The author pictured on the grounds of The Road Church in Stonington, Connecticut
where generations of her ancestors worshipped starting in the 1670s.
Photograph taken by the author in February 2014 of the Battle of Marston Moor Monument located on the road between the villages of Long Marston and Tockwith, England. Her maternal ancestor Captain George Denison fought in this English Civil War battle in July 1644.
A March 2011 picture of author’s brother in the museum of the Ancient and Honorable Artillery Company of Massachusetts (AHAC) on the fourth floor of Faneuil Hall, Boston, Massachusetts. Many early colonial maternal ancestors of the author and her brother were members of the AHAC.
March 2013 photo taken of the author when she was in Naseby, England researching the Battle of Naseby.
The battle took place in June 1645 during the English Civil War.
June 2010 photo of The Stanton-Davis Homestead which is located on the Davis Farm in Stonington, Connecticut. The Davis Farm is one of the oldest working farms in the state. It was originally farmed starting in 1654 by the author’s seventeenth century maternal ancestor Thomas Stanton.
The author’s brother studying the wolf stone of his maternal ancestor Walter Palmer in The Wequetequock Burying Ground in
Stonington, Connecticut. Later that same afternoon the author and her brother met John “Whit” Davis at the Stanton-Davis Homestead
and toured the historic house. Her brother and Whit Davis paused to have their picture taken during Whit’s tour.
The Mayflower II in Mystic Seaport's Henry B. duPont Preservation Shipyard at Mystic Seaport in Mystic, Connecticut, Spring 2016.
The author’s maternal Mullins and Alden ancestors sailed to New England onboard the Mayflower in 1620.
The author pictured during a visit to Greenwich Point Park in Old Greenwich, Connecticut. She was visiting the park to see land originally
purchased in 1640 by her maternal ancestor Mrs. Elizabeth (Fones) Winthrop Feake and afterwards called “Elizabeth’s Neck”.
Pictures taken by the author in April 2015 of Plimoth Plantation’s stockade and village in Plymouth, Massachusetts.
A photo taken by the author of a historic house built in 1678 called Smith’s Castle. It is located in North Kingstown, Rhode Island
and it is a house museum open to the public. It was from this site that many of her maternal ancestors mustered and participated in the
Great Swamp Fight on December 19, 1675. This battle took place during the first six months of King Philip’s War.
Photos taken by the author of Hartford’s Founders Monument and a nineteenth century headstone erected in memory of her maternal ancestors Dorothy (Bird) and Thomas Lord who were buried in Hartford’s Ancient Burying Ground. The Founders Monument is also located in the Ancient Burying Ground and the names of her maternal ancestors Thomas Lord and his son-in-law Thomas Stanton were carved on the monument.
A photo taken by the author of The Founders Memorial on Boston Common in Boston, Massachusetts.
The memorial was erected in 1930 in honor of the city’s 300th anniversary.
Photos taken by the author in February 2014 of the interior of St. Bartholomew Church in Groton, Suffolk, England where her
Winthrop ancestors once worshipped. Some of her Winthrop ancestors were buried near the church.
Photo taken by the author of a stone marker erected in memory of her ancestor Thomas Stanton’s home site in Stonington, Connecticut.
Stanton was one of the four founders of Stonington, Connecticut.
Denizens will be available for purchase in a select number of independent bookstores and online.
Denizens Welcome to the seventeenth-century. Be transported back in time to the pulpits, pews, Praying Indian villages, pastures and palisades of early colonial New England. Denizens shares unforgettable true stories of reinvention, romance, sacrifice, family life, and bravery on the New England frontier and in its early settlements. Journey back and forth across the Atlantic Ocean with Captain George Denison and go into battle with him during the English Civil War and later King Philip’s War. Meet Reverend John Eliot and learn about the Algonquin language Bible he created. Learn about the interactions and disagreements that took place as Captain George Denison and his contemporaries established new colonies and communities. Take in the language of the period through passages selected from ancient diaries, court documents, and military histories. Ms. Dimancescu’s stories about the search for her seventeenth-century maternal ancestors brings them to life for a modern-day audience. This non-fiction narrative fosters an appreciation and understanding of the courage, fortitude, and resolve of a small group of denizens, who left behind indelible legacies in American history.
Author's Note: Publication of Denizens will take place in 2017 due to historical and genealogical information which came to light in the summer of 2016. This information is being incorporated into the narrative as it contributes fascinating insights. Denizens publication announcements will be shared on this website and social media.
Battle of Marston Moor, 1644 (oil on canvas), Barker, John (19th century) / © Cheltenham Art Gallery & Museums, Gloucestershire, UK / Bridgeman Images
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