Emma Jane Coveyduck Family
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Pomeroy married Emma Jane Coveyduck in Fogo on October 27, 1874. The
wedding was witnessed by his brother Joseph and J.A. Lucas.
Emma Jane was a daughter
of William and Sarah Coveyduck of Change Islands. Church documents of
Change Islands show that Emma Jane was baptized October 8, 1853. She
was about 22 years of age when she married George William. Other
siblings of Emma Jane were; James John Coveyduck baptized July 21, 1850;
Rebecca, baptized on June 29, 1856 and Julia who was baptized on
September 01, 1860.
A son was born to George
William and Emma Jane on February 28, 1879. He was christened Francis
George Pomeroy. The marriage was not to last, for within a year or
two of their son's birth, George William Pomeroy died. The date of
death and cause is unknown."
"On November 3, 1882 at the age of 29, Emma Pomeroy, now a widow, married Samuel Jacobs of Joe Batts Arm. Emma and Francis George moved from Locke's Cove to Joe Batt's Arm to live with Samuel. Francis was less than three years old at the time of the move and would live in the Jacob's family home without changing his surname. Francis Pomeroy grew up in Joe Batt's Arm and like his father before him, made his living as a fisherman.
On April 7, 1917, Francis
Pomeroy, Joseph, Stephen and Walter Jacobs, as well as, William and Herbert
Freake went to hunt seals on the ice off Joe Batt's Arm. On the
ice that day were others including Harry Curtis and John Decker.
When the wind started to
change, Curtis and Decker, along with some others, turned for home,
but Francis and his companions could not navigate the crevice that was
opening in the ice between them and shore. They began to walk the ice
in search of some way that might yet get them safely home....but none was
The next day the ice had driven far from shore and the men were seen no more. The sealing gaff belonging to Joseph Jacobs was all that remained of this terrible tragedy. This gaff is now protected by a glass case and mounted on the rear wall of St. John The Evangelist Anglican Church in Joe Batt's Arm. The following note was placed on the glass.
On the seventh of April,
1917, four young men from South Side, Joe Batt's Arm, left in company with
each other, to go on the ice in quest of seal. Three of them were
brothers, the only members of the family, sons of Mr and Mrs Thomas Jacobs.
Their names were Joseph, Stephen and Walter Jacobs. The fourth man, Francis
Pomeroy, was a close companion of the others named.
The ice was on land and
it was blowing a strong breeze from a northeasterly direction. Added
to this, a dense fog was prevailing all day. So dense that the men
could not tell the
In the month of June, a
man belonging to Twillingate, picked up a gaff at Western Head,
Moreton's Harbour. This gaff belonged to Joseph Jacobs and contained
a message from the dead. The message may be read by anybody who views
After a lapse of a few
months the gaff was handed to Mr. Arthur Hodge, Twillingate, who
knowing the relatives of the dead men, forward the gaff to them. For
twenty years the
These four men were
loyal, blue degree members of St. John's Lodge # 11 S.U.F and as a mark of
respect the members of the Lodge unanimously voiced their sentiment to have
the gaff brought to the lodge. It has therefore been presented to the
Lodge as a part of Lodge property and has been placed in
suitable care as a tribute of respect to the sacred memory of those
brethren who lost their lives in following their vocation. May this
relic be a warning to all. May it also be a reminder to us as
brothers to be ever faithful to the
Two other men, in pursuit of their vocation, were lost on this date. Namely William Freake and Hubert Freake of this community.
Emma Jane lived just a eight months after her son, Francis, lost his life on the ice. She is buried in the Anglican cemetery in Joe Batt's Arm. Her headstone is lying flat and almost covered by grass and soil. The inscription reads:
Erected by Rosanna Decker
"She is gone but not
And right at the
very bottom of this marker Rosanna had inscribed:
stepbrother Francis Pomeroy
No evidence has
been found that Francis was ever married or had children and it is quite
likely that this branch of the Pomeroy tree had withered with his passing.
Rosanna Decker was the
daughter of Samuel Jacobs and Emma Jane Coveyduck. She married John
Decker of Joe Batt’s Arm on May 14, 1907 . He was twenty seven years old
and a widower.
Their children were Mary
Gladys born May 27, 1908, Emma Jane born October 11, 1909, Samuel Jacobs
born July 13, 1914, Flora Hazel born August 11, 1917 and Francis George
born September 14, 1921.
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