from Tennessee Cousins, p. 485-488
"Notes on the Origin and History of the Denton Family"
The Denton Family of Bradley, McMinn and Sometimes of Monroe County
The Denton Family of Bradley and of McMinn Counties in East Tennessee, presents
an interesting study. Any relationships are not stated and may only be
surmised from the accumulated facts. They reach back into Virginia, up into
Monroe and Washington and on out into Texas.
William A. Denton, after having been born in McMinn County, at Athens in 1829, finally settled down in Bradley County, where he and his wife had nine children.
Isaac Denton of McMinn County, was born in Monroe County, Tennessee, Oct. 25, 1840. He remained, save for moving back and forth for a time to Monroe county, a
resident of McMinn Co.
Considering the dates of birth of the two Dentons above, it may be summarized that they were not contemporaneous and that William A. Denton may have been an uncle of Isaac, of McMinn who was born in 1840. Or they may have been brothers, William A. being 11 years older, or more likely first cousins.
James Denton and Mary Grady were married in McMinn County in 1827, and his father, James Denton married Dorcas Mitchell, in Virginia, where both lived and died.
Mary Grady, who married James Denton, was of the Grady or O'Grady family of South Carolina.
James Denton and Mary Grady after being married in McMinn County in 1827, lived there about seven years and then moved to Monroe County. In 1840 they came back to Polk County and lived for 20 years or more, and then returned to Monroe County; then returned to Polk, lived there one year; came to Bradley, where they lived another year; then they left East Tennessee, and moved to Parker County, Texas where
both died. They went to Parker County, Texas in 1872. This James Denton who
removed to Texas in 1872 was by trade a brick mason and a farmer. He was a
Methodist & his wife Mary Grady was a Presbyterian. James Denton who married
Mary Grady in McMinn County in 1827, was born in Wythe County, Virginia, in
the month of October, 1805, and was between 20 & 30 years old in 1830.
Isaac Denton (b. 1840) was one of the fourteen children of William Denton and Amanda Allen, both of whom we are assured, was born in East Tennessee. (The place of their birth, however, is not given). William Denton died, in 1856; his wife Amanda Allen in later years. Isaac Denton fought in the Army of the Southern Confederacy. In 1869 he was married to a widow, Mrs. Mary E. Van Zandt. They had seven sons and three daughters, the names of whom are not given, and are therefore unknown. This Isaac Denton, (born 1840) first saw the light of day in Monroe, E. Tennessee. In the United States Census of Monroe County, Tennessee (See Monroe County Notes) are found the following interesting entries:
James Denton, between 20 and 30 years of age, married.
Isaac Denton, between 30 and 40 years of age, married.
John Denton, between 30 and 40 years of age, married.
Reuben Denton, between 40 & 50 years of age, married.
Next to Reuben Denton on the census roll appears the name of Miles Cunningham, who is known to have lived at Four-Mile Branch. This would indicate that the Dentons lived in the same locality. On the old account book of Cunningham & Rankin at Four Mile Branch, Monroe County, Tennessee, in 1837 appears the names: John Denton
Isaac Denton and this shows that without doubt the John and Isaac above did live at Four Mile Branch. Armstrong Morrow's name appears on the Four Mile Branch list at
the same time. On the old Armstrong Morrow place, near the Cunningham &
Rankin store is the old Morrow graveyard, on top of the hill, and about half
of the old graves marked there bear the name of Denton. Armstrong Morrow was
a brick mason and James Denton(between 20 and 30 in the year 1830) was by
trade a Brick. The Morrow family came from Knox and Jefferson Counties
See the Jefferson County notes herein for the Denton family of Jefferson County, Tennessee. Were they not the same families?