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Fernanda Dennis, William and Elizabeth Dennis, William and Mary Dennis, William Henry Dennis,
Frederick Dent, Thomas Derham,


Fernanda Dennis

Which Louisa Dennis? Louisa Dennis born in Melbourne wed 1883 #3567 to John Thomas Panter
Fernanda Dennis came c1863 with Elizabeth Ferral 1850 - 1883 #10786 aged 53 dau of Elizabeth Ferze and James Ferral, lived at Creswick
7 Children 1. Elizabeth Jane Dennis 1854 #4488
2. William John Dennis 1856 #12705
3. Louisa Dennis 1859 #7806
4. Amanda Dennis 1861 #20587 - 1862 #4133 lived 7 months
5. Lucinda Dennis 1863 #1762 - 1863 #1041 lived 7 weeks
6. Fernanda Dennis 1864 #1868
7. Richard Henry Dennis 1866 #7743
John Dennis wed 1859 #3559 to Louisa Victoria Ingram lived at Redbank, Majorca
7 Children 1. Louisa Dennis 1861 #15871 - 1866 #10868 lived 5 years
2. Elizabeth Anne Dennis 1863 #21357 - 1879 #5313 lived 16 years
3. Ellen Dennis 1865 #9531
4. Louisa Victoria Dennis 1868 #10166
5. John Dennis 1871 #17323 - 1873 #4404 lived 23 months
6. Francis James Dennis 1874 #9916
7. Julia Dennis 1881 #24634
Louisa Dennis born in Melbourne wed 1883 to John Thomas Panter
She appears to be the daughter of Fernanda Dennis came c1863 with Elizabeth Ferral

William and Elizabeth Dennis

William Dennis born 1825/1826 - 1880 #6813 aged 55, son of Mary Harris and Henry Bennetts of Camborne Cornwall, wed Jan-Mar 1848 to Elizabeth Sims c1826 - 1879 #7621 aged 53, dau of Elizabeth Bryant and Stephen Sims of Camborne, in Redruth district, Cornwall
See Harria chart - Mary Harris c1787, wed 17 Jan 1808 to Henry Dennis of Chytodden, son of Benjamin DENNIS and Elizabeth FINE, in Camborne, Cornwall. (Henry DENNIS was christened on 4 Apr 1784 in Camborne, Cornwall and was buried on 1 Dec 1832 in Camborne, Cornwall.) Mary's brother, John HARRIS, married Mary DENNIS, sister of her husband Henry. Mary's sister Catherine HARRIS married Benjamin DENNIS, brother of her husband Henry.
Cornwall Census 1851, Folio 100 Page 35, 129,Centenary St,
William Dennis,Head,M,25, Copper Miner, Elizabeth Dennis,Wife,M, 24, and William H. Dennis, Son,U,9m each born at Camborne Cornwall,,

William Dennis aged 31 came Mar 1858 on the Sea Park with Elizabeth Dennis aged 30, William Dennis aged 6 and Stephen Dennis aged 4

William Dennis and Elizabeth Sims lived at Jackass Flat, then Sandhurst in Victoria
5 Children 1. William Dennis aged 6
2. Stephen Dennis aged 4, 1852 - 1914 aged 62,
3. Elizabeth Jane Dennis 1859 #4452
4. Grace Dennis 1863 #4460
5. Emily Dennis 1865 #5029
1. William Henry Dennis wed 1873 #1494 to Mary Bennetts born in Cornwall, lived in Nerring, Eaglehawk
4 Children 1. Evangeline Dennis 1874 #2108
2. Endora Mary Dennis 1876 #2147
3. Wilhelmina Evelyn Dennis 1878 #2132
4. Egbert Stephen Jno Dennis 1880 #8217
2. Stephen Sims Dennis of Camborne, wed 1876 #2834 to Susan Bennetts 1855 - 1895 #6639 aged 39, lived in Eaglehawk, Susan died at Mt Korong,
3 Children 1. William Henry Bennets Dennis 1879 #8714
2. Reginald Charles Dennis 1882 #15563 - 1925 #10358 aged 43
3. Mary Elizth May Dennis 1884 #16397 - 1886 #8982 lived 2 years
2. Reginald Charles Dennis 1882 #15563 - 1925 #10358 aged 43, wed c1910 to Eva Parsons 1883 #7390 wed Reginald Dennis, and moved to Rutherglen, where Reginald was the schoolmaster and Methodist preacher. He died in 1925. Eva had worked as a nurse at the Royal Children's Hospital in Melbourne before her marriage, and after Reginald's death, moved to Brighton, and helped set up the Baby Health Centres in Moorabbin.
They had two children, who both married children of William Henry Ellingworth.
3. Elizabeth Jane Dennis 1859 #4452 wed 1881 #445 to John Marks from Cornwall, lived at Eaglehawk, Walhalla
7 Children 1. Laura Eveline Marks 1882 #15606
2. John Thomas Marks 1883 #23113
3. James Henry Marks 1885 #17206
4. Stephen William Chas Marks 1888 #10868
5. Jos Harold Marks 1890 #12267 - 1891 #14916 lived 1 year
6. Harrington Russel Marks 1895 #28771
7. Arthur Alwyn Marks 1900 #22817
4. Grace Dennis 1863 #4460 - 1934 wed 1886 #3363 to Isaiah Wauhop 1861 #23102 - 1955 only surviving child of Ellen Marshall wed 1860 #4059 to William Wauhop 1865 #5417 aged 45, son of Susan Mitchell and Edward Wauhop of Ireland, lived at Eaglehawk, Bendigo then moved to West Australia about 1901
5 Children 1. William Wauhop 1887 2. John Wauhop 1888 #28856
3. Isaiah Wauhop 1889 #21040 served in WWI, 51st Bat, rta 3 May 1919, wed Elsie H unknown
4. Ellen Wauhop 1891 #32549
5. Hugh Wauhop 1896 #17388
5. Emily Dennis 1865 #5029 wed 1889 #5108 to Robert Nelson Cail 1866 #6168 and lived at Huntley, White Hills, 6 Children
4. Mary Cail 1895 #21819 - 22 Sep 1963 wed 1914 to Walter Dobbin - see web page Dobbin 4th generation

William and Mary Dennis

William Dinnis/Dennis wed 1875 #975 to Mary Ann Elizabeth Coffee and lived at Chewton
8 Children 1. Catherine Mary Dennis 1875 #7799
2. William Matthew Dennis 1876 #14904
3. Joseph John Dennis 1877 #21171
4. Henrietta Dennis 1879 #8043
5. Amelia Victoria Jane Dennis 1882 #14804
6. John Henry Dennis 1884 #23336
7. Ada Frances Elma Dennis 1886 #16960 - 1887 #5743 lived 9 months
8. Jessie Whilmelia Eveline Dennis 1888 #1725 - 1888 #12807 lived 1 year
6. John Henry Dennis 1884 #23336 wed 1917 #1444 to Violet Addison 1888 #20717

William Henry Dennis


From on Thursday, 1 July, 2010
This may be of interest. The Devon and Cornwall record society own a set of modern transcripts of Cornwall Parish registers, which are kept in the West Country Studies Library Exeter, Devon . The transcript of Stratton Parish registers contains the following Baptism entry; 1 July 1832, William Henry, son of William and Elizabeth Dennis, of Stratton, sadler.
At the bottom of the page, the transcriber has added the following note:
William Henry Dennis migrated with his wife, on the Earl Gray leaving Plymouth on 14 Jan 1853 to Northcote Melbourne in the colony of Victoria. He prospered there, served in local government, and the neighbouring railway station to Northcote was named Denis after him
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I can not see any connection between this family and the others I have listed.
William Henry Dennis wed Dec quarter 1852 to Mary Harry in Penzance District, Vol 5c, Page 602 - Cornwall county
William Dennis aged 20 May 1853 on the Earl Grey with Mary Dennis aged 22

There is a couple - Mary Harry and William Dennis, having children in Northcote (a suburb of Melbourne) from 1855 when registrations began.
From a web site on Harry Family, Thomas Harry, Baptised 19 September 1790 at St Ives and Died 3 May 1849 at Penzance, Occupation: farmer & miner. Married Elizabeth EDWARDS on 10 June 1820 at Lelant. Elizabeth died 26 November 1844 at Penzance & was buried at Lelant.
Cornwall 1841 Census, Civil Parish of Uny Lelant, Book 10 Folio 35 Page 6,
Trink,1,Thomas Harry,45, Farmer & Tin Miner, and Elizabeth Harry, 40, In county,
Grace Harry, 20, John Harry,15, Tin Miner, William Harry,15, Ag Lab,In county, Philip Harry,14, Tin Dresser,In county,
James Harry,12, Mary Harry, 10, Robert Harry,6, Thomas Harry,4, Eliza Harry, 2 and Edwin Harry all family born In county,

And in 1851 Census 110,Trink, William Harry, Head,S, 26, Miner & Farmer Of 7 Acres,
Philip Harry, Brothr, S, 24, Tin Miner, Grace Harry, Sister, S, 29, James Harry, Brothr, S, 22, Tin Miner,Lelant Cornwall,
Mary Harry, Sister, S, 19, Eliza Harry, Sister, 12, Scholar, and Edwin Harry, Brothr,10, Scholar, all born at Lelant Cornwall,
Mary Harry, daughter of Elizabeth Edwards and Thomas Harry, Baptised 10 April 1831 at Lelant. Married William Henry Dennis on 9 October 1852. Died 17 February 1908 at Northcote, Victoria, Australia.
They lived in Northcote and had 9 children, as shown in registration, which began in 1855
9 children 1. Unnamed Female Dennis 1855 #6775
2. William John Dennis 1857 #13933 died?
3. Philipa Jane Dennis 1859 #6424
4. William James Dennis 1861 #1246 wed 1890 #1905 to Mary Murphy
5. Annie Dennis 1864 #4361 - 1865 #9630 lived 22 months
6. Annie Dennis 1866 #23250
7. Samuel Dennis 1869 #10635 wed 1894 #6478 to Annie Martha Carvosso
8. Alfred Thomas Dennis 1871 #18487
9. Frederick Walter Dennis 1876 #18022 - 1891 #7627 lived 14 years

Frederick Dent

Frederick Dent 1823 - 1888 #1703 aged 65 parents not known, wed 1851 #23589 to Catherine Plows at Church Of England, Christ Church, Geelong and lived at Geelong
6 Children 1. Frederick Dent 1852 #23053
2. Emily Matilda Dent 1854 #2423
3. Catherine Elizabeth Dent 1856 #5231
4. Fredk Geo Dent 1859 #2788
5. William Dent 1864 #8557 - 1866 #1458 lived 2 years
6. Jesse William Dent 1866 #8434
1. Frederick Dent 1852 #23053 wed 1882 #5108 to Elizabeth Collins and lived at Geelong
2 Children 1. George Lawrence Dent 1885 #10210
2. Eveline Frederika Elizth Dent 1888 #20739
6. Jesse William Dent 1866 #8434 wed 1888 #8191 to Alice Roberts Wale 1863 #14227

Thomas Derham

Marriages Sep 1839 - Thomas Plumley Derham and Sarah Ann Watts in Clifton Vol 11 page 311. The district Clifton is in the county of Gloucestershire
The Sea Breeze came Oct 1856 with the 9 members of the Derham family - Thomas Plumley Derham 40, Sarah Ann Watts 35, Francis Plumley Derham 16, Frederick Thomas Derham 12, Sarah Ann Derham 10, Thomas Plumley Derham 8, Eliza Derham 6, Walter Derham 4 and Emily Derham infant
Thomas Plumley Derham 1817 - 1867 #3636 aged 50 son of Thomas Derham, came Oct 1856 on the Sea Breeze with Sarah Ann Watts 1820 - 1881 #4717 aged 60 dau of Jacob Watts, and 7 children, lived in Hawthorn
9 Children 1. Francis Plumley Derham 1840 - 1869 #2493 aged 28 born in Bristol
2. Frederick Thomas Derham 1844
3. Sarah Ann Derham 1846
4. Thomas Plumley Derham 1848
5. Eliza Derham 1850
6. Walter Derham 1852
7. Emily Ada Derham 1854 - 1858 #7655 lived 4 years born in Bristol
8. Maria Louisa Derham 1858 #15684
9. Harry Alfred Derham 1863 #4486
2. Frederick Thomas Derham 1844 wed 1864 #96 to Ada Maria Anderson 1843 - 1874 #11721 aged 31 daughter of John Anderson of Liverpool
Frederick Thomas Derham wed 1878 #1545 to Frances Dodd Swallow from Bristol
8 Children
of Ada
1. Frederick John Derham 1864 #23656
2. Charles Henry Derham 1866 #9705 - 1867 #2944 lived 16 months
3. Edward Norman Derham 1867 #9772
4. Francis Reginald Derham 1868 #24842
5. Rupert Horace Derham 1870 #17119 - 1870 #7204 lived 1 month
6. Edith Derham 1871 #4231 - 1871 #1917 lived 5 days
7. Arthur Everard Derham 1872 #4213 - 1872 #5043 lived 4 months
8. Ada Minnie Margareta Derham 1873 #26335
5 Children
of Frances
9. Winifred Kate Derham 1879 #5410
10. Beatrice Isabelle Derham 1880 #11635
11. Effie Constance Derham 1882 #15908
12. Arthur Cairns Derham 1884 #25947
13. Charles Alfred Melb Derham 1888 #4823
8. Ada Minnie Marguer Derham 1873 #26335 wed c1896 to Godfrey George Howy Irving
4. Thomas Plumley Derham 1848 wed 1880 #1702 to Ellen Hyde Hodgson 1858 #10526 born in Melbourne, and lived at Hawthorn
4 Children 1. Enid Derham 1882 #9813
2. Una Derham 1883 #23959
3. Francis Plumley Derham 1885 #10566
4. Thomas Plumley Derham 1887 #20276
8. Maria Louisa Derham 1858 #15684 wed 1884 #1829 to Robert Wylie, no known children
9. Harry Alfred Derham 1863 #4486 wed 1888 #3672 to Grace Taylor

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