Saturday, July 5, 2008

Ancestrally Challenged - a Texas Death Date/Place

One of my CVGS colleagues is trying to find one of her "Walking Dead" (as she calls them) ancestors - she knows that he's dead, but she doesn't know when or where, or where he is buried.

The man is James Matthew Peace (sometimes Pease), who was born 1n Texas in about 1843, the son of Henry and Rachel (Cole) Peace. James married Susan Cerilla Hendricks on 23 April 1863 probably in Texas, and they had children Osborn (born 27 Dec 1864), Ella Nannie (born 31 Jan 1867) and Carrie (born 31 Jul 1869).

In the 1870 census, James M Peace is living with his uncle (?) B[lackburn] Peace in Shelby County, Texas, while Susan and the children are not found in any census record (so far). Susan was born in 1844 and died in early 1880 in Madison, Jefferson County, Indiana, where her Hendricks and Stapp families lived. In the 1880 census, the three children are living with Ella Stapp in Madison, Jefferson County, IN.

The Henry Peace family is in Goliad County TX in 1850 and Dewitt County, TX in 1860, but I didn't find Henry or Rachel in the 1870 census.

Most of the BMD information above is probably from a family Bible or other paper, which my colleague does not have a copy of, nor does she know where to find it..

My colleague wants to know when James Matthew Peace died and where he is buried.

We've checked:

* (tough with a name like "Peace")
* US GenWeb Archives
* Ancestry databases
* Ancestry and Rootsweb user-contributed databases
* Google search

Do any readers have ideas for where else to search? All suggestions appreciated!!


John said... does have Texas death records, but they only go back to 1890.

Unknown said...


This isn't James M., but looks like probably a brother??? Maybe you can get some leads from the d/c image. I located at

Name: John H. Peace
Death date: 03 Nov 1915
Death place: Bexar, Texas
Gender: Male
Race or color (on document): white
Age at death: 59 years 6 months 1 day
Estimated birth year:
Birth date: 02 May 1856
Birth place: Texas
Marital status: Single
Spouse name:
Father name: Henry Peace
Father birth place: La.
Mother name: Rachell Cole
Mother birth place: La.
Occupation: Musician
Cemetery name: Co.
Burial place:
Burial date: 04 Nov 1915
Additional relatives:
Film number: 2051578
Digital GS number: 4165794
Image number: 268
Reference number: cn 23495
Collection: Texas Deaths, 1890-1976