BEF 13 JUN 1785 - Northumberland, VA
William DameronWilliam Dameron >> Christopher Dameron >> Leroy Dameron >> Richard Dameron >> Elton Dameron >> Ralph Dameron >> Mark Dameron
William married Elizabeth Williams around 1748. They had at least five sons and two daughters; George, Roger, William, Luke, Christopher, Elizabeth "Betty" (married Leroy Oldham) and another daughter, name unknown, who married George Lewis and was mother to Edward Dameron Lewis.
At a meeting of the Wicomico Parish Vestry on November 18th, 1756 a payment of five shillings was recorded in the minutes from William Dameron Junr for a "judegement." Half a dozen other men paid a fine in the same amount including a Charles Dameron Junr.
In 1758 a William Dameron's name appeared on a tax list for St. Stephens Parish in Northumberland County, it could have been this William or his father. The 1767 Will of Roger Williams mentioned the name of his daughter, Elizabeth Dameron.
In April of 1774 William sold 150 acres in St. Stephens Parish, Northumberland to Archibald Ritchie of Essex County for 46 pounds 15 shillings and four pence current money of Virginia. In September 1777 William bought 30 acres of land from George Lewis (likely his son-in-law) for 75 pounds.
On July 18th, 1780 William Dameron and his wife Elizabeth along with William Folks and his wife Nanny sold 7 acres of land to Stephen Hall Sr, Richard Neil, Richard Clayton, John Rust and Robert Carter of the Baptist Church of Christ on Morattico Creek in Richmond County for only 5 shillings. This land was on present day Route 617 between Village and Hyacinth. In November of that same year Morattico Baptist Church held a meeting there at Lunsford's Meeting House. The property appears to have been associated with Yeocomico Baptist and Wicomico Baptist (which was renamed to Coan Baptist in 1847).
In 1782 William Dameron is listed in the Continental Census as the head of a family in Northumberland County. The number of family members was given as 7 and the number of slaves given as 4. In that same year he was recorded with 5 tithables, 9 cattle and 2 horses in the Northumberland County personal property tax record. In 1784 he was recorded as paying personal property taxes for 1 tithable, 2 slaves under 16, 4 cattle and 1 horse.
William Dameron wrote a will on January 17th, 1785. On February 14th, 1785 William and Elizabeth signed a document agreeing to sell 30 acres of land in Northumberland to David Straughan for fifty pounds ($7,800 in 2017 dollars). William died sometime in the months following. His will was probated on June 13th, 1785.
William left to his wife Elizabeth the plantation that they lived on, a slave named Sarah, all of their furniture and all of the livestock. He left to his son Roger the plantation that Roger currently lived on. He left to his son Luke land that he had purchased in Westmoreland county and a slave named Watts. He left to his son Christopher a gray mare. To his son George he left the best bed and furniture after Elizabeth's death. The second best bed and furniture he left to his grandson, Edward Dameron Lewis. William also instructed that after the death of his wife all of his estate and "movables of every kind and nature," be sold and divided equally among his sons Christopher and George as well as his grandson Edward.
William Dameron is our ancestor along two different lines. Richard Christopher Dameron was a great-grandson of William Dameron from his son Christopher. Mildred Cleopatra Fallin was a 2nd great-granddaughter of William Dameron through his son Luke. When they married, Richard Christopher and Minnie were 3rd cousins once removed.
- Northumberland County, VA. Record Book 1772-76, Part I. page 83.
- Virginia, Marriages of the Northern Neck of Virginia, 1649-1800
- Virginia, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1607-1890
- Virginia, Wills and Probate Records, 1652-1983
- The Dameron-Damron Geneology, Helen Foster Snow
- For Love of Family, Peter T. Baron Jr., 2012
- Northumberland County Record Book 9, Pg. 493.
- Northumberland County Record Book 10, Pg. 240.
- Bulletin of the Northumberland County Historical Society. Heathsville, Va: Northumberland County Historical Society, 1995. Print. Pg. 56.
- Overholt, John L, and Arthur C. Johnson. The History of Wicomico Parish: Including 1703-1795 Vestry Minutes. Wicomico Church, Va: Wicomico Parish Church, 1999. Print. Pg. 110.
- 1782 Tax - "Northumberland, Virginia, United States Records," images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS79-235K-H : October 1, 2020), image 280 of 740; Virginia. Commissioner of the Revenue (Northampton County), Virginia. Commissioner of the Revenue (Northumberland County).
- "Northumberland, Virginia, United States Records," images, FamilySearch (https://www.familysearch.org/ark:/61903/3:1:3Q9M-CS79-235X-R : October 1, 2020), image 309 of 740; Virginia. Commissioner of the Revenue (Northampton County), Virginia. Commissioner of the Revenue (Northumberland County).