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John Bent

Male about 1596 - 1672  (~ 75 years)


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  • Name John Bent 
    Born about November 1596  Weyhill, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Baptism 20 November 1596  Weyhill, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Occupation Husbandman 
    Died 27 September 1672  Sudbury, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  [2
    Notes 
    • From Allen H. Bent’s article “The Bent Family”:
      “John Bent, who sailed from Southampton, England, in 1638, and became one of the first settlers of Sudbury, Massachusetts, was born in the parish of Penton-Grafton, some seventy miles south-west of London, in the county of Hants. The ship’s list gives his age as 35, but according to the parish records he was baptized on the last day of November 1595, his father being Robert Bent (1566-1631). In 1639 John’s sister Agnes Blanchard and mother started for New England, but both died during the passage. John Bent’s house lot, about six acres, was on the north-east side of the old road that runs from what is now Wayland Centre to Sudbury Centre, about a quarter of a mile from the former, and here he lived, a farmer, until his death Sept. 27, 1672, aged nearly 76. His will is dated thirteen days befoer his death, his wife Martha and oldest son Peter being named as executors. His widow lived until May 15, 1679.”

      From E. C. Felton’s article “The English ancestors of John Bent, of Sudbury”:
      “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 land which subsequently formed the town of Marlborough. he died in Sudbury, 27 September, 1762, and seems to have been a prosperous and public-spirited man. HIs descendants settled during the seventeenth century in Marlborough, Framingham and Milton. ...
      “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 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 Will^m Baker of New Sarum in the county of Wiltes Plummer to receive & recover of and from Will^m Cole of Wayhill aforesaid husbandman the summe of twenty pounds of lawful money of England w^ch 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 Samem court give clear evidence as to the English home of John’s mother Agnes.”

      Check out Harold N. Bent’s 1985 book. [1, 3]
    Person ID I25439  Schirado
    Last Modified 4 April 2015 

    Father Robert Bent,   b. about September 1566, Weyhill, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. July 1631, Penton-Grafton, Weyhill, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years) 
    Mother Agnes Gosling,   d. June 1639 
    Married 13 October 1589  Weyhill, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Family ID F43727  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family/Spouse Martha Blanchard,   b. about 1598, Hampshire, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 May 1679, Sudbury, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years) 
    Married about 1624  Weyhill, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
     1. Robert Bent,   b. ca January 1624/5, Weyhill, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 January 1647/8, Newbury, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 23 years)
     2. William Bent,   b. about October 1626, Weyhill, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. after 1637/8, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 12 years)
    +3. Peter Bent,   b. about April 1629, Weyhill, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. May 1678, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 49 years)
    +4. Agnes Bent,   b. about 1631, Weyhill, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 4 June 1713, Marlboro, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 82 years)
    +5. John Bent,   b. ca January 1635/6, Weyhill, Hampshire Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. September 1717, Framingham, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 81 years)
    +6. Joseph Bent,   b. 16 May 1641, Sudbury, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. about 1675, Sudbury, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 33 years)
    +7. Martha Bent,   b. about 1643, Sudbury, MA Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 29 August 1680, Sudbury, MA Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 37 years)
    Family ID F18459  Family Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Sources 
    1. [S418] The English Ancestors of John Bent, of Sudbury, E. C. Felton.

    2. [S107] (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1903).

    3. [S326] The Bent Family, Allen H. Bent.


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