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Catherine Millet Denney
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Birth: Dec. 29, 1817
New York, USA
Death: Sep. 9, 1890
Big Rock
Kane County
Illinois, USA

One of the old pioneers of the county who have gone before to pilot the way to "the better land," leaving behind honored names to posterity, was Major Denney, who was born at Manlius, NY, in 1807, and closed his eyes in death in Big Rock Township, Kane County, in 1886. He was a son of Hugh Denney (a farmer) and Hannah Denney, also natives of Manlius. As far back as the genealogy of the family can be traced the Denneys were natives of New York State. Major Denney learned the trade of a cooper when a boy, at the same time securing a good common school education, after completing which he engaged in the cooper business in New York State. March 25, 1835, he married Catherine Millett, a native of New York, and a daughter of Alexander and Catherine (Rosecrans) Millett, the former of whom was a farmer, miller and cooper in New York State. To this union were born twelve children, nine of whom are still living: Cornelia, wife of Edwin Godfrey, in Kaneville, Ill.; Emma (widow of Menzo Gammett), in Chicago; Major, a resident of Kane County; Harriet (wife of Orlando Woodward), in Big Rock Township; and Harrison (married), Mervin, Laura, Ida (wife of Levi Davis) and Charles, all in Big Rock Village. Mr. Denney came to Illinois in 1841, purchased from the government 240 acres of land on Section 3, Big Rock Township, and commenced farming, carrying on, for a few years at first, his trade in connection therewith. In 1857 he bought 240 acres in Iowa, which he improved, and thereafter spent his time equally between the two farms. At his death he left to his family 290 acres in Big Rock Township, and the 240 acres in Iowa. Mr. Denney came to Kane County when there was not a market nearer than Chicago, but bravely did he overcome the privations and hardships which surrounded him, and handsomely was he repaid. Politically, in early days he was a Whig, in later days a Republican. He was a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. His widow is now living a retired life in Big Rock Village with three of her sons, the homestead being rented. She is a member of the Methodist Episcopal Church. (source - Portrait & Biographical Record - Kane & Kendall Counties, IL 1888, page 626) 
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  Major Denney (1807 - 1886)
  Merrett Major Denney (1842 - 1916)*
  Harriet Melissa Denney Woodward (1844 - 1897)*
  Harrison Abraham Denney (1847 - 1922)*
  Loren W Denny (1853 - 1942)*
*Calculated relationship
Kaneville Cemetery
Kane County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Sharon Nordman Ogle
Record added: May 11, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 52259253
Catherine <i>Millet</i> Denney
Added by: Sharon Nordman Ogle
Catherine <i>Millet</i> Denney
Added by: Sharon Nordman Ogle
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