Begin New Search
Refine Last Search
Cemetery Lookup
Add Burial Records
Help with Find A Grave

Find all Dennys in:
 • Evergreen-Washelli Memorial Park
 • Seattle
 • King County
 • Washington
 • Find A Grave

Top Contributors
Success Stories
Community Forums
Find A Grave Store

Log In
Sponsor This Memorial! Advertisement
David Thomas Denny
Learn about removing the ads from this memorial...
Birth: Mar. 17, 1832
Putnam County
Indiana, USA
Death: Nov. 25, 1903
King County
Washington, USA

Seattle Founding Pioneer. Son of John and Sarah (Wilson) Denny. He was the younger brother of Seattle founder Arthur Armstrong Denny and husband of Louisa Boren. He left Cherry Grove, Illinois on April 10, 1851 as part of a westward wagon train expedition headed by his brother Arthur. Hearing of a vast unsettled wilderness along the journey, he was directed by his brother to explore the Puget Sound region to the north along with John Low for suitable settlement sites after the party's arrival in Portland in late August. Joined by Leander "Lee" Terry and Michael Simmons along the way, they were guided to a possible settlement site at Alki. Finding the area suitable for 1,000 settlers, David began construction on what would become Seattle's first log cabin on September 28, 1851. After staking a personal claim, John Low returned to Portland to collect other members of the Denny party. On November 5, 1851, the Denny party headed by Arthur set sail on the schooner "Exact" for the inland waters of Puget Sound, arriving on the shore of what would become the future city of Seattle on November 13, 1851. On January 23, 1853 David and Louisa Boren were united in marriage by acting Justice of the Peace David S. Maynard, in Seattle's first official wedding ceremony. By 1882 he had became one of Seattle's wealthiest citizens, only to lose most of his real estate properties and personal holdings in the recession of 1883. In 1884 he established a cemetery on property he owned at Oak Lakes for the burial of his infant son, the site which eventually evolved into today's Evergreen-Washelli Cemetery in North Seattle.

Family links: 
  John Denny (1793 - 1875)
  Louisa Boren Denny (1827 - 1916)*
  Emily Inez Denny (1854 - 1918)*
  Madge Decatur Denny (1857 - 1889)*
  Abbie Denny Lindsley (1858 - 1915)*
  John Bunyan Denny (1862 - 1913)*
  Anna Louisa Denny (1865 - 1888)*
  David Thomas Denny (1867 - 1939)*
  Jonothan Denny (1867 - 1867)*
  Victor Winfield Scott Denny (1869 - 1921)*
  Lewis Helms Denny (1815 - 1891)*
  Alford Wilson Denny (1817 - 1888)*
  John Fletcher Denny (1819 - 1882)*
  Arthur Armstrong Denny (1822 - 1899)*
  David Thomas Denny (1832 - 1903)
  Allen Wylie Denny (1834 - 1901)*
*Calculated relationship
Seattle Founder
Evergreen-Washelli Memorial Park
King County
Washington, USA
Maintained by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.
Record added: Jul 11, 2000
Find A Grave Memorial# 10773
David Thomas Denny
Added by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.
David Thomas Denny
Added by: Nils M. Solsvik Jr.
David Thomas Denny
Added by: Steve Frasher
There are 2 more photos not showing...
Click here to view all images...
Photos may be scaled.
Click on image for full size.

- akamastsu
 Added: Jul. 27, 2017

- quebecoise
 Added: Jul. 18, 2015
Thank you.
 Added: Jan. 31, 2015
There are 7 more notes not showing...
Click here to view all notes...

Privacy Statement and Terms of Service