Edwin DeForest Bentley

17 September 1858–1931 (Age 72)
Wausau, Marathon, Wisconsin, United States

The Life of Edwin DeForest

When Edwin DeForest Bentley was born on 17 September 1858, in Wausau, Marathon, Wisconsin, United States, his father, Emery Allen Bently, was 25 and his mother, Georgianna White, was 18. He married Elvelia McClaire Martin on 25 December 1883, in Stevens Point, Portage, Wisconsin, United States. They were the parents of at least 3 sons and 2 daughters. He lived in Moose Lake Township, Beltrami, Minnesota, United States in 1930. He died in 1931, in Blackduck, Beltrami, Minnesota, United States, at the age of 73, and was buried in Blackduck, Beltrami, Minnesota, United States.

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Edwin DeForest Bentley
Elvelia McClaire Martin
Marriage: 25 December 1883
Inez Clare Bentley
DellMar Bentley
Emerson Bentley
Wayne Harrison Bentley
Elvie Berenice Bentley

Spouse and Children

25 December 1883
Stevens Point, Portage, Wisconsin, United States



    DellMar Bentley


    Emerson Bentley


    Wayne Harrison Bentley



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    Adah Coresta Bentley


    Wilson Amos Bentley


    Shelley E Bently


    Martha L Bentley


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World Events (8)

1862 · The Dakota Conflict/War

Age 4

The Dakota War was an armed conflict between the United States and several bands of Dakota Native Americans. It began along the Minnesota River four years after Minnesota was admitted as a state. The Dakota made attacks on hundreds of settlers, which resulted in their deaths. A military tribunal sentenced 303 Dakota men to death for their crimes but 264 of them were exonerated. The remaining 38 were apart of a mass hanging on December 26 that same year. It was the largest mass execution in United States history.

Age 5

Abraham Lincoln issues Emancipation Proclamation, declaring slaves in Confederate states to be free.
1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 23

Garfield was shot twice by Charles J. Guitea at Railroad Station in Washington, D.C. on July 2, 1881. After eleven weeks of intensive and other care Garfield died in Elberon, New Jersey, the second of four presidents to be assassinated, following Abraham Lincoln.

Name Meaning

1 English: habitational name from any of various places, the chief of which are in Derbyshire, Essex, Hampshire, Shropshire, Staffordshire, Suffolk, Warwickshire, Worcestershire, and East and South Yorkshire. The place name is from Old English beonet ‘bent grass’ + lēah ‘woodland clearing’.2 Probably an Americanized spelling of Swiss Bandle or Bandli or German Bentele, all short forms of the medieval personal name Pantaleon ( see Pantaleo ).

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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Sources (3)

  • Edwin Bentley in household of Frederic Alsop, "United States Census, 1920"
  • Edwin D Bentley, "United States Census, 1930"
  • Edwin D Bentley in entry for Martha Ellen Bentley, "Minnesota Deaths, 1887-2001"

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