Biography of Edward Denniston
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Edward Denniston was born at Coburg Lodge, Roscommon Co., Ireland, March 2, 1821. He was the eldest son of John and Alice (Dowling) Denniston. The elder Denniston was the son of an Episcopal clergyman, and was educated at Dublin College, intending to follow the profession of his father. Before reaching majority his father died, and he went to live with a maternal uncle with whom he resided until his marriage to Alice. Dowling, in 1820. He then engaged in farming, which occupation he followed until his emigration to this country, with his family, in 1836. He first settled in Northampton Co., Mass., where he lived a short time. From thence he went to Genesee Co., N. Y. In 1858 he came to Michigan, and died the following year. Edward, on the arrival of the family in the United States, went to live with a paternal 'uncle, Dr. E. E. Denniston, of Northampton, with whom he remained about one year, when he accepted a sitpation in New York as shipping clerk in a dry-goods jobbing house.

In 1840 he resolved to try his fortunes in Michigan, and came to Kalamazoo County, and during that year worked for a farmer, on “Indian Fields,” by the name of Chaffee. The next year he purchased a farm on Gourd-Neck Prairie, which he improved. He resided on this farm until 1849, when he sold and went to Indiana. Remaining there a short time, he sold and went to California. In 1851 he returned home and again located on Gourd-Neck Prairie. in 1853 he purchased the farm where he now resides.

In March, 1853, Mr. Denniston was married to Margaret Hawkins, by whom he had four children, two of whom are now living, Jesse E. and Edward C. In 1871 Mrs. Denniston died, and he was again married to Lydia J. Beckwith, who was born in Fort Ann, Washington Co., N. Y., June 4, 1818, and came to Michigan in 1842.

Mr. Denniston is a thrifty and successful farmer, and, since his settlement in Pavilion, has been prominently identified with the best interests of the town. He is a staunch Republican in politics, but has never sought office.

History of Kalamazoo County, Michigan
With Illistrations and Biographical Sketches
of its Men and Pioneers.
Everts & Abbott., Philadelphia 1880
Press of J. B. Lippincott & Co., Philadelphia.