Nathan Denison (1740 - 1809)

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Birthplace: Stonington, New London County, Connecticut Colony
Death: Died in Kingston, Luzerne Counthy, Pennsylvania, United States
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About Nathan Denison

Nathan Denison left a legacy when appointed colonel of he local militia and second in command under Colonel Zebulon Butler during the war for independence. He negotiated the necessary surrender to the British on July 3, 1778, after the fatal Battle of Wyoming. He continued public service as a judge, legislative representative, farmer, educator for his seven children and solid citizen. Col. Denison's legacy continued through public service given by his son George and even two grandsons, Charles Denison and Lazarus (Denison) Shoemaker.

The DAR's "Lineage Book of the Charter Members" by Mary S Lockwood and published 1895 states "Col Nathan Denison served his country, first, as member of the Committee of Correspondence, second, commander of the left wing of the patriot forces in the battle of Wyoming; third, associate judge; fourth, member of Connecticut and Pennsylvania Assembly."

Nathaniel and Betsy's first child, Lazarus born in the original log cabin was reportedly the first white child born in the Wyoming Vlley.

  1. Event: Clement F. Heverly Marriage in Pioneer & Patriot Families of Bradford County PA 1800-1825
  2. Note: According to Mr. Heverly, the marriage between Elizabeth Sill and Col. Nathan Denison was the first in Wyoming County.
  3. Event: George Brubaker Kulp Book excerpt 1890 in Families of the Wyoming Valley: Biographical, Genealogical and Historical
  4. Note: Colonel Nathan Denison, son of Nathan Denison, was born January 25, 1741. He emigrated to Pennsylvania in 1769, and April 1 of that year, was married to Elizabeth Sill, eldest daughter of Jabez Sill. The knot was tied in a log cabin which stood on the corner of River and South streets in this city, where the residence of Reuben J. Flick now stands, and was the first white marriage in Wyoming. Colonel Denison commanded the left wing of the patriot forces in the battle and massacre of Wyoming, July 3, 1778.
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Col. Nathan Denison's Timeline

1740
September 17, 1740
Stonington, New London County, Connecticut Colony
1769
April 1, 1769
Age 28
Wilkesbarre, PA, USA
1773
December 5, 1773
Age 33
1787
June 20, 1787
Age 46
1809
January 25, 1809
Age 68
Kingston, Luzerne Counthy, Pennsylvania, United States
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