Listed as John "Davis" in 1850 Census in Dist 11; Miles "Davis" lived next door - he was actually Miles Dennis. Wife Elizabeth, son Pinkney age 1. In the divorce case in 1857 of Sarah & Miles Dennis, John & Anny Dennis are called to testify. There is no other John Dennis of any age in the 1850 census so I believe this is actually John Dennis. Richard is stated as eldest son of Miles. John Dennis is likely a nephew or cousin - he appears to be the son of Joshua Dennis.
In 1860, the enumerator confused the given names. John is listed with Joshua's age, wife and family while Joshua is the head of John's household. Found next door to each other in Distrist 12 of Jackson Co. [Sarah Dennis, widow of Miles, was also in District 12 - she was Hh 281]
1870, Jackson Co TN, Dist 1, Gainsboro P.O. p.128, Hh 55
It appears that by 1880, Elizabeth had died and John had taken a young wife. Possibly only the baby was hers.
John DENNIS and Elizabeth [DENNIS] had the following children:
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