Always a good thing to find new information, even when you’re in the middle of something and it throws you a curve!  This is a really long post.  You can skip to the end if you want.  I copied both the links and pasted the information right in the post.  This is an absolute gold mine, well documented.

Just typing what I have, which goes back to 1673 England, thought that was pretty good.  Just on a whim Googled Robert Denison, Sr. and here’s what came up.  Five generations further back ( and two more on the mother’s side, to 1567, guess where?  yup, County Cork, Ireland!) , to 1513, England!

The following is from this link about George Denison, Sr.  This is an absolute gold mine!  He immigrated in 1631 at age 11 in the ‘Lion’, he fought under Oliver Cromwell, and in King Phillip’s War…was he a Patriot or a Loyalist?



  • ID: I04438
  • Name: George DENISON , Sr 1 2 3
  • Sex: M
  • Title: Capt.
  • Birth: 10 OCT 1620 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
  • Death: 23 OCT 1694 in Hartford, Hartford County, CT, USA while on business
  • Burial: 26 OCT 1694 Old Center Churchyard, Hartford, Hartford County, Connecticut
  • Burial: Center Street Church graveyard, Hartford, Hartford County, CT, USA
  • Event: AFN 89C7-VG
  • Baptism: 10 DEC 1620 Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
  • Immigration: 1631 in the “Lyon”
  • Military Service: BET 1644 AND 1645 Parliamentary Forces under Oliver Cromwell in England
  • Military Service: 19 DEC 1676 Narragansett Swamp Fight and other venues during King Philip’s War
  • Will: 24 JAN 1693/94 probated 29 Nov 1694, Stonington, New London County, CT, USA
  • Reference Number: 4451
  • Note:

    1. George returned to England following his wife Bridget’s death, engag ed in the Civil War serving under Oliver Cromwell including the Batt le of York or Marston Moor where he distinguished himself, escaped aft er he was taken prisoner and wounded at Naseby, Northamptonshire, and lat er married Ann Boradell (Borodell), daughter of John from Cork, County Cor k, Munster, Ireland. George was nursed in John’s home. In 1646 he return ed to America with Ann and son John who died young. In 1651 he came to Pe quot (New London), with Ann and 3 children. Here he occupied a house giv en him by the town until 1654, when he removed to what is now Stonington a nd built his dwelling house, about 5 miles west of William Chesebrough’ s, near Mystic, Connecticut. He was then 36 years old. He had been chos en Captain of a military company in Roxbury, Massachusetts. In 1658 he w as a signer of the Pawcatuck Articles. He supported the claims of Massach usetts in respect to the territory lying between the Mystic and Pawcatu ck Rivers, and was a leader in the opposition to the claims of Connecticu t. Even after the charter of King Charles had fixed the boundary of Conne cticut at the Pawcatuck River, he refused for a time to submit to the juri sdiction of this colony, so that he was under an interdict for a time, whi ch was, however, eventually removed through the intercession of William Ch esebrough. he was a freeman of Connecticut and represented Stoningt on in the General Court for 15 sessions (1671 – 1694). He filled almost e very important office in the town: was Captain of Volunteers in 1689: Co mmissary for New London County in 1690. He was an officer in several expe ditions against the Narragansetts and other Indian tribes in Massachusett s: was Captain of New London County forces in King Phillip’s War.

    2. George apparently died in General Court, Hartford, Connecticut (BOKH NL p. 161).

  • Here’s the link to George’s son John BORADELL DENISON:



  • ID: I04489
  • Name: John Boradell DENISON 1 2 3 4
  • Sex: M
  • Title: Capt.
  • Birth: 14 JUL 1646 in Roxbury, Suffolk County, MA, USA
  • Death: 26 APR 1698 in Stonington, New London County, CT, USA
  • Event: AFN 89C9-R7
  • Military Service: Colonial Indian Wars
  • Baptism: 24 JUL 1646 Roxbury, Suffolk County, MA, USA
  • Burial: APR 1698 elm Grove Cemetery, Mystic, New London County, CT, USA
  • Reference Number: 4504
    HintsAncestry Hints for John Boradell DENISON

        7 possible matches found on Ancestry.com

    Ancestry.com

    Father: George DENISON , Sr b: 10 OCT 1620 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
    Mother: Ann BORADELL b: 17 MAR 1615/16 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England

    Marriage 1 Phebe LAY b: 5 JAN 1650/51 in Old Saybrook, Middlesex County, CT, USA

    • Married: 26 NOV 1667 in Old Saybrook, Middlesex County, CT, USA

    Children

    1. Has No Children Phebe Denison b: 1668 in possibly nearby/Old Saybrook, Middlesex County, CT, USA
    2. Has Children John Denison , Sr b: 1 JAN 1668/69 in Stonington, New London County, CT, USA
    3. Has Children George Denison b: 23 MAR 1670/71 in New London, New London County, CT, USA
    4. Has Children Robert Denison , Sr b: 17 SEP 1673 in Stonington, New London County, CT, USA
    5. Has Children William Denison , Sr b: 7 APR 1677 in Stonington, New London County, CT, USA
    6. Has Children Daniel Denison , Sr b: 28 MAR 1680 in Stonington, New London County, CT, USA
    7. Has No Children Samuel Denison b: 23 FEB 1682/83 in Stonington, New London County, CT, USA
    8. Has No Children Ann Denison b: 3 OCT 1684 in Stonington, New London County, CT, USA
    9. Has Children Phebe DENISON b: 6 APR 1690 in Stonington, New London County, CT, USA
    10. Has Children Sarah Denison b: 6 APR 1690 in Stonington, New London County, CT, USA

    Sources:

    1. Title: Genealogy of the Descendants of William Chesebrough, Founder of Stonington, Ct.
      Author: Anna Chesebrough Wildey
      Publication: New York: Press of T. A. Wright 1903
      Note: None
      Note: Excellent
      Repository:
      Note: Chesebro’ Reference Material
      Media: Book
      Page: page 520
    2. Title: History of Stonington, Connecticut, 1649 – 1900
      Author: Richard Anson Wheeler
      Publication: New London, CT, USA, Press of The Day Publishing Company, 1900
      Note: None
      Note: Excellent
      Repository:
      Note: Chesebro’ Reference Material
      Media: Book
      Page: pages 338 and 339
    3. Title: Buskey Family Records
      Author: Patricia Buskey Compton
      Publication: 1999
      Note: Post Office Box 40,
      Midvale ID, USA 83645
      agricon@cyberhighway.net
      Note: Good
      Repository:
      Note: Denison Source File
      Media: Letter
    4. Title: Woolfolk Family Records
      Author: John W. Woolfolk, III
      Publication: 1998
      Note: 10123 Hillcrest Road,
      Cupertino, CA, USA 95014-1049
      Note: Average
      Repository:
      Note: 1-5695
      Media: Letter
  • And here’s the link to George’s father William DENISON, Sr:

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  • ID: I04440
  • Name: William DENISON , Sr 1 2 3 4
  • Sex: M
  • Title: Deacon
  • Birth: BEF 3 FEB 1570/71 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
  • Death: 25 JAN 1652/53 in Roxbury, Suffolk County, MA, USA
  • Burial: Old Eliot St Cemetery, Roxbury, Suffolk, Massachusetts
  • Baptism: 3 FEB 1570/71 Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
  • Occupation: “maltster” or brewer of ale and malt beverages very popular in his time /
  • Immigration: 1631 in the “Lyon” /
  • Reference Number: 4453
  • 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.

    HintsAncestry Hints for William DENISON , Sr

        1 possible matches found on Ancestry.com

    Ancestry.com

    Father: John DENYSON. b: 1530 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
    Mother: Agnes WILLIE b: 1547 in Thorley, Hertfordshire, England

    Marriage 1 Margaret CHANDLER b: 13 OCT 1577 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England

    • Married: 7 NOV 1603 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England

    Children

    1. Has No Children John Denison b: 7 APR 1605 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
    2. Has No Children William Denison , Jr b: BEF 5 OCT 1606 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
    3. Has No Children George Denison I b: BEF 15 OCT 1609 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
    4. Has Children Daniel Denison , Sr b: BEF 18 OCT 1612 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
    5. Has No Children Sarah Denison b: 7 OCT 1615 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
    6. Has Children Edward Denison , Sr b: BEF 3 NOV 1616 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
    7. Has Children George DENISON , Sr b: 10 OCT 1620 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England

    Sources:

    1. Title: Genealogy of the Descendants of William Chesebrough, Founder of Stonington, Ct.
      Author: Anna Chesebrough Wildey
      Publication: New York: Press of T. A. Wright 1903
      Note: None
      Note: Excellent
      Repository:
      Note: Chesebro’ Reference Material
      Media: Book
      Page: page 518
    2. Title: History of Stonington, Connecticut, 1649 – 1900
      Author: Richard Anson Wheeler
      Publication: New London, CT, USA, Press of The Day Publishing Company, 1900
      Note: None
      Note: Excellent
      Repository:
      Note: Chesebro’ Reference Material
      Media: Book
      Page: page 334
    3. Title: Denison Society
      Author: Nancy Hauser, former Denison Family Historian
      Publication: 1998 – 2008
      Note: nancy@the-hausers.com,
      http://www.denisonsociety.org/,
      166 Bartemus Trail, Nashua, NH 03063
      Main source is the Denison Genealogy: Ancestors and descendants of Captain George Denison;
      E. Glenn Denison, J. M. Peck, & D. L. Jacobus authors;
      1963;
      LDS PRF CD 30 published with Nancy’s data;
      2008 genealogists are Joanne Langdon and Midge Frazel
      Note: Excellent
      Repository:
      Note: Denison Source File
      Media: Letter
    4. Title: Ziegler Family Records
      Author: Douglas-Val Ziegler
      Publication: 1998
      Note: 333 Red Apple Lane,
      Rochester, NY 14612
      Note: Average
      Repository:
      Note: 5-0016
      Media: Letter


    The link to William’s father John Denyson:



  • ID: I04442
  • Name: John DENYSON. 1 2 3
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1530 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
  • Death: BEF 4 DEC 1582 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England of Plague
  • Burial: 4 DEC 1582 Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
  • Event: AFN 89CD-ON
  • Reference Number: 4455

    Father: Bishop DENYSON b: 1513 in Thorley, Hertfordshire, England
    Mother: wife of Bishop Denyson b: BEF 1517 in Thorley, Hertfordshire, England

    Marriage 1 Agnes WILLIE b: 1547 in Thorley, Hertfordshire, England

    • Married: 11 MAY 1561 in St James Church, Thorley, Hertfordshire, England

    Children

    1. Has No Children John Denison II b: ABT 1562 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
    2. Has No Children Luce Denison b: BEF 3 AUG 1567 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
    3. Has Children William DENISON , Sr b: BEF 3 FEB 1570/71 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
    4. Has Children Edward Denison b: BEF 6 APR 1575 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
    5. Has No Children Mary Denison b: BEF 28 APR 1577 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
    6. Has No Children Elizabeth Denison b: BEF 23 AUG 1579 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
    7. Has Children George Denison I b: BEF 17 MAR 1581/82 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England

    Sources:

    1. Title: History of Stonington, Connecticut, 1649 – 1900
      Author: Richard Anson Wheeler
      Publication: New London, CT, USA, Press of The Day Publishing Company, 1900
      Note: None
      Note: Excellent
      Repository:
      Note: Chesebro’ Reference Material
      Media: Book
      Page: page 334
    2. Title: Mitchell (Larry) Family Records
      Author: Larry S. Mitchell
      Publication: 1998
      Note: 2064 La Mer,
      Haslett, MI 48840-9565
      Note: Good
      Repository:
      Note: 6-2062
      Media: Letter
    3. Title: Ziegler Family Records
      Author: Douglas-Val Ziegler
      Publication: 1998
      Note: 333 Red Apple Lane,
      Rochester, NY 14612
      Note: Average
      Repository:
      Note: 5-0016
      Media: Letter
  • The link for Bishop Denyson, father of John Denyson:


  • ID: I04574
  • Name: Bishop DENYSON 1
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 1513 in Thorley, Hertfordshire, England
  • Death: BET 1543 AND 1604 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England
  • Reference Number: 4589
  • Note: 1. The Denison family of New England was originally from Bishop’s Stratfo rd, Hertfordshire, England. From the old Parish Register there, Stratfo rd is spelled Stortford, and Denison is spelled in various ways, viz.: Den yson, Dennyson, Denizen, and Denizon.

    Marriage 1 wife of Bishop Denyson b: BEF 1517 in Thorley, Hertfordshire, England

    • Married: ABT 1530 in Thorley, Hertfordshire, England

    Children

    1. Has Children John DENYSON. b: 1530 in Bishops Stortford, Hertfordshire, England

    Sources:

    1. Title: Ziegler Family Records
      Author: Douglas-Val Ziegler
      Publication: 1998
      Note: 333 Red Apple Lane,
      Rochester, NY 14612
      Note: Average
      Repository:
      Note: 5-0016
      Media: Letter


    THAT IS THE END!!!
    I’ve never seen anything with sources and documentation like this!  Fabulous.

    Still have a gap in the history, between Andrew Denison, b.1728, and James Denison, b. ca 1772, about the time of the Revolutionary War.  The gap is not people, but places and names of children.