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Datiton mctnorial 

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Co the Descendants of €lev>en 
I Damon families, wbo were 
, children of Samuel Damon, 
^ wbo came from Scituate, « 
I massacbusetts, to Spring- 
N field, Uermont, in m^, « 
« tbis little v^olume is most 
^ affectionately dedicated . . 

. , By . . 


. Vpsilanti, niicbigan, . 



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The Publication of this memorial was not originally 
intended. The material gathered to gratify a personal 
desire to know something of my ancestry has at the solici- 
tation of friends been printed for distribution among them. 
Only a limited number, enough to defray expense of pub- 
lication, will be sold. The price is Sf». oo per copy and 
can be procured only of the author. Remit by Postal or 
Express Money Order to 


Ypsilanti, Mich. 


Colonial Period, 
John Damon's Family, 
Early History, 
Revolutionary Period, 
Samuel Damon's Family, 
Anna Damon's Family 
Samuel Damon, Jr., Family, 
Bartlett Damon's Family, . 
Descendants of Bartlett Damon, 
Loring Damon's Family, 
Descendants of Loring Damon, 
Charles Damon's Family, 
Elias Damon's Family, 
Descendants of Elias Damon, 
Joseph Damon's Family, 
Descendants of Joseph Damon 
Rebecca Damon's Family, . 
Clarissa Damon's Family, . 
Descendants of Clarissa Damon, 
Lillie Damon's Family, 
Simeon Damon's Family, 
Descendants of Simeon Damon, 
Seth Damon's Family, 
Descendants of Seth Damon, 
Damon Family Coat of Arms, 
Subscribers to Memorial, 


Home of the Author — Frontispiece. 

Old Home of Samuel Damon, 

View from Parker Hill, 

Old Home of Loring Damon, 

Our Childhood Home, 

In Union Hill Cemetery (Springfield, 

Coat of Arms, . , , . 




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" An.l Twill brin;^ the blind by a way that they know noli I will 
lead them in paths they have not known. I will make darkness light 
before them. — Isaiah, 42: i6. 

THE fascination of genealogical research has carried 
me beyond the scope of my first intentions, which 
was to learn a few authentic partictUars respecting 
my own immediate ancestry. In tracing out the branches 
of the family tree, I have followed its trunk down, even to 
its roots, so that any of our kin may trace their lineage to 
the Pilgrim Fathers who came from ''Old England" and 
was of "Illustrious birth," as is evidenced by the "Coat 
of Arms," which will be found in the back of the book. 

It was my earnest desire and hope that no name of this 
numerous family should be omitted from the record, and 
to that end I have communicated with the descendants 
wherever I could find a trace, even to the antipodes, and 
should this little book fall into the hands of any of kin to 
this family, whose name does not appear upon its pages, 
the omission of which I regret there are a number, cannot 
be attributed to apathy on my part, and to the many kind 
friends who have assisted me in any way with this work, I 
wish to acknowledge my obligations, and to those dear 
friends w^hose names appear below for their assistance in 
helping with these researches, special thanks are due. 

Daniel E. Damon, Plymouth, Mass. 

Mrs. Josie M. Gaddis, Tolosa, Texas. 

Drs. Martha D. AVhitney, Springfield, Vt. 

Mrs. Hastings Damon, Springfield, Vt. 

Mrs. B. W. Browm, Springfield, Vt. 

Burton W. Damon, Rockingham, Vt. 

Mrs. Ida F. Drenner, Kennedy, Kas. 

Frank W. Damon, Honolulu, Hawaiian Islands. 

Mrs. Mandana Damon Bates, Irvington, la. 

Mrs. Mary Jane Denney, Cherokee, la. 

Mrs. Mary Damon Marsh, Portville, N. Y. 

Mrs. Olive Holden Marsh, Belfast, N. Y. 

Mrs. Anna E. Bowditch, Plymouth, Mass. 



'M SORRY for our ancestors, 
They lived so long ago: 
There was so little they could do, 
So little they could know. 

The drift men, the cave men. 
To such conditions linked. 

The only thing that they could do. 
They did - became extinct. 

And when the Neolithic set 

Came on the earthly stage, 

They only left their flinty tools 
To dot its stony page. 

And coming down to modern times 

Of Adam, say — and Eve, 
There wasn't much improvement, 

If the records we believe. 

Ah I think upon how different, 

How hard it must have been, 

For our ancestrial Mothers 

To have dressed themselves in skin. 

And who will pity us in turn. 

The future race of men ? 
Unless we some improvement make. 

And do the best we can. 

And truly we our records make. 

Which scanned in time will be. 

Our lives should an example set 
For our own posterity. 

Colonial Periol 

IN TRACING the genealogy of his own family, the Rev. 
Samuel Chenery Damon, for forty years a Missionary 

on the Hawaiian Islands, published a book of his re- 
searches at Honolulu in 1882. From this book I extract 
the following: 

'' Savage in his Genealogical Dictionary, page 4, says, 
that John Damon and his sister Hannah were first to reach 
this country from England about the year 1629. They 
settled in Scituate, Mass. About four years after their 
arrival, his two brothers, Thomas and John, came over 
to their Uncle Gilson who was their guardian. Thomas 
Damon settled at Reading, Mass., where this statement 
may be found upon- the records of the Damon Mansion 
still standing in Reading." 

It is supposed that these Damons were brothers, 
although John Damon of Scituate, came from Kent and 
the others from Reading, England. This author traces 
his genealogy to John Damon, of Reading, and has 
accumulated much information in his researches touching 
our ancestors, upon which I am able to trace, unmistak- 
ably, our genealogy back to John Damon of Scituate. 

In the Colonial Records in the Boston Libraries relat- 
ing to the founders of Scituate, Mass., and their descend- 
ants, the name John Damon was spelled Daman. It is 
recorded of him that he came to the colony of Plymouth 
probably as early as 1628, with his sister Hannah and 
Uncle William Gilson who was their guardian. 

This man is referred to as "a. man of education and 
talents," and held offices of trust and responsibility in the 
Colony. He was an ''assistant in the Government" from 
1633 to 1638, except 1635. 



William Gilson associating with himself, Anthony An- 
nabel, Thomas Bird and others, settled in Scituate, 1633. 
They were called "men of Kent," having come from that 
country in England. They laid out the village of Scituate, 
according to Dean, the historian of that town, with great 
regularity, " allowing to no one more than four acres for 
a house lot." This was done for "mutual defence." The 
principal street was called "Jvent Street." The first lot 
was assigned to Edward Foster, and the second to Mr. 
Gilson. He also owned land in other parts of the town- 
ship. In 1636 he erected a windmill, supposed to be the 
first one erected in that plantation, if not in the Colony 
of Plymouth, or in America. By an act of the Colonial 
Government, he was allowed to take "not above one- 
twelfth part of the toule of the grindings of corne." He 
was also engaged in public works and became a contrac- 
tor for cutting a passage between Green's Harbor and 
the Bay. 

He died young, and from his will, dated 1639, the fol- 
lowing legacies are copied: "To my wife Frances," 
various gifts, and to his "nephew John Damon my lot on 
the third cliff, after the next crop is taken off," "to niece 
Hannah Damon, ^20 in money." "To my pastor, John 
Lathrope, ^5 in money." As he left no children, after the 
decease of his wife in 1649, "John and Hannah Damon, 
were made his sole heirs." 

JOHN Damon's family. 

In 1649, by the order of the Court of Plymouth, he 
with his sister were recognized as the lawful heirs of Wil- 
liam Gilson. Their mother was his sister. He succeeded 
to his uncle's residence, in Kent street. In 1644 he mar- 
ried Katherine, daughter of Henry Merritt, and by this 
marriage there were 6 children, viz. : 

1. Deborah, b 1645. 4- Mary, b 165 1. 

2. John, b 1647. 5. Daniel, b 1652. 

3. Zachary D 1649, d young. 6. Zachary 2d, b 1654. 


By a second marriage with Martha Howland, of Ply- 
mouth, 1659, there were 6 children, viz.: 

7. Experience, b 1662. 10. Ichabod, b 1668. 

8. Silence, b 1663. 11. Margaret, b 1670. 

9. Ebenezer, b 1665. 12. Hannah, b 1672. 

John Damon, died 1677, and his widow, Martha, was 
Executrix. She subsequently married Peter Bacon, of 

In the Colonial Records, it appears that John Damon, 
a son of the original founder of the family, served as 
soldier in King Philip's War, and received a grant of land 
for his services in 1676. Zachary also served as a soldier 
in the same war, and was promoted to become a Lieuten- 
ant. He married Martha Woodward in 1679, and left a 
numerous family, and died in 1730, aged 76 years. 

Zachary, a son of the above mentioned by that name, 
marriecf Mehitable. Chittenden,- 1 7 1 1 . His brother Daniel, 
married Jemima Stetson, 1721, and settled near him. 
Daniel, of the next generation, born 17 16, became a man 
of distinction and a Representative. His descendants 
are still living in the same vicinity. Mr. Merritt, town 
clerk of Scituate, thus writes, under date of March 25th, 
1875: "The posterity of Zachary 3d (whose wife was a 
daughter of the Rev. Mr. Eells), are also in the town, 
viz.: the families of Edward and Galen, lately deceased. 
Experience (son of John, sr. ), lived in Pincin Hill; he 
had a son. Experience, and a grandson, Seth. Ichabod 
also had a family, a son, Ichabod, and grandsons, Israel, 
Caleb, Ichabod, and Reuben. Some of this family re- 
moved to Chesterfield." From these people my great 
grandfather, Samuel Damon, who was born in Scituate 
in 1749, had his origin. 

early Ristory, 

DANIEL E. DAMON, of Plymouth, Mass., a grandson 
of Joshua Damon, who was a brother of my Great 
Grandfather, Samuel Damon, and who for twenty 
years was Probate Register in Plymouth, and also has 
written a Colonial History, says in reply to my inquiries 
regarding our lineage, "You are correct in tracing your 
descendants from John Damon, of Scituate. Zachary, 
his son, married Martha Wood worth (not Woodward), of 
the same descent as Woodworth the Poet, who wrote 'The 
Old Oaken Bucket.' Daniel Damon, brother of Zachary, 
married Jermima Stetson. She was not the mother of our 
ancestor Daniel. I have spent much time in trying to 
find out who she was, and though the proof is not posi- 
tive, I am very certain that the first wife of Daniel Damon 
and the mother of his son Daniel, born 1716, was Bath- 
sheba Sylvester, daughter of Israel Sylvester, of Scituate. 
"Daniel Damon, born 1716, was in the year 1780 a 
Representative and also a delegate to the Constitutional 
Convention, which made and ratified the State Constitu- 
tion of Massachusetts. His wife is named in some of 
the records 'Juda,' I suppose it was Judith. His children 

1. Daniel, b 4. Simeon, b 

2. John, b 1747. 5. Joshua, b 

3. Samuel, b in Scituate, 6 

1749. 7. 

"Who the wife of Daniel was, I have until recently 
been in doubt and have been looking over old records 
which has settled the question satisfactorily to me. 



''In the settlement of the estate of Samuel Litchfield, 
Judith Damon is named as one of his daughters. Sam- 
uel Litchfield was born 1690, married Abigail Buck in 
1712. Their children were: 

Samuel, b 6. Experience. 

Abigail, b 7. Deborah. 

Sarah, b 8. Nathaniel. 

Judith, b 1720. 9. Remember. 

Hannah. 10. Ruth. 

"Abigail Buck was a lineal descendant of Lieut. Isaac 
Buck, a famous Indian fighter, who was in command of 
the forces which defeated them in their attack upon the 
fortified Stockbridge Mill. 

"My Grandfather's name was Joshua, 5th child of 
Daniel above referred to. My father told me that his 
Uncle Daniel and Samuel moved to Springfield, Vt. John, 
Simeon and Joshua remained in Scituate and died there. 
The children of John were: 

1. John, b 1774. 3. Abigail, b 

2. Jacob, b 

"The children of Simeon were: 

1. Simeon, b 3. Elijah, b 

2. Daniel, b 

"Joshua married Welthea Litchfield. Their children 

1. Joshua, b 4. Judith, b 

2. Daniel, b 5. Mahala, b 

3. Welthea, b 6. Abigail, b 

"My father was Daniel, son of Joshua above, and my 
wife was cousin to Frank Stockbridge, late Senator from 

In a recently published history of Hingham, Mass., 
he finds it recorded that John Damon (born 1774) mar- 


ried Lucy Sprague of Hingham, April loth, 1798. His 
children were: 

1. Lucy S., b in Hingham, Dec. 2d, 1798. 

2. John J., b in Springfield, Vt., 1799. 

3. Truman, b in Springfield, Vt. 

4. Obidiah, b in Springfield, Vt. 

This John Damon, there can be no doubt, was a son 
of John, who with his brothers, Daniel and Samuel, 
moved to Springfield in 1793. 

The young man at the age of 24 returning to his boy- 
hood home and married, returning again to Springfield in 
1799, and subsequently returned to Scituate, where he 
lived in the vicinity until his death at South Scituate in 
1868, aged 94. 

In the town history of Springfield, Vt. , it is recorded that 
Daniel Damon, John Damon and Noah Damon took the 
Freeman's oath in 1801. This record removes all doubt 
that John Damon, as well as his brother Daniel, went to 
Springfield as early as i8oo,andremovedtheir families there. 
In this history is also recorded the following marriages: 

John Johnson, jr., m Sally Damon, Nov. 13th, 1794. 

Amos Randall, jr., m Chloe Damon, Aug. 15th, 1797. 

Luther Damon, m Susiana Knapp, Dec. 13th, 1804. 

Simon Damon, m Rusha White, May 28th, 1806. 

Aaron Damon, m Abigail Nicholas, Jan. 27th, 1807. 

Loammi Cutler, m Delight Damon, Nov. 8th, 1809. 

Samuel L. Damon, m Cyntha Closson, Jan. i6th, 1821. 

Stephen Cerim, m Rebecca B. Damon, Dec. nth, 1822. 

Levi Damon, m Lucella Lockwood, May 15th, 1823. 

Curtis Damon, m Lucia Damon, Feb. 5th, 1832. 

Owen L. Damon, m Louisa Williams, Aug. 2 2d, 1837. 

Elias Johnes, m Betsy Damon, Feb. 23d, 1842." 

I am unable to locate these people as members of 
our family tree, but from these records, I am led to be- 
lieve that they are the descendants of these three men, 
Daniel, John and Noah Damon. I give this information 
here for the benefit of their posterity. 


The following information, taken from the Springfield, 
Vt., Recorder, concerning Noah Damon, on tne preceding 
page, has just reached me, and will be of interest, if of 
no other value. The story appears improbable, however, 
as in 1835, at the time of the alleged marriage, Noah 
Damon would be 75, allowing that he was only r6 in 1776, 
while his wife would be only 21, at her marriage. How- 
ever, the other instances she mentions would be similar to 
her own: 

''Esther Damon, of Plymouth Union, Vt., is the only 
pensioner of the Revolution living in New England. She 
wasborn August ist,i8i4. On September 6th, 1835, she was 
married to Noah Damon. Noah Damon was a volunteer 
from Massachusetts. He was granted a pension shortly 
before his death. His widow has had $80 a year since 
1842. Esther Damon has kept herself informed on the 
condition of the list of pensioners of the Revolution. 
Said she to a reporter: 'I am one of the last five widows 
of that war who receive pensions from the government. 
My associates are Nancy Jones, formerly widow of James 
Darling, who entered the service from North Carolina. 
She now lives in Jonesboro, Tenn., and is in her 84th year. 
Rebecca Mayo, widow of Stephen Mayo, who served from 
Virginia. She now lives at New^burn, Va. She is in her 
84th year. Mary Snead, widow of Bowdoin Snead, who 
was in service to the credit of the Old Dominion. She is 
in her 82d year, and living at Parkesley, Va. Nancy 
Weathermore, widow of Robert Glascock, who served to 
the credit of Virginia. She is in her 87th year and lives 
at Lineback, Tenn.' Besides the five widows there 
are three daughters enjoying pensions through special 
acts of Congress for their relief. These are Susannah 
Chadwick, who served to the credit of New York. She is 
in her 82d year, and lives at Emporium, Pa. Sarah C. 
Hulburt, daughter of Elijah Weeks, who, like Noah 
Damon, served in later campaigns of the war to the credit 



of Massachusetts. She will soon be fourscore years of 
age. Her home is in Chatham Valley, Pa. Anna M. 
Slaughter, daughter of Phillip Slaughter, who served to 
the credit of the Old Dominion. She is in her 87th year, 
and lives at Mitchell's Station, Va." 

Cbe Revolutionary Period, 

AFTER the "Boston Tea Party" the Colonists enrolled 
themselves into companies of "Minute Men" to 
assemble at a moment's warning, which was to be 
given by the ringing of bells, firing of guns, etc. On 
Capt. Joseph Stetson's roll (a lineal descendant of the 
Stetson family, of which Jemima Stetson, who married 
Daniel Damon in 17 21 was a member), appeared the 
names of Samuel Damon (my Great Grandfather) and 
Simeon Damon, his brother. This company was among 
the first to respond to an alarm and it is recorded in the 
recently published history of Hingham, Mass., that this 
company rallied on an alarm at that place, March 24th, 
1776, and served five days. The next alarm of which I 
find a record was the "Lexington Alarm," made famous 
by the Midnight Ride of "Paul Revere," sixty or seventy 
militia under Captain John Parker responded to the call 
and met the English soldiers at Lexington early in the 
morning of April 19th, 1775, who ordered them to dis- 
perse. L"^pon their refusal to do so, they were fired upon, 
killing eight and wounding ten Americans. This action 
aroused the whole country for miles around; the farmers 
left their work and rallied in their shirt sleeves to the call. 
Among the men to respond to the "Lexington Alarm" 
on April 19th, 1775, enrolled in Captain John Clapp's 
Company of Minute men, appear the names of Samuel 
Damon, Daniel Damon, John Damon (brothers), and 
Stephen Damon It is recorded in the history of that 
day, "That the British, after their first successful fire at 
Lexington, marched on to Concord and burned the build- 
ings there, becoming alarmed at the gathering of the mil- 
itia in large numbers, the invaders retreated to Lexington 



where they lay down to rest. 'Their tongues hanging out 
of their mouths like dogs after a chase.' Pressed by the 
militia their retreat was quickly resumed." 

"You have read in the books 

How the British regulars fired and fled, 
How the farmers gave them ball for ball 

From behind each fence and farm yard wall, 
Chasing the Red coats down the lane, 

Then crossing the field to emerge again. 
Under the trees at the turn of the road 
And only paused to fire and load." 

— Longfellow. 


From the Town History of Springfield, Vt., the follow- 
ing record of the early settlement of that place is taken- 

"In the year 1793, Samuel Damon with his family? 
consisting of his wife an eleven children, came from Scit- 
uate, Mass., and located a farm on what was known as 
Parker's Hill, near Springfield. Here he built a log house 
in which he reared his family. This farm was known for 
many years as the Damon farm and afterwards passed 
into the hands of Jehiel Weston. This Hill was first set- 
tled by Lieut. Isaac Parker, an ex-officer of the Revolu- 
tionary War, from whom it derived its name, three years 
previous to this time." After a number of years a frame 
house on the site of the log house was built, in which he 
died, August loth, 1807, aged 58 years. His wife died in 
the same house May 4th, 18 13, aged 62. The picture in 
the back of the book shows their last resting place, in 
Union Hill Cemetery, Springfield. This old house still 
stands in a fair state of preservation and is occupied by 
its present owners as a summer resort. 

Joseph Damon, a younger brother of my Grandfather, 
lived for a number of years in the old house of his father. 

Note. — The picture opposite shows the old home of Samue 
Damon, built on the site of ttie log house erected by him in 17935 and 
was the childhood home of the founders of the "eleven Damon fam- 
ilies " to whom this little volume is dedicated. 


Mandana, his daughter, now living at Irvington, Iowa, in 
writing of her childhood home says, she well remembers 
it, and can recall the form and features of my father who 
used to be a constant companion of her brother, Jehiel, 
and being a great singer was a favorite with the young 
people of the neighborhood. She visited the scenes of 
her childhood a few years since. 

Samuel Damon was born in Scituate, Mass., April 
1 6th, 1749, and married Anna Bowker. Their children 
born in Scituate were: 

1. Anna, b in Scituate, Mass., . 

2. Lucinda, b in Scituate, Mass., died age 11. 

3. Samuel, jr., b in Scituate, Mass., April 27th, 1775. 

4. Bartlett, b in Scituate, Mass., 1777. 

5. Loring, b in Scituate, Mass., Oct. 27th, 1778. 

6. Charles, b in Scituate, Mass., 1780. 

7. Elias, b in Scituate, Mass., Feb 13th, 1783. 

8. Joseph, b in Scituate, Mass., 1784. ■ 

9. Rebecca, b , 

10. Clarissa, } ^ ■ 1 • l- -.^ . a,i \ ■^ ^1 

. .,,. ' twins, b m Scituate, Mass., April iQth,i7Qi. 

11. Lillie, \ ^ f y ^ I y 

12. Simeon, b Springfield, Vt. 

13. Seth, b Springfield, Yt. 

ANNA Damon's family. 

Anna Damon, last child of Samuel, married Levi Har- 
low in Springfield, Jan. i6th, 1794. Their children were: 

M ■ M K ' i Abel Fling. 

1. Abisfail, b , m - T • t? ^ 

'^ ' ' ( Levi Bates. 

2. Anna, b , m Robert Parker. 

3 Hannah, b , m Jotham Sanderson. 

4. Belle, b , died young. 

5. William, b , m Mr. Wiley. 

6. Tisdel, b , m Mr. Wiley. 

7. Eliza, b , m Sidney Wiley. 

8. Mary Ann, b , m William Heart. 

9. Betsey, b , m Silas Mack. 

10. Levi, b , m Mr. Parker. 


A daughter of Levi Harlow, Stella, and a grand daugh- 
ter, Mrs. Ira Lockwood, is now living at Springfield, Xt. 
I have been unable to gather any information further of 
this family. 


Samuel Damon, jr., 3d child of Samuel, was born in 
Scituate, Mass., April 27th, 1775, was married to Ruth 
Brown, daughter of Abijah Brown in Scituate, Jan. 14th, 
1799. They moved to Springfield, Vt., in the spring of 
1799, where their family of six children were born. 

1. Samuel, jr., b Nov. i ith, 1799, died Nov. 5th, 1800. 

2. Samuel, jr., b April 13th, 1801. 

3. Truman, b Dec. 20th, 1803, died Feb. i8th, 1804, 

4. Livona, b March 7th, 1805. 

5. Lucy Brown, b Feb. 20th, 1820. 

6. Reuben Abija, -b Jan. 14th, 1823. 

Samuel, jr., 2d child of Samuel, jr., married Foster 
House, October 20, 1824. 

Livona, 4th child of Samuel, jr., married Arristonchus 
Mobbs. She died Dec. i6th 1839. 

Lucy Brown, 5th child of Samuel, jr., married Royal 
A. Pier, Jan. 14th, 1823. 

Reuben Abijah, 6th child of Samuel, jr., married Jan. 
ist, 1847, to Eunice C. Lovett, in Warren, Vt., who died 
Jan. 9th, 1857. He again married, Dolly Ann Lovett, 
sister of his first wife, Nov 30th, 1858, in Middlebury, 
Vt. One child, by second marriage, Harriet Amanda, 
born ]May 29th, 186 r, in Ripton, Vt., who was married in 
East Middleburry, Vt., June nth, 1879, ^'^ Clarence E. 
Russell, where she now resides. Two children were born 
to them. 

1. Dustin S. Russell, b Dec. 21st 1885. 

2. Albert D. Russell, b March 6th, 1895. 



Bartlett Damon, 4th child of Samuel, was born in 
Scituate, Mass., and came to Springfield, Vt., with his 
parents in 1793. He learned the blacksmith's trade of 
Leonard Parker, and began work for himself in a shop 
near where the school house now stands in ''Scrabble," 
and did thorough work till old age prevented the use of 
the hammer. His opportunities for schooling were few, 
but he "picked up" as he said, sufficient knowledge for 
all necessary business. His account books were carefully 
kept and are still preserved by the family. He was a 
great Bible student and believed that the second coming 
of the Lord was near. In 1801, he married Eunice White, 
who died in 1848. He died in i860, aged 81 years. Their 
children were: 

1. Lucinda B., b Jan. 26th, 1803. 

2. Curtis, b May 27th, 1804, died April 24th, 1809. 

3. Elias, b May 7th, 1806, died in 1830. 

4. Celenda, b March nth, 1808. 

5. Celina, b April 14th, 18 10. 

6. Eunice Elvira, b April i6th, 181 1. 

7. Curtius Darius, b Aug. 1813. 

8. Maria b, Sept nth, 181 7. 

9. Horace Reed, b May 12th, 1820. 

10. Martha, b July ist, 1822. 

11. Aaron Dean, b Aug. 17th, 1825. . 


Lucinda B., ist child of Bartlett Damon, married 
Elam Griswold, Jan. 26th, 1830. She died in 1875. Five 
children were born to them: 

1. Helen, b 1832, m (xeorge Weston, of Springfield, Vt 

in 1855. See page 21. One daughter, Marion 
Henry Walker. 

2. Harriet A., born 1834, m J. M. Lang, of Dalton, 1859. 

They have six children: 



1. Olin A., b 1 86 1, m Hattie Gibson. 

2. Stella S., b 1863, m Irvin Smith. 

3. Gertrude, b 1865, m Alden Cram. 

4. AUie, b 1867, m Jessie Zimmerman. 

5. Flora E., b 1869, m Charles Simpson, 

6. Hattie M., b 1877, m Fred Somers. 

3. Curtis, b 1836, m 

4. Herbert, b 1838, m Sarah Baber. 

5. Francis D., b 1840, m 

Celenda Damon, 4th child of Bartlett, married Nehe- 
miah Woodward, Dec. T4th, 1830. She died 1840. Three 
children, now living: 

I. Don H., b July 16th, 2. Elias, b Oct. 31st, 1837. 

1835. 3. Maria, b Aug. 31st, 1838. 

Don H. Woodward married Estelle Dorman, of Bata- 
via, N. Y., Aug i8th, 1804. They have no children. He 
is an attorney-at-law, and resides at Keene, N. H. 

Elias W^oodward married They now reside at 

Corvallis, Oregon. They have two children. 

Maria Woodward married Silas A. Cutler, and now 
resides at Springfield, Vt. They have two children, 
George S. and Olive M. 

Celina Damon, 5th child of Bartlett, married Hiram 

Weston at Springfield, Vt., She died in November, 

1849. Their children w^ere: 

I. George, b May 14th, 2. Jane, b Jan. 23rd, 1831, 

1829. 3. Frances, b May 15th, 1834 

Jane Weston married Dexter B. Damon. See page — . 

George Weston was twice married. ist. To Helen 
Griswold, 1855. See page 20. One child, Marion W., 
born Sept. 15th, 1858, by first marriage; second marriage 
to Marcia, widow of Simon Damon. See page — . 

Frances Weston married E. Eocke, April 4th, 1855. 
Their children are: 


1. Ida J. Caswell, b Aug. loth, 1857. 

2. George W. Locke, b June 4th, i860, 

3. Emely R. Cameron, b Aug. 30th, 1862. 
They now reside in Grand Rapids, Mich. 

Eunice Elvira Damon, 6th child of Bartlett, married 
Lucius Woodward. She died 1841. 

Curtus Darius Damon, 7th child of Bartlett, married 

Clarissa Olcott, 1836. Six children were born to them: 

Elias O., b Nov. 24th, 1840. 
Franklin Hastings, b Oct. 9th, 1843. 
.Caroline E., b April 17th, 1845. 
John Q., b July 12th, 1848. 
Clara J., b March 8th, 1850, died 1864. 
Fred, b Dec. 12th, 1854. 

Elias Olcott, I St child of Curtis Damon, married first, 
Mary Jane Rice. Their children were: 

1. Carrie J., b Dec. 25th, 1866, m Elmer Walker. 

2. Julia, b March, 1869, m Frank Stone. 

Second marriage, Marion Dart, Aug., 1887. One child 
by second marriage, Ruth E., b Sept. 21st, 1889. 

Hastings Damon, 2d child of Curtis, married Ann Eliza 
Boynton, March 4th, 1872. They have two children: 

1. William Curtis, b Dec. 29th, 1875. 

2. Charles Hastings, b Feb. 8th, 1880. 
They now reside in Springfield, Vt. 

Caroline E., 3d child of Curtis, married Richmond J. 
Kenney, May, 1866. Two children were born to them: 

Note. — This view was intended to show " Mt. Ascutney," the old 
landmark dear to the memory of all Vermonters living within a radius 
of twenty miles of it. In the dim distance maybe traced its outline. I 
much regret a better view was not obtained; it will, however, suffice to 
show the general appearance of the country surrounding Springfield. 


1. Lizzie, b 1867, m Ford W. Biird, Sept. 4th, 1889. 
They have one child, Nellie, b Sept. 9th, 1891. 

2. Nellie June, b April 23d, 1873, died Oct., 1877. 
They now reside in Springfield, Vt. 

John Quincy Damon, 4th child of Curtis, was twice 
married. First wife, Medora Wood. Second wife, Kate 
Sheldon. One child was born, Carlton, b Aug. 2d, 1889. 

They now reside at Springfield, Vt. 

Fred C. Damon, 6th child of Curtis, married Ida L. 
Hopkins, Dec. 27th, 1879. They have four children: 

1. Abbie L., b Oct. 25th, 1880. 

2. Curtis F., b April 25th, 1882. 

3. Grace M., b July 26th, 1883. 

4. Mattie W., b'july 30th, 1888. 
They now reside at Springfield, Vt. 

Maria Damon, 8th child of Bartlett, married Samuel 
T. Woodward, at Springfield, Yi., Feb. 24th, 1834. They 
removed to Panler, Vt. In the fall of 1854, they re- 
moved to Illinois from where they emigrated to the Ter- 
ritory of Kansas in the Spring of 1858, settling in what is 
now Gray county. There they built a log cabin. The 
nearest flour mill being forty miles distant, corn bread 
was the principal diet. For many years this little family 
remained here, passing through the varied experiences of 
the Kansas pioneer, such as grasshoppers, drought, prairie 
fires, Indians and the ravages of war, which made up the 
history of that county during that period. The terror of 
the early settlers was the prairie fires. Mrs. Ida Drenner, 
a daughter of this family, in relating her remembrance of 
one says, "The fire swept over the prairie driven by a 
fierce gale, carrying desolation with it. A neighbor who 
had first noticed it rode in haste to our cabin door, telling 
my mother that our home could not be saved and begged 
her to give him the two smallest children (a sister and 
myself), and he would take them to a place of safety. 
Mother refused to let us go, fearing he could not outride 


the flames. The fierce flames were soon upon us, burning 
the stacks of grain and leaving in ruins everything exxept 
our cabin, which it passed with its inmates unharmed." 

"During the Civil War in 1863, a company of.soldiers 
camped one night near our house. My father went into 
their camp to sell milk just at sunset, and at roll call, 
hearing the name ' Monroe Damon,' he asked the young 
soldier answering to the name where he was from, and 
was told from Vermont. The young man came to our 
home with father, when it developed that my mother and 
his father were cousins. A very pleasant evening was 
spent. The young man on leaving left his picture with 
mother, promising to write. Shortly before the siege at 
Vicksburg, a letter was received (which has been pre- 
served) from him, saying that his company was about to 
start for that place, and if he was spared through the con- 
flict he would write again. Nothing was ever heard of 
him and mother often spoke of her young soldier, sup- 
posing him killed. 

"Thirty-three years has passed since this incident oc- 
curred, when a letter was received by the writer saying 
that the soldier still lived and was collecting the rem- 
nants of his ancestors and their descendants together (and 
may be known as the a'uthor of this memorial)." 

Father died . on the old homstead, Feb. 8th, 1872. 
Three years later, mother moved to Junction City, where 
she remained untd her death in i886. Ten children were 
born to them: 

1. George Raymond, b Sept. 20th, 1836. 

2. Horace Dean, b April 6th, 1838. 

3. Martha Jane, b Nov. i6th, 1840. 

4. Marcia Elvira, b Jan. i6th, 1842. 

5. Edgar D., b Dec. 24th, 1843, d April 25th, 1845. 

6. Edgar D., b June i8th, 1845, d Aug. i8th, 1846. 

7. Infant, d July 8th, 1847. 

8. Ormando W., b Aug. 15th, 1849, ^ ^Qc. 7th, 1874. 


g. Julia Maria, b Nov. 14th, 1851. 
10. Ida Francis, b Feb. 23d, 1854. 

George Raymond married Maria Kelly, May 9, 186 1. 
Now living in Junction City, Kas. Two children, a son 
and daughter, were born of this marriage: 

I. Mary Jeanette, b 2. William Raymond, b 

Horace Dean was married to Mary A. Ball (who died 
Sept. 24th, 1867), married to Chloe E. Merritt in 1869. 
Three children were born of this marriage. 

1. William Horace, b June 12th, i 

2. Lillian Edith, b Oct. 30th, 1870. 

3. Ida May, b Jan. 8th, 1882. 

Horace lives at San Bernardino, Cal. 

Martha Jane was married to James H. Finch, Nov. 
30th, 1854. Now living at San Francisco, Cal. Nine 
children were born of this marriage: 

I. Frank Wilber, b 6. Cora Belle, b 

2. Mary Jane, b 7. James Howe, b 

3. Hattie Fay, b 8. Ida Marcia, b , died 

4. William Albert, b 

5. Ona May, b , died 9. George Walter, b ■ 

Marcia Elvira was married to N. F. Greene, Nov. 
25th, i860. Now living at Junction City, Kas. Eight 
children, seven sons and one daughter were born to them: 

1. Claude Greene, b , 5. George Earnest, b 

died 6. Ines, b 

2. Paul Edward, b 7. Charles Augustus, b 

Clarendon, b 8. Fred, b 


4, Frank, b 

Julia Maria was married to W. H. Beal, June 19th, 
1873. Now living at Chapman, Kas. One child was 
was born from this marriage. Harold Lester, b 


Ida Frances was married to A. N. Drenner, Nov. 26th, 
1882. They now reside in Kennedy, Kas. 

Horace Reed Damon, 9th child of Bartlett, married 
Susan Spencer, April 29th, 1847. Four Children were 
born to them: 

1. Schuyler H., b July 5th, 1850. 

2. Celina S., b March 24th, 1854. 

3. Mary E., b Oct. 29th, 1855. 

4. Don H., b Oct. i6th, 1863. 

Schuyler married Eva Edwards, Dec. 26th, 1877. 
Their children are: 

1. Harry A., b March 26th, 1881. 

2. Flossie M., b Sept. 7th, 1882. 

3. Arthur S., b Dec. ist, 1885. 

, Celina married Geo. H. Adams, Dec. 25, 1878. They 
have one child, Olin H., b Dec. 7th, 1890. I'hey reside 
in Springfield. 

Mary E. died June loth, 1892. 

Don H. married Elizabeth Hoban, Aug. 9th, 1886. 
Two children w^ere born to them. 

1. Harrold J., b. Feb. 26th, 1889. 

2. Ralph W., b Aug 2 2d, 1892. 

Horace Reed Damon died Jan. 3d, 1899. His wife, 
Susan, died Aug. loth, 189 1. 

Martha, loth child of Bartlett, married James Whit- 
ney. No children were born to them. She now (1896) 
lives in Springfield, Vt., aged 74. 

. Aaron Dean Damon, nth child of Bartlett, married 
Julia Ann Haywood, Oct. T8th, 1845, who died 1866. He 
again married, June 24th, 1878, to Mrs. Lizzie Slade, of 
Charlestown, N. H. He was a well-known cattle drover. 
Died in Charlestown, N. H., Feb 22d, 1885. One child, 
Merrill, born Oct. 2d, 1849, "^^'^o was married to Mary 
Jane Marcy of Weathersfield, Vt., June 3d, 1877. Mer- 


rill was for a long time a conductor on the Old Colony 
Railroad, and now resides at Springfield, Vt. Aaron Dean 
Damon died Feb. 2 2d, 1885. 

LORiNG Damon's fa^niily. 

Loring Damon, 5th child of Samuel, married Rebecca 
Estabrook, at Springfield, Vt., April 19th, 1804. Their 
children were: 

1. Jeremiah, b March 25th, 1805. 

2. Griffin, b Jan. 12th, 1807, killed in a mill Jan. 29th, 


3. Sybel, b Jan. 8th, 1809, d Dec. 23d, 1862. 

4. Randa Drucilla, b Jan. 12th, 181 1. 

5. Hannah B., b 181 2, d in infancy. 

6. Almirah, b May 21st, 181 3, d Feb. 4th, 18 15. 

7. Hiram, b June 26th, 1815. 

8. Ephriam Walker, b April 3rd, 181 7. 

9. Clarissa, b Aug. 9th, 1819. 

10. Simeon Whitney, b May 31st, 1822. 

11. Dexter Bates, b Jan. 17th, 1825. 

Loring Damon was engaged in farming. He died 
Sept. 28th, 1836. His wife followed him March 24, 1866. 
Buried in Union Hill Cemetery, Springfield. 


Jeremiah Damon, ist child of Loring, emigrated from 
Springfield, Vt., to Pike, Wyoming Co., N. Y., in the 
spring of 1830; married Hulda Mudge, of Pike, in 1832. 
Their children were: 

Note. — The old home of Loring Damon shown in the picture is 
from a photograph taken late in the fall of 1896. It was occupied by 
him for nearly a quarter of a century, previous to his death in 1836. 
The apple tree at the corner of the house was planted by his son Dexter, 
now living near the old home. The author visited his Uncle and the 
old homes of his ancesters in 1894, gathering much information given in 
this book. 


1. George E., b Aug. 20th, 1833. 

2. Mary E., b Oct. 30th, 1830, 1834. 

3. Augusta R., b July 4th, 1840 j ^^^.^^ 

4. Augustus L., b July 4th, 1840 \ 

Jeremiah died in Belfast, N. Y., 1^75, aged 70 years; 
his wife, Hulda, died in Pike, 1877, aged 71 years. 

George E. Damon, ist child of Jeremiah, married 
Eliza Pitts, Dec. 25th, i860. Two children were born to 

1. Augustus L., b 1862, d 1895. 

2. Eranc P., b 1864, d 1886. 

George went to Michigan in 1863, but remained only a 
short time, returning to "York State," he settled at 
asaraga, wdiere he now resides (1896). 

Mary E , 2d child of Jeremiah, married Otis G. 
Marsh in 1856. Their children were: 

1. Earl, b Nov. 5th, 1857, married Hattie M. Parrish, 

of Portville, Gattaraugus Go., N. Y., where he 
now resides ( 1896). 

2. May, b June 8th, 1861, d at Olean, X. Y,, Oct 

ist, 1894. 

3. Grace, b Dec. 6th, 1877, now living with her parents 

at Portville, N. Y. ( 1896). 

Augusta R., 3d child of Jeremiah, married James H. 
Welch, of (lainesvllle, N. V., in 1861. Mr. Welch died 
in 1865. In 187 1 she was married to Mr. Osborne Ran- 
dall at Pike, N. Y., where they now reside (1896). 

Augustus E., 4th child and twin of Augusta, was a sol- 
dier of the rebellion, enlisted in Gompany F, 33d regi- 
ment, New York Volunteers, and died while in the service 
at Washington in 1862, aged 21 years, 6 months. 

Randa Damon, 3d child of Loring Damon, came 
from Springfield, Vt., to Pike, Wyoming Go., N. Y., with 
her brother, Jeremiah, in the spring of 1830; married 
Thos. Garyl Holden (who also came from Vermont and 


settled in Pike), Jan. 15th, 1833. They subsequently 
removed to a farm in New Hudson, Allegany Co., to what 
was known as "Marsh Settlement," where they spent the 
rest of their days. She died Nov. 7th, 1872, and her 
husband died June loth, i88i. Seven chilren were born 
to them: 

1. John Loring, b at New Hudson, Dec. 28th, 1833. 

2. Norman, b at New Hudson, April 17th, 1836. 

3. Thomas b at New Hudson, Sept. 24th, 1837, died 1837. 

4. Harvey, b at New Hudson, Sept. 6th, 1838. 

5. Olive, b at New Hudson, July 20th, 1840. 

6. Gardner, b at New Hudson, March 31st, 1845, died 


7. Lawson Caryl, b at New Hudson, (Jct. nth, 1849. 

John Holden married Hannah Marie Butterfield, Feb. 
14th, J 863, at Belfast, N. Y. Four children were born to 

1. Ella F, telle, b at New Hudson, N. Y., Sept. 13th, 1868. 

2. George BoA^man, b at New Hudson, N. Y., Feb. rith, 

187 I. 

3. Genevieve, b at New Hudson, N. Y., March 26th, 1872. 

4. Weltha J., b at New Hudson, N. Y., Aug. 25th, died 

Nov. 13th, [890. 

His wife died June 12th, 1886. He subsequently 
moved to Belfast where he now lives. 

Ella E. Holden, ist child of John, married Grant W. 
Gleason and removed to Kansas where they now reside, 
at Glen Elder, Mitchell Co. They have one child. 

Norman Holden was three times married, first to 
Rachel Crawford, Nov. 12th, 1859, '^^^o died March 26th, 
1867. He again married Melinda Crawford, Nov. 21st, 
187 1, who died Oct. 12th, 1874. His third wife was Lu- 
cinda A. Crawford, sister of his former wives, married 
Dec. 19th, 1882. Two children were born to his firs 
wife, died young. He is now proprietor of the Belfas 
House in Belfast, N. Y. 


Harvey Holden married Mrs. Mary E. Williams, at 
Simbury, Pa., July 8th, 1872. He was a soldier of the 
Rebellion from the beginning to the close of the war, be- 
longing to Company E, 93d New York State Volunteers. 
Was twice wounded, first at the battle of the Wilderness. 
He followed railroading after the war, became a passenger 
conductor on the Pennsylvania & Erie road in Pennsyl- 
vania, removed to Michigan in 1879, ^^^^ was killed on 
the Flint & Pere Marquette road near Sanford Station, 
April 4th, 1880. One child, by this marriage, Frank T. 
Holden, died young. 

Olive Holden married Charles P. Marsh at New Hud- 
son, Oct. 1 8th, 1866. They have two children: 

1. Lucy Holden, b at New Hudson, Sept. 29th, 1868. 

2. Edna Damon, b at New Hudson, Jan. 24th, 1871. 
They now (1896) reside at Belfast, N. Y. 

Olive Marsh in writing of her mother's family says: 
"Her uncle, Jeremiah Damon, came from Springfield, Vt., 
with Orlin Marsh to Pike, Wyoming Co., N. Y., in 1830. 
They subsequently settled in what was known as the 
'Marsh Settlement' in the township of New Hudson. 
Her father, Thomas C, and uncle, Rufus Holden, came 
to the settlement in 183 1. They drove their own team 
through the wilderness and were two weeks on the jour- 

Lawson Caryl Holden came to Michigan in 187 i, and 
entered the State University at Ann Arbor. He gradu- 
ated from the Law Department and settled in Saginaw in 
1873. He married Anna Stage, Sept. 3d, 1877. For a 
number of years he was Judge of Probate; he also held 
the office of Prosecuting Attorney. He removed to Sault 
Ste. Marie in 1895 where he now resides. One child, 
Elsie, born Nov. i6th, 1880, died Oct. 5th, 1896. 

Hiram Damon, 7th child of Loring, was born at 
Springfield, Vt., June 26th, 18 15. He married Amy E. 
Bixby, March 4th, 1843. For many years he was sexton 


of Union Hill Cemetery at Springfield. He was a. sol- 
dier in the Rebellion. Seven children were born to them: 

1. George M., b July 13th, 1844. 

2. John Griffin, b April 24th, 1846. 

3. Hiram L., b. Aug. loth, 1848. 

4. Alice R., b April 29th, 185 i. 

5. Marcia J., b Oct. 26th, 1854. 

6. Mary Ida, b Sept. 26th, 1856. 

7. Dennis ^1., b Sept. 29th, 1858. 

His wife died at Springfield Nov. 21st, 18S1. He sub- 
sequently moved to Meadow Grove, Neb., and again mar- 
ried, where he now resides, aged 81. 

George M. Damon, ist child of Hiram, was born at 
Springfield, Vt., 1844. He was a soldier in the Rebellion, 
serving in Company A, 3d Vermont, and died in a hospi- 
tal at Alexandria, Va., Oct. 29th, 1862. 

John Griffin Damon, 2d child of Hiram, born at Spring- 
field, Vt., 1846. He married Anna M. Frew, Feb. 13th, 
1875. They now reside in Tilden, Neb. Have one child, 
Anna J, 'born April 2t,(], 1S79. 

Hiram L. Damon, 3d child of Hiram, born at Spring- 
field, Vt., 1848, married Frances Estella Osborne, April 
9th, 1891. 

Alice R. Damon, 4th child of Hiram, born at Spring- 
field, Vt., 1851, died June i6th, 1873. 

Marcia J. Damon, 5 th child of Hiram, born at Spring- 
field, Vt., 1854, married Fred S. Lawton, Aug. 1st, 1881. 
Their children are: 

Amy K., b May 17th, 1882. 

jeannette, b Aug. 14th, 1884. 

Flint D., b May 28th, 1887. 

Paul R., b March 4th, 1890. 

Fred, b Feb. 5th, 1895. 

They now reside at Bellows Falls, Vt. 


Mary Ida Damon, 6th child of Hiram, born at Spring- 
field, Vt., 1856, married Charles H. Willson, April 23d, 

1884. There children are: 

1. Grace D., b June nth, 1885. 

2. Minnie F., b April 25th, i885. 

Dennis M. Damon, 7th child of Hiram, born at Spring- 
field, Vt., 1858, married Frances A. French, March 24th, 

1885. Their children are: 

1. Edith B., b Oct. 27th, 1885. 

2. Melvin H., b July i8th, 1887. 

They now reside at Bellows Falls, Vt. 

The Poet, '' Woodworth," has fittingly described this 

" How dear to this haart are the scenes of my childhood, 
When fond recollections present them to view." 

Across the road from "The Old Schoolhouse," now 
occupied as a stable, stands the birth place of the author. 
In 1894, after a period of forty years, the playground of 
his childhood was visited by him. His early companions, 
the Whipples, Marshes, Holdens, Gleasons and Emerys 
were nearly all gone, only three or four remaining, and to 
Betsey, wife of Dexter Marsh, now living in the old home 
of my father, I am indebted for the picture. 


Ephriam W. Damon, 8th child of Loring, came from 
Springfield, Vt., to Pike, Wyoming Co., N. Y., in the 
spring of 1840. He married Amanda Cole, of New Hud- 
son, Allegany Co., in 1842. For a number of years he 
followed the occupation of carpenter and builder in the 
district known as the " Marsh Settlement." In the spring 
of 1855 he removed his family to Michigan, settling in 
the forest, on a section of government land near Chesan- 
ing, Saginaw Co., where he died Dec. 19th, 1892. His 
wife born Aug. 8th, 181 7, died May i6th, 1880. Four 
Four children were born to them: 

1. Orion Weston, b in New Hudson, Jan. 20th, 1843. 

2. Brazil Monroe, b in New Hudson, Feb. 25th, 1844. 

3. Correll, b in New Hudson, 1849, died young. 

4. Laroy, b in New Hudson, Sept. 7th, 1854. 

Orion, ist child of Ephriam, was a soldier in the Rebel- 
lion, enlisting in the i6th Michigan infantry in 1861, and 
was detached to the 5th U. S. Artillery, Battery D, served 
three years; discharged in 1864. Returning to Chesaning 
he married Mary C. Waldron March 9th, 1865, and settled 
on a farm opposite his father's where they now reside. 
Their children were: 

1. Gracia, b Feb. 26th, 1866, died Sept. 30th, 1877. 

2. Bertha, b March 14th, 1869. 

3. Myrtle, b Aug. 23d, 1870, died Sept 21st, 1877. 

Bertha married Grant Johnson, May 13th 189 1. They 
have two children: 

Brazil M., 2d child of Ephraim, was a soldier in the 
Rebellion, enlisting in i860. He was sent to the Indian 
Territory and attached to Company F, ist U. S. Infantry, 
was on mail service in the Territory at the breaking out of 
the war. Saw service under Generals Lyons, Grant, 
Banks and Sheridan; wounded at "Wilson's Creek " and 
discharged at New Orleans, La., in 1866. Returning to 
Chesaning after the war, procured employment on the 


Ohio c^' Mississippi Railroad at Cochran, Ind., and mar- 
ried Martha A. (xonld. of Aurora, Ind., May 4th, 1868, 
soon after accepting a position with the Michigan Central 
Railroad as their agent at Chesaning, Mich. He has re- 
mained with them to the present time (1896), holding sev- 
eral positions of trust. In 1883 he was sent to Ypsilanti 
as agent for the company, where he now lives. His chil- 
dren were: 

1. Avonia, b at Chesaning, Jan. 28th, 1870. 

2. George A., b at Chesaning, April 7th, 187 1. 

3. Lillian, b at Detroit, Oct. 20th, 1879. 

Avonia, ist child of Brazil M. Damon, was a graduate 
of the State Normal Conservatory of Music at Ypsilanti, 
Mich., and for a number of years was a well known 
teacher there. She married Dr. Harry I. Van Tuyl, Aug. 
iith, 1896, and removed to Chicago where he is con- 
nected with a medical college. 

George A. Damon, 2d child of Brazil ]M , graduated 
from the University of Michigan, at Ann Arbor, and was 
connected with the U. of M. Exhibit at the World's Fair, 
at Chicago in 1893. He is now located in Chicago, con- 
nected with a well known electrical engineer, and has 
recently been appointed Assistant Electrical Engineer of 
the Trans-Mississippi Exposition to be held in Omaha, in 

Laroy, 4th child of Ephriam, inherited his father's 
farm, married Sarah Culver, and now resides on the home- 
stead near Chesaning. His children were: 

1. Correll, b Dec. 21st, 1880. 

2. Ralph, b Aug. 20th, 1886. 

Clarissa, 9th child of Loring, married George Merrill, 
May 26th, 1842. 

Simon Whitney, loth child of Loring, married Marcia 
Greene, Xov. 12th, 1849. ^^ moved on a farm near Mt. 
Ephriam, 5 miles from Springfield, Vt., where he lived 
until he died, July 19th, 1894. Their children were: 


1. Carrol H, b April 226., 1852, killed by a falling tree 

Dec. 25th, 1866. 

2. Elnora L., b Jan 29th, 1868, married Bertrand W. 

Brown. Feb. 4th, 1890, and now lives near Spring- 

Marcia Damon, widow of Simon, married George Wes- 
ton, April 4th, 1896, and now lives in Rockingham, Wind- 
sor, Vt. 

Dexter Bates Damon, nth child of Loring, was born 
at Springfield, Vt., January 17, 1825, married Jane Wes- 
ton, April 14th, 1852, and settled in the town of Rocking- 
ham, on what was known as the Lovell farm. Two 
children were born to them: 

Winslow Dexter, b Jan. 15th, 1853 
Burton Weston, b Feb. 7th, 1868. 

Winslow married. Grace E. Chatterton, of Charleston, 
N. H., Nov. 24th, 1880. They settled in Bellows Falls, 
Vt., and engaged in the meat and grocery business, where 
they now reside. They have no children. 

Burton lives with his parents on the farm where he 
was born in the township of Rockingham, Vt. 

The writer visited his Uncle Dexter in 1894, visiting 
the old homes and graves of his forefathers, and gather- 
ing information concerning them, from which originated 
this little book. A trip to the top of Mt. Ephraim (a high 
point of land named after Ephriam Walker, who settled 
at its base, and from whom my father was named), with my 
daughter Avonia, and cousins Elnora and Burton, was 
particularly enjoyable to me. I had stood on the same 
point at a former visit in 1872, with my father, he point- 
ing out the homes of my ancestors. 

CHARLES Damon's family. 

Charles Damon, 6th child of Samuel, married Lucretia 
Weatherton, and moved to Salisbury, Vt. Their children 



Lucretia, b 6. William, b 

Truman, b 7. Edmond, b 

Malinda, b 8. Charles G.,b 

4. Matilda, b 9. Joseph, b 

5. Calista, b 

I have been unable to get any trace of the progeny of 
this family. 

ELiAS Damon's family. 

Elias, 7th child of Samuel, born at Scituate, Mass., 
Feb. 13th, 1783. He was a carpenter, owned a grist mill 
in Chester, which was carried off by flood. He then built 
a house and sawmill in " Hardscrabble " in Springfield. 
He was a great worker, much interested in education, and 
made sacrifices for the education of his children. He was 
a Justice of the Peace, and an enthusiastic politician, first 
Whig then a Republican; was active in political conven- 
tions. He was a. studious man and a good scholar. He 
married Abigail Thompson, Dec. 29th, 1808. Their chil- 
dren were: 

1. Edna, b March 5th, 18 10, died Nov. ist, 1825. 

2. Susannah, b July 24th, 1813. 

3. Rachel B., b June 25th, 1815. 

4. Elizabeth A., b June 27th, 18 19. 

5. Augusta A., b March 4th, 1822. 

6. Almond B., b March 26th, 1824. 


Susannah Damon, 2d child of Elias, married Oilman 
Farwell, of Weathersfield, Vt., Sept. ist, 1833, who died in 

She married 2d, Hiram Bixbee, of Springfield, Vt. 

Children by first marriage: 

1. Edna, who died young. 

2. Jennie E., b 1836. 

This girl was finely educated and became a teacher of 
painting and drawing in Springfield Wesleyan Seminary, 


Vt., and later at Tilton, N. H. She is now (1896) teach- 
ing at a Mission School established by Bishop Ta}dor, in 
Santiago, Chili. 

Rachel, 3d child of Elias, married Simeon Herrick 
June 27th, 1833. Their children were: 

1. Ann Maria, b Sept. 28th, 1834, died July 21st, 1838. 

2. John Steadman, b Jan. 30th, 1836. 

3. Russel Spaulding, b Dec. 4th, 1838. 

4. Albert Delos Herrick, b June i6th, 1841. 

John Steadman Herrick, 2d child of Rachel, married 
Sarah A. Allbe. He died June 26th, 1866. One child, 
Everett, born March 31st, 1865. 

Russel Spaulding Herrick, 3d child of Rachel, was a 
blacksmith in Springfield for a number of years. At the 
breaking out of the Rebellion he joined Company K, i6th 
A^ermont Volunteers. Married Celia Weston, Sept. 14th, 
1862. Three children were born to them. 

Albert Delos Herrick. 4th child of Rachel, also joined 
the same Company with his brother. After the close of 
the war he married Sarah J. Spaulding. They now reside 
in Chester, Vt. 

Elizabeth A., 4th child of Elias, married Dr. Edmund 
Meacham, now deceased. 

Augusta A., 5th child of Elias Damon, married Edward 
Hale. They have four children. 

Almond Branch Damon, 6th child of Elias, was well 
known to the people of Springfield, Vt., and possessed 
their confidence and esteem. He married Henrietta Sta- 
ples, of Landgrove, Vt., March 29th, 1849, and after her 
death married Catherine A. Wilson, in Chester, Vt. He 
died in 1894, and was honored and respected by his 
townsmen. Six children were born to him: 

1. Abbie J , b Jan. 2d, 1850. 

2. Eliza Ann, b Nov. 22d, 185 1. 

3. Ira Earle, b Sept. nth, 1856. 


4. Ethan Almond, b Dec. 4th, 1857. 

5. Edna Maria, b June 8th, 1859. 

6. Frank Elias, b Feb. i6th, 1865. 

Abbie Jane, ist child of Almond Damon, married 
Edward S. Lamb. They have three children, 

Eliza Ann, 2d child of Almond, married Simon W. 
Greene. They have one child, and now reside in Spring- 

Ira Earl Damon, 3d child of Almond, married Jennie 
A. Monegle, Sept. 25th, 1880. Their children are: 

1. Almond William Damon, b Holyoke, Mass., July 3d, 


2. Henry Frank Damon, b Holyoke, Mass., June 19th, 


3. Walter George Damon, b Belchertown, Mass., Feb. 

27th, 1887. 

4. Ira Earl Damon, jr., b Belchertown, Mass., June 23d, 


5. Edna May Damon, b Belchertown, Mass., Jan. 30th, 


They now reside at Belchertown, Mass. 

Ethan Almond, 4th child of Almond, died May 15th, 

Edna Maria, 5th child of Almond, married Walter 
Smith. They have two children. 

Frank Elias Damon, 6th child of Almond, married 
Helen M. Aldrich. They have one child, Milton, b Jan- 
uary, 1892. 

JOSEPH DA.MON's family. 

Joseph Damon, 8th child of Samuel Damon, was born 
in Scituate, Mass., in 1784; moved with his parents to 
Springfield, Vt., in 1793. Married Phebe Boynton in 
1812. Nine children were born to them: 

1. Clarisa, b in Springfield, 1812, died 1812. 

2. Anna Bowker, b in Springfield, 1813. 

3. Orpha Boynton, b in Springfield, 1815. 

42 toAMON Mb:MORlAL. 

4. Jehiel, b in Springfield, Aug, 31st, 181 7, 

5. Mary Boynton, b in Springfield, 1819, died 182 1. 

6. Mary Jane, b in Springfield, April 7th, 1822. 

7. Mandana, b in Springfield, July 5th, 1824. 

8. Richard Martin, b in Springfield, 1826. 

9. Dinantha, b in Springfield, 1829, died 1829. 

He died in Rockingham, Vt. , in 1845, and his wife in 

Anna Bowker Damon, 2d child of Joseph Damon, was 
born in Springfield, Vt., in 18 13; married Justin Eddy 
Wright, of Rockingham, Vt., 1838, and moved to Wey- 
mouth, Mass. Seven children were born to them: 

1. Anna E., b 1841, m Loring Bowditch. 

2. George J., b 1842, m Rose D. Roundy. 

3. Susan Jane, b 1846, died 1865. 

4. Solomon Damon, b 1848, died 1885. 

5. Marshall R., b 1850, m Bessie Phillips. 

6. Anson Lee, b 1852, died 1896. 

7. Joseph E., b 1855, ^i^^ 1878. 

Justin E. Wright died Dec. 14th, 1883. His wife, Anna 
B., now resides (1896) with her oldest child, Anna E. 
Bowditch, at Plymouth, Mass., aged 83 years. 


Orpha Boynton Damon, 3d child of Joseph, born at 
Springfield, Vt., in 1815, writes that her father lived in the 
"old Home place" until she was 14, then moved to Rock- 
ingham, where he died in 1845. She married C. H. 
Roundy in 1834. Three children were born to them: 

1. Morton C, b 1840. 

2. Rose D., b , died aged 34. 

3. Louis, b , died aged 29. 

Mrs. Roundy subsequently married a Mr. Glover, and 
now resides with her son Morton at Rockingham, aged 81, 


Jehiel Damon, 4th child of Joseph, married Helen Lid- 
die, of Rockingham, Vt., June 8th, 1842. Seven children 
were born to them: 

1. Helen Betsy, b July 23d, 1843, ^^^^^ Nov. 25th, 1847. 

2. Francis Fayette, b Jan. nth, 1845, died Aug. loth, 


3. William Jackson, b Dec. 21st, 1847, tiled Oct. 25th, 


4. Mary Anna, b Sept. 21st, 1850, died July 22d, 1853. 

5. George William, b June 8th, 1855. 

6. Franklin Jehiel, b Nov. 20th, 1856. 

7. Josie Marion, b Oct. 30th, 1858. 

Jehiel Damon died July 24th, 1892. 

George W. Damon, 5th child of Jehiel, married Nancy 
Jane Williamson Oct. 17th, 1857. Five children were 
born to them: 

1. Dora Ellen, b Aug. 6th, 1876. 

2. Effie Helen, b Feb. 5th, 1879. 

3. Orlie Delilah, b Oct. 24th, 1880. 

4. Bertha Luetta, b Nov. 24th, 1882. 

5. John Jehiel, b Nov. 9th, 1884, died Oct. 8th, 1886. 

Nancy, wife of George, died 1892. 

By a second marriage, to Eva M. McCreary, March 
23d, 1893, two children were born to them: 

1. Josephine Marion, b June 5th, 1894. 

2. Isunge Mortimer, b March 8th, 1896. 

This family now reside in Ringwood, Oklahoma Terri- 

Dora Ella Damon, ist child of George W., married 
Oct. 7th, 1895, to Ervin Dillingham. 

Effie Helen Damon, 2d child of George W. , married 
Oct. 7th, 1896, to O. D. Osgood. 

Franklin Jehiel Damon, 6th child of Jehiel, married 
Clarinda J. Foster, April 12th, 1884. One child. 


I. Gladys Mandana, b June 5th, 1890. 
He now lives in Salem, Neb. 

Josie Marion Damon, 7th child of Jehiel, married Jan. 
13th, 1888, to John F. Gaddis. They have two children: 

1. Allen Jehiel, b Sept. 21st, 1889. 

2. Helen Elizabeth, b March 4th, 1894. 
They now reside in Tolosa, Texas. 

Mary Jane Damon, 6th child of Joseph, married 
George Stilman Holden in Rockingham, Vt., July nth, 
1842; moved to Weymouth, Mass., and from there went 
to Belfast, N. Y., in 1856, and removed from there to 
Waterloo, la., in 1861. George S. Holden died Jan. 
25th, 1873, ^t Irvington, la. Eight children were born to 

1. George Richard, b in Weymouth, Mass., Aug. ist, 1843. 

2. Harvey Caryl, b in Weymouth, Mass., Dec. 8th, 1846. 

3. Caryl Boynton, b in Weymouth, Mass., April 7th, r85o. 

4. John Otis, b in Weymouth, Mass., Oct. 12th, 1852. 

5. Mary Jane, b Belfast, N. Y., May 7th, 1857. 

6. Ida Alice, b Belfast, N. Y., Feb. 7th, 1861. 

7. Anna Damon, b in Waterloo, la., June 20th, 1865. 

8. Lillian Irena, b in Waterloo, la., Sept. ^th, 1870. 

George R. Holden was a soldier of the Rebellion and 
was killed in a battle at Tupelloo, Miss., July 14th, 1864. 

Harvey C, died m Weymouth, Mass., May i8th, 1849. 

Mandana Damon, 7th child of Joseph, was married to 
Johnathan Cook, May 6th, 1848, and moved to Wey- 
mouth, Mass., where he died Sept. 28th, 1849; was again 
married to Charles Wells Bates, Dec. 8th, 1850. Six chil. 
dren were born to them: 

1. Joseph Warner Bates, born in Quincy Mass., May 14th, 

1855, m Mary A. Harvey, 1880. 

2. Susan Mandana Bates, born in Quincy, Mass., Dec. 

25th, 1859, died in Irvington, la., 1885. 


3. Diantha Damon Bates, born April 27th, i860, died 

Nov. i860. 

4. Died in infancy. 
5 . Died in infancy. 

0. Died in infancy. 

Mrs. Bates in writing of her grandfather, Samuel Da- 
mon, says: "That he with his wife, Anna Bowker, left 
Scituate, Mass., about 1792 with their family of eleven 
children for \>rinont, then a wilderness, with ox teams, 
spotting the trees through the forest for a trail back. 
Cxrandmother and the oldest girl, Anna, on horseback 
each with a babe in their arms, Clarissa and Lilly (twins). 
They stopped at Springfield, cut down the trees and 
built a log house where they commenced a home. Here 
they raised their family of thirteen children. After a 
period of years they built a frame house that still stands." 
Seven years ago I visited the old home. I'here had been 
no material change in the house and it was in a very com- 
fortable condition. Mrs. Bates is now living at Irvington, 
Iowa, aged 72. 

Caryl B. Holden married Netta Waters, in Waterloo, 
Iowa. They have three children: 

1. Maud, b Aug. 2 2d, 1874. 

2. Arthur C, b Xov. 20th, 1880. 
3 Chester L., b Dec. ist, 1883. 

They now reside in Cherokee, Iowa. 
John Holden married Rosa Waters, in Waverly, Iowa. 
Five children were born to them: 

1. George, b 4. Percy, b 

2. Otis, b 5. Bertha b 

3. Frank W., b 

Mary J. Holden married Robert Christopher, in Water- 
loo, la. They have seven children: 

T. Amelia May, b July loth, 1878. 

2. Ralph Elwood, b Nov. 20th, 1880. 

3. Nora Ella, b Dec. 31st, 1882. 


4. George Robert, b March 7th, 1885. 

5. Lera Belle, b Jan. 27th, 1888. 

6. John Caryl, b Aug. 26th, 1891. 

7. Warren Neil, b May 14th, 1895. 

Ida A. Holden married Charles Valentine in South 
Dakota. They have six children: 

Elmer, b May 24th, 1883. 
Ernest, b Feb. 28th, 1887. 
John, b March 12th, 1885. 
George, b May 7th, 1889. 
Earl, b Sept. 8th, 1891. 
Lillian B., b Dec. i8th, 1893. 
They now reside in Egan, S. D. 

Anna D. Holden married William Boyce in Waterloo, 
Iowa. They have three children. 

1. Elsie May, b July 14th, 1887. 

2. Claud'f b Jan. 31st, 1891. 

3. Leela, b Jan. 7th, 1895. 

They now live in Germania, Iowa. 

Maud Holden, 1st child of Caryl, married Fred James 
and now lives in Cherokee, Iowa. 

Mrs. Mary Jane Holden, after the death of her hus- 
band subsequently married a Mr. Denny and now resides 
with her son, Caryl Holden, at Cherokee, la., aged 74. 

Richard M. Damon, 8th child of Joseph, married Eliza- 
beth Bullard, of Stockbridge, Vt., April 21st, 1857. Five 
children were born to them: 

Abbie P., b Sept. 9th, 1861. 

Eula A., b Oct. 25th, 1863, died Jan. 4th, 1864. 

Elbert R., b May 14th, 1865, died Nov. 30th, 1865. 

Henry M., b Jan. 8th, 1867, died May ist, 1891. 

George M., b June 22d, 1871. 

The family now resides at Randolph Centre, Vt,. 


REBECCA Damon's family. 

Rebecca Damon, 9th child of Samuel, was twice mar- 
ried, first to J. Perham, second to William Hamilton. No 
children were born to them. 

CLARISSA Damon's family. 

Clarissa Damon, loth child of Samuel, married William 
Gould, Oct. 4th, 1809. Their children were: 

1. Elenof, b Oct. i8th, 181 1, died Sept. i8th, 1840. 

2. Lewis, b Nov. 17th, 1813, died Feb. 8th, 1884. 

3. Cyrus, b Dec. 12th, 1815, died Nov. i8th, 1816. 

4. Stilman, b June 7th, 1818, died Aug. 15th, 1887. 

5. George, b Dec. loth, 1820, died March loth, 1875. 

6. Hiram, b Nov. 30th, 1822, died July 26th, 1877. 

7. Lucretia, b Dec. 14th, 1824. 

8. Henry, b Aug. 21st, 1826. 

9. Jackson, b Nov. 25th, 1828. 

10. Julia Ann, b July 9th, 1831. 

11. Franklin, b Aug. 23d, 1833, died July 3d, 1863. 

12. Sarah; b Sept. 21st, 1836. 

Clarissa Damon died Jan. i8th, 1875. Her husband, 
William Gould, died May 21st, 187 1. 


Elenor Gould, ist child of Clarissa, married Jothan 
Britton, December, 1825. Their children were: 

1. Mary, b June 3d, 1827. 

2. Jane, b March nth, 1830. 

3. Rodney G., b. Aug. 5th, 1833. 

4. Elenor, b Sept. 5th, 1840. 

Mary Britton married William Adair and now lives at 
Upton, Mass. 

Hiram Gould, 6th child of Clarissa, married Sarah 
Litchfield. Their children are; 


1. Major, b Feb. 27th, 1842. 

2. Amos, b July 13th, 1843. 

3. Lucy Ann, b April 29th, 1845. 

4. Hiram C, b July 29th, 1847. 

5. John J., b June 27th, 1849. 

6. Edward, b Nov. 19th, 1852. 

7. Laura E., b April 25th, i860. 

Amos Gould now resides at Perkinsville, Vt. 

Lucretia, 7th child of Clarissa, married Geo. W. Thurs- 
ton. They now live in Windsor, Vt. 

Henry, 8th child of Clarissa, married Malstie Young. 
They now live in Lima, O. 

Jackson Gould, 9th child of Clarissa, married Harriet 
H. Perham, Feb. 24th, 1863. Their children are: 

T. Linda E., b June 6th, 1864. 
2. Cora, b Dec. 27th, 1866. 

They now reside in Boston, Mass. 

Julia A., loth child of Clarissa, married Oliver Putnam. 
They now reside in Springfield, Vt. 

Franklyn Gould, nth child of Clarissa, married Amy 
C. Perham in 1853. Their children were: 

1. Charles O., b Sept. ist, 1853. 

2. George R., b Sept. 13th, 1857. 

3. Elmer E., b April 12th, 1861. 

His widow subsequently married a Mr. Winchester and 
now resides in Bellows Falls, Vt. 

Sarah, 12th child of Clarissa, married Timothy M. Put- 
nam at Springfield, Vt., April nth, 1854. Seven children 
were born to them: 

1. Nora A., b Nov. 29th, 1854. 

2. Willie H., b Nov. 19th, 1856, died Oct. 30th, 1862, 

3. Emma C, b Jan. 9th, 1859. 

4. Roella M., b March 29th, 1861, 

5. Mary J., b Oct. 30th, 1864, 


6. George H., b Tan. 30th, 1867. 

7. Walter T., b Aug. iith, 1880. 

They now reside at Springfield, Vt. 

T.iLLiE Damon's family. 

Lillie Damon, nth child of Samuel, married Elisha 
Damon, Their children were: 

t. Lillie, b 7. Allen, b 

2. Elisha, b 8. Curtis, b — 

3. Warren, b 9- Rebecca, b 

4. Levi, b 10. Clarissa, b 

5. Orren, b ir. Simeon, b - 

6. Loring, b 12. Perus, b — 

Lillie Damon was married in Rockingham, Vt., and 
moved from there, probably as early as 1820, to some 
other part of the State. I have been unable to locate any 
of the descendants of the family. 

SIMEON Damon's family. 

Simeon Damon, 12th child of Samuel, was born in 

Springfield, Vt , in , married Ester Gould. Eight 

children were born to them: 

1. Orilla, b , m Fay and Keys. 

2. Clarinda, b 

3. Rebecca, b 

4. Lourenza P., b April 7th, 182 i, m Nahum Hayden. 

5. Alonzo, b , m Harriet L. Osgood. 

6. Herbert, b 

7. Rozina, b , m Gad Lyman. 

8. Almander, b , m Elizabeth Conant. 


Lourenza Patch, 4th child of Simeon Damon, was mar- 
ried Oct. 23d, 1850. Their children are: 


Albert X., b Aug. 17th, 185 1. 

Daniel F. , b Sept. 9th, 1853. 

Hattie L.. b Feb. 23d, 1855. 

Arthur E, b May 24th, 1857. 

Belle A., b April 2d, 1859. died April 15th, 1865, 

Charles H., b Sept. 13th. 186 1, died Nov. loth, 1882. 

Mary A., b May 30th, 1864, died June 30th, 1879. 

Mrs. Hayden died Xov. 9th. 1879. ^^^^^ family now 
reside at Fitzwilliam, X. H. 

Alonzo Damon, 5th child of Simeon, was born in 
Springfield, Vt., removed to Hubbardstown, Mass , where 
he died April 13th, 1895. He married Harriet L. Osgood. 
Three children were born to them. The mother and 
youngest child were killed in a railroad wreck at Fitzwil- 
liam, X. H. The oldest boy died in Leominster in 1875. 
The only survivor of this family is Mary J. Damon, now 
living at Hubbardstown, Mass. 

SETH Damon's family. 

Seth Damon, 13th child of Samuel, married Betsey 
Diggens. Ten children were born to them: 

George, b 6. Luke, b 


Harriet, b 7. Franklin, b 

Stephen, b 8. Clarissa, b - 

Abagail, b 9. ^lary, b — 

Lewis, b 10. Major, b — 





Abagail, 4th child of Seth Damon, married Loren F. 
Pratt, of Rockingham, Vt. He died June 27th, 1889. 
His wife died June ist, 1892. Their children now living 

1. Alonzo Pratt, at Springfield, Mass. 

2. Dewese Pratt, at Xorth Pownal, Vt. 

3. George Pratt, at South Pownal, Vt. 


4. Wm. B. Pratt, at Rockingham, Vt. 

5. Ida, at Rockingham, Vt., m lAither Ivnight. 

6. Abagail, at North Clarendon, Vt., m Wm. (r. Fish. 

7. Emma, at Mechanicsville, Vt., m liidson Fletcher. 

6od's Hm. 

LOW WALLS, which the wild vines creep over; 
Gray stones amid tall flowers and grass; 
Red poppies and daisies and clover. 

Which pirate bees suck as they pass. 
Overhead skims a swift, silver swallow. 

O'er the wheat fields its brief shadow waves; 
'Neath the stones sunk deep in their hollow. 
The dead in their graves. 

— A. L. Green. 

— 'X. 

Coat of Jlrttis. 

WHILP2 it has not been my privilege to visit the native 
soil of our forefathers across the Atlantic, I am 
conscious of an hereditary attachment which, at 
least, has created a desire to know something of the land 
and its people from whence they came, particularly the 
history of "Old England" pertaining to the families bear- 
ing our family name. 

The earliest mention of the name in English history is 
that of William Damon, author of a book of music pub- 
lished in 1 59 1, during the reign of Queen Elizabeth. The 
Rev. S. C. Damon, author of a memorial published in 
Honolulu in 1882, states that he also found the name 
while traveling in France. Visitors at the World's Fair in 
Chicago, in 1893, will remember the name ''Colin and 
Dauion" prominently displayed on a French exhibit in the 
Manufactures and Liberal Arts Building. There is little 
doubt that the name is of French origin and was probably 
brought over to England as early as the fourteenth cen- 

The Parish records of the St. Lawrence Church of 
Reading, England, record the baptism of John, son of 
John Damon, June 25th, 1620. The Puritans finding no 
rest under the reign of Charles I, many thousands of 
England's best subjects, among them this boy, at the age 
of 13, sailed for America in 1633. This young man with 
other colonists settled together and named their settlement 
Reading, after their home in England. Eaton, the histo- 
rian of Reading, says that John Damon lived for a time 
on Cowdry Hill. There is no evidence that he was of 
kin, or even knew our ancestors who had preceded him by 



four years and settled in Scituate, Mass., in 1629; in fact, 
such is not the case, and my opinion is backed by facts 
gathered of these two families in England by the Rev. 
S. C. Damon, from which I select the following memorial: 
''The Rev. Charles Daman, late Tutor, formerly Fellow, 
of Oriel College, Oxford, married Emily Hawtrey, daugh- 
ter of the Rev. John Hawtrey, formerly of the army, who 
had a numerous family. His son. Rev. Henry Daman, 
married Catherine Eleanor, daughter of the Rev. Jabriel 
Cromwell, Principal of "St. Marks" Training College, 
Chelsea, descendant of "Oliver Cromwell." 

This gentleman describes the family "Coat of Arms" 
seen by him in the College of Heralds, London, and 
assigned to Sir Gerald Daman. This description is ident- 
ical with the "("oat of Arms" found among the relics of 
William Gilson, uncle to our ancester John Damon, and 
now in the possession of Rev. Calvin Damon, from which 
1 have reproduced the cut shown on these pages. 

A celebrated physician of Cherbourg, France, D'Amon 
(1618), "Coat of Arms" consisted of "A shield divided 
into three parts. In the upper part of azure, with three 
stars arge7it in the middle of argent, with two 'Pals' of 
gold in field of red." 

The descendants of Henry Damon, a retainer of 
Charles I of England add a lion which defends the shield 
with the motto, "Pro Rege, Pro Lege, Pro Grege." 
These "Coats of Arms" were registered and could not be 
adopted by others of a similar name. It will be remem- 
bered that our ancester, John, spelled his name Daman. 
It is therefore clearly demonstrated to me at least, that 
our family name in England was Daman and are not of 
kin to the Damon or D'Amon families of the Old World. 

€oat of Brm$ of the Damon Tamily. 





"Nobler men than the Puritans are not to be found in all English 
history." — Froude. 

OUR FOREFATHERS in America appeared to be a 
race of Pioneers from Puritan stock, while their 
illustrious ancestors may have enjoyed a more noble 
birth, it is plainly evident they were willing to cast their 
lot with the Colonists of the New World. 

I have endeavored to make this record as authentic and 
complete as possible and to this end have spared no pains 
in my researches. Old Bibles and Histories, dusty with 
age, have been searched and friends communicated with 
wherever found. There are still some branches of the fam- 
ily tree that 1 regret are incomplete, and should this little 
volume chance to fall into the hands of any of kin whose 
record is omitted, I hope they will at once communicate 
the facts to me to be placed with my manuscript for the 
benefit of future generations. 

We find in tracing our genealogy the name enrolled in 
our country's service in at least three wars, from Zachary 
and Daniel in the Indian Wars, Samuel, Daniel and John in 
the War of the Revolution, and a score with ourselves in 
the War of the Rebellion. There are also many prom- 
inent in the locality in which they have lived, while the 
large majority have followed the ''tilling of the soil," 
they may be found among the trades and other branches 
of industry, with a sprinkling among the professions of 

To those who may have cherished a hope that our 
forefathers came in the ''Mayflower" to this country, 
must suffer disappointment, as that good ship, with its 
load of Pu.-itans from England and Holland, reached our 



shores nine years previous to the arrival of the ship bear- 
ing our illustrious ancestor, which some one has said was 
the ship Fortune. 

Also disappointment must follow to all who have writ- 
ten their family name "Damon," while it is not to be 
supposed the long, followed custom will be changed, the 
fact still remains that unless some legislative action (of 
which I find no record) has been taken, we descend from 
the Damans of Old England. 

With these records this memorial volume must close. 
We have traced our genealogy for a period covering over 
two hundred and sixty years, from the Colonial Period to 
the present time, to the best of our ability. 

Never expecting to become personally acquainted with 
many whose names are herein registered, yet a deep 
interest in unknown friends whose names have become 
familiar by copying, and whose pleasant letters I have 
received, has well compensated for our labors and may I 
cherish the hope that when our earthly career is finished, 
it shall be said of us, we have well done what we could. 

Farewell, farewell, to hill and dale. 
To mount, to purling brook and vale, 
To forest dear, and shady dell 
Where fancy fairy creatures dwell, 
To Sun and Moon, to earth and sky 
And all the glittering hosts on high; 
To friends and kin tried and true, 
Adieu, my kindest, long Adieu, 

Ypsilanti, Mich., January, 1897. 

Subscribers to this Itlemorwl, 

Hastings Damon, Springfield, Vt. 
Elias O. Damon, Springfield, Vt. 
Mrs. Richmond J. Kenney, Springfield, Vt. 
John Q. Damon, Springfield, Vt. 
Fred C. Damon, Springfield, Vt. 
Mrs. Geo. H. Adams, Springfield, Vt. 
Daniel Damon, Springfield, Vt. 
Schuyler Damon, Springfield, Vt. 
Mrs. Martha J. Whitney, Springfield, Vt. 
Merrill Damon, Springfield, Vt. 
George E. Damon, Canasaraga, N. Y. 
Mrs. Otis G. Marsh, Portville, N Y. 
Mrs. Osborn Randall, Pike, Wyoming Co., N. Y. 
John Holden, Belfast, Allegany Go., N. Y. 
Geo. B. Holden, East Saginaw, Mich. 
Norman Holden, Belfast, N. Y. 
Mrs. Ghas. P. Marsh, Belfast, N. Y. 
Lawson G. Holden, Sault Ste Marie, Mich. 
John Griffin Damon, Meadow Grove, Neb. 
George W. Damon, Ringwood, Oklahoma Ter. 
Mrs. Ervin Dillingham, Ringwood, Oklahoma Ter. 
Mrs. O. D. Osgood, Ringwood, Oklahoma Ter. 
Franklin J. Damon, Salem, Neb. 
Grant W. Gleason, Glen Elder, Mitchel Go., Kas. 
Mrs. John F. Gaddis, Tolosa, Texas. 
Mrs. Mary Jane Denney, Gherokee, Iowa. 
John Holden, Waverly, Iowa. 
Mrs. Robert Ghristopher, Waterloo, Iowa. 
Mrs. Gharles Valentine, Egan, S. D. 
Mrs. William Roys, Germania, Iowa. 
Mrs. Fred James, Gherokee, Iowa. 


Caryl 1). H olden, Cherokee, Iowa. 

Mrs. Mandana Bates, Irvington, Iowa. 

Richard M. Damon, Randolph Centre, Vt. 

Mrs. Mary J. Damon, Hubbardston, Mass. 

Alonzo Pratt, Springfield, Mass. 

Dewese Pratt, North Pownal, Vt. 

George Pratt, South Pownal, Vt. 

Wm. B. Pratt, Rockingham, Vt. 

Mrs. Wm. G. Fish, North Clarendon, Vt. 

Mrs. Fred S. Lawton, Bellows Falls, Vt. 

Dennis M Damon, Bellows Falls, Vt. 

Orion W. Damon, Chesaning, Mich. 

Laroy Damon, Chesaning, Mich. 

Geo. A. Damon, Chicago, 111. 

Mrs. H. I. Van Tuyl, Chicago, 111. 

Mrs. George Weston, Springfield, Vt. 

Mrs. B. W. Brown, Springfield, Vt. 

Mrs. Clarence E. Russell, East Middlebury, Vt. 

Mrs. Jane Gould, Charleston, N. H. 

Horace Gould, Amsden, Vt. 

William Damon, Ripton, Vt. 

Ann Eliza Damon, Chester, Vt. 

Mrs. Jonathan Lang, Scotts Mills, N. H. 

Mrs. Silas A. Cutler, Springfield, Vt. 

Geo. R. Woodward, Junction City, Kas. 

Horace Woodward, San Barnardino, Cal. 

Mrs. James H. Finch, San Francisco, Cal. 

Mrs. N. F. Green, Junction City, Kas. 

Mrs. W. H. Beal, Chapman, Kas. 

Mrs. Ida F. Drenner, Kennedy, Kas. 

Bradley Harlow, Springfield, Vt. 

Miss Stella Harlow, Springfield, Vt. 

Mrs. Ira Lockwood, North Springfield, Vt. 

Mrs. Geo. H. Adair, Springfield, Vt. 

Albert N. Hayden, Pltzwilliam, N. H. 

Mrs. Mary B. Adair, Upton, Mass. 

Reuben Damon, Middlebury, Vt. 

Mrs. Gad Lyman, Northfield, Mass. 


Herbert Damon, Hubbardston, Mass. 

Herman C. Damon, Ripton, Vt. 

Mrs. Nora Putnam, Springfield, Vt. 

Amy C. Winchester, Bellows Falls, Vt. 

Julia A. Putnam, Springfield, Vt. 

Curtis Griswold, Sandy Hill, N. Y. 

Francis D. Griswold, Keene, N. H. 

Mrs. Ester Damon, Plymouth Union, Vt. 

Henry D. Damon, Fall River, Mass. 

Winslow D. Damon, Bellows Falls, Vt. 

B. W. Damon, Rockingham, Vt. 

Miss Jennie E. Farwell, Santiago, Chili. 

Albert Delos Herrick, Chester, Vt. 

Mrs. Edward Hale, Chester, Vt. 

Edward S. Lamb, Chester, Vt. 

Mrs, Simon W. Green, Springfield, Vt. 

Ira Earl Damon, Belchertown, Mass. 

Mrs. Walter Smith, Belchertown, Mass. 

Mrs. Frank Elias Damon, Belchertown, Mass. 

Mrs. Anna E. Bowditch, Plymouth, Mass. 

Morton C Roundy, Rockingham, Vt. 

Mrs. Luther Knight, Rockingham, Vt. 

Mrs. Judson Fletcher, Mechanicsville, Vt. 

Daniel E. Damon, Plymouth, Mass. 

Mrs. T. M. Putnam, Springfield, Vt. 

Jackson Gould, Boston, Mass., 79 Tectford st.. 

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Mrs. William Adair, Upton, Mass. 
Mrs. Lucian Gould, Springfield, Vt. 
Wm. Smith, Chester, Vt. 
Mrs. Amos Gould, Perkinsville, Vt. 
Henry Gould, Lima, Ohio. 




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