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Biographies of Western Nebraska

These biographies are of men prominent in the building of western Nebraska. These men settled in Cheyenne, Box Butte, Deuel, Garden, Sioux, Kimball, Morrill, Sheridan, Scotts Bluff, Banner, and Dawes counties. A group of counties often called the panhandle of Nebraska. The History Of Western Nebraska & It’s People is a trustworthy history of the days of exploration and discovery, of the pioneer sacrifices and settlements, of the life and organization of the territory of Nebraska, of the first fifty years of statehood and progress, and of the place Nebraska holds in the scale of character and civilization. In...

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Seneca County New York Biographies

In the 1980’s a series of newsletters were published four times a year by Seneca County NY featuring historical information concerning Seneca county and her past residents. The current historian for Seneca County placed these online using PDF files. One of the main features of each edition were biographical sketches of early settlers of Seneca County. Unfortunately, while they provided an index inside of a spreadsheet for the 189 biographies, it is difficult for the average user to quickly get around. I’ve taken their spreadsheet and linked each edition to the PDF file. Once you’ve found the biography you...

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Bloody Scenes in Alabama and Georgia

At this period, some exciting scenes occurred in the region now known as North Alabama. We have already followed a party of emigrants to the Cumberland. Many others flocked to that country, and it soon became well settled, for a wild country. The Upper Creeks and Cherokees continually made war upon these Cumberland people. The French, upon the Wabash, had, for a long time, carried on a commerce, near the sites of the present towns of Tuscumbia and Florence. So long as M. Viez was at the head of this trade, the Cumberland people were not harassed; but, recently, he had been succeeded by others, who supplied the Indians with arms, and encouraged them to attack the American settlements. The latter had only acted upon the defensive, but it was now determined to advance upon the frontier towns of the Indians. June 1 1787: One hundred and thirty men assembled, from different parts of the Cumberland region, and marched, under Colonel James Robertson, to the Tennessee river, piloted by two Chickasaws. David Hays was dispatched from Nashville with boats, laden with provisions, destined for the Muscle Shoals. Descending the Cumberland, he was furiously attacked by the Indians, at the mouth of Duck River, and, after some of his men had been killed and others wounded, he returned to Nashville with his boats. Owing to this the horsemen were without...

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Will of Nicholas Tanner – 1666

DANIEL DENTON, of Rustdorpe, alias Jamaica, Long Island, and Henry Pearsall, of Hempstead, were appointed executors of the will of Nicholas Tanner, dated September 2, 1658. Having faithfully performed their duties, a Quietus was granted by Gov. Richard Nicoll, June 23, 1666. LIBER 1-2, page...

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Biographical Sketch of J.W. Denton

J.W. Denton, of the late firm of Flinn & Denton, of the Central meat market, was born in Keokuk, Iowa, in 1856; moved to Neb. in 1859, and in 1872 to Council Bluffs; came to this city in...

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Biographical Sketch of George Denton

George Denton, who died at Denton, Kansas, in 1902, located in Doniphan County in 1873, and was successfully engaged in farming there until 1898, when he retired to Denton. He was a republican and at one time served as a member of the School Soard. He served as president of the Denton Bank until his death. He and his wife were active in the Methodist Episcopal Church. He had come to the United States two wecks after his marriage to Miss Eliza Topliss. They first located in Morrow County, Ohio, where he followed farming until they removed to Kansas. Miss Eliza Topliss was born in Lincolushire, Eugland, in March. 1839, and is still living at Denton, at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Miller. Her father, George Toplies, was born in Lincolnshire and died there in 1911, having spent his vigorous and active years as a farmer. George Toplise married Mary Conoy, who was a lifelong resident of Lincolnshire. In the Topliss family were ten children, and five of them are still living: Mrs. George Denton; Maria, wife of Solomon Denton, a farmer at Denton, Kansas; Martha, who lives in Lincolnshire, England, widow of Joseph Houghton, who was a farmer; Harriet, who is married and still lives in Lincolnshire; George, a retired farmer at Lincolnshire, England; while Sarah died only in the present your, 1917, in Lincolnshire. Mr. and...

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Biography of John T. Denton, Hon.

Hon. John T. Denton. While John T. Denton had been a staid and substantial banker, business man and public spirited citizen of Grenola and Elk County for over thirty years, he had covered a great deal of territory in the course of his earlier experiences, and he came through difficulties and hardships on the road to success. He was left an orphan boy in Kentucky, was reared in the home of relatives, started out to make his own way in the world when sixteen, and had always considered it fortunate that he came to Kansas in the early days of the state, and had found his real destiny in her commonwealth. Mr. Denton was born at Wyoming, Bath County, Kentucky, March 9, 1850. His ancestors were English people who settled in Virginia in Colonial days. His great-grandfather was born in Virginia, and as a young man crossed the mountains into Kentucky. Mr. Denton’s grandfather was William Denton, who spent many years of his life in Kentucky as a farmer, but died at Huntsville, Indiana, in 1850. Abraham Denton, the father of the Grenola banker, was born in Bath County, Kentucky, and died at Wyoming in that locality in 1855. He spent all his life in Bath County, was a farmer, stockman, merchant and a hotel proprietor. In politics he was a whig, a follower of the great Henry Clay,...

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Biography of John F. Denton

Denton & Limbocker. More of the business of the town of South Mound in Neosho County, is handled through the firm of Denton & Limbocker than any other one commercial organization. They are grain dealers, merchants, farmers, bankers, and both partners also have an important part in public affairs, Mr. Denton being postmaster of South Mound, while Mr. Limbocker is a county commissioner. John F. Denton was born in Pulaski County, Missouri, September 9, 1878. His ancestors were Scotch-Irish people who were early settlers in Kentucky. His grandfather, Thomas Denton, was born in Kentucky, moved into Missouri, and died in Hancock County of that state in 1896. F. M. Denton, father of John F., was born in Kentucky, in 1851, but was reared and married in Pulaski County, Missouri. After farming for a few years he engaged in merchandising at Hancock in Pulaski County, and in June, 1889, came to Kansas. After a month at St. Paul he removed to South Mound, and there took up merchandising and the grain business, which he followed until his death, in May, 1915. He was always a loyal democrat, and was an active supporter of the Methodist Episcopal Church, serving as trustee of the church at South Mound. Fraternally he was affiliated with the Masonic Order and the Independent Order of Odd Fellows. F. M. Denton married Mollie J. Decker, who was...

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Alice Ann Todd Denton of Toddsville NY

DENTON, Alice Ann Todd9, (Samuel S.8, Lemuel7, Jehiel6, Stephen5, Stephen4, Samuel3, Samuel2, Christopher1) born Nov. 8, 1846, in Toddsville, N. Y., died Aug. 13, 1872, married June 16, 1866, Joel M. Denton, who was born June 4, 1844. Children: I. Minnie Bell, b. Jan. 7, 1867; was unmarried in 1900. II. D. Temple, b. Aug. 9, 1868, m. June 10, 1891, Mary Bell Westcott, who was b. Aug. 4, 1871, and had issue: (1) Alice Emily, b. April 22, 1893; (2) W. Joel, b. Feb. 10, 1899, twin with the next; (3) Herbert Westcott, b. Feb. 10,...

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Biography of Albert Hamilton Denton

Albert Hamilton Denton is the leading banker of Arkansas City. While he was born and reared on a farm in this section of Kansas, banking had been his life work. He is president of the Home National Bank of Arkansas City, but his range of interests includes official connections with a number of other banking houses and as owner of valuable properties both sides of the state line, in Kansas and Oklahoma. Mr. Denton was born on a farm three miles south of Arkansas City, June 18, 1872. Back of him he had several generations of sturdy and thrifty ancestors. His grandfather, Samuel Denton, was born in Switzerland in 1805. He came to America as a missionary of the Episcopal Church. He was assigned to a field in the far Northwest among the Indians in Minnesota. He located there when there was hardly a settler in what is now the State of Minnesota and did a splendid work among the wild tribes. He was there when the Indians rose and massacred a large number of the white inhabitants, but on account of his princely character and his long standing friendship he was given protection by the Indians themselves. He died at St. Louis, Missouri, in 1865. Samuel Denton married Persis Skinner, who was born in Canada in 1811 and died at Batavia, Kansas, in 1889. Their children were: Albert,...

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Biographical Sketch of John Denton

John, son of Benjamin and Sarah (Tompkins) Gifford, was born January 17, 1718. He married, November 7, 1741, Bathsheba Lapham: Children: Lydia, born March 14, 1743, died April 8, 1,754; Phebe, born June 20, 1745; Meribah, twin of Rowland ; Rowland, see elsewhere; Jesse, born September 22, 1750, died April 4, 1764; Benjamin and John, born September 29, 1755; John and Bathsheba, born March 20,...

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Biographical Sketch of Rowland Denton

Rowland, son of John and Bathsheba dapham) Gifford, was born May 6, 1748, and died February 3. 1827. He served as ensign in Captain Sutherland’s company during the revolution. He was a Quaker, and removed from Nantucket, Massachusetts, to Dutchess county, then to Columbia county, New York, 1789, where he purchased two hundred acres of land. He married, November 1, 1770. Judith Sutherland, born August 21, 1752, died May 28, 1817. Children: Sarah, born September 21, 1771, died January 5, 1790, married Benjamin Delamater, of Chatham, New York; Jesse, married Cady; Bathsheba, born February 15, 1775, died October 23, 1794; Judith, born December 29, 1777, married (first) Cady, (second) Williams; Elizabeth, born February 7, died March 18, 1779; David S., born March 26, 1780, died 1848, married Prudence Evans; Hannah, born November 20, 1782, married Webster; Mary, born October 28, 1784, died March 25, 1785; Benjamin, born June 6, 1786, married Ruby Birge; Isaac, born July 5, 1788, married Pollie Henry, born January 15, 1791, died January 5, 1794; Sarah, born July 17, 1792, married Emmons Hudson; John, see...

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Biography of John Denton

John (2), son of Rowland and Judith (Sutherland) Gifford, was born at Chatham, New York, July 23, 1794, and died at Phelps, New York, November 20, 1883. He removed to Phelps. Ontario county, New York, in 1836, and there purchased the farm which is now (1910) occupied by his son. Joining with the other settlers in forwarding the march of improvement, he rendered his share of service in developing the agricultural resources of that section of the country. For a number of years he served as an assessor. He was a leading member and a trustee of the Methodist Episcopal church, also acted as one of its stewards, and was one of the six members who contributed five hundred dollars each for the erection of a church edifice. Mr. Gifford married, November 30, 1815, Minerva Spier, of Lebanon, New York, who died April 10, 1879. Children: 1. Judith Ann, born May 7, 1817, died October 6, 1900; married Oliver Case, of Bristol, ex-member of the assembly, died April, 1860; six children, two of whom are living: Nicholas and Jennie. 2. William Spier, born August 26, 1819, died August. 1898, in Phelps; married Minerva Swetland, who died in Lyons. New York; children living: Jennie Corinne and Emma Lane. 3. Lydia, born April 6, 1822, died February 5, 1911; married (first) Anson F. Boynton, who died January 1, 1860, (second) John...

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Biographical Sketch of John C. Denton

John C., son of John and Minerva (Spier) Gifford, was born at the homestead in Phelps, July 23, 1837. After the completion of his studies, which were pursued in the public schools of Phelps and at the Fort Plain (New York) Seminary, he turned his attention to the cultivation of the soil at the homestead, and eventually purchased the property on which he is still residing. Energetic, industrious and optimistic, he has always obtained large and superior crops, and has disposed of his surplus produce to good advantage. Naturally of a religious temperament, which was fostered by his parents, he succeeded his father as one of the pillars of the Methodist church, and for many years has served as trustee and steward. He is a member of WideAwake Grange, Patrons of Husbandry, and was formerly its chaplain. Mr. Gifford married, 1893, Harriet, daughter of Edwin and Mary Jane (Prichard) Seager, granddaughter of Levi Seager, an early settler in Phelps; and great-granddaughter of Micah Seager, of Simsbury, Connecticut. Edwin Seager was born in Phelps, 1821, was a farmer in early life, later engaging in mercantile pursuits in his native town. Subsequently he went to Syracuse, and finally to Rochester, New York, where he died. Children of Edwin and Mary Jane (Prichard) Seager: Harriet, now (1910) Mrs. Gifford; Charles, George and Edwin. Mr. and Mrs. Gifford have no...

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Biographical Sketch of Eugene C. Denton

Eugene C. Denton, well known in legal and business circles in the state of New York, is the son of Stephen E. and Ann E. Denton, both natives of Orange county, New York, the former having been a paper manufacturer in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, until his death in 1868. Eugene C. Denton was born in Fitchburg, Massachusetts, December 10, 1865. He was a pupil in the public schools of Canandaigua, New York, 1875-99, then attended the Canandaigua Academy, from which he was graduated in 1883. He next matriculated at the University of Rochester, New York, and was graduated from the classical department of that institution in 1887 with the degree of Bachelor of Arts. Having made a choice of the legal profession for his life work, he commenced the study of law in the office of Martin W. Cooke, and was admitted to the bar in 1889. He was then for a time managing clerk in the office in which he had prosecuted his studies. In January, 1891, he opened offices on his own account in Rochester, and in 1895 associated himself in a partnership with George F. Slocum, practicing under the firm name of Slocum & Denton, this relation being maintained until April, 1900, since which time Mr. Denton has practiced alone. He is a man of large and diversified activities, and is trustee of the People’s Rescue Mission,...

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