Bentley Family Genealogy

My ninth‐great‐grandfather was William Bentley, the first of my line to come to the Americas. He sailed from England and arrived in Virginia in the early 17th century.

William, in turn, was a distant descendant of Drew of Bentley, the first to take surname. Drew was granted land—Bentley Haye—from William the Conqueror, and took his name from the land.1

Here I plan to collect various family history resources as I come across them.

The Tribe of Benjamin
A work describing the history of the Bentley family in Ohio. Not closely related to me, although we probably share ancestry with William.

  1. The earliest source that I can find for the story of Drew of Bentley is a 1980 manuscript by Eleanor Trismen, which makes reference to another genealogical manuscript by 19th century lawyer George F. Bentley.

    I have been unable to find George F. Bentley’s manuscript. If you have any information on this topic, please contact me.

    The Bentley Name Study has more information.