Thursday, November 13, 2014

Benjamin Woodruff Denny.

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Benjamin Woodruff Denny. 

Birth: Sept. 17, 1836, Jefferson, Greene County, Pennsylvania.
Death: Jun. 8, 1897, Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania.

Wife: Rachel Braden Denny (1841 - 1919).

Children: Millie May Denny.

Burial: Green Mount Cemetery, Waynesburg, Greene County, Pennsylvania.

Greene County Pennsylvania History, p. 227-8.

B. W. DENNY, M. D., was born in Jeiferson Borough, Greene County, Penn., September 17, 1836, and is a son of William and Rebecca "(Litzenburg) Denny, natives of Pennsylvania. His father and grandfather, John Denny, were farmers. The latter came from England to America, and settled near Jefferson, Penn., where B. W.spent his youthful days and attended the common school. The Doctor attended Waynesburg College until he began the study of medicine in the office of Dr. W. D. Rogers, of Jefferson. In 1859 he entered the Medical College at Cleveland, Ohio, where he graduated in 1862.

Then, instead of entering the practice of his profession, he raised a company for the service of his country. He was elected Captain of Company E, of the Ringold Cavaly, which afterwards became Company F, of the Twenty-second Regiment. Capt. Denny remained in command for three years, with the exception of about eight months when he was sent on detached service to Washington,D. C. Dr. and Mrs. Denny were at Washington at the time of the assassination of President Lincoln, and had intended going to Ford's Theater that night; but fortunately, owing to the Doctor's indisposition, they were not present on that fatal occasion.

At the close of the war he began the practice of medicine in Greene County, where he has been actively engaged in the profession ever since. Financially the Doctor has met with success, and owns a good farm where he resides in Greene Township. He was married October 8, 1862, to Miss Rachel, daughter of Samuel, and grand-daughter of James Braden. Her mother's maiden name Mrs Plannah Ross. Mrs. Denny is of English and Irish descent. They have one child Millie May. The family are faithful members of the Baptist Church, in which the Doctor is one of the trustees.

Pennsylvania Twenty-Second Cavalry Regimental History.

The evening of March 2nd, Lieutenant Denny with thirty-seven men arrived at Petersburg. Next day, Captain Work sent Lieutenant Denny with twenty-six men, sixteen of Company F and ten of Company C, to scout in the direction of Moorfield. When within three miles of Moorfield, he came in contact with a small body of Rebel cavalry, which resisted his advance sharply, when he charged and drove them a short distance, wounding several and shooting some of their horses. Immediately thereafter, another body of cavalry, three times as great as his own, appeared in his rear and attacked him, while those in front returned to the attack. Denny's men dispersed, all escaping but seven, who were taken prisoner.

Author.  Those who wish to find  their ( Wills ) will need the following information.

Greene County Pennsylvania Recorder's Office.
Will Index 1 ( 1796-1960 ).

B. W. Denny, (will ), No. 4494, recorded date June 25, 1897, Book 8, page 5.
Rachel B. Denny, (will ), No. 8787, recorded date August 19, 1919, Book 14, page 368.

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