About Roger Dent
Sheriff of Newcastell, He conveyed the priory of St. Michael de Wall to trustees for the incorporation of that town in 1582.
(Ahnentafel #=13824) Anne's father is listed as "Sir Roger Fenwycke, of Wallington and Mydelton".
Subject: Roger Dent & Anne Fenwycke
Date: Sun, 7 Sep 2003 18:00:10 +0100
From: "Mary Hurley" <email@example.com>
May I say how much I admire all the work you have done on recording the huge Dent family connection. However, being a bit of a stickler for accuracy, I have wondered where Roger Dent and Anne Fenwycke came from, no-one has noted any sources for their names. I have therefore been to York, and have searched the records in an attempt to verify this descent. As the early records are written in Latin, and I am no scholar I have latterly employed a researcher, to whom I submitted various descendant lists from the USA which I have downloaded together with the College of Heralds Visitation of Cambridge.
I have found John's baptism in Ormsby (1641) and Thomas' in Guisborough (1631), Thomas being the son of Peter, and John of George.
I quote the following letter from Emma Dobson, Archive Assisstant at the Borthwick Institute of Historical Research, University of York.
"I have studied the information provided with your letter and as a result decided to check the IGI. Whilst I was unable to locate an entry for the marriage of Roger Dent and Anne Fenwycke I did manage to find an entry for their son William Dent which in turn linked back to Roger and Anne as his parents. William's siblings are also listed. The dates of all the entries are listed as "about...date". This usually indicates that precise information has yet to be located but that this is what the researcher would have expected to find. Also, the source of this information is not given. This would support the idea that the information has been deduced rather than discovered!
We checked the Pedigree lists for North Yorkshire for the Dent family but without success. We also checked the manorial records for information pertaining to Ormsby but again without success."
John, I wonder if the information was taken from an old tomb in the church at Dent? Which would mean that there is no definite connection between Roger and his family, and John and Thomas. The parish records for Dent (which is no longer in Yorkshire, but now in Cumbria), do not appear to go back to the fifteenth century.
I will very much appreciate your comments. Wishful thinking tends to lead one to attach ancestors where they do not belong.
PS: I still need to verify the parentage of John Dent who married Margaret Evans; was it George, died 1757, m. Elizabeth Harrison?
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