DENNIS, Ellihue

Photos Courtesy of California Historical Society, MSP 3800

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Last Name
Given Names
Better known as
Date of Birth
Age at Death
Place of Birth
Oak Ridge, Louisiana
Family Tree
  Dennis Family Tree
Birth Mother
Orde Dennis
Birth Father
Eddie Dennis
Gabriel Dennis, Ronnie Dennis; (adopted) Kenneth Bernard Reed
Carol Ann Cordell McCoy, aka Carol Dennis
Non-Temple Relatives
Body Identification Number
Burial Location
Evergreen Cemetery, Oakland, CA
Source of Death Information
House Foreign Affairs Committee report; FBI document 89-4286-1302 (prepared 12/78)
Entry into Guyana
Residence (US)
San Francisco, California 94103
Residence (JT)
Cottage 02
Occupation in U.S./Skills, Talents & Interests
Mechanic, custodian, food service (Maaga)
Occupation in Jonestown (Temple Records)
Diesel mechanic (RYMUR 89-4286-X-4-l-4c)
Jonestown Roles (FBI Records)
tractor driver (FBI document 89-4286-1207)
Government Income
Randolph list spells first name "Elihue"; passport name above
“Ellihue Dennis was the oldest son of Orde and Eddie Dennis. He was a year younger than me, but he looked and acted a lot older, and I always assumed he and Eddie were brothers, instead of father and son. Ellihue, last in his family to arrive in Guyana, joined his parents and his brothers, Ronnie Dennis, 16, Gabriel Dennis, 10, and his adopted brother Kenny Reed, 18. He also joined his companion, Carol McCoy (aka Carol Dennis), 33, and her four children, Patty, 14, Lowell Jr, 12, Leanndra, 9 and Marcenda, 8. At Jonestown, Ellihue was a diesel mechanic and drove the tractor. (All vehicles in Jonestown had diesel engines.) Ellihue was the strong, silent type. He had gravitas, a strong work ethic, and mechanical skills honed in our bus garage, for which he was greatly in demand. He was a kind, devoted and dependable dad to Carol's children, and they all loved him. He also had a child outside the church, with whom he had a strong bond. He was told (as were all members) to write off any blood relatives not in the "cause." I thought he was really good-looking, and found a photo – the third one above – that had been posterized by Don Jackson, who did that effect from time to time with photographs he liked.” - Kathryn (Tropp) Barbour

“Ellihue Dennis is my grandfather. He has one son, who is my father, named Fabian Dennis. Ellihue passed away when my father was just eight years old. My father is currently alive at the age of 50 years old. I would love to hear about any story of my grandfather. Please do not hesitate to send me an email if you have stories to share. I also want to connect more with the Dennis family. If you see this note, please send me an email. I love you so much grandpa, you are my best friend in spirit. ” - Skyla Dennis