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From: Richard A. Pence
Date: 07/09/06 05:29:05
Subject: [NEBRRoots] Looking for a Home for a PENCE Family Bible
I trust this is a proper place for this message (I subscribed to the
Colfax County, Nebraska, Mailing List and began receiving messages from
this list, so I presume the two are connected).
I have come into possession of an elaborate - even "elegant" - family
Bible for a PENCE family that lived in Colfax County in the late 1800s
and early 1900s and I would like to give it to a descendant or relative
if one can be located.
The family moved from Schuyler to Lincoln beofe the 1910 census.
The last entry in the Bible was for a Clara E. Pence who died in 1934 in
Canton, Stark County, Ohio, not previously known to be connected with
the family. However, in 1930 the owner of the Bible shows up in Canton
with a second wife, Clara E. This may help explain why the Bible showed
up at a flea market in western Pennsylvania, where it was purchased by
someone who wanted to try and find a "home" for it. Since I am "the
Pencefamily guy," it worked its way through another person to me.
Joseph Michael Pence was born in Shenandoah County, Virginia, in 1869
and moved to Colfax County about 1890, presumably to join an older
brother, Jacob Arthur Pence, who owned and operated first a mill and
then a hardware store in Schuyler before moving on to Aurora in Hamilton
County, Nebraska, about 1920, where he also had a hardware store.
Several other members of this Virginia family show up in various
Nebraska records, including two other brothers of Joseph and Jacob -
William Ashby (used his middle name sometimes) and William Luther Pence
(he also used his middle name).
Below my signaure you can find a family group sheet for Joseph Michael
Pence. Note that he married in Omaha and had 6 children while living in
The last evidence that any of this family was in Colfax County is that
one of the ddaughters married Charles Henry Wolfe and they were living
in Colfax County in 1920 and her younger brother Robert, then 14 was a
helper on the farm; he late died in Schuyler in 1923. Besides Hazel
Pence, the wife of Charles Wolfe, and Robert, no other member of the
family has so far been found in the 1920 census. The Wolfe family was
not found in the census index in Nebraska for 1930.
I would be happy to ship this large Bible to any family member or
relation. If it looks like this is an impossibility, perhaps someone can
suggest a proper hisitorical or genealogical society where it will be
I am open to any help or suggestions.
Richard A. Pence
3211 Adams Ct, Fairfax, VA 22030-1900
Voice 703-591-4243 Fax: 703-352-3560
Pence Family History <www.pipeline.com/~richardpence/>
JOSEPH MICHAEL PENCE was born - May 1869 at Hawkinstown, Shenandoah
County, Virginia (his family Bible says he was born 14 May 1872, but he
was age 11 in 1880 census of Ashby District, Shenandoah County and the
1900 census gives the above date); married (1) Frances Maude (Fanny)
Smith 15 Dec 1892 in Omaha, Douglas County, Nebraska (she was born 11
Oct 1874 at Table Grove, Fulton County, Illinois, died 25 Apr 1911 in
Deadwood, Lawrence County, South Dakota), (2) Clara E. _____ (she was
born in 1867 in Ohio, died 5 Dec 1934 in Canton, Stark County, Ohio);
they were in Schuyler in 1900 and in Lincoln, Lancaster County,
Nebraska, in 1910'; not found in 1920, but in 1930 he and his second
wife were in Canton. Children:
i. MAUDE MILLICENT PENCE was born 29 Nov 1893 in Schuyler, Colfax
County, Nebraska; died 25 Sep 1911.
ii. CLARENCE LESLEY PENCE was born 3 Feb 1896 in Schuyler, Colfax
III. HAZEL GERTRUDE PENCE was born 25 Sep 1897 in Schuyler, Colfax
County, Nebraska; she marreid Charles Henry Wolfe; her brother Robert
was living with them in the 1920 cenus o Colfax County.
iv. MARIE PENCE was born 9 Aug 1902 in Schuyler, Colfax County,
v. ROBERT A. PENCE was born 5 Jul 1905 in Lincoln, Lancaster County,
Nebraska; died 10 Jul 1923 in Schuyler, Colfax County, Nebraska.
vi. VIRGINIA PENCE was born 3 Feb 1907 in Lincoln, Lancaster County,
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