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Daniel Deshon

Birthplace: France
Death: November 06, 1781 (83-84)
New London, Connecticut, United States
Place of Burial: New London, New London County, Connecticut, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Daniel Deschamps and NN Deshon
Husband of Ruth Deshon
Father of Daniel Deshon, II; Capt, John John Deshon; Joseph Deshon; Henry Deshon; Joseph Deshon and 3 others

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About Daniel Deshon

New information on possible parent of Daniel Deshon, from Aurora Elisa Deiri: In my mother’s father’s old family records, the father of Daniel Deshon is shown as Pierre DesChamps of New Rochelle, France. The book source, “French Blood in America,” by Lucian John Fosdick, page 152, shows a Pierre DesChamps, Huguenot settler, among the 48 families that settled on a large plot of land in Rhode Island that was purchased from the Atherton Company. Pierre DesChamps was one of 10 families that came from New Rochelle, France. After the land was cultivated and improved, the other local families in the area created so much trouble for the refugees that all but 2 families left. Many went to New York. Pierre DesChamps and a few others went to Boston, where they were more welcomed, sometime before 1691. It mentions that Rene Grignon (who many years later adopted young Daniel Deshon) moved to Oxford. There is no evidence yet that Daniel ever lived in Oxford with Grignon, since that settlement was abandoned in 1696, probably before Daniel Deshon was even born. However, it is quite possible that after leaving Oxford, Grignon found DesChamps in Boston or elsewhere, and may have been around the DesChamps Family about the time that Daniel was born, or soon afterwards. I’m going to continue to search for records of the family of Pierre DesChamps, in Boston. Please email me with any further sources.”’

'''Daniel Deshon ( name said to originally have been Des Champs), b. <nowiki>----</nowiki>, 1697, at <nowiki>----</nowiki>?; he is said to have been of French Huguenot extraction, and came to this country with his parents; he was in Norwich, Conn., for a while and removed and settled in New London, where he joined the church Nov. 21, 1725; he was a goldsmith by trade, a tavern keeper and a selectman at New London; d. Nov. 6, 1781, in the 84th year of his age and was there buried in Old Burying Ground, gravestone. His parentage is unknown, although on the authority of Miss Emma C. Brewster Jones' Notes in the N.Y. Gen. and Biog. Society's Library, his father's name is said to have been Daniel Des Champs, a French Huguenot refugee from the old country.

Daniel Deshon, the husband of Ruth Christophers, was a youth in the family of Capt. René Grignon, at the time of the decease of the latter at Norwich, Conn., in 1715, and he is mentioned in Capt. Grignon's will. Capt. Grignon was one of the company of protestant exiles, or Huguenots, that settled in the town of Oxford, Mass., about the year 1686. That settlement having been broken up by the Indians in 1696; the exiles were dispersed into various parts of new England. Capt. Grignon came to Norwich, first as a master of a trading vessel, but he afterwards settled in the town as a goldsmith and was granted the privileges of a regular inhabitant in 1710. His will was dated March 20 and proved April 12, 1715; and a clause of said will reads as follows: "I give to Daniel Deshon my goldsmiths tools and desire that he may learn the trade of some suitable person in Boston and have ten pounds when he comes of age." Daniel Deshon was accordingly placed with John Gray, a goldsmith in Boston (first husband of Mary Christophers No. 17 of this genealogy) with whom he removed to New London, where John Gray d. Jan. 14, 1720.

Source: John R. Totten, Christophers Genealogy, (Reprinted by the New York Genealogical and Biographical Society), p. 67-68.

Deshon, believed to originally be Des Champs, of French Huguenot extraction, came to the US with his parents. His father's name is believed to be Daniel Des Champs - a French Huguenot refugee. He was a goldsmith, tavern owner and selectman in New London CT

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Daniel Deshon's Timeline

November 10, 1725
New London County, Connecticut, Colonial America
January 25, 1727
New London, New London, CT
December 2, 1728
New London, CT, United States
December 28, 1729
New London, New London County, Connecticut, United States
September 27, 1731
New London, New London, CT
October 13, 1733
New London, CT, United States
August 13, 1735
New London, New London County, Connecticut, United States
May 1745
New London, New London, Connecticut, United States