Esther Sumner

Female 1814 - 1906  (92 years)

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  • Name Esther Sumner 
    Born 1 Aug 1814 
    Gender Female 
    Died 11 Nov 1906 
    Age 92 years 
    Person ID I80546  tree2019
    Last Modified 19 May 2020 

    Family Ancestors Noah D. Damon,   b. 12 Jun 1801, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 19 May 1868, Henderson, Jefferson, New York, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 66 years) 
    Other Partners: Emily J Seckner  m. 1827 
    Married 1835 
    Last Modified 19 May 2020 
    Family ID F56212  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Newspaper Article - Wednesday, November 14, 1906 Pulaski Democrat - Pulaski, New York - Local Notes - The Revolutionary war pension list was closed with the death of Mrs. Esther Sumner Damon, aged ninety-three years, the only surviving widow of a soldier of the Revolution, which occurred at her home in Plymouth Union, Vermont, last Sunday.

      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)

      Damon, Esther Sumner Damon

      The Sentinel, Woodsfield, Ohio, dated, November 22, 1906

      Mrs. Esther Sumner Damon, of Plymouth Union, Vt. is dead. The historic interest associated with this event is the fact that she was the last of the Revolutionary pensioners, and the pension rolls for that war are now closed.

      Her death occurred 124 years after the war closed. Although she was 22 and he was 75 years of age when the marriage took place in 1835, no pension was granted Mr. Damon for his service in the Revolutionary war until 14 years later; so it can not be said she married him to get his pension. (THANK YOU LINDA)