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Andrew J. Pace

PACE, Andrew J., for many years a successlul farmer in Scotland Township, McDonough County, Ill., but now a much respected citizen of Macomb, where he is living in retirement, was born in McDonough County, November 30, 1842, a son of William I. and Sarah (Vawter) Pace, who were natives of Kentucky. The paternal grandfather, Earley Pace, was also a native of that State. The family moved to McDonough County at an early period and spent two years in Bethel Township, where the father was engaged in farming. They then moved to Scotland Township where the father died in 1857, the mother having passed away in 1849. William I. Pace was captain of a military company which took part in the Black Hawk War. He was the father of nine children, of whom the subject of this sketch was the sixth in order of birth. Andrew J. Pace attended the public schools of Scotland Township and there grew up to manhood. He remained in that vicinity until 1862, working on the farm.

On August 12, 1862, Mr. Pace enlisted in the Second Regiment Illinois Volunteer Cavalry, in which he served until August 12, 1865. After his discharge from the army, he continued to work on the farm until his marriage. He owned a farm in Scotland Township, which he operated after that event. To this farm he added, until in 1895 he was the owner of 460 acres of land, on which he was engaged in general farming and stock-raising. In 1895 he built a fine residence in Macomb, on the corner of North McArthur and Carroll Streets, where he is now living exempt from the cares and trials of active life. He takes, however, a lively interest in current events, and is always ready to assist in promoting measures intended to benefit the community at large. On February 29, 1872, the subject of this sketch was united in marriage with Mary J. Walker, who obtained her education in the public and Old Normal schools of McDonough County. Politically, Mr. Pace is a supporter of the Republican party. In religious faith, he adheres to the Presbyterian Church, and fraternally, is an active member of the G. A. R.

Source: The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois and History of McDonough County, compiled by Dr. Newton Bateman, and Paul Shelby, 1907, volume 2, page 971, extracted 17 Mar 2020 by Norma Hass.

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