John Dennis1

M, #75691, b. circa 1758, d. 25 August 1832
  • Birth*: circa 1758; Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, U.S.A.; per GEDCOM of Sonia Glines, Aug 2 2010.1
  • Marriage*: circa 1781; New York, U.S.A.; per GEDCOM of Sonia Glines, Aug 2 2010.; Principal=Martha Brown1
  • Death*: 25 August 1832; Toronto, York Co., Ontario; per GEDCOM of Sonia Glines, Aug 2 2010.1
  • Immigration*: 1795; New Brunswick; "UNITED EMPIRE LOYALIST; The orginal information on the Dennis Families was shared with me by Holly Adams hollymckenzie@hush.com But I found more on a few spouses and have added to what she had.
    http://www.biographi.ca/EN/ShowBio.asp?BioId=36952&query=john%20AND%20dennis; Dictionary of Canadian Biography Online; DENNIS, JOHN, shipbuilder; b. 1758 in Pennsylvania, son of Henry Dennis and Martha Lynn; m. 1781 Martha McLaney, a widow, in New York City, and they had five children; d. 25 Aug. 1832 in York (Toronto), Upper Canada.; The Dennises were a prosperous family of Philadelphia Quakers. During the American revolution Henry Dennis, a shipbuilder, sided with the British. Consequently, when the British evacuated Philadelphia in June 1778, the family fled to New York City where Henry and John Dennis found work refitting and re-equipping British ships. Dennis quickly tired, as he later put it, of “his Father’s peaceable employment” and joined the British army. He saw action at the taking of St Lucia in December 1778, contracting a fever there which left him with a game left leg and thus rendered him “incapable of Hard service.” He returned to New York and shipbuilding.; After his father’s death in 1782, Dennis emigrated with his young family, eventually settling in New Brunswick. In 1795, when fire destroyed their property, Dennis moved to Alexandria, Va. The following year he was back in British territory, attracted to Upper Canada by Lieutenant Governor John Graves Simcoe*, who wanted him to build gunboats. Just west of York, at the mouth of the Humber River, Dennis established his stocks and turned out ships, among them the government schooner Toronto, which the Upper Canada Gazette deemed in 1799 “one of the handsomest vessels, of her size, that ever swam upon the Ontario.”; Dennis’s evident talents won him the position of master shipbuilder at the government dockyards in Kingston. Receiving the appointment in January 1803, he filled it for some ten years and, during his tenure, he built a number of naval vessels. In the summer of 1812, after war had broken out with the United States, he was transferred back to York to complete a ship under construction there. When the Americans seized the provincial capital in April 1813, they destroyed the ship. The Provincial Marine decided to close the vulnerable York yard and offered Dennis a post back at Kingston. He refused, however, because he did not wish to be subordinate to recently arrived Royal Navy personnel. He was dismissed from service.; Undeniably, Dennis’s work had given satisfaction, but his talents were not of such a high order that he could dictate his rank. In fact, he had some blemishes on his record. Though he described himself as a “naturally diffident” person, he had had several confrontations with colleagues. In 1806, during an unseemly affair at Kingston involving missing material, he was criticized by a panel of inquiry for eagerly making unfounded charges against others. Later, at York, his bickering with a draftsman reached the ear of the commander-in-chief, Sir George Prevost*, who determined to “get rid” of him. Having been persuaded that Dennis was not at fault, Prevost relented in September 1813. Still, by this time, the builder had proven himself a difficult fellow, and there could not have been much hesitation among officials in releasing him. Dennis felt hard done by, and must have relished the opportunity soon afforded of reminding his ungrateful former employers of the value of his work. In 1814 the military approached Dennis, the only competent person available, to build gunboats at Penetanguishene. Though unemployed at the time, he declined the offer, explaining that skilled workmen would not be available there.; John Dennis spent the rest of his life at York, where he had acquired property. He continued building ships – out of financial necessity, he said in 1826. He took an active interest in local and provincial politics, aligning himself with the reformers and voting for Robert Baldwin* in the election of 1830. His long and useful life came to a close in the summer of 1832 when he fell victim to the cholera epidemic then ravaging the province. His grandson, John Stoughton Dennis*, was Canada’s first surveyor general." per GEDCOM of Sonia Glines (its_sonia@outlook.com) Feb 7 2017.1

Family: Martha Brown b. c 1765

Citations

  1. [S22] Rootsweb, online unknown url.

Martha Brown1

F, #75692, b. circa 1765
  • Birth*: circa 1765; per GEDCOM of Sonia Glines, Aug 2 2010.1
  • Marriage*: circa 1781; New York, U.S.A.; per GEDCOM of Sonia Glines, Aug 2 2010.; Principal=John Dennis1
  • Married Name: circa 1781; Dennis1

Family: John Dennis b. c 1758, d. 25 Aug 1832

Citations

  1. [S22] Rootsweb, online unknown url.

Sarah Jane Richardson1

F, #75693, b. 1825
  • Birth*: 1825; Ontario; per GEDCOM of Dallas, Aug 2 2010.1

Citations

  1. [S22] Rootsweb, online unknown url.

Joseph Dennis Richardson1

M, #75694, b. October 1828, d. 30 June 1830
  • Birth*: October 1828; Ontario; per GEDCOM of Dallas, Aug 2 2010.1
  • Death*: 30 June 1830; Grantham Twp., St. Catharines, Lincoln Co., Ontario; per GEDCOM of Dallas, Aug 2 2010.1

Citations

  1. [S22] Rootsweb, online unknown url.

Unknown Richardson1

M, #75695, b. 4 October 1833, d. 5 October 1833
  • Birth*: 4 October 1833; York Twp., Toronto, York Co., Ontario; per GEDCOM of Dallas, Aug 2 2010.1
  • Death*: 5 October 1833; York Twp., Toronto, York Co., Ontario; per GEDCOM of Dallas, Aug 2 2010.1
  • Burial*: 5 October 1833; Potter's Field, York Twp., Toronto, York Co., Ontario; per GEDCOM of Dallas, Aug 2 2010.1

Citations

  1. [S22] Rootsweb, online unknown url.

Unknown Richardson1

M, #75696, b. 5 March 1835, d. 5 March 1835
  • Birth*: 5 March 1835; York Twp., Toronto, York Co., Ontario; per GEDCOM of Dallas, Aug 2 2010.1
  • Death*: 5 March 1835; York Twp., Toronto, York Co., Ontario; per GEDCOM of Dallas, Aug 2 2010.1
  • Burial*: 5 March 1835; Potter's Field, York Twp., Toronto, York Co., Ontario; per GEDCOM of Dallas, Aug 2 2010.1

Citations

  1. [S22] Rootsweb, online unknown url.

Martha Richardson1

F, #75697, b. circa 1837, d. 22 December 1842
  • Birth*: circa 1837; Ontario; per GEDCOM of Dallas, Aug 2 2010.1
  • Death*: 22 December 1842; Ontario; per GEDCOM of Dallas, Aug 2 2010.1

Citations

  1. [S22] Rootsweb, online unknown url.

Patrick Bryant1,2,3

M, #75698, b. 1744, d. before 1784
  • Birth*: 1744; Date 1744 per family tree of apriljb2 on ancestry.com, Jul 2 2013. per GEDCOM of Christina Straub, Aug 2 2010.2,4
  • Marriage*: 1771; "Sarah Ashmore married Patrick Bryant, and some of the Bryant descendants later came to Brighton." per email from Gerry Gray, March 5 2011. per GEDCOM of Christina Straub, Aug 2 2010.; Principal=Sarah Ashmore2,3
  • Death*: before 1784; per GEDCOM of Christina Straub, Aug 2 2010.2

Family: Sarah Ashmore b. 1751, d. 1809

Citations

  1. Patfick Bryant per email from Gerry Gray, Mar 5 2011.
  2. [S22] Rootsweb, online unknown url.
  3. [S33] Unknown author, "Email Message," e-mail to unknown recipient.
  4. [S82] Tree on Ancestry.com, online unknown url.

Mary Louisa McDonnell1

F, #75699, b. circa 1780, d. after 1840

  • Birth*: circa 1780; per GEDCOM of Harry Kane, Aug 2 2010.1
  • Marriage*: 14 August 1809; Old St. George Church, Kingston, Frontenac Co., Ontario; per GEDCOM of Harry Kane, Aug 2 2010.; Principal=Captain James R. Richardson Sr.1
  • Death*: after 1840; Ontario; No Death Date per Memorial.2
  • Burial*: after 1840; Covell Grove Pioneer Cemetery, Gosport, Northumberland Co., Ontario; Memorial: (See Exhibit) James R. Richardson; Mary Louisa Richardson (Memorial Wall at Govell Grove Cemetery, Gosport, May 23 2011)2
  • Married Name: 14 August 1809; Richardson1
  • Residence*: 6 October 1831; Conc 1 Lot 1, Cramahe Twp., Brighton, Northumberland Co., Ontario; Land Registry Records (2752 - Cramahe) show that James Richardson, Sr. willed 50 acres of Conc 1, Lot 1, East Part to his wife Mary L. Richardson, Inst. Date Oct 6 1831, Reg. Date Oct 9 1832. (Land Registry Abstract Indext Books, Brighton Village - Northumberland County Archives, Cobourg)3
  • Census*: 1839; Cramahe Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario; 1839: Widow Richardson; 1 male over 16; 1 female under 16; 1 female over 16

Family: Captain James R. Richardson Sr. b. 1759, d. 20 Sep 1832

  • Marriage*: 14 August 1809; Old St. George Church, Kingston, Frontenac Co., Ontario; per GEDCOM of Harry Kane, Aug 2 2010.; Principal=Captain James R. Richardson Sr.1

Citations

  1. [S22] Rootsweb, online unknown url.
  2. [S15] Unknown author, Tombstone Inscription.
  3. [S46] Unknown location, Ontario Land Registry Records; unknown film.

Mary Louisa Richardson1

F, #75700, b. circa 1810
  • Birth*: circa 1810; Ontario; per GEDCOM of Harry Kane, Aug 2 2010.1

Citations

  1. [S22] Rootsweb, online unknown url.

James Richardson1

M, #75701, b. circa 1734
  • Birth*: circa 1734; England; per GEDCOM of Harry Kane, Aug 2 2010.1
  • Marriage*: before 1755; England; per GEDCOM of Harry Kane, Aug 2 2010.; Principal=Elizabeth ?1

Family: Elizabeth ? b. 1735

Citations

  1. [S22] Rootsweb, online unknown url.

Elizabeth ?1

F, #75702, b. 1735
  • Birth*: 1735; England; per GEDCOM of Harry Kane, Aug 2 2010.1
  • Marriage*: before 1755; England; per GEDCOM of Harry Kane, Aug 2 2010.; Principal=James Richardson1
  • Married Name: before 1755; Richardson1

Family: James Richardson b. c 1734

Citations

  1. [S22] Rootsweb, online unknown url.

Caroline M. Lyons1

F, #75703, b. circa 1812
  • Birth*: circa 1812; Cramahe Twp., Northumberland Co., Ontario; per GEDCOM of Harry Kane, Aug 2 2010.1
  • Marriage*: circa 1850; per GEDCOM of Harry Kane, Aug 2 2010.; Principal=James Pollock1
  • Married Name: circa 1850; Pollock1

Family: James Pollock b. c 1810

Citations

  1. [S22] Rootsweb, online unknown url.

James Pollock1

M, #75704, b. circa 1810
  • Birth*: circa 1810; Down Co., Ireland; per GEDCOM of Harry Kane, Aug 2 2010.1
  • Marriage*: circa 1850; per GEDCOM of Harry Kane, Aug 2 2010.; Principal=Caroline M. Lyons1

Family: Caroline M. Lyons b. c 1812

Citations

  1. [S22] Rootsweb, online unknown url.

James Lyons1

M, #75705, b. circa 1814, d. 15 July 1898
  • Birth*: circa 1814; Ontario; per GEDCOM of Harry Kane, Aug 2 2010.1
  • Death*: 15 July 1898; St. Louis, Missouri, U.S.A.; " ... married, had two daughters .. " per GEDCOM of Harry Kane, Aug 2 2010.1

Citations

  1. [S22] Rootsweb, online unknown url.

John Lyons1

M, #75706, b. circa 1816
  • Birth*: circa 1816; " .. Methodist Minister in the Erie Conference .. " per GEDCOM of Harry Kane, Aug 2 2010.1
  • Marriage*: circa 1850; per GEDCOM of Harry Kane, Aug 2 2010.; Principal=? ?1

Family: ? ? b. c 1818

Citations

  1. [S22] Rootsweb, online unknown url.

? ?1

F, #75707, b. circa 1818
  • Birth*: circa 1818; per GEDCOM of Harry Kane, Aug 2 2010.1
  • Marriage*: circa 1850; per GEDCOM of Harry Kane, Aug 2 2010.; Principal=John Lyons1
  • Married Name: circa 1850; Lyons1

Family: John Lyons b. c 1816

Citations

  1. [S22] Rootsweb, online unknown url.

Alice Lyons1

F, #75708, b. 11 November 1858
  • Birth*: 11 November 1858; Sheridan, Chautaugwa Co., New York, U.S.A.; per GEDCOM of Harry Kane, Aug 2 2010.1
  • Marriage*: 14 February 1884; Sheridan, New York, U.S.A.; per GEDCOM of Harry Kane, Aug 2 2010.; Principal=Calyton L. Ensign1
  • Married Name: 14 February 1884; Ensign1

Family: Calyton L. Ensign b. 3 May 1860

Citations

  1. [S22] Rootsweb, online unknown url.

Calyton L. Ensign1

M, #75709, b. 3 May 1860
  • Birth*: 3 May 1860; Sheridan, Chautaugua Co., New York, U.S.A.; per GEDCOM of Harry Kane, Aug 2 2010.1
  • Marriage*: 14 February 1884; Sheridan, New York, U.S.A.; per GEDCOM of Harry Kane, Aug 2 2010.; Principal=Alice Lyons1

Family: Alice Lyons b. 11 Nov 1858

Citations

  1. [S22] Rootsweb, online unknown url.

Richard Lyons1

M, #75711, b. circa 1820
  • Birth*: circa 1820; per GEDCOM of Harry Kane, Aug 2 2010.1

Citations

  1. [S22] Rootsweb, online unknown url.