Posted By:Karen Deeds-Jarvie
Subject:Re: Seceders Corner Presbyterian Church Cemetery
Post Date:November 12, 2007 at 20:24:21
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Forum:Trumbull County, OH Genealogy Forum
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We are driving ourselves nuts trying to find a shred of information about the following family (some of whom we know are buried at the Seceders Cemetery):

John Denison (born 1748 in Ireland and died 1821 in Trumbull Co. Ohio; buried Seceders) and his wife Mary McCullough Denison (born in 1796 and died sometime before 1882). This union produced 5 sons (Samuel 1783, James 1785, John 1787, Henry 1790, and David 1794) and one daughter, Margaret born sometime between 1795 and 1800.

The brothers all lived there lives in Trumbull Co. and many of them are buried in Seceders probably under the spelling Dennison. MARGARET is the object of our search. She was last identified in the census as living alone with her parents in 1820. Her father died in 1821 and Margaret (it is assumed) was then married to a Mr. William (or John or David) Hill and it is assumed (from what census data we have) moved to Pennsylvania to bear her 5 children: James, David, Alexander, Mary, and Jane. It is our belief that Margaret was married in Trumbull Co. Why she would have moved away from her family is a mystery. The only two children that we have a scrap of information about are Mary (1828-1912) and Jane (1829-1911). The burials for the girls took place in Colorado and Findlay, Ohio respectively. The HILL brothers are a total mystery. We don't know if Margaret's husband died and she returned home to be near family, or if she remarried, or if she died and her husband remarried. All we know is that something happened to this family prior to 1845, when daughter Mary was married to Edward Elliott in the home of her cousin, Mary Denison Baird of Trumbull Co. Jane married in 1851 in Hancock Co., Ohio. Yet we cannot find Jane with her parents in the 1850 census. It's like this family lived and died without a footprint, prior to these two marriages. A bio of one of Margaret's brothers even eliminates her from the list of his siblings. So she may have died as early as 1829, when her youngest child was born. It is our hope that the Cemetery records for Seceder's will indicate a burial for Margaret Hill or her husband or one of her sons. Often, when one goes to a cemetery plot (i.e. the one where John and Mary Denison and most of their sons are buried in Seceder's) other family members will share the same ground. I'm hoping that Margaret Denison Hill (even under a second married name) will be found in this Cemetery, along with one or more of her Hill family members. We simply can't believe that this HILL family just disappeared without a trace. However we admit that their lives played out before census data could tell us anything conclusive. MANY THANKS Carol for taking the time to give the Cemetery book your attention.