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."

Elisha Dennis1

b. 11 July 1796, d. 12 October 1836
Father*William Dennis2
Mother*Delilah ______2
Birth*11 July 1796Elisha Dennis was born on 11 July 1796 at Guilford County, North Carolina.2
Marriage*He married, as her first husband, Ruth ______ in North Carolina.1
Death*12 October 1836He died on 12 October 1836 near Springfield, Wayne County, Indiana, at age 401
Burial* and was buried in the West River Friends Cemetery, Dalton, Wayne County.1

Family

Ruth ______ b. 1797
Children1.Lindsey Dennis1 b. 5 Apr 1820, d. 31 May 1824
2.Bartlett Dennis1 b. 1 Oct 1827, d. 16 Aug 1847
3.Tilman Dennis1 b. 4 Jul 1829, d. 2 Sep 1865
4.Mary Ann Dennis1 b. 28 Apr 1832, d. 21 Jul 1835
5.Arsenath Dennis1 b. 2 Oct 1833
6.Matilde Caroline Dennis1 b. 16 Sep 1835, d. 29 Feb 1868

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. [S1424] U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935, online at www.ancestry.com, Guilford College; Greensboro, North Carolina; Records, 1775-1903; Collection: North Carolina Yearly Meeting Minutes.

Lindsey Dennis1

b. 5 April 1820, d. 31 May 1824
Father*Elisha Dennis1 b. 11 Jul 1796, d. 12 Oct 1836
Mother*Ruth ______1 b. 1797
Birth*5 April 1820Lindsey Dennis was born on 5 April 1820 in North Carolina1
Death*31 May 1824 and died on 31 May 1824 at age 4.1

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.

Mahlon Dennis1

Marriage*He married Louisa Beeson, daughter of Isaac Beeson and Hannah Hoggatt.1

Family

Louisa Beeson b. 27 Aug 1812

Citations

  1. [S1510] Henry Hart Beeson, A Genealogy of the Beeson - Beason Family, downloaded from the Family History Library at www.familysearch.org. Edward Beeson immigrated to America in 1682 or 1684 from Stoke, Lancaster, England and settled in New Castle, Delaware. He married Rachel Pennington and they had four children. He married Elizabeth and they had two children. Descendants and relatives lived mainly in Delaware, Ohio, Indiana, Alabama and Texas. Includes index. (Houston, Texas: H.H. Beeson, 1968), page 59. Hereinafter cited as Genealogy of the Beeson - Beason Family.

Mary Ann Dennis1

b. 28 April 1832, d. 21 July 1835
Father*Elisha Dennis1 b. 11 Jul 1796, d. 12 Oct 1836
Mother*Ruth ______1 b. 1797
Birth*28 April 1832Mary Ann Dennis was born on 28 April 1832 in North Carolina1
Death*21 July 1835 and died on 21 July 1835 at age 3.1

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.

Matilde Caroline Dennis1

b. 16 September 1835, d. 29 February 1868
Father*Elisha Dennis1 b. 11 Jul 1796, d. 12 Oct 1836
Mother*Ruth ______1 b. 1797
Birth*16 September 1835Matilde Caroline Dennis was born on 16 September 1835 near Wayne County, Indiana.1,2
(Daughter) Census 185014 August 1850Matilde Caroline appeared as Caroline M. on the 1850 census taken on 14 August 1850 in the household of her mother and stepfather in Dalton, Wayne County, Indiana. She was 15 years old and had attended school within the last year.2
Death*29 February 1868She died on 29 February 1868 in Wayne County, Indiana, at age 32.3

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.
  3. [S1424] U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935, online at www.ancestry.com, Earlham College; Richmond, Indiana; Records; Collection: Indiana Yearly Meeting Minutes.

Tilman Dennis1

b. 4 July 1829, d. 2 September 1865
Father*Elisha Dennis1 b. 11 Jul 1796, d. 12 Oct 1836
Mother*Ruth ______1 b. 1797
Birth*4 July 1829Tilman Dennis was born on 4 July 1829 in North Carolina.1,2
(Son) Census 185014 August 1850Tilman appeared on the 1850 census taken on 14 August 1850 in the household of his mother and stepfather in Dalton, Wayne County, Indiana. He was 20 years of age, had attended school within the last year and was working as a laborer2
Death*2 September 1865 and died on 2 September 1865 at age 36.1

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.
  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.

William Dennis1

Marriage*He married Delilah ______.1

Family

Delilah ______
Child1.Elisha Dennis+1 b. 11 Jul 1796, d. 12 Oct 1836

Citations

  1. [S1424] U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935, online at www.ancestry.com, Guilford College; Greensboro, North Carolina; Records, 1775-1903; Collection: North Carolina Yearly Meeting Minutes. Hereinafter cited as U.S. Quaker Meeting Records, 1681-1935.

John Derby1

ChartsDescendants of William Bolton of Reading, The Immigrant
Marriage*7 June 1801He married Olive Bolton, daughter of Timothy Bolton and Sybel Bennett, on 7 June 1801 in Shirley, Middlesex County, Massachusetts.1

Family

Olive Bolton b. 19 Oct 1781

Citations

  1. [S484] Seth Chandler, History of the Town of Shirley, Massachusetts from its Early Settlement to A.D. 1882. The copy obtained from Google Books contains additional, handwritten notations and corrections dated 25 Sep 1883 on the William Bolton family on page 357. (Shirley, Massachusetts: Seth Chandler, 1883), pages 357-359. Hereinafter cited as Shirley Massachusetts History to 1882.