John DENTON was born on 17 Jun 1759 in Shenandoah CO, VA. Died on 2 Jul 1842 in Monroe CO, TN. Buried in Hopewell Cemetery. From "Abstracts of Revolutionary War Pension Files:" "John, Mary, W352, NC & VA? soldier was b. 6-17-1759 in Shenandoah CO, VA and at age of 15 moved to the Watuga River in what is now Washington CO, TN and lived there at enl. & lived there 8 years then moved to the Nolichucky River in TN for 8 years then moved to Cocke CO TN for 8 years then moved to Monroe CO, TN and sol appl there 18 Jun 1833 and wid appl there 30 Jan 1844 aged 77 in Feb 1843, sol & wid had m. 1 Apr 1782 and she was b. 27 Feb 1766, sol d 2 Jul 1842, children were: Phebe b. 15 Feb 1783; Sarah b 1 Feb 1786, Reuben b 22 Jan 1788, Marthew b 21 May 1790 and Abigail b 11 Mar 1792."
"In the year 1779 or '80 he volunteered while living on Nolachucky River in what is now Washington CO, TN in the Cavalry under Col. John Sevier to go against the Cherokee Indians. When the company was raised, Joseph Bullen was elected Captain and applicant 1st Lt. in which offices they served. About 270 men were under Col. Sevier who marched from Long Cedar Springs -- in what is now Blount CO, TN, where they had an engagement with the Indians and killed 12 of them and wounded many more. He killed one Indian whom he had pursued some distance and from him he took a new gun with "Georgia Rex" on the barrel and a new tomahawk, said to have been furnished by the British. He then under Col. Sevier marched back to Buckingham Island in French Broad, where they were joined by Col. Campbell from VA with about 300 men. They then all marched down the Tennessee River in what is now Monroe CO and killed several Indians in the campaign. In this campaign he was engaged as 1st Lt. at least one month and a half. He received no discharge and no pay and served in all eleven months.
And the said Court do hereby declare their opinion after the investigation of the matter and after putting the interrogatories prescribed by the War Department, that the above named applicant was a Revolutionary soldier and served as he states. Jeremiah Frazer, Thomas J. Caldwell, William James, William Tipton."
He married Mary MOORE on 8 Jun 1782. Mary MOORE was born on 27 Feb 1766, the daughter of Martha "Mary" Denton and Dr. James Moore. She died after 1850. Buried in Hopewell Cemetery, Monroe CO, TN. "Sworn to an subscribed on the day and year above written before me a Justice of the Peace for the County aforesaid and I further certify that the said Mrs. Mary Denton is from bodily infirmity unable to attend court. I further certify that the family record attached to Mrs. Mary Denton's declaration was in her possession and I saw it taken from her family Bible. In witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand on this 30th day of January Eighteen hundred and forty four. George Snider, JP."
They had the following children: