24 JUN 1930 - Haynesville, Richmond, VA
12 DEC 2005 - Kilmarnock, Lancaster, VA

"Gramps" Elton Ralph Dameron

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Ralph Dameron was a VMRC Inspector and a farmer. He was a County Supervisor and a member of White Stone and Corrotoman Baptist Churches.

Elton Ralph Dameron, Jr. was born on June 24th, 1930 in Haynesville, VA to Elton Ralph Dameron, Sr. and Louise Frances Bryant. He was the third of five siblings and the only son. He went by his middle name. As a child one of his good friends was neighbor, John Will Parr. He grew up attending Totuskey Baptist Church. The 1940 census showed Ralph's family living off of Route 619 in Haynesville. Ralph was 9 years old and marked as finishing 4th grade. He went on to finish school in Richmond County and attended college in Richmond City at Richmond Professional Institute (Now Virginia Commonwealth University).

Ralph married Frances Catherine Franklin on June 13th, 1953. They were married in her parent's house by Rev. Jesse Clay. They moved to White Stone and lived in a house they called the "shanty," on the south side of Antipoison Creek from Enon Hall. A small bridge went across the creek to the Enon Hall farmhouse where his parents lived. Ralph worked for the Virginia Marine Resources Commission as a supervisor in the conservation division. He worked at VMRC for 17 years.

In the early 1960's they built a larger brick home farther down the creek. Ralph and Frances were members of White Stone Baptist Church and were involved in many church activities. Ralph also served on the Agricultural Stabilization and Conservation Service Committee and for Southern States Cooperative, organizations supporting farmers.

In the 1970's Ralph and Frances moved to Monaskon farm. In 1983 Ralph ran for a won a seat as a Lancaster County Supervisor. During his time on the board he weighed in many times in favor of protecting the county's water resources while supporting local water men, and against commercial development. He also seemed to favor a small government philosophy. Ralph and Frances continued attending church in White Stone for many years after moving up the county, some years after his parents passed away they began attending Corrotoman Baptist Church near Monaskon.

Ralph had a small river front lot near the farm with a white sand beach. He and Frances enjoyed visiting there to walk on the beach and relax. After he was mostly retired Gramps still kept some cattle around his farm. He had a truck and cattle trailer and would haul livestock to and from the market in Fredericksburg for himself and other local farmers.

Later in life Ralph had heart troubles. He had heart surgery in the early 2000's. Around the same time he sold the farm in Monaskon and he and Frances moved to a smaller home in Lively. Ralph passed away in 2005 at Rappahannock General Hospital in Kilmarnock. His funeral was held at Corrotoman Baptist Church with burial at Totuskey Baptist Church in Haynesville.

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Mark Dameron remembers his father bagging many deer when the lived in the shanty:
When we lived at the “little shanty” at the head of the creek, a black man , Howard Adkins, lived within shouting distance . On still fall mornings, Gramps could hear Howard chopping wood early in the morning and would holler “hey Howard, turn them loose” (his two black & tan deer dogs) and almost every morning they could have a deer chase going in a few minutes. Back then high powered rifles were legal and Gramps had a .30/.30 lever action Marlin with open sights. He told me that one season he bagged 13 bucks (no doe hunting back then).

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  • Year: 1940; Census Place: Washington, Richmond, Virginia; Roll: T627_4288; Page: 4A; Enumeration District: 80-6
  • U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current
  • U.S., Social Security Applications and Claims Index, 1936-2007
  • Virginia, Birth Records, 1912-2014, Delayed Birth Records, 1854-1911
  • Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014
  • Virginia, Marriage Records, 1936-2014

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Siblings:

  • Hilda Alice Dameron
    • 1926-
  • Marguerite I. Dameron
    • 1927-2014
  • Mabel Louise Dameron
    • 1934-
  • Anne Leigh Dameron
    • 1950-

Last Updated: 9/29/2019