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Descendants of William BENTLEY I


10. JOHN4 BENTLEY, JR. (JOHN3, RICHARD2, WILLIAM1) was born 1703 in Chowan County, North Carolina, and died Abt. 1754 in Bertie County, North Carolina. He married SARAH MANNING Abt. 1728 in Bertie County, North Carolina, daughter of JOHN MANNING and MARTHA MARKHAM. She was born 1713 in Virginia.

Notes for J
OHN BENTLEY, JR.:
Land Record Tyrrell Pricinct, North Carolina dated August 8, 1734

William BENTLEY to John BENTLEY for 14 pounds for "All timber that is or shall be on the said land to have free (egress, etc.) to cut and carry off the said land...except the oak and other timber he or his heirs shall have occasion for any plantation to use...." Land on Beaverdam Swamp at the mouth of Bill Branch. Witnesses: James LEGETT, John Stancell, North Carolina Court, August 28, 1734 (Deed Book D-129)

Land Record Bertie Precinct, North Carolina dated November 6, 1739

John BENTLEY to Josias GRIFFIN for 180 pounds land adjoining John HARLOW, Martin GRIFFIN, Hugh HYMAN, Titus LEGETT, James LEGETT, _______ POLLACK. Witnesses: Edward COLLINS, November Court 1739, John Wynns Deputy Clerk of the Court.

Colonial Bertie County, Volume VI, Abstrat of Deed Book H, 1753-1757
Bertie County, North Carolina Deeds, page 313

G- 373 John BENTLY (Jr.) to (his son) Jesse BENTLY August 10, 1751 50 pounds for 125 acres Land in Cut Cypress Creek at Gum Branch at Charlton's Creek. Witnesse: John SMITHWICK, Hannah SMITHWICK, James BEASLEY. August Court 1751. Recorded Samuel ORMES Clerk of Court.

"Colonial Bertie County, North Carolina, Deed Books A-H 1720-1757", by Mary Best Bell, page 144

Deed Book E, page 509 -- JOHN BENTLEY to JEREMIAH BENTLEY. April 12, 1739. Gift *. "within mentioned patent...unto my well beloved Son JEREMIAH BENTLEY..." Witnesses: John SMITHWICK, JOHN BENTLEY, JUN.


ABSTRACTS OF WILLS, N.C., 1690-1760, p.29

BENTLEY, John. Bertie County.

March 12, 1754. May Court, 1754. Sons: William ("plantation whereon I now live"), John (lands known as "Island Lands"). Sister-in-law: Ann Bentley. Executor: Richard TOMLINSON. Witnesses: John HYMAN, John WARD, Rebekah WARD. Clerk of the Court: Samuel ORMES.

"Bertie County, North Carolina Vital Statics, 1700s-1920"

NAME:                  BENTLEY, John Sr.
Birth Date:            Bef. 1758
Death Date:            Mar. 13, 1754
Children:                  William, John, others
Birth Place:            Bertie County, North Carolina
Marriage Place:            Bertie County, North Carolina
Occupation:            Planter

Abstarct Of Wills, Tyrrell County, North Carolina. Signed: 25 Mar 1754 Probated: Jun 1754

Will Of John BENTLEY
Wife: Sarah. Son: Isaac. Brothers: William Bentley and James Bentley. Executors: William GARDNER, James and Isaac GARDNER. Witnesses: Luke MIZELL, Mary GARDNER, Sarah MIZELL. Clerk of the Court: Evan JONES.

Note: This John BENTLEY is the son of William BENTLEY, I and Elizabeth ASHLEY

Tyrrell County, North Carolina:

Luke MIZELL (husband of Sarah SMITHWICK) - mentioned 1757: "SMITHWICK, Mildred, 5 year old child. Killed accidentally through a stroke in her left breast from a cythe swung by Annis LEGGETT (14 years old) while mowing oats in John SMITHWICK'S field. Witnesses: William SMITHWICK, RUTH BENTLEY and MERUM BENTLEY.
Inquest held in Bertie Co., (NC) on 2 Jul 1757. Joseph HARDY, coroner. Jury: Jos. Jordan, H. Hunter; Thos. Hare, George Clements, John Hurst, George Strawhan, Thos. Hooks, John Ward, Luke Ward, Wm. Jordan, LUKE MIZELL, Wm. Yoemans, George Sutton, Jas. Bonner.

July 1755 Road Petition - To the Worshipful Court of Bertie County:
We the Subscribers humbly believe as how that there is great want of a road from Richard Tomlinson's Ferry Landing on Moratock River to Daniel Hendrick's Landing on Cashie River - it being the readiest, quickest and best way for strangers and travelers to go, and least work for laborers to do on the said road, and the most convenient for the inhabitants thereabout. Therefore, we your humble Petitioners humbly pray that your Worships will take into consideration and grant us an order for the road.

We your Petitioners further showeth that there was a petition brought before your worships for a road from Spike's [Speight's] Land to the road to Tomlinson's Ferry, which petition was privily carried and signed by strangers and people in another county - to which your Worships ordered a road, which road is not yet laid out, but if laid out will be of great prejudice or ruining several of the Subscribers' plantations. So we your Petitioners humbly pray your Worships will take it into consideration and alter the road from Spikes' Landing to Hendrix Landing, which is not a quarter of a mile further and to the damage of nobody - and your Petitioners will be in duty bound ever to pray. /s/ Michel Hill, Jos. Williamson, Marton Cook, Daniel Hendricks, Richard TOMLINSON, Thos. Savage, Beniam MANNING, JAMES LEGETT Jr, John Savage, Daniel Gelman, Joseph Burch, John Oliver, Jno Hurst, Elisha WHITFIELD, Thomas Price, Thos. Howard, LUKE MIZELL, Jr, George Savage, LUKE MIZELL, Sr.


Southern Historical Familes by Bodie, Vol. XVI, Appendix V, p.174-175

John BENTLEY Jr., probably the second son and born 1703-4, seems likely to have been married by 1728 and the father of the grand-daughter Hannah BENTLEY mentioned in the will of John Sr. This Hannah may have been a Hannah ( KENT) SMETHWICK, who with John SMETHWICK (Husband of Hannah KENT) and James BEASLEY, witnessed a deed of John BENTLEY (Jr.) to Jesse BENTLEY for 125 acres, August 10, 1751 (Bertie Co. Deed Book "G", Page 373). Jesse was probably a son too, though neither he nor Hannah is mentioned in John BENTLEY'S will. The will of John BENTLEY, dated March 12, 1754 and probated in Bertie Co., at the May court, 1754. (Hathway, Vol. I, p. 79) mentions only his sons, William and John, his sister-in-law Ann BENTLEY, and appoints Richard TOMLINSON his executor. James BEASLEY, who witnessed John BEASLEY'S deed with the SMETHWICKS in 1751 must have been a relative, for in his will, dated Jan. 2, 1758 and probated in Bertie County at the January Court, 1758 (Grimes, op. cit., p. 25) he leaves all his property to William BENTLEY, son of John BENTLEY, and to "my godson Luke SMETHWICK" and appoints John SMETHWICK and John WARD his executors. From the above, John BENTLEY Jr., had at least the following children: William (head of a household in Bertie County, in 1757), John, Jesse, and Hannah (probably the wife of John SMETHWICK).

From Mary Bentley Randoll of Letohatchee, Alabama:

Land Record:
NAME: BENTLEY, Jesse DATE: April 18, 1755 STATE: North Carolina, Bertie County

John BENTLEY to Jesse BENTLEY, 50 pds, for 125 acres land in Cut Cypress Creek at Gum Branch at Charlstons Creek. Witnesses: John SMITHWICK, Hannah SMITHWICK, James BEASLEY, August Court 1751, Recorded by Samuel ORMES c/c (Deed Book G-373)

Abstract of Will: Francis BEASLEY, capender (sic), Albermarle County, Chowan Precinct, April 17, 1719. Probated May 18, 1719 before Gov. Chas. EDEN. Son James, a plan' on S. side of Perquimans River; son Robert, land on the Morattock River; wife Mary. Brother James BEASLEY and John SMITWICK Exrs. Test. John SESSHONS, William (his mark) MIZELL, JOHN BENTLEY. (Stephen E. Bradley, comp. Early Records of North Carolina, Vol. III, Wills, 1663-1722, (Keysville, VA, 1994) p. 7.)

Note: This JOHN BENTLEY must be John BENTLEY, Sr. husband of Sarah FARLEE. Francis Beasley's wife Mary was MARY BENTLEY, half sister of JOHN BENTLEY, Sr.


Abstract of Will: James BEASLEY, Bertie County, January 2, 1758. Proved January Court 1758. Wm BENTLEY, son of John BENTLEY- 3 pewter plates, godson Luke SMITHWICK - rest of my estate. Friends Jno. SMITHWICK, of Bertie, and Jno. Ward executors. Test Jno. SMITHWICK, Edmund SMITHWICK. (Records of the Secretary of State, North Carolina Archives, Raleigh, NC)

John BENTLEY, nephew; James and William BENTLEY are also mentioned in the will of Martha BENTLEY, Bertie County, February Term 1795. (J.R.B. Hathaway, Ed., North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register, 1901 Reprint, Vol 2, No. 3, (Baltimore: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1979), p. 329.

358. John SMITHWICK, born Bet. 1670 - 1685 in Chowan Pct, Abermarle County, North Carolina; died Aft. June 01, 1764 in Cashie Neck, Bertie County, North Carolina. He was the son of 716. Edward SMITHWICK and 717. Elizabeth Unknown. He married 359. Sarah SWAIN 1705 in Albermarie County, North Carolina.

359. Sarah SWAIN, born Abt. 1685 in Shaftsbury Precinct, Abermerle County, North Carolina; died Abt. 1738 in Bertie County, North Carolina. She was the daughter of 718. Stephen SWAIN and 719. Patience PARRIS.

Children of John Smithwick and Sarah Swain are:

i. Edmond Smithwick

ii. Edward Edmondson Smithwick

iii. John Smithwick

iv. Cloanah Smithwick, born Bet. 1711 - 1721 in Bertie County, North Carolina.

v. Martha Smithwick, born Abt. 1713 in North Carolina; married John Davidson February 06, 1773 in Bertie county, North Carolina; born Bef. August 12, 1799 in Bertie county, North Carolina.

vi. Luke Smithwick, born Abt. 1715 in North Carolina; died 1778 in Bertie County, North Carolina; married Elizabeth Watson February 06, 1773 in Bertie County, North Carolina.

179 vii. Mary Smithwick, born Abt. 1715 in Bertie County, North Carolina; died Abt. 1761 in Bertie County, North Carolina; married William Duggan, Sr 1738 in Cashie Neck, Bertie Cty, North Carolina.

viii. Joel Smithwick, born Abt. 1717 in Chowan Precinct, North Carolina; died Abt. 1777; married Alicia Unknown

ix. Sarah Smithwick, born Abt. 1720 in Chowan Precinct, North Carolina.

x. William Smithwick, born 1722 in Chowan Precinct, North Carolina; died 1772 in Bertie County, North Carolina.



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)
page 104.

More About J
OHN BENTLEY, JR.:
Probate 1: June 1754, Tyrrell County, North Carolina
Probate 2: May 1754, Bertie County, North Carolina
Property 1: 1769, Onslow County, North Carolina, Tax Digest
Property 2: 1755, Tyrrell County, North Carolina, Tax Digest
Property 3: 1770, Onslow County, North Carolina, Tax Digest
Will 1: March 25, 1754, Tyrrell County, North Carolina
Will 2: March 12, 1754, Bertie County, North Carolina

More About J
OHN BENTLEY and SARAH MANNING:
Marriage: Abt. 1728, Bertie County, North Carolina
     
Children of J
OHN BENTLEY and SARAH MANNING are:
  i.   HANNAH5 BENTLEY.
  ii.   JESSE BENTLEY.
  Notes for JESSE BENTLEY:
From Mary Bentley Randoll of Letohatchee, Alabama:

Land Record:
NAME: BENTLEY, Jesse DATE: April 18, 1755 STATE: North Carolina, Bertie County

John BENTLEY to Jesse BENTLEY, 50 pds, for 125 acres land in Cut Cypress Creek at Gum Branch at Charlstons Creek. Witnesses: John SMITHWICK, Hannah SMITHWICK, James BEASLEY, August Cort 1751, Recorded by Samuel ORMES c/c (Deed Book G-373)


State Census of North Carolina 1784-1787, page 10

OUTLAW,George

Taken by Andrew OLIVER
A list of he inhabitants in Captain Spellers District, Taken by Andrew OLIVER. THe number of the whole is 959, page 1

(Taken in Bertie County, North Carolina in 1787)

BENTLY, John
SMITHWICK, Sr., John
BARBER, Elizabeth (Elizabeth Ashley wife of Willima Bentley deceased)
LEGGETT, John
SMITHWICK, Jr., John

State Census of North Carolina 1784-1787, page 11

BENTLY, William
BENTLY, Jesse
BELOTE, Stylus
BARBER, Charles
RHODES, John
LEGGETT, Thomas
LEGGETT, James
LEGGETT, Jeremiah


  More About JESSE BENTLEY:
Census: 1787, Bertie County, North Carolina
Property 1: 1763, New Hanover County, North Carolina, Tax Digest
Property 2: 1781, Bertie County, North Carolina, Tax Digest

26. iii.   WILLIAM BENTLEY, b. Abt. 1728; d. Abt. 1804, Bertie County, North Carolina.
27. iv.   JOHN BENTLEY III, b. Abt. 1730, Onslow County, North Carolina; d. Abt. 1802, Bertie County, North Carolina.


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