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Richard Pace

Birthdate: (60)
Birthplace: Charles City County, Virginia
Death: November 14, 1697 (56-64)
Charles City County, Virginia
Place of Burial: Virginia, United States
Immediate Family:

Son of George Pace and Sarah Pace, Jamestown Orphan
Husband of Mary Pace and Mary Pace
Father of John Pace; Sarah Pace; George Pace; John Pace, of Charles City; James Pace, Sr. and 4 others
Brother of John Pace; Elizabeth Pace; Thomas Pace; George Pace, II; William Pace and 1 other

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About Richard Pace

Richard Pace

  • Birth:  1638  Charles City, Virginia
  • Death:  19 Nov 1677 - Charles City, Virginia
  • Parents: George Pace, Sarah Maycock
  • Married: Mary Baker


The new Pace book by Bruce Howard, "Our Colonial Ancestors, 1619-1799", presents excellent evidence for the following lineage:

  • 3. Richard Pace (1637 - 1677) (grandson of Richard Pace of Jamestown) m. Mary Baker, b. 1640 (No evidence for Knowles).
  • 4. James Pace b 1670 Charles City Co, VA m. Elizabeth Lowe m abt. 1685.
  • 5. Richard Pace b abt 1690 d abt 1738 m. Sarah Woodliefe b abt 1694 d aft 1759.
  • 6. John Pace b abt 1725 d abt 1780 m. Sarah Burgh (or Burge) [SIC: or Pope. or Unknown.]

John Pace of Middlesex

Added by AliceGleasonGould on 29 Apr 2008

After much study combined with educated guesses, known family customs as to given names, and applied logic, the following regarding the connection between John [Pace] I of Middlesex, and Richard and Isabella Pace of Jamestown (Surry County) has taken shape.

First, the Maycock papers (p. 6-7) states positively that Georges son, Richard II, and wife Mary [Knowles] had five sons, and one daughter. The fifth son was John Pace I who married Elizabeth Newsome, and eventually went to Middlesex County as stated in the papers. Later, Richard IV named one of his sons Knowles Pace indicating adherance to family name custom. Of the six children of Richard II, and Mary Knowles, only Richard III moved early to North Carolina (1706 land grant). John I, and Elizabeth Newsome Pace wer in Middlesex in 1694, twelve years earlier than Richard III's move south. It is probably fact that after some years, as has been suggested by genealogists, John I could have moved to North Carolina to be near his brothers and sisters. This would leave his Middlesex plantation to his oldest son, (tradition & law) John II, and wife Elizabeth Montague Pace.

John I was born in 1672, and most likely married Elizabeth Newsome in 1693 upon reaching age 21, both them being of marriagable age. That John I of Maycocks did in fact marry Elizabeth Newsome of Surry County seems a certainty. Both the early Pace , and Newsome (Spencer) families were of Surry County, and were neigbors through four generations as follows;

  • Arrived 1609-11: Richard I - Isabella Smith Arrived 1607: William Spencer - Alice
  • George I - Sarah Maycock Elizabeth Spencer - Rob't. Shepard
  • Richard II - Mary Knowles Anne Shepard - Wm. Newsome
  • (John I - Elizabeth Newsome Elizabeth Newsome - John Pace I)

The Pace, and Spencer families were somewhat isolated across the James river (3 miles) from Jamestown. Strong friendships must have developed, and surely it was so with John I, and Elizabeth Newsome. It is unlikely, due to the distance, that there was any contact at that time with anyone in Middlesex, and beyond belief that there could be two William Newsomes, two sets of Johns & Elizabeths having their first children named Sarah, and George. The population of the area at that time was too sparse for that to be a fact, or even possible.

John I, and Elizabeth Newsome of Surry probably were married in Surry or Jamstown - the records in that area were destroyed during the Revolution, and there is no record of their marriage at Christ Church, Middlesex Co. Their plantation must have been a wedding present from both their families as it was paid for with 7000 lbs. of prime tobacco which represented a lot of money then. They must have been married some months before moving to Middlesex as their first child Sarah was born only eight months after the purchase.

Sarah's birth is the first Pace record in the registry of Christ Church parish, Middlesex. Their first sons birth, George Pace, is also registered there. At this point it has become obvious that both children were named for their grandparents, George, and Sarah Maycock Pace, (Family Custom). This fact ties John I of Middlesex to Richard, and Isabella of Jamestown, and identifies him as John of Maycocks as well as of Middlesex, and their great grandson. (Maycock papers)

John I, and Elizabeth Newsome had two other sons named John, and William. These two names, (per custom), tie John I, and John II into the Richard I line going back to the Paces of England. The name William is carried down from the William Spencer ancestor who was one of only two survivors of the original 105 Jamestown colonists, arriving in 1607 in the ship Susan Constant.

Most genealogists believe that Elizabeth of Middlesex was in fact the daughter of William (another William of Spencer line), Newsome of Surry County. This is quite logical since the names Newsome, and Spencer also appear in the later Middlesex Pace lines. Joel Pace I names his fourth son Spencer, not a common given name, and again following the family custom by taking a name from the Wm. Spencer line. In fact it is believed that Joels son was actually named William Spencer Pace, Spencer being used by preference. There is little doubt that the marriage of Elizabeth Newsome of Surry to John Pace I of Maycocks (later Middlesex), passed the blood of another patriot William Spencer, to the Pace generations.

A check on the give names through the Pace generations bears out the fact that we have followed the family custom, in most lines, of borrowing them from the past generations. This would point to the fact that most early Paces are indeed, (including Middlesex line) descended from Richard I, and Isabella. This of course excludes Paces arriving in America later on. There is much confusion as to names and dates in our early 1600 beginnings due to lack of, and/or destruction of records. However, it is virtually impossible that there could have been two John Paces marrying two Elizabeth Newsomes, both with children named Sarah, and George in the same time, and area. Rather, the confusion of names, records, and handing down information by word of mouth over the generations has created the doubt that exists. There can be only one conclusion, that the Middlesex line is indeed descended from Richard I, and Isabella Pace.

Once againthe custom of taking given names from past generations will give us a look at our English ancestors. Richard I of Jamestown is descended from one of the lines shown on the following chart though there seems to be a generation missing between him and the last shown.

Though a bit obscure, and incomplete in all information we can believe that our Pace line began with;

John Pace = A woman of Hants, Hampshire England, ca. 1450, [parents of]: Dean Richard Pace, b. 1482, d. 1536, Dean of St. Pauls, London, Sec of State to King Henry VIII, unmarried; John Pace, b. ca. 1484-86, ed. Eton & Cambridge, [father of]: John Pace, b. 1522, d. 1590, ed. Eton & Cambridge, Court Jester for Queen Elizabeth I; Richard Pace, ed. Eton & Cambridge, Vicar - St. Dunstans - Stepney, London; Thomas Pace, cared for his uncle Dean Richard, received Holbury Manor, Hants.

Richard of Jamestown is descended from one of these lines although it seems there is a generation between. Richard and Isabella were married in St. Dunstans in 1608 before coming to America 1609-11. He probably was married on becoming 21 years of age as seemed to be the custom then, so he must have been born around 1586-87. Perhaps his grandfather (or uncle) Richard, Vicar of St. Dunstans performed the ceremony. Vicar Richard could have been married since it was now Church of England, and celibacy was no longer required, so he could have been Richard of Jamestowns Grandfather.


1. That John of Middlesex was in fact John of Maycocks.

2. That John of Maycocks married Elizabeth Newsome of Surry.

3. Above taken from the Maycock Papers.

4. That John I was the son of Richard II, and Mary Knowles (Maycock Papers), and therefore was the grandson (great) of Richard I, and Isabella.

5. That the Johns, and Eizabeths, with children Sarah, and George were due to lack of records, and much confusion and duplication.

6. That continuity of given names not only ties us to the William Spencer line, but also ties the Middlesex line to Richard, and Isabella. Also, in a later generation Joel Pace II named a daughter Isabella - no doubt after her great grandmother Isabella of Jamestown.

7. The names Newsome, Spencer, William, Isabella, Knowles, George, John, Joseph, Sarah, etc., all are passed down from the Spencer and/or Richard Pace lines through the Middlesex line tying us all together.

8. Finally - most of the available writings seems directed toward proving that John I of Middlesex WAS NOT connected to Richard, and Isabella rather than that he was, (a fact which is backed by most genealogists). Mabel Pace Tanner, my grandmother , in her D.A.R. application, made reference, (in her Middlesex line), to George, and Richard as ancestors. This probably came down by word of mouth from generation to generation, a strong oral tradition not to b e denied, here, and in many other instances in Pace history.

Robert T. Poole - Malone, 1984 - (6th Dradft), FINAL. Maj. Robert T. Malone, 151 - Mass. Ave., Congers, NY 10920

FOOTNOTE I arrived at the above by matching generations rather than dates which are often wrong or not available. R.T.


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Richard Pace's Timeline

Charles City County, Virginia
Age 25
Charles City, Virginia, USA
Age 29
Charles City, Virginia, USA
Age 29
Age 31
Charles City County, Virginia
Age 33
Charles City County, Virginia
April 9, 1671
Age 34
Charles City, Charles City County, Virginia, United States
Age 34
Charles City, Virginia, USA
Age 35
Middlesex County, Virginia, United States