Robert Bentham (1791-1843)
Robert Bentham was born in the Yorkshire village of Dent and from an early age his parents intended him to enter the Anglican ministry. Bentham enjoyed a good education and at the age of twenty was appointed to teach Classics at a private school in Chester. He was converted through the influence of a Methodist pupil, John Bowers, who later entered the Wesleyan ministry. Bentham was recommended for the itinerancy in 1812 by the Chester circuit and thereafter exercised an active ministry in England and Wales until 1840 when he was forced into retirement by a stroke. Bentham died on September 15th 1843.
Source: Minutes of Conference 1844, Hill's Arrangement 1838 and manuscript Register of Preachers on Trial 1803-31 (MARC)