Captain John B. Denton

Captain John B. Denton

Texas Rangers, Texas

End of Watch Monday, May 24, 1841

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John B. Denton

Captain John Denton was shot and killed while he and other Texas Rangers searched for Native Americans who had raided several settler outposts in Tarrant County.

They were maneuvering up a creek when they were ambushed. Captain Denton was struck several times and killed.

Captain Denton was survived by his wife and six children.

The city and county of Denton were named after Captain Denton. His body was re-interred on the grounds of the Denton County Courthouse in 1901.


  • Age 34
  • Tour Not available
  • Badge Not available

Incident Details

  • Cause Gunfire
  • Weapon Rifle
  • Offender Not available


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Capt. Denton,
On today, the 180th anniversary of your death I would just like to say thank you for your service and sacrifice for the citizens of the state of Texas.


United States Border Patrol

May 24, 2021

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