Lewis Chilson and Dorcas Damon are my maternal 5x Great Grandparents.
Lewis was born in 1800, passing in 1860. Dorcas was born in 1800 and died in 1871. They both lived their entire lives in Westhampton. They are buried in Westhampton’s Center Cemetery with a simple marker.
Together they would have three children: Orpha, Fordyce, and Rodney. The US Census would show their home was never as simple as just the immediate family.
- 1830 Westhampton: Lewis and 4 family members (3 male, 2 females total)
- 1850 Westhampton: Lewis, Dorcas, Rodney, granddaughter Orintha, grandson George (son of Fordyce), and laborer Robert Demand. Lewis’ occupation is Laborer.
- 1855 Westhampton (Mass State Census): Lewis; occupation Farmer; Dorcas; and granddaughter Orintha
- 1860 Westhampton: Lewis, Dorcas, Orintha, Fordyce, Lodency Damon (daughter in law), and grandchildren George and Esther.
Both families have significant history in Western Massachusetts. There are 27 Chilsons and 309 Damons posted on Find A Grave in Hampshire County; predominately in Bridge Street, Village Hill, Damon Homeplace, Goshen, Bofat, and Center (Westhampton & Chesterfield) Cemeteries. (researching possible sites to link with more detail on these families).