Robert Dennis Bent
Agnes Gosling
Pierre Jean Blanchard
(Abt 1566-)
John Bent
Martha Blanchard
Peter Bent


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Peter Bent

  • Born: 14 Apr 1629, Penton-Grafton, Hants, England
  • Marriage: ElizabetH

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Peter* Bent (^John^) was born in Penton-Grafton, England, in
April, 1629, and died in England, whither he seems to have gone
on business, in May, 1678, fe. 49. He was but nine years old
when he accompanied his father to America. At or before the
incorporation in 1660 of jNIarlboro', which was carved out of the
wilderness to the west of Sudbury, he had moved thither. He and
his father were among the thirteen who petitioned the Colony in
1656 for the laying out of the town. He built a grist mill on
Stony Brook, in what is now the town of Southboro', and became
a busy man. In 1661 he contracted to build a bridge across the
Sudbury River "for horse and man and laden carts to pass over."
More than once he went to England, no small undertaking in those
days. He had built his house just south of Williams Pond, a mile
or more from the present centre of Marlboro'. We commend his
good judgment on the selection of a site. Here his little family was
growing up when suddenly the Indians, stirred up by the animosities
of the Narragansett chief. King Philip, swooped down upon the
growing town, one Sunday morning (March 26, 1676), while the
good people were at church, applied the fire-brand, and Marlboro'
was no more. The November before, a small band of Indians crept
up to Bent's mill and scalped his son (probably Zacheus, a lad of
nine years) left him for dead \emdash he afterwards recovered \emdash and

carried ofF one of his apprentices, Christopher Muchin.* But
Peter's troubles had begun before this, as will be seen from the
following extract from the Records of the Governor and Colony of
Massachusetts Bay :

Sep. 10, 1653. In ans' to the peticon of Peter Bent for reparacon of
damages sustained in his horses going on the couutrjes service to Conecti-
cott, die Court vnderstanding this peticouers horse was by that journey
worsted of at least sixe pouuds in the value of it, besides his charge for
the cure and liire of it, they tlierefore judge meete aud order, that he shall
be allowed tenn j^ouuds out of the couutrje levy, if he accept thereof, or
otherwise he may haue libertje to sue the Treasurer, aud recouer what
damage he cann justly proove.

Two years after Marlboro' was burned by the Indians, Peter
died. The inventory of his estate includes "26 acres of y house
lott at Marlbrough, Milstones and Mil Irons, 25 acres of upland,
joyneing to y former house lott " and much other land, the real es-
tate being appraised at 436. The personal estate, amounting to
a little more than 40, includes one pair pistols, holsters and three

Peter left a widow Elizabeth (maiden name not ascertained) , who
was living in Sudbury in 1704, when she deeded to her elder son
her widow's third of the Marlboro' property. A year after her
husband's death, she petitioned the Governor and Council for aid.
(The petition, which is an interesting one, will be found in fuU


Peter married ElizabetH.

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