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 Caleb Denton

Caleb Denton

Death 15 Mar 1853 (aged 89–90)
Pawling, Dutchess County, New York, USA
Burial Pawling, Dutchess County, New York, USA
Memorial ID 49441401 · View Source
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My research notes for Caleb:

Per The Settlers of the Beekman Patent by Frank J. Doherty:

Caleb is on the 1790 NY census, Dutchess Co., Pawling Township: 1 (free white males over 16) -0 (free white males under 16) - 2 (free white females), and was next to Isaac Whaley and Asa Sabin and one away from Solomon Denton [his father]. In 1799 he was taxed in Pawling on a house and land worth $200. He was in Southeast Town in 1800 at 1-0-0-1-0 and 4-1-0-1-0 and was between David Palmer and Joseph C. Field. He was back in Pawling in 1810 at 3-1-1-1-1 and 4-2-2-2-3 and between Joshua Betts and Isaac Whaley. He is buried in the Whaley Lake Burying Ground. His will was proved 11 May 1853.

On 20 Feb 1826 Caleb makes petition to the Surrogate's Court in Poughkeepsie to act as the administrator for the deceased Sarah Fowler, late of Pawling. He said he was Sarah's brother-in-law; he signed his own name to the petition. Charles Allen and Robert Grant petitioned with him and signed their names. [Alan Dibble 9/1999]

His probate file, 2264, in the Surrogate's Court, Poughkeepsie, NY, tells us he has left the following:

...his widow Hannah Denton.
Hannah Denton; Catherine, wife of Merrit Davis; Polly, wife of Benjamin Utter & Phebe, wife of Sanford Dibble [my ggg grandparents] of Pawlings; Orrin Denton of Southland, Putnam Co.; Hepsibeth Bennett of Bradford Co., Penn, his children --- adults Aaron Brownell, Charles, George, & Abby Jane Brownell minors of Pawling & children of Abigail Brownell a deceased daughter of testator; Polly, wife of _____ Hanna [John Hanna], Walace Dibble (adults) Harriet, Charles & James K Dibble (minors) & children of Susan (Denton) Dibble [wife of Ebenezer Dibble, Jr., the brother of my ggg grandfather Sanford Dibble and the mother of Wallace, Charles, Harriett, and James K Dibble] a deceased daughter of testator.

The petitioners: Herman Ferris, a friend, and Orrin Denton, his son, stated that the personal property of the deceased did not exceed "Sixty Dollars". They both signed their names on 18 Apr 1853.

In the file are copies of notices put in the Poughkeepsie American and Telegraph newspapers announcing the Caleb had died intestate and that Orrin Denton, his administrator, had applied to sell real estate belonging to Caleb for the purpose of paying his debts with the proceeds.
Deed number 101:212 25 March 1854 in the Dutchess Co. Clerk's Office, Poughkeepsie, NY:

Herman Ferris, Administrator of the estate of Caleb sells land to Judson Dikeman of Kent, NY. [Alan Dibble 9/1999]

On 29 Jul 1853 the Surrogate Court Judge, John P. H. Tallman, made a ruling dividing the proceeds of a sale of the real estate thusly:

Orrin Denton $217.50
Edward J Brownell $22.07
Estate of Dr. Eastman $3.75
Phebe Dibble $103.27
Hannah Denton $243.00 [Alan Dibble 9/1999]

LDS Microfiche 0860321, Records of Elder Nathaniel Robinson 1824--1868, says the following:

1853 Mar 17 Fun. of Caleb Denton - pond - at his house.

Fun. means funeral and pond probably refers to the present Whaley Lake west of Pawling. [Alan Dibble 2/1999]

In Oct 1999, my brother Edward and I visited Caleb's grave in the cemetery on the north side of the old Whaley Lake Baptist Church west of Pawling, NY and recorded the inscription as it appears below. [Alan Dibble 10/1999]

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Memory of
who died
March 15, 1853
Aged 90 Y'rs.




  • Maintained by: Alan Dibble
  • Originally Created by: Rebecca
  • Added: 8 Mar 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial 49441401
  • Find A Grave, database and images ( : accessed ), memorial page for Caleb Denton (1763–15 Mar 1853), Find A Grave Memorial no. 49441401, citing Whaley Lake Old Baptist Burying Ground, Pawling, Dutchess County, New York, USA ; Maintained by Alan Dibble (contributor 47602557) .