Col. Nathan Denison

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Nathan Denison

Birthdate: (68)
Birthplace: Stonington, New London County, Connecticut Colony
Death: January 25, 1809 (68)
Kingston, Luzerne Counthy, Pennsylvania, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of Col. Nathan Denison and Ann Denison
Husband of Elizabeth Dennison
Father of Lazarus Denison; John Denison and Mary Patterson
Brother of Prudence Denison; Rev. Joseph Denison; Anna Huntington; Eleazer Denison; Lydia Elderkin and 1 other

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About Col. 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 Valley.

He commanded the left wing of the patriot forces, in the battle which preceded the "Wyoming Massacre," July 3, 1778. He was a man of strong ability and character, and stood among the foremost in the region where he lived.

DENISON GENEALOGY, ANCESTORS AND DESCENDANTS OF CAPTAIN GEORGE DENISON, Of Stonington Connecticut, by John Denison Baldwin and William Clift, Worcester, MA, 1881, p 198

  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

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