Sunday, April 29, 2007

Rev. Erastus DENISON and wife Prudence SPICER

DENISON monument

(Rev. Erastus DENISON and his wife Prudence SPICER are buried with separate headstones to the left of his parents Frederick DENISON, Jr. and Hannah FISH. )

Rev. Erastus DENISON, son of Frederick DENISON and his wife Hannah FISH and brother to Charles H. and Frederick, Jr [buried nearby,] was born 22 Dec 1791 and died of cancer 20 Sept 1866. He was a Baptist minister.

He served as minister in the Third Stonington Baptist Church from 1862-1865 ministering to a black congregation.

He married Prudence SPICER, of Groton, daughter of John5 SPICER (Edward4, John3, Edward2, Peter1) and his wife Elizabeth LATHAM, in Groton on 25 June 1815. They were married by John G. Wightman, Elder.

Prudence was born 1 May 1795 in Groton/Ledyard and died 21 May 1864. She and Rev. Erastus had nine children, all died unnamed in infancy.

This plot contains the following words on the side of the memorial monument:

Rev. /Erastus /Denison/Born/ Dec. 22, 1791/Died /Sept. 20, 1866/
Prudence S./His Wife/died/May 21, 1864./Aged 69 Years

Dea. George N. Wright/Died April 4, 1867./Aged 48 Years

1860 Census: Erastus Denison age 68, Bapt. Minister, born Stonington, wife Prudence, age 65, born in Groton. George W. Wright age 41, Gardener, wife Eliza D. age 41, born in Groton.

Groton Vital Records (Barbour Index page 241). Wright, George N. of Montville, m. Eliza D. DABOLL, of Groton, Aug. 18, 1840 by Rev. Erastus Denison, Vol. 1 page 63.

Groton Vital Records (Barbour Index page 208). Spicer, Prudence, d. John, 2d & Elizabeth, b. May 1, 1795 Vol. 2, page 59.

Groton Vital Records (Barbour Index page 208). Spicer, Prudence, m. Erastus Denison, b. of Groton, June 25, 1815, by John G. Wightman, Elder. Vol. 2 page 87. (same entry in Ledyard VR Barbour Index page 175, birth page 53)

Meech, Susan Spicer & Susan Billings Meech. History of the Descendants of Peter Spicer A Landowner in New London, Connecticut, as early as 1666, And Others of the Name. 1911.
Prudence Spicer, eldest child of John, page 93.

Denison Genealogy: #512 page 43 [listed "of cancer" and 9 unnamed infants"]

Rev. Erastus DENISON was my 1st cousin, 5 times removed.

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