William Thomas (W. T.) (Willie) Pace Sr.
- Born: 18 Mar 1866, Sussex Co., VA
- Marriage (1): Dianna Christine Rawls on 23 Oct 1934
- Marriage (2): Meta Goodman Parker on 28 Mar 1888 in Virginia
- Died: 31 Aug 1954, Town of Franklin, Southampton Co., Va. at age 88
- Buried: 2 Sep 1954, Poplar Spring Cemetery, Franklin, Virginia
Poplar Springs Cemetery, Franklin, Virginia. Section 1, Located on High Street (Near the ravine)
Willie Thomas Pace
03-18-1866 Sussex Co., VA
S/O John James and Eugenia Briggs Pace
3rd Wife was Christine Rawls Pace
S-TN Obit 09-02-1954
Meta Parker Pace
1865 - 1921
"WIFE OF WILLIE T. PACE"
It appears that Willie Pace remarried soon after the death of Meta: The 1930 Federal Census for Franklin, Southampton Co., Virginia, District 14, page 163A, dated April 15, 1930 records W. T. Pace Sr. (64 - VA/VA/VA) with his wife Louise (50 - Maryland/VA/VA) living at 313 [213? or 513?] Second Street. Willie is a Retail Merchant.
The 1920 Federal Census for Franklin, Southampton Co., Virginia, District 213, page 201B, dated January 13, 1920 records Willie T. (53 - VA/VA/VA) and Meta L. (54 - NC/NC/NC) Pace with children Lelia (30), Willie T. Jr. (28), John J. (25), H Lee (19), Marie L. (17), and Emmit H. (14) living at 800 Second Avenue. Also in the household is daughter-in-law Inez B. Pace (21) and grand daughter Erin U. Pace (5/12). Willie is a Hardware Merchant, Willie Jr. is a Book Keeper at the Hardware Store while John J. is a Salesman at the Hardware Store.
The 1910 Federal Census for Franklin, Southampton Co., Virginia, District 119, page 197B records Willie T. (44 - VA/VA/VA) and Meta (44 - NC/NC/NC) Pace with children Willie T. Jr. (18), Lilia (20), James B. (16), Frank S. (12), Henderson L. (10), Marie L. (7), and Emmet H. (5) living on Second Avenue. Willie and Meta have been married for 22 years and have had 8 children of whom 7 are still living. Willie is a Merchant.
The 1900 Federal Census for Franklin, Southampton Co., Virginia, District 60, page 146A records Willie T. (March 1866 - VA/VA/VA) and Meta G. (July 1865 - NC/NC/NC) Pace (indexed as Puer at ancestry.com) with children Lilia (April 1889), Willie T. Jr. (Sept 1891), John J. (March 1894), Frank S. (July 1897), Henderson L. (Jan 1900) living on 4th Avenue. Willie and Meta have been married for 12 years and have had 6 children of whom 5 are still living. Willie is a Merchant.
The 1870 Federal Census for Wakefield, Sussex Co., Virginia, dated July 1, 1870 records Wille T. Pace (4) living in the home of Elizabeth Pace (62). Also in the household is Wincey Pace (67), Max Herbert (31), Eugenia Herbert (21), Claud Herbert (8/12), and Rebecca Briggs (10). Elizabeth is a farmer with real estate valued at $3,500 and a personal estate valued at $500.
The 1880 census indicates that Willie T. Pace is the daughter of Eugenia in that he is listed as a step son: The 1880 Federal Census for Wakefield, Sussex Co., Virginia, District 113, page 165A, dated June 10, 1880 records Wm Thomas Pace (14) as a step son living in the home of Maxmillian Herbert (43). Also in the household is Max's wife, Eugenia Herbert (32) and children Claude E. (10), Maxmillian (8), Louisa M. (5), Bennett B. (2), and Emmett N. (3/12) as well as the grand mother Elizabeth R. Pace (74), aunt Nancy Nash (83), and sister M. R. Herbert (27).
The 1860 Federal Census for Sussex Co., Virginia, Sussex C. H. P. O., page 17, dated June 23, 1860 records Elizabeth Pace (50), John C. Pace (21), Mary E. Pace (15), and Wincey Pace (60). Elizabeth is a farmer with real estate valued at $4,000 and a personal estate valued at $25,000 including 24 slaves.
The 1860 Federal Census for Sussex Co., Virginia, Sussex C. H. P. O., page 55, dated August 24, 1860 records Eugenia P. Pennington (11) living with Mary E. Pennington (35), Anna E. Pennington (15) and Alice A. Pennington (13).
The 1850 Federal Census for Sussex Co., Virginia, page 114B records William (48 - VA) and Elizabeth (42 - VA) Pace with children Martha Pace (19), Ann Pace (14), James Pace (11), and Mary E. Pace (5). William is a farmer with real estate valued at $1,756.
John James Pace
Enlistment Date: 24 May 1861
Rank at enlistment: Sergeant
Enlistment Place: Sussex Court House, VA
State Served: Virginia
Survived the War?: Yes
Service Record: Enlisted in Company A, Virginia 41st Infantry Regiment on 24 May 1861.
Mustered out on 12 Feb 1863.
Sources: The Virginia Regimental Histories Series
Encyclopedia of Virginia Biography
Under The Editorial Supervision of Lyon Gardiner Tyler, Ll. D.
Volume IV New York
Lewis Historical Publishing Company
Willie Thomas Pace. The Pace family of Virginia is an old and honored one, owning large plantations and many slaves prior to the war, 1861 to 1865. W. T. Pace, of Franklin, Virginia, is the possessor of an interesting document, dated June 23, 1831, the marriage contract between his grandfather, William C. Pace, and Elizabeth Reeves Chapel, involving 2,000 acres of land. William C. Pace was a wealthy planter and slave owner of Southampton county, and officially connected with the Virginia militia. On the maternal side W. T. Pace descends from the Sebrell family, many of whom were soldiers of the Confederacy.
John James Pace, son of William C. and Elizabeth Reeves (Chapel) Pace, was born at the home plantation in Sussex county, Virginia, near Littleton Plank Road, in 1839, and died January 18, 1867. He was a farmer during the few years of his adult years, and during the war between the states served in Captain Harrison's Company A, sharpshooters of Sussex county, attached to the Forty-first Regiment Virginia Infantry, Mahone's brigade. He married Eugenia Briggs, born in Southampton county, Virginia, in 1845, and died in 1902, daughter of Bennett and Maria (Sebrell) Briggs. Mrs. Pace survived her husband and married (second) Maximilian Herbert, of Ferry Point, Norfolk county, Virginia.
Willie Thomas Pace, son of John James and Eugenia (Briggs) Pace, was born on the ancestral acres in Sussex county, Virginia, also the birthplace of his father, March 18, 1866. He was educated in the public schools of Sussex county, and resided in that county until 1881 when he removed to Southampton county and was a clerk in his uncle's store until March, 1885. He pursued a commercial course at Saddlers Business College in Baltimore, 1885, from whence he was graduated in 1885. In that year he located in Franklin, Virginia, where he has since pursued a highly successful mercantile career as bookkeeper, partner and proprietor. He began business life in Franklin as bookkeeper for C. C. Vaughan, continuing two years. He then spent one year with the Camp Manufacturing Company, and one year with Pretlow & Company. On January 1, 1890, he formed a partnership with J. E. Gilliam, and as "Gilliam & Pace" conducted a successful general retail hardware business until February, 1893. He then purchased Mr. Gilliam's interest and has since conducted the business under his own name exclusively. His business consists of a general line of shelf and builders' hardware, paints, oils, roofing, and all the detailed lines connected with a modern retail hardware store of the best class. He has won honorable distinction in the business world and is rated one of the successful men of his community. His standing in Franklin is best evidenced by the fact that in addition to building up a successful mercantile business, he has been .recorder and for twentythree years treasurer of the town. He is interested in the church and fraternal life of the town, is a member of the official board of the Methodist Episcopal church, regent of the local Royal Arcanum, and in political faith a Democrat.
Mr. Pace married, March 28, 1888, Meta Goodman Parker, born July 12, 1865, daughter of Goodman and Sarah (Thatch) Parker, of Murfreesboro, North Carolina. Children, all born in Franklin. Virginia: 1. Lelia Parker, born April 18, 1889, educated in the Franklin Female Seminary. 2. Willie Thomas (2), born September 29, 1891, educated at Franklin high school and Randolph Macon Academy, now associated with his father in the hardware business. 3. John James, born March 20, 1894, educated in public schools and Randolph Macon Academy, now associated with his father and brother in business. 4. Frank Story, born January 11, 1897, educated in public schools of Franklin and Norfolk, Virginia, now a student in Norfolk high school. 5. Henderson Leigh, born July 12, 1900. 6. Marie Louise, born October 3, 1902. 7. Emmett Herbert, born April 19, 1905.
Virginia, Death Records, 1912-2014
Name: Willie Thomas Pace Sr
Residence: Franklin, VA
Occupation: Retred Hardware Merchant
Age at Death: 88
Birth Date: 18 Mar 1866 in Sussex Co., VA
Death Date: 31 Aug 1954
Death Place: Franklin, Southampton, Virginia
Burial: Sept 2, 1954 at Poplar Springs Cemetery
Registration Date: 4 Sep 1954
Father: John James Pace
Mother: Eugenia Briggs Pace
Spouse: Christine Rawls Pace
Informant: Mrs. Christine R. Pace of Franklin, VA
William married Dianna Christine Rawls, daughter of Robert Rawls and Diana Cutchin, on 23 Oct 1934. (Dianna Christine Rawls was born on 14 Sep 1881 in Nansemond Co, VA, died on 27 Dec 1959 in Franklin (Southampton Co.), VA and was buried in Poplar Spring Cemetery, Franklin, Virginia. Section 1, Located on High Street (Near the ravine).) The cause of her death was Cerebral Hemorrhage.
William next married Meta Goodman Parker on 28 Mar 1888 in Virginia. (Meta Goodman Parker was born in Jul 1865 in North Carolina and died in 1921 in Franklin (Southampton Co.), VA.)