Edward Denison (1724 - 1758)

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Birthplace: Stonington, New London, CT
Death: Died in New London Co., CT
Managed by: Steven Kelley
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DENISON GENEALOGY, by E. Glenn Denison, Josephine Middleton Peck, Donald L.

Jacobus, The Pequot Press, Inc. Stonington, CT, 1963. Page 19.

d. 18 apr 1758 when his boat ran on Turner's Reef (known today as Cormorant Reef)

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On August 7, 1753, Elihu Chesebrough Jr. wrote two deeds on Long Point to "Edward Denison [1724-1758] mariner" for land on either side of a road to be built from Stonington Harbor to Preston, a rich agricultural community east of Norwich By this time Stonington itself was a farming community producing corn, wheat, livestock, and cheese for city markets and for the Caribbean trade.

Elihu Chesebrough Jr. gave Denison the right to cut as much timber on my land at Long Point, both for Quantity and Quality such as is suitable for building a wharf about 30 feet wide, and as long as said Denison think it is for him or the interest of the public.

Also to allow him to take off from said Point what stones shall be needed for the same... said Denison to proceed and build the same with convenient speed, extraordinaries eccepted, else the above promise becomes void.

Denison wasted no time: he built a wharf to the west into Stonington Harbor and not far away a large house.

He did not live long to enjoy this house, however, for he died when his boat went aground on Turner's Reef (today Cormorant Reef, south of Latimer Point) on April 18, 1758.

The house was destroyed on April 2, 1837, during a fire that took with it a total of nineteen buildings along the waterfront and Water Street.

In its place today are the Stonington Ocean Bank building on Cannon Square, built in 1851, and the Gilbert William Collins house, built in 1853.

Gilbert Collins and his brother Daniel (1813-1862), with Mark Glines (1811-1895), ran a mill at the east end of Wall Street, where they made doors and window-sash frames still found in local houses.

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Edward Denison's Timeline

1724
March 4, 1724
Stonington, New London, CT
1750
December 19, 1750
Age 26
Stonington, New London, CT
1758
April 18, 1758
Age 34
New London Co., CT