Denton Family Bible

Denton family – original coat of arms – with ‘in chief’ three sable cinquefoils (black five-leaved flowers) and bars of argent (silver) and gule (red)
Denton family – full coat of arms – with three martlets and a lion crest, in some cases the crest is a martlet or eagle (following Roman usage)

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by Bob Denton

©2016 – Issue 2, November 2019


To: John Denton (1562-1617)
of Cardew Hall, Dalston, Cumbria CA5 7JQ

I owe much of the early detail of this family history to John, one of England’s early historians. Albeit a remote relative as just a 9C13* (ninth cousin thirteen times removed), his account and family trees of my direct relatives proved invaluable. John prepared these for a significant 1603/4 manuscript he entitled Accompt of the most considerable Estates and Families in the county of Cumberland. It detailed both the topography and gentry of Cumberland from the Conquest until the reign of King James I. More on John later.

It made me ponder whether perhaps my recent confirmed interest in history and the Open University history degree courses was somewhere in the genes? More on genes below in ‘Where do I come from originally?’

John’s lasting legacy inspires me to be academically vigilant and rigorous in preparing, some four hundred years after his opus, my own Accompt of the Denton family.

Note: If you have genealogical software I can send you a GEDCOM file including 8300+ individuals, and all supporting documents – though 5,000 of these are our American cousins.

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These are highlights of this thirty-generation, 1000-year+ journey:

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