Edmond “Edmund” Damon

Worcester County, Massachusetts, USA
Death unknown
Grafton, Rensselaer County, New York, USA
Burial Burial Details Unknown
Memorial ID 103366161 View Source

Edmond Damon was the son of John Damon and Hannah Gleason.

Born: ca. 1740 Brookfield/Western, Mass.
Died: some point after 1790 in New York, likely in Grafton.

Married: Esther Hubbard, 3 Dec 1761, Brimfield, Mass. She as the daughter of Samuel Hubbard and Hannah Bliss. Hannah was the great-grandaunt of famed author Ralph Waldo Emerson (Ralph's grandmother was Phebe Bliss, Hannah's niece).

Children (perhaps there were others as well):
- Jason Damon (see below);
- Solomon Damon (b. by 1770);
- Joseph Damon (19 Oct. 1766).

Little is know of Edmond (also called Edmund in records). There seems to be no record of service in the Revolution as his father and brother Peter did, but when his oldest son Jason wanted to enlist at age 15, Edmund gave his approval (according to Jason's pension application in 1833). One might imagine Edmond's thoughts as he allowed the first born to go off to war at such a tender age (15 was one year shy of the minimum enlistment age). Perhaps Jason's ardor to join the war was such that Edmond could not hold the boy back, and thus he let him go willingly rather than have him sneak off one night. Whatever the case was, Jason named one of his son's Edmund, so it appears he was honoring his father with this name.

In a 1779 document concerning organization of school districts for Western, there are five Bliss families living beside Edmond's father John and brother Peter in the 4th district (there were only 15 families in the district). The close proximity of the families suggests how Edmond had met his Esther whose mother was of the Bliss family (see above).

Edmond must have been respected by his neighbors since on 1 June 1784 he was voted by the community to a committee of three that were to determine the spot for the central meeting house for the newly incorporated Ludlow district. He must have still owned property in the area despite having sold to Joseph Munger of S. Brimfield a large piece of land between Granby and Ludlow where he had lived on 24 Oct. 1783. The sale for 280 pounds included buildings, utensils within, and the gristmill.

In the aftermath of the successful revolution and the establishment of the United States, the country was on the move, and Edmund seems to have joined in the fermen as upstate New York was opened up with new settlements. It appears that Edmond took Jason and the rest of his family to Rensselaer County, New York where the family is named as early settlers and Edmond is listed in the 1790 census. Not much is found of him from this point, and there is no record of his death. Since his son Jason stayed in this area for another decade, it is likely Thomas passed while the family was in Grafton, but there is no record of his grave. The story continues with his son Jason.

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