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Rev. Avery Denison (1790 - 1866)
Born in Berne, Albany Co., N.Y., veteran of 1812 War, farmer in Bay City, MI.

Obituary 1866. - Contributed by Allan Flood, April, 2012.

Bay City Journal - Saturday, October 27, 1866. (Page 3.)



on the 16th Oct., 1866 at the residence of his son, in Bay City, Mich.,
Rev. AVERY DENISON, in the 77th year of his age.

Deceased was born in the town of Berne, Albany County, N.Y., June 28, 1790. He was married in 1814, to Miss Benedict, of Cayuga Co. For more than half a century, they fought life’s battles side by side; and to-day, he stands before the Throne while his companion, broken down in health, but ripe for life’s harvest, only waits her master’s call.

Mr. Denison entered the ministry about the time of his marriage, or as he was accustomed to say, “About the time I began to talk to the people about Jesus.” He moved to Michigan in 1832 with a family of nine children, and settled in the town of Avon, Oakland Co. He remained there about three years cultivating a farm, which he had purchased; then selling his property he removed to Warren, Macomb Co., about twelve miles north of Detroit, into an almost unbroken wilderness. Here he purchased a farm, and by the assistance of his sons he cultivated it for nineteen years.----During this time, he labored constantly in the ministry, gathering congregations in his own house, in barns, school rooms, or in groves, to whom he faithfully preached the word, publishing the “good news” to all who would hear. Like Paul, he sought not their substance but their souls; he was not a burden to them, but supported himself with his own hands; and many rejoiced that God had sent them a man to break unto them the bread of life.

In 1834 he again sold his property and removed to Troy, Oakland Co., where he continued to preach until his removal to Bay City, in November, 1865. His family increased to ten sons and one daughter, all of whom had left the parental roof on his removal to Troy. Two sons, aged 20 and 27 years, have passed to the unseen world. Eight sons and one daughter live to cherish the remembrance of a kind and devoted father.

For nearly a year he was among us, ever ready to testify his unbounded confidence in the grace of God, and his voice was often heard cheering the faint and admonishing the sinner.

He was in a true sense an AMERICAN ---- he loved the principles on which our Government was founded. He learned from God’s book that all men are created equal, and he rejoiced in the Lord when he found this truth recognized by human government. He endorsed the principles of his own church on this point, which stands as a unit for universal emancipation . He wept when WASHINGTON died, and grieved as for a lost son at the death of LINCOLN. He served in the war of 1812, and used to say during the late struggle, “If these old limbs would stand it, I would go again.”

After a ministry of more than half a century, he longed to depart and be with Christ; to see that glory which he had so often portrayed. He died in the triumph of faith; preaching, singing, and praying upon his death bed, until the last hour of life. All who know him, were conscious that his soul was peculiarly ripe for the gathering.

As to his person, he was tall and portly; comely and majestic in visage; of considerable mental ability; courteous in temper; and solemn but earnest in his discourse.

He was a man of great conscience, and consequently was tenacious of his religious principles, and appeared to others too exacting. He moved in the church like a father among his children; but the Lord called him, and the gracious text was fittingly read over his remains: “Blessed are the dead which die in the Lord from henceforth: yea, saith the spirit, that they may rest from their labors and their works do follow them.”

Wife's death notice, 1866. - Added April, 2012.

Bay City Journal - Saturday, November 3, 1866 (Page 3.)



In this city, on the 2nd inst., at the residence of E. B. Denison, Mrs. M. L. Denison, relict of the late Rev. A. Denison, aged 75 years.

Additional Notes:

    Burial Place.

  • Both Avery and Mercy Denison are buried at Pine Ridge Cemetery in Bay City, Mich. Their grave site includes a marker for Nettie, died Oct. 26, 1888. Avery's grave includes a special as a veteran of the War of 1812.

    Chesebro' Genealogy.

  • Daniel Denison III, born Sep. 26, 1758, in New London, New London C., CT, son of Daniel Denison, Jr., died Jul. 22, 1832; married May 8, 1783 in Stephentown, Rensselaier, N.Y.; to Hannah Jones, born before 1762, in New London, New London Co., N.Y., died Feb. 24,1832.
  • Son, Avery Denison, born Jun. 28, 1790, in Berne, Albany Co., N.Y., and died Oct. 26, 1866, Bay City, Bay Co., MI; married in 1814, Cayuga, Cayuga Co., N.Y.; to Mercy L. Benedict, born before 1793 in Cayuga, Cayuga Co., N.Y., died Nov. 4, 1866, Bay City, Bay Co., MI. Son, Thomas Riley Denison, born Apr. 18, 1830, Cayuga, Cayuga Co., N.Y.; married Aug. 23, 1857, Bay Co., MI; to Jennie Flint, born before 1836, MI. Son, Ellis Flint Denison, born Oct. 28, 1865, Bay City, Bay Co., MI, died Dec 17, 1922, Royal Oak Twp., Oakland Co., MI.

    1850 - Census: Warren, Macomb Co., Mich.

  • Denison, Avery - age 60, b. New York
  • Mercy, wife - age 59, b. New York
  • Thomas R., son - age 20, b.
  • Davie, Aphronia - age 22, b. New York
  • Davie, Alanzo A. - age 3, b. Mich.
  • Davie, William R. - age 0, b. Mich.
  • Davie, Elias B. - age 14, b. Mich.
  • Davie, Josiah - age 28, b. England
Related Pages/Notes

Related Pages:
Denison, Elias B. son
Pine Ridge Cemetery
People Referenced
Benedict, Mercy L. (wife)
Denison, Avery Rev. (subject)
Denison, Daniel III (father)
Denison, Daniel, Jr. (g-father)
Denison, Elias B. (son)
Denison, Ellis F. (g-son)
Denison, Thomas R. (son)
Flint, Jennie (dau.-inlaw)
Jones, Hannah (mother)
Lincoln, Abraham
Washington, George
Subjects Referenced
Albany County, NY
Avon, MI
Bay City, MI
Bay County, MI
Berne, NY
Cayuga, NY
Cayuga Co., NY
Detroit, MI
Macomb County, MI
New London, NY
New London County, NY
Oakland County, MI
Pine Ridge Cemetery
Royal Oak Twp., MI
Troy, MI
War 1812
Warren, MI
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