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William Matthias Dennis 

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Joseph Dennis Jr.
1765 - 2/1814


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William Matthias Dennis
1/13/1794 - 10/20/1889
William Matthias Dennis was born on January 13, 1794 somewhere in North Carolina and died on October 20, 1889 in Rudden, Putnam County, Georgia. He lived to be 95 years old.

He married Nancy Barnhart in 1816.
Abejah (abt. 1830)
Daniel J. (abt.1832)
Thomas E. (abt. 1834)
Martha Elizabeth (abt. 1836) -married William Cox
Other1/22/1814 GA (Putnam County) 20 yrs old 
Case Number# 49 D - Will of Joseph Dennis Jr. - Charles A. and Mathias Dennis executors

In the name of God amen. Joseph Dennis of the county of Putnam and state of Georgia being of sound and perfect mind, memory. (blessed be God) do this 22nd day of January one thousand eight hundred and fifteen , make and publish this my last will and testament. In manners following that is to say.
First I give and bequeath unto my sons Matthias and Simeon Dennis two hundred two and a half acres of land in the county of Putnam where I now live. viz lot no. 429, to be equally divided between them according to rate and value, My wife Ellendor Dennis to keep possessions of the homes that I now occupy during her life time together with all my personal estate and at her decease to dispose of my personal property as she may think proper one form the part of the product of my plantation. And I do here by make and ordain my trusty sons Charles A. and Matthias Dennis executors of this my last will and testament. In witness whereof I the said Joseph Dennis have to this my last will and testament set my hand and affected my seal the day and year above written.
Benjamin Simmons, Philip Ballard, Stephen Parker

Joseph Dennis (seal)  
Marriage11/2/1815 GA (Putnam County) 21 yrs old 
This information, while true, may NOT apply to our William Dennis.  Name: Mathias Dennis, Spouse: Purtheny Law, Marriage Date: Nov.2, 1815, County: Putnam, State: Georgia, 
Marriage2/8/1816 GA (Putnam County) 22 yrs old 
Name: William Mathias Dennis, Gender: Male, Birth Place: North Carolina, Birth Year: 1794, Spouse Name: Nancy C. Barnhard, Spouse Birth Place: Georiga, Spouse Birth Year: 1797,, Marriage date: Feb. 8, 1816, Marriage State: Georgia 
Other1/1/1817 Captain William Evans's GA (Putnam County) 22 yrs old 
Name: Mathias Dennis as executor of Joseph Dennis Des., Year: 1817, District: Captain William Evans's Place: Putnam, Georgia, Number of Poles: 2, Land of Quality: _____, 2nd Quality: 73, 3rd Quality: 73, County: Putnam, Water: Camp Brook, To Whom Granted: Tidd, To Whom Joiner: Roper,(next line) Number of Poles: 2, Land of Quality: _____, 2nd Quality: 50, 3rd Quality: 50 1/2, County: Putnam, Water: Camp Brook, To Whom Granted: Tidd,To Whom Joiner: Wooley. Georgia property tax digests 1817  
Census1/1/1818 GA (Lincoln County) 23 yrs old 
Name: Matthias Dennis, State: GA, County: Lincoln County, District: Captain Parks, Year: 1818, Record Type: Tax List, Page: 077, Database: GA 1792-1819 Tax Lists Index 
Census8/7/1820 Capt Thomas Bustins District GA (Putnam County) 26 yrs old 
pg.81- William Denius - one male - (Under 10), one male - (26 thru 44), one female - (Under 10), one female - (16 thru 25), Number of Persons - Engaged in Agriculture: 1 
Land Deed1/1/1827 GA (Hancock County) 32 yrs old 
Name: Matthias Dennis, County: Carroll, Captain's District: 103d, Number: 48, District: 13, Lottery Date: 1827, Source: REPRINT of OFFICIAL REGISTER of LAND LOTTERY OF GEORGIA 1827; 61st DAY'S DRAWING-May 16.HANCOCK. page 189 
Census10/3/1850 District 70 GA (Putnam County) 56 yrs old 
#325 - Wm M. Dennis (56), Nancy Dennis (53), Daniel J. Dennis (18), Thos E. Dennis (16), Elizabeth Dennis (14). William was born in NC, all others in GA. William, Daniel and Thomas are farmers. 
Census6/14/1880 Ash Bank GA (Putnam County) 86 yrs old 
#177 - Harvey J. Dennis (62), Rebecca R. Dennis (55), Lou Dennis (33), Julia Dennis (29), Augustus Dennis (25), Sallie Dennis (22), Fannie Dennis (20), Willie Dennis (19), Newton Dennis (14), Hattie Dennis (11), father -William Dennis (86), brother -Johnson Dennis (50). William is a widower, he was born in GA , as were his parents. All were born in GA, as were there parents. Henry is the sheriff, wife Rebecca keeps house, Augustus and Willie are farmers. Fannie is sick with Typhoid fever.  
Military1/1/1889 GA (Putnam County) 95 yrs old 
War of 1812 -Soldier: William M. Dennis, Date Enlisted: Aug.23, 1813, Date Discharged: March 15, 1814, Soldier's Death Date: 1889, Residence: 1852, 1855 Putnam Co. GA , 1872, 1873 Eatonton P.O., Putnam Co. GA., Military Service Location: Georgia, Pension Number - #1: SO 28437, Pension Number - #2: SC 20353, Bounty Land Number - #1: 46468 80 50, Bounty Land Number - #2: 125 80 55, Roll number: 26, Archive Publication Number: M313 
Graveyard/Tombstone10/20/1889 Rudden GA (Putnam County) 95 yrs old 
Name: Pvt William Matthias Dennis, Birth Date: Jan.13, 1794, Death Date: Oct.20,1889, Cemetery: Harmony Southern Baptist Church Cemetery, Burial or Cremation Place: Rudden, Putnam County, Georgia 

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1 1795 Governor Mathews signs the Second Yazoo Act selling somewhere between 35,000,000 and 50,000,000 acres of land for $500,000.
7 1801 Clarke and Tatnall Counties formed.
8 1802 Georgia formally cedes western claims for its southern boundary at the 31st parallel -- which will become a border between,GA, FL and AL. GA's western border reaches to the Mississippi River.
9 1803 Between 1803 and 1811 a horse trail is established connecting Milledgeville, Georgia to Fort Stoddert, American outpost north of Mobile. This is expanded into a road and called The Federal Road by 1811.
13 1807 December 10 - Jasper, Jones, Laurens, Morgan, Putnam, and Telfair Counties formed.
14 1808 Pulaski County created.
15 1809 Twiggs County formed.
17 1811 Tecumseh visits the Creek Indians living in what will become Georgia and Alabama to try to persuade them to join his fight against the flood of white settlers. Some towns join forces with Tecumseh and become known as "Red Sticks".
17 1811 Madison County created.
18 1812 Emanual County formed.
18 1812 The Creek tribes in southern Alabama and Georgia find themselves under increasing pressure from white settlers. Led by Chief Weatherford, they accepted an alliance with Tecumseh and are nicknamed "Red Sticks".
19 1813 During 1813-14, Muskogee-speaking Creeks leave GA and move into areas in Northern FL in response to the Creek Civil War (also known as the Red-sticks War).
23 1817 First Seminole war begins as Georgia backwoodsmen attack Indians just north of the Florida border. !817-1818. General Andrew Jackson invades the area.
25 1819 Rabun County formed.
26 1820 December 20 - Campbell and Randolph Counties formed.
27 1821 May 15 - Dooly, Fayette, Henry, Houston, Monroe and Newton Counties formed.
28 1822 December 9 - Bibb, Dekalb and Pike Counties formed.
29 1823 December 8 - Decatur County formed.
30 1824 December 15 - Upson and Ware Counties formed.
31 1825 Baker, Lowndes, Thomas, Butts and Taliaferro Counties formed.
32 1826 January 24 - Treaty of Washington abrogates Treaty of Indian Springs. The Creeks cede a smaller area and are allowed to remain on their lands until January 1, 1826.
33 1827 December 14, - Harris, Marion, Meriwether and Talbot.
36 1830 Cherokee, Heard, and Stewrt Counties are formed.
37 1831 Sumter County is formed.
38 1832 December 3 - Bartow, Cobb, Crawford, Floyd, Forsyth, Gilmer, Lumpkin, Murray, Paulding, and Union Counties formed.
39 1833 Walker County is formed.
42 1836 Seminoles massacre Major Francis L. Dade and his 103 man command. This starts the second Seminole War. February - Battle of Hitchity. March 27 - Colonel J.W. Fannin and his Georgian's executed by order of Santa Ana at Goliad on Palm Sunday. July - Battle of Brushy Creek. July 3 - Battle of Chickasawachee Swamp. July 27 - Battle of Echowanochaway Creek.
43 1837 Mcon and Dade Counties are formed.
44 1838 Chattooga County formed
53 1847 Atlanta, Georgia is incorporated. Formally Marthasville
56 1850 Gordon and Clinch Counties are formed.
57 1851 Clay, Howell, Polk, Spalding, and Whitfield Counties are formed.
58 1852 Taylor County formed.
59 1853 Catoosa, Pickens, Hart, Dougherty, Webster, Flton, and Worth Counties aare creaated.
60 1854 Fannin, Coffee, Chattahooche, Charlton, and Calhoun Counties formed.
62 1856 Haralson, Terrell, Berrien, Colquit, Miller, and Towns Counties formed.
63 1857 Dawson, Milton, Pierce, Glascock, Mitchell, Schley, White, and Wilcox Counties formed.
64 1858 Clayton, Quitman, Banks, Brooks, Johnson, and Echols Counties formed.
76 1870 Douglas, McDuffie, Rockdale, and Dodge Counties formed.
81 1875 Oconee County formed.
5 1799 The Rosetta Stone was discovered
6 1800 The first battery was invented by Volta
13 1807 The first steamboat was invented by Fulton
20 1814 The first locomotive engine was created by Stephenson
36 1830 The first railroad is constructed between Liverpool and Manchester, England
45 1839 Goodyear invents vulcanized rubber, opening the door for tires and other rubber products.
50 1844 The first telegraph message is sent by Morse, who later invents the Mores Code
59 1853 The process of creating steel is invented by Besermer in Britain and Kelly in the U.S.
62 1856 The first Neanderthal fossils are found near Germany
65 1859 Charles Darwin publishes "Origin of Species" and begins the evolution theory.
71 1865 Mendel publishes his papers on genetics and introduces the concept to the public.
75 1869 Cro-magnon Man fossils are found in France
83 1877 Edison invents the phonograph permitting music and voices to be recorded and replayed.
85 1879 Edison invents the electric light bulb.
95 1889 The first calculating machine is invented and uses punch cards
6 1800 NEWS HEADLINES: Seat of U.S. government moves from Philadelphia to Washington DC
17 1811 NEWS HEADLINES: Tecumseh's emerging Indian Confederacy is defeated at the Battle of Tippecanoe in Ohio. Afterwards, Tecumseh and his brother travel from their Shawnee homes in the north to recruit and unify the southern Indians.
18 1812 NEWS HEADLINES: War of 1812 begins and will continue for until 1814. Some call it the Second War of Independence because the US fights Great Britain to a stalemate, Americas independence was assured.
34 1828 Gold is discovered in Georgia.
40 1834 July 9 - The S.S. John Randolph, the first successful iron steamship, is launched in Savannah
67 1861 NEWS HEADLINES: American Civil war begins at Ft. Sumter, located in Charleston Harbor, VA.
68 1862 NEWS HEADLINES: May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
88 1882 NEWS HEADLINES: Edison creates the first large power station in New York City, making it the first place in America to have electricity.
91 1885 NEWS HEADLINES: Eastman invents the box camera. For the first time photography becomes affordable for the average citizen.
36 1830 The U.S. Government begins forcing Cherokee Indians from their homes in what becomes known as the Trail of Tears. Many Cherokee hide in the mountains of North Carolina and surrounding states.
4 1798 Mississippi Territory organized from Georgia's western land claims. It includes what will later become portions of Mississippi, Alabama and Northern Florida,
9 1803 Louisiana Purchase from France (who secured it from Spain) gives the US a huge new territory and the port of New Orleans.
10 1804 The Seminole warrior later known as Osceola is born near Tuskegee, AL.
11 1805 Federal Road project begins after the Creek Indians give the U.S. permission to develop a “horse path” through their nation that will provide better mail delivery between Washington City (DC) and New Orleans. Soon settlers are traveling and settling along this path to settle the southern frontier.
12 1806 Lewis and Clark Expedition, which began in 1804, ends. News of the rich lands to the west begins to spread.
17 1811 By 1811 the new "Federal Road" (which started as a horse path) is filled with a steady flow of white settlers into Creek Indian Territories. The Spanish begin to fan hostile sentiments among the Indians.
26 1820 The Act of April 24, 1820 abolished the land purchase credit system, fixed the price of public lands at $1.25 per acre, and set the minimum purchase at 80 acres. After a person purchased land, a final certificate was issued by the land office and sent to Washington DC to be verified and signed by the President -- a time consuming process. Public lands were most typically available through US treaties with Indians who agreed to be removed from their homelands.
36 1830 Indian Removal Act signed and the moving of eastern Indians west of the Mississippi begins.
41 1835 Second Seminole Indian War begins.
43 1837 The trickery used to capture Seminole Indian Chief Osceola (Assi Yohola) creates a public uproar and U.S. General Jesup is publicly condemned.
46 1840 Oregon Trail is established
48 1842 Second Seminole Indian War ends and thousands of Seminole Indians are forced to move west of the Mississippi.
61 1855 Third Seminole Indian War begins. It ends three years later when Chief Billy Bowlegs and his band are forced to move from Florida.
66 1860 Presidential election puts Abraham Lincoln in office. The campaign has heated the issues regarding slavery in the south.
68 1862 May 20, 1862 the US government passes the Homestead Act to provide cheap land for settlement of lower Southeast and West.
69 1863 Abraham Lincoln issues the "Emancipation Proclamation" freeing slaves.
71 1865 American Civil war ends with General Lee's surrender at Appomattox, VA. Reconstruction begins in the "old South"
74 1868 An eight-hour work day is established for federal employees.
81 1875 Tennessee enacts Jim Crow law.
82 1876 The National League of Baseball is founded
1 1795 White Terror and bread riots in Paris
2 1796 Napoleon marries Josephine de Beauharnais
3 1797 Napoleon proclaims the Venetian Constitution, founds Ligurian Republic in Genoa
39 1833 Santa Anna is elected President of Mexico

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