NameJames Tennison -> Dennis
Birth1789, Caswell Co, NC [757]
Move1812, Overton Co, TN
Land Purch1818, Overton Co, TN
Death1838, Tennessee
FatherJohn Tennison (~1750-1808)
Mother(Unknown) (Tennison) (-~1795)
Marriageabt 1812, Tennessee [2]
SpouseParnina Gunnels
Birthabt 1797, Clark Co, GA
Census25 Jun 1860, Oakley, Overton Co, TN
Deathaft Jul 1870, Overton Co, TN [34]
Census15 Jul 1870, Monroe, Overton Co, TN
FatherWilliam Posey Gunnels (1765->1820)
MotherParnina Jones (1770->1850)
Birth30 Mar 1813, Overton Co, TN [1000]
Death28 Jan 1861, Overton Co, TN [23]
Marriageabt 1831, Overton Co, TN? [2]
Birth1815, Overton Co, TN [757]
Deathbef 1871, prob. Farmers' Branch, Dallas Co, TX
3 MWilliam A. Dennis
Birth1817, Overton Co, TN [757]
Birth7 Jan 1820, Overton Co, TN [1003]
Death26 Apr 1873, Prob. Smith Co, TX [1003, Webb Chapel Assoc.]
BurialOakwood Cem, Tyler, Smith Co, Texas
Marriage14 Nov 1848, Bedford Co, TN [1000]
5 FCelia J. Dennis
Birth1822, Overton Co, TN [757]
SpouseI.M. Little
6 MJames Browder Dennis
Birth1823, Overton Co, TN [757]
Death1860s, of Overton Co, TN [34]
SpouseCatherine Roberts
Marriageabt 1846
Birth9 Sep 1825, Overton Co, TN [757]
Death16 Feb 1907, Roby, Fisher Co, TX [1001]
BurialRoby Cem, Roby, Fisher, TX
Marriage1845, Overton Co, TN [757]
8 FCatherine Summers Dennis
Birth1827, Overton Co, TN [757]
Death15 Nov 1910, Overton Co, TN
BurialConnors Cem, Overton, TN
SpouseJames C. Conner
9 MGeorge Washington Dennis
Birth1828, Overton Co, TN [757]
Birth17 Feb 1833, Overton Co, TN [305]
Death14 Apr 1901, Farmers Branch, Dallas, TX [305]
BurialWebb Chapel Cemetary, Dallas, TX
Marriage1 Jan 1860, Farmers Branch, Dallas Co, TX [1003]
Birth17 Oct 1834, Overton Co, TN [1003]
Death20 Jun 1905, Farmers Branch, Dallas Co, TX [1003]
BurialFarmers Branch Cem, Dallas Co, TX
Marriage16 Oct 1856 [1003]
Marriage16 Sep 1880, Farmers Branch, Dallas Co, TX [303]
12 MDaniel Pitts Dennis
Birth11 Nov 1836, Livingston, Overton Co, TN [305]
Death13 Jan 1887, Farmers Branch, Dallas Co, TX [305]
BurialWebb Chapel, Farmers Branch, Dallas Co, TX
SpouseCelia Catherine Payne
Marriage1859, Overton Co, TN [1003]
Divorcebef 1875
13 FSarah J. Dennis
Birth1838, Overton Co, TN [757]
Deathaft 1920, Dallas Co, TX
SpouseFranklin Elder
SpouseAndrew J. Follis
Notes for James Tennison -> Dennis
Several of his children - John, Levi, Nancy, George, Andrew, Daniel and Thomas - migrated at some point to Farmers Branch, Dallas Co, TX in the mid to late 19th century. Andrew married Sarah Webb, whose family is likely the ones behind the "Webb Chapel," the cemetery in which most are buried.

Theory: John Dennis b. 1790, b. NC m. Mary is brother. Also, Levi b. 1778 NC, m. Rebecca. Sons likely Jackson (b. 1840), George (1837), Levi H. (1815 - next door to Levi in 1860).
Census notes for James Tennison -> Dennis
1820 Overton Co, TN Census: James Denis 3m u10 [John, William, Levi], 1m 26-45, 1f u10 [Mary], 1f 26-45 [Parnina], 3 slaves (only ones in neighborhood).
1830 Overton Co, TN: p. 187. James Jr. (not his son, too young) listed on p. 201.
Notes for Parnina Gunnels
Living in 1860 next door to son George with two house servants (Dist. 7, Hshld 852). List as age 60. May not be the mother of the older children - some sources say m. James about 1822.

Had a sister or sister-in-law Mary, living with her in 1870 and with her son Daniel in 1880.
Census notes for Parnina Gunnels
* 1850 TN Census: Penina Dennis, age 52, b. GA. George 21, Andrew 17, Thomas 15, Daniel 14, Sarah 12. Next door to Mary Gunnels age 48., who has Parina Gunnels, age 80 in her household. Next door to them is Willy Roberts, wife Nancy Dennis.( p. 78, 7th Dist. Overton Co.)
* 1860 TN Census: Panima Dennis 60, Mary Gunnels 50, Mary 31 (Ov 118-245, Oakley, 7th Dist, p. 245, 6/25/1860) (6/23/99)
* 1870 Overton Co, TN: Panima? 73 GA cannot read/write (450/160) Polly Gunnels 66 GA; Mary H. 40 TN. Next to Joseph Gunnels and Daniel Dennis. (Monroe, p. 331, 7/15/1870)
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