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From: MR WILLIAM L DENNEY< >
Subject: Re: David Denny, Sr. b ca 1720, Ulster, Ireland
Date: Tue, 7 Oct 1997 02:09:08, -0500


-- [ From: Bill Denney * EMC.Ver #2.5.3 ] --

Valery,
I've not done much research on this line, as it's not my direct, but
have input data as I've run across it. Anyway, below is a short
summary of what I've collected so far (references at the end are shown
in brackets):

FIRST GENERATION

1. David DENNY Sr. [S1] was born about 1720 in Londonderry? Ulster,
Ireland [S2]. Died before Jun 1777 in Fredericks County, VA [S3].
David came to America in the late 1730's and settled in PA. He was of
Scotch-Irish descent and was of the Protestant faith. He then moved to
Winchester, Frederick County, VA before the American Revolution.

According to the book "Westward to Alki", he stayed on the family land
near Londonderry (in Ulster, Scotland) until the late 1730's and then
left for America. (This is supported by the book "Zachary Taylor French
& Rachel Evelyn Duckworth" by Gene Jackson, but it perhaps came from the
same source.) They settled in the Cumberland Valley of southwestern
Pennsylvania. David took part in the Expedition against the Delaware
Indians in 1744. Records indicate that he was living in Lancaster
County in 1744 and had previously married Margaret Denny (possibly a
distant cousin) there. David and Margaret settled at or near Paxtang or
Paxton (that part of Lancaster County which later became Dauphin County)
near Fort Hunter which was located six miles above the present city of
Harrisburg, on the Susquehanna River at the junction of Fishing Creek.
Their first child (of seven) was born there about 1741.

On 19 April, 1744, David Denny was one of nine men who signed a
deposition stating forth the facts of the search and capture of an
Indian who had killed three white settlers.

They pushed on to Chester County according to records of 1757. Then in
1764, when a way was opened to the Shenandoah Valley from the Cumberland
Valley of Pennsylvania, they pushed across the Blue Ridge Mountains to
Frederick County, VA via covered wagon. They settled near Winchester,
Virginia where David purchased some 400 acres of land in 1764.

From "Frederick County, Virginia Will Book 4, Part 1", page 360: Will
of DAVID DENNY, 25 April, 1777
Wife: Margaret
Sons: Robert, Walter, Samuel, David, John, & William
Dau: Margerie Wilson
Wit: Merideth Darlington, David Denny, Jr., Alex White
Proven: 3 June, 1777, Frederick County, VA

Note that the above Alexander White (who witnessed David's will) later
became a member of Congress and offered the government (in the name of
Virginia) ten square miles as a site for the national capital.

David Denny had six sons, four of whom served in the Revolutionary war
(David, Jr., William, Robert, and Samuel). A fifth, Walter, was a Tory.

He married Margaret DENNY about 1740 in Lancaster County, PA [S4].
Margaret DENNY [S5] was born about 1724 in Paughtown, PA [S6]. Died in
Dec [S7].

They had the following children:

+2 i. Walter DENNY
+3 ii. David DENNY Jr.
+4 iii. Margery DENNY
+5 iv. William DENNY 1st Lt.
+6 v. John DENNY
+7 vi. Robert DENNY Lt.
+8 vii. Samuel DENNY

SECOND GENERATION

2. Walter DENNY [S8] was born about 1741 in Pughtown, Chester County, PA
[S9]. Died between 1810/1811 in Frederick County, VA [S10]. His will
was dated 30 May, 1810 and probated 2 Dec., 1811, so he died within this
time frame. If this is the same Walter Denny, he was received on his
own request by the Hopewell MM in Frederick County, VA on 2 August, 1779
..

He was disowned on 5 October, 1803 for bringing a lawsuit against a
fellow Quaker.

Per the third book "Denny Genealogy" by Dixon and Vann, they had no
children.

His brother Robert collected all of the guns from Walter's shop during
the war and Walter never forgave him.

He had no descendants, so his will left his property to his four
brothers.

He married Jane PUGH about 5 Nov 1780 in Hopewell MM, Frederick County,
VA [S11]. Jane PUGH [S12], died after 1811. She was still living when
her husband's will was probated in Dec., 1811. Jane was disowned on 6
May, 1805 for non-attendance at Quaker meetings at the Hopewell MM in
Frederick County, VA.

A Peter Pugh (age 40-50) appears in the 1840 Preble County, OH census.

3. David DENNY Jr. [S13] was born about 1744 in Lancaster County, PA
[S14]. Died on 20 Jul 1801 in Near Chillicothe, Ross County, OH [S15].
He was a blacksmith by vocation. They followed his family and moved to
Frederick County, VA shortly after they were married (about 1772).

He obtained land in Frederick County, Virginia and then leased that land
and bought other land in Cumberland County, Pennsylvania.

After the war, he owned land and lived in Pennsylvania, Virginia, West
Virginia, and finally, Ross County, Ohio. His health apparently began
to fail at the age of 56 for he made a will on 20 July, 1801, and it was
probated on 17 November, 1801. After he died, his wife, Margery
returned to Frederick Co., VA where she died 21 Feb., 1836 at the home
of her son William Denny.

He married Margaret DENNY about 1770 in Cumberland County, PA [S16].
They were first cousins on his mother's side. Margaret DENNY [S17] was
born on 14 Mar 1747 in Lancaster County, PA [S18]. Died in 1836 [S19].

They had the following children:

+9 i. David DENNY III
10 ii. Walter DENNY [S20] was born about 1774 in Frederick County
, VA [S21].
+11 iii. John DENNY
12 iv. Margery DENNY [S22] was born about 1778 in Frederick
County, VA [S23]. The place came from PAF.
+13 v. William DENNY
+14 vi. James DENNY
15 vii. Margaret DENNY [S24] was born about 1784 in Cumberland
County, PA [S25]. A Margaret Denny married a John Forger in Greene Co.
OH on 20 Apr. 1804 per the book Gateway to the West; Vol 1.

4. Margery DENNY [S26] was born in Jul 1746 in Chester County, PA [S27].
Died on 10 May 1837 in Near Winchester, VA [S28]. She had two
daughters and a son Robert per the Genealogy of the Denny Family in
Mabel Denny Thompson Notes, Vol. 1.

She married James WILSON about 1766 [S29]. James WILSON [S30] was born
about 1742 in Chester County? PA? [S31]. Died before 1778 in Rev. War.

They had the following children:

16 i. Robert WILSON [S32] was born about 1773 [S33]. Died in St
. Claire's Defeat. He died at St. Claire's Defeat by an Indian (he was
a soldier at the time).

She also married Robert LOCKHART before Jun 1778 [S34]. Robert LOCKHART
[S35] was born in 1744 in Scotland? [S36].

5. William DENNY 1st Lt. [S37] was born on 27 Sep 1748 in Berks County,
PA [S38]. Died on 5 Apr 1832 in Nr. Greencastle, Putnam County, IN (@
James Denny's Hse.) [S39]. He served in the Revolutionary War (from VA
ca 1777 under Capt. Job Hale) and also served in 1790-1791 (in what is
now Indiana) per his pension application. His brother Samuel Denny also
served in the Revolutionary War.

It appears that he was at Rachel Pugh's wedding (she was a sister-in-law
; sister of Jane Pugh; his brother Walter's wife). This would tend to
indicate he was a Quaker.

He was living in Kentucky in 1811, when his brother Walter died.

He married Mary R. SHIELDS on 27 Dec 1792 in Nelson County, KY [S40].
Mary R. SHIELDS [S41] was born on 21 Nov 1773 in Ireland [S42]. The
third book of Denny Genealogy at the Seattle Library (Vann, etc.) has a
date of 1773. Her pension application, dated 4 June, 1861 states she
was 87 at the time... Died about 1865 in Montgomery County? IL?. After
her husband's death in 1832, she moved from Putnam County, IN to
Montgomery County, IL in 1859 and applied for a pension on 4 January,
1861 at the age of 87.

They had the following children:

17 i. Martha DENNY [S43] was born on 30 Jul 1795 in KY [S44].
She married a Frederick Ashbaugh per a DAR Application--Mary Belle
Denney 12/1926.
18 ii. John DENNY [S45] was born on 10 Oct 1797 in KY [S46]. He
married and Elvira ____? per the DAR Application--Mary Belle Denney
12/1926.
19 iii. Nancy Shields DENNY [S47] was born on 2 Jun 1800 in KY
[S48]. She married a Mr. Weller per the DAR Application--Mary Belle
Denney 12/1926.
20 iv. Isabella Katherine DENNY [S49] was born on 1 Oct 1802 in
KY [S50]. She married a Mr. Hubbard per the DAR Application--Mary Belle
Denney 12/1926.
+21 v. Mary DENNY
22 vi. Eliza DENNY [S51] was born on 13 Nov 1808 in KY [S52].
She married a Hiram Gaither per the DAR Application--Mary Belle Denney
12/1926.

6. John DENNY [S53] was born on 5 Oct 1750 in PA [S54]. Died on 14 Apr
1834 in Burgin, Mercer County, KY [S55]. Buried in Apr 1834 in Mercer
County, KY (Shawnee Run Bapt. Church.) [S56]. John was a surveyor.
They settled in Lincoln County, KY near Harrodsburg around 1790 and
later, settled in Edgefield County, SC.

John was on the 1790 Mercer Co., KY tax list with his brothers Robert
and Samuel.

He was living in Kentucky in 1811, when his brother Walter died.

He married Martha HALL Twin on 7 Apr 1789 in Frederick County, VA.
Taken from Volume 3 of the Denny Genealogy by Dixon and Vann. The place
came from the book "Frederick County, VA Marriages 1771-1825" by Eliza
Timberlake Davis. Martha HALL Twin [S57] was born on 10 Nov 1767 [S58].
Died on 7 Nov 1839 in Mercer County, KY [S59].

They had the following children:

+23 i. Margaret "Peggy" DENNY
+24 ii. Elizabeth B. DENNY
25 iii. John DENNY Jr. [S60] was born in 1795 in KY? [S61]. Died
in 1814 [S62].
26 iv. Mary S. DENNY [S63] was born in 1797 [S64]. Died in 1821
[S65].
+27 v. Sarah Hall DENNY
+28 vi. James Hall DENNY
+29 vii. Walter DENNY
30 viii. Martha H. DENNY [S66] was born on 12 Mar 1808 [S67]. Died
on 19 Sep 1889 [S68].

7. Robert DENNY Lt. [S69] was born on 14 May 1753 in Chester (or
Lancaster) County, PA? [S70]. Died on 17 Apr 1826 in Salem, Washington
County, IN [S71]. Buried in Apr 1826 in Salem, Washington County, IN
(Old Sheron Cem.) [S72]. Was in Mercer County, KY and later moved to
Indiana; pvt., q.m., ens., p.m. and lt. At age 11, he moved with his
parents to Frederick County, VA from Pennsylvania.

He was a Lieutenant in the American Revolution serving from Virginia per
the DAR Patriot Index. The History of Washington County, 1884 says he
immigrated from Ireland to Virginia in 1765 and there married Rachel
Thomas.

He moved his wife and three sons from Frederick County, Virginia to
Lincoln County, (Shawnee Run) Kentucky in 1787. In 1789, he moved to
Mercer County, KY where Rachel died in about 1800, the mother of five
children born in Kentucky and four born in Virginia. Robert was the
fifth son of David Denny. Robert and Rachel had seven sons and two
daughters and were Presbyterians.

Robert was on the 1800 Mercer County, KY tax list with his brothers John
and Samuel.

He was living in Kentucky in 1811, when his brother Walter died.

After Rachel's death, Robert sold the farm to the trustees of the
Society of Believers (Shaker Church). When land was first put on the
market in Indiana, he moved to Washington County to live with his oldest
son David Denny. (Slavery had become distasteful to them, so the third
generation packed up and moved across the Ohio River to Indiana.)
Robert served in the War of 1812.

Another source says that in 1813, at the age of 60, he left Virginia
with his unmarried daughter, Sarah for Indiana Territory. He sold his
farm for gold and it was stolen from him on the way to Indiana. He died
at the home of his oldest son in 1826 at the age of 73.

The following was taken from Katherine Dawson Eddy's DAR application:
Robert Denny enlisted in the Revolutionary Army in 1779 and served as a
Private Quarter-master, Ensign pay-master and was commissioned Lieut.
March 7, 1789. Grave in Sharon Cemetery near Salem, Indiana, marked by
D.A.R. cross placed by Christopher Harrison Chapter. Sources: Dixon-
Mann, "Denny Genealogy, Book III", Pages 23-27 & 40; and "Roster of
Soldiers and Patriots Buried in Indiana", compiled by Mrs. Roscoe C.
O'Byrne; Published by Indiana DAR--1938.

He married Rachel THOMAS on 14 May 1778 in Winchester, Frederick County,
VA [S73]. Rachel THOMAS [S74] was born about 1758 in Near Philadelphia,
Bucks County, PA [S75]. Died on 12 Nov 1808 in Burgin, Mercer County,
KY [S76]. Buried in Harrodsburg, Mercer County, KY (Shawnee Run Baptist
Church).

They had the following children:

+31 i. David DENNY
+32 ii. Elisha Thomas DENNY
+33 iii. Samuel DENNY
+34 iv. Joseph DENNY
+35 v. William Robert DENNY
+36 vi. John DENNY
+37 vii. Mary "Polly" Thomas DENNY
+38 viii. James DENNY
+39 ix. Sarah "Sally" Marrs DENNY

8. Samuel DENNY [S77] was born on 28 Aug 1755 in Brandywine, Chester
County, PA [S78]. Died on 4 Jul 1843 in Putnam County, IN? [S79].
Buried in Jul 1843 in Putnam County, IN (Warren Twp., Deer Creek Baptist
Church) [S80]. Samuel served in 1777 as a volunteer rifleman in the
Virginia militia in Frederick County, VA (and lived in Winchester town)
during the Revolutionary War. He inherited a blacksmith shop from his
father in 1777 per his father, David's will. He was in the Battle of
Germantown and at the Battle of Monmouth, NJ in 1778. He guarded
prisoners at Winchester in 1781. His brother William was a Second
Lieutenant in the same war. He lived in Frederick County from that time
until 1789 when he moved to Mercer County, KY.

Samuel was on the 1790 Mercer Co., KY tax list with his brothers John
and Robert.

There is a Samuel Denny on the 1800 Mercer County Tax list that is most
likely him.

In 1810, he is shown on the Mercer County, KY census with a wife, two
boys and a girl (adopted?):

1 boy born bet. 1784 - 1800
1 boy born bet. 1800 - 1810
1 girl born bet. 1800-1810

He was living in Kentucky in 1811, when his brother Walter died. He
moved from Mercer to Washington County, Indiana in 1814, following his
brother Robert's move there. The 1820 Washington Co., IN census shows
his family as (adopted?):

3 males under 10(b .1810 - 1820)
1 male 16 - 25 (b. 1795 - 1804)
1 male 26-44(b. 1776 - 1794)
3 females under 10(b. 1810 - 1820)
1 female 26 -44 (b. 1776 - 1794)

He moved from Washington County, Indiana in 1826 to Putnam County, IN,
where his wife died sometime thereafter.

He filed for a pension on 23 April, 1835 in Putnam Co., IN at age 79.
Samuel was living with a Mrs. Isaac Yates when he received his pension
in 1836. She was born 24 July, 1802.

His nephew, James Denny, stated in 1861, that Samuel died, leaving no
heirs except the children of his brothers and sisters. However, they
adopted 13 orphans.

He married Elizabeth THOMAS. Elizabeth THOMAS [S81]

They had the following children:

+40 i. Mary "Polly" STEERS Orphan

SOURCES:

1. From the book "Blazing the Way" by Emily Inez Denney, written 1909.
2. The approximate place of Ulster came from the book "Westward to
Alki". The place of Londonderry came from the LDS Ancestral File #1P6M
-CL which had a birth date of ca 1720. The book Daughters of the
American Colonists--Vol. 14, 1964, p 15, had a date of 1705, but I
believe this to be far too early.
3. The book "Westward to Alki" had a date of 1777. His will was
proved on 3 June, 1777.
4. WFT CD
5. From the book "Blazing the Way" by Emily Inez Denney, written 1909.
6. From the LDS Ancestral File #1P6M-DR. Victoria Sheldon; Prodigy
6/94 had a birth date of 14 Mar 1747.... The book Daughters of the
American Colonists--Vol. 14, 1964, p 15 had a date of ca 1724.
7. From the LDS Ancestral File #1P6M-DR.
8. From the book "Westward to Alki".
9. WFT CD
10. Frederick County Virginia Wills and Administrations, 1795-1816
11. Taken from "Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy--Vol. V" by
William Wade Hinshaw, 1946.
12. Taken from "Encyclopedia of American Quaker Genealogy--Vol. V" by
William Wade Hinshaw, 1946. This is only a guess; must be verified
before use.
13. Taken from the third book of Denny Genealogy at the Seattle
Library (Vann, etc.)
14. "Zachary Taylor French & Rachel Evelyn Duckworth" by Gene Jackson,
p. 135
15. "Zachary Taylor French & Rachel Evelyn Duckworth" by Gene Jackson,
p. 135
16. From Dixon and Vann Denny Genealogy--Vol 3.
17. Taken from the third book of Denny Genealogy at the Seattle
Library (Vann, etc.)
18. Taken from the first book of Denny Genealogy at the Seattle
Library (Vann, etc.)
19. Taken from the third book of Denny Genealogy at the Seattle
Library (Vann, etc.)
20. From Dixon and Vann Denny Genealogy--Vol 3.
21. PAF 17FG-TQM
22. From Dixon and Vann Denny Genealogy--Vol 3.
23. PAF 17FG-TS2
24-27. From Dixon and Vann Denny Genealogy--Vol 3.
28. "Zachary Taylor French & Rachel Evelyn Duckworth" by Gene Jackson,
p. 134
29. From Dixon and Vann Denny Genealogy--Vol 3.
30. From Dixon and Vann Denny Genealogy--Vol 3.
31. PAF BDTW-45
32. WFT CD
33. WFT CD
34-36. From Dixon and Vann Denny Genealogy--Vol 3.
37. DAR Patriot Index
38. DAR Application--Mary Belle Denney 12/1926.
39. Taken from the third book of Denny Genealogy at the Seattle
Library (Vann, etc.). The place came from his wife Mary's pension
application. (City from a pedigree chart by Mabel Denny Thompson (dated
14 Jan 1970) at the Seattle Library.)
40. Taken from the third book of Denny Genealogy at the Seattle
Library (Vann, etc.)
41. Taken from the third book of Denny Genealogy at the Seattle
Library (Vann, etc.). Her middle initial came from her husband's
pension abstract in Virgil D. White's book titled: "Abstracts of Rev.
War Pension Files Vol 1:A-E".
42. DAR Application--Mary Belle Denney 12/1926.
43-52. Taken from Volume 3 of the Denny Genealogy by Dixon and Vann.
53. From the book "Westward to Alki".
54-68. Taken from Volume 3 of the Denny Genealogy by Dixon and Vann.
69. From the book "Blazing the Way" by Emily Inez Denney, written 1909
..
70. From the book "Blazing the Way" by Emily Inez Denney, written 1909
. The Ancestral File has his birth county as Lancaster, PA in one
record and Salem, Washington County, IN in another.... The Genealogical
Guide to Early Settlers of America has his birthplace as Bucks County,
PA.
71. From the book "American Ancestry". Confirmed by Katherine Dawson
Eddy DAR application dated 1966.
72. From the book "First Families of America" and the death place came
from the book "1812 Ancestor Index 1892-1970". The place was confirmed
by Mary Hartley on Prodigy.
73. From the book "Blazing the Way" by Arthur A. Denny. The month
came from the book "American Ancestry". The day and town came from the
LDS Ancestral File #1P6M-H9.
74. From the book "Blazing the Way" by Emily Inez Denney, written 1909
..
75. The book "Westward to Alki" has a date of 1757 (no birth place).
The LDS Ancestral File #1P6M-JG has a date of 1758 and the place shown.
The date shown is confirmed by Katherine Dawson Eddy's DAR application
dated 1966. It gives the county as Bucks.
76. The death date came from the book "First Families of America". The
exact date came from the book "American Ancestry" and is verified by the
LDS Ancestral File 1P6M-JG. The county and state place came from Mary
Hartley on Prodigy on 9/14/94. The city came from Katherine Dawson
Eddy's DAR application dated 1966.
77. From the book "Westward to Alki".
78. From Dixon and Vann Denny Genealogy--Vol 3.; also his pension
application which states the date was recorded in the Bible given to him
by his father.
79. Taken from Volume 3 of the Denny Genealogy by Dixon and Vann.
80. Newspaper--Harrodsburg, Kentucky Herald 9/21/72 by the Historical
Society.
81. Taken from Volume 3 of the Denny Genealogy by Dixon and Vann.

Hope this data helps. The PAF has David's father as William Denny (b
1694), but I think this is very doubtful, as I've seen no proof of it.

--

Bill Denney--Vancouver USA

Researching: DENNEY/DENNY, BEEM, BENNETT, DANIEL, HILL, HOLT,
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