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Birthplace: Bishop's Strorford, Hertfordshire, England, (Present UK)
Death: Died in Roxbury (within present Boston), Suffolk County, Massachusetts Bay Colony, (Present USA)
Occupation: Merchant, Came to Roxbury Mass on the Good ship Lion, Merchant came over on the ship "Lion", came to Amer. in1631
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About William Denison

Find a Grave # 9327690; http://www.findagrave.com/cgi-bin/fg.cgi?page=gr&GRid=9327690

Birth:  Feb. 3, 1571, England; Death:  Jan. 25, 1652; Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA

Here lyes interred ye body of William Denison, Master of Arts & representative for ye town of Roxbury about 20 years, who departed this life March 22nd 1717-18 aetatis 54.

Integer atque Probus Deus Patria que fidelus, Uixit nunc placide dormet in hoc tumulo.

Baptized Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, 3 February 1571, son of John and Agnes (Willie) Denison. Maltster from Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire who came to Massachusetts Bay in 1631 & settled in Roxbury. Died in Roxbury 25 January 1653/4.

Married in Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, 7 November 1603, Margaret (Chandler) Monk. "Old Mother Dennison" died Roxbury 3 February 1645/6. 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."   Family links:   Parents: John Denison (1530 - 1582);    Spouse:   Margaret Chandler Denison (1577 - 1645)    Children: Daniel Denison (1612 - 1682)*; Edward Denison (1616 - ____)*; George Denison (1620 - 1694)*

Burial: Eliot Burying Ground, Roxbury, Suffolk County, Massachusetts, USA

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William with wife Margaret and sons Daniel, Edward and George prob came in Lion with Eliot in 1631 as his name stands third in the record of the First Church. Constable and dep to Gen Ct in 1634, one of the founder of the “Free School.” With son Edward and other Roxbury men he was disarmed in 1537 for “Subscribing the seditious libel” ie being a follower of Anne Hutchinson, a woman who had her own ideas of religion and drew liberal and intelligent thinking toward her.116

NEHGR 46: 352; and 127-133.

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1631- Emigrated to America in the ship "Lion" with his wife and 3 youngest sons.

Siblings: Luce bapt. 3 August 1567, Edward bapt. 6 April 1575, Mary bapt. 28 August 1577, Elizabeth bapt. 23 August 1579, and George bapt. 1 March 1582.

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Earliest Immigrant.

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Christening Feb., 3rd, 1570/71 Bishops Stortford, hertfordshire, England.

Burial January 25th, 1653 in the Old Eliot St. Cementary, Roxbury,Suffolk, Massachusetts at age 82 years.

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William Denison of Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England, left that country for the New World in April of 1635, with his wife Margaret Chandler, and three teenage sons: Daniel, Edward, and George. John, the oldest son, stayed behind in England where he was a minister, and another son, William, had disappeared years before to fight in Holland. George was the youngest, only thirteen when he left England. The older sons had been educated at Cambridge; this was not possible for George, so his father hired John Eliot to be his tutor.

William settled in Roxbury, MA where he was a merchant, and later became deacon of the First Church of Roxbury. He died January 25, 1653, at the age of eighty two or eighty three. Margaret died eight years earlier, at age sixty seven, February 3, 1645. They were buried in Old Eliot St Cemetery in Roxbury.

otes for DEACON WILLIAM DENISON:

    He was very well seated in Stortford or Stratford, bur hearing of the then famous transplantation to New England, unsettled himself and recalling his son Daniel from Cambridge, removed himself and family in the year 1631 to New England, and brought over with him his son Daniel, then aged about 19 years, and two younger brothers, Edward and George, leaving oldest son, John, who had also been bred at Cambridge and was then a minister, married, with a good portion, and who lived about Pelham or in Harford shier, not far from Stratford, where they were all born. He was Vicar of Standon, County Herts, 1660 to 1670. William Denison brought with him into New England a very good estate and settled himself at Roxbury, Massachusetts and there lived till Jan. 25, 1653, when de died, having buried his wife about 8 years before, viz., 1645.

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Was very well seated in Stortford or Stratford, but hearing of then famous transplantation to New Eng, unsettled himself & recalling his son Daniel from Cambridge, removed himself & family in yr 1631 to New Eng, & brought over w/him son Daniel, then age abt 19 yrs, & 2 younger brothers, Edward & George, leaving oldest son, John, who had also been bred at Cambridge & was then a minister, married, with good portion, & who lived about Pelham or in Harfordshire, not far from Stratford, where they were all born. He was Vicar of Standon, County Herts, 1660-1670. William Denison brought w/him into New Eng a very good estate & settled himself at Roxbury, MA & there lived til Jan 25 1653, when he died, having buried his wife abt 8 yrs before, viz., 1645.

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  1. Occupation: "maltster" or brewer of ale and malt beverages very popular in his time
  2. Immigration: 1631 in the "Lyon"
  3. Reference Number: 4453
  4. Note:
   1. William was very well seated in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, Engl and, but hearing of the then famous transplantation to New England, unsett led himself and recalling his son Daniel from Cambridge, immigrated with h is family, including Edward and George but not John, to America in 16 31 in the "Lion." Reverend John Eliot, who was tutor of the family also c ame with William's family who helped him escape the religious persecti on in England.
   2. In 1632 William became a freeman of Massachusetts. He was a memb er of the Massachusetts General Court from 1635 to 1637.

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Notes for WILLIAM DENISON:

Denison Genealogy, by Denison, Peck & Jacobus, page xxi.

    William came to America on the Lion with his wife and 3 youngest sons; settled in Roxbury, MA 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 built a house in Roxbury MA which was still standing in 1882.

WILLIAM DENISON, born in England about 1586, came to America in 1631, and settled in Roxbury, Mass., having with him his wife Margaret, his three sons, Daniel, Edward and George, and John Elliott, who seems to have been a tutor in his family. Mr. Elliott became pastor of the church in Roxbury, and did missionary work among the Indians. Mr. Denison was a deacon of the Roxbury church. He had been liberally educated, and his sons were carefully educated. He died in Roxbury, Jan.25, 1653; his wife died there. Feb.23, 1645.

Notes for WILLIAM DENISON:

Denison Genealogy, by Denison, Peck & Jacobus, page xxi.

    William came to America on the Lion with his wife and 3 youngest sons; settled in Roxbury, MA 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 built a house in Roxbury MA which was still standing in 1882. 

Immigrated to America on the "Lyon" with his 3 youngest sons and their tutor in 1631, his wife, Agnes, and their two older sons remaining in England, wife Agnes immigrated in 1632. They settled in Roxbury, MA in 1631 where he was a merchant. He was deacon in the First Church of Roxbury. He built a house in Roxbury, MA that was still standing in 1882. He and his wife are buried in Old Eliot St. Cemetery at Roxbury, MA.

Burial: Old Eliot Street Cemetery, Roxbury, Essex Co., Massachusetts

Christening: February 03, 1570/71, Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England

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Grave inscription:

Here lyes interred ye body of William Denison, Master of Arts & representative for ye town of Roxbury about 20 years, who departed this life March 22nd 1717-18 aetatis 54.

Integer atque Probus Deus Patria que fidelus, Uixit nunc placide dormet in hoc tumulo. -------------------- "William Denison was well situated in Bishop's Stortford, but became interested in the emigration to New England, whereupon he decided to go there himself . . . He brought a very good estate to New England, andsoon became a leader in civic and religious affairs. His name is third on the list of founders of the First Church of the town, which was organized about 1632 with John Eliot as pastor. Eliot was a missionary to the Indians, traveling to America on the ship "Lyon" with William Denison, and appears to have been a tutor in his family. William Denison was a founder of the free school in Roxbury.

A list of early freeholders shows that he possessed two hundred and sixty-seven acres of land. In 1637, he and his son, Edward, were among several other Roxbury men who were disarmed for 'seditious libel,' because they were followers of Anne Hutchinson, the religious leader, who drew many of the more intelligent to her way of thinking." (Americana, 488).

In 1632 William became a freeman of Massachusetts. He was a member of the Massachusetts General Court from 1635 to 1637

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William Denison's Timeline

1571
February 3, 1571
Bishop's Strorford, Hertfordshire, England, (Present UK)
February 3, 1571
Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England, (Present UK)
February 3, 1571
Bishop's Stortfo, Hertfordshire, England
February 3, 1571
Bishop's Stortfo, Hertfordshire, England
February 3, 1571
Bishop's,Stortford,Hertfordshire,England
February 3, 1571
Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England, United Kingdom
1603
November 7, 1603
Age 32
England, (Present UK)
1605
1605
Age 33
UK
1606
October 5, 1606
Age 35
Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, , England
1609
October 15, 1609
Age 38
Bishop's Stortford, Hertfordshire, England