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Pvt. James Shields enlisted at Chambersburg, PA, 5/26/1777, and served under Capt.  William Chambers, Captain Fry, and Colonel Moses Hazen.  He was in the battles of Brandywine, Whitemarsh, Monmouth, Horseneck, Stony Point, and Brunswick; and saw Cornwallis surrender at Yorktown.  During his military career, he received wounds of the right arm and right eyebrow, and was granted a pension in 1819.  Born in 1743, he died in 1847, just one day short of his 105th birthday, and was buried in Findley Street Cemetery in Punxsutawney.  He was married to Margaret Douglas, no dates available for her.  Their family numbered 12 children, one of whom was Robert who died at the age of 107 years.  The other children were Rebecca, Florinda, William, Mary, George, Elizabeth, Margaret, Hannah, Julia Ann, James, and one other daughter.


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