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William Henry Pace
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Birth: Jun. 15, 1759
Prince George County
Virginia, USA
Death: Sep. 20, 1826
Clarke County
Alabama, USA

UPDATED 05/24/2012

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This is a cenotaph. He & Drucilla are buried on their old plantation near present day West Bend.

Son of John Woodlief Pace, Sr. & Sarah Jane Burge. His father & two brothers were Tories. His father was killed in the Battle of Shallow Ford, NC.

Married 1775 in Edgecomb Co., NC to Drucilla Eliza Grissom.

Their issue:

1. Dempsey Pace (1776-1864)
2. Elizabeth Anne "Lizzie" Pace (1777-1842)
3. Burwell Pace (1778-1840)
4. Frederick Pace (1791-1823)
5. Susannah Emmaline "Susie" Pace (1796-1851)
6. Richard Pace (1800-1850)
7. Nancy Anna "Annie" Pace (1804-1901)


Clarke Co., AL was formed in Dec. 1812 from part of Washington Co., AL (Mississippi Territory). I'm not sure when they removed from GA to Clarke Co., AL. Possibly stopped in Madison Co., AL first.

West Bend is in the west-central part of the county, NW of Coffeville.

In 1813, there took place battles between the Creek nation and the white settlers. The most famous of these battles in Clarke County were Fort Sinquefield, Bashi Skirmish and the Canoe Fight. No further trouble was had with the Indians after the Canoe Fight.

Some Clarke Co., AL Marriages:

Pace, Stephen Stringer, Martha 10 Sep 1817
Pace, Dempsey Yarborough, Mary 16 Jul 1818
Pace, Richard Jarvis, Susanah 27 Nov 1823

12-06-1834 Dempsy Pace to Rebecca White.

From the Pace message board @

In Pace Society Bulletins, Volume I, pg 187 it states: "According to the book "Pace - Your Family and Mine" by Joseph Vernon Pace, a Dempsey and a John Pace came to Alabama, which was still then Mississippi Territory in
Some researchers believe they were the sons of a Frederick Pace who came from Wales in 1768 and settled in Chesterfield County, SC. There is some support for this theory. The census taken in Clarke Co, AL in 1850 gives Dempsey's age as 74, i. e. born in 1776, and South Carolina as the state
where he was born. However, there are several discrepancies which cast doubt on this interpretation. The census of 1800, for instance, does not support the claim that Frederick was the father. His age group would rather indicate that he was an older brother or a cousin."
In Bruce Howard's book Bruce states emphatically that Dempsey was the first son of William Pace and Drucilla Grissom. On page 227 Bruce says: "By the year 1807, William carried his family down to Georgia [from Chesterfield
District, SC] and settled in Wilkinson County where he farmed for a number of years... Dempsey and his family accompanied them to Wilkinson at the time of their move, where he remained for only a short time before carrying his
family, in the latter part of the year 1810, further west into Mississippi Territory and settling in old Washington County on the east side of the Tombigbee River."
"The above are known and proven facts. The romantic story published in the history of Clarke County, Alabama, stating that John and Dempsey Pace were brothers and came to Alabama in 1809, is not true. The facts concerning those events will be explained in great detail when we deal with John Pace
and his family in just a moment."
"In about the year 1822, William and Drucilla, with all of their boys and one of their daughters and a son-in-law left Georgia and came to Clarke County, Alabama to live. They settled in the same area where their son, Dempsey, resided, in that area later identified as West Bend...."
On page 229 Bruce says: "I believe he [John Pace] is the member of the family who, in condederation with his brothers, William and Frederick, started the fable of Frederick Pace of Wales, a story he told to his children, no doubt, to conceal the real identity of his father and the fact that he was a Tory and was killed in the act of rebelling against the American cause for freedom. I have no doubt that the division between these boys and their father ran very deep..."

In fall of 1826 he took fever in late August or early September. He was confined to bed and within a few weeks died in the 67th year of his age. pp227 of "Our Colonial Ancestors." 1619-1799 by Bruce A. Howard.

William was a Patriot during the Revolutionary War. Father of Anna Pace who married George McCullar a direct descendent to Temperance H. McCullar who married William H. Harper who was in the Civil War.

Family links: 
  John Woodlief Pace (1725 - 1780)
  Sarah Jane Pope Burge Pace (1733 - 1808)
  Drucilla Eliza Grissom Pace (1759 - 1830)
  William Henry Pace (1759 - 1826)
  John Pace (1761 - 1821)*
*Calculated relationship
West Bend Cemetery
Clarke County
Alabama, USA
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Originally Created by: Hank Rogers
Record added: Sep 09, 2011
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William Henry Pace
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The story about them being descendants of John the Tory has been proven false through DNA. The Frederick Pace of Wales is a distinct line of Paces.
- Kenneth Pace
 Added: Feb. 18, 2016

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