New Kent historian dies at age 84

Jackie G. Pomeroy

NEW KENT – Longtime New Kent County resident and local historian/genealogist, Jackie G. Pomeroy, has died.

Pomeroy passed away on October 24 in Bentonville, Arkansas, at the age of 84.

Although born in Richmond, Pomeroy spent most of her life in New Kent County, as one of six children, and attended New Kent Elementary and New Kent High School, from which she graduated.

She also attended the College of William and Mary for a short time, and transferred to a Richmond business school, where she completed a nine-month course in bookkeeping and secretarial skills.

In 1975, Pomeroy became the first dispatcher and secretary in the New Kent Sheriff's Department's first office.

Throughout her life, Pomeroy served as a self-taught genealogist who made keeping track of local histories her life's work.

"She enjoyed helping people with their family research, and was in contact with researchers from all over the United States," said New Kent Historical Society historian LaVonne Patterson Allen.

In 1976, Pomeroy began collecting documents, clipping newspapers, and reading periodicals and historical excerpts from several county courts. She then realized how important it was for county governments to save their documents in a legible and understandable way. She took it upon herself to take on the task, with her standard typewriter, never a computer.

A longtime member of the New Kent Historical Society, Pomeroy volunteered at the old historic jail, where she organized donated documents and collected information, and entered it into a clear and concise log.

In 1985, Pomeroy was hired as the Heritage Public Library clerk; she had volunteered as a charter member for several years prior to her paid position.

Pomeroy also spent hours volunteering at the Charles City Center for Local History, and the New Kent Courthouse, where she helped with microfilming, returning deeds, and indexing and filing Chancery Records.

Pomeroy was actively involved in many other organizations besides the New Kent Historical Society, including: Martha Dandridge Women's Club, New Kent Historic Commission, the 1976 Bicentennial Commission Research Committee, and the New Kent Brown Bag Program.

"Jackie was New Kent's authority on local history and genealogy. She spent most of her life restoring the lost history of New Kent County," said Allen.

"The New Kent Historical Society salutes Jackie Pomeroy and says goodbye to a dear and dedicated member."

Martin can be reached by phone at 804-885-0040.