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William Albert Pence (1879-1918)
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Born: 10 Jun 1879 Fort Wayne Indiana. 1 2
Married: Millie (Mildred) Martin Jones (1883-1970) the daughter of Benjamin F. Jones (1843-1924) and Alice Maria Jenkins (1845-1930) on 10 Jun 1902 in Dyer County Tennessee. 5
Died: 24 Feb 1918 Dyersburg Tennessee. 3 4
Buried: Woodland Cemetery Jackson Michigan.
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Unknown Pence
-Bet 1878 and 1880

William Albert Pence
10 Jun 1879-24 Feb 1918
Samuel Myers
Sarah Ann (Sadie) Myers
3 Jul 1858-25 Feb 1922
Anna Shelly

Spouse and Children

      Millie (Mildred) Martin J..

Brothers and Sisters

In the passing of William Albert Pence, Dyersburg lost a most highly esteemed and representative citizen. He was born in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on the 10th of June, 1879, and his demise occurred in Dyersburg on the 24th of February, 1918. For many years he was active in the milling business in Dyersburg and although he had been handicapped by blindness since June 19, 1915, he continued to operate the sawmill with substantial success until his demise. For some time previous to his death he was in poor health and had received treatment at the hands of Mayo Brothers and other well known specialists in the country. On the morning of the 24th of February his wife went to his room and found him dead. Since that time she has taken over the management of the business and may be found at the plant every day in the year. Previous to her husband's demise she knew nothing about the business but now she is considered an expert judge of hickory, the principal business of the mill being its work in hickory dimensions. Many a woman of less strength of character would have failed where Mrs. Pence has succeeded and she has the respect of the entire community. On the 10th of June, 1902, at Dyersburg was celebrated the marriage of Mr. Pence to Miss Mildred Martine Jones, a daughter of Benjamin F. and Alice Maria (Jenkins) Jones of Jackson, Michigan. Her father was born in South Wales, while her mother was a native of Luzerne County, Pennsylvania. To the union of Mr. and Mrs. Pence two children were born: Dorys Mirriam Chrystelle, whose birth occurred on the 26th of August, 1904; and Max Demonte, born on the 19th of April, 1907. The children are living with their mother in Dyersburg. Throughout his life Mr. Pence was a stanch advocate and supporter of good government and he was never too busy to give his aid in the furtherance of any movement for the development and improvement of the general welfare. His religious faith was that of the Baptist church, to the support of which he was a generous contributor and he was one of the organizers of the Baraca Bible class of his church. Fraternally he was a Master Mason and a member of the Knights of Pythias. During the years of his residence in Dyersburg, Mr. Pence wielded a great influence for good in the community and was highly esteemed for his integrity and sterling worth.1


  1. Tennessee, The Volunteer State, 1769-1923, Vol. 4.
  2. Ancestry.com 1880 United States Federal Census Fort Wayne, Allen, Indiana; Roll: 265; Family History Film: 1254265;Page: 570A; Enumeration District: 120; Image: 0161
  3. 1913 - 1930 J. W. CURRY FUNERAL HOME RECORDS, DYER CO., TN -http://www.rootsweb.com/~tndyer/funeral/curry-p.txt
  4. Death Certificate, William A. Pence
  5. Ancestry.com. Tennessee State Marriages, 1780-2002