- 1850 census lists the Thomas G family in Macoupin County, IL. On the same page two dwelling away is John M., Julia Taylor Dennis and their five children. John's father, James [b. 1798] was a brother of Levi [b. ca. 1778], grandfather of Thomas Dennis. As the obituary below indicates Thomas G. family soon moved over to Morgan County where several Dennis families from Overton County, TN had relocated.
In 1890, the Thomas G Dennis moved to Riley Co., KS. to join two of their sons who lived there: James H. and Edward W.
Out of 13 children, 2 children died of cholera in 1857; and an additional 3 children and one teen died of illnesses.Obit from Waverly Journal, April 13, 1905
Thomas G. Dennis was born in Overton county, Tenn., October 13, 1828, and was married May 30, 1847, to Martha J. Phillips, also of Overton county, Tenn, and she still survives after a married life of 58 years.
Soon after his marriage Mr. Dennis removed to Illinois and resided for a few years at the point now known as Chesterfield, and then took up his residence in Waverly, where he resided for nearly forty years, and was known too all the community here and here nearly all of his family were born. During practically all of his residence where, up to 1885, he was engaged in the wagon making business in connection with Henry Narr, under the firm name of Dennis & Narr. From 1885 to 1890 Mr. Dennis served as postmaster at Waverly, and late in 1890 he moved to Topeka, Kansas, where his sons, James H. Dennis and Edward W. Dennis, were already established in business. For the last twelve years he has resided at 817 Tyler street, having retired from active business.
In September, 1901, Mr. Dennis suffered a stroke of paralysis from which he soon recovered to a great extent, but suffered another attack in January, 1902, since which time he was confined to the house and was in a measure helpless, though able to move about to some extent and to converse with his friends, which afforded him the greatest pleasure and satisfaction. Throughout these three years his mind retained its clearness to a remarkable degree. It was only during the last few weeks that he became wholly bedfast and at the end death ensued from simple exhaustion after some hours of unconsciousness. He died at his home at 2 o'clock, Tuesday, April 4th.
Of thirteen children seven survive namely: James H. Dennis, of Chanute, Kans.; Edward W. and Misses Ella, Ida and Emma, all of Topeka, Kans.; and Thomas Fletcher Dennis and Minnie F. Dennis of Washington, D. C.
The wife of so many years still resides in Topeka, and is in the enjoyment of fairly good health.
Two brothers reside in this community, Ancle R. and Levi W. Dennis, and one sister, Mrs. Georged W. Miner.
Mr. Dennis joined the Methodist church in Tenn., transferred his membership to the M. E. church during practically all his residence here, and of the First Methodist church in Topeka, Kans., to the date of his death. A man of exemplary character and of conspicuous uprightness in all the walks of life.
A short religious service was held at his late home in Topeka, Kansas, with the members of the family, after which he was brought to Waverly, where he was buried from the Methodist Episcopal church. The funeral sermon being preached by Rev. Theo. H. Agnew, text, Job 5, 26.
Mr. Dennis was a member of the Masonic order, and by this order he was buried in east cemetery.