256. William BENTLEY
was born on Feb 18, 1767. IGI Record Film #170623 He signed a will
on Sep 4, 1820 in Westerlo, Albany County, NY. The will of William
Bentley, his last will and testament recorded November 9th, 1820...
In the name of God, Amen. I, william bentley of the town of Westrlo, and County
of Albany, State of New York, being weak of body but of sound and perfect mind
and memory. Blessed be Almighty God. For the same do make and publish this my
last Will and Testament, in manner following (That is to say). First I give and
bequethe unto my beloved wife Abigail Bentley all my Real Estate, one spare of
horses, two stays, four cows, and fifteen sheep & farming utensils and waggons
for the use of the family until the youngest heir becomes of age - furthermore
I give to my beloved wife Abigail Bentley all the household furniture and a woman
saddle during her natural life. I do also give and bequethe to my son Alvah Bentleytwo
hundred and fifty dollars providing he stays at home and takes care of the family
while he is of age. I also give and bequethe to my son George H. Bentley two
hundred and fifty dollars with the fulfillment on his part of the aforesaid aid
proviso unless he chose to learn a trade. I also give and bequethe to my live
youngest sons Edwin Bentley and Alexander Bentley two hundred and fifty dollars
each provided they do not learn a trade and live to home and help take care of
the family whilst they both become of age and then the two thirds of the real
estate and personal estate to be equally divided after the aforesaid sums are
taken out and debts paid amoungst theheirs whose names are hereafter mentioned.
and lastly as all the personal property to be put out to use for the benefit
of the family after the debts are paid until the youngest heir becomes of age
- it is to be understood that all the real and personal property is to be under
the controls of the Executrix and Executors until the youngest heir becomes of
age and then to be divided amoungest the heirs as before mentioned (viz) Olive
Capwell, Smith Hopkins, William Bentley Jr., Amanda Winston, Alvah Bentley, Abigail
Winslow, George H. Bentley, Edwin S. Bentley,and Alexander N. Bentley. Furthermore
I hereby appoint my beloved wife Abigail Bentley Executrix, William Bentley Jr.
and William Beardsly Executors, of theis my last will and testament, hereby revoking
all former wills by me made. In witness thereof I have hereunto set my hand
and seal the fourth day of September one thousand eight hundred and twenty...
Wm Bentley He died on Sep 24, 1820 in Westerlo, Albany County, NY.
He has Ancestral File Number 131Z-RWV. William was married twice...1st
Abiliny Shepard, d. of Joseph Shepard, by whom he had at least two children -
William and Olive. He married second Abigail Smith, d.of Elisha Smith.
Source: "The Settlers of the Beekman Patent", Chapter 61 (The BENTLEY
William Bentley married second 1795, Widow Hopkins (nee Abigail Smith).
They moved from North East, Dutchess Co., NY to Chesterville, Albany Co., NY
in 1800. They had 8 children...Source: "Genealogical Classification by Family
Group Coding for Descent from Common Ancestors" by Cameron R. Stewart, page
From: Allan L. Bentley http://familytreemaker.genealogy.com/users/b/e/n/Allan-L-Bentley/
Children of WILLIAM BENTLEY and Widow Hopkins (nee Abigail Smith) are:
iv. HARRIET BENTLEY.
v. ABIGAIL BENTLEY.
vi. EDWIN S. BENTLEY.
vii. ALEXANDER HENRY BENTLEY.
viii. THOMAS BENTLEY.
ix. EDWARD S. BENTLEY.
x. AMANDA BENTLEY, b. 1795; d. 1890, EVANSVILLE, ROCK, WISCONSIN.
xi. ALVIN BENTLEY, b. 1798.
xii. GEORGE H. BENTLEY, b. March 01, 1806, CHESTERVILLE, NEW YORK; d. July
16, 1863, WESTERLO, NEW YORK.
William BENTLEY and Abiliny SHEPARD were married on Nov 27, 1788.
Comments: The gender of William Bentley is
Spouse: Abeline Shepherd
Marriage Date: Nov 27, 1788
The following source has been recorded for this
marriage: REC OF
HOPKINS,ROSWELL [J.P.-AMENIA,DUTCHESS CO]
257. Abiliny SHEPARD
died before May 17, 1801. Children were:
BENTLEY was born in 1789. He died in 1792.|