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farmer and stock raiser and dealer. Captain DENNY's life has been more than an
ordinarily active one, as well as more than ordinarily successful. Soldiering,
school teaching, mining, teaming, merchandising, farming and the stock business
are the occupations that have successfully employed his time from early manhood
to the middle of the afternoon of life, and in all of them he has shown that he
possesses the qualities that win success in whatever situation one may be
placed. Some will fail anywhere, others nowhere, and Captain DENNY is one of
the latter class. He was born in this county, June 17th, 1826, and was a son
of James DENNY and wife, formerly Miss Elizabeth BEST, both natives of
Kentucky. They were married here, however, in 1818, the same year that his
father cast his fortunes with the "Boone's Lick country." Alexander grew up on
his father's farm in this county, and in youth secured a good ordinary English
education in the common schools and by diligent study at home. When twenty
years of age, being naturally of a spirited and enterprising disposition, he
became a soldier in the Mexican war, enlisting under the old Missouri hero,
General DONIPHAN, in 1846, and serving until the general discharge at New
Orleans, in 1847. He then came home and engaged in school teaching, which he
followed until 1849. That year the California gold excitement broke out , and
young DENNY was one of the first to brave the hardships and dangers of a trip
across the plains and over the cloud-capped heights of the Cordilleras, to the
Hesperian gardens of the Pacific coast. Nor was he one of the faint-hearted
many that lost their courage amid the trials of pioneer experience and returned
to the feather-bed ease of home life. He remained until 1856, digging deep
into the bowels of the earth for gold, and teaming through the Indian hemmed
mountain canons. His California life was not without substantial results.
Returning home in 1856, he engaged in merchandising and farming. In 1871 he
conducted a successful store in Roanoke, but that year sold out and turned his
whole attention to farming and the stock business. He has a magnificent farm
of a thousand acres finely improved, on which he grows grain and other products
and raises stock on an extensive sacle. He is also one of the leading stock
dealers in the county. During the late war, Captain DENNY commanded a company
of enrolled militia, and acquitted himself of the service with marked honor.
January 22d, 1856, he was married to Miss Mary A. SNODDY, and eight children
bless their conjugal life: Lizzie B., Joe S., Fossie, Kate M., Zannie M., Ula
B., James M. and David B. The "black camel, Death," as Abd-el-Kadir has
appropriately named it, has knelt at their door, and a loved one, a son, George
C., has been borne away.

Denny, Captain Alexander (I5693)
Louisiana Marriages to 1850 about Mrs Selina H. Rogers
Name: Mrs Selina H. Rogers
Spouse: Joseph Wilder
Marriage Date: 10 Jun 1845
Marriage County: Caddo
Family F1658
Nellie Kendall, "United States Social Security Death Index"
Given Name: Nellie
Surname: Kendall
Birth Date: 4 February 1884
Social Security Number: 448-20-4076
State: Oklahoma
Last Place of Residence: Bexar, Texas
Previous Residence Postal Code: 78231
Event Date: August 1973
Age: 89  
Hockaday, Nelle C (I2696)
Rachel Evelyn Mahon, "California, Death Index, 1940-1997
name: Rachel Evelyn Mahon
event type: Death
event date: 26 Sep 1944
event place: Los Angeles, California, United States
birth date: 22 Feb 1866
birthplace: Tennessee
gender: Female
father's name: Nash
mother's name: Dent
Nash, Rachel Evelyn (I1570)
Robert Elder Mann, "Georgia, Marriages, 1808-1967"
name: Robert Elder Mann
spouse's name: Nina Delois Culverhouse
event date: 07 Aug 1949
event place: Crawford County, Georgia
indexing project (batch) number: M00252-7
system origin: Georgia-EASy
gs film number: 417018
reference id: bk 7 p 424  
Family F1504
U.S. and International Marriage Records, 1560-1900 about John Clendenen
Name: John Clendenen
Gender: Male
Birth Place: TN
Birth Year: 1810
Spouse Name: Catharine
Birth Place: of TN
Year: 1835
Marriage State: TN
Number Pages: 1 
Family F118
Washington Death Index, 1940-1996 about Josephine V Hester
Name: Josephine V Hester
Date of Death: 5 Feb 1989
Place of Death: Tacoma
Age: 68
Estimated Birth Year: abt 1921
Residence: Pierce
Gender: Female
SSN: 259-28-2207
Certificate: 011621 
Culverhouse, Josephine Virginia (I4298)
Name: Epps Foster
Birth Date:
Spouse's Name: Sarah R. Vasser
Spouse's Birth Date:
Spouse's Birthplace:
Spouse's Age:
Event Date: 05 Mar 1821
Event Place: Halifax, Virginia
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Indexing Project (Batch) Number: M86876-1
System Origin: Virginia-EASy
GS Film number: 31918
Reference ID: pg106

Citing this Record:
"Virginia, Marriages, 1785-1940," database, FamilySearch ( : accessed 30 November 2015), Epps Foster and Sarah R. Vasser, 05 Mar 1821; citing Halifax, Virginia, reference pg106; FHL microfilm 31,918. 
Family F43
Malvern Leader
Malvern, Mills County, Iowa
Thursday, March 14, 1912

Another Mills County Pioneer Passes To Great Beyond.

The subject of this sketch was born of Henry and Betsy Graves, Feb. 22, 1820, in Knox county, Tenn. of a family of seven children - five sons and two daughters. He passed out of this life in to the life beyond the grave Sunday night March 10, 1912 at ten o?clock. Aged 92 years and 18 days.

He was converted in early life and united with the Methodist church. For many years he was a Sunday school superintendent. In young manhood he was for some time a teacher in the public schools. He was an unusually well educated man in his time and day, but being of a reticent disposition, one would not discover it unless he became quite intimate by acquaintance with him. No one ever heard him speak of himself, or his attainments, or accomplishments; and even his children knew of these only as they witnessed them, were told of them by their mother or others, or drew the same from him by volley after volley of questions, which he usually answered as briefly as possible.

After some years spent in the schoolroom he turned his attention to trades of carpenter and millwright at which he spent the prime of his life.

He married Alice Jackson Center (Senter) July 24, 1845, at the old Center plantation in Roan county, Tenn., on which now is located the city of Harriman with a population of over 4000.

To this union were born eleven children, seven sons and four daughters. Two of the sons died in childhood; the oldest son and child, S.V. Graves, died in matured manhood some years since in Omaha. The four living sons are W.T. Graves of Whiting, Iowa; Markis D. Graves of Colorado; U.R. Graves of Malvern, Iowa and E.C. Graves of Portland, Oregon. All the daughters are living, who are, Mrs. Joann M. Crow of Malvern, Iowa; Miss Laura B. Graves of Malvern, Iowa; Mrs. Tennessee M. Byers of Portland, Oregon and Mrs. Adeline L. Adams of Council Bluffs, Iowa.

At time of his death, Mr. Graves had 71 living descendants; four sons, four daughters, 30 grandchildren and 33 great grandchildren.

Mrs. Alice Jackson Graves, wife of the deceased, died May 18, 1897, nearly fifteen years ago, they having had the companionship of each other for over 51 years. They celebrated their golden wedding anniversary July 24, 1895.

At the time of the breaking out of the Civil War he was a foundryman owning and operating a large foundry in Kingston, the county seat of Roan county, Tenn. Being on the Mason and Dixon line and being a patriot of the truest and firmest type, he espoused the cause of his county and flag and stood with the North, although his wife?s folks were slave owners. Because he cast his influence with the North, the Rebels destroyed his foundry, broke the molds, dies, and threw them into the river. This financially wrecked a prosperous and well-to-do business man. But who ever heard him complain about it?

His religious life was of the same quiet unostentatious character as his business life. He was a constant reader of the Bible, having read it through many times; for years prior to his death he kept it lying on the floor near his chair by the window, and regularly every morning and often at other times would peruse its pages. The writer found it in the usual place where he kept it and from it secured the data for this sketch.

It can be said of him what can be said of very few men, none of his children or family ever heard him swear or use a by-word, and he stated that he never swore in all his life. He was of a strict religious family, having an older brother, who began preaching at the age of sixteen and lived to the ripe age of eighty-eight, having preached for seventy years.

He was ever willing to help any one in trouble and need and was so open hearted and handed in this respect he was sometimes imposed upon.

At the breaking out of the Civil War he entered the Government employ in the army and was blacksmith and wheelwright, shoeing the horses and mules, and keeping the artillery and munition trains in repair.

He had one characteristic among others; he was a great pedestrian always preferring to walk than ride, and often he would start out and walk for miles to town or elsewhere, when by waiting a little he might have had conveyance.

He first came to Iowa from Tennessee with his family in November 1854, nearly fifty-eight years ago. They came by ox-team traveling the 1000 miles in just six weeks to a day. They crossed the Ohio river at Caving Rock, then through southern Illinois; crossed the Missouri river at St. Charles, Mo., and the Nishnabotna River in Northwest Missouri and camped at the foot of the high-pointed bluff that marks the junction of the Missouri and Nishnabotna valleys about two miles southeast of Hamburg, Iowa. At that time there was only one house in all that region which was near the high pointed bluff mentioned. All the rivers were crossed in ferries. Much of the way the only guide they had from town to town was a furrow turned across the prairie. Then there was not even a trail. The end of the long journey was found at the home of his brother-in-law, Wm. McPherron, who lived two or three miles northwest of where Tabor now stands. Near there they made their home for two years, when they returned to Tennessee where he was engaged as above stated until 1875, when he with his family again returned to Mills County, where he has lived successively near Tabor, near Balfour, where he farmed, and for the last 23 years has been a resident of Malvern.

He ever had a host of friends, wherever he went, had no enemies, was respected by all, and while he lived a moral life, lived a far better life than a moral life, namely a quiet consistent christian life.

He was a man of marvelous constitution as he was not sick in all his long life so as to require the ministrations of a physician until within the last three years. This constitution was proven by the struggle that came with disease and old age as it was drawn out in the last two years of his life in which he suffered severely, especially during the last three months, and the agony endured in the last days no one can know, for he died as he had lived, with little complaint and with calm trust in God. He suffered until just before he died, when he seemed to have ease and life just seemed to quit, to go out. He was conscious to the last.

His life has been well spent and he has faithfully served his God. He was a regular church attendant until his hearing became defective and his feebleness shut him in.

The word ?faithful? best states the character of his christian life. His constant prayer during the closing week of his life was that the Lord would quickly take him home. The facts of his journey to this country from Tenn., was given by Mr. Graves to the writer about two years ago.

The funeral was held from the Methodist church Tuesday afternoon at 2:30 and was largely attended by the old friends and neighbors of the deceased. The services were conducted by the pastor Rev. E.W.F. ReQua. Interment was made in the Malvern cemetery.  
Graves, Elliott Reed (I3664)
10 Goodspeed Biographical Appendix- Marshall County
The Goodspeed History of Maury, Williamson, Rutherford, Wilson, Bedford, Marshall Counties of Tennessee.
The Goodspeeds History of Tennessee, 1886.

WILLIAM T. MARSH is a son of Shelby and Elizabeth J. (Jones) Marsh, and was born June 24, 1843, in Giles County, Tenn., and was reared by a father who, though very wealthy, was a believer in honest toil, and taught his sons to work. He acquired a good rudimentary education, and later attended Cumberland University. He then returned home, and has followed the free and independent life of a farmer up to the present time. He owns 930 acres of very fertile land, and is extensively engaged in stock raising. In 1871 Amelia Jackson became his wife. She is a daughter of Thomas R. and Elizabeth S. (Madry) Jackson, who were born in North Carolina and Missouri, respectively. They both came to Tennessee when young, and became the parents of ten children. The latter was a Democrat, and died in 1883. His widow still lives, and has attained the age of seventy-two years. To Mr. and Mrs. Marsh were born three children-two sons and one daughter. Our subject and his wife are members of the Methodist Episcopal Church South, and he is a stanch Democrat. 
Marsh, William Thomas (I254)
11 groom's name Boliva C. Dent
groom's birth date 1884
groom's age 26
bride's name Lula K. Gable
bride's birth date 1887
bride's age23
marriage date 01 Jun 1910
marriage place Cullman County, Alabama

indexing project (batch) numberM74454-2
system originAlabama-EASy
source film number1026706

Family F1495
12 groom's name E .G. Fountain
bride's name Emma E. Dent
marriage date 26 Dec 1909
marriage place Crawford County, Georgia
indexing project (batch) numberM00252-7
system originGeorgia-EASy
source film number417018

Family F1499
13 groom's name W. L. Dent
bride's name Eva Hamlin
marriage date 18 Dec 1909
marriage place Crawford County, Georgia
indexing project (batch) numberM00252-7
system originGeorgia-EASy
source film number417018

Family F1494
14 groom's name William Henry Dent
bride's name Eva Dupree
marriage date 12 Oct 1904
marriage place Houston County, Georgia
indexing project (batch) numberM71307-1
system originGeorgia-EASy
source film number295991

Family F1497
15 Plot: Azalea, Row KK, Lot 1 Dent, Almira Elizabeth (I2686)
1860 - 1948"
is on a flat marker. 
Ator, Adam E Junior (I155)
BORN JUNE 15, 1858
DIED MAY 20, 1912
is on a standing stone. 
Crowder, Charles Lewis Mecom (I3008)
JULY 2, 1833
APR. 15, 1919"
is on a standing stone. 
Ritter, Delila (I3011)
NOV 10, 1893 MAY 15, 1959"
is on a flat stone. 
Ruby, Earl (I896)
20 "IN MEMORY of PATIENCE DENT Born May 15th 1782 and died April 16th 1853" is on a standing headstone with a broken footstone.  Patience (I98)
Sept. 1845
Aged 48 yrs." 
Hutcheson, Lucinda (I2579)
22 "MRS. R. W. WAGONER 1862-1937"
is on a white marble mausoleum vault.  
Crosby, Matilda Jane (I143)
NOV. 24, 1884
MAY 13, 1961"
is on a standing stone
shared with his wife. 
Pierce, Charles Perry (I1537)
NOV. 29, 1890
FEB. 26, 1961"
is on a standing stone
shared with her husband. 
Crowder, Annie Mae (I3006)
25 "R. W. WAGONER 1858-1930"
is on a white marble mausoleum vault.
Mausoleum Crypt #104 
Wagoner, Robert Wesley Senior (I142)
26 "SACRED to the memory of JOHN DENT who was born 21st July 1770, and departed this life January 13th 1848 aged 77 years 5 months and 23 days." is on a standing headstone with a footstone marked "J. D."  Dent, John (I97)
27 "Sacred To the memory of THOMAS DENT Who died Dec. 25th 1825, Aged 23 Years." is on his standing headstone.  Dent, Thomas (I99)
28 "Tennessee, State Marriage Index, 1780-2002," index, FamilySearch ( : accessed 23 February 2015), Charley Barnes and Mary Pace, 01 Sep 1858; from "Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002," Ancestry; citing p. 226, Franklin, Tennessee, United States, Tennessee State Library and Archives, Nashville, Tennessee. Family F441
29 "This tribute of respect is inscribed to the memory of my dear Husband Nicholas ZEIGLAR, by his weeping Wife to whom he endeared himself by uncommon tenderness and affection. He sustained the last principal cene. With all of his affectionate Family around his bedside weeping. Oh, weeping; he exhibited an example of calm resignation to his Family. His departure was on the 20th of January 1841, in the 75th year of his age. And the tears of his relations and Friends watered his grave." 'Oh! merciful God' is carved into the white Alabama marble of the large, false crypt of Nicholas Zeigler. Zeigler, Nicholas (I 1)
DEC. 16, 1867
MAY 3, 1927"
is on a standing stone. 
Epps, Vernettie E (I3009)
31 #27274 Dawson, Samuel Toliver (I940)
32 #4927 Dawson, Wilson Toliver (I944)
33 #5104 Wilson, Mary Marinda (I941)
34 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I735)
35 1771 - arrived in Philadelphat Pa from Bavaria, Germany Leonhardt, Johann Adam (I4753)
36 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I38)
37 3
12. Sarah (Ligon) Grills' Descendants.
44 No records have been found showing that Richard and John
Grills, sons of Sarah (Ligon) and her husband, Richard Grills, ever
married or had descendants. The Henrico County Records, Deeds, Wills, No. 2, 1725-1737, p. 349, indicate that Richard and John Grills returned to Virginia from North Carolina. In January, 1729, we find "Richard Grills, of Edenton in North Carolina" selling a lot in the town of Bermuda Hundred, Henrico County, to John Fitzgerald. In the same month, Richard Grills of North Carolina, sold and conveyed to Abel Turner, land "being vested in law to me Richard Grills, being the eldest son of Richard Grills," and to Samuel Soane a tract of land on "Branches Brook or Kingsland Creek" the same formerly "in possession of Richard Grills, millwright, deceased, and now in posses- sion of his eldest son, Richard Grills, party to these presents. Henrico County Records, Deeds, Wills, No. 2, 1725-1737, pp. 334, 337 and 343.: In August and October, 1731, and April, 1732, we find Richard Grills of Henrico County, conveying land and a mill on Swift Creek which had belonged to his father, Richard Grills, deceased.
The will of Richard* Grills, of Henrico County, dated April 15, 1732, probated first Monday in July, 1732, after directing payment of his just debts, devised "to my friend William Kennon and his heirs forever, all my estate real and personal, except that if my brother John Grills be now living and come on to Virginia, the said Kennon to pay him the value of what land I die possessed with." Kennon was named sole executor. On May 5, 1735, we find a John Grills, of Henrico County and parish selling and conveying to John Read, 100 acres on branch of Winterpock Swamp. Henrico County Records, 1725-1737, p. 478.
The Ligon family and connections, Volume I, page 751
Author: William D Ligon; Thomas E Partlow
Publisher: New York, New York : W.D. Ligon Jr, Baltimore, Maryland : Otter Bay Books, 1947-1973 2009.
Edition/Format: Print book : English
Database: WorldCat
Thomas Ligon (1586-1675) emigrated in 1641 from England to Jamestown, Virginia, and shortly thereafter settled in Henrico County, Virginia. Descendants and relatives lived throughout the United States. Includes (on p. 1-305 of v. 1) much data about Ligon ancestry and genealogical data (including nobility) in England and elsewhere. 
Ligon, Sarah (I5739)
38 30 Dec 1883 ? Yankee, Lois Fiddler (I888)
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40 3:15 am, 8 pounds 4.5 ounces, 19.75 inches long, head 14 inches  Lanham, Donald Kennedy Senior (I37)
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46 5 Aug 1876 ? Yankee, Lida Pearl (I898)
47 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I711)
48 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I2483)
49 7 Dec 1878 ? Yankee, Lida Pearl (I898)
50 At least one living or private individual is linked to this note - Details withheld. Living (I740)

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