Pence Family Genealogy Forum
LEMUEL PENCE, retired farmer; P. O. St. Paris; is a son of David and Barbara (Offenbacker) Pence, both natives of Virginia, where they married. They emigrated to Ohio at an early day, locating in Champaign Co., where he became the owner of several fine farms, which he superintended during life. His wife died about 1840 and he in 1864. Their children were ten in number, of whom three are now living Lemuel being the second youngest; he was born in Concord Township, Champaign Co., Ohio, in 1821, and was raised to farm life and obtained a common education. Remained at home and nobly assisted his father until Aug. 5. 1847, when he married Miss Ann Jeffries, after which they commenced housekeeping on the old farm and cultivating the land. Mr. Pence is a practical farmer, and success has accompanied through life. In 1871, he erected his present commodious and attractive dwelling in Sec. 1, Johnson Township, where he owns a fine farm in connection with other land. His residence is decorated with many attractive ornaments, aud is kept in complete order by his noble and worthy wife. They are the parents of three children, viz., Sarah L., born Aug. 8, 1848; Aug. 8,1864, she married T. P. Kite, and March 1, 1877 death severed their union, and she was consigned to the silent tomb. J. S., born July 30, 1850, received his primary education in the common schools, improved it at college and is now a resident of Concord Township. The third child, Alice S., was born 2,1860, and Jan. 1,1879, married J. W. Byler. May 25, following, she was called hence by that destructive disease, consumption. Mrs. Pence was born in Butler Ohio, March 8, 1826. On her 54th anniversary. there assembled about fifty peersons of a refined class to celebrate the day. The parties came from Urbana, St. Paris Millerstown. All passed off as merry as a wedding bell. After the big dinner, whichg all such occasions afford, Mrs. Pence was more completely surprised with numerous presents, among which we mention a gold watch and chain from her devoted husband and a fine chair from her beloved and only son.
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