FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
THOMAS BENTLEY AND
MARTHA WOOLFIT


Thomas Bentley was christened 29 November 1737 in Bury, the son of John Bentley and Elizabeth Entwisle. He married Martha Woolfit of Bolton, 5 August 1763 at St. Peter's, Bolton, Lancashire.

Thomas Bentley marriage

Marriage record for Thomas Bentley and Martha Woolfitt in Bolton


Thomas and Martha had the following children:
 

1. Mary, christened 18 November 1764 in Newbent Chapel Presbyterian, Chowbent, Lancashire.
 

2. Jane, christened 23 June 1771 at St. Peter's, Bolton; may have died young.
 

*3. Jane, christened 2 October 1774 at St. Peter's, Bolton; married John Hamer 15 April 1800 at St. Peter's, Bolton.

Jane Bentley baptism

  Christening record for Jane Bentley in Bolton: "Jane D. of Thos & Martha Bentley of G.B. -  2"
 

4. James, christened 17 June 1781 at St. Peter's, Bolton.
 

SOURCE: St. Peter parish register, Bolton FHS# 559177; IGI; Bury parish register; www.ancestry.co.uk.
 
   


FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
JOHN BENTLEY AND
ELIZABETH ENTWISLE

John Bentley was christened 21 June 1698 in Bury, the son of Thomas Bentley and Margaret Horrox. John married Elizabeth Entwisle 27 March 1722 in Bury.


John Bentley marriage

Marriage record for John Bentley and Elizabeth Entwisle in Bury:
"John Bentlely & Eliz: Entwisle - 27 May"


John and Elizabeth had the following children:

 

1. Elizabeth, christened 5 July 1724 in Bury.


2. John, christened 25 February 1726 in St. Mary's, Bury.


3. John, born 2 April 1727, christened April 1728 in St. Mary's, Bury.


4. James, born 24 June 1735 in Bury; christened 29 June 1735 in Bury. 
 

*5. Thomas, born 29 November 1737, christened 4 December 1737 in St. Mary's, Bury; married Martha Woolfitt 5 August 1763 in Bolton.

Thomas Bentley baptism

  Christening record for Thomas Bentley in Bury: "Thomas S of John Bentley, Elton - 29/4"
 
 

SOURCE: IGI; Bury parish register; www.ancestry.co.uk.
 
 


FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
THOMAS BENTLEY AND
MARGARET HORROX


Thomas Bentley was born 16 October 1658 in Bury, the son of Michaell Bently and Anne Smethurst. He married Margaret Horrox of Breightmet 30 December 1688 in Bolton.

Thomas Bentley marriage 1688

Burial record for Thomas Bentley and Margaret Horrox in Bolton:
"Thomas Bentley of Bury pish, Margaret Horrox of Breightmet after publication - 30"


Margaret was christened 13 August 1668 in Deane, the daughter of William Horrocks and Ellen Garner.


Thomas died 19 February 1713/14  and was buried 21 February 1713/14 in Bury.

Thomas Bentley burial 1714

Burial record for Thomas Bentley in Bury


Margaret died as a widow of Elton, and was buried 14 January 1735 in Bury.

Margaret Bentley

Burial record for Margaret Bentley in Bury: "Margt Bentley, Elton, Widdow - 14/16"


Thomas and Margaret had the following children:
 

*1. John, born 21 June 1698 in Bury; christened 23 June 1698 in Bury, "d' Elton".

John Bentley baptism 1698

  Christening record for John Bentley in Bury


2. Mary, christened 14 January 1705 in Bury, of Elton.  
 

SOURCES: IGI; Bury parish register; Deane parish register; female daughter extracted as Mary on ancestry.co.uk; ancestry.co.uk.
 
 


FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
MICHAELL BENTLY AND
ANNE SMETHURST


Michaell Bently of Haslam hey was born in about 1629 of Bury, the son of Michael Bentley and Alis Allens. He married Anne Smethurst 22 January 1650 in Bury.

Michael Bentley marriage

Marriage record for Michaell Bentley and Ann Smethhurst in Bury


Michaell was a churchwarden in 1666.

Michael Bentley churchwarden

Bury parish register 1666, showing Michael Bentley as a churchwarden


Anne Bentley died 20 July 1696 and was buried 22 July 1696 in Bury.

Anne Bentley burial

Burial record for Anne Bentley in Bury: "Anne w. Michael Bentley de Haslam hey - 20/22"


Michaell died in about 1700, leaving a will written 19 January 1699 and proven 7 December 1700:


Will of Mich. Bentley 7 December 1700

In the name of God Amen, I Meeighil Bentley of Haslom hey in the parish of Bury and in the County of Lancastar, yeoman, the nineteeth day of January Anno Domini 1699 being weke by reson of ege but of good and of perfect memory and understanding, preased be God for it, knowing that deth is most surten and the time not known and that I may settle my worldly goods, chattels and teniments so as it may com after my desece to such persons as my will and minde is that should doe  I doe meke, ordaine, publish and declare this my last will and testament in manar and form following, that is to say fferst and principally I comit my soule into the hands of Allmighty God, hopeing through the merits of Jesus Christ to obtaine the free pardon of all my sins. Secondly my body to be buried in Christian manor according to the discretion of my axecutors heer in heer after named and thirdly as concerging my goods, chattels and teniments I give and devise as followeth, that is to say, I give devise to my son Meeighill Bentley those three feelds called the Lock Leeland the croft undar the house and the upward of the top from the fleke upwards all the term of the lese and all the tenets that belongs to mee, and I do give and devise to my daughter Alisebeth onely the far end of the top and the hous end were young Meeighiel now lives if hee will change with her for the house that now I live in and aftar my depts paying and funerel expences and all concarns discharged and pade, I give and devise my personal efects as followeth, I give to my son Meeighill the tow garnars in the barns, the use of the house and the room where wee use to dine and the wele arcke above peying to Thomas Booth my son in laws children twenty shillings within twelve months aftar my desese and the best cart I give to Meeighill. I give to Richard Brooks five shillings in full of all porction or childs part and John Bently my son five shillings in full of all portion or childs part and I give to Alisebeth the bed in the parlore and the furniture belonging to it and the cupbard and the halfe of the putar and the fire iron and toungs and it is my mind and will that shee shall not nether set the house nor gound nor bring no husband to it. But if shee ether marry or go from it shall goe to Meeighill. The residue and remendar of my goods aftar all is parformed I give and devise them to these five of my children equely amongst them James, Thomas, Richard, Asther and Alisebeth Bentley and if my son Richard Bently do cleme any dept for smeethy worke of mee it shall pede out of the goods that I have left him. And lastly I doe nominete and a pointe Robert Greenhalgh & Barnibus Ainswort yeoman and Antani Hooline of Aston my very loving frends executors of this my last will and testament hopeing that they will faithfully execute the seme as my trust is reposed in them and I do heer by further will and devise that my saide executors shall heve and take out of my Leeland of resenebel recompence and a sorvene for all such labor costs, charges and expences indemnity ageinst all persons what so ever by or consarning the seme. In witness heer of I have sett my hand and sele the day and yeere first above written.

Meeighill Bently his marke

John Burnwood
William Kerkman
John Booth
 

An inventory was taken for Michaell:

A true and pfect inventory  of all the goods and cattells of Michael Bentley late of Haslame hey in the parish of Bury in the County of Lancaster & Diocese of Chester, yeoman, deceased, taken & aprized ye third daye of December Ano Dom 1700 by Richard Meadowcroft & Roger Lyon both of Elton in the said parish and county, yeomen as follows:

Imprimis, one meare and a horse  2-10-0
Item, cowe and 3 calves  3-10-0
Item, one heffer   2-0-0
Item, corne and hey  5-0-0
Item, cart & wheeles and plowes & harrows  0-12-6
Item, horse geeres  0-2-6
Item, goods in ye house, ffire iron, iron and tongs  0-2-6
Item, one combard and in pewter  0-10-0
Item, one table and an other table  0-6-0
Item, cheers, stooles and quishens  0-2-0
Item, goods in the buttery in wooden vessels   0-2-6
Item, one chist  0-1-0
Item, brass and other things  0-6-0
Item, in ye parlor one bedstead & bedding & furniture  1-0-0
Item, three ould arckes  0-15-0
Item, goods in the chamber, one bedstead & furniture  0-10-0
Item, worke loomes  0-2-6
Item, one swine  0-14-0
Item, the decedents purse and aparrell  1-10-0
Item, in hustlements  0-2-0
The sume of the inventory is 19-18-6


Michaell and Anne had the following children:
 

1. Anne, born 17 December 1650 in Bury; christened 22 December 1650 in Bury; died 12 June 1655 in Bury; buried 13 June 1655 in Bury.
 

2. Michaell, born 23 June 1653 in Bury; christened 30 June 1653 in Bury; married Anne Bridge 22 July 1684 in Bury; mentioned in father's will of 1700.
 

3. John, born 2 October 1655 in Bury; christened 30 June 1655 in Bury; mentioned in father's will of 1700.
   

*4. Thomas, born 16 October 1658 in Bury; christened 24 October 1658 in Bury; married Margaret Horrox 30 December 1688 in Bury; mentioned in father's will of 1700.
  

Thomas Bentley baptism 1658

  Christening record for Thomas Bentley in Bury: "Thomas s. of Michael Bently - 16/24"

5. James, christened 17 November 1661 in Bury; mentioned in father's will of 1700.
 

6. Hester, born 14 October 1664 in Bury; christened 23 October 1664 in Bury; mentioned in father's will of 1700 as Asther.
 

7. Martha, born 19 March 1666 in Bury; christened 24 March 1666 in Bury.


8. Richard, mentioned in father's will of 1700


9. Alisabeth, mentioned in father's will of 1700.  
 

SOURCES: IGI; Bury parish register; www.ancestry.co.uk; will of Michaell Bentley of Haslom hey, 1700.
 



FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
MICHAEL BENTLY AND
ALIS ALLENS

 
Michael Bently was christened 16 July 1598 in Bury, the son of Michael Bently. He married Alis Allens of Middleton 11 November 1622 in Bury.


Michael Bentley marriage 1622

Marriage record for Michael Bentley and Alis Allens in Bury: "Michaell Bentley & Alisse Allenes of Medl. 11."


Allis was christened 9 November 1600 in Bolton, the daughter of Lawrence Allens and Ellin Holt.


Michael died and was buried 2 July 1645 in Bury, and was listed as "of Haslom hey".


Michael Bentley burial 1645

Burial record for Michael Bentley in Bury: "Michael Bentley of Haslom hey - July 2"



Allis died just a little under two months later, and was buried 26 August 1645 in Bury.


Allis Bentley burial

Burial record for Allis Bentley in Bury: "The w. of Michaell Bentley Haslom hey. 26"


Michael and Allis had the following children:

 
*1. Michaell, born in about 1629 of Bury; married Anne Smethurst 22 January 1650 in Bury.


2. John, christened 24 July 1631 in Bury, "of Haslom hey".
 

3. Edward, christened February 1633 in Bury, "of Haslom hey".
 

4. Katherine, christened June 1634 in Bury.
 

5. Sarah, christened 8 May 1635 in Bury.
 

6. Abigail, christened 22 May 1644 in Bury, "of Hasleome heigh".
 

SOURCES: IGI; Bury parish register; Bolton parish register; www.ancestry.co.uk.
 

 
 

FAMILY GROUP RECORD OF
MICHAEL BENTLY

Michael Bently of Elton was born in about 1575 of Bury. He married 20 April 1596 in Bury, but the marriage register at this time lists only the husband's name at marriage, not the wife's.

Michael Bentley marriage 1596

Marriage record for Michael Bentley in Bury: "Mihill Bentley & uxor - 20 Aprill"


Michael was buried 1 September 1624 in Bury.

Michael Bentley burial 1624

Burial record for Michael Bentley in Bury: "Michill Bentley of Elton"


Michael had the following children:
 

*1. Michael, christened 16 July 1598 in Bury; married Allis Allens 11 November 1622 in Bury; buried 2 July 1645 in Bury.

Michael Bentley baptism 1598 

 Christening record for Michael Bentley in Bury: "Mihill s. of Mihill Bentley - ye 16 July"

2. John, christened 15 March 1600 in Bury.
 

3. Jane, christened 23 May 1604 in Bury.
 

4. Thomas, christened 19 July 1607 in Bury.
 

5. Martha, christened 29 March 1610 in Bury, "of Haslam".
 

6. Richard, christened 13 July 1613 in Bury.
 

7. Abraham, christened 24 August 1617 in Bury.
 
 

SOURCES: IGI; Bury parish register; www.ancestry.co.uk.
 
 


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