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Genealogy: Family Histories

Joseph Dent Family

Compiled and Edited by Michael R. Reilly

Last Revised 06/07/2009

Note: This is a limited/narrow research version

Descendants of Joseph Dent

Generation No. 1

1. JOSEPH1 DENT was born Abt. 1780 in England. He married ANN NANCY TONGE.

Children of JOSEPH DENT and ANN TONGE are:

        i. JOSEPH H.2 DENT, b. Bef. 1799.

        2. ii. THOMAS HOLLINGSWORTH DENT, b. 1799, Maltby le Marsh, Lincolnshire, England.

        3. iii. RICHARD DENT, b. Abt. Jul 1799, Lincolnshire, England; d. 11 May 1879.


Generation No. 2

2. THOMAS HOLLINGSWORTH2 DENT (JOSEPH1) was born 1799 in Maltby le Marsh, Lincolnshire, England. He married BETSY STURGES.


Immigration: 1804, England to New York


        i. NANCY3 DENT, b. 03 Mar 1826, Ferris Hill, Grand Gorge, Delaware, New York (Source: 1880 Federal Census.); d. 23 May 1905, Waukesha, Wisconsin; m. WILLIAM CROUCH, Bet. 1870 - 1880; b. Abt. 1808, England; d. Abt. Apr 1898, Waukesha County.

        Notes for NANCY DENT:

        Tuesday, June 2, 2009 9:06 PM

        It's been a while since I visited your website and was I in for a surprise! Loved the music and all the interesting information that has been added. Spent a lot of time there today and I noticed I can add to the family of William Crouch b. about 1810 that you wrote up.

        His second wife was a Nancy.

        Nancy was the daughter of Thomas Hollingsworth Dent and Betsy Sturges.

        She was born 3 March, 1826 Ferris Hill, Grand Gorge, Delaware, NY.

        Family history had it that she had married a Crouch and lived in Lisbon, Waukesha, WI.

        So, in my searching, I found her today in the 1880 Census with William. Also in the WI Vital records index "Nancy Crouch died 23 May, 1905 Waukesha.

        Her father, Thomas Hollingsworth Dent was the son of Joseph Dent and Ann Nancy Tonge and was born in 1799 in Maltby le Marsh, Lincolnshire. The family left England and came to NY in 1804. His brother (my line) Richard Dent came to Menomonee with his son, Joseph Dent and they bought land as early as 1846 as noted on the Land Plat.

        Haven't found where Nancy Couch is buried yet....but hope to. Visited Waukesha, Lisbon, Monomonee about a year and a half ago and yearn to return.

        Hope this helps. Please ask if you have questions.

        Sandy in WA state (Sandra Boudrou)

        DENT,OLIVER,MINOR to name a few

        Notes for WILLIAM CROUCH:

        Total children - 13

        Waukesha Freeman - January 23, 1868; William places an advertisement to sell his farm.


        I offer for sale my farm of 123 acres, situated one mile north of Sussex, town of Lisbon; is well watered, and there is a log house, good barn, and excellent stabling for horses, cattle and sheep on the premises. There are six acres in with good bearing hops - nearly all the German Grape variety - good hop-house, and everything needed for hop-raising. There is on the farm, 200 good bearing fruit trees, consisting of apples, plums and cherries; 40 acres of good tamarack, with plenty of poles, will be sold with the farm if desired. This is a capital chance for anyone wishing to organize hop-raising.

        I will also sell 40 acres on sec 15, same town, 6 acres of which is cleared, balance timber. Also, 40 acres timber on section 10. Also, 18 acres on sec 22, consisting of excellent marsh and meadow, all situated in town of Lisbon. The property is sold for no fault, but the proprietor wishes to retire from business.

        Also, S1/2, SW1/4 of sec 19, town 16, R5 - 59 acres;

        SW1/4 of section 30, town 16, R5, 120 acres;

        SE1/4 of NE 1/4, sec 17, town 15, R5;

        NE 1/4 of SE 1/4 sec 17, town 15, R5, 80 acres.

        This land is situated on the Naceedah Plains, west bank of the Wisconsin River, town of Marion, Juneau Co., and for hop-raising is equal to much of the far-famed Sauk County land. 20 cwt per acre was rasied on land near by last year, of excellent quality. Much of this land could be plowed up and planted with hops this spring, as it requires little cleaning.

        Apply to WILLIAM CROUCH, Sussex, Waukesha County, Wisconsin


        About January 15, 1891, Waukesha Freeman reports that he sold 80 acres to his son(?) Thomas Crouch in sec. 14, 15, town of Lisbon for either $3,000 or $3,600.


        July 23, 1891 - William (Sr. or Jr.?) visiting his sister, Mrs. Wm. Sedgwick


        Waukesha Freeman, August 24, 1893 - The application of Wm. Crouch to be released from guardianship was taken up on Wednesday morning and developed many interesting points. Mr. Crouch is an old man who was placed under guardianship in 1891, after a medical examination by Drs. Wiggington and Hewitt. Later it developed that there were family differences in the case and the children believe that Mr. Crouch was competent to care for his property, and this condition finally resulted in the application in question. Note: as reported on August 31 - he is released from personal, but property guardianship is still under William Small.


        1850 Town of Lisbon Federal Census Crouch members

        Annie Crouch abt 1845 Wisconsin

        Arthur Crouch abt 1838 England

        Edmund Crouch abt 1820 England

        Elizth Crouch abt 1834 England

        Emily Crouch abt 1843 New York

        Saml Crouch abt 1840 England

        Sarah Crouch abt 1813 England

        Sarah Crouch abt 1833 England

        Thos Crouch abt 1849 Wisconsin

        Wm Crouch abt 1847 Wisconsin

        Wm Crouch abt 1810 England


        More About WILLIAM CROUCH:

        Name 2: Listed as "Wm Cruch" in 1860 Census

        Emigration: 28 Sep 1842, Departed Port of Liverpool, England on the ship "Philadelphia" in New York

        Residence: 15 Nov 1877, Albert Ridley buys 90 acre farm from Wm. Couch, Town of Lisbon, for $6,000 (Source: Waukesha Freeman, November 15, 1877.)

        More About WILLIAM CROUCH and NANCY DENT:

        Marriage: Bet. 1870 - 1880


3. RICHARD2 DENT (JOSEPH1) was born Abt. Jul 1799 in Lincolnshire, England, and died 11 May 1879. He married JEAN MCGIBBON. She was born Abt. 1799 in Scotland, and died 26 Dec 1878.


Dent, Richard, "In memory of", 1799 - 5/11/1879, ae. 79 yrs. 10 mo. 8 days

Richard DENT was born in Lincolnshire, England, in 1800, and was a son of Joseph DENT, a man of some prominence and considerable wealth. In 1804, Joseph DENT, with his family, emigrated from England to America and settled in the town of Oxford, Chenango County, N.Y. At that time that part of the state was practically unsettled, and the DENT family were among its pioneers. They continued to reside there until after the death of the wife and mother, Nancy (TONG) DENT. Subsequently the father re-married and removed to Licking County, Ohio, where he spent the remainder of his life. Joseph DENT had five sons and two daughters who grew to mature years, all of whom save one, were by his first marriage; however, all of that generation of the DENT family have passed away.

Richard, the father of James S. DENT, grew to manhood on the home farm in the state of New York, and at the age of twenty-two years was united in marriage to Miss Jean McGibbon, who was born in Scotland in 1799, and come to America with her father's family when but four years old. Her mother died on the passage across the ocean and was buried in the sea. Her father, with his large family of children, settled in Delaware County, N.Y., where one of the sons, the only surviving member of the family, still lives. After his marriage Richard DENT continued to reside in the Empire State until 1842, when he emigrated with his family to the territory of Wisconsin. They came from Buffalo by way of the Great Lakes to Chicago. Our subject, though but a lad remembers distinctly the more interesting events of the journey. Chicago was then but a small uninviting place, and gave no promise of its present greatness. He remembers landing on a pier made of tamarack poles, and that he formed quite an unfavorable impression of the place and its surroundings. The family consisted of the parents and seven children, five sons and two daughters. The eldest of the brothers, Joseph H. DENT, had come from the state of New York in 1839, and by him the family was conducted to Prairieville, now Waukesha, making the trip from Chicago by team. For one year the family lived on the place of A. C. Nickell, about two and a-half miles south of the village, and then removed to the town of Menomonee, Waukesha County, (then Milwaukee County) where they settled on Milwaukee & Rock River Canal land. This was land ceded by the general Government to the territory of Wisconsin to aid in the building of a canal between Milwaukee and Rock River, and consisted of a strip, ten sections in breadth, along the entire length of the proposed canal from Milwaukee, through Waukesha and Jefferson Counties to Lake Koshkonong.

It is needless to say the canal was never completed and only resulted in giving Milwaukee a good water power. An act was passed by the Legislature whereby all persons who had bought canal lands at twenty shillings per acre, were given a "float" or a certificate of ten shillings per acre which could be applied the same as money on the purchase of other lands on that strip. Thus Mr. DENT obtained his land at a comparatively small cost. The patent to Richard DENT, bearing the signature of Gov. Henry DODGE and dated August 1, 1847, is now in the possession of his son, James S., who owns the original homestead. The land was heavily timbered, but the father and elder sons cleared it up and made of it a valuable farm. There the parents spent the remainder of their lives, the father dying on the 11th of May, 1850 and the mother, December 24, 1878.

Of the family of Richard DENT, comprising nine persons, who came together to the territory of Wisconsin in 1842, only James S. and one sister are living. Joseph H., the eldest of the children, who as stated above preceded the family to Wisconsin by three years, was accidentally killed in 1857, being struck by his plow-handle while plowing on his farm in Green Lake County. He left a wife, one daughter and two sons. The latter are still living, and both served in the Thirty-first Wisconsin Infantry in the late war. William M. died August 14, 1852. His widow re-married and is now a resident of Milwaukee. Her daughter, Mrs. James E. DAVIS, also lives in that city. Another of the brothers, John T. DENT, enlisted in the Thirty-first Wisconsin Infantry, and died of typhoid fever in the field hospital in Atlanta, the day after General SHERMAN's army entered that city. The subject of this article is next in order of birth. Helen is the widow of O.P. MINOR, of Cherokee, Iowa. Olive became the wife of David HALL, and died in December, 1880. Andrew B. volunteered in the First Wisconsin Infantry and was killed in the battle of Perryville, October 8, 1862.



Chicago: Excelsior Publishing Co. 1894.

pp. 641-43




Residence: 1804, Town of Oxford, Chenango County, New York


        i. JOSEPH3 DENT.

        4. ii. JAMES S. DENT, b. 01 Aug 1831, Hornellsville, Steuben Co., New York; d. 23 May 1906.


Generation No. 3

4. JAMES S.3 DENT (RICHARD2, JOSEPH1) was born 01 Aug 1831 in Hornellsville, Steuben Co., New York, and died 23 May 1906. He married LEMYRA J. OLIVER 05 Feb 1863 in Granville, Milwaukee, Wisconsin, daughter of JOHN OLIVER and ELIZABETH MORSE. She was born Abt. 1845 in Orleans Co., New York, and died 1929.

Notes for JAMES S. DENT:

James S. DENT, a prominent citizen of Menomonee, was born in Hornellsville, Steuben Co., NY, Aug. 1, 1831; he came to Wisconsin in 1842 with his parents, Richard and Jean DENT; they settled in the town of Menomonee, Waukesha County, where they resided during their life. He married in Granville, Milwaukee Co., on the 5th of February, 1863 to Lemyra J. OLIVER; she was born in Orleans Co., NY and was the daughter of John and Elizabeth J. OLIVER, who settled in the town of Lisbon in about 1846 and are now residents of Waukesha; they have five children living -- Andrew B., Willis J., Alice, Elmer, and Sylvie; in 1861, Mr. DENT was assistant United States Marshall and in 1876, was a member of the Wisconsin Assembly, and Chairman of the Menomonee Town Board twice, Assessor several terms, and has several other offices; he owns 120 acres of land and is a successful and leading farmer; his farm is on Sec. 17, is well improved and only a short distance from Menomonee Falls, his post office address; Mr. DENT is an active and consistent supporter of the Republican party; in every position he has filled, he has given universal satisfaction to his constituents and to the people in general.

The History of Waukesha County, Wisconsin

Chicago: Western Historical Co. 1880.

p. 984 Town of Menomonee

James S. DENT, the subject of this record, is the only surviving son of his father's family; his birth occurred in Steuben County, N. Y., August 1, 1831, and he was therefore, but about eleven years old when he came to Wisconsin. He grew to man-hood on the home farm, which he still owns, as stated, and since April, 1888, has resided in Waukesha. His marriage occurred in Granville, Milwaukee County, Wis., February 5, 1863, the lady of his choice being Lemyra J. OLIVER, daughter of John and Elizabeth (MORSE) OLIVER. The latter are natives of the state of New York, who in 1847 emigrated to Wisconsin and settled in the town of Lisbon, Waukesha County, which was their home until 1870, when they removed to Waukesha where the father died July 4, 1894, aged eighty years, and where the mother lives, aged seventy-five years on April 1, 1894. They were among the well known and esteemed early settlers of Waukesha. Mrs. DENT was born in the town of Clarkston, near Rochester, N.Y., April 20, 1845, and is one of a family of nine children, six of whom are living, four sons and two daughters. The sons are all residents of Minnesota, and the daughters of Waukesha. Mr. and Mrs. DENT have had seven children, but three of whom are living, as follows: Andrew B., of Waco, Tex.; Willis J. and Elmer J., at home. The former is engaged in the real-estate business. The deceased children were aged between two and eleven years, and were name Myron J., Alice L., John R. and Sylvia E.

Mr. DENT has been prominently identified with the growth and development of Waukesha County, and has served in various official positions. He was twice Chairman of the town of Menomonee, and Assessor many times; was Assistant United States Marshall in 1861; was elected in the fall of 1875 to represent the Second District of Waukesha County in the State Legislature, and is now a member of the County Board of Supervisors. In his political affiliations he is a Republican. He and his wife have a pleasant home at No. 219 Barnard Street, and are numbered among the esteemed and respected residents of their village and county.



Chicago: Excelsior Publishing Co. 1894.

pp. 641-43




Marriage: 05 Feb 1863, Granville, Milwaukee, Wisconsin

Children of JAMES DENT and LEMYRA OLIVER are:

        i. ANDREW B.4 DENT, d. Aft. 1894.

        ii. WILLIS J. DENT, d. Aft. 1894.

        iii. ALICE L. DENT, b. 06 Jul 1870; d. 30 Jul 1883.

        iv. ELMER J. DENT, d. Aft. 1894.

        v. SYLVIE DENT, b. 27 Sep 1879; d. Abt. 24 Jul 1883.

        vi. JOHN R. DENT, b. 16 Aug 1873; d. Abt. 12 Jun 1874.

        vii. MYRON J. DENT, b. 15 Mar 1868; d. Abt. 13 Mar 1873.


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