Speculation about this William Bentley and many other Bentley family "legends" purport to lead back to James Bentley, Capt. of Horse of the Royal Stuart Army. James was captured by Cromwell and placed in Pontefract Castle were he died. See Bentley Name Study for more information on Bentley History.
William Bentley and Mary Goodwin were married, in 1601, at St. Paul's Church, in Bedford. Mary's will, dated June 27, 1632, lists Mary as a widow. Meaning William died prior to this date. Mary's will names six children John, Margaret, Rose, Elizabeth, Anie and Mary .
Records in the Befordshire County Council office list seven children John, Margaret, Rose, Elizabeth, Emma, Mary, and Thomas.
Anie and Emma could possibly be the same person.
Correspondence from A. F. Cirket, Senior Records Officer, Befordshire County Council, County Hall, Bedford, England, MK42 9AP. Ref. No. AFC/IH. Replies were to be addressed to County Record Office (hours open: M-F, 9:15- 1; 2 - 5). Tel: Bedford 63222 (STD 0234) Ext: 277. Extract:
20 February, 1978
Dear Mr. Stewart,
Thank you for your letter of 12th February, 1978. Wm . Bentley was baptised in Ampthill church on 13 Sep. 1640 . He was the son of Jn. Bentley who married Mary Betts, also in Ampthill church on 3 Oct. 1630. Five other children o f John and Mary are recorded as being baptised at Ampthill before their brother William. i.e. Robt. 25 Mar. 1631; Mary 11 Nov. 1632; John 20 Jul. 1634; Thos. 10 Apr. 1636; and Jas.6 May 1638. Jn Bentley, the father, was buried at Ampthill (1) on 26 Mar. 1666, and Thos on Jan. 11 following; J n. on 22 July. 1686 and Jas. on 28 Jan. 1696/7. The registers contain further information.
Jn. Bentley above (who married Mary Betts) was the son of William Bentley who married Mary Goodwin in St. Paul' s church, Bedford on the 18 or 20 May 1601 (parish register and transcript do not agree on the day). This couple had six children baptised in Elstow church- Margt. on 13 No v 1603; Eliz 23 Oct. 1605; Thos. 12 Jul. 1607; Jn. 5 Nov. 1 608; Rose 12 Jul. 1612; Emma on 8 Feb. 1617. Margt married Thomas Bunnion, jun. (himself baptised at Elstow on 24 Fe b. 1602) on 23 May 1627 (she being his second wife). Their eldest son, John (baptised on 30 Nov. 1628), was the author of "THE PILGRIM'S PROGRESS". Their daughter, Rose (bapt ised 1612), married Edward Bonnionn( Bunyan) (Brother of Th omas Bunyan), born before 1602, brother of Thos. and Uncle of John the writer.
... I enclose a list of persons who do professional searches in our County, as requested, as we cannot undertake further research on the subject. I also enclose a rough outline pedigree of the Bentley family of Elstow and Ampthill; a Supplement to the Guide to the Bedfordshire Office " and a " Guide to the Russell Collection."
" The Record Repositories in Great Britain" is a Stationery Office publication and I understand a new edition is in course of prepaation. A copy can be obtained from " Her Majesty's Stationery Office, 49 High Holborn, London WCIV 6HB."
(signed) A.F. Cirket, Senior Records Officer
Vol. 2, page 1632
Handmade Chart sent to Mr. Stewart by the Befordshire Count y, Record Office, Bedford, England.
THE BENTLEY'S OF BEDFORDSHIRE
Be.162B. Bedfordshire prgenitor WILLIAM BENTLE(E)Y, m. May 18/20, 1601, Bedford, St. Pauls, to MARY GOODWIN, Bur Jul y 1, 1632 (widow). Their seven children appeared on the chart in this order:
1. Margaret, Baptized November 13, 1603, at Elstow;
2. Elizabeth, Baptized October 23, 1605, at Elstow;
3. Thomas, Baptized July 12, 1607, at Elstow;
4. JOHN, Baptized November 5, 1608, at Elstow, m. Oct 3, 1 630, Mary BETTS at Ampthill; John was buried March 26, 166 6, at Ampthill.
5. Rose, Baptized JUly 12, 1612m at Elstow, m. August 31 , 1629, at Elstow, Edward Bonnionn;
6. Emma, Baptized February 8, 1617, at Elstow;
7. Mary, executor of mother's Will. Note: Is Mary the eldest (no birth date)?
Of these Children of William and Mary, MARGARET married May 23, 1627, Thomas Bunnion (Bunyan), baptized February 24 , 1602, at Elstow; their son was JOHN BUNYAN, author of TH E PILGRAM'S PROGRESS, baptized November 30, 1628.
. . . John, baptized November 5, 1608, at Elstow, buried March 26, 1666, at Ampthill, married October 3, 1630, at Ampthill, Mary Betts. Their six children were:
children of John Bentley and Mary Betts
A. Robert Baptized March 25, 1631, at Ampthill;
B. Mary, Baptized November 11, 1632, at Ampthill; C. John, Baptized July 20, 1634, at Ampthill, buried at Am pthill, July 22, 1686;
D. Thomas, Baptized April 10, 1636, at Ampthill, buried a t Ampthill, January 11, 1666/7;
E. James, Baptized May 6, 1638, at Ampthill, buried at Amp thill, January 28, 1696/7;
F. WILLIAM BENTL(E)Y, Baptized September 13, 1640, at Ampt hill.
There is no documentation that William and Mary had a daughter named Alse. However, there was an Alice listed as being aboard the Truelove with William. Therefore, she is likely his daughter.
The Alse originally listed as a daughter, of the this William is likely the daughter of William so her profile is no longer attached to this William.
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