DENTON Family Bible

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Dentons migrated south from Durham to Paris in four modern generationsFamily
Serendipity at workAccidental?
One 16thcentury Denton wife remarried a prominent QuakerCherchez la Femme
“Do the math”Cautionary Tales


Hurrah, I have only half of the usual levels of Neanderthal DNA
Neanderthal tendencies
Tracking the haplotypes in my DNAThe science bit
Our migration – all the way back from East Africa!Migrations


Twentieth century
Next steps
A mining disaster in 1888 has been memorialised across five Denton generations
Soulsby searching

A Co-op tailor
GGF1 – Joseph Denton


Denton – a Roman name?
All the places named Denton…

Denton Tameside coat of arms
Denton – places

Most modern Dentons are in Texas and Tennessee
Dentons – today

The first Dentons purloined stones from Hadrian’s Wall to build their homes and castles
Discovering the original ‘Denton country’

Early Saxon Dentons earned their spurs fighting along the Scottish borders
GGF26 – Sims of Yetherham [elder] (born 935)

GGF25 – Sims of Yetherham [younger] (970-1050)
Our original ‘seat’ was Bewcastle – or Bueth-castle
GGF24 – Bueth the Saxon (1006-1066)

Some sources suggest our early ancestor Bueth-barn was Macbeth?
GGF23 – Bueth-barn and/or Gilles

Denton/Vaux feud on the borders – a myth?
GGM22 – Sigreda (Alice/Sirith) Beuth/Vaux
GGF23b – Anketin de Denton

GGF22 – Robert de Denton / Anketin

GU22 – Robert de Denton
GGF21 – John de Denton ( – 1282)
This Denton knight became embroiled in, or may even have helped to start the Hundred Years’ War

Margaret was an important link
GU21 – Sir Richard de Denton (1282-1363)

2C20 – Margaret de Denton (1377-1426)
This Denton had a castle in Scotland that was burned from under him by Robert the Bruce, reflected in an updated coat of arms
1C21 – Sir John de Denton

MIDDLE AGES – 15th and 16th centuries

Cadet branch progresses.

Was a Denton wife governess to Henry VII and Mary I?
2C20 – William de Denton of Cardew ( -1404)

3C19 – William de Denton (the younger)

5C17 – Henry (or Wm Hnry) Denton of Cardew (-1532)

William Denton of Cardew ( – 1537)

6C16 – Nicholas Denton of Cardew (1500 – )

7C15 – William Denton (1523-1565)

This group regenerated the Denton name and its coat of arms
3C19 – Isabel de Denton

Thomas de Denton (de Hall) of Carlisle
– father-in-law of 3C19 above – (1364-1391)

Adam de Denton (de Hall)
– husband of 3C19 above (1390- )

4C18 – Thomas de Denton ( – 1455)
Denton coat of arms at Denton Hall
6C16 – John de Denton of Denton Hall ( – 1524)
A Denton tomb’s cryptic inscription suggests he may have been an early Freemason

Four coats of arms with Denton context at Sebergham church
8C14 – Thomas Denton of Warnell (1538 – 1616)
9C13 – John Denton the historian (1561-1617)

Thomas Denton (1612-1643)

Gennett Banyster
or Banastre (1527-1561)
Other early Denton branches:

Dentons of Sebergham

Yorkshire Dentons

Lincoln Dentons

Newcastle-upon-Tyne Dentons

OUR DARK AGES – plague and mystery, 13th -14th c

A Denton family living in Ossett Yorkshire was wiped out by the plague in July/August 1593GGF20 – Thomas de Denton

GGF19 – Thomas Denton of Appleton and Eaton (1320-1388)

GGF18 – John Denton of Appleton and Eaton (1345 – )

GGF17 – Thomas Denton

LANDED DENTONS – 1375-1701

Baddesley Clinton

St Mary’s church
For almost three centuries Dentons were prominent landowners and MPsMPs
Dentons were engaged on both sides of the Wars of the Roses
GGF16 – John Denton of Fyfield (1375-)
GGF15 – Sir Thomas Denton (1401-1427)
GGF14 – Sir Thomas Denton of Fyfield (1423-1453)
GGF13 – Sir Thomas Denton of Amersden (1453-1497)

GGF13 – Sir John Denton (1445-1497)

A great-uncle avenged his father’s murder, then killed a priest, yet walked free
GGF13 – Sir John Brome (1410-1468)

GU14 – Nicholas Brome (1440-1517)

Sir Edward Ferrers (1462-1535)

This Thomas was Sheriff of Oxfordshire and Berkshire, and was elected to six parliamentary constituencies
GGF12 – Thomas Denton of Fyfield (1465-1560)

Sheriff of Oxfordshire
GU12 – John Denton of Ambrosden (1490-1576)

Almoner and chancellor to Princess Mary, daughter of Henry VIII. He stayed with her in France for the four months of her marriage to Louis XII (Oct 1514 – Jan 1515), where she became Queen of France. On their return Mary pressed Cardinal Wolsey to reward him, he became royal chaplain and later a privy councillor to Henry VIII.
GU13 James Denton LLD (1474-1533)

A lawyer who took full advantage of Henry VIII’s dissolution of the monasteries in 1536-1541 and the subsequent selling off of their lands, Growing the Denton land ownership.
GGF11 – Sir Thomas Denton (1504-1558)
GU11 – Sir Alexander Denton (1542-1576)
1C11 – Sir Thomas Denton (1574-1633)
A Denton family sailed in the Great Migration, formed an early colony on Long Island, NY and started a church there that is still extant today3C11 – Rev Richard Denton (1603-1663)
Another Denton married the niece of John Hampden, a leading Parliamentarian (and the name given to our local Thame school).
Yet Hillesden was sacked by Oliver Cromwell, and he was sent to the Tower where he died.
2C10 – Sir Alexander Denton (1596-1645)
This Denton was the royal physician to Charles I and Charles II

2C10 – Dr William Denton FRCP (1605-1691)
This Denton died in a Royalist attempt to retake AbingdonJohn Denton (1623-1644) 2nd son of Sir Alexander
We learn of the legal status in 1688 of wives who run off with a friend3C9 – Alexander Denton (1654-1698)
5C7 – Sir Edmund Denton (1676-1714)

See our tenuous connection to the Battle of Trafalgar and ‘Kiss me Hardy’
5C7 – Sir Alexander Denton (1679-1740)
5C7 – John Denton (1680-1701)

AMERICAN DENTONS – 1630s onward

3C11- Reverend Richard Denton BA (1603-1663)
Lady Helen Windebank – wife of 3C11 – (1596-1656)
4C10 – Daniel Denton (1625-1703)

4C10 – Nathaniel Denton (1629-1690)
US Denton “Ground Zero”
This descendant of the migrant family was the source for the naming of Denton, Texas
John Bunyan Denton (1806-1841)
First sergeant in the 43rd Tennessee in the Civil War, injured while attacking a Yankee position he died of blood poisoning
10C4 – Andrew Russell Denton (1839-1863)

DENTONS IN THE FENS – 1528 – 1623

Haddenham Dentons
GGF10 – William Denton (1528- )

GGF9 – William Denton (1552- )

GGF8 – William Denton (1572- )


Prescot, Lancashire
Edward moved from Hunsdon, Hertfordshire to PrescotGGF7 – Edward Denton (1623-1681)
Lived in Huyton, graced with a station on the Liverpool-Manchester railway serviceGGF6 – William Denton (1670- )
A ‘feltmaker of Liverpool’ or a ‘mad hatter’?GGF5 – Thomas Denton (1702-1788)
Another hatter
GGF4 – Edward Denton (1737- )
An agricultural labourer, son Joseph was a blacksmithGGF3 – John Denton (1775-1845)
One Denton blackmith ended up dying, with his wife, in Toxteth workhouse, Liverpool
1C3 – William Denton (1833-1897)
A mason’s labourer, later a quarryman at the Eccleston quarry1C3 – Benjamin Denton (1814-1881)
John’s daughter had three children out of wedlock, she has a gravestone at Saddleworth
1C3 – Margaret Denton (1816-1873)
See BBC piece on Canney Hill PotteryGGF2 – Peter Denton (1809-1871)

PAUSE TO TAKE IN: two interesting 19th century relatives

two interesting 19th century relatives

Gaoled twice for extremely minor crimes
Rebecca Culliford – wife’s GGM (1850-1918)
Built the SS Denton that transported Cleopatra’s Needle to London for the Khedive Ismail of Egypt
John Punshon Denton (1800-1871)

TWENTIETH CENTURY – Family losses to wars

Died aged 31 in the Battle of the Somme
James Denton – great-uncle – (1884-1916)
Died aged 19 at Ypres in the battle of the Menin Road Bridge
William Charles Allen – wife’s uncle (1898-1917)
Navigator of a Wellington bomber, shot down and died in Germany – his daughter Mary established the details
Dennis Roy Allen – wife’s 1C1 – (1910-1944)

MODERN FAMILY – 1853 – to-date

GGF1 – Joseph Denton (1852-1935) *
GF – Robert Soulsby Denton [I]– (1882-1946)
F (Father) – Robert Soulsby Denton [II]– (1921-1982)
Me – Robert Soulsby Denton [III] (1948- )
* = repeated entry from above

Note on shorthand acronyms being used in the DFB:
GGF1 / GGM1 – means first great-grandfather /mother;
GU11 / GA11 – means eleventh great-uncle / great-aunt;
1C3 – means first cousin three times removed

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