- The last recorder for Henry Tennison in Charles Co., MD was in 1745.
June 1745 - Charles Co., Md. Court. Henry posts bonds for Barbara Tennison when she is convicted of bastardy.
The next record for Henry is not found until 17 years later in 1762 in Amherst Co., VA.
July 1762 - Amherst Co., Va. Deeds. Henry Tennison, Sr., of Amherst Co., deeds to John Sims Tenison for 5 shillings...100 acres. Lines: Henry Tenison, Jr. and Sr. [Source: Davis, Bailey F., "Amherst County, Virginia Courthouse Miniatures; An Abstract of all Items in Deed Book A, 1761-1765, Amherst County, Virginia," p. 7.]
Comment(by Ralph Smith): There is no proof that the Henry Tennison in Charles Co., Md. through 1745 and the Henry Tennison in Amherst Co., Va. in 1762-3 are the same person, given the 17 year gap in the records. Interestingly, the situation is almost identical for Henry's 1st cousin John Lemaster (son of Richard Lemaster, the brother of Henry's mother Sarah Lemaster Tennison). John Lemaster is in Charles Co., Md. records through 1748 and next appears 15 years later (1763) in Amherst Co., Va.
Also, recall that Henry's brother John Tennison, Jr. (who married Sarah Lesmaster) may also be in Amherst Co., Va. at this time. [See p. 168 of "The Tennison Family of Southern Maryland."]
Research by Ralph Smith of the Sims/ Simms/ Semmes families of Maryland did not yield any confirmation as to which Sims family Henry's wife might belong nor a marriage date.
July 1762 - An Amherst Co., VA. Henry Tenison, Sr., of Amherst Co., deeds to Henry Tenison, Jr., for 5 shillings...100 acres. Lines: James Christian on Porrage Creek. [Source: Davis, Bailey F., "Amherst County, Virginia Courthouse Miniatures; An Abstract of all Items in Deed Book A, 1761-1765, Amherst County, Virginia," p. 7.]
** Will 24 Jan 1786 Albemarle Co., VA - Henry Tennison names daughter Susanna (married Thomas Gresham) and son John Tennison; Wit: John Robinson [source unknown]
Some researchers cite 1763 as death date for Henry.
1763 — Amherst Co., Va. Land Records. Henry Tennison of Amherst Co. (makes his mark) signs a deed of trust until June 1, 1764 to Alexander McCaul of Henrico Co.,...200 acres on both sides of Porridge Creek where Tennison now lives. [Source: Davis, Bailey F., "Amherst County, Virginia Courthouse Miniatures; An Abstract of all Items in Deed Book A, 1761-1765, Amherst County, Virginia," p. 16.]
Aug. 1763 — Amherst Co., Va. Deeds. Mary Ann Tenison (makes her mark) witnesses a deed from Joseph Crews and wife Agnes of Amherst Co. to William Dillard, of Hanover Co.,...195 acres, both sides of Rocky Run, a branch of Buffalo River, and part of a 400 acre tract where James Warren now lives.
Although this section of the family had been using the TENNISON surname.
Two family marriages were discovered in the Amherst's marriage book listing son Elisha's Dec. 1780 marriage of Elisha DENNIS and an Oct. 1794 marriage of a Jesse DENNIS. There is also a Jesse DENNIS in the 1800 Tax List of Amherst Co., VA. These are additional examples of the changing of the surname between the surnames TENNISON and DENNIS. [Source:William M. Sweeny's "Marriage Bonds and Other Marriage Records of Amherst County, Virginia, 1763-1800" (p. 25).