North Carolina, USA
William married Rebecca in Albemarle County, VA and moved to & settled at Surry County, NC about 1773 on the Ararat River, near Ceder Hill Church. As of 1946, the land was still in possession of a member of his family.
They supposedly had 10 children but only 8 are identified.
He settled on an AX Entry before the Land Offices opened.
William was the grantee under two grants of land from the State of North Carolina dated 1793 & 1797 on or near the Ararat River and adjoining his other lands.
William & his wife remained in Surry County when the others were moving westward & they both died & were buried on the farm where they lived. One of his sons remained in Surry County.
Near the entrance to the Azariah Denny Cemetery, Pilot Mountain, Surry County, NC, there is a stone inscribed " In Memory Of William and Rebecca Hooper Denny, Parents Of Azariah Denny, believed to Be Resting In Unmarked Graves Here"
son of Samuel and Sarah Suddarth Denny
BELOW IS THE LAST WILL OF WILLIAM DENNEY
Azariah Denny from Rebecah Denny and Others:
This indenture made this 14th day of February in the year of our Lord 1822 between Azariah Denny and Rebecah Denny widow of William Denny deceased, of the state of North Carolina and County of Surry and Nathan Holt and Martha his wife, and LEVI BURCHAM AND NANCY HIS WIFE, Archilles Key and Sally his wife, Lazarus Denny and Keziah Denny, heirs in the estate of said William Denny, deceased, of the one part and Azariah Denny, son of the said deceased and the county and state aforesaid of the other part. Witnessed that the said widow Rebecah Denny and the above named heirs as legatees jointly for and in consideration of the sum of $ 30 to them in hand paid by the said Azariah Denny before the sealing and delivering of these, the receipt whereof is by them duly acknowledged and for and in consideration of the same they have given, granted, bargained, sold and delivered and by these presents doth give, grant, bargain, sell and deliver alone and together unto the said Azariah Denny his heirs and assigns a certain tract or parcel of land and premises situate lying and being in the county of Surry on the Ararat River beginning at a white oak on the east side of said river and runs North 30 chains to a white oak thence West 34 chains to a black oak then South 20 chains to a post thence East 34 chains to the beginning white oak containing 100 acres to be the same more or less together with all the right title interest or claim of the said widow Rebecca Denny and the above named heirs or legatees doth for themselves, their heirs, executors covenant and agree to and with the said Azariah Denny his heirs and that they shall and may forever hereafter peaceably and quietly have hold occupy possess and enjoy the above mentioned land and premises free and clear from all encumbrances whatsoever and from the claim and claims of ourselves and heirs and every one of us with every part and write unto the said Azariah Denny his heirs and in witness whereof we have here unto set our hands and affixed our seals the day and year above witness in the presents of us.
James Stone, Jr.
Joel L. Pfoff
Rebecah Denny by her mark
Levi Burcham by signature
Azachariah Denny by signature
Achillis Key by his mark
MORE FOUND ON WILLIAM AND FAMILY (Joel Denny's letter):
William Denny, one of the first family named, married Rebecca Hooper in Albemarle County, Virginia and moved to Surry County, NC and settled on the Arrarat River near Cedar Hill Church about 1773. He settled on an ax entry before the land offices were opened in the state and the land has been in the possession of the Denny Family ever since. He raised 7 children, Samuel, Lazarus, Azariah, Nancy, Martha, Keziah, and Sally. Samuel died a young man; Lazarus married Suzannah Burchum and raised several children, William, Azariah, Sally, Rebecca and Michol. They all went to Preble County, Ohio about 1825. He lost his wife and married Mary Ballard and they had 3 children, one boy David B. Denny. Azariah, son of the old man William Denny married Miss Elizabeth Stone and they raised Joel, Edmond, Martin, William, Nancy, Martha, Sally, Polly, and Elizabeth. All the girls remained single and Polly still resides at the old home. All of the rest of the family are dead. Joel married Nancy Jones, daughter of old Elder John Jones, and raised John, Gabriel, Bird, and David. Azariah was killed in the late war. Joel's girls were Elizabeth, who married Johathan Flinchum, Rosanna who married Marion Vaughn. Edmond Denny married Franklin Farris and raised Ann Denny, Coleman Denny, Mary who married A. S. Key, Ellen who married L. J. Key, and Nancy who married John W. Jones. Martin married Parmelia Key and raised Achillis Denny, Lewis Denny and Sally who married Aaron Fulk and Nancy who married J. F. Whittaker. Wm. Denny lived and died on the old homestead unmarried.
Old man Wm. Denny's girls married as follows: Nancy married Levy Burchum and settled in Grayson County, Virginia, Martha married Nathan Holt and moved to Ohio. Keziah lived with her brother, Azariah Denny. Sally married Achillis Key and they raised 8 children, Lewis, Wm., Augustin, and the girls, Emily, Nahalt, Parmelia, Lucinda, and Matilda.
Rebecca Hooper Denny (1750 - 1820)
Martha Denney Holt (1775 - 1850)*
Keziah Denny (1780 - 1875)*
Azariah Denny (1788 - 1878)*
Azariah Denny Family Cemetery
North Carolina, USA
Created by: Colleen Sanders Broyles
Record added: Jun 24, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 54081905