Foreword DFB

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Denton was originally an English and Scottish habitational surname
used in Cambridgeshire, Cumbria, Dumfries, County Durham, Kent,
Lancashire, Lincolnshire, Norfolk, Northumberland, Oxfordshire,
Sussex, and West Yorkshire.
It is derived from the Old English words,
denu ‘valley’ and tun ‘settlement’ or ‘town’
thus as a surname it meant: from the town In the valley.


To: John Denton (1561-1617) of Cardew Hall, Dalston, Cumbria CA5 7JQ

I owe much of the very early detail of this family history to John Denton, 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.

Today’s Cardew House on the site of
Cardew Hall, John’s home

It made me ponder whether perhaps my relatively recent confirmed interest in history was somewhere in the genes? More on genes in ‘Where do I come from originally?’ John’s lasting legacy inspired me to be academically vigilant and rigorous in preparing this, four hundred years after his opus, This is my own Accompt of the Denton family.

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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