Richard Bentley (1820 - 1906)

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Birthplace: Aycliffe, Durham, England
Death: Died in St. George, Washington, UT, USA
Cause of death: chronic bronchitis with asthma
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About Richard Bentley

When Richard was three the family moved to Alston Moor, England. His father rented a large four story house and building. He intalled machinery for making cloth of linen and wool. They did not have cotton at that time. He made domestic sheets and shirt material. The older boys helped. He made a good living.

At 8 years of age, Richard was sent to a free grammer school. He stayed there until he was 13 years old. The family belonged to the Presbyterian church. The minister Mr. Harper started a church school so Richard attended one year.

At 14 years, it was time to learn a trade. His father wanted him to be a machinist, but his mother opposed it because it was too dirty a trade. She wanted him to be a shop keeper. His brother got him a situation with a Mr. Brockbank, a wholesale and retail dealer. The Brockbank family were Quakers and very fine people. It was in another town, so Richard moved in with the family. They were very kind to him. He was homesick. His mother was a kind, gentle sweet woman and never spoke a cross word. He missed her very much. On Sunday, he would take a walk to the edge of town and look at the hills that stood between the two towns. It looked so near, but then again so far away. He wished he had wings to fly home and see his mother and loved ones. Richard worked for about a year. Then Mr. Brockbank sold the business and the new owner did not need him. Mr. Brockbank promised another position, but Richard wanted to go home. His older brother had a very good job in the tonw of Sunderland. The brother found a good job for Richard in a grocery store. So he left home the second time. The next year, his mother came to Sunderland to visit and she took sick and died. (6 July 1837). " My mother's death was a sorrow I thought I'd never get over".

The grocery store went broke soon after the death of his mother, so he returned to his father's home. His father did not like living alone so he sold his business and went to live with; his daughter Margret, who had married John Sanders. The mormon missionaries came to the Sanders home and Margret and John were the first to join the Church ;in that area. Richard was working for his brother, Thomas. He met with the missionaries at his sister's home and loved to hear them talk about the gospel and tell of the things that would happen in the last days.

The brother, Thomas, belonged to the Methodist church and was a teacher. He was very bitter against the Mormon missionaries. He would talk out against them. From that time on he began going downhill, got to associating with evil men, began drinking and soon lost everything.

Brother-in-law, John Sanders wrote a letter to Richard urgind him to come to America with Margret and him. He would pay all expenses. The ship was to sail 21st Sept 1841 at 1:00 p.m. Richard talked to his brother Abraham and his other brothers and they said go.

He packed a large chest with his clothes and other belongings and shipped it a week a head of time by freight train, directing them to take it to the ship tyrean in dock at Liverpool. He arrived at Liverpool at 9 a.m. His folks were on board. He enquired about his baggage and it was Not on ship. He immediately started for the railroad station. He found no one to help him. He was going to leave, but as he neared the door he saw a canvas cover and lifting it found his chest. He took it knowing that if anyone saw him he could be arrested for stealing. A passing drayman helped him get to the ship just as it was going through the gate. The man helped him and then Richard jumped on after it. The ship laid anchor in the river, Mercy until the next morning.... (continues to 1855, when Richard arrived in SLC).

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Richard Bentley's Timeline

1820
October 1, 1820
Aycliffe, Durham, England
1843
September 9, 1843
Age 22
Nauvoo, IL, USA
1847
May 11, 1847
Age 26
Council Bluffs, Pottawattamie, Iowa, United States
1859
August 31, 1859
Age 38
Salt Lake City, Salt Lake, Utah
1906
March 24, 1906
Age 85
St. George, Washington, UT, USA
March 25, 1906
Age 85
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