James Allen Bentley

26 May 1878–24 January 1953 (Age 74)
North Carolina, United States

The Life of James Allen

When James Allen Bentley was born on 26 May 1878, in North Carolina, United States, his father, Gilbright Bentley, was 22 and his mother, Susan Violet Melvina Allen Lackey, was 22. He married Margaret Mary Bradshaw on 29 March 1902, in Caldwell, North Carolina, United States. They were the parents of at least 4 sons and 5 daughters. He lived in Patterson, Caldwell, North Carolina, United States in 1910 and Newton, Catawba, North Carolina, United States in 1920. He died on 24 January 1953, in Conover, Catawba, North Carolina, United States, at the age of 74, and was buried in Eastview Cemetery, Newton, Catawba, North Carolina, United States.

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Family Time Line

James Allen Bentley
Margaret Mary Bradshaw
Marriage: 29 March 1902
Frederick David Bentley
Nathan "Curly Bright" Bentley
Wesley Marion Bentley
Thelma Violet Bentley
Mamie Mary Bentley
Jesse James Bentley
Ruby Mageline Bentley
Johebeth Bentley
Louise Mable Bentley

Spouse and Children

29 March 1902
Caldwell, North Carolina, United States


    Frederick David Bentley


    Nathan "Curly Bright" Bentley


    Wesley Marion Bentley


    Thelma Violet Bentley


    Mamie Mary Bentley


+4 More Children

Parents and Siblings


    Susan Violet Melvina Allen Lackey




+2 More Children

World Events (8)

1881 · The Assassination of James Garfield

Age 3

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.
1897 · First Bill for Women Suffrage

Age 19

In 1897, Senator J.L. Hyatt introduced the woman suffrage bill in North Carolina. The bill did not make it past the committee.
1898 · War with the Spanish

Age 20

After the explosion of the USS Maine in the Havana Harbor in Cuba, the United States engaged the Spanish in war. The war was fought on two fronts, one in Cuba, which helped gain their independence, and in the Philippines, which helped the US gain another territory for a time.

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)

  • James A Bentley in household of Vivian M Bentley, "United States Census, 1900"
  • James A R Bentley in household of Gilbrite Bentley, "United States Census, 1880"
  • Allan J Bentley, "United States Census, 1920"

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