The Bent Family in America: Being Mainly a Genealogy of the Descendants of John Bent who Settled in Sudbury, Mass., in 1638, with Notes Upon the Family in England and Elsewhere

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D. Clapp & Son, 1900 - 313 pages
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I found this book very interesting. It's more than a genealogy. It had personal stories of the Bent family. I enjoyed reading it very much. Jay Bent was my great grandfather.

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Page 21 - Gabriel Lajeunesse, the son of Basil the blacksmith, Who was a mighty man in the village, and honored of all men ; For since the birth of time, throughout all ages and nations, Has the craft of the smith been held in repute by the people.
Page 253 - Given at Santa Fe, the capital of the territory of New Mexico, this 22d day of August, 1846, and in the 71st year of the independence of the United States.
Page 25 - While the priest's good service had long been [done,] Which made the youth and the maiden one, And their young scions arose and played Around the tree, in its leafy shade. But many and many a year has fled Since they were gathered among the dead ; And now their names, with the moss o'ergrown Are veiled from sight on the churchyard stone That leans away, in a lingering fall, And owns the power that shall level all The works that the hand of man hath wrought, Bring him to dust, and his name to nought...
Page 253 - Being duly authorized by the President of the United States of America, I hereby make the following appointments for the government of New Mexico, a territory of the United States. The officers thus appointed will be obeyed and respected accordingly: Charles Bent, to be governor.
Page 23 - As ancient is this hostelry As any in the land may be, Built in the old Colonial day, When men lived in a grander way, With ampler hospitality...
Page 35 - Territory may properly look upon this as their birthday rather than that on which they were admitted into the Union. The company who came to Marietta with Rufus Putnam April 7, 1788, came to found, not one state, but five, whose institutions they demanded should be settled' before they started by an irrevocable compact. These five children, born of a great parentage and in a great time, are, as we count the life of nations, still in earliest youth. Yet they already contain within themselves all the...
Page 7 - Weler. (2) A plain ; a common ; a field ; a moor ; so called from those places being frequently covered with the bent grass. \Yillan says bents are "high pastures or shelving commons.
Page 9 - With weather-stains upon the wall, And stairways worn, and crazy doors, And creaking and uneven floors, And chimneys huge and tiled and tall. A region of repose it seems, A place of slumber and of dreams...

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