ABT 1798 - Northumberland, VA
BEF 9 AUG 1852 - Northumberland, VA
Leroy Oldham DameronLeroy Dameron >> Richard Dameron >> Elton Dameron >> Ralph Dameron >> Mark Dameron
Leroy was a farmer and slave holder in Northumberland County. He was a trustee for Gibeon Baptist Church.
"Wife Betty Oldham-use of all my estate both real and personal during her natural life, and at her death to Leroy Oldham Dameron, son of Christopher Dameron and Gracey S. Dameron his wife-the plantation I now live on. To Polly Christopher Dameron, daughter of the above Christopher and Gracey-negro girl Maria. To Thomas Oldham Dameron, son of the said Christopher and Gracey his wife-negro boy Jerry. To Lucy Smith Dameron, daughter of the said Christopher and Gracey-negro girl Frank. To my brothers daughter, Nancy Tarpley Oldham-negroes Jane and Nelly. To Lucy Oldham, daughter of my brother Thomas Oldham-negroes Sarah and Isaac. To Molly Draper Dameron, who now lives with me-negro girl Ann. Rest of my estate to be equally divided between Leroy O. Dameron, Polly C. Dameron, Thomas O. Dameron, Lucy S. Dameron, Nancy T. Oldham, and Lucy Oldham. Brother Thomas Oldham, friends Christopher Dameron, and Samuel Cralle, executors. Witness: Luke Dameron, William Dameron, and Roger Dameron."Leroy married Frances R. Dameron on July 15th, 1820, George Wilkins provided security on the bond. In 1838 a marriage bond was issued for George Wilkins and Alice Dameron, ward of Leroy O. Dameron with Bartholomew Dameron providing security. Alice does not appear to have been a sister of Leroy, but may have been a neice. The 1820 census was counted just a few weeks Leroy's marriage to Frances. There were two Leroy Dameron’s on the 1820 census in Northumberland County, and either could be a match depending on which other family members could have been living with them.
The 1830 census lists only one Leroy Dameron in Northumberland and includes the middle initial "O." Household members are one male 15-20 and one 30-40, three females under 5, one 5-10 and one 20-30. Slaves are also listed; one male 36-55 and one female 10-24.
Leroy appears on the 1840 census as L.O. Dameron. He is the only free white male, age 40-49. Children are given as one female under 5, two ages 5-9 and two ages 10-14. His wife is listed as one female age 30-39. Again two slaves are listed, one male 36-54 and one female under 10. In May and June of 1840 Leroy O. Dameron was listed along with 41 others who left Wicomico Baptist Church (now called Coan Baptist Church) to form Gibeon Baptist Church
In April of 1842 Leroy paid a debt from Stephen Self to Thomas Lyell. Self agreed to repay and as collateral offered his livestock and crops of wheat and corn. The following month Leroy performed a similar service for Richard Jewell who was indebted to Thomas Lyell. In turn Jewell agreed to pay the money back to Leroy or auction his land to finally settle the debt.
In December 1846 Leroy paid $286 for a 100 acre parcel of land in Northumberland on the east side of the road from Westmoreland to Union Village bordering on lands already owned by Leroy and by Thomas Sydnor and Charles Carrol.
In June of 1848 Leroy along with William Haynie and Matthew Harrison acting as trustees for Gibeon Meeting House paid Darius G. Cralle $1 for a house and 1/2 acre of land. Church tradition tells that this parcel of land was part of the present church cemetery. The bounds in the deed are described using fences, dogwood trees and land belonging to Thomas Self.
The 1850 census gives a more complete picture of the family. Leroy is listed as 53, a farmer, with real estate valued at $900. His wife, Frances' age is 46. Children listed are, Frances 21, Rebbecca 18, Ann 14, Susan 12, Leroy 10 and Richard 6. All family members are indicated as being born in Northumberland. Leroy still owned two slaves, they were listed as 53 Male, and 14 Female.
Leroy wrote his will on February 2nd, 1852 and died soon after. The will was probated August 9th of the same year. Leroy left land and $50 to Richard Christopher and divided his remaining estate among his other children. Leroy is likely buried at Gibeon Baptist Church, but no grave marker exists. A plat map for the church cemetery shows a grave site for Dameron right beside Darius G. Cralle who was also a founding member of Gibeon and had died only four years earlier.
In the name of God Amen - I Leroy O. Dameron of the county of Northumberland being sick and weak in body but of sound mind and disposing memory, for which I thank God, and calling to mind the uncertainty of human life, and being desirous to dispose of all such worldly estate as it hath pleased God to bless me with I give and bequeath the same in manner following -
First - I desire all my just debts should be paid -
Second - I give to my son Richard C. Dameron all that tract of land whereon Richard Jewell now lives subject to my widow's dower wherein together with fifty dollars to him and his heirs forever.
Third - All the rest of my estate both real and personal of whatever nature or kind soever after allowing my widow her dower therein to be equally divided between all my children except my son Richard C. Dameron above named -
And Lastly - I do hearby constitute and appoint my friend Thomas S. Lyell executor of this my last will and testament hearby revoking all other or former wills or testaments by me heretofore made -
In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this 2nd day of February, 1852 -
Leroy O. Dameron
An appraisal of Leroy's estate was taken on September 15th, 1852. Items of interest included a shotgun, a collection of books, an ox cart, plow and chain, two harrows and three ox. Also listed was a old slave man named William valued at $200 and young slave woman named Martha valued at $500.
- Nottingham, Stratton. The Marriage License Bonds of Northumberland County, Virginia, from 1783 to 1850. Baltimore: Genealogical Pub. Co, 1976. Print. Pgs. 25 & 109.
- Northumberland County, VA - Will Book, Vol A, 1847-1872
- 1830; Census Place: Northumberland, Virginia; Series: M19; Roll: 201; Page: 200; Family History Library Film: 0029680
- Year: 1840; Census Place: Northumberland, Virginia; Roll: 570; Page: 242; Image: 495; Family History Library Film: 0029690
- Year: 1850; Census Place: District 7, Northumberland, Virginia; Roll: M432_965; Page: 321B; Image: 101
- 1850 U.S. Federal Census - Slave Schedules
- Virginia, Marriages, 1740-1850
- Virginia, Select Marriages, 1785-1940
- Northumberland County Virginia Wills 1793-1816, and Administrations 1790-1816
- The Dameron-Damron Geneology, Helen Foster Snow
- For Love of Family, Peter T. Baron Jr., 2012
Spouse & Children:
- Alexander Dameron
- Polly Christopher Dameron
- Lucy Smith Dameron
- Thomas Oldham Dameron
- Elizabeth Dameron