Notes for JOHN BENTLEY:|
The following is taken from the URL:
"The Mysterious Son: Capt John CLARK", by Doug Tucker
I am reasonably certain that John CLARK, oldest son of Thomas CLARK of Yeopim, survived and resided on the Roanoke River property acquired by his father from William MOODY in 1710. This property became part of Bertie Precinct in 1722 and the area in which it was located was commonly referred to as Cashie Neck (the neck of land between the Cashie River and the Roanoke River). There, his immediate neighbors included William CHARLTON, John BENTLEY, Henry SPELLER, William and Luke MIZEL, George CLARK (of Perquimans), Jacob COLSON, John SHOLAR, Phillip WARD and, later, John CLARK'S nephew Thomas FALCONER. I will have more on these neighbors later in this report. I also believe John CLARK was a "mariner", a trade that he passed on to a son and grandson."
"Clark's Property on the Roanoke River at Cashie Neck
...By the early 1700s, Thomas CLARK had many other neighbors, one of whom was William BENTLEY. In 1710 Thomas CLARK (it could have been Thomas of Yeopim or possibly a son, Thomas Jr.) acquired 225 acres on the north shore of the Morattock (Roanoke) River from BENTLEY, part of a larger tract that BENTLEY had previously acquired from William MOODY who had obtained it by patent in 1708. Another of Thomas CLARK'S Yeopim neighbors, William CHARLTON, also acquired several patents totaling 1,900 acres in the same vicinity on the north shore of the Roanoke River about 15 miles upstream from the River's mouth."
"Though I have been unable to find documented proof, my instinct is that Capt. John CLARK found tenants for his Yeopim River properties and built a home on the Cashie Neck/Roanoke River property. His immediate neighbors there included John and James BENTLEY, sons of the William BENTLEY (this William is the son of Richard BENTLEY and his first wife Jane) who had sold the property to Thomas CLARK in 1710, and Jacob COLSON (Coleson, Collson), an In dian trader who had three sons -- John, Jacob and Joseph who bracketed John CLARK in age. In the late 1720s, the COLSONsS and BENTLEYS also acquired land along the south bank of the Roanoke River near Occoneechee Neck near where Barnabas MacKINNE Sr. and Edward CLARK Jr. had settled. There I believe they became neighbors of John CLARK Jr. (formerly of Pasquotank Precinct), who was a first cousin of both Capt. John CLARK of Cashie Neck and Edward CLARK Jr. of Occoneechee Neck--and the future father of General Elijah CLARK.
Nearly twenty years later, in 1743, John and Jacob COLSON and James BENTLEY would join Elijah CLARK'S father, also named John CLARK, in land speculation along the Great Pee Dee River in Anson Co. NC. The coincidence of finding James BENTLEY and the COLSON brothers as Capt. John CLARK'S neighbors along the Roanoke River as well as members of the very small group of early land speculators in 1744/45 along the Pee Dee River in Anson Co., NC signals to me that there was probably a "close family" connection between Capt. John CLARK of Cashie Neck on the Roanoke River and John CLARK of Anson Co. Other factors suggest that they were first cousins and probably close friends. "
|ii.||JAMES BENTLEY, b. Abt. 1695; m. SUSANNAH; b. Abt. 1695.|
Notes for JAMES BENTLEY:|
The information was obtained from the web page of Doug Tucker
"...George CLARK, a glover of Perquimans Precinct, and his wife Elizabeth acquired 1,100 acres from Luke MIZELL on the north side of the Roanoke River on Rocquist Creek. This was inland, but relatively close to where Capt. John CLARK, (son of Thomas of Yeopim [river]) lived. I long thought George and John might have been distantly related, but never found a link. George died childless in February 1723/24. He left his personal effects to the sons of close friends (Taylor and Swann) back in Perquimans Precinct. His estate administrators sold much of his real property to Jacob COLSON, an Indian trader who had previously lived adjacent to Arthur KAVANAUGH (the administrator of Edward CLARK SR.'S estate back in 1713) on the Meherrin River near the Sapponie Indian village. Jacob COLSON later moved west to Occoneechee Neck. One of his sons, John COLSON, accompanied John CLARK, Elijah's father, to the Pee Dee River in 1743. John COLSON married twice. His second wife, who he married in 1753, was widow Mary Whitmell ARRINGTON whose first husband, John ARRINGTON, was Hannah ARRINGTON'S uncle. (See how tight a fraternity we have in this story -- all having close ties to Occoneechee Neck on the Roanoke River!) Another companion who went south to the Pee Dee with John CLARK and John COLSON in 1743 was James BENTLEY. James BENTLEY'S grandparents, John (this is in error. This should be Richard not John) and Jane BENTLEY, were immediate neighbors of Thomas CLARK on the Yeopim (River) and sold Thomas the Roanoke River property in Cashie Neck in 1710 -- the property where Capt. John CLARK later settled. As I suggested earlier, John CLARK Jr., of Pasquotank (Georgia Revolutionary General Elijah Clark's father) Capt. John CLARK of Cashie Neck and Edward CLARK Jr. of Occoneechee Neck probably were first cousins. Although it is confusing, it should come as no surprise that the prime characters in this report appear to have had relationships with all three Clark cousins. *** End ***"
Anson County, North Carolina Deeds 1749-1766, by Holcomb, Vol. A:
PP. 71-72: 16 July 1751, Thomas HARRINGTON of Anson Co., planter, to Samuel HOUGH of same, planter, for L40
proc. money...land on N side of Great Pee Dee above mouth of dry creek...Jacob COLLSONs line...320 A...granted to James BENTLEY 26 Nov 1746, and sold to sd. HARRINGTON 26 Apr 1748...Thomas HARRINGTON (T) (SEAL),
Wit: Jos. TOOPS, John PHILLIPS, Chas. ROBINSON Junr.
Note: This James Bentley is the son of William Bentley I and Elizabeth Ashley. William is the son of John Bentley, Sr. and Sarah Farlee.
CLARK Family Connections --Gen. Elijah CLARK of NC and GA, by Douglas Tucker, FEB 1997
"ELIJAH Clark, lived on Clark family property along Rocky Run, near the Pee Dee River in Anson Co. (North Carolina) from his marriage in 1762 until about 1771 when he moved to his father's land near Grindal Shoals on the Pacolet River. In 1773 Elijah moved his family to GA where he settled along Wahatchee Creek near a new Quaker settlement then known as New Purchase but later renamed Wrightsborough. Elijah joined the Whig Partisans (anti-Royalist colonists) and was elected commander of the local militia. His militia second-in-command was William CANDLER who was also Elijah's neighbor on Wahatchee Creek. Both became popular heros of the American Revolution."
Notes for SUSANNAH:|
16 Dec 1741 Bertie County, NC Deed Book F, p. 368:
Susannah COLLSON and John COLLSON (her son) to Thomas BLOUNT and Thomas WHITMELL, 16 December 1741. 19 June 1742. 500 pds. for 600 acres "...Executors of the Last will and Testament of John COLLSON, Sen Dec'd . . . except for thirty two pounds quit rents Deducted to us paid by Thomas COLLINS . . . " Land on SS Rocquist Creek. Part of tract to Luke Meazle (MIZEL) and conveyed to Timothy TRUELOVE and by Trulove to George Clark GLOVER Dec'd. And by Jonathan TAYLOR, legatee, and James WILLIAMSON, administrators, " . . . by and to this s'd George CLARKS will conveyed by deed to John COLLSON Sen Dec'd . . . out of this COLLSON sold three hundred acres . . . " Land adj. John Stevenson, ____ Hays. Wit: Edward COLLINS, Mary COLLINS. August Court 1742. Henry DeLon C/C.
10 Aug 1742 Court, Bertie County, NC:
A Deed of Sale from Susanah BENTLEY, John COLSON and Thomas BLOUNT to Thomas COLLINS Jurat Edward
COLLINS (SOURCE: "Bertie County Minutes, 1740-1743, 1758-1762")
The following is from an E-mail from Eleanor Colson:
I just found mention of 100 acres of land granted to James BENTLEY on 26 Nov 1746 in Anson Co, NC. This was
the very same day that John COLSON, Jr received his land grant. James BENTLEY sold this land to Thomas
HARRINGTON on 26 Apr 1748. Land is adj. to COLLSON land. Thomas HARRINGTON sold to Samuel HOUGH on 16
July 1752 and HOUGH sold to John Gambill.
More About SUSANNAH:|
Probate: August 10, 1742, Bertie County, North Carolina
|i.||SARAH4 BENTLEY, b. Abt. 1701, Chowan County, North Carolina.|
|9.||ii.||WILLIAM W. BENTLEY I, b. 1702, Chowan County, North Carolina; d. Abt. 1778, Bertie County, North Carolina.|
|10.||iii.||JOHN BENTLEY, JR., b. 1703, Chowan County, North Carolina; d. Abt. 1754, Bertie County, North Carolina.|
|11.||iv.||JOSEPH BENTLEY, b. 1709, Chowan County, North Carolina.|
|v.||JEREMIAH BENTLEY, b. 1711, Chowan County, North Carolina; m. JEAN MANNING.|
Notes for JEREMIAH BENTLEY:|
Southern Historical Famies by Bodie, Vol. XVI, Appendix V. p. 175
4. JEREMIAH BENTLEY, apparently the 4th son of JOHN BENTLEY Sr., was born approximately 1710-14, as it has been mentioned he witnessed the will of Joshua WHITNEY in 1735. As also mentioned, he was deeded land in 1739 by his father. On May 10, 1742 he and his wife Jean deeded the land to Robert HUNTER of Chowan Co. (Bertie Co. D.Bk "F", p. 372). After this he perhaps moved away. His wife was apparently the JEAN BENTLEY claimed as a "right" by JOHN MANNING in 1743 and probably one of Manning's three daughters who married Bentleys.
From Mary Bentley Randoll of Letohatchee, Alabama:
"Colonial Bertie County, North Carolina, Deed Books A-H 1720-1757", by Mary Best Bell, page 174
Name: BENTLEY, Jeremiah
DATE: October 5, 1742
STATE: North Carolina, Bertie County
Deed Book F, page 372 -- Jeremiah BENTLEY and wife Jean (MANNING) to Robert HUNTER of Chowan County (North Carolina) 425 pds. for 300 acres on Rocquist Swamp adjacent Cullen POLLOCK, James WILLIAMSON, John SMITHWICK. Witnesses: H. HUNTER, John WATSON, Elizabeth CLARK, August Court 1742, Henry DELON c/c
NAME: BENTLEY, Jeremiah
DATE: April 12, 1739
STATE: North Carolina, Bertie County
John BENTLEY (Sr.) to Jeremiah BENTLEY, Gift ....."within sectioned patent unto my well beloved son Jeremiah BENTLEY...." Witnesses: John SMITHWICK, John BENTLEY, Junior. November Court 1739, John WYNNS D. c/c (Deed Book E-509)
Grimes "Abstracts of North Carolina Wills," which reads:
"Joshua WHITNEY-no county listed. 26 December, 1735, received 21 January, 1735. Wife Martha Sons David, Jeremiah, Samuel, Joseph and Francis. Daughters Kering and Ruth.
Note: This abstract shows that "Ketring" was a sloop that the sons would inherit, not the daughter.
Executors, sons David and Jeremiah
Witnesses, John and Jeremiah BENTLEY, and James BLAIR.
Wills of Isle of Wight, Va. 1647-1800
Joshua Whitney: leg. wife Mathon: son David; son Jeremiah; son Samuel; daughter Kolzing; son Joseph; daughter Ruth; son Francis; daughter Ketring. Exs., sons, David and Jeremiah Whitney. died December 26, 1735.
Recorded April 26, 1736.
Wit: John Bentley, Jeremiah Bently, James Blair. (will also proven in North Carolina)
|vi.||MARY BENTLEY, b. 1716, Chowan County, North Carolina; m. JOHN MANNING, JR.; b. 1707.|
|12.||vii.||JAMES BENTLEY, SR., b. Bet. 1717 - 1718, Chowan County, North Carolina; d. Abt. 1787, Bertie County, North Carolina.|
|13.||viii.||LYDIA BENTLEY, b. 1720, Chowan County, North Carolina.|
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