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Mary (Goodwin) Bentley (1583 - 1640)

Mary Bentley formerly Goodwin
Born in Elstow, Bedfordshire, Englandmap
Daughter of [father unknown] and [mother unknown]
[sibling(s) unknown]
Wife of — married 20 May 1601 in Bedford, Bedfordshire, , Englandmap
Descendants descendants
Died in Ampthill, Bedfordshire, Englandmap
Profile last modified | Created 17 Jul 2013
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Biography

A letter from a Senior Records Officer of the Befordshire County Council

"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..[1]

In the book "John Bunyan, his life, times, and work," John Brown provides additional information about Mary, specifically it quotes the text of her will:[2]:

In her will dated 27th of June, 1632, "Mary Bentley, of Elnestoe in the countie of Bedford, widow," after bequeathing her soul to Almighty God her Maker in whom she hopes to be saved through Jesus Christ her Saviour, and her body to be buried in the churchyard at Elnestoe, goes on to say:
Item I give and bequeath to John Bentley my sonne one brasse pott, one little table and all the painted cloaths about the house and the standing Bed in the loft.
Item I give to my daughter Margaret the joined stoole in the chamber and my little case.
Item I give to my daughter Rosse the Joined forme in the chamber and a Hogshead and thedumbe flake.
Item I give to my daughter Elizabeth the lesser kettle and the biggest plater, a flaxen sheet and a flaxen pillowbere, a trumell bed and a coffer in the chamber and the table sheet.
Item I give to my daughter Anie my best hatt, my best cuffe, my gowne, my best petticoate, the presse in the chamber, the best boulster and blankett, the coffe above, the skillet and a pewter platter, and the other trummle bed, a harder sheet and a pillowbere."
All else she gives and bequeaths to her daughter Mary, whom she makes sole executrix, and whom she charges to see her "honestly buried" and her " buriall discharged."
The will was attested by John Kellie, the vicar of Elstow, and Margerie Jaques, a widow, and was proved in the October following.


Sources

  1. Correspondence between C. Stewart and A. F. Cirket, Senior Records Officer, Befordshire County Council, dated 20 February, 1978 as cited in GENELOGICAL CLASSIFICATION BY FAMILY GROUP CODING FOR DESCENT FROM COMMON ANCESTORS" by Cameron R. Stewart, Vol II, p. 1630-1632 [text of the letter available here]
  2. John Bunyan, his life, times, and work", by John Brown, London, Isbister & co., ltd., 1885, p.35-36 available here]
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"The United Kingdom was created in 1707 by the Treaty of Union between England and Scotland. The Kingdom of Ireland merged with this state in 1801 to form the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Ireland. Five-sixths of Ireland seceded from the UK in 1922, leaving the present formulation of the United Kingdom of Great Britain and Northern Ireland." United Kingdom Thus, all places of birth and death before 1707 should show either England only, or Scotland only, without the addition of United Kingdom.
Goodwin-2027 and Goodwin-2024 appear to represent the same person because: Goodwin-2027 was born a year after she was married. It appears Goodwin is the same person with dates that make more sense.
posted by John Bentley
Goodwin-2027 and Goodwin-2024 appear to represent the same person because: Goodwin-2027 was born a year after she was married. It appears Goodwin is the same person with dates that make more sense.
posted by John Bentley

Mary is 18 degrees from Alicia Taylor, 15 degrees from Henry VIII of England and 26 degrees from Rembrandt van Rijn on our single family tree. Login to find your connection.

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