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James Pace (1778-1814)
James Pace (1778-1814)

James the third son of William Pace and Ruth Lambert was born in Northampton Co., North Carolina, on Jan 23, 1778. This is the first Pace for whom we have an exact birth date and this is probably because of his military records. Ordinance work done by his grand son James Pace Jr.at the St George Utah Temple in 1877 leaves no doubt of this, because he grew up living in their home.

In 1790 the Pace family moved in mass to Georgia.

In November 1796 he maried Mary Ann Loving of Lexington, Oglethorpe Co., Georgia. Mary was born there abt. 1779 of parents Thomas Loving and Polly Stroop. James had a grant of 120 acres on the Shoal Creek, near his father and brothers. 5 of their daughters: Polly; Elizabeth; Nancy; Neomy and Rutha, were born on this homestead between 1798 and 1804.

In 1805 the family resettled in Rutherford Co. Tenn. James received 2 grants: 50 acres in "The Double Springs" and 40 more on Cripple Creek. Here 4 more children were born: William Franklin in 1806; Martha 1808; James 1811; and Zany in 1813.

The War of 1812 started in Alabama, following a massacre at Ft. Mimms by the Creek Indians, who had been stirred up by The British. General Andrew Jackson called for 2000 volunteers, and James was mustered in as a Lieutenant of Cavalry. He served from Sep 13th to Dec 24, 1813. His brothers Kinchen, James, and Wilson also served in defeating the Indians and David Crockett, the famous Indian fighter, also served in their unit. In the Summer of 1814 300 British Troops were in Florida, again arming and training the Creek Indians. A call went out for more volunteers and James was mustered as a Captain of Horses. His brother John also signed up. They marched directly to Florida and took Pensacola, Nov 8, 1814.

The British and Indians were again scattered, but soon a larger force of 5000 British troops was regrouping to take New Orleans. James and John were rapidly redeployed to help defend it. The 1st skirmish occured at the de la Ronde Plantation on Dec 23, 1814 and James was killed by The British on a nite raid there to prevent them attacking New Orleans the next morning. The raid made them feel that General Jackson's forces were stronger than they were, and The British decided to wait for reinforcements to arrive. If they had marched the next morning they could have captured New Orleans. General Jackson had time to prepare his defenses and John was killed in the final battle 2 weeks later. A great victory, for The US, but a great loss for the Pace families. James had a Battlefield burial at the de la Ronde site by the British who controlled this area until about Jan 23rd 1815.

There must have been a mass exhumation of the Military Graves on the battlefield and a reburial in The Protestant part of the Catholic Cemetary in New Orleans but no one knows for sure where they are now. Fortunately there were very few US dead.

Life Sketch from family and historical recods, submitted by his gggggrandson, John Garland Pace, on 11 March 2018. Related thru his son William Franklin Pace.

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