Thanks very much for your swift reply and your very kind offer.I also have the first volume of the 1912 Pomeroy genealogy book that you mention.I note what the book says, but unlike many of the other statements made by Albert A. Pomeroy, this one about Eltweed having been a blacksmith/gunsmith is not backed up by any sources.And as I mentioned, in volume III, A.A. Pomeroy provides a document that clearly shows that Eltweed was a felt maker in Beaminster in 1631, just prior to his departure for New England.There is no doubt at all that Eltweed's son Medad was a blacksmith, because town records show that that he was invited to move upriver to Northampton to serve as blacksmith there in 1660, and that town provided him with his anvil and tools.This raises the further question that, why did Medad need an anvil and blacksmith tools when he left Windsor to go to Northampton? Eltweed was 75 years old in 1660 when his son Medad left Windsor - if indeed Eltweed was a blacksmith, was he still needing his own tools at that age?Your point about Eltweed being named one of two inspectors of yarn (along with William Gaylord) is a good one, and certainly reinforces that Eltweed originally was involved in the cloth trade, as many in Beaminster were.That means he had to undergo quite a career shift if he became a blacksmith/gunsmith, and it is for a record of this big change that I am searching.
A.A. Pomeroy's statements about Eltweed being selected Constable of Dorchester and being named a selectman are all verified by dcumentary sources.So too is Eltweed's 24 year quest to be compensated for the loss of his mare in the Pequot war - he ultimately was paid in wampum in 1661 by the governor of Connecticut. His grant of 209 acres in Windsor is also documented in town and colony records along with all the other land grants to other individuals, some larger, many smaller. However, there is no mention in the records that the grant was made to him becuase he was ablacksmith or gunsmith.
The anvil you mention is actually held now in the collection of Historic Northampton (the historical society of Northampton, Massachusetts) - I have seen it, and actually took my son there this past June to see it too (actually, the one on display is an exact replica, the orginal is kept securely within the museum becuase of its value to the town). The problem is that there is no way to prove whether this anvil was brought by Eltweed to America or whether it is the very anvil that the town of Northampton gave to Meded in 1660, as shown by town records.Note that Bill Pomeroy has used this anvil as the model for the large granite Pomeroy markers he is placing around the country - I saw the beautiful one just outside the Bridge Street Cemetery in Northampton when I was there in June.
If I find any documented sources for Eltweed being a blacksmith or gunsmith I promise to get back to you and let you know.Once again, thanks very much for taking the time to get back to me so quickly and with such a thoughtful reply.