Bence Family Bible
My father, James Quin Bence, son of John and Marie Bence was born in Ross Co. Ohio, March 25, 1839 and died Feb 10, 1896. He moved with his parents to Coles Co. when he was about twelve years old. (James' father, John, built the first house in Windsor.) James had one brother, George Bence, who's children were: Laura, Ella, Sam, Jason, George Ed, Cora and Nora.
James Q. was married to Martha E. Pate. March 28th 1861. Martha E. Bence was born April 23, 1843 and died Feb. 27, 1912. To them were born 9 children: five sons and four daughters. Martha had 1 brother, Wm. Pate. I think he died in Arkansas. I think he had 3 daughters: Francis, Mary and Mattie.
Martha had 2 half brothers, George Edwards lived in Kansas, homesteaded there and died there. He lived in a sod house. Also, Gideon Edwards, a school teacher and ran a drug store here in Windsor. He had 2 daughters—Carrie and Edith. Edith married Mark Sexton and they were organizers of the Rainbow Girls in the Eastern Star Lodge. Carrie married a Gould.
Note: The name Mark Sexton may have been misspelled. Perhaps it should read—Mark Sexson.
Below their children, my brother's and sister's — 9 children:
Sarah Maria Bence (Sargent) - Feb. 25, 1862 - Jan. 4, 1953
Sarah married Geo. Sargent - Aug. 21, 1856 - July 4, 1909
Her child — James B. Sargent
Dora Belle Bence (Maynard) - Feb. 27, 1865 -
Dora married Shack Maynard - May 20, 1865 - Dec. 8, 1932
She had two sons, Clyde and Floyd Maynard
William Allen Bence - Dec. 22, 1868 - April 5, 1967
William married Diza J. - Jan. 19, 1877 - May 31, 1954
His children, 2 daughter's, Nettie Stoddard and Edith Smith
Edgar Rasmus Bence - Oct.17, 1871 - Aug. 4, 1908
Edgar married Florence Agnes Righter - Feb.21, 1868 - Nov. 9, 1954
His children: daughters; Vida Thomas & Myrene Porter and son, Donald
Longertie Maye Bence (Snyder) - July 1, 1873 -
Lou married Theo Snyder - July 11, 1867 - July 20, 1951
She had one child, Elva (Snyder) Hawkins
Elmer Gideon Bence - June 4 1876 - Dec. 22, 1957
Elmer married Maggie Bence - Aug. 16, 1879 - April 1955
He had 2 children; Clifford Bence and Ruth Strange
James Ora Bence - Feb. 29, 1880 - Dec. 1908
James married Lou - Feb. 3, 1883 - July 12, 1923
He had 2 daughter's; Nina Hennigh and Niva or Neva Robertson
Ethyl Maude (Bence) Bundy - May 24, 1863 - Jan. 20, 1977
Ethyl married Oscar Bundy - May 21, 1881- Oct. 24, 1949
She had 2 sons; Orvyel and Fred
Claude Vernon Bence - March 7, 1886 - May 1, 1943
Claude married Lille - Feb. 25, 1883 - Jan. 1966
All are dead now but me, Maude Bundy. Our husbands and wives are all dead. I am left alone 90 years old in 1973. We know nothing about Donald or his family and they haven't been able to trace them.
Maternal Great Grandmother: Sarah Ann Pate Edwards, died March 5, 1871 - age 59 years
Paternal Great Grandmother: Marie B. Gieat, May 7, 1877 - Age 66 years.
Submitted by: Pat Rhodebeck