TENNIS/TENNISON Joshua b. 1734 St. Mary`s Co, Maryland d. 1808 Foxhill, Elizabeth City Co, Virginia: The Dennis-Tennison Family


Male 1734 - 1808  (74 years)

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  • Name TENNIS/TENNISON Joshua 
    Prefix [AH-4] 
    Born 1734  St. Mary`s Co, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1808  Foxhill, Elizabeth City Co, Virginia Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Person ID I335  Dennis/Tennison Families | Abraham, Family of Carl Dennis
    Last Modified 17 Dec 2020 

    DNA Tests  Test Type=Y-DNA TENNIS/TENNISON William Wall
    Test Type=Y-DNA TENNIS/TENNISON Richard Robert

    Father TENNISON Abraham -> [AH]    (B: ca 1676    St. Mary`s Co, MD)    (D: 26 Jun 1736    Maryland) 
    Mother TENNISON (Hart) Mary -> [AHx]    (B: ca 1676    Unk)    (D: aft 1738    Unk) 
    Married Ca 1695 
    • see end if Notes for more information.
      8 children listed in estate Papers.with some of the children listed as were Minors. Birthdates of children werelisted in St. Episcope Parrish, St., Maarys Co.,
      Between 1790-1797 moved to York Co., VA. 1797 lived in Elizabeth City Co., VA (Kown as the Eastern Shore).
    Family ID F4460  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 1 TENNIS (Holloway) Sarah -> [AH-4x]    (B: ABT 1734    Unk)    (D: aft 1810    Unk) 
    Married Ca. 1755 
     1. TENNIS Abraham[AH-41]
    Last Modified 30 Jul 2017 
    Family ID F7  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family 2 (Lawson) Tennis Sarah -> [AH.4xx]    (B: ABT 1734    Dorchester Co, MD)    (D: aft 1827    Elizabeth City Co, VA) 
    Married 1767  Dorchester Co, Maryland Find all individuals with events at this location 
    • 1768 in Somerset Co., MD; Before. 1790-97 moved to York Co., VA.
      1797 moved to Elizabeth City county, VA. Note the town / Elizabeth city was its own county. Next to Newport News on the eastern shore of VA.
      His brother AH.3 Joseph Tennis and family also moved to same area. Family used the name TENNIS. DNA test of descendants indicates a line of our Family
     1. TENNIS/TENNISON Aaron [AH-42]B: 1769Maryland D: 5 Jul 1813York Co, VA
     2. TENNIS/TENNISON John  [Birth][AH-43]B: 1774Maryland D: 28 Feb 1862Elizabeth City Co, VA
    +3. TENNIS/TENNISON Jesse[AH-44]B: 1772Maryland D: bef 1830Elizabeth City Co, VA
     4. Shelton (TENNIS/TENNISON) Sarah[AH-45]
     5. Lewis (TENNIS/TENNISON) Mary 'Molly'[AH-46]
    +6. TENNIS/TENNISON Richard  [Birth][AH-47]B: ca 1797Elizabeth City Co, VA D: 1841York Co, VA
    Last Modified 16 Dec 2020 
    Family ID F2248  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • **This is the line of DNA participate William Wall TENNIS [AH.4f-61.1] See more information under his name
      Joshu's and descendants used the surname TENNIS.
      1790-1797 to York Co., VA.
      1797 Moved to Elizabeth City County (Known as the Eastern shore of VA).
      Purchased 173 acres with son Abraham known as "FOX HILL" in Elizabeth City County., VA.

      ====Contributed by Ralph D. Smith
      Joshua Tennison m. 1st ________ by whom he had a son Abraham. Joshua m. 2nd Sarah Lawson, the dau. of Richard Lawson, by whom he had sons Aaron, John, Jesse and Richard. When Joshua Tennison left Southern Maryland, he moved to the Eastern Shore and started using the surname spelling Tennis, which the family uses to this day.
      In January 1748, Joshua's future father-in-law, Richard Lawson patented 50 acres of land in Worcester County which he called "Lawson’s Rest".
      Richard Lawson d. intestate Nov. 5, 1755 (inventory date) in Dorchester Co., Md. [Source: Maryland Prerogative Court, Inventories, Vol. 60, p. 68. ]
      His administration account is dated Mar. 8, 1752, and shows that he was survived by 3 minor daughters (Sarah, Mary and Leah Lawson), his wife having predeceased him. [Source: Maryland Prerogative Court, Administration Accounts, Vol. 40, page 104.]
      By Aug. 17, 1768, dau. Sarah had m. Joshua Tennis, dau. Mary had m. William Price, and dau. Leah was still single, because on that date the 5 of them deeded fifty acres of land called “Lawson’s Rest” on the Nanticoke River in Worcester County, Md. to James More. The deed recites that Joshua Tennis and Sarah his wife are of Somerset County, Md., and that William Price and Molly his wife are of Dorchester County, Md.
      Nov. 12, 1807 - The Elizabeth City County, Va. will of Joshua Tennis, probated Feb. 25, 1808, leaves:
      --to wife Sarah Tennis, all my real and personal estate during her widowhood and for her to bring up my son Richard Tennis to the age of 21 years and to give him schooling sufficient for common business.
      --after the death or marriage of my wife, I give to my son Richard Tennis all my part of land purchased by me and my son Abraham Tennis being and laying on the south side of Back River. And my will is that my son Abraham is not to be disturbed by his brother Richard and if he should see proper to sell the said land, that he give his brother Abraham the first refusal.
      --to son Richard, one bed and furniture.
      --to son Jesse, one bed and one cow and calf or cow with calf.
      --the balance of my personal property is to be equally divided between my 2 daughters Molly Lewis and Sarah Shelton.
      Signed Joshua Tennis ("X" his mark.)
      Witnesses: George Revell, John Evans.
      Source: Deeds & Wills, Vol. 33, p. 143, Old Series Elizabeth City County, as transcribed by Melvin Tennis.
      ===Comment: Melvin Tennis reports that Joshua's tombstone reads: "Joshua Tennis departed this life 1808, aged 74" [so b. 1733-4.] It is not clear from Mr. Tennis' work whether Joshua's tombstone is located on his former Back Creek farm or at Hunt's Neck where his son John Tennis lived. From Joshua's will, we would assume that he had the 5 children named therein. Melvin Tennis, however, states that Joshua had 2 other sons, John Tennis and Aaron Tennis, who were living at the time Joshua made his will but were not mentioned in the will. To support this statement, Mr. Tennis states that the will of Aaron Tennis (d. 1813) names 6 siblings: the 5 children named in Joshua's will and John Tennis. [The citation given by Mr. Tennis for Aaron Tennis' will is York Co., Va. Will Book, Vol. 10, p. 315. ] [Henning Rountree agrees that John Tennis and Aaron Tennis were sons of Joshua.]
      contribured by Anne Tennis Fraser
      Joshua's tombstone reads: "Joshua Tennis departed this life 1808, aged 74" [so b. 1733-4.] Joshua's tombstone is located on his farm in Fox Hill, Elizabeth City County VA. Sarah Lawson Tennis d. abt. 1828 in VA. Joshua’s children were:

      Abraham Tennis (1756 – 1821)
      Aaron Tennis (1769 – 1813)
      John Tennis (1774 – 1862)
      Jesse Tennis (1776 – bef. 1830)
      Sarah Tennis (1778 – bef. 1813)
      Mary Tennis (1780 – aft. 1813)
      Richard Tennis (1797 – 1841)

  • Sources 
    1. [S3] Henning Roundtree, Jr., Henning Roundtree, Jr.