THE SEVENTH GENERATION.
Record of Samuel Denison's Family.
Samuel Denison (son of Daniel Denison, Jr., and gr. gr. gr. gr. grandson of William Denison), was born at Stephentown, Rensselaer County, N. Y., Oct.24, 1774. In 1800, he and his brother Latham migrated to the then great Western Wilderness, and settled upon adjoining farms in the town of Floyd, Oneida Co., N. Y. and each continued to own and occupy the farm so selected until his death. Floyd had then but few settlers, and those at remote points. It was his misfortune to be called upon to bear up under greater afflictions than usually befall the early settler. Just at the time he had so far subdued the forest as to make his farm yield an abundant support for himself and family, he accidentally pricked his right thigh with a pitchfork. The wound was apparently a slight one, and little attention was given to it at the time, but within a few days it became inflamed and painful, and after suffering intense anguish for several weeks, he was obliged to suffer amputation of his leg above the knee joint. The operation was performed by Dr. White, of Cooperstown, who was the nearest surgeon capable of performing such an operation, and to reach Floyd, he had to travel on horseback through the wilderness seventy-four miles. Added to this affliction of losing his leg, and the resulting confinement and sickness, his wife, who for a long time had been an invalid, died shortly after the amputation, leaving to be cared for seven young children, the eldest not over 17. During all these misfortunes, afflictions, and sufferings, he was hopeful, and his courage never failed him. I insert the following tribute to his memory (as well as that of other contemporary pioneers), taken from the Rome Sentinel, of Dec. -, 1849. It was written by the late Hon. Elon G. Comstock, who at the time was editor of the Sentinel, and subsequently on the editorial staff of the New York Journal of Commerce:
"Died in Floyd, on the 11th of December, 1849, Samuel Denison, aged 76 years. Mr. Denison was one of the early settlers of this county, having resided, we think, on the same farm for almost half a century. Although not the first, the town of Floyd was one of the earliest settled towns in the county, but its pioneers, many of whom have lived to good old age, are dropping away, and a few years more will have removed all of them from the scenes of their early adventures, and the home of their manhood and old age. Mr. Denison located in Floyd in the year 1800, or 49 years ago. Several others came about the same time, a few prior to his arrival, and others soon after; but we regret that we have not the information necessary to a correct account of the men and the occurrences of that early period.
"Among the first settlers were Nathan Townsend, James Chase, Nathaniel and William Allen, Latham and Samuel Denison, Samuel Moulton and, we believe, also the grandfather of Col. David Moulton, whose first name we do not remember. There are, doubtless, several others whose names will occur to those longer and better acquainted with the early history of the town. These settlements were made in different parts of the town, while it was yet a wilderness, and while the whole county was nearly in the same condition. There were settlements of several years' standing in Whitestown (by which name all the county north and west of Utica was then called), Fort Stanwix (now Rome), Western, Westmoreland, etc., but the population was sparse, and neighbors few and far between. It was at that day not unusual for citizens of Floyd to go with ox teams to Western, Lee, and other distant towns to meeting-a task which our present inhabitants would hardly feel willing to accomplish.
"Of the pioneer settlers named above, only two now remain; Mr. Salmon Moulton and Captain Townsend, the former still residing in Floyd, an the latter at Holland Patent, having retired from his farm several years ago. Mr. Chase died several years ago; the two Allens about six years since, at an advanced age; and Mr. Latham Denison some four or five years ago. Mr. Samuel Denison, whose recent death has led to this brief and imperfect narrative, had continued to reside on the farm where he first located, and to enjoy the esteem and respect of his townsmen and acquaintances, until his death on Tuesday last. His health had for the past three or four years been seriously impaired, although such as to admit of the superintendence of the farm and business affairs. He was celebrated for his skill and intelligence with which he conducted his farm, and for many years has been a constant subscriber to agricultural papers, which he has perused with much interest, while those younger and less experienced have steadily rejected all such aid."
He was twice married-first to Rhoda Crandall, Jan. 13, 1802, by whom he had nine children. The wife, Rhoda, died Feb.18, 1817.
The following are the children by his first wife :
He was married the second time Dec.28, 1817, to Nancy Burlingame, born March 3, 1798, daughter of Freeborn and Lydia (Bacon) Burlingame of Providence, R.I.
The children by this marriage are :
He died Dec.11, 1849, and was buried by the side of his first wife, Rhoda, in Floyd. His widow, Nancy, is now living at Vernon Centre, Oneida County, N.Y., in her 86th year ; strong and active, and writes a steadier hand than many people at 50.