James Martin Denney, farmer, sec. 30, Sheridan Tp., was born Aug. 11, 1817, in Gallia Co., Ohio. He is a son of William F. and Mary Ann (Fulk) Denney, born in North Carolina, respectively in 1794 and 1791. The former was of Scotch and Welch descent, and the latter German. In 1831 they settled in Jay Co., Ind.
Mr. Denney was married Sept. 20, 1842 to Lois E., daughter of Nathan and Laura (Miner) Scranton, born April 5, 1820, in Cortland Co., N.Y. Her father was a native of Rhode Island, and of Welsh descent. Her mother was born in Connecticut. Mr. and Mrs. Denney have 11 children, as follows: John S. (dec), Mary A., William T., James M. (dec), Nathan, Laura, Joshua (dec), Jordan, Henry F. (dec), Lois L., E., and Riley S.
Mr. Denney came to Michigan in August 1865. He first located on sec. 21 of Wheatland Tp., and then came thence to the section where he now resides. Everything was in a state of nature, and he has reclaimed the land from a dense forest and established himself comfortably. He has served two terms as Justice of the Peace, and filled other offices.
He is an old lined Democrat, and belongs to the Methodist Church. He owns 120 acres of land, 30 of which are under cultivation. His timbered land includes pine of first class quality.