John Elbert Dennis

9 August 1904–9 June 1937 (Age 32)
Decatur, Wise, Texas, United States

The Life of John Elbert

When John Elbert Dennis was born on 9 August 1904, in Decatur, Wise, Texas, United States, his father, John Wesley Dennis, was 37 and his mother, Susan Elizabeth Lowrance, was 40. He married Verna Marie Choate on 2 December 1928, in Texas, United States. They were the parents of at least 1 son. He lived in Delhi, Beckham, Oklahoma, United States in 1910 and Borger, Hutchinson, Texas, United States in 1930. He died on 9 June 1937, in Erick, Beckham, Oklahoma, United States, at the age of 32, and was buried in Beckham, Oklahoma, United States.

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John Elbert Dennis
Verna Marie Choate
Marriage: 2 December 1928
James Elbert Dennis

Spouse and Children

2 December 1928
Texas, United States


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World Events (8)

1905 · Construction of the Praetorian Building

Age 1

Texas completed the construction of the Praetorian Building (Stone Plane Tower) in 1909. It was the first skyscraper in Texas and the Southwestern United States. The building had 15 stories and was 190 ft tall.
1906 · Saving Food Labels

Age 2

The first of many consumer protection laws which ban foreign and interstate traffic in mislabeled food and drugs. It requires that ingredients be placed on the label.
1914 · Steamboat Service Established with New York

Age 10

Satilla was the first Deepwater Steamship to arrive at the port of Houston. This accomplishment successfully established a steamboat service between Houston and New York City.

Name Meaning

1 English: from the medieval personal name Den(n)is (Latin Dionysius, Greek Dionysios ‘(follower) of Dionysos’, an eastern god introduced to the classical pantheon at a relatively late date and bearing a name of probably Semitic origin). The name was borne by various early saints, including St Denis, the martyred 3rd-century bishop of Paris who became the patron of France; the popularity of the name in England from the 12th century onwards seems to have been largely due to French influence. The feminine form Dionysia (in the vernacular likewise Den(n)is) is also found, and some examples of the surname may represent a metronymic form.2 English: variant of Dench.3 Irish (mainly Dublin and Cork): of the same origin as 1 and 2, sometimes an alternative form to Donohue but more often to MacDonough , since the personal name Donnchadh was Anglicized as Donough or Denis.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • John E Dennis, "United States Census, 1930"
  • John Dennis in household of John W Dennis, "United States Census, 1910"
  • Johnnie E Dennis in household of John W Dennis, "United States Census, 1920"

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