Dennis, William Henry

Birth Name Dennis, William Henry
Gender male
Age at Death 81 years, 5 months, 26 days


William's official biography says that he was the son of WH Dennis and Mary Ann Sharpe, but he was not with that family in the 1881 census - they had another son William, age 6. Rather, WH is with the family of Thomas and Anne Eliza (Sharp) Dennis, age 16. He was named as a son in Thomas' obituary.

DENNIS, WILLIAM HENRY, carriage builder, trader, and farmer; b. ca. 20 January 1864 in Port Hill, son of William Henry Dennis, Sr., and Mary Anne Sharpe; m. 14 March 1885 Mary Ann Ellis, and they had seven children, Melbourne, Thomas C., Iva [Eva?], Milton W., Dana G., Robert C., and J. G.; Presbyterian; d. 15 July 1946 in O’Leary.
Dennis, a Liberal, was first elected to the Legislative Assembly in the general election of 1915 for 2nd Prince. He was re-elected in the general elections of 1919, 1923, 1927, 1931, 1935, 1939, and 1943. He was appointed Minister of Agriculture on 14 January 1936 and served in that ministry until 1943. Dennis believed in working alongside neighbours and members of the community to help them help themselves.
Dennis was educated in the local school. For the most part he worked as a carriage builder, but also traded in agricultural machinery, horses, buggies, wagons, and a variety of other items. Dennis, who did some farming, stayed in close contact with farmers all his life because of his involvement in trading and carriage-building. William Dennis died 15 July 1946. Mary Dennis, the daughter of John and Margaret Ellis, was born 24 November 1864 and died in 1953.

References: CPG 1920, 1940, 1945; Maritime Advocate and Busy East. 31(8) March 1941; Patriot 16 July 1946; PARO: RG Marriage License Vital Statistics Box M, 1884; MNI-Census 1891; Census 1901; O'Leary United Church Records; Bloomfield United Church Cemetery Records.

from Prince Edward Island Legislative Documents Online

History of Port Hill says that William Henry was the grandson of William and Mary Ann, and was the son of Thomas and Eliza (Sharp) Dennis.




Event Date Place Description Sources
Birth January 20, 1865 Port Hill, Lot 13, Prince County, Prince Edward Island, Canada 20 January 1864 in Port Hill, son of William Henry Dennis, Sr., and Mary Anne Sharpe  
Death July 15, 1946 Prince Edward Island, Canada    


Relation to main person Name Birth date Death date Relation within this family (if not by birth)
Father Dennis, ThomasMarch 21, 1841February 28, 1933
Mother McArthur Sharpe, Ann ElizaMarch 1842April 4, 1911
         Dennis, William Henry January 20, 1865 July 15, 1946
    Sister     Dennis, Emma February 1867 December 3, 1867
    Sister     Dennis, Mary July 1870
    Sister     Dennis, Sarah Ann Annie about 1873 1935
    Sister     Dennis, Maud September 18, 1873 1956
    Brother     Dennis, George Alfred January 26, 1881
    Brother     Dennis, Thomas James February 2, 1884 June 29, 1942
    Brother     Dennis, Locksbie 1889 1960
    Brother     Dennis, Charles Fraser May 13, 1890 April 9, 1954


Family of Dennis, William Henry and Ellis, Mary Ann Annie

Married Wife Ellis, Mary Ann Annie ( * November 24, 1864 + February 3, 1953 )
Event Date Place Description Sources
Marriage March 14, 1885 Prince Edward Island, Canada    
Name Birth Date Death Date
Dennis, Melborne William Wilborn MelJuly 7, 1885January 21, 1976
Dennis, Thomas ClintonNovember 19, 1886
Dennis, Iva Eva MargaretOctober 20, 1888
Dennis, Donna GertrudeMarch 14, 1892
Dennis, Robert CecilMarch 26, 1897