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1. Andrew DENNIS was born in 1785 in North Carolina. He died between 1850 and 1860 at the age of 65 in Jackson County, Tennessee.

Disclaimer: This is a working file. The sons of Andrew as shown here are not proved except by proximity [most have records showing they lived on Morrisons/ Flynns Creek] and naming patterns. Some may very well be nephews, not sons. I welcome comments from anyone with better information.

These early censuses may or may not be the same as Andrew of Jackson Co but they are of approximate age:

1810 Montgomery Co NC, Hattom
Andrew Dennis Jr: 1m 26-45. 1f -10, 1f 26-45
Andrew Dennis: 1m 10-16, 1m 16-26, 1m +45. 1f 16-26, 1f +45

1820 Overton Co TN
Andrew Dennis: 2m -10 [Joshua & Miles?], 1m 26-45. 2f -10, 1f 10-16, 1f 26-45

Tennessee Land Grants, Vol. I, Sistler.
To Andrew Dennis of Jackson Co
1828, 50 acres, Mountain Dist Bk B, p.274 Grant #842
1831, 50 acres, Mountain Dist Bk D, p.187 Grant #2241

An Andrew Dennis of appropriate family cannot be found in 1830. This census was "alphabetized" so neighbors are unknown. In Jackson Co were the following Dennis families:
William Denis: 1m 5-10, 1m 10-15, 3m 15-20, 1m 50-60 1f 50-60
William Denis 1m 20-30, 1f 20-30
A William Dennis did also receive Tennessee Land Grants - 90 acres in 1825 and 50 acres in 1834. Was he a son or brother?


Andrew is found as the oldest Dennis living in Jackson Co TN in 1840.
Andrew Dennis in District 9:
1m 5-10; 1m 15-20; 1m 50-60 [Andrew who will be 65 in 1850]
1f 5-10; 1f 30-40; 1f 50-60 [Alas "Alice" who will be 70 in 1850]
My note: Given the age of Alice, the children under age 10 are not hers. I'm guessing the young man 15-20 probably is a son - possibly Hewitt Dennis - see later. The female 30-40 probably a daughter or dau-in-law living at home with three young children.

Other Dennis families in District 9 on the same page with Andrew:
Miles Dennis 1m -5, 3m 5-10, 1m 20-30 [Miles]. 2f -5, 1f 20-30 [Sarah]
Thos. G. Dennis: 1m 5-10, 1m 15-20, 1m 20-30. 1f -5, 1f 10-15, 1f 20-30
A. R. Dennis: 2m -5, 1m 20-30. 1f 20-30 [Probably Andrew the younger]
Dist 9, a couple of pages away from other Dennis families:
Joshua Dennis 1m 5-10, 1m 10-15, 1m 30-40. 4f -5, 1f 5-10, 1f 30-40

In District 11, in 1840 was
Wm. R. Dennis, 2m -5, 2m 5-10, 1m 20-30 [Wm R.]. 1f -5, 1f age 20-30 [Sarah].
This Wm R. Dennis lived near the Fox families - brothers William, Henry & Bartlett, as well as Benj. F. Chaffin, a brother to his wife Sarah. This William R. will be in Greene Co MO in 1850.

In 1840, a William Dennis was in District 1 but the family isn't a good match to either of the Williams in 1830:
1m 10-15, 1m 15-20, 1m 20-30, 1m 50-60. 1f 10-15, 1f 20-30, 1f 40-50
Possibly the elder William has remarried and has stepchildren.
No Williams are present in Jackson Co in 1850.

In 1840, there is also an Alfred "Dennis" - study of subsequent censues indicates he was most likely Alfred Denham, and not part of the Dennis family. In 1840 he was age 20-30 with spouse and young children. In 1850, Alfred Denham was age 40, b. TN, wife & children and Mary Denham age 65 born in NC.


1850 Census, Dist. 9, Jackson Co TN, Hh 308
Andrew Dennis, age 65. Alas, age 70. No places of birth given. Lucinda age 12. [Probably a granddaughter - Alice too old to be her mother.]

Also in Dist 9, household 344 and 345 are the following - I suspect are the younger sons of Andrew:
Andrew Dennis age 32, b. NC. Nancy age 32, b. TN. Children all born in TN; James 13, William 11, Martola 9 [female], Thomas 7, Josephine 3 and Nancy 1.
and
Hewit Dennis age 30, Eli age 28 [female - Ellie?], Nancy 6, Sary E. 5, Darcus 4, Polly 2, and Nancy Crocker age 65.

In 1860, when the elder Andrew & wife have disappeared and are likely deceased, the younger Andrew and Hewitt have both moved.
Union Twp, Webster Co MO, P.O. Jericho, p.811, Hh 744
Andrew Dennis, age 41, b. NC. Nancy age 41, b. TN.
William J. age 21, Thomas age 17, Sarah J. age 13, Nancy E. 10, Andrew J. 8, Mary A. 6, and Uriah G. age 2
[Uriah was a name often used in the Fox family in Jackson Co but I find no Nancy Fox of the age to be Andrew's wife.]
Andrew and family can be found in Webster Co MO in 1870 and 1880.
Hewitt didn't move quite so far away:
Putnam Co TN, Dist 15, P.O. Equality, p.70, Hh 460
H. J. Dennis, age 42, entire family born in TN. Elenor, age 38. Sallie E. 16, Darcy 13, Polly 12, Lucinda 10, Jane 6, America 4, William 8 [probably should have been 3, and James age 1.
I haven't found this family after 1860.

Andrew DENNIS and Alice [DENNIS} were married. Alice [DENNIS} was born in 1780 in North Carolina.

Andrew DENNIS and Alice [DENNIS} had the following children:

+2

i.

Joshua DENNIS.

+3

ii.

MILES DENNIS.

+4

iii.

William R. DENNIS.

+5

iv.

Thomas E. DENNIS.

+6

v.

Andrew R. DENNIS.

+7

vi.

Hewitt J. DENNIS.