Slave Name Roll Project: RELEASING 13 Slaves Owned By Thomas Pace

090415_1451_SlaveNameRo1.jpgI follow a Facebook page called, I’ve Traced My Ancestor’s Slaveholders. Not surprisingly, it is primarily geared towards African-Americans who are working to determine the names of the slave masters who had owned their ancestors. Some Caucasians, such as myself, belong as well, as we are working to assist AA (African-American) cousins in finding those slave masters. 

This week I noted on the FB page the existence of the Slave Name Roll Project, the brainchild of Schalene Jennings Dagutis. On her blog, Tangled Roots and Trees <>, participants in the project can post the names of slaves that have been found in documents such as wills and land deeds and RELEASE them to be found by those searching. Several followers of the FB page expressed gratitude in learning of the blog. I noted that I would be releasing additional names this week. They are below.

This week I am releasing 13 named slaves owned by my 6th great-grandfather, Thomas Pace (b. abt. 1704 – d. 1764). This man, an ancestor of Richard Pace I of Jamestown, married Amelia “Amy” MNU (maiden name unknown) in Bertie District, North Carolina sometime between 1727 – 1735. His will was written in Northampton, North Carolina and is dated 04 July 1764. In it he leaves 13 slaves to family members, as follows. The use and spelling of the words “negroe” and “negroes” are taken directly from his will.

To his wife, Amy, he left two slaves named BOB and JACK.

To his daughter Celia, he bequeathed in his will one “negroe” girl named DINAH.

To his daughter, Frances: he bequeathed two slaves named JOE and ROSE.

To son, Nathaniel, he left the slaves WILL, LONDON, and SARAH.

To son, Thomas, he left “negroes” ESSEX and PETER.

To daughter, Amy, he left a girl named JANE.

To son, Richard, he left two males, ages unknown, named PEPPER and CESAR.


“It’s honorable to do…You’re RELEASING their Names and their Souls for their Descendants to hopefully find them one day. Every time this happens they are REJOICING. They have been in a book or what have you for so long.” 

~ True A. Lewis. Quote found on ‘Tangled Roots and Trees’ blog.


  1. Betsy

    Thanks for sharing this! I’ve wanted to share the information that I have found, but didn’t know a respectful and helpful way to do so. Thank you for lighting a path!

    1. William

      Hi Betsy, Im a descendent from some Pace slaves of Abbeville,South Carolina which connects me to several people on Ancestry The earliest known black Pace in my tree is a Horton(Hector) Pace 1815-1905

      1. Julie (Post author)

        Hi William– welcome. Of my Paces in my tree, very few are from Abbeville. Do you know who your Pace slaves were owned by? Good luck on your searches. Julie

  2. Dija

    Thanks for sharing this, wow! My last name is Pace and I am African American. A few weeks ago, I started to think about tracing my ancestry, and then I realized that unfortunately I probably wouldn’t get far. I decided to start by googling my last name and it’s meaning. I ended up here after Googling “slave name pace.” What you shared is very interesting, and although I’ll probably neve know my real African name, it’s nice to start with Pace and see what I can find.

    1. Julie (Post author)

      Happy hunting cousin! I am going to email you some information.

    2. Steven Pace

      My name is Steven Pace, I have done a lot is Searching I also did ancestry.

      1. Julie (Post author)

        Hi cousin! What Pace do you trace back to?

  3. Sandra

    Dear Julie,
    On my mother’s-mothers side Thomas Pace was my 7th Great Grandfather. Amy Pace, his daughter, was my 6th Great Grandmother. I would like to say to the descendants of the slaves acquired by Thomas Pace that my heart breaks to know your ancestors endured this lifetime of hardship.

    On my mother’s-fathers side, a different story. Before the end of the Civil War, my 4th great grandfather Davidson gave freedom to his slaves and moved his family west. The freed slaves had no available means of making a living and chose to join him as he pioneered west. They first tried to settle in Arkansas. In the middle of the night my great grandfathers home was attacked and sat fire because he brought freed slaves with him into Arkansas. The group managed to survive the attack and moved on to settle in Texas.

    In case it helps you trace your roots… there were a number of allied families who traveled the Chisholm Trail from the Virginias and Carolinas to avoid the Civil War. Many slaves and those freed at that time may have traveled with a group going west to Texas for safety and a better life. Land was being given away for homestead there.

    To the descendants of all slaves, thank God your bloodline survived. Keep tracing your ancestral roots. It’s been my experience that when you take one step towards them, they will take 1,000 steps toward you!
    All the Best,
    Sandra Randel

    1. Julie (Post author)

      What a beautiful message. Thank you for stopping by!


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