Cornelius Denham, a farmer of Massena township, was born in Ontario county. New York, on the 16th of June, 1830. His parents moved to Bureau county, Illinois, in 1838, where they remained until their death. Cornelius remained in New York with his grandfather, until 1843, when he joined his father's family in Illinois, and was there reared to manhood. He was married in Bureau county, Illinois, in January, 1852, to Harriet A. Smith, a native of that State. In March, 1873, he and his family came to Cass county and bought 160 acres of land in Massena township. Mr. and Mrs. Denham have been blessed with seven children--Ella, died in October, 1877 ; Butler, died in 1855; Lucy S., wife of M. O. Newton, of Illinois; William A., married in 1881, to Emma J. Brown, a daughter of Isaac and Lucinda Brown; Clara, wife of John Yarger; Isaac P. and Cornelius.
Contributed by Lisa Varnes-Rex from "History of Cass County, Iowa. Together With Sketches of its Towns, Villages and Townships, Educational, Civil, Military and Political History: Portraits of Prominent Persons, and Biographies of Old Settlers and Representative Citizens." Springfield, Ill.: Continental Historical Company, 1884, pg. 779-780.