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Saturday, March 10, 2012

True Daughters of the American Revolution Don't Need "Certification"

Been trying to figure out what happened to Daniel Denman during the Revolution in Georgia Colony; and why he didn't return to New Jersey.  Georgia was difficult to take from the British, as they had quite a tight grip on the region.  Also they were bounded by loyalist Florida to the South, and by mostly hostile Indians from the West and North.  I suspect he was killed in action, badly injured, or maybe went missing during the war.

I came across some information showing that Daniel's brother, John, fought at the victorious Battle of King's Mountain alongside another direct ancestor, John Sevier (who was a Colonel throughout the War).
(Here, both men are listed on the same roster.  Sevier's great-granddaughter later wound up marrying John Denman's grandnephew, lol.)
(This article claims many Loyalists were wealthier and more educated than American Patriots, and that their departure after the War had some deleterious effect on America.  I doubt it; sounds like BS to me.  Many of the Patriots were just as wealthy and educated as the Loyalists.  They simply held different values.  The Loyalists received ~favor from the British government; while the Patriots generally received only ~grief from the same entity.

The reasons for discrimination by the Government, had much to do with politics and religion.  For example, the Puritan protestants tended to speak out against Slavery, in which the British government was very much involved.  Their Protestant brothers and sisters from the European mainland, the Huguenots, had often in fact been enslaved by the Roman Catholic church during the Inquisitions, etc.  Their men were sent to the galleys, their women forced to work, while their children were stolen from them and raised as second-class Catholics.

However, institutionalized Slavery, and the Slave Trade, gave the British government a great deal of economic power.  Economic power also motivated Britain to dominate the Southern Colonies, including Georgia.  First Lord Thomas Denman, Chief Justice of Britain, spoke out in writing, against Slavery.  I'm not sure how we are related to him, but I know for certain that we are somehow.)
("He spoke frequently in favour of whig principles and for measures of legal reform, such as the abolition of the death penalty for forgery and the allowance of counsel to persons charged with felony. He brought forward a motion in favour of negro emancipation (1 March 1826), and supported Brougham's motion for an inquiry into slavery in the West Indies (19 May 1826). He also presented petitions in individual cases of hardship — Thomas Davison's, tried for a blasphemous libel (23 Feb. 1821); Richard Carlile's (8 May 1823); and the Walsall mechanics', petitioning against the Combination Laws."

"Never a great lawyer, he was ardent in the cause of law reform, even making private suggestions to the home office when points struck him in the course of his practice. By comparison with his four great predecessors in the chief justiceship he appeared a weak judge, yet by his judgment he did much to secure individual liberties, notably in Stockdale's and O'Connell's cases. As a politician he was, though occasionally violent, honourable and completely consistent; as a philanthropist he was ardent and untiring. He was witty and agreeable; a good French and an excellent classical scholar. His eloquence is of a rather stilted and artificial character, and his delivery, though imposing, was histrionic. But it was for his high moral character and his attractive personality that he was most esteemed.  Sir Francis Doyle says he was 'beloved by every one who knew him.'  His lifelong friend Rogers in 1853, seeing some of the verses Denman still could copy and send to his friends as a remembrance of himself, kissed the handwriting.  'To have seen him on the bench,' wrote his friend, Charles Sumner, 'in the administration of justice, was to have a new idea of the elevation of the judicial character.'")


This seems like an interesting 'history' blog:

John Denman ~~~~~~ Judith Stoughton
John Denman ~~~~~~ Sarah Hollander
John Denman ~~~~~ Marie Madeleine Gerneaux (Mary Gano)
John Denman ~~~~~~ Mary Elizabeth Williams
Daniel Denman ~~~~~~ Deborah Scudder
James Denman ~~~~~~ Claranna Wellborn
Blake Denman ~~~~~~ Neaty [Fernita] Elston
William C. Denman ~~~~~~ Sarah (Sallie) J. Crankfield
Isaiah ("Isaac") Cranfield Denman ~~~ Lillie V[irginia] Bassett
Vernon Winters Denman ~~~~~~ Lillie Yarbrough
Leon Conway Denman ~~~~~~ Betty Jo Thompson
Debra Ann Denman (me)
Odessa Lynn Denman
Barbara Alice Denman
Of these, James Denman was certainly an enlisted Revolutionary soldier; and I believe his father, Daniel Denman was also involved in that war.
Don Juan de Xavier ~~~~~~ Marie Maris
Valentine Xavier ~~~~~~ Mary Smith
Valentine Sevier ~~~~~~ Joannah Goade
General John Sevier (nee Jean Xavier) ~~~~~~ Sarah Hawkins
Elizabeth Hawkins Sevier ~~~~~~ Major William H. Clark
Elizabeth Sevier Clark ~~~~~~ John Elston
Neaty Elston ~~~~~~ Blake Denman
William C[lark? or Conway?] Denman ~~ Sarah J. Crankfield
Isaiah ["Isaac"] Cranfield Denman ~~~~~~ Lillie V[ernon?]
Vernon Winters Denman ~~~~~~ Lillie Yarbrough
Leon Conway Denman ~~~~~~ Betty Jo Thompson
Debra Ann Denman [Me]
Odessa Lynn Denman
Barbara Alice Denman
Of these, John Sevier and William H. Clark were Revolutionary soldiers.  Of course, I'm sure there were at least several others on my direct lineage, which I simply havent proven yet, whose names are likely not shown here.  For example, John Elston's father or grandfather; and men on my mother's side of the family tree.

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