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Rev David Niles Bentley

Rev David Niles Bentley

Birth
Death 24 Jun 1884 (aged 98)
Connecticut, USA
Burial Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, USA
Memorial ID 17302605 · View Source
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"Wed Jun 25, 1884: Death of Rev. D.N. Bentley. The Rev. David Niles Bentley of Norwich ... died Tuesday night at the age of ninety-nine years, at his residence on West Main street. He was born in North Stonington, July 27, 1785, and was the third son of Ezekiel Bentley of that place. He was "bound out" in the spring of 1800 as an apprentice to Barzillin Davison of Norwich, to learn the trade of goldsmith. Soon after he was converted at a Methodist meeting held by the eccentric Lorenzo Dow. He preached his first sermon at North Stonington at the age of fifteen. He was baptized in the Yantic cove in 1800. He began business as a brass founder and plumber in Norwich in 1805 and proved successful in his venture. He depended upon his business for the support of himself and family, and preached the Gospel free... He married 514 couples, and buried 2,300 persons. He received compensation for none of his services, excepting marriages, for which the fee was always voluntary and usually small... At the time of his death he was the oldest male resident in Norwich, and probably the oldest minister in the United States."
Husband of [1] Lettitia Gardiner: m. 11 Aug 1805 [2] Betsey Rogers: m. 31 Jul 1854. Son of Ezekiel Bentley & Anna Chapman.


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  • Originally Created by: Superkentman
  • Added: 5 Jan 2007
  • Find A Grave Memorial 17302605
  • Find A Grave, database and images (https://www.findagrave.com : accessed ), memorial page for Rev David Niles Bentley (25 Jul 1785–24 Jun 1884), Find A Grave Memorial no. 17302605, citing Norwich City Cemetery, Norwich, New London County, Connecticut, USA ; Maintained by Find A Grave (contributor 8) .