Thank you so much for responding! No, it apparently is not the same John Bent. My ancestor was also John Bent born in County Wexford in 1809. He was married to a woman named Bridget Maguire (1809-1871). They emigrated to the U.S. in 1849 but while on board the ship, John got Typhoid. He died on March 13, 1849 at the Deer Island quarantine center off the coast of Boston without ever setting foot on the mainland. Such a sad story! I am descended from their son James Long Bent, who was the father of Eleanor Bent, who married John Somers Smith, whose son Cyrene Smith was my grandfather.
So many stories...I love learning so much about the past! How thrilling for you to have a picture of your ancestor! I only have one going as far back as Nellie, who was my great-grandmother.
Best of luck on your searching! Are you on Ancestry.com? I would be happy to share my tree if you want to keep in touch since we both have Bent family from County Wexford!