Denton ...

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.

Since there are many people with this surname, it is possible that there are duplicate entries for an individual. If you discover any duplicates, please email me and I shall correct them.

Denton, MissRef 304-4
[1???-19??] In the 1930s, she had a dancing school in Halifax

Denton, BriggsRef 304-865
[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, DanielRef 304-479
[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, DavidRef 304-1730
[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, GeorgeRef 304-5
[1807-1893] Born in Macclesfield.

He was a scavenger [1861, 1871] / a gardener [1881].

He married Mary [1806-1870].

Mary was born in Saxton, Lancashire


  1. Sarah [b 1835] who married William Hemingway
  2. George [b 1841] who was a shoemaker [1861]
  3. Ann [b 1842] who was a worsted factory worker [1861]
  4. Jane [b 1845] who was a worsted factory worker [1861]
  5. David [b 1847] who was a worsted factory worker [1861]

They lived at 14 Oxford Street, Halifax [1861, 1871, 1881].

Living with them [in 1861] were daughter & her husband.

Living with them [in 1871] were grandchildren: Mary Hannah Denton [b 1857] who married Loudy Booth & John William Henry Denton [b Barnsley 1859].

Mary died 11th June 1870 (aged 64).

George died 22nd August 1893 (aged 86).

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2230]

Denton, GeorgeRef 304-6
[1845-1???] Born in Sheffield.

He was a scale & spring maker [1871] / a scale & spring forger for weighing apparatus [1881] / a scale spring maker [1891].

In 1866, he married Eliza Morton [1850-1???] in Sheffield.

Eliza was born in Sheffield.

She was a washer woman [1911]



  1. William [b 1867] who was a file heater [1881], a steam hammer forgeman [1891]
  2. Emma [b 1869]
  3. Mary J. [b 1874]
  4. George [b 1876] who was a file maker [1891]
  5. John [b 1880] who was a puller out in steel furnace [1901]
  6. Annie E. [b 1882]
  7. Herbert [b 1885] who was a heater forgeman [1901]
  8. Grace [b 1889]
  9. Matthew

The family lived at

  • Lord Street Court, Sheffield [1871]
  • 9 Jenkinson Street, Nether Hallam, Sheffield [1881]
  • 7 Jenkinson Street, Nether Hallam, Sheffield [1891]
  • 15 Kelvin Street, Sheffield [1901]
  • 3 Higgins Place, New Bank, Halifax [1911]

George died between 1891 & 1901

Living with them [in 1911] were grandson Thomas Marsden Needam [b 1906] & boarder Sarah Ann Burgin [b 1893] (worsted spinner) who married Matthew

Denton, HarryRef 304-527
[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.

They lived at

  • 27 Copley Street, Haley Hill [1911]
  • 64 Portland Road, New Bank, Halifax [1918]

Denton, JamesRef 304-841
[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 smallpox, 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, JamesRef 304-94
[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, JamesRef 304-310
[1886-1918] Son of John Denton.

Born in Siddal.

He was a member of Siddal Baptist Church / a joiner [1901, 1911].

He lived with his parents at Cleveland Avenue, Siddal, then in Blackpool.

During World War I, he enlisted [1916], and served as a Private with the 2nd/4th Battalion York & Lancaster Regiment.

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

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [17th August 1918].

He is remembered on the Soissons Memorial, France, and in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Denton, James AshworthRef 304-9
[1807-1860] Born in Denham, Yorkshire.

He was landlord of the Red Lion, Stainland [1834-1860] / Post Master General [9th January 1844].

On 6th September 1830, he married Nancy Stott [1808-1858] in Halifax.

Nancy was born in Barkisland


  1. Betty [b 1831]
  2. Miles
  3. Benjamin [b 1834]
  4. James [b 1836]
  5. William [b 1838]
  6. Susannah [b 1840]
  7. Emma [b 1841]

Nancy died in Stainland in 1858.

James died in Halifax [5th January 1860].

Son Miles took over at the Red Lion [1860-1869]

Denton, JoahRef 304-10
[1859-1921] Born in Mirfield.

He was an insurance agent [1901].

In [Q4] 1898, he married either Mary Murgatroyd or Mary Rhodes [1856-1???] in Halifax.

Mary was born in Mirfield

They lived at Kensington, Halifax [1901].

Joah died in Fylde District [Q4 1921] (aged 63) 

Denton, JohnRef 304-219
[17??-1???] He bought Kebroyd Mills.

He converted them to cotton spinning in the late 1700s.

Denton Bridge, Kebroyd is named for him

Denton, JohnRef 304-154
[1771-1850] Methodist minister born in Halifax.

He was converted after hearing John Wesley preach in Halifax

Denton, JohnRef 304-11
[1788-1830] He lived at Woodhouse, Skircoat.

John died 17th March 1830 (aged 42).

He was buried at Square Independent Chapel, Halifax

Denton, JohnRef 304-3
[1863-1???] Born in Siddal.

He was a joiner & cabinet maker (employer) [1891] / a joiner (own account) [1901] / a joiner [1911].

In 1884, he married Mary Ann Peace [1861-1???] in Halifax.

Mary Ann was born in Siddal


  1. James
  2. John Henry [b 1890]

They lived at

  • 2 Cleveland Avenue, Siddal [1891]
  • 3 Cleveland Avenue, Siddal [1901]
  • 25 Keswick Road, Blackpool, Lancashire [1911]
  • 4 Stanley Road, Lytham, Lancashire [1918]

Denton, John JamesRef 304-7
[1859-1925] Son of Miles Stott Denton.

Born in Stainland.

He was a painter [1881] / landlord of the Rook Hotel, Halifax [1901-1911] / landlord of the White Horse, Halifax [1917].

In [Q4] 1896, he married Emily Ann Crawshaw in Halifax.

Emily Ann was born in the USA, daughter of Frank Crawshaw


  1. Dorothy [b 1898]
  2. Vera [b 1899]

John died in Halifax [16th March 1925].

He was buried at All Saints' Church, Dudwell

Denton, JosephRef 304-1008
[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 [1854, 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]

They lived at

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

Denton, JosiahRef 304-1030
[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, LeonardRef 304-525
[1898-1918] Son of Harry Denton.

Born in Boothtown [4th September 1898].

He was a member of All Souls' Church, Halifax / employed by Oates & Green Limited at Ellen Royd Works, Halifax.

He lived with his parents at 64 Portland Road, New Bank, Halifax.

During World War I, he enlisted [14th February 1917], and served as a Private with the 2nd Battalion King's Own Yorkshire Light Infantry.

He went to France [21st November 1917]. He was wounded and gassed [10th April 1918].

He was killed when a shell landed near him as he was waiting to join in the attack [23rd August 1918].

His photograph appears with reports of his death in the Halifax Courier [31st August, 7th September & 21st September 1918].

He was buried at Heath Cemetery, Harbonnières, France [Grave Ref V A 3].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance

Denton, MatthewRef 304-952
[1893-1918] Son of George Denton.

He was a spoon & fork roller [1911] / a labourer of 21 Duke Street, Charlestown [1914].

In [Q3] 1914, he married Sarah Ann Burgin [1893-19??] at St Thomas's Church, Claremount.

Sarah Ann, a worsted spinner of 21 Duke Street, Charlestown, was born in Halifax, the daughter of John Burgin, cart driver.

She was living with the Dentons in 1911



  1. Alfred [b 1915]
  2. Matthew [b 1918]

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

He had been a Territorial [since 1911], and had been on service in France for 2½ years.

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

He died of wounds [14th October 1918].

His photograph appears with a report of his death in the Halifax Courier [9th November 1918].

He was buried at Naves Communal Cemetery Extension, France [Grave Ref V A 13].

He is remembered in the Halifax Town Hall Books of Remembrance.

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

Denton, Miles StottRef 304-8
[1832-1883] Son of James Ashworth Denton.

Born in Stainland.

He was innkeeper of the Red Lion, Stainland (taking over from his father) [1860-1869] / a cab driver [1871] / a cab proprietor [1881].

In [Q4] 1851, he married Caroline Dennis [1834-1???] in Halifax.

Caroline was born in Leeds


  1. Dennis [b 1852]
  2. Anne Elizabeth [b 1854] who was a worsted weaver [1871]
  3. Catherine [b 1855] who was a worsted weaver [1871, 1881]
  4. Joseph Dennis [b 1857] who was an errand boy [1871], a piece warehouseman (cloth dealer) [1881]
  5. John James
  6. Alice [b 1861] who was a worsted weaver [1881]
  7. Emily [b 1863] who was a cotton doffer [1881]
  8. Walter [b 1865] who was a worsted bobbin pegger [1881]
  9. Lizzy [b 1867]
  10. William [b 1869]
  11. Lilly [b 1871]
  12. Stott [b 1873]
  13. Edith [b 1875]

They lived at

  • 5 Ramsden Upper Yard, Gibbet Street [1871]
  • 13 Mount Street, Halifax [1881]

Miles died in Halifax [Q1 1883] (aged 50) 

Denton, Rev RichardRef 304-25
[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, RichardRef 304-323
[1838-1913] Son of Briggs Denton.

Born in Southowram [7th June 1838].

He was a grocer [1861, 1871, 1881] / in a grocer's shop at 98 King Cross Road [1871, 1881] / a retired grocer [from 1891].

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

Jane was born in Southowram [18th June 1836]


  1. Charles Briggs (Denton) [1862-19th December 1868]

They lived at

  • 98 King Cross Road, Halifax [1871, 1881]
  • 10 Kingston Terrace, Halifax [1891]
  • 3 Grandsmere Place, Halifax [1901, 1911, 1913]

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

Members of the family were buried at St Anne's Church, Southowram [Grave Ref: F-M3]

Denton, RogerRef 304-8530
[1???-16??] Curate at Coley Chapel [1633]

Denton, SamuelRef 304-927
[1???-18??] Hat maker at 2 Corn Market, Halifax [1837, 1842]

Denton, ThomasRef 304-7390
[1???-1855] Chemist and druggist of Halifax.

He died of apoplexy [15th November 1855]

Denton, ThomasRef 304-107
[16??-17??] He lived at Jagger Green Hall, Stainland. He built Brook Mill, Stainland

Denton, ThomasRef 304-692
[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, ThomasRef 304-12
[1841-1888] Chemist in Halifax.

He married Ann Frances [1806-1890].


  1. James who died in infancy
  2. Samuel who died in infancy

Thomas died 15th November 1888 (aged 47).

Ann Frances died 8th November 1890 (aged 84).

The couple & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 2812] with granddaughter Louisa Newson [1868-1919]

Denton, Thomas EdwardRef 304-3820
[1833-1885] Born in Halifax.

He was a butcher [1861] / a master butcher employing 1 man & 2 boys [1871].

In [Q1] 1859, he married Nancy (Nanney) Balmforth [1837-1903] in Halifax.

Nanney was born in Halifax


  1. Mary Jane who died 7th June 1862 (aged 2 years & 11 months) 
  2. Sarah Hannah who died 14th September 1861 (aged 14 months) 
  3. Emma [b 1865]
  4. Mary [1868-1950] who married William Lee
  5. James who died 2nd December 1870 3 years & 3 months
  6. James Herbert [b 1870]
  7. Thomas Edward who died 26th February 1874 (aged 9 months) 
  8. John Edward who died 25th August 1876 (aged 8 months) 

They lived at

  • 5 Duke Street, Halifax [1861]
  • 11 Swine Market, Halifax [1871]

Living with them [in 1871] was nephew William Denton [b 1853] (butcher's assistant).

Thomas Edward died 28th February 1885 (aged 52).

Nanney died 19th May 1903 (aged 66).

The couple & the children were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 1645]

Denton, WalterRef 304-579
[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, WalterRef 304-428
[18??-1920] Of Exley House, Exley Bank

Denton, WilliamRef 304-932
[1???-18??] Woollen draper at 13 Corn Market, Halifax [1842]

See Thomas Denton & Son

Denton, WilliamRef 304-855
[18??-18??] Of Halifax.

He married Mary Ann.


  1. Elizabeth [b 1833] who married John William Walker

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

Denton, WilliamRef 304-1
[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 [1821-1849] at Halifax Parish Church.


  1. John Fletcher (Denton) [b 1841]
  2. John William [July 1843-24th September 1846] who was buried with his parents
  3. Emma [October 1845-12th May 1848] who was buried with her parents

Elizabeth died 1st April 1849 (aged 28).

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

They lived at

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

William died in Blackpool [16th March 1890] (aged 76).

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) 

Members of the family were buried at Lister Lane Cemetery [Plot 4359]

Denton, William CharlesRef 304-312
[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 died in the Dardanelles in a failed attack on Schwaben Redoubt [18th September 1916].

He was buried at Mill Road Cemetery, Thiepval, France. [Grave Ref I F 4].


The Denton familyRef 304-489
Local family with branches in Barkisland, Holywell Green, Ovenden and Scammonden


Denton surnameRef 304-2

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

Unattached burials at Lister Lane Cemetery: Plot 2463


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