Thomas Bentley of MD and Rowan, Lincoln Cos., NC
Still trying to determine parents of Thomas Bentley born abt 1716. Thomas appears to be our immigrant ancestor from England. Received patent in 1744 for Hill Spring in what was then Baltimore Co., MD. Purchased land in Frederick Co., MD, and there married ca. 1745 Hannah maiden name unknown. Here their children were born: Benjamin, ca 1745-46; Daniel, 1752; Mary, 1749-52; Rachel 1752-56; Lydia 1755; Patience 1760; and Margaret 1765. Removed to Rowan Co., NC, ca 1765 and later to Lincoln Co., NC, where he died in 1789. Benjamin is the ancestor of the majority of Bentleys in western NC while his brother, Daniel who married Nancy Lewis is the ancestor of the majority of Bentleys in eastern KY.