Re: William C Denning/Martha J Morriss, Sumner Co., TN
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It is unfortunate I don't have ancestors for Martha Jane but I do have ancestry for her husband.
This is what I show in my family file:
Martha Jane Morris
b. 1828, Tennessee
d. Abt. 1852* and Bef. 21 May 1854**
m. 02 Oct 1846, Sumner Co., Tennessee
William Carroll Dinning
b. 10 Jul 1828, Tennessee
d. 1861, Barren Co., Kentucky
"William C. Denning m. 02 Oct 1846, Martha J. Morriss; Bondsman: Granville Denning"
Source: Sumner County Marriages at
Note: The "Bondsman: Granville Denning" is William's brother Granville Jackson "Dee" Dinning (1822-1864)
Note: In the census below I have added the comments within [square brackets].
1850 TN Census, Sumner Co., 16th District, 09 Oct, Dwelling 47, Family 47, p 298,
Denning, William C., 21, M-W, TN, Farmer[William Carroll Dinning]
Denning, Jane, 21, F-W, TN[Martha Jane nee Morris]
Denning, Oliver, 03, M-W, KY[William Oliver "Oll" Dinning]
Denning, Marion, 02, M-W, TN[Francis Marion "Date" Dinning]
Denning, Susan, 6/12, F-W, TN[Susan Jane Dinning]
Source: NARA Microfilm M432-897 (Image 6 of 26 at Ancestry.com)
* Martha's 4th and last child was born 12 Nov 1851.
** 21 May 1854 is the date of William Carroll Dinning's marriage to Nancy B. Lynch, by whom he had three more children.
Sorry I don't know more about the Morris family.