John Dennie1

b. 7 October 1694, d. before 3 February 1747
Father*Albert Dennie1,2 d. b 13 May 1708
Mother*Elizabeth Wakeman1
Baptism*7 October 1694John Dennie was baptized on 7 October 1694 in Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut.1,2,3
(Son) Administration7 June 1708John's father died before 13 May 1708 when administration for his estate was granted in New York, and on 7 June 1708 Captain John Wakeman and Lieutenant Joseph Wakeman were named administrators. His two older children, John and Grizzel, chose their uncle, Lieutenant Joseph Wakeman, as their guardian, and he was also appointed guardian of the youngest child, James.2
Marriage*He married first Mary Edwards, daughter of John Edwards and Mary Hanford.1,2
Coroner Inquest*1716A Negro man, reputed to be John Dennie's, was hanged with a rope around his neck fastened to a limb of an apple tree in 1716. He was clear from the ground, in an orchard formerly belonging to Jonathan Morehouse and now to John Denny.4
Occupation11 August 1719 The Dennie family belonged to the merchant aristocracy which became dominant in the New England capital with the decline of the theocratic system soon after the beginning of the 18th century. John Dennie, probably Albert's oldest son, was the founder of the family in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England). He was engaged in business in that town as early as 11 August 1719 when a sale to him of "one dozen verses", rhymes like those of Mother Goose, was recorded by Thomas Fleet, printer. His home however was probably at Fairfield for some time, since most of his children were baptized there, though the absence of two names from the Fairfield church register may denote an occasional residence at Boston. By the 1730s, at any rate, he was established in Boston and from then until his death his name appears frequently in deeds and other records there.3
(Husband) Death1722John became a widower when Mary Dennie died in 1722.1
Marriage*circa 1724He married second Sarah Webb, daughter of Reverend Joseph Webb and Elizabeth Nichols, circa 1724.3,1,2
(Son-in-Law) Estate1732John and Sarah (Webb) Dennie were named in an agreement about the division of her father's estate in 1732. They were living in Fairfield, Connecticut, at that time.1
Relocation*1733John and Sarah (Webb) Dennie moved to Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England), in or after 1733.1
Name VariationIn Boston, after his son John also became active in business, he was often identified as John Dennie Sr.5,6
Religion*7 June 1741John Dennie was admitted as a member to Brattle Street Church, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England), on 7 June 1741.7
Residence*1743John Dennie's house was described in Price's view of Boston in 1743. It was "a magnificent house of great size and height and quaint architecture with terraces and gardens called Captain Cunningham's Seat."8
Religion5 August 1744 Cezar, servant to John Dennie Sr., was admitted as a member to Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England), on 5 August 1744.7
Will*25 December 1744John Dennie wrote a will dated 25 December 1744. He bequeathed to his loving wife Sarah forever one third part of all his estate both real and personal whether in this province, the colony of Connecticut, or elsewhere at her own disposal, his three Negro servants together with all household stuff. His will directed that 500 pounds lawful money of the province be lodged with his executors to be put to interest and improved for any of his children who were under age at the time of his death. He bequeathed to his son Albert Dennie 25 pounds lawful money which, with what he had already received, was his full portion and share. All the remainder of his estate, whether real or personal, he gave to his four other sons: John, William, Thomas and Joseph, and to his five daughters Mary, Grizzel, Elizabeth, Sarah and Abigail to be equally divided among them.

The biggest surprise in the will, published by researchers in 2002, was learning about Joseph, the fourth son of John Dennie. Joseph had not been mentioned in earlier research published in 1930-1932.

Mr. Dennie's will named his children in groups of men and then of women. The order of the naming by gender by their father in his will corresponds to the known dates from records in Fairfield Church. His will was not challenged in court.1
Research Opinion*Many researchers have found his will both interesting and revealing in its articles and language. It should be noted however that the Nutmegger researchers in 2002 came to the conclusion that sons Albert and John were the same person, stating that Albert, who was usually known as John, was also called John later in the will. This researcher in 2012 found additional evidence indicating that both an Albert Dennie and a John Dennie were sons of John Dennie Sr. Our research continues as we study land records and probate documents for a definitive conclusion.5,3,1
OccupationThe five sons of John Dennie, Albert, John, William, Thomas and Joseph Dennie, all became merchants in Boston, dealing for the most part in West India commodities, such as molasses, sugar, rum and hemp.3
Church Bells*24 July 1745The names of John Dennie Sr. and his two older sons, Albert Dennie and John Dennie Jr., appeared on a petition signed by subscribers obtained in New England and presented on 24 July 1745 to Christ Church, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England). The large group of subscribers was promising to contribute in a variety of amounts for the commission and payment of a ring of eight bells for the church's new brick tower. John Dennie Sr. pledged £5, John Dennie Jr. and Albert Dennie each pledged £10.5
Occupation*between 1743 and 1747 Between 1743 and 1747, John Dennie Sr. managed the town warehouse in Boston.3
Death*before 3 February 1747He died before 3 February 1747 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).1
Probate*3 February 1747His estate was probated on 3 February 1747 at Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).1
InventoryThe Inventory of the deceased John Dennie identified a large estate. The document is an eight-page inventory of items valued at 22,000 pounds old tenor (apparently converting to about 5,000 pounds in "new" money of that time). The inventory is full of costly mercantile items and is a descriptive document, in itself, of social history. He had been a successful merchant, and one half of the inventory was cash: 12,200 pounds in notes.

John Dennie had bought and inherited Connecticut real estate in both Fairfield and Ridgefield. Although he had mentioned his Connecticut real estate in his will, bequeathing it to his wife and children, in his inventory no Connecticut real estate was named.

The three Negro servants mentioned in his will appear on the inventory as "Negro man Caesar with one foot aged about 40, Negro man Ned, and Negro woman Flora". The servants with both feet are valued more highly than Caesar with one. There were two, not three, sets of Negro bedding listed.1
Estate* No records were found of payments to John's minor children over the years, nor was any distribution found of his estate.1
Land Records* The distribution of John Dennie's Connecticut real estate as bequeathed in his will of 1744 was not known to researchers until 2002 and presented many questions. He left his real estate in two parts: two-thirds of his Connecticut property directly to his nine named children, and one-third of all his estate forever "both real and personal whether in this province the colony of Connecticut or elsewhere" to his widow Sarah. This bequest created an estate in real property in Connecticut for Sarah (Webb) Dennie, his widow. Because Sarah died without leaving a will, it was left to the courts to identify and name Sarah's children and heirs.

Land records in Fairfield and in Ridgefield, both in Fairfield County, Connecticut, gave researchers information on the identity of Sarah's heirs. The land records also clarified John Dennie's two wives and clearly identified their two sets of children. Sarah (Webb) Dennie's children were named, and those of Mary (Edwards) Dennie were identified as the other children. Joseph Dennie appeared with Sarah's children as her heir, but not as her son.

The Dennie children all eventually, after they attained their majority, or for the girls, married, sold their Fairfield and Ridgefield real estate. Researchers noted in their report, as an aside, that the real estate was of small value compared to the other property they inherited from their father.

Determined researchers explained their strategy by stating that complete land research for a parcel of property required that deeds be located for all the land sales of the heirs of John Dennie, which they called "the two thirds of the property" and of the heirs of Sarah Dennie, or "the one third of the property". They believed these transactions would identify all the interested parties in the entire package of real estate under review. They knew they were looking for a minimum of two deeds: one for the nine children of John Dennie and one for the court determined heirs of John's widow, Sarah (Webb) Dennie. Unfortunately, they did not know the maximum number of deeds they were looking for, since each of the children could have sold separately, one at a time.

Extensive research of the Dennie family land records in both Fairfield and Ridgefield was said by the researchers to have been "revealing, surprising and astonishing." They took special note in the first two land sales in the grouping and the unity of eight of the heirs. Eight of the nine children named in John Dennie's will joined together to sell all their two thirds interest at one time in one transaction. The deed named each of the eight stating "which said [children] are eight of the children and heirs of John Dennie late... Whereas the same John Dennie by his last will and testament duly proved gave and bequeathed unto his said eight children and his other son Joseph two full third parts of all the real estate... nine acres in Fairfield..." The deed was dated 24 Jan 1758 and recorded 8 Jun 1762. All of the parties named except Joseph signed at one time.

The second deed they found recorded in Fairfield was the sale by the Sarah Dennie heirs, again excepting Joseph. Sarah's four children were named and described as "children and heirs of Sarah Dennie late of Boston deceased intestate... whereas Mr. John Dennie late... by his last will duly proved approved and allowed gave and bequeathed to his widow the said Sarah Dennie one full third part of all his real estate in fee simple... The same Sarah soon after dyed intestate leaving the said William Thomas Sarah and Abigail and one Joseph Dennie her children and heirs". The deed was dated and recorded on the same dates as the first deed, 24 Jan 1758 and 8 Jun 1758, respectively.

The researchers also noted that William Dennie had received a double portion as the eldest son of the intestate Sarah, not the eldest son of John, and sold both parts. Sarah's other three children each received and sold one part. Joseph Dennie had received one portion which he would sell separately, later. John Dennie's son John had received two portions of his father's estate, and each of his siblings had received one. All, except Joseph, sold in full in the first deed described.1

Family 1

Mary Edwards b. 7 Jul 1695, d. 1722
Children1.Albert Dennie+1 b. 4 Mar 1716
2.John Dennie+1 b. 1717, d. 1 Aug 1777
3.Mary Dennie+1 b. 11 Dec 1717
4.Grizzel Dennie1 b. 18 Sep 1720
5.Elizabeth Dennie1

Family 2

Sarah Webb b. 30 Jan 1702/3, d. b 17 Feb 1749
Children1.Sarah Dennie1 b. 2 May 1725, d. b 1783
2.William Dennie1 b. 23 Oct 1726, d. 3 Jul 1783
3.Thomas Dennie3 b. 5 May 1728
4.Thomas Dennie1 b. 11 Oct 1730
5.Abigail Dennie1 b. 10 Apr 1733, d. 31 Oct 1774
6.Joseph Dennie+1 b. c 1743, d. 11 Sep 1811

Citations

  1. [S928] Robert W. Hull, "John Dennie of Fairfield, later of Boston, and his family: Mary (Edwards) Dennie and her children, Sarah (Webb) Dennie and her children, and John Dennie's other son, one Joseph Dennie", viewed and downloaded from www.americanancestors.org. The Connecticut Nutmegger, Volume 35, pages 434-440 (December 2002). Hereinafter cited as "John Dennie of Fairfield, later of Boston, and his family."
  2. [S930] Donald Lines Jacobus, compiler and editor, Families of Old Fairfield, Connecticut, online database viewed and downloaded from the New England Historic and Genealogical Society at www.AmericanAncestors.org. Originally published in 2 Volumes, New Haven, Connecticut, by The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, 1930-1932. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic and Genealogical Society, 2008), Volume I, page 182. Hereinafter cited as Families of Old Fairfield, Connecticut.
  3. [S932] Harold Milton Ellis Ph. D., "Joseph Dennie and His Circle: a Study in American Literature from 1792 to 1812", Bulletin of the University of Texas 40 (15 Jul 1915): Chapter I, pages 9-16. Hereinafter cited as "Joseph Dennie and His Circle."
  4. [S949] Compiled records, "Fairfield County Inquests", New England Historical & Genealogical Register, 144 (Jan 1990): page 40. Hereinafter cited as "Fairfield County Inquests."
  5. [S931] Arthur H. Nichols M.D., "Christ Church Bells, Boston Mass.", New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Volume 58, page 67 (1904). The entire article spans multiple volumes and pages. Hereinafter cited as "Christ Church Bells - NEHGR."
  6. [S929] Brattle Square Church, The Manifesto Church, records of the Church in Brattle Square, Boston, with lists of communicants, baptisms, marriages, and funerals, 1699-1872, downloaded from the Family History Library at www.familysearch.org. Microreproduction of original published in Boston by The Benevolent Fraternity of Churches, 1902. (Salt Lake City, Utah: filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1968), page101. Hereinafter cited as Brattle Square (Boston) Church records, 1699-1872.
  7. [S929] Brattle Square Church, Brattle Square (Boston) Church records, 1699-1872, page 101.
  8. [S941] Hooper Document II: Excerpted from "Genealogy of James Hooper Jr. of Baltimore, 1804-1898"; uploaded by Joanne Mullowney, online at www.scribd.com. Hereinafter cited as Hooper Document II.

John Dennie1

b. 1717, d. 1 August 1777
Father*John Dennie1 b. 7 Oct 1694, d. b 3 Feb 1747
Mother*Mary Edwards1 b. 7 Jul 1695, d. 1722
Relationship Note*John Dennie and Mary Dennie may have been twins, as stated (with certainty) in the Hooper source. The Families of Old Fairfield publication in 1930-1932 stated that John and Mary's brother Albert's "name was apparently changed to John" but offers no evidence. The Nutmegger researchers in 2002, after seeing the will left by the Senior John Dennie, supported the theory, which this researcher does not believe is correct. After finding multiple pieces of evidence proving that Albert and John were both in Boston at the same time, and merchants like their father, we seriously question the previous conclusions. A second reading of Nutmegger's John Dennie of Fairfield, as it relates to John's will and subsequent land deeds of his heirs, appears to confirm our need to view the will itself and the land deeds, and to also search for land that may have been given to Albert before the will was written.2,3,4,5,6,1
Birth*1717John Dennie, if he was indeed Mary's twin, was born in 1717 in Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut.2
Baptism4 March 1716John Dennie was probably not yet born, and therefore not baptized on 4 March 1716 in Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut. It should be noted here that the Joseph Dennie source provided no birth or baptismal date for Albert, the son he recorded as the first born, and provided the date of baptism for John Dennie as 4 Mar 1716 and placed him second in the birth order. Both Jacobus in his Families of Old Fairfield, and the Nutmegger source, who took their information from Jacobus, provided a baptismal date for John of 4 Nov 1716. They also thought Albert and John were the same person. This researcher will need to review the original records to determine our own conclusion. His age at death, recorded in the Old Cemeteries source, would make his birth year around 1721 and still the second son.5,6,1
Name VariationIn Boston, after he became active in business with his father, John was often identified as John Dennie Jr.7,3
(Son) Residence1743 In 1743, John's father's house was described in Price's view of Boston. It was "a magnificent house of great size and height and quaint architecture with terraces and gardens called Captain Cunningham's Seat."2
Marriage*8 September 1743He married Sarah Wendell, daughter of Abraham Wendell and Katarina De Key, on 8 September 1743 at Brattle Street Church, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England). The Joseph Dennie source noted that John and Sarah had five children, however we have found records, to date, of only four of them.5,1,8
(Son) Will25 December 1744John Dennie was named in the will of his father John Dennie dated 25 December 1744. He bequeathed to his loving wife Sarah forever one third part of all his estate both real and personal whether in this province, the colony of Connecticut, or elsewhere at her own disposal, his three Negro servants together with all household stuff. His will directed that 500 pounds lawful money of the province be lodged with his executors to be put to interest and improved for any of his children who were under age at the time of his death. He bequeathed to his son Albert Dennie 25 pounds lawful money which, with what he had already received, was his full portion and share. All the remainder of his estate, whether real or personal, he gave to his four other sons: John, William, Thomas and Joseph, and to his five daughters Mary, Grizzel, Elizabeth, Sarah and Abigail to be equally divided among them.

The biggest surprise in the will, published by researchers in 2002, was learning about Joseph, the fourth son of John Dennie. Joseph had not been mentioned in earlier research published in 1930-1932.

Mr. Dennie's will named his children in groups of men and then of women. The order of the naming by gender by their father in his will corresponds to the known dates from records in Fairfield Church. His will was not challenged in court.1
(Son) Research OpinionMany researchers have found the will of John Dennie both interesting and revealing in its articles and language. It should be noted however that the Nutmegger researchers in 2002 came to the conclusion that sons Albert and John were the same person, stating that Albert, who was usually known as John, was also called John later in the will. This researcher in 2012 found additional evidence indicating that both an Albert Dennie and a John Dennie were sons of John Dennie Sr. Our research continues as we study land records and probate documents for a definitive conclusion.3,5,1
(2nd Son) OccupationJohn and his four brothers, Albert, William, Thomas and Joseph Dennie, all became merchants in Boston like their father John Dennie, dealing for the most part in West India commodities, such as molasses, sugar, rum and hemp.5
(Son) Church Bells24 July 1745The names of John Dennie Sr. and his two older sons, Albert Dennie and John Dennie Jr., appeared on a petition signed by subscribers obtained in New England and presented on 24 July 1745 to Christ Church, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England). The large group of subscribers was promising to contribute in a variety of amounts for the commission and payment of a ring of eight bells for the church's new brick tower. John Dennie Sr. pledged £5, John Dennie Jr. and Albert Dennie each pledged £10.3
(Son) Land Records The distribution of John Dennie's Connecticut real estate as bequeathed in his will of 1744 was not known to researchers until 2002 and presented many questions. He left his real estate in two parts: two-thirds of his Connecticut property directly to his nine named children, and one-third of all his estate forever "both real and personal whether in this province the colony of Connecticut or elsewhere" to his widow Sarah. This bequest created an estate in real property in Connecticut for Sarah (Webb) Dennie, his widow. Because Sarah died without leaving a will, it was left to the courts to identify and name Sarah's children and heirs.

Land records in Fairfield and in Ridgefield, both in Fairfield County, Connecticut, gave researchers information on the identity of Sarah's heirs. The land records also clarified John Dennie's two wives and clearly identified their two sets of children. Sarah (Webb) Dennie's children were named, and those of Mary (Edwards) Dennie were identified as the other children. Joseph Dennie appeared with Sarah's children as her heir, but not as her son.

The Dennie children all eventually, after they attained their majority, or for the girls, married, sold their Fairfield and Ridgefield real estate. Researchers noted in their report, as an aside, that the real estate was of small value compared to the other property they inherited from their father.

Determined researchers explained their strategy by stating that complete land research for a parcel of property required that deeds be located for all the land sales of the heirs of John Dennie, which they called "the two thirds of the property" and of the heirs of Sarah Dennie, or "the one third of the property". They believed these transactions would identify all the interested parties in the entire package of real estate under review. They knew they were looking for a minimum of two deeds: one for the nine children of John Dennie and one for the court determined heirs of John's widow, Sarah (Webb) Dennie. Unfortunately, they did not know the maximum number of deeds they were looking for, since each of the children could have sold separately, one at a time.

Extensive research of the Dennie family land records in both Fairfield and Ridgefield was said by the researchers to have been "revealing, surprising and astonishing." They took special note in the first two land sales in the grouping and the unity of eight of the heirs. Eight of the nine children named in John Dennie's will joined together to sell all their two thirds interest at one time in one transaction. The deed named each of the eight stating "which said [children] are eight of the children and heirs of John Dennie late... Whereas the same John Dennie by his last will and testament duly proved gave and bequeathed unto his said eight children and his other son Joseph two full third parts of all the real estate... nine acres in Fairfield..." The deed was dated 24 Jan 1758 and recorded 8 Jun 1762. All of the parties named except Joseph signed at one time.

The second deed they found recorded in Fairfield was the sale by the Sarah Dennie heirs, again excepting Joseph. Sarah's four children were named and described as "children and heirs of Sarah Dennie late of Boston deceased intestate... whereas Mr. John Dennie late... by his last will duly proved approved and allowed gave and bequeathed to his widow the said Sarah Dennie one full third part of all his real estate in fee simple... The same Sarah soon after dyed intestate leaving the said William Thomas Sarah and Abigail and one Joseph Dennie her children and heirs". The deed was dated and recorded on the same dates as the first deed, 24 Jan 1758 and 8 Jun 1758, respectively.

The researchers also noted that William Dennie had received a double portion as the eldest son of the intestate Sarah, not the eldest son of John, and sold both parts. Sarah's other three children each received and sold one part. Joseph Dennie had received one portion which he would sell separately, later. John Dennie's son John had received two portions of his father's estate, and each of his siblings had received one. All, except Joseph, sold in full in the first deed described.1
Occupation*Brothers John and William Dennie were among the most important merchants at Boston during the 1750s, 60s and 70s. Both were among the gentlemen occasionally invited to accompany the governor's train on formal tours of the Boston schools, and their names appeared frequently, in different capacities, in the records of the period.5
Residence*22 December 1769 On 22 December 1769, the large elegant mansion house of Sarah and John Dennie Esq., a prominent Loyalist, was burned down. The home had been John's father's in Brighton, then a part of Cambridge, Middlesex County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England). His friends, mostly Tories, generously contributed to his relief, and the home was quickly rebuilt.9,5,2
Loyalist*Like many men of wealth and rank, John Dennie was loyal to the King's cause, and may have escaped expatriation as a Loyalist by dying early in the Revolutionary War.5
Death*1 August 1777He died on 1 August 1777, according to Boyle's Journal, or on 7 Aug 1777, according to the Joseph Dennie source, in Boston.5,10
Burial*He was buried in T5, in the Thomas Dennie Tomb, on the west side of Kings Chapel Burying Ground, Boston. His age was recorded as 57 although, if his baptismal date has been reported correctly, he would have been 61.11

Family

Sarah Wendell b. 20 Jan 1721, d. 13 Mar 1785
Children1.John Dennie12 b. 14 Oct 1744
2.Jacob Dennie13 b. 27 Jul 1746
3.Sarah Dennie13 b. 10 Apr 1748
4.Child Dennie5
5.Thomas Dennie+5 b. 12 Oct 1756, d. 2 Aug 1842

Citations

  1. [S928] Robert W. Hull, "John Dennie of Fairfield, later of Boston, and his family: Mary (Edwards) Dennie and her children, Sarah (Webb) Dennie and her children, and John Dennie's other son, one Joseph Dennie", viewed and downloaded from www.americanancestors.org. The Connecticut Nutmegger, Volume 35, pages 434-440 (December 2002). Hereinafter cited as "John Dennie of Fairfield, later of Boston, and his family."
  2. [S941] Hooper Document II: Excerpted from "Genealogy of James Hooper Jr. of Baltimore, 1804-1898"; uploaded by Joanne Mullowney, online at www.scribd.com. Hereinafter cited as Hooper Document II.
  3. [S931] Arthur H. Nichols M.D., "Christ Church Bells, Boston Mass.", New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Volume 58, page 67 (1904). The entire article spans multiple volumes and pages. Hereinafter cited as "Christ Church Bells - NEHGR."
  4. [S934] Ebenezer Turell, The Life and Character of the Reverend Benjamin Colman, D.D. Late Pastor of a Church in Boston, New England, who Deceased August 29th 1747, downloaded from the Open Library Project at www.openlibrary.org. (Boston, Massachusetts: printed and sold by Rogers and Fowle and by J. Edwards, 1749), Chapter IX, pages 207-223. Hereinafter cited as The Life and Character of the Reverend Benjamin Colman.
  5. [S932] Harold Milton Ellis Ph. D., "Joseph Dennie and His Circle: a Study in American Literature from 1792 to 1812", Bulletin of the University of Texas 40 (15 Jul 1915): Chapter I, pages 9-16. Hereinafter cited as "Joseph Dennie and His Circle."
  6. [S930] Donald Lines Jacobus, compiler and editor, Families of Old Fairfield, Connecticut, online database viewed and downloaded from the New England Historic and Genealogical Society at www.AmericanAncestors.org. Originally published in 2 Volumes, New Haven, Connecticut, by The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, 1930-1932. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic and Genealogical Society, 2008), page 287. Hereinafter cited as Families of Old Fairfield, Connecticut.
  7. [S929] Brattle Square Church, The Manifesto Church, records of the Church in Brattle Square, Boston, with lists of communicants, baptisms, marriages, and funerals, 1699-1872, downloaded from the Family History Library at www.familysearch.org. Microreproduction of original published in Boston by The Benevolent Fraternity of Churches, 1902. (Salt Lake City, Utah: filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1968), pages 167 and 169. Hereinafter cited as Brattle Square (Boston) Church records, 1699-1872.
  8. [S929] Brattle Square Church, Brattle Square (Boston) Church records, 1699-1872, page 245.
  9. [S951] John Boyle, "Boyle's Journal of Occurrences in Boston", New England Historic and Genealogical Register; Volume 85 (Apr 1931): Jul 1930, Volume 84, page 261. Hereinafter cited as "Boyle's Journal."
  10. [S951] John Boyle, "Boyle's Journal", page 130.
  11. [S946] Boston, MA: Old Cemeteries of Boston, online at www.americanancestors.org, page 743. Hereinafter cited as Old Cemeteries of Boston.
  12. [S929] Brattle Square Church, Brattle Square (Boston) Church records, 1699-1872, page167.
  13. [S929] Brattle Square Church, Brattle Square (Boston) Church records, 1699-1872, page169.

John Dennie1

b. 30 December 1738
Father*Albert Dennie1 b. 4 Mar 1716
Mother*Abigail Colman1 b. 14 Jan 1714/15, d. 17 May 1745
Birth1737 Based upon the parental disappointment and town scandal caused by the marriage of John's parents, it is very likely that he was born much earlier than the date recorded for his baptism, and possibly as early as late 1737.2,3
Baptism*30 December 1738John Dennie was baptized by his grandfather, Reverend Benjamin Colman, on 30 December 1738 at Brattle Square Church, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England). His mother was recorded as the parent/sponsor.1
(Son) Death17 May 1745John's mother died after a long languishment on 17 May 1745 in Boston. John was just about 6 years old, and was left in the care of his grandfather, Reverend Benjamin Colman.2
(Grandson) Will25 March 1747Nine-year-old John Dennie was named as the primary beneficiary in the will of his grandfather and guardian, the Reverend Benjamin Colman, dated 25 March 1747 in Boston. Reverend Colman gave John the sum of £3,000, old tenor, in Bills of the Province of the Massachusetts Bay, to be put into the hands of his Executors for John's use and benefit. The funds were to be put out to lawful interest to pay for his good education and support until he reached the full age of 22 years, at which time John was to be paid the Principal. His grandfather's will included many conditions of behavior in order for John to receive his inheritance, and identified alternative heirs should John die before he reached age 22. He also asked his Executors to deliver a collection of his favorite religious books, which he listed by author and title, to his nephew Benjamin Colman to be carefully kept for his grandson. His will referenced a plain wooden chest in his Study where he had already put some copies of his grandson's mother, his daughter Abigail Dennie's writings and poetry, her name written on most if not all of them, and directed that they, together with all the other copies of his own printed works found in his Study, also be preserved for his grandson or for his nephew Benjamin Colman himself and his son Benjamin.4
(Grandson) Codicil28 August 1747John's grandfather, the Reverend Benjamin Colman, wrote a codicil to his will on 28 August 1747 in Boston. Reverend Colman died the next day before he could give it, as he had planned, to one of his Executors, John Phillips Esq. of Boston, described as a worthy Deacon of the Church in Brattle Street. The codicil first confirmed his will and testament in its entirety, except for the addition written in the codicil which stated that if either his honored friend John Phillips, Esq. or his beloved nephew Benjamin Colman of Boston, merchant, were to take upon them the trust and trouble of Executor to his will with the necessary care of the education of his grandson John Dennie, that £200 out of his estate should be allowed to him for the care and his great kindness. The codicil was not witnessed.

From a letter written on 7 Sep 1747 by Benjamin's widow Mary Colman and included in the probate packet, we learned that Benjamin had completed writing his codicil in the evening, and put it in his desk drawer for the night. Mary wrote in her letter to Judge Edward Hutchinson that Benjamin had told her he was thinking possibly of adding something more, and would complete it in the morning and then deliver it to Deacon John Phillips. Her letter stated that, between the hours of three and five in the morning of the 29th August, her dear husband, Dr. Benjamin Colman, told her that if he didn't have the opportunity to finish it, she should submit it to the court and that the court would be able to tell it was written in Benjamin's own hand and signed with his signature.4
(Grandson) Death29 August 1747When John was about 8 years old his grandfather, who had cared for him since his mother's death two years earlier, died on 29 August 1747 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).2
(Grandson) TrustThe will of the Reverend Benjamin Colman directed that a Trust for his grandson John Dennie be created. He ordered that the residue of his library be sold and the proceeds, together with his little silver plate and household goods, be added to the bonds, mortgages and monies he left, and that after the just payment of debts and legacies, the yearly income of the remaining personal estate, together with his house in Brattle Street, Boston, his only real property, be used to fund the Trust. He appointed his beloved nephew Benjamin Colman and honored friends Jacob Wendell Esq., John Phillips Esq. and Thomas Hancock as Executors of both his estate and the Trust, relying on their love and goodness to accept the appointment for the sake of his poor, helpless grandson, for his custodial and desired, both worldly and spiritual good. It described, in some detail and with conditions, his instructions on how his grandson was to be raised to manhood.

In order that they might achieve that end, Colman empowered his Executors and Trustees, according to their best judgment, to rent, demand and receive rent, defend his title and property, to let out monies upon bond and to demand, receive, sue for, and recover monies due upon bond or mortgage, to also make necessary repairs and defray every arising charge. Most especially, though, he entrusted them to care for the board, schooling and education of his beloved grandson; to bring him up to learning or to put him to trade or merchandise, as they shall judge most fitting and convenient. And adding that if his nephew Benjamin Colman, or other of his honored Executors could board him and see to his profitable and pious instruction, or take him as their apprentice, it would be his wish.

The will informed his Executors and Trustees that, as a result of Articles of Indenture, or legal contract, agreed upon between himself and his son-in-law Albert Dennie, the natural father of his only branch and grandson, the boy's father had committed to Colman's care and ordering, all that concerned the education and support of his grandson John Dennie. The agreement gave Colman the right and responsibility to do for his grandson as a father for his child and empowered him to provide for him by will and testament as he was now doing. The will then committed John Dennie to the care and ordering of his worthy Trustees and Executors throughout his whole education in non age, requiring him to be respectful and subject to them as to his natural parent and guardian. If John should prove disrespectful, the will empowered his Trustees and Executors to withhold and deny to John, when he came of age, the £3,000 legacy bequeathed to him, and also to deny him from coming into possession of his dwelling house in Brattle Street. If John were to prove to be impolite or disrespectful, immoral or impious in the sober judgment and conscience of his Trustees and Executors, the will then ordered that his beloved nephew Benjamin Colman, who was also a Trustee, be put immediately into possession of Colman's house and land in Brattle Street, to remain unto him and the heirs of his body, and their heirs also lawfully begotten, forever. The will added that if John were to become or remain impolite or disrespectful, immoral or impious when he reached the age of 22 years, then the £3,000 bequeathed to him, together with all that should remain of his personal estate in the hands of his Executors and Trustees be equally divided among the surviving grandchildren, or their heirs, of his brother John Colman.

If, on the other hand, his grandson John Dennie, by the Grace of God, for which he fervently prayed for him, prove himself a sober and virtuous youth, in a judgment of charity, with his parental blessing on him, he confirmed to him the £3,000 legacy at the age of 22 years, and with great pleasure he bequeathed to John his dwelling house and land in Brattle Street, to remain unto him and to the heirs of his body lawfully begotten, forever. However, if John were to die without heirs, then the house and land should remain with his nephew Benjamin Colman of Boston, merchant, and to his son Benjamin and the heirs of their bodies lawfully begotten, forever.

The will ordered his Executors and Trustees, within the year following his death, to make the tender of his house in Brattle Street to his beloved nephew Benjamin Colman for him to occupy and dwell in, instructing him to keep it in good repair until the day of his grandson John reaching the full age of 22 years. His nephew Benjamin was ordered to pay rent of no more than £70 per annum, and that he then surrender it up to John Dennie, or legal heir of his body, or rent it of him or his as may be agreeable to him and them.4
Marriage*10 February 1761He is most likely the John Dennie who married Elizabeth Jackson, daughter of Thomas Jackson and Sarah Phillips, on 10 February 1761 in Brattle Street Church, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).5
(Heir) Will9 November 1776John Dennie was named as a beneficiary in the will of the Reverend Ebenezer Turell dated 9 November 1776 in Medford, Middlesex County, Massachusetts (Continental Congress). The will described John as the grandson of his father-in-law, Reverend Father Benjamin Colman, and he gave John his large Preaching Bible in which there was a record of the Family of Colman. Turell also gave John a collection of coats, jackets and other articles of clothing.6
Deathbefore 22 September 1778He may have been the John Dennie who died before 22 September 1778. He would have been 40 years of age. An estate advertisement appeared in the Independent Chronicle newspaper in Boston on 22 Sep 1778 regarding the estate of John Dennie. John's son, Ebenezer, was identified as "an orphan" by 16 Dec 1779 and his nine-year-old daughter, Betsy, was admitted to the Boston Almshouse by herself on 21 Aug 1778.7,8
Research Notes*1779When Ebenezer Turell Dennie was described as an orphan in 1779, his mother Elizabeth (Jackson) Dennie was still alive. It is believed at this point, although we have no direct evidence, that his father John Dennie was likely deceased.6

Family

Elizabeth Jackson b. 21 Oct 1731, d. 23 Nov 1811
Children1.Sarah Dennie9 b. 13 Dec 1761, d. b 1771
2.Benjamin Colman Dennie10 b. 12 May 1765
3.Ebenezer Turell Dennie9 b. 6 Mar 1768, d. 2 Jul 1848
4.Elizabeth "Betsy" Dennie+11,12 b. 18 Jun 1769, d. 19 Feb 1846
5.Sarah Dennie9 b. 25 Aug 1771

Citations

  1. [S929] Brattle Square Church, The Manifesto Church, records of the Church in Brattle Square, Boston, with lists of communicants, baptisms, marriages, and funerals, 1699-1872, downloaded from the Family History Library at www.familysearch.org. Microreproduction of original published in Boston by The Benevolent Fraternity of Churches, 1902. (Salt Lake City, Utah: filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1968), page 161. Hereinafter cited as Brattle Square (Boston) Church records, 1699-1872.
  2. [S934] Ebenezer Turell, The Life and Character of the Reverend Benjamin Colman, D.D. Late Pastor of a Church in Boston, New England, who Deceased August 29th 1747, downloaded from the Open Library Project at www.openlibrary.org. (Boston, Massachusetts: printed and sold by Rogers and Fowle and by J. Edwards, 1749), Chapter IX, pages 207-223. Hereinafter cited as The Life and Character of the Reverend Benjamin Colman.
  3. [S932] Harold Milton Ellis Ph. D., "Joseph Dennie and His Circle: a Study in American Literature from 1792 to 1812", Bulletin of the University of Texas 40 (15 Jul 1915): Chapter I, pages 9-16. Hereinafter cited as "Joseph Dennie and His Circle."
  4. [S510] Suffolk County (Massachusetts) Probate Records, 1636-1899. Microreproduction of original records in the Suffolk County courthouse on 439 reels. Dates listed are approximate only. Miscellaneous docket lists estates not appearing in files, appointments of officers, and other miscellaneous records. LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, Benjamin Colman 1747 probate packet# 8827, FHL Film# 493868. Hereinafter cited as Suffolk County Probate Records, 1636-1899.
  5. [S533] Brattle Street Church (Boston), Church records, baptisms, marriages, administrations, 1699-1804. Includes Index. FHL Film" 837129, Item# 3 (Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1970), page 252. Hereinafter cited as Brattle Street Church Records (Boston) 1699-1804.
  6. [S485] Probate Records 1648-1924, Middlesex County, Massachusetts (886 microfilm reels of original records in the Middlesex County Courthouse, Cambridge, Massachusetts), LDS Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, Ebenezer Turell 1778 probate packet# 23046, FHL Film# 421543. Hereinafter cited as Probate Records 1648-1924, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.
  7. [S948] Boston Deaths, 1700-1799, online at www.americanancestors.org. Hereinafter cited as Boston Deaths, 1700-1799.
  8. [S979] Massachusetts, Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988, online at www.ancestry.com. Hereinafter cited as Massachusetts Town and Vital Records, 1620-1988.
  9. [S533] Brattle Street Church (Boston), Brattle Street Church Records (Boston) 1699-1804, page 126.
  10. [S533] Brattle Street Church (Boston), Brattle Street Church Records (Boston) 1699-1804, page 182.
  11. [S451] Massachusetts Vital Records to the Year 1850 - NEHGS, online at www.newenglandancestors.org. Hereinafter cited as Massachusetts Vital Records to 1850 - NEHGS.
  12. [S533] Brattle Street Church (Boston), Brattle Street Church Records (Boston) 1699-1804, page 138.

John Dennie1

b. 23 June 1825, d. 26 April 1882
Father*James Dennie1 b. 12 Feb 1785, d. 11 May 1857
Mother*Eliza Tweedy Martin1 b. c 1790, d. 10 May 1856
Birth*23 June 1825John Dennie was born on 23 June 1825 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.1
Marriage*3 December 1850He married Cynthia Eunice Dennis on 3 December 1850 at Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.1
Death*26 April 1882He died on 26 April 1882 at Gainesville, Cooke County, Texas, at age 561
Burial* and was buried in Gainesville.1

Family

Cynthia Eunice Dennis d. 30 Apr 1883

Citations

  1. [S954] John J. Dennie and Helen Schatvet Ullmann CG FASG, "The Bible of Thomas Dennie of Boston, Massachusetts", MASSOG. Includes thoroughly researched, and written, informative footnotes. Volume 31, No. 2, pages 53-57 (Summer 2007). Hereinafter cited as "Thomas Dennie of Boston Bible."

Joseph Dennie1

b. circa 1743, d. 11 September 1811
Father*John Dennie1 b. 7 Oct 1694, d. b 3 Feb 1747
Mother-Possible*Sarah Webb b. 30 Jan 1702/3, d. b 17 Feb 1749;

Joseph's father, John Dennie, was married to Sarah Webb at the time Joseph was conceived and born, and Joseph was raised by Sarah. In the source Joseph Dennie and his Circle, the author states, unequivocally and without explanation, that Joseph was the son of John Dennie and Sarah Webb. In the Nutmegger source, however, Sarah as Joseph's mother is, from probate and land records, doubted and considered untrue. This researcher plans to review the records identified by the Nutmegger source, and other records we may find, and present our own conclusion2,1
Birth*circa 1743Joseph Dennie was probably born circa 1743. He was named in his father's will, written 25 Dec 1744, and described as John Dennie's fourth (and youngest) son. Researchers have speculated that Joseph was probably born sometime after 1730 and before the will was written in 1744, and probably closer to 1744 since he married in the 1760s and sold his real estate as an adult in 1765.

He was clearly a son of John Dennie, and possibly the son of his second wife, Sarah Webb. Sarah and John Dennie were both listed as his parents on Joseph's baptismal record in 1744.

In his will, Mr. Dennie left the sum of 500 pounds for the care of his minor children. In 1744, Sarah and William were nearing their majority, and the only minor children of John Dennie were Abigail, who was eleven or twelve years of age, and Joseph. These two youngest children were very carefully provided for until they came of age. The special legacy was very possibly designed to provide specifically for Joseph, probably much younger than Abigail.

John's second wife Sarah (Webb) Dennie had apparently accepted Joseph as her husband's son, even if he was not her own, and allowed Joseph to live with her and her husband's other children in her household at least until John Dennie's death. She may well have kept Joseph with her until her own death.1,2,3
Baptism11 March 1744Joseph Dennie was baptized on 11 March 1744 at West Church, Boston.3
(Son) Will25 December 1744Joseph Dennie was named in the will of his father John Dennie dated 25 December 1744. He bequeathed to his loving wife Sarah forever one third part of all his estate both real and personal whether in this province, the colony of Connecticut, or elsewhere at her own disposal, his three Negro servants together with all household stuff. His will directed that 500 pounds lawful money of the province be lodged with his executors to be put to interest and improved for any of his children who were under age at the time of his death. He bequeathed to his son Albert Dennie 25 pounds lawful money which, with what he had already received, was his full portion and share. All the remainder of his estate, whether real or personal, he gave to his four other sons: John, William, Thomas and Joseph, and to his five daughters Mary, Grizzel, Elizabeth, Sarah and Abigail to be equally divided among them.

The biggest surprise in the will, published by researchers in 2002, was learning about Joseph, the fourth son of John Dennie. Joseph had not been mentioned in earlier research published in 1930-1932.

Mr. Dennie's will named his children in groups of men and then of women. The order of the naming by gender by their father in his will corresponds to the known dates from records in Fairfield Church. His will was not challenged in court.1
(5th Son) OccupationJoseph and his four brothers, Albert, John, William and Thomas Dennie, all became merchants in Boston like their father John Dennie, dealing for the most part in West India commodities, such as molasses, sugar, rum and hemp.2
(Son) Guardianship17 February 1749Following their mother's death, William Dennie was appointed guardian on 17 February 1749 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England), for Joseph and his two siblings, Thomas and Abigail, who were also still minors.2
(Son) Land Records The distribution of John Dennie's Connecticut real estate as bequeathed in his will of 1744 was not known to researchers until 2002 and presented many questions. He left his real estate in two parts: two-thirds of his Connecticut property directly to his nine named children, and one-third of all his estate forever "both real and personal whether in this province the colony of Connecticut or elsewhere" to his widow Sarah. This bequest created an estate in real property in Connecticut for Sarah (Webb) Dennie, his widow. Because Sarah died without leaving a will, it was left to the courts to identify and name Sarah's children and heirs.

Land records in Fairfield and in Ridgefield, both in Fairfield County, Connecticut, gave researchers information on the identity of Sarah's heirs. The land records also clarified John Dennie's two wives and clearly identified their two sets of children. Sarah (Webb) Dennie's children were named, and those of Mary (Edwards) Dennie were identified as the other children. Joseph Dennie appeared with Sarah's children as her heir, but not as her son.

The Dennie children all eventually, after they attained their majority, or for the girls, married, sold their Fairfield and Ridgefield real estate. Researchers noted in their report, as an aside, that the real estate was of small value compared to the other property they inherited from their father.

Determined researchers explained their strategy by stating that complete land research for a parcel of property required that deeds be located for all the land sales of the heirs of John Dennie, which they called "the two thirds of the property" and of the heirs of Sarah Dennie, or "the one third of the property". They believed these transactions would identify all the interested parties in the entire package of real estate under review. They knew they were looking for a minimum of two deeds: one for the nine children of John Dennie and one for the court determined heirs of John's widow, Sarah (Webb) Dennie. Unfortunately, they did not know the maximum number of deeds they were looking for, since each of the children could have sold separately, one at a time.

Extensive research of the Dennie family land records in both Fairfield and Ridgefield was said by the researchers to have been "revealing, surprising and astonishing." They took special note in the first two land sales in the grouping and the unity of eight of the heirs. Eight of the nine children named in John Dennie's will joined together to sell all their two thirds interest at one time in one transaction. The deed named each of the eight stating "which said [children] are eight of the children and heirs of John Dennie late... Whereas the same John Dennie by his last will and testament duly proved gave and bequeathed unto his said eight children and his other son Joseph two full third parts of all the real estate... nine acres in Fairfield..." The deed was dated 24 Jan 1758 and recorded 8 Jun 1762. All of the parties named except Joseph signed at one time.

The second deed they found recorded in Fairfield was the sale by the Sarah Dennie heirs, again excepting Joseph. Sarah's four children were named and described as "children and heirs of Sarah Dennie late of Boston deceased intestate... whereas Mr. John Dennie late... by his last will duly proved approved and allowed gave and bequeathed to his widow the said Sarah Dennie one full third part of all his real estate in fee simple... The same Sarah soon after dyed intestate leaving the said William Thomas Sarah and Abigail and one Joseph Dennie her children and heirs". The deed was dated and recorded on the same dates as the first deed, 24 Jan 1758 and 8 Jun 1758, respectively.

The researchers also noted that William Dennie had received a double portion as the eldest son of the intestate Sarah, not the eldest son of John, and sold both parts. Sarah's other three children each received and sold one part. Joseph Dennie had received one portion which he would sell separately, later. John Dennie's son John had received two portions of his father's estate, and each of his siblings had received one. All, except Joseph, sold in full in the first deed described.1
Marriage*He married Mary Green, daughter of Bartholomew Green Jr. and Hannah Hammond.2
Illness*19 April 1775Like his brothers, Joseph Dennie was a merchant, and might have shared their wealth and prominence had his business career not been hampered by mental disease. Shortly after the siege of Boston began on 19 April 1775, he left that beleaguered town for Lexington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts (Continental Congress), where he remained, often subjected to periods of insanity of increasing duration. During lucid intervals, he attended for a time to his business in Boston, and took an active interest in his only son.2
IllnessDuring the many years of Joseph's mental illness, his wife Mary and her kinsman, Harriett Green, tenderly cared for him.2
Death*11 September 1811He died on 11 September 1811 in Lexington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts. His obituary, appearing in several Boston newspapers, stated "Died: In Lexington, where his remains were respectfully entombed on Monday last, Mr. Joseph Dennie, age 68, formerly a merchant of this town. For nearly 40 years preceding his death he was subject to great sufferings arising from bodily indisposition and mental derangement. The last 20 years he was confined to his house, principally to his bed. During the small portion of his life in which he was able to transact business, he maintained the character of strict integrity, and was justly regarded by those who knew him, as possessing an enlightened mind and a benevolent heart."2
Inheritance*Harriett Green inherited most of Joseph's property following the deaths of his son and widow.2

Family

Mary Green b. 1742, d. 6 Sep 1819
Child1.Joseph Dennie2 b. 30 Aug 1768, d. 1812

Citations

  1. [S928] Robert W. Hull, "John Dennie of Fairfield, later of Boston, and his family: Mary (Edwards) Dennie and her children, Sarah (Webb) Dennie and her children, and John Dennie's other son, one Joseph Dennie", viewed and downloaded from www.americanancestors.org. The Connecticut Nutmegger, Volume 35, pages 434-440 (December 2002). Hereinafter cited as "John Dennie of Fairfield, later of Boston, and his family."
  2. [S932] Harold Milton Ellis Ph. D., "Joseph Dennie and His Circle: a Study in American Literature from 1792 to 1812", Bulletin of the University of Texas 40 (15 Jul 1915): Chapter I, pages 9-16. Hereinafter cited as "Joseph Dennie and His Circle."
  3. [S950] Compiled records, "Records of the West Church, Boston, Massachusetts, Baptisms 1737-1854", New England Historic & Genealogical Register; Volumes 91 and 92 (1937-1938): Volume 91, page 349. Hereinafter cited as "Records of the West Church, Boston."

Joseph Dennie1

b. 30 August 1768, d. 1812
Father*Joseph Dennie1 b. c 1743, d. 11 Sep 1811
Mother*Mary Green1 b. 1742, d. 6 Sep 1819
Birth*30 August 1768Joseph Dennie was born on 30 August 1768 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).1
Baptism4 September 1768He was baptized on 4 September 1768 at Brattle Street Church, Boston.2
(Son) Illness19 April 1775Joseph's father, Joseph Dennie, like his brothers, was a merchant, and might have shared their wealth and prominence had his business career not been hampered by mental disease. Shortly after the siege of Boston began on 19 April 1775, he left that beleaguered town for Lexington, Middlesex County, Massachusetts (Continental Congress), where he remained, often subjected to periods of insanity of increasing duration. During lucid intervals, he attended for a time to his business in Boston, and took an active interest in his only son.1
Death*1812He died in 1812.1
(Son) InheritanceHarriett Green inherited most of Joseph Dennie's property following the deaths of his son and widow.1

Citations

  1. [S932] Harold Milton Ellis Ph. D., "Joseph Dennie and His Circle: a Study in American Literature from 1792 to 1812", Bulletin of the University of Texas 40 (15 Jul 1915): Chapter I, pages 9-16. Hereinafter cited as "Joseph Dennie and His Circle."
  2. [S929] Brattle Square Church, The Manifesto Church, records of the Church in Brattle Square, Boston, with lists of communicants, baptisms, marriages, and funerals, 1699-1872, downloaded from the Family History Library at www.familysearch.org. Microreproduction of original published in Boston by The Benevolent Fraternity of Churches, 1902. (Salt Lake City, Utah: filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1968), page 185. Hereinafter cited as Brattle Square (Boston) Church records, 1699-1872.

Joseph Dennie1

b. 31 July 1816, d. 28 December 1839
Father*James Dennie2 b. 12 Feb 1785, d. 11 May 1857
Mother*Eliza Tweedy Martin2 b. c 1790, d. 10 May 1856
Birth*31 July 1816Joseph Dennie was born on 31 July 1816 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts,3
Baptism and was baptized on the same day in private, owing to peculiar circumstances, by the minister of West Church, Boston.1
Death*28 December 1839He died at age 23 from being washed overboard from the bark sailing ship "Norfolk" at 8 o'clock in the morning of 28 December 1839 in Boston Bay, Boston. He had been the ship's second officer.3

Citations

  1. [S950] Compiled records, "Records of the West Church, Boston, Massachusetts, Baptisms 1737-1854", New England Historic & Genealogical Register; Volumes 91 and 92 (1937-1938): Volume 92, page 347. Hereinafter cited as "Records of the West Church, Boston."
  2. [S950] Compiled records, "Records of the West Church, Boston", Volume 92, page 343.
  3. [S954] John J. Dennie and Helen Schatvet Ullmann CG FASG, "The Bible of Thomas Dennie of Boston, Massachusetts", MASSOG. Includes thoroughly researched, and written, informative footnotes. Volume 31, No. 2, pages 53-57 (Summer 2007). Hereinafter cited as "Thomas Dennie of Boston Bible."

Margaret Dennie1

b. 30 April 1699, d. 1759
Father*Albert Dennie1 d. b 13 May 1708
Mother*Elizabeth Wakeman1
Baptism*30 April 1699Margaret Dennie was baptized on 30 April 1699 in Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut.1
Death*1759 And died young.1

Citations

  1. [S930] Donald Lines Jacobus, compiler and editor, Families of Old Fairfield, Connecticut, online database viewed and downloaded from the New England Historic and Genealogical Society at www.AmericanAncestors.org. Originally published in 2 Volumes, New Haven, Connecticut, by The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, 1930-1932. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic and Genealogical Society, 2008), Volume I, page 182. Hereinafter cited as Families of Old Fairfield, Connecticut.

Mary Dennie1

b. 11 December 1717
Father*John Dennie1 b. 7 Oct 1694, d. b 3 Feb 1747
Mother*Mary Edwards1 b. 7 Jul 1695, d. 1722
Relationship Note*Mary Dennie and John Dennie may have been twins, as stated (with certainty) in the Hooper source. The Families of Old Fairfield publication in 1930-1932 stated that John and Mary's brother Albert's "name was apparently changed to John" but offers no evidence. The Nutmegger researchers in 2002, after seeing the will left by the Senior John Dennie, supported the theory, which this researcher does not believe is correct. After finding multiple pieces of evidence proving that Albert and John were both in Boston at the same time, and merchants like their father, we seriously question the previous conclusions. A second reading of Nutmegger's John Dennie of Fairfield, as it relates to John's will and subsequent land deeds of his heirs, appears to confirm our need to view the will itself and the land deeds, and to also search for land that may have been given to Albert before the will was written.2,3,4,5,6,1
Baptism*11 December 1717Mary Dennie was baptized on either 1 May or 11 December 1717 in Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut. The date of 1 Dec was noted in the Nutmegger source and 11 Dec in the Joseph Dennie and his Circle.5,1
Marriage*18 October 1739She married Reverend William Hooper on 18 October 1739.1,5
(Daughter) Will25 December 1744Mary was named in the will of her father John Dennie dated 25 December 1744. He bequeathed to his loving wife Sarah forever one third part of all his estate both real and personal whether in this province, the colony of Connecticut, or elsewhere at her own disposal, his three Negro servants together with all household stuff. His will directed that 500 pounds lawful money of the province be lodged with his executors to be put to interest and improved for any of his children who were under age at the time of his death. He bequeathed to his son Albert Dennie 25 pounds lawful money which, with what he had already received, was his full portion and share. All the remainder of his estate, whether real or personal, he gave to his four other sons: John, William, Thomas and Joseph, and to his five daughters Mary, Grizzel, Elizabeth, Sarah and Abigail to be equally divided among them.

The biggest surprise in the will, published by researchers in 2002, was learning about Joseph, the fourth son of John Dennie. Joseph had not been mentioned in earlier research published in 1930-1932.

Mr. Dennie's will named his children in groups of men and then of women. The order of the naming by gender by their father in his will corresponds to the known dates from records in Fairfield Church. His will was not challenged in court.1
(Daughter) Land Records The distribution of John Dennie's Connecticut real estate as bequeathed in his will of 1744 was not known to researchers until 2002 and presented many questions. He left his real estate in two parts: two-thirds of his Connecticut property directly to his nine named children, and one-third of all his estate forever "both real and personal whether in this province the colony of Connecticut or elsewhere" to his widow Sarah. This bequest created an estate in real property in Connecticut for Sarah (Webb) Dennie, his widow. Because Sarah died without leaving a will, it was left to the courts to identify and name Sarah's children and heirs.

Land records in Fairfield and in Ridgefield, both in Fairfield County, Connecticut, gave researchers information on the identity of Sarah's heirs. The land records also clarified John Dennie's two wives and clearly identified their two sets of children. Sarah (Webb) Dennie's children were named, and those of Mary (Edwards) Dennie were identified as the other children. Joseph Dennie appeared with Sarah's children as her heir, but not as her son.

The Dennie children all eventually, after they attained their majority, or for the girls, married, sold their Fairfield and Ridgefield real estate. Researchers noted in their report, as an aside, that the real estate was of small value compared to the other property they inherited from their father.

Determined researchers explained their strategy by stating that complete land research for a parcel of property required that deeds be located for all the land sales of the heirs of John Dennie, which they called "the two thirds of the property" and of the heirs of Sarah Dennie, or "the one third of the property". They believed these transactions would identify all the interested parties in the entire package of real estate under review. They knew they were looking for a minimum of two deeds: one for the nine children of John Dennie and one for the court determined heirs of John's widow, Sarah (Webb) Dennie. Unfortunately, they did not know the maximum number of deeds they were looking for, since each of the children could have sold separately, one at a time.

Extensive research of the Dennie family land records in both Fairfield and Ridgefield was said by the researchers to have been "revealing, surprising and astonishing." They took special note in the first two land sales in the grouping and the unity of eight of the heirs. Eight of the nine children named in John Dennie's will joined together to sell all their two thirds interest at one time in one transaction. The deed named each of the eight stating "which said [children] are eight of the children and heirs of John Dennie late... Whereas the same John Dennie by his last will and testament duly proved gave and bequeathed unto his said eight children and his other son Joseph two full third parts of all the real estate... nine acres in Fairfield..." The deed was dated 24 Jan 1758 and recorded 8 Jun 1762. All of the parties named except Joseph signed at one time.

The second deed they found recorded in Fairfield was the sale by the Sarah Dennie heirs, again excepting Joseph. Sarah's four children were named and described as "children and heirs of Sarah Dennie late of Boston deceased intestate... whereas Mr. John Dennie late... by his last will duly proved approved and allowed gave and bequeathed to his widow the said Sarah Dennie one full third part of all his real estate in fee simple... The same Sarah soon after dyed intestate leaving the said William Thomas Sarah and Abigail and one Joseph Dennie her children and heirs". The deed was dated and recorded on the same dates as the first deed, 24 Jan 1758 and 8 Jun 1758, respectively.

The researchers also noted that William Dennie had received a double portion as the eldest son of the intestate Sarah, not the eldest son of John, and sold both parts. Sarah's other three children each received and sold one part. Joseph Dennie had received one portion which he would sell separately, later. John Dennie's son John had received two portions of his father's estate, and each of his siblings had received one. All, except Joseph, sold in full in the first deed described.1
Burial*22 November 1779She probably died at age 61, although the church recorded her age as 65, and was buried on 22 November 1779 at Trinity Church, Boston.7

Family

Reverend William Hooper b. 1704, d. 14 Apr 1767
Children1.Mary Hooper7 b. 17 May 1741
2.William Hooper7 b. 21 Jun 1742
3.John Hooper7 b. 12 Aug 1744
4.George Hooper7 b. 15 Mar 1747
5.Mary Hooper7 b. 15 May 1748
6.Thomas Hooper7 b. 7 Mar 1751

Citations

  1. [S928] Robert W. Hull, "John Dennie of Fairfield, later of Boston, and his family: Mary (Edwards) Dennie and her children, Sarah (Webb) Dennie and her children, and John Dennie's other son, one Joseph Dennie", viewed and downloaded from www.americanancestors.org. The Connecticut Nutmegger, Volume 35, pages 434-440 (December 2002). Hereinafter cited as "John Dennie of Fairfield, later of Boston, and his family."
  2. [S941] Hooper Document II: Excerpted from "Genealogy of James Hooper Jr. of Baltimore, 1804-1898"; uploaded by Joanne Mullowney, online at www.scribd.com. Hereinafter cited as Hooper Document II.
  3. [S931] Arthur H. Nichols M.D., "Christ Church Bells, Boston Mass.", New England Historical & Genealogical Register, Volume 58, page 67 (1904). The entire article spans multiple volumes and pages. Hereinafter cited as "Christ Church Bells - NEHGR."
  4. [S934] Ebenezer Turell, The Life and Character of the Reverend Benjamin Colman, D.D. Late Pastor of a Church in Boston, New England, who Deceased August 29th 1747, downloaded from the Open Library Project at www.openlibrary.org. (Boston, Massachusetts: printed and sold by Rogers and Fowle and by J. Edwards, 1749), Chapter IX, pages 207-223. Hereinafter cited as The Life and Character of the Reverend Benjamin Colman.
  5. [S932] Harold Milton Ellis Ph. D., "Joseph Dennie and His Circle: a Study in American Literature from 1792 to 1812", Bulletin of the University of Texas 40 (15 Jul 1915): Chapter I, pages 9-16. Hereinafter cited as "Joseph Dennie and His Circle."
  6. [S930] Donald Lines Jacobus, compiler and editor, Families of Old Fairfield, Connecticut, online database viewed and downloaded from the New England Historic and Genealogical Society at www.AmericanAncestors.org. Originally published in 2 Volumes, New Haven, Connecticut, by The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, 1930-1932. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic and Genealogical Society, 2008), page 287. Hereinafter cited as Families of Old Fairfield, Connecticut.
  7. [S494] Boston MA: Church Records, online at www.newenglandancestors.org. Hereinafter cited as Boston MA: Church Records.

Sally Dennie1

b. 24 August 1783, d. 13 April 1803
Father*Thomas Dennie2 b. 12 Oct 1756, d. 2 Aug 1842
Mother*Sarah Bryant b. c 1761, d. 18 Jul 1827
Birth*24 August 1783Sally Dennie was born on 24 August 1783 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts (Continental Congress),3
Baptism31 August 1783 and was baptized on 31 August 1783 at West Church, Boston.4
Death*13 April 1803She died "after a long and distressing confinement which she bore with uncommon fortitude and resignation", on Wednesday, 13 April 1803 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts. Several Boston newspapers carried the notice of her death, describing her as in the 20th year of her life, and the eldest daughter of Mr. Thomas Dennie. Relations and friends of the family were invited to attend the funeral proceeding from the Dennie house on Cambridge Street.5,6,3

Citations

  1. [S318] America's Historical Newspapers, accessed online at NEHGS www.americanancestors.org which links to "HistArchive" at http://infoweb.newsbank.com, Boston Commercial Gazette, published as Boston Gazette, 14 Apr 1805, Volume 14, Issue 13, page 2. Hereinafter cited as America's Historical Newspapers.
  2. [S318] America's Historical Newspapers, accessed online at NEHGS www.americanancestors.org which links to "HistArchive" at http://infoweb.newsbank.com, Boston Price-Current, published as The Boston Current and Marine Intelligencer, 28 Dec 1797, Volume III, Issue 33, page 3.
  3. [S954] John J. Dennie and Helen Schatvet Ullmann CG FASG, "The Bible of Thomas Dennie of Boston, Massachusetts", MASSOG. Includes thoroughly researched, and written, informative footnotes. Volume 31, No. 2, pages 53-57 (Summer 2007). Hereinafter cited as "Thomas Dennie of Boston Bible."
  4. [S950] Compiled records, "Records of the West Church, Boston, Massachusetts, Baptisms 1737-1854", New England Historic & Genealogical Register; Volumes 91 and 92 (1937-1938): Volume 92, page 28. Hereinafter cited as "Records of the West Church, Boston."
  5. [S318] America's Historical Newspapers, accessed online at NEHGS www.americanancestors.org which links to "HistArchive" at http://infoweb.newsbank.com, Boston Commercial Gazette, published as Boston Gazette, 14 Apr 1803, Volume 14, Issue 13, page 2.
  6. [S318] America's Historical Newspapers, accessed online at NEHGS www.americanancestors.org which links to "HistArchive" at http://infoweb.newsbank.com, New England Palladium, 15 Apr 1803, Volume 21, Issue 30, page 2.

Sarah Dennie1

b. 13 December 1761, d. before 1771
Father*John Dennie1 b. 30 Dec 1738
Mother*Elizabeth Jackson1 b. 21 Oct 1731, d. 23 Nov 1811
Baptism*13 December 1761Sarah Dennie was baptized on 13 December 1761 at Brattle Street Church, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England),1
Death*before 1771 and probably died before the age of 10, when a second daughter born to her parents and baptized on 25 Aug 1771, was named Sarah.2

Citations

  1. [S533] Brattle Street Church (Boston), Church records, baptisms, marriages, administrations, 1699-1804. Includes Index. FHL Film" 837129, Item# 3 (Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1970), page 126. Hereinafter cited as Brattle Street Church Records (Boston) 1699-1804.
  2. [S533] Brattle Street Church (Boston), Brattle Street Church Records (Boston) 1699-1804, page 141.

Sarah Dennie1

b. 25 August 1771
Father*John Dennie1 b. 30 Dec 1738
Mother*Elizabeth Jackson1 b. 21 Oct 1731, d. 23 Nov 1811
Baptism*25 August 1771Sarah Dennie was baptized on 25 August 1771 at Brattle Street Church, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).2

Citations

  1. [S533] Brattle Street Church (Boston), Church records, baptisms, marriages, administrations, 1699-1804. Includes Index. FHL Film" 837129, Item# 3 (Salt Lake City, Utah: Filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1970), page 126. Hereinafter cited as Brattle Street Church Records (Boston) 1699-1804.
  2. [S533] Brattle Street Church (Boston), Brattle Street Church Records (Boston) 1699-1804, page 141.

Sarah Dennie1

b. 2 May 1725, d. before 1783
Father*John Dennie1 b. 7 Oct 1694, d. b 3 Feb 1747
Mother*Sarah Webb1 b. 30 Jan 1702/3, d. b 17 Feb 1749
Baptism*2 May 1725Sarah Dennie was baptized on 2 May 1725 at Church of Christ, Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut. Her church christening record has no specific date; just in the range from May through June. The source Joseph Dennie and his Circle, however, written about her grandson Joseph, noted her 2 May 1725 date.2,1
(Daughter) Will25 December 1744Sarah was named in the will of her father John Dennie dated 25 December 1744. He bequeathed to his loving wife Sarah forever one third part of all his estate both real and personal whether in this province, the colony of Connecticut, or elsewhere at her own disposal, his three Negro servants together with all household stuff. His will directed that 500 pounds lawful money of the province be lodged with his executors to be put to interest and improved for any of his children who were under age at the time of his death. He bequeathed to his son Albert Dennie 25 pounds lawful money which, with what he had already received, was his full portion and share. All the remainder of his estate, whether real or personal, he gave to his four other sons: John, William, Thomas and Joseph, and to his five daughters Mary, Grizzel, Elizabeth, Sarah and Abigail to be equally divided among them.

The biggest surprise in the will, published by researchers in 2002, was learning about Joseph, the fourth son of John Dennie. Joseph had not been mentioned in earlier research published in 1930-1932.

Mr. Dennie's will named his children in groups of men and then of women. The order of the naming by gender by their father in his will corresponds to the known dates from records in Fairfield Church. His will was not challenged in court.1
Marriage*24 December 1747She married William Merchant on 24 December 1747.1,2
(Daughter) Land Records The distribution of John Dennie's Connecticut real estate as bequeathed in his will of 1744 was not known to researchers until 2002 and presented many questions. He left his real estate in two parts: two-thirds of his Connecticut property directly to his nine named children, and one-third of all his estate forever "both real and personal whether in this province the colony of Connecticut or elsewhere" to his widow Sarah. This bequest created an estate in real property in Connecticut for Sarah (Webb) Dennie, his widow. Because Sarah died without leaving a will, it was left to the courts to identify and name Sarah's children and heirs.

Land records in Fairfield and in Ridgefield, both in Fairfield County, Connecticut, gave researchers information on the identity of Sarah's heirs. The land records also clarified John Dennie's two wives and clearly identified their two sets of children. Sarah (Webb) Dennie's children were named, and those of Mary (Edwards) Dennie were identified as the other children. Joseph Dennie appeared with Sarah's children as her heir, but not as her son.

The Dennie children all eventually, after they attained their majority, or for the girls, married, sold their Fairfield and Ridgefield real estate. Researchers noted in their report, as an aside, that the real estate was of small value compared to the other property they inherited from their father.

Determined researchers explained their strategy by stating that complete land research for a parcel of property required that deeds be located for all the land sales of the heirs of John Dennie, which they called "the two thirds of the property" and of the heirs of Sarah Dennie, or "the one third of the property". They believed these transactions would identify all the interested parties in the entire package of real estate under review. They knew they were looking for a minimum of two deeds: one for the nine children of John Dennie and one for the court determined heirs of John's widow, Sarah (Webb) Dennie. Unfortunately, they did not know the maximum number of deeds they were looking for, since each of the children could have sold separately, one at a time.

Extensive research of the Dennie family land records in both Fairfield and Ridgefield was said by the researchers to have been "revealing, surprising and astonishing." They took special note in the first two land sales in the grouping and the unity of eight of the heirs. Eight of the nine children named in John Dennie's will joined together to sell all their two thirds interest at one time in one transaction. The deed named each of the eight stating "which said [children] are eight of the children and heirs of John Dennie late... Whereas the same John Dennie by his last will and testament duly proved gave and bequeathed unto his said eight children and his other son Joseph two full third parts of all the real estate... nine acres in Fairfield..." The deed was dated 24 Jan 1758 and recorded 8 Jun 1762. All of the parties named except Joseph signed at one time.

The second deed they found recorded in Fairfield was the sale by the Sarah Dennie heirs, again excepting Joseph. Sarah's four children were named and described as "children and heirs of Sarah Dennie late of Boston deceased intestate... whereas Mr. John Dennie late... by his last will duly proved approved and allowed gave and bequeathed to his widow the said Sarah Dennie one full third part of all his real estate in fee simple... The same Sarah soon after dyed intestate leaving the said William Thomas Sarah and Abigail and one Joseph Dennie her children and heirs". The deed was dated and recorded on the same dates as the first deed, 24 Jan 1758 and 8 Jun 1758, respectively.

The researchers also noted that William Dennie had received a double portion as the eldest son of the intestate Sarah, not the eldest son of John, and sold both parts. Sarah's other three children each received and sold one part. Joseph Dennie had received one portion which he would sell separately, later. John Dennie's son John had received two portions of his father's estate, and each of his siblings had received one. All, except Joseph, sold in full in the first deed described.1
Death*before 1783She died before 1783.2

Citations

  1. [S928] Robert W. Hull, "John Dennie of Fairfield, later of Boston, and his family: Mary (Edwards) Dennie and her children, Sarah (Webb) Dennie and her children, and John Dennie's other son, one Joseph Dennie", viewed and downloaded from www.americanancestors.org. The Connecticut Nutmegger, Volume 35, pages 434-440 (December 2002). Hereinafter cited as "John Dennie of Fairfield, later of Boston, and his family."
  2. [S932] Harold Milton Ellis Ph. D., "Joseph Dennie and His Circle: a Study in American Literature from 1792 to 1812", Bulletin of the University of Texas 40 (15 Jul 1915): Chapter I, pages 9-16. Hereinafter cited as "Joseph Dennie and His Circle."

Sarah Dennie1

b. 10 April 1748
Father*John Dennie2 b. 1717, d. 1 Aug 1777
Mother*Sarah Wendell2 b. 20 Jan 1721, d. 13 Mar 1785
Baptism*10 April 1748Sarah Dennie was baptized on 10 April 1748 at Brattle Street Church, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England).1

Citations

  1. [S929] Brattle Square Church, The Manifesto Church, records of the Church in Brattle Square, Boston, with lists of communicants, baptisms, marriages, and funerals, 1699-1872, downloaded from the Family History Library at www.familysearch.org. Microreproduction of original published in Boston by The Benevolent Fraternity of Churches, 1902. (Salt Lake City, Utah: filmed by the Genealogical Society of Utah, 1968), page171. Hereinafter cited as Brattle Square (Boston) Church records, 1699-1872.
  2. [S929] Brattle Square Church, Brattle Square (Boston) Church records, 1699-1872, page169.

Sarah Dennie1

b. 14 August 1757, d. 15 December 1797
Father*James Dennie1 b. 14 Feb 1702/3, d. 1759
Mother*Sarah Thompson1 b. 24 May 1724, d. 24 Jan 1796
Birth*14 August 1757Sarah Dennie was born on 14 August 1757.1
Marriage*She married Reverend James Sayre.1
Death*15 December 1797She died on 15 December 1797 in Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, at age 40.1

Citations

  1. [S930] Donald Lines Jacobus, compiler and editor, Families of Old Fairfield, Connecticut, online database viewed and downloaded from the New England Historic and Genealogical Society at www.AmericanAncestors.org. Originally published in 2 Volumes, New Haven, Connecticut, by The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, 1930-1932. (Boston, Massachusetts: New England Historic and Genealogical Society, 2008), Volume 2, page 287. Hereinafter cited as Families of Old Fairfield, Connecticut.

Sarah Bryant Dennie1

b. 23 March 1813, d. 26 October 1888
Father*James Dennie2 b. 12 Feb 1785, d. 11 May 1857
Mother*Eliza Tweedy Martin2 b. c 1790, d. 10 May 1856
Birth*23 March 1813Sarah Bryant Dennie was born on 23 March 1813 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts,1,3
Baptism6 June 1813 and was baptized on 6 June 1813 at West Church, Boston.1
Marriage5 September 1843She married Benjamin Greenleaf Boardman Jr., son of Benjamin G. Boardman and Susan White, on 5 September 1843 at West Church, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.3,1
(Wife) Death14 February 1887Sarah Bryant became a widow when Benjamin Greenleaf Boardman Jr. died on 14 February 1887.3,4
Death*26 October 1888She died on 26 October 1888 at age 75.3

Citations

  1. [S950] Compiled records, "Records of the West Church, Boston, Massachusetts, Baptisms 1737-1854", New England Historic & Genealogical Register; Volumes 91 and 92 (1937-1938): Volume 92, page 257. Hereinafter cited as "Records of the West Church, Boston."
  2. [S950] Compiled records, "Records of the West Church, Boston", Volume 92, page 343.
  3. [S954] John J. Dennie and Helen Schatvet Ullmann CG FASG, "The Bible of Thomas Dennie of Boston, Massachusetts", MASSOG. Includes thoroughly researched, and written, informative footnotes. Volume 31, No. 2, pages 53-57 (Summer 2007). Hereinafter cited as "Thomas Dennie of Boston Bible."
  4. [S363] Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1910, online at www.newenglandancestors.org, Volume 384, page 46. Hereinafter cited as Massachusetts Vital Records, 1841-1910.

Sophia Dennie1

b. 6 August 1781, d. 20 August 1781
Father*Thomas Dennie2 b. 12 Oct 1756, d. 2 Aug 1842
Mother*Sarah Bryant b. c 1761, d. 18 Jul 1827
Birth*6 August 1781Sophia Dennie was born on 6 August 1781 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts (Continental Congress),3
Baptism12 August 1781 and was baptized on 12 August 1781 at West Church, Boston.1
Death*20 August 1781She died on 20 August 1781.3

Citations

  1. [S950] Compiled records, "Records of the West Church, Boston, Massachusetts, Baptisms 1737-1854", New England Historic & Genealogical Register; Volumes 91 and 92 (1937-1938): Volume 92, page 27. Hereinafter cited as "Records of the West Church, Boston."
  2. [S318] America's Historical Newspapers, accessed online at NEHGS www.americanancestors.org which links to "HistArchive" at http://infoweb.newsbank.com, Boston Price-Current, published as The Boston Current and Marine Intelligencer, 28 Dec 1797, Volume III, Issue 33, page 3. Hereinafter cited as America's Historical Newspapers.
  3. [S954] John J. Dennie and Helen Schatvet Ullmann CG FASG, "The Bible of Thomas Dennie of Boston, Massachusetts", MASSOG. Includes thoroughly researched, and written, informative footnotes. Volume 31, No. 2, pages 53-57 (Summer 2007). Hereinafter cited as "Thomas Dennie of Boston Bible."

Sophia Dennie1

b. 12 October 1787, d. 26 October 1857
Father*Thomas Dennie2 b. 12 Oct 1756, d. 2 Aug 1842
Mother*Sarah Bryant b. c 1761, d. 18 Jul 1827
Birth*12 October 1787Sophia Dennie was born on 12 October 1787 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts (Continental Congress),3
Baptism14 October 1787 and was baptized on 14 October 1787 at West Church, Boston.3
Name VariationIn her father's Bible, she was recorded as Sophia Dennie 2nd.4
Marriage*26 April 1814She married Captain Charles Tracy on 26 April 1814 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.4,3,5
(Wife) Death16 November 1831Sophia became a widow when Charles Tracy died on 16 November 1831.4,6
Death*26 October 1857She died on 26 October 1857 at age 70.4

Family

Charles Tracy d. 16 Nov 1831

Citations

  1. [S950] Compiled records, "Records of the West Church, Boston, Massachusetts, Baptisms 1737-1854", New England Historic & Genealogical Register; Volumes 91 and 92 (1937-1938): Volume 92, page 27. Hereinafter cited as "Records of the West Church, Boston."
  2. [S318] America's Historical Newspapers, accessed online at NEHGS www.americanancestors.org which links to "HistArchive" at http://infoweb.newsbank.com, Boston Price-Current, published as The Boston Current and Marine Intelligencer, 28 Dec 1797, Volume III, Issue 33, page 3. Hereinafter cited as America's Historical Newspapers.
  3. [S950] Compiled records, "Records of the West Church, Boston", Volume 92, page 120.
  4. [S954] John J. Dennie and Helen Schatvet Ullmann CG FASG, "The Bible of Thomas Dennie of Boston, Massachusetts", MASSOG. Includes thoroughly researched, and written, informative footnotes. Volume 31, No. 2, pages 53-57 (Summer 2007). Hereinafter cited as "Thomas Dennie of Boston Bible."
  5. [S318] America's Historical Newspapers, accessed online at NEHGS www.americanancestors.org which links to "HistArchive" at http://infoweb.newsbank.com, Boston Daily Advertiser, 27 Apr 1814, Volume V, Issue 49, page 2.
  6. [S946] Boston, MA: Old Cemeteries of Boston, online at www.americanancestors.org, page 789. Hereinafter cited as Old Cemeteries of Boston.

Thaddeus Burr Dennie1

b. 27 June 1786, d. 3 July 1786
Father*Thomas Dennie2 b. 12 Oct 1756, d. 2 Aug 1842
Mother*Sarah Bryant b. c 1761, d. 18 Jul 1827
Birth*27 June 1786Thaddeus Burr Dennie was born on 27 June 1786 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts (Continental Congress),3
Baptism30 June 1786 and was baptized in private, being dangerously ill, on 30 June 1786 by the minister of West Church, Boston.1
Death*3 July 1786He died on 3 July 1786.3

Citations

  1. [S950] Compiled records, "Records of the West Church, Boston, Massachusetts, Baptisms 1737-1854", New England Historic & Genealogical Register; Volumes 91 and 92 (1937-1938): Volume 92, page 118. Hereinafter cited as "Records of the West Church, Boston."
  2. [S318] America's Historical Newspapers, accessed online at NEHGS www.americanancestors.org which links to "HistArchive" at http://infoweb.newsbank.com, Boston Price-Current, published as The Boston Current and Marine Intelligencer, 28 Dec 1797, Volume III, Issue 33, page 3. Hereinafter cited as America's Historical Newspapers.
  3. [S954] John J. Dennie and Helen Schatvet Ullmann CG FASG, "The Bible of Thomas Dennie of Boston, Massachusetts", MASSOG. Includes thoroughly researched, and written, informative footnotes. Volume 31, No. 2, pages 53-57 (Summer 2007). Hereinafter cited as "Thomas Dennie of Boston Bible."

Thomas Dennie1

b. 11 October 1730
Father*John Dennie2 b. 7 Oct 1694, d. b 3 Feb 1747
Mother*Sarah Webb2 b. 30 Jan 1702/3, d. b 17 Feb 1749
Baptism*11 October 1730Thomas Dennie was baptized on 11 October 1730 at Church of Christ, Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut.1
(Son) Will25 December 1744Thomas Dennie was named in the will of his father John Dennie dated 25 December 1744. He bequeathed to his loving wife Sarah forever one third part of all his estate both real and personal whether in this province, the colony of Connecticut, or elsewhere at her own disposal, his three Negro servants together with all household stuff. His will directed that 500 pounds lawful money of the province be lodged with his executors to be put to interest and improved for any of his children who were under age at the time of his death. He bequeathed to his son Albert Dennie 25 pounds lawful money which, with what he had already received, was his full portion and share. All the remainder of his estate, whether real or personal, he gave to his four other sons: John, William, Thomas and Joseph, and to his five daughters Mary, Grizzel, Elizabeth, Sarah and Abigail to be equally divided among them.

The biggest surprise in the will, published by researchers in 2002, was learning about Joseph, the fourth son of John Dennie. Joseph had not been mentioned in earlier research published in 1930-1932.

Mr. Dennie's will named his children in groups of men and then of women. The order of the naming by gender by their father in his will corresponds to the known dates from records in Fairfield Church. His will was not challenged in court.2
(4th Son) OccupationThomas and his four brothers, Albert, John, William and Joseph Dennie, all became merchants in Boston like their father John Dennie, dealing for the most part in West India commodities, such as molasses, sugar, rum and hemp.1
(Son) Guardianship17 February 1749Following their mother's death, William Dennie was appointed guardian on 17 February 1749 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England), for Thomas and his two siblings, Abigail and Joseph, who were also still minors.1
(Son) Land Records The distribution of John Dennie's Connecticut real estate as bequeathed in his will of 1744 was not known to researchers until 2002 and presented many questions. He left his real estate in two parts: two-thirds of his Connecticut property directly to his nine named children, and one-third of all his estate forever "both real and personal whether in this province the colony of Connecticut or elsewhere" to his widow Sarah. This bequest created an estate in real property in Connecticut for Sarah (Webb) Dennie, his widow. Because Sarah died without leaving a will, it was left to the courts to identify and name Sarah's children and heirs.

Land records in Fairfield and in Ridgefield, both in Fairfield County, Connecticut, gave researchers information on the identity of Sarah's heirs. The land records also clarified John Dennie's two wives and clearly identified their two sets of children. Sarah (Webb) Dennie's children were named, and those of Mary (Edwards) Dennie were identified as the other children. Joseph Dennie appeared with Sarah's children as her heir, but not as her son.

The Dennie children all eventually, after they attained their majority, or for the girls, married, sold their Fairfield and Ridgefield real estate. Researchers noted in their report, as an aside, that the real estate was of small value compared to the other property they inherited from their father.

Determined researchers explained their strategy by stating that complete land research for a parcel of property required that deeds be located for all the land sales of the heirs of John Dennie, which they called "the two thirds of the property" and of the heirs of Sarah Dennie, or "the one third of the property". They believed these transactions would identify all the interested parties in the entire package of real estate under review. They knew they were looking for a minimum of two deeds: one for the nine children of John Dennie and one for the court determined heirs of John's widow, Sarah (Webb) Dennie. Unfortunately, they did not know the maximum number of deeds they were looking for, since each of the children could have sold separately, one at a time.

Extensive research of the Dennie family land records in both Fairfield and Ridgefield was said by the researchers to have been "revealing, surprising and astonishing." They took special note in the first two land sales in the grouping and the unity of eight of the heirs. Eight of the nine children named in John Dennie's will joined together to sell all their two thirds interest at one time in one transaction. The deed named each of the eight stating "which said [children] are eight of the children and heirs of John Dennie late... Whereas the same John Dennie by his last will and testament duly proved gave and bequeathed unto his said eight children and his other son Joseph two full third parts of all the real estate... nine acres in Fairfield..." The deed was dated 24 Jan 1758 and recorded 8 Jun 1762. All of the parties named except Joseph signed at one time.

The second deed they found recorded in Fairfield was the sale by the Sarah Dennie heirs, again excepting Joseph. Sarah's four children were named and described as "children and heirs of Sarah Dennie late of Boston deceased intestate... whereas Mr. John Dennie late... by his last will duly proved approved and allowed gave and bequeathed to his widow the said Sarah Dennie one full third part of all his real estate in fee simple... The same Sarah soon after dyed intestate leaving the said William Thomas Sarah and Abigail and one Joseph Dennie her children and heirs". The deed was dated and recorded on the same dates as the first deed, 24 Jan 1758 and 8 Jun 1758, respectively.

The researchers also noted that William Dennie had received a double portion as the eldest son of the intestate Sarah, not the eldest son of John, and sold both parts. Sarah's other three children each received and sold one part. Joseph Dennie had received one portion which he would sell separately, later. John Dennie's son John had received two portions of his father's estate, and each of his siblings had received one. All, except Joseph, sold in full in the first deed described.2
Occupation*Thomas Dennie was engaged in the West India trade, and moved to Kingston, Jamaica, where he left descendants.1

Citations

  1. [S932] Harold Milton Ellis Ph. D., "Joseph Dennie and His Circle: a Study in American Literature from 1792 to 1812", Bulletin of the University of Texas 40 (15 Jul 1915): Chapter I, pages 9-16. Hereinafter cited as "Joseph Dennie and His Circle."
  2. [S928] Robert W. Hull, "John Dennie of Fairfield, later of Boston, and his family: Mary (Edwards) Dennie and her children, Sarah (Webb) Dennie and her children, and John Dennie's other son, one Joseph Dennie", viewed and downloaded from www.americanancestors.org. The Connecticut Nutmegger, Volume 35, pages 434-440 (December 2002). Hereinafter cited as "John Dennie of Fairfield, later of Boston, and his family."

Thomas Dennie1

b. 5 May 1728
Father*John Dennie1 b. 7 Oct 1694, d. b 3 Feb 1747
Mother*Sarah Webb1 b. 30 Jan 1702/3, d. b 17 Feb 1749
Baptism*5 May 1728Thomas Dennie was baptized on 5 May 1728 in Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut,1
Death* and died very young.1,2

Citations

  1. [S932] Harold Milton Ellis Ph. D., "Joseph Dennie and His Circle: a Study in American Literature from 1792 to 1812", Bulletin of the University of Texas 40 (15 Jul 1915): Chapter I, pages 9-16. Hereinafter cited as "Joseph Dennie and His Circle."
  2. [S928] Robert W. Hull, "John Dennie of Fairfield, later of Boston, and his family: Mary (Edwards) Dennie and her children, Sarah (Webb) Dennie and her children, and John Dennie's other son, one Joseph Dennie", viewed and downloaded from www.americanancestors.org. The Connecticut Nutmegger, Volume 35, pages 434-440 (December 2002). Hereinafter cited as "John Dennie of Fairfield, later of Boston, and his family."

Thomas Dennie1

b. 12 October 1756, d. 2 August 1842
Father*John Dennie2 b. 1717, d. 1 Aug 1777
Mother*Sarah Wendell2 b. 20 Jan 1721, d. 13 Mar 1785
Birth*12 October 1756Thomas was the youngest of his parents five children, and was born in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England), on 12 October 1756.3,2,4
Marriage*5 February 1778He married Sarah Bryant, daughter of James Bryant and Esther Kidder, on 5 February 1778.2
Occupation*Captain Thomas Dennie was a prominent merchant and trader in Boston, making voyages to the West Indies.2
(Son) Death13 March 1785When his mother died in Mar 1785, her funeral proceeded to Thomas' home in Green's Lane, where relations and friends of the deceased and family were invited to attend.5,6,7
Occupation1789Thomas Dennie was listed in the 1789 Boston City Directory as a merchant on Distill House Lane, Boston.8
Occupation1796Thomas Dennie was listed in the 1796 Boston City Directory as a merchant at 47 Long Wharf, Boston. His home was on Cambridge Street.9
Occupation1800Thomas Dennie was listed in the 1800 Boston City Directory as a merchant on Cambridge Street, Boston.10
Occupation1805Thomas Dennie was listed in the 1805 Boston City Directory as a merchant at 17 Merchant's Row, Boston.11
Occupation1810Thomas Dennie was listed in the 1810 Boston City Directory as a merchant on Boston.12
Occupation*1831Father and Son Thomas Dennie and Henry Dennie were listed in the 1831 Boston City Directory as wine merchants at 105 State, Boston. Thomas' house was at 1 Allen, and Henry was listed separately at 57 Leveret.13
Death*2 August 1842He died on 2 August 18424
Burial* and was buried in T5, in the Thomas Dennie Tomb, on the west side of Kings Chapel Burying Ground, Boston. He was in the 86th year of his age and the record noted that his obituary provided his date of death as 2 Aug 1842.4

Family

Sarah Bryant b. c 1761, d. 18 Jul 1827
Children1.Thomas Dennie14 b. 2 Jun 1779, d. 20 Dec 1780
2.Sophia Dennie14 b. 6 Aug 1781, d. 20 Aug 1781
3.Sally Dennie14 b. 24 Aug 1783, d. 13 Apr 1803
4.James Dennie+14 b. 12 Feb 1785, d. 11 May 1857
5.Thaddeus Burr Dennie14 b. 27 Jun 1786, d. 3 Jul 1786
6.Sophia Dennie14 b. 12 Oct 1787, d. 26 Oct 1857
7.Christopher Lynch Dennie14 b. 14 Oct 1789, d. 26 Dec 1797
8.Caroline Dennie14 b. 5 Aug 1791, d. 20 Mar 1875
9.Thomas Dennie14 b. 11 Oct 1793, d. 28 Aug 1843
10.Henry Dennie14 b. 24 Jan 1796, d. 29 Nov 1841
11.Christopher Lynch Dennie14 b. 22 Jul 1798, d. 27 Jul 1803
12.George Dennie14 b. 7 Aug 1803, d. 1896

Citations

  1. [S318] America's Historical Newspapers, accessed online at NEHGS www.americanancestors.org which links to "HistArchive" at http://infoweb.newsbank.com, Boston Gazette, published as The Boston Gazette and the Country Journal, 13 Mar 1785, Issue 1601, page 3. Hereinafter cited as America's Historical Newspapers.
  2. [S932] Harold Milton Ellis Ph. D., "Joseph Dennie and His Circle: a Study in American Literature from 1792 to 1812", Bulletin of the University of Texas 40 (15 Jul 1915): Chapter I, pages 9-16. Hereinafter cited as "Joseph Dennie and His Circle."
  3. [S954] John J. Dennie and Helen Schatvet Ullmann CG FASG, "The Bible of Thomas Dennie of Boston, Massachusetts", MASSOG. Includes thoroughly researched, and written, informative footnotes. Volume 31, No. 2, pages 53-57 (Summer 2007). Hereinafter cited as "Thomas Dennie of Boston Bible."
  4. [S946] Boston, MA: Old Cemeteries of Boston, online at www.americanancestors.org, page 743. Hereinafter cited as Old Cemeteries of Boston.
  5. [S318] America's Historical Newspapers, accessed online at NEHGS www.americanancestors.org which links to "HistArchive" at http://infoweb.newsbank.com, Boston Gazette, published as The Boston Gazette and the Country Journal, 14 Mar 1785, Issue 1601, page 3.
  6. [S318] America's Historical Newspapers, accessed online at NEHGS www.americanancestors.org which links to "HistArchive" at http://infoweb.newsbank.com, Independent Ledger, published as The Independent Ledger and the American Advertiser, 14 Mar 1785, Issue 374, page 3.
  7. [S318] America's Historical Newspapers, accessed online at NEHGS www.americanancestors.org which links to "HistArchive" at http://infoweb.newsbank.com, Massachusetts Centinel, published as The Massachusetts Centinel, 16 Mar 1785, Issue 51, page 3.
  8. [S961] Boston, Massachusetts Directory, 1789, online at www.ancestry.com. Hereinafter cited as Boston City Directory, 1789.
  9. [S962] Boston, Massachusetts Directory, 1796, online at www.ancestry.com. Hereinafter cited as Boston City Directory, 1796.
  10. [S960] Boston, Massachusetts Directory, 1800, online at www.ancestry.com. Hereinafter cited as Boston City Directory, 1800.
  11. [S959] Boston, Massachusetts Directory, 1805, online at www.ancestry.com. Hereinafter cited as Boston City Directory, 1805.
  12. [S958] Suffolk County, Boston City Massachusetts 1810 City Directory, online at www.ancestry.com. Hereinafter cited as Boston 1810 City Directory.
  13. [S963] U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989, online at www.ancestry.com, Boston, 1831, page 131. Hereinafter cited as U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989.
  14. [S318] America's Historical Newspapers, accessed online at NEHGS www.americanancestors.org which links to "HistArchive" at http://infoweb.newsbank.com, Boston Price-Current, published as The Boston Current and Marine Intelligencer, 28 Dec 1797, Volume III, Issue 33, page 3.

Thomas Dennie1

b. 18 January 1815, d. 28 August 1831
Father*James Dennie2 b. 12 Feb 1785, d. 11 May 1857
Mother*Eliza Tweedy Martin2 b. c 1790, d. 10 May 1856
Baptism*18 January 1815According to the Dennie Bible, Thomas Dennie was born the same day he was baptized on 18 January 1815 at West Church, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.2,3
Name VariationIn his grandfather's Bible, he was recorded as Thomas Dennie 3rd.3
Death*28 August 1831He died on 28 August 1831 at age 16. He was killed by lightening at 6 o'clock in the morning aboard the ship "Neponset", Lynian Hunt, Master (at latitude 39 S. 47 E.) The Salem Gazette newspaper carried the story on 6 Jan 1832, reporting that "the Neponset, from Boston, at Batavia, was struck by lightning at latitude 38 1/2 S longitude 73, which tore up three deck planks, entered the hold, returned and exploded in the arm chest. Thomas Dennie 3rd, of Boston, was killed." The coordinates recorded in the Dennie Bible indicated he died in the Indian Ocean, southeast of South Africa, and the coordinates printed in the newspaper, indicated the ship was farther east. Batavia, now Jakarta, would be the port from which news was sent.3
Burial*He was buried at sea at 4 o'clock in the afternoon of the same day.3

Citations

  1. [S950] Compiled records, "Records of the West Church, Boston, Massachusetts, Baptisms 1737-1854", New England Historic & Genealogical Register; Volumes 91 and 92 (1937-1938): Volume 92, page 26. Hereinafter cited as "Records of the West Church, Boston."
  2. [S950] Compiled records, "Records of the West Church, Boston", Volume 92, page 343.
  3. [S954] John J. Dennie and Helen Schatvet Ullmann CG FASG, "The Bible of Thomas Dennie of Boston, Massachusetts", MASSOG. Includes thoroughly researched, and written, informative footnotes. Volume 31, No. 2, pages 53-57 (Summer 2007). Hereinafter cited as "Thomas Dennie of Boston Bible."

Thomas Dennie1

b. 11 October 1793, d. 28 August 1843
Father*Thomas Dennie2 b. 12 Oct 1756, d. 2 Aug 1842
Mother*Sarah Bryant b. c 1761, d. 18 Jul 1827
Birth*11 October 1793Thomas Dennie was born on 11 October 1793 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts,1,3
Baptism20 October 1793 and was baptized on 20 October 1793 at West Church, Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts.1
Name VariationIn his father's Bible, he was recorded as Thomas Dennie 2nd.3
Occupation*1823Thomas Dennie Jr. was listed in the 1823 Boston City Directory. His occupation was described as "English goods" and his business was located at 15 Kilby, Boston. His house was on North Allen.4
Marriage*23 November 1823He married Mary Prince on 23 November 1823.3
Occupation1831Thomas Dennie Jr. was listed in the 1831 Boston City Directory in "English goods" at 24 Kilby, Boston. His house was at 13 West.5
Death*28 August 1843He died on 28 August 1843 at age 49 on board the bark type (three or more masts) sailing ship "Eliza" out of Salem, Essex County, Massachusetts.3

Family

Mary Prince

Citations

  1. [S950] Compiled records, "Records of the West Church, Boston, Massachusetts, Baptisms 1737-1854", New England Historic & Genealogical Register; Volumes 91 and 92 (1937-1938): Volume 92, page 122. Hereinafter cited as "Records of the West Church, Boston."
  2. [S318] America's Historical Newspapers, accessed online at NEHGS www.americanancestors.org which links to "HistArchive" at http://infoweb.newsbank.com, Boston Price-Current, published as The Boston Current and Marine Intelligencer, 28 Dec 1797, Volume III, Issue 33, page 3. Hereinafter cited as America's Historical Newspapers.
  3. [S954] John J. Dennie and Helen Schatvet Ullmann CG FASG, "The Bible of Thomas Dennie of Boston, Massachusetts", MASSOG. Includes thoroughly researched, and written, informative footnotes. Volume 31, No. 2, pages 53-57 (Summer 2007). Hereinafter cited as "Thomas Dennie of Boston Bible."
  4. [S963] U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989, online at www.ancestry.com, Boston, 1823, page 81. Hereinafter cited as U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989.
  5. [S963] U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989, online at www.ancestry.com, Boston, 1831, page 131.

Thomas Dennie1

b. 2 June 1779, d. 20 December 1780
Father*Thomas Dennie2 b. 12 Oct 1756, d. 2 Aug 1842
Mother*Sarah Bryant b. c 1761, d. 18 Jul 1827
Birth*2 June 1779Thomas Dennie was born on 2 June 1779 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts (Continental Congress).3
Name VariationIn his father's Bible, he was recorded as Thomas Dennie Jr.3
Baptism13 June 1779 and was baptized on 13 June 1779 in West Church, Boston.1
Death*20 December 1780He died on 20 December 1780 at age 1.3

Citations

  1. [S950] Compiled records, "Records of the West Church, Boston, Massachusetts, Baptisms 1737-1854", New England Historic & Genealogical Register; Volumes 91 and 92 (1937-1938): Volume 92, page 26. Hereinafter cited as "Records of the West Church, Boston."
  2. [S318] America's Historical Newspapers, accessed online at NEHGS www.americanancestors.org which links to "HistArchive" at http://infoweb.newsbank.com, Boston Price-Current, published as The Boston Current and Marine Intelligencer, 28 Dec 1797, Volume III, Issue 33, page 3. Hereinafter cited as America's Historical Newspapers.
  3. [S954] John J. Dennie and Helen Schatvet Ullmann CG FASG, "The Bible of Thomas Dennie of Boston, Massachusetts", MASSOG. Includes thoroughly researched, and written, informative footnotes. Volume 31, No. 2, pages 53-57 (Summer 2007). Hereinafter cited as "Thomas Dennie of Boston Bible."

Turell Dennie1

Occupation*1816Turell Dennie was listed in the 1816 Boston City Directory as a tailor of men's clothing on Butolph, Boston. Whether the listing is a mistake for "Ebenezer Turell" or an as yet unidentified son of Ebenezer's named "Turell" is not known.2

Citations

  1. [S319] U.K. and U.S. Directories, 1680-1830, online at www.ancestry.com, Boston, 1816. Hereinafter cited as U.K. and U.S. Directories, 1680-1830.
  2. [S963] U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989, online at www.ancestry.com, Boston, 1831, page 131. Hereinafter cited as U.S. City Directories, 1821-1989.

William Dennie1

b. 23 October 1726, d. 3 July 1783
Father*John Dennie1 b. 7 Oct 1694, d. b 3 Feb 1747
Mother*Sarah Webb1 b. 30 Jan 1702/3, d. b 17 Feb 1749
Baptism*23 October 1726William Dennie was baptized on 23 October 1726 at Church of Christ, Fairfield, Fairfield County, Connecticut.1
(Son) Will25 December 1744William Dennie was named in the will of his father John Dennie dated 25 December 1744. He bequeathed to his loving wife Sarah forever one third part of all his estate both real and personal whether in this province, the colony of Connecticut, or elsewhere at her own disposal, his three Negro servants together with all household stuff. His will directed that 500 pounds lawful money of the province be lodged with his executors to be put to interest and improved for any of his children who were under age at the time of his death. He bequeathed to his son Albert Dennie 25 pounds lawful money which, with what he had already received, was his full portion and share. All the remainder of his estate, whether real or personal, he gave to his four other sons: John, William, Thomas and Joseph, and to his five daughters Mary, Grizzel, Elizabeth, Sarah and Abigail to be equally divided among them.

The biggest surprise in the will, published by researchers in 2002, was learning about Joseph, the fourth son of John Dennie. Joseph had not been mentioned in earlier research published in 1930-1932.

Mr. Dennie's will named his children in groups of men and then of women. The order of the naming by gender by their father in his will corresponds to the known dates from records in Fairfield Church. His will was not challenged in court.1
(3rd Son) OccupationWilliam and his four brothers, Albert, John, Thomas and Joseph Dennie, all became merchants in Boston like their father John Dennie, dealing for the most part in West India commodities, such as molasses, sugar, rum and hemp.2
Guardianship*17 February 1749Following his mother's death, William Dennie was appointed guardian for his minor siblings, Thomas, Abigail and Joseph, in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Province (New England), on 17 February 1749.2
(Son) EstateWilliam was the Administrator of his mother's estate. She had died without a will, and her inventory, at six pages, was shorter than her husband's and listed the contents of an upper middle class Boston house of the time and 620 pounds of personal articles. Her inventory included only two of the slaves, Caesar, with the one foot, and Flora and, as with her husband's inventory, listed no real estate.1
Land Transfer*1758He sold land in Ridgefield, Fairfield County, Connecticut, in 1758.1
(Son) Land Records The distribution of John Dennie's Connecticut real estate as bequeathed in his will of 1744 was not known to researchers until 2002 and presented many questions. He left his real estate in two parts: two-thirds of his Connecticut property directly to his nine named children, and one-third of all his estate forever "both real and personal whether in this province the colony of Connecticut or elsewhere" to his widow Sarah. This bequest created an estate in real property in Connecticut for Sarah (Webb) Dennie, his widow. Because Sarah died without leaving a will, it was left to the courts to identify and name Sarah's children and heirs.

Land records in Fairfield and in Ridgefield, both in Fairfield County, Connecticut, gave researchers information on the identity of Sarah's heirs. The land records also clarified John Dennie's two wives and clearly identified their two sets of children. Sarah (Webb) Dennie's children were named, and those of Mary (Edwards) Dennie were identified as the other children. Joseph Dennie appeared with Sarah's children as her heir, but not as her son.

The Dennie children all eventually, after they attained their majority, or for the girls, married, sold their Fairfield and Ridgefield real estate. Researchers noted in their report, as an aside, that the real estate was of small value compared to the other property they inherited from their father.

Determined researchers explained their strategy by stating that complete land research for a parcel of property required that deeds be located for all the land sales of the heirs of John Dennie, which they called "the two thirds of the property" and of the heirs of Sarah Dennie, or "the one third of the property". They believed these transactions would identify all the interested parties in the entire package of real estate under review. They knew they were looking for a minimum of two deeds: one for the nine children of John Dennie and one for the court determined heirs of John's widow, Sarah (Webb) Dennie. Unfortunately, they did not know the maximum number of deeds they were looking for, since each of the children could have sold separately, one at a time.

Extensive research of the Dennie family land records in both Fairfield and Ridgefield was said by the researchers to have been "revealing, surprising and astonishing." They took special note in the first two land sales in the grouping and the unity of eight of the heirs. Eight of the nine children named in John Dennie's will joined together to sell all their two thirds interest at one time in one transaction. The deed named each of the eight stating "which said [children] are eight of the children and heirs of John Dennie late... Whereas the same John Dennie by his last will and testament duly proved gave and bequeathed unto his said eight children and his other son Joseph two full third parts of all the real estate... nine acres in Fairfield..." The deed was dated 24 Jan 1758 and recorded 8 Jun 1762. All of the parties named except Joseph signed at one time.

The second deed they found recorded in Fairfield was the sale by the Sarah Dennie heirs, again excepting Joseph. Sarah's four children were named and described as "children and heirs of Sarah Dennie late of Boston deceased intestate... whereas Mr. John Dennie late... by his last will duly proved approved and allowed gave and bequeathed to his widow the said Sarah Dennie one full third part of all his real estate in fee simple... The same Sarah soon after dyed intestate leaving the said William Thomas Sarah and Abigail and one Joseph Dennie her children and heirs". The deed was dated and recorded on the same dates as the first deed, 24 Jan 1758 and 8 Jun 1758, respectively.

The researchers also noted that William Dennie had received a double portion as the eldest son of the intestate Sarah, not the eldest son of John, and sold both parts. Sarah's other three children each received and sold one part. Joseph Dennie had received one portion which he would sell separately, later. John Dennie's son John had received two portions of his father's estate, and each of his siblings had received one. All, except Joseph, sold in full in the first deed described.1
Occupation*Brothers William and John Dennie were among the most important merchants at Boston during the 1750s, 60s and 70s. Both were among the gentlemen occasionally invited to accompany the governor's train on formal tours of the Boston schools, and their names appeared frequently, in different capacities, in the records of the period.2
Biographical Info*29 August 1776William Dennie was a wealthy bachelor in Boston. Like his half brothers, John and Albert, he was a town constable in his youth. He succeeded his father, John Dennie, as director of the town's warehouse "opposite the Golden Ball" at the decreased charge of £24 per annum. He was active in the interest of the colonists from 1770 to 1775, serving on several important committees, but after Concord and Lexington he declined to go further. Though elected to the Committee of Safety, he refused to serve, and a substitute was elected on 29 August 1776.2
Death*3 July 1783His death was reported in the Massachusetts Spy newspaper on 3 July 1783 in Boston. He was described as 57 years of age, and a merchant.3
Will*1783His will was probated in 1783 in Boston, Suffolk County, Massachusetts (Continental Congress). He left generous legacies to numerous relatives, and a large part of his property was left to Mrs. Elizabeth Swan, the wife of Major James Swan.2

Citations

  1. [S928] Robert W. Hull, "John Dennie of Fairfield, later of Boston, and his family: Mary (Edwards) Dennie and her children, Sarah (Webb) Dennie and her children, and John Dennie's other son, one Joseph Dennie", viewed and downloaded from www.americanancestors.org. The Connecticut Nutmegger, Volume 35, pages 434-440 (December 2002). Hereinafter cited as "John Dennie of Fairfield, later of Boston, and his family."
  2. [S932] Harold Milton Ellis Ph. D., "Joseph Dennie and His Circle: a Study in American Literature from 1792 to 1812", Bulletin of the University of Texas 40 (15 Jul 1915): Chapter I, pages 9-16. Hereinafter cited as "Joseph Dennie and His Circle."
  3. [S318] America's Historical Newspapers, accessed online at NEHGS www.americanancestors.org which links to "HistArchive" at http://infoweb.newsbank.com, Massachusetts Spy, 3 Jul 1783, Volume VIII, Issue 636, page 3. Hereinafter cited as America's Historical Newspapers.

Arsenath Dennis1

b. 2 October 1833
Father*Elisha Dennis1 b. 11 Jul 1796, d. 12 Oct 1836
Mother*Ruth ______1 b. 1797
Birth*2 October 1833Arsenath Dennis was born on 2 October 1833 in North Carolina.1,2
(Daughter) Census 185014 August 1850Arsenath appeared on the 1850 census taken on 14 August 1850 in the household of her mother and stepfather in Dalton, Wayne County, Indiana. She was 16 years old and had attended school within the last year.2

Citations

  1. [S1424] U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935, online at www.ancestry.com, Earlham College; Richmond, Indiana; Membership, Births, Deaths and Marriages, 1806-1834 Marriages, 1806-1895; Collection: Indiana Yearly Meeting Minutes. Hereinafter cited as U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935.
  2. [S17] 1850 United States Federal Census, online at www.ancestry.com, Household of Isaac Willis, Dalton, Wayne, Indiana; Roll: M432_180; Page: 88A; Image: 183. Hereinafter cited as 1850 US Federal Census.

Bartlett Dennis1

b. 1 October 1827, d. 16 August 1847
Father*Elisha Dennis1 b. 11 Jul 1796, d. 12 Oct 1836
Mother*Ruth ______1 b. 1797
Birth*1 October 1827Bartlett Dennis was born on 1 October 1827 in North Carolina1
Death*16 August 1847 and died on 16 August 1847 in Wayne County, Indiana, at age 19.1

Citations

  1. [S1424] U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935, online at www.ancestry.com, Earlham College; Richmond, Indiana; Membership, Births, Deaths and Marriages, 1806-1834 Marriages, 1806-1895; Collection: Indiana Yearly Meeting Minutes. Hereinafter cited as U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935.

Cynthia Eunice Dennis1

d. 30 April 1883
Marriage3 December 1850She married John Dennie, son of James Dennie and Eliza Tweedy Martin, on 3 December 1850 at Concord, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.1
(Wife) Death26 April 1882Cynthia became a widow when John Dennie died on 26 April 1882.1
Death*30 April 1883She died on 30 April 1883.1

Citations

  1. [S954] John J. Dennie and Helen Schatvet Ullmann CG FASG, "The Bible of Thomas Dennie of Boston, Massachusetts", MASSOG. Includes thoroughly researched, and written, informative footnotes. Volume 31, No. 2, pages 53-57 (Summer 2007). Hereinafter cited as "Thomas Dennie of Boston Bible."