The generations of Dennis that I know about, including what my father told me, were characterised by red hair, blue eyes and fair skin. A more distant relative from Chesterfield tells me that his family has the same characteristics. The common ancestor would be William Dennis 1784, third great grandfather.
A quick place name study of the area of outh Derbyshire and north west Leicestershire where Henry and his forebears lived in the early nineteenth, through the eighteenth and (at least) the late seventeenth century reveals a number of settlements apparently with Danish connections, such as Oakthorpe and Donisthorpe. Further east, especially in the Wreake Valley, there are many names ending with “by” or “thorpe” or including “thor” or “knut”, which imply Danish connections. The Oxford Dictionary of British Place Names supports this:- Continue reading “Earlier Origins & DNA”→