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Pace II, Stephen - Free Settler - born about 1802 in South Carolina

Born July 11, 1802, Edgefield District, South Carolina; son of William Pace and Mary “Polly”May. Was first married to Mary McCoy Ardis July 10, 1827 while residing in Putnam County, GA.  The family relocated to Harris County, Georgia.  Mary died in Harris County at the age of 37 in January 1850.  On July 31, 1850 Stephen was wed to Mary W. McGregory.  Sometime after 1852, Pace and family migrated to the Creek Stand community in Macon County, Alabama.  Pace was an affluent landowner, planter and slaveholder.  The family resided in Creekwood, a Greek Revival style mansion that was built facing the Federal Road, which was the main traveller’s route into Alabama at that time.  This property was acquired from the Burt family in 1854.  Creekwood was the family’s home for almost 20 years.  Stephen passed away at the age of 69 on April 14, 1872.  He is interred the Creekstand in the cemetery that is adjacent to the current Creek Stand Memorial Chapel which is a small replica of the Mt. Zion Church that served the early free settlers, including Stephen and his family.  Creekwood was sold by Stephen’s son John William in 1874 to the Lloyd family. Creekwood still stands intact today at the original site.  It was listed to the National Register of Historic Places on April 13, 1989. 

Siblings of Stephen Pace:  William Pace, Sally Pace, Nancy Pace, Catherine Pace, Solomon Pace, Hardy Pace, Penelope Pace, Mary Pace.

Children of Stephen Pace and Mary McCoy Ardis: Catherine, Thomas, Mary, Martha, Sarah, John William, Lucy, Issac, Elkanah, Georgianna and Anna.  Some sources indicate that Stephen and Mary also had daughters named Biffie and Missouri.  (Primary Sources:  photograph taken of Stephen Pace’s headstone in the Creek Stand Memorial Chapel cemetery by Ridge staff member; Civil War (United States Colored Troops) depositions of Henry Pace and Jim Pace, slaves owned by Stephen Pace.   Secondary sources: various internet family tree, marriage and death records; National Register of Historic Places Nomination form for Creekwood).