I post my compilation on my ancestor Thomas Pace of Virginia and NC and his brothers, William and Richard, for use of interested parties.
THE FIFTH GENERATION
Thomas Pace, son of Richard and Rebecca Pace of Virginia who migrated to Bertie County, N.C., was born in Virginia about 1700, possibly as late as 1706.About 1727, he marriedAmy, thought by some to be Amelia Boykin but no proof has been found.She would appear not to be a sister of Celia Boykin who married William Pace, Thomas’s brother, as Celia’s siblings are listed in her father’s will and do not include Amelia or Amy.Some have said Amy was a sister of Celia Boykin’s father William Boykin but I have seen no proof.
Thomassettled inin Northampton County, created from part of Bertie, probably moving to this area with his parents in the 1720’s.
Thomasinherited valuable property described in his father’s will:
“Item I give and bequeath unto my Son Thomas Pace my plantation on Roanoke river with two hundred and ninety acres of land therto belonging, also Ten head of Cattle, one feather bed and furniture, four pewter dishes, six pewter plates, two pewter basons, two Iron pots, one skeleot, one frying pan, to him and his heirs forever.”
He and his brother William were each left half of the residual estate of their mother upon her death.
Thomas bought a 200 acre place from his brother Richard, Jan. 17, 1744, the Stoney Hill plantation. Deed Book 1, p. 194.E. Boykin had land on Potecasi Creek, about four miles north of the Stoney Hill place.
Thomas Pacesold 100 acres on the Morratock (Roanoke) River in 1751 to William Howell, adjoining the property of William Pace. Deed Book 2, p. 69.This might be a different Thomas Pace.
Thomas bought land on both sides of Cedar Creek, Granville County, in 1752.See Deeds B, p. 118, Granville County.
Thomas Pace and John Moore witnessed the will of William Shorter, Dec. 7, 1752.
Thomas Pace and Richard Moore witnessed the will of John Moore, Northampton County, Sept. 1, 1753.(Abstracts of NC Wills, Grimes).
He sold in 1763150 acres which he bought in 1749, the deed witnessed by Celia Pace.Deed Book 3, p. 279.
He owned and operated a tobacco storage warehouse on the Roanoke River which burned in March, 1761.
March 20, 1761. Colonial Record of North Carolina, Vol. 6, p. 537, tells us of the petition of Thomas Pace to the Assembly: “North Carolina, Northampton County. To the worshipful Mr. Speaker and gentlemen of the assembly. The Petition of Thomas Pace of the county of North-hampton humbly Sheweth that the Publick warehouse in the county of Northampton called Pace’s warehouse was on the 17th instant burnt to ashes with a large quantity of tobacco therein belonging to sundry persons, among which was 25 hogsheads of prised tobacco belonging to said petitioner in the warehouse and of the sheds thereof and about 5000 pounds of Nett tobacco in bulk burnt to ashes with the said warehouse. Your petitioner therefor humbly prays that the assembly will take the same into consideration and give him such relief as to them shall seem just. And your petitioner as in duty bound shall ever pray.”Signed: Thomas Pace.
A few days later, April 1, 1761, the Assembly acted. See p. 64, Vol. 6. “Mr. Baker presented the petition of Thomas Pace of the county of Northampton which sets forth the public warehouse, in the county of Northampton called Pace’s Warehouse was on the 17th day of March last burnt to ashes with a large quantity of tobacco and son, praying relief and so on. Ordered the petition lie till tomorrow for consideration”.
The State Records of North Carolina, compiled by Clark, Vol. 23, Laws, p. 544:
Chapter 6. An act to empower the inferior court of pleas and quarter session for the county of Northampton, to lay a tax to pay sundry persons who have suffered by the burning of Pace’s warehouse in the said county, and other purposes.Whereas the public warehouse in the county of Northampton called Pace’s Warehouse, was lately by accident burnt with a great quantity of tobacco, belonging to sundry persons in said county, and there being no law now in force to ascertain the method of raising the sum of money sufficient to pay and satisfy the loss thereof to the sufferers; for remedy thereof. Authorizes method of raising public taxes in the year 1761 in Northampton County, and for compensating owners of tobacco burnt in other warehouses in the future.
November 13, 1762. Colonial Records of North Carolina, Vol. 6, 1759-1765, p. 742.Under Claims Allowed by the Committee on Public Claims held at New Bern, “Thomas Pace, Coroner of Northampton County, was allowed his claim of 8 pounds 19 shillings and 4 pence for four inquests, one on the body of a person unknown, another on the body of Samuel Elliott, and another on the body of Peticord Earp, having left no estate, as per account filed”.
Thomas Pace made his will July 4, 1764, in Northampton County. He died soon, the will proved in February Court, in 1765. The text of the will, Will Book No. 4, p. 69:
To mybeloved Wife Amy two Negroes Bob and Jack, also one feather bed and furniture.One Sorrel mare named Diamond, also four pewter Dishes two pewter Basons and Six pewter Plates, also the Use of my Manor Plantation whereon I now live, during her widowhood & and if she should marry then I give the Use of my Plantation and Land thereunto belonging on Stone Hill in lieu of Dower.
To my daughter Celia one negroe girl named Dinah and FiftyPounds Virginia Money.
I give and devise to my son Nathaniel and his Heirs forever my Plantation and Land thereunto belonging whereon I formerly lived & also three negroes Will, London & Sarah.
I give and bequeath to my Daughter Frances two negroes Joe and Rose.
I give and bequeath to my son Thomas the Plantation whereon I now live and the Land thereunto belonging & two negroes Essex and Peter. I say to him and his Heirs forever.
I give and bequeath to my Daughter Amy one negroe girl named Jone and Fifty Pounds Virginia Money.
I givebequeath and devise to my son Richard and his Heirs forever my Grist Mill & Plantation on Cedar Creek and all the land thereunto belonging & also two negroes Pepper & Cesar.
All the Rest & Residue of my Goods, Chattels & Personal Estate I Desire may be applied to the payment of my Debts, and after Debts paid if any there shoud be surplus, I desire the same may be equally divided among my children.
Lastly, I make and ordain my son Nathaniel sole Executor of this my Will & my Friend Blake Baker as Overseer or Trustee to assisting said Executor and see my Will Performed.
In Witness whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal.
Thomas Pace (seal)
Sign’d, Sealed & Published by the said Thomas as for his last Will & Testament in the Presence of Us who subscribe our Names as Witnesses in the Testator’s Presence and at his Request:
Nathaniel (his mark) Howell
(A certified copy was provided to Stephen W. Edmondson, with the seal of the Superior Court of Halifax County, Nov. 30, 1978, by Hayes Neathery, Clerk of Superior Court and Judge of Probate).
William Pace would appear to be Thomas’s brother who lived in Northampton County.
Pace’s Warehouse was cited once again in public records.Laws of North Carolina, Vol. 25, p. 496. Chap. 5.1766.An Act for reviving and re-enacting several acts of assembly relating to the inspection of tobacco. Tobacco inspectionacts having expired.Whereas, the public warehouse at Pace’s Landing on Roanoke River in Northampton County is found to be of no use: be it enacted by the authority aforesaid, that the said warehouse shall henceforth cease to be a public warehouse.
Children of Thomas and Amy Pace:
1. Thomas Pace who married Cebelle Matthews and died in 1795 in Halifax County.
2. Celia Pace
3. Frances Pace
4. Amy Pace, who marriedSolomon Strickland and lived in Edgecombe County until they moved to Georgia where both died.
5. Nathaniel Pace, born about 1743 based on his Revolutionary War record. He moved to Kershaw County, SC. Descendants lived in Washington County, Georgia.
6. Richard Pace, the youngest son, who was left the plantation and grist mill on both sides of Cedar Creek in Bute County but lost it when a suit for debt required it to be sold.He lived in Johnston County for a few years and moved to Edgefield District, SC, where he had land in nearby St. Paul’s Parish (Richmond County), Georgia. He and his wife Elizabeth both died there in 1775 according to one source.They left many descendants.
William Pace, son of Thomas and Rebecca Pace, and brother of Thomas, Richard and Nathaniel, was born in Virginia about 1712, one source claims.Hemoved with members of his family to Bertie Precinct about 1719-1720.His father died in 1736, leaving him the home plantation in Northampton County.He married Celia Boykin,daughter of Francis Boykin, about 1733. The Boykin family came from Wales about 1685 and settled eventually on the Meherrin River, possibly neighbors of the Paces in Surry County. Hardy Boykin owned land on Cypress Creek near the Virginia line in Northampton County. This property was inherited by Francis Boykin, his brother, which the heirs deeded to John Boykin, Celia’s brother.
Francis Boykin’s will, dated August 1, 1761, devised property to a daughter, Mildred Wall,andtotwo grandsons, Samuel Boykin and Francis Boykin.He left the rest of his estate to his wife Sarah Boykin and his four children. His son, John Boykin, and son-in-law, William Pace, were named executors. Only two of his children, John and Mildred, were named. John Wade and Charles Gregory were witnesses.The will was probated in Halifax Court in 1761.
From another source, Francis’s six children, two of whom had died already, are listed: Francis, deceased, father of the two grandsons; John Boykin who married Sarah Wall; William Boykin, deceased,who married Elizabeth Bryant; Mildred Boykin who married Richard Wall; Celia Boykin who married William Pace; Ann Boykin who married Robert Williams.The name Hardy came into Pace usage from Celia’s uncle Hardy.
William inherited 190 acres from his father in 1736.
William Pacesold a 340 acre plantation on Urahaw Swamp to his brother Thomas in 1738.
He was living in Bertie County in 1740 and witnessed the will of John Loyde, Bertie County, July 31, 1741.
He signed a bond with John Edwards and Joseph Smith to James Washington, Esquire, in Northampton County court, May 4, 1763, for 1000 pounds as surety for John Edwards who had been appointed Clerk of Court. William Ruffin and Thomas Pace, William’s brother, witnessed the bond. (Vol. 6, p. 981, Colonial Records of North Carolina).
William served as a member of the North Carolina Assembly. In 1762, he asked for “leave of service” from some civic position, possibly as assemblyman.A fragment of a record in 1763 refers to a grant from His Excellency the Governor to personages of the colony, including William Pace.
The Stoney Hill plantation of William’s father, bought by William’sbrother Thomas from Richard, anotherbrother, was sold by Thomas’s heirs to William in 1770.
William left this to his son Hardywho left it to his son William-Richard Pace.The latter sold it to Henry Boon in 1804.
William died in Northampton County,in 1775, leaving a will drafted in 1772.His wife, Celia, survived him. Her date of death is needed. One source says she died in 1775 soon after William.
1. Solomon Pace. Inherited 200 acres which William bought from Barnaby McKenney on the head of Urahaw Swamp, adjoining William Howell, two slaves and one bed and furniture from his father. Inherited from his brother William.He died in 1795.
2. William Pace, Jr.. Inherited two slaves.He took up land on the Pee Dee River in the fork of Jones Creek.He died in 1788 in Anson County.
3. Stephen Pace.Inherited two slaves, one feather bed and furniture. He took up land near William on the Pee Dee River near Jones Creek.He married Catherine Gatewood Buchanan in Anson County and moved to Putnam County, Georgia, where he died. Inherited from his brother Solomon in 1795. See later account.
4. Hardy Pace.Inherited two slaves, a round table and one feather bed and furniture.To inherit the home plantation when his mother died, 250 acres, a grist mill with 40 acres, and three slaves left to his mother’s use. Married Lucy and died in 1792.His children were: Rebecca Pace who married a Peebles, William-Richard Pace, Elizabeth Pace who married Richard Moore and Thomas Pace. Thomas died unmarried in 1805, leaving his property to his siblings.
5. Winifred Pace, who married Winborne, possibly Captain Winborne.Inherited one slave and ten pounds proclamation money.
6. Penelope Pace, apparently not married in 1772.Inherited one slave.