THE DENTON FAMILY


Our earliest known ancestor in this family was Adam Denton who was born ca 1695. He lived in England. His son Shuldo was reportedly a stone cutter. Shuldo's grandaughter, Susan married Joseph Mears, who fought in the American Revolution. Their son, William came to Philadelphia in 1828 after sailing 39 days on a ship named "Dorothy". They settled near Cambridge, Ohio where William became the pastor of a Baptist Church. He left a manuscript concerning his family line, but some parts are missing. The data is incomplete. As a boy, he lived a time with his Uncle and cousins on the Barkefield Farm in Lancaster County, England. He also lived for a time with Grandparents, Ann and William Denton. and their son John. See the Mears Family history for additional information.


The earliest known Denton in America is Rev. Richard Denton who arrived about 1635. I can find no connection to his family. However, since our Denton family and his Denton family originated in England, it is probable that they are related.

Descendants of Adam Denton

 

Generation No. 1

1. ADAM1 DENTON was born Abt. 1695 in England. He married ELIZABETH *UNKNOWN.

         

Child of ADAM DENTON and ELIZABETH *UNKNOWN is:

2.             i.              SHULDO2 DENTON, b. Abt. 1715, England.

 

Generation No. 2

2. SHULDO2 DENTON (ADAM1) was born Abt. 1715 in England.

         

Child of SHULDO DENTON is:

3.             i.              WILLIAM3 DENTON, b. Abt. 1735, England.

 

Generation No. 3

3. WILLIAM3 DENTON (SHULDO2, ADAM1) was born Abt. 1735 in England. He married ANN *UNKNOWN.

         

Children of WILLIAM DENTON and ANN *UNKNOWN are:

4.             i.              SUSAN4 DENTON, b. England.

                ii.             JOHN DENTON.

 

Generation No. 4

4. SUSAN4 DENTON (WILLIAM3, SHULDO2, ADAM1) was born in England. She married JOSEPH MEARS, son of *UNKNOWN MEARS. He was born Abt. 1755 in Lancaster County, England.

More About JOSEPH MEARS:

Military: American Revolution

Note: Reportedly owned and resided on Barkefield Farm in Lancaster Co., England

         

Children of SUSAN DENTON and JOSEPH MEARS are:

                i.              JOSEPH5 MEARS.

                ii.             THOMAS MEARS, d. died in the Army in India..

                iii.            MARY MEARS.

                iv.            ANN MEARS.

                v.             HENRY MEARS.

                vi.            WILLIAM MEARS I, b. February 20, 1798, Wigan; Lancashire; Lancaster County, Manchester, England; d. July 13, 1868, Washington TWP., Guernsey County, Ohio; m. ELIZABETH LATHAM, December 06, 1819, England (recorde Upholland, Lancashire, Eng.); b. December 28, 1796, Wigan; Lancashire, England; d. February 05, 1883.

Notes for WILLIAM MEARS I:

Came to America arriving in Philadelphia on May 17, 1828 after sailing 39 days on a ship named "Dorothy." They settled near Cambridge, Ohio where William became pastor of a Baptist Church. He left a manuscript concerning his family line, but some parts were missing. The data is incomplete. As a boy, he lived for a time with his Uncle and cousins on the Barkefield Farm in Lancaster County, England. He also lived for a time with Grandparents, Ann and William Denton and their son John.

From History of Muskingum Co. 977.191 H2b, page 348...

Baptist Preacher, founders of Baptist church in Washington TWP, included elizabeth, Peter, William Mears and Elizabeth Mears Bateman. Founded 1842. 977.191 H2e, p368 showed William Mears filled the Salt Creek Baptist church pulpit from 1842-1849. On page 357 William Mears is the second pastor of the Dresden Baptist church 1846-1850 and started the first sunday school. Joined baptist church in Zanesville, Ohio in 1830 and ordained minister in 1836 for 21 years (26 April 1838)

History of Washington Co., OH page 453 (1788-1881) baptist church organized 1/15/1857 at Beverly. Succeeding pastors were: William Mears, a short time about 1859.

Stories of Guernsey Co., OH by William G. Wolfe, published 1943.977.192.H2W page 373-75 "Another Cambridge Church organized in 1851--Cambridge Baptists continued to worship at the Brick Church. Before another effort was made to establish a church in town there were fourteen Baptist churches organized in the county. It was not convenient for many to attend services at the Brick church. In 1850 Elder Mears was appointed by the Ohio Baptist convention to travel as a missionary in this part of the state. For the convenience of the Cambridge Baptists he held a meeting here in town once in every two weeks, and suggested the organization of a church. This was done on June 4, 1851, with the following constituent members:........... Elder Mears preached to the newly organized society for two years. He was succeeded by Rev. B. Y. Siegried in 1853. ....the two oldest Baptist churches in Guernsey County are Salt Fork (1818) and Mt. Zion."

More About WILLIAM MEARS I:

Burial: Washington Baptist Church Cemetery #228, row 11 (R7, T2, S16) Wash. TWP., Muskingum Co., OH.,. 5miles north of Zanesville, OH via Rt666 to Gilbert. Turn rt on Gilbert Rd to County rd 1 10 on left short distance to church and cemetery, row 7.

Note: October 08, 1828, Naturlized at Phil. Per Naturalization paper.

Occupation: Baptist Minister

Religion: Baptist

More About ELIZABETH LATHAM:

Burial: Washington Baptist Church Cemetery; Wash., TWP; Muskingum Co., OH

Christening: January 02, 1797, Wigan; Lancashire, England

Note: One of her brothers was reportedly a famous surgeon in England, but I do not know which....


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