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Dennis, Massachusetts Vital Records
Births, Deaths, & Marriages 
1712 - 1904

Order item B423
The book is 54 pages, not indexed, soft cover with a plastic comb binding, and available for $10.98 + $3.99 shipping & handling charge (Add $1.00 S&H for each additional volume ordered).

All births, marriages, and deaths found in the town's records books beginning in 1712 and some recorded as late as 1904 are published in this book.  The inscriptions found on many cemetery headstones are also included.  Most entries are arranged in family groups, but not in alphabetical nor chronological order. The type is large and easy to read.  Locating the names you are researching should not be a problem.

History of Dennis

Dennis was first settled in 1639 and was officially incorporated in 1793. It was named after resident minister, Josiah Dennis.

In 1978 Dennis was designated the All-American Town. Three hundred and thirty-nine years earlier, Yarmouth could have claimed title to that honored designation because in 1639 Dennis was part of Yarmouth.

How did Dennis become Dennis? As happened in many early Cape towns, as the early settlers spread out farther away from their parish church, going a long distance to church became a chore. These settlers in outlying areas would start a new parish, closer to their homes. As the new parishes grew they would incorporate as new towns. And this is what happened in Dennis. In 1721 a new East Parish was established and in 1725 the Reverend Josiah Dennis began a pastorate that lasted 38 years. In 1793 the five villages of the East Parish of Yarmouth were finally incorporated and named Dennis. The Josiah Dennis Manse is one of the historical gems of Dennis and is open to the public.

Dennis was a town of seafarers. It was also the town with the first salt works, the inspiration of Captain John Sears in 1776. Captain Sears devised a way to evaporate salt water. This began the most important land-based industry on Cape Cod. Salt was used for preserving fish, and was also used in tanneries.

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