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Lazarus Dameron

Birthdate: (63)
Birthplace: Stokes County, NC
Death: 1829 (63)
Cabell County, West Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Moses Dee Dameron and Aggie Owl
Husband of Nancy Elizabeth Damron
Partner of Jane Dameron
Father of Moses Damron; Samuel Damron; Richard Damron; Anna Damron; George Damron and 5 others
Brother of Agatha Maynard; Capt John Damron, Sr.; (baby) Dameron; (baby) Dameron; Moses Dee Dameron, Jr. and 9 others

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About Lazarus Dameron

During the Revolutionary War, Lazarus Damron served in Col. William Campbell's march and spy service, traveling mainly in western Virginia spying on Native American tribes that were allied with the British.. He was only 12 or 13 years old at that time.


Wiley Jarrell wrote the following concerning Lazarus and Jane on

I was doing some reading on colonial church records and it may be that the John, illegimate son of son of Jane And Lazarus, may not be illegitmate in the current sense of the word. If Jane's family was Anglican, that church during colonial times did not recognize any other marriages other than those that were perfomed in their church. In the vestry records, if the father was not Anglican, the child would only be listed under the mother's maiden name as a "bastard". Many order books for the state of VA will have orders in them that say a person of Baptist or Presbyterian religion is granted permission to perform marriages. This does not mean that if the records that a researcher is using are Anglican (Episcopalian) then that religion had to recognize that marriage and the children from that marriage as legitimate. Where you have that father listed, this may be the case. This is not to say that children were not born out of wedlock, but in Order books these children are listed differently and are the responsibility of the Church, rather than the father. They would often be bound out as an apprentice to insure that they did not become a burden on Society (I have always thought of this as the colonial welfare system). It may account for the listing that you found.

Notes from source note 3, 4 May 1998:

As far as I know, no one knows who Jane's parents were or even if she was a Jarrell by birth. There's the good possibility that she may have been the widow of a Jarrell who was forced to work for that feisty Lazarus Dameron by virtue of having other children to care for. We do know that her migration path seems to match Lazarus' path from the East though. I've collected some notes from over the years that other researchers have shared with me and I'll share some of those thoughts with you in this email.

Martin Jarrell spent many years researching this line. I believe we lost him but I have some notes he provided to my cousin Howard back in 1982 on the Jarrell's. Martin felt there was definitely a connection between Jane's group and the William F. Jarrell line which is my line. (I've got to add here that the "Francis" I saw mentioned here was a first and I'd love to know the source for that.) He also believed the Carroll Jarrell line was connected to this group as well. I believe we have hashed over the William F. line a few times on this list. One thing about William F. is that he kept a low profile.

Back to Jane. Martin says this: "The father of Jane's son, John is reported to be Lazarus Damron in several published accounts. Byron T. Morris, who writes a column for the Kenova newspaper is a decendant of Rev. John Jarrell. He has done a lot of searching in the hills of WV for this family and says that the old-timers and he are convinced that the story is true. He believes that while Jane worked for the Damron's as a servant, Lazarus fathered several of her children. I have noticed that the four sons of Lazarus Damron moved from Floyd Co. to Wayne Co. about the same time as Jane." One published account of the biography of Boyd Jarrell indicated that he was the son of Capt. William Jarrell and Jane. Nothing has been found to indicate a marriage of a William Jarrell and Jane ? that can be tied to our Jane.

Here's a good old family story for you: Martin says "One of Wm. F. Jarrell's daughter's, Mary Ann Jarrell Thacker, told her grandson John Harrison Thacker whom I visited with last fall) that our family was related to Rev. John Jarrell but she didn't know where the connection was. Mr. Thacker remembers a visit by a Harrison Jarrell who called his grandmother "cousin." Many of Jane's descendants have been named "Harrison." I remember the story of Lazarus Damron as it was passed down from generation to generation in WV where I grew up. My grandmother, Clara Belle Jarrell, frequently talked of the descendants of that line and referred to them as her cousins.


Note from Leslie Ann Hissem, 12 Oct 1999

I received a letter from Mabel Hoge yesterday stating the following regarding the relationship between Lazarus Damron and Jane Jarrell: "I was told many years ago that Lazarus Damron was married and his wife became mentally ill. He built a brick house for her to live in, plus taking care of all of her needs as long as she lived. This house was located next to the house he and Jane Jarrell occupied. Garnet Osborn told me this information".

The story from other sources was that Jane Jarrell was an indentured servant.

Going through my mother's papers and found genealogy information...Her hand written note states: "That first forefathers that she could find is Lazarus Dameron and Jane Jarrell. No record of date of birth for either one.

An interesting story about Jane Jarrell, who was sometimes called Jenny Jarrell, is that she was kidnapped from a city in England. Evidently, it was a seacoast city because she could hear her family calling out "Jenny Jarrell" as they looked for her. She was on shipboard. When she reached land; she was taken off the ship and sold as a slave--it must have been a seacoast town in VA. She had to hoe tobacco, corn, and work in the house. I am not sure how Lazarus Dameron came into the picture but he sure did for he was the father of a boy called John Jarrell. Poor John didn't seem to have his father's name. As a child I heard the story of the family calling out to Jane but I never heard about the slave part. I think that my mother, a proud woman, was ashamed of that part of the story as well as the fact that Jane and Lazarus were not married. I thought you might enjoy this information. No solid facts, but family tradition of Jane Jarrell's arrival in America.


Note from Stephanie Joann Penner, 11 Apr 1998 - "I've been communicating with a fellow Jarrell researcher who gave me the following information: "William Jarrell (son of Henry Jarrell) married Susannah Parks (dau. of John Parks) 3 Jan 1770, Craven Co NC. Bondsmen: Thomas Bicknell, Wm. Steel. Witness: Thomas Frohock" She got the information from a Mrs. C. (Dorothy) Crisp, Box 102, Route 2, Marvell AR 72366 about 10 years ago. She also states she hasn't heard from Dorothy Crisp in a number of years. She also said, "Dorothy probably got the information from a Craven Co., NC publication. I found the marriage listed in a Rowan Co marriage book, but it didn't give the parents names like the note reads."


Notes from Wiley Alston Jarrell, 11 Apr 1998: I have this marriage in Rowan county under Bond 000126328.


From the North Carolina State Archives at Raleigh: "This is to testify all persons to hom socuse? it may come that I the subeziber? that have given William Jarrell free liberty to marry my daughter Susanah Parks in any parts of this Provence of North Carolina or Else where as witness my hand this first day of January 1770. (Signed) John Parks. (Witnessed by Joseph White, Thomas Bicknell"


All Jarrell applications for the Dawes Roll, Guion Miller Roll and Cherokee membership were rejected. The evidence of a link between Jarrells and the Cherokee was too weak to convince the administrators that they were members of the Cherokee. According to several references from the D.A.R. library, the Susannah Parks who married William Jarrell was pretty clearly a white woman born in the coastal group of Parks.

Wiley Alston Jarrell 15610 Edenvale Friendswood Tx, 77546 281-482-3671 <>< I John 4:7-8

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Lazarus Dameron's Timeline

Stokes County, NC
Age 23
Russell County, Holy See (Vatican City State)
May 7, 1793
Age 27
New Garden, Russell, Virginia, United States
Age 29
Russell, Virginia, United States
Age 34
May 27, 1806
Age 40
Russell Co., VA
Age 41
Cabell, Virginia, United States
Age 50
Cabell County, Virginia, United States
Age 53
Martin Co., Kentucky