Across the South
From Old Virginia to Southern Illinois
Lawrence Dameron1, with his sons
Bartholomew, George, and Thomas, settled in Northumberland Co., VA, some time
before 1652. There is little doubt that
he belonged to the old
This and the following information has been taken from the "Genealogies of Virginia Families", Genealogical Publishing Co., Inc., Baltimore, 1981 (Vol. 1). A copy of the article was provided by Kathy Near of Simi Valley, CA. Much of the information is also found verbatim in the Dameron/Damron Genealogy compiled by Helen Foster Snow and published in the 1950s.
(The first of the name associated
with the American adventure was Captain John Dameron, who was commissioned
Captain of the "Deuty" 23 DEC 1619, in the service of the Virginia
Lawrence and Dorothy Dameron brought over nine servants and received a land grant in Northumberland Co., VA, in 1652. They may have been one of the Cavalier refugee families who came over at that time to the Northern Neck which was a refuge for the royalists after King Charles I was beheaded in 1649 and a Commonwealth was established under Oliver Cromwell and the Puritans. Their friends and neighbors on nearby plantations were chiefly Cavalier refugees such as the Lees, ancestors of Robert E. Lee, the Balls, of the family of George Washington's mother, Mary Ball, and others.
Lawrence Dameron's name first
appears in the county records
It would seem that Mr. Dameron
made his first trip to
A second and later patent
assigned to him was for five hundred acres on the south side of
Eventually, he owned about 2000
acres, mostly in the Wicomico parish. Here Lawrence Dameron settled with his
wife Dorothy and their family. They developed a plantation and became active in
early community life.
This mutilated will shows the names of sons Bartholomew, George, and Thomas. Other records prove that there was a son Lawrence and a daughter, Dorothy.
Lawrence Dameron's early death
left his widow in a position of great responsibility. She must have been a woman of strong and
resolute character and her name deserves place among the able and courageous
pioneers of colonial
Dorothy probably died in
late1691. The land left to her by
I obtained a copy of the Dameron/Damron Genealogy by Helen Foster Snow through the inter-library loan program from the Seattle Public Library. Obviously, different genealogists are working from the same written sources. Snow's book is, by far, the most comprehensive -- and very out of print. I feel very confident that the material that I have included here regarding Lawrence Damron's descendants as pertains to our family is as accurate as the sources allow.
(Lawrence1) born 164_, married Elizabeth, widow of John Dennis, 1679
or 1680. At the time of her marriage,
The brothers Bartholomew and George Dameron were prominent in county and church affairs and in organizing and shaping the life of this early community. The Dameron family through its long history, though seldom holding political office, always maintained its prominence and distinction in social, civic and church life in this historic center of old Virginia.
George Dameron died intestate
early in 1698. On 19 MAY of that year,
Bartholomew was appointed administrator of the estate of his brother and, as no
mention is made of his wife
George inherited his father's
plantation "Guarding Point" on the
Thomas Dameron, a grandson of
Lawrence, the immigrant, erected early in 1700 a beautiful brick residence near
the original home site which is yet known in
George's children were Elizabeth, Col. Thomas, George and Lazarus.
Lazarus Dameron3 (George2, Lawrence1)
of Albemarle Co., VA, youngest son of
George and Elizabeth Dameron, married Elizabeth Smith, daughter of Richard
Smith, mentioned in his will dated
Lazarus was the first member of
the family to leave
Lazarus's will dated 1749
(MDCCXLIX), indicates that he was then living in the Parish of Anns in the
Should Moses die without heirs lawfully begotten, the houses and land were to go to Lazarus's son John.
Should John die without heirs lawfully begotten, the houses and land were to go to Lazarus's daughter Judith.
Should Judith die without heirs lawfully begotten, the houses and land were to go to Lazarus's grandson Charles Thomas.
Some furniture, tools, animals, books, and a rifle went to Moses.
"My boy John Ward" was given to Moses "for the remaining part of his apprenticeship". Should Moses die before the "Ward time" was up, son John got the apprentice. (John also got "my second best bed" and "my Boy English until the expiration of his apprenticeship."
Judith received a bed, some furniture and a mare.
Daughter Hanorah received "my third best feather bed", some furniture and a mare.
Son George received one shilling sterling.
Daughter Winifred Thomas also received one shilling. Son-in-law John Thomas and son John Dameron were appointed executors of estate
The original farm of Lazarus
Damron was in Porter's Precinct, Albemarle Co., according to the Snow
book. It was near the land which Peter
Jefferson, father of President Thomas Jefferson, bought of Noble Ladd on the
James River Ė then called the Fluvanna, above where the
Lazarus was the first to sell his
ancestral acres and pioneer into frontier regions, as his descendants continued
to do until the frontier was pushed to the
Part of this revolution which
In 1749 Lazarus Dameron (often
spelled Damrel or Damerel) had a land grant on the north side of the upper
George Dameron4 (Lazarus3, George2, Lawrence1) son of Lazarus and Elizabeth (Smith) Dameron was a father by 1746, so his year of birth is estimated as about 1720. George is listed on a 1764 list of tithes in Buckingham Co., VA, but by 1773 his wife was apparently a widow.
There is some dispute about the wife's name, according to researcher Kathy Near. Some people believe her maiden name was Ann Toney. In the 1773/74 tithe list she is listed as Thena Damerson. In some deeds for sale of land by George Dameron in Albemarle Co., his wife's name appears as Anne Thone and Ann Thany.
Again, according to the Snow
book, George Dameron had a patent in
George and Ann Dameron were the parents of Michael, Daniel, George, William and Charles Damron. We are descended from son George, born about 1754.
Revolutionary War Patriot
George Dameron5 (George4, Lazarus3, George2, Lawrence1) was probably born in that section of Albemarle Co., VA that later became Buckingham Co. The DAR Patriot Index, Centennial Edition, Washington: 1990 offers "about 1760" as a birth date.
One researcher, Randall Campbell,
lists a birth date of
Another death date came by way of
Material in Snow book offers
This George Damron served with
the famous Morgan's Riflemen in the Revolution. He is shown on the payrolls from
George Damron enlisted in March
of 1777 (L. H. Sweeney's "Amherst Co., VA, in the Revolution,
1773-82"), in Captain Dooley's Company of Cavalry and went from
Morgan's Riflemen wore
buckskin shirts and were the picked sharpshooters of the Revolution and the
British regarded their marksmanship with superstitious awe. They carried a long knife and a tomahawk in
their belts as well as the long hunting rifle in their hand. The 6th Foot
"A payroll of Capt. Benjamin
Taliaferro's company of Detached Riflemen commanded by Col. Dan Morgan for the
month of DEC 1777" in which all men got an extra month's pay allowed by
the Honourable the Continental Congress.
George Damron, private, six and two-thirds dollars per month, whole pay
in dollars." (p.22) George was discharged
It was Morgan's Riflemen who defeated Burgoyne in 1777.
The Damerons of the frontier have been famous since the Revolution for their hunting abilities and marksmanship.
George Damron's widow, Susannah,
married John Peter Bondurant in 1797 in Lincoln Co., KY. They moved to Adair Co., KY, which later
became Green Co., to live on Casey's Creek.
The people who settled this community were practically all from Buckingham
The Damron inventory (will book 1, Green Co., KY, p. 45, 13 AUG 1801) lists: four slaves, two horses, five cattle, 23 hogs; farming tools and a small amount of household furniture. Value L308.10.6.
Mrs. Ruth Burnette writes in the
Snow book, "The reason George Damron's inventory is in Green Co., is that
his widow married in
The children of George and Susannah, according to Burnette, were:
Mickey, a daughter, who married Richard Gentry;
Wilson, who married Sarah McClain (from whom we are descended);
George W., who married Polly Mourning;
John T., who married Sally Winneford;
Robert T., who married Susannah Thomas, daughter of Hardin, and his first cousin;
Samuel, who married Nancy Wilkerson; and
Joseph, who died early leaving three unnamed infant heirs.
At the time of Sarah McClain's
marriage to "Willis" (
Wilson Dameron6 (George5, George4, Lazarus3, George2, Lawrence1) According to the History of Gallatin Co., IL, by Mrs. P.T. Chapman, p. 367:
Charles Damron, an old resident
of this county, was born in
Wilson Damron was a scout with
Daniel Boone in
There was a famous Revolutionary
According to descendant David
Ward Anderson of
Kathy Near indicates that the
marriage record for Wilson Damron found in Green Co., KY, refers to him as Willis
Damron, son of George Damron (deceased.)
His guardian was Robert Thomas.
His bride was Sarah McClain, daughter of Charles McClain. The couple were married on
In any event, Wilson and Sarah's
sons Samuel and Charles were born in
In the Franklin Co., IL, 1818 census, one researcher found Wilson Damron with seven in the house (Material in Snow book).
It is interesting to note that
the membership chairperson for the Dameron-Damron Family Association is a woman
named Mary Damron from
Charles Campbell Whittenberry Damron
Charles Campbell Whittenberry Damron7 (Wilson6,
George5, George4, Lazarus3, George2,
Lawrence1), a resident of Johnson Co., IL, was born in
Marriage record for Charles
Damron and Polly Carson
Mary D. Damron's will was
probated in August of 1878, following her death
The Damrons come of the Daniel
Boone/Kit Carson tradition of frontiersman and pioneers, we are told. Damrons were among the first pioneers in
Charles and Mary Damronís children were:
John M.C., was a
Susan Jane, (from whom we are descended);
Samuel W., is listed in the 1850
Charles Norval, "Norvle" Damron is listed with his family in the 1950 Weakley Co., TN census, as being 16 years old and a farmer. In the Johnson Co., IL, history, we learn that Charles Norval Damron, married Mary Harvick; became a teacher, lawyer, States Attorney, and judge. He died in Berkeley, CA. Charles N. Damron is mentioned in his mother's 1878 will.
Mary is listed in the 1850 Weakley Co., TN, census as being 14 years old. The Johnson Co., IL, history tells us she married Tamberlain Chapman. Mary is not listed in her mother's 1878 will. It is possible she died without issue prior to this date.
James W., James is listed as nine years
old in the 1850 census for Weakley Co., TN.
James W. is described in the Johnson Co., IL, history as a farmer of Grantsburg township; married to Sidney Rose;
elected assessor and treasurer for the
county, and later moving his family to Puxico, Missouri, about 1900. James
James and Sydney were the parents of Catherine, Hershel, Libby, Maude, Charles P., and Almus.
Marila Drucilla Lucinda is listed in the Weakley Co., TN, census as six years old. She is listed as "Drucilla" in the Johnson Co., IL, history, where we learn that she was married to George Worley. Her mother's 1878 will refers to a "daughter of my deceased daughter Marila D.: Alice Worley." Her name must have been Marila Drucilla Damron. Either the census taker heard wrong when he recorded it as "Lucinda" or that was a name she chose to be called.
Frank Albertine. Son Albertine is listed in the 1950 census as three years old. A son named Frank is listed in the Johnson Co., IL, history, between sister Drucilla and brother Almus. Frank Damron, we learn, married Melissa Chapman. Neither a Frank nor an Albertine are mentioned in the mother's 1878 will and must have died without issue. Frank Albertine Damron, we believe is the correct name.
Almus G. is listed in the 1850 Weakley
Co., TN, census as one year old. He is listed
in the Johnson Co., IL, and history as married to Edith Kuukendall. He became a teacher, lawyer, and States
Attorney. After his health failed, he
and his family moved to
Susan Jane Damron Anderson
Susan Jane Damron8 (Charles C. W.7, Wilson6,
George5, George4, Lazarus3, George2,
Lawrence1) was born in 1831 in
Susan Jane tended to name her children after her own brothers and sisters, i.e. John Almos (her eldest brother was John M.C. Damron; she had another brother, Almus); Samuel Frank (she had a brother Samuel and a brother Frank); Mary Drucilla (she had a sister Mary and a sister Drucilla); Norvell C. (she had a brother Charles Norval). Her daughter Ida E. does not seem to be named after one of her mother's siblings.
She was listed in the Weakley Co., TN, federal census for 1850, age 20, living with her parents, C. Damron and Mary.
Jane Damron is listed as married
to Henry Anderson, and as a daughter of Charles and Mary (
Mary D. Damron's will was
probated in August of 1878, following her death
John A. Anderson, (from whom we are descended);
Samuel F. Anderson, (more information below);
Mary D. Anderson, born about 1861, Johnson Co., IL;
Norvell C. Anderson. Norval C.
Anderson, 65, was listed as living with nephew Henry
Lee Anderson and wife Belle in the 1930 Federal Census for
Ida E. Anderson, born about 1865 at Johnson Co., IL.