Dennis, William (b1815)


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

Comments about this page

  • Carolyn,
    Thank you for the information about William, which I have expanded to include some family information. I am not able to trace the family post the 1861 census return.
    William’s son,Rufus, was in Scotland in 1871.

    By Geoff Dickinson (14/11/2021)
  • William Dennis b.1815 Eriswell, Suffolk, married 12/4/1849 Mundford, Norfolk giving his occ as Primitive Methodist Minister. He appears again in 1851 in Wisbech St Peter, Cambs., as a Sailors Missionary. I haven’t got much more than that in my family tree, too many possibilities for death record at present!!

    By Carolyn Murray (13/11/2021)

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