Abraham Denton, Sr. and Martha Thorne and Abraham Denton, Jr. and Mary O'Dell
Abraham Denton (1668 – 1729)
Martha Thorne (1679 – 1730)
Abraham Denton Sr was born in 1668 in Hempstead, Long Island, he died in 1729 in Orange County, NewYork. Buried in Orange County, New York. Abraham was a private in Captain Cornelius Haring's company from Orange County, New York during 1715. He had purchased land from Richard Volentine of Hempstead on March 3, 1700.
The Orange County, New York records show, "Abraham Denton, Senr., of the Precinct of Haverstraw to son Abraham Denton, land. Delivered in the presence of Jonas Denton and John Denton, January 10, 1729-30."
He married Martha Thorne in 1699 in Orange County, New York. Martha Thorne was born in 1679 in Woodstock, VA. Died in 1730 in Orange County, New York.
They had the following children:
Abraham Denton (Capt.)
Martha DENTON was born in 1701 in Hempstead, LI, NY.
Captain Abraham Denton, Jr. (1700 - August 1774)
Mary O'Dell (1704 – 1777)
Capt. Abraham Denton was born in 1700 in Hemstead, New York. Baptized on 12 Aug 1774. Died in 1774 in Shenandoah County, Virginia. His will was presented August 12, 1774. He died and is buried at Tom's Brook Plantation in Shenandoah County, Virginia.
Abraham was a Captain in the French and Indian War in the Provincial Army of 1766. Abraham, according to sources in Orange County, New York, had some problems with local law and soon after left the county for a new home in the Shenandoah County of Virginia. This was in 1729 or 1730. Thus started the move westward, for his sons each moved in different directions into the frontier.
From The Tennessee Valley Historical Review: "Abraham Denton, Junior, became involved with the law in New York in about 1729-30. He, along with some close relatives, left that state and headed for Virginia, crossing the eastern part of Pennsylvania and the northwestern part of Maryland. In the Valley of Virginia, then Orange County (later Augusta County) and the upper Virginia Valley, (Frederick, later Dunmore, and still later Shenandoah County) we find Abraham and his family. Also about the same time, Jonas Denton and others had reached the Virginia country. Samuel, Robert, James and John Denton begin to appear in the same general locality. The deeds in Frederick County clearly prove that the Dentons were there as early as 1755 and became prominent citizens."
Abraham left a deed dated August 12, 1774 which was signed by Mary Denton Little. Dorothy Clock (Clark) Elizabeth Smith and Mary Pareson (Pearson) made their marks. He married Mary O'Dell in 1725 in Orange County, New York. Mary O'Dell was born in 1702 in Woodstock, Virginia. Abraham's will was written August 12, 1774 and probated September 27, 1774 in Shenandoah County, Virginia. Died in 1779 in Shenandoah, Virginia. Will book A, page 200, Woodstock Shenandoah County, Virginia pgs. 228-229. Administration and inventory of estate and apportionment. Heirs: Elizabeth Smith, Hannah Smith and Daridea Clock (Clark). These were probably Mary's sisters who took care of her in her old age as her children had already moved on by the time her husband died.