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John Bentley
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Birth: Sep. 26, 1824
Death: May 27, 1910

JOHN BENTLEY passed to his eternal rest on Friday morning, May 27, 1910, at the home of his son, Clarence E. Bentley, on North Franklin street, Polo, Ill., after a long illness. His age at the time of his death was 85 years, 8 months and 1 day. Mr. Bentley had been in declining health for a long time. A year ago last March he was taken sick and seemed to gradually grow worse. At times he was able to be up and about the house but since last November he had been confined to his bed and helpless. During his last illness he was lovingly and tenderly cared for by his son and wife.

Mr. Bentley was born at Monroe, Michigan, September 26, 1824. His early life was spent in Michigan during the pioneer days of that state. He was married when a young man and to this union were born three children, all of whom preceded him in death. He enlisted in Co. l. 4th Reg., Michigan Cavalry, August 1, 1862 and served the Union until the close of the war. He participated in several battles and when peace was restored he received an honorable discharge at Nashville, Tenn., June 19, 1865 and returned to his Michigan home.

After the death of his wife, he left his native state and removed to Milledgeville, Ill. In 1871 he was united in marriage to Mrs. Julia Kelley of Milledgeville, then a widow with eight children, three of whom preceded her in death. Mr. Bentley was to these children a true and loving father. To Mr. and Mrs. Bentley there were born five children, two of whom have passed away. Richard died in infancy and Frances was called to her final rest August 31, 1904. Mrs. Bentley passed to her heavenly reward February 17, 1908, at her home in Milledgeville. Her most fervent petition to her children on her death bed was that they take good care of their father and this request was carried out to the best of their ability. During the summer after Mrs. Bentley's death, her husband visited his three sisters in Michigan one of whom he had not seen for 38 years.

In August, 1909, he came to make his home with his eldest son, Clarence Bentley, in Polo where he lived until he was called to his heavenly home. Those left to mourn for him are eight children, twenty grandchildren and six great grandchildren, one brother and three sisters. The surviving children are Clarence E. Bentley of Polo, William W. Bentley of Azusa, Cal., Mrs. Sarah A. Eastabrooks of Lanark, Ill., George W. Kelley, Henry H. Kelley and Mrs. Carrie W. Stowe of Morrison, Ill., James E. Kelley of Chicago and Horace H. Kelley of Rock Falls. Mr. Bentley had been a member of the Methodist church of Milledgeville for many years. He was also a member of the Grand Army of the Republic. He was a devoted husband, a loving father and a friend to every one, always ready to extend a helping hand to any in need. Funeral services were held Sunday afternoon. There was a short service at the house and the remains were taken by train to Milledgeville where the funeral was held in the Methodist church, Rev. J. E. Fluck of Polo officiating. The pall bearers were H. H. Olmsted, T. N. Fleming, J. F. Greenawalt, F. A. Snell, Walter Bell and J B. Hart. The remains were tenderly laid to rest in Bethel cemetery. Among those present from out of town were George Kelley and Henry Kelley, wife and two daughters, and son-in-law of Morrison, Horace Kelley, wife and daughter of Rock Falls, Mr. and Mrs. Merritt Stowe of Morrison, Mr. and Mrs. Glenn Eastabrooks of Lanark, Mr. and Mrs. Clarence Bentley and family of Polo.

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From Illinois Genealogy Trails website

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  Julia Ann Watt Bentley (1835 - 1908)
Bethel Cemetery
Carroll County
Illinois, USA
Created by: Dave & Pam Jindrich
Record added: Mar 22, 2011
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