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William Pulteney Dana (1776 - 1861)

William Pulteney Dana
Born in Wroxeter, Shropshire, Englandmap
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Husband of — married 1802 [location unknown]
Husband of — married about 1812 in Irelandmap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 84 in Shrewsbury, Shropshire, England, United Kingdommap
Profile last modified | Created 19 Sep 2014
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William Pulteney Dana was born 13 July 1776 to Reverend Edmund Dana and Helen Dana nee Kinnaird. William was baptised 1 August 1776.[1]

William first married Anne Frisby Fitzhugh in about 1800 in the United States of America. They had two children:

  1. Edmund or William 1802–1803
  2. Anne Frisby 1803–1850

William's first wife died in 1804 and William returned to England leaving his surviving daughter behind to be brought up by her maternal relatives.

William joined the army and served in Ireland in the 6th garrison battalion.

He married Charlotte Elizabeth Bailey in 1812.[2] They had the following children:

  1. Helen Matilda 1813–1813
  2. Anna Penelope 1814–1890
  3. Douglas Kinnaird 1815–1816
  4. William Pulteney 1816–1817
  5. Henry Edmund Pulteney 1817–1852
  6. Charlotte Frances 1820–1904
  7. Douglas Kinnaird 1821–1821
  8. Helen Kinnaird 1823–1882
  9. Douglas Charles Kinnaird 1824–1878
  10. William Augustus Pulteney 1826–1866
  11. Francis Richard Benjamin 1833–1833
  12. Francis Richard Benjamin 1834–1854

In 1840 William Pulteney Dana was gaoled for bankruptcy.[3]

William Pulteney Dana died at Shrewsbury on 29 June 1861. His will was probated 31 July 1861.[4]

Obituary from the Illustrated London News

CAPTAIN DANA Captain William Pulteney Dana, who died on the 29th of June last, at the residence of his son-in-law, W.H. Wood, Esq., Holywell-terrace, Shrewsbury, was descended from a family of some eminence which emigrated to America in 1640, and which was among the earlier settlers at Cambridge, in Massachusetts, where many of its members have, from that time to this, held high position in the legal, political, and literary world. His grandfather, the Hon. Richard Dana, and his eldest uncle, the Hon. Francis Dana, were Chief Justices of the State of Massachusetts in the reigns of the second and third Georges. The American branch of the Dana family still resides at Boston and Cambridge, in Massachusetts, and occupies a very distinguished position. Its present representative is Richard Henry Dana, Esq., a poet of note ; and his son, Richard Henry Dana, a leading barrister at Boston, is the author of “Two Years before the Mast.” William Pulteney Dana, the subject of this notice, was the second surviving son of the Rev. Edmund Dana, Vicar of Wroxeter, Shropshire, by his wife, Helen, eldest daughter of Charles, sixth Lord Kinnaird. He was born on the 13th July, 1776, and married, first, Anne, only daughter of Colonel Fitzhugh, by whom he had one daughter ; he married, secondly, Charlotte Elizabeth, third daughter of the Rev. Henry Bayly, Rector of Nenagh, in the County of Tipperary, Ireland (second son of John Bayly, Esq., of Debsborough Hall, in the same county, and a younger branch of the house of Anglesey), by which lady, who died on the 13of May, 1846, he leaves a numerous issue.[5]


  1. Text: 01 Aug 1776 William Pulteney, s. of Edmund Dana, Vicar this p., & the Honorable Helen Dana his wife, born 13 Jul 1776 , & bap. Book: Wroxeter Baptisms, 1772 to 1812. (Baptism) retrieved from Shropshire, England, Extracted Church of England Parish Records [database on-line].
  2. Marriage licence Diocese of Killaloe
  3. Young, Anne. "J is for jail: Bankruptcy of William Pulteney Dana." Anne's family history . April 13, 2017. Accessed July 20, 2017.
  4. England & Wales, National Probate Calendar (Index of Wills and Administrations), 1858-1966 about William Pulteney Dana Name: William Pulteney Dana Probate Date: 31 Jul 1861 Death Date: 29 Jun 1861 Death Place: Shropshire, England Registry: Shrewsbury
  5. Obituary for William Dana in the Illustrated London News of 17 August 1861 page 172 retrieved through FindMypast courtesy of Illustrated London News Group.


  • Dana-443 was created by Jim Goodwin through the import of GOODWIN.ged on Nov 19, 2014.

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