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Samuel DENNIS's other families: with Increase LIPPENCOTT ( - ) and Mary LOTHROP (1654- )
Sarah MOORE's father: Unknown MOORE ( - )

Family of Samuel DENNIS and Sarah MOORE

Husband: Samuel DENNIS (bef1652-1708)
Wife: Sarah MOORE ( -aft1683)
Children: Samuel DENNIS (1672-bef1720)
Robert DENNIS (1676- )
Sarah DENNIS (1678- )
Jonathan DENNIS (1683-1688)
Marriage bef 17 Sep 1672

Husband: Samuel DENNIS

Name: Samuel DENNIS 1,2
Sex: Male
Father: Robert DENNIS (1605-1698)
Mother: Mary JACKSON (1613- )
Birth bef 1652 1
Death Jan 1708 (age 55-56) Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, USA 1,3

Wife: Sarah MOORE

Name: Sarah MOORE 4
Sex: Female
Father: Unknown MOORE ( - )
Mother: -
Death aft 1683

Child 1: Samuel DENNIS

Name: Samuel DENNIS 5,6
Sex: Male
Spouse: Mary CROWELL (1674- )
Birth 17 Sep 1672
Death bef 21 Apr 1720 (age 47) Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, USA 7
Will 21 Apr 1720 (age 47) Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, USA 8

Child 2: Robert DENNIS

Name: Robert DENNIS 9
Sex: Male
Birth 17 May 1676

Child 3: Sarah DENNIS

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      Spouse: David DONHAM alias Singletary, "Musketman8"    
 
Name: Sarah DENNIS 10
Sex: Female
Spouse: David DONHAM alias Singletary (1674-1753)
Birth 17 Feb 1678
Caution The mother of David's illegitimate child is not recorded. It is possible that the Dennis Donham who died in 1756 was David's illegitimate child. If so, his mother could have been a Dennis. Sarah is the most likely one as she is otherwise unattached.

Child 4: Jonathan DENNIS

Name: Jonathan DENNIS 11,12
Sex: Male
Birth Feb 1683 Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, USA
Death 12 Dec 1688 (age 5) Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, USA 13

Sources

1Patty Barthell Myers, "Ancestors and Descendants of Lewis Ross Freeman" (Name: 1995;). p. 654.
http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/FH12,35923.
2Charles E. Stickney, "Jesse Dennis of Sussex County, N.J. and his descendants, ..." (1904 by Wantage Recorder Office in Sussex). pp. 18-21.
Text From Source: A Samuel Dennis is found by records of Woodbridge to have had a v/ife, Sarah, and children: Samuel, b. Sept. 17th, 1672; Robert, b. May 7th, 1676; Sarah, b. Feb. 17th, 1678 (or 9?), Jonathan, b. Feb, , 1683, d. Dec. 12th, 1688. The dates correspond with the probable rearing of the family of Samuel we have under consideration. But Abigail Lippencott's will, proven of Shrewsbury, June 28th, 1697, (Vol. 21 p. 270, N.J.A.) she being a widow of Richard Lippencott, mentions "my granddaughters, Abigail, Sylviah, and Rachel; daughters of my daughter Increase and her husband Samuel Dennis." From, which we infer that he probably was twice married.

By the terms of the will which we deem his, there are two other children, daughters, named Reliance and Elizabeth, who were, if we mistake not, children of a third marriage, because an instrument in writing was filed in Middlesex county, March 5th, 1695, which recites that "Samuel Dennis of Woodbridge, having married Mary, widovv of Edward Crow, and thereby legally become the administrator of the estate of said Crow, who died intestate, empowers his said wife to manage the estate for the benefit of her children by Crow, viz: Mary, Yelvarton, Joseph, and Edward; and an inventory of the estate belonging to the children and a receipt by Mary Dennis for it on behalf of the children." (Vol. 21 p. 231, N. J. A.)

The will of Samuel Dennis was signed March 14th, 1719, and proven April 21, 1720, hence his death took place in the beginning of the year 1720, for it is seems probable that the wlll was probated within two or three weeks succeeding his death. The instrument is a carefully drawn one, and from its wording, so in accord with his active business life, it seems to have been written by him. It begins thus:

"In the name of God. Amen. The 14th day of the third month in the sixth year of the reign of our sovereign Lord, George, by the grace of God, of Great Britain, King, Anno Domino, 1719-20. I, Samuel Dennis, of Woodbridge, in the county of Middlesex, Yeoman; being very sick and weak of body, but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God, therefor, and calling to mind ye mortality of ye body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to die, do make, publish and ordain this to be my last will and testament.

Principally, the first of all I give and recommend my soul to God who gave it, and body to ye earth to be buried Christian like and decent mannered, at ye discretion of my executors hereinafter named, nothing doubting that I shall receive ye same again by ye mighty povver of God in ye glorious resnrreclion at ye last day. And touching such worldly estate wherewith it hath pleased God to bless me with in this world, I give devise and dispose of ye same again in manner and form following:"

He then gives his wife Mary the whole of his movable estate excepting that previously given to his daughter Sarah, also lands in Bioomfield, eight acres bought of my faiher and hereafter given to my daughter Reliance; gives to his loving daughter Sarah. a lot his father bought of Wm. Collins, also lands in Woodbridge, to his daughter Elizabeth; gives his son Samuel, lands in Woodbridge and lands laid out by his father in Freehold, and requests his friends Edward Freeman and Benjamin Bloomfield to take especial care of '"ye timber on ye lot." Wife Mary and daughter Sarah, Executors.

Samuel Dennis, Jr., married Mary Crowel Dec. 3d. 1695. Children: Mary, d. 1702; Samuel, b. July 8th, 1706 (unauthentic). It is advertised Jan. 1st, 1722, that James McCurdy, his servant, had run away from him at Shrewsberry. Vol. ii, p. 69, N. J. A. This Samuel, Jr., we take to be the one whose will probated of Woodbridge, Dec. 15th, 1712, (Trenton records Vol, I, p. 202) gives to his wife Mary; to his son Samuel, "the house standing at the foot of strawberry hill;'' also gives to a son Jonathan.
3"New Jersey Archive". p. 134.
Text From Source: 1707 July 26. Dennes, Dennis, Samuel, of Woodbridge, East Jersey; will of.
Wife Mary. Children - Samuel, sole executor, and Jonathan. Real and personal estate.
Witnesses - Sam'l Shepherd, Tho: Davis, Geo. Ewbanck.
Proved June 10, 1708.
Lib. I, p. 202

1707-8 Feb. 2. Dennes, Mr. Samuel, of Middlesex Co. Inventory of the personal estate of, 107.2.9, incl. a Bible and other books 1.8.-; made by John Bishop, Thomas Pike and Noah Bishop.

1708 June 10. Letters testamentary granted to Samuel Dennis, the executor of the last will, etc.
4Patty Barthell Myers, "Ancestors and Descendants of Lewis Ross Freeman" (Name: 1995;). pp. 644-645.
Text From Source: 4 SARAH1 MOORE, d. c1688; m. as his 1/wife Samuel Dennis, b. before 1650; d. Woodbridge, N.J., 1708, s/o Robert and Mary Dennis. Samuel Dennis was called brother-in-law in the will of Samuel Moore. Samuel Dennis m/2 Woodbridge 14 Apr 1689 as her 2/husb. Mary Lothrop Crowell (Woodbridge VR calls her "Widow Crow"). She was b. Barnstable, Mass., 22 Mar 1654, d/o Joseph2 Lothrop (John1) and Mary Ansell/Ausell (Barnstable VR). By Mary (Lothrop) Crowell, Samuel Dennis had a son, Jonathan, b. Woodbridge 2 Sept 1692 (VR). Jonathan was mentioned in his father's will. Mary Lothrop m/1 Barnstable, Mass., 16 Jan 1673 Edward Crowell (Barnstable VR). "Edward Crow late of New England Deceased the 31st of July 1688" (Woodbrigde VR). 1688-9 March 1. Letters of administration on the estate of Edward Crow of Woodbridge dec'd intestate issued to his widow Mary. (N.J. Arch., 21:166.) Edward and Mary (Lothrop) Crowell had the following children born in Barnstable (VR):

Mary Crowell, b. "of a Lords Day Morning ye 15 of March 1674."
Daughter Crowell (unnamed) "born ye 14 of March a Tuesday 1676 & Died of a Lords Day ye 19 of March 1676."
Yelverton Crowell, "born a Saturday Night February ye 17th." Yelverton Crowell m. at Woodbridge 8 Oct 1702 Hannah Adams (Woodbridge VR).
Joseph Crowell, "born March 1st on ye Lords Day."
Benjamin Crowell, "born a Thursday ye 14 of April."
Daughter Bathshua Crowell, "born Tuesday ye 26 of June & Dyed In ye Spring 1684."
Edward Crowell, "born 6 of June 1685." Edward m/1 Woodbridge, N.J., (VR) 5 Oct 1707 Sarah Vail; had issue; m/2 Woodbridge 24 Nov 1731 (VR) Elizabeth (Frazee) Pike, d. Woodbridge 20 Nov 1732 (VR), d/o Joseph1 Frazee & Mary Osborrn and wid/Joseph4 Pike (John3,2,1); no issue by Elizabeth. See Pike and Frazee. Edward Crowell m/3 as her 2/husb bef. 1741 Christian2 Brown (George1), b. Woodbridge 26 Apr 1701 (VR); had issue. Edward Crowell d. Oct 1756, will proved 17 Oct 1756 (N.J. Arch., 32:82); Christian Brown m/1 Dr. David Stewart, who d. 21 May 1733, age 39 (gravestone) bur. 1st Presby. Ch. Cem., Woodbridge (New Jersey Browns, p.16). The children of Yelverton and Edward Cromwell are recorded in Woodbridge VItal Records, as are those of Christian Brown and Dr David Stewart.
Thankful Crow Daughter to Edward Crow and Mary his wife Deceased (about the Middle of sea) 15 Nov 1688 (Woodbridge VR).

1669-70 March 18. Patent to Samuel Dennis of Woodbridge for: 1) a houselot of 12 acres betw. Tho. Blumfeild jun. and Joshua Bradley; 2) 5 acres of meadow on Papiack Creek betw. Stephen Kent jun. and Samuel Smith; 3) 1 acre of meadow, Eastside of Papiack Creek, next to Robert Dennis and John Bishop senior; 4) 60 acres of upland at the north end of Langster's Plain, bounded E. by Stephen Kent, W. by Thomas Blumfeilde senior, N. by a road, S. by the road to New Piscataway; 5) 16 acres of Raraton's meadow, bounded N. by John Pike jun. N. by David Makany, E. by Robert Vauquellin and Benjamin Parkest, S. by a creek. (N.J. Arch., 21:12.)

Of the three Dennis men who figured with such prominence in early Woodbridge history [Robert, John, Samuel], Samuel Dennis was unquestionably the most popuular man of the three enjoying the confidence and esteem of his fellow townsmen and at the same time occupying the more important and greater number of civil offices. He was a weaver; received twelve acresfor his house lot 1667-77, and in the freeholders list of 1670 was credited with 94 acres; juryman 1671; one of the "Schepena" under the Dutch rule in 1673; ensign of the local militia company in 1674; on various church and civil committees; deputy to the Legislature in 1682-3; town clerk 1688-1692; member of the Governor's council 1684 and 1687; as judge was president of the township court in 1686-7 and assistant justice 1683 and 1692; he was deputy again in 1198-99; served as marshal, sergeant, overseer of highways, rate maker at different dates. His brother-in-law was Samuel Moore, an older man, and likewise prominent in Woodbridge. Dally makes the following statement: "In some respects the jurist Samuel Dennis was the peer of Moore, and as we have seen, both men were held in high estimation by the town folk." (Monnette, p.744.)

1691-2 -- Samuel Dennis of Woodbridge was chosen Treasurer of this County for ye Excise (Minutes of Middlesex Co. Court, Monnette, p.538).

1694 -- The Grand Jury presented Samuel Dennis of Woodbridge for challenging Capt. Bishop of Woodbridge to meet him witth a "Back Sworde" and Capt. John Bishop for accepting challenge (ibid., p. 536).

1694-5 March 5. Power of attorney. Samuel Dennis of Woodbridge having married Mary, the widow of Edward Crow, and thereby legally become the administrator of the estate of said Crow who has died intestate, empowers his said wife to manage the estate for the benefit of her children by Crow, vizt: Mary, Yelverton, Joseph and Edward; followed by the inventory of the part of the estate, belonging to the children, and the receipt by Mary Dennis for it on behalf of her children (N.J. Arch., 21:231).

1694 -- Joseph Crow [Crowell] of Piscataway, apprentice to Thomas Grub of Piscataway, complained of his diet and abuse from the wife of said Grub. Court ordered that Samuel Dennis, said Joseph Crow's father-in-law [step-father], shall pay to Thos. Grub 7 pounds and 10 shillings and Joseph Crow be discharged from his apprenticeship. (Minutes of Middlesex Co. Court, Monnette p. 536.)

1690 -- An indictment against one Thomas Smith of Woodbridge for stealing a saddle and bridle. He pleaded not guilty but was found guilty and it is ordered by the Court that he make restitution of ye goods to Samuel Dennis of Woodbridge (ibid., p. 538).

1692 June 8. Deed. George Bollen, late of N. Y. City, mariner, by his brother and attorney James Bollen, to Samuel Dennes of Woodbridge, for several lots, vizt: 1) a houselot of 11 acres, S. and E. the roads to, Straberry Hill and Piscataway, W. Thos. Blumfeild junior, dec'd., now grantee, N. grantee, formerly Hopewell Hull; 2) 8 acres of meadow on W. side of Papiack Creek, W. the next lot of 20 a., N. a creek, E. Papiack Cr., S. Ephraim Andrews; 3) 20 a. adjoining the last; 4) 30 a., E. Ephraim Andrews. (N.J. Arch., 21:204.)

1692 June 8. Deed. James Bollen of Mildletoun, carpenter, to Samuel Dennes of Woodbridge, for all his estate, right, etc., in and to the foregoing (ibid.).

1697 Sept 6. Deed. Samuel Dennis of Woodbridge and wife Mary to Richard Powell of the same place, innholder, for 5 acres of meadow there. S. Peter Lacount of Staten Island, formerly Robert Dennis dec'd, W. certain small creeks and coves, N. and E. a greater creek (ibid., 272).

1707 July 26. Dennes, Dennis, Samuel, of Woodbridge, East Jersey; will of. Wife Mary. Children - Samuel, sole executor, and Jonathan. Real and personal estate.
Witnesses - Sam'l Shepherd, Thos. Davis, Geo. Ewbanck. Proved 10 Jun 1708. Inventory of the personal estate of, 107.2.9, incl. a Bible and other books 1.8.-, made 2 Feb 1707/8. (N.J. Arch., 23:134.)

Children of Samuel Dennis and Sarah Moore, b. Woodbridge (VR):
22 i Samuel Dennis, b. 17 Sept 1672; m. Mary Crowell.
23 ii Robert Dennis, b. 17 May 1676; not mentioned in his father's will.
24 iii Sarah Dennis, b. 17 Feb 1678. not mentioned in father's will.
25 iv Jonathan Dennis, b. Feb 1683; d. 12 Dec 1688.
NOTE: Samuel Dennis, Sr. and Samuel, Jr. both married women by name of Mary. Sorting their children out is rather difficult. Mary (Lothrop) (Crowell) Dennis was b. 1654 and could be of child-bearing age well into her 40's (1694 plus a few).
http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/FH12,35923.
5Ibid. p. 656 and p. 668.
Text From Source: 22. SAMUEL DENNIS (Sarah1 Moore), b. Woodbridge 17 Sept 1672 (VR); d. there 1719; m. there 3 Dec 1695 (VR) his step-sister, Mary Crowell, b. Barnstable, Mass., 15 Mar 1674 (Barnstable VR), d/o Edward Crowell and Mary Lothrop, the latter marrying as her 2/husb. Samuel Dennis, Sr. Mary survived her husband. Samuel, Jr. was executor of his father's will. He was called "cousin Samuel Dennis" in the will of his uncle Thomas Bloomfield, made 16 Feb 1678/9, who m. Elizabeth Dennis, his father's sister (N.J. Arch., 21:43-4).

1719 March 20 Dennes, Samuel, [Jr.] of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., yeoman; will of.
Wife Mary. Children - Sarah, Reliance, Elizabeth, Samuel. Real and personal estate.
Executors - the wife and dau. Sarah with Edward Freeman and Benjamin Bloomield as overseers.
Witnesses - Yelverton Crowell, Edward Crowell, Moses Rolph.
Proved 21 Apr 1720 (N.J. Arch. 23:134). NOTE: Yelverton and Edward Crowell were step-brothers
as well as brothers-in-law of Samuel Dennis, Jr.

Children, b. Woodbridge (VR):
101 i Sarah Dennis, b 27 Sept 1696; living 20 Mar 1719; was an executor of her father's will.
102 ii Mary Dennis, b. 21 Dec 1698; d. Woodbridge 18 Mar 1702 (VR).
103 iii Robert Dennis, b. 4 May 1701; d. Woodbridge 17 Jan or Jul 1702 (VR).
104 iv Mary (again), b. 9 Jan 1703; d. Woodbridge 1 Oct 1706 (VR).
105 v Samuel Dennis, b. 8 Jul 1706; living 20 Mar 1719.
106 vi Reliance Dennis, living 20 Mar 1719; mentioned in father's will; may have m. William Paschal.
107 vii Elizabeth Dennis, living 20 Mar 1719; mentioned in father's will.
6Reverand Joseph Dally, "Woodbridge and Vicinity" (Name: A.E. Gordon; New Brunswick, N.J.; 1873;). p. 326.
Text From Source: Samuel Dennes Son of Samuel Dennes and Sarah his wife was Born Septr ye 17th 1672.
7"New Jersey Archive". p. 134.
Text From Source: 1719 March 20. Dennes, Samuel, of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., yeoman; will of.
Wife Mary. Children - Sarah, Reliance, Elizabeth, Samuel. Real and personal estate.
Executors - the wife and dau. Sarah with Edward Freeman and Benjamin Bloomfield as overseers.
Witnesses - Yelverton Crowell, Edward Crowell, Moses Rolph.
Proved April 21, 1720.
Lib. A, p. 17
8Patty Barthell Myers, "Ancestors and Descendants of Lewis Ross Freeman" (Name: 1995;). p. 668.
Text From Source: 1719 March 20 Dennes, Samuel, [Jr.] of Woodbridge, Middlesex Co., yeoman; will of.
Wife Mary. Children - Sarah, Reliance, Elizabeth, Samuel. Real and personal estate.
Executors - the wife and dau. Sarah with Edward Freeman and Benjamin Bloomield as overseers.
Witnesses - Yelverton Crowell, Edward Crowell, Moses Rolph.
Proved 21 Apr 1720 (N.J. Arch. 23:134). NOTE: Yelverton and Edward Crowell were step-brothers
as well as brothers-in-law of Samuel Dennis, Jr.
http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/FH12,35923.
9Reverand Joseph Dally, "Woodbridge and Vicinity" (Name: A.E. Gordon; New Brunswick, N.J.; 1873;). p. 326.
Text From Source: Robert Dennes Son of Samuel Dennes and Sarah his wife Born May ye 17th 1678.
10Ibid. p. 326.
Text From Source: Sarah Dennes Daughter of Samuel and Sarah his wife Born Feby ye 17th 1678..
11Patty Barthell Myers, "Ancestors and Descendants of Lewis Ross Freeman" (Name: 1995;). p. 656.
http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/FH12,35923.
12Reverand Joseph Dally, "Woodbridge and Vicinity" (Name: A.E. Gordon; New Brunswick, N.J.; 1873;). p. 327.
Text From Source: Jonathan Dennes Son of Samuel Dennes and Sarah his wife Born February 1683.
13Ibid. p. 327.
Text From Source: Jonathan Dennes Son to Samuel Dennes, Deceased ye 12th of December 1688.

 

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