The recent discovery of an obituary and death record for great-grandmother Laura Mae Fields leads to finding a rural Texas newspaper announcement of her marriage to Andrew Jackson Pace.
My husband’s maternal grandfather’s sister Irene dies tragically at just 15 years old from meningitis. A newfound newspaper brief and death certificate finally provided documented evidence of family lore.
Trying to identify where in Texas my husband’s grandfather was born requires tracking the movements of his parents and siblings, with an initial look at two census records.
Grandfather Roy D. Pace is allegedly the 3rd great-grandson of William Henry Pace (1745-1815), the Pace who served in General George Washington’s elite bodyguard unit–the Commander in Chief’s Guard–during the Revolutionary War. To prove or disprove that claim, I have to first prove the identity or Roy’s parents.
Armed with the recent findings from our male-line Y-DNA test results for my husband’s Pace line, I now face the unpleasant chore of cleaning up my genealogy house due to this fallout, and outlining some next steps for my research plan.
After three months of waiting for it to finish processing, my husband’s Pace family’s much-anticipated Y-DNA results debunk the belief that they are descended from Richard Pace of Jamestown.
My husband’s mother died from an illness that took her before Jeff and I married and started dating. Her treasured well-worn Bible allowed Betty to be a physical tangible part of our wedding ceremony.