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Esther Sumner Damon
Birth: Aug. 1, 1814
Death: Nov. 11, 1906

Esther Sumner Damon was the last revolutionary war widow. She married Noah Damon on September 6, 1835. Upon his death on July 2, 1853 she applied for, and was granted a pension on October 25, 1855. This pension was increased by Congress on February 28, 1905. She died on November 11, 1906. She holds the distinction of being the last pensioner of the American Revolution. A 1903 US Pension report lists 2 Revolutionary War widows {E.S.Damon and Rebecca Mayo of Virginia} and 3 "Real Daughters" of Am. Rev. Veterans on Pension List-see summary of N. Damon war record below.
Spouse Sally Damon
Father Noah Damon

In the Boston Transcript issues of Oct. 3 and Oct. 17, 1934 are items relating to Sally and Nancy Damon of Chester, Vt.


Noah Damon was father of Sally Damon, who married John Johnson and of Nancy Damon, who married Luther Johnson, and so was one of the progenitors of these two branches. Further than this I have been able to learn nothing of his life, excepting his Revolutionary war record, which I obtain from the pension department at Washington, which condensed. is as follows:

He was horn at Milton, Mass., Aug. 25, 1760. No record given as to when he enlisted, or in what regiment or company, but that he served under different captains; first under Captain Ebenezer Tucker, in April, 1775. During latter part of 1776 he served three months under Captain Stark and sustained a bayonet wound of right thigh on Long Island. His services are mentioned under different captains and colonels during the years of 1775, 1776, 1777, 1778, 1779 and 1780. He was pensioned January 9, 1850 at $80.00 per annum, from March 1, 1831, at the New Hampshire Agency.

After the war he removed to Woodstock, Vermont, thence to Eaton, Province of Lower Canada, where his first wife died.

He married at Bridgewater, Vt., Sept. 6, 1835, Esther Sumner. He died at Benton, N. H., July 2, 1853. His widow, Esther S. Damon applied for pension, Oct. 25, 1855. Her claim was allowed, and increased by special act of Congress, Feb. 28, 1905. She died at Plymouth Union, Vermont, Nov. 11, 1906. She was the last pensioner of the Revolution. The pension records in Washington will verify this.

Marr 13 Nov 1794, Springfield, VT

Children Noah (1795-1875)
Leonard (1798-1858)
John (1799-1880)
Nancy (1803-1850)
Josephus (1806-1882)
Silas (1808-1877)
Allen (-1877)

Family links: 
  Justus Sumner (____ - 1822)
  Elizabeth Thompson Sumner (____ - 1870)
  Noah Damon (1760 - 1853)*
  Henry Damon (1832 - 1916)*
  Mary H. Sumner Miner (1811 - 1890)*
  Esther Sumner Damon (1814 - 1906)
  Clarissa Sumner Sawyer (1816 - 1909)*
  William Sumner (1822 - 1894)*
*Calculated relationship
Plymouth Notch Cemetery
Windsor County
Vermont, USA
Created by: George S. Ellington
Record added: Jun 28, 2009
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