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Bent, Samuel


19 July 1778–16 Aug. 1846. Born in Barre, Worcester Co., Massachusetts. Son of Joel Bent and Mary Mason. Married first Mary Kilburn, 3 Mar. 1805, in Wendell, Franklin Co., Massachusetts. Colonel in Massachusetts militia. Lived in Braintree, Norfolk Co., Massachusetts, 1810. Baptized into Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints by Jared Carter, Jan. 1833, in Pontiac, Oakland Co., Michigan Territory. Ordained an elder, Jan. 1833, in Pontiac. Served mission to Michigan, Jan. 1833; helped establish Huron branch, in Huron Co., Michigan Territory. Participated in Camp of Israel expedition to Missouri, 1834. Attended School of the Prophets, 1835. Moved to Liberty, Clay Co., Missouri, and then to Far West, Caldwell Co., Missouri, 1836. Married second Lettice Palmer, Sept. 1837. Served on Far West high council, by 5 Aug. 1837. Moved to Commerce (later Nauvoo), Hancock Co., Illinois, by Oct. 1839. Appointed member of Nauvoo high council, Oct. 1839. Appointed to serve mission to Illinois, Indiana, and Ohio to collect money for church loans and book printing, July 1840. Member of Nauvoo Legion. Admitted to Council of Fifty, 19 Mar. 1844. Served mission to Illinois, Michigan, and Indiana, 1844. Moved to Garden Grove, Decatur Co., Iowa Territory, 1846; presided over Garden Grove branch. Died in Iowa.