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The Reverend Richard Denton was born on April 5, 1602 in Yorkshire, England. He died in 1662 in England. The parents and ancestry of Rev. Richard cannot yet be identified with certainty, as there were several of that name located at Warley, in the Parish of Halifax, York, where he was born. It is possible to identify with reasonable certainty the baptism of Rev. Richard, to identify his father, one of his sisters, and very definitely to identify the baptismal dates of five of his children.
Rev. Richard's birth date in all probability was taken from his College records at Cambridge. The only baptism date of a Richard at Halifax in that year was on April 10, 1603, the parent being listed as Richard Denton of Warley. There was also a baptism on Dec. 21, 1600 of Susan, a daughter of this same Richard of Warley.
Rev. Richard received his B.A. from St. Catherine's College (or Catherine Hall), Cambridge University, England in 1622/3, was created a Deacon at Peterborough on March. 9, 1622/3, and made a priest on June 3, 1623. As this information was probably taken from College records, it should be authentic. 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.)
Rev. Richard's marriage does not appear among those of the Dentons at Halifax, nor is it recorded at Bolton, Lancashire where two of his children were baptized. Probably he was married not long before he became minister at Turton, a small place about four miles north of Bolton. This would put the probable date of his marriage as between 1624 and 1626. The baptismal dates for five of his children are known, two at Bolton, Lancashire and three at Coley, Halifax, from 1627 to 1634. It is know that three of his children, Nathaniel, Samuel, and Daniel, came to the U.S., probably with their parents in 1635. There is no known record of the name of Rev. Richard's wife in this country, though he himself is frequently mentioned, so perhaps he was a widower by the time he came to America.
From New England Genealogical Reg. 11/241: Rev. Richard Denton came to America from the Parish of Owram, North England on the ship "James". (Note: No ship record has been discovered.) 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 was a minister at Turton, later at Coley Chapel, Halifax. He seems to have first preached in the U.S. at Watertown, Mass., about 1635, then at Weathersfield, Conn. at the early settlement of that place. From there he went to Stamford, Conn. in 1641.
(According to Utah records, the New England Register states as early as 1644, Rev. Richard Denton and those who agreed with him decided to try their fortune under the Dutch government, and accordingly, removed and settled at Hempstead, Long Island, New York, where they could be under their own laws and where they allowed all the inhabitants to vote, and made it their duty to do so.)
Although he is referred to as the first minister at Hempstead, N.Y. in a deed at Stamford in 1650, in which he disposed of his property there, he refers to himself as of "Mashpeag" on Long Island. There are two documents at Albany, signed by him, dated from Mashpeag and Middleborough in l650-l. He is said to have preached to the English soldiers at the Fort in New Amsterdam, probably about the time of the Indian troubles in 1643-5.
(According no Thompson's Long Island History, by 1650 the orders to attend church could not be enforced, and his wages had not been paid.)
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 Hempsted, 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, 1657 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 has returned 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 was engaged to act as minister at Hempstead in 1658, from a contract on the Town records. About 1659, he is said to have returned to England, taking a church in Essex, at which place he died in 1662/3. Most authorities agree with this date and place. Thompson on says "On the tomb erected to his memory in that place is a Latin inscription... Venn's Cambridge Alumni also agrees, saying he died in 1662 at Hempstead, Essex. Yet, inquiry at that place shows no such tomb there, and it appears that Rev. Richard was not a rector or curate there in 1660 to 1663. However, Hempstead, Essex was strongly Puritan. In the hope that Rev. Richard had left a Will in England, a search was made for the period between 1660 and 1680. It was thought that perhaps the reason for Daniel Denton's trip to England in 1670 was to settle his father's estate, but the records apparently do not show it. It seems strange that historians have been so mistaken about the burial place of Rev. Richard Denton, but there is no stone memorial to him at Hempstead, Essex, England.
Rev. Richard is said to have been Presbyterian, but his services at the earlier churches in New England were of markedly "Independent" or "Congregational" opinion. Rev. Richard worked first with the famous preacher, Cotton Mather. A comment on Rev. Richard is found in Cotton Mather's "Magnalia Christi" vol. 1, p. 398 ".... Among these clouds was our pious and learned Mr. Richard Denton of Yorkshire, who, having watered Halifax in England with his fruitful ministry, was then by a tempest tossed into New England, where first at Weathersfield and then at Stamford, his doctrine dropped as the rain, his speech distilled as the dew, as the small rain upon the tender herb, and as the showers upon the grass. Though he were a little man, yet he had a great soul; his well-accomplished mind, in his lesser body, was as an Iliad in a nutshell. I think he was blind of an eye, yet he was not the least among the seers of Israel; he saw a very considerable portion or those things which eye hath not seen. He was far from cloudy in his conceptions and principles of divinity."
From "History and Vital Records of Christ's First Presbyterian Church of Hempstead, Long Island, New York" contributed by John Dean Fish
His tombstone bears the following inscription in Latin: "Here lies the dust of Richard Denton. O'er his low peaceful grave bends the perennial cypress, fit emblem of his unfading fame. On earth his bright example, religious light, shown forth o'er multitudes. In heaven his pure rob'd spirit shines like an effulgent star."
of Reverand Richard Denton
Samuel Denton was born on May 29, 1631 in Halifax, Yorkshire, England. Christened on 29 May 1631 in Coley Chapel, Halifax, England. Died on 20 Mar 1713 in Hempstead, Long Island, NY. 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.
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.
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 County, 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 estate clearly 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 a negro 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 the intestate) and to Jonas Denton (a son of the intestate)."
He married Mary Rock Smith in 1654 in Hempstead, Long Island, NY. Mary Rock Smith was born on 20 Jul 1630 in Dorchester, Suffolk, MA. Died on 15 Mar 1713 in after in Hempstead, Queens, NY.
They had the following children:
Abraham Denton Sr was born in 1668 in Hempstead, Long Island, he died in 1729 in Orange County, NewYork. Buried in Orange County, New York. Abraham was a private in Captain Cornelius Haring's company from Orange County, New York during 1715. He had purchased land from Richard Volentine of Hempstead on March 3, 1700.
The Orange County, New York 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, January 10, 1729-30."
He married Martha Thorne in 1699 in Orange County, New York. Martha Thorne was born in 1679 in Woodstock, VA. Died in 1730 in Orange County, New York.
They had the following children:
Abraham Denton (Capt.)
Abraham Denton, Jr.
Capt. Abraham Denton was born in 1700 in Hemstead, New York. Baptized on 12 Aug 1774. Died in 1774 in Shenandoah County, Virginia. His will was presented August 12, 1774. He died and is buried at Tom's Brook Plantation in Shenandoah County, Virginia.
Abraham was a Captain in the French and Indian War in the Provincial Army of 1766. Abraham, according to sources in Orange County, New York, 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.
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 Dentons were 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.
He married Mary O'Dell in 1725 in Orange County, New York. Mary O'Dell was born in 1702 in Woodstock, Virginia. Abraham's will was written August 12, 1774 and probated September 27, 1774 in Shenandoah County, Virginia. Died in 1779 in Shenandoah, Virginia. Will book A, page 200, Woodstock Shenandoah County, Virginia 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.
They had the following children:
Samuel was born in 1734 in Orange Co., New York, British Colony. He was the son of Capt. Abraham Denton , Jr. and Mary O'Dell. Samuel was married to Elizabeth Seaman, daughter of Jacomiah Seaman and Rachel Secor.
Samuel was married to Margaret Moore, daughter of Samuel Moore, in 1752 on the Orton Plantation, Brunswick, North Carolina. Samuel died in 1811 in Pendleton Disctrict, South Carolina, USA, at age 77 years.
Samuel was a Revolutionary War Soldier in the NC Continental Line between April 1775 and December 1783 and received bounty land in White County, Tennessee. He is in the DAR Patriot Index, Part 1, page 820. He was a private in the North Carolina 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.
He later moved to Warrick County, Indiana and then back to Henderson County, Kentucky. He was paid one voucher by Auditors for Washington County July 17, 1782 as a Revolutionary Soldier. Also given a land grant in Henderson County, Kentucky in November 1813. He was a Revolutionary War Veteran and performed Patriotic Service between April, 1775 and December, 1783 in North Carolina.
Samuel and Margaret's children:
Denton; b. 1753
"Celia" Rebecca Wiggins
Benjamin was born in 1753 in Granville, North Carolina, the son of Samuel Denton and Margaret Moore. He married Priscilla "Celia" Rebecca Wiggins November 18, 1772 in Granville. Celia was born in 1755 in Granville, North Carolina and died in 1808 at the age of 53, also in Granville, She was the daughter of Thomas Wiggins (1730-1799) and Elizabeth Cooper (1735 - ?). Elizabeth Cooper was the daughter of Benjamin Cooper (1701-1761) and Elizabeth Cannon (1716-1759). Benjamin Denton died in 1810 in White County, Tennessee and is buried Hebbardsville, Henderson County, Kentucky.
Benjamin is listed in the tax records for Granville CO, NC in 1784 and 1786. No township listed. From copies of the deed book in "Kinfolks of Granville CO, NC, 1765-1826" by Zae Hargett Gwynn: "Benjamin Denton and wife, Celia Denton, and their children, John Denton, Reuben Denton and Polly Beckham, wife of John Beckham, sold land willed to said Celia Denton for her lifetime by Thomas Wiggins and then to go to her children. Frederick Denton, Samuel Denton and Elizabeth Denton were also children of Benjamin and Celia Denton. Frederick Wiggins also signed this deed, May 24, 1805." From the 1803-1806 Court minutes of Granville CO, NC: "Deed from Benjamin, Celia, John, Reuben Denton, John Beckham, Frederick Wiggins and Polly Beckham to Stephen Sneed, 197 acres and Celia Denton relinquished her dower right in said land."
They had the following children:
Benjamin Denton; b. 1773; d. 1848; m. Margaret Ann " Peggy" Anderson
Ann " Peggy" Anderson
Benjamin was born in April 9, 1773 in Granville County, North Carolina, British Colony. He was the son of Benjamin Denton and Priscilla "Celia" Rebecca Wiggins. He married Margaret Ann "Peggy" Anderson on July 24, 1793 in Botetourt, Virginia. Benjamin died in 1848 in Marshall County, Mississippi. Peggy died in 1840.
Last Will & Testament date 11 Nov 1843 on file Archive Box #559 Holly Springs, Marshall Co., MS Courthouse.
WILL AND TESTAMENT OF BENJAMIN DENTON
number 2, follows:
* This notice was posted in the "Jacksonian" newspaper, a copy of which is in the archives Box # 559:....The STATE OF MISSISSIPPI... To: Jane Denton, Sarah Byrd, the unknown heirs of Nancy Byrd (Deceased), Jefferson Denton, Issac Denton, Phebe Roberson and her husband John Roberson, Jincey Richardson, and her husband Joseph Richardson, Mary Holmes and her husband James Holmes, Wincey Holmes and her husband Benjamin Holmes, Elizabeth Stone and husband Eli Stone, Samuel Denton and Rebeca Hensley, Distributees of Benjamin (Deceased) GREETING
You are hereby cited to be and to appear before the Probate Court of Marshall County, at the courthouse thereof in the town of Holly Springs, on the fourth Monday in March next, then and there to show cause if any they have or can, why the final account of Shipman Denton, Executor of the Last Will and Testament of said decedent, rendered to our said court for allowance. Should not be allowed and a decree made thereupon accordingly. WITNESS The Honorable Tryon M. Yancey, Judge of the said court, and the seal thereof annexed the 4th Monday of December, AD 1850...Issued Dec. 31, 1850... Gordentia Waite, Clerk.. Jan 2,1851.
Benjamin and Peggy's children:
Mary Polly Denton; b. January 09, 1810; d. December 08, 1877; m. James
The Denton Family Denton Family Genealogy; http://www.dentongenealogy.org/ History and Vital Records of Christ's First Presbyterian Church of Hempstead, Long Island, New York contributed by John Dean Fish
AGBI Vol 42 p 483 Gen Column of the "Boston Transcript" 1906-1941. Completely indexed in the Index.) 22 Jan 1917, 6126
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