Doddridge County Roots

A West Virginia Genealogy

James H. DENNISON

Male 1838 - 1863  (~ 25 years)


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  • Name James H. DENNISON 
    Born CA 1838  Harrison Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Census 1850  Lewis Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Residence 1858  Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Military From 23 Aug 1862 to 15 May 1863  [2
    Pvt, Co A, 14th W.Va. Inf, Civil War (died of disease) 
    • James H. Dennison enrolled in Co A, 14th W.Va. Infantry, on Jul 28 1862 in West Union. He mustered in as a Private on Aug 23 1862 in Wheeling. His military file states that he died of typhoid fever in a hospital at New Creek on May 15 1863.

      Actual cause and circumstances of James H. Dennison's death may have been quite different than reported, according to information in the 91-page file pertaining to his widow's pension application, summarized as follows:

      Lt. E L Wade [Elijah Luark Wade (1836-1910)] testified 14 Aug 1866 that James Dennison complained of one of his knees hurting him on 15 Nov 1862. Wade took Dennison to the surgeon, but was told that nothing was wrong with him and ordered him back to duty. Dennison remained in pain all winter, sometimes able to perform his duties and other times confined to his tent. Wade took Dennison back to the surgeon on 1 May 1863 because he was complaining very much about the pain in his knee. He could only move about with the aid of a cane. Wade took him to the surgeon several times, but was always refused treatment on the grounds that there was nothing wrong with Dennison. Finally the surgeon threatened to report Wade for punishment if he brought Dennison back in for another examination. Dennsion was ordered back to duty. Wade did not make him report for duty, but took him back to his tent. Dennison died about 36 hours later. Wade says that Dennison did not die in the hospital as reported, but rather died in his tent.
    Died 15 May 1863  New Creek, Mineral Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Person ID I21244  Doddridge County Roots
    Last Modified 25 May 2016 

    Father James Ross DENNISON,   b. Mar 1813,   d. 21 Aug 1899, Double Camp, Doddridge Co, WV Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 86 years) 
    Mother Mary "Polly" HUSTEAD,   b. CA 1815,   d. 16 Jan 1862  (Age ~ 47 years) 
    Family ID F14895  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Amanda Melvenia "Mandy" NICHOLSON,   b. Nov 1842, Madison Co, VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [3
    Married 15 Apr 1858  Doddridge Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Children 
     1. Louisa A. DENNISON,   b. Jun 1862, Lewis Co, (W)VA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef May 1913  (Age ~ 50 years)
     2. James DENNISON,   b. CA 1863
    Family ID F8574  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsDied - 15 May 1863 - New Creek, Mineral Co, WV Link to Google Earth
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  • Sources 
    1. [S1774] Doddridge County WV Marriages 1845-1937, (Wes Cochran, 156 Gihon Meadows, Apt 150, Parkersburg, WV 26101 (Jan 1993)).

    2. [S37] Historical Military Records, (www.fold3.com).

    3. [S1583] Marriage record of daughter.