Dennis families - Connection or coincidence?
Hello. I have some Dennis ancestors who came to Australia (Victoria) from Cornwall in the UK in 1853.
One of the ongoing puzzles in my research so far is whether my Dennis relatives were part of the Dennis family who lived in the Colac and Birregurra areas. My bunch were originally from Truro and were miners and labourers. The family in the Western District came from Madron and were wealthy.
My reason for querying a connection is that my ancestor, Elizabeth Jane Dennis, was living in Irrewarra in 1881 when she married her husband, Alexander Blair. What was she doing there? She was born in Geelong in 1854 to Ferdinando Pascoe Dennis and Elizabeth Ferze Ferral. Her parents and siblings were living in Creswick. Was it sheer coincidence that she was in Irrewarra or did she have some connection with the Dennis family there?
The wealthy Dennis family (Alexander Dennis and his wife Emma Williams Tregurtha, and their sons - Richard Vinicombe Dennis and Alexander Dennis Junior) lived on properties such as Tarndwarncoort, Uondo, Eeyeuk etc. Did my great-grandmother (Elizabeth Jane Dennis) work in Irrewarra? Was she visiting the Dennis family there? If so, was she actually related or was she attempting to create a relationship?
If anyone out there in the internet either has any ideas (or, better still, some actual information), I'd love to hear from them.