The John Jay Pomeroy Manuscript Collection
|Creator:||Pomeroy, John Jay, 1834-1889|
|Extent:||4 boxes (2.75 linear feet)|
|Repository:||Princeton Theological Seminary Library. Special Collections.|
|1834||Born in Roxbury, Pa.|
|1857||Graduated from Lafayette College|
|1861||Graduated from Princeton Theological Seminary|
|1861||Ordained by the Presbyterian Church|
|1861-1862||Served as Pastor in Dover, Delaware|
|1862-1865||Served as Chaplain in U.S. Army during Civil War|
|1865-1878||Served as Pastor in Upper Octorara, Pa.|
|1878-1884||Served as Pastor of 1st Presbyterian Church, Rahway, N.J.|
|1884-1889||Served as Pastor of Central Church, Chambersburg, Pa.|
|1885||Received honorary DD, Lafayette College|
|1889||Died in Chambersburg, Pa., December 1|
John Jay Pomeroy was born in Roxbury, Pennsylvania, on September 8, 1834. After graduating from Lafayette College in 1857, he came to Princeton Theological Seminary and graduated with the class of 1861. Upon ordination, he began serving as pastor of the Presbyterian church in Dover, Delaware in 1861, the same year the Civil War broke out. In 1862, Pomeroy accepted a position as a chaplain to the Union Army’s 198th Regiment of Pennsylvania Volunteers and continued with them through the end of the War in 1865. He carried five small books with him, along with a portable writing desk, upon which he wrote many letters. These items, as well as others, are contained in this collection. When the Civil War ended, he took the pastorate at churches in Upper Octorara, Pa. (1865-1878); Rahway, N.J. (1878-1884); and Chambersburg, Pa. (1884-1889). He received an honorary Doctor of Divinity degree from Lafayette College in 1885.
Scope and Content
The collection primarily consists of items carried by, written by, or given to Pomeroy during his chaplaincy at the time of the Civil War. Other items (mostly books) from his study are also included.
Pomeroy, John Jay, 1834-1889
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Chaplains.
United States--History--Civil War, 1861-1865--Correspondence.
Princeton Theological Seminary
The following is the acceptable citation for publication: The John Jay Pomeroy Manuscript Collection. Special Collections, Princeton Theological Seminary Library.
The collection was processed by Joshua Wilder in Spring 2015 under the supervision of Curator of Special Collections and Archivist Kenneth Henke.
There are no special restrictions to access of this collection. It may be examined by library patrons under the normal rules and conditions of Special Collections.
See also the following materials in Special Collections: Lloyd’s Official Map of the State of Virginia, 1862; Autograph catalogue, Class of 1861
The John Jay Pomeroy Collection has been arranged in two series.
Series I: Books
Series II: Correspondence, newspaper articles, family history items, ephemera
|Series I: Books|
|1:1||Holy Bible, Holman’s Edition 1883|
|1:2||Portable wooden writing desk undated|
|1:3||Bible dictionary 1856|
|1:4||Compact Bible, T. Nelson and Sons 1854|
|1:5||Compact Bible, T. Nelson and Sons 1853|
|1:6||English pocket dictionary 1859|
|1:7||Compact Bible, Hogan and Thompson 1838|
|2:1||Hitchcock’s Complete Analysis of the Holy Bible 1873|
|3:1||Holy Bible, J.L. Read and Son 1816|
|Series II: Correspondence, newspaper articles, family history items, ephemera|
|4:1||Watch fob chain with engraved medallion, watch fob chain with locket, miniature picture frame undated|
|4:2||John Jay Pomeroy Memorial booklet undated, 1946 November 13|
|4:3||The Pomeroys of Roxbury, the Civil War 1864-1988|
|Newspaper article, "The War in West Virginia" 1864 May 25|
|Original envelope undated|
|Darwin Crawford Pomeroy, "The Pomeroys of Roxbury and the Civil War" 1988 June|
|“Berry Pomeroy Castle" undated|
|Newspaper article, “Tells Story of Repairs and History of Pomeroy Cemetery Lot at Middle Spring" 1950 January 27|
|Photocopy of letter, To George, from Darwin 1988 June|
|Map photocopy, “The Events Leading to the Battle of Gettysburg 1863" 1988|
|4:4||Map and Clipping|
|Newspaper article Public Opinion “If it hadn't been for Chambersburg..." 2012 July 08|
|Map “The Events Leading to the Battle of Gettysburg 1863" 1988|
|4:5||Personal letter from pastor 1854 September 26|
|4:6||Letters from the battlefield 1862 November-December|
|4:7||Letters from the battlefield 1863 January-February|
|4:8||Letters from the battlefield 1863 February-April|
|4:9||Letters from the battlefield 1863 May-July|
|4:10||Letters from the battlefield 1863 August-1864 January|
|4:11||Letters from the battlefield 1864 February-May|
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