The Bentley House stands at the northwest corner of Elm and Butler Streets.
The Ronald B. Jones Funeral Home is currently utilizing the structure.
Matthew Bentley and family, English Jews who immigrated to the United
States in 1843, built the home. The Bentley family initially took up
residence in Ohio. In 1846, they purchased a lot in Ludlow (an additional
parcel was purchased in 1850). On this property the Bentley House was
Mathew Bentley Sr. operated a liquor dealership from the home for many
years. In the formative period of Ludlow's history, Mathew Bentley served
on the city council.
Mathew and his wife Mary were the parents of six children: Lewis (b.August
15, 1840), Rosa (b. 1842), Mathew Jr. (b. 1844), Isabelle (b. 1846),
Charles (b. 1849), and Louisa (b. 1853).
Lewis Bentley remained in Ludlow. Following his parent's deaths, the
home became his. Lewis, his wife Alice and their children lived in the
home for many years. Alice died on February 24, 1922. Lewis followed
her on June 6, 1931. Both are buried in Spring Grove Cemetery, Cincinnati.
The home was sold to Peter "Pete" Manchikes and his wife Amy.
In approximately 1946, Raymond P. Catherman purchased the house for
use as a funeral home, which eventually evolved into the Ronald B. Jones
Funeral Home of today.
Tenkotte, Paul, Rival Cities to Suburbs, University of Cincinnati
Dissertation, 1989, Vol. I, p. 321; United States Federal Census, 1860;
Kentucky Death Certificates 1922 and 1931.