WILLIAM DAVID LACEY
BIOGRAPHY and GENEALOGY
Shelby County, Alabama
In the county of Shelby, Alabama and in the farming community of Maylene, lived this respected and representative farmer. He was born in Shelby County, Nov. 22, 1844. He has never knew anything but the hard labor of the farm, a fact which accounts for his success in life. One thing well learned was worth a dozen of which but a little was known.
Mr. Lacey was but a boy when war’s loud tocsin resounded throughout the country, but with the blood of his patriotic Revolutionary forefathers coursing through his veins, it did not take him long to pass muster. He became a private soldier in Company H of the Twenty-fourth Alabama infantry in October of 1861 and served three years and eight months. The Twenty-fourth was one of the best regiments in the service.
Mr. Lacey was a Democrat, and he and Mrs. Lacey were members of the Methodist church. Prior to her marriage, Mrs. Lacey was Phoebe E. Roper, (b. Mar 3, 1858-d. Apr 1, 1950) a resident of Shelby County. Her children were:
John Meredith Lacey,
James Pulaski Lacey,
Robert Edward Lacey
William Franklin Lacey.
William David Lacey passed away on June 4, 1905, and is buried in Cedar Grove Cemetery, Shelby County, Alabama.
James Pulaski Lacey, the father of William D., was the son of Edward Lacey and Mary (Sandifer) Lacey, South Carolinians, who came first to Kentucky, then to Jefferson county, Alabama, where they were among the early pioneers, the date of their settlement being 1815. Edward Lacey had been a man of much prominence in his native State, where he resided at the time of the War for Independence, and in which he took a distinguished part. He was a brigadier-general under Gen. Nathaniel Greene, and was down in history as having at one time met and routed the noted General Hook.
James P. Lacey was born in Kentucky and passed his life in Alabama as a farmer. He took a patriotic part in the Indian war of 1836, about which time he married Nancy Jane Meredith, daughter of David Meredith, by whom he had two children. A second wife was Sarah Ann Meredith, by whom there was one child. The third wife’s name was Ann McInnis, she being the mother of seven children, all living in 1904. The father of the family died in 1884, the mother of our subject, Nancy Jane Lacey, died on the 24th of April, 1853, in Shelby county, where she and Mr. Lacey had settled in 1843. James Pulaski Lacey was born Feb. 1, 1811, and died Nov. 25, 1884. He buried at Cedar Grove Cemetery in Shelby County, Alabama along with his wife Annie A. Lacey (b. July 3, 1829 – Mar. 16, 1896) and many of their children.
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- Notable Men of Alabama: Personal and Genealogical, Volume 1 edited by Joel Campbell DuBose
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