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Capt. George Denison

Male Bef 1620 - 1694  (> 73 years)


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  • Name Capt. George Denison  [1, 2, 3, 4
    Born Bef 10 Dec 1620  Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7, 8
    Gender Male 
    Baptised 10 Dec 1620  St. Michael, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7, 8
    Died 23 Oct 1694  Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6, 7
    Buried Ancient Burying Ground, Hartford, Hartford, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Person ID I694  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestors of JTS, Ancestor of TNH
    Last Modified 15 Sep 2018 

    Father William Denison,   b. Bef 3 Feb 1571, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 25 Jan 1654, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 82 years) 
    Mother Margaret Chandler,   b. 13 Oct 1577, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1646, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 68 years) 
    Married 7 Nov 1603  Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [7, 8
    Family ID F4409  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 Bridget Thompson,   b. Bef 10 Sep 1622, Preston Capes, Northamptonshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aug 1643, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age > 20 years) 
    Married Mar 1640  Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 9, 10, 11, 12
    Children 
    +1. Hannah Denison,   b. 20 May 1643, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Aug 1715, Stonington, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 72 years)
    Last Modified 25 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F1149  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 Ann Borodell,   b. Abt 1615,   d. 26 Sep 1712, Stonington, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 97 years) 
    Married Abt 1645  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [5, 6
    Children 
    +1. Ann Denison,   b. 20 May 1649, Stonington, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 17 Nov 1706, Stonington, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
    +2. George Denison,   b. Abt 1653, New London, New London, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 27 Dec 1711, Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years)
    Last Modified 25 Sep 2018 
    Family ID F5728  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Emigrated in 1631 with his parents and brothers. Settled at Roxbury, Massachusetts. Married Bridget Thompson, 1641. She died two years later, whereupon he returned to England to take up arms for Parliament. Was injured and (possibly) captured and escaped, a sequence of events that somehow resulted in him returning to Massachusetts in 1645 with a second wife, Ann Borodell. Removed to New London, 1651; served on the New London war committees in 1653 and 1654, when the Dutch threatened war. Removed to Stonington, 1654. Two decades later, we find him as captain of the New London County forces in King Philip's War, where he fought in and survived the Great Swamp Fight in Rhode Island, 19 Dec 1675. In 1676 he is "Provo-Marshall" of New London, pursuing remnants of the Narragansett and Wampanaug. He captured Chief Canonchet and worked with Pequot chiefs to "control the remnant of their tribe."

      "We would premise, that William Denison, came to Roxbury, Mass., in company with Rev. John Eliot, in 1631, bringing with him his wife and three sons, Daniel, Edward and George. The last named married in 1640, Bridget Thompson, supposed to have been a sister of Rev. William Thompson, of Braintree. His wife died in 1643. Mr. Donison visited his native country the same year, 'and engaged in the civil conflict with which the kingdom was convulsed.' On his return to this country, about two years afterwards, he brought with him his second wife, Ann, daughter of John Borrowdale, or Borrodel, of Cork, Ireland. Mr. D. emigrated to Connecticut as early as 1651, and in 1654 settled in what is now Stonington, to which the name of Southerton was given in 1658, when the territory was annexed to the County of Suffolk, Mass. He filled acceptably many offices of public trust, and was particularly distinguished as a leader in King Philip's war. He died at Hartford, Oct. 23d, 1694, during the session of the General Court, and was there buried. His age, according to the inscription on his grave stone, was 76." [Introduction to "Will of George Denison,--1693", New England Historical and Genealogical Register, Volume 13, 1859, p. 73.]

      "My Brother George buried his first Wife in the year 1643, went to England, was a soldier there about a year, was at the Battle of York or Marston Moor where he did good service, was afterward taken prisoner, but got free, and having married a second Wife, he returned to New England the year before our Mother died, and not long afterward removed himself to New London, near whereunto at Stonington he now liveth." ["Autobiography of Major-General Daniel Denison." The New England Historical and Genealogical Register 46:127, April 1892.]

      Along with TNH ancestors William Chesebrough, Walter Palmer, and Thomas Stanton, he was one of the founders of Stonington, Connecticut.

  • Sources 
    1. [S760] John Howland of the Mayflower, Volume 1: The First Five Generations: Documented Descendants from His First Child Desire Howland and Her Husband Captain John Gorham, by Elizabeth Pearson White. Camden, Maine: Picton Press, 1990.

    2. [S966] David L. Greene, "Mary, Wife of the Rev. Richard Blinman of Marshfield, Gloucester, and New London: An Unsolved Problem." The Genealogist (n.s.) 4:173, Fall 1983.

    3. [S972] Genealogy of the Descendants of William Chesebrough of Boston, Rehoboth, Mass. by Anna Chesebrough Wildey. New York: T. A. Wright, 1903.

    4. [S1699] McArthur-Barnes Ancestral Lines by Selim Walker McArthur. Edited by Donald Lines Jacobus. Portland, Maine: The Anthoensen Press, 1964.

    5. [S756] The Early Families of New England Study Project, by Alicia Crane Williams. Online database, New England Historic Genealogical Society.

    6. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.

    7. [S212] The Slovak Yankee, by Martin Hollick.

    8. [S925] Spencer Miller, "Willie, Denison and Abbott Families of Bishop's Stortford, Co. Herts, England." New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 67:46, January 1936.

    9. [S925] Spencer Miller, "Willie, Denison and Abbott Families of Bishop's Stortford, Co. Herts, England." New York Genealogical and Biographical Record 67:46, January 1936., year only.

    10. [S965] Randy A. West, "Alice Freeman, Wife of John Tompson of Preston Capes, Northamptonshire, and of Robert Parke of Connecticut: New Information on Her Parents, Siblings, Children, and First Husband." The American Genealogist 87:209, January-April 2015.

    11. [S972] Genealogy of the Descendants of William Chesebrough of Boston, Rehoboth, Mass. by Anna Chesebrough Wildey. New York: T. A. Wright, 1903., year only.

    12. [S1362] Denison Genealogies at The Denison Homestead site., year only.