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The Confusing Denton Family of Washington County, Virginia

 

New York
Tom's Brook, Shenandoah, (was Orange, then Frederick) County, Virginia

 

Washington Count, Virginia was formed from Fincastle County in 1777. It originally contained Sullivan County, Tennessee.

Samuel Denton was born in 1631 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England. He was christened on May 29, 1631 in Coley Chapel, Halifax, England.

His wife was named Mary.

Samuel and Mary's children included:

Samuel Denton,
Jonas Denton,
Benjamin Denton (1660),
Mary Denton Smith,
Jane Denton (abt 1664, married Joseph Robinson),
Abraham Denton (1675, married Martha Thorne)
James Denton
Phoebe Denton (married Robert Mitchell),
Hannah Denton (married Thomas Treadwell),
Martha Denton (married Ezekiel Smith),
Elizabeth Denton (married Jonathan Seaman),

He owned property in Hempstead from at least 1662.

Samuel was listed in the 1673 Dutch census of Hempstead, New York.

In 1685, he had 240 acres.

The 1698 census of Hempstead, New York listed six of his nine children.

Samuel died on March 20, 1713 in Hempstead, Long Island, New York. His estate was administered by his sons, Samuel and Jonas since:

March 10, 1713, Hempstead. Mary Denton ye widdow and Relict of Samuel Denton, late of Hempstead in Queens County, doth for divers good causes and consideration hereunto moving, refuses to administer upon the estate of her deceased husband, Samuel Denton.

The date of Samuel's inventory was March 15, 1713 and was taken by Obediah Volintine and James Serion and it included two enslaved children and an enslaved man.

Account of Samuel and Jonas Denton, administrators paid:

Mary Denton (widow)
Peter Smith (grandson, son of Mary Ellison),
Jane and Joseph Robinson (daughter and son-in-law),
Elizabeth and Jonathan Seaman (daughter and son-in-law),
Abraham Denton (son),
James Denton (son),
Hannah and Thomas Beadwell (daughter and son-in-law),
Phoebe and Robert Mitchell (daughter and son-in-law),
Martha and Ezekiel Smith (daughter and son-in-law),
Jonas Denton (son).

 
 
 
 

from The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Volume 42 edited by Richard Henry Greene, et al.

Thomas Tredwell (John, Edward) died intestate, 1722, (before 25th May); married before 1698, Hannah Denton, died 17th August, 1748, aged 75 years, buried Sunk Meadow (Fort Salonga), Smithtowu, New York, daughter of Samuel Denton of Hempstead, New York. Thomas Tredwell resided on Madnan’s Neck (Great Neck), town of Hempstead. His place of burial is uncertain. His widow moved to Smithtown, where she resided with her son, Timothy Tredwell, until her decease.

 
     
     
     
 

Jonas Denton (1690)

Jonas' children probably included:
Jonathan Denton (1716, married Hannah)
John Denton (1715)
Mary Denton (1714, married Thomas Little)
Jonah Denton

Jonas died in 1717

 
     
  Elizabeth Denton married Joseph Tipton (1738)  
 
 
  New York
Tom's Brook, Shenandoah, (was Orange, then Frederick) County, Virginia
 
American colonists continued to use British monetary units, namely the pound, shilling and pence for which £1 (or li) equalled 20s and 1s equalled 12d. In 1792 the dollar was established as the basic unit of currency.

Shenandoah County, Virginia was established in 1772. It was originally Dunmore County.

A moiety is one of two equal parts.

Tennessee was admitted to the Union on June 1, 1796. It was initially part of North Carolina.

Captain John Denton was born about 1715 in New York. He was the son of Jonas Denton (1690).

He married Sarah Odell. Sarah was the daughter of Samuel Odell.

Their children included:
Jonas Denton,
Abigail Denton Jobe (1745, married David Jobe),
Samuel Denton (1758, married Martha Moore),
Thomas Denton,

John Denton, Jr.

At first they lived New York.

John, his father, Jonas and uncle, Abraham Denton (1700) moved to Shenandoah County, Virginia with other families who settled in Sullivan and Washington Counties. It was Frederick County when they lived there.

In 1735 Jonas Denton, John Denton and Thomas Palmer purchased 3,100 acres on the Shenandoah River.

John and Jonas signed the petition to form Frederick County from Orange County in 1739.

20 Oct. 1750 .
Right Honorable Thomas Lord Fairfax grants [417 acres]
to Captain John Denton of Augusta County
a certain part or moiety of land in 3,100 acres...
being on the North Fork of River of Shenandoah which he
together with John Denton Senior and Thomas Palmer of Maryland
purchased in the year 1735
of Jost Hite . . .

On April 8 1745 the Orange County court ordered Henry Falkenbrugh, Jonas Denton, and Charles Buck, and Abraham Strickler to serve as overseers of improvements to the road.

September 3, 1747 Abraham Collett and John Denton were named processioners to survey land in Frederick County, Virginia.

John was commissioned a Justice of the Peace on August 27, 1751.

John was a militia captain for the Shenandoah area during the French and Indian War.

In September, 1755 Captain John Denton was one of the officers present in Fairfax County.

John Jr. purchased 102 acres from John, Sr. for 24 pounds on February 7, 1755

John made his will on October 13, 1755. He named his three sons Jonas, Samuel and Thomas Denton and mentioned a daughter. He appointed his wife Sarah, his sister, Mary Little and Captain Samuel Odell as executors. Witnesses to the will were Abraham Denton, John Tipton, Jonah Little and Benjamin Denton.

His will was probated August 4, 1767 in Frederick County, Virginia.

After he died, Sarah married her cousin, John O'Dell.

A 1771 court decree enumerated Frederick County landholders in the following sequence: . . . Jonathan Denton, John Denton, Caleb O'ODell, William Wood, Francis McFell, Robert Combs and Job Combs.

When Sarah's son moved to Washington County, Tennessee, she and John O'Dell went with them.

In 1782 James Denton was security for the appearance of John Odell at the Washington County Court.

Sarah died in Washington County, Tennessee in 1796.

The French and Indian War lasted from 1754 to 1763 and was the North American phase of the Seven Years' War. The British and French were fighting over claim to the territory between the Appalachians and the Mississippi.

East Tennessee is part of Appalachia. At the end of the French and Indian War, colonists began drifting into the area. In 1769, they first settled along the Watauga River. During the Revolution, the Overmountain Men defeated British loyalists at the Battle of Kings Mountain. The State of Franklin was formed in the 1780s, but never admitted to the Union.
     
 

from Virginia Northern Neck Land Grants, Volume II 1742-1775 by Gertrude E. Gray, pages 68 and 170:

N-42 John Denton Jr. of Frederick Co. 182 acrs. in Powell's Fort in said Co., Surv Thomas Rutherford. On Passage Cr. Adj. Samuel Odell. 18 June 1766

 

 
 

On August 27, 1801 William Denton deeded land on Kendrick's Creek to John Cox. The witnesses were Jacob and Zachariah Jobe.

 
 
 
  New York
Shenandoah, (was Orange, then Frederick) County, Virginia
 

The Great Wagon Road was the most important Colonial American route for settlers of the mountainous backcountry. It went from Philadelphia to the Shenandoah Valley of Virginia. One fork went to the Tennessee Valley and Knoxville and the other to the Piedmont Region of North Carolina.

Abraham Denton was born about 1700 in New York. He was the son of Abraham Denton (1675) and Mary Thorne.

He married Mary O'Dell about 1725 in New York. She was the daughter of Samuel Odell (1690).

About 1730, they settled in the part of Virginia that was Orange, then became Frederick and then Shenadoah County, Virginia.

Mary and Abraham's children may have included:
Abraham Denton (1726, married Mourning Hogg),
Joseph Denton (1729, married Ann Hogg),
Isaac Denton (1733, married Ann Whitson),
Samuel Denton (1734, married Margaret Moore),
James Denton (1735),
Martha Denton (1736, married Dr. James Moore and John Tipton), and
Phoebe Denton (1737 married William Plumlee),

In 1755 Abraham Denton and Caleb Odell witnessed a land transaction in Frederick County.

An Abraham Denton appeared on the Rent Roll of Frederick County, Virginia in 1758 and 1764.

Abraham died in 1774.

In the 1778 Washington County Court, Joseph Denton, David Hickey, Michael Hider came in court and took the oath of Allegiance and James Denton had the earmarks of his cattle recorded.

and later Joseph Tipton, Charles Robertson (Buffalo), Hugh Henry, Jno. Hughs, Saml. Denton, Geo. Little, Jas. Denton, John Cunningham, Thom. Little, John Brown, Sr., John Brown, Jr., William Reeves, Jacob Chamberlain, Gorden Reeves, came into court and took the oath of Allegiance to the State.

 
 
 
  Shenandoah, (was Orange then Frederick) County, Virginia
Rowan County, North Carolina
Sinking Creek, Washington County, Tennessee became Greene County
Big Pidgeon River, Cocke County, Tennessee
Monroe County, Kentucky and Clay County, Tennessee
 
     

Jonesborough, Washington County, Tennessee was founded in 1779. In 1784, it became the capital of the State of Franklin.

North Carolina was one of the thirteen original Colonies. It was first settled by small farmers and grew quickly in the mid 18th century.

Abraham Denton was born about 1726. He was the son of Abraham Denton and Mary O'Dell.

He married Mourning Hogg about 1766. Mourning was born in 1750.

Their children may have included:
John Denton (1769, married Mary Moore),
Sarah (Sally) Denton (1770, married Francis Kendall),
Isaac Denton (1774, married Rebecca Etheridge),
Elizabeth (Bettie) Denton (1772),
Nancy Denton (1776),
Samuel Denton (1777),
Abraham Denton (1778),
Jeremiah Denton (1779,
Elijah Denton (1782),
Margaret (Peggy) Denton (1782, married Jesse Moore),
Agnes Denton (1785),
Martha Denton (1787),

In 1774 Abraham was in Rowan County, North Carolina.

The Dentons moved to the Watauga settlements by 1775 and lived on Sinking Creek. They settled in the section of Washington County which was formed into Greene County. There were constant armed conflicts with the Native Americans while they were there.

In 1780 the Washington County court gave Abraham Denton permission to build a mill on his land.

In 1784 Abraham was a delegate to the convention in Jonesborough that 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 County, Tennessee. The first church established there was the Big Pigeon Baptist Church. Mourning Denton was a charter member.

In 1780

Ordered that a fine of One Hundred Pounds be imposed on John Chisholm, Esq. (A member of the Court) for being guilty of striking and beating Abraham Denton in the courtyard; also for disturbing the peace and the decorum of this Court and that the Clerk issue an execution for the same.

Mourning was one of the original members of the Primitive Baptist church in Pig Pigeon in 1786.

Mourning died in 1789.

By 1795 Abraham and his extended family moved on to the area in Kentucky west of the Cumberland River (Monroe County, Kentucky) and to Clay County, Tennessee which was just across the state line.


Rowan County, North Carolina was formed in 1753 from the northern part of Anson County. In 1770, the eastern part was combined with the western part of Orange County to become Guilford County.. In 1771 the northeastern part of what remained of Rowan County became Surry County. In 1777 the western part of Rowan County became Burke County. In 1788 the western part became Iredell County. In 1822 the eastern part became Davidson County. Finally, in 1836 the part of Rowan County north of the South Yadkin River became Davie County.

Kentucky was originally a county in Virginia and included the lands west of the Appalachians. In 1780, it was divided into Fayette, Jefferson, and Lincoln counties. Kentucky officially became a state on June 1, 1792.

 
 
  Cumberland County, North Carolina  
Daniel Boone (1734-1820) was a frontiersman who became an American folk hero. The Boone family were members of the Gwynedd Monthly Meeting. He is best know from his exploration of Virginia and Kentucky.

Joseph Denton was born on February 14, 1729 in New York. He was the son of Abraham Denton and Mary O'Dell.

He married Ann Hogg about 1750 in North Carolina.

Ann and Joseph's children included:
Martha Denton (1751, married Robert Moore), and
Jeremiah Denton (1770)

Joseph Denton was a member of a militia company commanded by Captain John Tipton in 1775. A Jonas and Thomas Denton were also on the roll. The roll indicated that he deserted.

The Denton family were early settlers on the Cumberland River. On May 13, 1780, Joseph signed the Cumberland Compact which established a provisional government for the colony. The Compact provided for the election of twelve representatives from the eight stations, provided for a sheriff, a clerk, a militia, and for a justice system.

In 1784 Joseph Denton bought 335 acres on Brush Creek in Washington County for 50 shillings per 100 acres. The land was next to James Denton and David Jobe.

In 1787 Joseph Denton bought 550 acres in Washington County for 50 shillings per 100 acres The land was next to Tipton, William Watson, Robert Young, and David Jobe.

Washington County, Tennessee,was established in 1777 as Washington County, North Carolina. From 1784 to 1788,it was part of the State of Franklin.

     
 

Isaac Denton (1733) married Ann Whitson

Washington County, Tennessee Wills.

Will; Isaac Denton, July 14, 1775;
To wife, Ann 20 lbs or 66 cents.
To son Isaac and Jeremiah Denton, all my land equally divided,
Daughter Martha,
Agge,
Elizabeth Denton.
to susanna rider, 10 lbs.
Executors; David Jobe, Jesse Whitson,
Teste Jesse Whitson, David Job.
Proven May Session 1795
Signed Isaac Denton. Washington Co.

1795 Last will and testament of Isaac Denton pbo David Jobe and Jesse Whitson.

 
     
     
 

Samuel Denton (1734) married Margaret Moore),

Will; Samuel Denton , Jan 11, 1814
To wife, Martha, 198 acres land on Cheroke Creek, at her death to be equally divided between my five sons, and also land in Cocke County on Causby Creek.
Children:
Thomas,
John,
Jonathan,
David,
Samuel,
Jonas,
Louisa,
Levina,
Tabetha,
Abigail,
Martha,
Anne.
Executrix: Martha Denton
Wit.; Henry King, John Carr, John Miller.
Proven February Sessions, 1814.
Signed Samuel Denton. Washington County, Tennessee

 
  Abigail Denton was born about 1745 and married David Job  
 

Jeremiah Denton was born about 1770 in Caswell County, North Carolina. He was the son of Joseph Denton and Ann Hogg.

He married Sarah Carr.

Jeremiah and Sarah's children included:
Mahala Denton,
James Denton,
Golda Denton (married Samuel Couch),
Ann Denton. (married Alexander Gettings),
Icy Denton (married Daniel McDaniel),
William Denton,
John B. Denton,
Isaac Denton (1798)
Rozias Denton (1799).

Jeremiah died on October 17, 1835 in White County, Tennessee

 
 
 
 

Isaac Denton was born about 1774. His parents were Abraham Denton and Mourning Hogg.

He married Rebecca Etheridge about 1794. Rebecca was born about 1778 in North Carolina.

Rebecca and Isaac's children included:

Elizabeth Denton Plumlee (1798, married John Plumlee),
Hiram Denton (1800, married Elizabeth Cherry),
Mahala Denton (1804, married Benjamin Johnson),
Mourning Denton (about 1804 married Joseph Strong),
Telitha Denton (1806, married John Cherry),
Benjamin Denton (1809),
Noah Denton (1811, married Sarah Welch), and
Elijah Denton (1813).

He was on the 1802 tax list of Jackson County, Tennessee.

1820 Jackson Tennessee
A man and a woman over 45- Isaac & Rebecca
A woman between 26 and 44 - ?
2 men and 3 women between 16 and 25 Hiram age 20, Mahala age 16, Mourning,
a girl between 10 and 15 - Mourning
2 boys and a girl under 10 - Noah age 9, Elijah age 7 and Telitha

Cornelius Denton was also in Jackson County in 1820.

1830 Jackson Tennessee
a man and a woman- 50 thru 59 - Isaac & Rebecca
a woman 30 - 39
a man and 2 women 20 - 29
one boy 5 - 9

1836 Jackson
Abraham Denton
Alfred Denton
Allen Denton
Elizabeth (Cherry) Denton- widow of Hiram
Isaac Denton
Jeremiah Denton
Noah Denton
Samuel Denton

1840 Jackson Tennessee
a man and a woman 59 - 60

1850 Jackson Tennessee
Isaac Denton 76
Rebecca Denton 72

He is listed living with his son Noah on the 1870 census with an age of 104.

 

 
 

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from Tennessee Cousins, p. 485-488
"Notes on the Origin and History of the Denton Family"

The Descendants of Capt. John Denton of Augusta and Shenandoah Valley

It is pretty safe to assume that the Dentons of the Washington District, whose names are mentioned in the old court records, were the descendants of Capt. John Denton, of the Fairfax Regiment of 1755. It is the family tradition that this is so.

One of his fellow officers was Capt. Samuel Odell, who was perhaps the father of the John Odell of Washington District for whom James Ray, Jonathan Tipton and James Denton furnished bond, when he was before the court in 1782.

Capt. John Denton had a son John Denton Jr. and a son Abraham Denton, a namesake perhaps of his fellow parishioner and processioner, Abraham Collette, whose daughter became the wife of John Denton, Jr.. The tradition also, is, that after the death of John Denton, Jr. his widow became the wife of John Odell and came to Washington County. This may or may not be true.

 
 
 
 

Washington County, Tennessee marriages

Denton, Polly–Benjamin Price, 26 Mar 1806 by James Young J.P.

 
 
 
 

from Funk Pioneers

Jonathan Denton (b. 1715 c., son of Jonas, b. 1690 c.) and his wife Hannah sold 360 acres to John C. Teabo on 23 May 1772.
Hannah Denton (b. 1721 c.) deposed in the Hite/Fairfax lawsuit (3 March 1770) that she was about 49 years old.
Jonathan had purchased the 360-acre tract (recorded then as 369 acres) from Lord Fairfax on 12 September 1766.

. . . Capt John Denton (son of Jonas Denton, b. 1690 c.), referred to as Junior on the grant was issued a Fairfax grant for 417 acres on 20 October 1750. . .

The Orange county Court conferred the military commission of Captain on John Denton on 24 February 1742/43 and on the same day he was ordered to view a road from John Funk's Mill to Benjamin Allen's Mill. . .

Capt. John (b. 1716) was deceased by 4 August 1767 when his will (dated 13 October 1755) was proved in Frederick County Court. He bequeathed one-third of his movable estate" after just debts are paid" to his wife Sarah and the other two-thirds to be equally divided among his three sons and daughter "if they come of age." He directed that his wife Sarah was to retain the use of his plantation "where he lived" until their son Jonah reached maturity. He willed 177 acres of his plantation (the 417 acre tract) to son Jonah Denton and 120 acres each to sons Samuel and Thomas Denton. He appointed his wife Sarah, Mary Little (widow) and Captain Samuel Odell to serve as executors.
Witnesses to the will were Abraham Denton, John Tipton, Jonah Little and Benjamin Denton.

On the same day of probate (4 August 1767), Capt. John's widow Sarah declined to accept the legacy left her by will since she had married John Odle/Odell in the interim. . . selected 139 acres which included the house and barn as Sarah's dower on 7 April 1768. John Odell and Sarah sold her dower land to John Tipton for 50 pounds on 7 October 1772.

Jonah Denton and his wife Hannah sold his 177-acre inherited section . . . to Jonathan Langdon for 100 pounds.

Jonas/Jonah Denton and his wife Leah sold 213 acres . . . to John Crookshanks for 425 pounds on 29 January 1783. . .

Jonah Denton was in the area of "Big Pidgen River" North Carolina when he appointed his brother Thomas Denton of Washington County, North Carolina (Tennessee) to act as his lawfull attorney on 7 October 1786. . .

Benjamin Denton (b. 1714 c., so of Jonas Denton, b. 1760 c.) received a Fairfax grant for 521 acres. . . on 26 October 1751.

By a verbal agreement, his father Jonas had given 320 acres to his grandson Jonas Little (son of Thomas Little and Mary Denton Little) Benjamin sold the 521 acres to Jonah/Jonas Little for 20 pounds on 2 February 1756. this tract is located between Toms Brook and Woodstock. . .

Abraham Denton Sr. (b. 1710 c.) was living on a 427 acre Fairfax grant land located on Toms Brook when it was surveyed on 1 May 1750; he had probably been living there since at least 1742. He received the grant on 7 January 1761.

On 2 May 1768, he made a Gift of 238 acres to his son Abraham Denton Jr. where Abraham Jr .was then living.

 

 
 
 
 

from Tennessee Cousins, p. 485-488
"Notes on the Origin and History of the Denton Family"

Ancestors of the Denton Family who Settled on the Watauga

Nearly everybody in Tennessee, who belonged to the older families had ancestors who first settled on the Watagua and in what is now Carter and Washington Counties. Unless they did settle there, they were not among the first families, for that was the "jumping off place" when the first families came to East Tennessee. It was the home of the first of the Dentons who came down out of Virginia. (Some few came over the mountains from North Carolina, but generally to the same location.)

Capt. John Denton, of Augusta County, Virginia, lived within the bounds of "Augusta Parish" when it was organized by a meeting of the first vestry, July 20, 1747, at which processioners were appointed to procession the lands of the residents of the Parish. These processioners were appointed at a subsequent meeting held September 3rd, 1747. Among them were: John Denton and Abraham Collett, from the Harrows to the extent of the County, from mountain to mountain. ..

 

This meeting at which the officers named above (among others) were on hands,
was held on September 2nd, 1755.

Proceedings of the First court of Washington District

At a meeting of the County Court of the Washington District on Thursday, August 27, 1778, the following residents of the District came into court and took the oath of allegiance:
Joseph Tipton
Charles Robertson (of Buffalo [Ridge])
Hugh Henry
John Hughs
Samuel Denton
George Little
James Denton
John Cunningham
Thomas Little
John Odell
Christopher Cunningham, Jr.
George Reeves
John Brown, Sr.
William Reeves.
Joseph Denton
David Hickey
Michael Hyder

And on the same date [1778] these men were selected on the Grand Jury:
Daniel Kennedy
John Nave
Benjamin Cobb
Samuel Henry
James Henry
John Moore
Humphrey Gibson
Caleb Odell

At the May Term, 1780:

Ordered that a fine of One Hundred Pounds be imposed on John Chisholm, Esq. (A member of the Court) for being guilty of striking and beating Abraham Denton in the courtyard; also for disturbing the peace and the decorum of this Court and that the Clerk issue an execution for the same.

This John Chisholm, who "beat up" Abraham Denton, was the same John Chisholm who afterwards appeared in Knox County and whose family is written up in the Knox County section of these notes.

Teter Nave

 

 
 

from A History of Shenandoah County, Virginia by John Walter Wayland

Capt. John Denton (1710) was militia captain for the Shenandoah area during the French and Indian war His widow married John Odell.

 
 
 
 

From The Tennessee Valley Historical Review:

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 Dentons were there as early as 1755 and became prominent citizens.

 
     
 
 
 

from Virginia's Colonial Soldiers

Abraham Denton served 14 days with 22 privates on an emergent occasion without full pay complement. He ought to be allowed the pay of a captain. 15 Dec. 1766.

 

 
 
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from Tennessee Cousins, p. 485-488
"Notes on the Origin and History of the Denton Family"

Abraham Denton, the son of Captain John Denton [sic-brother], is said to have died in Augusta, in the Shenandoah country, about 1774, leaving among his children his oldest son Abraham Denton who migrated to the Watagua Valley in East Tennessee.

The children of the first Abraham Denton perhaps were:
1. Abraham Denton (Of the Watauga)
2. James Denton
3. Samuel Denton
4. Phoebe Denton m. Wm. Plumley.
5. Martha Denton, m. (1) Dr. James Moore of Frederick County, & (2) Col. John Tipton, who came to Washington District.
6. John Denton, Jr. (of Watauga).


 
 

from A History of Shenandoah County, Virginia by John Walter Wayland

Capt. John Denton was militia captain for the Shenandoah area during the French and Indian war His widow married John Odell.

 

 

from A History of Shenandoah County, Virginia by John Walter Wayland

Abraham Denton, died 1774, left: Abraham; Phoebe, married William Plumley; and Martha married (1) Dr. James Moore, of Shenandoah, and (2) as his second wife Col. John Tipton.

some of the Dentons joined the Shenandoah group in East Tennessee. James Denton was justice of Washington county, Territory of the United States of America South of the River Ohio (now Tennessee), 1791.

 

 
 

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.

 
 
 
 
 
 

from Tennessee Cousins, p. 485-488
"Notes on the Origin and History of the Denton Family"

The County Court of Washington District passed an order in 1780 giving Abraham Denton permission to build a mill on his land. There is absolutely no clue to the name of the wife of this Abraham Denton, save & except the names of the Dentons of the generation that followed.

He was in all probability the father of:
1. Abraham Denton (of Jefferson Co.)
2. Thomas Denton (d. 1807) in Jefferson County.)
3. Isaac Denton
4. Reuben Denton (b. 1788)
5. Daniel Denton m. Susanna White
6. Jacob Denton, of Jefferson Co.
7. Josiah Denton
8. Jean Denton m. Robert Lowrey (1797)

 
     
 
 
  Samuel Denton (1734) was a Captain with the North Carolina Continental Line and
received bounty land in White County, Tennessee. He was the son of Abraham Denton and Mary O'Dell.
 
 
 
     
 
 
 

Isaac Denton was born about 1733. He married Ann Whitson.

Elizabeth Denton (1757, married Littleberry White),
Martha Denton (1759),
Jeremiah Denton (1762),
Isaac Denton (1766, married Martha Crouch), and
Agnes Denton (1770, married James Crouch).

 

Isaac Denton was born September 14, 1768. He married Martha Crouch. His parents were Isaac Denton and Ann Whitson.

Isaac and Martha's children included:

Anna Denton (1804, married Charles Reagan and Joseph Cathcart)
Isaac Denton (1805)
George Nolan Denton (1807, married Martha Crouch)
Tabitha H. Denton (1808)
Joseph Denton (1811)
Phoebe Denton (1813), and
Jeremiah Denton (1815)

Most Americans were farmers in the 18th and early 19th centuries.

     
 

 

 
 

 

 
 

Reports of Cases Argued and Determined in the Supreme Court of Tennessee, Volumes 1-2
by Tennessee. Supreme Court, William Wilcox Cooke

The heirs of Roger Topp, assignee of Joseph Denton, enters 640 acres of land lying on the south side of Cumberland River, on the third big creek above Stone's River, about two miles from the mouth of said creek, including an improvement, and marked on a tree near said spring W O beginning one quarter of a mile north-east of said spring, running south and west.

 
 
 

John Adams, Jr. (1735-1826) was the second President of the United States (1797–1801), the first Vice President (1789–1797).

from Tennessee Cousins, p. 485-488
"Notes on the Origin and History of the Denton Family"

Dentons Came to Virginia and Settled During the Seventeenth Century

The Denton Family, its members rather numerous in the East Tennessee Country in pioneer days, came to the Colony of Virginia in the Seventeenth century. The writer is convinced by a survey of the records that those of the name who settled on the Watagua, later in Jefferson County, then Knox, Blount, Monroe and finally in Bradley, Roane and Polk Counties were all of the same tribe, as those who emigrants to Eastern Virginia.

George Denton was one of the headrights of Randolph Kirk, who located lands in Westmoreland County, Virginia, March 22, 1665. (Nugent's Cavaliers and Pioneers, p. 546.)

John Denton was on the list of immigrants presented by Capt. Moore Fauntelroy to
the Counsel when he was given a patent to a large tract of land on the North
Side of the Rappahannock River (Westmoreland County, Va.) May 22, 1650.
(Nugent p. 195). This same John Denton appears to have been in Accomac County, Virginia in 1666. (Nugent, p. 553)

James Denton, who married a Mary Morris, whose sisters (Morris) married William Ballard and James House, was living in Brunawick County, Virginia in 1768. (Vol. 1, Valentine Papers, p. 120)

William Denton was living in Lunenburg County, Virginia, in 1783 & was on a list of tythes taken by John Ballard, Jr.

Thomas Denton and his wife executed a deed in 1738 to William Williams in Brunswick County, Virginia (Book 1, p. 517) and one to Daniel Williams in 1752. (Book 5, p. 259 and 273)

Benjamin Denton was on the tax list of Granville County, N. C. in 1788,

& John Denton m. Miss J. Paine in C?? well County, N. C. in July 1812.

Also a Jesse Denton was living in the County of Franklin, N. C. in 1800 on the
Census of that year.

John Denton married Sarah Stark in 1797, Granville County, N. C.

Daniel Denton & John Morris were witnesses to will of Joseph Barmard, 1808, Mecklenburg County, North Carolina. Daniel Denton was married to Susanna White the daughter of Isaac White , in Washington County, Tennessee, May 5th, 1813. (She was a sister of William White of the Whites who settled at Four Mile Branch in Monroe County, Tennessee).

Margaret Denton married John L. Howard in Washington County, Tennessee, in 1850, and Mary Denton married Kikanah Howard in the same County in 1829. William Denton, [son of James Denton and Deborah Gerow] perhaps a brother of these two young ladies was married to Rachel Gibson in the same county in 1826.

 
 
 
 

from Tennessee Cousins, p. 485-488
"Notes on the Origin and History of the Denton Family"

The Denton Family of Halifax County, Virginia

In Halifax County, Virginia, in 1814, Thomas Denton married Rhoda Cheatham the daughter of Bernard Cheatham.

Several members of one or two generations of the Denton Family settled in Halifax County, Virginia. Chief among these was a Benjamin Denton, a Berryman Denton and others.

Berryman Denton married Parmela Newbill in the year 1834, and Benjamin Denton married Ann Anderson, of January 12,1828. There is a deed executed by Benjamin Denton and his wife Peggy Ann Anderson, October 19, 1831, in Halifax County Virginia, in which they sell to William w. and Thomas A. Powell lands on Pole Cat Creek, which the grantors received from the estate of Richard D. Anderson (father of Peggy Ann Anderson. Long afterwards in Botetourt County some one stumbled on to their graves, with this inscription: Benjamin Denton, Peggy Anderson.

United in marriage July 24, 1793.
One child:
John A. Denton b. Aug. 6, 1794.

The theory has been advanced that Benjamin and his wife were headed for
Kentucky, and died on the way and were buried in this spot. By the dates one
must conclude that this was an older Benjamin and not the one who married Ann Anderson in Halifax County, Virginia, in 1828 as shown by the marriage records. They may have settled in Botetourt leaving children behind in Halifax County, Va.

 
 
 
 

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?

 
 
 
 

from Tennessee Cousins, p. 485-488
"Notes on the Origin and History of the Denton Family"

The Descendants of Capt. John Denton of Augusta and Shenandoah Valley

It is pretty safe to assume that the Dentons of the Washington District, whose
names are mentioned in the old court records, were the descendants of Capt. John Denton, of the Fairfax Regiment of 1755. It is the family tradition that this is so.

One of his fellow officers was Capt. Samuel Odell, who was perhaps the father of the John Odell of Washington District for whom James Ray, Jonathan Tipton and James Denton furnished bond, when he was before the court in 1782.

Capt. John Denton had a son John Denton Jr. and a son Abraham Denton, a namesake perhaps of his fellow parishioner and processioner, Abraham Collette, whose daughter became the wife of John Denton, Jr.. The tradition also, is, that after the death of John Denton, Jr. his widow became the wife of John Odell and came to Washington County. This may or may not be true.

Abraham Denton, the son of Captain John Denton, is said to have died in Augusta, in the Shenandoah country, about 1774, leaving among his children his oldest son Abraham Denton who migrated to the Watagua Valley in East Tennessee.

The children of the first Abraham Denton perhaps were:
1. Abraham Denton (Of the Watauga)
2. James Denton
3. Samuel Denton
4. Phoebe Denton m. Wm. Plumley.
5. Martha Denton, m. (1) Dr. James Moore of Frederick County, & (2) Col. John Tipton, who came to Washington District.
6. John Denton, Jr. (Of Watauga).

The County Court of Washington District passed an order in 1780 giving
Abraham Denton permission to build a mill on his land. There is absolutely no
clue to the name of the wife of this Abraham Denton, save & except the names
of the Dentons of the generation that followed. He was in all probability the
father of:
1. Abraham Denton (of Jefferson Co.)
2. Thomas Denton(d. 1807) in Jefferson County.)
3. Isaac Denton
4. Reuben Denton (b. 1788)
5. Daniel Denton m. Susanna White
6. Jacob Denton, of Jefferson Co.
7. Josiah Denton
8. Jean Denton m. Robert Lowrey (1797)

 

 
 
 
 

Isaac Denton
Source: Will book No. 1, pg. 54
Wife - Ann Children - Isaac, Jeremiah, Martha, Agnes, Elizabeth, Susannah Executors - Jesse Whitson, David Job

Notes: Proven May 1795

Samuel Denton
Date: January 11, 1814
Source: Will book No. 1, pg. 100
Wife - Martha Children - Jonas, Thomas, John, Jonathan, David, Samuel, Laura, Lavinia, Tabitha, Abigail, Martha, Anna Executors - Martha Denton (wife)
Witnesses - Henry King, John Carr, John Miller

Notes: He leaves his wife land on Cherokee Creek.

 
 
 
 

from Tennessee Cousins, p. 485-488
"Notes on the Origin and History of the Denton Family"

James Denton of the Watagua who married Dorcas Mitchell

It is the tradition in the Denton Family that James Denton, who married Dorcas Mitchell, lived and died in Virginia, but this writer is convinced that he is the same James Denton, who settled in the Watauga Valley in East Tennessee, and the grandfather, instead of the father, of the James Denton who married Mary Grady, from South Carolina.

He probably had as many children as either Abraham or Thomas and Jacob, but it would be safer to say that he did have:
1. James Denton
2. Isaac Denton
3. John Benard Denton (who went to Texas)
4. Rev. Ozias Denton (who lived in White County)

 
 
 
 

Pages 9 – 10 Isaac Denton Jul 1794
Washington County, Territory south of the River Ohio.

Two Sons Isaac and Jeremiah: all lands to be equally divided.
Wife Ann: to have estate in her possession, 20 pounds or 66 dollars and 4 shillings for the upkeep of my son Isaac.
Children: Jeremiah, Isaac, Martha, Agge, Elizabeth, to equally divide the rest of the estate.
On the death of my wife Susana Rider shall have 10 pounds..

Executors: friends Jese Whatson, David Job
Witnesses: Jessee Whitson, David Job

 
 

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Washington County, Marriages

Denton, Daniel married WHITE, Susannah on 05-MAY-1812
Denton, Elizabeth married GARVIN, Robert on 22-OCT-1837
Denton, H married STEVENS, I C on 25-DEC-1839
Denton, Margaret H married HOWARD, John L on 16-NOV-1830
Denton, Martha married DAVIS, Charles on 20-MAR-1833
Denton, Mary married HOWARD, Elkanah H on 27-OCT-1829
Denton, Polly married PRICE, Benjamin on 26-MAR-1806
Denton, Tabitha married FULLER, James on 19-MAY-1818
Denton, William married GIBSON, Rachel on 15-MAR-1826

 

 

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