More About Michael Densler

Clever reader Teri knew exactly what I was talking about in the last post about the mystery at Laurel Grove Cemetery. She helped research the genealogy of the Denslers, and she provided some very good links to newspaper stories. I found TV news stories about the old Densler plantation and relocation of the human remains on the old Densler property at White Bluff.

From WTOC: March 20, 2019

From SavannahNow: April 2, 2019

From Fox28Media: April 3, 2019

From SavannahNow: June 7, 2019

From WSAV3: June 7, 2019

If you read and/or watch most of the stories, they mention that the graves were being relocated to Gravel Hill Cemetery in Bloomingdale. Apparently the final disposition at Laurel Grove came after the conversation about the relocation to Gravel Hill. The last story on WSAV3 does say that the Denslers are being relocated to Laurel Grove. Another interesting aspect is that the graves were identified by an archaeologist as being the remains of Michael and Ann Densler and their children David and John. But David and John lived to adulthood, and the graves that were found were 3 adults and an infant. Apparently at one time, the markers, but not the bodies, were relocated to Gravel Hill.

I found this link to a registration form for the National Register of Historic Places.

I am so interested in this story that I poked around my Ancestry account and found Michael’s will.


Chatham County

In the name of God Amen!

I Michael Densler planter of the State and County aforesaid being weak in body but of sound and disposing mind and disposition do will and bequeath to my son Michael Densler the sum of Fifty Dollars to be paid him out of my Estate in Six months after my decease. The remainder and residue of my Estate both real and personal I bequeath and will unto my beloved wife Anne Denlser my sons David Densler & John Densler and my daughters Anne Margaret Densler and Sophia Densler Share and Share alike — in case of the death of any of the last mentioned children without issue their mother and said last mentioned shall inherit his or their property derived from my said Estate — It is my desire

that my Estate real and personal remain undivided for the natural and joint support of my wife Anne and said last mentioned children until the aforementioned children attain the age of Eighteen Years and that there shall be no addition or increase made to my Estate until all my lawfull debts are paid discharged and do appoint my wife Anne Densler Executrix my son David Densler & John Dillon Executors of this my last will and testament revoking all wills heretofore made by me.

Michael Densler  L.S.

Signed sealed & published in presence of us who have hereunto subscribed our names as witnesses in the presence of the Testator the fifteenth day of November One thousand Eight hundred & Seven

Henry Nungazer

Peter OConnor

George Nungazer



Before the Hon’ble the Court of ordinary for the County of Chatham & State aforsaid

Personally appeared John Dillon who being duly sworn said he was present and did see Mr. Michael Densler sign the above will and Henry Nungazer, Peter OConnor and George Nungazer sign the above will as witnesses and that the Testator was of sound mind at the time to the best of the deponents belief.

John Dillon

Sworn to before the Court

May 10 1808

Tho’s Bourke

Clk of Or’dy


May 10 1808

Then qualified John Dillon Executor on the foregoing will

Tho’s Bourke  C. C. O.


 From GenealogyBank, Columbian Museum, October 18, 1808:


All of this only brings more questions. The Densler people that we know are descendants of Mary “Aunt Polly” Marston Pearson Densler and Frederick Densler. Surely all these Densler people are connected. But how?

I conjecture that Michael and Frederick are brothers.

How to prove that?

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