Denison/Dennison Genealogy

Tracing my Dennison family roots

New Cousin

Meet our first new cousin in the Denison/Dennison family. We won’t hold it against him that he does not bear the Denison name :) He is nine generations from Robert Denison, Jr., if my calculations are correct. He will remain nameless, as he is living.

Here’s the line:

Robert Denison, Jr. married (2) Prudence Sherman.

I am descended from their oldest son, David Sherman.

He is descended from their youngest son, Gurdon, Sr. (or Gurden), who married Catherine Fitzpatrick of Halifax in 1775.

One of Gurdon’s daughter’s had a daughter out of wedlock, Matilda, who married Augustus Eagles.

Matilda Denison Eagles had a daughter Rosetta Prudence, who married James Ernest Schofield.

Rosetta Prudence Schofield married James Ernest Schofield, and had a son, Edgar.

Edgar and Emily Schofield had a daughter Mamie Maude who married Thornton Edward Schofield.

Mamie Maude and Thornton Schofield had a daugter, Edna, who married Richard Coldwell.

Richard and Edna Coldwell had a daughter, Joyce, who is this man’s mother.

Nine generations from Robert Denison, Jr. Seven generations to me. That makes us, fifth cousins, twice removed, according to this chart.

Here’s the short version:

Robert Denison, Jr.

Gurdon Denison, Sr.

daughter Denison

Matilda Denison Eagles

Rosetta Prudence Eagles Schofield

Edgar Schofield

Mamie Maude Schofield

Edna Schofield Coldwell

Joyce Coldwell

Living

The other interesting bit is that Robert and Prudence Denison, Jr. lived in Connecticut, emigrated to Nova Scotia as a New England Planter in 1760. My grandfather emigrated to Massachusetts in 1923. The Coldwells emigrated back to Connecticut in 1949 and 1952.

That’s enough for now. Any questions, please shoot me an email.

Descendants of Robert Bird I

Today I worked on “The Book”, which is a 3 ring binder, filled to overflowing with family history. The first section is devoted to the Denison/Dennison clan.

Working from handwritten notes, going backwards up the tree, a number of generations were added to one of the grandmother’s branches. Here is the “short” list. It’s rather long, but without unnecessary branches.

ROBERT BIRD I b. ABT 1430, Cossington, Leicestershire, England

ROBERT BIRD II

THOMAS BIRD

WILLIAM BIRD

RICHARD BIRD b. ABT 1531, Freeby, Leicestershire, England (Note: this is the same generation as BISHOP DENYSON.)

ROBERT BIRD

DOROTHY BIRD m. THOMAS LORD, Sr.

ANNA LORD m. THOMAS STANTON, Sr. (Note: both immigrated to Boston in 1634/35, separately)

ROBERT STANTON, Sr.

JOANNA STANTON m. ROBERT DENISON, Sr.

ROBERT DENISON, JR.

ANDREW DENISON and half brother DAVID SHERMAN DENISON

JAMES DENISON m. LAVINIA DENISON

JAMES ARCHER DENNISON

CHARLES DENNISON

HARRY LEIGH DENNISON

15 generations! whew!

Short Version

Even I am overwhelmed looking at the list of generations, so I will reproduce for you here my “cheat” list, the short version. It’s just the men, straight line from Harry to Bishop.

12. Harry Dennison

11. Charles Dennison

10. James Archer Dennison

9. James Denison

8. Andrew Denison

7. Robert Denison,Jr.

6. Robert Denison,Sr.

5. John Boradell Denison

4. George Denison,Sr.

3. William Denison, Sr.

2. John Denyson

1. Bishop Denyson

Sherman-Denison

DAVID SHERMAN and MERCY WHEELER of Stratfield, Connecticut had nine children, one of whom, PRUDENCE, married ROBERT7 DENISON, Jr. This quote from the William Chesebro’ genealogy on Ancestor.com/rootsweb, tells when they left CT for Nova Scotia:

None of this sounds ironic except when you consider this: Dav id Sherman’s daughter, Prudence, married and
left CT around 1760 to become a New England Planter in Nova Scotia. Generations upon generations of my
husband’s family remained there for almost 200 years.

Now to find out what a “New England Planter” is…

Wikipedia

Planter Monument at Horton Landing, Kings County, Nova Scotia.

New plaque 28Jul2005 on Planters Monument, Horton Landing, Nova Scotia

William Denison

This link has notes about WILLIAM3 DENISON, son of JOHN2 DENYSON.

The site has four generations — GEORGE4 Sr, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, and BISHOP1.
Just click on Index of Individuals at the top, scroll down to the surname DENISON or DENYSON, and click on the name.

I am gathering the information on the mothers. John’s wife, AGNES WILLIE goes back three generations to ROBERT WYLLEY born ABT 1453 in Thorley, Hertfordshire, England.

William’s wife, MARGARET CHANDLER goes back four generations to THOMAS CHANDLER I born 1468 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England.

James and Lavinia Denison

James Denison and Lavinia Denison were both grandchildren of Robert Denison, Jr, who had two wives. Generation No. 8 and Generation No. 9 now have an 8(1) and 8(2) and a 9(1) and a 9(2). James and Lavinia are 9(1) and 9(2).

This may not be the proper notation. Not having seen this before I did my own notation. I think both lines should be in the genealogy, since they are both Denisons.

I also did not have Robert, Jr’s children by his second wife, so I added that today in Generation No. 8. There are a number of second marriages, but only the children of the marriage which produced the direct line are listed, except in this case, where both are.

Source Links

Putting the links here for sources. First is John Borodell Denison, Cheesebro’ and then George Denison, Sr here and then James and Lavinia Denison.

Descendants of Bishop Denyson

Generation No. 1

1. BISHOP1 DENYSON, was born in 1513 in Thorley, Hertfordshire, England and died BET 1543 and 1604 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England. He married Bishop’s wife about 1530 in Thorley, Hertfordshire, England. She was born BEF 1517 in Thorley, Hertfordshire, England, and died AFT 1543 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England.

Children of BISHOP DENYSON and BISHOP’S wife are:
2. i. JOHN DENYSON, b. 1530, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England; d. BEF December 4, 1582, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England.

Generation No. 2

2. JOHN2 DENYSON, (BISHOP1) was born in 1530 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England, and died BEF December 4, 1582 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England. He married AGNES WILLIE, daughter of JOHN WYLLEY II and JOAN MARSTEAD, on May 11, 1561 in St. James Church, Thorley, Hertfordshire, England. She was born in 1547 in Thorley, Hertfordshire, England, and died in 1645 in Bishops Strotford, Hertfordshire, England.

Children of JOHN DENYSON and AGNES WILLIE are:

i. JOHN DENISON II, b. ABT 1562, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England.
ii. LUCE DENISON, b. BEF August 3, 1567, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England.
3. iii. WILLIAM3 DENISON, b. BEF February 03, 1570/71, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England; d.January 25, 1652/53 in Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.
iv. EDWARD DENISON, b. BEF April 6, 1575, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England.
v. MARY DENISON, b. BEF April 28, 1577, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England.
vi. ELIZABETH DENISON, b. BEF August 23, 1579, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England.
vii. GEORGE DENISON I, b. BEF March 17, 1581/82, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England.

Generation No. 3

3. WILLIAM3 DENISON (JOHN2, BISHOP1) was born BEF February 03, 1570/71, in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England, and died January 25, 1652/53 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts. He married MARGARET CHANDLER daughter of TOBIAS CHANDLER and JOAN MUMFORD, on November 7, 1603 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England. She was born October 13, 1577 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England, and died February 25, 1645/46 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts.

Children of WILLIAM DENISON and MARGARET CHANDLER are:

i. JOHN DENISON, b. April 7, 1605 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England.
ii. WILLIAM DENISON Jr, b. BEF October 5, 1606, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England.
iii. GEORGE DENISON I, b. BEF October 15, 1609, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England; d. BEF June 18, 1614.
iv. DANIEL DENISON, Sr, b. BEF October 18, 1612 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England.
v. SARAH DENISON, b. October 7, 1615 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England.
vi. EDWARD DENISON, b. BEF November 3, 1616 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England.
4. vii. GEORGE4 DENISON, Sr, b. October 10, 1620, Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England; d. October 23, 1694 in Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut, while on business.

Generation No. 4

GEORGE4 DENISON Sr (WILLIAM3, JOHN2, BISHOP1) was born Abt. 1682, and died August 15, 1719 in Titchfield, Hants, England. He married (1)BRIDGET THOMPSON May 1640 and (2)ANN BORODELL, daughter of JOHN BORADELL II (of Cork, Ireland) and ANNE BROUGHTON, ABT 1644. Ann was born March 17, 1615/16 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England, and died September 26, 1712 in Mystic, New London, Connecticut.

Children of GEORGE DENISON Sr and BRIDGET THOMPSON are:

i. SARAH DENISON, b. March 20, 1639/40.
ii. HANNAH DENISON, b. May 20, 1643, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts; d. AFT 1694, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts.

Children of GEORGE DENISON and ANN BORODELL are:

i. JOHN DENISON, b. ABT 1645, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts; d. BEF 1646, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts.
5. ii. JOHN BORADELL5 DENISON, b. July 14, 1646, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts; d. April 26, 1698, Stonington, New London, Connecticut.
iii. ANN DENISON, b. May 20, 1649, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts; d. November 17, 1706, Stonington, New London, Connecticut.
iv. BORADELL DENISON, (TWIN), b. May 20, 1649, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts; d. January 11, 1701/02.
v. HOPE DENISON, b. 1652, ROxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts; d. UNKNOWN.
vi. GEORGE DENISON, Jr, b. July 16, 1653, Pequot, New London, Connecticut; d. December 27, 1711, Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island.
vii. WILLIAM DENISON, Sr, b. 1655, Stonington, New London, Connecticut; d. March 2, 1714/15, New London, Connecticut.
viii. MARGARET DENISON, b. 1657, Stonington, New London, Connecticut; d. May 5, 1741, Barrington, Bristol County, (from MA 1740), Rhode Island.
ix. MARY “MERCY” DENISON, b. 1659, Stonington, New London, Connecticut; d. March 10, 1670/71, Stonington, New London, Connecticut.

Generation No. 5

5. JOHN BORODELL5 DENISON, (GEORGE, Sr4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, BISHOP1) was born July 14, 1646 in Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts, died April 26, 1698 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut, and was buried April 1698, in Elm Grove Cemetery, Mystic, New London, Connecticut. He married PHEBE LAY, November 26, 1667 in Old Saybrook, Middlesex County, Connecticut, daughter of ROBERT LAY I and SARAH FENNY. She was born January 5, 1650/51 in Old Saybrook, Middlesex, Connecticut and died February 28, 1698/99 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut, @ age 49.

Children of JOHN BORODELL DENISON and PHEBE LAY are:

i. PHEBE DENISON, b. 1668, possibly near Old Saybrook; d. BEF 1692, infancy.
ii. JOHN DENISON, Sr, b. January 1, 1668/1669, Stonington, New London, Connecticut; d. 1700, Old Saybrook, Connecticut.
iii. GEORGE DENISON, b. March 23, 1670/71, New London, Connecticut; d. January 24, 1719/20, New London, Connecticut.
6. iv. ROBERT6 DENISON, Sr, b. September 17, 1673, Stonington, New London, Connecticut; d. 1737, Mohegan, now Montville, Connecticut.
v. WILLIAM DENISON, Sr, b. April 7, 1677, Stonington, New London, Connecticut; d. January 30, 1729/30, N. Stonington, New London, Connecticut.
vi. DANIEL DENISON, Sr, b. March 28, 1680, Stonington, New London, Connecticut; d. October 13, 1747, Stonington, New London, Connectictut.
vii. SAMUEL DENISON, b. February 23, 1682/83, Stonington, New London, Connecticut; d. May 12, 1683, Stonington, New London, Connecticut.
viii. ANN DENISON, b. October 3, 1684, Stonington, New London, Connecticut; d. UNKNOWN; m. Samuel MINOR(1), Edward DENISON, Sr, (2).
ix. PHEBE DENISON, b. April 6, 1690, Stonington, New London, Connecticut; d. December 30, 1775, Stonington, New London, Connecticut.
x. SARAH DENISON, b. TWIN April 6, 1690. Stonington, New London, Connecticut; d. AFT 1732, Hancock, Litchfield, Connecticut.

Generation No. 6

6. ROBERT6 DENISON, Sr, (JOHN BORODELL5, GEORGE, Sr4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, BISHOP1) was born September 17, 1673 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut and died ABT 1737 in Mohegan, now Montville, New London, Connecticut. He married (1) JOANNA STANTON 1696 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut, daughter of ROBERT STANTON, Sr, and JOANNA GARDINER. She was born June 5, 1679 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut, and died in 1715 in Mohegan, now Montville, New London, Connecticut. He married (2) DOROTHY STANTON in 1718, daughter of THOMAS STANTON, Jr. and SARAH DENISON. She was born BEF April 24, 1682 in Stonington, New London, Connecticut and died ABT 1787 in Norwich, New London, Connecticut in her daughter Amy’s home at the age of about 105.

Children of ROBERT DENISON, Sr and JOANNA STANTON are:

i. ANN DENISON, b. 1695, Mohegan, now Montville, New London, Connecticut; d. BEF 1700, Mohegan, now Montville, New London, Connecticut.
7. ii. ROBERT7 DENISON, Jr, b. December 25, 1696, Mohegan, now Montville, New London, Connecticut; d. June 1766, previously named Horton and mudCreek/Wolfeville, Kings, Nova Scotia.
iii. JOHN DENISON, Sr, b. March 28, 1698, Mohegan, now Montville, New London, Connecticut; d. November 28, 1776, Lyme, New London, Connecticut.
iv. JOANNA DENISON, b. July 17, 1699, Mohegan, now Montville, New London, Connecticut; d. UNKNOWN; m. THOMAS MOREHOUSE.
v. MARY DENISON, b. June 30, 1700, Mohegan, now Montville, New London, Connecticut; d. February 7, 1700/01, Mohegan, now Montville, New London, Connecticut.
vi. NATHANIEL DENISON, b. December 28, 1701, Mohegan, now Montville, New London, Connecticut; d. 1722.
vii. ANDREW DENISON, b. November 1703, Mohegan, now Montville, New London, Connecticut; d. UNKNOWN.
viii. SARAH DENISON, b. November 23, 1705, Mohegan, now Montville, New London, Connecticut; d. UNKNOWN.
ix. ANN DENISON, b. August 7, 1707, Mohegan, now Montville, New London, Connecticut; d. UNKNOWN; m. JAMES FITCH, 1725.
x. THOMAS DENISON, b. October 20, 1708, Mohegan, now Montville, New London, Connecticut; d. October 24, 1787, Pomfret, Windham, Connecticut.
xi. LUCY DENISON, b. July 5, 1710, Mohegan, now Montville, New London, Connecticut; d. UNKNOWN; m. SAMUEL ROGERS.
xii. ELIZABETH DENISON, b. June 16, 1712, Mohegan, now Montville, New London, Connecticut; d. June 5, 1714, Mohegan, now Montville, New London, Connecticut.
xiii. GEORGE DENISON, b. July 7, 1714, Mohegan, now Montville, New London, Connecticut; d. July 7, 1714.
xiv. ABIGAIL DENISON, b. July 2, 1715, Mohegan, now Montville, New London, Connecticut; d. UNKNOWN.

Children of ROBERT DENISON, Sr. and DOROTHY STANTON are:

i. GEORGE DENISON, Sr, b. July 20, 1717, Mohegan, Montville, New London, Connecticut; d. 1777, New London, New London, Connecticut.
ii. DOROTHY DENISON, b. June 4, 1721, Mohegan, Montville, New London, Connecticut; d. UNKNOWN.

Generation No. 7

7. ROBERT7 DENISON, Jr, (ROBERT, Sr6, JOHN BORODELL5, GEORGE, Sr4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, BISHOP1) was born December 25, 1696 in Mohegan, now Montville, New London, Connecticut and died in June 1766 in previously named Horton and Mud Creek, now Wolfeville, Kings, Nova Scotia. He married DEBORAH GRISWOLD (1) on October, 19, 1721 in New London, New London, Connecticut. She was born ABT 1696 in Lyme, New London, Connecticut, daughter of MATTHEW GRISWOLD II and PHEBE HYDE, and died December 24, 1731 in Montville, New London, Connecticut. He married PRUDENCE SHERMAN (2) on April 4, 1733 in formerly Stratfield, now Bridgeport, Fairfield County, Connecticut. She was born October 20, 1706 in New Haven, New Haven, Connecticut, daughter of DAVID SHERMAN and MERCY WHEELER.

Children of ROBERT DENISON, Jr and (1)DEBORAH GRISWOLD are:

i. DEBORAH DENISON, b. December 9, 1722, Montville Center, New London, Connecticut; d. March 22, 1816, Montville Center, New London, Connecticut; m. CHRISTOPHER MANWARING January 31, 1745, 12 children.
ii. ELIZABETH DENISON, b. February 26, 1723, Montville Center, New London, Connecticut; d. March 16, 1723, Montville Center, New London, Connecticut.
iii. ROBERT DENISON, b. May 5, 1724, Montville Center, New London, Connecticut; d. May 16, 1724, Montville Center, New London, Connecticut.
iv. ELIZABETH DENISON, b. September 10, 1726, Montville Center, New London, Connecticut; d. February 14, 1813; m. (1) ELISHA HUNTINGTON, March 1, 1750, 6 children, (2) ELIJAH HUNTINGTON, June 12, 1777.
v. DANIEL DENISON, b. 1727, Montville Center, New London, Connecticut; d. UNKNOWN.
8(1). vi. ANDREW8(1) DENISON, b. May 2, 1728, Montville Center, New London, Connecticut; d. c. 1803, Nova Scotia?; m. (1) MARY THOMPSON February 1848, New London, Connecticut, (2) HANNAH WOLCOTT, AFT 1750.
vii. MARY DENISON, b. January 1730, Montville Center, New London, Connecticut; d. UNKNOWN.
viii. ROBERT DENISON, b. December 24, 1731, Montville Center, New London, Connecticut; d. c.1732, Montville Center, New London, Connecticut.

Children of Robert Denison, Jr and (2)PRUDENCE SHERMAN are:

8(2) i. DAVID SHERMAN8(2) DENISON, b. August 12, 1734, Montville, New London, Connecticut; d. 1796, Horton, Kings County, Nova Scotia; m. SARAH FOX, 1752, Montville, New London, Connecticut.
ii. MERCY DENISON, b. October 5, 1736, Montville, New London, Connecticut; d. January 15, 1743.
iii. ROBERT DENISON,III, b. July 31, 1739, Montville, New London, Connecticut; d. December 25, 1743; m. CATHERINE FITZPATRICK.
iv. PRUDENCE DENISON, born March 31, 1741, Montville, New London, Connecticut.
v. SAMUEL DENISON, b. February 8, 1744/43, Montville, New London, Connecticut; d. 1820.
vi. SARAH DENISON, b November 11, 1744, Montville, New London, Connecticut; m. a Capt. Kennedy.
vii. PHEBE DENISON, b. January 1, 1746/47
viii. GURDON DENISON, Sr, b. BET 1748-49, Montville, New London, Conncecticut; d. 1807.
ix. EUNICE DENISON, b. BET 1748-50; m. JOHN LOTLIROP?

Generation No. 8

8(1). ANDREW8(1) DENISON, (ROBERT, Jr7, ROBERT, SR6, JOHN BORODELL5, GEORGE, Sr4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, BISHOP1) was born May 2, 1728 in Montville Center, New London, Connecticut and died c.1803 in Nova Scotia? He married (1) MARY THOMPSON on February 1848/49 in New London County, Connecticut, and (2) HANNAH WOLCOTT, AFT 1750. MARY THOMPSON was born BEF May 5, 1728 in New London County, Connecticut.

Children of ANDREW DENISON and MARY THOMPSON are:

i. ROBERT DENISON, b. December 22, 1749; married ESTHER WADE.
ii. CHRISTOPHER DENISON, b. December 19; 1751, d. infancy
iii. ISAAC DENISON, b. DECEMBER 20, 1753; married ANNA ROGERS.
iv. JOHN DENISON, b. September 16, 1755; married MARY TUMAN.
v. MARY DENISON, b. June 21, 1757; married JOHN MORIARTY.
vi. ELISHA DENISON, b. 1760; returned to the States.
vii. MERCY DENISON, b. 1762; d. Nova Scotia, unmarried.
viii. PHEBE DENISON, b. 1765; d. Horton, Nova Scotia; unmarried.
ix. ANNIE DENISON, b. 1768.
9(1). x. JAMES9(1) DENISON, b. 1772; d. August 10, 1844, Nova Scotia; m. LAVINIA DENISON February 9, 1802 in Halifax County, Nova Scotia.

8(2). DAVID SHERMAN8(2) DENISON, (ROBERT, Jr7, ROBERT, SR6, JOHN BORODELL5, GEORGE, Sr4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, BISHOP1) was born August 1734 in Montville, New London, Connecticut, and died in 1796 in Horton, Kings County, Nova Scotia. He married SARAH FOX, daughter of SAMUEL FOX and ABIGAIL HARRIS, in 1752 in Montville, New London, Connecticut. She was born April 16, 1732 and died in 1818.

Children of DAVID SHERMAN DENISON and SARAH FOX are:

i. ABIGAIL DENISON, b. March 9, 1753, Horton and Mud Creek/Wolfeville, Kings County, Nova Scotia.
ii. DAVID DENISON, b. January 1, 1755, Horton and Mud Creek/Wolfeville, Kings County, Nova Scotia.
iii. PRUDENCE DENISON, b. January 8, 1757, Horton and Mud Creek/Wolfeville, Kings County, Nova Scotia; m. ASA DAVISON.
iv. RACHEL DENISON, b. October 22, 1758, Horton and Mud Creek/Wolfeville, Kings County, Nova Scotia.
v. SAMUEL DENISON, b. October 24, 1760, Horton and Mud Creek/Wolfeville, Kings County, Nova Scotia.
vi. SARAH DENISON, b. September 18, 1763, Horton and Mud Creek/Wolfeville, Kings County, Nova Scotia.
vii. EUNICE DENISON, b. November 22, 1766, Horton and Mud Creek/Wolfeville, Kings County, Nova Scotia.
viii. SHERMAN DENISON (Colonel), b. June 17, 1769, Horton, Kings County, Nova Scotia; m. NANCY CRANE, March 12, 1792.
ix. OLIVE DENISON, b. October 1771, Horton, Kings County, Nova Scotia; d. Kentville, Nova Scotia, a widow; m. DENNIS ANGUS.
9(2) x. LAVINIA9(2) DENISON, b. December 3, 1774, Nova Scotia; d. July 7, 1847; m. JAMES9(1) DENISON, February 9, 1802, Halifax County, Nova Scotia.

Generation No. 9

9(1). JAMES9(1) DENISON, (ANDREW8, ROBERT, Jr7, ROBERT, Sr6, JOHN BORODELL5, GEORGE, Sr4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, BISHOP1) was born c. 1772 and died on August 10, 1844 in Nova Scotia. He married LAVINIA DENISON on February 9, 1802 in Halifax County, Nova Scotia. She was born c. 1776, the daughter of DAVID SHERMAN8(2) DENISON and SARAH FOX, in Nova Scotia and died on July 7, 1847. Note: James and Lavinia were first cousins. Their fathers were half-brothers, same father, Robert Denison, Jr.

Children of JAMES9(1) DENISON AND LAVINIA9(2) DENISON, first cousins, are:

10. i. JAMES ARCHER10 DENNISON, b. November 22, 1802, Horton, Nova Scotia; d. December 31, 1885; m. LOUISA VIETS, June 26, 1832.
ii. ELIZA A. DENISON, b. December 6, 1806; M. ASA SAMUEL ANGUS, October 25, 1848.
iii. ROBERT W. DENISON, b. March 24, 1809; d. December 23, 1861; m. SARAH STARRATT.
iv. JULIA LAVINIA DENISON, b. June 24, 1817; m. BENJAMIN HOWE CALKIN; no child.

Generation No. 10

10. JAMES ARCHER10 DENNISON, (JAMES9, ANDREW8, ROBERT, Jr7, ROBERT, Sr6, JOHN BORODELL5, GEORGE, Sr4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, BISHOP1) was born on November 22, 1802 in Horton, Nova Scotia and died December 31, 1885. He married LOUISA VIETS, daughter of Rev. Roger Moore Viets, Rector of Digby, and ELIZA KNUTTON, on June 26, 1832. She was born ABT 1813.

Children of JAMES ARCHER DENNISON and LOUISA VIETS are:

i. EMMA DENNISON, b. March 10, 1833; d. December 13, 1873; m. BENJAMIN WALTER.
ii. JAMES DENNISON, b. June 14, 1834.
iii. LOUISA DENNISON, b. December 28, 1835; d. September 17, 1872, Digby, Nova Scotia; spinster.
iv. JULIA DENNISON, b. February 23, 183?; d. May 20, 1873, Digby, Nova Scotia; spinster.
v. GEORGE DENNISON, b. September 20, 1839; d. January 12, 1869, Digby, Nova Scotia; bachelor.
vi. FRANK DENNISON, b. November 8, 1841; d. April 6, 1914, Dawson; bachelor.
vii. LUCY DENNISON, b. May 12, 1844; spinster.
viii. HERBERT A. DENNISON, b. May 10, 1847; m. May 6, 1874, ANN MARIA THOMAS.
ix. ARCHIBALD DENNISON, b. November 27, 1848; d. June 9, 1867.
11. x. CHARLES11 DENNISON, b. June 28, 1851; m. October 1880, Digby, Nova Scotia, ALICE JANE FARNHAM.
xi. ELIZA DENNISON, twin. b. October 31, 1853; m. A.J.J.Copp.
xii. WALTER DENNISON, twin. b. October 31, 1853.
xiii. WILLIAM DENNISON, b. February 2, 1858.

Generation No. 11

11. CHARLES11 DENNISON, (JAMES ARCHER10 DENNISON, JAMES9, ANDREW8, ROBERT, Jr7, ROBERT, Sr6, JOHN BORODELL5, GEORGE, Sr4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, BISHOP1)was born June 28, 1851 in Digby, Nova Scotia, and died in Digby, Nova Scotia. He married Alice Jane Farnham, daughter of JAMES FARNHAM and CATHERINE WARNE, on October 16, 1880 in Digby, Nova Scotia. She was born March 20, 1860 in Digby, Nova Scotia, and died on June 2, 1932 in Digby, Nova Scotia, and was buried in Forest Hill Cemetery, Digby, Nova Scotia. She was married(2) to Charles Edwin VanTassell on August 4, 1904 in Digby, Nova Scotia. He was born November 22, 1861 in Digby, Nova Scotia, and died May 22, 1944 in Digby, Nova Scotia.

Children of CHARLES DENNISON(1) and ALICE JANE FARNHAM are:

i. EFFIE MAY LOUISE DENNISON, b. BEF July 1884, Digby, Nova Scotia; d. c.1907; m. ASA PORTER MURRAY, June 19, 1907.
12. ii. HARRY LEIGH12 DENNISON, b. August 27, 1887, Digby, Nova Scotia; d. January 14, 1959, Andover, Massachusetts; m. FLORENCE S. DONNELLY, daughter of JOSHUA CALEB SWEENEY and HATTIE A. ABBOTT (birth), and OWEN DONNELLY AND BERTHA GERMAINE (adoption) February 18, 1914, Digby, Nova Scotia.
iii. KATHERINE E. DENNISON, b. 1888, Digby, Nova Scotia; m. JOHN H. JAMES, June 25, 1920, North Bay, Nova Scotia.
Other children died as babies. Unsure which husband is their father.

Children of CHARLES EDWARD VAN TASSELL(2) and ALICE JANE DENNISON are:
Note: There is no documentation as yet as to who fathered these children. Harry always referred to Gladys, Elva, and Nettie as his half sisters. Nettie, or Jeanette, is the only one who used the name VanTassel. Harry never spoke of Bernard. No record of Charles Dennison’s death has been found as yet. Charles VanTassel was a lodger in the Dennison home when the 1901 census was taken.

i. BERNARD DENNISON, b. 1893, Digby, Nova Scotia; d. December 21, 1909, Digby, Nova Scotia; bachelor.
ii. GLADYS DENNISON, b. February 1895, Digby, Nova Scotia.
iii. ELVA WOODWARD DENNISON, b. October 4, 1896, Digby, Nova Scotia; m. CLAUDE JAMES BAIRT of Roxbury, Massachusetts, October 14, 1919.
iv. JEANETTE “NETTIE” WARD VANTASSEL, b. June 1898, Digby, Nova Scotia; m. PAUL YATES November 24, 1925.

Generation No. 12

12. HARRY LEIGH12 DENNISON, (CHARLES11 DENNISON, JAMES ARCHER10 DENNISON, JAMES9, ANDREW8, ROBERT, Jr7, ROBERT, Sr6, JOHN BORODELL5, GEORGE, Sr4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, BISHOP1) was born August 27, 1887 in Digby, Nova Scotia, and died January 14, 1959 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and was buried in Andover, Massachusetts in Spring Grove Cemetery. He married FLORENCE S. DONNELLY, daughter of JOSHUA CALEB SWEENEY and HATTIE A. ABBOTT (by birth), and OWEN DONNELLY and BERTHA GERMAINE (by adoption), on February 18, 1914 in Digby, Nova Scotia. She was born on March 14, 1890, in Digby, Nova Scotia, and died July 24, 1981 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and was buried in Andover, Massachusetts in Spring Grove Cemetery.

Children of HARRY LEIGH DENNISON and FLORENCE S. DONNELLY are:

i. FLORENCE BEULAH DENNISON, b. December 5, 1914, Digby, Nova Scotia; d. May 11, 2009, Lawrence, Massachusetts; buried in Andover, Massachusetts in Spring Grove Cemetery.
ii. RUTH ESTHER DENNISON, b. August 23, 1916, Digby, Nova Scotia; d. July 27, 2011, Nipomo, California; m. ANTONY CVETAN, May 8, 1955, California.
iii. LIVING
13. iv. RICHARD13 BRYSON DENNISON, b. April 22, 1926, Andover Massachusetts; d. October 12, 2003, Decatur, Georgia; m. RUTH LILLIAN TOMLINSON, September 22, 1951, Andover, Massachusetts.
v. LIVING

Generation No. 13

13. RICHARD13 BRYSON DENNISON, (HARRY LEIGH12 DENNISON, CHARLES11 DENNISON, JAMES ARCHER10 DENNISON, JAMES9, ANDREW8, ROBERT, Jr7, ROBERT, Sr6, JOHN BORODELL5, GEORGE, Sr4, WILLIAM3, JOHN2, BISHOP1) was born April 22, 1926 in Andover, Massachusetts, and died October 12, 2003 in Decatur, Georgia. He married RUTH LILLIAN TOMLINSON, daughter of HAROLD ARTHUR THOMLINSON AND LILLIAN ANNA WIESNER of Lawrence, Massachusetts,on September 22, 1951 in Andover, Massachusetts. She was born September 20, 1927 in Lawrence, Massachusetts, and died November 13, 2001 in Tucker, Georgia.

Children of RICHARD BRYSON DENNISON and RUTH LILLIAN TOMLINSON are:

i. LIVING
ii. LIVING

First Post

This is an official first post, not of the nature of the blog, just to get started. The first real post will be actual genealogy, if the blog will sustain the format. The question is whether to type in the blog or copy to the blog. There will be a certain amount of trial and error, any or all of which may or may not succeed.

Check out the smiley face :) See you on the next post!

(The posts previous to this one were transferred from my old blog at a later date.)

Clan MacPherson

Found this history of the Andover bagpipe band Clan MacPherson Pipes and Drums.  They have their own website as well.  There’s not a lot on the website.  The history from the first link is there as well.  It was written in 2000.  The drum major whom we remember, Ed Morrissey, has retired by now.

Fond memories of Andover days.  Does anyone have photos of the pipe band in Andover?

7.29.2011  Looking for my aunt’s obituary today, the obituary for Ed Morrissey, who passed one month ago came up here.  I remember his wife, Janet, as well.  I believe she was the nurse for my dentist, whose name I don’t remember.  She was a lovely person, probably still is.  That would have been in the late 70s.

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