|Birth: ||Jun. 1, 1845|
Nova Scotia, Canada
|Death: ||Oct. 12, 1924|
From the Cloverdale Reveille, Friday, October 17, 1924:
Had Lived Here For Nearly Fifty Years As Honored And Respected Citizen
On by one the pioneers are crossing the divide. Last Sunday saw Abram Bentley, one of Cloverdale's best loved citizens breathe his last. Death came as a blessed surcease to his earthly sufferings which had incapacitated him from active work nearly twenty five years.
Born in Nova Scotia June 1, 1845, he left there when but a boy and came west to seek his fortune. He sailed around the Horn and went from San Francisco to Reno, Nevada, where he engaged in his profession of wheelwright. While there he saw the first spike driven for the Central Pacific in 1867 which was to link the east with the west by rail. He did a great deal of work for the railroad company while in Reno. He came to Cloverdale in the fall of 1867 following a short sojourn at Healdsburg and set up in business in the King blacksmith shop on north West Street where he continued for many years. Mr. Bentley was an expert workman and many wagons he fabricated more than forty years ago are still in active service which speaks volumes for the thoroughness with which he did everything.
With the exception of two years when he went to San Bernardino in 1877 for his health due to an injury to one of his eyes he made his home continuously in Cloverdale from 1877. He was a charter member of the local Odd Fellows Lodge and had gone thru its various chairs. He was a district deputy for a time and knew the ritual of the order from end to the other. He was reared in the Presbyterian faith.
Across the plains in 1865 by wagon train came a young girl by name Harriett E. Casey with her parents. After a stay in Reno and two years at Sebastopol she came to Cloverdale to make her home. He father had a wagon to fix which was made ready by Mr. Bentley and the acquaintanceship between the two families resulted in the marriage on May 18, 1879 of Miss Casey and Mr. Bentley and during these years there has never been a more devoted couple. The good wife has during the years of her husband's illness given him every loving care and attention. To this union were born three children, Rufus, Jessie now Mrs. J. C. Surrhyne (sic) of Modesto and Albert (sic) of Mountain View, all of whom were at the beside when the end came. The last illness came on Mr. Bentley over two weeks ago and he was unconscious most of the time.
The funeral services were held from the late home Tuesday afternoon, conducted by the Rev. Huff. The Odd Fellows formed an escort to the cemetery and conducted the impressive ritual of their order at the grave. Many beautiful floral tributes covered the casket and partially showed the high esteem in which the deceased was held.
Mr. Bentley lived an exemplary life and was well loved throughout the county where he had lived so many years. He was a lover of his home and a kind and loving husband and father."
Abram has a niece buried with him - Jessie Smith Bentley, the daughter of one of his brothers, John Fletcher Bentley (1834 - 1915), who remained in Nova Scotia, Canada.
Abraham Bentley (1801 - 1852)
Margaret Fletcher Bentley (1806 - 1862)
Harriett Ann Casey Bentley (1857 - 1936)*
Rufus William Bentley (1880 - 1938)*
Jessie Lavonia Bentley Surryhne (1881 - 1946)*
James Elbert Bentley (1884 - 1965)*
Mary Bell Bentley (____ - 1861)*
Lieuanna Jane Bentley Creelman (1827 - 1892)*
Susan Bentley Cox (1829 - 1913)*
Margaret Bentley Hughes (1832 - 1919)*
David Frederick Bentley (1833 - 1900)*
John Fletcher Bentley (1835 - 1915)*
Lucy Ann Bentley (1841 - 1866)*
Ellen Bentley Smith (1841 - 1906)*
Sarah Bentley (1842 - ____)*
Abram Bentley (1845 - 1924)
Plot: Lots 577 and 578
Maintained by: Kathleen Clemence
Originally Created by: Dorri Safford
Record added: Oct 15, 2006
Find A Grave Memorial# 16207199