He married Olivia (or Olive) Morgan (1799-?) about 1820. All but one of their children were born somewhere in New York (probably upstate).
The Bentleys were among the pioneers of Wabash. Land records show that he bought 160 acres from the U.S. government in 1835 in an area known as Middlebury. One of their children was born in Wabash in 1835, according to town histories of the early settlers, although I haven't yet discovered the name and fate of this baby.
Children of William Tyler Bentley and Olivia Morgan
Jane L. Bentley, Elizabeth E. Bentley (1821-1898), Elisha Morgan Bentley (1824-1884), Lucinda H. Bentley (1825-1903), Lucy E. Bentley (1826-1900), Abbie Eliza Bentley (1832-1893), and unknown (b. 1835 in Wabash).
Here's what I know about each of these descendants:
- Elizabeth E. Bentley married Emanuel Light (1816-1897) in Wabash, IN in 1847. He had children from his first marriage to Harriet Pruden. Elizabeth and Emanuel had four children, William (who died in early childhood on the way to California), Frank, Lucian, and Martha. The family moved to Tulare county, California.
- Elisha Morgan Bentley married Charlotte Raymond (b. 1823) and had a son, Charles E. Bentley (b. 1858 in NY?). Charlotte died at age 69 in Visalia, CA.
- Lucinda H. Bentley married Jonas C. Shank (1815-1907) and their children were William, Josephine, Jennie, Emma, Everitt, and Lucy.
- Abbie Eliza Bentley married Leonard Curtis (1824-?) and their children were Henrietta, James G., Charlie C., and Hattie E. Curtis.
- Lucy E. Bentley married Brice Larimer, and you can see her obit above, which notes she was born in Ontario, NY.
- Jane Bentley was living with one of her sisters and her bro-in-law Emanuel Light in Middlebury, Elkhart, IN in 1850 (according to the Census). After that, I can't track her (yet!).
Some of the Bentleys wrote in the "Remembrance Book" of Harriet Pruden, who was the first wife of Emanuel Light. One of Harriet's descendants has assembled those poems and comments into a book that imagines what each writer was thinking as he or she jotted notes in Harriet's album.
My earlier posts about the Bentleys include:
- Seeking Bentleys and Morgans from New York State.
- Lucinda H. Bentley Shank is buried in Elkhart county, IN.
- How my surname message post about William Tyler Bentley connected me with a long-time Bentley researcher who knows more about the family (and is happy to share!).
- Finding Lucy E. Bentley's marriage cert.