Descendants of Benjamin F Kent Sr.
Generation No. 1
1. BENJAMIN F. KENT 2 SR. (THOMAS 1 KENT) was born February 1782 in Loudoun County Va., and died
December 27, 1860 in Bryan, OH Williams Co.
1 He married SARAH KENT, February 28, 1805 in Leesburg, Loudoun Co.,VA.
She was born Unknown in Bryan Ohio, and died August 11, 1866 and is buried in Bryan Ohio Brown Cemetary.
Notes for BENJAMIN F. KENT SR .:
Benjamin KENT Sr. was a plasterer by trade, and about 1824 came to Columbiana County Ohio, where he
worked at his trade until 1840, when he came to Pulaski Township, where he lived until he died, December
27, 1860. They were the parents of seven children, including Dr. Thomas Kent. It should be noted that the
entire family was very active in the community politics, and many had established businesses in the area.
In Benjamin Kent's Will, dated January 25, 1859, he names his 5 sons and 1 daughter. The Will is from the
probate records of Williams Cnty, Bryan, OH: Kent, Benjamin Sr., #613, 29 December 1860 E (will). In this
Will he leaves his wife Sarah the "plantation" of 40 acres in Pulaski Twp. and all the livestock and personal
property. And other goods to his children.
Benjamin Kent served in the War of 1812, in the 56th Regiment of the VA Malitia, commandee by Lt. Col
Timothy Taylor. He served in a company of riflemen under the command of Capt. Edward B. Grady from
24th day of August 1814 to September 17, 1814. He earned $6.67. He then went to the 57th Regiment from
September 18 to December 10, 1814: serving 2 months and 23 days for $22 or $8 per month.
Notes for BENJAMIN KENT:
From Dr. Thomas Kent's historical notes from Bryan, Ohio, there is a little notice from the Bryan, Ohio paper.
It says that Dr. Kent's grandfather (Benjamin Kent?) was a Revolutionary War soldier. From "Stories of The
Fountain City - 1840 - 1900" by Paul Van Gundy, published by The Bryan Area Foundation is the following
on pages 5 and 6: "At the present day there still moulders in the ground of the old yard three or more of the
dead who were not transferred from this then lonely spot. An account says that, for some reason, Thomas
Wyatt's remains were not disturbed. The second interment was a daughter of Thomas Shorthill and her
remains were suffered to continue in the old grounds. A. C. Dillman, native of Bryan and an undertaker for
many years, said that the remains of a Mrs. Kaufman were not removed, and also those of Benjamin Kent, a
veteran of the Revolutionary War who died at the age of a hundred and three years while visiting his son, also
named Benjamin, here in 1846."
Columbiana County, Ohio, census of 1830 and 1840 lists a Thomas Kent. Could he be a brother of Benjamin
Kent Jr., and a grandson of this man? Or could this man have been named "Thomas" and not "Benjamin"?
Use of the name "Benjamin" is used by complier strictly on the basis of the above history by Paul Van Gundy.
1840 Census records for Rev. War pensioners in State of Ohio lists a Thomas Kent, 94 years old, living in
Middleton Township of Columbiana County in 1840. That would make his birth date 1746 or 1743 if he lived
to 103 as records indicate.
Further records (see Thomas) show that "he" was the Rev. War soldier.
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