Title: New England Families: Genealogical and Memorial
Publication: New York: n.p., 1915
Author: Cutter, William Richard
Title: Boucher/Henderson family trees
Author: Paula Henderson
Note: <table width=610><tr align=left valign=top> <td colspan=3> Carpenter. Tax collector of Portsmouth 1689. Deputy 1702. Selectman in 16220.127.116.110.3.4.5.18.104.22.168. He came fromEngland about 1668. <br class="half"> </br><!-- 3725 -->Came with his brother Alexander new Hampsire and selttled in Portsmouth about 1660. He was admitted a freemanMay 15, 1670. Many of his descendants lived in Kittery, maine and vicinity. <br class="half"> </br><!-- 3725 -->The Dennets of England are descended from Hugh Dennett who came with the Conquerer from Normandy. One line ofthe family was seated in the Isle of Wight; another in Sussex. <br clear="all"></br><table border="1" bgcolor=d0e0e0 width="80%"><tr><td colspan="1" bgcolor=doe0d0>ThePioneers of Maine and New Hampshire, 1623-1660</td></tr> <tr><td><br class="half"> </br><!-- 3725 -->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 tohave been a brother of John.<br class="half"> </br><!-- 3725 -->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." </td></tr></table> <br clear="all"></br><table border="1" bgcolor=d0e0e0 width="80%"><tr><td colspan="1" bgcolor=doe0d0><brclass="half"> </br><!-- 3725 -->From an article researched and written by Bruce E. Ingmire in "The Portsmouth Press" dated July 7, 1993: "TwoDennett brothers, Alexander and John, came to Portsmouth at the end of the 17th century. It is believed their fatherfollowed them and that the Dennett's stayed on the Maine side of the Piscataqua during the Cranfield era <fontclass="name">1682-1685</font>. All were carpenters. Around 1680 Alexander settled on Great Island, and John Dennettsettled on Christian Shore. Alexander had a son of the same name. They live on both sides of the Piscataqua. Johnmarried Amy Sherburne and had four children who appear on the records as John, Amy, Joseph and Ephraim. John and Amyinvested in property and built a house with a beehive chimney on the highest part of Christian Shore. It became thefamily seat and remains at the end of Prospect Street. The Dennett home has not received a great deal of attention inthese years of gentrification, probably because it abuts 'gasoline alley'. John Dennett built private houses andperformed '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 wascalled Gravelly Ridge. Following the Glorious Revolution of 1689, with the beginning of King Williams War, Portsmouthunderwent growth. There was a building boom, as settlers came to Portsmouth to escape Indian attacks and builtgarrisons. The Dennett sons joined their father and lumbered the Gravelly Ridge forests to the northwest ofPortsmouth. Part of the site became Frank Jones' estate in the last century. Today's malls are located in the regionof the forest where the Dennetts cut. The lumber was milled at the North Mill of the Cutt family. With land andlumber to sell, John Dennett became wealthy and used his income to provide each child land as he became of age andmarried. Nineteen year old John Dennett was given a farm in Kittery. The other sons, Ephraim and Joseph Dennettfarmed Gravelly Ridge after it was cleared. Today Gravelly Ridge extends from the Schoolhouse Restaurant to the OmneMall. Just before John Dennett died on May 5, 1709, he confirmed a grant to Portsmouth for a road past the Jacksonhouse to the Piscataqua. This is Northwest Street.</td></tr> <tr><td><br class="half"> </br><!-- 3725 -->John Dennett's will was dated March 17, 1708/09, and gives insight into the thinking of the Englishmen whosettled in New England. English landowners left their holdings to the eldest son. Women, wives or daughters, did notreceive land generally. The Englishmen like John Dennett who came to New England and became landowners changed thisthinking. Dennett employed an egalitarian point of view, dividing his wealth among his children and confirmed thegifts 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.<brclass="half"> </br><!-- 3725 -->(from Boucher/Henderson family trees ) </td></tr></table> </td> <tr><td>For more information see the <a href="http://www.renderplus.com/hartgen/index.htm">Our Folk - Hart family</a> Web Site</td></tr></table> 2 TIME 08:21:01
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