Family of Rev George Bent (1741-1814) of Sandford

Rev George Bent's children shared a substantial legacy on the death of a distant relation Mary Granger (nee Roberts) in 1846. Her late husband Edmund Granger (1755-1840) had been a prosperous wool merchant in Exeter, and she had herself inherited Wexham House near Slough from her brother Lieut General George Roberts of the Honorable East India Company on his death in 1831.

1. Children by his first wife, Mary Milton (d. 1784):


Mary Milton was an aunt of the author Frances Trollope whose son Anthony Trollope based the character "Aunt Stanbury" in "He Knew He Was Right" on her daughter, Frances (Fanny) Bent (1779-1860).


a) George Bent, his eldest son, b 1781. Died 1801, aged 20 in Jamaica of Yellow Fever whilst serving as a captain in the 60th Regiment of Foot.

b) John Bent, b 1782. Major in the 5th (Northumberland) Regiment of Foot. Served in the West Indies in 1820s. Married Elizabeth Paul, daughter of Robert Paul, for many years Acting Governor of St Vincent, where she was born. John Bent lived in Wexham House, near Slough, and later inherited it from Mary Granger on her death in 1846. He moved back to Exeter in 1859, where he died aged 91 in 1873.


His son, Lieutenant William Roberts Bent died in the Bighi Naval Hosptital in Malta. There is a plaque in Sandford Church in his memory.

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