Northumberland, VA
BEF 14 JUN 1773 - Northumberland, VA

William Dameron, Sr.

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Very few documents have been found to help trace the life of William Dameron. William was likely the son of Lawrence Dameron, Jr. and his mother's name may have been Jane. Lawrence Dameron, Jr. lived on land known as Mattapony Neck near Kinsale in Westmoreland County. According to Northumberland County Court records Lawrence died without a will before March 17th, 1731 and William was left an orphan (No information has been found on Jane's death). William and Anne Caron were initially named as administrators of the estate and William's uncle, Christopher Dameron (son of Bartholomew), petitioned the court for custody - which he was given in March of 1734. In August of 1738 the will of Thomas Waddy presented in court and William was a witness. If William was under 18 in 1734 when his uncle was given custody that would have put his birth year after 1716. If he witnessed a will in 1738 it would put his birth date before 1720.

That William Dameron was the orphan son of Lawrence, Jr. is one of three theories about about his parentage that appear in Helen Foster-Snow's Dameron-Damron Genealogy, but it appears to be the theory supported by the most research. William was listed as the son of Thomas Dameron (son of Lawrence the Immigrant, appears to have died intestate after 1708), and in the entry Snow notes "We have no proof in documents that he was the son of the above Thomas as yet without more search, but by process of elimination this is the only place left for him to fill." He is also listed as a son of Bartholomew, Jr. (son of Bartholomew, will probated 1735 in Northumberland County but contents unknown).

William married Susannah or Sarah and had at least two children. Again there are multiple theories about the identity of William's wife. Many online trees list the name Susannah Turner but provide no source information. Married Well and Often lists a marriage between a William Dameron and Sarah Humphries as taking place before 1769.

The 1758 rent rolls list a William Dameron in St. Stephens Parish, Northumberland County, that could be this William or his son.

William wrote a brief will in 1768 that provides little help establishing his family connections:

IN THE NAME OF GOD AMEN, I WILLIAM DAMERON of the County of Northumberland being in perfect sence and memory praised be to God for the same but calling to mind the uncertanty of this Life that is but a blest I do therefore make and ordain this my Last Will & Testament in Manner and form following Viz:
Imprimis, I give and bequeath my soul to almighty God that gave it to me (in full and Certain hopes of parden or remission for all my sins in and through the death of my Dear and Blessed Saviour Jesus Christ) and my body to the earth to be buried at the Descretion of my Exrs. hereafter & for what worldly goods it hath Pleased God to bless me with I give as followeth--
Item. I give to my loving wife Sarah Dameron all my estate of what nature and kind so ever during her natural Life and after the death of my wife Sarah I give all my Estate to be equally divided amongst all my children & their Legal Representatives.
Item. I appoint my Loving wife Sarah Dameron Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament Revoking all former wills by me made as Witness my hand and seal this 23rd day of March One Thousand Seven Hundred Sixty Eight.
Signed Sealed & Published WILLIAM X DAMERON

William signed his will by making a mark. The will was proven in court on June 14th, 1773 by Susannah Dameron.

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Sources:

  • Virginia, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1607-1890
  • Northumberland County, VA Record Book 1772-76, Part I. Pg. 83.
  • The Dameron-Damron Geneology, Helen Foster Snow
  • For Love of Family, Peter T. Baron Jr., 2012

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