from Some of the Descendants of Rev. Richard Denton by Edythe Johns Rucker Whitley
...At a "Court of General Session of the Peace held at Orange Town in and for the County of Orange the Thirtieth day of April Anno Domini 1734
The King Against Abrm Denton Junr. The Defend being called appears the Presentment being Read to him the Defendt Confesses, the fact & pleads Guilty and submits himself to the Mercy of the Court. The court orders and asses of fine of Three pounds and that the Defendt stand committed until fine and fees be paid."
From the Hempstead Town records of Queens County, N. Y. we find a Deed which show Richard Valentine, Senr, of Hempstead sells land to Abraham Denton, March 3, 1700.
We already know that Samuel Denton deeded for "love and affection" to his son Abraham Denton certain lands, and that Abraham Denton received a deed from his father Abraham Denton Sr, for certain lands.
According to records left by the Hon. John S. Denton of Tennessee....
Abraham Denton Sr, of Long Island and Orange Co. New York, born in Hempstead, L. I. etc
In a deed to Abraham Denton Jr, which begins
Recorded at the request of Mr. Abraham Denton, Jun, this 27th day of December, Anno. Dom. 1730
Married after 1698 for he was living at home single 1698.
Abraham Denton witness to Christian Funkhousers deed land on Holmans Creek, Frederick County, Virginia 1755
Abraham Denton Jr. of New York and Virginia died in 1774 in Dunmore County, Virginia (now Shenandoah). Married Mary. Abraham Denton was a Captain in the Colonial or provincial Army, about 1766 in Virginia.
Shortly after becoming involved with the law in New York 1729-30, Abraham Denton, along with some close relatives, left that country and headed for the Virginia Valley. In Western Virginia, Augusta County, and the upper Virginia Valley, we find Abraham Denton and family, also about the same time we observe Jonas Denton and family, which probably consisted of Samuel Denton, Robert Denton, James Denton, John Denton. These names all begin to appear in the records of Virginia from 1739 to 1752....
In the general Index to deeds, in Frederick County, Virginia the following are found:
- 3 May 1768, Abe Denton, Sr. to Abe Denton Jr. Vol. 12. page 254. This deed recites "Doctor Abraham Denton” to Abe Denton, Jr. his son, land on Tomsbrook. This certainly indicates that Abraham Denton who came down from New York was a "Doctor."
- 3 May 1768, Abraham Denton Jr. from Abraham Denton, Sr. Vol. 12, page 254
- 5 September 1769, Abe Denton Jr. to John Mauk, Vol. 13, page 132. 5
- September 1769 Abe Denton Jr. to George Weaver, Vol. 13. page 135.
- 7 August 1771, Abe Denton and Mary his wife, to John G. Storm, Vol. 15. Page 61.
- 5 August 1772, Abraham Denton from George Bowman, Exrs. Vol. 15. page 364 .
- 4 April 1775, Abraham Denton Sr. from Isaac Riddle. Vol. 16. page 632 .
It is perfectly clear that there were two Abraham Dentons in Frederick County, Virginia, during this period of time, one styled Abe Snr, and the other Abe Denton, Junior.
In Shenandoah County, Virginia deeds at Woodstock, Virginia, again is to be noted, Abraham Denton Sr. yeoman, and Mary his wife to Frederick Bossoman, deed. Book A page 132 .
Then again in Shenandoah County, Deeds C page 516,
John Tipton and Wm. Plumbee to George Seller. 19 October 1776. 5 shillings, same as conveyed Abm. Denton, deceased by Isaac Riddle and Geo. Bowman, executors of Geo. Bowman, deceased. 1 August 1767
land West side North River of Shenandoah.
Abraham Denton of Shenandoah County, Virginia left a will dated August 12, 1774, same probated September 27, 1774 in which he was called "Captain" in ( 1766 ). The executor of the will was William Reno...
... the old minute book at Woodstock, says at a court held for Dunmore County on Tuesday, September the _ 1774, the following gentlemen justices were present: Joseph Pugh, Henry Nelson, Abram Keller, Jonathan Langdon, and Jacob Holman...persons who appeared before the court or were affected or named in one capacity or another, were the following: etc.
Jacob Bowman (deceased),
Abraham Denton (deceased),
John Snapp, and others...
[According to Wayland]...Capt. John Denton was militia captain for the Shenandoah area during the French and Indian War. His widow married John Odell. Abraham Denton died 1774, left:
Phebe married William Plumley; and
Martha married (1) Dr. James Moore, of Shenandoah, and (2) as his second wife Col. John Tipton.
.... The children of Abraham Denton and wife Mary, are named in the will of 1774, as follows:
1. Joseph Denton, born about 1725 probably in New York, before his father moved to the Virginia Valley, married Ann Hogg.
2. Abraham Denton, born about 1730, married Mourning Hogg.
3. Phebe Denton, born in Shenandoah (or Dunmore) County, Virginia, married William Plumley, also spelled Plumblee.
4. Martha Denton, born in the Virginia Valley, married first Dr. James Moore, and secondly she became the second wife of Col. John Tipton.
5 . Samuel Denton, born in Virginia Valley....