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DENISON ANCESTORS



The Denison family, who came to the colonies on the Lyon in 1631, is well documented. Much can be found about them with an internet search, including
http://www.packrat-pro.com/den.htm
Denison Society
WorldConnect,
containing databases of the research of many genealogists.

The page here deals only with the family of Dan Denison, born 1771 in Saybrook, Connecticut, and his wife Sarah "Sally" Bushnell, born 1774 in Winthrop, Connecticut.

For the ancestors of Dan Denison in Family Tree form, click here.
Ancestors of Sally Bushnell are displayed here.
For my complete Denison database, click here

My first source of information about this family were some typed pages given to me in the 1960's by one of my husband's aunts who had been pursuing possible membership in the Daughters of the American Revolution. Using that information as a basis for further research, here is information about the descendants of Dan and Sarah (Bushnell) Denison. Sources include the Denison Genealogy by Glenn E. Denison, and on-line census, birth, death and marriage records.

Dan Denison, son of John and Mary (Post) Denison
- born 11 October 1771, Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
- landowner in Potapaug Quarters, in the area of Saybrook
- occupation 1850 farmer, Brooklyn, Cuyahoga, Ohio, with son Jabez and daughter Louise
- died 10 January 1857 in Brighton, Ohio
- buried in Cleveland, Ohio, Dennison Cemetery
- married 14 December 1797, to
Sarah "Sally" Bushnell, daughter of John Hanley and Sarah (Willard) Bushnell
- born 14 July 1775, Winthrop, Middlesex, Connecticut
- died 13 August 1848 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio (Brooklyn)
- buried in Cleveland, Ohio, Dennison Cemetery
All eleven children were born in the same house at Saybrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut. In 1821 they moved to Ohio, settled about 3 miles from Cleveland on what was known as Chestnut Ridge, then Brooklyn Center. The family lived at what is now the Denison Avenue. The orchard area of their farm is the location of the Denison Cemetery, also called the Brooklyn Centre Burying Grounds, near the corner of 25th Street and Denison Avenue.
CHILDREN

  1. John Bushnell Denison, born 15 November 1798, Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
    - died 16 March 1857 in Brighton, Ohio, buried in Cleveland, Ohio, Dennison Cemetery
    - married 1 January 1827, Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio (Brooklyn), to
    Lydia Bigelow, born in Utica, New York, died May 1895.
    ONE DAUGHTER
    • Susan A. Denison, born 8 August 1829, Cleveland, Ohio
      - died 14 October 1902, Cleveland, Ohio
      - married Fred Pelton, born 24 March 1827, Chester, Middlesex , Connecticut
      - mayor of Cleveland, Ohio, 1871-1873
      - died 15 March 1902, Cleveland, Ohio
      Susan and Fred Pelton are buried at Riverside Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio
      CHILDREN
      • Elizabeth "Libby" Pelton, born 13 June 1849, died 13 January 1907, never married
      • Lulu Pelton, born 5 February 1852, died 18 February 1904
        - married 8 October 1874, Cleveland, Cuyahoga County, Ohio, to
        Arthur A. Wenham, 18 November 1850, Ohio
        - died 26 June 1907, Euclid Heights, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
        SON
        • Russel P. Wenham, 1885-1935.
        All the above Pelton and Wenhams are buried at Riverside Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio.
        See FindaGrave.com for photos
      • Susie M. Pelton, born 19 September 1866, Brooklyn, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
        - died 5 March 1900, buried at Riverside Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio
        - married Thomas E. Young, born about 1861, Ohio
        Thomas Young later moved to Oregon and married Ella ---.

  2. Mary Ann Denison, born 5 November 1800 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
    - died 25 June 1835, buried in Cleveland, Ohio, Denison Cemetery
    - married 31 December 1823 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, to
    Edmund Brainerd, born 16 September 1792, Connecticut.
    - 1830 census, in Brooklyn, Cuyahoga, Ohio
    - died 3 March 1851, Euclid, Cuyahoga, Ohio
    After Mary Ann died Edmund married 3 June 1835 in Brooklyn, Cuyahoga, Ohio, to 2) Harriet Hartson
    CHILDREN of Edmund and Mary Ann (Denison) Brainard
    • John Horace Brainard, born 5 January 1825
      - married Sylvia B Holcomb
    • Harriet Sophia Brainard, born 26 April 1826
      - died 30 September 1846, Barton, Washington County, Wisconsin
      - married 4 January 1844, Lisbon, Washington County, Wisconsin, to
      Sylvester Rowe, born 14 September 1821, New York
        ONE DAUGHTER Mary Ann Rowe, born 18 August 1845, Wisconsin
    • Leveret Denison Brainard, born 1 December 1828
      - married 12 June 1854, to Nancy Seymour
    • Infant son Brainard, born 17 June 1830, died 29 July 1830
    • Henry Jabez Brainard, born 14 March 1832
      - 1880 census, farmer in Hazelhurst, Copiah, Mississippi
      - died probably between 1880 and 1900 in Copiah County, Mississippi
      - married 4 January 1864, to his cousin
      Sarah L. Hinckley, daughter of Abel and Sarah (Denison) Hinckley
      - born 24 June 1837, Ohio
      - 1900 census, widowed, farmer in Copiah County, Mississippi
      CHILDREN
      • Harriet Louise Brainard, born 20 Aug 1866
      • Arthur Henry Brainard, born 21 Sep 1867, Minnesota or Wisconsin
        - 1880 census, with grandparents Hinckley in Brooklyn, Ohio
      • Florence Aurelia Brainard, born 10 Oct 1871
        - married 29 December 1910, in Pearl River County, Mississippi, to George D. Bennett.
      • Ernest Hinckley Brainard, born 25 Oct 1873, Illinois
        - 1880 census in Hazelhurst, Copiah County, Mississippi
      • Nellie Addie Brainard, born 27 Mar 1876, Illinois
        - 1900 census, school teacher in Hazelhurst, Copiah County, Mississippi
      • Cora May Brainard, born 28 May 1878, Mississippi
        - 1900 census, school teacher in Hazelhurst, Copiah County, Mississippi
      • Edgar Francis Brainard, born 24 Jun 1881, died 14 March 1884
      • Hannah Louisa Brainard, born 14 Sep 1883, died 9 March 1885

  3. Nancy Maria Denison, born 20 July 1802 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
    - died 26 Jan 1870 in Iowa, buried in DeWitt, Clinton, Iowa, Old DeWitt Cemetery
    - married 14/27 Sep 1831 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio (Brooklyn), to
    Charles Lee Usher. See USHER FAMILY

  4. Sarah "Sally" Denison, born 3 June 1805 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
    - died 6 February 1862 in Brighton, Ohio
    - married 5 March 1826 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio (Brooklyn) to
    Abel C. Hinckley, born about 1802 in Connecticut
    - occupation 1850-1870, farmer, Brooklyn, Cuyahoga, Ohio
    - occupation 1880, retired farmer, Brooklyn, Cuyahoga, Ohio.
    After Sarah Denison Hinckley died, Abel married
    Sarah Foote, born about 1832 in Ohio
    - died 10 April 1907, Brooklyn Heights, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
    - buried at Riverside Cemetery, Cleveland, Ohio
    CHILDREN of Abel and Sarah (Denison) Hinckley
    • Lucy Ann Hinckley, born 14 October 1827
      - died 24 September 1860
      - married 1 January 1851, to Eliphalet Dewey Campbell
        DAUGHTER: Lucy Addie Campbell, born 11 July 1854, Ohio
        - married 11 November 1880 to William Bealer.
    • Aurelia Nancy Hinckley, born 1 December 1829
      - died 21 September 1884
    • Sarah L. Hinckley, born 24 June 1837, Ohio
      - married 4 July 1864 to her cousin
      Henry Jabez Brainard, son of Edmund and Mary Ann (Denison) Brainard,
      Family information is above.
    • William H. Hinckley, born 5 March 1841
      - died probably before 1850. Is not listed in the 1850 census
    • Mary Louise Hinckley, born 7 January 1845, Ohio
      - died 8 May 1862

  5. Erastus Denison, born December 1806 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
    - died 22 June 1811 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
    - buried 28 June 1811 in Connecticut.

  6. Hannah H. Denison, born January 1809 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
    - died 13 August 1828 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio (Brooklyn)
    - buried in Cleveland, Ohio, Dennison Cemetery.

  7. Dan Denison, born 10 January (or 29 April) 1811, Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
    - was a farmer in Brooklyn, Cuyahoga, Ohio
    - died 28 January 1864 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio
    - buried in Cleveland, Ohio, Monroe Cemetery
    - married in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio, to
    Ursula Ephemia Taylor, born about 1823 in Ohio
    - died 12 May 1877, residing at 144 Clinton Street, Cleveland, Ohio
    CHILDREN
    • Lemuel Taylor Denison, born 28 May 1843, Cleveland, Ohio
      - occupation: banker, Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio
      - died 13 January 1919 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio
      - buried in Cleveland, Ohio, Lakeview Cemetery
      - married 29 July 1873 to
      Sarah Louise Fuller, daughter of Charles Fuller of Sturbridge, Massachusetts
      - born 4 March 1847
      - died 9 October 1895 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio
      CHILDREN
      • Robert Fuller Denison, born 4 January 1876, Cleveland
        - occupation: lawyer
        - died 12 December 1952, Cleveland, Ohio
        - married 11 October 1899, Ossining, New York, to
        Elizabeth Thompson died 13 January 1948
        Robert married 2) 26 October 1950, Cleveland, Ohio, to
        Kathleen Townsend Dunmore,
        CHILDREN of Robert and Elizabeth Denison,
        • Robert Borodell Denison, born 29 September 1904, Ohio
          - died 24 March 1982, Shaker Heights, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
          - married 16 October 1929 to
          Trumana Foote,, born about 1907 in Massachusetts
          - died 13 April 1947, Cuyahoga County, Ohio
          Robert married 2) 3 December 1949, to Julia VanGorder MacKinnon
          CHILDREN of Robert and Trumana Denison
          • Robert Fuller Denison, born 27 June 1932
            - died 15 January 1997.
          • Living Denison, born 16 March 1935.
        • Elizabeth St John Denison, born 29 September 1904
          - died 18 February 2002, last residence in Lafayette, California
          - married 10 December 1927, to
          Edgar Pickett Hetzler, died 10 November 1952
      • Clinton Lemuel Denison, born 9 February 1886
        - stock broker in Cleveland, Ohio
        - died 13 June 1959, Cleveland, Ohio
        Never married.
    • George B. Denison, born 18 Jan 1846
      - listed in the 1850 and 1860 censuses in Brooklyn, Ohio
    • Cornelia Emma Denison, born 30 Nov 1847
      - died 20 June 1875, in Syracuse (Ohio?)
      - married 26 September 1872, Cleveland, Ohio, to
      Thomas Hooker. No children
    • Charles Willard Denison, born 24 March 1855
      - died 23 July 1885, Cleveland, Ohio
      - married 10 May 1882, to Sophia Chalfant
    • Effie Amelia Denison, born 27 Apr 1861, Ohio
      - died 6 July 1885, Cleveland, Ohio

  8. Louise Amelia Denison, born 21 June 1813 Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
    - died 25 May 1871 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
    - went to Texas with her husband in 1852; in May 1855 or '56 they started for Calif. She was an invalid when they started, but her health steadily improved.
    - married 7 October 1852 in Brighton, Ohio, as second wife of
    Rodney Montague, born about 1820 in Vermont
    - occupation 1860, 1870 - farmer, Los Angeles, California
    - resided 1880 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, with son Newell.
    In 1850, a few months after his first wife died, Rodney was in Stephenson County, Illinois, with sons Newell and William. William was also listed with the Usher family in Jackson County, Iowa in the 1850 census.
    CHILDREN
    • Horace Montague, born 31 August 1855 in Piemo Villages, Arizona, while parents were on the way from Texas to California
      - died 13 Sep 1855 in Gila Bend, Maricopa, Arizona

  9. Jabez Willard Denison, born 17 July 1815, Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
    - died 12 June 1854 in Cleveland, Cuyahoga, Ohio (Brooklyn), never married.

  10. Eunice Priscilla Denison, born 12 May 1817 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
    - first teacher in the school at Springfield, now Maquoketa, Jackson County, Iowa, in the 1840's
    - died 17 December 1849 in Waddams Grove, Stephenson Co., Illinois.
    - married 16 October 1843 in Waddams Grove, Stephenson County, Illinois, to
    Rodney Montague, born about 1820 in Vermont
    - census 1850, widowed, in Stephenson County, Illinois
    - occupation 1860, 1870 farmer, Los Angeles, California
    - resided 1880 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
    CHILDREN
    • Newell S Montague, born 20 April 1845 in Illinois
      - went to California by ox team; was almost caught by Apache Indians
      - occupation 1880 Farmer, Los Angeles, California
      - occupation 1910 Horticultural inspector, Los Angeles, California
      - resided 1920 in Lankershim, Los Angeles, California
      - married 2 April 1875 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California, to
      Emma M ---, born October 1844 in Ohio
      Emma had a daughter Mabel Bard, in 1880 census, 12 years old, born Ohio. In 1900 Mabel Miller, married, was with them, married 1 year.
      CHILDREN of Newell Montague
      • Rodney Newell Montague, born 28 August 1878 in California
        - died 21 Apr 1901
      • Minnie May Montague, born 24 February 1880 in California
        - occupation 1900 Employee E R R, Los Angeles, California
        - occupation 1910 Nurse, hospital, Los Angeles, California
        - occupation 1920 Landlady, ranch, Lankershim Twp., Los Angeles, California
      • Charles Edwin Earl Montague, born 15 December 1883, California
    • William Henry Kemp Montague, born 26 September 1848 in Ohio
      - 1850 census, listed with Charles and Nancy Usher in Jackson County, Iowa
      - died 19 December 1891 in Los Angeles, Los Angeles, California
      - married 19 May 1880, to
      Hortense Califf, born May 1855 in Minnesota
      - resided 1900 in Los Angeles, California
      CHILDREN
      • Estella Anna Montague, born 25 April 1881 in California
        - married 20 October 1900, to William Schneider
      • Anna Lillian Montague, born 16 January 1885
        - married 19 November 1907, to H. Z. Osborn.
      • Helene Montague, born 20 January 1890 in California
        - (1900 census lists birthdate as September 1890)

  11. George Erastus Denison, born April or October 1819 in Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut
    - occupation 1850 Nurseryman, Waddams Grove, Stephenson, Illinois
    - occupation 1870 Physician, Mound City, Linn County, Kansas
    - census 1880 in Empire City, Cherokee County, Kansas
    - died March 1885 in Galena, Cherokee County, Kansas
    - married 1) April 1848/9 in Waddams Grove, Stephenson County, Illinois, to
    Elizabeth S. Strong, born about 1830 in Massachusetts
    - died Apr 1878 in Galena, Cherokee, Kansas
    George married 2) 6 May 1880, wife's name unknown
    CHILDREN
    • Alma Elizabeth Denison, born 2 December 1856 in Illinois
      - married 1878 in Mound City, Kansas, to
      Albert Lorain Cole, born about 1858 in Iowa
      - occupation 1880 harness maker, Mound City, Kansas
    • Lumunie Aurelia Denison, born 5 May 1859, died 19 May 1877 in Mound City, Kansas.
    • George W. Denison, born 10 June 1882.

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