William was born abt1815 at Eriswell, Suffolk, to parents Richard and Elizabeth. He was baptised on 16 April 1815 at Eriswell.
Census returns identify the following occupations for Dennis.
- 1841 minister
- 1851 sailor’s missionary
- 1861 agricultural labourer
He married Elizabeth Haylock (b abt1816) on 7 April 1839 at Mundford, Norfolk. Census returns identify four children.
- Rufus (1840-1915) – a printer compositor (1871)
- Miriam (b1841) – nursery governess (1861)
- Maria (b abt1844)
- Emma (b1846)
- John Henry (b1852)
I have not been able to trace the family after the 1861 census return.
- 1836 Brandon (6 mths)
- 1836 Soham (18 mths)
- 1838 N Walsham
- 1839 Swaffham
- 1840 disappears
W Leary, Directory of Primitive Methodist Ministers and their Circuits, 1990
Census Returns and Births, Marriages & Deaths Registers