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Re: Dennis
Posted by: Joan E. Rambo (ID *****8863) Date: May 24, 2008 at 11:12:14
In Reply to: Dennis by Marilyn Dennis of 131

First, may I make a suggestion? Dates, even approximate dates, are important in queries. It helps to narrow the search. This is not my line but it looks like it might be yours. Follow up and find more proof.

I started with the less common name of Melba Dennis Biggs.

Combined info from SSDI and TX Dth Idx:

Biggs, Melba M., b 30 Jan 1897; d 23 Apr 1981 Nolan Co, TX; last residence Sweetwater, Nolan Co, TX.

Now armed with a birth date I went looking for her on census records, and tracked the family from there.

1930 census Jones Co, TX:

Dennis, Tom J., h, 59, M @ 19; b TX, TN, TN
" Mollie R, w, 54 M @ 15, b TN, TN, TN
" Mathie, s, 21, sgle, b TX
" Maurine, d, 19, sgle, b TX
" Huewie C., s, 14, b TX

1920 census Hunt Co, TX:

Dennis, T.J., h, 48 md, b TX, TN, TN
" Mollie, w, 44 md, b TN, TN, TN
" Opal, d, 16, b TX
" Dora, d, 14, b TX
" Matthew, s, 14, b TX
" Mattie, d, 11, b TX
" Morine, d, 8, b TX
" [not clear], s, 3, b TX
[believe there is an error in age of Matthew, it doesn't match with 1930 census and 1910 census, he looks to be a twin of sister Mattie]

1910 census Shackelford Co, TX:

Dennis, Tom T., h, 39, M(1) 19 yrs, b TX, unknown, unk
" Mollie R., w, 35, M(1) 19 yrs, 10 ch, 8 lvg, b TN, TN, TN
" E_____ E., d, 18, sgle, b TX
" Pearl M., d, 15, b TX
" Melba M., d, 13, b TX
" George E., s, 10, b TX
" Opal E., d, 7, b TX
" Dora (?), d, 5, b TX
" Mathis T., s, 1 ?/12, b TX
" Mattie M., d, 1 ?/12

1900 census Hunt Co, TX:

Dennis, Thos., h, b Apr 1871, 29, M 10 yrs, b TX, GA, MS
" Mollie, w, b Apr 1875, 25, M 10 yrs, 4 ch, 4 lvg, b TN, TN, TN
" H_____, d b Jan 1892, 8, b TX
" Pearl, d, b Jul 1894, 5, b TX
" Melvy, d, b Jan 1897, 3, b TX
" George, s, b Aug, 1899, 9/12, b TX

This might be your Thomas J. with his family on the 1880 census Hunt Co, TX:

Category: Name; Relationship to head of household; Marital Status; Gender; Race; Age; Birthplace; Occupation; Father's Birthplace; Mother's Birthplace.

Eli Y. DENNIS Self M Male W 49 TN Farmer NC NC
Missouri C. DENNIS Wife M Female W 41 TN Keeping House TN TN
Cassey DENNIS Dau S Female W 16 TX At House TN TN
Joseph Y. DENNIS Son S Male W 15 TX Farm Laborer TN TN
Frank B. DENNIS Son S Male W 12 TX Farm Laborer TN TN
Rosalee DENNIS Dau S Female W 10 TX At Home TN TN
Thomas J. DENNIS Son S Male W 8 TX TN TN
Solomon S. DENNIS Son S Male W 7 TX TN TN
James P. DENNIS Son S Male W 6 TX TN TN
Sally DENNIS Dau S Female W 5 TX TN TN
Emma DENNIS Dau S Female W 3 TX TN TN

Looks like Missouri is still alive in 1900 census Hunt Co, TX:

Dennis, Missouri C., h, b Nov 1838, 61, wid, b TN, TN, AL
Fincher, Thos., son-in-law, b Jan 1855, 45, m 9 yrs, b GA, GA, GA
" Lee, dau-in-law, b Mch 1869, 31, m 9 yrs, 6 ch, 4 lvg, b TX, TN, TN
" Yancy, grd son, b Dec 1885, 14, b TX
" M______, grd dau, b Dec 1891, 8, b TX
" Walton, grd son, b Dec 1893, 6, b TX
" Baby, grd son, b May 1900, 0/12, b TX
[note Lee is listed as dau-in-law, believe she is actually a daughter probably the one named Rosalee - see 1880 census above]

Missouri owned her farm free and clear, so land and probate records might give some information on who inherited that property. Tax records would show when Eli died and Missouri began showing up paying the taxes on that land.

By 1910 the Fincher family has moved on to Tarrant Co, TX, so would assume Missouri passed away between 1900 and 1910.

Happy Hunting (^_^)





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