authorities of the Church to set him apart as Indian missionary. A year later he was made president of the Indian mission which position he filled until his death. — adapted from bio by Francis T. Pomeroy (Alt. birthdate 20 Feb. 1820)

Marriage 1: July 1844 to Irene Ursula Haskell, Peterborough, Hillsborough, New Hampshire, USA.

Marriage 2: 27 Feb 1853 to Sarah Matilda Colborn, Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah, USA.

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Francis Martin Martin Pomeroy's Timeline

Halifax, Plymouth County, MA, USA
February 22, 1822
Somers, Tolland County, Connecticut, United States
October 21, 1845
Age 23
January 10, 1849
Age 26
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, UT, USA
June 28, 1850
Age 28
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake County, Utah Territory, United States
September 1, 1852
Age 30
Salt Lake City, UT, USA
May 23, 1854
Age 32
Paris, Bear Lake County, Idaho, United States
June 18, 1856
Age 34
Great Salt Lake