Husband: Richard DENT (D530)
Born: 1800 at: Lincolnshire, , , England Married: 1822 at: , , NY Died: 11 MAY 1850 at: Father:Joseph DENT Mother:Ann (Nancy) TONGE Other Spouses:
Wife: Jean MCGIBBON (M215)
Born: 16 FEB 1800 at: Cardross, Perthshire, Scothland Died: 24 DEC 1878 at: Menomonee, Waukesha Co, WI Father:William MCGIBBON Mother:Euphemia STEWART Other Spouses: NOTES
Name: Joseph H. DENT Born: 1824 at: Married: at: Died: 1857 at: , Green Lake, Wisconsin Spouses: Elizabeth EMERSON NOTES
Name: William M. DENT Born: ABT 1826 at: , , New York Married: at: Died: 14 AUG 1852 at: Andersonville Spouses: Harriet MINOR NOTES
Name: John T. DENT Born: 1828 at: , , New York Married: at: Died: 7 SEP 1864 at: Atlanta, , Georgia Spouses: Mary NOTES
Name: James S. DENT Born: 1 AUG 1831 at: , Steuben, NY Married: 5 FEB 1863 at: Granville, Milwaukee Co, WI Died: AFT 1894 at: Spouses: Lemyra J. OLIVER NOTES
Name: Helen M. DENT Born: 18 OCT 1833 at: Hornellsville, , New York Married: 3 MAR 1850 at: , Waukesha, WI Died: 13 OCT 1918 at: Cherokee, Cherokee Co, IA Spouses: Oliver Porter MINOR NOTES
Name: Olive DENT Born: ABT 1835 at: Married: at: Died: DEC 1880 at: Spouses: NOTES
Name: Andrew B. DENT Born: ABT 1837 at: Married: at: Died: 8 OCT 1862 at: Perryville, , Kentucky Spouses: NOTES


Richard DENT was born in Lincolnshire, England, in 1800. He was the son of Joseph and Nancy (TONG) DENT who were people of considerable wealth and social position. In 1804 Joseph came to America with his family and located in the town of Oxford, Chenango County, New York, where they remained until after the death of Nancy DENT, who left a family of six children. Subsequently Joseph DENT married again and moved to Licking County, Ohio, where he died. His son Richard DENT, grew to manhood in New York.

Jean McGIBBON was born 18 February 1799 in Scotland, the daughter of William McGIBBON and Eupheia STEWART. Jean McGIBBON came to America with her family in 1805, settling in the state of New York. In 1822 Richard DENT and Jean McGIBBON were married in New York state. To this union seven children were born - five sons and two daughters.

Richard and Jean DENT lived in the state of New York for twenty years more, and in 1842 came by way of the lakes to Chicago. The family was there met by the oldest son, Joseph DENT, who had preceded them to the west, and who piloted them to Prairieville (now Waukesha), where the family remained for about a year. They then came to the town of Menomonee, where they settled on some of the land ceded to the Rock River Canal company, a heavily timbered section, which required much strenuous labor before it was transformed into the fine farm which is still owned by James S. DENT, son of Richard DENT. Richard DENT died May 11, 1850, and his Jean DENT died December 26, 1878 at the residence of her daughter.

Of their seven children only two remain: Joseph DENT, the oldest, was accidentally killed in 1857. He left a wife and three children. The two sons served in the Thirty-first Wisconsin Infantry in the Civil war. William M. DENT died Aug. 14, 1852. John T. DENT, a member of the Thirty-first Wisconsin infantry, died in the field hospital in Atlanta. James S. DENT is a resident of Waukesha, and Helen (Mrs. O.P. MINOR) of Cherokee, Iowa. Olive (Mrs. David HALL) died in December, 1880. Andrew B. DENT enlisted in the First Wisconsin infantry and was killed in the battle of Perryville, Oct. 8, 1862.


  1. Biography - Richard Dent html linkpdf linkphoto link; Memoirs of Waukesha County [Wisconsin]. Theoron W. Haight, ed. Madison, Wisconsin, 1907. pp. 295-296.
  2. Biography - James S. Dent html linkpdf linkphoto link; Portrait And Biographical Record Of Waukesha County, Wisconsin. Chicago: Excelsior Publishing Co. 1894. pp. 641-643.
  3. Biography - James S. Dent html linkpdf link; The History of Waukesha County, Wisconsin. Chicago: Western Historical Co. 1980. p. 984. (Town of Menomonee)
  4. Biography - Oliver Porter Minor html linkpdf linkphoto link; Biographical History of Cherokee County, Iowa; pp 417 - 418 (1889).
  5. Obituary - Jean Dent pdf linkphoto link; Waukesha Freeman?, 1/9/1879?
  6. 1850 Census - Helen DENT html linkpdf link with her mother and brother? and husband?; Menomonee Township, (Waukesha), Wisconsin, (p. 940, #12 - 18).
  7. 1860 Census - James S. DENT html linkpdf linkphoto link with his mother; Menomonee Township, (Waukesha), Wisconsin, (p. 25, #24 - 30).