Letter written by Edward A. Pace to Albert Campbell
|Recently I obtained this copy of a letter
written by the oldest son of Charles Wesley Pace 1827-1908. The son,
Edward Alexander 1847-1925, lived as a child with his grandfather, Edward
Pace 1790-1874, in Orange county IN.
Edward was a lawyer who lived most of his adult life in Taylor county IA. Regrettably I do not know of the whereabouts, if still in existence, of the other letters Edward mentions.
This copy was sent to me by Jim Pearce. It is in the collection of family material owned by Shirley Pace Newfarmer. He is helping Shirley put together her family history. Shirley is the daughter of Charles Wesley [PACE] 1867-1937 who was a son of Charles Wesley [PACE] 1827-1908. You need a pencil to keep things straight!!
Anyway, when Charles Wesley, son of Edward and Susannah, was aged he went to live with his daughter, Rose Campbell. It is to Rose's son, Albert, that this letter is written.
I thought you would like a copy. I left the typos as written.
Permissions granted from Shirley to reprint this letter here. (Thanks to Shirley, Jim and Jane!)
Letter written by Edward A. Pace to Albert Campbell, son of
Pace Campbell and nephew of Edward.
New Market, Iowa
My Dear Neqphew,
In endeavoring to comply with your
request for a short biography of my
Hence, I conclude that the race has never
had great wealth and that they
Pace was undersecretary to Henry Eighth,
in his struggle with the Pope of
My Grandfather told me that we were Welch
and Welchmen tell me the name
The name Pace means measure and it is a
characteristic of the Paces to
Your Grandfathers Grandfather, William
Pace, settled in Virginia, previous
He had six sons – the youngest was named Edward, who was my Grandfather.
The names of his brothers were Henry, Thomas, William, Elish, George
But I do not know the order in which they
came. Grandfather, has some
Father (Charles Wesley Pace) was the 6th
son of Edward Pace and was born on
Cynthia married a man by the name of
Wineger and as early as 1848 removed
Grandfather married a second time in the
State of Virginia to Susannah
When father was about 9 years old or
about 1836, and 1837, there was a
My Grandfather and his sister (Margaret)
(pronounced by them – Margut) came
I never heard father recall but one
instance and that will show how
Grandfathers father-in-law owned an old
darkey called Charley. Fathers
Father of course resented it
and would never own that his name was
I did not know that his name was Charles
Wesley until he had enlisted in
Grandfather settled in Duboise County,
Indiana, in the heavy timber and
His library consisted of the Holy Bible
and Foxes bood of Martyrs. He
He held family prayer night and morning
and none chold sleep until prayer
He believed in prayer – he also
believed in the rod and he had recourse to
There were no district or public schools
in that country in those days.
Father attended a subscription school for
three months and that was all the
His brother John Pace taught him how to
write and cipher, addition,
In 1846 father, then 19 years old,
married Mary Adams or Wineing, my
My mother had the bed clothing.
Their personal property consisted of these
Father went out into the heavy beech
woods on "Congress Land" to make a
In the early fall of 1849, my mother died
with Pueperal Fever and my little
Then we, Father and I, went to live with Grandfather Pace.
Early in the spring of 1850 Father with 4
other men whose names I do not
When you read this letter to Father, I
think it will recall many things to
And if it should be so, then I will write
my recollections of what he told
After his removal to town will be the
third letter. My recollection of his
Shirley Pace Newfarmer is the daughter of Charles Wesley Pace 1867-1937,
the granddaughter of Charles Wesley Pace 1827-1908, and the great
granddaughter of Edward Pace 1790-1847.
The writer of the letter is Edward Alexander Pace 1847-1925, eldest child of the senior Charles Wesley Pace and grandchild of Edward Pace. Edward A. was a lawyer who lived most of his adult life in Taylor county Iowa. His mother died in 1849 and Edward A. spent some time living with his grandfather in Orange county Indiana.
In his last years, the senior Charles Wesley went to live with his daughter Rausie "Rose" Pace Campbell. It is to Rose's son Albert that the letter is written.
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