The Paceley family probably originated in Wales. Surname research indicates the surname to be of Welch origin.
We found several variations on the spelling of the Paceley surname including Pacley, Pacely, Pasley, Pasely, Paisly, Paisley, Peasley and Pauley.
Hugh Paceley, Sr. was born about 1745, according to census. He married (name unknown), who was also born about 1745.
Hugh appears on the 1810 Madison County, Kentucky census. The census shows Hugh Pasley, Sr., a male 45 & over (b. 1765 & bef); three males 26-44 (b. 1766-1784); one female 45 & over (b. 1765 & bef) and one female 26-44 (b. 1766-1784).
Listed on the next census page was Hugh Paceley, Jr., a male 26-44 (b. 1766-1784; two males under 10 (b. 1801-1810); one female 26-44 (b. 1766-1784) and three females under 10 (b. 1801-1810).
Hugh Paceley, Jr. was born about 1770. The 1850 census shows he was born in Virginia, although we believe he may have been born in Pennsylvania. He married (name unknown), who was born about 1780. The couple had at least five children born in Madison County, Kentucky.
Between 1816 and 1819, Hugh moved his family to Green Township of Hamilton County, Ohio. Hugh and his wife spent the remainder of their lives there.
The 1820 Hamilton County, Ohio census shows Hugh Pastly, a male 45 & over (b. 1775 & bef); two males 10-15 (b. 1805-1810); three males under 10 (b. 1811-1820); one female 26-44 (b. 1776-1794); one female 16-25 (1. 1795-1804) and two females 10-15 (b. 1805-1810).
The 1830 Hamilton County, Ohio census shows Hugh Pacely, a male 60-69 (b. 1761-1770); one male 10-14 (b. 1816-1820); two males 5-9 (b. 1821-1825); one male under 5 (b. 1826-1830); one female 40-49 (b. 1781-1790); one female 15-19 (b. 1811-1815); one female 5-9 (b. 1821-1825) and two females under 5 (b. 1826-1830).
The 1840 Hamilton County census shows Hugh Pasley, a male 70-79 (b. 1761-1770); two males 20-29 (b. 1811-1820); one male 15-19 (b. 1821-1825); one male 10-14 (b. 1826-1830); one male under 5 (b. 1836-1840); one female 60-69 (b. 1771-1780); one female 20-29 (b. 1811-1820) and two females 15-19 (b. 1821-1825). Hugh's son, John and his wife and son were listed with Hugh one the 1840 census.
Hugh's wife died between about 1841 and 1849, in Hamilton County.
The 1850 Hamilton County census shows Hugh Pasley, 80, farmer, $4200 real property, b. VA; Sarah, 35; Thomas, 28 and Joseph Squires, 11 years old. Listed next to Hugh on the census was his son, Benjamin. The census shows Benj. F. Pasely, 30, inn keeper, $1800 real property; Eliza, 22; Elizabeth Walker, 19; Andrew J. Parmer, 16, farmer and James Pasely, 2 years old. Andrew Parmer was Benjamin's brother-in-law. Listed next to Benjamin on the census was Hugh's son John. The census shows John Pasley, 37, farmer, $2500 real property; Hannah, 34 and Alfred, 13 years old.
We believe Hugh, Jr. died between about 1851 and 1859, in Hamilton County.
Census indicates that Hugh, Jr. and his wife may have had as many as 15 children - 8 sons and 7 daughters. We believe the following are their children.
Children of Hugh Paceley, Jr.
1. Samuel Paceley, b. abt 1810, Madison Co, KY (The family appears in Hamilton Co, OH in 1830.)
2. John Paceley, b. abt 1813, Madison Co, KY; m. Hannah ____, b. abt 1816, OH. One child, Alfred Paceley, b. abt 1837, Hamilton Co, OH. (The family appears in Hamilton Co, OH in 1840 (living with his parents), 1850, 1860, 1870 and 1880.)
3. Sarah Paceley, b. abt 1815, Madison Co, KY (She was listed with her father in Hamilton Co, OH in 1850.)
4. Benjamin Franklin Paceley, b. abt 1820, Hamilton Co, OH (our line)
5. Thomas Paceley, b. abt 1822, Hamilton Co, OH (He was listed with his father in Hamilton Co, OH in 1850.)
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