Early Colonial Settlers of Southern Maryland and Virginia's Northern Neck Counties

John 'Sr' Dennis

Male 1618 - 1652  (34 years)


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  • Name John 'Sr' Dennis 
    Birth 1618  England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Death 20 Sep 1652  Great Wicomico, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I72123  Tree1
    Last Modified 20 Feb 2024 

    Father Family Tennison 
    Relationship natural 
    Family ID F34306  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Barbara Crocker,   b. Bef 1622, Accomack County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Between 1657 and 1658, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age > 35 years) 
    Marriage Abt 1638  Accomack County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Paschall Dennis,   b. Abt 1641, Accomack County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Between 1662 and 1664, Great Wicomico, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 21 years)  [Father: natural]
     2. Richard Dennis,   b. Abt 1642, Northampton, County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this locationd. Between 1667 and 1674, Northumberland County, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location (Age ~ 25 years)  [Father: natural]
     3. Barbara Dennis,   b. Bef 1646   d. Abt 1688, St. Mary's County, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location (Age > 42 years)  [Father: natural]
     4. John Dennis,   b. Bef 1652   d. 19 Mar 1679, Northumberland County, Virginia - admin Find all individuals with events at this location (Age > 27 years)  [Father: natural]
    Family ID F37205  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart
    Last Modified 20 Feb 2024 

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  • Notes 
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      1652-1657 Northumberland County, Virginia Order Book, Part 1; [Antient Press];
      Northumberland County Court. 20th of September 1652
      - The Court doth order that JOHN DENNIS shall have a Commission of Admr, of the Estate of JOHN DENNIS, deceased, he putting in security for the same
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      1652-1657 Northumberland County, Virginia Order Book, Part 1; [Antient Press]; Page 12
      Northumberland County Court 25th of November 1652
      - The Court doth ordr. that BARBARY DENNIS, Widd:, shall have a Commission of Admon: granted of the Estate of JOHN DENNIS, her Husband, deced,, she putting in an Inventory and security unto the Court
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      1652-1657 Northumberland County, Virginia Order Book, Part 1; [Antient Press];
      An Inventory of the Estate of JOHN DENNIS deceased taken & appraised by us whose names are hereundr: written & sworne before Mr, GEO: FLETCHER this 28th of January Ano Dom; 1652/3
      Imprs. One old red Cow called Sarah; one blacke Cow called Black Nan; one browne Cow called Mankes, one old blacke cow called Goulding, one Bull; one browne Heifer; one black heifer called Young Golding; 7 soaves, 4 barrowes, 1 boare of a yeare & 1/2 old: piggs, 3 feather beds bolster blankett curtaines & vallance; 3 old axes, 1 spade, 1 trowell, knife, 4 iron wedges, 1 small pestle, 5 chisels, 1 sute of curtaines & valiance & carpett & 2 window curtaines, 2 gunns, 4 chaires & a cradle, 2 chests, pailes, washing tubb, milke tubbs, wooden platters, 2 old barrells, 1 old hhead; 1 charne and one powdering table, old Bible & 1 looking glass, halfe of a shallopp, a small Boate, hanging in the tobco House; 350 acres of Land - 4000; Sume totalls 15850
      RICHARD BUDD }
      RICHARD FLYNT ) Appraisrs: GEORGE FLETCHER
      CYPRIAN BISHOP )
      10 March 1652/3 This Inventory was recorded
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      1650-1652 Northumberland County, Virginia Deed & Order Book; [Antient Press];
      An Inventory of the Goods of JOHN DENNIS JUNR., who dyed at WICOMOCOE at JOHN DENNIS SENR. the ultimo July 1652, appraised by RICHD. BUDD, JO GRESHAM, JO. GAMBLIN, sworne before GEORGE FLETCHER the 4th Septem: 1652
      A bed & pillowes, two tradeing cloth blanketts and a white blanket praised at tobco 250 lbs. a ruffe cloke, two ruffes shutes, 3 coates & a pare of breeches of Island Cloth; 2 pare of gray stockings, a haft, 2 capps, a pare Julia gloves, a cloth shirts old, a pare of bootes with a pare of spats, and two pare new shooes; 2 pare of drawers, 3 shirts, 5 plains bands, a neckcloth, 3 handkerchiefs, looking glass, 10 lbs. of BARBADOES INDICOE, an old Sea Chest & other things, a Bible & 7 other bookes; a Silver dram cup & 3s, in money -050; a pewter Aquavitia bottle & dram cupp of the same, one Inkhorne; Total 915,

      Septem 4th 1652. Debts due to JOHN DENNIS JUNR., who dyed in Virginia at JON: DENNIS SENR. House in WICOCOMOCOE the last day of July 1652.
      JOHN DENNIS SENR. upon Accot, -1026; THOMAS KING by Bill; HENRY HURST; DANIEL
      the Smith -0028; Total 2217
      20 January 1652/3, This Inventory was recorded
      The marke of RICHARD BUDD, JOHN GRESHAM, the marke of JOHN GAMBLIN.
      The Accompt of JOHN DENNIS SENR., Administratr: of all & singular the goods & chattles of JOHN DENNIS JUNR., deced., late whilest he lived of GREAT WICOCOMOCOE in the County of Northumberland & Colony of Virginia.,
      Imprs this accountant and administrator doth charge himself with all the estate of the said deceased contained in an inventory amounting unto the sum of 2217 Paid & laid out for the deceaseds Estate as followeth:
      Imprs, This Accompant & Administrator hath paid himselfe a Debt due & oveing unto him by the deced. in his lifetime for transporting the deceds. goods from NEWPOURT NEWES. Itm, Due from the deced,, to this Accompant for nine months dyett. Itm, for a funeral dinner. Itm. for the deceaseds washing & Soape which in his life time; Itm. for travails & dyet at the ORDINARY about getting the Admon. Itm, to the Clerke of the Court for his fees - 213.
      So it appeareth by this Accot. that this Accompant & Administratr: hath got some money in his hand out of the Estate of the deced., the sume of 0069;
      20 January 1652/3, This Accot. ws recorded at the peticon of BARBARY DENNIS, Widd. of the Adtor, & Accomptant.
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      1650-1652 Northumberland County, Virginia Deed & Order Book; [Antient Press]; Page 74
      At a Court held for the County of Northumberland the 22th of Aprill 1652
      Wee whose names are subscribed doe promise &ingage our selves to be true & faith full to the Comonwealth of England as it is now established without KING or HOUSE of LORDES

      JOHN DENNIS {mark}
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      1652-1657 Northumberland County, Virginia Order Book, Part 1; [Antient Press];
      Northumberland County order 20th of February 1653/4; Page 47
      - Whereas it doth appeare unto ye Court that JOHN DENNIS SENR., doth owe unto Mr, THO: SPEKE, three hundred and thirty pounds of tobco: and caske by Bill, this Court doth ordr: that DAVID SPILLER, who married with ye Widdow and Administratrix of ye saide DENNIS, shall within 20 dayes make paymt. of ye saide Debt with forbearance and chardges of Court to Collo. MOTTROM, assignee of ye said Mr. SPEKE.
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      1652-1657 Northumberland County, Virginia Order Book, Part 1; [Antient Press];
      Northumberland County Court 20th of July 1654; Page 54
      - To ye Worppll. ye Court of Northumberland. The humble Peticon of DAVID SPILLERs showeth whereas by ordr: of this Court, your Peticonr: is ordered to pay to Colo, JOHN MOTTROM three hundred thirty fower pounds of tobco: and caske with forbearance and the costs of same out of ye Estate of JOHN DENNIS, deceased. Your Peticonr: humbly craveth ye ( ) ordr: against RICHARD FLYNT according to his ( ) and your peticonr: shall pray &c
      - Wee whose names are underwritten being impannelled on issue betweene DAVID SPILLER, Pltffe. and RICH: FLYNT, Defendt,, doe awarde that ye Pltffe. shall have his Debt paid ( ) last day of Novem: next with chardges of Court ( ) debt appeares to be ( ) SPILLER as Administratr: of JOHN DENNIS, deceased, ( ) of July 1654
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      1655-1658 Northumberland County, Virginia Record Book, Part 2; [Antient Press]
      13th Aprill 1657 These Cattle were recorded; p105
      The Accompt of the Cattle of JNO: DENNIS his Children resting in my hands; RICHARD DENNIS two coves, one yeareling heyfer; PASCHALL DENNIS two coves, one yeareling heyfer & a cow calfe.
      Sig. DAVID SPILLER
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      December 29, 1639. At a court in Accomack, John Dennis to sit in the stocks for reviling speech against
      goodwife Williams, and ask her forgiveness. (p. 200)

      (Virginia Colonial Abstracts, vol 1, Accomack County)
      June 4, 1635. Daniel Cugley. 400 acres for transporting Paschal Crocker, Peter Varlow, Thomas Dymer,
      George Luckin, Thomas Peak, John Champion, Leonard Lenards, and John Dennis. [Did John Dennis name his son, Paschal, after Paschal Crocker? If so, does this suggest Barbara was related to Paschal Crocker?]
      April 5, 1636. William Mellinge and John Dennis appraised the goods of Mr Nicholas Throgmorton,
      granted to James Cook.

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      The first of the family to arrive in America was John DENNIS; b. in England, 1612; sailed from Gravesend in Ye Merchants Hope, 31st July, 1635, for Virginia; about 1651 he moved to Northumberland County, Virginia, where he died.
      Colonial Families of the United States of America: Volume 4
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      1655-1658 Northumberland County, Virginia Record Book, Part 2; [Antient Press]
      p. 141
      THOMAS GASKINS aged 57 yeares or thereabouts sworne this ( ) day of May 1658
      sayth that about seaven yeares goeing in Company with Capt. RICHARD BUDD, JNO: DENNIS; ROWLAND HADDAWAY & ABRAHAM MOONE, our designs was to take up land in FLEETES BAY. Wee went into CORATOMAN CREEKE where we lookt upon land & took up some, next goeing into a Creeke where HUGH BRENT now lives wee giveing it the name of HADDAWAYS CREEKE, ROWLAND HADDAWAY took up the land that HUGH BRENT is now seated upon, there being three or foure INDIAN CABBINS upon the sd. Land; goeing over a Run above the sd. HUGH BRENT's now Dwelling House was comeing upon the land over the Run ABRAHAM MOONE askt. this Depont. whether I likt. that land or would have any of it, This Depont. answered noe; for I thinke it were drownd., the said MOONE answered, if you will not I will have it for my selfe, the said MOONE takeing a booke out of his Pockett & sett downe the bounds of the land & further sayeth not 20th May 1658 Jurat in Cur is record
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      1655-1658 Northumberland County, Virginia Record Book, Part 2; [Antient Press]; p 142
      TO ALL XPIAN PEOPLE whome these pr:sents shall come, know yee that I THOMAS BREWER of GREATE WICOCOMOCOE County of Northumberland in the Colony of Virginia have for good considerations made sale unto ANDREW BOWYER & WM: THATCHER their heires & assignes forever Five hundred acres of land being in the County of Northumberland aforesd. being the ( ) of that Devidend of Land whereon I now live bounded Southerly upon DENNIS CREEKS, Easterly upon the land sd. BREWER hath still to him selfe, Northerly to land of JOHN HUGHLETT & Westerly upon the Maine Woods, sd. land together with all priviledges I doe grant unto the sd. BOWYER & THATCHER & eyther of them their heires to have in as large manner as I my selfe have & doe hold the residue of the said Devidend by vertue of my Pattent, & doe further oblige my selfe to make an acknowledgemt, of all the p:misses within six moneths now next comeing unto the sd. BOWYER & THATCHER or eyther of them their heires & doe further engage my selfe that my Wife, SARAH, shall freely renounce her right of Dower therein: In Wittness of the p:misses, I have sett my hand & seale this 24th day of January 1657 Signed sealed & delivered in p:sence of us
      JOHN HAYNIE, JEFFERY GOCKE Sig. THO: BREWER (the seale)
      KNOW ALL MEN that I THOMAS BREWER for the better confirmacon of the land within menconed unto the within ANDREW BOWYER & WM: THATCHER their heires & assignes doe hereby warrant the sd, land unto the sd. BOWYER & THATCHER their heires or assignes from the claime of any p:son whatsoever that shall lay claime; In Wittness whereof I have hereunto sett my hand this 20th of May 1658
      Test DAN. ROBERTS, JOHN TRUSSELL, the marke of THOMAS BREWER
      SAMLL SMYTH
      20th May 1658 This Sale of Land together with the warrant threof to ANDREW BOWYER & WM: THATCHER was acknowledged in Court by THOMAS BREWER & is recorded Jan: 27th 1657. Agreed upon by the joynt consent of us, ANDREW BOYER and WM. THATCHER that the uppermost 200 acres of land herein menconed be the part belonging unto the sd THATCHER
      Wittness JNO: HAYNIE ANDREW BOWYER WM: THATCHER
      20th May 1658. This Agreement was recorded

      === Contributed by Ralph D. Smith

      Sep. 1652 - Northumberland Co., Va. Court. John Dennis (makes his mark) sits on the jury in the case, William Reynolds vs. Thomas Hawkins. The jury finds for Reynolds.
      Source: Sparacio, Ruth and Sam, "Northumberland County, Virginia Order Book Abstracts 1652-1657," Page 5-6.

      Apr. 1658 - Christopher Garlington is granted 1050 acres in Northumberland Co., 650 acres upon S. side of Dennises Creek which issues upon S. Side of great Wiccocomoco River, extending upon marked trees of John Gamlin and Isaac Weaver; 400 acres at the head of the aforesaid tract, S.Wly. the land of Thomas Brewer & N.Ely. upon land bought of Howett. 650 granted to John Howett July 29, 1652, assigned unto said Garlington and residue for transportation of 8 persons.
      Source: Nugent, Nell M., "Cavaliers and Pioneers," Vol. 1, Page 371-2.

      Jan. 1659/60 - Lancaster Co., Va. Record Book. Rowland Haddaway, aged 45 years or therebouts, being sworne, saith that about nine years since going in company with Thomas Gaskins, Richard Budd, Abraham Moone and John Dennys, our desire was to take up land in Fleets Bay and we went into Corotoman [sic] Creek where we looked upon land and took up some, afterwards going into a creek where Hugh Brent now liveth we gave it the name of Haddaways Creek and I this deponent did take up the land that Hugh Brent now lives upon there being three Indian Cabins upon the said land, going over a run above the said Hugh Brents house we coming upon the land upon the said run Abraham Moone asked Thomas Gaskins whether he liked the said land or would have any of the same, the said Gaskins answered no for he thought it would drowne, the said Moone answered if you will not I will have it myself, the said Moone likewise took a book out of his pocket and did set down the bounds of the said land.
      Source: Fleet, Beverley, "Virginia Colonial Abstracts; Vol. 1, Lancaster County, Record Book No. 2, 1654-1666," p. 110.
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      1674-1677 Northumberland County, Virginia Order Book, Part 3; [Antient Press]; Page 263
      Northumberland County Court 15th of March 1675/76
      - BARBARA SALISBURY agt JOHN DENNIS
      Whereas it appeares to this Court that JOHN DENNIS of this County stood seized in his Estate of fee simple of and in a certeyne messuage or tenement of about three hundred acres of land in this County and he being thereof seized dyed intestate leaveing issue behind three Sonns, RICHARD, PASKALL and JOHN and after ye death of JOHN DENNIS, RICHARD became seized of the premises as the Heyre of JOHN, and that during such seizure, PASKALL, ye second Sonn, married and had issue MARY and dyed leaveing RICHARD in possession of the same land since when RICHARD dyed and JOHN, ye youngest Sonn, kept possession whereon BARBARA, ye Relict of PASKALL deced. in ye behalfe of her Daughter, MARY, brought her action against JOHN and prays this Court yt JOHN might be ejected from ye premises and be possest thereof in the behalfe of MARY, now the Court judging that the immediate Right of the premises is legally vested in the aforesaid MARY DENNIS, Daughter and Heyress of PASKALL, who was second Sonn to JOHN DENNIS SENIOR, and consequently undoubted heyre to the above mentioned RICHARD DENNIS, doe judge JOHN DENNIS, JUNIOR be forthwith ejected the premises and BARBARA in the behalfe of her Daughter, MARY DENNIS, be forthwith possesst therewith with costs als Execution
      - JOHN DENNIS his Appeale ye Bond
      JOHN DENNIS appealeth from this Order to the fifth day of the next Generall Court which is accordingly granted he giveing caution to prosecute his Appeale
      - JOHN DENNIS, JOHN SWANSON and HUGH BAKER oblige themselves in the penall some of forty thousand pounds of tobacco and caske that JOHN DENNIS shall prosecute his Appeale

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      1653-1656 Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 3; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 288
      ORPHENS OF JOHN DENNIS, 400 ac. Northumberland Co., 16 July 1654, p. 265. 350 am. N. upon a branch of great Wicocomoco Riv., called Dennis his Cr., S. E. upon a branch dividing this from land of Tho. Gascoyne & N. W. upon land of Wm. Spicer; & 50 acs. bounding N. E. upon the same, etc. 350 act due by the decease of their father John Dennis who patterned it 15 Sept. 1649; & 50 acs. for trans. of William Dingley.
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      1655-1664 Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 4; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 330
      RICHARD DENNIS, 400 acs. Northumberland Co., 26 Apr. 1656, p. 28,
      (44). 350 acs. N. upon a branch of great Wicocomoco Riv. called Dennis' Cr., S. E. upon a branch dividing same from land of Tho. Gascoine & N. W. upon land of Wm. Spicer & 50 acs. adj. same. 350 acs. granted unto his father Jno. Dennis 15 Sept. 1649& due him as son & heir; & 50 acs. for trans. of 1 pers.
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      1653-1656 Cavaliers and Pioneers, Patent Book No. 3; [Nell Marion Nugent]; Page 252
      NICHOLAS MERIWETHER, 600 acs. Northumberland Co., 16 Nov. 1653,
      p. 63. At Wicocomico Riv., bounded N. E. by N. upon the head of Dennis Cr. opposite to land of Mr. Fletcher By Mr. Richard Budd, and S. E. by E. upon land of John Howell (or Howett-altered) ; Trans. of 12 pers: Henry Cockett, Thomas Hurt, William Ross, Joane Wright, Peter White, Edward Whiteing, John How, Edmond Williams, William Clerke, Jeffery Moore, Charles Harward, Richard Perrin, James Bowles, Henry Walke.

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