Elizabeth <I>Gay</I> Bentley


Elizabeth Gay Bentley

Cumberland County, Virginia, USA
Death 28 Jun 1840 (aged 66)
Huntsville, Madison County, Alabama, USA
Burial Moores Mill, Madison County, Alabama, USA
Memorial ID 31580521 View Source

Elizabeth Gay is the daughter of Captain William Gay, Jr. (abt 1731-1815) and Frances Trent (1753-1780) and second wife of Col. Efford Bentley (1759-1837). She is also a direct descendant of Pocahontas.

Children of Peter Efford Bentley and Elizabeth Gay:

1. Henry Hogue Bentley
2. Mariah Buchanan Bentley
3. Elizabeth Gay Bentley b. 1796
4. William Field Bentley b. 1798
5. Frances Trent Bentley b. 1798 d.1859
6. Efford Bolling Bentley, Sr. b. 1801 d. 1882
7. John Gay Bentley b. 1804 d. 1870
8. Dr. Alexander Willis Bentley b. 1811 d. 1868
9. Lavina Woodson Bentley b. 1812 d. 1840

The following is from Nancy Gay Crawford:
"Marriage, Death, and Legal Notices From Early Alabama Newspapers, 1819-1893" by Pauline Jones Gandrud

Page 336. "The Democrat" Huntsville, AL.

Obituary: Departed this life at the residence of her son Mr. John G(ay) Bentley of Madison Co. on the 28th day of June1840 in the 67th year of her age, Mrs. Elizabeth Bentley, relict of Col. Efford Bentley, formerly of Cumberland Co., VA. Descended from a large and very respectable family in VA......united herself to the Presbyterian church in Cumberland Co. some 30 years since. The Richmond papers will please insert the above notice.

(Note: see "Robertson's Pocahontas and her Descendants," also our "Harris and Allied Families." She was daughter of Dr. William Gay & wife Frances Trant [Trent]).


The National Society of the Daughters of the American Revolution Volume 14, page 299

Efford Bentley, (1759-1837), served as a minute man and gave three tours of duty, 1777-80. He was sergeant at the battles of Camden and Petersburg. He was a pensioner when he died in Madison county, Alabama.


1. John Rolfe married Pocahontas
2. Thomas Powhatan Rolfe married Jane Poythress
3. Jane Powhatan Rolfe married Robert Bolling
4. Col. John Bolling married Mary Keenon
5. Elizabeth Bolling married Dr. William Gay, Sr.
6. Capt. William Gay, Jr. married Frances Trent
7. Elizabeth Gay married Col. Efford Bentley


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