JAMES M. DENISON, who is engaged in farming and also in the sawmill business in Polk Township, is a native of Lawrence County, Ohio, and was born Oct. 19, 1846. He is a son of Jonathan and Sarah (Hollock) Denison; the former a native of Cony, Summers Co., W. Va., and the latter of Lawrence, Ohio. The father of our subject emigrated from Virginia to Lawrence County, Ohio, with his parents, while young. There he followed farming until 1847, when he emigrated to Linn County, Iowa, where he is still living, engaged in the vocation which he has followed all his life, that of farming.
James M. Denison was reared on a farm and remained with his parents until eighteen years of age. He then stated out to do for himself, and about the first event that occurred of any importance, after leaving home, was his marriage, and afterward he located in Linn County, remaining there only a few months. In October, 1865, he removed to the farm on which he is at present residing, located on section 12, Polk Township. He farms 145 acres, and has lived here for upward of twenty years, being occupied during that time, with the exception of his term of service in the army, in agricultural pursuits. In September, 1863, he enlisted in Co. K, 9th Iowa Vol. Cal., and served three months, receiving an honorable discharge on account of disability. He was taken to the hospital near Davenport, where he remained for about three weeks, and was then brought home, and for three months was confined to his bed. After recovering he only weighed ninety-three pounds, and that too in full uniform.
Mr. Denison married, in 1865, to a daughter of John and Catherine Milner, and they have become the parents of nine children. Mr. Denison, in 1881, in company with his father, Jonathan Denison, erected a sawmill, where they are engaged in the sawing of lumber, which is purchased by home customers. Our subject came to this county when an infant, and since he has been a resident here, has been closely connected with its agricultural growth and development.
Source Citation: "1887 Benton County, Iowa Biographies" [database online] Benton County IAGenWeb Project. <http://iagenweb.org/benton/>
Original data: "Portrait and Biographical Album of Benton County, Iowa." Chicago: Chapman Brothers, 1887, p. 367.
Transcribed by: Sue Soden. Submitted to the Benton County IAGenWeb Project on April 20th, 2007. Copyright © 2007 The IAGenWeb Project.