THE DESCENDANTS OF

 

 

ISAAC DENISON

RESIDENT OF BURKE,

CALEDONIA COUNTY, VERMONT

 

 

 

 

 

COMPILED BY HIS DAUGHTER

 

ROSALIA DENISON BOWMAN

 

 

 

ST. JOHNSBURY, VERMONT

1904

 

 

 

 

 

THE DESCENDANTS OF

 

ISAAC DENISON

Isaac DENISON was born in Stonington, Conn., April 23,1778. He was a descendant of Capt. George Denison, who came from England in 1645 and settled in Stonington.

Isaac Denison, when about fifteen years old, came to Ludlow, Vt., with his father, Elisha Denison. He attended the district school (which was his only chance for an education) and mastered the English branches sufficiently to become a successful teacher. On October 21, 1798, he married Electra Newell, who was born in Farmington, Conn., September 10, 1780, in Tinsworth, Vt. She was the daughter of Daniel and Nancy Curtis Newell.

In the Spring of 1799 they moved into the town of Burke, Caledonia County, Vt., and settled on a hill in the western part of the town, where they commenced a pioneer life, full of hardships and privations. There were no good roads, most of the travel being on horseback. Religious services were held four miles distant, and they were as constant as possible in their attendance. Eleven children were born to them, five boys and five girls reaching adult age and marrying from the old home.

In 1852 Mr. Denison moved to Norway, Me., to be near his three sons, who were in business in that place. He died January 9, 1867, in Norway, his wife surviving him only three years. She died in Burke, with her youngest daughter, Mrs. Harley M. Hall, August 22, 1870.

Isaac Denison was an honest, upright, reliable man, hospitable and generous, as many a fatherless boy could testify. He served the town in many ways - as selectman, town clerk, overseer of the poor- but it is, after all, as a kind father, a generous friend and an upright citizen that he is best held in remembrance. He and his wife were charter members of the first Baptist church organized in Burke. They are buried in Pine Grove Cemetery, South Paris, Me.

 

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