This past week, while comparing my own researching against that of others who share their work in Ancestry Family Tree, I came across some heavily documented public trees that trace the male ancestral line of our Roy D. Pace’s grandfather, William F. Pace (1846-1915), all the way back to Jamestown, Virginia. THE Jamestown, Virginia — first permanent English settlement in the current United States.
How cool is that?!
I’m just starting to research this lead, but there is quite a bit published about this family line.
It looks like my husband has several ancestors who lived in the early Jamestown settlement. Richard Pace (1583-1627), and his wife Isabella Smyth (1589-1637) — who immigrated from England, and their son George Pace (1609-1655). If this lead is indeed true, Richard — who has an entry in Wikipedia — is my husband’s 11th great-grandfather, and George is my husband’s 9th great-grandfather. My fellow researchers are in dispute as to whether George was born in Jamestown, or back in England.
I don’t find any of our Jamestown ancestors on the Historic Jamestowne lists of the initial settlers who arrived in 1607 and 1608. There are quite a few Jamestown history and lineage books available through Google Books that mention Richard Pace, and the Historic Jamestown site claims to have a biography of both Richard and his wife Isabelle available — but their horrid shop site keeps throwing server errors when I try to authenticate and activate my account (a sign warning me NOT to try to buy online through them).
I am very excited at the challenge of proving this lineage true!