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BEING MAINLY A GENEALOGY OF THE DESCENDANTS OF
JOHN BENT WHO SETTLED IN SUDBURY, MASS., IN 1638.
By Allen H. Bent (Boston, Mass., 1900)
BENT FAMILY IN
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THE FAMILY IN AMERICA.
1. JOHN BENT, first of the name in America, was born in Penton-Grafton, England, in November, 1596 (while Elizabeth was still Queen), came to America in his forty-second year, and settled in Sudbury, Massachusetts, where he remained until his death, Sept. 27, 1672, ae. nearly 76. He married in England about 1624, Martha (_____), who died in Sudbury, May 15, 1679, well along in years.
The family - John, his wife and five small children - sailed from Southampton in the latter part of Apri1, 1638, in the ship "Confidence" of London, John Jobson, master, the whole number of passengers, "greate and little," being 110 souls. Among them was the ancestor of the poet Whittier, Thomas Whittier, ae. 18, who with others settled in Salisbury, Mass.
John Bent continued to till the soil in America as he had done in England. His farm was in the part of Sudbury now in the town of Wayland, about sixteen miles directly west of Boston. He was one of the original settlers of the town, which was incorporated in 1639 with fifty-four inhabitants. Although it was the nineteenth town in the Massachusetts Bay Colony, and the Sudbury River, the picture of peace, ran through fertile meadows near his new home, it was for some years after its settlement a frontier town. Beyond was the wilderness, stretching unbroken to the Connecticut valley, threaded only by the Indian's narrow trail and known only to the redman's moccasined foot and unerring eye.
John Bent was made a freeman in 1640; that is, because he had become a member of the church of the Puritans, he was allowed to take part in town affairs. The church was first in those days, and none but members were allowed to vote. His house lot, about six acres, was about a quarter of a mile north of the present R. R. station in Wayland, and the same distance from the river. At the first division of meadow lands, in 1639, he received one acre; at the second, in 1640, fourteen acres; and at the third, the some year, 10 1/2 acres more.
John and Martha Bent were the parents of seven known children.
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