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Ancestors of Lora Sue Hunt

      66. James Denton, born Abt. 1735 in Virginia; died Abt. 1835 in Bath County, Kentucky. He was the son of 132. Abraham Denton and 133. Mary O'Dell. He married 67. Elizabeth ? Abt. 1765 in Virginia.

      67. Elizabeth ?, born Unknown in ?; died Bef. 1799 in ?.

Notes for James Denton:

Miles Hunt, writing in 1881, gives his name.

His wife was named Elizabeth in deeds.

He wasn't mentioned in his father's will.

1775-land grant in NC-now Washington Co. TN near the Sinking River.

Walter Krumm says his father may have been Jonas, another son of Samuel.
Family tradition says he was the son of Abraham so that is the assumption I'm making.

1793-land grant in Sullivan Co. NC-now TN.

C. M. Miller says there are at least 4 James Dentons in Eastern TN.

Tenn. Archive land records say that James Denton was brother-in-law of Col. John Tipton. Col. John Tipton married Martha Denton who was a sister to James. Martha was named in her father's will so this would indicate that our James was the son of Abraham.

Samuel Cole Williams in the "Dawn of TN Valley and TN History states that James Denton from Shenandoah Co. on Sinking Creek dividing Ridge between Sinking and Brush Creeks adjoining Joseph Tipton 470 acres (environs of Johnson City) later owned by Col. John Tipton, Denton's brother-in-law, Date of entrant April 3, Patent Nov. 19, 1775. (Does this prove that James was the son of Abraham since Co. John Tipton's wife, Martha, was named in her father's will?)

After his wife died he lived with his children and died in Bath Co. KY just 3 months short of his 100th birthday.

A family story says that he lived with his daughter Mary (Polly) and her husband, Col. John Tipton Hunt. When he was reading he wouldn't answer when spoken to and Sarah Hunt Markwell said her son had the same trait and that "that was the Denton in him". (Mary Burnham).

From Rootsweb-Mary Miller:

Proceedings of the First Court of Washington District
County Court Washington District Aug 27, 1778, the following residents of
the District came into court and took the oath of allegiance:
Joseph Tipton
Charles Robertson
Hugh Henry
John Hughs
Sameul Denton
George Little
James Denton
Thomas Little

and on the same date these men were selected on the Grand Jury:
Caleb Odell

At the May term 1782, this order was entered:
Jonathan Tipton, Joseph Bullard, James Denton and James Ray, securities for
the appearance of JOHN ODELL to this court, have surrendered him up to this
Court, and JOHN ODELL is ordered into custody.

Later entry on the minutes: JOHN ODELL is discharged.

  Notes for Elizabeth ?:

She may have been Elizabeth Overall. VA IGI says Elizabeth Overall m. James Denton ab 1768 Shenandoah Co. VA.--need verification.

Other sources call her Elizabeth Harper Smith

She may have d. before 1799 in Sullivan Co. TN. Her name stopped appearing on land transfers.

Miles Hunt (1881) said his grandmother on his mother's side was an Overall.
Children of James Denton and Elizabeth ? are:
  i.   Nancy Denton, born Abt. 1765 in Shenandoah County, Virginia; died Bef. Aug 1831 in Bath County, Kentucky; married Reuben Hunt 1786 in Washington District, Tennessee; born Abt. 1766 in Shenandoah County, Virginia (Source: Harley Barber; died Bef. Jan 1826 in Bath County, Kentucky (Source: Will probated Jan. 1826..).
  Notes for Nancy Denton:
According to Harley Barber,, some say that Nancy wasn't a Denton but a Deaton and was Dutch. Her name may have been pronounced Dayton and evidence for this fact is that a grandson was named Deaton, sometimes spelled Daton.

  Notes for Reuben Hunt:

Individual bonds filed with the county clerk are the only marriage record in TN before 1838.

In December, 1787 he signed a petition of the inhabitants of the western country to the North Carolina General Assembly to form the state of Franklin (John Hunt, John Hunt, Jr., Basil Hunt, Jonathan Hunt, and Lewis Hunt also signed).

1797 in Sullivan Co. TN tax list
1800 Montgomery Co. KY tax list

Oct. 6, 1800-elected as deacon in Methodist Episcopal Church at the Western Annual Conference (Methodism in Kentucky, p. 332.)

Fleming Co. KY 1805 court-The Reverend Reuben Hunt produced credentials of his being in regular communion with the Methodist episcopal Church and took the oath to support the Consititution of the United States of America and this state: ordered that a testimonial be granted authorizing to him for the purpose within this state; wherupon the said Reuben Hunt with John Hunt his security entered into and acknowledged their bond in the penalty of 500 pounds conditioned agreeably to law.

August 18, 1809-John Tipton Hunt and Reuben Hunt, Sr. had a Quitclaim on 180 acres in Bourbon Co. KY. "My father, John Hunt, dec'd, to a certain pre-emption, ......

Bath Co. KY will-written July 10, 1822; probated in the January Court, 1826.
I, Reuben Hunt Sr. being frail in body and much afflicted yet in my perfect senses do make this my last will and testament. And first it is my will and desire and I do will the tract of land on which I now live together with singular and all appertinances to my wife Nancy Hunt and also all the goods and chattels livestock and all the property on estate of any kind whatsoever to me in any wise belonging to her my said wife to have and to hold and exercise full ownership over without rent or other charges during her natural life except so much as the aforesaid tract of land as lies within the following bounds.....and give the residue of my land to my 2 youngest sons Joseph D. Hunt and William S. Hunt...and the personal estate goes to my wife to be divided at the discretion of my wife between my 3 daughters, Phebe, Nancy, and Elizabeth...I give to my son son Reuben son Samuel Hunt...I give to my daughter Rebecca Rice..and to my daughter Polly now married to Anthony Matthews....

His will was probated Jan. 1826 in Bath Co. KY (Bath Co. Will book B, p. 70.)

Reuben and Nancy were probably buried in unmarked graves near their home on Buck Creek. The area is now under the water of Cave Run Lake.

  ii.   Anna Denton, born Abt. 1767 in Shenandoah County, Virginia; died Abt. 1787 in Tennessee; married William Basil Hunt Abt. 1786 in Washington District, Tennessee; born 03 Apr 1765 in Old Frederick, now Shenandoah County, Virginia; died 28 Jun 1828 in Sullivan County, Indiana.
  Notes for William Basil Hunt:
Individual bonds filed with the county clerk are the only marriage record in TN before 1838.

  33 iii.   Mary (Polly) Denton, born 13 Oct 1769 in Shenandoah County, Virginia; died 04 Apr 1843 in Hagerstown, Wayne County, Indiana; married John Tipton Hunt Abt. 1787 in Washington District, Tennessee.
  iv.   Sarah Denton, born 28 Oct 1770 in Shenandoah County, Virginia; died 26 Oct 1855 in Randolph County, Indiana; married William Basil Hunt 1788 in Tennessee; born 03 Apr 1765 in Old Frederick, now Shenandoah County, Virginia; died 28 Jun 1828 in Sullivan County, Indiana.
  Notes for Sarah Denton:
Her birth date was given by Brown and is listed on the VA IGI.

1850 West River Twp. Randolph Co. IN
Sarah Hunt 80, b. VA

  Notes for William Basil Hunt:
Individual bonds filed with the county clerk are the only marriage record in TN before 1838.

  v.   Joseph Denton, born 04 Dec 1772 in Shenandoah County, Virginia; died 07 Aug 1823 in Fleming County, Kentucky; married Dradena Hunt Abt. 1798 in Kentucky ?; born 06 Nov 1772 in Shenandoah County, Virginia; died 03 Sep 1844 in Benton County, Indiana.
  Notes for Joseph Denton:
Church records at Woodstock, Va. show that Joseph was bapt. when he was 8 months old. 15 Aug 1773.

Their first son was named James Overall Denton, supposedly. He was b. 1811 Fleming Co. KY, m. Tilitha Botkin, then Ester Botkin, and d. 9/23/1863 Benton Co. IN. In the 1860 Benton Co. IN census he is listed as James O. Denton. In 1850 he is listed the same.

  Notes for Dradena Hunt:
Dradena was listed as Joseph Denton and wife Dradena, late Hunt on an 1810 Fleming Co. KY lawsuit.

  vi.   Abraham Denton, born 1776 in Shenandoah County, Virginia; died 06 Nov 1813 in Bath County, Kentucky (Source: Rootsweb-no proof.); married Sarah (Sally) Hunt Abt. 1793; born 1779; died 09 Sep 1851 in Huntsville, Randolph County, Indiana.
  Notes for Sarah (Sally) Hunt:
Sarah may be a daughter of John and Mary (Overall) Hunt.

  vii.   Benjamin Denton, born Abt. 1778 in ?; died Abt. 1820 in ?; married Deborah Hunt Unknown; died Unknown.
  Notes for Benjamin Denton:
Some have said he died in 1845 in Indiana or Tennessee. I couldn't find him in IN, TN, or KY in the 1840 census

  viii.   Isaac Denton, born 1779 in Washington District, Tennesse; died 1817 in Fort Harrison, Gibson County, Indiana.
  Notes for Isaac Denton:
Killed by Indians near Ft. Branch, Gibson Co. IN while on a surveying expedition by General Hopkins. He apparently never married.

I couldn't find him in 1810 census.

Another source says killed about 812 at Fort Harrison, Crawford Co. Illinois.

  ix.   William Denton, born 1781 in Washington District, Tennesse; died 24 Aug 1825 in Bath County, Kentucky; married (1) Mary Hunt 21 Jun 1798 in Bath or Fleming County, Kentucky; died Unknown; married (2) Mary (Polly) Hunt Unknown in ?; born 1776 in Tennessee; died Unknown in Randolph County, Indiana.
  x.   Martha Denton, born 24 Feb 1783 in Sullivan County, Tennessee; died 14 Oct 1875 in Huntsville, Randolph County, Indiana; married William Van Landingham Abt. 1800; died Unknown.
  Notes for Martha Denton:
From Rootsweb-Jesse Leon Vanlandingham:

William Vanlandingham apparently died between 1840 and 1850 as Martha is living with her daughter Martha and her son-in-law William Rawlings in the 1850 Fleming County, Kentucky census. In 1873 Martha moved to Randolph County, Indiana to live with William and Martha Rawlings. William sued the estate of Eber Atkins for maintenance of Martha Vanlandingham and requested that William Atkins be removed as administrator of Eber's estate as William Atkins lived in Missouri.
Martha died at the age of 93 years, 7 months and 20 days, according to her gravestone in the Huntsville Cemetery in Randolph County, Indiana. Martha's son, James (husband of Eleanor), was buried in the Huntsville Cemetery.

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