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This site is focused broadly on all descendants of John Denboe, an indentured servant who came to the Crown Colony of Maryland in about the year 1664. Also, it maintains a special emphasis on the descendants of John Denbow (1797-1862) and his brother Bazeleel (1795-1857), early pioneers in the hills of Southeastern Ohio, as well as the descendants of Jón Jónsson (1841-1934) of Dalasýsla, Iceland, who was an Icelandic immigrant to Canada and now has progeny throughout North America.

John Denbow

John Denbow

Male 1797 - 1862  (65 years)


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  • Name John Denbow 
    Born 1797  Harford, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Residence 1849  Monroe, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    • Sharp v. Ayres states that Martha and John Denbow live in Monroe County, Ohio.
    Occupation 1850  Lewisville, Monroe, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    a farmer 
    Census 31 Jul 1850  Lewisville, Monroe, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    • Bazzel Denbow, son, and family are listed as neighbors on this census.
    Milit-Beg 3 Dec 1861  78th Ohio Volunteer Infantry, Lewisville, Monroe, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Milit-End 14 Apr 1862  St. John's Church Hospital, Paducah, McCracken, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • military service ended when he died in an U.S. Army hospital. This hospital may have been located in St. John's Catholic Church.
    Died 14 Apr 1862  Paducah, McCracken, Kentucky, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4
    • Actual diary entry that contains numerous errors (wrong age, transcription error on regiment number, etc.): "April 14, today I was awakened at four o'clock to lay out a dead man. His name was Bryan Davis, K. 28th Ill. wounded through the lungs. Since writing the above a man died. His name was John Denbow, 18 Ohio. He was upwards 77 years old. His son is also in the hospital; he is over 45 years old."
    Death 26 Jul 1862  Bolivar, Hardeman, Tennessee, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    • This date would fit the family story better, though it is before the Battle of Bolivar that the 78th OVI fought in. However, the diary from the Paducah hospital makes this highly unlikely.
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    • The Denbows in the Civil War: John was the father of Bazzel, Levi, Martin, James, William and who fought in the 78th Ohio Volunteer Infantry. Another son, George, was in the 27th OVI. John enlisted -- at age 64 -- saying he was 44. According to several entries in his military record he died in Paducah, apparently of "chronic dysentery." Another entry says he died about a month later in Bolivar, Tenn. Family tradition had said he died in a Creek with his long hair embeded in the mud. The Bolivar story would be more consistent with the family story. However, the recent discovery of the diary of a hospital steward from Paducah, Kentucky, almost certainly confirms beyond a reasonable doubt his death in Paducah at the earlier date.
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    Cleaned
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    Record ID Number 1229 
    Siblings 10 Siblings 
    Person ID I1229  Hillbillies & Vikings
    Last Modified 5 Dec 2019 

    Father Thomas Denbow,   b. 1765, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1826, Harford, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 61 years) 
    Mother Wife Of Thomas,   d. Yes, date unknown 
    Married Abt Jan 1785 
    Family ID F333  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Martha A. Sharp,   b. 1798, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1855, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years) 
    Married 9 Mar 1818  Harford, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  [5
    • This marriage date, which differs by exactly one year from the one recorded in the Marriage License book for Harford County appears to be correct. I suspect a clerical error in the book.
    Age at Marriage He was 21 years and 3 months - She was 20 years and 3 months  
    Children 
     1. Bazzel Denbow,   b. 14 Jan 1819, Harford, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 23 Nov 1896, Monroe, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years)
     2. Edith Denbow,   b. 1821, Harford, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. James Denbow,   b. 20 Apr 1824, Harford, Maryland, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 18 Apr 1863, Smallpo, Monroe, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 38 years)
     4. Sarah Ann Denbow,   b. 1825,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Elizabeth Denbow,   b. 1827, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 1890, Monroe, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 63 years)
     6. John Denbow, Jr.,   b. 9 Aug 1827,   d. 21 Mar 1905  (Age 77 years)
     7. Susan Denbow,   b. 27 Jan 1831, Monroe, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 7 Oct 1888, Athens Lunatic Asylum, Athens, Athens, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 57 years)
     8. Levi Denbow,   b. 29 Nov 1832, Monroe, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 10 Sep 1911, Lewisville, Monroe, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 78 years)
     9. George Washington Denbow,   b. 8 Aug 1834, Carroll, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 13 Jan 1906, Lewisville, Monroe, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years)
     10. Jackson Denbow,   b. 8 Aug 1834,   d. 1852  (Age 17 years)
     11. William Denbow,   b. 25 Apr 1839, Carroll, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 3 Feb 1919, Monroe, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 79 years)
     12. Martin Denbow,   b. 25 Sep 1842, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 2 Feb 1913, Lewisville, Monroe, Ohio, USA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 70 years)
    Last Modified 28 Apr 2021 
    Family ID F305  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Photos
    Memorial Marker in Hamilton Cemetery, Monroe County, Ohio.  He is actually buried in an unmarked grave in Mound City National Cemetery near Cairo, Illinois.  The year of death on this marker is wrong.  He died in 1862 in a military hospita
    Memorial Marker in Hamilton Cemetery, Monroe County, Ohio. He is actually buried in an unmarked grave in Mound City National Cemetery near Cairo, Illinois. The year of death on this marker is wrong. He died in 1862 in a military hospita
    Memorial Marker in Hamilton Cemetery, Monroe County, Ohio. He is actually buried in an unmarked grave in Mound City National Cemetery near Cairo, Illinois. The year of death on this marker is wrong. He died in 1862 in a military hospital in Paducah, Ky.

    Documents
    Appointment of Sidney Starkey as the administrator of the estate of John Denbow (1797-1862)
    Appointment of Sidney Starkey as the administrator of the estate of John Denbow (1797-1862)
    This clipping is from the Spirit of Democracy newspaper, Woodsfield, Ohio, 18 Feb 1863.
    1850 census monroe, centre township (denbows).jpg
    1850 census monroe, centre township (denbows).jpg
    1850 U.S. Census, Center Twp., Monroe County, featuring the families of John & son Bazzel (Bazil) Denbow, as well as those of Thomas Sharp and Peter Dillon.

    Histories
    Sharp-Ayers Lawsuit
    Sharp-Ayers Lawsuit
    Sharp-Ayers Land Dispute.txt
    Sharp-Ayers Land Dispute.txt

  • Reference  Your Name Here. "John Denbow". Hillbillies & Vikings. https://jonandjohn.org/getperson.php?personID=I1229&tree=tree1 (accessed September 29, 2022).

  • Sources 
    1. [S89] Clerk: Lloyd. James Sharp v. Thomas Ayres; Volume: Book D, pp. 709, 710, 711. Carroll County Common Pleas Court Carroll County Common Pleas Court, Carroll County Court House, 1848.

    2. [S38] Federal Government. 1850 U.S. Federal Census of Monroe County, Ohio (John and Martha Denbow Family); Record Type: U.S. Census; Household: John and Martha Denbow; Date: 1850; Record Info: population schedule, Center Township, ED 106, SD ?, sheet 455 (889), Family# 149; Film: Roll: M432_712; Page: 445A; Image: 510.

    3. [S123] John Denbow (1797-1862) Civil War Military Record; Record Title: 78th Ohio Infantry Military Cards; Subject: John Denbow; Record Info: Card numbers: 24336943, 24337033, 24337279, 24338487, 34195692, 40222897. War Department, Washington, D.C..

    4. [S239] Aaron Loder Mastin. Part 2 ot Diary of Aaron Loder Mastin, hospital steward, St. John's Hospital, Paducah, Ky; Date: 13 Feb 1862 to 20 Apr 1862; Location: Paducah, McCraken, Kentucky. 14 Apr entry.

    5. [S16] Sandy Denbow Jameyson. Sandy Denbow Jameyson Correspondence, both email and postal; Recipient: Carl J. Denbow; Date: 1993-present; Address: 113 Grove St., Lodi, Ohio 44254; Author E-Mail: sandygramma1@aol.com.


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