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Capt John Cromwell Dent

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Capt John Cromwell Dent

  • Birth 22 May 1816 Pittsburgh, Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, USA
  • Death 1 Jan 1889 Carthage, Jasper County, Missouri, USA
  • Burial Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA
  • Memorial ID 41005313

Family History of the Dent Family


Hon. George Dent
was born Abt. 1755 in Whitehaven ( Charles Co.), Maryland, and died 1812 in Blandensburg ( Alleghany Co), Maryland.

He married Susannah Dawson Cromwell April 28, 1785 in Evangelical Lutheran Church (Frederick Co.). She was born WFT Est. 1745-1768 in (Prince George Co.), Maryland, and died WFT Est. 1790-1856.

Notes for Hon. George Dent:

"On April 28, 1785, George Dent married Susannah Dawson Cromwell, widow of Joseph Cromwell, then settled in Cumberland, Maryland." (Reference Harry Wright Newman, The Maryland Dents , Richmond, 1963, p. 70) This information contradicts many details given by Julia Grant of her family background. A privately printed genealogy, based partly on family tradition, states that George Dent "married Susan Dawson, and afterwards a Marbury (Cromwell)." (Gustave Anjou, The Dent Family, (n.p., n.d. (ca. 1906, p.26.) Perhaps the Dents had ties to the prominent Marbury family of Maryland, since Fredrick Dent named his youngest daughter Emily Marbury. At any rate, George Dent went to Cumberland County, Maryland, was the official surveyor in 1806, and lived in a log house, called the Dent's House.



Parents married
December 22, 1814 in Pennsylvania


Colonel Frederick Fayette Dent
October 07, 1787 in Cumberland, Maryland

died October 1873 in Washington D. C.


Ellen Bray Wrenshall Dent

born 1792 in St. Louis, Mo.
died January 07, 1857 in St. Louis, Mo.


Frederick Tracy Dent

born December 17, 1820 in St. Louis, Mo.
died December 23, 1892 in Denver, Colorado

Lewis (Louis) Dent

born March 03, 1823 in St. Louis, Mo.
died March 22, 1874 in Washington D. C.

Julia Boggs Dent Grant
(Mrs. Ulysees Simpson Grant, President of the United States)

born January 26, 1826 in St. Louis, Mo
died December 14, 1902 in Washington, D. C.

Ellen 'Nellie' Wrenshall Dent
(Mrs.Alexander Sharp )

born June 28, 1828 in White Haven,
St. Louis County, Mo.,
died December 26, 1904
Washington, D. C.

Mary Dent
died in childhood

Emily 'Emma' Marbury Dent
(Mrs. James Finnie Casey)
born June 06, 1836 in White Haven,
St. Louis County, Mo.

died WFT Est. 1866-1930 in Washington D. C.


John C. Dent Married:

[1] Ellen Dean May 02, 1855 in St. Louis, Mo. daughter of James Dean and Harriet Christy

Buried: Bellfontaine Cemetery, St. Louis, Missouri

[2] Anna Amanda Shurlds 1861
St. Louis, Missouri

Buried in the Cunningham Family Plot
Carthage, Missouri


No Children with first wife Ellen Dean Dent

1 Son with Anna Amanda Shurlds Dent

William Bernard Dent, born December 20, 1861 in St. Louis, Mo

John Dent traced his ancestry to Thomas Dent, who had come from Yorkshire, England, in the middle of the seventeenth century and had settled in Maryland, where he bred sons who held public office and prospered in the new land.

His father had made enough money in fur trading by the time he was twenty to buy the tract of land that he later developed into the White Haven property. So named it after an ancestral Dent home.
Brother in Law to President Ulysses S. Grant

John C. Dent, who spent his final days in Carthage, Missouri and had a very close relationship with U. S. Grant, beginning in the days when Grant was a green lieutenant fresh from West Point stationed at Jefferson Barracks, St. Louis. In fact he probably offered occasional words of advice of an almost fatherly nature. John Dent was born in 1816 in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania while Grant was born April 27, 1822.

John was the first of the eight children born to Colonel and Mrs. Frederick Dent. The remaining members of the family, all born at St. Louis, were George, Fred, Louis, Julia, Ellen (Nellie), Mary and Emily (Emma).
Julia Dent became Mrs. U. S. Grant, Emma Dent and Ann Amanda Shurlds, who would become John Dent's second wife, were girlhood chums. A further close family tie is found in the fact that George Dent married Mary Isabella Shurlds, Ann's older sister.

" Capt. John C. Dent who crossed the plains in '49 after having served in the Mexican war, died at Carthage, Mo.."
(Excerpt from San Francisco newspaper article)

From CA Digital Newspaper Collection
Daily Alta California, 2 Jan 1889

Death of a Veteran
St. Louis. January Ist. — Col. John C. Dent, brother-in-law of General Grant, died at his home in Carthage, Mo., early this morning, aged seventy-three years. Col. Dent served with distinction in the Mexican war and also in the war of the rebellion.
Death notice provided by contributor danderup

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  • Find A Grave Memorial 41005313
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Capt John Cromwell Dent (22 May 1816–1 Jan 1889), Find A Grave Memorial no. 41005313, citing Bellefontaine Cemetery, Saint Louis, St. Louis City, Missouri, USA ; Maintained by NJBrewer (contributor 47097113) .