15 JAN 1904 - Village, Richmond, VA
18 APR 1987 - Kilmarnock, Lancaster, VA

"Papa" Elton Ralph Dameron

Show Family Line Elton Dameron >> Ralph Dameron >> Mark Dameron

Elton was a farmer and produce merchant. He moved from Haynesville to White Stone.

Elton Ralph Dameron was born on January 15th, 1904 in Richmond County to Richard Christopher Dameron and Mildred "Minnie" Cleopatra Fallin. He was the fourth of seven children. When Elton was five, his father was injured in a horse and buggy accident. His wound became infected and he died soon after. Minnie was pregnant with Otelia at the time and sent Elton to live with her brother, Wade Fallin. Wade was a farmer in Richmond County, he and his wife Ida did not have children and ended up raising Elton. Elton helped with farm work in season and in the winter he cut pulpwood and loaded it onto barges in Totuskey Creek.

The 1910 census shows Elton living with his uncle and aunt on the road "From Haynesville to Middleton's Mill." Wade's brother-in-law Frank Withers also lives with them and is listed as working at the saw mill. Again on the 1920 census Elton was listed with Wade and Ida. He was marked as attending school that year. He finished 7th grade.

On April 29th, 1925 Elton married Louise Frances Bryant. She was the daughter of Columbus Taylor Bryant and Laura Alice Sisson. They were married at the Baptist Parsonage by Rev. S.S. Robinson and honeymooned in Washington D.C.

Hilda was born in 1926 and Marguerite in 1927. The April 1930 census lists the family living on the "Road from Haynesville to Totuskey P.O." Elton is listed a farmer, he is shown as owning his home. They lived next door to Wade and Ida Fallin. Ralph was born just after the census in June of 1930.

When Elton and Louise lived in Haynesville they were members at Totuskey Baptist Church. Elton served as a Deacon and Clerk. He began driving a truck to Richmond City to buy fruits and vegetables to supply stores in the Northern Neck. The Downing Bridge in Tappahannock had just opened in 1927 making it practical to transport goods by truck rather than by boat. He bought most of his produce on Hull Street in the city. It was a 60 mile drive and Elton passed time by shelling and eating peanuts while he drove.

The 1940 census listed Elton's occupation as a wholesale fruit and vegetable merchant, he reported working 48 hours a week. His home was valued at $2,500. Mabel was shown as being born in 1934. In 1942 Elton registered from the WWII Draft. He gave his height at 5'5 1/2" and weight as 160. He marked his eyes as gray, hair as brown and complexion as ruddy.

Elton and Louise's last child, Anne, was born in 1950. Around 1952 he bought Enon Hall farm on Antipoison Creek near White Stone and the family moved down to the lower end of the Northern Neck. Elton and Louise joined White Stone Baptist Church. At first they lived in the Enon Hall farm house. Elton farmed and subdivided some lots off of the farm. For a while Louise's uncle, Philip Reamy Bryant lived with them. Elton also purchased the nearby Hutchinson Farm and kept a hog farming operation there.

In 1963 Elton began building a new home on the east side of the Enon Hall Farm. This is where they lived out the rest of their lives. He built two docks on his property, one in the protected cove and another one for fishing that went off the end of the point into deeper water. He also liked to return to his boyhood haunts at Totuskey Creek for fishing as well.

Elton passed away on April 18th, 1987 due to cardiac arrest. He died just a half hour before Easter Sunday at Rappahannock General Hospital in Kilmarnock. His funeral was held at White Stone Baptist Church on Tuesday the 21st followed by burial at Totuskey Baptist Church in Haynesville.

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What I remember about Papa is mostly just him sitting in the breezeway while I played on the floor with a small basket of plastic cowboys and Indians. I am told that I would play "church deacon" by dumping the toys out and shaking the basket at Papa until he would put a little change in it for me.

An often repeated story about Papa was one that he liked to tell on himself about working after school at the Davis General Merchandise Store on the corner in Haynesville. One of his jobs was loading sacks of grain onto trucks. He worked there with an old black man. Papa said that sometimes he would get tired and just throw the bags into a truck instead of stacking them neatly, and when the old man saw his sloppy work he would tell Papa, "Elton, I loves your soul, but I hates your ways."

Mark Dameron wrote some memories of his Grandfather in 2015:

After Papa moved to Enon Hall he would take time to teach me to drive his tractors. I still remember seeing him plowing his garden with a horse. After he retired from farming Papa always had a big garden and he used to get me to drive his model L John Deere while he held the handles on the plow. Elton usually sang while working in his garden, hymns like “Blessed Assurance”. He also taught me how to set and fish a gill net but I think he mostly enjoyed hook & line, especially when he and John Beebe went up to Totuskey.

Almost every Sunday at least one of Mama Lou and Papa’s daughters and their family would visit. This was ideal for all of us cousins to play until dark on Sunday afternoons, which usually involved us all running up and down the old farm roads to the barns at Enon Hall and climbing into and jumping out of the hay lofts.

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  • Year: 1910; Census Place: Washington, Richmond, Virginia; Roll: T624_1643; Page: 7A; Enumeration District: 0108; FHL microfilm: 1375656
  • Year: 1920; Census Place: Washington, Richmond, Virginia; Roll: T625_1908; Page: 8B; Enumeration District: 141; Image: 702
  • Year: 1930; Census Place: Washington, Richmond, Virginia; Roll: 2457; Page: 8A; Enumeration District: 0004; Image: 825.0; FHL microfilm: 2342191
  • Year: 1940; Census Place: Washington, Richmond, Virginia; Roll: T627_4288; Page: 3B; Enumeration District: 80-6
  • U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current
  • U.S., Social Security Death Index, 1935-2014
  • Historical Newspapers, Birth, Marriage, & Death Announcements, 1851-2003
  • The National Archives in St. Louis, Missouri; St. Louis, Missouri; WWII Draft Registration Cards for Virginia, 10/16/1940 – 03/31/1947; Record Group: 147, Records of the Selective Service System; Box: 184
  • Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014
  • For Love of Family, Peter T. Baron Jr, 2012

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Siblings:

  • Edith Ruth Dameron
    • 1891-1973
  • Roy J. Dameron
    • 1895-1962
  • Richard Walker Dameron
    • 1897-1957
  • Susie Ann Dameron
    • 1902-1952
  • Carlton Dewey Dameron
    • 1907-1982
  • Otelia Mildred Dameron
    • 1909-1912

Last Updated: 8/4/2020