From: "Biographical Review of Cass, Schuyler and
Brown Counties, Illinois 1892", by Biographical Review Publishing
Company, Chicago, Illinois; pages 322-323, a reprinted by Stevens
Publishing Co., Astoria, Ill., 1971, is sold by the Schuyler County
Historical Society, Rushville, Illinois.
Joseph Pence, of township 17, 7 north, range 10 west, section
18, was born in Rockingham county, Virginia, March 10, 1814. His
parents were John and Mary (Smith) Pence, both being natives of
Virginia. They had three sons and five daughters; Mr. Pence, of this
sketch, is the only survivor. One brother died in Davis County, Iowa,
and two sisters also died in the same place. The other three sisters
died in Cass county, Illinois, and the remaining brother in Scott
County, Illinois. The parents both died in Rockingham County, Virginia,
the father in June, and the mother in September, 1834.
Mr. Joseph Pence was married in Page County, Virginia, in 1837,
to Sarah A. Samuels, of the same county, born in 1812. After marriage
the young couple went to Kentucky and remained until 1838, when they
removed to Morgan County, Illinois. From there they went to Cass
County, Illinois, where they have since resided. Mr. Pence bought 205
acres of land, which he has greatly improved. Mrs. Pence died in 1878,
and her husband still mourns her loss. Mr. Pence has always been a
Democrat and has held the various offices in his township, and was a
member of the I.O.O.F.
Mrs. Pence bore her husband six children, namely: Joseph W., a
farmer in Iowa, is a widower with nine children; Sarah Ellen, a widow
who keeps house for her father. The other children are dead. The
daughter married Thomas D. Chapman, who was born near Pittsburg,
Pennsylvania, January 27, 1842, and was a soldier in Company I, One
Hundred and Fifteenth Illinois Infantry, serving three years and three
months. He returned home somewhat broken in health, and never entirely
recovered, dying August 5, 1885. He left four children and a widow to
mourn his loss. The children were: Louie, now Mrs. P. H. Caldwell;
Charles F., Albert B. and Joseph H. are all at home with their
grandfather, the first named being a member of the Sons of Veterans.
Mrs. Chapman was born on the farm on which she now resides, and has
always lived there. She is a member of the Providence Presbyterian
Church. Her husband was a member of the Masonic order.
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