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William Denison[1]

Male 1570 - 1653  (83 years)


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  • Name William Denison  [2
    Born 1570  Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Christened 3 Feb 1571  Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Gender Male 
    Immigrated 1631  America Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Died 25 Jan 1653  Roxbury, Essex, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Buried Old Eliot Steet Cemetery, Roxbury, Essex., MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I4781  Main
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 

    Father John Denison,   b. Abt 1530, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 Dec 1582, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 52 years) 
    Mother Agnes Willie,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married 1554  Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [4
    Family ID F1930  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Margaret Chandler,   d. 23 Feb 1645, Roxbury, Essex, MA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 7 Nov 1603  Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    Children 
     1. John Denison,   c. 7 Apr 1605, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. William Denison,   c. 5 Oct 1606, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. George Denison,   c. 15 Oct 1609, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   bur. 18 Jun 1614  (Age ~ 4 years)
     4. Daniel Denison,   c. 18 Oct 1612,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Sarah Denison,   c. 8 Oct 1615,   bur. 15 Oct 1615  (Age ~ 0 years)
     6. Edward Denison,   c. 3 Nov 1616,   d. Yes, date unknown
    +7. Captain George Denison, of the "Lion",   b. 1620, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Oct 1694, Hartford, Hartford, CT Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 74 years)
    Last Modified 30 Sep 2009 
    Family ID F1902  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 1570 - Bishop's 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 - 7 Nov 1603 - Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsImmigrated - 1631 - America Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsBuried - - Old Eliot Steet Cemetery, Roxbury, Essex., MA Link to Google Earth
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  • Notes 
    • From "The Great Migration Begins":

      MIGRATION: 1631

      FIRST RESIDENCE: Roxbury

      OCCUPATION: Maltster [ NEHGR 132:20].

      CHURCH MEMBERSHIP: Admitted to Roxbury church as member #3 (which would be at the time of gathering the church, in 1632): "William Dennison, he brought 3 children to N.E. all sons; Daniel, Edward, & George: Daniel married at Newtowne, & was joined to the church there, he afterwards removed to the church at Ipswich" [ RChR  73].

      FREEMAN: 3 July 1632 (as "Mr. Will[ia]m Dennison")

      EDUCATION: Signed as witness to will of DANIEL BREWER  . Signed the inventory of Joseph Weld in 1646 [ SPR Case #43]. Two of his sons (John and Daniel) were educated at Cambridge [ Venn  2:31].

      OFFICES: Roxbury constable, 4 March 1633/4 [ MBCR  1:112]. Deputy to General Court from Roxbury, 4 March 1634/5 [ MBCR  1:135]. Committee to inspect ships, 4 March 1634/5 [ MBCR  1:142]. On 27 October 1647, William Denison was commissioned to "press any sufficient workman or workmen to repair defects of a certain bridge in Roxbury" [ MBCR 2:198].

      ESTATE: Gave 40s. for the construction of the seafort, 1 April 1634 [ MBCR 1:113].
      William Denison had two goats and three kids at Roxbury in 1640 [ RTR 4]. The list of estates at Roxbury, undated but about 1642, showed William Denison with personal estate of 24 7s. and real estate of seven acres valued at 6 8s. [ RTR 5]. This showed that he was one of the five wealthiest men in Roxbury.

      William Denison left no will, and the inventory of Roxbury possessions, which was compiled at or just before the time of his death by his son Edward, contains no entry for William. The entry for Edward Denison includes land "given to him by his father, and purchased by him of his brother George Denison" [ RBOP  20]; further research would be necessary in order to learn just which of these parcels had been granted to William Denison.

      Daniel Denison wrote in 1672 "My two brothers Edward and George had all the estate my father left between them, being both married long before my father's death" [ NEHGR 46:127].

      From Denison Genealogy, by Denison, Peck & Jacobus, page xxi.:

      "William came to America on the Lion with his wife and 3 youngest sons; settled in Roxbury, MA 1631. John Eliot, Pastor of the First Church of Roxbury and Apostle to the Indians was a tutor of George, his youngest son. Eliot had arrived on the same ship. William was a merchant and must have been a man of means and good education. He was deacon in the First Church of Roxbury, and had a large influence in the Colony. One record states his wife did not unite with the church until some years later. William built a house in Roxbury MA which was still standing in 1882." [6, 7]

  • Sources 
    1. [SAuth] John Spencer Howell, Jr., John Spencer Howell, Jr., (http://www.jhowell.com/ jhowell@jhowell.com).

    2. [S1087] Nancy Ann Norman, (http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:1034016), http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:1034016&id=I2757 (Reliability: 0).

    3. [S946] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Robert Charles Anderson, (New England Historic Genealogical Society), William Denison (Reliability: 0).

    4. [S1087] Nancy Ann Norman, (http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:1034016), http://worldconnect.rootsweb.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:1034016&id=I2772 (Reliability: 0).

    5. [S946] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Robert Charles Anderson, (New England Historic Genealogical Society), MARRIAGE: Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, 7 November 1603, Margaret (Chandler) Monk [ NYGBR 67:48]. (Reliability: 0).

    6. [S1086] Denison Genealogy, E. Glenn Denison, Josephine Middleton Peck, Donald L., (The Pequot Press, Inc. Stonington, CT, 1963), p. xxi (Reliability: 0).

    7. [S946] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Robert Charles Anderson, (New England Historic Genealogical Society), http://www.newenglandancestors.org/research/database/great_migration/d.asp#WILLIAM_DENISON (Reliability: 0).