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Families covered: Bence of Aldeburgh, Bence of Benhall, Bence of Heveningham Hall, Bence of Thorington Hall

BIFR1976 reports of the following Edmund that "his family had been shipbldrs (sic) for many generations trading with (the) Low Countries at Aldeburgh's time of prosperity before much of it was submerged by the sea".
Edmund Bence of Aldeburgh, Suffolk (d before 1587)
1. John Bence of Aldeburgh (bur 27.03.1577) shown by Commoners as the youngest son
  m. Joane Wignall (bur 10.03.1585, dau of William Wignall)
  A. Alexander Bence, Mayor of Aldeburgh (b 1547, d 27.01.1612/3)
  m. (02.09.1571) Mary Squier (dau of Thomas Squier or Squire)
  i. Alexander Bence (bpt 28.07.1577, d before 1610, 2nd son)
  m. (11.07.1600) Rose Johnson
  a. Rose Bence (a 1612)
  ii. John Bence of Aldeburgh & Benhall (Suffolk) (bpt 30.04.1581, d 02.07.1635)
m1. Mary French (dau of Edmund French of Kelsale)
  a. John Bence of Ringsfield, Sheriff of Suffolk (dsp before 11.04.1681)
  m. Anne Layer (bur 15.09.1683, dau of Christopher Layer of Norwich)
  b. Edmund Bence of Benhall (b 1619, d 05.05.1702)
  BIFR1976 identifies Edmund's wife Mary as dau of Sir Francis Yallop, Commoners as dau of Sir Francis Gallop. It appears that she was ...
  m. Mary Yallop (d 10.05.1717, sister of Sir Robert Yallop)
  (1) John Bence of Heveningham Hall, Suffolk (bpt 27.09.1670, d 18.10.1718, MP)
  m. Catherine Glemham (d 01.03.1715, dau/heir of Sir Thomas Glemham of Glemham son of Sir Thomas (Governor of Carlisle))
  (A) Alexander Bence of Heveningham Hall (bur 30.03.1719)
  (B) Mary Bence (d 01.01.1715-6)
  m. Sir William Barker, 5th Bart of Grimston Hall (d 23.07.1731)
  (2) Alexander Bence of Thorington Hall, Sheriff of Suffolk (bpt 20.02.1671/2, bur 08.08.1759)
m. Christian Deane (dau of Sir Anthony Deane of London)
  (A) Anne Bence of Thorington Hall (bpt 31.12.1714, dsp bur 03.10.1794)
  m. (19.01.1762) George Golding of Poslingford (bur 29.12.1803)
  (B)+ other issue (dvp unm) - Alexander (b 1711, bur 07.06.1742), Mary (bur 17.06.1756)
  (3) Robert Bence of Henstead, Suffolk (b 1675, d 19.12.1745, 4th son)
  m. (20.07.1704) Mary Echard (d before 12.02.1719, dau/heir of Rev. Lawrence Echard of Henstead)
  (A) Anne Bence (b 1707, bur 16.11.1776)
  m. (16.12.1740) Robert Sparrow of Kettleburgh, 1st of Worlingham Hall (d 1765, son of Robert of Kettleburgh)
  Their younger son inherited Thorington Hall and assumed the name Bence.
  (B)+ other issue (d unm) - Laurence of Henstead (b 1705, bur 02.04.1747), Mary (b 1709, bur 28.12.1792)
  (4) Thomas Bence (bpt 20.01.1679/80, bur 27.09.1757, rector of Kelsale-cum-Carleton then Thorington)
  m. Margaret Barker (bur 11.10.1737, dau of Robert Barker of Bredfield)
  (A) Edmund Bence (bpt 02.05.1712, bur 05.06.1712)
  (B) Catharine Bence (bpt 23.09.1708, bur 18.06.1785)
  m. (30.09.1747) Gabriel Trusson of Kelsale (d 17.06.1766)
  (i) Thomas Trusson
  (ii) Catherine Trusson
  m. Anthony Collett of Walton
  (C) Bridgett Bence (bpt 08.03.1709/10, d 07.05.1722)
  m. (28.04.1758) Thomas Bigsby of Saxmundham
  (5)+ other issue - Edward (bpt 25.05.1673, bur 23.10.1678), Edmund (bpt 05.07.1677), William (bpt 06.10.1678, bur 10.10.1678), Mary (bpt 23.01.1675/6, d unm 16.01.1765), Abigail (bpt 05.08.1681, d unm 10.03.1750/1)
  c. Mary Bence (a 1635)
  m. _ Barkley
  d. Elizabeth Bence
  m. (after 1634) William Smith of Parkfield
  e.+ other issue - Alexander (a 1635), son (d before 1635)
  m2. Elizabeth (a 1635)
  iii. Robert Bence of London (bpt 28.02.1584, bur 20.03.1655)
  m. Elizabeth
  a. Susan Bence
  m1. _ Dent
  m2. ??
b.+ other issue - Squier (d before 12.09.1680), Robert (d 05/06.1676), Alexander (bpt 08.02.1653, bur 31.08.1654), Jacob (bpt 27.03.1656, a 1676), Mary (a 1655)
  iv. Alexander Bence of Aldeburgh (d before 1675, 7th son, MP)
  m1. Anne Aylett
  a. Sir Alexander Bence of Dublin (d before 20.07.1676)
  b. John Bence of Aldeburgh (d before 16.03.1687, alderman of London)
  m1. Judith Andrews (dau of Peter Andrews of London)
  (1) Rachel Bence (d 17.02.1710/1)
  m. (04.07.1671) Vere Fane, 4th Earl of Westmorland (d 29.12.1693)
  m2. Joane (a 1675)
  c. Anne Bence (a 1614)
  d. Elizabeth Bence
  m. (after 1648) John Upton
  (1) Elizabeth Upton (a 1675)
  m2. Rachel
  v. Squier Bence of Aldeburgh (bpt 17.04.1597, d 27.11.1648, MP)
  m1. Elizabeth
  a.+ 2 children (d young)
  m2. Mary (d 24.10.1678)
  vi. Rose Bence (a 1612)
  m. Thomas Johnson (a 1612)
  vii. Mary Bence (bpt 17.04.1597)
  m. John Base of Benhall
  viii.+ other issue - Thomas (bpt 21.12.1574, d before 30.11.1610), William (bpt 16.10.1587, bur 10.12.1587), William (bpt 05.12.1591, bur 27.05.1597)
  B. William Bence, Mayor of Aldeburgh (d 02.09.1606)
  m. (10.04.1575) Mary Blome (a 1606, widow of _ Wright)
  i. Robert Bence (bpt 01.10.1581, d 01.1621, 3rd son)
  m1. ??
  a.+ issue (a 1621) - Mary, Elizabeth
  m2. Mary (a 1621, widow of _ Tym)
ii. Mary Bence (bpt 12.01.1583, a 1606)
  m. James
  iii.+ other issue - John (bpt 26.08.1576, bur 20.11.1578), William (bpt 10.08.1578, a 1599), John (bpt 16.07.1587, a 1621), Thomas (a 1621)
  C. Robert Bence 'of Aldeburgh' of Harwich
  m1. (29.08.1575) Bridgett (widow of _ Coverdale)
  i. John Bence of Orford (bpt 28.09.1578, d before 12.05.1619)
  m. Ellen (a 1619)
  a.+ issue (a 1617) - Robert, Mary
  ii. Joane Bence (bpt 12.08.1576, d before 1611)
  m. Robert Wheatley of London
  iii. Margaret Bence (bpt 29.11.1579)
  m. Henry Marsh
  m2. ??
  D. Joane Bence (a 1590)
  m. (28.08.1574) Arthur Mitchelson (a 1590)
  E. Margaret Bence (bpt 05.05.1560)
  m1. William Hales
  m2. James Palmer
  F.+ other issue - John (bpt 07.09.1570), Eme (bpt 28.05.1568, bur 06.06.1568)
2. Robert Bence of Aldeburgh (bur 10.02.1587/8)
  m. (25.10.1574) Anne Willet
  A. Edmund Bence of Aldeburgh (d 1602)
3. Edmund Bence of Aldeburgh (bur 11.03.1597)
  m. Joane
  A. Margaret Bence (a 1590)
  m. (18.05.1575) Edmund Page (a 1590)
  B. Joane Bence (bpt 19.05.1560, a 1590)
  m. Robert Richards (a 1590)
  C. Rose Bence (d before 1647)
  m. (15.12.1590) Robert Dymor
  D.+ other issue - Thomas (bpt 29.08.1563, a 1647), John of Aldeburgh (d before 15.02.1647/8), Rose (bpt 09.06.1583, bur 18.08.1583)
4. Thomas Bence of London (bur 16.05.1590) shown by Commoners as the eldest son
5. Johan Bence (d before 1590)
  m. _ Michelson
6. Rose Bence (d before 1590)
  m. _ Richards

Main source(s): BIFR1976 ('Bence-Jones'), Commoners (vol 3, 'Bence of Thorington Hall', p651+)
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