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Descendants of William BENTLEY I


17. MARY5 BENTLEY (HANNAH4 BEASLEY, MARY3 BENTLEY, RICHARD2, WILLIAM1) was born Abt. 1749 in Rowan County, North Carolina, and died Bet. 1830 - 1833 in Buncombe County, North Carolina. She married AARON FREEMAN, SR. December 17, 1769 in Rowan County, North Carolina, son of JOHN FREEMAN and SARAH OUTLAW. He was born Abt. 1745 in Chowan County, North Carolina, and died January 18, 1825 in Buncombe County, North Carolina.

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ARY BENTLEY:
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Aaron Freeman married Mary Bentley in Rowan County, NC on December 17, 1769. Mary's Father, Thomas Bentley was a Revolutionary War Soldier, who had moved to the Western Piedmont Section of NC from VA. Aaron Freeman was also a Patriot and Revolutionary War Soldier.

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ARON FREEMAN, SR.:
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Aaron Freeman married Mary Bentley in Rowan County, NC on December 17, 1769. Mary's Father, Thomas Bentley was a Revolutionary War Soldier, who had moved to the Western Piedmont Section of NC from VA. Aaron Freeman was also a Patriot and Revolutionary War Soldier.

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Aaron4 Freeman,Sr.** (John3 Freeman*, John2, William1 Freeman,Sr.***) was born 1745 in Chowan County, North Carolina, and died 1825 in Buncombe County, N.C.. He married Mary Bentley* December 17, 1769 in Rowan County, North Carolina, daughter of Thomas Bentley.

Notes for Aaron Freeman,Sr.**:
DEPARTMENT OF ARCHIVES AND HISTORY, RALEIGH, N.C. RECORD #08501139, BOND #000124905, MARRIAGE OF AARON FREEMAN TO MARY BENTLEY.

In his father John Freeman's Will, (BERTIE COUNTY ORIGINAL WILLS, CR.010.801.5) "I give devise unto my Son Aaron Freeman my mannor plantation whereon I now live and my lands which lies Southerly thereof and thereto adjoining & my Saw Mill with all the Saws and Appurtenances thereunto belonging to hold to him, his heirs, assign Forever. "

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Aaron Freeman was born in 1745 in Chowan County. The youngest son of John Freeman JR., a wealthy and noted planter of Chowan County. He grew up on his father's plantation and when he was 18 he traveled west with his brother, John. John received a land grant from the Earl of Granville for 200 acres located at the mouth of the Yadkin River, near "Trading Ford," which was located on a trace, roadway, or path known at that time as the "Old Spartanburg Trail" in Rowan County, NC.

Aaron and John were pioneers in the truest sense of the word as they were among the first settlers to move to the Piedmont and Eastern Slopes of the Southern Appalachians. They did so at a time when the area was still controlled by the Catawba and Cherokee Indian Tribes, and indeed, the French and Indian War was still raging. In NC. this war was known as the Cherokee War and it was a dark and bloody time in the Western Piedmont.

Aaron is believed to have remained through the Summer of 1763, helping his brother clear the new land and then returned to his father's plantation. Aaron later returned and it appears that he joined his brother John trading with the Cherokee and Catawba Indians in Georgia. Aaron was living with John when he met and married Mary BENTLEY on Dec. 17, 1769. The information on the BENTLEY family is sketchy. It appears that Mary's father, Thomas BENTLEY Jr., moved into the Rowan County area in the mid 1760's from the state of Virginia and had already prospered as a planter. Thomas Jr. was reportedly a devout Whig and patriot, and his son, also named Thomas, served the cause of freedom in the Revolutionary War. The children of Thomas Jr. and wife (name unknown) were: 1) Thomas, the soldier; 2) Benjamin; 3) Mary; 4) Daniel, who married Nancy Lewis and moved to Kentucky, and; 5) Margaret, who married William Yonce. Thomas Jr. died in 1789 and is buried somewhere in present day Lincoln County.

Aaron and Mary Freeman lived in Rowan County for many years. Aaron was granted a taverns license on May 3, 1774, for a tavern located in the forks of the Yadkin River, with Thomas Boyles, David Veal, and several other listed as securities. In those days a tavern was a very important part of a community. It served as a resting place for travelers, as an inn and eating place, as a gathering place for local residents and meeting place for some community affairs, as a trading center for supplies and a place to hear the local news as well as what is happening in other areas of the country, and as the local post office.

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More About A
ARON FREEMAN, SR.:
Burial: Dry Pond Cemetery, Madison County, North Carolina
Military service: Bet. 1775 - 1783, He was a Revolutionary War Soldier

Marriage Notes for M
ARY BENTLEY and AARON FREEMAN:
Department of Archives and History, Raleigh, N.C. Record #08501139, BOND #000124905, Marriage of AARON FREEMAN to MARY BENTLEY.

More About A
ARON FREEMAN and MARY BENTLEY:
Marriage: December 17, 1769, Rowan County, North Carolina
     
Children of M
ARY BENTLEY and AARON FREEMAN are:
  i.   MOSES6 FREEMAN, b. September 14, 1774, Iredell County, North Carolina.
  ii.   JOSHUA FREEMAN, b. 1770.
  iii.   JESSE FREEMAN, b. 1772.
  iv.   THOMAS FREEMAN, b. 1777.
  v.   ISAAC FREEMAN, b. 1780.
  vi.   AARON FREEMAN, JR., b. 1782.
  vii.   JAMES FREEMAN, b. 1785.
  viii.   JOHN FREEMAN, b. 1793.


18. DANIEL5 BENTLEY (HANNAH4 BEASLEY, MARY3 BENTLEY, RICHARD2, WILLIAM1) was born Abt. 1752 in England, and died July 15, 1839 in Perry County, Kentucky. He married NANCY JANE LEWIS February 08, 1782 in Rowan County, North Carolina, daughter of PETER LEWIS, SR.. She was born Abt. 1767 in England, and died October 04, 1843 in Perry County, Kentucky.

Notes for D
ANIEL BENTLEY:
1790 Census of Lincoln County, North Carolina
1. Daniel Bentley
2. Hannah Bentley (wife of Thomas Bentley deceased in 1789)

THE BENTLEY'S OF EASTERN KENTUCKY, compiled by William W. Bentley, Jr. and Kathryn L. Bentley
pages 7,8

"From all the treads we were able to pull together, we came up with the following rationale. Daniel Bentley received his dischharge papers from the Revolutionary War in 1782 at the courthouse in Rowan County, Salisbury (District), North Carolina as stated in his Pension Application. (Ref. 22). He married his girl friend, Nancy Lewis (married 8 February 1782 in Rowan County, North Carolina), (Ref 5, 6) and started a family. He named his first son Thomas for his father Thomas, Jr.. He named he second son after his brother, Benjamin. he wished to honor his mother's family name by calling another son Lewis. Perhaps Nancy died before Daniel left North Carolina and he married Betsey ________ (Cress) by whom Joseph was born.

In 1795, Daniel sold the North Carolina land he owned jointly with his brother Benjamin and his mother (Ref. 15, 16) and started for Kentucky. When he got there he found the most desirable land already taken so he slowly made his way up the Kentucky River in search of some unclaimed territory. There was a mad scramble for land going on at the time and coupled with the hardships of pioneer life, it took several years for Daniel to locate and establish a homeplace on Boone Fork. (Ref. 18) In additition to farming, Daniel evidently set up and operated a mill. (Ref. 19, 29). It is believed that this is the origin of the name for Millstone, Kentucky. As we now know, this location is in Letcher County, formerly Perry County, and was Floyd County when Daniel first settled there. Reference 112 is a section of a Geological Survery map showing the exact location of Daniel's early land grant. note Millstone and Bentley Hollow.

Being isolated in the back woods, Daniel never realized he was entitled to a Pension until 1830 when it was too late and he was old and sick, living with his youngest son, Joseph. After his death Joseph was reported to have sold out his Perry County land and migrated further north and west to Greenup, Elliot, or Carter County, Kentucky. Benjamin, another son, was very energetic and managed to accumulate a large estate. At the urging of one his relatives, he went to Montgomery County, Indianna for a short time but apparently wasn't satisfied with the prospects there and returned to Kentucky."

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"In searching court records of Perry (formerly Floyd) County, Kentucky we came across a petition for a Revolutionary War Pension made by our Daniel Bentley who lived on the Boone Fork of the North Fork of the Kentucky River. (Ref. 22). This was our second great thrill!. The facts cited in this petition were sworn to by two eye witnesses - that Daniel entered and served two years in the Revolutionary War and was discharged at the courthouse in Rowan County, North Carolina. A check of the Rowan County marriage records uncovered our third big find - Daniel Bentley's marriage to Nancy Lewis February 8, 1782. (Ref. 6). Further searches revealed that the Specie Certificate was issued to Daniel Bentley in the Salisbury District ( Rowan County). Looking up the Lincoln County, Morgan District Daniel whose name was in the 1790 census we found a deed naming his father , Thomas, his mother Hannah, and only brother Benjamin. (Ref. 15). Further investigation led to the interesting fact that Daniel's brother Benjamin lived in Iredell County, Salisbury District, (formerly a part of Rowan County) and adjacent to Lincoln County. "

He was discharged from the military in 1782 at the court house in Rowan Co., NC. He claimed two years service in the 7th regiment. He owned the land and gristmill at what is now known as Millstone in Letcher, Co., KY, it was in the bounds of Floyd Co. then Perry Co. in 1820 and finally Letcher Co. in 1842. He married Nancy Jane Lewis, m. 8 Feb 1772, in Rowan Co., NC.

Moved to Floyd County, Kentucky before 1810.

BIRTH: 1752, Rowan Co., NC. The Heritage of Alexander Co., NC from the Southwest Virginia Ancestors per -mail Patty Bentley.

DEATH: 15 JUL 1839 J. J. Johnson, Counsel for the Consolidated Coal and Coke Co. in Woods Family History by Frances Peebles Woods.

BURIAL: Whitaker, Letcher Co., Ky.

The following is from an E-mail from Donna Pitt:

Allen,
I been going over your tree on my line in the Bentley. I don't believe Daniel Bentley had a second wife Betsy Cress. Daniel son Benjamin Bentley was married to a Betsy Cress,I have there marriage records and I think this was an Error put on Daniel Rev.Pet. I have well traced the Cress family and they're not showing any Marriage of this Nancy Bentley burried with Daniel and if he had a second wife she would have been burried with him. Nancy died after Daniel. There is no divorce records on Daniel and Nancy in Eastern Ky. I figured Benjamin and Betsy has taken Daniel on this Pension and that were the mix names has come in. These were country people,I have walked over there land and it is in the deep part of Ky Hills and I know well how Hill people are. My brother Randy Bentley gave you the info off Daniel Bentley and Nancy stones. He lives in Eastern Ky and we work togeather on the Bentley's.

Donna

Bentley Forum at Genealogy.com
Posted by: Randy Bentley
Date: January 15, 2001 at 21:34:36
In Reply to: Daniel Bentley's sons by Kristy Stevens
post#1566

"Daniel is buried at an old cemetery located around Fleming, Neon Junction in Letcher County (Kentucky).

Ok here goes..... Yes Daniel and Nancy have marked legible graves (very nice stones) John does as well the stones are as follows...

Daniel Bentley Born in England Died Jan 15 1839.
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Nancy Bentley wife of Daniel Bentley
born in England Died Oct 4 1843
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Old sandstone marker (barely legible)
Lewis Bentley Dec 7 ?
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John son of Daniel Bentley
Born 1788 Died July 8 1858
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Margret wife of John Bentley
Born 1797 Died Jan 1 1841

Yes, I am a descendant of Benjamin, I live about 45 min away from Letcher in Floyd co. Daniel's (Wife, Nancy Lewis) children are... Benjamin, Thomas, Lewis, Solomon, John, Joseph. He received a fifty acre land grant in Perry co. KY on the north fork of the Kentucky river on Oct 18, 1825. in the 1830 Perry Co. Kentucky census he was reported under 30 yrs of age and had a wife and 4 children. Evidently his aged father moved in with him and his family around 1828 as Daniel deeded some property to him . Later on, in poor health, Daniel deeded him his home place on Boone Fork in 1830. After Daniels death, Joseph sold his Perry co. Kentucky land and moved to Pike C. Rumor has it that he moved later on to Elliott, Greenup, or Carter County, Kentucky and the name of the cemetery where Daniel is buried is a very old Bentley Cemetery."

By Randy Bentley
randy_bentley@yahoo.com

Copy of a deed in the Lincoln County Courthouse, Lincolnton, North Carolina
Deed book 17, p. 211

Know all men by these parents; that this indenture made this 17th day of April in the year of our Lord 1795 between Daniel BENTLEY and Benjamin BENTLEY both of the county of Lincoln and State of North Carolina of the one part and Jacob Bullinger of the county and State aforesaid of the other part. Witnesseth for and in consideration of the sum of 80 pounds to the said Daniel and Benjamin BENTLEY in hand paid the said Jacob Bullinger the receipt whereof is hereby acknowledged and they the said Daniel BENTLEY and Benjamin BENTLEY have bargained sold and aliened enf_____ and confirmed and by these presents doth bargain sell align enf _______ and confirm unto the said Jacob Bullinger his heirs and asigns forever under the condition and exceptions hereafter mentioned two parcels and tracts of land joining each other one situated lying and being in the county and state aforesaid on both sides of Indian Creek between two tracts of land formerly granted to Francis Beatty including a shoal beginning at a black oak thence east 126 poles to a hickory thence south 127 poles to a black oak thece west 126 poles crossing the creek to a white oak then north to the begining containing by survey 100 acres being a tract of land granted to Francis Beatty by a patent bearing date December 22 AD 1768 and by Robert Armstrong and Hugh Beatty executor of the said Francis Beatty deceased and by a virtus of a power given then by the will of the said Francis Beatty conveyed to Thomas BENTLEY by a deed bearing date January 1, 1783 and the said Thomas BENTLEY dying intestate the aforesaid tract of land by due and regular course of law descended to the said Daniel BENTLEY and Benjamin BENTLEY the only sons and heirs of the said Thomas (BENTLEY) deceased. The other tract joining running into and intersecting the above described land on both sides of Indian Creek begining at a white oak on the east side of the creek abnd runs north 42 degrees west 180 poles to a white oak then south 42 degrees # 180 poles to a hickory thence crossing the creek to the begining containing by estimation 200 acres but only 120 acres is intended to be conveyed or so much thereof as may remain after the claim or interference of the above described land is satisfied which runs into a big tract of the title older and better whereby a part is lost being a tract of land surveyed for Thomas Welch and granted to him by a patent bearing date May 5, AD 1769 and conveyed by the said Thmas Welch to Thomas BENTLEY by a deed bearing date January 1, AD 1783 and at the decease of the said Thomas BENTLEY who died intestate left to his two sons and heirs Daniel BENTLEY and Benjamin BENTLEY and now by them conveyed in manner and form aforesaid excepting notwithstanding 25 acres out of what remains on the south side of the creek for the purpose and to the use of Hannah BENTLEY widow and relict of the said Thomas Bentley deceased and to be left and remain to her the said Hannah BENTLEY her heirs and asigns forever being the land on which the said Hannah now lives and improves and the said Daniel BENTLEY and Benjamin BENTLEY heirs of Thomas BENTLEY aforesaid for themselves and Thier heirs doth hereby set over and convey to the said Jacob Bullinger his heirs and assigns together with the before mentioned premises as there described and the aportenances and hereditaments thereunto belonging or appertaining and also all woods ways waters and water courses and all the right interest profits and estate of then the said Daniel BENTLEY and Benjamin BENTLEY in any manner or sort appertaining to belonging to the premises to have and to hold the said lands tenements and hereditaments hereby dold with their appurtenances to the said Jacob Bullinger to the only proper use and behoof of him and the said Jacob Bullinger his heirs and assigns forever and the said Daniel BENTLEY and Benjamin BENTLEY for themselves and their heirs doth hereby promise covenant and agree to and with the said Jacob Bullinger his heirs that they the said Daniel BENTLEY and Benjamin BENTLEY and Thier heirs executors and administrators shall and will warrant and defend the said premises to the said Jacob Bullinger his heirs and assigns forever against the lawful claim or claims of all persons whatsoever which might in any manner affect or incumber the premises contrary to the true intent and meaning of these presents provided nevertheless that this warranty shall not extend and it is hereby expressed and declared to be the true intent of the parties contracting that it does not extend so as to make the said Daniel and Benjamin BENTLEY any way liable to the said Jacob Bullinger or his heirs or assigns for the before mentioned deficiency or loss in the last describes tract or as to the 25 acres intended to be reserved for the use of Hannah BENTLEY aforesaid and it is also expressly provided to be the meaning and intention of the parties contracting that the 25 acres as aforesaid referenced for the use of Hannah BENTLEY is not included neither shall it by any possible construction either in law or equity by considered as included in this deed of conveyance made in manner and form as aforesaid. In witness whereof the said Daniel BENTLEY and Benjamin BENTLEY hath hereunto set their hands and affixed Thier seals the day and year 1st above written.

Daniel Bentley
Benjamin Bentley (their marks)
Lincoln County
April Session 1795

The within deed was proven in open court by the oath of William Yonts and ordered to be registered.

Witnesses: Nesback Davies (his mark)
      William Yonts

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24. Daniel Bentley, b. abt 1752, Rowan Co., NC, d. July 15, 1839, Perry Co., KY, buried: Bentley Ceme, Between Fleming and Neon Junction, KY. He move to Floyd Co. KY about 1795; listed in 1810 census for Floyd Co., KY. He is buried in Letcher Co., KY. His headstone reads, "Daniel Bentley, born in England, died July 15, 1839". He was discharged from the military in 1782 at the court house in Rowan Co., NC. He claimed two years service in the 7th regiment. He owned the land and gristmill at what is now known as Millstone in Letcher, Co., KY, it was in the bounds of Floyd Co. then Perry Co. in 1820 and finally Letcher Co. in 1842. He married Nancy Jane Lewis, m. 8 Feb 1772, in Rowan Co., NC.

More About D
ANIEL BENTLEY:
Burial: Whitaker, Letcher County, Kentucky
Census: 1790, Lincoln County, North Carolina
Military service: Soldier of the Revolutionary war for 2 years.

Notes for N
ANCY JANE LEWIS:
She was a member of the family who established the Lewis Quaker Meeting House as early as 1771 in
Rowan Co., NC. She is buried in Letcher Co., KY; her headstone reads; "Nancy Bentley, wife of Daniel, Born in England, died Oct, 4, 1845". They settled on the Boone Fork of the North Fork of the Kentucky River.


25. Nancy Jane Lewis, b. abt 1767, d. Oct 4, 1845, Letcher Co., Kentucky, buried: Bentley Ceme, Between Fleming and Neon Junction, KY. She was a member of the family who established the Lewis Quaker Meeting House as early as 1771 in Rowan Co., NC. She is buried in Letcher Co., KY; her headstone reads; "Nancy Bentley, wife of Daniel, Born in England, died Oct, 4, 1845". They settled on the Boone Fork of the North Fork of the Kentucky River.

More About N
ANCY JANE LEWIS:
Burial: Whitaker, Letcher County, Kentucky

Marriage Notes for D
ANIEL BENTLEY and NANCY LEWIS:
North Carolina Marriage Bonds, 1741-1868


Bride: Nancey Lewis
Groom: Daniel Bentley
Bond Date: 08 Feb 1782
County: Rowan
Record #: 01 029
Bondsman: Peter Lewis
Witness: Ad Osborn
Bond #: 000123009

More About D
ANIEL BENTLEY and NANCY LEWIS:
Marriage: February 08, 1782, Rowan County, North Carolina
     
Children of D
ANIEL BENTLEY and NANCY LEWIS are:
  i.   JOSEPH6 BENTLEY.
40. ii.   THOMAS BENTLEY, SR., b. 1785, North Carolina; d. 1860, Kentucky.
41. iii.   BENJAMIN A. BENTLEY, b. 1788, Lincoln County, North Carolina; d. August 28, 1857, Pike County, Kentucky.
42. iv.   JOHN QUILLER BENTLEY, SR., b. 1789, Rowan County, North Carolina; d. July 08, 1858, Floyd County, Kentucky.
43. v.   LEWIS BENTLEY, b. December 07, 1790.
44. vi.   SOLMAN BENTLEY, SR., b. Bet. 1793 - 1800.
  vii.   JOSEPH BENTLEY, b. 1799.


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