William Harrison Dennison

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William Harrison Dennison

Birthdate: (36)
Birthplace: Lebanon, Warren, Ohio, United States
Death: November 6, 1846 (36)
Place of Burial: New Boston Cemetery, Mercer, Illinois, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of William Dennison and Rachel Dennison
Husband of 1st wife Denison and Caroline Denison Beeson
Father of Harriett Amanda Taylor; Isadora A. Madeira; Charlotte Ruth Madeira; Newton Ives Denison and William Harrison Denison, Jr.
Brother of John William Dennison; Joseph Arnel Dennison; James R. Dennison; Erastus Segustus Dennison; Theresa Dennison and 5 others

Occupation: Merchant, land developer, ferry operator
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About William Harrison Dennison


William Harrison Dennison (b.1810-d.1846) was born in Lebanon, Ohio and moved to Sangamon county Illinois with his parents in 1826. He was married once before he met Caroline Ives (b.1818-d.1881), whom he married on July 27th 1837. Caroline, who was born in New Haven, CT was a schoolteacher. William and Caroline had five children, Harriet Amanda Dennison (b.1838-d.1858), Isadora Ann Dennison (also know as Dora) (b.1840-d.1887), Charlotte Ruth Dennison (also know as Lotte) (b.1842-d.1894), Newton Ives Dennison (b.1844-d.1856), and William Harrison Dennison Jr. (b.1847-d.1848). William Harrison Dennison died in 1846, before the birth of his son William Jr. Both are buried in the New Boston Cemetery.

After William Harrison Dennison’s death Caroline married John Brooks Beeson in 1850. Beeson was New Boston’s first druggist. According to the 1850 Mercer County Census they were living in New Boston, IL with Caroline’s children, Harriet, Isadora, Charlotte, and Newton, and John’s son Orville W. Beeson from a former marriage to Harriet Newell, who had died in 1848. Caroline and John had a daughter, Clara Vashti Beeson (b.1850-d.1852) and a son Arthur Brooks Beeson (b.1852-d.1874) while living in New Boston, IL.

In 1853 one of William Harrison Dennison’s brothers, Ezra Ferris Dennison, led a wagon train to California. The Beeson family along with John’s parents, Issac (d.1877) and Lydia, joined Ezra. They took the Oregon Trail, which splits off into the California Trail and ends in Sacramento, CA. The Beesons all settled in Sacramento where they were engaged in a mercantile business. They lived in Sacramento until 1858 when they moved to Healdsburg, California

            --added by Maria Edmonds-Zediker, 9/22/10


2) CAROLINE IVES DENISON, widow of William Dennison, 1/20/1850 in Mercer County, Illinois, daughter of CALEB IVES and SARAH BOOTH. She was born 1818 in Connecticut9,10, and died 1881 in Healdsburg, Sonoma, California.

Apparently, William and Caroline had two children, Harriett and Isadora, as they are shown living with Caroline's second husband in the the 1850 census.

1850 Census - Town of New Boston #285: John B. Beeson, 30, clerk, N.Car; Caroline, 31, Conn; Orville Beeson, 4, Il; Harriett A. Denison, 11, Il; Isadora A. Denison, 8, Il


Birth: Aug. 6, 1810

Death: Nov. 6, 1846

Family links:

 William H. Dennison (1847 - 1848)*


New Boston Cemetery

New Boston

Mercer County

Illinois, USA

Created by: Jerry Swafford

Record added: Jul 20, 2010

Find A Grave Memorial# 55218663

          -- added by Maria Edmonds-Zediker, 9/22/10


One of the reasons New Boston had such a lively connection with the Iowa side of the Mississippi River was the New Boston Ferry. The very first ferry license was granted to William H. Dennison, and is recorded on the survey done by Abraham Lincoln. The words "The privaleges of Ferrying from and keeping.." can just be seen on the survey. Unfortunately the rest of the words are obliterated by the tape that has been used to preserve the survey. The license to William Dennison was granted at the first term of the commissioner's court in New Boston in April 1835. Dennison paid four dollars tax for the license. He was allowed to charge for ferriage for 1835: "for each four-horse wagon, $1.50; two-horse wagon, $1; man and horse, 50 cents; one horse, 18 3/4 cents; cattle, each 18 3/4 cents; sheep and hogs, each, 6 1/4 cents; each footman, 18 3/4 cents; each yoke of work cattle, 50 cents" (Hist of Mercer Co, 1882) (note it was cheaper to send cattle alone and for a horse and rider to go over separately!).

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William Harrison Dennison's Timeline

August 6, 1810
Lebanon, Warren, Ohio, United States
Age 27
Illinois, United States
Age 29
Illinois, United States
Age 31
Age 33
November 6, 1846
Age 36
November 1846
Age 36
New Boston Cemetery, Mercer, Illinois, United States
February 8, 1847
Age 36