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John Woodlief Pace, Sr
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Birth: Jul. 4, 1725
Prince George County
Virginia, USA
Death: Oct. 8, 1780
Surry County
North Carolina, USA

Some of the notes I have collected from a well respected researcher:

I was given the following early in my research when, unfortunately, I did not record the source. While John and his son Richmond fought on the Tory or British side, another son, Burwell Pope, fought on the American side. We are quite certain that John and maybe Richmond were among the fourteen Tories killed at Shallow Ford, NC." This source said this statement was from the book "The Pace Family" by Anthony; copyright 1976. I have been unable to find this book or any reference to it.

In his book, "A sketch and History of Our Colonial Ancestors from 1619 to 1799".
Copyright 1998, Specialty Publishing & Printing, Box 414, Quitman, MS, page 209, Bruce Howard, in discussing this battle, states, "...but it tells me that John and his sons were at or near the front of the vanguard as the command approached the Ford. They did not have a clue that the Patriot force was at hand, waiting in ambush in the thick timbers along and on either side of the road leading to the river."

This seems to indicate that Bruce believes they died in this battle but he never actually makes that statement, nor does he offer any record evidence for the statement beyond the aforesaid petition of Burwell/Burrell PACE. As an aside, I have visited the site of the battle. It could not have been a more miserable place to die in 1780 than it would be today.

I have had several email conversations with Ann Brownlee who maintains the web site, The Battle of Shallow Ford at She has informed me that if we could supply any small amount of evidence she would be glad to add John and Richmond PACE to the list of Tories.

Jonathan A. Pace
Marietta, GA
Assuming that JOHN PACE, husband of Sarah Burge Pace, died in 1780 and also assuming that a child was not considered of age until 21 years, then there were several children left in 1780 with their mother, but their property had been confiscated in Surry Co., NC, because of the Tory affiliation of the father John Pace.

According to my rough calculation, the following offspring would have been right at or under the age of 21. Does anyone have any theories as to who took them in? All of them seem to have stayed in NC long enough to marry.

Age 21 William Pace, b. 1759 (d. 1826 in West Bend, Clarke Co., AL)
Age 19 John Pace, b. abt. 1761 (d. abt. 1820 in Coffeeville, Clarke Co., AL)
Age 16 Edmund Marion Pace, b. 1764 (d.1834 in Noxubee Co., MS)
Age 16 Frederick Pace, b. 1762-65 (d. abt. 1807-8 in Clarke Co., AL [West Bend]}
Age 14 Richard Pace, b. abt. 1766 (d. 1799 in Surry Co., NC)
Age 8 Sarah Pace, b. 1772 (no further information)

? Another infant girl has been suggested

I notice that the orphan Richard Pace died in 1799 at about the age of 33, still in Surry Co., NC. This suggests that perhaps the orphans and their mother Sarah Burge Pace did stay in Surry Co., NC at the death of the husband /father John Pace.

Children of John Pace and Sarah Burge: A work in progress, please send corrections, sugestions. I know there is too many children, also 2 Dempsey Pace, I will correct as soon as information comes in.

1. Dempsey Pace 1753-1780
2. Thomas Pace 1754-1780
3. Amy Pace 1755-1832
4. Reuben Pace 1756-1846
5. Stephen Pace 1757-1804
6. 64374657 Burrell Pope 1758-1815
7. 76252518 William Henry Pace 1759-1826
8. Richmond Pace 1758-1780
9. Frederick Pace 1762-1807
10.Rev. Edmund Marion Pace 1764-1834
11.Rolley Pace 1766
12 Richard Pace 1766-1799
13.LINKED BELOW 83668932 John Pace IV 1768-1821
14. Dempsey Pace 1770-
15.Sarah "Sally" Pace 1772 m William Shepherd

Family links: 
  Sarah Burge Pace (1733 - 1798)*
  Burrell Pace (1758 - 1816)*
  William Henry Pace (1759 - 1826)*
  John Woodlief Pace (1761 - 1821)*
*Calculated relationship
West Bend Cemetery
Clarke County
Alabama, USA
Created by: Tamara Maddan
Record added: Jan 16, 2012
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John Woodlief Pace, Sr
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Proud of my Loyalist ancestor as I am proud of my American Patriot ancestor. He fought for his beliefs, he fought for what he thought to be true.For King and Country.
- N.E. Williams
 Added: Aug. 11, 2014
Tribute to a true pioneer.
- RW
 Added: Jun. 23, 2014

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