Isabel Denton 3C19
As we saw earlier the main branch of the Dentons had virtually died out when its last member, Margaret Denton, married Sir Richard Copley. But Sir Richard de Denton in 1340 had passed all of his rights in the manor of Sutton in Airedale to Adam de Hall.
See below – when Adam de Hall married the Copley daughter, Isabel, they both resurrected the name ‘de Denton’ and thus restarted the Denton lineage.
Thomas had previously acquired Denton Hall and had taken the name ‘de Denton’ for himself. Some sources suggest he claimed there was a blood relationship but this is not able to be confirmed.
Thomas’s son Adam de Denton (aka de Hall) married Isabel de Denton. As part of this union Thomas negotiated the formal right to use the name Denton and to bear the Denton coat of arms. This effectively re-unified the bloodline, the manor and the name.
So, this was a second occasion when the passing on of the Denton name was not by direct blood descent but more by relation to the place name and usage. However, the genealogy software I am using is undaunted, describing Adam de Denton as the husband of my third cousin nineteen times removed.
Adam’s brother John de Denton is said to have moved and settled in the south of England. Frustratingly he might well be a missing link to Dentons uncovered further south, yet conversely the fact that I could find nothing may indicate he did not marry or died without issue. That’s genealogy for you!
This marriage and the assumption of rights in the name and arms of Denton effectively reignited the branch through these two – Adam de Denton and Isabel de Denton.
Adam and Isabel’s son was another Thomas de Denton who lived at the Nether Denton manor house, Denton Hall.
He was described as an armiger meaning he inherited the Denton coat of arms. He died on 11 February 1455. Thomas married Alice Moore (?-1452) and they had a son Richard
|ASIDE: Bizarrely one website shows that the actress Tilda Swinton is this Thomas’s 14th GGD, without providing any data or family tree to justify this assertion..|
Richard de Denton (1453-1484)
Richard married Jane Dacre (1465-?) [possibly a second wife] and had three children. His son was John de Denton of Denton Hall (?-1524) and two daughters Sithe and Agnes of which little could be found.