Capt Joel Bent was born 22 February 1750 in Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts to Elijah Bent (1713-1797) and Susannah Stone (1720-1801) and died 25 November 1812 in Barre, Worcester County, Massachusetts of unspecified causes. He married Marcy Mason (1743-1840) 13 July 1768 in Barre, Worcester County, Massachusetts. Ancestors are from the United States.


American Revolutionary War

1777 flag

Battle flag of 1777

Joel served in the Revolutionary War, marching to Cambridge upon receipt of the news of the Concord Fight, commissioned Captain in the 7th Regiment, Massachusetts Militia, July 1, 1781.

7th Massachusetts Regiment, also known as Alden's Regiment, was raised on September 16, 1776, under Ichabod Alden (1739-1778) at Boston, Massachusetts. The regiment would see action at the Battle of Saratoga, Cherry Valley (11-Nov-78) and Sullivan's Expedition.

Barre MA Service

Joel was active in town affairs, serving as selectman for the town of Barre, 1781, 1782, 1795, 1798, 1801, 1803. Joel served as the town clerk, 1796, 1803, 1809, 1810, moderator nineteen years, representative to the General Court, 1801-1804.

Joel died November 25, 1812. (source: Descendants of Capt. Hugh Mason in America, Mason, Edna Warren, 1882, p 79)

Marriage and Family

Joel Bent is the son of Elijah Bent and Susanna (Stone) Bent.

On July 13, 1768, in Barre, Massachusetts, Joel married Mary Mason, daughter of Daniel Mason and Anna (Allen) Mason. Joel and Mary had six children, all born in Barre, Massachusetts.

Mary and Joel made their home in Barre, where their six children were born:

  1. Sarah Bent (1768-)
  2. Anna Bent (1769-1864)
  3. Joel Bent (1770-1821)
  4. Marcy Bent (1773-1850)
  5. Samuel Bent (1778-1846) - Mormon pioneer, held several leadership positions in the LDS Church, veteran of Zion's Camp (1834) mormon militia march.
  6. Abigail Bent (1780-1819)


Offspring of Capt Joel Bent and Marcy Mason (1743-1840)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Sarah Bent (1768-)
Anna Bent (1769-1864)
Joel Bent (1770-1821)
Marcy Bent (1773-1850)
Samuel Bent (1778-1846) 19 July 1778 Barre, Worcester County, Massachusetts, United States 16 August 1846 Garden Grove, Decatur County, Iowa, United States Mary Kilburn (1785-1835)
Lettice Palmer

Abigail Bent (1780-1819)


Offspring of Elijah Bent and Susannah Stone (1720-1801)
Name Birth Death Joined with
Elijah Bent (1739-)
Dorcas Bent (1741-)
Silas Bent (1744-1818)
Susannah Bent (1748-)
Joel Bent (1750-1812) 22 February 1750 Sudbury, Middlesex County, Massachusetts 25 November 1812 Barre, Worcester County, Massachusetts Marcy Mason (1743-1840)

Stephan Bent (1752-1822)
Rufus Bent (1755-1821)
Abigail Bent (1757-)
Nathan Bent (1760-1833)

Vital Records

Barre Gravestone


Gravestone of Joel Bent

Gravestone Location : Lincoln Cemetery at Barre, Massachusetts


Footnotes (including sources)