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 John Woodlief Pace, Sr

John Woodlief Pace, Sr

Prince George County, Virginia, USA
Death 8 Oct 1780 (aged 55)
Surry County, North Carolina, USA
Burial Unknown
Memorial ID 83574735 · View Source
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Known as John Woodlief Pace, not because of any proof of name but from a mistake passed down long enough the "Woodlief" attached. (Tamara Maddan).

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.

21 Feb 2015
John Pace and Sarah Burgh Pace cannot have grave sites in Alabama. To link a Find A Grave location to a memorial location that is not the place of death can greatly confuse people. Also, there is no primary source documentation that John Pace had the middle name of Woodlief.
Using 30 plus years of my father's research (Jack Jones) who worked with George Jones (Henderson County Genealogical Society), plus some of the best researchers with the Pace Society, DNA testing, plus other experts on the Pace family, we know that John Pace and Sarah Burgh Pace do not have grave sites in Alabama.
John Pace was born about 1725 in Prince George County, Va. He was the son of Richard Pace III and Sarah Woodlief. He grew up in Prince George County, Va.
My sixth great-grandfather (twice) married Sarah Burgh in 1753 in Prince George County, Va.
He and his brother, Richard, moved with their families to old Edgecombe County, N.C. In January 1760 he purchased about 200 acres from Thomas Hart near Beaver Dam Swamp Creek. When his brother died in the early 1770s, John Pace sold his farm and moved to Surry County.
John Pace, my sixth great-grandfather (twice), and at least two of his sons were Tories during the American Revolution. They were killed in a skirmish at Shallow Ford on the Yadkin River on Oct. 14, 1780. They were serving under Gideon Wright.
The dead Tories, including John Pace, our ancestor, and two of his sons, were buried in a common grave.
The Pace property in Surry County was then confiscated by the state of North Carolina. My ancestor, Burrell P. Pace (twice), petitioned for part of the land to be returned, but his request was denied in 1781.
The site of the common grave where John Pace, two of his sons, and the other Tories were buried is not known, but it must be located near the site of the battle at Shallow Ford on the Yadkin River.

There are some researchers who state that "Burwell" Pace enlisted in the Patriot Army in 1776 and served in Col. John Henton's regiment as a sergeant. Others dispute this and state that it is not the same Burrell Pace. His father and all of his brothers were Tories. It is the opinion of this writer that 18-year-old Burrell Pace, my ancestor, is not the Burwell Pace of Virginia who fought with the Patriots.
In 1784, Burrell Pace purchased land on the north side of Fox Knob near the Yadkin River in Surry County. One year later he moved to Spartanburg County, S.C., with his wife's family.
He bought 150 acres of land on the Enoree River on May 30, 1785. He and his wife were active in the Bethel Baptist Church, now the First Baptist Church of Woodruff.
He moved his family from South Carolina to the Blue Ridge Mountains of North Carolina in 1804. He settled near the gap through which they entered the mountains, a gap which took his name, Pace's Gap (Pace's Gap is not located at the town of Saluda). When he bought his land in the Mountain Page community the area was part of Rutherford County. It is now in Henderson County, N.C.
He and his family joined the Old Mountain Page Baptist Church, where he was active in Baptist associational and church work.

Sarah Burgh was born about 1733 in Prince George County, Virginia. She was the daughter of Thomas Burgh and Mary. Her mother's surname is not confirmed.
She married John Pace about 1753 in Prince George County, Va.
My sixth great-grandmother (twice) moved with her husband to old Edgecombe County, N.C., then later to Surry County.
Her husband, John Pace, and two of her sons fought and died as Tories during the Revolutionary War. Her son, Burrell Pope Pace, moved to Spartanburg County, S.C.
The land was confiscated and she lived with a daughter.
Sarah Burgh remained in Surry County with other children. She was on the 1790 census with a daughter.
She died about 1808 in Surry County, N.C. Her grave site is not known.
Jennie Jones Giles

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