|Birth: ||Nov. 18, 1835|
|Death: ||Jun. 20, 1909|
Son of Samuel Dampier and Martha Knight
Married: Martha Hodges circa 1858
Oliver Milton - 5 September 1859
Frances America - 6 May 1861
Florence Virginia - 22 September 1866
Edwin Jackson - 5 June 1868
Mary Judson - 16 June 1870
Leona Belle - circa 1875
Ella - 3 March 1877
Edgar Burton - 27 November 1879
Beatrice Dona - 17 August 1885
Samuel grew up in a large family of 13 siblings, 12 of whom survived to adulthood. His father was from Effingham County, Georgia, and his mother from South Carolina.
Samuel and Mary were married in Lowndes County, Georgia, where their oldest son was born and before 1860 had settled on a farm in New River County, Florida, near Starke, now in Bradford County.
Samuel enlisted in Company A, 7th Florida Infantry on April 26, 1862, from Bradford County. The 7th saw action at Chickamauga, Franklin, Murfreesboro, Nashville, Kennesaw Mountain and the Battle of Atlanta as part of the Army of Tennessee. Samuel was taken prisoner by the US XIV Corps August 7th, 1864, the last day of the Battle of Utoy Creek on the outskirts of Atlanta in which his unit successfully repulsed Union forces. His unit was in William Brimage Bate's division, part of the Finley Brigade in the Hardee Corps, defending the railroad into Atlanta. He was taken to Camp Douglas, Illinois, from which he was discharged May 13, 1865. He made his way home and when he arrived his youngest daughter did not recognize him and ran screaming in terror. Samuel lost at least 4 of his brothers in the war, three to battle casualties (Spotsylvania, Cold Harbor, Camp Bartow) and one to disease.
Martha remained near her parents in Florida during the war. Upon his return, the family remained in Florida until the fall of 1870, when Samuel took his family by ship to Texas, surviving a hurricane on the way. In 1880 the family is found in Zavala County farming next door to Thomas Jefferson "Jeff" Godbold with whom Samuel also operated a sugar mill. The introduction to the Godbold family resulted in three of Jeff's siblings marrying three Dampier siblings. By 1880 they moved to Uvalde County.
Samuel lived in Texas until after the last child, Dona, was born. Samuel and some of his children moved to Los Angeles, California, thence to San Luis Obispo, Santa Cruz and finally to San Jose, California. Some time during their residence in California, Samuel and Martha separated.
They are found in the 1900 Census of California, he living in Los Angeles, and Martha in San Jose, California. Family letters show that Samuel lived in other areas of California during these years. Without telling his California family, he returned to Georgia about 1905. He lived his remaining years with his brother, Calvin Dampier, Valdosta Chief of Police, who informed the California family of his passing.
Newspaper obituary - ND. Probably Valdosta paper
DEATH OF MR. S.B. DAMPIER - Aged Brother of Chief Dampier Passes Away
Mr. S.B. Dampier, a brother of Chief of Police Dampier, died at the home of the chief Sunday morning at an early hour, after an illness of only a day or two.
He was attacked with something like paralysis on Friday night, and remained in a very critical condition, lingering between life and death until the end came. Through his illness he had the best of medical attention and good nursing, but owing to his advanced age and the character of the attack which he suffered, there was little hopes that he would recover from the very first.
It is just a little peculiar that Mr. Dampier, who has suffered for years, both from deafness and from a defected vision, had both of these senses restored to him a few hours before he was attacked. Mrs. Dampier got him his eyeglasses for him in order that he might read a newspaper, but he told her that he did not need them, as he could see perfectly, and that he could hear better than he could in a great many years.
The funeral of the deceased was conducted at the Hodge burial ground, in the Hahira district yesterday morning, Rev. L.R. Christie, of this city officiating, assisted by Rev. W.W. Webb, of Hahira. The lodge of Masons had charge of the funeral arrangements, and their ceremony was also given.
A very large crowd of people from that section attended the funeral.
Mr. Dampier has resided in Valdosta for the past few years, having come here three or four years ago, on a visit to the scenes of his early manhood. He was about seventy-three years of age, and went west more than fifty years ago and had resided there ever since. He has two sons in San Francisco, two in San Jose, and two daughters in Texas. His oldest son is about the age of Chief Dampier, and was born in the Ousley district of this county.
Chief Dampier had not heard from his brother in years, until the old man decided to come back to this section three or four years ago. Since that time he has been living here, and at the time of his death he was looking after a little farm south of the city.
He was a kind hearted quiet man, and made a great many friends among the people who came in contact with him. His death is regretted by all who knew him.
Barry Michie - G-G Grandson
Martha Knight Dampier (1813 - 1892)
Martha Hodges Dampier (1839 - 1916)
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)*
Beatrice Dona Dampier Schori (1885 - 1944)*
Mary Ann Dampier Hodges (1832 - 1882)*
Henry Jackson Dampier (1834 - 1908)*
Samuel Burton Dampier (1835 - 1909)
William Elbert Dampier (1840 - 1861)*
Jeremiah Dampier (1842 - 1864)*
Calvin Dampier (1854 - 1927)*
Created by: Barry Michie
Record added: Mar 12, 2013
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