Family: John Franklin Denney/Elizabeth Ellen VanHook (F1137)

m. 11 Apr 1880


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  • Father | Male
    John Franklin Denney

    Born  15 Apr 1856  Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  22 Feb 1904  Strafford, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Danforth Cemetery, Strafford, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
    Married  11 Apr 1880   
    Father  Simpson Denney | F2168 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Mary Reynolds | F2168 Group Sheet 

    Elizabeth Ellen VanHookMother | Female
    Elizabeth Ellen VanHook

    Born  12 Jun 1865  Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  21 May 1948  Strafford, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Danforth Cemetery, Strafford, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
    Other Spouse  Alexander Jackson Hall | F3065 
    Married  1907   
    Father  Benjamin Franklin VanHook | F1042 Group Sheet 
    Mother  Lydia Jane Reynolds | F1042 Group Sheet 

    Child 1 | Male
    William Markham Denney

    Born  24 May 1881  Pulaski, KY Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  24 Feb 1958  Texas Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Grove Hill Memorial Park, Dallas, Dallas, TX Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Mary Ramey | F622 
    Married  1905   

    Child 2 | Male
    James Franklin Denney

    Born  19 Dec 1883  Strafford, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  2 Oct 1958  Kansas City, Jackson, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Highland Park Cemetery, Kansas City, Wyandotte, KS Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Blanche Nellie Lemaske | F628 
    Married  27 Oct 1906  Springfield, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 3 | Female
    Lucy Jane Denney

    Born  14 Feb 1886  Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  29 Apr 1973  Strafford, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Danforth Cemetery, Strafford, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  William Frederick Townlian | F4584 
    Married  23 Apr 1904  Springfield, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Levi Daniel Titus | F833 
    Married  6 Oct 1919  Springfield, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Living | F4591 
    Married     
    Spouse  Living | F4593 
    Married     
    Spouse  Louis Christian Franzen | F4592 
    Married  22 Apr 1949  Marshfield, Webster, MO Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 4 | Male
    Eugene Snodgrass Denney

    Born  26 Mar 1887  Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  2 Jul 1931   
    Buried     
    Spouse  Georgia Owings | F3066 
    Married  Abt 1911   

    Child 5 | Female
    Susie Ellen Denney

    Born  19 Aug 1890  Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  17 Feb 1926   
    Buried     

    Child 6 | Female
    Lillian Ophelia Denney

    Born  19 Sep 1892  Strafford, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  24 Jan 1972  Tulsa, OK Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried     
    Spouse  Living | F3067 
    Married     

    Child 7 | Male
    Benjamin Primer Denney

    Born  1 Jan 1894  Strafford, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  9 May 1952  Springfield, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  12 May 1952  Danforth Cemetery, Strafford, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Ruth Tedder | F3068 
    Married  Abt 1920   

    Child 8 | Male
    John Albert Denney

    Born  18 May 1896   
    Died  27 Sep 1984  Leavenworth, KS Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried  29 Sep 1984  Mount Muncie Cemetary, Leavenworth, KS Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Fern Alice Rodenburg | F3069 
    Married  25 Jul 1917  Kansas City, Jackson, MO Find all individuals with events at this location

    Child 9 | Male
    Edward Mcfarland Denney

    Born  19 Oct 1899  Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  10 Dec 1947  Lake Station, Tulsa, OK Find all individuals with events at this location
    Buried    Roselawn Cemetery, Tulsa, OK Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  Flora Whittenburg | F3072 
    Married     

    Child 10 | Female
    Augustia May (Gussie) Denney

    Born  29 Aug 1902  Strafford, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
    Died  5 May 1983   
    Buried    Springfield National Cemetery, Springfield, Greene, MO Find all individuals with events at this location
    Spouse  William R. Goin | F3075 
    Married  22 Jun 1926   

  • Notes  Married:
    • John and Elizabeth were married in Somerset, Kentucky on April 11, 1880, she was 15 years old. Wedding song was, "Pass me not Oh Gentle Savior". John F. Denney married his first cousin, Elizabeth Ellen VanHook, who was born in Pulaski County, Kentucky in 1865 (Johns mother, Mary Reynolds, was the sister of Lydia Reynolds, Elizabeth's mother). They were married at Jesse Reynolds home by her father, Benjamin VanHook. Witnesses present included William Morgan and William Denney.

      At the age of 47 John was shot and killed by a man named Arch Morgan. John was killed by 18-year-old Arch Morgan, who was a nephew of Elizabeth, on November 22, 1904. He was 47 years old. Arch Morgan received 20 years in prison for the shooting. John F's last words were quoted as: "Oh Lordy, I am shot!" One of the sons was also wounded in the gunfight, but survived.

      John F was shot during a dispute over a $1.98 boarding bill (Jim Denney has the court records). As it turned out, Arch owed a $1.98 boarding bill to John F., and because he could not pay, John was holding on to Arch's belongings as collateral for the debt. The shooting occurred as John and two of his sons were cutting wood in the forest.There is a Denney/Morgan connection that I have yet to find. It may be through the VanHook line (it seems that John VanHook, Denney's Nephew, had advanced knowledge of the forthcoming gunfight).

      John VanHook, who was a witness at the trial, was later killed while trying to hop a train in Ohio. Arch Morgan later accidently shot and killed himself, while hunting on March 12, 1938.

      John and Elizabeth are buried in Danforth Cemetery in Stafford, Missouri. It is one mile North of East Division Street Road on County Road Y.Y. Elizabeth's second marriage was in 1907 to Alec J. Hall.

      Profile Compiled by:
      Opal E.E. Denney (Gregg)

      1900 US Census - Dist 52, Jackson, Greene Co., MO
      John F. Denney, 42, b. Sept 1857 KY, married 20 years, farmer
      Lizzie E. Denney, 34, b. Jun 1865 KY, married 20 years
      Wm. M. Denney, 19, b. May 1881 KY
      Jas. F. Denney, 16, b. Dec 1883 MO
      Lucy J. Denney, 14, b. Feb 1886 MO
      Eugene Denney, 11, b. Mar 1889 MO
      Susie E. Denney, 9, b. Aug 1890 MO
      Lillian Denney, 8, b. Sep 1891 MO
      Benj. Denney, 6, b. Jun 1894, MO
      John E. Denney, 3, b. May 1897 MO
      McFarland Denney, 7 months, b. Oct 1899 MO