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Richard Thomas Bentley (1819 - 1889)

Richard Thomas Bentley
Born in Sandy Spring, Montgomery, Maryland, United Statesmap
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Husband of — married 22 Jun 1842 in Baltimore, Maryland, United Statesmap
Descendants descendants
Died at age 70 in Bloomfield, St. Mary's, Maryland, United Statesmap
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Richard is mentioned in the Maryland State Archives biography for his father Caleb Bentley. The biography notes that at the time of his father's death, on July 13, 1851, "Bentley had willed the majority of his real and personal estate to his son Richard T. Bentley, leaving only between $2,000 and $5,000 per person to his wife Henrietta, his two daughters Mary and Sarah, his daughter-in-law Edith, and his grandson Louis Marshall Warfield. [1]

"Edith D Needles daughter of John and Eliza Matthews Needles was married to Richard T Bently son of Caleb and Henrietta Bentley of Sandy Springs The said marriage took place in Friends meeting house on Lombard Street Baltimore 6 mo 22d 1842, Children:[2]

  • Eliza Needles Bentley Born 8 mo 25 1843
  • Mary Henrietta 12 mo 13 1845
  • Sarah Brooke 2 mo 26 1848
  • Anna Maria 2 mo 26 1850
  • John Caleb 3 mo 31 1852
  • Edward Needles 9 mo 16 1854
  • Edith Helen 8 mo 26 1856
  • Richard Louis 10 mo 26 1859

On December 18, 1857 Richard and his wife Edith, "were assembled at the breakfast-table of John Needles" and listed with the children of John and his wife Mary Needles.[3]

The 1860 census of 5th District, Montgomery, Maryland, United States again lists John Bentley living with Richard T and Edith Bently.[4]

  • Richard T Bently M 40 Md
  • Edith Bently F 42 Md
  • Eliza Bently F 17 Md
  • Mary Bently F 14 Md
  • Sarah Bently F 12 Md
  • Anna Bently F 10 Md
  • John Bently M 8 Md
  • Edward Bently M 6 Md
  • Helen Bently F 3 Md
  • Richard Bently M 0 Md
  • Mariah Boen F 40 Md

The 1870 census of Maryland lists and 18 year old John Bentley living in the household of Richard T. and Edith Bentley[5].

  • Richard T Bentley M 50 Maryland
  • Edith Bentley F 52 Maryland
  • Anna Bentley F 20 Maryland
  • John Bentley M 18 Maryland
  • Edward Bentley M 15 Maryland
  • Helen Bentley F 13 Maryland
  • Richard Bentley M 10 Maryland
  • Hezekiah Mitchell M 65 Maryland
  • Rachel Johnson F 15 Maryland


  1. Archives of Maryland (Biographical Series), Profile for Caleb Bentley (1762-1851), MSA SC 3520-15889,available online here
  2. Record of the Man, Needles (Nedels) and Hambleton Families...1495-1876, By Samuel Hambleton Needlesm, 1878, page 118. available online here
  3. Record of the Man, Needles (Nedels) and Hambleton Families...1495-1876, By Samuel Hambleton Needlesm, 1878, page 117. available online here(page attached as a photo to this profile as a jpeg)
  4. "United States Census, 1860", database with images, FamilySearch ( : 30 December 2015), John Bently in entry for Richard T Bently, 1860.
  5. ( : 17 October 2014), John Bentley in household of Richard T Bentley, Maryland, United States; citing p. 118, family 777, NARA microfilm publication M593 (Washington D.C.: National Archives and Records Administration, n.d.); FHL microfilm 552,090.

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