Bentley was probably born about 1729.  He is thought to the son of Lawrence Franklin and Mary Payne. He passed away after 1763.It is unknown who he married, but he is thought to have had a son named Esom Franklin born about 1742 in Orange County, Virginia.
Earliest mention of Bentley Franklin is on January 24, 1750 with an attachment against the estate of Timothy Carney in Orange County.  Bentley and his father Lawrence witnessed the will of John Lucas of Lunenburg county on 1 March 1750 in Orange County, Virginia.  Bentley brought a lawsuit against his brother Reuben Franklin on 23 May 1751 in Orange County. The case was dismissed on the day of the hearing.  Bentley and his father Lawrence witness proved in court the will of John Lucas of Lunenburg county on 23 May 1751 in Orange County, Virginia. 
Bentley is appointed constable in the precinct of Robert Dearing in Orange County on 26 September 1751. 
Bentley and his brother Lawrence Franklin probably moved to North Carolina about 1752-55. In 1756, he witnessed a deed.
 Bentley purchased land on 24 July 1758 in Island Creek, Anson County, and was sheriff of the county.
In the case of Lee v. Bryant in Anson County, North Carolina in 1758, Bentley is listed as Sheriff on the writ from the court. Bentley is listed in a tax record in Anson County, North Carolina in 1763. Bentley sold his land on 4 May 1768 to Thomas Downer
Bentley appeared on the 1760 Tax List living in Anson county, North Carolina, along with his brother Lawrence.
 In 1761, he was the witness to a deed in Anson.
It is unknown who Bentley married. Some have speculated that he wife was possibly Elizabeth (Odom) Franklin, who was mentioned in her father Richard Odom's will, and who lived in Anson, North Carolina.
Bentley probably had the following children:
Esom Franklin, born about 1740
During the Revolutionary War, he served in the North Carolina 3rd regiment, Captain Jones Company, against the Cherokee Indians in North Carolina.
↑ Anson county, North Carolina Deeds, Page 230: 19 Jan 1756, Stokes Emmons of Anson Co., to Thos Coyal of same...150 a. surveyed for William Kemp Senr. on Mill Creek, the lower side of the patent...Stokes Emmons (Seal), Wit: Bently Franklin, Henry Fulkenbourg, Joseph Sloan.
↑ Anson county, North Carolina Deeds, Page 367--6 Feb. 1761. Henry Downs, of Anson Co., N.C. to James Shepperd, of Halifax Co., Va., for 10 pounds Va. money, 100 acres southwest of the Peedee on River bank, beg. tree of tract sur veyed for Wm. Phillips. Witnesses: Bentley Franklyn, James Parsons, . James Gouldsbury
It may be possible to confirm family relationships with Bentley by comparing test results with other carriers of his Y-chromosome or his mother's mitochondrial DNA.
Y-chromosome DNA test-takers in his direct paternal line on WikiTree: