Thomas Dent, Esq.1630 - Bef 1676 (< 46 years)
Name Thomas Dent Suffix Esq. Born 1630 Guisborough, E Riding, Yorkshire, England Gender Male Emigration 1658 Guisborough, Yorkshire, England Died Bef 21 Apr 1676 Hull's Neck, St.Mary's, Maryland Notes
1661, Magistrate of St. Marys County Court
Justice of Peace and Quorum
1669, Delegate for St. Marys Co. Lower House
1664, Served as Surveyor General of MD colony
1671, St Marys Councilman
1667, High Sheriff of St Marys Co., MD
The Dent Family
Perhaps no family of Southern Maryland is better known than the Dent Family, which in the formative years of the Province produced some of the most prominent and outstanding colonial subjects of Lord Baltimore and the Crown. They were conr thier public services, and high military offices.
Thomas Dent, Gentleman (1630-1676)
Thomas Dent was born about 1630 in the Parish of Guisbough, Yorkshire, England, making him less than 30 years old when he arrived in America. Not long afterwards he married Rebecca Wilkinson, the Virginia born daughter of Rev. William Wild his wife Naomi. He arrived in Maryland in 1658. In 1659 he was Justice of St. Mary's Court, St. Mary's Co, Maryland. And on March 26, 1663, Thomas Dent, Gent. entered his rights for transporting John Dent, John Winnie, Constant Stephensen, George Athley, John Venable and himself to be layed out for him by September 30, 1663. In 1664 he was High Sheriff St. Mary's County, Maryland. He was also delegate for St. Mary's County, Maryland.
On May 26, 1673 he applied at the land office in St. Mary's City for additional 600 acres for transporting Jerman Shyn, John Moderman, John Akers, John James, William Rutter, Charles Wheeler, Edward Crouch, Mary Evans, Sarah Caes, Ann Flethizabeth Danset, and John Dent into the Province to inhabit.
Thomas Dent's English background seems to have been from a market town on River Dee in West Riding of Yorkshire, called Dent, and the family derived its name from this town. About 1318 Willielmus filius de Dent deeded land in the villagey for use of Knights Templars, which revereted back to the Dent family - and according to Historical and Archaeological Journal of Yorkshire in 1889 was still held by descendants. A list of freeman records of Yorkshire in 1365 records is name of Willielmus de Dente, parchemener.
The fact that Judge Thomas Dent came from Gisborough in Yorkshire is authenticated by his land patents given the name of "Guisborough", it being characteristic of the Maryland gentry to name their plantations after ancestral estate in old EGisbourough" is a town and parish situated in North Riding - about six miles northwest of Ormsby, the more ancient estates of the forebearers of Thomas Dent. His parentage has been proven by Peter Dent, naturalist and professor of Cambridge University, and is in the Hereld's College, London under Cambridgeshire pedigrees, in 1684.
Thomas Dent established residence in St. Mary's County where most of his children were born and spent their childhood. He was the first alderman of St. Mary's City and a acre of land was patented to honor him called "The Lawyer's Lodgingelso engaged in mercantile pursuits as well as cultivation of the soil. Thomas Dent lived in Aldermansbury Street (now extinct) and his next door neighbor was Governor Thomas Notley.
On September 4, 1663, Thomas Dent was issued a warrant for 850 acres patented under the name of "Gisborough" lying on the east side of the Anacostia River, a branch of the river called Eastern Branch in Charles County standing by a littled Gisborough Bay.
In March 20, 1671 a warrant from the Secretary office ordered a tract of land called "Brothers Joint Interest" layed out in Charles Co. in woods above Piscataway, for William Hatton and Thomas Dent.
Thomas Dent was appointed High Sheriff of St. Mary's and Deputy Surveyor in 1664 and in August 19, 1668 - as a Gentleman of Quorum, he was appointed Commissioner of Peace and represented the County of St. Mary's at the General Assembly in 1675 and perhaps other years. He was engaged with some conflicts with the Indians- and was comissioned to secure 28 barrels of corn and 4,000 weight of meat for the Colonial forces in the Indian campaign against the Susquehanna Indians.
Source: One page hand out from the 1995 Tarvin Reunion.
Held Rank of Colonel in Colonial Militia
Emigrated to Maryland in 1656/1658
Younger son of Peter Dent.
Received several large land grants from Lord Baltimore in parts of what is now Virginia and Maryland, including the land opposite the city of Washington, across the eastern branch of the Potomac [known as Gisboro Point after Thomas' home togh, England on the river Tees]. Thomas built his house, "Westbury" manor, near the current town of Dentsville, Maryland, and old Fort Tobacco.
Justice of St. Mary's County, Maryland 1659
High Sheriff of St. Mary's County, 1664
Will probated 21 April 1676
1. Son William received Westbury
2. Sons Peter and George received the Gisboro Point grant.
3. Son Thomas, daughter Margaret and wife Rebecca - other land grants.
One of the witnesses was his brother-in-law William Hatton [brother of Thomas Hatton, Lord Baltimore's secretary of the colony]
"Ancesctors of Phyllis Anna Krieg," FTW Online
"Ancestors of Dee Ann Carey," FTW Online
Vol. 2, #1497
Person ID I15202 Lythgoe-Donaldson Last Modified 15 Jul 2010
Father Peter Dent, Sr., b. Abt 1600, Ormsby, Yorkshire, England , d. 1647, Guisborough, Yorkshire, England (Age ~ 47 years) Mother Margaret Nicholson, b. 1602, Hutton, Yorkshire, England , d. Aft 1641 (Age > 40 years) Married 1625 Yorkshire, England Family ID F7013 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Family Rebecca Wilkinson, b. 1633, Yorkshire, England , d. Aug 1726, Prince George's, Maryland (Age 93 years) Married 1651 Saint Mary, Maryland Children 1. William Dent, b. 1660, Westbury Manor, Hull's Neck, St.Mary's, Maryland , d. Bef 13 Feb 1705, Charles, Maryland (Age < 45 years) + 2. Margaret Dent, b. 1662, St.Mary's City, St.Mary's, Maryland , d. Bef 1709, Charles, Maryland (Age < 47 years) 3. Thomas Dent, b. 1662, Saint Mary, Maryland , d. Bef 1709 (Age < 47 years) 4. Peter Dent, b. 1664, Westbury Manor, Hull's Neck, St.Mary's, Maryland , d. Bef 7 Mar 1710 (Age < 46 years) 5. George Dent, b. 1666, Saint Mary, Maryland , d. 5 Apr 1746, Saint Mary, Maryland (Age 80 years) 6. Barbara Dent, b. 1676, Saint Mary, Maryland , d. 26 Jun 1754, Maryland (Age 78 years) Family ID F7009 Group Sheet | Family Chart
Event Map Emigration - 1658 - Guisborough, Yorkshire, England Died - Bef 21 Apr 1676 - Hull's Neck, St.Mary's, Maryland = Link to Google Earth