Birth Name: Michael Richard Pence
Place of Birth: Columbus, Indiana
Date of Birth: June 7, 1959
*7.81% German (including Alsatian German and Swiss-German)
*10.94% Colonial American, likely including English
Mike Pence is an American politician, attorney, and radio show host. He is the Republican Party’s 2016 nominee for Vice President of the United States, while Donald Trump is their nominee for President. Mike has served as Governor of Indiana, since January 14, 2013. He was previously a Member of the U.S. House of Representatives from Indiana, from January 3, 2001 to January 3, 2013.
Mike is the son of Ann Nancy Jane (Cawley) and Edward J. Pence, Jr. Mike’s father’s ancestry was 5/8 Irish and 5/32 German (including Alsatian German and Swiss-German); the remainder of his father’s more distant roots are not totally clear, but likely include English. Mike’s mother is of entirely Irish descent, the daughter and granddaughter of immigrants. Mike was raised Catholic, and is now an Evangelical Christian.
Mike’s patrilineal line traces back to a Michael Bentz, who was born c. 1705, and whose family surname was changed from “Bentz” to “Pence”.
Mike’s paternal grandfather was Edward Joseph Pence, Sr. (the son of Harry/Henry Harold Pence and Mary Ellen Riley/Reilly). Harry was born in Illinois, the son of Samuel Pence and Frances “Fannie” Payne/Paigne; Samuel was of at least one quarter German descent through his patrilineal line (including Alsatian German and Swiss-German), while the rest of his ancestry is unclear (and likely included English). Mike’s great-grandmother Mary Ellen was born in Illinois, the daughter of John Riley, who was Irish, and of Margaret Flannery, who was born in Louisiana, of Irish descent.
Mike’s paternal grandmother was Geraldine Kathleen Kuhn (the daughter of Philip/Phillip Blaze Kuhn and Mary Ann/Anna Larkin). Philip was born in Indiana, to a German father, William Kuhn, and an Irish mother, Margaret McGwen. Mary Ann was born in Indiana, to Irish parents, Peter Larkin and Margaret Wall.
Mike’s maternal grandfather was Richard Michael Cawley (the son of Richard Cawley and Ellen Marron). Richard was an Irish immigrant, from Tubercurry, Co Sligo.
Mike’s maternal grandmother was Mary Elizabeth Maloney (the daughter of James Michael Maloney and Mary Anne/Ann Downes/Downs). Mary Elizabeth was born in Illinois, to Irish parents, from Doonbeg, Co Clare. James was the son of Michael Moloney and Anne Carney. Mary Anne was the daughter of John Downes/Downs and Eliza.
Mike’s father on the 1930 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Obituary of Mike’s father – https://www.newspapers.com
Mike’s paternal grandfather, Edward Joseph Pence, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Mike’s paternal grandmother, Geraldine Kathleen Kuhn, on the 1920 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org
Information about Mike’s mother’s Irish family – http://clareherald.com
Obituary of Mike’s maternal grandfather, Richard Michael Cawley – https://www.newspapers.com
Mike’s maternal grandmother, Mary Elizabeth Maloney, on the 1910 U.S. Census – https://familysearch.org