Alexander Lafayette Bentley|
and Susan "Susie" Potter
Lafayette Bentley Grave Site Area|
Photo Submitted by Linda Potter Whitt
Alexander Lafayette Bentley b 1841 NC d 1 Jul 1864,
buried near Jenkins, Letcher Co KY, (see burial
Martin Bentley and Sarah E Lunsford Tucker. Alexander Lafayette Bentley m. 1860 to Susan
"Susie" Potter b 1 Jul 1835 Pike Co KY d 17 Jun 1914; d/o
Benjamin Potter and
Susannah Hollingsworth. Susan "Susie" Potter m. 1869 or 1870 to (2)
James Hollingsworth (aka
Wise Co VA Census).
Children of Alexander Lafayette Bentley and Susan "Susie" Potter;
Mary Caroline Bentley b 1859
VA d 11 Sept 1936 m. Pike Co KY to Lilburn Rowe b. 1860.
Mary Caroline Bentley m. (2) to William Harrison "Buddy"
Ratliff b 1857 d 21 Jul 1923.
Sarah Katherine Bentley b Jun 1861
Taylor Co KY d 11 Oct 1942 m. 24 Dec 1878 Pike Co KY to
Lewis Huffman Adkins b 24 Sep 1855
Pike Co KY d 26 Jul 1931 Pike Co KY, s/o
Stephen Adkins and Fanny Rowe.
James Burton Bentley b 16 Mar 1862 Jenkins KY d 20 Dec 1945 Pike Co KY m. 25 Oct 1888
Pike Co KY to Melvina Alice "Mellie" Rowe b 26 Sept 1873 d. 26 Jan 1944 Rockhouse KY, d/o
James S "Midget" Rowe and Elizabeth Adkins (Alternate maiden name of Elizabeth
Adkins is given as Breeding).
(Other source gives Melvina's birth date as 16 Mar 1862).
Susan "Susie" Potter
Susan "Susie" Potter b 1 Jul 1835 Pike Co KY d 17 June 1914,
Benjamin Potter and
Susannah Hollingsworth. Susan "Susie" Potter m. 1869 or 1870 to 2nd James Hollingsworth
(aka Hollins). Children of Susan "Susie" Potter and James Hollingsworth;
and James Hollingsworth
Hollingsworth b 1871 d 1946
William Hollingsworth b 1876 d 1909.
Lewis Hollingsworth b 1878 d 1943.
More About Alexander Lafayette Bentley
*Family history says Lafayette ( Fayette ) was hung by the
neck till dead. *Served as a Pvt in Company D of the 10th Kentucky
Calvary for the CSA. Served in the Special Mission Troops under Col. David
Jessee Caudell. Information from the book "Yankee Chasers" by John Wells.
*While serving for Col. Caudell (Col Caudill), Lafayette was
assigned the task of helping one of the most famous Confederate Guerrillas
From Missouri to Pound Gap, Virginia in the spring of 1865. It was while
escorting Miss Susan Mundey that Lafayette was caught and hung.
The escort route took Lafayette very close to his home on
Rockhouse Creek so he made a trip home to check on his family. On his way back
to the escort, he was caught by Unionists and hung at Shelby Gap, Ky.
During his time serving Col. Caudell, Lafayette was said to be riding with
Frank and Jesse James, Cole Younger, and the most famous of all CSA guerrillas, Quantrill
Burial Location of Alexander Lafayette Bentley:
Below information from the following website;
November 10, 2004 Commander Sparkman reports: Richard
Brown and I set an "in memoriam" stone this afternoon for Pvt. Lafayette
Bentley, 13th KY. Cav., who was killed late in the war and buried in the
former old Bentley Cemetery on Main Street in Jenkins (Letcher Co KY). This
cemetery was later done away with and a hotel was built on the site that
contained at least thirteen graves. Some of the graves were moved, some were
not. Eventually the hotel was torn down and a new house was recently
constructed at this same location. Pvt. Lafayette Bentley's home place was
later the location of the old Jenkins High School (Jenkins, Letcher Co KY).
After careful consideration, we placed the in memoriam stone for Pvt.
Bentley in the old Potter Cemetery, Forest Hill Drive off Rt. 119, just east
of Jenkins (Letcher Co KY). This is a short distance from his original
burial site and the family members of Lafayette Bentley's wife, Susan
Potter, are buried here, including her brother Levi and sister Patsy. Our
total ("in memoriam" stones) is now 696, with 115 in Letcher County.
Obituary: HOLLINS, Susie,
the daughter of Benjamin (sic) Susannah Potter, was born on Elkhorn Creek in
Letcher Co., Ky. In 1836, died 6/17/1914. She married Lafayette Bentley in 1860;
they had 3 children, 2 girls, 1 boy. Mr. Bentley died in 1866. She married James
Hollins in 1870; they had 3 children. She was a member of Pine Grove ORB Church
for 33 years. Written by W. H. Ratliff.