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Bence family papers

 Collection — Multiple Containers
Identifier: S1841

Scope and Contents

This collection contains deeds, indentures, mortgages, and banking and estate documents of the Bence family. Ranging from 1790 to 1885, the bulk of the land documents are related to property located in Jefferson County, Kentucky and Putnam County, Indiana. The collection also includes John A. Bence's certificate for his commission as first lieutenant in the "Washington Guards" signed by Indiana Governor Ashbel D. Willard on August 4, 1859; a certificate of exemption for permanent disability for John dated Janluary 12, 1865; and estate documents regarding Philip Bence, Sr. (1835-1836) and Philip Bence, Jr. (1882). Another item of note is a January 4, 1831 bill of sale for the purchase of a slave "named Washington aged nineteen years" by Philip Bence, Jr. and sold by Edward and Beauford T. Yager.


  • 1790-1882


Conditions Governing Access

This collection is open for research.

Conditions Governing Use

Legal title, copyright, and literary rights reside with Rare Books and Manuscripts, Indiana State Library, Indianapolis, IN. All requests to publish or quote from manuscripts must be submitted to Rare Books and Manuscripts.

Biographical Note

Philip Bence, Jr. was born October 1, 1801 in Jefferson County, Kentucky to Philip and Mary Bence, Sr. His father was from Pennsylvania and moved to Kentucky in the 1790s. The elder Bence died around 1835. The junior Bence first married Lydia Doup in 1826 and they had four children. He was married a second time to Anna Yenowine in December 1835 and they had six children, including John A.(1836-1916). The Bence family moved to Washington Township, Putnam County, Indiana in 1853. Philip Bence, Jr. died at the age of 81 on October 14, 1882.


Information found within collection. "Philip Bence." Find a Grave Memorial ID 16711249. Accessed May 18, 2021.

Weik, Jesse William. Weik's History of Putnam County, Indiana. Indianapolis, Ind.: B.F. Bowen and Company, 1910.


0.02 Cubic Feet (2 folders)

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This collection is arranged chronologically.

Custodial History

This collection was received by Rare Books and Manuscripts as a donation.


No further additions are expected.

Processing Information

Collection processing completed 2021/05/18 by Laura Eliason. EAD finding aid created 2021/05/18 by Laura Eliason.


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Repository Details

Part of the Rare Books and Manuscripts Repository

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