P. J. Dennison, a member of the well known dry goods firm of Dennison & McCall, of Lexington, was born in 1851 in Henderson County; is the eleventh of a family of sixteen children (of whom eight are living), born to Robert R. and Nancy D. (Walker) Dennison. The father was of Irish origin, born in 1814, in Virginia. When a small boy he left his native State with his father, Stephen Dennison. After a few years they located in Decatur County, W. Tenn. About 1857 he became a resident of Henderson County, where he resided until his death in 1868. Robert B. was quite a young man when he came to the county where he lived at the time of his marriage. He settled in the Sixteenth District, which has since been his home. His wife was born in 1820 in North Carolina. She is still living, greatly respected. The subject of this sketch received his education in the Henderson County schools, and remained at home with his parents until about twenty-one; was a salesman in his father's dry goods store for three years previous to that time. In 1872 he opened a store at Lone Elm; remained there until 1881, with the exception of one year spent at Moore's Hill. He established a grocery store at Lexington and one year later, 1882, formed a partnership with Mr. G. W. McCall. By their good management, attention to business, and courtesy, have gained a liberal patronage, and have one of the leading stores of the place. August, 1872, Mr. Dennison married Miss Clemmie McKelvy, of South Caroline, born in 1849. They are members of the Missionary Baptist Church.
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