Descendants of John Dent

Through 4 Generations

Generation No. 1

1. JOHN1 DENT was born 1755, and died 1840. He married MARGARET EVANS.

Notes for JOHN DENT:
Revolutionary War vet. Resident of Monongalia Co., W(VA). His grandfather was a resident of Maryland. 12 Children.

John Dent joined the Hamilton family in Ohio about 1808. Visited Illinois in 1829 and chose a location for himself and his children in Magnolia what was then considered part of Tazewell Co. The entire Dent family moved to Illinois in the early fall of 1831, after son John E. Dent had made improvements to the land. They settled on Oxbow Prairie in 1830.

April 17, 2003

Children of JOHN DENT and MARGARET EVANS are:

2. i. JOHN EVANS2 DENT, b. January 24, 1783, Morgantown, Monongalia Co., West Virginia; d. March 10, 1868, Magnolia, Putnam Co IL.

3. ii. JAMES DENT, b. Abt. 1799, Virginia; d. February 28, 1874, Varna, Marshall Co., IL.

4. iii. MARGARET H. DENT, b. Abt. 1794, Monongalia Co., West Virginia; d. July 12, 1872, Wenona, Marshall Co. IL.

5. iv. ENOCH DENT, b. May 21, 1796, Monongalia Co., West Virginia; d. November 18, 1872, Wenona, Marshall Co. IL.

Generation No. 2

2. JOHN EVANS2 DENT (JOHN1) was born January 24, 1783 in Morgantown, Monongalia Co., West Virginia, and died March 10, 1868 in Magnolia, Putnam Co IL. He married (1) REBECCA HAMILTON March 18, 1804, daughter of WILLIAM HAMILTON and SUSAN BROWN. He married (2) MARY COWEN July 09, 1839 in Putnam Co IL, daughter of ROBERT COWEN and MARY.


April 9, 1868
Died At Magnolia, March 20th, John E. Dent, age 85 years.
John E. Dent, one of the oldest citizens of Putnam County and father of Mrs. Z. Swan of this city, died two weeks since at Magnolia at the advanced age of 85. He moved to Putnam county in 1830, was an influential and respected citizen and raised a family who have held many responsible trusts in political life. For the past two or three years, Mr. D. has been in feeble health and his nervous temperament produced derangement of which he was afflicted to the day of his death. All who knew him, admired his striking qualities and he passed away mourned by them all.

More About MARY COWEN:
Buried: Magnolia, Putnam Co. IL
Marriage Notes for JOHN DENT and MARY COWEN:
by Asahel Hannum


6. i. GEORGE3 DENT, b. September 26, 1807, Monogahala county, Virginia (now West Virginia); d. April 03, 1879, Minonk, Woodford Co. IL.

7. ii. ZILPHA DENT, b. 1810, Ohio; d. Aft. 1868.

8. iii. SALLY GILLEY DENT, b. 1805, Monongahela co. VA; d. Aft. 1881.

9. iv. MARGARET DENT, b. 1814, Ohio; d. 1892.

Child of JOHN DENT and MARY COWEN is:

10. v. ORLANDO3 DENT, b. 1843, Illinois; d. April 1883, Magnolia, Putnam Co. IL.


3. JAMES2 DENT (JOHN1) was born Abt. 1799 in Virginia, and died February 28, 1874 in Varna, Marshall Co., IL. He married DORCUS BERSHIRE February 10, 1820 in Virginia.

Notes for JAMES DENT:

March 12, 1874
At Varna, Feb. 28, James Dent, aged 78 years, father of Mrs. William Douglas.

Mr. James Dent, whose death was announced, was one of the earliest settlers in Magnolia, coming there in 1834. His remains were deposited in the Magnolia cemetery.

More About JAMES DENT:
Occupation: 1850, Farmer
Residence: 1850, Putnam Co. IL
Occupation: 1870, Retired Farmer
Residence: 1870, Magnolia Twp, Putnam Co. IL

February 24, 1870
Local Department
Mrs. Dorcas Dent, whose death we announced last week, lived to the good old age of 71 years. She was born in Pennsylvania, Sept. 19, 1799. Soon after her birth, her parents moved to Maryland where she remained until 1815, when she moved with her parents to Virginia, and was married to James Dent, Feb. 10, 1820. In the fall of 1834 she moved with her family to Illinois, and settled in Putnam county, where she lived and died. She was the mother of 11 children, seven of whom are still living, among whom is Major B. Dent of Arkansas. She was a kind mother, accomodating neighbor, who will live long in the affections of her neighbors.


i. JAMES B.3 DENT, b. Abt. 1831, Virginia.

Notes for JAMES B. DENT:
Company "A" 1st Illinois Cavalry
Name Rank Residence Date of Muster Remarks
DENT, James B. 2nd Lt Bloomington July 3, 1861 Mustered out July 14, 1862

ii. LUCINDA S. DENT, b. Abt. 1836, Virginia.

11. iii. GILLY S. DENT, b. Abt. 1839, Illinois.

iv. STROTHER E. DENT, b. Abt. 1842, Illinois.

Company "A" 1st Illinois Cavalry
DENT, Strother E. Corporal Bloomington July 3, 1861 Prom. Regimental Q. M. Sergeant


4. MARGARET H.2 DENT (JOHN1) was born Abt. 1794 in Monongalia Co., West Virginia, and died July 12, 1872 in Wenona, Marshall Co. IL. She married (1) PETER SMITH. She married (2) JOHN ROCHESTER April 1812 in Monongalia Co., West Virginia.

July 18, 1872
In Henry, July 12, of old age, Mrs. Margaret H. Smith, aged 78 years, sister of Enoch Dent of Wenona.

Death of Mrs. M. H. Smith
We record the death of another old settler, Mrs. Margaret H. Smith, sister of Mr. Enoch Dent of Wenona, at the residence of N. B. Whitney, her son-in-law, at the ripe age of 78 years. Mrs. Smith was born in Monongahela county, W. Virginia, a daughter of John Dent, and one of 12 children. She married John Rochester there in April, 1812, the day war was declared with the Indians, and had eight children by him, he dying in 1837. She lived for a time in Missouri, coming to Magnolia, Putnam county in 1838, where she made the acquaintance of Peter Smith, a widower, whom she married. By him she had but one child. The domestic relations of this marriage were uncongenial, and finally Mr. Smith, who had the reputation of not being the best of men, sloped to California, where he has since re-married, and lived unmolested. Mrs. Smith has lived in Marshall county about 20 years with her children, much of the time keeping house with her daughter, Miss Josephine Rochester. She was an energetic, brave woman in her day, endured her share of the privations and trials allotted to human life, survived to a green old age, and passed on to her reward. Her funeral took place on Sunday, in spite of the extreme hot weather, Rev. Ephriam Hoyt conducting the solemn services.11






5. ENOCH2 DENT (JOHN1) was born May 21, 1796 in Monongalia Co., West Virginia, and died November 18, 1872 in Wenona, Marshall Co. IL. He married JUDITH GAPEN April 1817.

Notes for ENOCH DENT:
Taken From the Henry Republican, Henry, IL
November 28, 1872
At Wenona, Nov. 18, of consumption of the bowels, Enoch Dent, aged 76.

Another Old Settler Gone - The Index announces the death of another old settler, Father Enoch Dent of Wenona, who died on Monday of last week, aged 76. He was first taken sick about the time of the Wenona fair, supposed at that time to be lung fever, but from which he has not recovered, a complication of diseases setting in, finally resulting in his death.
Father Dent was born In Monongalia county, W. Va., May 21, 1796. He married in April 1817, Miss Judith Gapen of Pennsylvania, who has been his companion upwards of 55 years. By this union 12 children were born to them, five only of whom survive the father. In 1820 he moved into the wilds of Indiana, and in October 1832, into Marshall county, during the Black Hawk war, in which he took active part. He has lived about 40 years near where he died.

Few persons were better known in this community. In person, he was commanding and dignified. His constitution was powerful. His manners were peculiarly kind and genial. His sense of honor was fine. He was a kind husband and an affectionate father. The funeral was large. His wife, three years his junior, will soon follow him.

Courthouse News
January 21, 1875
Taken From the Henry Republican
John O. Dent, administrator of the estate of Enoch Dent, deceased, final report; report approved and administrator discharged.

Children of ENOCH DENT and JUDITH GAPEN are:

12. i. JOHN O.3 DENT, b. Abt. 1819, West Virginia.

13. ii. R. E. DENT, b. Abt. 1822, Indiana.

iii. MARGARET DENT, b. Abt. 1831; d. April 04, 1872, Redwood, California; m. JAMES MCCLAY.

April 25, 1872
Died at Redwood, Cal., April 4, of consumption, Margaret, aged 41 years, wife of James McClay of Chicago, and daughter of Enoch Dent of Wenona.

Mrs. James McClay, sister of John O. Dent, Esq. Of Wenona, died in California recently of consumption. She has been in delicate health for several years, and in company with her husband had gone over the principal parts of Europe, Sandwich Islands, etc., in hopes of obtaining relief. Reaching California recently, she yielded her spirit up at the residence of R. E. Dent. The body was embalmed, and brought to Wenona, where the funeral obsequies were solemnized on Sunday wee, amid the tears and affection of a multitude of relatives and friends

iv. ZELPHA ANN DENT, b. 1833.

v. LEWIS DENT, b. 1835.

vi. SARAH DENT, b. 1840.

Generation No. 3

6. GEORGE3 DENT (JOHN EVANS2, JOHN1) was born September 26, 1807 in Monogahala county, Virginia (now West Virginia), and died April 03, 1879 in Minonk, Woodford Co. IL. He married COMFORT IJAMS April 12, 1829 in Muskingum Co. OH, daughter of THOMAS IJAMS and SARAH DUVALL.

Notes for GEORGE DENT:
Old Settlers Meeting
Taken From The Henry News Republican
December 10, 1868
George Dent of Hennepin was then called for and gave some items of his experience referring to the difficulties of obtaining educational facilities and other accessories to comfort and refinement.

Taken From the Henry Republican April 17, 1879
The following obituary notice of the late George Dent, was penned by his son, Thomas Dent, and published in a late number of the Hennepin Record:

Died in the 3d inst., at his residence in Minonk, Woodford county, George Dent, aged 71 years, 6 months, 18 days. The deceased was a native of Monogahala county, Virginia (now West Virginia). His ancestors were connected with the early settlement of that section, and with its government in civil affairs, and with military matters in the revolution. He was a son of John Evans Dent, who died in Putnam county, Ill., some eleven years ago, and Rebecca Hamilton, who emigrated to Muskingum county, Ohio, in the year 1808, and to Putnam county, Ill., in the year 1831.

The deceased took up his residence in Oxbow prairie in the latter year, and was of the volunteer force in the Black Hawk war in 1832. He opened a farm on Oxbow prairie, and for a number of years thereafter continued his connection with farming; but having through an accident, in the year 1836, been deprived of much use of his right hand, his attention was turned partially toward other business, and for the next following ten years he was connected with different local offices in his township and neighborhood, including the office of county assessor for one year.

In 1847 he was elected clerk of the county commissioners' court and recorder, and removed to the county seat, Hennepin, and there resided until the spring of 1869, filling meanwhile, among other positions, the office of clerk of the circuit court for some years; also the office of county judge for one term; and the office of member of the house of representatives in the general assembly, for the district composed of Putnam, Woodford and Marshall county for one term.
He removed in Minonk in the spring of 1869, and at his death was filling his second term as police magistrate of that place. The deceased was of a genial nature, and was somewhat distinguished for his recollection of people and his general acquaintance with persons and places within the range of his residence and travel in the country. In political matters, while adhering to his party in the main, he was much influenced by personal preferences. He enjoyed being hospitable, as was common in some of the earlier settlements. The funeral services occurred in the Methodist church in Minonk, on the 4th inst., and was largely attended.

The deceased had never attached himself to any church, but has been heard to signify that he should have taken a stand in early life. He also highly commended consistent profession. About one year before his death, he inscribed in the family bible, which had come down to him from his father, a sentiment, mainly a quotation from Sr. William Jones, beautifully expressive of the incomparable worth of the bible. This he is supposed to have done in order that his deliberate views on the subject might be distinctly manifested.

On the arrival of the corpse in Hennepin on Saturday morning last, a number of people, especially from the older residents, followed the remains to the grave, and viewed the face of the deceased. The following persons acted as pall bearers, to-wit: Jefferson Durley, A. T. Purviance, Wm. Eddy, Henry Casson, Martin Bauman, C. P. Towle, Patrick Dore, and Africa H. Turner. Selections from the scriptures were read by Rev. Mr. Murphy and a prayer was offered by Rev. Mr. Bailey.

Buried: Hennepin, Putnam Co. IL
Occupation: 1850, Farmer
Residence: 1850, Putnam Co. IL
Occupation: 1860, Clerk Circuit Court
Residence: 1860, Hennepin, Putnam Co. IL

Marriage Notes for GEORGE DENT and COMFORT IJAMS:
Vol. l & 2, Page 135, Record of Marriages, Muskingum Co., OH. Married by J. Goshen

Children of GEORGE DENT and COMFORT IJAMS are:

i. JOHN EVANS4 DENT, b. Abt. 1830.

14. ii. THOMAS IJAMS DENT, b. November 14, 1831, Oxbow Prairie, Putnam Co., Illinois..

iii. LEWIS MARSHALL DENT, b. Abt. 1834.

15. iv. HENRY CLAY DENT, b. July 01, 1836, Magnolia, Putnam Co IL.

v. HOMER CLARK DENT, b. 1838.

Cause of Death: Died in Infancy

16. vi. AMELIA ANN DENT, b. Abt. 1839; d. November 03, 1875, Hennepin, Putnam Co. IL.

vii. COMFORT AMANDA DENT, b. 1842.

Cause of Death: Died in Infancy

viii. WILLIAM HAMILTON DENT, b. Abt. 1844.

ix. LOVINIA DENT, b. Abt. 1848.

x. CHARLES H. DENT, b. Abt. 1852.


7. ZILPHA3 DENT (JOHN EVANS2, JOHN1) was born 1810 in Ohio, and died Aft. 1868. She married ELISHA SWAN February 25, 1832 in Putnam Co IL.

Marriage Notes for ZILPHA DENT and ELISHA SWAN:
Elisha Swan and Zilpha Dent, February 25, 1832 by Jessie Haile

Children of ZILPHA DENT and ELISHA SWAN are:

i. LOUISA4 SWAN, b. 1834.

ii. ANSON SWAN, b. 1836.

iii. ELISHA SWAN, b. 1842.

iv. ELIZABETH SWAN, b. 1844.


8. SALLY GILLEY3 DENT (JOHN EVANS2, JOHN1) was born 1805 in Monongahela co. VA, and died Aft. 1881. She married WILLIAM N. COWEN 1824 in Ohio, son of ROBERT COWEN and MARY.

Moved to Putnam county in 1831

"Mrs. Gilley Dent Cowen, widow of William Cowen, was born in Monongalia County, (West) Virginia, in 1805 and moved with her family to Muskingum County, Ohio in 1808 where she wed William Cowen in 1824. William Cowen was born near Hagerstown, Washington County, Maryland in 1798 and came to Muskingum County, Ohio as a young man about 1810. The couple attended the Methodist Episcopal Church in Ohio and in Illinois. The Cowens came to Putnam County, Illinois in 1831. During the Black Hawk War, Mr. Cowen was a soldier under Col. Strawn with the rank of Lt. Col. in the 40th regiment, 4th Brigade, Illinois Mounted Militia with the date of commission of May 20, 1832, at Hennepin, Putnam County, Illinois."

Mrs. William Cowen of Wenona was the next operator, who handled the spinner very gracefully. She was 76 years of age and had been a settler of this country for 50 years.

"The 1881 Old Settlers Reunion"
Taken From the Henry Republican, August 25, 1881

Buried: Magnolia, Putnam Co. IL
Occupation: 1860, Farmer
Residence: 1860, Magnolia Township, Putnam Co. IL

Children of SALLY DENT and WILLIAM COWEN are:


17. ii. ELIZABETH MINERVA COWEN, b. 1828, Muskegon county, Ohio; d. July 14, 1857, Putnam Co IL.

iii. LUCINDA JANE COWEN, b. 1830, Illinois; m. ROSWELL N. MORSE, Bef. 1850.

Other Info: 1850, Living with parents but married
Occupation: 1850, Methodist Clergyman
Residence: 1850, Living with spouses parents, Putnam Co. IL




vii. ROBIE G. COWEN, b. 1840.

More About ROBIE G. COWEN:
Cause of Death: Died in Childhood

viii. ZILPHA MALVINA COWEN, b. 1843.




9. MARGARET3 DENT (JOHN EVANS2, JOHN1) was born 1814 in Ohio, and died 1892. She married LIVINGSTON ROBERTS January 24, 1833 in Putnam Co IL.


Settled in Magnolia in 1828.


Settled in Magnolia in 1828.

Taken From the Henry Republican
September 10, 1874
Mr. Livingston Roberts has opened a road through his timber lot and pasture which will now make a straight road between Henry and Wenona. In every respect it will be better and much nearer than the old road.

Taken From the Henry Republican
February 27, 1879
The Roberts Familly Reunion
The Roberts family had a reunion dinner at the old homestead in Roberts township on Sunday last, at which the following children of Mr. and Mrs. Livingston Roberts were present: T. D. Roberts, Mrs. J. S. Roberts, Mrs. J. A. Roberts, Mrs. J. Throm, William Roberts, Riley Roberts, Miss Ida Roberts, Miss Molly Roberts. Mr. T. D. Roberts and family left on Monday's train for Kansas where he has purchased a farm. Mrs. John W. Burns, the other member of his family is now residing in Kansas. The members of the Roberts family are a credit to the community and highly respected citizens.

The 1879 Old Settlers Reunion
Taken From the Henry Republican
August 28, 1879

After the inner man was satisfied we were again called to order, and President Livingston Roberts addressed us, being introduced as the oldest settler now living of this county. He said:

"Ladies and gentlemen, I came to this county with my father in 1828, 52 years ago. We came to Montgomery and came up through this country, following an Indian trail from Springfield to Ottawa, where he put in 15 or 20 acres of corn. In the fall of 1828 father moved the family up to the place that is mine now. On the 9th of Nov. 1828, our log cabin 18 x 20, was put up. As we came over the county we had to ford the rivers and one we had to swim. The crop at Ottawa was destroyed, and we had to depend upon the game that father killed. Father was a great hunter. We would haul a load of corn to Tazewell county to make meal for bread. Father made a mill by making a mortar and beating the corn with a pestle. We enjoyed this life. Had a splendid time. I now give way to others."

Livingston Roberts and Margaret Dent, January 24, 1833 by Hooper Warren


i. THOMAS4 ROBERTS, b. 1833.

18. ii. ALONZO ROBERTS, b. 1835; d. February 07, 1873, Wenona, Marshall Co. IL.

iii. CHILD ROBERTS, b. 1840.

iv. JOHN ROBERTS, b. 1841.

v. ZILPHA ROBERTS, b. 1844.

vi. GEORGE ROBERTS, b. 1845.

vii. ELIZABETH ROBERTS, b. 1847; m. JEREMIAH TRONE, December 30, 1875, Roberts Twp, Marshall Co. IL.

Taken From The Henry Republican
January 13, 1876
Marriage Licenses Issued to 26 couples in December, who want to try "double blessedness" for themselves.
Jeremiah Trone of Caledonia to Elizabeth Roberts of Varna.

January 6, 1876
In Roberts township, Dec. 30, Jerry Trone Jr. of Caledonia, Putnam county, and Miss Lizzie, daughter of Mr. Livingston Roberts.


10. ORLANDO3 DENT (JOHN EVANS2, JOHN1) was born 1843 in Illinois, and died April 1883 in Magnolia, Putnam Co. IL. He married RACHEL.

Company "A" 1st Illinois Cavalry
DENT, Orlando Private Bloomington July 3, 1861 M.O. July 14, 1862 as Corporal

Henry Republican
April 5, 1883
On Wednesday of last week Orlando Dent, one of Magnolia's best citizens, died from consumption. He has been an invalid for a number of years. He had sought a change of climate for his health, and followed every fond hope for relief but all to no purpose. For three or four years he had been obliged to articulate in a low voice. He had been a resident of Magnolia for many years and until within a few months owner of a fine farm in Putnam county. His fine residence in the village is left to the widow and daughter, an only child of about 15 years of age. Also a $5000 policy on his life in the Illinois Masonic Benebolent Association, located at Princeton.

Occupation: 1880, Farmer
Residence: 1880, Magnolia Township, Putnam Co. IL

Notes for RACHEL:
1900 census shows is widow, 2 children born, 1 child living

More About RACHEL:
Occupation: 1900, Landlord
Residence: 1900, Magnolia, Putnam Co. IL

Children of ORLANDO DENT and RACHEL are:

i. CORA B.4 DENT, b. July 1867, Illinois.

ii. CORA DENT, b. 1868.


11. GILLY S.3 DENT (JAMES2, JOHN1) was born Abt. 1839 in Illinois. She married ISAAC N. TAYLOR.

Occupation: 1870, Carpenter
Residence: 1870, Living with spouses father

Children of GILLY DENT and ISAAC TAYLOR are:

i. SYLVIA4 TAYLOR, b. Abt. 1858, Illinois.

ii. RALPH TAYLOR, b. Abt. 1861, Illinois.

iii. ORANGE TAYLOR, b. Abt. 1863, Illinois.

iv. MAGGIE TAYLOR, b. Abt. 1866, Illinois.

v. MARY TAYLOR, b. Abt. 1868, Illinois.


12. JOHN O.3 DENT (ENOCH2, JOHN1) was born Abt. 1819 in West Virginia. He married FRANCES SPENCER March 13, 1850 in Whitefield Twp, Marshall Co. IL, daughter of HORACE SPENCER.

Notes for JOHN O. DENT:

The Great Wenona Illinois Fire of 1870
Taken From the Henry Republican, Henry, Illinois
May 19 & May 26, 1870
The wind carried the fiery embers for miles and the farmers in range for a long distance had a shower of these missles to contend with; and many saved their hay stacks and houses from conflagration only by the most strenuous exertiouns. John O. Dent's stables and hay yard caught fire twice, and was saved only by timely extinguishment.

The Wenona Fair
Taken From the Henry Republican
October 10, 1872
During our stay we were made welcome by Mr. John O. Dent and his family, who were entertaining nine beside their own folks. Mr. D. is one of the pioneers of that part of Illinois, and perhaps has done as much for railroads and the building up of his section as any other one man. He has a very large beautiful home, nicely furnished, with every convenience that taste and comforts dictates. He has much landed estate, and is one of the most successful business men of the town.

The 1878 Old Settlers Reunion
Taken From the Henry Republican
August 22, 1878
John O. Dent of Wenona came to listen. The first time he was Lacon it was covered with grass, and but two families in the town. Elisha Swan had a cabin, living in one end, and had a small store in the other. The material for the first biscuit was of meal. He described his first trip to mill, he and his brother, small boys, being sent on horseback with a bushel of corn each. Had to wait until 9 p.m., started for home taking trial for Shaw's Point; got lost; the horses were given their own way and they reached a cabin at midnight, which was the Sawyers; they would not let us go home that night; rose very early to start knowing the family had nothing to eat. Mrs. Sawyer looked at them, and said they ere pretty small boys to be sent to mill; she would not let them go until after breakfast, saying "she could not look into the face of my mother," if they went off without something to eat.

Got acquainted with Judge Parrott in 1832. He recited another grist mill exploit, and wound up an interesting 10 minute speech with an incident in the political life of Darius Fyffe, and a local preacher named Payne, relative to the obtaining of the news of nomination of James K. Polk as the democratic nominee for the presidency in which was brought out the contrast of reading the nomination and platform of the Tilden convention in the same afternoon, and the three and four months of receiving it in the early day by word of mouth from the occasional traveler. Mr. Dent depicted the incident in a humorous way and it brought down the house.

Henry Republican, February 19, 1880
A coal company has been formed at Wenona, the following to be the incorporators of the same under the general law: John O. Dent, Col. G. L. Fort, E. P. Barber, W. J. Merrill, S. B. Patch, M. Bayne, Cadet Taylor.

Marriage Notes for JOHN DENT and FRANCES SPENCER:
March 25, 1875
Taken From the Henry Republican
A Silver Wedding
The social event of the season at Wenona, was the brilliant commemoration of the 25th anniversary of the married life of Mr. and Mrs. John O. Dent, which took place on Saturday night last, at the elegant homestead, near and on which spot they have spent their married life. It was on the evening of March 13, 1850, that Rev. H. G. Pendleton, then of Henry seminary, solemnized the marriage of John O. Dent and Francis Spencer, at the home of Mr. Horace Spencer, her father, in Whitefield. Mr. Dent then lived on a farm near where he now resides, Wenona not then being in existence. Since then they have grown into material wealth; a large family has been given them, and they celebrate this pleasing anniversary with unusual pleasure. The preparations for this occasion was made on a grand scale. The invitations were out up in the hundreds, and friends were present from Detroit, Mich., and from Lincoln, Paxton, Chenoa, and other points, to the number of about 125. The house was handsomely decorated. Over where the ceremony was performed was an arch, decorated with evergreens, interspersed with white, red and yellow flowers. Above these was the years "1850 and 1875", with two hearts suspended between these dates, thrust through by cupid's darts. Rev. H. G. Pendleton, who officiated at their wedding 25 years ago, made an appropriate and touching address and ceremony; Rev. Mr. Bellville offered prayer, and Rev. Mr. Kneeling the presentation speech.

Here the groom called upon an old schoolmate to respond, Judge Lynch, who recalled many incidents of ye olden times. The bride and groom were richly attired, the bride's hair being tastily decked with flowers, while for groomsmen and bridesmaids were the younger children - Horace and Johnny beside their father, and Rosie and Judie on the other side. It is unnecessary to add that they had an elegant supper, which all shared and appreciated.

The presents consisted of an elegant tea set composed of 7 pieces, a teapot, water pot, coffee pot, sugar bowl, creamer, spoon holder and slop bowl, tow handsome water pitchers, an exquisite bouquet holder and card receiver, a massive coffee urn, and a large fruit dish and spoon, w with many others both useful and ornamental articles. The children were all at home. The two married daughters, Mrs. Minerva, wife of Prof. A. Y. Morris of Lincoln university, and Mrs. Mary Taylor, living at Paxton, being present, added zest to one of the most delightful occasions of the kind ever held at Wenona.

Children of JOHN DENT and FRANCES SPENCER are:

i. FRANCES MINERVA4 DENT, m. ALBERT R. TAYLOR, October 16, 1873, Wenona, Marshall Co. IL.

Marriage Notes for FRANCES DENT and ALBERT TAYLOR:
October 23, 1873
AT Wenona, Oct. 16, by Rev. Leroy Wood, Albert R. Taylor and Frances Minerva, eldest daughter of Hon. John O. Dent   Miss Minerva, daughter of John O. Dent and Albert Taylor were married on Thursday evening at Mr. Dent's residence in Wenona. The party was large and select, and the occasion a very pleasant one. Many presents were bestowed upon the worthy bridal pair, as also very general and hearty congratulations after the ceremony. Thus mated, may their vows never be severed, but may life be as sweet and rosy as fancy and expectation has pictured it to them.

ii. MARY SPENCER DENT, m. A. Y. MORRIS, June 10, 1874, Wenona, Marshall Co. IL.

Marriage Notes for MARY DENT and A. MORRIS:
June 11, 1874
At Wenona, June 10, A. Y. Morris of Paxton, and Mary Spencer, second daughter of Hon. John Q. Dent.

iii. ROSELLA S. DENT, b. 1861.

iv. JOHN DENT, b. 1866.

v. JUDITH G. DENT, b. May 10, 1869, Wenona, Marshall Co. IL.

Notes for JUDITH G. DENT:
May 20, 1869
Born at Wenona, May 10, a daughter to John O. Dent


13. R. E.3 DENT (ENOCH2, JOHN1) was born Abt. 1822 in Indiana. He married REBECCA.

Children of R. DENT and REBECCA are:

i. AMELIA4 DENT, b. 1846.

ii. FRANCES DENT, b. 1847.

iii. RAWLEY E. DENT, b. 1850; m. HATTIE E. GALE, September 18, 1872, Wenona, Marshall Co. IL.

Marriage Notes for RAWLEY DENT and HATTIE GALE:
October 3, 1872
At Wenona, Sept. 18, by Rev. W. B. Keeling, Rawley E. Dent of Miss Hattie E. Gale

Generation No. 4

14. THOMAS IJAMS4 DENT (GEORGE3, JOHN EVANS2, JOHN1) was born November 14, 1831 in Oxbow Prairie, Putnam Co., Illinois.. He married SUSAN S..

Occupation: 1880, Lawyer
Residence: 1880, Chicago, Cook Co. IL

Child of THOMAS DENT and SUSAN S. is:
i. MARY5 DENT, b. Abt. 1863, Illinois.


15. HENRY CLAY4 DENT (GEORGE3, JOHN EVANS2, JOHN1) was born July 01, 1836 in Magnolia, Putnam Co IL. He married ELIZABETH WILCOX March 01, 1858 in Lacon, Marshall Co. IL, daughter of LEVI WILCOX and NANCY ROGERS.

Occupation: 1860, Merchant
Residence: 1860, Hennepin, Putnam Co. IL

Taken From the Hennepin Tribune
March 12, 1858
Married in Lacon, Marshall county, Ill., on Monday the 1st, inst., by Rev. A. Keller, Mr. Henry C. Dent of Hennepin and Miss Lizzie M. Wilcox of the former place.


i. CORA5 DENT, b. Abt. 1859, Putnam Co IL.


16. AMELIA ANN4 DENT (GEORGE3, JOHN EVANS2, JOHN1) was born Abt. 1839, and died November 03, 1875 in Hennepin, Putnam Co. IL. She married JESSIE M. COWEN September 27, 1860 in Putnam Co IL.

November 5, 1875
Died at Hennepin at 5:00 on Wednesday AM, November 3, of heart and lung disease, Mrs. Amelia A. , wife of Dr. J.M.Cowen, age 36. She was the daughter of Hon. George Dent and had resided in this county from early childhood.

Occupation: 1880, Medical Doctor
Residence: 1880, Hennepin township, Putnam Co. IL

Children of AMELIA DENT and JESSIE COWEN are:




17. ELIZABETH MINERVA4 COWEN (SALLY GILLEY3 DENT, JOHN EVANS2, JOHN1) was born 1828 in Muskegon county, Ohio, and died July 14, 1857 in Putnam Co IL. She married FOSTER.

Taken From the Hennepin Tribune July 24, 1857
Died on the 14th inst., Mrs. Minera Foster, second daughter of William N. Gilly Cowen of this county. The deceased was born in Muskegon county, Ohio in the year 1828. Exceedingly amiable in her manners, and upright in all of her deportments, merited and enjoyed the respect and esteem of her friends and neighbors. Mrs. Foster was a worthy member of the M. E. church. On the 15th inst., the usual religious services were performed by Rev. A. Keller at Magnolia. Her funeral was numerously attended and her remains were consigned to the tomb in the Magnolia graveyard. She leaves behind her an only child, a daughter, a kind companion, an affectionate father and mother and a number of sisters and brothers to mourn her loss.




18. ALONZO4 ROBERTS (MARGARET3 DENT, JOHN EVANS2, JOHN1) was born 1835, and died February 07, 1873 in Wenona, Marshall Co. IL. He married UNKNOWN.

February 13, 1873
At Wenona, Feb. 7, of tumor, Alonzo, aged about 40, son of Livingston Roberts. The funeral was attended with the burial rite of Odd Fellowship.

Feb. 6, 1873 - Local Items: Alonzo Roberts, one of the older sons of Mr. Livingston Roberts lies in a critical condition at Wenona from the effects of a tumor on an arm, the removal of which is no way improving his condition, and we fear has imperiled his life. He has a beautiful farm in Ford county and a post office named after him there. There is no hope of recovery. His age is about 40 and has a wife and one child.


i. DAUGHTER5 ROBERTS, b. May 03, 1870.

May 19, 1870
May 3, a daughter to Alonzo Roberts;

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