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Daniel Bentley (abt. 1752 - 1839)

Daniel Bentley
Born about in Fredburg, Rowan County, North Carolinamap
Ancestors ancestors
Husband of — married 8 Feb 1782 in North Carolina, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died at about age 87 in Whitaker, Kentucky, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 16 Jul 2014
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Daniel was born about 1752. Daniel Bentley ... He passed away in 1839. [1]

Daniel married Nancy Lewis on February 8, 1782 in Rowan, North Carolina.[2]

Research Notes

See the Bentley Name Study section Three Similar Thomas profiles for more information about the father and mother of Daniel.

"Thomas and Hannah Bentley’s son, Daniel, who was born 1752 in Frederick County, Maryland, did not escape the effects of the Revolutionary War. After having served as a soldier and returned home, Daniel married Nancy Lewis, their Rowan County marriage bond dated 8 February 1782. Daniel Bentley and Peter (his mark) Lewis signed the bond. Nancy Lewis was a member of the family who established the Lewis Quaker Meeting House that existed as early as 1771 about two miles north-northeast of the Bentley homestead. Shortly after their marriage, Daniel and Nancy left Rowan County in 1782 with Thomas and Hannah Bentley and the rest of the family to settle in the Indian Creek area of eastern Lincoln County, North Carolina. Daniel and Nancy would later remove to Washington County, Virginia, for a few years and then on to Perry County, Kentucky."[3]

"Daniel named his first son Thomas, for his father Thomas Jr., his second son after his brother Benjamin. He wished to honor his mother's family name by calling another son Lewis"[4]

When Daniel Bentley was born in 1752 in Rowan, North Carolina, his father, Thomas, was 24 and his mother, Hannah, was 27. He married Nancy Jane Lewis on February 8, 1782, in his hometown. He died on January 15, 1839, in Letcher, Kentucky, having lived a long life of 87 years, and was buried there.

Daniel and Nancy (Lewis) Bentley are buried in the hilltop Bentley family cemetery located near Neon Junction in Letcher County. His tombstone reads "Daniel Bentley Born in England Died Jan. 15, 1839." Nancy's tombstone reads "Nancy Wife of Daniel Bently Born in England Died Oct. 4, 1843."

  • Colonial Life Before the American Revolution

Daniel Bentley lived in North Carolina in 1752 as American colonists created the foundation of a burgeoning new country. Kentucky Land Grant-Grantee: Daniel Bentley Number of Acres: 1,000 Survey Date: 10 May 1785 County: Lincoln Watercourse: Calloway & Otter Crs Book Number: 15

  • Family Data Collection - Individual Records

Name: Daniel Bentley Parents: Thomas Bentley, Hannah Hanna Bentley Birth Place: Rowan Co, NC Birth Date: 1752 Marriage Place: Rowan Co, NC Marriage Date: 8 Feb 1872 Death Place: Perry Co, KY Death Date: 4 Oct 1839

  • Fact: Burial Rich Whitaker Cemetery, Letcher, Kentucky, United States


  1. First-hand information as remembered by Vanessa Hayslip, Wednesday, July 16, 2014. Replace this citation if there is another source.
  2. "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 ," database with images, FamilySearch ( : 22 December 2016), Rowan > image 39 of 615; Office of Archives and History, Division of Archives and Records. State Archive of North Carolina and various county Register of Deeds.
  3. "Thomas Bentley of Frederick County, Maryland, And Old Rowan County, North Carolina And his Descendants"by JamesW. Miller. 2006 [available here]
  4. The Bentleys of Eastern Kentucky, and supplementby William W. Bentley. 1973, Page 7. available here

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Bentley-3356 and Bentley-1474 appear to represent the same person because: My husband's 4th Great Grandfather, everything is the same except for the place of birth. I will do more checking on this.
posted by Martha Garrett
Bentley-1474 and Bentley-3356 are not ready to be merged because: Same person
posted by Martha Garrett
Bentley-3356 and Bentley-1474 appear to represent the same person because: Duplicate profile
posted by Peter Jones