Biography of Myron Denton
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE AND BIOGRAPHICAL RECORD
OF SARATOGA COUNTY, NEW YORK
PREPARED AND PUBLISHED UNDER THE AUSPICES OF THE SARATOGIAN
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1899

T-Saratoga County, New York Wills, 1796-1805

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Denton, Myron, the subject of this sketch, was born in Saratoga, N. Y., March 7, 1819, at the homestead one mile west of the village, and having bought adjoining property, spent most of his life there until he passed away, March 10, 1896. He was the eighth in descent from Rev. Richard Denton who was born in England in 1586 and came to Boston in 1632 in the ship Arabella with the party of Governor Winthrop. He was first pastor of the Congregational church in Stamford, Conn., and after removed to Hempstead, L. I., where he founded the first Presbyterian church in America. He returned to England and died in Essex in 1662. Myron was a son of Jacob and Eva Elizabeth (Miller) Denton. His father was a native of Greenfield born February 11, 1781, near the present sight of "Overlook Mansion" in Woodlawn Park, in the log house built by his father, Preston Denton, in what was then a wilderness. Preston Denton, born in May, 1755, came to Saratoga from Dutchess county. Early in May. 1775, he joined an independent company of militia, in the town of Stillwater, they being the first troops that went from the frontier of New York to fight the enemy at the North. Later he was with a company under Col. Ethan Allen, when they were captured by the British and sent to England. He was returned to New York and afterward made his escape from the prison ship and came to Greenfield where he lived until his death, November 13, 1826. His wife, Esther Deyoe, was the daughter of Jacob Deyoe, one of the early settlers of Wilton. She was born October 5, 1763, and died March 12, 1836. Myron Denton was reared on his father's farm and educated in the common schools and the Union Village Academy. He carried on a successful dairy business and served his patrons for fortyseven years without missing a day. A man of the strictest integrity in all his transactions with others, he commanded the respect and esteem of all who knew him. In politics he was a staunch Republican, and held several minor town offices, serving as assessor and highway commissioner. On July. 4, 1849, he married Lucjnda White Scofleld, who was born in Greenfield, January 11, 1827, and died in Saratoga May 2, 1898. Her ancestors on the maternal side lead back to the Mayflower pilgrims, and comprise the families of Cooke, White and Warren. Three children were born to them: Lucinda E. who married Harmon S. Cronkhite, by whom she had two daughters. He having died, she afterward married George C. Wilkins. Myron P. was graduated from the Saratoga High School, prepared for college under Prof. Otto Von Below, took his degree from Harvard University in 1884, and Harvard Medical School in 1887. Later he studied in Paris and London and is now a rising practitioner of New York city. Adelaide L., residing at home home, graduated from Temple Grove Seminary and afterwards studied in France and Germany.


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