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FOLKESTONE, ana .-.
Reprinted from "Yorkshire Notes and Queries," August, 1908, Bradford,
(Beverley, London, Folkestone, and Chicago).
" Some be'ieve that the family of Donton
oame into Britaiin with the Romane ; first,
because it is a Roman name, as appears in two
cpigrama in Martial ' In Dontone;n ;' secondly,
from Julius Dentatua. a consul in Rom'P, who.
niter his consulship, camo into England witn
Julius Ag^ricola, and built a tower iiipon the
Pict's ■vva'.J, and called it Denton, supposed to
bo, and whicJi, in ali probabjlicy, )nay be that
old tower at Danton Hall ('Oumboriandshiire)
'vliich stands very nigh that old wall, and thcio
never was any other kno\vn of that name. Tho
first inhabitant we read of here was one Bu'Oth.
:•' ^" era jOiTis ilK-rL.''.--'
" Others believe Denton to be a Saxon family,
because of the termination of the word in
'on.'" (Cf. Burke's ' Land'3d Gentry,' far
185C, vol ii., Supplement, pp. 100-101 ; Loiidcn.
Concerning- tho ancient hiistory of the family
oif Denton, we shall, for tho present, rest con-
tent with the quotation of the forej^oing
remarks on the origin of that surname. Tho
noios following relate chiefly to a branch ji
the family formerly residing at Beverley, in
Yorkshire, and to which belonged, it appears,
one William (?) Denton, who flourished circa
180G-1S25. Pie became a Government contractoi-
and, according ro tradition, erected several
fortifioations along the Britisih coast ^1). His
kinsman, John Denton No. 1, was born in York-
shire, circa, 1791, and died in South Norrt^od, '
Loiidon, circa 13'J7-8, aged about 76 vea-s (2) •
having married Mary Wad'dingham ;3). 27 May,
1819 (in Ilotham Chu.-ch, i>ari5h of St. Oswad'.s,
Hofcham, Y''crkstiiro), by whom h^ l^ad issue,
as follows :—Wdliam, born 28 March, 1820;
John, born 6 April, 1322; &;unuel, oorn circu,
1834 ; Jo&eph.
William Denton (eldest surviving child of
John Denton, No. 1, and Mary his wife) was
born in Beverley, YcHcshire, 28 Maich, 1820
(4), and was bapti&ed on the following day m
the United Parish?'! of St. Mary and St.
Nicholas, of the same p'lace ['5). His parents
then resided at Lair Gate, Beverley. He
removed to London, engaged in the building
biifciness, and subsequently took uip his rcsiidence
at Folkestone, in Kent, where he cortnued in
the same ocouipation until he retired shortly
before his decease at Folkestone, 20 July, 1905.
He was thrke married but died without issue
•'•!■■'-■ dow, Mr*. Harr •
I )<:ii •.;•!, ,-cd U- ' ■
^.oiatLery at Jb'olkestone a handsome monument
to his memory. His will, dated 13 .->.ugust,
19C4, was proved at Londou, 6 September, 1905.
John Denton No. 2 (second surviving child
of John Denton No. 1, and Mary his -vife) was
borin in Beverley, 6 April, 1822 (4). and was
baptised on the 12th of the same month, in the
United Parishes of St. John and St. Martin,
in Beverley (3). His parents' abode at ihat
time is given as " Keld Gate" (3). He
settlcjd in London and became a, partner of his
elder brother, WiUiam, in the buildinig busi-
ness During the latter part of the year 1870
he removed to the city of Chicago, U.S , where
he died intestate, ■'3th March, 1904. His
remains were interred by those of his second
wife, in Oakwoods Cemetery, Ohioago.
He married first, circa 1846, in Yorkshire, Mary
Ihwv/ton (who died circa 1857, a,t No. 31, Mar-
^rgaretta Terrace, Chelsea, London), and by that
marriage had surviving issue, as follows:—
Robert Watson, born 8 August, 1847; John,
born 8 August, 1849; Joseph, born 28 October,
John Denton No. 2 married, eecondly, at
Chelsea, 3rd May, 1859 (3), his own cousin,
Elizabeth Waddingham (daughter of Joseph and
Elizabeth Waddingham ; born at Hotham,
Yorkshire, 7 March, 1835; baptised 19 March,
1835 ; died in Chicago, 24 March, 1900), and by
that second marriage had ag surviving issue
one only child, to wit:— Ada Florence, born 8
Samuel Denten (third surviving child of Jolm
Denton No. 1, and Mary, his wife), was born
circa 1834; married Sophia. . . . ,and died
25 August, 1877, aged' forty-three years, with-
out issue. As there is no record of his will at
Somerset House, London, it appears that he
died intestate. He was for some years manager
for the firm of Merry and Nutter, in White
Joseph Denton (fourth surviving cliild of John
Denton No. 1, and Mary, his wife), married,
and now (1908) resides in Folkestone, Kent,
Robert Wateon Denton, builder, of FJolke-
stonc, Kent (oldest surviving child of John
Denton No. 2, and Mary, his first wife) was
boKK- ill-Yorkshire, 8 August, 1847; married and
The eight ohildrea last named now (1908)
reside with their parents at No. 3564, Cottage
Grove Avonue, Chicago, Illinois, U.S.
Josep.h Denton (third surviving child oi John
Denton No. 2, and Mary hie first wife) was
bom at No. 31, Margaretta Terrace, Chelsea,
London, 28th October, 1853; married 14
Deeember, 1880, May O. Willson; no issue.
Residence: No. 3564, Cottage Grove Avenue,
Chicago, Illinois, U-S'.
Ada Florence Denton (only survivinig child of
John Denton No. 2 by Elizabeth, his second
wife) was born at No. 1. Maitland VillaB,
Canning Road, Croydon, London, 8 February,
1870 (3) ; married at Chicago, 2 September, 1895,
Eugene Fairfield McPike (son of Hon. Henry
Guest McPike and Nannie Louise Lyon, his
second wife) (5) ; now resides at No. 290, East
Forty -second Street, Chicago, U.S., and has
issue : —
Elizabeth McPiku, born at Chicago, 11 June,
Helen McPike, b. ibid., 19 October, 1905.
Thirza Agues Denton (eldest daughter of
John Denton No. ?> nn.r! T^^,« !-■- C--L ',vife) wa«
;.. , :■ ' ■ ■ ■■■■■•. lii^''
surviving child of John Denton No. 2 and Mary
his first wife) was born at Market Weighton in
Yorkshire, 8 August, 1849 (3). He removed to
America, circa 1871, his present residence being
at No. 3564, Cottage Grove Avenue, Chicago,
Illinois. He married, first at Burlington, Iowa,
Jane Wright (born in Cambridge, England,
6 July, 1849; died in Hobart, Indiana, U.S., 25
March, 1876) and by her had issue— Thirza
Agnes, born in Burlington, Iowa, 29 Septem-
ber, 1871 ; Edmund James, born in Hobart,
Indiana, 7 August, 1874.
John Denton No. 3 married, secondly, in
Chicago, 7 March, 1881, Emma — (born 6
February, 1855), and by this second marriage
has issue as follows : — Olive Edna, born in
Chicago 12 March, 1882; Esther Emma, b.
ibid., 11 October, 1883; Bessie Ada, b. ibid., 6
September, 1835; Valentina Jennie, b. ibid.,
14 February, 1888; Robert Joseph, b. ibid., 6
February, 1890; John Edgar, b. ibid., 16
January, 1892; Ruth Helen, b. ibid., 14 Sep-
tember, 1863; Mary Elizabeth, b. ibid., 27
Ebenezer Read, who died 4 February. 1902,
without issue. The latter's widow married,
secondly, Henry Chapman Perdue, 22 April,
1904, a.iid has issue : —
James Denton Perdue, born 25 January, 1907.
Edmund James Denton (eldest son of John
Denton No. 3, gnd Jane hie first wife) was
born at Hobart, Indiana, 7 August, 1874;
married, 2 June. 1893, Mrs. Siisie , born
Jackson, and has issue : —
Eleanor Elizabeth, born 13 November, 1905.
(1) " Notes and Queries " (London), 10th Series,
Vol. v., page 209, et passim.
(2) " New York Genealogical and Biographical
Record " (U.S.), Vol. xxix., page 240.
(3) Certified extract from official records.
(4) Manuscript letter from the late Mr. William
Denton, dated at Folkestone, lOtli April, 1904.
(5) The ' Old North-west ' Genealogical Quarterly
(Oolumbus, Ohio), Vol. vii., page 267, Oct., 1904,
and Magazine of History (New York), Vol vii., p.
166, March, 1908-
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