Abstracted and adapted from
DAMERON-DAMRON FAMILY NEWSLETTER
Spring 1989

JOHN JONES DAMERON
of Randolph Co., Missouri

by Helen Dameron Jones



JOHN JONES DAMERON was born 17 February 1814 in Caswell Co., NC. He was the son of GEORGE BALL DAMERON (1771-1848) and MARY WOOSHAM MOORE. He was one of a large group of Damerons and related families who moved from Caswell Co., NC, to Randolph Co., MO, in the early 1830s. For information on the earlier generations of this family, please see the article about Joseph Dameron Sr. of Northumberland Co., VA, in volume 8 (Spring, 1985) of the newsletter. He married MARGARET BURTON in about 1833. No record has been found of that marriage, so it is uncertain whether it occurred in Caswell Co., NC, or Randolph County, MO. Margaret was the daughter of Thomas A. Burton and Jane Brandon. She was born 12 March 1812 and died 5 March 1894.

John Jones Dameron, nicknamed Jack, ran a lumber mill in Randolph Co. On 27 Sept. 1864 John was called to the door of his home, then was shot by bushwhackers. He died the next morning, Sept. 28. In 1973 when Helen Jones visited with her cousin Bessie (Eagan) Summers, Bessie stated that when John was asked who had shot him, he replied, "God knows and that is sufficient, and I don't want any retaliation." These words had been spoken to Bessie's mother, Minerva Caroline. Bessie also said that Margaret (Burton) Dameron died at the home of her daughter, Minerva Caroline.

John was buried in the family cemetery on his property. When Helen Jones visited the cemetery in 1972, she found that it had been turned into a cow pasture. The stones were broken down. The location is near Thomas Hill Reservoir. The lake now covers some of the land that once belonged to John Jones Dameron.

John Jones Dameron and Margaret Burton had 10 children:

1. DAVID SIDNEY DAMERON
b. 5 May 1834, Randolph Co., MO
d. 19 March 1916, Randolph Co., MO. Buried at Mt. Carmel Cemetery
m. (1) FRANCES A. DAMERON 8 Feb. 1859 in Randolph Co.
b. 1843, she was the dau. of William L. Dameron & Patricia Cravens and a granddau. of Bartholomew Dameron & Rebecca Malone.
m. (2) MARTHA LOUISE HARLAN, 4 Oct. 1908.
This was Martha's 4th marriage. Her first marriage was to William Thomas Dameron, younger brother of David Sidney Dameron. David and Martha had no issue. Helen Jones remembers "Uncle Sid" as a jolly man with long, white whiskers.
2. WILLIAM THOMAS DAMERON -- Mary Dameron Shearholdt has his family Bible.
b. 6 March 1837 in Randolph Co., MO
d. 3 March 1865 at St. Louis Civil War Prison, buried on his father's farm
m. MARTHA LOUISE HARLAN, 28 Jan. 1857 in Randolph Co. according to his family Bible. The county record shows the date as 28 June 1857, but because the county clerk recorded the marriage record on 30 March 1857, we can be sure that the marriage did not take place in June.
b. 1 May 1838
d. 10 Aug. 1925, Randolph Co., MO, buried Mt. Carmel Cemetery
Her second marriage was to GEORGE CLARDY on 15 March 1870. He died 29 Nov. 1882.
Her third marriage was to JOSIAH HICKS in Feb. 1887. He died 7 March 1907.
Her fourth marriage was to DAVID SIDNEY DAMERON.

3. JAMES HENRY DAMERON

b. 8 May or June 1838, Randolph Co., MO
d. 27 Jan. 1863 at St. Louis Civil War Prison, buried at his father's farm.
He apparently never married. He served in Co. A, 1st MO Cavalry, Confederate States Army, in Civil War.

4. SUSAN JANE DAMERON
b. 13 Oct. 1840 in Randolph Co., MO
d. 25 Sept. 1904 in Randolph Co., MO
m. WILLIAM D. HARLAN on 25 Feb. 1857 in Randolph Co.
He was b. 1834 and d. 20 Feb. 1903.
5. RUFUS MARION DAMERON
b. 30 Jan. 1842, Randolph Co., MO
d. 27 July 1929, Gilliam, Saline Co., MO, at the home of his daughter, Edith Gilliam. Buried at cemetery in Clifton Hill.
m. SARAH FRANCES MINOR 11 Sept. 1866 at Clifton Hill, Randolph Co., MO.
b. 1844. Sarah was the daughter of Joseph Minor and Frances Harris.
He was a miller and a Methodist minister. In the Civil War he served as sergeant and 1st sergeant in Co. C, Clark's Regiment, MO Infantry, Confederate States Army.
6. MARGARET ANN DAMERON
b. 6 Jan. 1844, Randolph Co., MO
d. 15 July 1849, Randolph Co., MO, at 5 years of age.
7. MINERVA CAROLINE DAMERON
b. 4 June 1846, Randolph Co., MO
d. 8 Aug. 1937, Greer Co., OK
m. WILLIAM CARROLL EAGAN in Randolph Co., MO. Courthouse records give the date as 11 Feb. 1867. The family says 24 Jan. 1867.
b. 24 July 1840 in Randolph Co.
d. 19 Oct. 1906 in Greer Co., OK.
8. LOUIS BURTON DAMERON
b. 26 June 1849, Randolph Co., MO (date from his death certificate, the year on his tombstone is 1850)
d. 20 May 1929, Moberly, Randolph Co., MO, buried Grand Prairie Cemetery
m. SARAH FRANCES MILLER, 5 Nov. 1870, Randolph Co., MO
b. 25 Dec. 1856, d. 3 April 1932.
9. MARY FRANCES "FANNY" DAMERON
b. 18 April 1853, Randolph Co., MO
d. 24 June 1948, Huntsville, Randolph Co., MO
m. JAMES W. ELSEA, b. 1853, d. 1932, son of Benjamin Elsea and Mary J. Grafford.
Both James and Mary Frances are buried at Huntsville Cemetery.
10. GEORGE TYSON DAMERON
b. 10 Sept. 1855 in Randolph Co., MO
d. 7 March 1939 in Massac Co., IL, buried at New Hope Cemetery, Massac Co.
m. (1) NANCY ELIZABETH MOORE, 14 Dec. 1881, Bowens Ridge, Jackson Co., AR. Daughter of Stephen J. Moore and Sara Jane Burton. Nancy's grandmother was a sister to Margaret Burton who married John Jones Dameron.
b. 2 July 1860 in Kemper Co., Mississippi
d. 20 March 1900 in Weldon, Jackson Co., Arkansas
m. (2) MARY "MOLLIE" Z. CRIDER, 26 March 1902, Newport, Jackson Co., AR. Mollie was the daughter of Franklin U. Crider and Mary Helen Calhoun. b. 17 Jan. 1875 in Massac Co., IL
d. 4 Oct. 1970 in Illinois
George ran a hotel, operated a general merchandise store, raised cotton, dealt in real estate in Jackson Co., AR, then moved back to Missouri where he farmed for himself and others.

Helen Dameron Jones was a granddaughter of John Jones Dameron.



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