Deacon William Denison

Bishops Stortford, East Hertfordshire District, Hertfordshire, England
Death 25 Jan 1653 (aged 81)
Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA
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Son of John Denison and Agnes Willie Denison Gace, brother of Luce, Edward, Mary, Elizabeth and George.
Baptized Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, 3 February 1571
Maltster from Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire who came to Massachusetts Bay in 1631 & settled in Roxbury.
William married Margaret (Chandler) Monk 07 November 1603 in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire.
Father of:
* John bap 05 Oct 1605, minister, remained in England
* William Jr bap 05 Oct 1606 - aged 18 went to Holland as a soldier, never heard from again
* Daniel bap 18 Oct 1612
* Sarah bap 08 Oct 1615, bur 15 Oct 1615
* Edward bap 1616
* George bap 10 Dec 1620 d 23 Oct 1694
"Old Mother Dennison" died Roxbury 3 February 1645/6.
William died in Roxbury 25 January 1653/4.

From the Denison Genealogy pg xxi:
William came to America on the Lion with is wife and 3 youngest sons; settled in Roxbury, Mass 1631. John Eliot, pastor of the First Church of Roxbury and Apostle to the Indians was a tutor of George, his youngest son. Eliot had arrived on the same ship.
William was a merchant and must have been a man of means and good education. He was deacon in the First Church of Roxbury and had a large influence in the colony. One record states his wife did not unite with the church until some years later. William Denison built a house n Roxbury Mass; was still standing in 1882, Both William and Margaret were buried in Old Eliot Street Cemetery.

His son Daniel Denison left a remarkable record addressed to his grandchildren, which details the immigrant's family. "That you being left fatherless children might not be altogether ignorant of your ancestors, nor strangers to your near relations, I thought meet to acquaint you with your predecessors, and your descent from them.... Your great grandfather my dear father whose name was William, had by my dear Mother whose name was Chandler six sons, and one daughter, two of which (viz) one son and the daughter died in their childhood ..., your grandfather [sic - recte great-grandfather] my father though very well seated in Stratford [sic], hearing of the then famous transplantation in New England, unsettled himself and recalling me from Cambridge removed himself and family in the year 1631 in New England, and brought over with him myself being about 19 years of age, and my two younger brothers, Edward, and George, leaving my eldest brother John behind him in England.... My father brought with him into New England a very good estate and settled himself at Roksbury and there lived (though somewhat weakening his estate) till the year 1653 in January when he died, having buried my mother about eight years before."

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