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Nicholas Robbins Family


ISRAEL DENIO (JR) (Biographical data abstracted from Robbins family records, associated census records, a book entitled "A Genealogy of Aaron Denio" compiled by Francis and Herbert Denio and published by Capitol City Press, Montpelier, VT, 1926, and an obituary appearing in the Rome (NY) Citizen newspaper, December 4, 1885 issue) Re: The Nicholas Robbins Family, No. 6.58.6


Israel Denio (Jr), son of Israel Denio and Esther Robbins, was born October 24, 1806 in Rome, Oneida County, New York. His formative years were spent in the Wright Settlement section of Rome, where his father was a pioneer farmer and blacksmith. On November 11, 1827, Israel married Ruth O. Dopp, daughter of Henry Dopp, also of Wright Settlement. Later census records indicate Ruth was born around 1807 in New York. Six children were recorded to this couple:


1.  Martha Denio, born around 1830, who married Henry G. Wright, a Rome banker, in 1855 and had: i. Edward Denio Wright, born in 1860 and ii. Sarah Louise Wright, born in 1863;


2.  Isabelle Denio, born around 1834, who married Simon G. Visscher, a Rome clergyman, in 1865 and had: i. Isabelle Visscher, born in 1866, ii. Frederick D. Visscher, born in 1869, iii. Franklin D. Visscher, born in 1871, and iv. Theodore C. Visscher, born in 1876;


3.  Francis H. "Fanny" Denio, born around 1838, who married Henry W. Mitchell, a Rome dry goods dealer, and had: i. Elizabeth Mitchell, born around 1863 and ii. Alice Mitchell, born around 1865;


4.  Sophia Denio, born around 1840, unmarried and residing with parents in Rome at the time of the 1880 Census;


5.  Mary E. Denio, born around 1842, unmarried and residing with parents in Rome at the time of the 1880 Census; and

6.  Julia E. Denio, born around 1844, who married Horatio F. Dyer, a dry goods merchant in North Dansville, Livingston County, New York at the time of the 1880 Census. In that census, their children were: i. Grace D. Dyer, born around 1875, ii. Robert F. Dyer, born around 1876 and iii. Annie L. Dyer, born around 1879.


Israel Denio (Jr) died on November 28, 1885 at Rome. The Rome Citizen newspaper noted his death in its December 4, 1885, issue as follows:


" Israel Denio, whose serious illness we mentioned last week, died last Saturday evening from the effects of a stroke of paralysis sustained the Tuesday preceding. He had been in feeble health for ten years past and had been confined to his house most of that time. Nearly a year ago he was stricken with paralysis but had nearly recovered from its effects when the second shock came. Deceased had recently passed his 79th birthday, having been born in Wright Settlement, in the town Rome, on October 24, 1806"…"Deceased followed farming very successfully for many years, removing into the then village of Rome in 1854. He then engaged in the forwarding business and later in dealing in dairy products, being for many years one of our leading business men. He was for many years a director and vice-president of the First National Bank of Rome, resigning about two years ago. He was also a director of the Rome Savings Bank and one of the first trustees of the Rome Academy, toward the founding of which he was a leading contributor. He led a consistent Christian life and had, for a number of years past, been a communicant of the Episcopal Church. Fifty-eight years ago he was married to Miss Ruth Dopp, daughter of the late Henry Dopp of Wright Settlement, who survives him. He also leaves five daughters: Mrs. Henry Wright, Mrs. H. W. Mitchell and Misses Sophia and Mary Denio of Rome and Mrs. Julia Dyer of Dansville, Livingston County. One daughter, the wife of Rev. S. G. Visscher, died about two years ago. The funeral was` held at his late residence on Court Street and was very well attended. The services were conducted by Rev. Dr. Egar of Zion Church and the remains were interred in the Wright Settlement Cemetery…"


Submitted by Lawrence G. Robbins, October, 2009.  Many thanks to Betty Carpenter-McCulloch, Oneida County, NY Genweb Site Coordinator, for permission to quote from the transcription of the Rome Citizen obituary for Israel Denio (Jr) appearing on that site.  Mr. Robbins may be reached by email at 

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