Richard Denton b. 1517 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England d. in England
married Gennett Banyster September 10, 1547 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England b. 1527 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England
|-Sir Richard Denton b. 1557 in Worley, Yorkshire, England christened on 17 Sep 1557 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England d. Dec. 9, 1619 in Hertfordshire, England
married Susan “Sibella” (unk) in 1581 in Worley, Halifax, Yorkshire, England
|-John Denton b.16 Jul 1582.
|-Thomas Denton b. in 1584.
|-Alice Denton b. 14 Nov 1585.
|-Susan Denton b. 22 Sep 1588.
|-Margaret Denton b. 10 Jan 1590
|-Sir Richard Denton (II Rev) b. 1603 in Yorkshire, England Christening April 19, 1603 Halifax, Yorkshire, England d. 1663 in Essex, England
A graduate of Cambridge in 1623, and acknowledged by many as the founder of Presbyterianism in America, Rev. Richard Denton came to New England in 1635. Before coming he was a preacher in Halifax England. From England, the Cambridge University listing for Richard Denton says: "Sizar of St. Catherine's Easter, 1621 b.1603 in Yorks, B.A. 1622-3, priest 8 June 1623. Deacon at Peterborough 9 March 1622-3. Curate of Coleys Chapel, Halifax, for some years." ("Sizar" is defined as an undergraduate student.) From New England Genealogical Reg. 11/241: Rev. Richard Denton came to American from the Parish of Owram, North England on the ship "James." He lived in Wetheresfield and Stamford, Connecticut. The J.S. Denton papers show baptismal records of Nathaniel and Timothy sons of Rev. Richard Denton "in Parish Church of Bolton, England." Rev. Richard worked first with the famous preacher, Cotton Mather. Rev. Mather speaks of Rev. Denton in his early memoirs: "Rev. Denton was a highly religious man with strong Presbyterian beliefs. He was a small man with only one eye, but in the pulpit he could sway a congregation like he was nine feet tall." In his book, "The History of the Clergy in the Middle Colonies" author Weiss makes reference to the religious conflict of early Connecticut which resulted in Rev. Richard Denton moving on to Hempstead, Long Island, NY in 1644. He settled there in the midst of a large Dutch colony. However, there were also many English settlers living in the area without benefit of religious guidance. With these scattered members for a beginning, Rev.Denton established the first Presbyterian Church in America. This church was so successful that soon the Dutch neighbors were attending services there. History shows some controversy developed when Rev. Denton began to baptize some of the younger children of the Dutch who did not agree with all the Presbyterian beliefs. The history of Hempstead, Long Island makes many references to the Dentons and their marriages and big families. The men were active in the local militias fighting the Indians and they developed excellent military experience that prepared them for officer commissions when they moved on to the Virginia frontier. From "Narratives of New Netherland, 1609-1664" a letter to the Classis of Amsterdam from Johannes Megapolensis and Samuel Drisius dated August 5, 1657: "At Hempstead, about seven leagues from here, there live some Independents. There are also many of our own church, and some Presbyterians. They have a Presbyterian preacher, Richard Denton, a pious, godly and learned man, who is in agreement with our church in everything. The Independents of the place listen attentively to his sermons; but when he began to baptize the children of parents who are not members of the church, they rushed out of the church." From another letter dated Oct. 22, 1659 the same writers continue: "Mr. Richard Denton, who is sound in faith, of a friendly disposition, and beloved by all, cannot be induced by us to remain, although we have earnestly tried to do this in various ways. He first went to Virginia to seek a situation, complaining of lack of salary, and that he was getting in debt, but he hasreturned thence. He is now fully resolved to go to old England, because of his wife who is sickly will not go without him, and there is need of their going there on account of a legacy of four hundred pounds sterling lately left by a deceased friend, and which they cannot obtain except by their personal presence." Rev. Richard Denton II had the following children:
|-Sarah Denton b. in 1623 in Wiltshire, England
| married William Thorne
| |-William Thorne
| |-Denton Thorne
|-Daniel Denton b. in 1626 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England. He was christened on 10 Jul 1632 in Halifax, England. He died in 1703.
| Daniel was the author of "A Brief Description of New-York: Formerly Called New-Netherlands . . ." ( Printed for John Hancock and William Bradley 1670; New | York: Gowans, 1845) This promotional tract was written to encourage English settlement of territories lately seized from the Dutch and gives an account of the geographical | features and general economy of the country surrounding New York, relates some customs of the native inhabitants and offers incentives and advice to prospective settlers. It | was reprinted in the New York Times in 1900. It said: "A second, perfect copy of this book previously unknown to bibliographers came to light at the sale of Lord | Ashburton's library in November 1900. Mr. Brayton Ives paid $525 for this copy. When Ives collection was sold in March, this same copy resold for $615. A copy of this | book is in the possession of Columbia University library." In 1650 he was made town clerk of Hempstead, where his father was pastor, and in 1656 he held the same position | in the town of Jamaica.When his father removed to Halifax, Nova Scotia, Denton remained on Long Island and in 1664 he became one of the grantees of a patent at | Elizabethtown, NJ. In 1665 and 1666 he served as justice of the peace in New York, appointed by Governor Nichols. He married Abigail Stephenson who bore three children | and from whom he was divorced in 1672. The two elder children remained with their father, while the infant, Mercy, accompanied her mother, who subsequently remarried. | Denton left New York for England in 1670 (which may have occasioned his divorce), and there he evidently participated in settlement enterprises and possible in the newly | acquired (by the English) fur trade. "A brief Description of New-York" is a twenty-five page pamphlet describing the topography, climate, soil, fauna and flora, settlements, | crops, products, trades and occupations of the area between the Hudson and Delaware rivers and includes Manhattan Island, Staten Island and Long Island. He also included | in this pamphlet some anecdotal relations of Indian customs and society. Quite understandably, he did not describe the Indians as a threatening presence, noting that: "It | hath been generally observed, that where the English come to settle, a Divine Hand makes way for them; by removing or cutting off the Indians, either by Wars one with the | other, or by some raging mortal Disease."
| married Sarah Whitehead
|-Timothy Denton b. 23 Jul 1627 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England christened in Parish Church of Bolton, England.
|-Nathaniel Denton b. in Mar 1628 in Bolton, Lancashire, England. He was christened on 9 Mar 1629 in Parrish Church of Bolton, England. Nathaniel was baptized later in life
| on March 9, 1682. He died on 18 Oct 1690 in Jamaica, Queens CO, NY. Nathaniel was the first Town Clerk of Jamaica, L.I., NY: "Records of the Town of Jamaica,
| Long Island, vol. I, Page 1. A Town Meeting head of ye Town ye 18th of February 1656. Daniel Denton chosen to write
| & enter all acts and orders of public concernment of ye Town and is to have a daie's work a man for ye said employment.
| It is voted & concluded by ye Town y whosoever shall fell any trees in yue highways shall take both top
| and body out of ye highway. It is further voted and agreed upon by ye Town y whosoever shall kill a wolfe within ye boundary of
| ye Town shall have feiveteen shillings for every woolf. Likewise it is agreed upon by ye Town that whereas they have the Little plains by
| purchase and patent within their limits to maintain their rights & privileges in ye said place from any such as shall goe to
| deprive y off it & soe to make use off it as they shall se cause. These taken out of ye ould towne book by me, Nathaniel Denton, | Clerk." Nathaniel applied for land at Elizabethtown, NJ in 1664 but probably died at Jamaica.
| married Sarah Smith
| |-Nathaniel, Jr. Denton Jr.
| | married Elizabeth Smith
| | |-Nathaniel Denton III
| | |-Catherine Denton
| | |-James Denton
| | |-Robert Denton
| | |-Nehemiah Denton
| | |-Timothy Denton
| | |-Deborah Denton
| | |-Martha Denton
| |-Samuel Denton
| | married Mary Brush
| |-Richard Denton
| | married Mary Foster Thurston
| |-Phoebe Denton
| | married John Foster
| |-Maria Denton
|-Richard Denton III b. in 1630 in Bolton, Yorks, England d. 26 Dec 1658 in Dorchester, MA. lived in Dorchester, MA and also left many descendants in Long
| Island, NY. His estate inventory, filed 6 Oct. 1659 by Abraham How and John Minotte, totaled 57 Pounds, all left to his widow.
|-Phebe Denton b. 29 Sep 1634 in England d. 18 Oct 1658 in Hempstead, LI, NY.
| married John Foster
|-John Denton b. in 1636. Family notes indicate that John had a son named John who was born in 1664/1665and that this son went to Virginia later.
| married (unk)
| |-John Denton b. 1665
|-Adm. Samuel Denton May 29, 1631 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England d. March 20, 1713 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England
He was christened in Coley Chapel, Halifax, England. Samuel was listed on the 1673 Dutch Census at Hempstead, NY and owned property in Hempstead from 1662 and lived in the area most of his life. Transactions in 1703 show that he owned slaves. In 1685, he was reported to be owning 240 acres of land. The 1698 Census at Hempstead, NY lists six of his nine children. "New York Surrogate 8-305:Adm. Samuel Denton, late of Hempstead, intestate March 20, 1713 to his sons Samuel and Jonas." Papers filed with the clerk in Court of Appeals, Albany, NY named a daughter, "Hannah, wife of Thomas Treadwell," also spelled Tredwell. From the "Tennessee Valley Historical Review:" Hempstead town records show that Samuel Denton and others took up land, 50 acres each, on the same terms as the first proprietors. In 1663, jointly with Thomas Rushmour, Samuel Denton obtained all rights and privileges upon Matthew Garrison's Neck and at Mattinacock,
from Jeremy Wood of Hempstead. On April 18, 1665, John Smith of Hempstead sold to "my son-in-law Samuel Denton" certain lands. In 1698 he was called Samuel
Denton, Senior. A deed of gifts from Samuel Denton of Hempstead, Yeoman, in consideration of "paternal love and affection I have and do bear toward my well-beloved son James Denton of Hempstead, Yeoman" to land within the township of Hempstead. December 16, 1710. The date of Samuel's inventory was March 15, 1713 and was taken by Obediah Volintine and James Serion. "March 10, 1713, Hempstead. Mary Denton ye widdow and Relict of Samuel Denton, late of Hempstead in Queens Co., doth for divers good causes and consideration hereunto moving, refuses to administer upon the estate of her deceased husband, Samuel Denton." So the administration was granted to Samuel and Jonas Denton, sons of said deceased. The records pertaining to the administration of the estateclearly show receipts from the children calling each by name. Therefore we have a definite list of the children of Samuel and Mary Smith Denton .From Genelogical Data from Inventories of NY Estates 1666-1825 by Kenneth Scott and James Owne. "Denton, Samuel of Hempstead, Queens CO., yeoman - Renunciation (20 March 1713/4) of Mary Denton of her right to administer the estate of her dec'd husband in favor of his sons, Samuel and Jonas Denton. Her renunciation was witnessed by Jacob Smith and John Sprague. Inventory (15 March 1713/4) taken and appraised by Obadiah Volentine and James Searing, by order of Col. John. Jackson, J.P. The chief item was aNegro boy and girl (90 Pounds) and a Negro man listed as 'worth nothing.' Account of Samuel and Jonas Denton, administrators, records the following payments to heirs of the dec'd.: to Mary Denton (Widow of the dec'd) to Peter Smith (Son of Mary Ellison, dec'd who was a daughter of the intestate), to Joseph Robinson and Jane his wife (who was a daughter of the dec'd., to Jonathan Seaman and Elizabeth his wife (a daughter of the intestate), to Abraham Denton (son of the intestate, to James Denton (son of the intestate), to Thomas Beadwell and Hannah his wife (a daughter of the intestate), to Robert Mitchell and Phoebe his wife (a daughter of the intestate), to Ezekiel Smith and Martha his wife (a daughter of theintestate) and to Jonas Denton (a son of the intestate)."
married Mary Rock SMITH in 1656 in Hempstead, LI, NY. b.in 1640 in Dorchester, MA. or Stamford, CT d. 15 Mar 1713 in Hempstead, Queens CO, NY.
d/o John Rock Smith & Elizabeth GILDERSLEEVE
|-Jane Denton was born in 1664 in Hempstead, LI, NY.
|-Samuel Denton II b. in 1665 in Hempstead, LI, NY. d. in Feb 1719. From Samuel's will: "In the name of God, Amen. I, Samuel Denton, of Hempstead, in | Queens Co., being in perfect health. I leave to my well beloved wife, Abigail, all my houses, lands and meadows for her sole use for the maintenance of | our children during the time of her widowhood. Also the use of all such lands as may be |purchased by my executors. But if she marries then she is to | surrender up all said houses and lands to the use of my son Joseph. I also give her one-third of all personal estate. I empower my executors to sell my | meadow lying at a place called Far Rockaway in Hempstead and the proceeds are to be divided among my daughters. I leave to my son Joseph all my houses, | lands and meadows (except as above) and all such lands as shall be purchased by my executors. I leave to my four daughters, Mary, Deborah, Jemima and | Anne, the other two-thirds of my personal estate when of age or married. And because my land is but indifferently timbered, I empower my executors to sell | any of my lands and meadows, at any time during my son's minority, and to purchase for him other lands better timbered. I make my brother, Jonas Denton, | and my loving friend, Samuel C. Emery, Jr. of Flushing, executors." Dated February 14, 1717. Witnesses: George Cook, Thomas Kebble, S. Clowes. | Proved, May 27, 1719. "Samuel Denton of Hempstead, Queens CO, yeoman: Inventory dated 16 Feb 1719 taken and appraised by Isaac Smith and John | Searing and exhibited on 10 Oct 1720 by Samuel Emery,one of the executors. The largest item listed was two Negro men at 50 Pounds."
|-Mary Smith Denton was born in 1668 in Hempstead, LI, NY. She died in 1698.
|-James Denton was born in 1670 in Hempstead, LI, NY. He died in 1723 in Hempstead, LI, NY.
| James was from Herrick in the Township of Hempstead, Queens CO, Long Island.
| On January 1697 he made a deed for land at Herrick which he bought from Samuel Williams. There is dated December 16, 1710, a deed of gift | from his father, Samuel Denton, Sr. At a town meeting on April 1, 1708, James was chosen to see that the "highways and fences be kept in good order, | for the North side of town." From James' Will: "In the name of God, Amen. I James Denton, of Herricks, in the town of Hempstead, in Queens Co., | being very ill of body. I leave to my wife, Jane, all of my moveable estate and household goods, 'and cattle and living creatures,' and use of my dwelling | house, and one half of my barn and one half of all lands and meadows during her widowhood and after her death the whole is to go to my son James Denton. If | he dies before he is of the age of twenty-one, then all my houses and lands are to go to Samuel Denton, son of my brother Samuel and to my brothers, Abraham | and Jonas Denton. I make my wife and my son James and my brother-in-law, William, executors." Dated the 7th day of he 3rd month, 1713. Witnesses, | Ezekiel Smith, Joseph Wood. Proved at Jamaica before Isaac Hicks, Judge, February 3, 1723. "Queens Co., February 3, 1723, there appeared before | me, George Clarke, authorized by his excellence, James Denton, one of the executors, who being a known Quaker, was duly attested to the execution of said | will by me."
|-Hannah Denton born in 1673 in Hempstead, LI, NY. Buried in 1748 in Sunk Meadow, Smithtown, NY. She died on 17 Aug 1748 in Smithtown, LI, NY. | The office of the Surrogate of the county of New York shows letters of administration on the estate of Hannah's husband, Thomas Treadwell, granted on 23rd | of August, 1722. The memorandum of her oath, taken on the same day in qualifying as administratrix, is on file in the office of the clerk of the Court of | Appeals at Albany, NY. By an instrument she released to her son, Benjamin Treadwell, her interest in the property on Great Neck whereon her husband was | residing at the time of his decease. This homestead comprised 250 acres in the present town of North Hempstead. After Thomas' death, Hannah moved to | Smithtown and lived with her son Timothy until her death.
|-Jonas Denton b. 1677 in Hempstead, LI, NY. He died in 1717. Jonas, his family and cousin Jonathan Seaman moved west along an old trail from New York | through Carlisle, PA, crossing the Potomac River near where Peter Stephens ran a ferry. Later Robert Harper established Harper's Ferry there. From this | point, the Dentons skirted over to Winchester. Jonas bought 3,100 acres from Joist Hite on March 26, 1735. The other Dentons probably made their | settlement official by purchasing land from the Hites. The new home was near the Great Road from the Carolinas to Philadelphia (now U.S. Highway 11), cut | out by the Indians years before.Jonas, John Denton and Thomas Palmer bought 3,100 acres of bottom land along the North Fork of the Shenandoah River in | the vicinity of Tom's Brook, VA from Joist Hite for 200 pounds, March 26, 1735. (Joist Hite of Lancaster, PA, of German descent, along with Robert McKay | had taken 100,000 acres of land in the colony of Virginia, October 21, 1731. They settled both German and Scotch-Irish families on the land.) According to | Deed Book, B, p. 544, Frederick CO Court, Winchester, VA, dated August 20, 1777, the deed to the 3,100 acres was not recorded until 1777 because of the | Joist Hite-Thomas Lord Fairfax litigation which began in 1749 and did not end until after the Revolutionary War. It was settled in favor of Hite in 1786 | twenty-six years after the death of Hite, and four years after Thomas Lord Fairfax's death. Part of the Jonas Denton land was mentioned as being in Augusta | Co.. However, when Jonas and Jane Denton were in their advanced years, Jonas had turned his land over to his sons and was "just living on the land." | Evidently, the squabble between Hite and Fairfax took its toll; both Jonas and Jane Denton were reported to have been severely senile in their latter years. | Interestingly, Lord Halifax lived his last years alone at Greenway Court. No women were allowed! His experience with a lost love affair in England drove | him to despair!
|-Phoebe Denton was b. in 1679 in Hempstead, LI, NY. She died in 1728.
|-Martha Denton b. in 1681 in Hempstead, LI, NY.
|-Elizabeth Denton b. 1683 in Hempstead, LI, NY. In the records of the Reformed Church of Tappan, Orange CO, NY (now Rockland) we find the baptism | records of some of the children, namely Jaconiah, Jane, Eamie, Jonas, Elizabeth and Jonathan. The older children were evidently born before the family | moved to Tappan and not included in the baptismal records.
|-Abraham Denton Sr. b. 1675 in Hempstead, New Jersey d. 1729 in Orange Co., New York
married Martha THORNE in 1699 in Orange Co., New York
Abraham Denton Sr. b. 1675 in Hempstead, New Jersey (New York?) d. 1729 in Orange Co., New York buried in Orange CO, NY. Abraham was a private in Captain Cornelius Haring's company from Orange, CO, NY during 1715. He had purchased land from Richard Volentine of Hempstead on March 3, 1700. The Orange CO, NY records show, "Abraham Denton, Senr., of the Precinct of Haverstraw to son Abraham Denton, land. Delivered in the presence of Jonas Denton and John Denton, and attested by Cornelius Herring, Jan. 10, 1729-30."
married Martha THORNE in 1699 in Orange Co., New York b. in 1679 in Woodstock, VA. d. in 1730 in Orange CO, NY.
|-Martha Denton b. 1704
|-Capt. Abraham Denton II b. 1700, Hemstead, NY d. 1774, Shenandoah CO, VA buried Tom's Brook Plantation, Shenandoah CO, VA BAPTISM: Aug 1774
His will was presented August 12, 1774. He died at the Tom's Brook Plantation in Shenandoah CO, VA. He was baptized on 12 Aug 1774. He was buried in Tom's Brook Plantation, Shenandoah CO, VA. It is believed that Abraham, who was called "Captain" was a part of the militia used in defense of the settlers. He was also referred to as Doctor when living on his plantation in the Shenandoah Valley. "Abraham, according to sources in Orange CO, NY, had some problems with local law and soon after left the county for a new home in the Shenandoah County of Virginia. This was in 1729 or 1730. Thus started the move westward, for his sons each moved in different directions into the frontier."
Abraham's will was written August 20, 1774 and probated September 27, 1774 in Shenandoah CO, VA. "in the County of Dunmore, Colony of Virginia, being very sick and weak in body but perfect mind and memory. First leaving my loving kind and true wife Mary Denton and William Reno Executors. I therefore will and bequesth my loving kind and true wife Mary Denton the lower part of my land and plantation during her lifetime also the legal thirds of the moveable estate. Also I give my well beloved son Abraham Denton my wearing clothes: two pr. boots, two coats, two vestcoats and one pr of breatches and as he has
received his part of the land, I give unto him five pounds current money of Virginia to be paid to him out of my two daughters, Phebee Plumley and Martha Moore their parts of the moveable estate and the land after my wife Mary Decrees the tract of land to be equally divided between them both that is to say Phebe Plumley and Martha Moore." Signed Abraham Denton, Senr. Witnesses: Mary Little, Dorothy (X) Clock, Elizabeth Smith, Mary Peerceson.
From The Tennessee Valley Historical Review: "Abraham Denton, Junior, became involved with the law in New York in about 1729-30. He, along with some close relatives, left that state and headed for Virginia, crossing the eastern part of Pennsylvania and the Northwestern part of Maryland. In the Valley of Virginia, then Orange County (later Augusta County) and the upper Virginia Valley, (Frederick, later Dunmore, and still later Shenandoah County) we find Abraham and his family. Also about the same time, Jonas Denton and others had reached the Virginia country. Samuel, Robert, James and John Denton begin to appear in the same general locality. The deeds in Frederick County clearly prove that the Dentonswere there as early as 1755 and became prominent citizens."
Abraham left a deed dated August 12, 1774 which was signed by Mary Denton Little. Dorothy Clock (Clark) Elizabeth Smith and Mary Pareson (Pearson) made their marks. By this information, Mary Little was still living in 1774 and had enough education to sign her name. Abraham was a Captain in the French and Indian War in the Provincial Army of 1766.
As the older generation died off, the younger ones became less rooted in the old lands and soon started departing for the southwest..
married Mary O'Dell in 1725 in Orange CO, NY b. 1702 in Woodstock, Va. d. 1779 in Shenandoah, VA d. in 1777 in Shenandoah, VA. d/o of Samuel O’Dell & Patience (unk)
Will book A, page 200, Woodstock Shenandoah CO, VA pgs. 228-229. Administration and inventory of estate and apportionment.
Heirs: Elizabeth Smith, Hannah Smith and Daridea Clock (Clark). These were probably Mary's sisters who took care of her in her old age as
her children had already moved on by the time her husband died. Capt. d/o Samuel O'DELL (b. in 1670 in Westchester CO, NY. d. in 1720) & Patience (unk) married in 1689)
Hunt => | married William Basel Hunt (after her death he married her sister Sarah)
| |-Vivian Hunt
Hunt => | married William Basel Hunt
Hunt => | married Reuben Hunt
|-Joseph Denton b. 14 Feb 1729 in Orange CO, NY. d. in 1800 in Stockton Valley, KY.
| From "The Denton Family" by David H. Templin: "It seems that Joseph Denton moved about a great deal. Joseph was a member of a militia company which was
| commanded by Captain John Tipton
| during 1775. A Joseph appears briefly in Washington Co., NC and after a brief pause in the Cumberland settlements.
| Joseph then moved north into Ky and appears in the Stockton Valley of
| Ky." Apparently Joseph deserted from Col. John Tipton's company in the Revolutionary War and probably moved at that time to North Carolina. This was noted in a
| manuscript called the
| "Romney and Winchester Pay Roll," which included a list of Col. John Tipton's company. Joseph set up a Station north of the Cumberland River opposite what is now
| Nashville, TN in 1779. He
| endured Indian skirmishes until about 1783. His name is on the Cumberland Compact of May 13, 1780. At that time he was further west than any other Denton. Later he
| would move northeast up
| the Cumberland into Ky. He received a grant for 200 acres in 1806 on the Alligator Fork Creek of the Wolf River in Stockton's Valley, KY. Joseph and Ann simply faded
| away with no documented
| final chapter. However, their children left their mark along the Ky and Tennessee Border. According to Dorothea W. Sargent, a descendant, Joseph was married first to a
| Patience who was killed by Indians along with his son. This may have been the reason for his desertion from Col. Tipton's company.
|-Isaac Denton Sr. b. in 1733 in Shenandoah CO, VA. d. 14 Jul 1795 in Washington CO, TN.
| Isaac left his will in Washington CO, TN, Will Book Vol. 1, p. 34, 35. dated July 14, 1794 which lists his beneficiaries as wife
| married Anna (unk)
| |-Isaac Denton was killed by Indians
| |-Jeremiah Denton
| |-Martha Denton
| |-Agnes Denton
| |- Elizabeth Denton
|-Samuel Denton b. in 1734 in Orange CO, NY. d. in 1811 in Pendleton District, SC.
| Samuel was a Revolutionary War Soldier in the NC Continental Line and received bounty land in White CO, TN, as did his brothers James and Joseph. He is in the DAR Patriot
| Index, Part 1, page 1820.He was a private in the NC line.
| By 1769 both Abraham III and Samuel had joined a wagon train from the Shenandoah Valley to Lord Granville's land sale in North Carolina. This wagon train
| was made up of the then current younger generation of the Plumleys, Weavers, Moores, Hoggs, Dentons, etc. This, the growing up children of the original immigrants to the
| Virginia frontier were marrying and developing
| families of their own and hungered for land of their own. They could not afford the local land and family holdings were not large enough to divide among all of the children. | When Lord Granville began to advertise his land for sale, it was a new frontier to these young families. Tax lists and early censuses show that Samuel settled in what is now
| Granville CO while Abraham III settled in Caswell CO. Each chose to settle near where their wives' relatives bought land –
| the Moores around Samuel and the Hoggs around Abraham III's family.
|-Martha "Mary" Denton b. in 1736 in Shenandoah CO, VA. d. in 1794 in Washington CO, TN.
| married John Tipton came with him to Washington CO, NC as his second wife. She had 9 children by her first marriage as did Col. Tipton by his first marriage. They added
| another to the total when they gave birth to Abraham in 1778.
|-Phoebe Denton b. in 1737 in Shenandoah VA.
|-Abraham Denton III b. in 1726 in Orange CO, NY. d. in 1827 in Obion CO, TN.
| From "The Denton Family" by David H. Templin, printed in the Smokey Mountain Historical Newsletter, Spring 1983: "Abraham Denton moved to the Watauga settlements by 1775,
| and the family was forced back into Virginia by the Cherokee invasion during the summer of 1776. Abraham was active in the affairs of Washington and Greene Counties. Abraham | apparently was living in the section of Washington County which was formed into Greene County. August 23, 1784, Abraham was a delegate from Greene County to the convention held | in Jonesboro and which led to the formation of the State of Franklin. Abraham was one of five grantees to 150 acres lying in the Fork of Big Pigeon and French Broad River. This grant | was issued by North Carolina June 11, 1788. The land is located in what is now Cocke Co., Tennessee. The first church established in what is now Cocke Co., Tennessee was the | Big Pigeon Baptist Church. Among the charter members is found Mourning Denton. Abraham seems to have disappeared from East Tennessee by the time Tennessee became a state. It is | said that he appears in White Co., Tennessee about 1809 and in Perry county in 1821. In her book, Edythe Whitely lists the children of Abraham and Mourning Denton. The list seems | to have been prepared from letters and other papers collected from John S. Denton. One letter cited in her book was from Holland Denton, grandson of Abraham and Mourning." | Abraham apparently fought with the North Carolina line in the Revolutionary War after he moved to the Yadkin river region.Abraham's movements: 1766 in NC; 1774 in Rowan | Co,NC; 1783 in Burke CO, NC then to Washington CO, TN (Sinking Creek); 1809 to 1821 in White CO, TN and later to Hickman and Perry COs, TN.
NOTE!!! => |-James Denton b. 1735, Orange CO, NY d. 1834, Fleming CO, KY or Bath Co., Ky.
married Elizabeth (unk) Names: Denton, OVERALL posted by Lora Hunt Jeffries on Wednesday, December 6, 2000 <= contact
|-Benjamin Denton b. about 1778 in Washington Co., TN. d. 1803 He was killed by indians in KY in 1803.
Hunt => | married Deborah Hunt ABT 1802 in Fleming Co.,KY d/o John Tipton Hunt and Mary OVERALL) Deborah then married Isaac HUTSON in 1803.
| They were both killed by indians in 1812 at Fort Harrison Isaac Hunt was killed at the same time.
| |-John Hunt Denton b. 1803 d: about 1882 Randolph Co., IL.
| “John Hunt Denton was raised by his aunt and uncle, Joseph and Dradena. He became very successful in adulthood in Randolph CO
| where he lived near Huntsville.”
NOTE!!! => |-James Denton b. 1735, Orange CO, NY d. 1834, Fleming CO, KY or Bath Co., Ky.
| James was justice of the Washington CO Territory 'south of the River Ohio,' 1791. (Now Tennessee) He sold land to Isaac Denton, Henry Nelson and Jesse Whitson in | 1784. In 1783 he bought land in Sullivan CO, TN (then NC) where he met the Hunts. After his wife died he lived with his daughter Mary and her husband and then with | some of his sons. Land Record: "In obedience to his Lordship's order I have surveyed a tract of land for James Denton of Augusta CO., whereon he lives on the | branches of N. Shenandoah -- joining Abraham Denton. Beginning at A two white oaks on a flat Ridge corner to Abraham Denton thence running No 60 degrees | sixty poles to a red oak and a small hickory -- at B, thence S 30 degrees W two hundred and eighty poles to a red -- two white oaks on a descent at C thence S 60 degrees E | two hundred and eighty poles to three white oaks in the -- Denton at E thence with his line N 60 degrees west one hundred and eight poles to the beginning containing four | hundred acres. Chainmen, Thomas Grey and Joseph Langdon, Surveyed by John Baylis." March 1, 1750.
| James received a land grant for 403 acres on Sinking Creek near what is now Johnson City, TN. (Recorded in Vol 1, North Carolina Land Grants in Tennessee, p. 11, dated | 3 April 1775.) Grants were also obtained in this same area by his brothers Samuel and Joseph. James and Elizabeth moved into Sullivan Co., TN in late | 1783 or early 1784. In 1803 records of this family appear in what was then Wyoming, and is now Bath CO, KY. Family tradition says that James was crippled later in life | and although he has no war record, he did assist in training men and furnished other help. He was living with his grandson, William, at the time of his death. It is said he died | just three months short of his one hundredth birthday.
| married Elizabeth Harper SMITH in 1765 in Shenandoah CO, VA. b. in 1745 d. in 1798
| |-Ann Denton b. in 1766 in Shenandoah CO, VA. d. in 1787 in TN.
Hunt? => | | married William Basil Hunt per Jackie Halterman letter
| |-Mary "Polly" Denton b. Oct. 13, 1769 in Shenandoah Co., Pa. d. April 4, 1843 in Wayne Co., Indiana buried in Huntsville Cem.Hunt => | | married John Tipton Hunt
| |-Nancy Denton b. in 1770 d. in Aug 1831 in Bath CO, KY.
| |-Sarah Denton b. 28 Oct 1770 in Shenandoah CO, VA. d. 26 Oct 1855 in Randolph CO, IN. buried in Randolph CO, In.
Hunt => | | married William Basil Hunt per Jackie Halterman letter
| |-Joseph Denton b. 4 Dec 1772 in Shenandoah CO, VA. d. 7 Aug 1823 in Fleming CO, KY.
| | From "Ky. Explorer" Feb. 1996. Story by Dr. William M. Talley, 110 Main St. Lanceburg, KY 41179: "On May 12, 1800, Joseph Denton, Archibald | | Glenn, William P. Ramey and Andrew Wills were appointed to view and mark out the nearest and best way for a road from the ford on the Licking River in the | | Fleming CO, KY town of Gath to intersect the road from Flemingsburg to Myers' ferry at or near Terhune's. On July 14, 1800, they made their report stating | | that they had completed said order." Church records at Woodstock VA show that Joseph was baptized there when he was eight months old. He drowned in | | the Licking River near Sherburne, Bath CO, KY. Joseph and Dradenna raised John Hunt Denton, the only child of Benjamin and Deborah Denton.
| |-Abraham Denton IV b. in 1776 in Shenandoah CO, VA. d. 6 Nov 1813 in Bath CO, KY. buried in Bath CO, KY.
| | Much information on these lines from Jaime Lossing Potts, 1998.