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Midwest Family Research: Bentley Family

Watson Bentley was born on January 1, 1881. He first appeared on the 1900 US Census. The 1900 census indicated that he was living in the Moniteau Township in Howard County, Missouri. Up until 1845 Moniteau consisted of a portion of Cole and Morgan Counties.

Watson was listed as a servant for Howard and Rachel Jordan. Howard and Rachel had moved to Moniteau from Kentucky. Since Watson is not visible on any of the 1790 Missouri census records it may be safe to assume that he also migrated to Missouri from Kentucky.

Watson next appeared on the 1920 Howard County Moniteau Township census. He was married to Allie Mae (Ray) Bentley. County records show that they were married on 12-2-1906. In 1920 the couple had eight children. All of the children including Watson and Allie were listed as Mulattos. The following is a listing of the 1920 family.

Watson Bentley (head) b: 1886
Allie "Olive" Mae Bentley(wife) b: 1894
Archie Bentley(son) b: 1907
Ruth Bentley(daughter) b 1907
Alfred "Isaac" Bentley(son) b 1910
Wallace Bentley(son) b 1913
Roger Bentley(son) b 1914
Helen Bentley(daughter) b: 1916
Nina "Nadine" Bentley (daughter) b: 1917
Lizzie Bentley (daughter) b: 1919)

Watson Bentley's 2nd Generation Off-Springs:

Alfred Isaac Bentley

Alfred was born 28 May 1922 in Roche Port, Missouri, and died 01 Mar 2005 in Cedar Rapids, IA. He married (1) REBECCA WILHITE, daughter of RICHARD WILHITE and BURLIE WILHITE. She was born 10 Oct 1927 in Richmond, MO, Howard County, and died 01 Sep 1982. He married (2) GERTRUDE GREEN 1960 in Denton, Texas.

Isaac was an employee of the city of Cedar Rapids in the Sanitation department. He was also a painter, roofer and carpenter. He enjoyed fishing and hunting.

He was a member of the Holy Temple Church of God in Christ of Cedar Rapids.
Isaac died Tuesday, March 1, 2005, in St. Luke's Hospital in Cedar Rapids, IA following a longtime illness. Services were held at the Murdoch-Linwood Funeral Home & Cremation Service, Cedar Rapids, by Bishop Hurley Bassett Sr. and Mother Bassett, Pastor George Stevens, Supt. Jerald J. Woods Sr. and Elder Robert Oliver. Burial: Oak Hill Cemetery, Cedar Rapids.
Descendants of Isaac Bentley

1 Isaac Bentley 1922 - 2005
.. +Rebecca Wilhite 1927 - 1982
......... 2 Donald Lee Bentley 1945 - 2007
............. +Hazel Mae Harris 1946 - 2008
......... 2 Joann Bentley
............. +Lemay ?
*2nd Wife of Isaac Bentley:
.. +Gertrude Green
......... 2 Gertrude Bentley
............. +? Bernard

Archie Bentley

Archie was born on September 9, 1907 in Howard County, Missouri. He married Odessa H. Stubbs (1914-1987). He died on February 1, 1984 in Cooper County, Boonville, MO. He and his wife are buried in the Boonville Memorial Gardens Cemetery in North Eastern part of Boonville, Missouri. The cemetery is located six blocks east of Fifth Street on Cherry Street.

Nadine Bentley

Nadine was born on August 31, 1919. She died on June 26, 1999 in Springfield, Illinois.


Roger Bentley

Roger was born in 1914. He enlisted in the Army on August 12, 1942 and served during World War II. His occupation at the time of his enlistment was Auto Mechanic.

SPRINGFIELD - Mary A. Bentley, 78, of Springfield died Tuesday, May 31, 2005, at St. John's Hospice.

She was born May 18, 1927, in Howard County, Mo., the daughter of Watson and Allie Ray Bentley.

She worked for Stout and Lauer Jewelers for 26 years. She was a member of Zion Baptist Church where she was a trustee and member of We Care Missionary, adult choir and Golden Agers.

Survivors: three daughters, Wanda L. Burgess, Mildred I. Boldon and M. Elaine Meredith, all of Springfield; six grandchildren; 27 great-grandchildren; sister, Helen Stemmons of Columbia, Mo.; and several nieces, nephews and cousins.

Services: noon Saturday, Zion Baptist Church, the Rev. Samuel W. Hale Jr. officiating. Burial: Oak Ridge Cemetery.

Staab Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

Helen Stemmons

Helen Stemmons died Friday, Aug. 29, 2008. She was 92.
She was born Feb. 14, 1916, in Cooper County, to Watson and Allie May Ray Bentley. She lived in Columbia for approximately 60 years after living in Cooper County and New Franklin. She married Birch Stemmons on Jan. 1, 1938, in Boonville. Mrs. Stemmons volunteered at the Truman Veterans Hospital for 16 years, and also volunteered as a counselor, Sunday school teacher and evening choir singer at Second Missionary Baptist Church . She was also member of Church Women United, American War Mothers and GoStar Mothers.

Mrs. Stemmons is survived by two daughters, Lila Stemmons and Blondell Kelly, both of Columbia; 10 grandchildren; 26 great-grandchildren; and 10 great-great grandchildren.

Her husband, one son, two daughters, 12 brothers and sisters, one granddaughter, and 2 great-granddaughters died earlier.
Visitation will be from 6 to 8 p.m. today at Second Missionary Baptist Church, 407 East Broadway, Columbia. Services will be held at 1 p.m. Saturday at Second Missionary Baptist Church. Funeral arrangements will be made by H.T. May and Son Funeral Home of Boonville, 405 Sycamore St., Boonville.


Lila V. Stemmons

COLUMBIA Lila V. Stemmons of Columbia died Thursday, Sept. 3, 2009. She was 66.

Ms. Stemmons was born March 10, 1943, in Franklin to Birch and Helen (Bentley) Stemmons. She attended Douglass High School and graduated from Hickman High School. She attended MU for three years before moving to to San Francisco for a number of years. She eventually returned to Columbia. She worked for the Columbia Police Department for 18 years transcribing records and staffing the front desk.

The Columbia Police Department appreciates all the years she gave to our department and the city, Police Capt. Zim Schwartze said Wednesday. Schwartze had been Ms. Stemmons' supervisor and remembers her fondly. She was a very tough, strong, quiet person, Schwartze said. She got her thoughts across to you. Schwartze added that Ms. Stemmons always had an opinion and many good ideas for the department. Im definitely going to miss her, said Schwartze. Its been pretty rough.

Ms. Stemmons was a member of the Second Missionary Baptist Church in Columbia and had also been involved in the Big Brothers Big Sisters program. She enjoyed that program, her sister, Blondell Kelly of Columbia, said.

Ms. Stemmons also enjoyed reading and spending time with her friends and family. Kelly enjoyed going out to eat with her sister. Schwartze remembers her laugh. She had a really good laugh. When she wasnt busy she could laugh. ... She was just good at heart.

She is survived by her daughter, Katharine Jones of San Francisco; and sister, Blondell Kelly of Columbia.

Visitation will be held at 10 a.m. Thursday at Second Missionary Baptist Church, 407 E. Broadway. Services will follow at 11 a.m. at the church. Burial will be in Memorial Park Cemetery, 1217 Business Loop 70 W.


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