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In 1981, a small group of Dameron-Damron researchers formed the Dameron-Damron Family Association. The first of the annual DDFA Reunions was held in 1987. The first three were in Springfield, Missouri, and the next three in Branson, Missouri. They were then shifted to St. Joseph, Missouri. These gatherings were, officially, for one day on Saturday although the group would meet for dinner Friday evenings. From 1996 through 2006, DDFA sponsored week-long gatherings at the McClintic Group Camp in Cabwaylingo State Park in Wayne County, West Virginia. The 2007 reunion was in Pikeville, Kentucky and have since been at various locations.
2016 23-26 June. aAttendees gathered Saturday morning and caravaned to the Harding Cemetery (The Dameron Burying Ground) where a wreath was laid on the Dameron monument erected in 2009. Afterwards, some took a tour of Dameron Marsh. The group gathered at the Wicomico Methodist Church for the meal and meeting. The speaker was Tom Wolf, editor of The Bulletin of the Northumberland County Historical Society and Dameron descendant. He described the early time in Northumberland County when Lawrence was living there. There were several Damerons and descendants from the local area in attendance.
2015 25-27 June, Columbus, Ohio. Meeting the Hampton Inn and Suites Columbus-Easton, the attendance was about thirty. The primary meeting was on Saturday, 26 June, in a hotel meeting room. Cindora presented news and asked some of those present to tell about their lineage, all of whom had West Virginia roots. Among those speaking was Franklin D. Damron, Anita Dameron Damiano, Donna Carter and Anita Dameron Damiano. Willmore Dameron reminded those present that the newsletter could use contributions of material.
2014 10-12 June Huntington, West Virginia. The members met on Saturday. Guest speakers were Kay (Stamper) and Jack Dickerson, authors of several books of the N&W Railroad, including "Last Train To Dunlow" and "Murder Along The Tracks". These books tell the history of the N&W railroad in the WV/Ky area and events that include several Damrons of the area.
2013 27-30 June, Charlottesville, Virginia. The membership met for a meal and meeting in one of the meeting rooms. Attendees came from as far as California. The guest speaker was Barbara Vines Little, professional genealogist.
2012 12-15 July, Branson, Missouri. There were over 35 attendees gathered on Saturday for a meal and meeting. They came from Florida, Ohio, Kentucky, Indiana, New Mexico, California, Arkansas, Missouri, North Carolina, Kansas, West Virginia and Virginia. The meeting consisted of the presentation of door-prizes and a discussion of the need for new board members. Willmore Dameron expressed an interest.
2011 23-27 June. Raleigh, North Carolina. The membership meeting was on Saturday, 25 June, in which the attendees introduced themselves. Some brought photographs, stories and information to share.
2010 24-27 June, Plano, Texas. The reunion was at the Southfork Hotel, 1600 N. Central Expressway, Plano, Texas. The members meeting and luncheon on Saturday, 26 June, in the Chinaberry Room. The attendees gathered for the meal and afterwards the meeting took place. Stories were exchanged and information shared.
2009 18-21 June, Kilmarnock, Virginia. A stone marker commemorating those Dameron's buried in the old "Dameron Burying Ground," now The Harding Cemetery, was dedicated on Saturday morning, 20 June. There were 35-40 were present. This was followed by a tour of Dameron Marsh then a meal and meeting at the Masonic Lodge in Kilmarnock. About 60 people were present for the meal and meeting.
2008 14-17 August, Nashville, Tennessee.
The Dameron-Damron Family Association reunion was held at Scarritt Bennett Center in Nashville and was attended by several members of various lineages. Those who arrived on Wednesday or Thursday visited or went sightseeing around Nashville. Friday evening several met at Swett's Restaurant, a well-known soul food establishment on Clifton Avenue. The group was provided space in a private area where they all enjoyed the food and visiting.
Saturday morning the group gathered in Laskey Hall of Scarritt-Bennett Center. It was about 11 before we were given access to the meeting room. Tables were set up for various displays and computers. Members had brought various records, books, photographs, etc. Cindora Creasman asked each person to identify themselves for the video she was shooting of the meeting. John P. Dameron spoke to the group. Charles Chaney requested that those present consider running for a position on the DDFA board since there are three vacancies. Two people agreed. Charles also reminded everyone that the newsletter could use some photographs, anecdotes, family traditions, and some articles. The group was encouraged to take part in the Damron DNA Project (this includes the variations of the name, Damron and Dameron). Kathy Near gave a Power Point presentation prepared by Cheri Mello, group administrator of the Damron DNA Project, about DNA testing. Don Guthrie volunteered to demonstrate how a DNA swab is performed. Of course, there was much informal discussion and just plain visiting among the group.
The consensus was that next year's reunion would be held in Northumberland County, Virginia, near the area where Lawrence Dameron received a land grant in 1652. Details will be announced when known. There was some discussion about the possibility of a bronze plaque may be erected in the Dameron Marsh area.
2007 26-29 August, Pikeville, Kentucky.
The 2007 Dameron-Damron Family Association reunion was held in Pikeville, Kentucky, at The Landmark Inn. The primary meeting was at 12 noon, Saturday, 28 July, in the Banquet Room of The Landmark Inn.
2006 14-20 August, Cabwaylingo State Forest, West Virginia
By Cindora Creasman
"We would like to invite all those interested in doing genealogy to join us again for the DDFA's 11th annual reunion/retreat this year at Cabwaylingo State Park, Dunlow, West Virginia. For the past 11 years many of us have been coming to this week long retreat and enjoying our stay at the camp with family, friends and other genealogists.
We carpool during the week to cemeteries, courthouses and other sites of interest. We have maps for those that want to venture on their own or you can just stay at the camp and enjoy visits from the locals that stop by. We will have a genealogy workshop set up and display books, pictures, posters, maps to Cemeteries, Courthouses, etc.
On Saturday the 19th we will hold our annual Damron-Marcum-Copley reunion cook-out. Everyone is asked to contribute in some way. If you cannot join us for the week then please try to join us on Saturday for the annual reunion cookout. Everyone is invited.
Please join us and help make this years reunion/retreat another success."
2005 8-14 August, Cabwaylingo State Forest, West Virginia
The 2005 gathering sponsored by the DDFA began the afternoon of Monday, 8 August. As last year the Marcum and Copley family researchers joined the Dameron-Damron’s for the event. The three families are interrelated in the Wayne County, West Virginia area, stemming from Lazarus Damron, Josiah Marcum and Thomas Copley. The weather was warm and humid with overcast skies when I arrived. Cindora Creasman and Rhoda Marcum Burks who organized the event were unpacking supplies at McClintic Group Camp where the gathering headquartered. Cindora had broken her leg in two places just above the ankle and was wearing a cast. The kitchen-Dining Hall served as "home base" in that one of the two dining areas was set up to be the center of activities. Continuing the annual experience for the tenth year, the phone company did not have the phone line to the dining hall activated. There was a payphone at the nearby swimming pool and at the Forest office. So, there was no Internet communication nor any way to telephone directly into or out from the camp.
Early arrivals included Becki Donnelly (Logansport, Indiana), Sally Perry Duffey (Gahanna, Ohio) and Charles Chaney (Westlake, Ohio). Mel and Shirley Gooch (Perris, California, soon appeared. Some of took up quarters in one of the two barracks while others rented cabins. Those that lived within 50 miles of the camp came for the day or the evening or just joined us at the courthouses.
Rhoda, Cindora and Sally efficiently made certain that daily breakfasts and evening meals were prepared. Lunches were much less informal with “makings” for sandwiches available. . Everyone helped in the kitchen in shifts. Several people brought fresh garden vegetables. On Saturday there was a fine cookout. James Wayne Damron grilled pork tenderloins, steaks, hamburgers and etc. There were covered dishes and desserts.
An itinerary was established listing places to visit each day. This made it possible to carpool to courthouses, cemeteries, libraries, etc. Attendees also brought along books, periodicals, notebooks, photographs, maps and other items which were displayed on the tables and available for others to browse through.
Others who attended during the week included Della Damron (Stark City, Missouri) and her daughter, Clarissa, Donna Carter (California), L. Herbert Dawson, Abby & Ida Finley (Kentucky), Paul & Donna (Marcum) Damron, Harry Marcum, Ralph & Dora Damron, Howard Osborn, Verna Bartram Brooks, Virginia Smith, Harry Marcum, et al.
2004 16-22 August, Cabwaylingo State Forest, West Virginia
The 2004 gathering at Cabwaylingo State Forest was in August rather than the end of May due to reconstruction of the two barracks buildings at McClintic Group Camp. Related family groups were formally included this year with a group of the Copley family having a strong presence. Betty Damron was assisted by Cindora Creasman and Rhoda Marcum Burks in arranging and directing activities. Saturday, 21 August, was a busy day with many local residents making appearances.
The 2005 gathering will be the week of 8 August 2005. This should alleviate conflicts with school schedules so that more families may be able to attend.
Cindora Creasman will be the organizer. Assisting her will be Rhoda Marcum Burks. We all extend our appreciation and thanks to Betty Damron who, along with her late husband Bill, has been the driving force since the first of the Cabwaylingo gatherings.
2003 26 May - June 1, Cabwaylingo State Forest, West Virginia
The 2003 DDFA gathering at Cabwaylingo State Forest was the week of 26 May-1 June 2003. The area used for the reunion, the McClintic Group Camp, consists of a dining hall, two dormitories, and a bathhouse. The bathhouse is new, the two original barracks are slated to be razed and replaced. The 2004 gathering will be in August if the Group Camp is ready for use.
2002 27 May - 2 June, Cabwaylingo State Forest, West Virginia
The 2002 Dameron-Damron Family Association Reunion was again be held at the Cabwaylingo State Forest in Wayne Co., WV, at The Group Camp. This was the seven year of this gathering. The turnout was less than previous years although there was much more a focus on family history. Attendees included Damrons and descendants from West Virginia, Kentucky, Tennessee, Ohio, Pennsylvania, Missouri, and California. Plans for 2003 are undetermined since the Forest will be replacing the barracks at the group camp and raising the rental fee about 75%.
2002 10 August, St. Joseph, Missouri
A DDFA Membership Reunion was held on 10 August 2002 at the library of the Northwest Missouri Genealogical Society, 412 Felix Street, St. Joseph, Missouri. A block of rooms was held by the Holiday Inn, 102 South 3rd, (816-279-8000, 800-824-7402), 2 blocks from the library. The Missouri reunions are different from the Cabwaylingo gatherings in that they are specifically for members and provide an opportunity for the membership to conduct a formal meeting. The usual schedule is to gather informally on Friday evening to go out to dinner as a group. Saturday was the official day of the reunion.
2001 28 May - 3 June, Cabwaylingo State Forest, West Virginia
Dameron-Damron Family Association members and interested participants began arriving at the Group Camp on Memorial Day. The weather was sunny and mild although, as the week progressed, the skies became grayer and there was frequent rainfall. Evenings were definitely blanket weather! Several had taken cabins for their stay while other found space in the dormitories at the group camp. Those in the cabins had fireplaces to warm them while the bunch at the group camp sometimes found themselves clustered around one of the large gas ranges in the kitchen! Several Damrons or Damron relatives from the area were to drop buy during the week. Howard Osburn, Herbert Dawson and Sylvia Baisden of the Wayne County Genealogical & Historical Society all visited the gathering.
Saturday, 2 June 2001: (back row right to left) Charles G. Damron, Julia Ann Endres, Bert Damron, Larry Hartmann, Charles Chaney, Paul L. Damron, Ralph Marcum.
(middle row) Dana Lynn Rice, Trudy Damron, Margaret Damron Coutts, Clyde Dameron, Rosemary Dameron Rice, Lucille Dameron Crisler, Floyd Damron, Sara Marcum, Betty Damron, Gladys Gardner,
(front row) Donna Carter, Della Damron, Sarah Dameron Poe, Annette Dameron Keller, Sandy Harper, Joyce Hartman.
The largest group represented was descendants of John Clinton Dameron (1857-1948) of Jackson County, Illinois. The eldest attendant was Clyde Dameron (a John Clinton Dameron descendant) of Sun City, Arizona, who, at age 95, participated in the National Senior Olympic Games golf competition in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, in July 2001 where he won the gold medal in golf in his age bracket.. People came from West Virginia, Kentucky, Pennsylvania, North Carolina, Virginia, Texas, Ohio, Missouri, Illinois, Florida, California, New Mexico, Arizona and Louisiana. There was a brief meeting at 10:30 on Saturday morning presided over by Bert Damron, chairman of the DDFA, followed by group photographs. Although many were many attending a DDFA reunion for the first time, Charles and Della Damron of Stark City, MO, have been to all of them!
2000 29 May - 4 June, Cabwaylingo State Forest, West Virginia
The 2000 Dameron-Damron Family Association Reunion was at Cabwaylingo State Forest in Wayne Co., WV, at The Group Camp from 29 May 2000 through 4 June 2000. It was the fifth gathering in an area where there has been a Damron presence for about 200 years. People came from Texas, Florida, Colorado, California, Virginia, North Carolina, Missouri, Ohio, Kentucky, West Virginia, and several other states. It was a great opportunity to meet other family historians face to face, exchange information, relate family anecdotes, and, generally, relax and enjoy the area.
1999 31 May - 6 June, Cabwaylingo State Forest, West Virginia
The 1999 DDFA reunion at Cabwaylingo State Forest occurred in Wayne Co., WV, at The Group Camp from May 31, 1999, thru June 6, 1999. Anyone interested in finding their place in the Dameron-Damron Family Tree was invited to participate. Several DDFA members spent the entire period at the reunion. Since there has been a Damron presence in the immediate area for almost 200 years, many were exploring cemeteries, studying courthouse records, interviewing people, visiting relatives, etc.
Attendees came from Texas, Florida, Colorado, California, Virginia, North Carolina, Missouri, Ohio, Kentucky, and West Virginia, as well as other states.
1998 1st week of June, Cabwaylingo State Forest, West Virginia
The 1998 DDFA gathering at Cabwaylingo State Forest, was during the first week of June 1998. The Group Camp served as the headquarters and meeting place. Several brought their computers along with print records in order to compare and exchange information. Dameron-Damron researchers came from North Carolina, Texas, Missouri, Ohio, Virginia, Kentucky as well as West Virginia and other states to explore their genealogical history. There were visits, by individuals and groups, to area courthouses, libraries and cemeteries. Older residents were interviewed, too.
The week began with warm, humid weather with several spectacular thunderstorms. It rained or drizzled most of the week and the last few days cooler and damp. Regardless, the surroundings were gorgeously green and lush. The mountain laurel was just beginning to lose its blossoms but the forest and sparkling creeks and streams were refreshing.
1997 2-8 June, Cabwaylingo State Forest, West Virginia
The 1997 Dameron-Damron Family Association Reunion was held June 2-8, at McClintic Group Camp at Cabwaylingo State Forest in Wayne County, West Virginia. The 1996 reunion had also been held here. Again this year everyone interested in their Dameron or Damron roots was invited to to attend. The week was a bit rainy and the evenings chilly but the turn out was good. People came from North Carolina, Virginia, Kansas, Kentucky, Ohio, Illinois, West Virginia and other location. Many visited area courthouses and cemeteries. Long time residents received phone calls and visits from Damron researchers. A lot of information was exchanged and databases expanded.
1996 3-10, Cabwaylingo State Forest, West Virginia
The 1996 Dameron-Damron Family Association Reunion was held 3 June 1996 through 10 June 1996 at Cabwaylingo State Forest, Wayne County, West Virginia. The forest's Group Camp was reserved for the week. For the first time the Association held a week long gathering open to anyone, members or not, interested in their Dameron or Damron family roots to stop by and explore their genealogical history.
Wayne County, West Virginia, was chosen as the site because there is a heavy concentration of Damron descendants in western West Virginia, eastern Kentucky, and southern Ohio. Most descend from Lazarus Damron, son of Moses Damron and Aggie Ogle/Owl of Russell Co., Virginia.
Lazarus had been a scout during the Revolutionary war and traveled through the Big Sandy and Tug Fork region of what is now the border area of West Virginia and Kentucky. He later returned to settle there along with some of his sons. There are, today, a large number of families with the Damron name or descending from Lazarus, many still in the WV/KY area, but many living all over the United States.
The Reunion was informal with an open invitation for anyone interested in Damron, or Dameron, family history to stop by during the week. There were about 132 people who registered although there were many who did not. Wednesday was designated as Samuel Damron day resulting in the only open formal general meeting. Pharo Osborn, a descendant of Samuel Damron (son of Lazarus) presided. The rest of the week informal and a large amount of genealogical information was shared. Many kinships were discovered or clarified.
At the meeting of the membership on Saturday it was decided that the gathering had been such a success that it would again be held at the Cabwaylingo State Forest in the first week of June 1997 although it was agreed that four days would be sufficient.
1995 24 June, St. Joseph, Missouri
Dixie and Bill Painter again hosted the DDFA reunion. Those who had arrived early went to dinner as a group on Friday evening. Saturday, the Northwest Missouri Genealogical Society library was the location of the meeting.
1994 27 June, St. Joseph, Missouri
Kathy Near wrote in the Dameron-Damron Family Newsletter "It was great to see so many old friends and some new faces in St. Joseph, MO, last June when we gathered for the 1994 family association reunion. Dixie Painter again outdid herself in providing hospitality and food for us. We'd all like to thank Dixie and the family members and friends who helped her." She also arranged for the use of the Northwest Missouri Genealogical Society library for the meeting.
"George T. Brown Jr. amazed reunion participants with his charts of the ancestry of Elizabeth Coppage, daughter of John Coppage Jr. and Elizabeth Dameron. His chart goes back 32 generations on a some lines and includes some royal ancestors for Sarah Ball and Elizabeth Neale whom he believes was the wife of Bartholomew Dameron.
Charles C. Chaney's "monster printout" was another reunion highlight. For several years Charles has been at work on a project to compile all available Dameron‑Damron family data into the ROOTS III computer genealogy program. He displayed the fruits of his labor, a huge printout with 714 pages of family text with source notes and an index bringing to total pages to 1096. Since June he has added another 6,000 names to the program, so we can only imagine the size of the printout he'll bring to next year's reunion."
1993 12 June, St. Joseph, Missouri
Charles F. Dameron, of Dallas, Texas, reported for the Dameron-Damron Family Newsletter: "Forty-eight descendants of Lawrence Dameron traveled from 10 states to attend the annual reunion of the Dameron-Damron Family Association, held June 12 at St. Joseph, Missouri. It was the second largest gathering since the first one held in 1987, when 50 persons were in attendance at Springfield, Missouri (at the Northwest Missouri Genealogical Society library where Dixie is a volunteer).
Texas took the attendance prize in St. Joseph, with 16 persons at the gathering, closely followed by the 15 Missourians. From other states: Kansas, 6; Illinois, 3; California, 2, Louisiana, 2; Ohio, 1; New Mexico, 1; Oklahoma, 1; and Iowa, 1.
Our hosts were Dixie and Bill Painter. Dixie arranged for the Damerons and Damrons to eat and socialize at the Northwest Missouri Genealogical Society Library. And the library came in handy for the researchers. Association members gathered at waters edge of the "peaceful" Missouri River for a fine meal at the Boathouse on Friday night. That was a month before the Mighty Missouri began its rampage."
1992 27 June, Branson, Missouri
As reported in the Dameron-Damron Family Newsletter "They came from almost all sections of the country last June 27 to Branson, Missouri, for the annual gathering of the Dameron/Damron clan in the United States.
Thirty-nine turned out to greet and visit with their "cousins" who came from as far away as California, Washington State, Georgia, and South Carolina. They came also from Kansas, Missouri, Arkansas, Ohio, Illinois, Texas, Oklahoma, and New Mexico. Honors for the longest journey went to Robert S. Yost, who came from Mountlake Terrace, Washington.
Charles C. Chaney was back this year (after missing last year's gathering due to illness) with voluminous materials on the family and his trusty camcorder which had some interesting footage on what might be termed "The Beginning," the original homestead site of Lawrence Dameron in Wicomico Parish, taking us down the road along the sandy spit that ends in the Dameron Marsh along the Chesapeake Bay.
And that gracious lady, Helen Dameron Jones, the feisty octogenarian who overcame the Amtrak strike, flew to Tulsa and was met there by niece Kathryn W. Martin, who drove all the way west from Fayetteville, Ark., to be sure Helen got to the meeting.
Plus some welcome new faces, such as that of Wilbur Robbins Dameron Jr. of Albuquerque, who made the reunion part of his trek across county to original digs in Delaware. And Elizabeth Damron Epps of Hull, Georgia, who conned her husband into attending the reunion with her.
Mary Dameron Shearholdt and Lyle T. Burchette again hosted the gathering. Lyle's mother, Violet Damron Burchette, (she too an octogenarian) again made the trip from Santee, South Carolina. Our dedicated editor of this semi-annual journal, Kathy Near, showed up with husband Rick and daughter Lynne, traveling all the way from Simi Valley, California.
The association voted to meet next June at St. Joseph, Missouri. Our hosts will be Bill and Dixie Painter, she of the Northwest Missouri Genealogical Society."
1991 8 June, Branson, Missouri
The Dameron-Damron Family Newsletter reported "Armed with books, notebooks, and photo albums, Damerons and Damrons from coast to coast headed to Branson, Missouri, in June for the fifth annual Dameron-Damron Family Association reunion. Many of us met Friday night for the dinner buffet at the Branson Inn and didn't leave until we were the only diners remaining in the room. Several conversations that started at dinner continued into the night. We met for breakfast the next morning then moved to the meeting room for the "official" reunion.
It was a genealogist's dream come true -- a room full of people who had come to talk about their family history and share their old photographs and family stories as well as hear your family history and stories and see your old photos. As we compared notes and enjoyed each other's company, it was a day to be very proud of our Dameron-Damron heritage.
The gathering broke up late in the afternoon. Some of us who were staying another night in Branson headed into the old section of the town in search of authentic Missouri cuisine while a group of country music fans enjoyed seeing the Mel Tillis show.
There were at least 35 participants, including 17 people who were attending their first family association reunion. The states with with largest representation were Texas and Ohio. Participants also came from Missouri, California, West Virginia, Arkansas, Colorado, Illinois, Kansas, Oklahoma, South Carolina, and Florida.
The largest group in attendance was the descendants of John Preston Damron and Elizabeth Marcum. Lyle Burchette had attended that family's reunion in Wayne Co., WV, the week before and had persuaded several families there to join us in Branson. Other family branches represented in Branson included the Randolph Co., MO, Damerons; the central Virginia Damrons/Damerons; descendants of George Damron and Susannah Thomas; descendants of Equilla Nelson Damron; a descendant of "Old" George Dameron/Damron; and one gentleman who descends from Winifred Dameron who married John Thomas as well as Elizabeth Dameron who married Charles Ingram.
All of us who attended the reunion would like to thank Pastor Lyle Burchette and Mary Shearholdt for all their work on the reunion. We are also grateful to Kenneth Behringer for bringing along two essentials for a successful Dameron-Damron reunion: Leonard L. Damron and a portable photocopying machine.
Those of you who had wondered will be relieved to know that Dixie Painter is in good health and hopes to join us for next year's reunion. I'm also happy to report that Bill Damron of Topeka, KS, is making an excellent recovery from heart bypass surgery."
1990 24 June, Branson, Missouri
The 1990 reunion was arranged by Lyle Burchette. The Dameron-Damron Family Newsletter reported "It got off to a quick start because the Branson Inn had booked a block of rooms for reunion participants. Cousins met each other in the hallway before they had even settled into their rooms. Plans were quickly arranged for dinner in the motel restaurant. Our enthusiastic group was seated at a big table in the back, but before the meal was finished we added additional chairs and another table for latecomers. Old friends caught up on the latest news while long-time correspondents met for the first time.
Many of us met again for breakfast the next morning before moving on to the meeting room for the reunion. A day spent in the company of a group of people who share your interest in the history of the Dameron-Damron family is a truly memorable experience. The tables were soon covered with notebooks full of family information, books, and photo albums as the group got started on a serious discussion of the Dameron-Damron family history. We gathered into small groups to discuss various aspects of the family history and research efforts and results. When the time came to vacate the meeting room, one group continued the discussion out in the parking lot. Those who planned to stay another night in Branson arranged to meet again for dinner. Others headed out to see the sights of Branson or do some shopping at the local shops.
There were several new faces at this year's reunion including 8 first-time participants from Texas, Mr. and Mrs. Lester Damron from Florida, and Carl Stapleton from Georgia. The group of approximately 25 participants included residents of 8 states and representatives of most of the major branches of the family -- the Randolph Co., MO, Damerons; descendants of George Damron and Susannah Thomas; descendants of John Damron and Anna Ladd; the Damrons of Wayne Co., WV; and descendants of the Damron/Damerons of central Virginia."
1989 24 June, Springfield, Missouri
The Dameron-Damron Family Newsletter reported "Armed with books, notebooks, photo albums, and a desire to meet cousins and distant cousins, Damerons and Damrons and their descendants gathered at the home of Mary Shearholdt in Springfield, MO, for the third annual Dameron-Damron Family Association reunion. Discussion of family history and genealogy started over coffee and donuts in the morning, continued through lunch, and slowed only when the shadows grew long in the late afternoon. A still-enthusiastic bunch gathered that evening for dinner and an exchange of family stories. A few of us met again the next morning for one last chance to talk family history with others who truly shared our interest.
Participants came from Missouri, Kansas, Oklahoma, Illinois, Ohio, South Carolina, and California. There were descendants of the Wayne Co., WV Damrons, several descendants of Equilla Nelson Damron, descendants of Capt. John Damron (some from his first marriage, some from his second marriage), descendants of the Amherst Co., VA, Damrons, descendants of Randolph Co., MO, Damerons, descendants John Damron of Hardeman Co., TN, a few people who are still seeking a connection to a major branch of the family, and even a representative of the Harlan family who came to discuss the Harlan connections of the Randolph Co. Damerons. There were more of us this year than last year, but not as many people as were at the first reunion in 1987.
This year's gathering really was a reunion because many of the participants had attended one or both of the earlier annual reunions. A few of the "first- timers" seemed quite amazed at the excitement they generated by the mere mention of the names of their ancestors.
For the third year in a row Mary Shearholdt did an excellent job of arranging and hosting the reunion."
1988 11 June, Springfield, Missouri
The second reunion was hosted by Mary Dameron Shearholdt of Springfield. The Dameron-Damron Family Newsletter reported that "The crowd this year was smaller than last year's gathering, but the reports are that everyone enjoyed getting a chance to talk with all the guests this year.
Most of the major branches of the family were represented at the reunion ‑‑ Randolph Co., MO, Damerons, descendants of John and Anna (Ladd) Damron, descendants of George and Susannah (Thomas) Damron, descendants of Edward G. Damron, and descendants of Damrons from Wayne Co., WV, and Lawrence Co., KY. The largest family group present was the descendants of E. Nelson Damron. The prize for longest distance traveled to attend the reunion would probably go to Truman Murphy of Hillsboro, OH. Close behind in distance traveled were Rod Dameron of Midland, TX, Frank and Virginia Robinson Stearn of Cleburne, TX, and Helen Dameron Jones of Watseka, IL.
Participants agreed that an annual get‑together for all Damerons, Damrons, and their descendants was an event that should be continued."
1987 6 June, Springfield, Missouri
This was the very first DDFA reunion. It was hosted by Mary Dameron Shearholdt of Springfield. Leonard L. Damron reported that "Just about all Dameron/Damron lines were represented at the reunion. Some came from as far as Calif., and I recall one from Montana, another from Ill., and a number from Kansas, Ark. Mo. and Okla. I was especially pleased with the appearance of Winnie Sanders and her husband. They reside in Campbellsville, Ky. and she is of the same general line as I am, her ancestor being Samuel Damron, brother to Wilson et al. They flew in the preceding day and left the day of the reunion. I have corresponded with Winnie for some years but this is the first time that we actually met. I wished that I could have talked more with her but I was rather busy with others wanting information on their lines.
Owen Banks Damron was there, but I had met him on several occasions, as also Kyle Dameron who acquired the Mary Dameron Dise data, as well as other data on the Damerons/Damrons of the line of Lazarus Dameron. Kyle also brought his father along, and I had not met him. Catherine Henderson of Iowa was also present, and I had not met her previously, although we have corresponded considerably.
There were quite a number of others, some I have either spoken with on the telephone or corresponded with, but had not met prior to this. In short it was a very successful meeting and I only wish that I had been able to talk at greater length with all who attended, although I'm not sure if my voice would have holdout too much longer."
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