Wednesday, April 24, 2013

Ann Borodell Denison Gates

Ann Borodell Denison Gates by midgefrazel
Gravestone photo by Midge Frazel, 15 Aug 2009
Ann Borodell Denison Gates, a photo by midgefrazel on Flickr.

"Aunt Annie"
Buried in Elm Grove Cemetery in Mystic, Connecticut near the shore of the cemetery, "Aunt Annie" may have left no descendants but she did leave an amazing legacy to all of the hundreds of thousands of us Denison descendants. (That is not an exaggeration of descendants, either.)

Google Maps (2013), view of the cemetery.
 Notice the roads laid  out in an Elm Tree  Shape

She gave us the Denison Homestead and a lot of land. Think what that would mean today.

This week, I honor "Aunt Annie" and her husband and son. Their markers may be simple but their existence is very special.

Ann Borodell Denison (Edgar, Oliver, Oliver, George, George, William, Capt. George) #5199, p. 233 of the current Denison Genealogy, was the daughter of a seafaring father.

She was born on 31 Jan 1866 and lived a long life until 9 Feb 1941. Raised in the Homestead by her aunts, Ann was named for Capt. George Denison's second wife Ann BORODELL. It is a big honor to be named for Lady Ann and many other women through the years were also named for the lady that Capt. George Denison fell in love with while recovering from wounds sustained in wartime. He married her and brought her to America. 

I am a double-Denison as I am descended from both Capt. George's wives.  This is my cousin chart from "Aunt Annie". Notice all the local family names like Gallup, Prentice, Stanton, and Lord. Nothing is simple when it comes to Denison descendants!

Cousin Chart created with RootsMagic 6 software, April, 2013

Tomorrow we will see a photo of "Aunt Annie" and the Homestead she loved.

1 comment:

Anonymous said...

Hi Midge, What a fascinating post. Lots of Stonington, Mystic, and Groton families are related to one-another so many people have multiple lines criss-crossing in their ancestry if their ancestors were from New London County, CT! A great legacy in that natural area, indeed.