Henry Martyn Denniston, B.A. 1862
Born June 13, 1840, in Blooming Grove, N. Y.
Died May 23, 1922, at Dobbs Ferry, N. Y.
Henry Martyn Denniston, the son of Robert Denniston (B A. Union 1820) and Mary (Scott) Denniston, was born June 13, 1840, at Blooming Grove, N. Y. ills father, whose parents were James and Prudence (Morrison) Denniston, was prominent in New York State politics, serving in both the Senate and Assembly and as a state comptroller. He was descended from Alexander Denniston, who came from Edgeworthtown, County Longford, Ireland, to Little Britain,
N. Y., in May, 1729 Mary Scott Denniston traced her ancestry to Gavin Scott, who came to America from Alnwick, England, in 1795 and settled in Elizabeth, N. J. She was the daughter of William and Mary (Mather) Scott.
Henry Denniston received his preparation for college at a private school in Washingtonville, N.Y. He left Yale at the beginning of Senior year and entered the Pay Corps of the Navy as an Assistant Paymaster. He was promoted to the grade of Paymaster in April, 1862, and was at sea until the close of the Civil War, being present at the capture of New Orleans, the running of the batteries at Vicksburg, and the bombardment and capture of Fort Fisher. From October, 1865, until August, 1868, he was in charge of the U S. Naval Depot at Rio de Janeiro. The following October he was detailed as Paymaster of the U S. S. "Michigan," with which he served on the Great Lakes for three years. He was then off duty for a year. His next appointment was as Fleet Paymaster on the North Atlantic Station, attached to the Flagship "Worcester " He served in this capacity until August, 1874; was stationed at the Philadelphia Navy Yard from September, 1875, until January, 1879, arjd from 1880 to 1882 was on duty as a member of the Board of Inspection, with headquarters at Newport, R. I He was then ordered to the "Hartford," and spent the next two years cruising in the West Indies. His term of sea service ended in June, 1884, and the next month he became Pay Director, the highest grade in the Pay Corps. During the next four years he was on duty at the Mare Isla Navy Yard, San Francisco, and from 1889 to 1895 ne was stationed at Philadelphia as Disbursing Officer. He subse- quently spent a brief period in Europe, and after his return was stationed successively at the, Portsmouth Navy Yard and at the Purchasing and Disbursing Office in New York City. In June, 1902, he was retired from the Navy with the rank of Rear Admiral Yale conferred the honorary degree of M.A. upon him in 1892 and he was at that time enrolled with the Class of 1862. He was a member of the Loyal Legion and an elder in the Presbyterian Church.
Admiral Denniston died at Dobbs Ferry, N. Y., May 23, 1922, and was buried in Washingtonville, N. Y.
He was married January 21, 1869, in Jersey City, N. J., to Emma Jane, daughter of Charles K. and Susan (Webb) Dusenbury, whose death occurred April 12, 1922. They had two children: Robert (B.A. Princeton 1892, M.D. Columbia
1895), who died November 18, 1921, and Cora Evelyn, who died May 4, 1890. Three grandchildren survive. Admiral Denniston was a brother of William Scott Denniston (B.A.
1853) and James Otis Denniston (B.A. 1856). John Denniston (B.A. 1807) was a relative.
Emma Jane Dusenbury Denniston
William Scott Denniston
James Otis Denniston
Caroline M. Denniston
Jane Crawford Denniston Deyo
Abbey L. Denniston
Juliana Howell Denniston Stevens
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