in 80th year
The following information was compiled by Sarah K Hermans, Regent, Chancellor Livingston, NSDAR, May 2015 and published in “44 Patriots of the American Revolution interred in the Rhinebeck Reformed Church Cemetery”. Provided by and used with permission of Sarah K Hermans
Row 14 on the south side, third to last stone to the left of his wife’s stone,
REVOLUTIONARY WAR SERVICE:
PRIVATE: Land Bounty Rights 4th Reg’t Albany Co. Militia [NYRC+S V1 p. 225]
DAR ANCESTOR NUMBER: Not in DAR database
This is one of the handful of mystery men in this cemetery who do not seem to be connected to any other local family.
He might be son of William Denison and Mercy Gallup, born February 11th, 1722 in Stonington, New London County, CT. He married June 5th, 1746 at Stonington Martha Williams. According to his tombstone, he died October 30th, 1802 at 80 years of age. However, there is some confusion as to who he might have been or how he ended up in Rhinebeck.
There is a John Denison also a son of a William Denison also of Stonington born November 23rd, 1722 who died in Stonington in 1787 at 64 (c.1723). John and Martha Denison had at least one child, Zeviah (1749–1751) in Stonington. Another Jonathan Denison was a Captain after the war in Rensselaer County, NY—he was probably married to Sarah Green and was born 1761, a bit young, but not impossible to be a soldier of the Rev-olution.
He does not appear in the census or in some of the books about the history of the town. How he came to Rhinebeck remains a mystery; there is, however, no doubt that a Jonathan and Martha Denison are buried in the Rhinebeck Reformed Church cemetery.