05/12/2022

DENTON stepping stones

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I recently came to realise that a lot of the preparation work I did on Ancestry was not readily accessible from this site – so here is another way of presenting it, and where an individual is on Ancestry I have provided the link below, though where my site has featured the individual I link to that rather than to Ancestry.

So I can conclude that my gene pool covers not just the Dentons but also the following thirty-one families:

Banks
Baskiville
Bees
Blackhall
Critchley
Croudace
Cruddes
Dike
Dyke
Green

Grundy
Harding
Heaps
Hill
Honey
Hutton
Jenkins
Jones
Lewis
Mellanby
Ralph
Ross
Saunders
Sill
Sloggett
Soulsby
Sweet
Taylor
Towell
Turner
Walton

Four generation overview

The four generations ahead of me consists of thirty individuals (see below) – who were born arrayed across some 400 miles of England, from Stoke Damerel in Plymouth (close to Devonport, where my daughter Sarah was later to be born) to Hebburn in Durham.

Thirteen of them were born in Bristol, albeit in ten different parishes. Six were born in Willenhall and one in nearby Birmingham. Five were born in Durham, three in Lancashire and one each in Cheltenham and Plymouth.

Parents
F – Robert Soulsby Denton (1921-1982)M – Ivy May (Eileen) Lewis (1924-1991)
Chorlton-cum-Hardy, LancashireBristol
Grandparents
GF – Robert Soulsby Denton (1882-1946)GM – Elizabeth Ann (Betsy) Walton (1888-1965)
Bishop Auckland, DurhamWillenhall, Staffordshire
GF – Herbert Winston Lewis (1897-1947)GM – Ivy May Taylor (1899-1988)
Clifton/Barton Regis BristolSt Pauls, Bristol
Great Grandparents
GGF1 – Joseph Denton (1852-1935)GGM1 – Margaret Cruddes (1851-1923)
Evenwood DurhamTrimdon, Durham
GGF1 – Thomas Walton (1854-1934)GGM1- Betsey Hill (1856-1908)
Willenhall, StaffordshireWillenhall, Staffordshire
GGF1 – Samuel Joseph Lewis (1867-1955)GGM1 – Alice Maude Jenkins (1868-1925)
Castle Green, BristolBristol
GGF1 – James Charles Taylor (1856-1911)GGM1 – Winnie Saunders (1866-?)
St Philip & St Jacob, BristolPaulton, Bristol
Great Grandparent 2s
GGF2 – Peter Denton (1809-1871)GGM2 – Elizabeth Critchley (1809-1871)
Prescot, LancashireSt Helens, Lancashire
GGF2 – Andrew Crudis (?-1878)GGM2 – Hannah Soulsby (1813-1860)
Heworth, DurhamHebburn, Durham
GGF2- George Walton (1817-1899)GGM2- Emma Dyke (1820-1877)
Willenhall, StaffordshireBirmingham, Warwickshire
GGF2 – Mark Hill (1828-1888)GGM2 – Sarah Ann Banks (1834-1886)
Willenhall, StaffordshireWillenhall, Staffordshire
GGF2 – Henry George Lewis (1824-?)GGM2 – Mary Ann Sill (1823-1892)
St James, BristolSt Philips, Bristol
GGF2 – William Brockendon Jenkins (1838-1915)GGM2 – Augusta Ann Honey (1837-1879)
Stoke Damerel, Plymouth, DevonSt James, Bristol
GGF2 – William Henry Taylor (1831-1881)GGM2 – Helen B Towell (1831-?)
St Pauls, BristolSt Philips, Bristol
GGF2 – William Saunders (1823-1906)GGM2 – Gwenllean Jones (1839-?)
St Georges, BristolCheltenham, Gloucester

Five generations back

If we push this back a further generation, just one of these 32 is a Denton – and we find we cannot identify three of my 32 GGP3s.

These do push us out further into the south west (Looe Cornwall, Plymouth and Modbury Devon) and further north east (Chester-le-Street and Gateshead) and north west to Cliburn, Penrith Cumbria. Eight come from Staffordshire/Warwickshire with one from a little more south at Langley, Witney Oxon. Five are from Bristol with one from Stroud in nearby Gloucestershire. Four are from Durham, three from Prescot Lancs, two from Devon, one each from Cornwall and Herefordshire.

Great Grandparent 3s
GGF3 – John Denton (1775-1845)GGM3 – Ann Heaps (1774-1861)
Prescot, LancashirePrescot, Lancashire
GGF3 – Robert Critchley (1765-1844)GGM3 – Ellen Hutton (?-?)
Prescot, Lancashireunknown
GGF3 – William Crudace (1785-1856)GGM3 – Mary Mellanby (1798-1872)
Chester Le Street, DurhamDurham
GGF3 – Jacob Soulsby (1785-1861)GGM3 – Anne Grundy (1792-1853)
Gateshead, DurhamGateshead, Durham
GGF3 – Thomas Henry Walton (1784-1860)GGM3 – Mary Ross (1791-1869)
Erdington, WarwickshireBloxwich, Willenhall, Staffordshire
GGF3 – Richard Dyke (1763-1841)GGM3 – Elizabeth Baskiville (1800-1867)
BirminghamWolverhampton, Staffordshire
GGF3 – John Hill (1789-1843)GGM3 – Elizabeth Turner (1789-1858)
Sedgley, StaffordshireWillenhall, Staffordshire
GGF3 – William Banks (1807-1868)GGM3 – Ann Green (1812-1867)
StaffordshireStaffordshire
GGF3 – Stephen Lewis (?-1840)GGM3 – unknown
died: Stroud, Gloucestershireunknown
GGF3 – James Sill (1793-1866)GGM3 – Mary Ann Bees (1800-1872)
Cliburn, WestmorlandBristol. Somerset
GGF3 – Richard Jenkins (1794-1841)GGM3 – Elizabeth (Betsey) Sloggett (1797-1841)
Modbury, DevonStoke Damerel, Plymouth, Devon
GGF3 – Capt John Honey (1804-1861)GGM3 – Jane Ralph (1817-1871)
Looe, Cornwall – died off west Africa on a barque ‘George’Bristol, Gloucestershire
GGF3 – James Taylor (1798-1869)GGM3 – Elizabeth Sweet (1797-1867)
St Philips, Bristol, GlosBristol, Gloucestershire
GGF3 – Philip Towell (1805-1877)GGM3 – Sarah Blackhall (1804-1875)
St James, Bristol, GloucestershireSt Phillips, Bristol, Gloucestershire
GGF3 – unknownGGM3 – unknown
unknownunknown
GGF3 – William Jones (1809-1864)GGM3 – Martha Harding (1810-1901)
Walberton, HerefordshireLangley, Oxfordshire

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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