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  • ID: I10967
  • Name: Miles DENT
  • Sex: M
  • Birth: 3 JUN 1834 in Bennett's Branch,Elk Co.,Pennsylvania
  • Death: 18 MAR 1899
  • Note:
    Miles Dent acquired a large parcel of land stretching all the way from the mouth of present day Dents Run to the headwaters of the stream. This acquisition included several thousand acres of land containing one of the finest stands of virgin pines on the Bennett's Branch. Here at the mouth of this stream, which would bear his name - Dents' Run, Miles began a rafting and logging operation that would create the village of Dents Run. His home know as the "Dent's Mansion," was built on a hillside overlooking the valley and was the largest house of its day on the Bennett's Branch.

    To access this premium stand of pine trees, Dent built roads on both sides of Dents Run Malley from the heart of the village to the mountain tops to be able to skid the logs down the steep mountainsids to two raft landing. The largest spar log cut by Dent was over one hundred feet long and contained five thousand board feet of lumber. It required three teams of horses to haul the huge spar to the edge of the steep mountain top. It only took one team to get it down the mountain, which Dent did himself. As Dent was descending the steep mountain, the big log got a bit lively, picked up speed, and pushed the team as it went. Dent was able to keep the log under control until he neared the foot of the hill, when suddenly the log jumped the bank. Miles leaped to safety, but the big long spr plummeted down the hteep hill, dragging the sled and team of horses with it. It was quite a clalmity: one horse broke a leg, but fortunately both Dent and the big log escaped injury. The spar was finally loaded on top of a raft and floaded down the river to the market at Marietta.

    SOURCE: Excerpts from "Pioneers of Second Fork" by James P. Burke. pages 82-84
  • Change Date: 2 AUG 2012 at 11:05:43



    Father: Thomas Water DENT b: in England
    Mother: Elizabeth OVERTURF b: Abt 1791 in Pennsylvania

    Marriage 1 Lydia MILLER
    • Married: 1850
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