Edward BENT born 1509 buried 5/19/1556 in Penton, Grafton, Hampshire, ENG; possibly father of John
Spouse: Anna widow buried 7/15/1574;
John BENT born 1539 in Penton, Grafton, Hampshire, ENG died 9/18/1588 in Penton
Spouse: Edith ? born 1544 in Caine, Wiltshire, ENG died 7/13/1574 or 6/15/1601 Caine, married 1563 in ENG
Children: Robert baptized 9/29/1556; Edith baptized 9/16/1654; David baptized 10/13/1558; Joan baptized 11/23/1570 married ? Nash; Maria baptized 1/13/1572 buried 1/30/1591; Joan baptized 11/12/1574 married William Noyes; Richard baptized 2/5/1577; Alice baptized 6/7/1579; Agnes baptized 2/27/1582 married ? Street;
Robert BENT born 9/29/1566 in Penton, Grafton, Hampshire ENG, buried 7/29/1631 ENG
Spouse: Anne/Agnes/Annis GOSLING born 1570 Penton, Grafton, Weyhill Hampshire ENG, died 6/1639 Boston Harbor, Suffolk, MA, married 10/13/1589 in Penton
Children: Margery/Margaret baptized 3/28/1590; Richard baptized 5/7/1592; John baptized 11/20/1596; Maria 9/24/1598 buried 2/2/1599; Dennis baptized 12/10/1599 married William Baker 5/8/1628; Agnes baptized 7/16/1602 married Thomas Blanchard, she and her infant child died on the Johathan coming to New World; ? sister married William Baker; Robert 1/10/1624; Jane married Robert Plimpton; Richard baptized 5/7/1592; James remained in England
John BENT, husbandman, born 1596 Wayhill, age 35 came from Penton, Wayhill Southampton ENG in the Confidence 4/11/1638 with wife and first five children all under the age of 12, freeman 1640, died Sudbury 9/27/1672, original proprietor of Sudbury
Spouse: Martha BLANCHARD married 10/3/1624 in Penton, Grafton, Weyhill, Hampshire, ENG
Children: Robert; William; Peter (oldest son) of Sudbury 1656 married Elizabeth ?, one of his sons was scalped during King Philip's War; John married 7/1/1658 Hannah daughter of John Stone (2) Martha daughter of Matthew Rice; Ann/Agnes died 1713 age 83 married ? Barnes; Joseph born 5/16/1641 married Elizabeth ?; Martha born circa 1643 [Robert, William, Peter, John & Ann came on Confidence with parents all under age 12];
Martha BENT born circa 1643, Sudbury, Middlesex, MA, died 8/29/1680 or 5/15/1679Sudbury
Spouse: Samuel HOWE born 10/20/1642 Sudbury Middlesex MA died 4/13/1713 Sudbury, married 6/5/1663 Sudbury MA
Children: Children: Martha born 10/9/1669 Sudbury Middlesex MA died 11/24/1721 Shrewsbury Worcester MA married 12/7/1687 Sudbury married Thomas WALKER born 5/22/1664 Sudbury Middlesex MA died 8/25/1717 Framingham; John born 7/24/1664; Mary born 3/2/1665; Lydia; Samuel born 5/19/1668; Daniel born 10/9/1672 died at 8 years; David born 11/2/1674; Hannah 4/6/1677. Children of (2) Daniel born 2/24/1689; Moses born circa 1695; Micagah born 8/22/1700
Gen Reg of First Settlers of NE: BENT, JOHN, Sudbury, freeman 1640, was one of the proprietors of Marlborough, d at Sudbury 27 Sept 1672. PETER, Sudbury 1656.
Pioneers of MA 46: Bent/Bente, John, husbandman, ae. 35, came from Penton, Wayhill, Southampton, ENG in the Confidence 4/11/1638, with wife Martha and ch. Robert, William, Peter, John and Ann, all under 12 yrs. of age. Deposition relative to his mother Anne, sister Agnes and bro.-in-law Thomas Blanchard. [Reg. XXXII, 409.] Res. in Sudbury; propr 1639; frm. 5/13/1640. Selectman, 1640. Gave letter of attorney to his bro.-in-law Wm. Baker of New Sarum, Wilts. for collection of money 8/26/1640. [L] See record of baptisms of J. B. and four of the above named ch. and abstracts of the wills of his father, Robert, his grandfather, John, and gr. mo. Edith, in Reg. XLIX, 65. His dau. called "Ann" in ship's list was Agnes; she m. Edward Rice of S., and d. in 1713, age. 83; other ch. Joseph b. 5/16/1641, Martha b. about 1643 (m. 6/5/1663 Samuel How of S.). /P/ He d. 9/27/1672. Will dated 9/14; inv. taken 9/24/1672; beq. to wife Martha, sons Peter (eldest son), Joseph and John; daus. Agnes Rice and Martha, wife of Samuel How; to Peter, son of son Peter; Hannah dau. of son John; John son of dau. Martha; and John son of dau. Agnes.
Genealogical Dictionary of New England 168: BENT, JOHN, Sudbury, came in the Confidence, 1638, aged 35, from Southampton, a husbandman of Penton in the same co. with w. Martha, and ch. Robert, William, Peter, John, and Ann, all, by custom ho. rec. under 12 yrs. old; went home the same yr. to bring more of his fam. and came again next yr. in the Jonathan, had gr. of ld. 1639, was freem. 13 May 1640, had Joseph, b. 16 May 1641; Martha; and perhaps others. His mo. Agnes, sis. Agnes Blanchard, and her inf. ch. d. on the voyage in the Jonathan. He was one of the proprs. of Marlborough; but d. at S. 27 Sept. 1672. His wid. d. 15 May 1679. His d. Ann (I think call. Agnes at a later day) m. Edward Rice; and Martha m. 1663, Samuel Howe. His will, made a few days bef. he d. made w. Martha, and eldest s. Peter excors. and gives to other s. Joseph, and John, d. Agnes Rice, and her s. John, d. Martha, and her h. Samuel, his s. John Howe, beside two gr.ch. Peter, s. of Peter B. and Hannah, d. of John B. JOHN, Marlborough, s. of the preced. b. in Eng. m. 1 July 1658, Hannah, d. of John Stone, had Hannah, b. 6 May 1661; and prob. by sec. w. Martha, d. of Matthew Rice, had John, 29 Nov. 1689; and David; and d. Sept. 1717. His est. was in Framingham. JOSEPH, Marlborough, youngest br. of the preced. by w. Eliz. had Experience; Eliz. b. 1673; and Joseph, 1675; and was k. that yr. by accid. shot of pistol in the hd. of his eldest br. Peter. JOSIAH, Marshfield, m. 30 June 1666, Eliz. Bourne, perhaps d. of John of the same. PETER, Sudbury, eldest s. of the first John liv. at d. of his f. by w. Eliz. had Peter, b. 15 Oct. 1603; Eliz. Patience; Agnes, 1661; Martha; John, 1663; Hopestill, 1672; and Zaccheus; beside John, again, 1676, b. at Cambridge, whither the fam. prob. rem. for safety from the Ind. But Barry, 182, presumes this John to be s. of Peter's s. Peter. Cambridge rec. shows John, s. of Peter and Eliz. d. 20 Apr. 1676. The f. d. says Barry, prob. in Eng. a. 1678.
The New England Historical & Genealogical Register 1895 page 65: John Bent, the first of the surname in New England, settled in Sudbury, and shared in the first and second divisions of land there in 1639 and 1640. He is said to have been one of Maj. Simon Willard's troopers in the fruitless expedition against Ninigret in October 1654. His name appears in 1656 as one of the petitioners to the General Court for a grant of the land which subsequently formed the town of Marlborough. He died in Sudbury, 27 September, 1672, and seems to have been a prosperous and public-spirited man. His descendants settled during the seventeenth century in Marlborough, Framingham and Milton. The following details in regard to his English ancestors will certainly be of interest to his numerous descendants in America. /P/ The difficulty which exists in establishing the English homes of many of the early emigrants to New England does not confront us in the case of John Bent. His name occurs on the list of passengers sailing in the ship Confidence from Southampton, 24 April, 1638, now on file in the Public Record Office in London. The record is as follows: -- "John Bent of Penton in the County of South' Husbandman. Martha his wife; Robert, William, Peter, John and Ann their children; all under ye age of xij yeares." || There is further mention of him in Letchford's Note Book. "John Bent of Sudbury in New England late of Wayhill in the County of Southampton husbandman makes a letter of Attorney unto his brother-in-law Willm Baker of New Sarum in the County of Wiltes Plummer to receive & recover of and from Willm Cole of Wayhill aforesaid husbandman the summe of twenty pounds of lawful money of England wch he owes him by bond now in the hands of my sayd Attorney." || On this side of the Atlantic the files of the Middlesex County Court and of the Salem Court give clear evidence as to the English home of John's mother Agnes. [Notes: Ibid. This may have been John's son John, who at the time of the expedition was nineteen. The father was fifty-eight, and it hardly seems probably that he was one of the expedition. The ages given in the shipping list are incorrect. John was forty-two instead of thirty-five, and his eldest son thirteen at the date of their emigration. In the shipping list John Bent is mentioned as being of Penton, while Letchford makes way of Wayhill. Wayhill is the name of a parish in which the hamlet of Penton or Pennington Grafton is situated.] || The dwelling place of the emigrant in England being thus conclusively established, an examination of the Parish Registers at Wayhill and of the Bent wills in the Registry at Winchester give very full and satisfactory information as to at least three generations of the family to which John Bent belonged. The Registers of the Parish of Wayhill as now existing began in 1564. The following are the entries which are of interest: 1564, Edith Bent daughter of John Bent was baptized 16 September. 1566, Edward Bent was buried 19 May. Robert Bent, son of John was baptized 29 September. 1568 David Bent son of John Bent was baptized 13 October. 1570, Joan Bent daughter of John Bent was baptized 23 November. John Bent was buried 3 December. 1572, Maria Bent was baptized 13 January. 1574, Anna Bent widow was buried 15 July. Joan Bent daughter of John Bent was baptized 12 November. 1577, Richard Bent son of John Bent was baptized 5 Feburary. 1579, Alice Bent daughter of John Bent was baptized 7 June. 1582, Agnes Bent daughter of John Bent was baptized 17 February. 1584, Henry Bent and Thomason Gowers were married 5 October. 1585, John Bent was buried 12 July. 1588, Joan Bent widow was buried 7 September. 1589, Robert Bent and Agnes Gosling were married 13 October. 1590, Margery Bent daughter of Robert Bent was baptized 28 March. 1591, Maria Bent daughter of John Bent was buried 30 January. 1592, Richard Bent son of Robert Bent was baptized 7 May. 1596, John Bent son of Robert Bent was baptized 20 November. 1598, Maria Bent daughter of Robert Bent was baptized 24 September. 1599, Maria Bent daughter of Robert Bent was buried 2 February. Dennis Bent daughter of Robert Bent was baptized 10 December. 1602, Peter Bent was buried 18 May. Agnes Bent daughter of Robert Bent was baptized 16 July. 1624, Robert the son of John Bent bapt. Jan. 10. 1626, William Baker and Dennis Bent married May the eighth. William Bent the son of John Bent was baptized the 24 of October. 1629, Peter the son of John Bent was baptized the 14 day of April. 1630, Richard Barnes and Ann Bent were married the 11th day of April. Richard son of Richard Bent was baptized the 20th of February. 1631, Robert Bent was buried the 29 day of July. 1635, John the son of John Bent was baptized the 24th of Jan. [The Register is evidently defective for 1619, 1620, 1621, and 1622, as there are but three entries in the four years.] || John Bent of Penton Grafton in the parish of Wayhill, 19 June 1588. Proved 18 Sept. 1588. To the parish church at Wayhill twelve pence. To the poor man's box six shillings eight pence. My son Robert Bent. David Bent my son. Richard Bent my son. Edith Bent my daughter. Marie Bent my daughter. Joan Bent my daughter. Alice Bent my daughter. Agnes Bent my daughter. My son David aforesaid. My wife Edith Bent executrix. Overseers my loving friends John Grace and Richard Cole. Witness Walter Waight, Robert Manfield, Henry Fan. Inventory £13.0.6. Consistory Court of Winton. || Edith Bent of Calne in the county of Wilts widow, 15 June 1601. Proved 30 Sept. 1601. To the parish church at Calne four pence. To the poor man's box there four pence. My son Richard Bent. My cousin Richard Bent son of Robert Bent. My son in law John Williams wheat at Wayhill. My daughter Ann Street. My daughter Joan Nash. My son David Bent executor. Overseers Robert Tarrant of Clanfield and Richard Cole of Pennington Grafton. Before Philip Roche vicar there, Richard Fowler clerk. Henry Pears, Nicholas Gawen, Richard Pester with others. Consistory Court of Winton. || The inventory, dated 29 June 1601, describes the testatrix as of Penton Grafton. || Robert Bent of Penton Grafton in the parish of Wayhill. (No date and no Probate Act.) To the church a noble. To the poor ten groats. My son Robert Bent. My son John Bent. His son Robert. William the son of said John Bent. Peter son of said John Bent. Agnes daughter of said John Bent. William Baker my son in law. My daughter Dennis his wife. Elizabeth Baker daughter of said William. Obadiah son of said William Baker. Their mother my daughter Dennis. My daughter Agnes Barnes. Her son young Richard Barnes. My daughter Jan wife of Robert Plimpton. Robert Plimpton their son. Thomas Plimpton their son. William Plimpton their son. Jan Plimpton their daughter. Elizabeth Plimpton daughter of said Robert five pounds. My aunt Drew. My sister Agnes Street. Joan Noyes my sister wife of William Noyes. Rest of goods to wife (not mentioned by name) whom I make "executor." My son William Baker and his wife. My daughter Jane. The five pounds given to my cousin Elizabeth Plimpton. Neighbors Peter Nooyes and Henry Tuncks overseers. Agnes Bent daughter of Richard Bent. Mary Bent daughter of Richard Bent. Witnesses George Tarrant Minister of Wayhill, Peter Noyes, Henry Tuncks. Consistory Court of Winton. Inventory dated 30 Aug. 1631. Amount £107.1.2. || There are other Bent wills in the Registry at Winchester which have not been examined. That of Edward Bent, dated 1558, may be the will of the father of John, the grandfather of the emigrant John. The data given above will, however, make it easy for any one interested to construct a reasonably complete genealogy of the English forefather of John Bent for the two generations preceding his coming to New England, besides establishing relationships with several families which emigrated at about the same time as he. [Notes: Probably a mistake of copyist for Noyes. See Will of Robert. A genealogy of the early geneerations of the New England family of Bent, by Allen H. Bent, Esq., is printed in the Register for July 1894, page 288.-- Editor]
Vital Records of Sudbury: Bent, John son John & Martha 11/29/1689. Joseph son John 5/16/1641. BENT. John & Hannah Stone 7/1/1658. Martha & Samuel Howe 6/5/1663. Peter & Mary 4/18/1727. BENT Deaths: John 9/27/1672. Martha 5/15/1679. Martha 12/22/1722.
The Bent Family in America, A. H. Bent: The parish records do not begin until the year 1564 (the year Shakespere was born), and the name of Bent is found on the first page, "Ede Bent filia Joannis bet baptizata est xvj Septembris 1564." At "venerable Winchester," less than twenty miles away, the capital of Alfred and Canute, where Sir Walter Raleigh was tried and good old Izaak Walton died, are Bent wills dating back to 1519, among them an Edward Bent, 1558; but the first one of the family of whom we have definite knowledge is - John Bent, who died in Penton-Grafton, in 1588, in the 30th year of the reign of Queen Elizabeth, leaving widow Edith, who died in the summer of 1601. (The wills of both will be found elsewhere.). Children of John & Edith, born in Penton-Grafton: i. Edith, baptized Sept. 16, 1564. ii. Robert, baptized Sept. 29, 1566. iii. David, baptized Oct 13, 1568; his mother's executor. iv. Maria, baptized Jan. 13, 1572; d. in Jan. 1591. v. Joan, baptized Nov. 12, 1574; m. William Noyes, perhaps the Rev. William of Wiltshire, father of Rev. James and Nicholas Noyes, who were among the first settlers of Newbury, Mass. vi. Richard, baptized Feb. 5, 1577. vii. Alice, baptized June 7, 1579. viii. Agnes, baptized Feb 27, 1582; m. a Street. /P/ Robert Bent (son of John Bent preceding), was born in September, 1566, in Penton-Grafton, where he died in July, 1631, ae. 64 years and 10 mos. He married Oct. 13, 1589, Agnes Gosling, who followed her son to America and died in May or June, 1639, on board the ship "Jonathan" just outside Boston Harbor. Her body was brought ashore and buried, presumably in Boston. Her passage cost £17, besides £1 10s. for bringing over her goods and 10s. paid to the ship's surgeon. Children of Robert and Agnes, born in Penton-Grafton: i. Margery, bap. March 28, 1590. ii. Richard, bap. May 7, 1592. iii. John, bap. Nov 20, 1596; the original emigrant to America. iv. Maria, bap. Sept 24, 1598; buried Feb. 2, 1599. v. Dennis, bap. Dec. 10, 1599; m. May 8, 1626, William Baker, and lived in New Saram, Wiltshire, Eng. vi. Agnes, baptized July 16, 1602; m. in Penton-Grafton, April 11, 1630, Richard Barnes, who died a few years after, leaving two children, Barnes: Richard, bap. Feb 20, 1631, and Elizabeth. Agnes m. again in England, Thomas Blanchard, and April 12, 1639, sailed from London for New England in the ship "Jonathan," with her whole family. Fifteen days out she died, and soon after her infant child died. Blanchard settled in Braintree but afterwards moved to Charlestown and married again. vii. Jane m. in England, Robert Plimpton, and had five children, Plimpton: Robert, Thomas, William, Jane, Elizabeth. The children Thomas and Elizabeth came to America and lived in Sudbury, Mass. /P/ John Bent, the first of the surname in New England, settled in Sudbury, and shared in the first and second divisions of land there in 1639 and 1640. He is said to have been one of Maj. Simon Willard's troopers in the fruitless expedition against Ninigret in October 1654. His name appears in 1656 as one of the petitioners to the General Court for a grant of the land which subsequently formed the town of Marlborough. He died in Sudbury, 27 September, 1672, and seems to have been a prosperous and public-spirited man. His descendants settled during the seventeenth century in Marlborough, Framingham and Milton. The following details in regard to his English ancestors will certainly be of interest to his numerous descendants in America. /P/ The difficulty which exists in establishing the English homes of many of the early emigrants to New England does not confront us in the case of John Bent. His name occurs on the list of passengers sailing in the ship Confidence from Southampton, 24 April, 1638, now on file in the Public Record Office in London. The record is as follows: 35. John Bent of Penton in the County of South Husbandman. Martha his wife; Robert, William, Peter, John and Ann their children; all under ye age of xij years. There is further mention of him in Letchford's Note Book. "John Bent of Sudbury n New England late of Wayhill in the County of Southhampton husbandman makes a letter of Attorney unto his brother-in-law Willm Baker of New Sarum in the County of Wiltes Plummer to receive &recover of and from Willm Cole of Wayhill afoiresaid husbandman the summe of twenty pounds of lawful money of England wch he owes him by bond now in the hands of my said Attorney." On this side of the Atlantic the files of the Middlesex County Court and of the Salem Court give clear evidence as to the English home of John's mother Agnes. /P/ The dwelling place of the emigrant in England being thus conclusively established, an examination of the Parish Registers Wayhill and of the Bent wills in the Registry at Winchester give very full and satisfactory information as to at least three generations of the family to which John Bent belonged The Registers of the Parish of Wayhill as now existing begins in 1564. [List followed.] /P/ Abstract of Wills:
John Bent of Penton Grafton
in the parish of Wayhill, 19 June 1588. Proved 18 Sept. 1588. To the
parish church at Wayhill twelve pence. To the poor man's box six
shillings eight pence. My son Robert Bent. David Bent my son.
Bent my son. Edith Bent my daughter. Marie Bent my daughter.
my daughter. Alice Bent my daughter. Agnes Bent my daughter. My son
David aforesaid. My wife Edith Bent executrix. Overseers my loving
friends John Grace and Richard Cole. Witnesses Walter Waight, Robert
Manfield, Henry Fan. Inventory £13.0.6. Consistory Court of
Who Beget Thee?John Bent 1596 1672 There is no confusion or doubt about the name of Bent among the emigrant founders of New England The record is clear Only one of this name appears in the lists John Bent of Penton Grafton Parish of Weyhill County of Hants England He sailed for America from Southampton the latter part of April 1638 in the good shipp the Confidence of London of CC tonnes John Jobson master and became one of the founders of the town of Sudbury in the Massachusetts Bay colony He brought with him his wife Martha and five children He was son of Robert Bent 1566 1631 and was born at Penton Grafton about 70 miles southwest of London Baptized Nov 20 1596 Married in England about 1624 Died at Sudbury Sept 27 1672 His widow Martha died at Sudbury May 15 1679 MARTHA the youngest child of John Bent married in 1663 Samuel Howe Her son David was first proprietor of the Red Horse Tavern at Sudbury David Howe's son Ezekiel grandson Adam and great grandson Lyman died 1861 were successive proprietors of this old tavern which was made famous by Longfellow under the name of The Wayside Inn. It was Lyman Howe to whom Longfellow's poem refers as A man of ancient pedigree A Justice of the Peace was be Known in all Sudbury as The Squire /P/ Peter Bent 1629-1678. Son of John Born at Penton Graf ton Eng in April 1629. Married about 1651 Elizabeth. Settled at Marlborough. Died in England in May 1678. His house was garrisoned was burned by the Indians and one of his sons scalped during King Philip's war .
Founders and Patriots of America Index: Bent, John (Nov 20, 1596-Sep 27, 1672) m. c. 1624 Martha ... MASS XII, 13; XXVII, 104; XXVIII 21; XXXII, 241.
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