George R. Bentley

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George R. Bentley, son of Charles Spooner Bentley and Ann Eliza Jones, was born at Rensselaer Co., New York, 18 March 1835.1,2,3,4,5,6,7,8 He died at Latham, Logan Co., Illinois, 26 June 1903, aged 68 years, 3 months, 8 days, and was buried at Mt. Pulaski Cemetery, Latham, Logan Co., Illinois.9,2

George married (1) Thursia Maria Jones, daughter of Joseph Marion Jones and Julia Matilda Langwell, at McDonough Co., Illinois, 8 August 1860;10,11 he married (2), as her 2nd husband, Sarah J. Kretzinger, whose ancestry is unknown (or not traced here), at Blandinsville, McDonough Co., Illinois, 2 February 1865.12,13

Is George Bentley of Illinois one and the same as George Bentley of Niles Township, Cayuga Co., New York?

George appears in the 1850 census in the household of Charles Bentley, age 15, born in New York. Relationships are not given in this census, but the household appears to be a normal family group, and George is the oldest of the listed children. In 1898, Charles S. Bentley lists his living children in a Soldier's survey contained in his pension file, and includes George R., born in1835.

In the 1855 New York state census for Cayuga Co., George is in a different Bentley household, 5 years older, but listed as "Servant." The children in the neighboring Charles Bentley household are all shown as sons or daughters and are the same as listed in the 1850 census. Both George and Charles are shown as born in Rennselaer Co. and as having lived in Cayuga Co. the same number of years, 16. That would place their arrival in Cayuga in 1839, when George was only four years old, obviously moving there when his parents moved there.

In 1860, George is in the George Foster household in Hire Township, McDonough County, Illinois. George is 25, born in New York, consistent with the 1850 and 1855 census data given above. I have not yet searched for other neighbors from New York in the Hire area, but George Foster of Illinois does not seem to be one of those.

George is found in the 1870-1900 Federal census' as cited and his age and birth place are always consistent with a birth in 1835 in New York; in 1900 it specifically states Mar 1835.

Finally, George's own civil war pension file includes a discharge certificate which states he was born in Rennselaer Co., New York, and a copy of his death certificate, giving the date of death and age (years, months, days). His calculated birth date, 18 Mar 1835, is consistent with all known census data, including the 1900 census, as well has that given in Charles Bentley's pension file.

The evidence appears conclusive that the answer is yes, they are one and the same.3,4,14,5,6,7,8,15,16

George R. Bentley was a private and served in Co. H of the 2nd Illinois Cavalry.17

George enlisted in the Union Army on 25 Aug 1862 at Carthage, Illinois. He a private in Company H. Second Illinois Cavalry and was discharged on a Surgeon's Certificate of disability, 15 Mar 1863.18,17,19

George R. Bentley left a will dated at Logan Co., Illinois, 11 April 1903, which mentioned:
his widow, Sarah J;
sons & daughters: Charles I. of Latham IL; William H. of Latham IL; Mary E Gasamay;
and six grandchildren: Estella, Roy, Essie, Huey, Kent, and Elsie Logan, children of his deceased daughter, Hattie Bentley Logan, wife of Dana Selurn Logan.19

Family 1

Thursia Maria Jones b. abt. 1841, d. 8 Jan 1864
Children

Family 2

Sarah J. Kretzinger b. 1 Nov 1844, d. 14 Apr 1919
Children
  • Mary Elizabeth Bentley20 b. 3 Nov 1865
  • Charles I. Bentley20 b. 8 Mar 1868
  • William Hal Bentley20 b. 17 Jun 1870, d. 1941

Citations

  1. [S548] George R. Bentley pension application file; certificate no. 861026 discharge certificate gives county & state of birth; Pension application files based upon service in the Civil War and Spanish-American War; Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.
  2. [S1278] George R. Bentley, Death Certificates, File No. 178 (1903), Logan County Clerk and Recorder, Lincoln, Illinois.
  3. [S457] United States Census for 1850 [Seventh Census of the United States], Niles, Cayuga County, New York, population schedule, sheet 136, dwelling 119, family 123, Charles Bently household, age 15, born in New York, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); original data: NARA micropublication M432, 1009 rolls, roll #483.
  4. [S584] John Bentley household. New York State Census, 1855. Cayuga County, Niles, 1st Election District, sheet 12, dwelling 95, age 20, born in "Rensler" County, called "servant", and lived in Cayuga 16 years, same as Charles S. Bentley.. FHL Film #1435219, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah.
  5. [S458] United States Census for 1860 [Eighth Census of the United States], Hire Township, McDonough County, Illinois, population schedule, sheet 268, dwelling 1939, family 1897, George Foster household, age 25, born in New York, a farm laborer, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); original data: NARA micropublication M653, 1438 rolls, roll #201.
  6. [S459] United States Census for 1870 [Ninth Census of the United States], Township 63, Range 14, Adair County, Missouri, population schedule, sheet 102/2, dwelling 12, family 11, George R Bentley household, age 35, born in New York, a farmer with $1200 in real estate, $1000 personal estate, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); original data: NARA micropublication M593, 1748 rolls, roll #755.
  7. [S460] United States Census for 1880 [Tenth Census of the United States], Clay Township, Adair County, Missouri, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 144, sheet 50, dwelling 312, family 313, George Bentley household, age 44, born in New York, a farmer, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); original data: NARA micropublication T9, 1454 rolls, roll #671.
  8. [S461] United States Census for 1900 [Twelfth Census of the United States], Latham Village, Laevna Township, Logan County, Illinois, population schedule, enumeration district (ED) 35, sheet 17A, dwelling 313, family 322, George Bentley household, age 65, born Mar 1835 in New York, a farmer, digital image, Ancestry.com (http://www.ancestry.com); original data: NARA micropublication T623, 1854 rolls, roll #320.
  9. [S477] Logan County, Illinois Cemetery Inscriptions: Volume I (1969; reprint, Decatur, Illinois: Decatur Genealogical Society, 1973), 59, further cited as Logan Co. Cemetery Inscriptions: Vol. I.
  10. [S648] Libby Grim, et al., McDonough County Marriages, 6 vols. (Macomb, Illinois: McDonough County Genealogical Society, 1980 - [(---)]), 2:36, #1445, further cited as Grim, McDonough Co. Marriages.
  11. [S548] George R. Bentley pension application file; certificate no. 861026, veterans survey National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.
  12. [S548] George R. Bentley pension application file; certificate no. 861026, marriage certificate, form 3-402, survey 29 Jan 1898 National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.
  13. [S461] US Census for 1900, Latham Village, Laenna Township, Logan County, Illinois, pop. sch., ED 35, sheet 17A, dwelling 313, family 322, George Bentley hshld, married for 39 [34?] years.
  14. [S584] Niles, 1st Election District household, New York State Census, 1855, Cayuga County, age 45, born in "Rensler" County.
  15. [S548] George R. Bentley pension application file; certificate no. 861026, birth date is calculated from age at death (68 years, 3 months, 8 days) from copy of death certificate; discharge certificate gives county & state of birth National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.
  16. [S1491] Charles S. Bentley pension application file; certificate no. 282652, Solidier's survey; Charles lists his living children including George R., born 1835; Pension application files based upon service in the Civil War and Spanish-American War; Records of the Department of Veterans Affairs, Record Group 15; National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.
  17. [S548] George R. Bentley pension application file; certificate no. 861026 National Archives and Records Administration, Washington, D.C.
  18. [S110] Jo Benear. Billings-Logan Family Records, Clippings and Family Group Sheets, 1988, Compiler's genealogy files, West Jordan, Utah, 7.
  19. [S475] Logan Co., Illinois, Will records, 1855-1930, 5:127, FHL microfilm 1316625, Family History Library, Salt Lake City, Utah, further cited as Logan Co., IL Wills.
  20. [S460] US Census for 1880, Clay Township, Adair County, Missouri, pop. sch., ED 144, sheet 50, dwelling 312, family 313, George Bentley hshld.