DENNY, James 153
- Born: , , MD
- Married: 24 Nov 1742, , Talbot, MD, USA
Source: W. Gordon Gemeny, P.O. Box 163, Dowell, Md., 20629
"According to the Denny Family Bible, which I have, James Denny's wife was
named Mary. Talbot County records show that James Denny and Mary Aldern were
married on November 24th, l742. According to the Bible, they had seven
Children; the two oldest were Richard Denny born December 25th, 1744(43?). and
Joseph Denny, born April 6th, 1745. (Joseph was my gggGreat Grandfather.)
In her will, Elizabeth Aldern left her grandson, Richard Denny, the
Plantation (of about 190 acres) "on which he now lives", but only a fraction
of her total holdings. Thus, there can be no other explanation: If all of
Elizabeth Aldern's listed daughters' married names were known, except for one
who died a spinster, and Elizabeth had a grandson named Richard Denny, and if
Mary Aldern Denny's oldest son was Richard, then there is no other logical
explanation except that Elizabeth did have a sixth daughter, Mary Aldern,
unnamed in the will because she predeceased her mother, with Richard receiving
the bequest which would otherwise have been given his mother, had she been
living. This, then, would make Elizabeth Aldern my ggggGreat Grandmother.
Then, there were those two married daughters of Elizabeth Aldern: Rachel and
Margaret Maynard, so, let's jump back nearly a century and look at the
Here, again, I must rely largely upon Alice Parran's work, though actually
she was apparently more an Editor than an Author, and most sections on various
"Heraldic Families" seem to have been written by members of the various
families listed, and, in the case of the Maynards, most probably Miss Mary
Hope Maynard, or perhaps her brother(?) Lt. Commander Julian H. Maynard, in
1938, and, as I am now writing in early 200l, both undoubtedly now deceased.
A quick check of Colonial records indicates a number of Maynard families
throughout the Colonies, but our interest turns to Henry Maynard who settled
in Anne Arundel County prior to 1702, and by that date had several properties,
including an estate, Proctor's Park, of 518 acres located in the Broad Neck
Hundred section of the County, north of the Magothy River.
Supposedly, he descended from the Lords Maynard of St. Albans in
Hertfordshire and Little Easton, in Essex. In 1703 he married Ann Hopkins in
St Margaret's Church (of England) in Anne Arundel County. They had two sons,
one of which, Henry (Jr.) married Larady Hammond at St. Margaret's Church,
again in Anne Arundel, in 1741. Most members of both families apparently
migrated to Frederick County, and, according to Parran, they can be found
referenced in some detail in T. J. C. Williams "History of Frederick County"
and Prentice Ingraham's "Land of Legendary Lore".
Two of Henry, Jr's, sons, John Foster Maynard and James Maynard headed for
the Eastern Shore, perhaps for purposes of romance for both married two
sisters, Elizabeth and Rachel Aldern. John Foster Maynard became just Foster
Maynard and followed in his father-in-law's footsteps as a vestryman at Christ
Church, St. Michael's Parish, in Talbot County.
James returned to Annapolis and served as a courier for the Maryland
Revolutionary Council of Safety throughout the Colonies, and died while in
Meanwhile, Foster remained in Talbot County, at the plantation on Yafford
Neck (since renamed "Deep Neck"). John Foster served in the Talbot Militia, of
which his brother-in-law, Mordecai Skinner was a Lieutenant. John Foster and
Elizabeth had four children: Elizabeth, James Pelham, Aldren, and Foster.
To quote directly from Parran concerning Foster's daughter, Elizabeth
"Elizabeth Maynard became the Mrs. Denny whose portrait was painted by the
artist Peale. Eventually this rather famous portrait was sold at auction and
obtained by Knoedler's Galleries which outbid the Brooklyn Museum. It is now
owned (1938) by John Hill Morgan of New York, although a copy is on file at
the Frick Reference Library of N.Y. Mrs. Denny moved to West River, Md.,
where her daughter, Anna Maria, married, August l, 1816, Col. Walter Millar, a
son of Horatio Millar, Sec. to Lord Cornwallis".
So, the Maynard's tie back again into the Denny's (but not for the last
time). I previously mentioned Peter Denny, and his son Thomas Skinner Denny.
He would have been Selena Fox' ggggrandfather, and low-and-behold, his first
wife was Elizabeth Maynard and his second, Mary Norris.
James Pelham Maynard moved to Annapolis, where he became a vestryman of
historic St. Anne's Parish, Annapolis (1807-1810) and "married well" to
Julianna Owen daughter of Richard Owen, first professor of mathematics and
English at St. John's College in Annapolis. James Pelham moved to Baltimore
County where while in process of purchasing a large estate known as Plinlimmon
Farm, died, his in-laws raising his three children, who, as outlined in
"Parran" went on to produce a lineage of descendents linked to some of the
more well known families of 19th Century Maryland: names like Magruder,
Daniel Webster, and Woodward (owner of the Belair Stud and Man-of-War), to
"drop" a few names, as "Parran" was want to do. If any are interested in this
lineage, they should refer to Parran's book.
John Foster Maynards other two sons Foster and Aldern, both served as
Captains in the Maryland Militia during the war of 1812. Aldern died at the
age of 55 on September 22, 1822, and is buried in the family graveyard on Deep
As listed in his will, John Foster Maynard had a grandson, James, the son
of Foster, who was a minor at John Foster's death in 1818, and a married
granddaughter, Julie Ann Wilson, also mentioned in the will, who presumably
was the daughter of either Foster or Aldern.
Likewise, I am certain he had a third granddaughter, Maria Maynard, born to
one or the other of his sons on March 20th, l813. Maria would have been only 5
at the time of John Foster's death in 1818, and understandably, not named in
his will. To date, I have not located wills for either Foster or Aldern,
wherein a daughter's name might be mentioned. Early records at Christ Church,
St. Michael's, were destroyed in a fire at the home of the Recorder, and
Baptismal Records at St. Luke's Methodist in St Michael's date only from 1842.
And, of course, in the early 18th Century, State or County birth or death
records were not maintained.
And I rely upon the entry in the Denny Family Bible that states "Maria
Maynard born March 20. 1813". Later, by her marriage, she will become my
gggrandmother, Mrs. Stephen Denny.
But, since we know that Aldern's son was a minor at the time of John
Foster's death, at which time Maria was about 5, it is reasonable to assume
they were brother and sister, and that Aldern was Maria's father."
James married Mary ALDERN, daughter of Richard /Aldern ALDREN and Elizabeth ALDERN Mrs., on 24 Nov 1742 in , Talbot, MD, USA. (Mary ALDERN was born in , , MD and died before 1782 in , Talbot, MD, USA.)