||Richard Denton migrated to New England during the Puritan Great Migration (1620-1640).|
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Richard was an early settler (before 1664) of Hempstead, southwestern Nassau County, on Dutch-ruled western Long Island, as the town was founded by English colonists after purchase from natives in 1643, and then under a patent from New Netherland
The identity of the wife of Rev. Richard Denton is not known. The marriage register at St. Church, Southwark (now Southwark Cathedral), London, records the marriage on 16 November 1611 of Richard Denton to Helen Windebanke. Based on this record, Helen Windebanke has been identified as the wife of Rev. Richard Denton who emigrated to New England and settled at Hempstead, Long Island, in New Netherland. This is an error. This is too early for Rev. Richard Denton to have married. The Helen Windebanke who married in 1611 must have married some other Richard Denton.
A graduate of St. Catherines, Cambridge in 1623, Rev. Richard Denton came to New England circa 1640. Before coming he was a preacher in Halifax England. The Cambridge University listing for Richard Denton says: "Sizar of St. Catherine's Easter, 1621-23-24, priest 8 June 1623, Deacon at Peterborough 9 March 1622-3. Curate of Coley Chapel, Halifax, for some years." ("Sizar" is defined as an undergraduate student.) Coley Chapel was a small vicarage between Southowram and Northowram in Halifax, England. The J.S. Denton papers show baptismal records of Nathaniel and Timothy sons of Rev. Richard Denton "in Parish Church of Bolton, England."
From New England Genealogical Reg. 11/241: Rev. Richard Denton came to America from the Parish of Owram, North England. According to The New York Genealogical and Biographical Record, Rev, Richard Denton did not arrive on the ship "James" in 1635 otherwise Rev. Richard Mather, in his journal, would have recognized his presence. Rev. Mather makes several references to the sermons of the ministers on board the "James" and these include only himself and Rev. Mawde. Rev. Richard Denton's first appearance in the new world was in Wethersfield, Connecticut in 1640. In 1641, Rev. Richard Denton, along with Matthew Mitchell, Edmund Wood and probably John Lum with their families all moved to Stamford, Connecticut. In 1644, Rev. Denton and Matthew Mitchell remained in Stamford, while Edmund Wood, his sons and sons-in-law, John Lum and others went over the Sound to Helpstead. It is assumed that some time after 1644, Rev. Denton joined those in Hempstead, since he was a Presbyterian minister at that place. (as follows...)
From "Narratives of New Netherland, 1609-1664" a letter to the Classis of Amsterdam from Johannes Megapolensis and Samuel Drisius dated August 5,1657: "At Hempsted, about seven leagues from here, there live some Independents. There are also many of our own church, and some Presbyterians. They have a Presbyterian preacher, Richard Denton, a pious, godly and learned man, who is in agreement with our church in everything. The Independents of the place listen attentively to his sermons; but when he began to baptize the children of parents who are not members of the church, they rushed out of the church." From another letter dated Oct. 22, 1657 the same writers continue: "Mr. Richard Denton, who is sound in faith, of a friendly disposition, and beloved by all, cannot be induced by us to remain, although we have earnestly tried to do this in various ways. He first went to Virginia to seek a situation, complaining of lack of salary, and that he was getting in debt, but he has returned thence. He is now fully resolved to go to old England, because of his wife who is sickly will not go without him, and there is need of their going there on account of a legacy of four hundred pounds sterling lately left by a deceased friend, and which they cannot obtain except by their personal presence."
The famous preacher, Cotton Mather, born 1663, speaks of Rev. Denton in his early memoirs: "Rev. Denton was a highly religious man with strong Presbyterian beliefs. He was a small man with only one eye, but in the pulpit he could sway a congregation like he was nine feet tall."
The history of Hempstead, Long Island makes many references to the Dentons and their marriages and big families. The men were active in the local militias fighting the Indians and they developed excellent military experience that prepared them for officer commissions when they moved on to the Virginia frontier.
He married and had the following children:
Rev Richard Denton returned to England and spent his years writing Memoirs and Religious Studies. He briefly went to Virginia and his wife became ill so he returned to England. He died at home in 1662.
His place of death and burial location in England are not known. Several sources indicate that he died in Essex, and some Long Island historians and genealogists have reported a text that is said to be inscribed on his tomb there. Venn's Cambridge University Alumni indicates that he died in Hempstead, Essex, but no tomb for him has been found there. Krumm notes that Hempstead was strongly Puritan, so Rev. Denton could have found the place hospitable.
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On 14 Mar 2017 at 15:40 GMT Carrie Quackenbush wrote:
On 14 Mar 2017 at 15:32 GMT Karen (Kraus) Harbert wrote:
On 26 Feb 2017 at 20:31 GMT Carrie Quackenbush wrote:
On 26 Feb 2017 at 20:20 GMT Robin Lee wrote:
On 18 Jan 2017 at 22:00 GMT Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl wrote:
1. did not arrive on the "James" in 1635 2.first appearance was at Wethersfield in 1640
On 30 Dec 2016 at 17:22 GMT Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl wrote:
On 30 Dec 2016 at 17:17 GMT Cheryl (Aldrich) Skordahl wrote:
Regarding Richard Denton's arrival on the James in 1635, please see NYGBR dated January 1989. Vol. 120, Number 1, page 2. "English Origins of the Mitchell, Wood, Lum and Halstead Families" by Matthew Wood.
It states that Richard Denton appears to have arrived later than 1635 and not with these other families on the ship "James."
I hope this information will help to make this profile more accurate.
On 14 Jul 2015 at 00:04 GMT Carrie Quackenbush wrote:
On 9 Feb 2011 at 16:13 GMT Katherine (Alvis) Patterson wrote:
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