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About Alexander Doniphan "Donnie" Pence
Alexander Doniphan "Donnie" Pence (1847-1896) - Born on August 15, 1847 in Clay County, Missouri to Adam and Ann Pence, he was the younger of Bud Pence and had at least 8 other siblings. Bud and Donnie grew up as neighbors to Frank and Jesse James and because of their proximity in ages, became fast friends with the James brothers. Both Frank James and Bud Pence joined up with Quantrill's Raiders in 1863, and Donnie and Jesse James followed in their footsteps about six months later. After the war, both Bud and Donnie made their way to Nelson County, Kentucky but soon joined up with the James-Younger Gang and were involved in their first robbery of the Clay County Savings Bank in Liberty, Missouri on February 13, 1866. Both he and his brother bud were identified as participants in the robbery, and quickly fled back to Kentucky. Though Missouri authorities tried to extradite his brother Bud back to Missouri, Bud escaped from jail. Donnie married Sarah Isabel Samuels on November 10, 1870 and lived at the Samuels Depot in Nelson County, Kentucky. By this time, Donnie had gone "straight,” and in 1871 became a respected sheriff, a position he held for more than two decades. He died of typhoid pneumonia on February 25, 1896 and was buried at Stoner's Chapel Cemetery in nelson County, Kentucky.