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4 times Great-Grandfather:
John Damron, Sr.
of Virginia, Tennessee & Illinois
Son of Moses Damron & Aggie Owl
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Captain John DAMRON Sr., and his brothers apparently were among one of the first generations to eliminate the "e" from the family name. Some theorize that this was a device to differentiate the family that supported the colonies from those backing England during the Revolutionary War. Some lines later returned the "e" to the name but many retained the shorter form. Circumstantial evidence strongly backed that John was the son of Moses Damron and Aggie Owl. Fortunately, DNA test resuts have shown the I am a descendant of John and Anna. He and Anna were definitely in Russell County, Virginia, when Moses and Aggy were there. In RUSSELL COUNTY, VIRGINIA DEED BOOK 2 (1795 - 1798): " page 467 - December 16, 1797 between John Damron & Anne and James Bush & Austen Bush...on the waters of Clinch River...170 ac...part of a survey granted to James Osborn by patent dated July 5, 1785...Beginning in a sinkhole corner to David Cowans land...running up the branch to the fork of the branch...to the line of Abraham McClenen...on Henry Hamlins line...Signed: John Damron & Anney Damron. No witnesses." Other county records shown John interacting with Moses, and Lazarus Damron in Russell County which supports that John was the son of Moses and Aggy.---CCC)
During the Revolutionary War, he joined the 9th Virginia Regiment of the Continental Line. This unit, made up of expert Virginian marksmen, was the famous Morgan's Riflemen. John's service record shows that he was at the battle of Gooch's Bridge, Delaware, in August 1777. This was reportedly the first battle actually fought under the Stars and Stripes although this claim has never been authenticated. The flag had been adopted on 14 July 1777. That engagement was followed by the Battle of Brandywine on 11 September. In the Battle of Germantown in October, John was taken prisoner by the British.
However, he was free and back on the roll of the 2nd Virginia Regiment in March 1778. This regiment was with Washington at Valley Forge, Pennsylvania, although it is not known if John had been there for that infamous winter. On 18 June 1778, Washington took his army across the Delaware River at Coryell's Ferry and, on 28 June, into the Battle of Monmouth Court House, New Jersey. (If John was still with Morgan's Riflemen, he would not have actually participated in the battle. That group, although nearby, since Morgan had not been directly ordered to enter the fray and by the time he arrived with his troops the battle was over.) The forces later accompanied Washington when he moved his headquarters to White Plains, New York. Later, John joined the Virginia State Militia where he attained the rank of Captain that resulted in his being called "Captain John" for the remainder of his life.
He married Anna Ladd, a first cousin, and lived in Russell County, Virginia, for many years. He was an active Methodist preacher. They had several children before Anna died in 1804. John married again. His second wife's name is uncertain. A Cynthia Damron appears on a church membership roll along with some of John's children. It is thought that this is most likely his second wife. Her maiden name is also only a guess. Census records indicate that their third child, Agnes, had been born in Tennessee in 1811 and that Elvira, the next child, was born in Illinois in 1815
In 1818, John and Cynthia appear in New Burnside, Johnson County (then, part of Franklin County), Illinois, where they had a farm. John was a farmer and a Methodist minister who, as a circuit rider, served missions in southern Illinois. His will, dated 5 September 1835, was made out in Franklin County, Illinois, and was filed in Johnson County, Illinois. He was buried in Drake Cemetery just across the border in Williamson County. A stone identifying him as a Revolutionary War veteran still marked the grave in 2008. (Click photo, right, to visit the entry about him on the Find A Grave website.)
Marriage: cir __ ___ 1780 Virginia.
Marriage: cir __ ___ 1806 Cynthia THOMPSON? ( -1845); Cynthia's maiden name is not known.
It is thought by some researchers that it was Thompson.
Death: __ ___ 1840 Johnson Co., Illinois.
Burial: __ ___ 1840 Drake Cemetery, Williamson Co., Illinois.
Father: Moses DAMERON (1735-1812)
Mother: Aggie Owl
THE FIRST MARRIAGE of Captain John Damron, Sr.
Spouse: Anna LADD
Thirteen Children of John's first marriage:
6/M John DAMRON Jr. Records indicate that in the early 1810's John was in New Madrid County, MO, living with his father's brother, George, who had a son also named John so that the two cousins were known by nicknames. John was "Ground Hog John" while George's son was called "Cuffy." His Uncle George died in 1816 about the time, or soon after, John married Sarah when she was only fourteen or fifteen. Census records show that he was in Franklin Co., Illinois, in 1818 and 1820. By 1830 he was in Weakley Co., Tennessee, then moved to Barry Co., Missouri. By 1844, he and his family had arrived in Ellis Co., Texas, with a company of friends, neighbors and relatives, traveling overland by wagon and teams of oxen or horses. (At least one source reports that they were members of the Mercer Colony.) After John's death in 1856, his widow and some of their children converted to Mormonism and moved to Utah;
Birth: 19 May 1791 Russell Co., Virginia; John was possibly born in Northumberland Co., Virginia.
Marriage: cir __ ___ 1812 Sarah Elizabeth SHULTZ (1799-1859); Illinois.
Death: 03 Apr 1856 Ellis Co., Texas.
7/M George DAMRON
Ladd DAMRON. After James, her
husband, died, Anna was left to rear their six children on the league
of land he
had been posthumously granted. Since James had died intestate, a
proceeding in the district court of Collin County awarded Anna half of
property. Each of the children was awarded equal portions of the
The area was very much still a frontier with many hardships including
activity. There were only about 150 people in the county in 1842 but,
the population had reached 1,950. Apparently, Anna had difficulty in
her family on her own. Between the years of 1845 and 1852, she executed
deeds, granting various sized parcels of land out of her share of the
evidently sold parcels of land as she required money. She sold two
pieces of land to her son Jobe "in consideration of the love and
I bear to my son..." Some years later, when Jobe was living in Goliad
his wife, Minerva, died. Anna went to live with him to help rear his
and remained there until Jobe's death. Then, she moved to Llano where
with a grandson until her own death. (Source: THE TEXAS HERITAGE OF THE
AND THE CLARKS by O.C. Fisher. The Anson Jones Press, Salado, TX.
Interestingly, some descendants have come to believe that Anna was
Ladd who had been born in Holland and could speak no English until she
nineteen years old! Her son Jobe was the father of the well-known
Texas gunman King Fisher.
11/M Moses DAMRON
Constantine has reported as being the father of John Henry Damron
conclusive documentation has been presented. The preparer of this
that the lack of proof and evidence that Hulda Majors Damron was more
connected justifies not listing John Henry Damron among his children;
13/F Hulda Majors DAMRON. Hulda seems to have been named for her mother's sister, Hulda, who married Robert Majors. She was born only a few months before her mother died and was reared by her step-mother, Cynthia. Hulda was married and widowed two times. She was apparently the mother of John Henry Damron . In the 1830 census, she is in the household of her first husband, James Thomas Addleton, along with a male under five years of age. There is no record of an Addleton child of this age. The age of this child is correct for John Henry Damron with whom she later lived in Texas and, apparently, died in his household. Descendants of John Henry considered Hulda as his mother. It is probable that John Henry is her child although no evidence of a previous marriage has emerged. She and James Thomas Addleton evidently raised John Henry who was to name his first son, James Thomas Damron. John Henry's account of his father's death suggests that he was referring to James Thomas Addleton rather than his biological father. James Thomas might have been his father but this seems unlikely since John Henry never took the Addleton name;
Birth: 08 Dec 1803 Virginia.
Marriage 1: bef __ ___ 1830 James Thomas ADDLETON Sr. ( -1837); Illinois.
Marriage 2: aft __ ___ 1837 (--?--) COLDIRON ( -1849)
Death: 21 Dec 1864 Fannin Co., Texas.
SECOND MARRIAGE of
Captain John DAMRON Sr.
Birth: 12 Jan 1757 Albemarle Co., Virginia.
Spouse: Cynthia THOMPSON?
Her first and
last names are not known for certain. A Cynthia Damron appears on the
role of the local church along with some members of John's second
family and it
does seem possible that this could well be her. It is believed that her
name might have been Thompson since that name was used in the name of
youngest son. However, no proof has been uncovered which verifies this
Six Children of John's second marriage:
3/F Agnes DAMRON
4/F Elvira DAMRON
6/M Noah Thompson DAMRON
Birth: 12 Dec 1823 Johnson Co.?, Illinois.
Marriage: 14 May 1846 Mary Ann THORNTON (1827- ); Johnson Co., Illinois.
Death: aft __ ___ 1850
Burial: aft __ ___ 1850 Franklin Co., Illinois.
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Helen Foster Snow wrote in THE DAMERON-DAMRON GENEALOGY that Nell Elkins Pearce Pearce "has seen the old Bible Mentioned in the will of John Damron, and said it was a beautiful book bound in leather. She sent me the following with the note: 'This record of births and deaths of the family of John and Anna (Ladd) Damron was found in a very old book in possession of one of John and Cynthia Damron's great-grandchildren. (Cynthia was his second wife.)" A transcription follows:
Sons and Daughter
JOSEPH DAMRON, the first son, b. 22 Dec. 1781
SOLOMON “ 2nd “ b. 2 Oct. 1783
BETSEY “ 1st daut. b. 3 Mch. 1785
SMITH “ 2nd daut. b. 4 Mch. 1787
WILLIAM “ 3rd son b. 10 Feb. 1789
JOHN (JR.) “ 4th son b. 19 May 1791
GEO. & POLLY DAMRON 5th son and 3rd daut. b. 12 Mch. 1793
NOBLE LADD DAMRON 6th son b. 16 Mch. 1795
ANNA “ 4th daut. b. 23 Dec. 1797
MOSES “ 7th son b. 6 June, 1799
CONSTANTINE LADD " 8th son b. 5 May 1801
HULDIA MAJORS " 5th daut. b. 8 Nov. 1803
JOHN DAMRON, senior, was born Jan. 12, 1757
ANNA DAMRON, his wife, was born Mch. 4, 1765, and died Feb. 8 1804
Children of John Damron and 2nd Wife Cynthia
DAVID DAMRON, the 9th son b. 5 Oct. 1807
SUCKEY “ 6th daut. b. 12 April 1809
AGNES “ 7th daut. b. 31 July 1811
ELVIRA “ 8th daut. b. 27 Oct. 1815
MALISSA “ 9th daut. b. 10 April, 1818
NOAH THOMPSON " 10th son b. 12 Dec. 1823
Mrs. Pearce added the following notes: John Damron, Jr. b. in Va. (Census). Agnes Damron b. in Tenn. (Census). Elvira Damron b. in Illinois, Franklin Co.; Malissa b. Illinois; Franklin Co.; Noah Thompson b. in Illinois in Williamson or Johnson County. Between Feb. 8th, 1804, and 1806 John married Cynthia as her first child was born 1807.
Mrs. Pearce also wrote: John's son David was already dead in 1835, and I have other proof of this then the will. I have never been able to locate the following sons of John, Sr.: Solomon, Joseph, William. In fact I have never seen any of them in the Census with him except John Jr. and his family. Where did they locate--not in Illinois I am sure? She told me: "My ancestress, Agnes Damron married Stephen Gill; they named their children John C. Gill, Polly, Benjamin, Monroe, Stephen Thompson, Elizabeth, Sarah Ann and Milton Gill." She also wrote: "I have always thought that maybe Cynthia’s maiden name was Thompson as she named her last child, b. 1823, Noah Thompson. Noah was of Bertie County, N.C." She said Benagar Gill, father of Stephen, enlisted from Delaware, and she did not know who his father was at that writing. The tombstones of Agnes and Stephen Gill are in the cemetery.
The Will of John Damron, 1835
The will was found in Estate Box 56 at the Johnson County Courthouse, Vienna, Johnson Co., Illinois.
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