Robert Denton1

#8773, (1714 - 1778)
Relationship4th great-grandfather of Nelle Belle Bridges

Family

Jane Moon b. s 1720, d. c 1782
Children 1. Sarah Denton+1 (s 1738 - 1831)
 2.Jacob Denton+7 (s 1739 - )
 3.Thomas Denton7 (s 1741 - )
 4.John Denton7 (s 1746 - )
 5.Margaret Denton7 (s 1747 - )
 6.Elizabeth Denton7 (c 1749 - )
 7.Mary Denton7 (c 1752 - 1777)
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. 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 and 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, Jacob, John, Sarah, Thomas, Elizabeth, Mary.2 
Birth*1714He was born in 1714.1 
Marriage*13 February 1738He married Jane Moon on 13 February 1738 at Evesham, Burlington Co., New JerseyG; (license.)3,4 
16 October 1777He left a will on 16 October 1777 at Hardy (then Hampshire) Co., Virginia (now West Virginia)G; wife Jane; sons Jacob, Robert, Thomas; sons-in-law Joel Robinson, John Crow, David Williams.5 
Death*1778He died in 1778 at Hardy (then Hampshire) Co., Virginia (now West Virginia)G.1 
Probate*12 May 1778His estate was probated on 12 May 1778 at Hardy (then Hampshire) Co., Virginia (now West Virginia)G.6 
ChartsAncestors of Nelle Belle Bridges

Citations

  1. [S828] Denton Genealogy, online www.dentongenealogy.org, 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.
  2. [S828] Denton Genealogy, online www.dentongenealogy.org.
  3. [S1075] A. van Doren Honeyman, William Whitehead and others, editors, Documents Relating to the Colonial and Revolutionary History of the State of New Jersey (Newark, NJ: Archives of the State of New Jersey, 1880–1949), 22:106, Marriage Records 1665-1800. "Denton, Robert, Burlington, and Jane Moon, Burlington 1738 Feb 13". Hereinafter cited as Documents Relating to the History of the New Jersey.
  4. [S828] Denton Genealogy, online www.dentongenealogy.org, "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."
  5. [S827] Waughtel & Wilcox Genealogy & Family History, online freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com, County of Hampshire Colony of Virginia October 16, 1777 Will of Robert Denton:
    Be it remembered that on the sixteenth day of October in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and seventy seven 1777, I, Robert Denton of Hampshire County in the colony of Virginia yeoman being very sick and weak of Body but of perfect mind and memory thanks be given to God therefore calling to mind the mortality of my body and knowing that it is appointed for all men once to dye do make and ordain this my last will and testament that is to say principally and first of all I give and recommend my soul unto the hands of God that gave it and for my body I recommend it to the earth to be buried in a Christian like decent manner at the discretion of Executors and for any such worldly estate where with it that pleased God to Bless me with in this life I give and devise and depose of the same in the following manner and form.
    IMPRIMIS it is my will and I do order that in the first place all my last debts and funeral charges be paid and satisfied.
    ITEM I give and bequeath unto Jane Denton my dearly beloved wife the use and benifit of the Plantation which I now lives on during her natural life as she continues my widow and after her death or marage to goe to my soninlaw Joel Robinson unto him his Heirs and assigns forever. The said Joel Robinson to pay unto my son Jacob Denton oldest son Robert Denton the sum of one hundred and fifty pounds good and lawfull money of Virginia to be paid at my beloved wife's decease if the said Robert should become of age of twenty one years - but not to be paid till he comes to that age.
    ITEM I give and bequeath unto my dearly beloved wife one full third part of my moveable estate to her own proper use for ever.
    ITEM I give and bequeath unto my oldest son Jacob Denton a certain track of land containing eighty acres that lies joining his own plantation to him his heirs and assigns for ever.
    ITEM I give and beueath unto my second son John Denton one negro boy two year old next May the boys name is Gilburd to him his heirs and assigns for ever.
    ITEM I give and bequeath unto my third son Thomas Denton the sum of five shilings as an acknowledgement.
    ITEM I give and bequeath unto my soninlaw John Crow the sum of five shilings as an acknowledgement.
    ITEM I give and bequeath unto my soninlaw David Williams the sum of five shilings as an acknowledgement.
    ITEM I give and bequeath unto my son Jacob Denton and John Denton and my soninlaw Joel Robinson all the remaining part of my moveable estate to be equally divided amongst them and their heirs but to be continued on the place and not divided till after my beloved wife's decease.
    ITEM I do hereby constitute make and ordain my liveing sons Jacob Dentain and Joel Robinson my only and sole executors of this my last will and testament and I do hereby verily disallow revoke and disanull all and every other former testament wills legacies and executors by me in any Ways before this time named willed and bequeathed ratifying and confirming this and other to be my last will and testament in witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year above written.
    Signed Sealed Published Robert RD Denton (Seal)
    Pronounced and Declared by the said Robert Denton as his last will and testament in the presents of us the subscribers

    (but not to be paid till he comes to that age was onterlined be sealing and delivery)

    Stephen Ruddell
    John McNeer
    George Claypool.
  6. [S827] Waughtel & Wilcox, online freepages.genealogy.rootsweb.ancestry.com, At a Court held for Hampshire County the 12th day of May 1778 --
    This last will and testament of Robert Denton Deceased was presented in court by Jacob Denton and Joel Robinson the executors therein named Proved by the oaths of the witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded. And on the motion of the said Executors who made oath according to Law. Certificate is granted them for obtaining a probate thereof in due form giving security. Whereupon they together with Stephen Ruddell and John McNeer. Their securities entered into and acknowledged a bond in the penalty of two thousand pounds for their due and faithful administration of the said decedents estate and performances of his will.

    test
    Gabriel Jones (Clerk).
  7. [S828] Denton Genealogy, online www.dentongenealogy.org, Robert DENTON was born in 1714. 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.