Name: Thomas Water DENT
Birth: in England
Dent's Run is named for the Dent family (descendants of Thomas & Elizabeth Overturf Dent).
Change Date: 2 AUG 2012 at 10:40:52
Thomas Water Dent came from England to settle o the Bennett's Branch about 1811. He married Elizabeth (Betsy", the daughter of Andrew and Elizabeth [Fush] Overturf. It would appear that Thomes may have been influenced to settle here as a result of this marriage. The newlywed's pioneer cabin was just a few short miles upstream on the Bennett's Branch, a short distance below the mouth of Mix Run. Thomas would later move up the Branch near the mouth of Nanny's Run where he would build and operate a saw mill. Thomas and Betsy were blessed with four children.
A prominent businessman, Thomas Dent, played an active roll in area politics. He served as the Justice of Peace for a number of years, a position much more prestigious than today. In 1846, he was elected Elk County Auditor recieving 203 votes. Three years later he replaced Wilcox as County Commissioner and in this capacity issued a $100.00 six month note to James Halliday and Davidson, to build the Elk County Jail. On January 30, 1848, the construction of the jail was completed, with a cost overide of $6.25 for extra's
SOURCE: Pioneers of Second Fork by James P. Burke Pages 81/82
Elizabeth OVERTURF b: Abt 1791 in Pennsylvania
- Thomas Jr. DENT
- Andrew DENT
- William DENT
- Miles DENT b: 3 JUN 1834 in Bennett's Branch,Elk Co.,Pennsylvania