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About Thomas Edward "Bud" Pence
Thomas Edward "Bud” Pence (1842-1880) - Born on November 28, 1842 in Clay County, Missouri to Adam and Ann Pence, he was the older brother to Donnie 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. Pence joined up with Quantrill's Raiders in 1863, shortly after his boyhood friend, Frank James. After the war, Bud moved to Nelson County, Kentucky, but soon joined up with the James-Younger Gang and was involved in their first robbery of the Clay County Savings Bank in Liberty, Missouri on February 13, 1866. Both he and his brother Donnie were identified as participants in the robbery, and quickly fled back to Kentucky. Missouri authorities quickly sent notice and Bud was arrested and jailed. After extradition proceedings a Missouri deputy traveled to Kentucky to transport him back to Missouri, but Pence had escaped, probably with the help of sympathetic local authorities. On December 1, 1867, he married Mary Rachel Samuels and by 1880, were living with Mary’s widowed mother in Nelson County, Kentucky. He died of unknown causes September 15, 1880.