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Robert Dennis Robert Dennis
July 6 @ 6:38am
Carl, Mike Corray and Bob Williams. Should have posted this earlier. The Big 700 test was reduced to $239. Perhaps it is still available.
R Dennis R Dennis
June 23 @ 5:04pm
Hello, Dennises. I hope all are staying safe and well. I joined the Dennis surname project a year or so ago using my father's Y DNA test results transferred over from an old National Geographic Geno kit. His results aren't in the DNA results table as yet, but his Y DNA haplogroup is R-Z36 -- and the only Dennis cluster with that haplogroup is Group 2. From what I can tell, my father's most distant confirmed Dennis ancestor is an ancestor of the Joseph Dennis born New Jersey 1772 and died in Canada about 1815. That Joseph Dennis was s/o Joseph Dennis (b. c1741 NJ, d. c1815 Canada) and Deborah Webster, and the father Joseph was s/o John Dennis (1719-1797 Penna.) and Kezia Ball, and I believe John was s/o Joseph Dennis (1697-1770 NJ). My father's line is confirmed with documents to Jesse Dennis (b. 1755 Penna., d. 1802 NJ), and Charles Stickney's 1904 book Jesse Dennis of Sussex County, N. J.: And His Descendants, with a Compilation of Genealogical Statistics of the Pioneers of This State proposed that Jesse was s/o Joseph Dennis (b. 1725, d. 1767 NJ), s/o Joseph Dennis (1697-1770 NJ). Joseph Dennis (1697-1770) was in Bucks county, Penna., by 1738, and is supposed to have been born in Woodbridge, NJ, s/o John Dennis and Rachel Hull. I have no confirmation of his parentage, so it would be great to see if any other R-Z36 Dennises are out there that trace back to John Dennis and Rachel Hull. That would support Stickney's hypothesis.
Lawrence Dennis
June 25 @ 10:24am
I read your note with interest. I have been looking at the Dennis Y-DNA group 2 for some time now. Recently I finally took the test and confirmed what I basically knew that I was part of that group. Just a couple weeks ago I was working with Test kit B173412 (which I think is Douglas Alan Dennis and is haplogroup R-Z36. He has an online tree that basically involves the connections that you mention above. He does not go through Jesse however, at least based on his online tree. I have a chart that shows six (probably seven) Y-DNA results that go back to Joseph Dennis (b. 1697 NJ) and Hannah Lewis (b 1699, NJ). It sounds like your father's line would add another branch to this chart. I am interested in discussing your line further. You can reply here, or directly to my email,
Braxton Dennis Braxton Dennis
August 10, 2018 @ 2:47pm
Andrew Dennis, group 1 DNA tree posted on family GEDCOM file ID #2430627, It has the Michael dates plus more back to the de Dene days
Lawrence Dennis
July 4, 2019 @ 10:54am
Braxton, I was just browsing the Dennis DNA group comments, and saw this posting. Is the gedcom you refer to on family Search? If so, I do not seem to be able to find it. I have found some trees on Ancestry pertaining to this line. I am particularly interested in your comment on the "de Dene days". You can reply here, or directly to my email address, Thanks. Larry Dennis
Michael Corray Michael Corray
January 2, 2017 @ 4:06pm
Thanks to the group for allowing me to join even though my surname is not Dennis, although it should have been. Found out through several DNA tests that we have some mis-attributed paternity going on in our family. My father's father was actually a Dennis, not a Corray. Fortunately, a 2nd cousin tested, and through him, I was able to identify much of my Dennis family including my grandfather Everett Harvy Dennis and his father William Stephen Dennis (in photo). This line appears to go back through Samuel G. Dennis (1757 – 1820) and Mary Yocum (1774 – 1831). I would love to hear from any other members of the group who may be familiar with this family line. Mike Corray, Kit # 460657
Carl Dennis
April 1, 2017 @ 6:53pm
Howdy Mike. Intriguing that you are a Dennis. You are also a closer DNA match to me than some of my verified cousins. We need to have some serious discussions. Look here for my family info- We seem to be chasing the same ancestors. Carl
Michael Corray
April 1, 2017 @ 11:27pm
Hello Carl. I sent you an e-mail. Hope to talk soon. Mike
Robert Dennis
October 13, 2018 @ 7:21pm
I have mentioned before that Samuel G Dennis JR and his father migrated to America from Ireland in 1773. This means he can't be the father of Jesse Dennis 1803-1866. I have several DNA matches with Jacob ( Jehu ) , all of which claim his father is Samuel Y Dennis. My current theory is Jesse's father is John Dennis ( son of John Sims Dennis). Three of his children are Jesse b 1803, Mary b 1806 and Jacob b 1816.
Robert Williams
November 13, 2018 @ 4:34pm
Hi Michael, I'm inspired and also jealous that you have found your connection to the Dennis family. I am searching for how my husband fits into this Dennis/Tennison family. Some kind of a non paternal event to be sure. His last name is williams and I'm sure of his ancestry back to Jacob Williams born 1785 in Virginia. Most of my husband Bob's matches are in the Tennison/Dennis line. He's a Y67 match to you and an even closer Y67 match to Carl. Furthermore, his only Williams Y67 match insists that there is no way that the families are related. He's kit: MK19267 If you see a hint, please let me know. Maureen
Robert Williams Robert Williams has a question!
March 16, 2018 @ 7:05am
Hi, my name is Maureen and I manage the YDNA here for my husband Robert (Bob) Williams. His YDNA67 turned up just one Williams but a whole slew of Tennis and Dennis surnames so, I'm here hoping to find how and when the surname change happened. On the YDNA67 he has a genetic distance of 2 from William Wall Tennis, whom google tells me passed last April. He is also a genetic distance of 2 from Richard Robert Tennis whose email is no longer in service. At Genetic distance 3 he has matches to Donald Anson Dennis, Chester Dennis, Mr. Ryan Michael Smith, Paul C Lewis Jr., Carl C. Dennis. If you are connected to any of these men or have a match to Gary Thomas Williams, I would love to connect with you via email. Just let me know here and I'll ask the admin to forward my email address to you. I've already connected with Carl Dennis in the Williams surname project and am pretty excited to hear from him. Thanks in advance to helping me solve this mystery :) Maureen
Ron Dennis
July 27, 2018 @ 7:24pm
Hello Maureen, I work with Carl Dennis on our web sit We are group 3 in the Family tree DNA study group. I want to stress something important about DNA test results that align a person with a different surname. There are several reasons for this to happen beside some kind of "mis-attributed paternity". It was not very long ago that we as a nation started keeping a paper trail on adults or children. Many unforeseen events as we migrated west happened to families. If a widow with young children remarried soon after her husband's death (many times out of necessity) her children often adopted the step father's last name. A large number of children lost both of their parents due to diease. Some children were given alway because of poverty. At one period in our history, orphan trains carried children west ward. It stoped in towns along the way,
Ron Dennis
July 27, 2018 @ 7:51pm
Children were given away, many to be farm hands. Of course there were also unwed mother's home. Some which had a stream of baby donations from young women faced with raising a child on her own due to the death of soldiers from war. Help educate those who don't want their DNA to be any thing but perfect. We are who we are. Some people just changed their last name as the moved to a new place. Family disagreements, who knows why. In our DNA group of 24 testers we now have the surnames of William, Lewis, Corray, and Smith. Since our original roots have been in this country since 1600's I am not surprised. We have a large number of descendants migrate west. I must also point out that our original surname believed to be Tennison has switched back and forth from Tennison to Dennis, Denis, or Tennis. Sometimes in the same early documents! Most of these changes happen before our forebears learned to write. I am Sue Dennis Green, sister to Ron Dennis.
Susan Rogers Susan Rogers
March 15, 2018 @ 8:38am
Hello, My name is Susan Chancellor Rogers. My GGGGrandfather was Silas J. Dennis, born in Georgia in 1839. He married Susan C. Moncrief on October 18, 1860 in Harris County, Georgia. They had four children: Silas Jackson Dennis, Jr., Sarah Electra Dennis, Robert E. Dennis and Emma L. Dennis. He lived in Harris County, Georgia and Lee County, Alabama. Although other family trees have his death in 1893, I have not been able to document his death. I am trying to find further information on his parents. Thank you!
Carl Dennis Carl Dennis
March 8, 2016 @ 6:36am
Howdy all, Photo of my Gr-Grandparents, William Isaac and Mahulda "Kenton" Dennis. William is the son of Joseph H. Dennis, b: 1827, d:1899. Mahulda's father was Simon Kenton, b:1817, d:1891. William and Mahulda were married in April 1873, so suppose picture was taken around or after that date. As a side note for those who did not know, Ann Tennis Fraser passed in Feb 2013. She was an ardent researcher of our family. At times I could not keep up with the stream of E-Mails she would fire at me. I will certainly miss those conversations. By now I am sure she has met all those elusive ancestors. RIP Ann. NOTE: Carl C Dennis
Jack Tennison
July 19, 2016 @ 11:21am
Carl, I spoke to Ann once, she was so nice and knowledgeable! I saw she passed some time ago, was sad to see. My distant grandfather is Joseph Stokes Tennison, born 1818 in Missouri and posted earlier on this page. I opened up your link above and did not see him on there. Do you happen to know where he might fit on that tree?
Jack Tennison
July 19, 2016 @ 11:22am
By the way, I am Pam Tennison-Rindt, my dad is Jack Tennison. I used his DNA for analysis.
Carl Dennis
February 14, 2018 @ 5:46am
Howdy, Link I referenced above is no more. Look here for DENNIS/TENNISON DNA info.
Michael Dennis Michael Dennis
August 23, 2017 @ 10:37am
I am managing my husbands dna testing. I have a one step Ydna match at YDNA12 with someone surnamed Dennis. Can anyone tell me what this means? The person concerned is being managed by a relative. She has tested to 37 but I don't get the feeling she will be wanting to go any further with this . Jenny Dennis
Thomas Ely Dennis
August 23, 2017 @ 4:29pm
I manage my brother's DNA and he's tested to 37 marker. We are in the process of testing all 4 siblings with I have an extremely large get file on my Dennis line. Not sure if our kit is what you are looking for, 19636. Melody Dennis-Sherrod
Michael Dennis
August 23, 2017 @ 4:52pm
No - it wasn't your kit I mentioned. If you have your tree put on ancestry I would be interested in seeing it. Let me know your user name. My husband's Dennis family were in Cornwall England from at least 1700s.
Thomas Ely Dennis
August 27, 2017 @ 6:06am
My user name is mgsherrod, let me know if you see anything of interest. My 3 siblings and me just mailed our DNA for the Ancestry. I am hoping to make more connections with this DNA attempt than what FTDNA has given. Melody
Michael Dennis
August 29, 2017 @ 3:23am
I have had a quick look at your Ancestry tree and I can't find anything that links with. The Dennis line my husband is descended from comes from Cornwall.
Foster Dennis Foster Dennis
June 6, 2017 @ 7:01pm
I am looking for relative of William B. Dennis, Iowa or Ohio.
Robert Dennis
June 9, 2017 @ 8:34am
Can you give more info? Dates or any other family members would be great. William Dennis was a VERY common name. My Dennis line is Ohio, Iowa, Dakotas and I have William(s) in my line. Robert is actually my father who has passed away since his DNA was done....Karen
Rickey Dennis Rickey Dennis
May 18, 2017 @ 6:28pm
Steve, I believe your sister came up in my DNA matches (transferred from Ancestry).. but you do not. I am thinking when my dad's results come in, you will be in his matches. I was hoping to confirm your sister by messaging you privately.. If she is your sister, then we should be cousins. Thank you!! Jennifer Dennis Orender
Steve Dennis
May 18, 2017 @ 9:54pm
Rickey, My Sister is LIsa Dennis Mahler. She is the expert on our side of the family including the Austins, DeLongs, Webbs, Rowlands, Mays, etc.
Rickey Dennis
May 19, 2017 @ 1:51pm
Excellent. Well, somewhere down the line, we are related.. we'll hopefully know more when my dad's test comes through.. expected at the end of June.