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Samuel Denny (b. Abt. 1745, d. Abt. 1807)Samuel Denny (son of Benjamin Denny) was born Abt. 1745 in Virginia, and died Abt. 1807 in Wayne County, Kentucky444.He married Elizabeth ? on date unknown in Virginia.
Notes for Samuel Denny:
There is a Samuel Denny listed in the 1783 census of Amherst Co.VA who has 8 whites.A Samuel Denny is listed as bondsman for the will of John Wade on 2 July 1787 in Amherst Co.He was a witness to the above will on 3 May 1784.
In Deed book D page 245, Amherst Co. on 1 Mar 1775, John Wade sold to Samuel Denny 80 acres of land for 65 pounds.
In Deed Book F p. 331 Amherst Co.17 Apr 1789 Samuel and Elizabeth Denny sold to William Burnett 70 acres of land for 50 pounds which was formerly the property of John Wade.
In Deed Book B, page 260 Amherst Co. 14 Apr 1767 Benjamin Denny sold 94 acres.
In Deed Book B, page 202 Amherst Co. Aug 1767 John Denny sold 200 acres.
In Deed Book C, page 18 Amherst Co. 15 June 1769, John Denne and Elizabeth of Roann (?) , NC sold 50 acres.It isn't known if the above Benjamin and John are related to our Samuel or not.
Son John's pension application says that he (John) was b. in Amherst Co. on Aug 24, 1766 on the waters of Rockfish River.He lived for 20 years in Amherst and then moved to Fayette Co. KY. (about 1786).The family lived in Fayette Co. KY for 6 years then moved to Clark Co. KY around 1792.He had lived in Wayne Co. KY for 43 yrs when the application was filed in 1841.Fayette Co. was the original county in KY that was formed from VA.Clark Co. was formed from Fayette and Wayne Co. from Cumberland and Pulaski.Samuel and John Denny were on the 1799 Cumberland Co. census--it became Wayne Co. in 1801.
A tract of land containing 164 acres was granted to Samuel Denny in Apr. 1801 on the east side of Beaver Creek, Wayne Co. KY.
Century of Wayne Co. KY, p. 20.From 1800 to 1810 each yearbrought a large number of families.Grants under the headrights provision were made to the following : Charles and Samuel Denny.Azariah Denny was listed in Kentucky Land Grants .
Will--In the name of Almighty God amen I Samuel Denny of the State of KY and Wayne Co. being frail in body though strong in mind and memory; calling to mind that I have to die I do make and ordain this my last will and testament....I give my soul to Almighty God who gave it.
My will is that my body shall have a Christian like burial at the expense of my exectors and if not by my friends.
I do make and appoint my beloved wife Elizabeth and my son William my excutors...
.my will is that my all my just and lawful debts be paid..
.I leave my beloved wife to have the power to consent to sell myland or at any time during her life and to have 1/3 the profits of such during her life with the bedding and house affairs necessary for housekeeping and house if she requires it; with a certain bay horse known by the name of Dick.
I leave to my beloved sons Benjamin and Esariah my land to be equally divided between them after the decease of their mother; also I leave to them each a mare to wit a gray to Ezariah and a bay to Benjamin now called their property.
I leave all my livestock ....to my sons Benjamin and Ezariah for their support and to enable the pay the state prices of the land and in case 1 or both should marry I wish the fore mentioned stock to be divided into 3 equal parts between them and their mother and each have a third part.
I leave all the balance ...to be equally divided between all my children to wit John, Samuel, Wm, Sarah, Benjamin, and Ezariah....August 7th, 1806.Probated May 9th, 1807.
From Genforum-James Manees
I am a descendant of Samuel's daughter Sarah, who married Ephriam Guffey, Jr., in Wayne Co., 1803. I have found that Samuel was married to Elizabeth Wade, a daughter of John Wayne and Elizabeth (probably) Dawson of Amherst Co., VA, where Samuel Denney also owned land. Wade being an English name, I have not yet determined whether Elizabeth Dawson, probably a d. of Thomas and Mary Dawson of Amherst (formerly Goochland Co.)is of a Scottish or English Dawson descent. The Denneys are a mystery to me before Samuel appears in Amherst. I would guess he is an Ulster Scot descended from the Denneys of Stirlingshire, Scotland, where the placename Denny exists, but there was also an English family by the name Denny that migrated to Londonderry, Ireland, and I cannot be sure of the Scottish descent. I have been told by Carole Jacobs of Littleton, CO, who stopped responding to my E mails months ago for unknown reasons, that she found other Denney families in Amherst with similar naming patterns, seemingly more Scottish than English, I would say. Samuel Denney's son John named his children Samuel, John, Benjamin, Wm, Elender, Ezeriah, Elizabeth and Lindsey. The latter Scottish name could reflect the maiden name of either John's wife or Samuel's mother's line.
From Rootsweb-Brent Schlottman
Note: CHRONOLOGY: "William Denney Descendants" by Graves (1984):
Note: 1775 - Samuel Denny bought 80 ac from John Wade, Amherst Co.
Note: 1776 - Samuel Denny paid for setting up cannon, Amherst Co.
Note: 1782 - Samuel Denny household of 8 persons, Amherst Co.
Note: 1785 - Samuel Denny household of 9 persons, Amherst Co.
Note: 1789 - Samuel Denny with wife Elizabeth sold 70 ac., Amherst Co.
Note: 1790 - Samuel Denny in Fayette Co., KY
Note: 1794 - Samuel Denny in Clark Co., KY
Note: 1799 - Samuel Denny in Cumberland Co., KY (became Wayne Co.)
Note: 1800 - Samuel Denny in Cumberland Co., KY
Note: 1802 - Samuel Denny had 600 ac on Beaver Creek, Wayne Co., KY
Note: 1804 - Samuel Denny taxed on 360 ac, Wayne Co., KY
Note: 1806 - Samuel Denny will dated Aug 7, 1806
Note: 1807 - Samuel Denny will proved March 1807, Wayne Co., KY
Taken from Melody Hull's website:
from Denney researcher Janice E. McAlpine, firstname.lastname@example.org;
"Samuel appear to have been a dissenter from the Church of England and signed several petitions in the 1770s objecting to religious taxes and requesting religious freedom. The originals of these petitions are in the Library of Virginia. Given the Biblical names in his family, it possible that Samuel was a Quaker, but it is also possible that he was Presbyterian, Baptist, or Methodist."
From the Richard Frederick Denny website:
There was a Samuel Denny that died in Wayne County, Kentucky in 1807. He and his descendants had never been connected to our Samuel Denny, recent results of our DNA Program have however, proven that this Samuel Denny is closely related & perhaps a son of Samuel Denny Senior and at the very least a Nephew. Joel Denny in his letter outlining Samuel Denny descendants never mentioned a Samuel Denny Junior but, since this Samuel Junior was never in North Carolina, perhaps Joel did not know of him.
More About Samuel Denny and Elizabeth ?:
Marriage: Unknown, Virginia.
Children of Samuel Denny and Elizabeth ? are:
- +Benjamin Denny, b. Abt. 1781, Amherst or Hanover County, Virginia ?445, d. Abt. 1855, Nevada, Tipton County, Indiana.