Captain Alexander Denny

Male 1826 -


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  • Name Alexander Denny 
    Prefix Captain 
    Born 17 Jun 1826  Howard County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
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    • CAPTAIN ALEXANDER DENNY,

      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.

      HOWARD COUNTY MISSOURI BIOGRAPHIES (Prairie Township) page 570
    Person ID I5693  Root Tree
    Last Modified 29 Jan 2017 

    Father James Milton Denny,   b. 1 Jan 1790, Garrard County, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 21 Jan 1859, Walnut Grove, Howard County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 69 years) 
    Mother Elizabeth Best,   b. 23 May 1799, Kentucky Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Mar 1863  (Age 63 years) 
    Married 1818  Howard County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1998  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Mary Ann Snoddy,   b. 2 Aug 1836, Armstrong, Howard County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Sep 1939, Marshall, Saline County, Missouri Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 103 years) 
    Married 22 Jan 1856 
    Last Modified 29 Jan 2017 19:09:31 
    Family ID F2012  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart