According to Mary's pension application, Jesse and Mary's house burned down in 1805, and everything was lost. They were, however, able to save one incredible genealogical treasure: the family bible. Mary tore out the family record pages from the bible and sent them in with her pension application. The entire application, along with the bible pages, lives at the National Archives and has been scanned and made available on the internet (I found this file at both Ancestry.com and Footnote.com).
|The top left record on this page shows the birth of |
my 5th great grandfather, John T. Bentley
|The top left record shows the marriage of my 5th great grandparents,|
John T. Bentley and Mary "Polly" Maxey (m. October 23, 1807)
Meanwhile, have a great Fourth of July!