Sarah Hughes 1778-1865 and Enos Dennis 1781-1857

Sarah Hughes was born 6 October 1778 in Catawissa Pennsylvania to Job and Elenor Lee Hughes. She emigrated with her Quaker minister father to Yonge Street in about 1804. She was married on 19 March 1807 in the Yonge Street Monthly Meeting of the Society of Friends.

Sarah’s husband was Enos Dennis, born 10 January 1781 to Levi and Sarah Dennis, probably also in Catawissa. Enos served as the Clerk of the Yonge Street Monthly Meeting in 1808. Both Sarah and Enos were disowned by the Quakers in 1812/13 for joining the Children of Peace, but Enos’ name does not appear in the list of the builders of the Temple.

Enos was a miller, first in partnership with Amos Hughes at what is now Glenville Pond, and later near Holland Landing (just upriver from where Old Yonge Street crosses the Holland River). William Lyon Mackenzie wrote in 1828 of his stay at the Dennis home.

Although Enos never appeared on any membership list of the Children of Peace, both he and Sarah are listed as members in the 1851 census. Enos Dennis died 22 May 1857 aged 76. Sarah Hughes Dennis died 11 April 1865, aged 86.

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