Dennett Family Genealogy
Dennett Family Genealogy

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1. John Dennett - was born in 1588 in Hurst Pierpont,Sussex,England.
John married Eleanor Goffe. Eleanor was born in 1612 in Hurst Pierpont,Sussex,England. (Sources: - 1) (Sources: - 1)
Children: (Quick Family Chart)
i.  John Dennett was born before 1616 in Hurst Pierpont,Sussex,England and died on 28 Mar 1738 in Portsmouth,NH . See #2. below.
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2. John Dennett - was born before 1616 in Hurst Pierpont,Sussex,England and died on 28 Mar 1738 in Portsmouth,NH . He was the son of John Dennett and Eleanor Goffe.
John married Mary. (Sources: - 1)
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i.  John Dennett was born in 1646 in England and died on 5 Mar 1709 in Portsmouth, NH . See #3. below.
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3. John Dennett - was born in 1646 in England and died on 5 Mar 1709 in Portsmouth, NH . He was the son of John Dennett.
John married Amy Sherburne. Amy was born about 1651. (Sources: - 1)

John - Carpenter. Tax collector of Portsmouth 1689. Deputy 1702. Selectman in 1697.8.9.1700.3.4.5.6.7.8.9. He came from England about 1668.
 
Came with his brother Alexander new Hampsire and selttled in Portsmouth about 1660. He was admitted a freeman May 15, 1670. Many of his descendants lived in Kittery, maine and vicinity.
 
The Dennets of England are descended from Hugh Dennett who came with the Conquerer from Normandy. One line of the family was seated in the Isle of Wight; another in Sussex.

The Pioneers of Maine and New Hampshire, 1623-1660

 
John, b. Dec. 15, 1675; Amy, b. April 9, 1679, (m. John Adams); Joseph, b. July 10, 1681; Ephraim, b. Aug. 2, 1689. He d. May 1, 1709, "ae. 63 years. " Alexander Dennett who settled about 1670 at Newcastle, N. H. is believed to have been a brother of John.
 
Will signed ("John Dennet") March 17, proved Aug. 1, 1709. Wife "Ammi," sons John, Joseph and Ephraim, dau. "Ammi" Adams; gr. dau. Margaret Adams; gr. dau. Mary Dennet "who is blind."



 
From an article researched and written by Bruce E. Ingmire in "The Portsmouth Press" dated July 7, 1993: "Two Dennett brothers, Alexander and John, came to Portsmouth at the end of the 17th century. It is believed their father followed them and that the Dennett's stayed on the Maine side of the Piscataqua during the Cranfield era 1682-1685. All were carpenters. Around 1680 Alexander settled on Great Island, and John Dennett settled on Christian Shore. Alexander had a son of the same name. They live on both sides of the Piscataqua. John married Amy Sherburne and had four children who appear on the records as John, Amy, Joseph and Ephraim. John and Amy invested in property and built a house with a beehive chimney on the highest part of Christian Shore. It became the family seat and remains at the end of Prospect Street. The Dennett home has not received a great deal of attention in these years of gentrification, probably because it abuts 'gasoline alley'. John Dennett built private houses and performed 'civic' construction. He built a school house and made repairs to the parsonage chimney of Joshua Moodey. Elias Stileman carried the bill forward. In 1693-94, John Dennett was given land adjacent to Richard Martyn's "Boiling Rock" land in exchange for his services for Portsmouth. Dennett's new land on the road to Bloody Point was called Gravelly Ridge. Following the Glorious Revolution of 1689, with the beginning of King Williams War, Portsmouth underwent growth. There was a building boom, as settlers came to Portsmouth to escape Indian attacks and built garrisons. The Dennett sons joined their father and lumbered the Gravelly Ridge forests to the northwest of Portsmouth. Part of the site became Frank Jones' estate in the last century. Today's malls are located in the region of the forest where the Dennetts cut. The lumber was milled at the North Mill of the Cutt family. With land and lumber to sell, John Dennett became wealthy and used his income to provide each child land as he became of age and married. Nineteen year old John Dennett was given a farm in Kittery. The other sons, Ephraim and Joseph Dennett farmed Gravelly Ridge after it was cleared. Today Gravelly Ridge extends from the Schoolhouse Restaurant to the Omne Mall. Just before John Dennett died on May 5, 1709, he confirmed a grant to Portsmouth for a road past the Jackson house to the Piscataqua. This is Northwest Street.

 
John Dennett's will was dated March 17, 1708/09, and gives insight into the thinking of the Englishmen who settled in New England. English landowners left their holdings to the eldest son. Women, wives or daughters, did not receive land generally. The Englishmen like John Dennett who came to New England and became landowners changed this thinking. Dennett employed an egalitarian point of view, dividing his wealth among his children and confirmed the gifts of land in his will. He left his wife a share of the land, which reverted to their youngest son upon her death. This was an important transformation from the English traditions and represents principles that became American. Private land was most commonly divided amongheirs. This became an important element in the free American society.
 
(from Boucher/Henderson family trees )
(Sources: - 2 (vol 4 - page 2223) - 1)
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i.  John Dennett was born on 15 Dec 1675 in Portsmouth, NH and died on 18 Nov 1742 . See #4. below.
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4. John Dennett - was born on 15 Dec 1675 in Portsmouth, NH and died on 18 Nov 1742 . He was the son of John Dennett and Amy Sherburne.
John married Mary Adams. She was the daughter of Christopher Adams and Margaret Hunkins. She died in 1763 in Kittery, Maine .

Mary - - Previous marriage to Shapleigh. (Sources: - 3)

John - - house carpenter. (Sources: - 3)
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i.  Thomas Dennett was born on 15 Jun 1712 in Kittery, Maine and died in 1759 in Kittery, Maine . See #5. below.
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5. Thomas Dennett - was born on 15 Jun 1712 in Kittery, Maine and died in 1759 in Kittery, Maine . He was the son of John Dennett and Mary Adams.
Thomas married Mary Bartlett. Mary was born on 1 Mar 1717/1718 in Kittery, Maine, U.S.A.. She is the daughter of Nathan Bartlett and Shuah Heard.

Thomas - Executor will of Rev. John Eveleth. Surveyor 1744.50. Grand Juryman 1744. Constable 1745. Inventory: Dwelling, barn, cider house, 74 acres land, 208 1/4 acres other land, pair gold buttons, silver tankard, silver spoons, pair silver knee buckles, sundry notes of hand, carpenters' tools, yoke oxen, 2 -3 yr. steers, 5 cows, 3 - 2 yr. cattle, 7 sheep, 2 horses, violin, etc. etc.
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i.  Eleanor Dennett was born on 10 Jul 1753 in Arundel, Maine, and died on 30 Sep 1838 in Kennebunkport, Me .
Eleanor married Israel Kimball on 12 Oct 1771 in Kennebunkport, Me. Israel was chr. on 29 Apr 1750. He was the son of Richard Kimball and Hannah Shackley. He died on 17 Oct 1823 in Kennebunk Maine and was buried in First Church .

Eleanor - Married a DENNETT before Israel KIMBALL.
See Kimball family for children.
Sources:
1 Boucher/Henderson family trees Paula Henderson Web: http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=paulhende0&id=I5671
2 New England Families: Genealogical and Memorial Cutter, William Richard New York: n.p., 1915
3 McCallum, Priestley, Newhall, and Fellows William McCallum Web: http://awt.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=GET&db=:1092821&id=I252 (view detail...)

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