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Peter, Michael, and Jacob Deckard
Posted by: Ron Deckard (ID *****1699) Date: September 14, 2003 at 17:42:55
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If Peter, Michael, and Jacob Deckard were brothers and immigrated separately or together about 1775, they do not appear in American records until years later: Jacob 5 years later in 1780, when he married in Virginia and/or joined Clark's Illinois Regiment in western Illinois; Peter 22 years later in 1797, when he married in Pennsylvania; and Michael 45 years later in 1820 in the Wythe County, Virginia census. It has been claimed that the three Deckard's went to New Jersey using the name Decker, but that has been exposed as a concoction of bits and pieces of information that has nothing to do with these Deckard's. Complicating matters even more, there is no official record that Jacob Deckard married in Virginia in 1780. That information appears in Percy E. Deckard's book without documentation to support it. Also, the DAR says that the Jacob Deckard who joined Clark's Illinois Regiment may have been Jacob Decker or Jacob Dygert rather than Jacob Deckard, despite National Archival records George Rogers Clarks' records to the contrary. But even these documents do not prove that this Jacob Deckard was the ancestor of those wanting to claim him as their patriot ancestor to gain membership in the DAR or SAR. The first recognizable official record of Jacob Deckard, Sr. in America is the Zion Church record (in the Virginia Archives) of the birth and baptism of his and his wife Elizabeth's son Johannes (John) in 1793 in Virginia, 18 years after Jacob's supposed immigration around 1775.



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