A few weeks ago, while strategically perusing through Mexico Civil Birth Registrations for as-yet-unfound birth records for the two children born to my great-grandparents when the family still lived in Mexico, I made an unexpected discovery. I came across the birth registration for a third child born in Mexico–a daughter named Celedenia Robledo.
Prison records, case registers, newspapers, and census records confirm a dark episode from our family history.
The discovery last week of a death certificate and newspaper death notice for daughter Clara Irene Pace helps me bust down a several year-long brick wall regarding Irene’s mother, Laura Mae (Fields) 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.
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.
Taking another look at the pension records of my husband Jeff’s 5th great-grandfather, and transcribing the affidavit for richer biographical and wartime service analysis.
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.