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!!


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

  2. Randy

    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