Recrods of the Dennis Family
in Early Virginia





Descendants of John Sr Dennis


Generation No. 1

1.  JOHN SR1 DENNIS1,2 was born 1587 in London, Middlesex, England3, 
and died March 19, 1678/79 in Wiccocomico, , Northumberland, VA.. 
 He married UNKNOWN.  

Notes for JOHN SR DENNIS:
England to USA  Ship Merchants Hope
John Dennis Sr. (1) was on the "Ye Merchants Hope" ship that
 sailed from England to Virginia about 1635.  The  Abridged 
Compendium of American Genealogy.  Entry from Page 347:
Living in Northumberland Co. Virginia 1635 "Dennis, John (1612-79),
 from Eng. in "Ye Merchants Hope", to Va., 1635, settled 
in Northumberland Co.,"
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Source: In Hottens Original Lists 1600-1700:
"...names are to be transported to Virginiea, imbarqued in 
Ye Merchants Hope"....
"Jo: Dennis age 22"

(Virginia Colonial Abstracts, vol 1, Accomack County) August 8, 1636. At a court in Accomack, John Dennis, aged 28 or there abouts, says Roger Roads and Mr Melling fell into hot words, Roads saying Melling killed his sow, etc. [This record establishes that John Dennis, Jr. was born in about 1608.] ------------------------------------------------------------- (Susan Myra Kingsbury, Records of the Virginia Company: 1606-1626, vol iii, p. 64) Shareholders in the Virginia Company from 1615 to 1623. "March 20, 1621/2, John Dennis admitted."


(Kingsbury, vol iii, p. 82) A Complete List in Alphabetical Order of the Adventurers to Virginia with Several Amounts of their Holdings: 1618(?) "Sir Thomas Dennis.............................30"


Virginia Genealogies #1, Genealogies of Virginia Families II, Cl-Fi, Genealogy of the Cocke Family in Virginia, p. 118) "Sir Thomas Dennis paid 105 pounds as a member of the Virginia Company of Bicton and Holcombe, Devon. He married Anne, daughter of William Powlett, Marquis of Winchester; died 1613." ---------------------------------------------------- January 5, 1634. At a court in Accomack, John Dennis is ordered to pay Mr Obedience Robins 24 lb tobacco, and goodwife Haynie 166 lb tobacco. February 19, 1634. At a court in Accomack, Mr Obedience Robins to have order against the goods of John Dennis to value 190 lb tobacco due. ------------------------------------------- December 29, 1639. At a court in Accomack, John Dennis to sit in the stocks for reviling speech against goodwife Williams, and ask her forgiveness. (p. 200) Child of JOHN DENNIS and UNKNOWN is: 2. i. JOHN JR2 DENNIS, b. 1608, London, Middlesex, England; d. July 31, 1652, Northumberland , Virginia court record. Generation No. 2 2. JOHN JR2 DENNIS (JOHN SR1)4 was born 1608 in London, Middlesex, England, and died July 31, 1652 in Northumberland , Virginia court record5. He married BARBARY UNKNOWN6. She was born 1613 in England, and died 1690. Notes for JOHN JR DENNIS: (Virginia Colonial Abstracts, vol 1, Accomack County) June 4, 1635. Daniel Cugley. 400 acres for transporting Paschal Crocker, Peter Varlow, Thomas Dymer, George Luckin, Thomas Peak, John Champion, Leonard Lenards, and John Dennis. [Did John Dennis name his son, Paschal, after Paschal Crocker? If so, does this suggest Barbara was related to Paschal Crocker?] April 5, 1636. William Mellinge and John Dennis appraised the goods of Mr Nicholas Throgmorton, granted to James Cook. August 8, 1636. At a court in Accomack, John Dennis, aged 28 or there abouts, says Roger Roads and Mr Melling fell into hot words, Roads saying Melling killed his sow, etc. [This record establishes that John Dennis, Jr. was born in about 1608.]


(Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book 2, p. 183) September 15, 1649. John Dennis, 350 acres, scituated at great Wicocomoco, bounded on the northern parts with a branch of said river, on the southern part by a small branch, parting same from land of Thomas Gascogne and making this a neck of land. For transporting seven persons: Richard Parker, Christopher Walsgrave, Barbery Dennis, Robert Swanson, Thomas Long, Thomas Acties--a servant of Capt Stoner.

"John Dennis, Jr. died on 31 Sept 1652. Debts due to John Dennis Junr who dyed in Virginia at Jo'n Dennis Senr's house in Wicocomocoe the last day of July 1652. John Dennis Senr. upon Accot." 1652, July ... "Barbary Dennis, widow, to have comm. of admr. of estate of John Dennis, her husband, decd." 1653 ... "Whereas John Dennis Senr [sic--must be Jr.] doth owe unto Mr. Thomas Speke 300 lb tobacco, the court doth order that David Spiller, who married with the widow and administatrix of the said Dennis, shall within ten days make payment." (Northumberland County, VA, Abstracts) An inventory of the Goods of John Dennis Junr who dyed at Wicocomoco at John Dennis Senr the ultimo July 1652, apraised by Rich Budd, Jo Gresham and Jo Gamblin, sworne before George ffletcher the 4th Septem 1652. John Dennis Senr his account of john Dennis Junr his estate. The account of John Dennis adminstrator of all and singular the goods and chattels of John Dennis Junr deceased late whilest he lived of Great Wicocomocoe in the County of Northumberland and Colony of Virginia. Imprs this accountant and administrator doth charge himself with all the estate of the said deceased contained in an inventory amounting unto the sum of .....2217 Paid and laid out of the deceased estate as followeth: Imprs this accountant and administrator hath paid himself a debt due and owing unto him by the deceased in his lifetime for transporting the deceased goods from Newport News........................400 Itm due from the deceased to this accountant for nine months diet..................900 Itm for a funeral dinner...................500 Itm for the deceased washing and soap in his lifetime......100 Itm for travails and diet at the ordinary about getting ad'con............................100 Item to the Clerk of the Court for his fees.............142 Total............................... .............. .................2142 So it appeareth by this account that this accountant and administrator hath got remaining on his hands of the estate of the deceased the sum of......................69 [By my calculation John Dennis, Sr. had 75 pounds remaining.]


(Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book 2, p. 288) July 16, 1654. Orphans of John Dennis. 400 acres in Northumberland County. 350 acres north upon a branch of the great Wicocomoco River, called Dennis Creek, southeast upon a branch dividing this from land of Thomas Gascogne and northwest upon land of William Spicer, and 50 acres bounding northeast upon the same, etc. 350 acres due by the decease of their father, John Dennis, who pattented it September 15, 1649; and 50 acres for transporting William Dingley. April 26, 1656. Richard Dennis. 400 acres in Northumberland County. 350 acres north upon a branch of great Wicocomoco River called Dennis Creek, southeast upon a branch dividing same from land of Thomas Gascogne and northwest upon land of William Spicer, and 50 acres adjacent same 350 acres, granted unto his father, John Dennis, September 15, 164- and due him as son and heir; and 50 acres for transporting of one person. December 26, 1664. Barbara Dennis, widow, gives her daughter Mary Dennis four cows. Notes for BARBARY UNKNOWN: After the death of John Dennis, Jr., Barbara married secondly David Spiller. His will was recorded in Northumberland County, Virginia, on October 21, 1658. He stated "I give my whole estate to be equally divided between my sons, John Swanson [he apparently married a Swanson widow, before Barbara], Richard Dennis, Pasco Dennis, and John Dennis, excepting one cow called Florence, which I also give my youngest son John Dennis. I give unto Susanna Holling, my brother's child, a cow. Tobacco to James Magregory. Witnessed by Thomas Gascogne and John Taylor. Children of JOHN DENNIS and BARBARY UNKNOWN are: 3. i. JOHN III3 DENNIS, b. Bet. 1641 - 1651, Virginia .. youngest son; d. Bef. March 19, 1678/79, St. Stephen's Parish, Northumberland, VA. ii. MARY DENNIS, b. 1646. 4. iii. PASCHALL DENNIS, b. 1648. 5. iv. RICHARD DENNIS, b. Abt. 1650. Generation No. 3 3. JOHN III3 DENNIS (JOHN JR2, JOHN SR1)7,8 was born Bet. 1641 - 1651 in Virginia .. youngest son, and died Bef. March 19, 1678/79 in St. Stephen's Parish, Northumberland, VA. He married ELIZABETH in Wiccocomico, St. Stephen's Parish, Northumberland, VA.. She was born 1645 in Wiccocomico, Northumberland, VA, and died 1725 in St. Stephen's Parish , Northumberland, VA. Notes for JOHN III DENNIS: (Virginia Colonial Abstracts, vol 1, Northumberland County Records of Births: 1661-1810.)


In "Genealogies of Virginia Families Volume V"...The Waddy Family of Northumberland County Virginia. pg 314 "On March 19, 1679, ..Mr George Bledsoe .. was appointed one of the appraisers of the estate of John Dennis, of which Elizabeth Dennis, the widow, was administratrix. Elizabeth Dennis afterwards married George Dameron." gives us fact: John Dennis III, the youngest son married Elizabeth.


In Genealogies of Virginia Families, Vol. III "Aug. 1, 1750, Joseph Ward, of Amelia County, for 40 currency conveys to John Adkins, of Lunenburg County, 150 acres on lower side of Little Roanoke River" (recorded in Lunenburg Records, Deed Book 2, p. 158)


We find the Creighton family and the Adkins family with court records in Halifax and Lunenburg Co. Virginia. John Adkins sold land to Hugh Creighton. Hugh C. married his daughter Mary Adkins. ,p., Between pp. 58 and 59 of the published text there appears a fold-out map of Lunenburg County as it existed in 1748, overlaid with the tithe subdivisions and the counties that were created from the original territory of Lunenburg county. ------------------------------------------------------------- At June Court, 1749, the appointments to take the list of tithables were made as follows: Nicholas Hayle (Haile), "from Goose Creek to the extent of the County upwards." Matthew Talbot, "from Falling River to Goose Creek." William Caldwell, "from Falling River to Little Ronoke River." (gives us the area they were living in... It looks like the same area as sold in the first record))


Source SUNLIGHT ON THE SOUTHSIDE .. Transcribed by Thomas Walter Duda ..... Part 3 This book is a early census "A List of Tithables Taken pr. me Matw. Talbot ... for ye Year 1749...... Jno Dennis ......... 1" This gives us the location for the Dennis family in the 1700's


Notes for ELIZABETH: In "Genealogies of Virginia Families Volume V"...The Waddy Family of Northumberland County Virginia. pg 314 "On March 19, 1679, ..Mr George Bledsoe .. was appointed one of the appraisers of the estate of John Dennis, of which Elizabeth Dennis, the widow, was administratrix. Elizabeth Dennis afterwards married George Dameron." Children of JOHN DENNIS and ELIZABETH are: 6. i. JOHN IV4 DENNIS, b. 1667, St. Stephen's Parish, Northumberland; d. 1687. ii. SARAH DENNIS, b. 1677; d. April 18, 1716; m. PHILLIP TIGNOR, September 25, 1699. Notes for SARAH DENNIS: Virginia Colonial Abstracts, vol 1, Northumberland County Records of Births: 1661-1810. July 29, 1712. Sarah Tignor, aged 35 or thereabouts, testified that she was with Grace Bashford, wife of Simon Bashford, when she delivered a son called John; and further testified that Christopher Dameron is guardian and tutor of said John Bashford. ------------------------------------------------------- Northumberland County, Virginia, Record of Births, p. 94. "Eliz'a Tignor, Daug'r to Philope, Bap'd Ap'l 11, 1708." "Wm Tignor, Son to Philop, Born Feb'y 22, 1714."


Virginia Colonial Abstracts, vol 1, Northumberland County Records of Births: 1661-1810. Eliza' Tignor daug'r to Philope bap'd Ap'l 11, 1708. Wm Tignor son to Philop born Feb'y 22, 1714. 4. PASCHALL3 DENNIS (JOHN JR2, JOHN SR1) was born 1648. He married BARBARA UNKNOWN9. Children of PASCHALL DENNIS and BARBARA UNKNOWN are: i. SON4 DENNIS. 7. ii. MARY DENNIS, b. 1680. 5. RICHARD3 DENNIS (JOHN JR2, JOHN SR1)10 was born Abt. 165011, and died 12. He married UNKNOWN. Notes for RICHARD DENNIS: Richard is in the Circuit Court Clerk's entry with his brothers also listed. This entry is giving land to the children of John Jr.Dennis .. "the land of their father,". The children are In this settlement of his fathers estate and in the Will of the 2nd husband of his mother, David Spiller. Both are in the generation above He probably is the Richard with land in early Lunenburg Co, Virginia. This settlement has a son, Richard Jr. These records are important because Richard's land deeds in Lunenburg Co. Va. have the same dates as our records of Hugh Creighton and John Adkins in Lunenburg County. Richard Jr. probably did not move to South Carolina with the other families. He has land records after 1810 in Lunenburg Co. Virginia. His father and other family members appear in Newberry Co. S.C. at this time. There were several other children of Richard Dennis. Richard also has a son "John Dennis" listed in the settlement. I have a copy of this settlement. Children of RICHARD DENNIS and UNKNOWN are: i. RICHARD JR4 DENNIS. Notes for RICHARD JR DENNIS: In Estate settlement of his father: Richard Jr. probably did not move to South Carolina with the other families. He has land records after 1810 in Lunenburg Co. Virginia. His father and other family members appear in Newberry Co. S.C. at this time. ii. JOHN DENNIS, b. Abt. 1667; d. Abt. 1700, died age 33 when his son was born. Notes for JOHN DENNIS: From records at the Ancestory.com web site. Generation No. 4 6. JOHN IV4 DENNIS (JOHN III3, JOHN JR2, JOHN SR1) was born 1667 in St. Stephen's Parish, Northumberland, and died 1687. He married UNKNOWN. Notes for JOHN IV DENNIS: St. Stephen's Parish, Northumberland Virginia Colonial Abstracts, vol 1, Northumberland County Records of Births: 1661-1810. ---------------------------------------------------------- Records from the web Family # Child of JOHN DENNIS and UNKNOWN is: i. JOHN JR5 DENNIS, b. 1717; m. UNKNOWN. Notes for JOHN JR DENNIS: This is the father of our John Dennis who married Ann Creighton. To prove this we need to place the families together in Virginia and in South Carolina. The records below are from "notes of John Adkins' but need to be used here as well. ------------------------------------------------------------ (The Vestry Book, 1746-1816 for Cumberland Parish, Lunenburg County Virginia page 343...") At a Vestry held for this parish the 2nd day of January 1754.... "To Due to Hugh Creighton for nursing a bastard child 5 0 0" .... ----------------------------------------- (Virginia Colonial Abstracts, vol 1, Northumberland County Records of Births: 1661-1810.) In Genealogies of Virginia Families Volume V.. .The Waddy Family of Northumberland County Virginia. pg 314 "On March 19, 1679, ..Mr George Bledsoe .. was appointed one of the appraisers of the estate of John Dennis, of which Elizabeth Dennis, the widow, was administratrix. Elizabeth Dennis afterwards married George Dameron." gives us fact: John Dennis III, the youngest son married Elizabeth. ---------------------------------------------------------- In Genealogies of Virginia Families, Vol. III "Aug. 1, 1750, Joseph Ward, of Amelia County, for 40 currency conveys to John Adkins, of Lunenburg County, 150 acres on lower side of Little Roanoke River" (recorded in Lunenburg Records, Deed Book 2, p. 158)


(Order Book of Lunenburg Co. Va.)... July Court 1755 .... 384:) John Adkins to John Butler, indenture bargain/sale... John Adkins to Hugh Creighton, indenture bargain/sale..." We find the Creighton family and the Adkins family with court records in Halifax and Lunenburg Co. Virginia. John Adkins sold land to Hugh Creighton. Hugh C. married his daughter Mary Adkins. At June Court, 1749, the appointments to take the list of tithables were made as follows: Nicholas Hayle (Haile), "from Goose Creek to the extent of the County upwards." Matthew Talbot, "from Falling River to Goose Creek." William Caldwell, "from Falling River to Little Ronoke River." (gives us the area they were living in..looks like the same area as sold above)


Source "SUNLIGHT ON THE SOUTHSIDE" .. Transcribed by Thomas Walter Duda ..... Part 3 ....... "A List of Tithables Taken pr. me Matw. Talbot ... for ye Year 1749...... Page 101 Jno Dennis ......... 1" For 1749 List Taken by William Caldwell page 90 Nathaniel Dennis ........................................... 1 Hugh Crighton .............................................. 1 ========================================================= sun004.txt - (Part 4) 1750 Tithe List of Virginia {page 149} John Adkins Willm. Adkins Thos. Adkins Benja. Adkins .......................................4 ====================================================== "List Taken by William Caldwell" {page 90} Hugh Crighton ........................ 1 {page 92} Thomas Adkins...........................1


Source: "Genealogies of Virginia Families Vol. V".. 7. MARY4 DENNIS (PASCHALL3, JOHN JR2, JOHN SR1)13 was born 1680. She married BARTHOLOMEW SCHREVER14. He died in Will 21 March 172015. Notes for BARTHOLOMEW SCHREVER: Her son and husband are named in the church records in the parish of Great Wycomico,in the county of Northumberland, 1728 (old churches, families, II p 134)The Schrever family and the Waddy families have history in ..

Genealogies of Virginia Families Vol. V..The Waddy Family, pg 315 "On May 15, 1717, Thomas Waddy presented for probate the will of Dennis Schrever, son of Bartholomew and Mary Dennis Schrever , of which he was executor."
Footnote: The first wife of Bartholomew Schrever was Mary Dennis, daughter of Paschal and Barbara Dennis. His second wife was Mary, the widow or daughter of Captain William Lee."
Child of MARY DENNIS and BARTHOLOMEW SCHREVER is: i. DENNIS5 SCHREVER16, b. 1700; d. Bef. May 15, 1717, Virginia; m. UNKNOWN. Endnotes 1. Accomack County Virginia 1632-1637 court transcripts, page 59, Court holden at Acchawmacke this 16th of November 1636: Robert Edmunds made his last will ....27 Dec 1633... tobacco, which lyeth in Thomas Cole, John Dennis and Robert Swansons hands for my plantation.. 2. Genealogies of Virginia Families Vol. V, pg 314, On March 19 1679, he was appointed one of the appraisers of the estate of John Dennis, of which Elizabeth Dennis, the widow, was administratrix. Elizabeth Dennis afterwards married George Dameron. 3. Hottons list of passengers from 1600 to 1700, from Hottens list of the Ship "Merchants Hope" John Dennis 22 yrs. old. Given 2 1/2 acres and 5 acres in Va. 4. Genealogies of Virginia Families Vol. V, His son in law died when he was about 74 years old. 5. Northumberland , Virginia court record. 6. Northumberland , Virginia court record 1652-1655, pg. 327, Northumberland , Virginia court record - Barbary Dennis Admrx of Jno Dennis. Barbary Dennis, widow , to have com. of admr "of estate of John Dennis her husband decd". 7. Accomack County Virginia 1632-1637 court transcripts, page of 1657 records, youngest son in Will of John Dennis Jr., and youngest stepson in Will of David spiller. 8. Virginia Gleamings in England,, 21 Sept 1678, Edmund Musgray, age 11 servant to John Dennis 4.121 Sept 1678. John was born ca 1652, youngest son of John Jr. He is found next in Lunenburg Co. Va. (early Lunenburg) as a resident. 9. Genearlogy of Virginia families Volume V, Barbara, Paschall Dennis' widow,married (2dly) _________ Salisbury, and3dly Thomas Fearn by which last husband she had a. 10. William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine between 1892 and 1942, John, the youngest is found in the records of the "orphans" of John Jr.(2) and Barbary, his parentsIn 1678 we find him in a household count giving the name of his servant, and the servants age (11)This makes him about 26 years old. In the early entry he is referred to as "the youngest son" several times. John born around 1700. 11. .NOTTOWAY COUNTY, VIRGINIA - WILL BOOK I 1789-1802 (INDEX), page 438 ...... 12. 1785 Halifax County Va Heads of Families, page 16 List of Joseph Hayes. 13. William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine between 1892 and 1942, 845, Bartholomew Schrever married 1st Mary daughter of Paschall Dennis, (son of John Dennis). 14. Bartholomew Schrever 1st married Mary Dennis, daughter of Paschall Dennis (son of John Dennis). 15. William and Mary College Quarterly Historical Magazine between 1892 and 1942, 846. 16. The will of Bartholomew Schrever (dated the 21st of March 1720) mentioned his wife Mary and son Bartholomew, 315, On May 15, 1717 Thomas Waddly presented for probate the will of Dennis Schrever, son of Bartholomew and Mary (Dennis Schrever, of which he was executor. The first wife of Batholomew Schrever was Mary Dennis, daughter of Paschal and Barbara Dennis.

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