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Christopher Deshon Baltimore c. 1796-188
Posted by: parker payson Date: February 02, 2001 at 08:30:08
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I'm searching for information on a father and son named Chistopher Deshon & Christopher M. Deshon of Baltimore. The father married Mary, who died in NYC in 1842. The son married Mary Eliza Ratcliffe in 1843. He died in Baltimore in 1880, and she died in Baltimore in 1875.

My guess is Christopher Deshon, Sr was the same Christopher Deshon that sold a large house to the son-in-law of Charles Carroll, which is now a historic residence because Carroll, the last surviving signer of the Dec. of Ind. died there. An account of the house, written in 1832, suggests that Deshon was part of the great refugee migration from Saint-Domingue around the time of the French Revolution and slave uprising in Hati. Dishon was evidently wealthy: He purchased the property in 1811 for $12,000 from Henry Wilson (who later became the Consul to France) and sold it for $20,000 in 1818. According to tax records, Deshon never lived in the house but rented it to someone else.

By 11/1837, Christopher Deshon Sr is dead, as marriage notices in Baltimore list a Josephine Deshon, "eldest daughter of late Christopher Deshon," marrying a Joseph Swiler in New Orleans on that date.

In addition to Josephine, Deshon Sr. had Mary, who married Joseph Swiler Jr of Velasco, TX in 1839, Christopher M. and Richard, who was under the guardianship of Capt. Swiler following the death of Mary Deshon in 1842.

Christopher M. "a coal dealer" lists fofour children in the 1860 census records, Laura, Ida, Welsh & Charles. Ida married Nicholas Greenbury Ridgley, MD of Baltimore in 1864.

Perhaps this is a useful clue: Mary Deshon's will, written in New York, was witnessed by an Elizabeth Leeds. Baltimore records show that a Marian Leeds, of New London, CT, died at the residence CM Deshon in 1826. (Perhaps it is coincidence, but there were several Deshons living n New London at the time).

Do you know anything about the Christopher Deshon Sr or Jr, or their wives, or Sr's likely connection to the former French colony of Saint-Domingue/San Domingo/Hati?

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