Rev. Isaac DENTON was born in Sep 1768 in Orange CO, NC. He died on 22 Jan 1848.
From "History of Kentucky Baptists" by Spencer: "With the aid of Henry Cooper and Matthew Floyd, he gathered Beaver Creek Church in Wayne County, KY -- probably the first gathered in that county -- and served it a number of years."
From "A Lighthouse in the Wilderness" from Gaskins, Womack Printing Company, 1972: "The obituary of Rev. Denton, written by Rice Maxey, states that he had two daughters and three sons, without naming them but it stated that one of them was a regular Baptist preacher with the same name."
From "Some Descendents of Rev. Richard Denton" Edythe Whitley: "Sometime in the year 1798 a man came to Kentucky who was destined to play a very important part in the early religious life of the county and indeed of a large area of Southern Kentucky. This was Rev. Isaac Denton -- Clinton County's first preacher. At the age of 18 he moved with his parents to Tennessee. Here he made a profession of religion and was baptized in 1792. He was ordained to the ministry soon after and spent some years preaching among the churches of the area. Through the persuasion of friends he left TN and came to Clinton CO, KY. He was instrumental in organizing Beaver Creek Baptist church in Wayne CO, probably the first in that county, and served as its pastor for a number of years. When the news went out about his death, it created an outpouring of sympathy and sadness throughout the county and surrounding area where he had labored in the ministry for so many years. He was buried immediately in front of the church door -- the church building at that time faced more to the east than the present building.
He was given a grant of 200 acres on "the north side of Wolfe River" near Thomas Stockton, Jr. He also had 200 acres "on Spring Creek" surveyed on December 1798."
Most of the families which had preceded Rev. Denton to Stocktons Valley were Baptists and Denton soon began to call the settlers together and preach to them. We are told that he preached the first sermon ever in Clinton County. On April 1, 1801, at a meeting of some of the settlers, a church was organized under the name of the Stocktons Valley Baptist Church, the first church in Clinton County. Rev. Denton, later in the year, accepted the pastorship of the new church, a charge he held until his declining health made it impossible to continue his duties -- a pastorate of forty-six years.
William Bean, Joseph Crouch, Isaac Denton, Sr. and George Noland lived on Bean Creek in Washington CO, NC which later became Washington CO, TN.
He married Martha "Patsy" CROUCH in 1804. Martha "Patsy" CROUCH was born on 3 Jun 1772 in Henry CO, VA. Died on 17 Feb 1848. Buried in Clear Creek Church, Clinton CO, KY.
They had the following children: