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Below is a family biography included in The History of Benton County, Arkansas published by Goodspeed Publishing Company in 1889.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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John H. Pace, a resident of Batie Township, was born in Tennessee, April 18, 1831, and is the son of Christopher S. and Margaret Maria (Woods) Pace. The father was born in Tennessee, and at the age of twenty married Miss Woods, who was in her fifteenth year. To this union were born eleven children, five now living: John H., Mrs. Sarah Walker, Mrs. Margaret S. (Black) Woods, Milton A. and Mrs. Florence Hardy. Those deceased were named William O., Newton B., James O., Thomas J., Alfred and Mrs. Nancy Williams. Christopher S. Pace followed farming the principal part of his life, but in connection ran an old fashioned whip-saw, and also a ferry boat. He moved from Tennessee to Arkansas about 1835, settled three miles south of Bentonville, where he only remained for a year, going from there to Sugar Creek, where he farmed for two or three years. He then moved to different places, but at last settled on the farm where his son, John H., now lives. Here he remained until 1862 or 1863, when he moved to a farm three miles south of Bentonville, where he remained until the close of the war. He then moved to Bentonville, where he continued to live until a year ago, when he returned to the old home place, and there he and his wife have since lived. After coming to Arkansas John H. Pace lived with his father until twenty-eight years of age, and received a fair education during that time. At the age of twenty-two he went to Austin, Tex., driving five yoke of oxen, with a load of apples. Here he remained one year, and while there worked for wages on a farm. He then returned to his home in Arkansas, and there remained until his marriage with Miss Florence L. Hayden, daughter of Clement and Lucy (Fullerton) Hayden, who were natives of Maine and Tennessee, respectively. Miss Hayden was but sixteen years old when she married Mr. Pace, and their union resulted in the birth of seven children, six now living: Mrs. Lura J, Phillips, Elbert Newton, Maggie, Milton, Florence and Olive. The one deceased was named Clemmie. After marriage Mr. Pace lived on his father’s farm, where he remained until the breaking out of the war, when Mrs. Pace went to Bentonville, and Mr. Pace enlisted in Company F, Brooks’ Regiment, Confederate army. During his time of service he was in only two battles of importance, Prairie Grove and Jenkins’ Ferry. He served three years and at the close of the war his company surrendered at Little Rock, and he returned to his home, where he engaged in tilling the soil on his present farm. The country was very sparsely settled when Mr. Pace first moved to Benton County, there being no schools, no churches, and Bentonville only a small hamlet. His father was one of the first grand jurors of the county, and the only one now living. Mr. Pace was constable of his township for two years, and was also deputy sheriff. He is a stanch Democrat in politics, having voted that ticket from his majority down to President Cleveland. He has a farm of 100 acres, fifty-five being under cultivation. Mr. and Mrs. Pace are members of the Cumberland Presbyterian Church.

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This family biography is one of 240 biographies included in The History of Benton County, Arkansas published in 1889.  For the complete description, click here: Benton County, Arkansas History, Genealogy, and Maps

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