I am so glad to hear from you.
The line of Alsey Pace (illegitimate son of Stephen Pace, a white man, and an Indian girl) goes back to Richard & Isabel Smythe Pace of Jamestown, 1607. I have lots of documents that I can share with you. The father of Stephen Pace was indeed John Pace (wife Sarah Burge), and he was killed at the Battle of Shallow Ford, NC in 1781--he was a Tory/Loyalist and killed by Rebel/Patriot forces under Gideon Wright. Some of the sons were Tories and some were Patriots--we think Stephen was a Patriot, and died in Johnston Co. NC around 1806.
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I have never seen anything to suggest that Alsey Pace was a slaveholder.
I have never been able to prove the father of Cassandra Dean, but someone suggested he might be Calvin Dean.
I look forward to hearing what you have uncovered.
I am descended from Alsey's first wife--Zilpha Hall. Her father James Hall lived next door to Alsey & Zilpha in 1820 in Johnston Co. NC. Then they moved to Guilford Co. NC, where the children were born. Alsey Pace seems to have deserted them there about 1835, and they were helped by the Wardens of the Poor.