William Denman was a farmer who was born on July 27, 1912, in Sussex County, New Jersey, USA. His father, Jonathan Denman, was born in Morris Co., New Jersey. His mother, Elizabeth Butler, was born in the state of New York. They were married in Sussex Co., New Jersey, and there settled on 500 acres, which the father owned. They came to Knox County, Ohio about 1837 or 1838. The family were devout Baptists.
Their 7 children were named: Caroline, William, Electa, James B., Jonathan, John and Martha. Father Jonathan Denman had joined the Baptist church when he was but twelve years old, and his wife joined him when she was twenty-seven. William Denman remained with his parents until he married in February 1841, and thus endured the labors that fell to the lot of the pioneer farmer; he has missed but three harvests since he was sixteen years old, and made a full hand from that time.
William Tenman was married Feb. 15, 1841, to Sarah, daughter of William E. and Mary Larison Davidson. The couple set up housekeeping on a farm in Knox County, Ohio, and had a total of 13 children:
Sarah Ann (Davidson) Denman died on April 16, 1894, at her home in Morrow County, Ohio, USA. Her husband survived her passing. He died on their farm in Morrow, Ohio, on September 28, 1901. The couple are buried together at the Maple Grove Cemetery; Chesterville, Morrow Co, Ohio, USA.  
According to an 1880 local history:
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