Bentleys in Shropshire
Into my heart an
air that kills
From yon far country
What are those blue
What spires, what
farms are those?
That is the land
of lost content
I see it shining
The happy highways
where I went
And cannot come
With thanks to Nevil
Shute - The Far Country, and
Emma Sinclair - The
Path Through the Woods,
both of whom had included
this poem in their works -
which I read, accidentally,
one after the other, while
researching for this
Shropshire - view from near the Clee Hills.
In the distant east are the 'blue remembered hills' beyond Worfield and
Albrighton toward Wolverhampton.
James Bentley was born about 1743-1750, probably
in Worfield, Shropshire, and is as early as I've managed to go back in
time with the Bentley's so far. He and his descendants led me a merry chase
trying to find them! James and his son, and grandson, both named George,
managed to live in Pattingham, then Albrighton, Bonningale, Beckbury -
all in Shropshire, back to Staffordshire to Patshull, and returned to Shropshire
to Worfield, then back to Albrighton. A common link with all families below
is that they are either very near, or IN Worfield at some time, and it
is my fairly well educated guess that the family were originally from there.
All of these places are within seven miles of an area centred on Worfield,
as may be seen in my page of parish distances within ten miles, here.
There are many thousands of Bentley's in both
Shropshire and Staffordshire. I've tracked quite a few down that may or
may not be related to me in the villages and towns known to have had my
Bentley's living in them, and have a page on each County extracted from
the Church of Latter Day Saints Family Search pages transcribed. If you're
looking for Bentley's that appear to be outside my direct family line...
you just might find them here!
- Bentley's from Albrighton, Worfield,
Halton, Beckbury, Bonningdale, Stableford, Bentley, Ackleton, and a rather
dramatic entry from Wolverton :-)
Staffordshire (Pending) - Pattingham
only... the only entries for Patshull are my direct line.
*Thomas and Mary Bentley of Worfield
*There is a record from the Latter Day Saints
site of James Bentley born around 1750 Pattingham, Staffordshire, who married
Anne Walker. However, there's no mention in the Pattingham Parish records
of a Christening for this James, and I believe it more likely that he is
part of the family below....
James was married in Albrighton (6 miles from
Worfield), and the Banns were also called in Pattingham, where he lived
at the time, which probably led to the belief by whoever entered the info
on LDS that he was born Pattingham. The family below was submitted to the
International Genealogical Index (IGI) by a member of the Church of Latter
Day Saints, and is not necessarily a direct extract from the parish registers,
which have not yet been transcribed by the LDS... I haven't checked it,
but seems to fit.
Children of Thomas and Mary:
Mary Christened 19 January 1736 in Worfield,
Shropshire, England. No birth date mentioned.
Hannah born 25 Feb 1738 Christened on 18 MAR
1738 in Worfield, Shropshire, died 24 March 1738
Thomas born 13 March 1740 Christened 08 APR
1740 in Worfield, Shropshire
James born 12 December 1743 Christened 30
DEC 1743 Worfield, Shropshire
William born 8 April 1746 Christened 29 APR
1746 Worfield, Shropshire
I need to look them up to confirm them, but
they're worth putting on here as speculation!
James Bentley of Pattingham, Staffordshire
and Albrighton, Shropshire
James Bentley was likely born in Worfield
Shropshire, as above, in 1743. He married Anne Walker 23 FEB 1775 Albrighton,
Shropshire, England. The banns were called in both Pattingham (where he
lived) and Albrighton. The Albrighton Parish Registers HAVE been transcribed
to the IGI, and there were no Bentley's in it prior to the births below,
so James was not born there.
Ann Walker was Christened on the 10
April 1748 in Albrighton, Shropshire, England. Her parents were William
and Mary Walker.
Children of James and Ann:
George Bentley 19 FEB 1776 Albrighton, Shropshire
John Bentley 26 APR 1778 Albrighton, Shropshire
George Bentley of Bonningale and Beckbury,
George Bentley married a Sarah. The only George
Bentley marrying a Sarah on LDS is Sarah Page, married on 30 APR 1797 in
Quatt Malvern, Shropshire, 4 miles from Worfield. This may or may not be
my George and Sarah, but again is likely to be. The children below are
my George and Sarah's though.
Children of George and Sarah:
William 02 FEB 1800 Bonningale, Shropshire
Sarah 16 JAN 1803 Bonningale, Shropshire
George 09 JUN 1805 Beckbury, Shropshire
James 08 APR 1810 Beckbury, Shropshire
George Bentley of Patshull and Worfield,
George Bentley married Anne Dovey on 25 February
1828 in Kemberton, Shropshire. Anne came from Chelmarsh, Shropshire, the
daughter of John and Martha (Evans) Dovey. She was born on the 27 May 1810.
Their son William was born in Patshull, Staffordshire.
There are two records of Christenings for William, one on 24 April 1829,
and one on the 20 September 1830. I have no idea which one is correct.
Both have been entered by family members on the LDS site. It's more likely
the later date, this was the one in my family's records, and is somewhat
confirmed by a newspaper report of his death in 1889, stating that he was
Children of George and Anne:
William Bentley, Christened Patshull, Staffordshire,
John 10 JUN 1832 Worfield, Shropshire
James 09 NOV 1834 Worfield, Shropshire
Emma b 30 April 1838 ch 03 JUN 1838 Worfield,
Charles Bentley 30 AUG 1841 Albrighton, Shropshire
William was to travel way beyond his birthplace,
and seemingly beyond his birthright as well, becoming a shipmaster, and
sailing to Australia, where his family were eventually to number in the
and Mary Louisa (Wilkins) Bentley
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