An American Family History


Abraham Denton

  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 Odell about 1725 in New York. She was the daughter of Samuel Odell (1690).

About 1730, they settled in what was then Orange County, Virginia. It became Frederick and then Shenandoah County.

Mary and Abraham's children may have included:
Abraham Denton, Jr. (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 James Moore and John Tipton), and
Phoebe Denton (1737 married William Plumlee, son of John Plumlee),

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

In 1758 and 1764, Abraham Denton appeared on the rent roll of Frederick County .

Abraham died in 1774.

In 1786, Mourning Hogg Denton was a member of the Big Pigeon Baptist Church in Sullivan County, Tennessee. When John and Philip Mulkey moved from the Big Pigeon Church in 1797, to what is now Monroe County, Kentucky, Mourning
Denton joined Mill Creek 'by living testimony."

Samuel Denton (1734) was a captain with the North Carolina Continental Line and
received bounty land in White County, Tennessee.

Rent rolls were lists of landowners showing whether they had paid their annual quit-rents to the Crown. A quick-rent was a feudal remnant and was paid by a freeholder in lieu of services that might otherwise have been required.




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.



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)


Abraham Denton, the son [sic-first cousin] 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).



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