William DENISON

Male Abt 1570 - 1653  (~ 83 years)


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  • Name William DENISON  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born Abt 1570  Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5
    Birth 03 Feb 1570  Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Christened 3 Feb 1571  Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Gender Male 
    Immigration 1631  Came to America in the "Lion" Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5, 6
    Died 25 Jan 1653  Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [1, 5, 6
    Notes 
    • Excerpt taken from "Rev. John Eliot's Record of Church Members, Roxbury, Mass.": William Dennison, he brought 3 children to N.E. all sons: Daniel Edward & George: Daniel married at Newtowne, & was joyned to the church there he afterwards removed to the church at Ipswich."

      Excerpts from "Major-General Daniel Denison" from NEHG: As to the origin of the family, there is much uncertainty. The name, variously spelt Denison, Dennison, Denyson, Dennistown, is unquestionably ancient and probably of Norman extraction. In the "Patronymia Britannica", is the following notice: "The Dennistowns" of the ilk" have an extraordinary way of accounting for their surmane. One Danziel, or Daniel (say they), probably of Norman extraction, settled in Renfrewshire, and calling the estate Danzielstown assumed therefrom his surname. The family are unquestionably ancient, the name appearing in a charter of King Malcolm 1st, who died in 1165, but the Norman Danziel is probably a genealogical figment. The English Denisons are said to have sprung from a cadet of this "ancient house, who went from Scotland, temp. Charles I., who fought at Marston Moor."
      We have been unable to determine with any degree of accuracy from what county of England came the Denisons who emigrated to this country. Neither is the exact period of their coming out by any means certain. There is little doubt, however, that Mr savage, is correct when he states that William Denison, with his wife Margaret, and his three sons, Daniel, Edward and George, probably came in the ship Lion, with Winthrop's wife and son, John and the Apostle Eliot, in 1631. This may be inferred from the fact that the name of William Denison stands third in the records of Eliot's church in Roxbury, it being highly probable that he would follow the fortunes of a man with whose noble character he must have become intimately acquainted during the tedious trans-atlantic voyage; even if he had not recognized him as his spiritual adviser before leaving the shores of the old world.
      From the few records which exist relating to Mr. william Denison, we learn that, having settled in Roxbnury, he soon enjoyed the esteem of his fellow-townsmen. With seven others he took the oath of freeman July 3, 1632. "At a court holden at Boston March 4, 1633-34 Mr. Will Dennison is chosen constable of Rocksbury.: and, under the same date, the colony records give his name among those who have "gyven and pmised towareds the sea fort." Chosen deputy in 1634, he was called upon th serve on important committees, among which was the boarding of vessels for the regulation of trade. Taking part in that unhappy religious controversy, which shook the plantation to its very centre, and which nearly terminated its existence, at its commencement, he, together with his son Edward, was "disarmed" November 20, 1637.
      In 1645, Mr Denison was one of the original donors of the "Roxbury Free Schoole," and for many years was an appraiser of wills. That he was a man of substance, may be inferred from the fact that his name appears on a loose leaf in the oldest record of the town, entitled "a note of y estates and persons of y inhabitants of Roxbury." in which he is represented as the possessor of considerable property.

      Of his wife, Margaret, we know nothing beyond these brief records of the church: "Margaret Dennison, the wife of William Dennison. It pleased God to work upon her heart and change it in her ancient years after she came to this land and joyned to the church in the year 1632."
      "1645 Month 12, day 3, Old Mother Dennison dyed."
      He died January 25, 1653.
    Person ID I18744  Main Tree
    Last Modified 6 Feb 2022 

    Father John DENISON,   b. Abt 1530, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 04 Dec 1582, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years) 
    Relationship Birth 
    Mother Agnes WYLLEY,   b. England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Relationship Birth 
    Married 11 May 1561  St. James, Thorley, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7
    Family ID F04543  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret CHANDLER,   b. England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Feb 1645, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 07 Nov 1603  Bishop's Stortford, Hertsfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4, 8
    Children 
    +1. John DENISON,   c. 7 Apr 1605,   d. Abt 1682  (Age ~ 76 years)  [Birth]
     2. William DENISON,   c. 5 Oct 1606  [Birth]
     3. George DENISON,   c. 15 Oct 1609,   bur. 18 Jun 1614  (Age ~ 4 years)  [Birth]
     4. Maj. Gen. Daniel DENISON,   b. 1612, Bishop's Stortford, co. Hertford, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 20 Sep 1682, Ipswich, Essex, Massachusetts, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)  [Birth]
     5. Sarah DENISON,   c. 8 Oct 1615,   bur. 15 Oct 1615  (Age ~ 0 years)  [Birth]
     6. Edward DENISON,   c. 3 Nov 1616,   d. 26 Apr 1668, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 51 years)  [Birth]
     7. George DENISON,   b. 1618, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1694, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 76 years)  [Birth]
    Last Modified 6 Feb 2022 
    Family ID F04539  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

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    Link to Google MapsBorn - Abt 1570 - Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBirth - 03 Feb 1570 - Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsChristened - 3 Feb 1571 - Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 07 Nov 1603 - Bishop's Stortford, Hertsfordshire, England Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S01658] A Record of the Descendants of Samuel Denison by George Burlingame Denison.

    2. [S02750] The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 1881, Vol. 35.

    3. [S02744] The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 1869, Vol. 23.

    4. [S00012] "Denison Genealogy" Ancestors and Descendants of Captain George Denison, E. Glenn Denison, (Name: Name: Gateway Press, Inc. Baltimore 1993;;), 63-13712.

    5. [S02878] Old Saybrook Historical Society: Post Family Chart-1934.

    6. [S01839] Ancestry.com: Wyoming & Lackawanna Valleys, Pennsylvanis Genealogies & Families Histories, Vol 1-11, Harding/Rice Family.

    7. [S9101] The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 2017, Vol. 171 Spring.

    8. [S02875] Old Saybrook Historical Society.