If anyone has any information about this Dennis family please contact me. My line specifically is "John who married Sallie Maraba and moved to Illinois (Stonington, Christian County).
Thank you, Jamie (Dennis) Imes
From Anderson News (weekly) Lawrenceburg KY 5/4/1972 -
Erastus Milton Dennis(1877-1972) who died Thursday, April 13, at his
Anderson County was probably the last surviving grandchild of pioneer
Case, who with five older brothers - James, Joseph, Obeddiah, Benjamin,
William, together with a sister, Keziah, came from Virginia to
County in the late 1790's.
These six brothers and sister were children of one Separate and Lydia
Judging solely from the marriage dates it appears that Keziah (Kizzy as
was called) was the oldest of these children. She was married to
Scharmahorn, Wasshington County, in 1798. They later belonged to the
Church, Mercer County, where a large number of Case relatives also held
membership. Keziah Scharmahorn died before 1810 leaving one son and
Of the six brothers, two or three of them moved to Iowa. One of tthese
Josseph who married Sarah Phillips. The had thirteen children one of
named Separate. This Separate and his brother, William in 1909 were
Dallas County, Iowa.
Obediah Case married Elizabeth Royalty and moved to Iowa in the 1830's.
died near Charlottsville, Iowa in 1868. Among his twelve children
also a Separate. Benjamin (one of the six) married Nancy Barnett in
remained in Kentucky, spending most of their time in Anderson County.
daughter, Mary, married Morrison Ellis, Mercer County, in 1825, Their
married Lucy Ann Clark, in 1851. Many descendants here have their
through twin brothers, Mat and Marion Ellis.
William Case (one of the six) was married to Sally Bowman and has
descendants still in this area.
Separate the grandfather of the late Erastus Dennis, was born May 1,
died December 3, 1844. He was married to Elizabeth Jane Phillips,
daughter of John Phillips, who had settled in Ohio County. Elizabeth
born in Ohio County in 1792 (one record givs 1795).
In 1813 Separate appears on Washington County tax list as owning "one
no land." Not long after his marriage he purchased "The old home
including 113 acres of land on Puncheon Creek, Anderson County and it
that most, if not all, of his twelve children were born and reared.
attended the Mt. Pleasant Baptiist Church, where some of the family
positiions. Separate was surveyor for his district in 1832 and 1836.
Both Separate and Elizabeth Phillips Case, are buried in the old family
graveyard on Puncheon Crek. Much of the older graveyards including the
the earlier Separate is not enclosed and many stones can no longer be
A small portion of the early graveyard is fenced, the enclosed part
the Dennis graveyard, for it is here that Alexander Dennis and his
Elizabeth Case, are buried.
Separate and Elizabeth Case had six sons and six daughters John,
James, Nancy, Caroline, Sarah, Mary, Eliza, Elizabeth, William C.,
Solomon. The last two named died young but the others all married and
Elizabeth Jane Case (1834-1885) married Alexander Dennis, son of James
Mahala Dennis in 1858. They were married by Rev. Samuel S. Perry who
baptized both of them and lived to preach the funeral of each of them.
Alexander and Elizabeth Dennis reared a large family including: Susan
who married George Reed, 1885, moved to Illinois; John, who married
Maraba, moved to Illinois; Sarah Elizabeth, who married Willie
Disponette and also
went to Illinois; Alice, who married William Riley; Mary, not married;
who married Mahala Gritton; and Erastus Milton.
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