Virginia Hill Pace

Brief Life History of Virginia Hill

When Virginia Hill Pace was born on 1 March 1830, in Putnam, Georgia, United States, her father, Rev. Richard E. Pace, was 44 and her mother, Amy Bussey, was 40. She married Benjamin Gerard Kelly on 6 December 1848, in Calhoun, Lowndes, Alabama, United States. They were the parents of at least 6 sons and 2 daughters. She lived in Benton, Alabama, United States in 1850 and Justice Precinct 3, Rusk, Texas, United States for about 10 years. She died on 3 August 1892, in Vernon, Wilbarger, Texas, United States, at the age of 62, and was buried in Eastview Memorial Park, Vernon, Wilbarger, Texas, United States.

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Family Time Line

Benjamin Gerard Kelly
Virginia Hill Pace
Marriage: 6 December 1848
Richard Sims Kelly
James Luther Kelly
William Homer Kelly
Dryton C Kelly
Mary Thomas Kelly
Purrus Montgomery Kelly
Judge Benjamin Hill Kelly
Nancy Mae Kelly

Sources (9)

  • Virginia A Kelly in household of B G Kelly, "United States Census, 1850"
  • Virginia H Pace, "Alabama County Marriages, 1809-1950"
  • Virginia Hill Kelly, "Find A Grave Index"

World Events (8)

1832 · The Black Hawk War

Convinced that a group of Native American tribes were hostile, The United States formed a frontier militia to stop them in their tracks. Even though Black Hawk was hoping to avoid bloodshed while trying to resettle on tribal land, U.S. officials opened fire on the Native Americans. Black Hawk then responded to this confrontation by successfully attacking the militia at the Battle of Stillman's Run and then left northward. After a few months the militia caught up with Black Hawk and his men and defeated them at the Battle of Wisconsin Heights. While being weakened by hunger, injuries and desertion, Black Hawk and the rest of the many native survivors retreated towards the Mississippi. Unfortunately, Black Hawk and other leaders were later captured when they surrendered to the US forces and were then imprisoned for a year.


Historical Boundaries: 1832: Benton, Alabama, United States 1858: Calhoun, Alabama, United States* *renamed from Benton

1850 · Compromise of 1850

The United States Congress passed a package of five separate bills in an attempt to decrease tensions between the slave states and free states. The compromise itself was received gratefully, but both sides disapproved of certain components contained in the laws. Texas was impacted in several ways; mainly, the state surrendered its claim to New Mexico (and other claims north of 36°30′) but retained the Texas Panhandle. The federal government also took over the public debt for Texas.

Name Meaning

English: from a vernacular short form of the Latin personal name Paschalis (see Paschal ).

English: nickname for a mild-mannered and peaceable person, from Middle English pais, pace, pes(e), pece ‘peace, concord, amity’ (a borrowing of Old French pais, from Latin pax), or perhaps from the derived adjective pes ‘quiet, silent, peaceful’.

Italian: from the medieval personal name Pace, from the vocabulary word pace ‘peace’ (see 2 above), used for both males and females. In some instances it may represent a short form of the medieval personal name Bonapace, an omen or well-wishing name based on the same word.

Dictionary of American Family Names © Patrick Hanks 2003, 2006.

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