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Re: Bentley Family in Henry County
Posted by: Sue Fealko (ID *****7810) Date: August 27, 2010 at 10:09:40
In Reply to: Bentley Famuly in Henry County by Brian Davenport of 1301

Hi, Brian,

I searched a bit for your family, and there are just a couple things I noticed worth mentioning. First, you said that Anderson and Martha Jane Bentley "lived in Henry County since they were married." They lived there in Loves District, Henry County, in 1870; but by 1880 they had moved to Lorraine, in Rockdale County (on p. 7 of the census); and then in 1900, they were living in South Bend District of Fulton County (on p. 225 of the census). In the 1900 census, it's clear that one of the daughters had married a William Sanders since he was living with the family, along with a grandson Walter Sanders and a granddaughter Marie Sanders. Strange, but William was "M" (looks like anyway) = married, yet no wife was listed. It may have just been a mistake. Alonzo is not there either, and he should have been.

The other thing I noticed was that in 1870, when Anderson and Martha Jane were in Henry County, they must have been living next to one of his relatives, only the page is hard to read. Their next door neighbors (well, you assume the next household is next door) were another Bentley family, and the husband was 31 years old, just three years older than Anderson was then. His name is transcribed as "Nerrie" in HeritageQuest, but it's really not clear that was it. Anyway, this other Mr. Bentley had a wife Mary, looks like 20 years old, and three little girls, Cornelia, Louise, and Georgia.

In 1880, when Anderson and Martha Jane were living in Rockdale County, you can find most of this other Bentley family also in Rockdale County also (in Lorraine, on p. 6 of the census, very close to Anderson). Unfortunately it appears that the father had died. Mary had remarried a man named John Crawley, and so in addition to a couple very small Crawley children, there were five Bentley stepchildren, Cornelia, Louisa, Georgia, Richard, and Nervie (?).

Hope this helps somehow!

Sue Ellen Fealko


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