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Descendants of William BENTLEY I

21. JAMES5 BENTLEY (WILLIAM W.4, JOHN3, RICHARD2, WILLIAM1) was born Abt. 1725 in North Carolina. He married SUSANNAH.

Notes for J
"Colonial Bertie County, North Carolina Deed Books A - H 1720 - 1757", pages 182-183

F - 485 BENTLEY, James to Hugh HYMEN November 17, 1741, 30 pds for 200 acres "part of within land holden by me..." Witnesses: Thomas COLLINS, John McCASKEY, William DUGGAN. August Court 1743. Henry DELON C/C Benjamin WYNNS Deed Registrar

Bertie County NC Marriage Bonds - 1755-1787

File contributed for use in USGenWeb Archives for free useage.

(Original in Court House at Windsor, N.C.)


WATSON, John and Sarah Collins, June 25. Jas. Bentley.

The following is from e-mail of 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 (son of John Colson, Sr and Susannah --?--) received his land grant. JAMES BENTLEY sold this land to Thomas HARRINGTON (Jr.) on 26 Apr 1748. Land is adj. to COLLSON land. Thomas HARRINGTON (Jr.) sold to Samuel HOUGH on 16 July 1752 and HOUGH sold to John GAMBILL.

"Anson County Deed Abstracts, Volume 1, 1749-1757", by Brent Holcomb, page 6

Pages 77-78: 26 April 1748, JAMES BENTLEY of Bladen County, to Thomas HARRINGTON of same, planter, for L50 proc on NE side PeeDee above mouth of Dry Creek...Jacob COLSON'S line...granted to BENTLEY 26 November 1746, 320 acres ... JAMES BENTLEY (Seal), Witnesses: Joseph WHITE, John CLARK, John COLSON.

Deeds of Anson Co., North Carolina Volume A

PP. 71-72: 16 July 1751, Thomas HARRINGTON (Jr.) of Anson Co., planter, to Samuel HOUGH of same, planter, for L40 proc. on N side of Great Pee Dee above mouth of Dry Creek...Jacob COLLSON'S line...320 A...granted to JAMES BENTLEY 26 Nov 1746, and sold to said HARRINGTON 26 Apr 1748...Thomas HARRINGTON (T) (SEAL), Wit: Jos. TOOPS, John PHILLIPS, Chas. ROBINSON Junr.

NOTE: Elijah CLARK/CLARKE the Revolutionary War hero of the Battle of Kettle Creek in Georgia was married to a Hannah Harrington (some say Arrington). Elijah and Hannah lived for a time in Anson County, North Carolina before moving to South Carolina and then to St. Paul's Parish, Georgia in 1773. The Thomas HARRINGTON above is the father of Hannah HARRINGON who married Elijah CLARKE. Thomas HARRINGTON, Jr. was born in North Carolina in 1716 and died before November 23, 1787. He married Hannah HAYNIE. He lived between Burn Coat Swamp and Jacket Swamp by Tar and Roanoke Rivers in the part of Bertie Co. that became Edgecombe Co. in 1732 and Halifax Co. in 1741. In 1751 he lived in Anson County, North Carolina

Thomas HARRINGTON, Sr. was born in Bertie County, North Carolina in 1690 and died 1744. He married Mary WHITMELL about 1714 in Bertie Precinct, Bertie County, North Carolina.

NOTE: From what I have been able to piece together it appears that Mary WHITMELL'S parents are Thomas WHITMELL and Mary his wife both born in Virginia. Mary is supposed to have been born about 1690-1692. In the Bible Record it list only a son born to Thomas and Mary named Thomas WHITMELL, Jr. born 1688 and died 1735 in Bertie County, North Carolina leaving a will dated November 23, 1735 and probated December 17, 1735. According to the North Carolina Historical and Genealogical Register, page 81, "Thomas WHITMELL came to Bertie County, North Carolina from Surry County, Virginia in the year 1713; He married Elizabeth Hunter BRYAN, born 1690..."

The following is taken from the URL:

"The Mysterious Son: Capt John CLARK", by Doug Tucker

"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 Indian trader who had three sons -- John, Jacob and Joseph who bracketed John CLARK in age. In the late 1720s, the COLSONS 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. "

There is a Whitmil Littlefield BENTLEY, born March 10, 1810 in Bertie County, North Carolina that migrated to Tennesse and from Haywood county, Tennesse to Nacogdoches County, Texas in 1838 with his new wife Susannah MATHEWS, She died after having bore him one son, John Haywood, BENTLEY and February 9, 1843 he married his second wife, Elizabeth HAMIL, born October 8, 1810 in Tennessee. They had 8 children together. Surely Whilmil Bentley is somehow related to the Whitmel Family of Bertie County, North Carolina and is a descendant of William Bentley, I of Virginia.

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."

"Anson County, North Carolina Deed Abstracts Volume 1 1749 - 1757", by Brent Holcomb, page 6

Pages 77-78: 26 April 1748, JAMES BENTLEY of Bladen County, to Thomas HARRIGTON of same, planter, for L50 proc on NE side PeeDee above mouth of Dry Creek...Jacob COLLSON's line...granted to BENTLEY 26 November 1746, 320 acres JAMES BENTLEY (SEAL), Witnesses: Joseph WHITE, John CLARK, John COLLSON.


Elijah CLARK (1733-1799) Born in Edgecombe County, North Carolina. Son of John CLARK, Jr. Moved to Wrightsboro, Georgia 1774. Organizied Militia 1778. Hero of Battle of Kettle Creek 1779. Led Retaking of Augusta 1781. Granted Estate in Georgia 1782. In 1787 he was living in Franklin County, Georgia. He died 15 January 1799 in Wilkes County, Georgia. He is buried in the National Cemetery, Marietta, Cobb County, Georgia. His wife was Hannah HARRINGTON, born 22 SEP 1745 in Prince Frederick Parish, Winyaw, South Carolina. Hannah and her husband moved to Grindal Shoal on the Pacolet River, Craven County, SC. The family only remained in South Carolina for a year before moving to Georgia. They had 9 children. Colonel Elijah Clarke's Militia fought in N.C., S.C., and Georgia. He and his men fought in numerous battles. CHILDREN: John, Mary Polly, Sarah, Elizabeth, Nancy, Elijah, Frances, Susan, Gibson


6 mar 1750

BENTLEY, James--LAND GRANT, (200 acres) Low Grounds, Gaspar COUCH, Thomas HODGE, Christian BLAVER, William BUSBY, Arthur HOWELL. North side of CONGAREE RIVER. (Land Grant Book v. 2, microfishe #57 Cobb County Library)

The James Bentley mentioned below appears to be the brother of William Bentley II that moved from South Carolina with his wife and 3 sons and 5 daughers in January 1775.


BENTLEY, James (200). Low Grounds. Gaspar Couch, Thomas Hodge, Christian Blaver, William Busby, Arthur Howell.

This land is part of a Land Grant, Granted 6 March 1750 by King George II. The land was located on the North Side of Congaree River. I found additional information at the Cobb County Library Georgia Room in the Land Grant Book MicroFishe #57 Volume 2. I also looked up an 1825 map in the book, Mill's 1825 Atlas of South Carolina, Richland District. This Congaree River empties into and joins with the Wateree and Santee Rivers. Just a little North of this junction the Wateree River splits. The LEFT FORK of this river is called the BENTLEY RIVER and the right fork is called the Old River. These two rivers join again a little further north and becomes the Wateree River again.

There is a record in South Carolina (COLONIAL SOLDIERS OF THE SOUTH) that a William and James BENTLEY served in the South Carolina Militia under Colonel Richard Richardson <John Parson's Company> in the 1759-1760 Cherokee Expedition <He was from St. Marks Parish and drew his men from the Upper Santee and Wateree Rivers area which was in the CAMDEN DISTRICT of CRAVEN COUNTY. In 1785 this would include CHESTER COUNTY, FAIRFIELD COUNTY, and RICHLAND COUNTY. This is our William BENTLEY, and James BENTLEY is his brother! This would explain what William BENTLEY was doing in South Carolina before he came to Wilkes County <then St. Paul's Parish>, Georgia in 1775. It would also explain where William Bentley picked up his military experience for the Revolutionary War and why he was given the Rank of Captain in the Georgia Militia.
The following men were also in the same company:

DANIEL, John (probably another brother of Simon)
DANIEL, Simon (Brother-in-law of William BENTLEY II. See deed from Wm. Bentley I)
DANIEL, William (probably the brother of Simon mentioned in William Bentley I land records)
SCOTT, William <Capt>
SCOTT, Alexander <Serjt>
SCOTT, Daniel

"Colonial Soldiers of the South 1732-1774", by Murtie June Clark, page 887

South Carolina Militia

Muster Roll of Captain Jophn Pearson's Company, in the regiment commanded by Colonel Richard Richardson, for the period October 6 , 1759 to January 8, 1760, 3 montha and 2 days (cont)
NR Rank            Name            Remarks
41 Private      Klyme, Mark      Wood and water detail
42 "            Lambeth, Joseph     
43 "            Fritz, Nichis
44 "            Jackson, Warren
45 "            JAckson, Thomas      Drummer
46 "            Jackson, Phillip
47 "            Jackson, Van
48 "            Anderson, Henry
49 "            Anderson, Samuel      Dead, Dec 19
50 "            Rogers, Jacob
51 "            Romantine, Xpher
52 "            Jackson, Richard
53 "            Jenings, John
54 "            Buzby, Isam
55 "            Leeds, Jacob
56 "            Jackson, John
57 "            Gill, John
58 "            Pearce, William
59 "            Spurger, GEorge
60 "            Quail, John
61 "            Butler, William
62 "            Strauther, James
63 "            BENTLEY, JAMES
64 "            Jackson, Thomas
65 "            Nodd, Negor
66 "            McGow, Alexander
67 "            McGinny, Nathaniel
68 "            Dove, Benjamin
69 "            Averit, Benjamin
70 "            Hay, Peter
71 "            Simmons, William

"SOUTH CAROLINA IMMIGRANTS 1760 TO 1770" By Jack Jones and Mary Warren, p. 266-267.

Council Journal, p. 65, Feb 23, 1768

The following petitions for certifying platts on the Bounty were presented and read:


"South Carolina Memorials", Volume 1, by Esker, Page 26

Memorial exibited by William TUCKER, to be registered in the Auditor's office ...... 200 acres in St. Mark's Parish, Craven County, On Raiford's Creek. Bounded eastward by Christian BLEWETTl'S land; southward by lands belonging to Arthur HOWELL; and northward by vacant land. Tract originally granted to JAMES BENTLEY, and conveyed by him to Memorialist by lease and release the 19th and 20th of November 1772. Quit rent 3/ Sterling; or 4/ Proclamation money, per 100 acres. In witness whereof Memorialist hath set his hand this 30th November 1772.

William TUCKER

Note: Philip Raiford was born about 1689 in Isle of Wight County, Virginia. He died in 1748 in Richland County, South Carolina. "Council held at Newton (sic), Feb. 17, 1737, petition for patents: 200 Edgecombe. (THE COLONIAL RECORDS OF NORTH CAROLINA, 10 vols., William L. Saunders, Editor. Raleigh, North Carolina: 1886 - 1890, Vol. 4, page 330.) Philip Raiford moved to North Carolina about 1700. In 1739, Philip was selling his lands in Edgecombe County, North Carolina, in preparation for his move to South Carolina, to establish the "South Carolina Raifords." It is not known why Philip chose to make this move, for South Carolina was still in the early stages of development, only slightly ahead of Georgia, which had been settled by Oglethorpe in 1733. (RAIFORD FAMILY by W. R. Raiford, 1989, page 137)

South Carolina Will Book WW 1780-1783, page 325

William TUCKER. Orangeburg District, Doctor of Physic. Sons: John, and William, plantation of 2 tracts originally granted to JAMES BENTLEY and William BUSBY on Congaree River, Camden District, land originally granted to Robert Wright, Jr., Esq., bounded NE by swamp in said district; Isaac, Plantation where I now live being a part of tract granted Robert WRIGHT, Jacob LOOKER, and me, land granted to me in said district on Congaree River. Dau: Mary, Plantation on Sndy River in Camden District. Nephews: William and John Tucker, under age. Mentions: nephews to be bound out to trades; all estate to be kept together until eldest son comes of age or dau. is married; residue of estate to be sold when eldest son comes of age for benefit of my children. Exors. and guardians of children: son John; Jacob TAYLOR; Phjilip Parsons; James TAYLOR. Wit: Henry BOCHET, Junior, Anthony BOCHET, John BARNET, Junr.
D: 13 Sept. 1778. P. 7 Dec. 1781. R. nd. page 160

"Richland County, South Carolina, occupies a central position in the state. When the present county was first entered by settlers, it was a part of Craven County, South Carolina, and was occasionally referred to as St. Mark's Parish. Camden District was formed in 1768, embracing territory that was later divided into seven counties, one of which was Richland. (South Carolina Act of March 12, 1785.)

"The first group of settlers in Richland County settled on Mill Creek below the Bluff Road. George Haig, as deputy
surveyor, certified a tract of land containing 450 acres on January 6, 1741, for Philip Raiford; and three days later, for the same person, a tract of 300 acres adjoining the first. According to Green in his book, A HISTORY OF RICHLAND COUNTY, on page 27, the creek that ran through Philip's property was called Raiford's Creek up until the American Revolution; afterwards it became known as Mill Creek, because William Hay had built a mill on it shortly before 1750.

Evan Reese recorded 250 acres on Raifords Creek in 1747 (Plat Book IV: 382)(Townsend 145). His name is on a petition for aid to William Hay in completing his mill at Raiford's Creek in 1749. Evan was starting a trip to Georgia when he died in nearby Orangeburg in 1757. He was buried in the Orangeburg church yard by Pastor Giessendanner (Green 56) (N-3). The last record found for Evan's wife Sarah was a deed in 1759 conveying property to their son Joseph (Green 56). Records of other Reese families of unknown relation can be found in South Carolina during colonial days (N-4) John Pearson arrived shortly after Philip and married Philip's daughter, Mary. Their son, John, Jr. born May 30, 1743, was possibly the first white child born within the limits of Richland County.


(158) Charles FOUQUETT, son of Archibald CAMPBELL & Eugenia, his wife, deceased, born November 4, 1751 Susceptr John FOUQUETT Esq James BENTLEY & Susannah, his Wife.

"Bertie County, North Carolina Marriage Bonds -- 1755-1787


WATSON, John and Sarah COLLINS, June 25, 1764. Witness: JAMES BENTLEY.

The Whitmell Family Bible, 1726
Including Pugh, West, Thompson, Alston, Urquhart surnames
"The Holy Bible, Containing the Old and New Testaments: Newly Translated out of the Original Tongues: And with the former Translations Diligently Compared and Revised. By his Majesties Special Command. Appointed to be Read in Churches. Oxford:
Printed by John Baskett, Printer to the University, MDCCXXVI."

This Bible was recently donated to Historic Woodville, 2312 Van Dyke Ave., Raleigh, NC 27607. The information below was typed from the entries in this 1726 Bible.

Elizabeth Hunter, daughter of Henry Hunter and Sarah (Whitmell) his wife, was born on January 5, 1740.

Thomas Whitmell, Jr., son of Thomas Whitmell and Mary his wife was born in 1688 and departed this life 1735, November 24th.

Thomas Whitmell, III, son of Thomas Whitmell and Elizabeth (Hunter Bryan) his wife was born December 29th, 1709.

Mary, daughter of Thomas Whitmell and Elizabeth (Hunter Bryan) his wife was born February 14, 1715/16. She departed this life October 23, 1728. (This was the first of two Marys born to them)

Elizabeth Whitmell (married 3rd to William Williams) daughter of Thomas Whitmell and Elizabeth (Hunter Bryan) his wife was born February 28, 1717/1718. She departed this life July 5, 1794.

Sarah, daughter of Thomas Whitmell and Elizabeth (Hunter Bryan) his wife was born January 5, 1720/21.

Martha, daughter of Thomas Whitmell and Elizabeth (Hunter Bryan) his wife was born February 20, 1722/23.

Anne, daughter of Thomas Whitmell and Elizabeth (Hunter Bryan) his wife was born March 15, 1724 . She departed this life February 4, 1727/28.

Jennet, daughter of Thomas Whitmell and Elizabeth (Hunter Bryan) his wife was born June 5, 1727. She deparated this life April 26, 1730.

Winnifred, daughter of Thomas Whitmell and Elizabeth (Hunter Bryan) his wife was born December 25, 1729.

Lewis, son of Thomas Whitmell and Elizabeth (Hunter Bryan) his wife was born January 31, 1731/32. He departed this life December 11, 1739.

Mary, daughter to Thomas Whitmell and Elizabeth (Hunter Bryan) his wife was born February 20, 1733. She married Francis Pugh February 26, 1754. (This was the second Mary born to them)

William, the son of Thomas Whitmell and Elizabeth (Hunter Bryan) his wife was born September 21, 1735. He departed this life February 8, 1737.

Martha, daughter of Thomas Whitmell and Elizabeth (West) his wife was born January 9, 1740.

Mary Thompson (m. 1st Francis Pugh, then Hezekiah Thompson) daughter of Thomas Whitmell and Elizabeth (Hunter Bryan) his wife departed this life August 7, 1807.

Lewis Thompson, son to Hezekiah Thompson and Mary (Whitmell Pugh), his wife, departed this life April 8, 1814.

Elizabeth Hunter, daughter of Lewis Bryan and Elizabeth his wife was born September 15, 1694 and departed this life January 18, 1753.

Thomas Whitmell Pugh, son to Francis Pugh and Mary his wife was born August 6th 1755. He departed this life September 2, 1794.

Francis son to Francis Pugh and Mary his wife was born December 19th, 1757.

Philip Alston son to Philip Alston and Winnifred his wife was born January 11, 1748/9.

Martha daughter of Thomas Whitmell and Elizabeth his wife was born January 9, 1740.

Sarah Thompson, daughter of Thomas Thompson and Mary his wife was born December the 11th day 1802. She departed this life January 4th, 1808, aged 5 years and 24 days.

Mary Thompson, wife of Thomas Thompson departed this life July the 13th day of 1817.

Thomas Whitmell Thompson, son of Thomas Thompson departed this life November the 3rd 1824, aged 19 years, 10 months, 12 days.

Thomas Thompson,, son of Hezekiah Thompson and Mary his wife, departed this life on the 16th day of June 1827, about l o'clock in the morning aged 56 years, 2 months, and 22 days.

Hezekiah Thompson, son of Thomas Thompson and Mary his wife, died on the 28th day of Feburary in the year 1836.

Mary Thompson (wife of Hezekiah Thompson) the daughter of Thomas Whitmell and Elizabeth (Hunter Bryan) his wife departed this life August the 7th day 1807.

Thomas Whitmell Thompson, son of Thomas Thompson and Mary (Bond) his wife was born December the 22nd day 1804.

Hezekiah Thompson son of Thomas Thompson and Mary (Bond) his wife was born August the 29th day 1807.

Lewis Thompson, son of Thomas Thompson and Mary (Bond) his wife was born October the 9th day 1809.

Mary Eliza the daughter of Thomas Thompson and Mary his wife as born October the 16th day 1814.

Burges Urquhart and Mary Bond Thompson were married on Sunday night the 6th day of June in the year of our Lord 1871 at Grace Church in Bertie County, North Carolina by the Rev. Edward Wootten.

Pattie Thompson Urquhart and Dr. Clifton Whitehead were married November 1907.

Burges Urquhart, Jr. and Emily Mizell were married October 21, 1920 by Rev. Bethea.

Burges Urquhart son of Dr. Richard A. and Mary N. Urquhart was born in Isle of Wright Co., Virginia on April 5, 1847.

Mary Bond Thompson, daughter of Lewis and Margaret A. Thompson was born in Bertie County, NC on October 13, 1847.

Thomas Whitmell son to Thomas Whitmell and Mary his wife was born September 16, 1688 and departed this life November 24th 1735 aged 47 years and two months.

Francis Pugh, son of Francis Pugh and Mary his wife was born December 19th, 1757.

John Pugh, son of Francis Pugh and Mary his wife was born May the 1st 1760. He departed this life 17th day of February, 1792.

Hezekiah Thompson, son of Hezekiah Thompson and Mary his wife was born October the 2nd, 1766.

Lewis Thompson, son of Hezekiah Thompson and Mary his wife was born September the 20th day, 1768.

Thomas Thompson, son of Hezekiah Thompson and Mary his wife was born March the 24th 1771.

Martha, the daughter of Ruth Blancett was born November 22, 1783.

More About J
Property 1: November 26, 1746, Land Grant of 100 acres in Anson County, North Carolina
Property 2: March 06, 1749/50, Land Grant of 200 acres north of the Congaree River in Richland County, South Carolina
Child of J
  i.   JOHN6 BENTLEY, b. Abt. 1745.
  Notes for JOHN BENTLEY:
Anson County, North Carolina Deed Book N&O p48

10 April 1809 Abraham BELYEU sold 460 acres on the Flat Fork of Brown's creek adjacent Ralph VICKERS, BOGGAN, Daniel GOULD, John BRILEY, Malachi GOULD, Elisha KINDRED, Stephen PARKER to JOHN BENTLEY for $50. The land was part of a tract granted to Shadrach DENSON in 1775, a tract granted to Patrick BOGGAN, Jr in 1788, a tract granted to Ralph VICKERS in 1785, and three tracts granted to Abraham BELYEU in 1799, 1808, and 1807. Witnesses: William KIRBY, John THREADGILL. Signed A. Belyeu.


"Index to the Headright and Bounty Grants of Georgia, 1756-1909"

BENTLEY, James, Burke County, Georgia Grant Book ZZZZ, page 198, 100 Acres, granted 1797.

There is a record of a will of a James BENTLY in Barnwell County, South Carolina Vol. 2 1826-1856, section D, page 222. Barnwell Co., S.C. borders Burke County, Georgia just below Richmond County, Georgia (County Seat,
Augusta). Wife: Salley; Son: Alexander; Daughters: Elizabeth & Frances. Exec: Wife. Witnesses: Anderson Morgan, Pickney Killingsworth, Caleb Killingsworth. This will was recorded, May 2, 1853.

Barnwell District, South Carolina, Wills, Vol. 2, 1826 - 1856, section D, page 222

Will of James Bently

In the name of God. Amen. I , James BENTLY of said District and State being weak in body but of sound mind and memory do make and ordain this to be my last Will and Testament in manner and form following.

Imprimis. I give and devise unto my wife Sally BENTLY and my three youngest children, viz. Eliza BENTLY, Francis BENTLY and Alexander BENTLY, one Bay Mare and one Gray Mare and five head of Cattle and all my stock of Hogs and all my corn and all my provisions of every discription and all my household and kitchen furniture, tools, and plantation tools and one Cart.

Item. I give my wife Sally BENTLY a certain land warrant of one hundred and sixty acres of land subject to private entry at any of the Land Offices of the United States No. 60023- bearing date June the 4th. 1849.

I do hereby appoint my wife Sally BENTLY Executrix of this my Last Will and Testament making void all other wills by me made in Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and affixed my seal this first day of January in the Year of our Lord One Thousand Eight hundred and fifty three and in the Seventy Seventh year of the Independence of the United States of America.

James X Bently (Seal)

Signed sealed and delivered in presence of:
Anderson MORGAN

Recorded in Will Book "D" page 207. Recorded MAy 2, 1853. R. C. Fowke, O. B. D., Bundle 116 ,Package 2.

Note: Who were the other children of James Bentley and Sally Dyess? Only the "three youngest" children are mentioned in the will. Apparently the older children had already been given their inheritence before James wrote his will.

James BENTLEY. James married Sally DYESS.

Sally DYESS [William DYESS and Elizabeth EVERITT] was born in 1784 in ,,Barnwell, South Carolina, U.S.A.. She married James BENTLEY.

William DYESS [Parents] was born about 1765 in ,Barnwell Co., South Carolina, U.S.A.. He died in 1800 in ,Barnwell Co., South Carolina, U.S.A.. He married Elizabeth EVERITT in 1785 in ,Barnwell Co., South Carolina, U.S.A..

Elizabeth EVERITT was born in 1770. She married William DYESS in 1785 in ,Barnwell Co., South Carolina, U.S.A..

They had the following children:

F i Sally DYESS      (married James BENTLEY)

M ii Dempsey DYESS

M iii John DYESS

M iv William DYESS

M v George Martin DYESS

M vi Joshua DYESS was born in 1795 in ,Barnwell Co., South Carolina, U.S.A..

F vii Mary DYESS was born in 1796 in ,Barnwell Co., South Carolina, U.S.A..

M viii Thomas DYESS was born in 1798 in ,Barnwell Co., South Carolina, U.S.A..

M ix Lud Arnold DYESS

F x Miss DYESS was born in 1806 in ,Barnwell Co., South Carolina, U.S.A..



BENTLY, James of Burke County, Georgia: He was living July 14, 1792, in Burke County, Georgia, when he made affidavit respecting a deed that he had made in 1786 to Mary MONTGOMERY (see Bentley) in Barnwell Dist., South Carolina, while living there. He referred to his sister, Martha BENTLEY, as having been one of the witnesses, and to John Right (Wright) as the other witness, and says that Wright was then (1792) living in Georgia. Affidavit in connection with proving a lost and unrecorded deed. In 1786, the Bentley's were living in Barnwell District, South Carolina, as shown by deed recorded there in deed book 3, pp. 105-106.


My McCLAIN Family line has been traced back to SOLOMON MCCLAIN who died in Barnwell, S.C. in 1815. He was married to MARY CHRISTINA (???). To them were born ten children:

1.Solomon      McClain, Jr.      who married Laney ???
2.Elizabeth      McClain            who married JAMES BENTLEY
3.Rebecca      McClain            who married John Kearsh
4.Mary            McClain            who married Lewis Moore
5.Prudence Moody      McClain            who married Joseph Holley
6.Rachel            McClain            who married Nathan Stenson
7.Hansford      McClain
8.Ransfort      McClain
9.Rosiffa            McClain
10.Charity      McClain            who married Edward Southwell

Subject: info
Date: Thu, 12 Jul 2001 19:12:53 EDT

My name is Charles Griffin, grandmother was Lois BENTLEY, her father was Alexander BENTLEY of South Carolina, born June 1849, have you got any family info that might link up with such, would appreciate any help, is

Edmund BENTLEY was born 1755 in , Barnwell, South Carolina. He died Oct 1789 in , Barnwell, South Carolina. Edmund married Penelope CASTELLAW on 1784 in , Barnwell, South Carolina. (died about 1789 in Barnwell County, South Carolina).

Penelope CASTELLAW [Parents] was born 1758 in , Bertie, North Carolina. She died 28 Dec 1835 in , Barnwell, South Carolina. Penelope married Edmund BENTLEY on 1784 in , Barnwell, South Carolina.

Note 1: Could Edmund BENTLEY be another son of James BENTLEY brother of William BENTLEY II?
Note 2: From above deed of James Bentley in Barnwell county, South Carolina, we know that Edmund and Penelope Bentley had two known children: JAMES BENTLEY and MARTHA BENTLEY.
Note 3: Penelope CASTELAW married 1st JOHNSON.

1790 Census Index of South Carolina P. 99
Orangeburg District (South Part)

BENTLEY, Penelope
One male less than 16
2 males over 16
4 females

Thomas CASTELLAW [Parents] was born 1720 in , Bertie, North Carolina. He died Jul 1789 in , Barnwell, South Carolina. Thomas married Mary HAND on 1752 in , Bertie, North Carolina.

1747. Bertie Deed Book G, Page 90. John Moor, blacksmith to Ephraim Weston. February 9, 1747. 5 Shillings for 150 Acres on CASHY RIVER at Bear Island. Adjacent William Collins. Witnesses are THOMAS CASTELLAW and Henry Walston. February Court 1747. (Sell 150 acres on Cashy river at Bear Island, adjacent William Collins).

Other marriages: ASHLEY, Sarah

Mary HAND [Parents] was born 1727 in , Craven, North Carolina. She married Thomas CASTELLAW on 1752 in , Bertie, North Carolina.

Other marriages: BUSH, William

They had the following children:

F i Ann CASTELLAW was born 1753 in , Bertie, North Carolina.

F ii Charlotte CASTELLAW was born 1755 and died 28 Jun 1806.

F iii PENELOPE CASTELLAW was born 1758 and died 28 Dec 1835. (Married EDMOND BENTLEY)

M iv Peter CASTELLAW was born 1762 in , Barnwell, South Carolina. He died 1805 in , Chattham, Georgia.

M v Henry CASTELLAW was born 1765 in , Barnwell, South Carolina.

Winton (Barnwell) County, SC Minutes of the County Court and Will Book 1 (1785-1791)

Aug. 4, 1789 William BOYET made oath that he saw EDMUND BENTLEY sign, seal, and deliver a bill of sale for a Negro wench, to William GREEN and also, that he saw Josias BOYETT sign the same as witness with himself, and ordered to be recorded.

Castelow/Castellow/Castellaw Family Line

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ID: I79435128
Name: Edmund BENTLEY
Given Name: Edmund
Surname: Bentley
Sex: M
(Birth: abt 1755 in Barnwell Co., South Carolina)
Death: Abt 1789 in Barnwell Co., South Carolina
Change Date: 7 May 2001

Marriage 1 Penelope CASTELLOW b: Abt 1758 in South Carolina

Married: Abt 1784 (in Barnwell County, South Carolina)


1. Samuel Alexander BENTLEY b: Abt
2. Elizabeth BENTLEY
3. James BENTLEY
4. Martha BENTLEY

"The Register Book for the Parish of Prince Fredrick (South Carolina)" by Winyaw, page 41

BENTLY, Charles -- son of Edmond Bently and Mary his wife. Baptized December 9th 1753 being then 7 years old.
Born: 1746
BENTLY, George -- son of Edmond Bently and Mary his wife. Baptized December 9th 1753 being then 4 years old.
Born: 1749
BENTLY, Elizabeth -- Daughter of Edmond Benty and Mary his wife. Baptized December 9th 1753 being 12 years old.
Born: 1741
Note: Mary's maiden name may be WELLS. Emond Bentley born about 1721.

Bentley, Edmund and Mary Wells, married (South Carolina) September 15, 1741. Pr Fred PR Page 17

Barnwell County was settled in the early 1700's by pioneers wishing to adventure into the "back country". By the 1740's, Palatine settlers entered the picture spreading throughout Orangeburg District. By the end of the Revolutionary War, many settlers obtained grants in Barnwell County. Most were from North Carolina and Virginia. Barnwell was actually a district within Orangeburg until the late 1780's

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