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 location); s/o James 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 Hollins). (1860 Wise Co VA Census). Children of Alexander Lafayette Bentley and Susan Susie Potter;

1. 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.

2. 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.

3. 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
and James Hollingsworth

Susan Susie Potter b 1 Jul 1835 Pike Co KY d 17 June 1914; d/o Benjamin Potter and Susannah Hollingsworth. Susan "Susie" Potter m. 1869 or 1870 to (2) James Hollingsworth (aka Hollins). Children of James Hollingsworth and Susan "Susie" Potter;

1. Isaac Hollingsworth b 1871 d 1946

2. William Hollingsworth b 1876 d 1909.

3. 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 (Quantrell's Raiders)


Burial Location of Alexander Lafayette Bentley:

Below information from the following website; http://www.bencaudill.com/journal04.html

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.


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