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Family of Robert DENNIS and Mary JACKSON

Husband: Robert DENNIS (1605-1698)
Wife: Mary JACKSON (1613- )
Children: John DENNIS (1638-1689)
Samuel DENNIS (bef1652-1708)
Jonathan DENNIS (1652-1720)
Elizabeth DENNIS (1658-1676)

Husband: Robert DENNIS

Name: Robert DENNIS 1
Sex: Male
Father: -
Mother: -
Birth (1) 1605 1
Birth (2) 1617 Yarmouth, Barnstable, Massachusetts, USA 1
Birth (3) bef 1647
Occupation Surveyor
Death (1) Sep 1698 (age 92-93) Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, USA 1
Death (2) Sep 1698 (age 92-93)
Death (3) Sep 1698 (age 92-93) Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, USA 1

Wife: Mary JACKSON

Name: Mary JACKSON 1
Sex: Female
Father: -
Mother: -
Birth 1613 Rhode Island, USA 1

Child 1: John DENNIS

Name: John DENNIS 2,3,4
Sex: Male
Spouse: Sarah BLOOMFIELD (1643-1689)
Birth 1638 Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey
Death 8 May 1689 (age 50-51) Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey 5,6
Record Change 2 Mar 2003 (age 364-365)

Child 2: Samuel DENNIS

Name: Samuel DENNIS 7,8
Sex: Male
Spouse 1: Sarah MOORE ( -aft1683)
Spouse 2: Increase LIPPENCOTT ( - )
Spouse 3: Mary LOTHROP (1654- )
Birth bef 1652 7
Death Jan 1708 (age 55-56) Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, USA 7,9

Child 3: Jonathan DENNIS

Name: Jonathan DENNIS 1,10
Sex: Male
Spouse: Rachel MOORE (1660?-aft1720)
Birth 1652 Cohansey, Salem, New Jersey, USA 1
Death (1) Apr 1720 (age 67-68) Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, USA 11
Death (2) 31 May 1720 (age 67-68) Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, USA 1
Death (3) 31 May 1720 (age 67-68) 1

Child 4: Elizabeth DENNIS

Name: Elizabeth DENNIS 1,12
Sex: Female
Spouse: Thomas BLOOMFIELD (1648-1679)
Birth 1658 Woodbridge, Middlesex, New Jersey, USA 1
Death 1676 (age 17-18) Middlesex, New Jersey, USA 1

Note on Husband: Robert DENNIS - shared note

Robert Dennis of Woodbridge came from Wymouth, Mass., and was granted land at Woodbridge by Phillip Carteret, and was one of the associates of the Woodbridge patent, above mentioned. He was a surveyor and a member of the first legislature of New Jersey, which met at Elizabethtown May 26, 1668, and represented Woodbridge, with Samuel Moore, in the legislature for the years 1669 and 1672. Woodbridge Township was chartered June 1, 1669, and patents were granted to Robert Dennis for 448 acres; Samuel Dennis 94 acres; John Dennis 107 acres; Thomas Bloomfield 92 acres; John Bloomfield 90 acres. There has been considerable speculation as to whether Samuel and John Dennis were sons or brothers of Robert Dennis. John, at least, was probably a son of Robert.

Sources

1Ancestry.com, "One World Tree (sm)" (Name: Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., n.d.;). Text From Source: Online publication - Ancestry.com. OneWorldTree [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc.
www.ancestry.com.
2Reverand Joseph Dally, "Woodbridge and Vicinity" (Name: A.E. Gordon; New Brunswick, N.J.; 1873;). p. 325.
3Patty Barthell Myers, "Ancestors and Descendants of Lewis Ross Freeman" (Name: 1995;). p. 535.
http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/FH12,35923.
4Charles E. Stickney, "Jesse Dennis of Sussex County, N.J. and his descendants, ..." (1904 by Wantage Recorder Office in Sussex). pp. 12-13.
Text From Source: John Dennis 1st of New Jersey..

"W. F." in Newark News, says "John Dennis married Sarah Bloomfield Dec. 18th, 1668, and died May 5th, 1689, his wife having died May 5th, 1689, only three days before. Their children were: John 2d, b. Sept. 9th, 1669; Mary, b. Dec. 7th, 1671, d. in Occober, 1689; Sarah, b. July 18th, 1673, d. in October, 16S9; Elizabeth, b. Feb. 14th, 1674."

Thomas Bloomfield's will, pr'oven Feb. 16th, 1678-9, mentions "Cousin Elizabeth, daughter of John Dennis, cousin John Dennis (2d?), and cousin Samnel Dennis." This Thomas Bloomfield was a brother to Mrs. John Dennis. She also had a brother, John, spoken of in Samuel Moore's will as his son-in-law, proven Nov. 10th, 1683, at Woodbridge.

Dec. 20th, 1669, Gov. Carteret gave Samuel Moore a deed for land in Woodbridge, west of John Dennis', indicating that the latter was a landholder at that time, and therefore of age. John was probably the one called "Pappy" Dennis of Strawberry Hill, v/hose daughter, Elizabeth, is alleged to have married Vv'illiam Cole, of Glen Brook, whose son, James, married Elizabeth Frazee, and the latter's son, Dennis, married Catheritie Van Deusen, of Newburg, parents of Dr. Abraham CoIe, of Scotch Plains, N. J. (Newark News, M. S. D.) William Cole, bom in Scotland about 1648, came on the Caledonia with brothers and settled at Scotch Plains, whence the name (?) William Cole and Elizabeth Dennis had five children besides James; William m. Elizabeth Williamson, of Plainfield; Dennis, unmarried; Mary m. Daniel Haud, of Plainfield; Elizabeth m. John Merrill; Phoebe, unmarried.

John Dennis was a witness to Robert Rogers' will of Woodbridge Sept. 1st, 1680.

John Dennis, carpenter, deeded lands in Woodbridge in 1682. (N. J. Archives, vol. 21, p. 226.)

John Dennis 2d, son of John and Sarah (Bloomfield) Dennis, m. Rachel Hull April 8th. 1604, by Rev. Samuel Hale. Children: Eunice, b. Dec. 29th, 1694; Joseph, b. May 8th, 1697; Rachel, b. May 14th, 1699; John 3d, b. Jan. 14th, 1700-1. - Correspondent Newark News.

The Joseph above named would, in daie of birth, tally whh the possible age of the Joseph Dennis, who later went to Bucks county, Pa., and from there to Sussex county, N. J., where he died and left a vvill of record in 1770.
5Reverand Joseph Dally, "Woodbridge and Vicinity" (Name: A.E. Gordon; New Brunswick, N.J.; 1873;). p. 327.
Text From Source: John Dennes above Mentioned Deceased ye 8th of May 1689.
6"New Jersey Archive". pp. 134-135.
Text From Source: 1689 June 3. Dennis, John, of Middlesex Co.
Inventory of the personal estate of (44.10.10); made by Natt'll Fitch Randoll, Ephraim Andrews and Joseph Dole. (Copy).
7Patty Barthell Myers, "Ancestors and Descendants of Lewis Ross Freeman" (Name: 1995;). p. 654.
http://contentdm.lib.byu.edu/u?/FH12,35923.
8Charles 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.
9"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.
10Charles E. Stickney, "Jesse Dennis of Sussex County, N.J. and his descendants, ..." (1904 by Wantage Recorder Office in Sussex). p. 11.
Text From Source: Jonathan Dennis 1st of New Jersey.

Jonathan Dennis, son of Robert, 1st, married Rachel, danghter of Samuel Moore, of Woodbridge. Children: Elizabeth, b. Jan. 8th. 1678; Mary, b. April 7th, 1682: Rachel, b. Oct. 30th 1683; Jonathan 2d, b. Jan, 29, 1685-6: Joseph. b. Feb, 18th, 1687-8; Charles and Sarah, twins, b. Jan. 4th, 1689-90; Hannah, b, Jan. 26. 1691-2. He deeded away lands in Woodbridge Feb. 25th, 1684, hence was of age at that date.

His will (vol. 2. p. 160, Records in Trenton, dated Aug. 9th, 1719 (no date to probate, but he is alleged to have died in 1719), gives to "Rachel, my wife," "to my son, Philip, when be becomes 21 years of age." "If he dies without issue, then to go to my son, Charles." Gives sons, Samuel and Charles, 20s. each. From this it appears that he had two additional children Philip and Samuel to the list first above given.
11"New Jersey Archive". p. 134.
Text From Source: 1719 Aug. 9. Dennes, Jonathan, of Cohansey, Salem Co., yeoman; will of.
Wife Rachel. Sons Phillep, Charles and Samuel. Real and personal estate. Executors the wife and son Phillep. Witnesses Richard Brick, Rachel Craven, Peter Fitchrandolph.
Proved May 31, 1720.
Lib. 2, p. 160

1720 April 28. Inventory of the personal estate, 186.7; incl. 150 bushels of wheat 18.15; made by Thomas Craven and Enoch Moore.
12Edmund West, comp, "Family Data Collection - Individual Records" (Name: Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000;). Text From Source: Online publication - Edmund West, comp.. Family Data Collection - Individual Records [database on-line]. Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network, Inc., 2000.
www.ancestry.com.

 

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