John Pace (d. 1720-21 Middlesex Co VA) named a son "Newsom". This has led researchers to wonder about possible association between John Pace and Newsoms in Lancaster Co / Middlesex Co. It has been suggested that "Newsom" might have been the maiden name of John Pace's wife Elizabeth.
In 1693, John Pace bought 150 acres on Sunderland Creek, now called LaGrange Creek. The land was bought from Henry Nicholls, who had recorded several patents and purchases along Sunderland Creek (also previously called Burnhams Creek) during the period from 1650-1690.
An interesting coincidence: in 1658, 35 years before John Pace bought his land, a tract in the same vicinity, on Sunderland Creek, was patented by Robert Middleton, using headrights which had been assigned to him by, apparently, William Newsom.
ROBERT MIDLETON, 250 acs. Lancaster Co., 16 Jan. 1658, p. 248, (348). On the head of Mr. Burnhams Cr. alias Sanderland Cr., beg. at his own line running to corner of Tho. Pattison & Robert Chowninge &c. Trans. of 5 pers. Note: The rights due by a certificate from Lancaster Ct., 6 Aug. 1653 granted to Wm. Newsam & assigned to sd. Midleton in which the names are omitted. Renewed 15 Dec. 1663 in name of Tho. Kidd. (Cavaliers and Pioneers, Nugent)
The patent image can be examined on the Library of VA website, Patent Book 4, p. 348 (http://image.lva.virginia.gov/LONN/LO-1/004/
Note that William Newsom never owned this land, having assigned the headrights (not the ownership of the land) to Middleton.
Previously (29 Jan 1649) William Newsom, jointly with Miles Battersby, John Pine, and Thomas Saxe, patented "a neck of land called the Island Neck lying and being on the North side of Rappahannock River near Curritoman River mouth contayning 800 acres". (Patent Book 2, p.202)
On the same day, the same four men patented an adjoining 550 acres "running N.N.W. to Marsh Poynt Cr."
Today, Marsh Point Creek is known variously as Wyatt Creek, Chownings Creek, Marsh Point Creek, Neasums Creek, Nesums Creek and Newsoms Creek.
These records indicate that Newsoms lived, or at least had land, near where John Pace settled several decades later. A number of records mentioning William Newsom appear in "Virginia Colonial Abstracts" Vol. 1, Beverly Fleet, pp213-214. See also p.103, which shows abstracts of the 1653 will of Robert Mascall (legacies to John Pine, William Newsom, and "Robert Newsom the son of William Newsom") and the 1654/5 will of Thomas Saxe (executors "William Mashem" and John Pine) Thomas Saxe was apparently Rector of Christ Church at the time of his death. (http://www.archive.org/stream/colonialchurches00rich/colonia...
The 1700 will of a William Newsom was recorded in Lancaster Co VA, mentioning sons William and Robert, inventory presented by relict Margaret. (Abstracts, Lancaster County, Virginia, Wills, 1653-1800, By Ida J. Lee, p. 164. No daughter Elizabeth is mentioned. Note however, the record immediately above on the same page:
"Norsum, Robert, being bound for England. 20 Dec. 1693. Rec. 10 Oct. 1695.
Sons: William and Robert Norsum. Daughter: Elizabeth. Wife: Name not given. Wits. Edward Carter, William Lowre. W.B. 8, p. 53."
This is probably Robert Newsom, son of William Newsom, for the witness Edward Carter married the widow of John Merriman, who in 1649 patented land adjoining that of William Newsom on Island Neck:
"CAVALIERS AND PIONEERS PATENT BOOK No. 2; Pg 186
JOHN MERRIMAN, 500 acs., 14 Nov. 1649, p. 190. Being a neck, lyeing on the N. side of Rappa. River, upon Island Neck Cr., beg. at a poynt at Seymes Cr. Mouth, up Island Neck Cr. to the head, being Wm. Newsom's utmost bounds, to the head of parting cr. dividing this from land of Thomas Harwood."
So here is an Elizabeth Newsom, but probably she was not Elizabeth Pace, since Pace is not mentioned in the will. Further research may throw more light on possible associations between the Newsom and Pace families.