Bentley, James

Submitted by mercercounty on Sun, 09/26/2010 - 18:17

JAMES BENTLEY, P. O. Sharon, Penn., son of Benjamin and Mary (Baldwin) Bentley, was born May 23, 1798, upon the site of Sharon, and was the first white child born within the borough limits. The father of our subject made his claim for his property in 1795, and made his permanent settlement in 1796. In 1808 he sold his farm to Samuel Quinby and moved across the line into Ohio, where both he and wife died. The family of Mr. Bentley consisted of the following children: Robert, Adamson, George, Benjamin, Elizabeth, James, Martin, Sheshbazar, Mary and Aholiab. James and Aholiab are the only survivors. Our subject was married in 1822 to Miss Temperance Butties, and by this marriage they had seven children: Amos B., Anson, Caroline (wife of Samuel Woodbridge, of Iowa), Evaline (who married C. F. De Voll), Martin, Joel and B. F. The mother died July 25, 1887. Mr. Bentley was for many years connected with the Ohio State Militia with the rank of captain. In 1845 he was elected justice of the peace, which office he held for two terms. In 1840 he was appointed United States marshal, and filled that position for a number of years. He is a member of the Masonic order, having been initiated in 1819, and in politics he is a Democrat. Mr. Bentley has lived in Trumbull County, Ohio, for over eighty years, and is one of its oldest and most respected citizens.

History of Mercer County, 1888, pages 707-708

 
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