To researchers of John Damon who came to New England 'early' it is very important to be very careful in choosing which John Damon you claim as your immigrant ancestor.
There were three named John Damon who came early to New England.The book mentioned here by Prof. Richard Damon has them confused.
There are two publications of the DAMON MEMORIAL - and this book shows that several named John Damon arrived early.
These are excerpts from my research on the Damon family -
My Daman/Damon/Demming/Deming Family follows the life of JOHN DAMON/DAMAN/DAMMAN (1621-1677) who was born in Tenterdon, Kent, England about 1621.He and his sister, Hannah Damon arrived about 1627/32 in the New World to the area now called Scituate/ Hanover, Massachusetts under the care of their Uncle William Gilson with whom they lived until their Uncle Gilson’s death.He inherited his Uncle’s Estate and lived on this property until his death in 1677.
This is the John Damon mentioned in this thread - HOWEVER - it is NOT the John Damon who lived in Reading, Mass though that is where his mother, Abigail moved to and settled with her 'second' husband, John Eaton.
It is very easy to confuse the various men with the same name - it took me very careful reading and research to sort them out.
I learned that:
Other ‘DAMON children’ or ‘relatives’ have been shown to have lived with William and Francis Gilson. Gilson and his wife are said to have been ‘devoted to their young kin people.’ These include in addition to John and Hannah Damon and Daniel Rumball: John, Thomas and Samuel DAMON (all from one family) who came to the New World from Reading, England and are ‘among other children who spent some time in Scituate with their Uncle Will.’ These DAMON children eventually moved and settled in Reading, Plymouth Colony, Massachusetts with other DAMON related families.More can be found on this family in the Damon Memorial book.
Priscilla Brown, another ‘child,’ is listed as ‘inmate of their household’ on 11 November 1633 in the settlement of the estate of Peter Brown of Plymouth who left his widow with a large family.On 28 October 1645, having “finished the term she was to dwell with Wm. Gilson, she chose her uncle John Brown as her guardian even though she continued to ‘serve’ with Gilson’s widow after his death.”
To add further confusion, yet another John DAMON (this makes three named John DAMON) lived with the Gilson family and later settled in Reading, Massachusetts.He is said to have been a cousin to our John DAMON of Scituate, Plymouth Colony.See Damon Memorial.
Is your head spinning yet?
This needs to very careful research to keep these John Damons straightened out with their families.
It is understandable to find the men shown above named John Damon ‘of Reading, Massachusetts’ often confused with John Damon ‘of Scituate/Hanover.’This needs to be remembered when these names are found in histories and records stating they are one and the same person.This is not so; there were three men named John Damon.They were cousins.
One published account of the genealogy of early Daman families is THE DAMAN MEMORIAL by Samuel Chenery Dammon of Honolulu, Hawaii (now available online through Heritage Quest.This book has since been updated with more information available on the Scituate family).This (early) book lists only the first generation of the Scituate family, focusing and elaborating on the other DAMON families in Massachusetts as would be expected since the author of ‘The Damon Memorial’ descended from those lines. The DAMON MEMORIAL speculates, as well as elaborates on the controversy regarding the exact relationship of these other DAMON children and this book does agree that they were all related to each other.
After focusing on my (Direct) Scituate line of the John Damon family shown in this sketch, I went back to the copied pages of the Damon Memorial book and found several interesting items reminding me of my early lessons in research - always go back and re-look at your information to see what might have been missed or newly found. Re-reading the Damon Memorial book, page 44, it shows how close families lose track of each other over time.This page states:, “There is little doubt but the Damons and Eatons were related at that early date, 1635. (See Eaton’s History of Reading, Massachusetts and of Dedham).Heritage Quest now has this book online: Alden, John Eaton, Eaton Family of Dedham and the Power House Book, Dedham, Mass, (unknown), 1900, 65 pps.This book states that John Eaton (1) died Nov. 17, 1658, he married Abigail ( unknown) Eaton.
To make matters worse, there are no EXACT Parish Records found for these John Damons, for Abigail Gilson/Damon/Eaton though there are several SUBMITTALS on the IGI - submittals are guestimates at best.