Elizabeth Denton was born in 1771 in New River, Virginia.
James English served in the American Revolution as a Private.
Current DAR records show his file to be closed because more
research is needed to prove his military service.
James and Elizabeth were the parents of 10 sons and one
daughter. In the early 1800s, the family left Virginia for the
West. Two children were born during a lengthy stay in
Tennessee. James died in Tennessee, and the older children
settled in Texas between 1818 and 1830 in what is now Shelby
County, Texas. The widowed Elizabeth arrived sometime before
1830 and applied for a land grant soon after. She eventually
had the land issued to her minor son. Elizabeth English is
listed in the first census of Texas, which was taken by the
Spanish government, as a widow with 7 sons and one daughter,
along with their families.
Elizabeth is also recognized by the Daughters of the Republic
of Texas as a colonist, and her sons and grandsons were active
in the Texas Revolution. She died in Shelby County, Texas, on
May 14, 1849.
Her descendants still live in Texas, many of them in Wood
County. Four of her descendants were charter members of this
chapter. Several of our current members are descendants of
The Elizabeth Denton English Chapter is proud to call Wood
County home. Our chapter is located in beautiful Northeast
Texas. Our area of the state is alive with dazzling azaleas,
dogwoods, crepe myrtles, wildflowers, majestic tall pine
trees, stately oaks, and forests of old hickory that create a
scenic backdrop for all our natural resources.
Mineola is a recognized National Main Street City and
considered "a town with history." Our diverse area is a
showcase for many points of interest for residents as
evidenced by the numerous historical buildings and projects
preserved throughout our area. We welcome members from
Mineola, Quitman, Winnsboro, Hawkins, Big Sandy, Alba, Emory,
and even Point in southeastern Rains County.
We are involved in community projects with veterans, schools,
and nursing homes. We support local charities, participate in
historical and commemorative events, flag retirements, and
numerous other activities in the county. Each year we present
a Mineola student our scholarship award and also select a DAR
Good Citizen recipient from Wood County.
Take a few minutes to look through our website. We hope you
find all the information you need to answer your questions. We
welcome your comments and inquiries about our chapter and the
DAR. Once you join the DAR, you join thousands of women, just
like you, who want to contribute to their communities while
also honoring their heritage.