JOHN P. PACE, Co. B, 24th Texas Cavalry


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John Pinckney Pace was born in about 1843 in Texas, the son of Richard E. Pace and his wife, Mary J.

Richard E. Pace died in about 1847, and Mary J. subsequently married Gilbert McKinney.

In 1850, John P. was a seven-year-old in the home of Gilbert and Mary McKinney in Montgomery County. He was listed in the McKinney household as age seventeen in 1860. The McKinneys lived in the vicinity of the town of Montgomery.

In March of 1862, John P. enlisted in the Second Texas Lancers at Danville. He was nineteen years old and was elected third sergeant of the company. He gave the value of his horse as $50.00. J. P. reported to Camp Carter at Hempstead on April 28, and there he trained as a cavalryman.

John was counted present on the muster roll of August 31, 1862, and a notation on the roll shows that he was a “musician” for the company. At this time, the company was stationed at Camp Holmes, Arkansas. The last roll on which J. P. was listed was the September-October muster, and he was again listed as musician and was counted present.

By this time, the regiment had ridden to Arkansas and had been dismounted. There is no record to show what happened to J. P. at this point. He may have been granted a sick furlough and have gone home to Montgomery, but there is no muster notation to this effect.

John did make it down to Harris County after being discharged, and while he was there, he married Mary Ellen McKinney on the 2nd of November, 1863. The marriage took place in Harris County. Mary Ellen was the sister of Albert W. McKinney, and was probably a niece of Gilbert McKinney, with whom J. P. Pace was living in 1850 and 1860. It is probably this same J. P. Pace who joined Company K, Terry’s Regiment, Texas Cavalry, in the spring of 1864. This regiment was formed in Montgomery County that spring and was attached to the Trans-Mississippi. The regiment went to Louisiana and then fought several battles in Arkansas. Later it moved to Texas and was placed on commisary duty. It was disbanded in the spring of 1865. The commander of this regiment was David S. Terry, brother of the famous commander of Terry’s Texas Rangers, Benjamin Franklin Perry. The lieutenant colonel was Samuel H. Brooks, the son ofSamuel C. Brooks.

There is only one muster roll for J. P. Pace. It is dated March, 1865, and shows that he was a private in Company K. Comments on the muster card state: “D. S. Carry home horses of Regt Ord Dept Hd. qrs.”

D. S. is an abbreviation for “Detailed Service.” It would seem that John was in Terry’s for only a short time, and that his job in Terry’s was to bring the horses back home to Montgomery County.

At the end of the war, J. P. Pace signed the amnesty oath at Houston, and his name appears on the Montgomery County amnesty list.

By 1870, John was living in Montgomery County with his wife, Mary E., and two children. In 1880, he was enumerated as a farmer in Precinct 4 of Montgomery County, and he and Mary had six children.

The McKinney web pages state that Mary Ellen resided in Harris County in 1894. In the Harris County census of 1900, Pct. 1, Mary E. was living in the household of her son, Gilbert Pace. Her birthdate is given as June, 1846, and she stated that she had been married 38 years. This would be impossible unless John is still alive at this time, but living elsewhere.

Thanks to Billy McKinney, who provided information on John Pinkney Pace.

The above information was compiled from the McKinney web pages; also from census and county records and from the Compiled Service Records, which are housed in the National Archives, and which I accessed on microfilm at the Confederate Research Center at Hillsboro, Texas.

For further information and records of all Confederate soldiers of Montgomery County, Texas, as well as histories of the regiments they served in, see Montgomery County, Texas, CSA by Frank M. Johnson. The book may be purchased by visiting Frank's website at or by contacting Frank at [email protected]

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