I am descendent from William Denson through his daughter Martha Jane who married my great-great grandfather Joseph Raspberry Essary. My first record of William is the 1830 census of Cole Co., MO. In 1850 he is in Cedar County, Mo. with second wife Mary Yarnell and the following children: Mary aged 20, Garrett 18, Thomas 16, Louisa 14, Susan 12, Ansellum 10, Cintha A. 9, Jane 7 (my ancestor), twins Wm. R. and Jacob T. 3, Hannah 2/12, and Mariah 3. I don't know the name of his first wife. He got married to Mary in 1846
William was supposedly born in TN around 1801-1804 according to the Census records. The only Densons I could find there in that time period were located in Grainger Co. They were James, William and Elizabeth Denson. Undoubtedly they were related. I haven't looked at the individual records but one might reveal children about William's age.
William Denson and a John Denson bought land in 1844 at Township 36, Range 26, Section 17 in Cedar Co. MO. This was in a book titled, "History of Hickory, Polk, Cedar, Dade, and Barton Counties, Missouri" by the Goodspeed Publishing Co., published in 1889. I assume that William and John were brothers but I could be wrong.
He came to Texas to Wood Co. about 1852 and by 1860 William Denson and his family are in Uvalde Co., TX and he apparently died in Bell Co. around 1868.
In other Denson news, I ran across an old article in "Ancestral News" Vol. 4 No.1 pgs. 26-27 in which someone had in possession an old Denson Bible. They didn't know where it came from nor did they know why the family had it. They just knew it had been in the family for years. The person who owned it had lived in KY for 76 years so this could be the record of a Denson family in KY. Here's what it listed:
Wm. Porter Denson b.Aug. 28, 1823; James Andrew Denson b. May 26, 1825; Elizabeth Ann Denson b. May 22, 1827; Martha Elendor Denson b. August 25, 1828; John Walker Denson b.Oct. 24, 1830; Henry Harrison Denson b. Nov. 24, 1833; and Edward Silvester Denson b. Nov. 28, 1833. In a different handwriting was written: Elizabeth Ann Denson d. Dec 15, 1835; Wm. Porter Denson d. March 15, 1851; Henry Harrison Denson d. Aug 14, 1853; Edward Silvester Denson d. June 22, 1864.
Other information I have on Denson: William seems to be a common name for Denson males. I have a family line that lists three brothers named William, John, and Nathan. All were relatives of King Charles I of England and Wm. was a member of the house of Burgesses from upper Norfolk in 1659-1660. Wm.'s son John moved to America and settled in the Ilse of Wright Co., VA in 1680. He had a son named William who also had a son named William. This William moved to NC in 1730. He had a son named Nathan who had a son named William. William had sons Tom, Ned and Shade J. (1800-1888). Shade married Alithea Chambers. He was born in NC and he moved to Rankin Co., MS.
I really would like to hear from you. If you have any information tracing William's line back please let me know.