Second Generation

4. William R. DENNIS was born in 1813 in Tennessee.10 He died in 1853 at the age of 40 in Greene County, Missouri.11

There are two William R. Dennises in Jackson Co - one appears to be the uncle of the other. To add to the confusion, both had wives named Sarah and Mary, but the nephew's wife Sarah died after the birth of their only child and he remarried to a Mary. This man's second wife was Sarah Chaffin - he had an earlier wife whose given name was Polly [Mary] and the first three children are said to have been her children.

I suspect the "R" initial was for Richard, but have no proof.

Land Entry Book in Jackson Co Land Office
William R. Dennis entered 50 acres on the ridge between the waters of Morrisons and Flynns Crk. Begin on James Trips E corner. 21 Feb 1840.

Old Entry Takers Book p. 156
#2715 Wm R. Dennis. 50 acres copy issd.
State of Tennessee, Jackson County
William R. Dennis enters fifty acres of land in said county on the ridge between the waters of Morrisons and Flynns Creek beginning on James Trips East corner runing thence south thence East thence North to the beginnning so as to include and exclude all appropriated lands. Feby 21th 1840 William R. Dennis Loct.
The actual grant suggests he sold this tract:
"North Carolina and Tennessee, Early Land Records, 1753-1931"
State of Tennessee Grant #10183. Entry No. 2715 on 21 Feb 1840. Granted to Daniel Pleasants, assignee of William R. Dennis. 50 acres, surveyed 30 Aug 1841. In Jackson Co on a Ridge between Flynns Creek and Morrison's Creek; tract of land once owned by James Trap, with his line; crossing the road from Gainesboro to Sparta; line of a tract of land now owned by Pleasants, including part of the improvements whereon Dennis lives. Signed 25 Aug 1849.

Old Entry Takers Book, p.203
#2861 William Dennis. 200 acres
State of Tennessee Jackson County
William R. Dennis enters two hundred acres of land in said county and on the waters of Roaring River in a hollow calley Tolleys beginning on a stake on Chafins line runing west and thence south to & until it strikes William Dennis line and so on to the beginning so as to include 200 acres of land more or less.
August 23, 1847. William R. Dennis Locator.

There were two William Dennises in Jackson Co TN in 1830. This census was alphabetized so there's no way to tell if they lived near each other, and neither given a middle initial.
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 [this could be William R. since no children have been born by 1830 - apparently just married.]

1840 Jackson Co TN, District 11
Wm. R. Dennis: 2m -5, 2m 5-10, 1m 20-30 [Wm R.] 1f -5, 1f 20-30 [Sally]
Lived next to William, Henry & Bartlet Fox, and Benj. F. Chaffin.

1850, Greene Co MO, p.333b, Household 1525
William R. Dennis, age 37, b. TN There are ditto marks for Tennessee as the birthplace of the rest of the family, even the youngest. Perhaps they had only arrived in Missouri in the past couple of years.
Sally, age 36. Calvin 19, Charles 17, Canzetta 16, Nancy 14, Benjamin F. 13, James W. 11, Martha J. 9, Parvel A. 7 [f], Polly L. 5, and John M. age 3.
Bob Dillard research on FamilySearch lists two more children -Elizabeth born in 1850 and Barbara born in 1852. I have not found the family in 1860 to prove the existence of these daughters.

From THE PAST AND THE PRESENT OF GREENE COUNTY MO by Jonathan Fairbank, p.1760
William R. Dennis died Jan 1853 in Greene Co MO. He was married to Sally Fox Chaffin. Benjamin Franklin Dennis, born 22 Jul 1839, and moved with his family to Greene Co MO at the age of 11 years. He was President of the Bank of Rogersville, He married Margaret Ann Smith on 1 Apr 1864 and they had four children.

William R. DENNIS and Polly SIMMONS were married about 1830. Polly SIMMONS was born (date unknown).

William R. DENNIS and Polly SIMMONS had the following children:



Calvin DENNIS was born in 1831 in Tennessee.10



Charles DENNIS was born in 1833 in Tennessee.10



Canzetta DENNIS was born on 6 January 1833 in Tennessee.10 She died on 10 January 1906 at the age of 73 in Sutter County, California.

Married name was Simpson.

William R. DENNIS and Sarah CHAFFIN were married about 1836.10 Sarah CHAFFIN11, daughter of Joseph CHAFFIN and Nancy Norvel FOX, was born in 1814 in Jackson County, Tennessee.10

Married William R. Dennis. They are found in Greene Co MO in 1850. He was first married to a Polly, surname unknown by whom he had three children. William & Sarah married about 1836, probably in Jackson Co TN.

William R. DENNIS and Sarah CHAFFIN had the following children:



Nancy DENNIS was born in 1836 in Tennessee.10



Benjamin F. DENNIS.



James W. DENNIS was born in 1839 in Tennessee.10



Martha F. DENNIS was born in 1841 in Tennessee.10



Parvel A. DENNIS was born in 1843 in Tennessee.10



Polly L. DENNIS was born in 1845 in Tennessee.10



John M. DENNIS was born in 1847 in Tennessee.10