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Loyalist Directory: John Dennis

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Surname : Dennis
Given name : John
Rank :  
Where Resettled : Shelburne NS, then Beaver Harbour NS in 1783. By 1789 living in Pennfield, New Brunswick. In New York in 1792 and in 1793 to farm in Alexandria, Virginia. Then Home District on the River Humber in Upper Canada.
Status as Loyalist :  
Proof of Loyalty : NYGBS; V36 N1 Jan 1905; UEL List
Notes (Expunged, Suspended, Reinstated) :  
Regiment :  
Enlistment Date : The Ancestry.com database, Loyalists in the American Revolution Vol. I: Miscellaneous Records (no further sources given) states that John Dennis, wheelwright, and Henry Dennis, shipwright, jointed the British Army in 1778 (List of Men from Pennsylvania who joined the British Army all now or late of the township of Solebury). Henry was John's father.
Date & Place of Birth : 1758 Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
Settled before war : Lost lands in Philadelphia and New Jersey as a result of the war.
Date & Place of Death : 25 Aug 1832 during a cholera outbreak in York (Toronto)
Place of Burial :  
Wife Name : Married in New York in 1781 to Martha BROWN, widow of Surgeon Andrew McLANEY of the Royal Navy.

Martha's 1837 will 2 pages.
Children : Henry b. 1782, d. 1792 New York.
Unnamed daughter, b. & d. 1785 Beaver Harbour in infancy
Hannah, b. circa 1787 in USA (likely in Pennsylvania or New York), d. 4 Nov 1863 Canada West, bur. Cummer Burial Ground, Willowdale, Yonge Street, North York Township. Wife of Thomas JOHNSON.
Joseph, b. 1789
Rebecca, b. 1793

See Loyalist Genealogy - Children and Grandchildren document.
Biography : See biograhical details in 'Children and Grandchildren' document linked under Loyalist Genealogy.

Will of John Dennis with probate details (four pages).
Proven Descendants :  
Military Info :  
Loyalist Genealogy :

Children and Grandchildren of Martha Brown and 1. Andrew McLaney and 2. John Dennis (158 pages, biographical notes and well-sourced).


Loyalist line to Patrick John Adams

John DENNIS, UEL, shipwright, born 1758 Philadelphia, died 25 Aug 1832 during a cholera outbreak in York (Toronto). With his father, Henry, fought on the British side during the American Revolution and, as a consequence, lost their lands in Philadelphia and New Jersey. Married in New York in 1781 to Martha BROWN, widow of Surgeon McLANEY or McLARY of the Royal Navy. Took up arms against the French in St Lucia, 1783. Settled in Shelburne and then Beaver Harbour, Nova Scotia later that year. By 1789 living in Pennfield, New Brunswick. Returned to the US in 1795 to farm in Alexandria, Virginia, but disliked the politics and returned to settle near the River Humber in Upper Canada, on a farm named Button Wood or Buttonwood. Granted 500 acres of land by the British government in return for building a ship at Kingston dockyards for use during the War of 1812.

Rebecca DENNIS, born likely near York in circa 1796, married James RICHARDSON (later first bishop of the Methodist Episcopal church of Canada, 1791-1875) on 31 January 1813 at Kingston, died at the RICHARDSON home, Clover Hill (St Joseph Street), Toronto on 29 March 1858.

Margaret Isabella RICHARDSON, born ca. 1831 in Kingston and married barrister John ROAF, QC in Toronto 28 June 1849. Died in Toronto 8 November 1883.

James Richardson ROAF, KC, barrister, born 14 August 1851 in Toronto and died there 9 October 1947. Married Harriet Eliza LEE (1850-1927, daughter of Joseph LEE and Maria SHANKS, who settled in York in 1832).

Prof. Herbert Eldon ROAF, George Holt Professor of Physiology, University of Liverpool, born Toronto 3 Aug 1881, died in Liverpool 21 Sep 1952. Married in Liverpool 7 July 1908 to Beatrice Sophie HERDMAN (1883-1979)

(Four more generations excluded for privacy reasons.)

For more information, visit Dennis (and McLaney) Family Tree on rootsweb.

Contributed by Patrick John Adams.

Family History :  
Family Genealogy :  
Sources : Reference letters K; N; P


Information contributed by Holly and Patrick Adams.
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