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  1. Hi,
    I came across your essay on William Thomas Shields and would love to correspond with you. I was very impressed with your research into the Shields line. I am a direct descendant of James Robert Shields. I have had some communication previously with a couple people in Texas who believe they are also descendants of William Thomas Shields, but I don’t think you and I have ever communicated.

    I’m currently working with another descendant of Preston Shields, and we are working on trying to tie him into the 10 Shields Brothers stories (with documented sources). I’ve seen a lot of speculation on where people think he fits, but haven’t seen any sources to back any of that up. I recently went to NARA and pulled the land patent records for Preston’s land in MO and made some progress with those, as in finding out some new information. My username on Ancestry and findagrave.com is VintageVyrle. I took the photo of Selena Trapp Shields’ headstone down in Rome, GA on a genealogy trip there in 2010. You are welcome to email me: vintagevyrle@mac.com.

    I look forward to hearing from you.


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