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Thomas Bentley (abt. 1716 - abt. 1789)

Thomas Bentley
Born about in Englandmap [uncertain]
Son of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
[spouse(s) unknown]
Descendants descendants
Died about at about age 73 in Lincoln, North Carolina, United Statesmap
Profile last modified | Created 12 Jun 2012
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Thomas Bentley served North Carolina during the American Revolution
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Biography

This Thomas has been confused with other Thomas Bentley in the past (see Three Similar Thomas Profiles of the Bentley Name Study for more information on this Bentley line).

James Miller, who has done extensive research into this line of the Bentley family, wrote a 2006 article "Thomas Bentley of Frederick County, Maryland, And Old Rowan County, North Carolina And his Descendants"In that article he offered the following observation and facts about Thomas[1]:

Many of Thomas Bentley’s descendants in their haste have fumbled the lineages of Thomas Bentley. It IS CORRECT his Wife was named Hannah, as furnished in the 1789 Lincoln County, NC, deed wherein Thomas conveys his possessionsto his wife "Hannah." However, NO PROOF has been found for the Thomas Bentley-Hannah THOMAS or Thomas Bentley-Mary BEASLEY connections which have been floating around the Internet during the past decade. In the cutting and pasting of information from GEDCOM files and other websites, undocumented research has been taken as fact and has been proliferated across the internet like a prairie fire in the Heartland.

Thomas Bentley was born most likely in England about 1716. Recent research indicates he MAY have been an indentured servant in the service of Rev. Joseph Hooper in 1739 in Maryland "with 2 years to serve."need source On 22 Jan 1744 Thomas Bentley received a patent in Baltimore Co., MD, for 50 acres named Hill Spring, the patent reading 'hath due unto him fifty acres"[2] indicating it MAY have been land allowed by law of the time period to which indentured servants were entitled to for meeting the "conditions of plantation." In later records Thomas Bentley has been referenced as a "planter."Thomas, in wishing to come to America, evidently indentured himself to someone who was willing to pay his passage by ship.Clara W. Shook of Taylorsville was one of the first researchers in western North Carolina to make the connection that Thomas Bentley of North Carolina was from the Frederick County, Maryland, area.

Thomas Bentley first appears in Rowan Co., NC, in the 1768 tax list where he and his son, Benjamin Bentley, are listed at one poll each.[3] [4] [5]The 1778 Rowan County tax lists has the name "Thomas Bentley junr."[and Benjamin Bentley, his son. In Captn Lyon's District (Davies County after 1837)][6] This is probably Thomas Sr as no record has been found to indicate he had a son named Thomas Jr. Many times in colonial America the terms Senr. and Junr. were used to distinguish cousins, or elders of the same name.

Thomas Bentley of Maryland married his wife Hannah (maiden name unknown) IN MARYLAND about 1744/45 prior to moving to North Carolina before 1767.Their children were born in Maryland prior to the move. As stated Thomas and Hannah were married in MARYLAND, not in Wilkes County, NC. Thomas and Hannah Bentley were the parents of the following children (more children may be discovered as new genealogical material becomes available):
  1. Benjamin Bentley b. 1746-46 Frederick Co., Maryland, died before 15 March 1839 Wilkes Co., NC, married ca 1765 Jane (Holman?) b. 1750 d. Wilkes Co., NC.
    1. Source: James article and Bentleys of Eastern Kentucky
  2. Mary (Bentley) Freeman b. ca. 1749-52 Frederick Co., Maryland d. 1830-33 Buncombe Co., NC, married 17 Dec. 1769 Rowan Co., NC to Aaron Freeman.
    1. source is marriage license with Thomas as father
  3. Daniel Bentley b. 1752 Frederick Co., Maryland, died 15 Jan 1839 Letcher Co., KY, married 8 Feb 1782 Rowan Co., NC, to Nancy Lewis b. abt. 1759 d. 4 Oct 1845 Letcher Co., KY.
    1. See profile no one clear source
  4. Rachel Bentley b. 1752-56 Frederick Co., Maryland, d. Washington Co., VA, married about 1782 Richard Whiteaker b. 1752 Maryland, d. 18 Oct 1838 Washington Co., VA.
  5. Lydia Bentley b. ca 1755 Frederick Co., Maryland d. 15 July 1837 Gilmer (now Fannin) Co., GA, married about 1774 Meshack Davis b. 1749 Maryland, d. 7 Oct 1853 Dial, Fannin Co., GA. (This Lydia profile is linked to yet another Thomas Bentley)
  6. Patience Bentley b. abt 1760Frederick Co., Maryland, married Peter Lewis in Rowan Co., NC.
  7. Margaret Bentley b. 1765 Frederick Co., Maryland, d. ca 1829 Letcher Co., KY, married 25 Sept 1794 Lincoln Co., NC to William Yonts b. ca 1771, d 1836 Perry Co., KY.

A land record made on May, 29, 1751 shows Thomas was married to Hannah. In this record Hannah Bentley, wife of Thomas Bentley released her dower rights to the land. [7] [8]

On June 6, 1767 another Maryland land record, talks about Thomas Bentley of the County of Roan in the Province of North Carolina. This record also states Receipt. Ack. and Hannah wife of Thomas Bentley released dower, before Jos Wood, Thomas Price. AF paid.[9] Another record, Maryland Rent Due on Land in Frederick County, 1768-1769 lists Thomas Bentley, gone to Carolina[10]

Thomas is mentioned as the father of the bride in the record of his daughter Mary Bentley marriage to Arron Freeman on December 17, 1769 in Rowan, North Carolina, United States.[11]

Thomas service in the American revolution includes him giving supplies and an oath of allegiance on November 4, 1777.[12].

  • Daughters of the American Revolution, DAR Genealogical Research Databases, database online, (http://www.dar.org/ : accessed Sep 12, 2017), "Record of Thomas Bentley", Ancestor # A009454.

Thomas died in 1789 in Lincoln County.

Research Note

The following may offer clues to who the parents of Thomas are or about his life in MD (from: Bentley Forum on Genealogy.com, re: Stephen Bently, Ancestor of Thomas? Posted by: Teresa Conley (ID *****5179) Date: July 03, 2002 at 09:51:56 Message #2853of 2853

Hi All, Has anyone established a relationship between Stephen Bently of Baltimore county MD with our Thomas (married to Hannah). The land Thomas bought in Frederick county Maryland was originally part of Baltimore Co. The information I have on Stephen is: First shows up on 1678 Dorchester Md tax lists. Married to Anne Pearle (widow of William Pearle) in 1692 or thereabouts in Baltimore Co. (Carroll County is between Fredrick and Baltimore County). Next shows up on:
  • 1699tax listMontgomeryMD
  • 1701tax listMontgomeryMD
  • 1703tax listMontgomeryMD
Anyone have any information on him that could possibly link him to Thomas? Baltimore county and Montgomery county both border Frederick. Also have a Richard Bently, supposedly given one of the first land grants in Maryland, approximately 1650. (Don't have my records here with me at the moment). Teresa

James Miller Sources used in the article "Thomas Bentley of MD, and Old Rowan/Lincoln Counties, NC (2006) found here:

  • Walter Clark, The State Records of North Carolina, XIX (Goldsboro, NC: Nash Brothers, 1901), pp. 926-927. available here
    • Shows Thomas, and others, as signing a petition by John Course to Thomas Burke. (only proves he was in NC, no clear date-not sure how James used this infor)
  • Jo White Linn, “List of Taxables in Rowan County, 1768,” North Carolina Genealogical Society Journal (November 1983), p. 207 [NC State Archives stack file number CRX 244, Rowan Co., NC]
    • Cited above
  • Rowan County, Marriage Bonds, NC State Archives, Raleigh.
    • cited for some of kids marriages
  • Jo White Linn, Abstracts of the Rowan County Minutes of the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions 1775-1789, p. 26
  • Jo White Linn, “List of Men Whose Property was Threatened with Confiscation,” Rowan County Register, III (August 1988), p. 630.
  • Richard A. Enochs, Rowan Co., N.C., Vacant Land Emtries 1778-1789, entry number 2374.
  • Rowan County Deed Book 9, p. 277.
  • James W. Wall, Davie County:A Brief History, (Raleigh: North Carolina Department of Cultural Resources, 1976), p. 25.
  • North Carolina State Archives, “Revolutionary Army Accounts,” Volume IX,p. 104, folio 4.
  • Rowan County Marriage Bonds, NC State Archives, Raleigh.
  • Perry County, Kentucky, Order Book A, p. 221, November term 1830.
  • Lincoln County Marriage Bonds, NC State Archives, Raleigh
  • James Bentley’s Power of Attorney to William Hines, Iredell County, NC, Deed Book T:387.
  • Lincoln County Marriage Bonds, NC State Archives, Raleigh.
  • Transcription by Joanne Smith Pirkle Wright, Birmingham, AL, of NC Revolutionary War Pension Application #2747 made by Meshack Davis; transcript made from microfilm in Birmingham Public Library.

Previous Note

See the following for many possible sources:

Note: {geni:occupation} Indentured Servant, Farmer, Merchant, Slave-Owner.
Note: {geni:about_me} A Patriot of the American Revolution for NORTH CAROLINA. DAR Ancestor #: A009454
from "Thomas Bentley of Frederick County, MD, & Old Rowan County, NC... By James W. Miller, Jr."

Many of Thomas Bentley’s descendants in their haste have fumbled the lineages of Thomas Bentley. It IS CORRECT his Wife was named Hannah, as furnished in the 1789 Lincoln County, NC, deed wherein Thomas conveys his possessionsto his wife "Hannah." However, NO PROOF has been found for the Thomas Bentley-Hannah THOMAS or Thomas Bentley-Mary BEASLEY connections which have been floating around the Internet during the past decade. In the cutting and pasting of information from GEDCOM files and other websites, undocumented research has been taken as fact and has been proliferated across the internet like a prairie fire in the Heartland. Also, there is NO HARD EVIDENCE to support claims... that our Thomas Bentley of Maryland was the son of a Thomas Bentley who was born in 1700... (This quote can be found here)

Birth:
Date: ABT 1716
State: England
Country: United Kingdom
Death:
Date: 1789
State: North Carolina
Country: United States
Note: {geni:county} Lincoln County

Revolutionary Service Service: NORTH CAROLINA Rank(s): PATRIOTIC SERVICE

Birth: CIRCA 1725

Death: 1789 LINCOLN CO NORTH CAROLINA

Service Source: NC REV WAR PAY VOUCHERS, #246, ROLL #S.115.68; LINN, MINS OF THE COURT OF PLEAS & QUARTER SESSIONS, ROWAN CO, NC, 1775-1789, VOL 3, P 26

Service Description: 1) GAVE SUPPLIES; OATH OF ALLEGIANCE, 4 NOV 1777

Thomas Bentley was born [need verify date and county in 1716 in Tryon Count (became Lincoln in 1779),) North Carolina. His father was Thomas Bentley (1699–1791), and his mother was Mary Beasley (1695–1789) [need source]. He married Hannah Beasley

Need to find out if Hannah Thomas was also a wife

Hannah Thomas (1727–1793) in 1746, in Surry County (currently Wilkes County), North Carolina. Thomas passed away in 1789 in his hometown at the age of 73.[13][14]

Data Changed

Data Changed:
Date: 9 Oct 2009
Time: 18:56

Prior to import, this record was last changed 18:56 9 Oct 2009.

Sources

  1. "Thomas Bentley of Frederick County, Maryland, And Old Rowan County, North Carolina And his Descendants" by James Miller, 2006 available here
  2. MSA No. SM2, Land Office (Patent Record), Volume PT 1, pp. 165-166, abstracted by Mary Kay Coker; Liber B, pp. 410-1412 as cited by Allan Bentley available here
  3. Rowan County List of Taxables, 1768, NC State Archives, Raleigh, NC, CRX 244 compiled by John D and E. Eianne Stemmoms. transcription available here
  4. James W. Miller in Thomas Bentley of Frederick County, Maryland, And Old Rowan County, North Carolina And his Descendants, 2006. available here
  5. The Bentleys of Eastern Kentucky, and Supplement, by William W., Jr and Kathryn Bentley. January 1973. available here citing to Rowan County, North Carolina List of Taxables, 1768 found in Reference 4932, part 59, McCubbins Collection
  6. List of taxable property in the county of Rowan, North Carolina, anno 1778 : transcribed from several lists returned by the August term anno 1778. By Osborne, Adlai (Clerk of the Court); Bell, Annie W. B. (Annie Walker Burns). Pages 17-18. available here
  7. Frederick County Maryland Land Records, Liber B Abstracts, 1748-1752, by Patricia Abelard Andersen, p. 45 (and copy from courthouse) Liber BC&GC#23, Folio 188, Frederick County Land Patents Maryland State Archives Index 55 Bentley, Thomas; 1761; Addition to Carolina; 35 acresas cited by Allan Bentley available here
  8. Inhabitants of Frederick County Maryland, Volume 2, 1749-1800, by Stefanie Shaffer, p. 2 Liber H, pp. 45-46 as cited by Allan Bentley available here
  9. Frederick County Maryland Land Records, Liber K Abstracts, 1765-1768, by Patricia Abelard Andersen, p. 100 (and copy from courthouse) as cited by Allan Bentley available here
  10. Inhabitants of Frederick County Maryland, Volume 1, 1750-1790, p. 43 as cited by Allan Bentley available here
  11. "North Carolina, County Marriages, 1762-1979 ," database with images, FamilySearch (https://familysearch.org/ark:/61903/1:1:F8CL-8QP : 22 December 2016), Thos. Bentley in entry for Aaron Freeman and Mary Bentley, 17 Dec 1769; citing , Rowan, North Carolina, United States, p. , Office of Archives and History, Division of Archives and Records. State Archive of North Carolina and various county Register of Deeds; FHL microfilm 317,002.
  12. NC REV WAR PAY VOUCHERS, #246, ROLL #S.115.68; LINN, MINS OF THE COURT OF PLEAS & QUARTER SESSIONS, ROWAN CO, NC, 1775-1789, VOL 3, P 26
  13. http://person.ancestry.com/tree/22538068/person/1255552019/facts
  14. http://person.ancestry.com/tree/14276434/person/5027918555/facts
  • Source: S208 Title: Message by Weldon Whiteaker, "Re: Whiteakers" <weldonw@aol.com> RootsWeb Message Board - Message (Re: Whitakers) http://boards.ancestry.com, 7/2001 NOTESource Medium: Book
  • Ancestry 1Link
  • Ancestry 2Link

Acknowledgements

  • WikiTree profile Bentley-603 created through the import of Denia 2012-10-05 12 generations of ancestors.ged on Oct 6, 2012 by Denia Pearson. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Denia and others.
  • WikiTree profile Bentley-571 created through the import of Upload.GED on Jun 11, 2012 by Stanley Trimble. See the Changes page for the details of edits by Stanley and others.
  • WikiTree profile Bentley-1579 was created by Simone Soileau through the import of Noel Soileau GEDCOM.ged on Sep 3, 2014.
  • Source: S6 Abbreviation: Ancestry Family Trees Title: Ancestry Family Trees Publication: Online publication - Provo, UT, USA: The Generations Network. Original data: Family Tree files submitted by Ancestry members. Note: This information comes from 1 or more individual Ancestry Family Tree files. This source citation points you to a current version of those files. Note: The owners of these tree files may have removed or changed information since this source citation was created. Page: Ancestry Family Trees Quality or Certainty of Data: 3


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Bentley-3357 and Bentley-571 are not ready to be merged because: 10yrs difference in birth date, born in different countries and one is the father of the other one’s sister.

So needs investigating

posted by Marion Poole
Bentley-3357 and Bentley-571 appear to represent the same person because: these are the same profiles. please set as match
posted by Martha Garrett
I understand a lot of work has been done to straighten out the Bentley's on wikitree. I am very appreciative of that. But I think it's safe to go ahead and make a few changes. I think this profile -- Bentley-571-- should be changed to match the biography:

born in 1716 perhaps England lived in Maryland married Hannah _____ and delete all mentions of eastern North Carolina and the surname Beasley. Steve Freeman

posted by Stephen Freeman
Bentley-3357 and Bentley-571 are not ready to be merged because: They match
posted by Martha Garrett
There are now two appropriate proposals to merge duplicate Thomas Bentleys into into Bentley-571.
posted by Douglas Beezley
Bentley-1579 and Bentley-571 appear to represent the same person because: I noticed merges proposed of Bentley-3357 into Bentley-571 and a merge of Bentley-1427 into Beasley-1015. This is another duplicate of Bentley-571. It should be noted that Bentley-1427 has the birth name and married name reversed. She is assigned as spouse of Bentley-571. The final result should be Bentley-571 m Beasley-1015.
posted by Douglas Beezley
Bentley-3357 and Bentley-571 appear to represent the same person because: Duplicate profile
posted by Peter Jones
Lincoln County was not formed until 1779 from Tryon County. Locations should be the historically correct ones.
posted by [Living Moore]
Hello and happy New Year!

I have been working on some of the early Bentley families in North Carolina. There appears to be the need for some merges of the profiles in this line. Before I suggest merges or make any changes, I was hoping I could get another pair of eyes to look at what I'm purposing. Rather than create a different research section in each profile, I have created a section within the Bentley Name Study looking at all the profiles involved. That section can be found here:

https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Space:Bentley_Descendants_originally_from_Jamestown&public=1#Three_similar_Thomas_profiles_in_North_Carolina

If anyone has any suggestions, objections or clarifications, please let me know.

Thanks,

John

posted by John Bentley
Hello and happy New Year!

I have been working on some of the early Bentley families in North Carolina. There appears to be the need for some merges of the profiles in this line. Before I suggest merges or make any changes, I was hoping I could get another pair of eyes to look at what I'm purposing. Rather than create a different research section in each profile, I have created a section within the Bentley Name Study looking at all the profiles involved. That section can be found here:

https://www.wikitree.com/index.php?title=Space:Bentley_Descendants_originally_from_Jamestown&public=1#Three_similar_Thomas_profiles_in_North_Carolina

If anyone has any suggestions, objections or clarifications, please let me know.

Thanks,

John

posted by John Bentley