American Revolutionary War
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:
- Sarah Bent (1768-)
- Anna Bent (1769-1864)
- Joel Bent (1770-1821)
- Marcy Bent (1773-1850)
- Samuel Bent (1778-1846) - Mormon pioneer, held several leadership positions in the LDS Church, veteran of Zion's Camp (1834) mormon militia march.
- Abigail Bent (1780-1819)
|Offspring of Capt Joel Bent and Marcy Mason (1743-1840)|
|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)|
|Abigail Bent (1780-1819)|
|Offspring of Elijah Bent and Susannah Stone (1720-1801)|
|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)|