Numbering Systems in Genealogy

by Richard A. Pence

The Henry System

Copyright 1995 by Richard A. Pence - Posted with Permission

The Henry System is named after Reginald Buchanan Henry, who used it in his "Genealogies of the Families of the Presidents" in 1935. In this system, the progenitor or other individual is assigned the number 1 (or sometimes another number or letter). His oldest child becomes 11, his next child is 12. The oldest child of number 11 is No. 111, the next 112, etc. In the Henry system, when there are more than nine children, X is used for the 10th child, A is used for the 11th child, B is used for the 12th child, etc.

Henry System Example

                           Descendants of Henry Pence 

6 Henry Pence b c1740 probably Germany; d 1824 Champaign Co OH; m c1765 Mary 
  Magdaline Blimly 1865c. Children: 

                               Second Generation 

  61 George Pence b 16 Aug 1766 probably Frederick VA; d 1810 Shenandoah Co VA; 
     m Mary Mauck 9 Nov 1790 Shenandoah Co. No further information on 
     descendants. 
  62 Jacob Pence b 15 Sep 1767 probably Frederick Co VA; d 12 Jun 1828 
     Champaign Co OH; m Maria (Mary) Coffman 7 Jun 1802 Shenandoah Co. Children 
     [apparently several of the nine credited to them d yg]: 

                              ***** Children ***** 

  63 Henry Pence b 4 Sep 1768 Frederick Co VA; d 11 Aug 1844 Champaign Co OH; m 
     (1) Elizabeth Koontz 2 Jan 1788 Shenandoah Co VA, (2) Eve Snider 5 Jul 
     1803 Shenandoah Co. Children: 

                              ***** Children ***** 

  64 Abraham Pence b 4 Sep 1769 Frederick Co VA; d 1838 Champaign Co OH; m 
     Elizabeth Mauck 11 Feb 1791 Shenandoah Co; to Champaign in 1811. Children: 

                              ***** Children ***** 

  65 Magdaline Pence b 31 Jan 1771 Frederick Co VA; no further information. 
  66 Susanna Pence b 4 Jul 1772 Frederick Co VA; d 21 May 1853 Champaign Co OH; 
     m (1) Benjamin Maggert 6 May 1794 Shenandoah Co, (2) Thomas Jenkins before 
     Apr 1820 Champaign Co.  
  67 John Pence b 15 Jan 1774 Shenandoah Co VA; d 20 Sep 1841 Henderson Co IL; 
     m (1) Eve Piper 22 Dec 1795 Shenandoah Co, (2) Elizabeth Steinberger 4 Jul 
     1803 Shenandoah Co, (3) Elizabeth [Heaton] Records 3 Apr 1828 Bartholomew 
     Co IN; to Champaign Co OH in 1805, Bartholomew Co IN in 1820 & Henderson 
     Co in 1828. Children: 

                              ***** Children ***** 

  68 Barbara Pence b 2 Nov 1775 Shenandoah Co VA; d before 1820 [father's 
     will]; m (1) _____ Rosenberger, (2) John Stewart 9 Oct 1806 Cham Co OH.  
  69 David Pence b 4 Feb 1777 Shenandoah Co VA [1778 tombstone]; d 1852 
     Fairfield Co OH; m (1) Barbara Ruffner 22 Jan 1803 Shen Co, (2) Katharine 
     Rose Groves 1 Feb 1832 Licking Co OH. Children, first 11 by first wife, 
     last four by second: 

                              ***** Children ***** 

  6X Joseph Pence b 26 Sep 1778 Shenandoah Co VA; d 6 Jul 1855 Champaign Co OH; 
     m Magdalena Coffman 12 Nov 1809 Champaign Co. Children: 

                              ***** Children ***** 

  6A Samuel Pence b 4 Feb 1780 Shenandoah Co VA; d - Feb 1815 Champaign Co; m 
     Elizabeth Cowick 8 Jan 1809 Champaign Co. Children: 

                              ***** Children *****  

  6B Anna Pence b 10 Oct 1781 Shenandoah Co VA; d 25 Mar 1847 Montgomery Co IN; 
     m John Norman 11 Feb 1800 Shenandoah Co; to Bartholomew Co IN, then 
        Montgomery Co.  
  6C Isaac Pence b 23 Jul 1784 Shenandoah Co VA; d 7 Apr 1854 Washington Co IA; 
     m Susannah Aleshire 25 Jan 1806 Shenandoah Co. Children: 

                              ***** Children ***** 

  6D Elizabeth Pence b 22 Jun 1786 Shenandoah Co VA; d 14 Apr 1854 Champaign Co 
     OH; m John Steinberger c1806 probably in Shenandoah Co or possibly in 
     Champaign Co.  
  6E Benjamin Pence b 25 Apr 1787 Shenandoah Co VA; d 8 Feb 1875 Bartholomew 
     Co; m Catherine Steinberger 8 Apr 1811 Champaign Co. Children: 

                              ***** Children ***** 

  6F Mary Pence b 9 Jun 1789 Shenandoah Co VA; d - --- 18-- IL; m William 
     Runkle c1808; to IL; their daughter Dicey (Dunlap) d 25 Jan 1912, age 100 
     yr, 11 mo, 15 da after having lived in Morgan Co IL since 1830.  
  6G Reuben Pence b 28 Jun 1791 Shenandoah Co VA; d 1 Oct 1840 Miami Co OH; m 
     Anne Cowick 27 Aug 1811 Champaign Co OH; to Miami Co in 1821. Children: 

                              ***** Children ***** 

                               Second Generation 

  621 Katherine Pence b c1803 Shenandoah Co VA; d before 1820 OH; m Michael 
      Kite c1819 OH. 

             ***** Other Children of Jacob, No. 62, down to: ***** 

  626 Jacob Pence b 10 Oct 1812 Champaign Co OH; d 3 Apr 1898 Champaign Co; m 
      Sarah Dugan 20 Sep 1833 Clark Co OH.  

                              ***** Children ***** 

  631 Barbara Pence b 9 Nov 1789 Shenandoah Co VA; d 14 Apr 1866 Champaign Co 
      OH; m Daniel Snider 14 Nov 1809 Shenandoah Co.  
  
               ***** Other Children of Henry, 63, down to: ***** 

  637 Susannah Pence b 1823 Champaign Co OH; d 13 Dec 1846 Champaign Co; m 
      Daniel Blose 7 Dec 1837 Champaign Co.  

  641 Mary Pence b 25 Nov 1791 Shenandoah Co VA; d 14 Dec 1886 Champaign Co OH; 
      m Daniel Loudenback 8 Nov 1812 Champaign Co.  

                   ***** Other Children of Abraham, 64 ***** 

  671 Elizabeth Pence b 22 Apr 1799 Shenandoah Co VA; d - Dec 1844 Henderson Co 
      IL; m Thomas Doolittle Wells c1817 Champaign Co OH. 

                ***** Other Children of John, 67, down to: ***** 

  67F Charlotte Pence b 1 May 1839 Henderson Co IL; d 14 Jun 1906 Alameda Co 
      CA; m John Kee Madden 22 Mar 1865 Henderson Co.  

  691 Aaron Pence b 10 Dec 1803 Shenandoah Co VA; d 3 Mar 1886 Licking Co OH; m 
      Maria Hand c1835 Licking Co.  

                **** Other Children of David, 69, down to: ***** 

  69E Sarah Katherine Pence b 20 Jul 1840 Fairfield Co OH; m John P. Mays c1858 
      Fairfield Co.  

  6X1 Julia A. Pence b 26 May 1809 Champaign Co OH; d inf.  

               ***** Other Children of Joseph, 6X, down to: ***** 

  6X9 Joseph Pence b 7 Jul 1825 Champaign Co OH; d 1 Apr 1909 Wyandotte Co KS; 
      m Jane Sifers 7 Nov 1858 Champaign Co.  

                      *****  Children of Samuel, 6A ***** 

                       ***** Children of Isaac, 6B ***** 

                      ***** Children of Benjamin, 6C ***** 

  6G1 Ocey Pence b 16 Feb 1812 Champaign Co OH; d 9 Jun 1844 Miami Co; m 
         Jabez Lucas 6 Oct 1827 Shelby Co OH.  

               ***** Other Children of Isaac, 6G, down to: ***** 

  6G6 William Lossen Pence b 7 Apr 1821 Champaign Co OH; d 3 Mar 1882 Miami 
      Co OH; m (1) Harriet Rudy 11 May 1848 Miami Co, (2) Barbara Rudy 9 Oct 
      1851 Miami Co. 

                                Third Generation 

  6261 Mary Ann Pence b 26 Jul 1834; d 10 Dec 1915 Defiance Co OH; m 
       Christopher Rose 14 Aug 1853 Champaign Co OH. 

                               **** down to **** 

  6G63 Alfred Fortescue Pence b 30 May 1859 Miami Co OH; d - Sep 1908 Franklin 
       Co OH; m (1) Ella D. Stoker c1878, (2) Leona Dell McCashen 1896 OH. 

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