Sarah Denton

#1032, (say December 1738 - September 1831)
Relationship3rd great-grandmother of Nelle Belle Bridges
Father*Robert Denton3 (1714 - 1778)
Mother*Jane Moon1,2 (s 1720 - c 1782)


David Williams b. c 1734, d. 1800
Child 1. William D Williams+11,12 (1760 - 1846)
Had 10 sons and 1 dau.4 
Her married name was Williams. 
Birth*say December 1738She was born say December 1738 at VirginiaG.5,6 
Marriage*circa 1755She married David Williams circa 1755 at VirginiaG.7,5 
between 1755 and 1774Ten sons and one daughter between 1755 and 1774.7 
26 November 1782In Jane Moon's will dated 26 November 1782 at Hardy (then Hampshire) Co., Virginia (now West Virginia)G, Sarah Denton was named as an heir, as Sarah Williams.8 
Death*September 1831She died in September 1831 at South CarolinaG; Denton Genealogy has 1788 in KY.9,10 
ChartsAncestors of Nelle Belle Bridges


  1. [S827] Waughtel & Wilcox Genealogy & Family History, online
  2. [S828] Denton Genealogy, online
  3. [S828] Denton Genealogy, online, Robert DENTON was born in 1714. Died in 1778 in Hampshire CO, VA (Now Hardy CO, WV). Robert owned land by 1751 in present-day Hardy CO, WV on both the Lost River and Cacapon River west of Strasburg, VA. Following the last Indian uprising in 1766, Robert was involved in the purchase of more land in the Great North Mountain Range in what is now West Virginia. Robert stayed in this area though his brother James and others found Tennessee alluring, as well as Kentucky. He amassed some 1,600 acres of land in the area. He must have become ill in the late 1760s for he began to sell off the Lost River parcels, mostly to his family. In 1768 he sold 323 acres to his daughter Margaret and her husband, Joel Robinson. At his Lost River Plantation he began to see the great migration into the countryside begin. Surveyors were in Kentucky laying out the best lands for those who participated in the long conflict with the French and the Indians.

    The English crown still forbade movement across the Alleghanies, but their Virginia governor, John Murray, Lord of Dunmore, instituted an expansionist attitude after he took office in 1771. The land-greedy pioneers were impatient with the "rights" ascribed to the Indian tribes.

    Robert died in the early part of 1778.

    He married Jane MOON on 13 Feb 1738 in Burlington CO, NJ. Jane MOON was born in 1714. Died in 1787 in Hampshire CO, VA. "License of Marriage on the thirteenth Day of February A.D. 1738 was granted by his Excellency Lewis Morris Esq. Gov. unto Robert Denton of Evesham in the County of Burlington, Yeoman, of one party and Jane Moon of the same Township, Spinster of other party. Arch Home, Secry"

    They had the following children:

    Margaret DENTON
    Jacob DENTON
    John DENTON Sr.
    Sarah DENTON
    Thomas DENTON
    Elizabeth DENTON
    Mary DENTON.
  4. [S236] Brant and Fuller, History of Vanderburgh County Indiana from the earliest times to the present (Madison, WI: Brant and Fuller, 1889), p. 618.
  5. [S827] Waughtel & Wilcox, online, citing Will of Jane Denton (26 Nov 1782) naming dau. Sarah Williams (among others); and Will Book no. 1, p.31, distribution, 18 Apr 1789 to David Williams "on Acct of part of his Legacy" £2 10s [David being either the wid. of Sarah (Denton) Williams, or a grandson].
  6. [S232] Wintz-Muller, Bitter-Relleke, Miller-Stanton, Davenport-Wathen, Sharon Miller Sheridan (SSheridan5638), owner, online
  7. [S236] Brant and Fuller, History of Vanderburgh County (BF), pp. 617-19, entry for Rachel H. Purdue: "Daniel Williams, a native of Wales, immigrated to the United States before the revolutionary war, and made his home in Virginia. Here he was married to a Miss Denton. They raised a family of eleven children, ten sons and one daughter."
  8. [S827] Waughtel & Wilcox, online, Will of Jane Denton: " I Jane Denton of Hampshire County and Colony of Virginia... First I will that my funeral Expenses and Just debts be Paid and discharged by my hereafter named Executor. Item I Give and bequeath to Eldest Son Jacob Denton my big bible and Big pot & the puter meashures and Big Chear. Item I Give and bequeath to my Daughter Margret Robinson one Negro Girl named Pol to her or her heirs and the bed Cloths one pan and Box iron and the Next begest pot and Spinning [ al] and the oldest Chest and my Best Table...Item and my will is that my peuter that I am possest of at my decees Besides what is above mentioned to be Equally divied between my three Daughters that is to say Sarah Williams, Margred Robinson and Elizabeth Crow. Item I Give and bequeath my newest Chest to my Son Thoms Denton. Item my will and desire is that all my moveable Estate that I am possest of at my decees be sides what is all ready Mentioned to be Equally divided amongst my Sons and Daughters Jacob, John, Thomas Denton and Sarah Williams, Margret Robinson And Elizabeth Crow to them their heirs and Assigns forever...Item my will and Desire is that all the above legacys as the stand Stated to be to them their Heirs or Assigns forever...To the true intent and performance thereof I do hereby Name and appoint my trusty friend Stephen Ruddell to be my Executor...Set my hand and Seal this twenty Sixth day of November in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Seven hundred & Eighty two ~ ~ 1782."
    This will was the fourth one recorded (in 1787) in Hardy Co. after it was formed in 1785.

    Probate: "At a Court held for Hardy County the 9th day of April 1787 This last will and Testament of Jane Denton decd was Proved by the oath of George Kidner and Samuel Sonrey the Witnesses therein. And Ordered to be recorded, and on the Motion of Stephen Ruddell Gentl. the Exor therein named, who made Oath thereto a Certificate is Granted him for Obtaining a probate thereof in due form Giving Security whereupon he with Security entered into and Acknowledged [bond] Conditioned as the Law Directs."

    Appraisement of the Movebles of Jane (Moon) Denton. Will Book NO.1 at p. 12, June 11, 1787, Hardy County, Virginia. Jacob Chrisman, Anthony Miller, James Thomas At a Court held for hardy County the 11th day June 1787 This Inventory and appraisment of the Estate of Jane Denton decd Was returned and ordered to be Recorded. Teste Edward Williams C. H. C.

    Distribution: "Will Book No. 1 at Page 31, 18th day April 1789, For The Estate of Jane Denton Decd. L S.
    To David Williams, Joel Robinson, John Crow, Thomas Denton, Jacob Denton, Joel Robinson, sherrif for taxes, other.
    At a Court held for Hardy County the 18th day of April 1789. This Account Current of the Estate of Jane Denton Deceased was rended into court and the same being examined and Approved as Ordered to be Recorded By the Court, E. Williams C.H.C.
  9. [S828] Denton Genealogy, online, WILLIAMS, David; spouse: SarahDENTON, b. 1745 Hampshire CO, VA, d.1788 KY; Parents: DENTON, Robert and MOON, Jane; Children: WILLIAMS, Ezekiel.
  10. [S232] Wintz-Muller Family Tree, online, __ Sep 1831, SC.
  11. [S236] Brant and Fuller, History of Vanderburgh County (BF), pp. 617-19, entry for Rachel H. Purdue: "Daniel Williams, a native of Wales, immigrated to the United States before the revolutionary war, and made his home in Virginia. Here he was married to a Miss Denton. They raised a family of eleven children, ten sons and one daughter. One of these sons, William D., was born March 30, 1760."
  12. [S235] Opal B. Phillips and Carrie S. Hart, They Came to Warrick Co., In.: the Revolutionary War soldiers and patriots buried in Warrick County, Indiana and some of their descendents (Warrick Co., Indiana: Captain Joseph Warrick Chapter, D.A.R., 1976), p. 694, giving the name Denton to the mother of William.