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Hezekiah Starr-Julia Ann DeShields Update

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Hezekiah Starr-Julia Ann DeShields Update

Posted: 1357447016000
Classification: Query
Surnames: Starr, DeShields
Want to share more new information with descendants of Hezekiah Starr and Julia Ann DeShields. As previously reported (, we have learned that Julia Ann was the daughter of Catholic Acadian refugee Francis DeShields and his wife, Magdalen, rather than Captain Benjamin Dashiell as the family long believed. Julia Ann had three confirmed siblings: Margaret Ann, Peter, and Ann. Family records appear in the register of St. Peter's Catholic Church, Baltimore.

Now we have learned Peter's fate and found additional proof of the siblings' parentage.

Peter DeShields enlisted in the 14th Regiment of U.S. Infantry on October 25, 1812, to fight in the War of 1812. He became a prisoner of war following the Battle of Beaver Dams on June 26, 1813, and died in the POW hospital in October 1813.(U.S. Army Register of Enlistment, p. 225, NARA; General Entry Book of American Prisoners of War at Quebec, p. 32, Public Archives of Canada) His service entitled his heirs to bounty land.

In Bounty Land Warrant Application File #2367 Magdalen DeShields stated that she was the mother and administatrix of Peter, who was single. Land Entry File #2367 explains that Magdalen DeShields died before the patent was issued and that Joseph A. Male was her executor. He attested that Julia Ann Starr and Margaret Ann Male were Peter's remaining heirs. Margaret requested the land be located in Illinois Territory. (NARA) This documentation adds to the proof that the Dashiell Family Records interpreted the probate of Magdalen and Peter DeShields--and ultimately the identity of Julia Ann DeShields--incorrectly.

According to Knox Co., IL, deed records, the family claimed the land. However, it went undeveloped and eventually fell into speculator's hands in 1847.

Questions always welcome!

Sue Ann Hayley and LeAnna Starr Schooley

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