Thomas Bentley of MD and Rowan, Lincoln Cos., NC
To all Bentley reseachers:
Perhaps I will seem to be the Grinch who stole Christmas with this post, but I feel the time has come to try to put to rest some unproven thesis concerning Thomas Bentley of Maryland and Rowan/Lincoln Counties, NC.One of the bad things about the Internet is that it can spread unproven genealogical data very quickly just like a computer virus.This unproven, non-resourced data is then taken to be the gospel by others who are zealots in adding more line to their genealogies. Such is the case with Thomas Bentley concerning conjecture about his wife and father.
As can be found in other posts on this genform, it is a proven fact Thomas Bentley sold land in 1751, having received it by patent in 1745, in Frederick Co., MD.He sold more Maryland land in 1767 while a resident of Rowan Co., NC.The 1768 MD tax list lists him as "gone to Carolina" while the Rowan Co. tax list has him on it in 1768 as "Thomas Bentley junr."This may or may not indicate his father was named Thomas, for often times in colonial America, uncles and cousins were often named "Jr." to distinguish them from other family members of the same name.
Many have confused Thomas with the Bentleys in Virginia.The above records should prove Thomas was in MD and NC, and not Virginia.
In 1789 Thomas sold all this propety to his wife in Lincoln Co., NC, after having removed there from Rowan Co.
From this record we do know Thomas's wife's name was Hannah.However, in their confusion some researchers have confused Thomas Bentley with the Virginia Bentleys
Some, without posting definitive proof, have listed Thomas Bentley with wife "Hannah Thomas."Others have him marrying Hannah Beasley about 1746 in Wilkes Co, NC.As stated above, Thomas was in Maryland in 1746. Both accounts are wrong.Others have Thomas listed as the son of Thomas Bentley and Mary Beasley.Again, this is wrong and purely unproven conjecture.
I urge all of our Bentley cousins and reseachers who have haphardly listed the above material in their lineages, especially on the internet, to void the material, or else post it as UNPROVEN, until such time definitive proof comes to light.
New reseach which has just been found by some very good researchers suggests Thomas Bentley may have been an indentured servant, and that he may have received his first 50 acres of land in Maryland as such, according to the law of the time.