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John Bent

Birthdate: (75)
Birthplace: Penton-Grafton Parish, Hampshire, England
Death: Died in Sudbury, Middlesex, Massachusetts
Immediate Family:

Son of Robert Dennis Bent and Agnes Bent (Gosling)
Husband of Martha Bent
Father of Robert Bent; William Bent; Peter Bent; Agnes Rice (Bent); John Bent and 2 others
Brother of Richard Bent; Jennie or Jane Plympton; Agnes Barnes (Bent); Robert Bent; Margery Bent and 4 others

Occupation: husbandman, born 1596 Wayhill, age 35 came from Penton, Wayhill Southampton ENG in the Confidence 4/11/1638 with wife and first five children all under the age of 12, freeman 1640, died Sudbury 9/27/1672, original proprietor of Sudbury
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About John Bent

From "The New England Historic & Genealogical Register", DPL 929.1, N44h, vol. 48 - pages 288-289:

"The Bent Family" by Allen H. Bent, esq. of Roxbury, MA

John Bent, who sailed from Southhampton, England in 1638, and became one of the first settlers of Sudbury, MA, was born to the parish of Penton-Grafton, some 70 miles SW of London, in the county of Hants. The ship's list gives his age as 35, but according to the parish records he was baptized on the last day of November 1596, his father being Robert Bent (1566-1631).

In 1639, John's sister, Agnes Blanchard, and mother started for New England, but both died during the passage.

John Bent's house lot, about 6 acres, was on the NE side of the old road that runs from what is now Wayland Center to Sudbury Center, about 1/4 mile from the former, and here he lived, a farmer, until his death 9/27/1672, aged nearly 76. His will is dated 13 days before his death, his wife, Martha, and oldest son, Peter, being named as executors. His widow lived until 5/15/1679.

Children of John and Martha, the first 5 being born in England, the last 2 in Sudbury, MA:

  • 1. Robert, baptized 1/10/1624-5; died at Newbury, MA, 1/30/1648, age 23
  • 2. William, baptized 10/24/1626; died probably young
  • 3. Peter, baptized 4/14/1629
  • 4. Agnes, married about 1646 Edward Rice of Sudbury (MA), and was the mother of all his children, for she is mentioned in her father's will of 1672, which is sufficient proof that she did not die, as Barry and others say, soon after her marriage. She died in Marlboro (MA) 6/4/1718, aged 83.
  • 5. John, born about 1634
  • 6. Joseph, born 5/16/1641
  • 7. Martha, born about 1643; married 6/5/1668 Samuel How of Sudbury (MA), where they had 7 children, the youngest being David, the 1st proprietor of the Wayside Inn, made famous by Longfellow.

From John Marius Wilson's Imperial Gazetteer of England and Wales (1870-72):

WEYHILL, or Penton-Grafton, a parish, with a village, in Andover district, Hants; 3 miles W by N of Andover r. station. It has a post-office under Andover, and a great annual fair, beginning on 10 Oct., and continuing for several days. Acres, 1,888. Rated property, £3,698. Pop., 444. Houses, 95. The manor belonged anciently to Grestein abbey in France; was held by the poet Chaucer; and passed to Ewelme hospital, in Oxfordshire. The living is a rectory in the diocese of Winchester. Value, £476.* Patron, Queen s College, Oxford. The church is early Norman, and was recently. restored. There are a national school, and charities £10.


"John Bent of Penton, Hants, England, sailed on the ship Confidence from Southampton in April, 1638, and settled in Sudbury. With him he brought Mrs. Martha Bent, Robert 10, Agnes 8, William 6, Peter 5, and John Bent, 2."

D. age nearly 76.

Freeman 1640.

COMPLETE BOOK OF EMIGRANTS, 1607-1660, Coldham, p. 195 - 24 April 1638, List of passengers from Southampton for New England by the Confidence of London, Mr.

John Jobson: John Bent of Penton, Hants, husbandman 35, Martha his wife, and children Robert, William, Peter, John and Ann under 12 (PRO:CO1/9/99)

(Bent Family in America, Bent, 1900, pp. 11-13)

Ship "Confidence", John Jobson, master, the whole number of passengers, "greate and little," being 110 souls. John Bent owned land in Salisbury, MA, now Wayland, about sixteen miles directly west of Boston. One of the original settlers of the town, inc. in 1639 with 54 inhabitants. Made a freeman in 1640; because he had become a member of the Puritan Church, he was allowed to take part in town affairs. His house lot, about six acres, was about a quarter of a mile north of the present RR station in Wayland, and the same distance from the river. Ancestor of John Calvin Coolidge.

John BENT was born on 30 Nov 1596 in Penton Grafton, England. (199)(200) (201) He died on 27 Sep 1672 in Sudbury, Middlesex, MA. (202) Nellie Palmer George Genealogy: p. 13:

John came on the ship Confidence, as did John How. His mother came somewhat later on the Jonathan, together with her son Richard Barnes, from her marriage. She died in Boston Harbour. The son Richard was raised by his Uncle John.

Not all children are herein listed. Peter, his oldest son lived upon the land granted to him by John his father. In King Philip's war his houses were burned and Peter's son, Zacheus was killed and scalped by the Indians. Peter then went back to England were he died. Parents: Robert BENT and Agnes GOSLIN(G).

He was married to Martha UNKNOWN in Penton Grafton, England ?. (203)(204) According to the Bent genealogy, all but two of their children were born in England. Children were: Martha BENT.

In the latter part of 1638 when john Bent was about 42 years old; he sailed with his wife and 5 children from Southampton to New England in the ship "Confidence". He settled in Sudbury, MA and remained there until his death in 9/27/1672.


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John Bent's Timeline

November 13, 1596
Penton-Grafton Parish, Hampshire, England
November 13, 1596
Penton-Grafton Parish, Hampshire, England
November 20, 1596
Weyhill, Penton Grafton, Hampshire, England
November 20, 1596
Wayhill,Penton Grafton,Southampshire,England
November 20, 1596
Wayhill, Penton Grafton, Southampshire, England
November 20, 1596
Wayhill,Penton Grafton,Southampshire,ENGL
January 10, 1625
Age 28
Wayhill,Penton Grafton,Southampshire,England
October 24, 1626
Age 29
Wayhill, Penton Grafton, Hampshire, England
April 14, 1629
Age 32
Wayhill,Penton Grafton,Southampshire,England
December 12, 1631
Age 35
Wayhill, Penton Grafton, Hampshire, England, (Present UK)