19. William R. DENNIS was born in 1832 in Illinois.
1860, Dist 12, Jackson Co TN, Hh 294
In 1870, living next door to John, Dist 1, Jackson Co TN, p.128, Hh 56
1880. District 13, Jackson Co, p.170A, Hh 7
William R. DENNIS and Sarah Ann "Sally" PORTER were married in 1852 in Jackson County, Tennessee. Sarah Ann "Sally" PORTER, daughter of William PORTER and Ruth CHAFFIN, was born in 1827 or 1834 in Tennessee. She died circa 1865 at the age of 38.
The marriage records for Jackson Co TN for this time period are lost - however, I believe this is most likely the identification of Sarah "Sally" Dennis, as a daughter of William Porter.
On 25 July 1853, Sarah Ann Dennis appeared in Jackson County court with a bill of divorce represented by her "next friend" John C. Porter. Women could not yet represent themselves in court. She sought an injunction to prevent her husband William Dennis from selling or otherwise disposing of her share in four tracts of land left by her father to his eight heirs, of which she was one, and his widow. Note: William Porter was still living in 1850, his widow Rutha in 1860. The father is never specifically named, but three of the tracts quote the land grant when they were granted to William Porter and the fourth matches a grant he received in 1834. The 1850 census household of William Porter also confirms that the number of heirs is probably correct. Sarah had a five-month-old son, Merrit Alexander, that William Dennis had threatened to take away from her. She stated she was married "about" the 25th of May in 1852 - a year's residence was required for filing for divorce so whether or not this was the actual date of their marriage cannot be determined. Apparently the couple was reconciled and the child Merrit did not survive.
1860 Census, Dist 12, Jackson Co TN, Hh 294
By 1870, William's wife is noted as Mary and the child Franklin, age 12, was living with them. The next child in the family was Samuel, age 4. It would appear that by 1865, Sarah had died.
William R. DENNIS and Sarah Ann "Sally" PORTER had the following children:
William R. DENNIS and Mary A. [DENNIS] had the following children:
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