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The entries for people & families with the surname Denton are gathered together in this SideTrack.

This Page does not include people with other forms of the surname.

The individuals listed are not necessarily related to each other.

Miss Denton [1???-19??]
Briggs Denton [1811-1884]
Daniel Denton [1631-1703]
David Denton [1840-1889]
Harry Denton [1876-1971]
James Denton [17??-18??]
James Denton [1810-18??]
James Denton [1886-1918]
John Denton [17??-1???]
John Denton [1771-1850]
Joseph Denton [1807-1869]
Josiah Denton [1866-1897]
Leonard Denton [1898-1918]
Matthew Denton [18??-1918]
Rev Richard Denton [1603-1662]
Richard Denton [1838-1913]
Roger Denton [1???-16??]
Samuel Denton [1???-18??]
Thomas Denton [1???-1855]
Thomas Denton [16??-17??]
Thomas Denton [1809-1???]
Thomas Edward Denton [1833-1885]
Walter Denton [18??-1???]
Walter Denton [18??-1920]
William Denton [1???-18??]
William Denton [18??-18??]
William Denton [1813-1890]
William Charles Denton [18??-1916]

Denton, Miss
[1???-19??] In the 1930s, she had a dancing school in Halifax

Denton, Briggs
[1811-1884] Born in Southowram.

He was a tea dealer at Southowram [1837] / a druggist [1881].

On 1883, he married Martha Wood.

Martha, of Southowram, was born in Rastrick


  1. Richard
  2. Charles Briggs Denton [1862-20th Dec 1868]

The family lived at Lud Hill Cottage, Southowram [1881, 1884].

Briggs died 24th January 1884.

Martha died January 1883.

Members of the family were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [P 6]

Denton, Daniel
[1631-1703] / [1626-1703] Son of Rev Richard Denton.

Baptised in Halifax July 1632.

Around 1638, he and his father went to Massachusetts, Connecticut, and Long Island.

In 1659, his father returned to England but Daniel remained in America.

He was an early American colonist. He led an expedition into the interior of northern New Jersey.

He was town clerk of Hempstead [1650] where his father was a minister / town clerk in the town of Jamaica [1656] / a grantee of a patent at Elizabethtown, New Jersey [1664] / Justice of the Peace in New York [1665, 1666].

He wrote

A Brief Description of New York: Formerly called New Netherlands, with the Places Thereunto Adjoining [London, 1670]

This is said to be the first, printed description in English of New York and New Jersey.

In 1659, he married Abigail Stevenson.


  1. Daniel
  2. Abigail
  3. Mercy

Daniel returned to England [1670].

The couple divorced in 1672. The 2 older children stayed with Daniel, whilst daughter Mercy stayed with her mother, who subsequently remarried

Denton, David
[1840-1889] He was landlord of the Peacock, Halifax [1874, 1887].

In 1864, he married Dorothy Ann Hutchinson [1842-1878] in Halifax.

Dorothy was born in Halifax


  1. Charles [1865-1890] who was a butcher and never married

Dorothy died 20th September 1878.

David died 7th July 1889.

Charles died 4th March 1890.

They were buried at All Souls' Church, Halifax

Denton, Harry
[1876-1971] Born in Halifax.

He was a wire drawer's labourer [1897].

On 10th April 1897, he married Florence Barnard [1880-1930] at St Thomas's Church, Claremount.

Florence was born in Eccleshill


  1. William Henry [b 1897]
  2. Leonard
  3. Emma [b 1900]
  4. James Edward [b 1901]
  5. Florence [b 1906]
  6. Elizabeth Ann [b 1907]
  7. Edna [b 1909]
  8. Vera [b 1910]
  9. Sarah A [b 1912]
  10. Ethel [b 1914]
  11. Harry [b 1916]
  12. Mary A [b 1917]

The children were born in Boothtown and baptised All Souls' Church.

The family lived at

  • 27 Copley Street, Haley Hill [1911]
  • 64 Portland Road, New Bank, Halifax

Denton, James
[17??-18??] A stone worker apprenticed to stone delver Samuel Hartley at Southowram.

In 1812, he left his master's service without leave or knowledge.

The Leeds Mercury reported that he

had on a blue coat, yellow and green waistcoat, dark coloured velveteen breeches, and leather apron; about 17 years of age, full faced, rather marked with small pox, dark coloured hair, and about 5 feet 4 inches high.

Any person harbouring or employing him after this notice, will be prosecuted according to the law


Denton, James
[1810-18??] Born in Denham.

He was a victualler & farmer at unidentified premises at 130 Stainland [1851].

Question: Does anyone know which hostelry this may have been?


He married Nancy [1808-18??].

Nancy was born in Barkisland


  1. Ben [b 1834] who was a cordwainer [1851]
  2. William [b 1838] who was an errand boy [1851]
  3. Hannah [b 1840]

Denton, James
[1886-1918] His parents lived at Lytham, Lancashire.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 2nd/4th Battalion York & Lancaster Regiment.

He was killed in action [21st July 1918] (aged 32).

He is remembered on the Soissons Memorial,

He is remembered on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Denton, John
[17??-1???] He bought Kebroyd Mills. He converted them to cotton spinning in the late 1700s.

Denton Bridge, Kebroyd is named for him

Denton, John
[1771-1850] Methodist minister born in Halifax. He was converted after hearing John Wesley preach in Halifax

Denton, Joseph
[1807-1869] Born in Northowram.

He was a delver [1829] / a stone cutter [1841] / an innkeeper living at Coach Fold, Northowram [1851] / landlord of the Bacchus, Halifax [1858, 1861]

Question: Does anyone know which [1851] inn this may have been?


In 1829, he married Nancy Drake [1808-1869] of Southowram at Halifax Parish Church.


  1. Samuel [b 1831]
  2. William [b 1833] who was a wool comber [1851], a stone mason [1861]
  3. Elizabeth [b 1835]
  4. John [b 1838]
  5. David [b 1841] who was a clogger [1861]

The family lived at

  • Stone Chair, Shelf [1841]
  • Coach Fold, Northowram [1851]

Denton, Josiah
[1866-1897] Born in Halifax.

He was a joiner of Water Lane, Halifax [1894].

In November 1894, he married Maria Alderson in Halifax.

Maria was the daughter of
Thomas Alderson

In 1901, the widowed Maria was living with her parents at Backhold Royd

Denton, Leonard
[1898-1918] Son of Harry Denton.

Born in Boothtown [4th September 1898].

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 2nd Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

He was killed in action [23rd August 1918].

He was buried at the Heath Cemetery, Harbonnières [V A 3].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Denton, Matthew

In [Q3] 1914, he married Sarah Burgin in Halifax.

They lived at 36 Albert Street, Haley Hill, Halifax.

During World War I, he served as a Private with the 1st/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He died 14th October 1918.

He was buried at the Naves Communal Cemetery Extension [V A 13].

He is remembered on the Memorial at Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance.

In [Q1] 1921, Sarah married Patrick Clarke in Halifax

Denton, Rev Richard
[1603-1662] Son of Richard Denton of Warley.

A Puritan.

An American report described him as

... small of stature and blind with one eye, but was an Iliad in a nut shell

He was educated at Cambridge [1621-1623], a deacon at Peterborough, and a preacher at Turton, Bolton before becoming Vicar of Coley for 7 years [1631].

He extended the Chapel around 1631.

He married Helen Windebank.


  1. Daniel

Around 1638, he and son Daniel went to America, settling in Watertown, Massachusetts, then moving to Connecticut, and Long Island.

In 1644, he established the first Presbyterian Church in America.

Denton Green, in Hempstead, NY is named for him.

In 1657/1659, he returned to England, where he remained until his death. Son Daniel remained in America.

Richard's book Soliloquia Sacra was much praised by his contemporaries.

He died and was buried in Essex, England.

See William Thorpe

Denton, Richard
[1838-1913] Son of Briggs Denton.

He was a grocer [1861].

On 17th April 1861, he married Jane Whitaker [1836-1911] at St Anne's Church, Southowram.

Jane was born in Halifax

The couple had a grocer's shop at 98 King Cross Road [1881]

The couple died 3 Grandsmere Place, Halifax: Jane [1st August 1911]; Richard [7th September 1913].

He was buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram

Denton, Roger
[1???-16??] Curate at Coley Chapel [1633]

Denton, Samuel
[1???-18??] Hat maker at 2 Corn Market, Halifax [1837, 1842]

Denton, Thomas
[1???-1855] Chemist and druggist of Halifax.

He died of apoplexy [15th November 1855]

Denton, Thomas
[16??-17??] He lived at Jagger Green Hall, Stainland. He built Brook Mill, Stainland

Denton, Thomas
[1809-1???] He was chemist, druggist and tea dealer at 14 Old Market, Halifax [1837] / an agent for Argos Fire & Life [1842].

The family lived at

  • 29 Crown Street, Halifax [1851]

There were visitors, lodgers and boarders with the family: James Farr [1851]

A Thomas Denton was listed as Dispensing chemist at Old Market, Halifax [1905]

Denton, Thomas Edward
[1833-1885] Of Halifax.

He married Nanney [1837-1903].


  1. Mary Jane [1859-1862] who died aged 2 years & 11 months
  2. Sarah Hannah [1860-1861] who died aged 14 months
  3. Mary [1868-1950] who married William Lee
  4. James [1867-1870] who died 3 years & 3 months
  5. Thomas Edward [1873-1874] who died aged 9 months
  6. John Edward [1875-1876] who died aged 8 months

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot Number 1645]

Denton, Walter
[18??-1???] Cabinet maker, upholsterer and house furnisher.

He began business in Siddal in 18??.

In 1885, he moved to New Road, Halifax.

In 1891, he moved to 72-74 Northgate, Halifax.

They had workshops at Eagle Works, Halifax [1895]

Denton, Walter
[18??-1920] Of Exley House, Exley Bank

Denton, William
[1???-18??] Woollen draper at 13 Corn Market, Halifax [1842]

See Thomas Denton & Son

Denton, William
[18??-18??] Of Halifax.

He married Mary Ann.


  1. Elizabeth who married John William Walker

William and Mary Ann were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot Number 244]

Denton, William
[1813-1890] Born in Halifax.

He was landlord of T' Cat i' th' Window, Halifax [1845, 1850, 1858] / a retired innkeeper [1871].

On 30th October 1839, he married (1) Elizabeth Fletcher [1820-18??] at Halifax Parish Church.


  1. John Fletcher [b 1841]

In 1851, Charlotte Smith [1817-1908] was a house servant at the pub.

Charlotte and William may never have married, but they had 4 daughters:

  1. Rose Hannah [1851-1945] who was a dressmaker [1871]
  2. Elizabeth [b 1853] who was a milliner [1871]
  3. Sophia [1857-1942]
  4. Louisa [b 1860]

All the girls' births were registered as Smith.

Rose Hannah & Sophia used the surname Denton when they married

The family lived at

  • 5 Summer Gate, Halifax [1871]
  • Parkinson Lane, Halifax
  • Buchanan Street, Blackpool

William died in Blackpool [16th March 1890].

Probate records show that he left a personal estate valued at £1,650 6/1d.

The will was proved by Aminadab Robinson of Green Lane, West Vale (cashier) 

Denton, William Charles
[18??-1916] He lived at 31 Hyde Park Gardens, Halifax.

During World War I, he served as a Sergeant with the 1st/4th Battalion Duke of Wellington's (West Riding Regiment).

He was reported missing and assumed to have died in a failed attack on Schwaben Redoubt [18th September 1916].

He was buried at the Mill Road Cemetery, Thiepval [I F 4].


The Denton family
Local family with branches in Barkisland, Holywell Green, Ovenden and Scammonden

Denton surname

The Surname is discussed in the book Halifax & District Surnames by George Redmonds.

There are over 20 entries on the Calderdale Companion for people with the surname Denton, as discussed in this SideTrack. This count does not include other forms of the surname.

Unattached BMDs for Denton:

Marriages 1849, 1904, 1915; Death 1900

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