PACE = From Malta/Sicily/Italy to Gozo to Malta.
I have been trying to find more secure and exact information about my family lineage (from my father's side) of the Paces who hailed from Gozo.
The only basic information that I have are notes written by a certain Mr.Vella Haber who used to live at 2, St.John the Baptist Sqaure at Xewkija in Gozo.
The notes that he gave pertain to the marriages that took place in the Cathedral in Victoria, St.George (Rabat), Xewkija all in Gozo and Florina in Malta.
I am publishing these notes in the hope that someone would help me as I am sure that some of these Paces have emigrated to the USA,Canada, Australia and the UK.
First and foremost I have found the following information that says that way back in 1565, the Knights of St.John wanted to repopulate Gozo and they sent a lot Maltese families or single men to live there.
The first Paces who went there were Aloysius and Marianus who hailed from Siggiewi in Malta.
Of course there were the nobilty in those days who might have settled before the two Paces and most probably they did not suffer as the normal population did as for example when the noted sea pirate Dragut invaded Gozo, ransacked it and took some 5000 Gozitans with him in 1561 as slaves!
It might be that from these 5,000 poor souls, some were of noble stock so most probably they had to pay a ransom to Dragut to have their relatives back as it was the normal thing in those faraway days.
Here are the notes.
ANDREA PACE=GRAZIA VELLA
(Matrici*= 15 August 1644)**
FABRIZIO PACE=MARIA BUGEJA
(Rabat= 29 September 1669)
TOMASO PACE=CLARA FARRUGIA
(Matrici= 25 August 1709)
GIANN BATTISTA PACE=EVANGELISTA XUEREB
(Rabat= 25 September 1734)
SAVERIO PACE=MARIA GATT
(Matrici= 17 February 1772)
GIUSEPPE PACE=MARIA CARDONA
(Rabat= 23 February 1805)
FELICE PACE=MARIA BEZZINA
(Xewkija=23 June 1840)
GIANN BATTISTA PACE=FRANCESCA SPITERI
(Matrici= 7 January 1868
GIOVANNI EVANGELISTA PACE=ROSINA THEUMA
(Floriana TO BE UPDATED )
GIANN BATTISTA PACE=MARIA VELLA
(Floriana 25 October 1944)
1. GODWIN ERNEST PACE (UNMARRIED)
2. ALEXANDER VICTOR=ANNA MARIA RANDON
(Sliema.San Girgor 28 December 1982)
SHAWN PACE=CLAIRE SCHEMBRI TAMSIN PACE=DAMIAN XUEREB
(Mdina 19 JULY 2006) (Mdina 8 August 2009)
3. MARIO EMANUEL PACE=MARTHESE GRIXTI
(Sliema TO BE UPDATED)
I I I
MARK PACE NATHALIE PACE CLAIR PACE
4. MARIE ODETTE PACE= ERICH HILSENTIZ
(Floriana= 29 February 1980)
5.PHILIP CHARLES PACE (UNMARRIED)***
*Matrici means the Cathedral In Victoria Gozo.
** This is the marriage date taken from the respective Parish Church Marriage Books.
*** The writer of this email
That is all.
You are all invited for comments and help.