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Dempsey Council Pace
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Birth: 1819
Montgomery County
Tennessee, USA
Death: Oct., 1851
Colorado County
Texas, USA

Dempsey Council Pace was born in Tennessee, about 1819, to Gideon and Martha (Hunt) Pace. After the death of his father, he migrated to a new wild land known as Texas. He arrived in 1828, accompanied by seven of his siblings. James Robert was the oldest boy, and William Carrol was the next. These were the only two over the age of fourteen, which at the time, was the legal age necessary to receive land from the Austin Colony. In 1830, James Robert Pace asked for permission, from Impresario, Stephen F. Austin, to join his colony and receive a Land Grant, but the family was dealt a blow when they were refused. Where the family made their home is not known, but records indicate they spent time in Colorado, Bastrop, and Travis County. Dempsey's other siblings were: Albert Gallatin, Wesley Walker, Polly Jones, Mary Ann Elizabeth, Gideon Pace Jr.(Listed in age order)

The Republic of Texas, military records show that Mr. Pace joined the Volunteer Army of Texas, on February 28, 1835. As a member of Captain John York's Company, he participated in the Storming and Capture of Bexar, and later became attached to Captain Jesse Billingsley's Company. On April 21, 1836, Dempsey and the rest of Billingsley's company, fought at The Battle of San Jacinto. Dempsey Pace must have felt a little more secure than most of the other men on the battlefield, because scattered somewhere in the maze of bullets and sabers, also fighting for Texas were his three brothers, James Robert, Wesley Walker, and William Carroll Pace.
After the War, Mr. Pace entered the Ranging Company of Mounted Riflemen under the command of Captain John G. McGehee, on August 20, and was discharged at Colorado, November 20, 1836.

It seemed for years that Dempsey's military service had ended, but then in the summer of 1842, Mexican General Adrian Woll, was ordered to attack Texas. By August 30th, the General had crossed the Rio Grande at Presidio with his Second Division and entered San Antonio on September 11. There are records, testifying that Dempsey Council Pace left his home, in Colorado County fully equipped as a Volunteer against the Mexican invasion by General Woll, and continued in said service, until it was ascertained that the enemy had retreated.

Dempsey started a new era in his live on June 5, 1945, when he married Elizabeth Dabney in Colorado County, Texas. Elizabeth born April 25, 1825, in Mount Sterling Kentucky, bore Dempsey three boys and one girl. In 1848 Dempsey took on a new challenge and became the Sheriff of Colorado County. Then unexpectedly Dempsey Council Pace passed away in October 1851.

The final resting place for Dempsey has been lost, but it is believed that he was buried either on his personal property, or that of in-laws, somewhere in Colorado County. John Pinchback was appointed administrator of his estate October 27, 1851. At the time, John Pinchback was one of the wealthiest men living in Colorado County, and I believe that one of his sons, a James Pinchback married one of Elizabeth Pace's sisters, Margaret Dabney on August 25, 1840. John Pinchback owned many acres of land and at one time over 80 slaves. It is my contention that Dempsey is buried in a Family cemetery somewhere on the Pinchback property.

Biography by:
Robert Scott Patrick
Registrar General
San Jacinto Descendants 
Family links: 
  Gideon Pace (1784 - 1829)
  Elizabeth Dabney Pace (1825 - 1911)
  Dempsey Council Pace (1851 - 1895)*
  James Robert Pace (1814 - 1876)*
  William Carroll Pace (1815 - 1838)*
  Wesley Walker Pace (1817 - 1839)*
  Dempsey Council Pace (1819 - 1851)
*Calculated relationship
Body lost or destroyed
Specifically: Unknown Pinchback/Pace Family Cemetery
Maintained by: Charles Pace
Originally Created by: Robert "Scott" Patrick
Record added: Jul 29, 2010
Find A Grave Memorial# 55608763
Dempsey Council Pace
Added by: Robert "Scott" Patrick
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- Mervin D. Peters
 Added: Jan. 25, 2012

- Dee Mack
 Added: Sep. 18, 2012
This image placed on this site indicates this individual is documented with either the Sons or Daughters of the Republic of Texas as having lived in Texas in the years (1836-1846) of the Republic.
- Mervin D. Peters
 Added: Jan. 26, 2012
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