Alfred Elkins Pace, merchant, farmer, and state representative, was born in Bowling Green, Warren County, Kentucky, on June 29, 1811. He was the son of Twitty and Susannah (Duncan) Pace. By the early 1830s Pace was living in Arkansas and served as postmaster for the town of Scotia. He was also a member of the Masonic lodge in Little Rock. He immigrated to Texas in December 1839 and settled in Fannin County after receiving a land grant of 320 acres. Pace established himself as a merchant and farmer in Bonham, Fannin County, and quickly prospered. In 1850 he claimed $1,100 in personal and real estate property. He married Elizabeth Sophronia (or Saphronia) Hardaway on June 25, 1850, in Bonham. They had one son and three daughters.
Active in politics, Pace served as representative for Fannin County in the House of the Third Legislature from 1849 to 1850. He served on the committees of Apportionment, Privileges and Elections, Public Debt, and Public Printing. In 1855 he joined the Masonic order in Bonham. By 1860 Pace was worth more than $40,000 in personal property and real estate. During the Civil War, he served in the Fannin County Cavaliers Cavalry Company, Fourteenth Brigade, Texas Militia. Pace died on January 20, 1868, in Bonham and was buried at Willow Wild Cemetery there.
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Third Legislature (1849-1850)
The following, adapted from the Chicago Manual of Style, 15th edition, is the preferred citation for this entry.
Aragorn Storm Miller,
“Pace, Alfred Elkins,”
Handbook of Texas Online,
accessed August 11, 2022,
Published by the Texas State Historical Association.
Original Publication Date:
April 18, 2014