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James Dean Pace Biography
05-24-2004, 05:14 AM,
James Dean Pace Biography

James Dean Pace born in 1835 in Giles County, Tennessee and died in 1906 in Benton County, AR. He served in the Confederate Army in the War Between the States. Mr. Pace served under General Sterling Price in the Battles of Helena and Prairie Grove. He lived in the Prairie Creek area east of Rogers and is buried in the Pace Chapel Cemetery.
James Dean Pace was married to Hannah Blue and this marriage resulted in two sons. William Thomas was born in 1871 and Robert P. born in 1873.
James Dean’s first wife died and he remarried Sina Caroline who had two children. The boy was named Newton and the daughter named Dovie. This second marriage resulted in four children. This was James Dean’s second family; their names were Lillie, Christopher, Albert and James Franklin.
William Thomas Pace married Anna Mitilda Wight, whose mother’s father was Gideon Haden Carter of Prairie Creek. They lived in the area east of Avoca. Their children were a daughter named Myrtie and six sons named Albert, Alma, Jeff, Ezra, Charlie and Samuel Orange. William Thomas and family moved to Oklahoma in about1900 they settled in Indian Territory west of what is now Atoka, OK. In a placed called Wapanuka. The trip to Oklahoma from Prairie Creek was by wagon and took several weeks and the trip followed the railroad from Choteau to Atoka.
Robert Pace married Livonia Sager and lived in the Prairie Creek area. Their children were Dean, Morris, Fred, Bruce, Eula, Pearl, Nora, Willie and Hannah.
It is understood that James Dean Pace built the Pace Chapel, which was in the Prarie Creek area, and the Pace Cemetery was located on the site of the chapel. After the Beaver Dam was built on the White River the cemetery had to be relocated to its current site adjacent to the Pratt Cemetery east of the Pea Ridge Military Park.
It is believed that James Dean Pace was descendent of the Richard Pace of England that settled at Pace’s Landing on the James River near Williamsbury, VA. They settlement was destroyed by an Indian raid. The settlers had been warned and had left the settlement shortly before the Indians arrived and set fires to their village.

Angela A. Pace

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