26 JUL 1844 - Northumberland, VA
12 JUL 1909 - Northumberland, VA
Richard Christopher DameronRichard Dameron >> Elton Dameron >> Ralph Dameron >> Mark Dameron
Richard was a farmer and later a merchant in Northumberland County.
On the 1850 census Richard's family is in Northumberland in the 7th district. His father is listed as a farmer with real estate valued at $900. Their neighbors are the Jewels and Wilsons. Leroy Oldham was a slave holder, on the 1850 slave schedule he was shown as owning a 53 year old man and a 14 year old girl.
Leroy Oldham Dameron died in 1852. In his will he left to Richard Christopher a "tract of land where Richard Jewel now lives." The rest of his estate was to be equally divided between all of the other children.
The 1860 census shows Frances Dameron, age 50, as the head of the family. She is marked as being born in Lancaster County, where ten years earlier all the family members were listed as born in Northumberland. She is also marked as being unable to read or write. Her real estate is valued at $1,000, with personal property worth $120. Richard's older brother Thomas is the only one marked as working, he is a farmer. The 1860 slave schedule for Northumberland shows F. Dameron as owning one slave, a 40 year old male.
Thomas left to join the Confederate Army in May of 1861. He served in the 40th VA Infantry. Thomas was wounded and subsequently captured at the Battle of Gettysburg. After being sent to Point Lookout prison camp for almost a year he was exchanged and allowed to return home. He did not stay home very long before he returned to Maryland. Family lore says he returned north to try and find the nurse that cared for him. He ended up settling near St. Mary's Maryland and living out his life there in a town now known as Dameron, MD.
Richard Christopher stayed around to care for his mother and sister. Times were probably tough after the war and it sounds like Richard had money trouble. A Northumberland County deed of trust was signed on March 20th, 1868 by Richard Dameron and T. Edwin Betts. The deed states that earlier that year a justice of the peace issued a judgment against Richard Dameron, Thomas Dameron and Richard Dawson for $50 plus interest from October of 1866 to be paid to Eppa C. Walker. The deed also states that Richard Dameron owes Eppa Walker an additional $12. Richard agreed to either pay back the debt by January 1st, 1869 or sell 100 acres of land (in Northumberland County adjacent to the land of Warren P. Hill) to Edwin Betts for $1 so that Betts could in turn sell the land to pay the debt to Eppa Walker. It appears that Richard paid Walker off in time and the land was not sold. Eppa C. Walker may have been a brother or nephew of Richard's mother, whose maiden name was Walker.
On the 1870 census Richard was the head of the family. They were still in Northumberland in the Lottsburg township. Richard was marked as a farmer with land worth $500 and personal property of $100. His mother at age 66 is marked as able to read, but not write. She is also marked as "insane," possibly indicating a condition like alzheimers. His sister Susan, age 28, also still lives at home. Additionally and 8 year old black boy named Andrew Medley lives with them.
The 1870 agricultural schedule showed Richard had 100 acres, 50 improved for farming. He had one horse, one milk cow and three swine all valued at $110. In the past year he had produced 100 bushels of corn.
In February of 1880 Richard was living in Richmond County. A deed was written at that time in Northumberland County where Richard sold 100 acres of land to Kettura Lewis for $600. The land was described as being in the Lottsburg magisterial district of Northumberland on the road between Union Village and Fruit Plain. On the census in June 1880 Richard is listed in the Washington township of Richmond County. His mother is no longer listed, and likely passed away. His sister Susan still lives with him. Richard is marked as a farmer.
In 1889 Richard Christopher married at the age of 45. He wed Mildred Cleopatra "Minnie" Fallin, daughter of Richard Luke Fallin and Martha Dorothy Stephens. Minnie's 2nd Great-Grandfather was William Dameron, who was also Richard's Great-Grandfather, making them 2nd cousins once removed. They were married on the 15th of October in the home of W.P. Middleton by Rev. A. J. Reamy. Richard and Minnie would go on to have their first three children before the year 1900.
In 1894 Richard sold four acres in Village to CM Dameron for $450. He also sold CM Dameron a "stock of merchandise" for $900. I am not sure who CM Dameron was. In 1899 Richard was running a mercantile business in Village. He began construction on a new combined store house and dwelling just northeast of Gibeon Church in the neighborhood known as Fruit Plain. His new store was open by November of 1899. In July of 1900 Richard hired Jeter Fallin to work for him at Fruit Plain. This may have been a nickname for one of Minnie's brothers.
The 1900 census lists Richard near Lottsburg in Northumberland. His occupation was given as merchant. He owned his home mortgage free. His age was marked as 58, and Cleopatra, 28. After that census they would have four more children.
On Sunday, June 20th, 1909 Richard was on the way to church with two of his children when he lost control of his horse and buggy. He was thrown into a tree, breaking his leg and hitting his head. Neither of the children were injured. Richard's leg injury turned gangrenous and he died on July the 12th, 1909. Richard Christopher was buried at Gibeon Baptist Church. He shares a headstone with his youngest child, Otelia, who was born just weeks after his death and lived less than three years.
- Year: 1850; Census Place: District 7, Northumberland, Virginia; Roll: M432_965; Page: 321B; Image: 101
- Year: 1860; Census Place: Northumberland, Virginia; Roll: M653_1367; Page: 814; Image: 130; Family History Library Film: 805367
- Year: 1870; Census Place: Lottsburg, Northumberland, Virginia; Roll: M593_1669; Page: 49B; Image: 244164; Family History Library Film: 553168
- Year: 1880; Census Place: Washington, Richmond, Virginia; Roll: 1386; Family History Film: 1255386; Page: 461A; Enumeration District: 099
- Year: 1900; Census Place: Lottsburg, Northumberland, Virginia; Roll: 1720; Page: 10A; Enumeration District: 0069; FHL microfilm: 1241720
- U.S., Find A Grave Index, 1600s-Current
- Selected U.S. Federal Census Non-Population Schedules, 1850-1880
- Virginia, Select Marriages, 1785-1940
- The Dameron-Damron Geneology, Helen Foster Snow
Spouse & Children:
- Frances R. Dameron
- Rebbecca B. Dameron
- Ann Elizabeth Dameron
- Susan E. Dameron
- Thomas Leroy Dameron