Biography of Thomas J. Bentley
Allen County, OH Biographies

THOMAS J. BENTLEY, farmer and stock raiser, Bluffton, was born in the eastern part of Ohio, July 14, 1822; son of John and Nancy (Patten) Bentley, of English descent. John Bentley, a native of 3iassaehusetts and a farmer by occupation, died at the advanced age of ninetytwo years. Mrs. Nancy Bentley, born in Maryland, died aged seventy six years. During the last ten years of their lives they made their home with our subject. Thomas J.. the fifth in a family of six children, was reared on the farm, receiving a limited education in the common schools of Ohio, and early in life learned wagon making at Youngstown, Ohio. In 1852 he came to Hancock County, subsequently returned to Allen County, and settled in Bluffton, where for four years he carried on a wagon shop. He then purchased a farm, and has since engaged successfully in agricultural pursuits. owning now 160 acres where he resides, in Richland Township. In politics he is a Republican. Mr. Bentley has been twice married, first in 1845, to Miss Barbara Fusselman, by whom he had the following children: W. S., a farmer; Edward; Ella, wife of N. Carney; Rozelia; Agnes and H. G. Mrs. Bentley died in 1863, and in 1865 our subject was married to Mrs. Rachel M. Ault, of English descent, widow of Philip Ault, who was a member of the Fifty seventh Regiment Ohio Volunteer Infantry, and lost his life in defense of his country. They were parents of seven children, all married: Nancy E., Rosanna, Matilda. Theodocia and R. S.; Elijah and Wellington are deceased. Mrs. Bentley's grandfather served in the Revolutionary war. Her father, Elijah Perkins. a wealthy farmer, whose parents died when he was a child, has been very successful in business, possessing at one time SO0 acres. and is at present owner of 600 acres of well improved land in Richland Township; he is ninety eight years old, and his wife ninety two years.

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