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Oliver Milton Dampier
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Birth: Sep. 5, 1859
Lowndes County
Georgia, USA
Death: Feb. 23, 1933
San Jose
Santa Clara County
California, USA

Son of Samuel Burton Dampier & Martha Hodges.

Married Amelia Pope Godbold, June 1, 1884, in Uvalde, Uvalde County, Texas.
1. Roly Hendricks - July 29, 1884
2. Fred Piper - November 29, 1887 (died 4 months)
3. Courtland Palmer - June 10, 1889
4. Infant - circa 1890
5. Frank Oliver - February 4, 1892
6. Leon Evans - July 19, 1894
7. Edna Viola - May 30, 1903
8. Milton Oliver - November 9, 1905

According to his father's obituary, Oliver was born near Ousley, Lowndes County, Georgia shortly before his parents moved to a farm near Starke in New River (now in Bradford) County where they are found in the 1860 census. Here he, his sister Frances and mother waited out the return of their father from the civil war.

About 1870 the family moved to Texas by ship, surviving a hurricane on the way. They were in Bell County in 1870 and thereafter settled in Uvalde, Texas.

Oliver came of age in Texas and was a Texas Ranger, Company A, Texas Frontier Battalion, joining during the Campaign against Victorio in the early 1880's, served a second term chasing outlaws and rose to the rank of sergeant. He was granted a pension of $50.00 per month by the VA in 1932.

Afterward he became variously a bar tender, businessman, saloon keeper and a professional gambler. Although he had very little schooling his mathematical abilities were exceedingly sharp. He could do square root in his head. Probability may have been a different matter as the family lived feast or famine depending on his luck with cards. In later life he saved up money for a cataract operation, got wind of a "sure bet" and lost the money.

He brought the family from Texas to California, first to Los Angeles then San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz and by 1900 to San Jose. His grand daughter, Lucille Elaine Dampier Michie, remembered him as practically blind due to cataracts. Given his visual limitations, he would be set to work doing the Saturday wash with a hand operated washing machine that he performed with great gusto.

His obituary below contains a flight of fancy as there is no evidence Buffalo Bill ever commanded a Texas Ranger unit. Also, at the time Buffalo Bill was far too busy with his Wild West Show.
San Jose Mercury Herald, February 23, 1933, p. 6 & 18

Texas Ranger Is Called By Death


Oliver M. Dampier, 73, retired San Jose merchant and former Texas Ranger under Colonel William Cody (Buffalo Bill) died at a local hospital Thursday night after an illness of ten days.

He was a native of Florida, but had resided in San Jose for more than 42 years. As a young man he served two periods as a Texas Ranger under Colonel Cody's command.

Surviving him is the widow, Mrs. Amelia D. Dampier, and the following children: Rolly H. Dampier, San Bruno, Cortland P. Dampiere, New York City; Frank O. Dampier, New Orleans; Leon E. Dampier, Milton Dampier, and Mrs. Edna V. Hansen of San Jose.

He was the brother of Frances Godbold, Uvalde Valley, Texas; Mrs. Ella Chase, San Jose; Mrs. Dora Schori, San Francisco, and of the late Mrs. Mary Scott and Edgar Dampier.

Funeral arrangments are pending upon word from relatives in New York.

Friends can call at Hocking and Williams, East Santa Clara Street at Eighth.

Entered by Barry Michie, Great Grandson
Family links: 
  Samuel Burton Dampier (1835 - 1909)
  Martha Hodges Dampier (1839 - 1916)
  Amelia Pope Godbold Dampier (1867 - 1939)
  Roly Hendricks Dampier (1884 - 1949)*
  Courtland Palmer Dampier (1889 - 1939)*
  Frank Oliver Dampier (1892 - 1960)*
  Leon Evans Dampier (1894 - 1936)*
  Edna Viola Dampier Hansen (1903 - 1980)*
  Milton Oliver Dampier (1905 - 1957)*
  Oliver Milton Dampier (1859 - 1933)
  Frances America Dampier Godbold (1861 - 1940)*
  Mary Judson Dampier Scott (1870 - 1931)*
  Ella Evans Dampier Chase (1877 - 1934)*
  Edgar Burton Dampier (1879 - 1930)*
  Dona Beatrice Dampier Schori (1885 - 1944)*
*Calculated relationship
Oak Hill Memorial Park
San Jose
Santa Clara County
California, USA
Plot: Block 84, Sequoia Section
Created by: Barry Michie
Record added: Feb 18, 2013
Find A Grave Memorial# 105431059
Oliver Milton Dampier
Added by: Barry Michie
Oliver Milton Dampier
Added by: Barry Michie
Oliver Milton Dampier
Added by: Barry Michie
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 Added: Aug. 28, 2013

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