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An original gathering of the authentic Denny Genealogy (three books) is deposited in the Library of the Daughters of the American Revolution in Washington, D. C., where it is permanently preserved and made available for use. The following information is excerpts from the "Third Book" of Denny Genealogy, published in December, 1950. The information was gathered over thirty years of research, and my grandmother, Lena Leota Denny, played a significant role in the research.

The Denny family is recorded in England soon after the Norman conquest.  At some unrecorded time a scion of the Denny family went from England to Scotland, where they are known to have lived as early as 1375.  It was from Scotland that some Dennys went to North Ireland, late in the seventeenth century, and became a part of the huge Ulster Scot migration to America early in the eighteenth century. The three Denny Genealogies tell their story and the story of their descendants.

David Denny, Sr is the progenitor of all people whose biographies are given in the "Third Book." His life was constructed by family tradition amplified by public records of Pennsylvania and Virginia.  All sources are unanimous that this branch of the Denny family originated in Scotland. Records sent to the authors of the Series from Scotland, make this a credible tradition. They were of Protestant faith.  All sources agree that they moved from Scotland to Ireland.  Two sources place their Irish home in Ulster, near Londonderry. Irish records, described in the  "Second Book" of the Series, show that Dennys were living in the late seventeenth century, at Omagh, a village near Londonderry.  David Dennys father, who never came to America, was William Denny, of Scottish ancestry, a resident of Ulster, in the seventeenth century. Judge Robert Denny, of Indianapolis, (D94 in the "Third Book"), wrote that David's brother, Robert, was said to be the stoutest man in Ireland, having lifted the "King's Weight."  Robert was not a fleshy man, but had no ribs, his sides were solid walls.

The year that David Denny, Sr came to America is reported all the way from 1700 and 1720, both of which are too early, to 1745, which is too late.  It must have been in the late 1730s.  All sources agree that he came to the Province of Pennsylvania and settled there among the Ulster Scots, who had been established by the Proprietors beyond the Quaker settlements on the seaboard, "as a buffer against the Indians."

Years later, Isabella Denny Hubbard, David Denny's granddaughter, said that David left Ireland on account of the "great derth", and that he paid the passage of poorer neighbors. They came from that sturdy stock of whom George Washington said, that if the Revolution were lost and he had but one banner left he would rally his Scotch-Irish troopers and plant a new Republic on top of the Blue Ridge Mountains.

Well that is a start of the information I have taken from the "Third Book" of the published Denny Genealogy. I hope that it has been an interesting read. 

In Kinship,

Diane Elise Campbell

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