Biography of Frederick A. Denson
Northwestern Ohio Biographies

This prosperous and progressive agriculturist, stock dealer and lumberman of Chesterfield township, Fulton county, deserves more than a passing notice in the pages of this volume, as there is no citizen more truly representative, or more widely and actively awake to the interests of the community at large.

Born in Steuben county, New York, July 31, 1844, he is a son of Wesley and Mary (Carl) Denson, and a grandson of Thomas Denson, a New Englander by birth, whose father came from Old England accompanied by two brothers. Grandfather Thomas Denson, a shoemaker by trade, was born in 1775, and when his son was a child moved from New Jersey to New York State, where he died at the age of eighty seven years, The names of his children are as follows: Sons - John, Joseph, William, Theodore, Sylvester and Wesley; daughters - Sarah, Jane and Ann; of whom, Joseph. Sylvester, Jane and Ann are yet living.

Wesley Denson, father of our subject, was born in New Jersey, in 1821, and for several years followed the shoemaking trade in New York State, in 1855 moving to Michigan, and locating in Lenawee county, from there coming in 1862 to Chesterfield township, Fulton county, Ohio. Here he bought forty acres of land, which, however, he sold, then purchasing eighty acres, the farm he owned and was living on at the time of his death in 1897. He and his wife, whom he married in 1842 in New York State, were the parents of four children - three sons and one daughter, our subject being the eldest; the others are: Alfred F., who married Libbie Sheffield, and has five children - Carrie, Myrtie, Ernest, Olivia, and Ada J.; Beriah, married to Butta Von Liew, by whom he has three children; Mary L., wife of David Agnew, by whom she has two children - Floyd and Mary.

Frederick A. Denson, the subject proper of this review, received his education in New York State and Michigan, and an and was reared to agricultural pursuits. On January 4, 1864, prompted by a spirit of patriotism, he enlisted in the Sixth Michigan Cavalry, Company G, served some two and one half years, and was discharged March 25, 1866, at Ft. Bridges, Utah Territory. He participated in the battles of the Wilderness, Cold Harbor, Trevillian Station, Hawe's Shop, Winchester, Cedar Creek, and Five Forks; was taken prisoner at Sailor's Creek, three days before Lee's surrender, and was with the Confederate army, still a prisoner, when that general surrendered to Grant. After an honorable discharge, our subject returned to Fulton county, and for about eighteen months worked by the month or day, after his marriage settling in Section 11, Chesterfield township, where he had purchased one hundred and sixty acres of land. This he improved, and from time to time added to until he and his children have among them five hundred and twenty eight acres, of as fine land as can be found in the county. He is also interested in the live stock and lumber industries, buying and selling both stock and lumber; he is also extensively engaged in raising hogs.

In December, 1869, Frederick A. Denson was united in marriage with Adeline Lee, who was born in 1842, in Fulton county, a daughter of David and Huldah Lee, the former of whom died when Mrs. Denson was eight years old. Mrs. Denson passed from earth April 30, 1896, leaving two children: Velina, wife of Oliver Onweller, of Fulton county; and Elaine, wife of Louis Ham, by whom she has one child, Ivah, born June 19, 1898.

In his political predilections Mr. Denson is a stanch Republican, and cast his first Presidential vote for U. S. Grant, in 1868. Socially he is affiliated with Col. Myron Baker Post No. 33, G. A. R., of Morenci, Michigan. and of Chesterfield Grange No. 367. He enjoys the respect and esteem of a wide circle of friends and acquaintances.

Commemorative Biographical Record of Northwestern, Ohio
Including the counties of
Defiance, Henry, Williams and Fulton
Published by: J. H. Beers and Company
Chicago, Illinois

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