Amy Sophronia Edgerton, daughter of Curtis and Amy (Harris) Edgerton.
Joseph Beard Deneen, son of Samuel Hackett and Phebe (Nixon) Deneen.
The following biography of Joseph Beard Deneen is excerpted from Portrait and Biographical Record of Genesee, Lapeer and Tuscola Counties, Michigan (Chicago, Ill.: Chapman Bros.; 1892;, pg. 1002):
“JOSEPH B. DENEEN is a farmer located on section 21, Imlay Township, Lapeer County, where he has one hundred and forty-two acres of land. He was born in Liberty Township, Trumbull County, Ohio, September 20, 1813. He is the son of Samuel and Phebe (Nixon) Deneen, the former a native of New Jersey and of Irish descent. His great-grandfather was brought from Ireland when two years of age. Our subject’s father served in the War of 1812 and his uncles fought in the Revolutionary War. When about ten years old Samuel Deneen stood guard over some Hessians who had been captured. As he grew to manhood he learned the miller's trade, which he followed in Pennsylvania and Ohio.
Mr. Deneen was reared on a farm in Milton Township, Ohio, where he lived until he was eighteen years of age. He had but little education but as the years have passed has picked up a great deal of value to him. He is a fair reader and an intelligent thinker. Mr. Deneen came to Michigan when eighteen years of age and bought a tract of forty acres of land in Almont Township, Lapeer County. He stayed here one year and then returned to Ohio, remaining there two years when he returned and purchased forty acres more of land.
He was married December 24, 1838, to Amy Sophronia Edgerton. She was born in New York but was reared in Canada. They were married in Michigan and immediately settled on the place which is at present their home. It was almost entirely uncultivated at that time, having but three acres which had been broken. Our subject has been the father of fifteen children, six of whom grew to manhood and womanhood and four of whom are still living. His eldest son was a soldier in the Fifth Michigan Cavalry. The second son, Willard W., became the head of a family and died in Dakota.
Our subject’s father was a Democrat and he of whom we write followed in his footsteps for a time, but after cutting loose from homeinfluences he adopted the principles of the Republican party. He has held several local offices, having been Highway Commissioner and School Inspector. He has a good farm and a fine sugar grove and in the early spring months the most delicious maple sugar is made in abundance on the place. His son, Clarence E., is at the present time Treasurer of the township. Mr. Deneen and his wife celebrated the fiftieth anniversary of their marriage, and besides the numerous congratulations tendered them they were the recipients of many substantial remembrances.”
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