Tag Archives: Bentley

George Bentley Walter

George Bentley Walter
b. 25 January 1812, Highland County, Ohio, to John and Mary (Bentley) Walter
d. 12 April 1898, probably Los Angeles County, California

m/1. 1843, Iowa
Tabitha Shepherd
b. about 1814, Bridgeport, Ohio
d. 1848, Iowa

m/2. 1849, Iowa
Ann S. Gruewell
b. about 1832, probably Quincy, Illinois
d. 28 January 1858, Santa Clara County, California

Children with Ann S. Gruewell:
• Georgiana married Walter Pratt
• Mary M. married Walter Stephens

George came to Indiana from Highland County, Ohio, in 1837 and lived in Marion County, Indiana, until leaving for Washington County, Iowa, in 1845.

Submitted by:
Wayne Walter
San Jose CA

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Nancy Ann Sutton

Nancy Ann Sutton
b. 8 April 1827, Mississinewa Township, Delaware County, Indiana, to Jeremiah and Mary Ann (Franklin) Sutton
d. 16 January 1900, Ferndale, Whatcom County, Washington

m. 10 June 1849, Pleasant Township, Grant County, Indiana
Hezekiah Shettler
b. 22 December 1822, Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania
d. 26 December 1886, Ferndale, Whatcom County, Washington

Children with Hezekiah Shettler:
• George F. (1850-1886) married Martha J. Grubbs
• Aaron J. (1852-ca. 1941) married Levina Roley
• John Franklin (1854-1941) married Angela Edith (Boyer) Bentley
• Phebe “Julia” Ann (1856-1943) married (1) Joseph H. Argo, (2) John Barwick
• Jacob Martin (1858-1925) married (1) Mary R. Renfro, (2) Evaline Lillian Layton
• William Henry (1862-1933) married Rose “Lottie” Connolly
• Marshall Mercer (1864-1931) married Eliza Jane Connolly
• Mary Ellen (1866-1880)
• Etty Isabelle (1873-1873)

Nancy lived in Delaware, Grant, and Jasper counties in Indiana before emigrating in 1859 from Kentland, Newton County, Indiana. The family settled in Blue Rapids Township, Marshall County, Kansas, in 1860. They moved to Cedar Township, Wilson County, Kansas, in 1867. Then in 1882, they homesteaded 160 acres in Ferndale, Washington, where Hezekiah and his three sons set up the first steam sawmill in the county.

Submitted by:
Hilda Hemmingson Meryhew
Auburn WA

Charles Bentley

CHARLES BENTLEY
b. 23 August 1819, Tyringham, Berkshire County, Massachusetts, to John and Mary (Chapin) Bentley
d. 3 February 1895, Bangor Township, Marshall County, Iowa

m. 17 March 1846, Wabash County, Indiana
Cordelia Baker
b. 1 August 1829, Cattaraugus County, New York, to Peter and Catherine (Marvin) Baker
d. 18 July 1905, Laurens, Pocahontas County, Iowa

Children with Cordelia Baker:

  • Mary Jane (1847-1913) married Nicholas Moore
  • Peter John Lewis (1849-1918) married Caroline Charlotta Moore
  • George Silas (1850-1852)
  • Harriet Adelia (1853-1854)
  • Joseph Marvin (1856-1944) married Bonnie Bell Johnson
  • George Edwin (1858-1949) married Margaret Ann Valentine
  • David Waldo (1860-1906) married Eunice Etta Marshall
  • Rebecca Josephine (1862-1901) married Thomas Hudson

In the fall of 1840, Charles Bentley, along with his brothers, Joseph, Ezra, and Silas, and their families, moved west. They left Berkshire County, Massachusetts, crossed Lake Erie on a ferryboat, and followed the Wabash River to settle in the woods of southwestern Wabash County, Indiana. They had an ashery west of Pioneer. The Baker family had settled in Wabash County in 1841 on the Indian Reservation. In 1853, Joseph Bentley went to see what the land was like to the west. The Bentley brothers sold their homes and started west about the first of September 1854. There were four couples and fourteen children in horse- drawn covered wagons. They reached Bangor Township, Marshall County, Iowa, on 12 October 1854.

Submitted by:
Barbara Vorseth Benson
Wyoming MI