Biography of Morris W. Denison
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Morris W. Denison was born Oct. 31, 1825, in Madison Co., N. Y. He is the son of Gideon H. and Christiana (Dibble) Denison. His father was born in August, 1802, and drowned in Lake Michigan, going down in the famous "Iroñside." His mother was born in New York in 1805. In 1851 Mr. Denison commenced farming in sec. 8, on 50 acres of land, and about 1859 bought 80 acres in sec. 3, where he resides. His land is valued at $50.00 per acre. He was married Nov. 15, 1853, to Mary A. Abel, ot this tp. She is a native of Nunda, Livingston Co., N. Y., born Aug. 10, 1830, daughter of Gordon M. and Clarissa M. Abel. Mrs. Abel was born in New York, Sept. 19, 1807, and died March 28, 1858. Mr. Abel was born May 7, 1800, and died Feb. 25, 1857. Mr. and Mrs D. are the parents of three children, Robert C., born June 4, 1855, died Apr. 4, 1865; Harlie A., born Oct. 14, 1866, and Gettie Bell, born Oct. 31, 1869. Mrs. Denison is a member of the Congregational Church. Mr. D. is a Republican. P. 0., Ada. He settled in Columbia, Jackson Co., in 1835, and, in 1845, located where he now lives, on sec. 8. At that date the population was an equal mixture of Indians and whites, and the primeval forest was almost intact. He with four others built the road from Whitneyville to Cascade, and endured his quota of pioneer experiences.

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