Biography of Henry A. Dennison
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Henry A. Dennison, a pioneer of this tp., was born Apr. 12., 1818, in N. Y. He is a son of Avery and Mercy L. (Benedict) Dennison, and came to this county in the fall of 1843. In 1841 be. was married in Oakland county, to Agnes E., daughter of Guy and Betsey E Phelps, norn in N Y. in 1821 They have had seven children, Elizabeth E. (deceased), Emeline R., Lida J., Hala A (wife of K Clement), Calista W., Cordelia S. and James R. At 18 years of age Mr Dennison commenced making his way in the world He purchased 87 acres on sec. 28, at that time a wholly unbroken wilderness. His first abode was a log house, 18 x 24, with blankets hung in the windows. Bears and deer were plenty, and in several encounters with the former he was victorious, while shooting the latter was a common achievement among the first settlers. P. O., Grand Rapids.

History of Kent County, Michigan
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Chicago 1881.