Where are the ancestors of John Dennis, Sr., Fairfax Co., Va. hiding?

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Regarding Dennis-2376

Over the last 17 years I and a handful of fellow researchers have failed to find any trace of John Dennis, Sr. ancestors. We know he was b. abt. 1744 in Loudoun Co., Virginia and married Elizabeth Buckley. She was b. 1748.

They had six (6) sons: Isaac, Thomas A., John, Jr., William A., and Absalom Sr.,

Absalom was b. 6/5/1791 Loudoun Co., Virginia and d. 5/19/1877 Benton Township, Monroe Co., Ohio. He married Mary Ann Wilson 12/21/1811 in Loudoun Co., Va.

Absalom married a second time to Jane (Maiden name unknown) Lockard. Jane had been previously married to William Lockard.

By requesting help I hope someone has access to resources I and the other researchers have not had.

Thank you in advance for your time and any help you may provide.

With regards,

Bob Wood
WikiTree profile: John Dennis
asked in Genealogy Help by Robert Wood G2G4 (4.9k points)
Hi Robert. You may be aware, since you have researched this family for much longer than I, there was a William Dennis b.1769 who carried the names of those sons (Thomas, Absalom, William, grandson Isaac) to Wayne County, Indiana. William is said to have been born in Guilford County, NC with his family originating in Nantucket. He was the grandfather of Prof. David Worth, at the Earlham College founded by the Quakers. There is a brief bio for Prof. D. W. Dennis at http://genealogytrails.com/ind/wayne/bios.html  Hopefully this yields some clue for you. ~Honi
Hi Honi, I was not aware of that Dennis leg so I've added to my list of things to investigate.

Thank you, Bob
Oh good, I'm glad I mentioned them. I have researched the Dennis' who came to Southeastern Indiana looking for a connection to our [[Dennis-4100|Jeremiah Dennis]] b.1790 d.1849 in Indiana. I often wonder if his birth place (New Jersey), listed on the Mortality Census of 1850, was just flat wrong. He did marry a New Jersey girl and lived there among the French family for a time. Family lore has always been these Dennis' came from Pennsylvania (named his only son John)...So if you ever run across anyone who closely resembles him anyplace, I will be extremely indebted to you. Best of luck in your search!
Honi, I've got your back. You are now in my Dennis file and will contact you if anything looks remotely close.  Bob
Thank Bob, and likewise! ~Honi
I am a descendant of Absalom DENNIS and his 2nd wife Jane. I have been putting some of my notes up on this family for the last couple of days. I have a report I printed out some time ago that is about 115 pages long of descendants covering about 6 generations. Some of these are on the wikitree already, but not sure on some of them so I will have to be doing more research on them to identify sources.
The grandson, Washington W. DENNIS, son of William A. DENNIS mentioned a Cousin Lewis and Sister Olivia moving to Illinois and Missouri so it is possible some of the line went out to Indiana. This letter was written in April 1838 so it is unlikely that they were there when your family of Dennis came into the area, but it might be a match to some kin that you had not researched yet. Washington W. DENNIS was the son of William Alexander DENNIS and Catherine Olivia FORTUNE. I have not made Washington's profile, but I just got through typing up the letter from Washington to his parents in their profile. I also have not identified the Cousin Lewis and I did not have a listing for a sister named Olivia so I will have to check out those two items as well.
Jeanne, I've seen all the wonderful work you have done and thank you a thousand times.  Bob
Thank you cousin, it is hard to do a lot at the moment as my ulcerative colitis has been majorly acting up the last week or so, but I can still type up my notes on my mom's tablet. She got it for when I was on the computer and she wanted to play a game so we just switched for her to be on the computer so I could rest when it kicks in. I can't search and copy / paste anything though so I have to come back to it when it calms down and it lets me get on the computer. It has put my contributions this month way lower than I normally do and my identification of the unknown orphans project is on hold until I feel better as well since that requires side by side comparisons and tons of source searching to do. But I will get through it and if it keeps up call my doctor. I think when she changed my med it came out of remission. I was having one or two bouts of this a month for about a day before she did that and now it has been going on for about a week off and on.
Hang in there Cuz, better days are ahead.

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This is from Ancestry.com, so I don't know how accurate it is, but family trees there claim that his father was Samuel Denney.

Birth 1715 • Virginia County, Armagh, Ireland

Death 1800

And his mother was Sarah Elizabeth Ann Suddarth (Southard)

Birth 1732 • Albemarle, Virginia, United States

Death 1800 • Surry, North Carolina, United States

Good luck! I've been having a devil of a time tracking down my Dennis ancestors.

answered by Laurie Robey G2G Crew (330 points)
Thanks Laurie. This gives me a lead to look into. Good luck in your search. Do our Dennis lines cross?  Bob
Our Dennis lines might cross. There seem to be a lot of Dennises. The farthest I've been able to go back (reliably) is Joseph Dennis, born 1811 in Butler County, Ohio, then married Mary Kirkham and lived the rest of his life in Schuyler County, Illinois. He passed away in 1892.

There are so many Dennises with similar names that I'm having difficulty determining which ancestors really are his.

Laurie, I have been unable to find a Joseph Dennis b.1811 in Butler Co., Ohio but he is living so close to many of my Dennis' that it's a very good chance he is related.

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