ABT 1718 - Northumberland, VA
BEF 14 JUN 1773 - Northumberland, VA
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Lawrence Dameron, Jr lived on land known as Mattapony Neck, northwest of present day Lodge Creek. Lawrence died without a will before March 17th, 1731 and William was left an orphan.1 William and Anne Caron were initially named as administrators of the estate and William's uncle, Christopher Dameron, petitioned the court for custody, which he was given in March of 1734.2 & 3
In 1735 the Wicomico Parish vestry paid a William Dameron 150 pounds of tobacco for "chain carrying" during five days of processioning. In 1757 the name William Dameron again appeared in the vestry minutes as it showed a payment of five pence "To [Mr. Lattimore] for William Dameron."4 Either of these items could be for the same William Dameron. The 1758 rent rolls listed William Dameron in St. Stephens Parish, this is a more certain match.5 It is possible that William was in Wicomico Parish with his uncle Christopher at a young age, and then returned the St. Stephen's Parish where his father's lands were once he was older.
At a Northumberland County court held in July of 1743 William Dameron petitioned the estate of William Bently for payment of a debt and received 335 pounds of tobacco.6 At a court held the following month his uncle Christopher provided an accounting of the costs of his guardianship showing that William Dameron owed him 187 1/4 pounds of tobacco.7 No further action was recorded on the debt.
In December 1746 Aaron Williams presented a deed to the county court from William Dameron but William asked it not be recorded.8 The following May the court ruled in favor of William, finding that the deed was not "obtained legally."9
William married Susannah or Sarah and had at least two children. Many online trees list the name Susannah Turner but provide no source information.
William wrote a brief will in 1768 that provided little help establishing his family connections:10
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 by making a mark. The will was proven in court on June 14th, 1773 by Susannah Dameron.11 An inventory of the estate was recorded in September of 1773. Livestock included; geese, cattle, swine, a mare, a colt, and three oxen. Other items were a safe, a canoe, books, and a looking glass. A spinning wheel, loose cotton, and serveral yards of fabric were also listed.12
- 1731 Death of Lawrence Dameron, Jr2
- 1734 Guardianship Order - 23
- 1734 Guardianship Explanation (From Dameron-Damron Genealogy)1
- 1743 Tobacco Payment6
- 1743 Debt to Guardian7
- 1746 Deed Petitioned8
- 1747 Deed Not Recorded9
- 1758 Rent Roll (PDF)5
- 1768 Will10
- 1773 Probate and Inventory Order11
- 1773 Estate Inventory - 212
- The Dameron-Damron Geneology, Helen Foster Snow
- Northumberland Order Book 1729-1737, Page 30. (1731 Death of Lawrence Dameron, Jr)
- Northumberland Order Book 1729-1737, Page 137. (1734 Guardianship)
- 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. Pgs. 62 & 112.
- Virginia, Compiled Census and Census Substitutes Index, 1607-1890 (Ancestry.com)
- Northumberland Order Book 1737-1743, Page 360. (1743 Tobacco Payment)
- Northumberland Order Book 1737-1743, Page 364. (1743 Debt to Christopher Dameron)
- Northumberland Order Book 1743-1749, Page 141. (1746 Deed Petitioned)
- Northumberland Order Book 1743-1749, Page 202. (1747 Deed Not Recorded)
- Northumberland Record Book 1772-76, Page 83. (1768 Will)
- Northumberland Order Book 1773-1783, Page 22. (1773 Probate)
- Northumberland Record Book 1772-1776, Page 262. (1773 Estate)
- For Love of Family, Peter T. Baron Jr., 2012