William Denston
(Abt 1670-1726/1727)
Elizabeth (?)
(Abt 1670-After 1732)
John Denston
(Abt 1693-1765/1766)


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1. Margaret (?)

John Denston 1

  • Born: Abt 1693, Somerset Co., MD 2
  • Marriage (1): Margaret (?)
  • Died: 31 Jan 1765-09 Sep 1766, Worcester Co., MD 3


Denstons are listed as follows in the Somerset Co., MD Tax Lists:
1723: William (Wicomico Hundred); William, John (next to one another in Pocomoke Hundred)
1724: William (Wicomico), John (Pocomoke)
1725: William (Wicomico), John (Pocomoke)
1727: John (Pocomoke)

From this, we see John as the only head of household in Somerset Co. by 1727, his brother William Jr. and father William Denston Sr. have died. John remains the only head until 1734 when we see the following Denstons:

1734: John, John in the same household (Pocomoke), Robert (Manokin)
1735: John, John in the same household (Pocomoke), Robert (Manokin)
1736: John, John in the same household (Pocomoke) [Robert is gone]
1737: John, John in the same household (Pocomoke)
1738: John, John Jr, Isaac in the same household (Pocomoke)
1739: John Sr, John, Isaac in the same household (Pocomoke)
1740: John, Isaac in different households (Pocomoke)
1743: none

These show that John Denston's son John had become 15 years of age in 1733/34 as did Isaac in 1737/38 and, there is an unknown Robert Denston in the area as well from 1734 to 1735. No lists are extant for 1741/42 and the next in 1743 is a year after Worcester Co.was formed and the Denston land fell in that county. We do note that there is only one John in 1740 so we are not sure why one of the Johns gets missed as we know both survive till at least 1765 when the elder John wrote his will. Birth years for the other Denston children of John are estimated based upon what order he mentions them in his will.

Land tract "Mill Lot" was surveyed for John Denston for 50a in 1745. It is located, in the modern day (2017), on Dividing Creek at the bridge over it where Meadow Bridge Road crosses. In early times, this was called "Denstones Bridge" and called out as a landmark when Worcester Co. was carved from old Somerset in 1742. John Denston had also surveyed adjacent land "Denstons Chance" in 1742 for 50a and sold it to son Isaac on Aug 7 1745 (WoLR-A:328). Isaac had that tract resurveyed to "Chance" for 98 acres in 1763.

John Denston's will was written Jan 31 1765 and was proven in Worcester Co. on Sep 19 1766:
- To son Levin, dwelling plantation with land "Mill Lott" and hand mill and two old guns, the necessary iron tools and ploughs and harrows, axes, hoes, iron wedges and all my iron tools
- To wife Margaret (as Margat), remainder of estate less one loom and necessaries to go to daughter Rebecca Denston. If in the event of my wife's remarriage, or death, or birth of an unlawfully begotten child, then to my son Isaac to take it into his care until the youngest child comes of age and then he to divided it among my five youngest children.
- To my sons John, Isaac, to daughters Sarah Brown and Elizabeth Denston, to sons Benjamin, William, Philip and Saul, all one shilling each.
No executor named. Witnesses; John Pusey, Ahab Costen, Matthew Puckham (WoW-1759/69:116)

John married Margaret (?). (Margaret (?) was born about 1699 in Somerset Co., MD and died after 1766 in Worcester Co., MD.)


1 Correspondence from James L. Brown; n209 West Mosher Street, Baltimore, MD 21217, dated April 7, 1997.

2 Correspondence from James L. Brown, 209 W. Mosher Street, Baltimore, MD 21217; dated April 30, 1997.

3 Worcester Co., MD Wills, Will Book JW 3 (MdHR 9477, 1/58/4/38), Folio 116-117.

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