I post part III of my North Carolina references and sources, concluding what I have for this colony and state.
Nash was formed from the western part ofEdgecomb County in 1777. It included tributaries of the Tar River including Otter (Autry) Creek, Bynum’s Mill Swamp Creek, Town Creek, Hart’s Mill Creek, Beech Branch, White Oak Swamp Creek, Conetoe Creek.Fishing Creek formed its northern boundary with Halifax County.
One source says John and Richard Pace, brothers, came down from Martins Brandon Parish, Prince George County, Virginian,in 1759 to settle on Beaverdam Swamp in what would be Nash County. They died before 1793. They were descended from the second George Pace of Virginia.
Sept. 21, 1759. Richard Pace of Prince George County, Virginia, bought 150 acres on the south side of Fishing Creek and the east side of Beaverdam Swamp, north of Swift Creek,from Thomas Drake for 35 pounds.One of the witnesses was William Goodwyn.
Richard and his brother Johnsold 16 acres in Martins Brandon Parish, Virginia,December 1, 1759, in the Blackwater Swamp area, to William Goodwyn. Another witness to the Edgecombe deed was John Pace.
January, 1760. John Pace bought a 190 acre place in Edgecombe on the south bank of Beaver Dam Swamp, as it curves, from Thomas Hart.He paid 31 pounds, 10 shillings.
This section of Edgecombe became Nash County.
1767. William Pace witnessed a deed in this area, land bought by William Pritchet. When Pritchet sold it in 1769, William was again a witness.
1769. Richard Pace died, leaving no will.His wife Elizabeth was appointed administratrix. An account of the sale of the estate, possibly the personal estate, was rendered under oath by Samuel Ruffin, Sherifff, in August, 1769.
Dec. 7, 1772. John Pace and wife Sarah sold their 190 acres to Nicholson for 130 pounds.
Oct. 12, 1778. Thomas Pace of the County of Nash sold 150 acres on Beaverdam Swamp which Pace had by inheritance to Henry Screwes for one hundred pounds proclamation money“and that Elizabeth Pace and Kesier Pace his wife resign their right and property”..Signed by Thomas and Elizabeth Pace, she with her x,and witnessed by James Wall and Manuel Underwood.Recorded Jan. Court, 1779. Deed Book 1, p. 45.
(A speculative theory in the Pace Society Bulletin held that Richard and Elizabeth were parents of John and William Pace and Richard was a son of George Pace and Sarah Woodlief of Virginia. These Paces appear to be the founders of the Paces in Surry County, NC).
Jan. 23, 1790. William Pace of Franklin County sold to John Rice of Nash County land on the waters of Turkey Creek Sassafras Branch to Strickland’s line in Nash County.Witnessed by James Atkinson and Robert Young.Acknowledged Feb. Court, 1796, and recorded. Deed Bk 6, p. 139.(Strickland is probably Solomon Strickland who married Amy Pace. They moved before 1804 to Elbert County, Georgia,and lived in Madison County in 1813 when he made his will.Amy survived him.
1790 Federal Census:
George Pace, p. 71, Halifax District.
William Pace, p. 71, Halifax District.
August Court, 1792. George Pace proved the sale of land by Abraham Puckett to Joseph Wheeler.Minute of the County Court.He moved to Clay County, Kentucky, it appears.George Pace and Robert Pace are listed there in the Tax Book, 1811.In 1814 he was exemptd from paying taxes, being over 65 years of age. The Clay County Court, June 10, 1816, granted letters of administration to James Pace for the estate of George Pace who died intestate. James Pace, Robert Pace and Matthew Pace appear to be sons. Jonathan Pace and Britton Pace who died in 1825 might also besons.
Dec. 7, 1793. Nathaniel Powell and Willoughby Powell sold to Thomas Pace of Halifax County NC 500 acres, south side of Fishing Creek, Nash County, Pocason Branch, James Cain’s line, Cooper’s line, Delphis Perry’s line, Beaverdam Swamp,P. Powell’s line, Winston’s line, Hackney’s line, Connel’s line, Cain’s Mill Swamp, Samuel Nicholson’s line. Witnessed by Nathan Powell and Jos. W. Nicholson.Signed by Thomas Pace. Deed Book 4, p. 254. Recorded 1794.This was at the fork of Beaverdam Creek, not far from land formerly owned by John and Richard Pace who had come down from Bristol Parish, Virginia.The Powells had inherited this land from their father Nathaniel Powell.
Feb. Court, 1797.Sale of 100 acres by William Pace of State of Georgia to William Fore of Nash County for 50 pounds, houses, orchards, etc., on the waters of Turkey Creek, Joe’s Branch,Solomon Strickland’s corner in Samson Powell’s line.Date of sale not shown in abstract. Signed by William Pace with x mark.Witnessed by: Andrew Bell, William Bryant. Deed Book 6, p. 211.(This would be the son of Thomas Pace who died in 1795).
Feb. Court, 1800. William Pace of Halifax County sold to Henry Mason of Nash County 255 acres on the south side of Beaverdam Swamp, Dorche’s corner, Powell’s line, Robertson’s line, for 200 pounds, 5 shillings, 3 pence.Date of sale not shown in abstract.Witnessed by: Benj. Cooper, Abner Mason, William Lewis. Signed by Wm. Pace.Papers in Franklin County.Deed Book 6, p. 470.
Jan. 4, 1800. William Pace of Halifax County sold to Benjamin Cooper of Nash County, 71 acres for 55 pounds of paper currency. Nicholson’s line. Anderson Branch, Cooper’s line, being a parcel of land conveyed from Willoughby Powell to Nathan Powell by deed as may be seen in the records.Witnessed by Ben Mason and Nathan Powell.Signed by Wm Pace (signature as in Franklin County).Deed Book 6, p. 548.Recorded March Court, 1801.
Sept. 28, 1864. Willis T. Alford of Franklin County sold to William Pace, Franklin County, 37 acres in Nash County, southside Peachtree Creek, adjoining lands of James D. Matthews, Richardson, and Martha Abernathy, and banks of said creek. Witnessed by T.C. Horton. Book 25, p.31. Acknowledged Oct. 9, 1869, Nash County Court, and registered Dec. 16, 1870, Nash County. Acknowledged in Franklin County Court in 1869.
NORTHAMPTON COUNTY, NC.
This county was formed from the western part of Bertie in 1741 and lay north of the Roanoke River.Edgecomb was formed in 1741 from territory south of the Roanoke.
Both John and Richard Pace settled here in the early 1700’s. See Bertie County records.
1717. George Pace, son of John and Elizabeth, sold land in Prince George County, Virginia, and moved to Bertie Precinct. His land lay across the Roanoke from the site of present day Halifax town.His brother Richard settled about 15 miles east on Urahaw Swamp. Urahaw Swamp Creek does not run into the Roanoke River but runs northeast away from it.
1720.John Pace, born about 1696 in Virginia, took up a grant of 620 acres in the Occoneechee section adjoining the grant of his parents, John and Elizabeth Pace.See Bertie County for details of this grant.
He inherited cattle, horses and pewter from his father but no land. He sold 200 acres of his grant but owned 400 acres of it when he died in 1761, leaving no will. His wife was Sarah and oldest son Thomas.
1727. George Pacebought landon the east side of Elk Marsh Swamp in what would in time become Halifax County.Documents related to George’s grandfather William Lowe’s estate settlement were signed by George as “G.P”, a signature he used later in NC.His uncle William Lowe lived on adjacent property in Elk Marsh.George had several adjoining grants.
1727. John Pace, husband of Elizabeth, died.She was probably Elizabeth Lowe, daughter of William Lowe who had lived in Prince George County, Virginia, before he migrated to NC.Lowe had sons named John and William Lowe, Jr.When William Lowe died in 1720, he had land in Prince George County.John Pace left to his son George ten head of cattle and furniture and directed George’s brother John to give him “one horse colt with one mare fille as soon as he conveniently can”.
1732. William Pace, son of John and Elizabeth Pace, inherited river land from his father.He found a defect in his title as the will did not include the words “and his heirs”.However, his brother John did the right thing “in obedience to the last will and testament of my father in which he bequeathed the above lands to my loving brother William”.He made the title “to William and his heirs”.William appears to have sold out and moved to the Elk Marsh settlement near his brother George, buying land on the west side of Elk Marsh Creek.
1741.Northampton County was cut off from Bertie as was Edgecombe County, south of the Roanoke.
July 31, 1741. William Pace witnessed the will of John Loyde.
1741. George Pace died. His wife was Obedience, possibly Obedience Worsham. John Worsham in his will in 1729 named a granddaughter Obedience and a grandson Francis Poythress.Worsham lived in Bristol Parish in Henrico County, Virginia.George left a will, no copy found. He directed that his property be equally divided among his widow and five children: William, Martha, Lucretia, James and Mary. The estate settlement dragged on. William Caid, who was Lucretia’s husband, demanded that his wife’s share be paid to him and the court ordered this.Obedience Pace married again. William Pace, her son, and his wife Mary deeded 200 acres to Robert Caid, Sr., father of Lucretia’s husband,May 20, 1746.Robert Caid and “his wife Obedience” gave William a release, possibly for her dower share of the estate.Obedience appears to be the widow of George Pace who had remarried to Robert Caid, Sr., William Caid’s father.
A court record of the time mentions “from Paces Bridge to the mouth of Burncoat”.Burncoat was another creek, south of Elk Marsh.
William Pace and James Pace, sons of George and Obedience,both appear to be married at this time. Mary, wife of William Pace, might have been Mary Evans whose father Benjamin Evans died about this time in the same neighborhood.The wife of James is not known. He is listed in the tithables list in 1744 with two tithables. He received a grant at the mouth of Cedar Creek on Tarr River.
William Pace, brother of George, died about the time George died. Neither left a will and the estate settlement is a tangled mess of records. Each left a son named William.George’s son was about 26.William’s son was a minor. Little is known of William Pace, Jr.He was at least 14 in 1742 as he selected his own guardian, Capt. John Joseph Alston. The court appointed a guardian for William’s younger children, John and Elizabeth.William might have had another son George, living in this area at the time and not clearly connected to another Pace. He was married to Patience Pace.
August, 1744. Richard Pace, Jr., sold 240 acres near Urahaw Swamp “where Richard Pace formerly lived”. This was part of the 640 acres granted in 1719. Deed Book 1, pp. 144-145.
August, 1744. Richard Pace, Jr., sold 40 acres on the west side of the Roanoke River to William Pace, land he had sold to Richard Pace, Sr., in 1735 and had apparently inherited when his father died. Deed Book 1, p. 154.
Jan. 17, 1744. Richard Pace, Jr., sold 200 acres to Thomas Pace. Deed Book 1, p. 194. This was the Stoney Hill Plantation.He was preparing to move away, to settle eventually in South Carolina near Augusta.
1744. James Pace, son of George, is shown with two tithables, apparently him and his wife.In 1745 he had a grant for 230 acres “at the mouth of Cedar Creek on Tarr River (in Bute County?)
Nov. 30, 1745. John Green of Northampton County deeded land in Craven County to Richard Pace. The land was located on the north side of the Neuse River between Anthony Cook and Carrie Godbee. Witnessed byJames Pace and Anthony Cook. ( John Green was the son-in-law ofRichard Pace, Sr.Richard Pace, Jr., the buyer, would be his brother-in-law).
1746. William Pace sold 200 acres on Elk Marsh in settling his father’s estate and in 1748 sold 265 acres more “ a considerable estate of inheritance”.By 1753 he was in Johnston County (thesection later in Franklin County) on Crooked Creek near his brother James.William appears to have married a second wife by 1750, Jemima Jones, daughter of Francis Jones who had lived near him on Elk Marsh Creek.Jones left John Jones, his son and Jemima’s brother, land on Crabtree Creek in Johnston when he died in 1750.
Dec. 7, 1752. Thomas Pace and John Moore witnessed the will of William Shorter.
Sept. 1, 1753. Thomas Pace and Richard Moore witnessed the will of John Moore.
Feb., 1761. Thomas Pace sold land in Occonechy Neck which he inherited.Deeds 3, p. 92.This Thomas Pace was son of John Pace, Jr., who died without a will in 1761.Two other sons were John and William Pace.
Nov. 2, 1761.John and Sarah Pace sold land in Occonechy Neck and slaves.Deeds Book 3, p. 160.(Son of John Pace who died in Bertie Precinct in 1727?). Sarah Pace deeded her widow’s dower upon her husband’s death intestate to her son Thomas in exchange for maintenance for life. The deed specified that she would be provided with “meat, drink, wearing apparel, washing and lodging” by Thomas. William and John, her other sons, signed the deed.Thomas was apparently still single. His father left no will. Thomas appears to be the eldest and would inherit two thirds of land from his father in the absence of a will.His father left 420 acres.Thomas divided 240 acres between his two younger brothers and was deeded the remaining 140 acres by his mother Sarah as above.Thomas began to buy land on Elk Marsh Swamp, about five miles west, in Halifax, near Pace cousins who lived there.
1762. William Pace, son of Richard and Rebecca, served in the General Assembly of North Carolina. Details needed on length of service.
July 4, 1764.Thomas Pace made his willin Northampton County. He died soon, the will proved in February Court, 1765.The text of the will, Will Book No.1, p. 115, Northampton County:
In the name of God Amen, I Thomas Pace of the County of Northampton being sick in body but of sound mind and memory blessed be God Do this fourth day of July in the year of our Lord one thousand seven hundred and sixty four make and publish this my last will and testament in manner following, that is to say,
Imprimis I give and bequeath unto my beloved 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 & if she should marry then I give her the Use of my Plantation and Land thereunto belonging on Stone Hill in lieu of her Dower.
Item I give and bequeath unto my daughter Celia one negroe girl named Dinah and Fifty Pounds Virginia Money.
Item I give bequeath and devise to my son Nathaniel and his Heirs forever my Plantation and Land thereunto belonging known by the name of my Old Plantation and whereon I formerly lived & also three negroes Will, London & Sarah.
Item I give and bequeath unto my Daughter Frances two negroes Joe and Rose.
Item 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.
Item I give and bequeath to my Daughter Amy one negroe girl named Jane and Fifty Pounds Virginia Money.
Item I give bequeath 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 should be any over plus, I desire that the same may be divided equally among my children.
And lastly, I make and ordain my son Nathaniel sole Executor of this my Will & my Friend Blake Baker an Overseer or Trustee to assist my said Executor and see my Will Performed.
In Witness whereof I the said Thomas Pace have to this my Last Will and Testament set my hand and seal the day & year above written.
Thomas Pace (seal)
Sign’d, Sealed & Published by the said Thomas Pace 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
(Proved Northampton County February 1765)
(A certified copy was provided to Stephen W. Edmondson, with the seal of the Superior Court of Northampton County, Nov. 15, 1978, by R.J. White, Clerk of Superior Court.)
William Pace would appear to be Thomas’s brother who lived in Northampton County.
May 2, 1765. Thomas Pace sold land in Occonechy Neck, Deeds 3, p. 246.Son of John Pace (d. 1761)and Sarah Pace.
May 2, 1765.Thomas Pace, son of John and Sarah, bought 100 acres on the north side of Elk Marsh Swamp from John Corlew, a former neighbor at Occoneechee.This lay to the southwest, on the south side of the Roanoke River and below Quankey Creek.Elk Marsh Swamp Creek was a tributary of Fishing Creek farther south.
November 13, 1766.Thomas Pace bought 200 acres adjoining his 100 acres from Peter Bruce.Thomas is referred to as “from Northampton”.This land was “near Quankey”, a creek flowing into the Roanoke across the river from Thomas’s acreage in Occaneechee, about five miles away.
Sept. 21, 1767. Thomas Pace “of Halifax” bought200 acres from Richard Thompson.
Jan. 8, 1768.Thomas Pace sold the land he had bought from Corlew.
Dec. 3, 1768. Thomas Pace “of Halifax County” sold 140 acres of land in Northampton County to Harwood(Howard)Jones. Deeds Book 4, p.195.His motherSarah Pace deeded her widow’s dower toher son Thomas in exchange for maintenance for life. The deed specified that she would be provided with “meat, drink, wearing apparel, washing and lodging” by Thomas. William and John, her other sons, signed the deed.Thomas was apparently still single.
He soon sold the Bruce and Thompson tracts.There is some debate whether the Thomas Pace who bought land on Fishing Creek in 1769 is this man.I think not.
1768. I.A. Collett’s map of Northampton, Halifax andBertie shows in Northampton County on a branch of the Roanoke River east of Halifax “Pace’s Mill”.
1768. John Pace ofNorthamptonsold land in Northampton County to Howard Jones of Northampton.Deeds Book 4, p. 163.Brother of Thomas and William and son of John and Sarah Pace. Information on this man is needed.
1768. William Pace and wife Faithsold land in Occonechy Neckto A. Jones. Deeds 5, p. 15.(This William was son of John and Sarah Pace).
1771. William Pace sold land he had bought from Richard Cotton to A. Jones, 100 acres. (Appears to be William, son of John and Sarah Pace).The Cottons had property on the Occoneechee about five miles north of the Roanoke.
May 14, 1772. Will of William Pace. (This was the son of Richard and Rebecca Pace, who was born in Virginia before 1718.His will was probated in December, 1775.)
In the name of God, amen. I William Pace, in the county of Northampton in the province of North Carolina, being in good health and of sound and disposing mind and memory, do make and ordain this last Will and Testament, in the manner following (viz)
I bequeath my sould to God that give ittrusting in his mercy thro the advocacy and mediatorship of the ever blessed Saviour Christ for the remission of all offences, and my body to the earth to be decently interred at the discretion of my Executor hereinafter appointed, and as to such worldly estate as it has pleased God to bestow on me I give and dispose therefof as follows, viz:
I give and bequeath unto my loving wife Celia and to her heirs and assigns my negro boy called Little Jack, one negro boy Tram and one negro fellow Cob.
I give and bequeath to my loving wife Celia during the term of her natural life and no longer the use of my plantation whereon I now live and the two parcels of land thereto belonging in the whole two hundred and fifty acres, and my negro man called Great Jack, my negro woman named Violet, my negro girl named Phyllis, three of my best feather beds, one dish, two tables, all my pewter and iron ware belonging to the house and plantation, all my chests, chairs, stock of cattle, hogs, horses, mares and sheep, all of which I give and devise to my said wife during her life and no longer, but with this special power and authority to give and dispose of such part of the said cattle, hogs and horses as she shall think proper unto my sons or any of them and such disposition of gift to be good & valid.
I give and bequeath to my son Solomon Pace, his heirs and assigns forever, two hundred acres of land which I purchased from Barnaby McKenney and situated on the head of Urahaw Swamp and joining lands of William Howell, one negro boy named Ben, and also one negro boy named Major and one bed and furniture.
I give and bequeath unto my son William Pace and his heirs and assigns forever, two negro slaves named Sarah and Pompy a fellow.
I give and bequeath to my daughter Winifred Winborne and to her heirs and assigns forever one negro girl called Elizabeth and ten pounds of proclamation money.
I give and bequeath to my son Stephen Pace and to his heirs and assigns forever one negro boy named Tom and my Negro girl named Phula and one feather bed and furniture.
I give and bequeath unto my daughter Penelope Pace and her heirs and assigns forever my negro girl named Pat.
I give and bequeath to my son Hardy Pace, his heirs and assigns forever from and immediately after the death of my wife Celia the plantation whereon I now dwell with the two parcels of land thereto belonging containing in the whole about two hundred and fifty acres also my grist mill and the land thereto belonging, forty acres more or less.
I give and bequeath unto my said son Hardy Pace, his heirs and assigns forever my negro girl called Frank also one negro girl called Pink one desk and one roundtable and one feather bed and furniture.
I give and bequeath to my said son Hardy his heirs and assigns from and immediately after the death of my wife Celia the three negro slaves hereintofore bequeathed to her during the term of her natural life, to wit, Great Jack, Violet and Phyllias.
I give and bequeath to my wife Celia during the term of her natural life and no longer, all the restand residue of my estate of what nature and quality soever after paying my just debts and funeral expenses.
I give and bequeath to my four sons, to wit, Solomon, William, Stephen and Hardy, and to their assigns from and immediatedly after the death of my wife Celia all the personal estate which I have bequeathed to her during the term of her natural life which is not already by this my last willotherwise disposed of equally among such of them as shall then be living to be divided share and share alike.
I do hereby constitute, ordain and appoint my said wife, Celia, to be whole and sole Executrix of this my last will and testament whereby revoking, disannulling and rendering void all former wills and testaments by me made and pronouncing this and no other to be my will and testament. In testament whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal the day and year first above written. Signed, sealed, published delivered and pronounced by the said William Pace to be his last will and testament in the presence of
James DancyWilliam Pace (seal)
Ann (her mark) Exum
1784. William Pace sold land in Northampton to S. Pritchard. Deeds Book 9, p. 42. (Son of John Pace, Sr. and Sarah Pace).He died leaving grandchildren ofa daughter named in his will. His other daughter, Dorothy Pace Cotton, inherited all his estate.
1784-1787: State Census.
William Pace, Capt. Winborne’s District. 1 wm 21-60; 1 wf; 11 blacks, 12-50.
Hardy Pace.Seven names below William Pace.4 wm 21-60.3 wm under 21 and over 60.2 wf.19 blacks 12-50. 4 blacks under 12 and over 60.
George Pace, Capt. Vincent’s District.1 wm 21-60. 1 black under 12 and above 50.
William Pace. 1 wm 21-60. 2 wf. 5 blacks 12-50. 4 blacks under 12 and over 60.Listed two spaces below George Pace.
1789. Will of George Pace in Occoneechee.Witnessed by Faith Pace.He left a saddle and bridle to “my brother Thomas” and two mares to “my brother James”.He left a slave to Dorothy Cotton Pace, possibly a minor.Abstracts of NC Wills, by Olds.(Check text of will).
1790 Federal Census:
Hardy Pace, p. 76, Halifax District.
Solomon Pace, p. 73, Halifax District.
William Pace, p. 73, Halifax District.
William Pace, p. 73, Halifax District.
1791. Will of William Pace. Brother: Solomon.Abstracts of NC Wills, by Olds.
March 17, 1792. Will of Hardy Pace. Sons: Thomas Pace and Hardy Pace. Daughters: Rebecca Pace, Elizabeth Pace. Wife: Lucy.
July 20, 1792.Marriages of Isle of Wight County, Virginia: Marriage bond of William Mallory and Mary Bryan. Surety: Francis Young, Jr. Guardian: Solomon Pace of Northampton County, NC.
1792. Will of William Pace, Wife: Faith. Daughter: Dorothy Cotton Pace.Grandchildren: Mathew and Elizabeth Exum (of another daughter).No sons. Faith was Faith Cotton, daughter of John and Faith Cotton.
Their daughter Dorothy inherited nearly all the estate. This William Pace was probably of the John and Elizabeth Pace line.
1795. Will of Solomon Pace. Daughter: Fanny Beddingfield (an illegitimate daughter). Brother: Stephen Pace.Abstracts of NC Wills, by Olds.
Solomon Pace owned considerable property. Mrs. Beddingfield, mother of Fanny, was a local tavern keeper.Solomon left most of his property to Fanny provided she married and produced an heir.Fanny did marry Turner Bynum and had a child.The property was devised to his brother Stephen in case Fanny failed to meet the conditions of the will. In 1803, Stephen, then in Anson County, relinquished all right and title.Solomon left to Stephen three other tracts which hehad bought at a sheriff’s sale and 500 Spanish milled dollars to be derived from the surplus of his estate, to be paid to Stephen over five years.
1810 Federal Census.
Joseph B. Pace, p. 163, no township shown.
1810 Federal Census.
Burrell Pace, p. 127, no township shown.
Cornelius Pace, p. 127, no township shown.
JonathanPace, p. 127, no township shown.
Formed in 1771 from Rowan.Ashe, Allegheny and Wilkes were taken from it in 1778 and Yadkin, Stokes and Forsyth in 1787..
John and Sarah PaceofBrandon Parish, Virginia, settled in Edgecombe County, NC, about 1759.Some of their family sold out in the early 1770’s and appear to have taken up land in Surry farther west.One compiler in Pace Society Bulletin listed these probable
1. Richmond Pace, born about 1754, probably in Virginia. Married about 1775 and granted land in Surry in 1780.
2. Reuben Pace, born about 1756 and died in 1846, who married about 1777 and had a land grant in Surry in 1778.
3. Burwell Pace, born about 1758 and married to Lydia Woodruff about 1779 who had a land grant in Surry in 1781.
4. Rolley Pace, born about 1760 and married about 1781.
5. Sally Pace, born about 1762 and married in 1778 a man named Shepherd.
6. Edmund Pace, born in Sept. 24, 1764,and died about 1834 who married in 1781, Sarah Elizabeth Walker, daughter of David and Ann Walker, who had a land grant in Surry in 1791.
7. Dempsey Pace
1778-1781. Land Entries.
#1031. Richmond Pace entered400 acres of land in Surry County on both sides of Fishers River “ including my improvements for quantity”. December 8, 1778. Warrant granted.
#1531. Godfrey Cody entered 200 acres…on the waters of Fishers River adjoining John Pace, John Sparks and Samuel Dyer including his improvements.(not dated but between April 15 and April 19, 1779).
#1765. Burel Pace enters 150 acres land in Surry County on the head of Pipes Creek including the improvements where he lives.(not dated but with those of October, 1779. Warrant granted.
#2147. Aug. 13, 1778. For fifty shillings per hundred acres, paid to the Treasury by Lewis Whealess and assigned to Reuben Pace by Whealess, the State granted 400 acres on both sides of Fishers River.Signed by Benjamin Williams, Esquire, Governor, at Raleigh, Jan. 1, 1802.
May 24, 1780. #1031. Joseph Winston Entry Officer of Claims for Lands in the County of Surry, To the Surveyor of Sd County Greeting…
Lay off and survey for Richmond Pace…a tract containing 400 acres…on both sides of Fishers River including his two improvements….
The survey is attached and included bounds among which are … a pine on west side of said river below the Fish Trap runs…up said river and crosses to the right…etc. … including One Hundred and Fifty two acres. Surveyed June 5, 1785. Joseph Walker and Dempsey Pace, Chain Carriers.TH Speer, Surveyor.
1781. Tithables in Salathiel Martins District.
Burril Pace, 250 cultivated acres;4 ½ pounds money in hand; 2 hogs; 6 cattle.
June 20, 1781. North Carolina Assembly. House of Commons. Mr. Speaker and Gentlemen: We send for your perusalthe petition of Burwell Pace which we propose referring to a joint committee & have on our part appointed M. Lewis, Philfer, Alexander and J. Williams a committee.Thomas BenburyJ.C.By order J. Hunt CHC.
“To the honorable the General Assembly of the State of North Carolina. The petition of Burwell Pace Humbleth Showeththat your petitioner from the Commencement of the present war has been uniformly a zealous espouser of the American cause and has on all occasions been active in counteracting it enemies, but unfortunately for your petitioner his father & brother(from each of whom he might have inherited a considerable fortune, had their minds not been perverted by contrary principles) were both killed in the act of rebelling against this Country whereby their possessions became forfeited, and your petitioner prevented from inheriting that which he would have been otherwise entitled to; your petitioners father previous to his death entered a piece of land in one of the entry offices of the State in the name of his brother Richmond Pace which alone your petitioner being much necessitated for the want of land from among other things humbly entreat that your honorable bodywould invest in him & his heirs by an Act thereof, as a reward and requital of that attachment and active fidelitywhich your petitioner has ever evidenced by the most errefragable proof that he bears to this Country and to which the respectable Subscribers hereof do bearample Testimony grant this most reasonable petition & your petitioner in duty bound shall ever pray & c.
The petitioner referred to being read, was rejected.
General Assembly, Senate Journal, Vol. 17, p. 823. State Records of North Carolina.
Dec. 25, 1781. Edmond Pace and Sarah Elizabeth Walker were married. Some records show 1782 and 1784.
Jan. 27, 1782. Rowan County. The Laboratory near Salisbury. Received of Mr. Burwell Pace of Surry County, John English a deserter from the No. Carolina Line—
Elias Langhome for Wm. Armstrong, Capt., 2nd No. C. Regt.
( In loose papers in the archives).
1782. Tithables, Capt. Martin’s District.
Burwell Pace, 100 acres located in Fox Nobs, 1 horse, 4 cattle, 35 Stock in trade;Moses Woodruff, 800 acres in Fox Nobs, 3 horses, 20 cattle, 138 Stock in trade.
1782. Tithables. Capt. Dyer’s District.
Sarah Pase, no land, 1 horse, 8 cattle. Total amount: 13 pounds.
David Walker, 100 acres, 1 horse, 8 cattle. Total amount 138 pounds.
Kesiah Pace, 200 acres, 1 horse.Total amount: 56 pounds.
1782. Tithables in Capt. William Underwoods District.
Elizabeth Pace, 400 acres. Value: 300 pounds.
(This return is in loose papers of tax returns in the archives under “mens names not given in”.See OUR COLONIAL ANCESTORS, by Howard. P. 439.)
1783-1795. Land Entries.
#213.Edmond Pace enters two hundred acres of Land in the County of Surry on Fishers River adjoining lands of Richmond Pace including his own improvements. 7 Nov’r 1786.Warrant issued.
April 22, 1784. Burwell Pace took up land on the north side of Fox Knobwhich now lies in Yadkin County, southeast of Jonesville and near the small town of Arlington.Today this is near State Route 21. The land is not far from Fisher River which flows into the Yadkin about twelve miles east of Fox Knob.Yadkin was formed from Surry in 1850.(The name Burwell might have come from Burwell Green who married Ann Poythress, sister of Rebecca who married Richard Pace in Prince George County, Virginia).
Dec. 20, 1787. Edmond Pace witnessed a power of attorney by Abraham Howard to James Rainwater to convey title to his land on the double Creek of the Yadkin River. The POA was recorded May Term, 1790, Surry County Court.
May 18, 1789. Richmond Pace, 150 acres, #1175.For fifty shillings per hundred acres to be paid by Richmond Pace, 150 acres in Surry County on Fishers River beginning at a pine on the west side of the river below the fish trap….to be registered in the Register’s Office of Surry County within twelve months.Samuel Johnston, Esquire, Governor, etc., at Edenton.
1790 Federal Census.
Edmund Pace, p. 185, Salisbury District.
Sarah Pace, p. 184, Salisbury District.
1790. Taxable Property. Surry County.
Capt. Atkins District.Edmond Pace, 200 acres, 1 wh poll
1791. Taxable Property. Surry County.
Capt. Burche’s District. Sarah Pace, 152 acres.
Captain Atkins District.Edward Pace, 200 acres, 1 poll
David Walker, 100 acres, 1 poll.
Dec. 20, 1791. Two hundred acres were granted to Edmond Pace at ten pounds per hundred acres on Fishers River adjoining the land of Richmond Pace, including his own improvements.Bounds are given, including Richmond Pace’s corner. Signed by Alexander Martin, Governor Captain General and Commander in Chief.To be registered in Surry County within 12 months. Surry County Deed Book E, p. 82.
1792. Taxable Property, Surry County.
Capt. Atkins District. Edmond Pace, 200 acres, 1 poll.
1794. Taxable Property. Surry County.
Capt. Atkins District. Edmond Pace, 100 acres, 1 poll.
Jesse Pace, 175 acres. Sarah Pace is not listed.
1795. Taxable Property, Surry County.
Capt. Burche’s District. Sarah Pace, 150 acres.
Capt. Atkins District. Edmond Pace, 200 acres, 1 poll.
1796. Taxable Property, Surry County.
Capt. Burche’s District.Edmond Pase, 200 acres, 1 poll
Sarah Pace, 150 acres.
March 30, 1796. Alsa Pace, son of Edmond and Sarah E. Pace, was born in this county.
1797. Taxable Property, Surry County.
Sarah Pace, 150 acres.
Edmond Pace is not listed.
May 18, 1798. Edward Pace and eleven other men were named by the Court of Pleas & Quarter Sessions to a jury to lay off a roadform Rockford to the Virginia line near Flower Gap and report to the court.
Feb. 13, 1799. Elijah Smallwood was granted letters of administration on the estate of Richard Pace, deceased,and entered bond.
Oct. 16, 1801. Surry County Deed Book 1, p. 230.Edmond Pace sold to William Johnson, Jun., for one hundred pounds, ninety acres in Surry on both sides of Fishers River adjoining the lands of Richmond Pace, part of a tract granted to Edmond Pace by the state, with all appurtenances. Witnessed by S. Jervis and ReziahJervis.Proved November Court, 1801.
Jan. 1, 1802.#2147. Aug. 13, 1778. For fifty shillings per hundred acres, paid to the TreasuryAug. 13, 1778, by Lewis Whealess and assigned to Reuben Pace by Whealess, the State granted 400 acres on both sides of Fishers River to Pace.Signed by Benjamin Williams, Esquire, Governor, at Raleigh, Jan. 1, 1802. Surry County Deed Book 1, p. 236.
March 22, 1803. Edwin Pace, son of Edmund and Sarah E. Walker Pace, was born in Surrey.
August 13, 1803. Edmond Pace and Martin Armstrong were securities for the constable bond of Reziah Jervis.
Sept. 20, 1804. Edmond Pace sold to John Walker of Surry, for 70 pounds lawful money, 110 acreson the east side of Fishers River, part of a tract granted to Pace by the state, with all appurtenances.Witnessed by David Walker and Jos. Walker. The deed wasproved August Term, 1805, and recorded. Deed Book I, p. 32.
May 16, 1807. Deed Book M, pp. 462-463.Joseph Lord of Ipswich, County of Essex, Massachusetts, lawful attorney for Timothy Pickering Esquire of Wenham, sold to Edmund Pace for 15 dollars, land near Fishers River, acreage not given, bounded by John Walker and Richmond Pace, running north along Richmond Pace’s line, then west to Fishers River, then up the river to Reuben Pace’s line, then east along said line to Isaac Copeland’s line, the south along Joseph Walker’s lineand west to his corner, then south to John Walker’s line…. Witnessed by Th. Johnson and Em. Shober. Proved in open court, February Term, 1812.
February, 1808. David Pickle Simer of Surry sold to Edmund Pace for fifteen dollars, 15 acres on the waters of Fishers River beginning at King’s Branch at the lower end of Simer’s landto Isaac Copeland’s west corner, part of a tract granted to Joseph Walker.Registered August term, 1812.Deed Book M, p. 471.
Sept. 18, 1810. Edmund Pace bought from the Sherifff, James FitzGerald, in a tax sale,152 acres on both sides of Fishers River, land granted to Richmond Pace. The tax sale occurred August 26, 1809, at Rockford. The price bid was 23 shillings, 3 pence.Bounds described included no landowner, just various trees andland-marks.
1810 Federal Census.
John Pace, p. 181, no township shown.
Reuben Pace, p. 163, no township shown.
Dec. 5, 1811. Deed Book M, p. 521.Edmond Pace received a grant of 112 acres for 50 shillings per hundredacres on Fishers River on the southside …to Reuben Pace’s line…application entered Feb. 14, 1810, from the state, signed by Benjamin Smith, Governor, at Raleigh.
John Pace and his son Richmond were probably Tories. Surry County was a stronghold of Tories and the infighting was fierce during the Revolutionary War. John might have been killed in this fighting. The History of Surry County, North Carolina, by Hollingsworth, p. 89, tells us:
“Following the disastrous defeat of the Americans under General Gates at Camden, the Patriot causeexperienced its darkest hours. Tory sympathizers were encouraged to assemble under the leadership of Samuel Bryan and Gideon Wright.In 1780 Colonel William Campbell came to Betharaba with his Virginia militia to suppress the Tories whose forces numbered from 300 to 500”.
Colonial Records, by Saunders, Vol. 9, p. 1160:
“A letter was sent by the Tories of Rowan and Surry pledging the Loyalists’ support. It was signed by Bryant and 94 others”.Were some of the Paces among the signers?
Severe fighting followed, an aspect of which was the major Patriot victory at Kings Mountain over a large force of Tories commanded by Colonel Ferguson of the British Army.
Oct. 27, 1784.George Pace and Sarah Walker were married in Wake County.
Buckner Pace lived in Brunswick County, Virginia, in the Revolutionary War. He was cited there for aiding the independence cause by donating supplies in 1782. He moved to Northampton County, NC, then to Wake County where he bought land fromGeorge Russell, possibly a cousin.Buckner’s parents were John Pace from Bristol Parish, Prince George County, who married Ann Russell in Brunswick County and remained there. Buckner had two daughters, Tabitha Pace who married Jesse Gill, and Nancy Pace who married Jesse Davis. Buckner died after 1840.
1790 Federal Census:
Buckner Pace, p. 103, Hillsborough District.
James Pace, p. 102, Hillsborough District.
John Pace, p. 103, Hillsborough District.
May 22, 1793. William Pace and Elizabeth Lee were married in Wake.
Nov. 20, 1800. James Pace and Levinia Fowler were married in Wake County.
July 31, 1720. (What county?).William Lowe in his will names sons John Lowe land in Prince George County, Virginia) and William Lowe (land in Prince George County) and names daughter Elizabeth Pace. Wife: Ann. Will proved April 17, 1722. (Prince George County, VA).
WARREN COUNTY NC
Warren was part of old Bute County, on the Virginia line west of Northampton and Halifax.Franklin County was taken from Bute which ceased to exist.
Nov. 27, 1765. Will Book 1, p. 58. The land of John Moldersley is described as adjoining that of Pace.
(Colonial Records of Bute County, 1764-1779, abstracted by Mary H. Kerr).
February, 1777. Sale of the estate of William Paschal, deceased, was reported to the court. The report mentions John Pace. Will Book 2, p. 109.(Colonial Records of Bute County).
May Court, 1777. Sale of the estate of William Baker, deceased, was reported to the court.William Pace is mentioned.Will Book 2, p. 139.
June 13, 1777. Sale of the estate of Hezekiah Massey was reported. William Pace is mentioned.Will Book 2, p. 150.
November Court, 1777. Sale of the estate of Jacob Powell was reported. Mentions William Pace and William Pace, Jr.Will Book 2, p. 178.
Dec. 24, 1799.Patsy Pace married Peter Randolph.
Mormon Church computer file index.
State Census of North Carolina, 1784-1787, by Register.
Abstracts of NC Wills, 1690-1760, by Grimes.
WILKES COUNTY, NC
Formed from Surry County in 1777.
1806. George Pace took up 100 acres on Roaring Creek. Were his ancestors the Paces from Edgecombe?