So far as known all the Bentleys in America, who date back their ancestry to a period prior to the Revolutionary War, are descendents of William Bentley, Sr., of Rhode Island. Possibly he may have had brothers, but we have no certain record of them. However there are some traditions that are worthy of consideration, in which it is claimed that there were two or three brothers.
John D. Bentley, of Corry, Pa., writes: "My father and a son now living in Boston, both of whom were at some expense and travel in tracing the name back, claimed that there were three Bentleys, who came from England, one settling in Rhode Island, one in Berlin, Rensselaer County, New York, and one was an officer in command of an English regiment, which was quartered in eastern New York and who returned to England.
Birth: 10 OCT 1650 Yarmouth, Barnstable Co, Massachusetts
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