o came to America in 1657 and settled in Monmouth County, New Jersey, was the progenitor of the name on this continent.
It is difficult to determine whether the name sprang from France, Germany, or Holland.
On the maternal side, Grandfather Marshall Dent was first cousin of John Marshall, of the Supreme Court.
That branch claimed to trace their line back to the Conqueror.
Marshall Dent married a Magruder, when they migrated to Augusta, Georgia.
Father married the eldest daughter, Mary AnnMarshall Dent married a Magruder, when they migrated to Augusta, Georgia.
Father married the eldest daughter, Mary Ann.
Grandfather William Longstreet first applied steam as a motive power, in 1787, to a small boat on the Savannah River at Augusta, and spent all of his private means upon that idea, asked aid of his friends in Augusta and elsewhere, had no encouragement, but, on the contrary, ridicule of his proposition to move a boat without a pulling or other external power, and especially did they ridicule the thought of expensive steam-boilers to be made of iron.
To obviate costly outlay for this item,
officer of the army, the usages of military life required that I should call upon the commanding general.
The next morning I walked with General Nichols to make an official call on General Grant.
He recognized us as we entered his office, rose and walked to meet us. After the usual brief call, we rose to take leave, when he asked to have us call on his family during the evening.
Most of those whom we met during the evening were old-time personal friends, especially the father-in-law, Mr. Dent.
When leaving, after a pleasant evening, General Grant walked with us to the gate and asked if I cared to have my pardon.
I pleaded not guilty of an offence that required pardon.
He said that he meant amnesty,--that he wished to know if I cared to have it. I told him that I intended to live in the country, and would prefer to have the privileges of citizenship.
He told me to call at his office at noon next day; that in the mean time he would see the Secretary of War and the President in