by William Baker
( NOAH DENTON
(SOLOMON 6, SOLOMON5, SAMUEL4, NATHANIEL3, RICHARD2, RICHARD1) was born 1771 in Greenwich,
Connecticut, and died Aft. 1840 in Near Pawling, Dutchess County, New York. He married
DELILA KELSEY 1813 in New York. His mother was Judith (Jadath) Husted, d/o David Husted
and Joanna Brundage.)
Solomon Denton and
Judith (Judath) Husted's fifth child, Noah Denton, was born in 1771. Noah served in the
War-of-1812. After the war, Noah married Delila Kelsey in 1813 and their first child, Mary
Tacy Denton, married Jared Newman Worden in 1833. About his grandmother, Delila Kelsey
Denton, Joseph Watkins Worden writes: "Delila Kelsey Denton was left an orphan while
young. She lived with a family by the name of Albro in the town of Beekman, Dutchess
County, until she married. She was a fine singer. Belonged to the Baptist Church. I used
to think it a great treat to hear her sing. Grandfather Noah Denton was in the War of 1812
being stationed at New York City where he could see the English ships outside the harbor
for months at a time. Grandfather was of medium height, compact build, genial and happy
disposition, always looking on the bright side. He was very active. I have heard him say
he was never sick a day in his life. As a boy, he would ride down hill on snow,
barefooted. His first pair of pants his grandmother knit from flax. It's thought that Noah
died in the early 1840's. For Joseph (b. 1834-1912) to have known him, that sounds about
Both her parents died
and she was orphaned young. Delila was adopted by the Albro family of Beekman, Dutchess
County, New York. Her adoptive father was either Benjamin Albro or Samuel Albro. Delila
was a fine singer. She belonged to the Baptist Church. Joseph Watkins Worden (1834-1912)
wrote about his grandmother Delila: "I used to think a great treat to hear her
Children of NOAH
DENTON and DELILA KELSEY are:
i. WARREN HUSTED DENTON.
ii. EZRA DENTON.
iii. MARY TACY DENTON, b. March 16, 1816, Holmes,
Near Pawlings, Dutchess
County, New York; d. July 12, 1863, Near Garden Grove, Decatur County,
Iowa; m. JARED NEWMAN WORDEN, 1833, Dutchess County, New York.
Notes for MARY TACY DENTON:
Mary is buried in Metier Cemetery, Garden Grove, Decatur County, Iowa. Some
know her by Mary Tracy Denton Worden, it was actually Tacy.
Jared was named for a
neighbor, Jared Newman, of his father's. Jared Newman Worden married Delila Kelsey in
1833. They had eleven children, ten of whom were born near the town of Pawlings, Dutchess
County, New York. The last child was born in Decatur County, Iowa.
From an account written by Meda Worden Langsdorf, as told by her father Joseph Watkins
Worden, about the move from New York to Iowa: How the family of Jared Newman Worden came
to Iowa. Jared's son Joseph was 21 years old in 1855. That spring, Joseph traveled to Iowa
in the company of Lyman Chase and family of Holmes, Dutchess County, New York. They
settled northwest of Garden Grove, Iowa, a settlement founded a dozen years earlier by the
Mormons. Joseph was so delighted by the country, he returned early the next spring to New
York to try and persuade his father to sell his 30-acre farm near Holmes in Dutchess
County and move his family to Iowa. Joseph saw the possiblities there were for them--10
children in the family, 6 of them were boys and 4 girls. The mother's health was very
poor. Joseph thought that the climate might be beneficial to her health. Joseph thought
that with so much wonderful cheap land, the 6 boys would have a great chance to improve
their lot. In later years, five of them owned farms all joining. Husted owned a farm in
The father was undecided at first about moving. He had lumber and rock on his place and a
cellar dug for a new house, as the old one was of log. Finally he said that he would sell
for $1800.00. Joseph and Silas got very busy finding a buyer. A man by the name of Joe
Holmes offered $1500.00, but Jared wouldn't go down in price. In order to make the deal,
Joseph and Silas borrowed $200.00 from a cousin, Silas Abbott, giving the money to Holmes
to make the $1800.00. Although Jared did not find out for a long time about his sons'
"deal", he was more than pleased with the beauties of the far west. Jared sold
his household goods, ox team, cows, chickens and implements.
In about a month the family was ready to leave for the Golden West. The morning they were
to leave, the relatives and many neighbors all gathered, giving gifts and prayers. Many
tears were shed at parting, thinking they would never see them again and that the Indians
would kill them. Joseph, their first son, writes of their leaving New York state: "In
the spring of 1856 they gathered all their earthly posessions together and left the little
rocky farm on the side of the mountains, and with all their children started for the far
west. Jared and his wife, with their 10 children, 7 large trunks and many other packages,
such as their wagon tent and wagon cover, left Pawlings, New York by train. They then took
a boat across to Canada, then a train to Chicago. Silas, who had the family dog to look
after, became confused in Chicago when two trains left almost simultaneously, one going
East and one going West! His mother soon missed him and nearly went frantic. Finally he
was located and the train brought him back. The mother had quite a job taking along food
for this large family on the train! They got off the train at Fort Madison, Iowa and there
took a boat up to Burlington, From there they bought tickets for the only train in Iowa,
which took them about 15 miles out on the open prairies. There was not one thing in sight
except a little store building that kept a few supplies. There they unloaded their baggage
and Jared and the boys got busy, pitched their tent, and then struck out to buy an oxen
team and wagon which they did find. They then out on the wagon cover which they had made
in New York and brought along on the journey. After loading their trunks and small
children, they started for Garden Grove. All who could walk did. It took four days to get
there. From there they went to the Lymon Chase family, northwest of Garden Grove. There
was a small log cabin near there where the family moved to until fall when their own house
was built and made ready for the family.
When they settled on the beautiful praries in Decatur County, Iowa, Jared and his wife
thought it almost a paradise. When not otherwise occupied, the farmer would travel over
the beautiful, natural meadows. But he was not long to enjoy the scenes in which he so
much delighted to spend his idle hours. The summer of 1859 was a very wet year. As it drew
to a close, there were many cases of chills and fever. He took congestive chills, passing
away in a short time on his Iowa farm, at the age of 51, after only 3 years out west. The
mother did not survive long afterwards. She had been an invalid for a number of years.
Jared was a life long farmer. Jared is buried in Metier Cemetery, Garden Grove, Decatur
The following is from the memoirs of Jared's son, Joseph Watkins Worden, as preserved by
his daughter, Meda Worden Langsdorf (1875-1976). Written in April 23, 1901: "I will
write a few lines of my life since I left the eastern hills for the (then) far west. I
left the 12th day of May, 1855. I was just past 21 years of age. This part of the west was
then really a new country- - -very thinly settled. Was some government land and land was
very cheap, some selling as low as one dollar per acre. The first summer I was here I saw
the first wild indians- - a part of the Potawatamie Tribe- - 40 in number. They were
peaceful, disturbing no one. Deer and wild turkey were plentiful. Two or three days later
I was in Nebraska before the government land was surveyed- - the land where Lincoln is a
large city. Land in that part of the state is now worth from one to three hundred dollars
per acre. At that time there were a good many Buffalo ranging where now are good sized
cities. There was not a mile of railroad in this state of Iowa when I came here- - now
there are more miles than any other state except Illinois.
"The 27th day of May, 1860, I married a worthy young woman, Cinthia M. Davis. We had
a farm of 200 acres to put to cultivation, fence, break the prairie sod, build a house and
other improvements. She took suddenly sick and wanted to go back to her old home in
Pennsylvania. Took her back. She seemed to improve for a few days, but on the fourth of
July she passed away. I went back home to assist my mother in taking care of her large
"In the winter of 1861 and 1862 Mother, my brother Husted, and I talked over the
conditions of the government. It was certain the boys were needed at the front. Mother
said she hated to see us go, but we owed a duty to our country. We put in the crop the
following spring and on the 26th of July 1862, Brother Husted and I enlisted in Co. B 18
Iowa Infantry and started for the front. When I bid my mother goodbye I was certain it was
the last time in this world."
Jared Worden's wife, Mary Tacy Denton Worden died 1863, July 12, while her two of her
older sons were in the Union Army. After Mary died, the task of caring for the younger
children fell upon the next older son, Silas.
iv. WASHINGTON DENTON.
v. AMANDA DENTON.
vi. ALBRO DENTON.
Notes for ALBRO DENTON:
Named after his mother's adoptive parents, the Albros of Beekman, Dutchess
County, New York.
5. ABRAHAM DENTON, SR. (SOLOMON6, SOLOMON5, SAMUEL4, NATHANIEL3, RICHARD2, RICHARD1) was
born 1779, and died May 04, 1858. He married ALICE REASONER.
Children of ABRAHAM DENTON and ALICE REASONER are:
i. ALBERT DENTON.
ii. ELIZABETH DENTON.
iii. NOAH DENTON.
Notes for NOAH DENTON:
Named after his uncle Noah Denton.
iv. MARY DENTON.
v. WILLIAM DENTON.
vi. MATHILDA DENTON.
vii. AARON DENTON.
viii. ABRAHAM DENTON, JR..
ix. JANE DENTON.
x. EMILY DENTON.
HISTORY OF SOLOMON DENTON II
Solomon was born in
1722 in Jamaica, Queens County, Long Island, New York. According to the tradition of some
of his descendants, via his son Noah Denton, Solomon first took his family and sailed to
Nova Scotia, to settle. However, finding the winters to much to bear, he got passage and
sailed back down the Atlantic Coast into the mouth of the Hudson River, then up to
Fishkill Landing where they left the river, going 20 miles east across the country.
Solomon settled on the north part of the land purchased from the indians by Nathaniel
Worden the Ist on the headwaters of the Croton River, Connecticut, near Greenwich. Solomon
was married three times and had fifteen children. He died there in 1816 in near Greenwich,
Fairfield County, Connecticut. In the late 1800's some Solomon Denton descendants still
occupied the home place. Later, some descendants of his married some descendants of
Nathaniel Worden. Reportedly, there were some Denton cousins of Solomon's in Nova Scotia,
as well, by the 1800's.
Solomon first married Hannah Squire in about 1747, they had no children. Solomon secondly
married Lydia Husted in 1748, they had 7 children. Solomon thirdly married Judith (Judath)
Husted in 1764, they had 8 children.
The history of Solomon Denton is from Meda Worden Langsdorf's "Excerpts of the Worden
Family History" (Published in 1966 at Des Moines, Iowa). Her family history account
was mostly based on her father Joseph Watkins Worden's memoirs and covers the branch of
the Worden family that moved from Dutchess County, New York (near Pawlings and Holmes) to
Decatur County, Iowa in the 1850's.
Some Descendants of Solomon Denton II
Generation No. 1
1. SOLOMON DENTONII (SOLOMON5, SAMUEL4, NATHANIEL3, RICHARD2, RICHARD1) was born 1722 in
Jamaica, Queens County, Long Island, New York, and died 1816 in Greenwich, Fairfield
County, Connecticut. He married (1) HANNAH SQUIRE Bef. 1747. He married (2) LYDIA HUSTED
1748 in Greenwich, Fairfeild County, Connecticut. He married (3) JUDITH HUSTED 1764,
daughter of DAVID HUSTED and JOHANNA BRUNDAGE.
Almost surely is another daughter of David and Joanna Brundage Husted. Most records
indicate LYDIA d/o David as born in 1737. This would make her extremely young to marry,
but was not unheard of in those days.
SOLOMON DENTON and JUDITH HUSTED Probably married in Greenwich, CT.
Children of SOLOMON DENTON and LYDIA HUSTED are:
i. ATHELENA DENTON.
ii. SAMUEL DENTON.
2. iii. AARON DENTON.
iv. PETER DENTON.
v. ELIZABETH DENTON.
vi. MOSES DENTON.
3. vii. SOLOMON DENTON III, b. August 04, 1754,
Greenwich, Connecticut; d.
February 11, 1828, Near Beekman and Pawlings, Dutchess County, New York.
Children of SOLOMON DENTON and JUDITH HUSTED are:
viii. DAVID DENTON, d. Dutchess County, New York.
ix. THOMAS DENTON.
x. CALEB DENTON, d. Dutchess County, New York.
xi. NEHEMIAH DENTON.
4. xii. NOAH DENTON, b. 1771, Greenwich, Connecticut;
d. Aft. 1840, Near
Pawling, Dutchess County, New York.
xiii. AMOS DENTON.
xiv. SUSANAH DENTON.
5. xv. ABRAHAM DENTON, SR., b. 1779; d. May 04, 1858.
Generation No. 2
2. AARON7 DENTON (SOLOMON6, SOLOMON5, SAMUEL4, NATHANIEL3, RICHARD2, RICHARD1). He married
Children of AARON DENTON and UNKNOWN are:
i. SUSAN DENTON.
ii. SAMUEL DENTON.
iii. SOLOMON DENTON.
3. SOLOMON7 DENTONIII (SOLOMON6, SOLOMON5, SAMUEL4, NATHANIEL3, RICHARD2, RICHARD1) was
born August 04, 1754 in Greenwich, Connecticut, and died February 11, 1828 in Near Beekman
and Pawlings, Dutchess County, New York.
He married CLARRY ANDERSON March 26, 1786 in Connecticut.
SOLOMON DENTON III was a Revolutionary War Soldier, this attested by proven DAR lineages
Children of SOLOMON DENTON and CLARRY ANDERSON are:
i. BETSEY DENTON, b. Aft. 1787.
ii. MARTHA DENTON, b. Aft. 1787.
iii. JOSIAH DENTON, b. Aft. 1787.
iv. AARON DENTON, b. Aft. 1787.
v. ABRAHAM DENTON, b. Aft. 1787.
vi. HUMPHREY DENTON, b. Aft. 1787.
vii. AMOS DENTON, b. Aft. 1787.
viii. SAMUEL DENTON, b. Aft. 1787.
ix. SOLOMON DENTONIV, b. 1787-1811.
x. FOWLER DENTON, b. May 04, 1803, Dutchess County,
New York; d. March 30,
1874, Beekman, Dutchess County, New York; m. SOPHIA COLWELL.