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Deshon, William, Captain (ca. 1817-ca. 1883) | Maine Maritime Museum Manuscript Collection Online Catalog

Name: Deshon, William, Captain (ca. 1817-ca. 1883)

Historical Note:

Captain William H. Deshon was born about 1817 in Massachusetts. He is listed as a sailor in the 1850 Charlestown (MA) census, and by the 1860 census he is listed as a sea captain, still living in Charlestown. He married Frances M., probably English-born, in the 1840s, and they had twin sons (William C. and Charles W.) about 1846. By 1860 they had a 70-year-old woman Ann G. Stetson (born MA) living with them as well, and a 13-year-old domestic, Mary Almington (sp?), also born in MA. They appear to have moved around the Boston area, showing up in city directories for Charlestown, Chelsea, and Somerville. The 1870 census shows them living in Chelsea, with the twins (now 24) both mariners and living at home. In the 1880 census they are in Somverville, with only one of the twins (William) at home, still a sailor at the age of 33. The 1883 Somerville city directory shows William Deshon, ship master, for the last time; the following year and afterwards Frances is listed as a widow, with both twins, “mariners”, boarding with her. In four listings in city directories about that time, the family is listed at four different addresses.

American Lloyds in 1869 lists a W. Deshon in command of the Boston bark Kadosh. There are other listings for a Captain Deshon, but none that is certain to be this man.

The Bath Daily Times records Deshon being part of the purchase of the John Watt in June of 1874. Internal evidence here indicates that he borrowed money to make this happen.

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