Frances - If I hadn't just returned from Iowa where I saw Emmanuel's tombstone, I would think they were one and the same. My Emmanuel Bence is the son of Michael Bence and he (EB) married Jennie Mina Bostonian Chelsea Feb. 9, 1897.
He was born in 1870. They had 4 children, Dorothy, Maude, Bertha and Roy. the 3 girls and their husbands are also buried in the Oak Hill Cemetery in Belle Plaine, IA. I don't consider the name to be that common, so it amazes me that there could be two with the same name. I took pictures of the tombstones, rather than write down the information, so when I get the pictures back I will check the dates. I suppose there is always the possibility of a second marriage but haven't seen anything in my search to indicate such a thing. However, I have not been able to find Emmanuel on the IA censuses. At the moment I'd say no connection, however, keep an open mind about it. Early on in my search I found a Francis Bence, but he didn't appear to be connected to my Francis Bence because he was listed as French and I was pretty sure my Francis was German (from family lore) and it appeared they were from different states. However, when I got the War of 1812 pension papers I discovered my F.B. had enlisted at the same place the other F.B. lived, and eventually learned that the one I had rejected was actually the father of my F.B. I have learned to not dismiss information too quickly.