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107. LEROY W. DENNIS16 was born on 8 August 1844 in Jackson County, Tennessee.5,34,35,36,86,87,88,89,90 He died on 22 November 1923 at the age of 79 in Jackson County, Tennessee.5

Bobby Fox's file gave a birth year of 1848. The 1850 census has Leroy as age 7, born 1843/4. An 1860 Jackson Co Census transcript lists Leroy's age as 16 which would mean he was born in 1843, not 1848. The 1880 Census gives his age as 36 - this also figures out to a birth year of 1843/4. The 1920 Census gives age of 78 - born 1842.

In 1860, the family was all enumerated as "Davis".

1870 Census. Probably Leroy. Dist 12, Jackson Co TN
Hh 84.
Leroy D Denis, age 23, farmer, b. TN
Mary, age 23, b. TN
Sarah A. , age 3. [this child seems to be "Minda" in 1880 - was she something like Sarah Amanda?]

1880 Census. District 1, Jackson Co TN, Hh 7
Leeroy Dennis, age 36. Mary A. 32. Minda 12. Jennie 9. Isibelle 2.
All b. TN as were their parents.

1900 Census states that Leroy & Mary A. had been married for 34 years, so they married about 1866.
Civil District 10, Jackson Co, TN, Hh 51
Leroy Dennis, b. Oct 1844. Age 55, married 34 years.
Mary A. Dennis, wife, b. Oct 1845, age 54, 5 children, all living
William, son, b. Jul 1885, age 14.

1910 Census. Leroy was age 62, Mary age 64. They had been married for 45 years. "Leler" a granddaughter, age 15, was living with them. Her occupation given as Servant. No different surname is given for Lela and she's slightly too old to be a daughter of any of their children, so there is a slight mystery about Lela's identification. Daughter Minda married a Bean, but she had no daughter of this name in the censuses. "Delia" is a name used several times in the family and is very similar to Lela, but there seems to be no grandchild of that name, the right age, either. Perhaps the enumerator was mistaken about the relationship.

1920 Census. Civil District 10, Jackson Co, TN Hh 24
LeRoy Dennis, age 78
Mary Ann, wife, age 75

LEROY W. DENNIS and MARY ANN BEAN were married in 1866.89 MARY ANN BEAN87,88,89, daughter of WILLIAM "BILLY" BEAN and ELLENDA BURRIS, was born on 26 October 1845 in Jackson County, Tennessee.5,86,90 She died on 14 August 1921 at the age of 75.5

Middle initial was A. in 1880 Census. Have seen her name as Mary Ann - not sure which is correct. Mary A. in 1900; she stated in that Census that she'd had 5 children, all living. Mary Ann in 1920 Census. Only the Bean family had her name as Mary Etta.

Listed as age 75 in 1920 Census.

She is buried Burris Cemetery, Gainesboro, Jackson Co TN. Her stone has her year of birth as 1844, rather than 1845.

LEROY W. DENNIS and MARY ANN BEAN had the following children:

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Sarah Arminda "Minda" DENNIS.

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GENEVA DELL "JENNIE" DENNIS.

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Isibelle DENNIS was born in 1878.87,90

Is this Isabelle? She's living in the same district where her family was in 1880 and is the right age.
1900 Census. Civil Dist 1, Jackson Co TN, Hh 81
Joseph Mack Dudney, b. Oct 1861, age 38, married for 1 year
Belle, wife, b. Sep 1878, age 21, married 1 year, no children yet.
By 1910, there were four children: Mary N., Sarah, Wilson, and James S. A.

But then there is also an Ada Dennis Bean who married George R. Bean - they are buried in the Burris cemetery where Isibelle's parents and sister Minda are buried. Ada Dennis Bean was born 1878, died 1947.

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William DENNIS was born in July 1885 in Jackson County, Tennessee.89

In 1910, Putnam County TN, I found a William H. Dennis, age 25, had been married for 3 years, to Kansas, his wife, age 29. The age is right, but I do not know if this is the same man.