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Below is a family biography included in Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chautauqua County, New York published by John M. Gresham & Co. in 1891.  These biographies are valuable for genealogy research in discovering missing ancestors or filling in the details of a family tree. Family biographies often include far more information than can be found in a census record or obituary.  Details will vary with each biography but will often include the date and place of birth, parent names including mothers' maiden name, name of wife including maiden name, her parents' names, name of children (including spouses if married), former places of residence, occupation details, military service, church and social organization affiliations, and more.  There are often ancestry details included that cannot be found in any other type of genealogical record.

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WILLIAM MACE, one of the enterprising and prosperous boot and shoe dealers of Jamestown, was born in Coveney, Cambridgeshire, England, July 29, 1816, and is a son of William Jr., and Mary (Cox) Mace. The Maces for three generations back have been largely residents of Cambridgeshire, where they have been engaged principally in farming. William Mace, Sr., the paternal grandfather of William Mace, was born in Cambridgeshire where he followed farming, married, and reared a family of three sons: James, John and William, Jr., all of whom followed agricultural pursuits in the native shire. William, Jr., (father) the youngest son, married Mary Cox, a daughter of David Cox of Cambridgeshire, who lived to number three years on the second century of his life.

William Mace grew to manhood in his native shire, attended the rural English schools and learned the trade of tailor, which he followed in England until the spring of 1845, when he came to Jamestown, where he has resided ever since. About 1873 he quit tailoring, which he had followed continuously for twenty-six years, and embarked in the shoe business. Four years later he removed to his present place of business on the corner of Third and Main streets, where he associated his son Charles W. with him as a partner. Their establishment is twenty-two by sixty feet in dimensions and contains a first-class stock of boots and shoes, which have been selected to meet the requirements of their large city and country trade. William Mace is a republican in politics and a member of Ellicott Lodge, No. 221, Independent Order of Odd Fellows, of Jamestown.

On April 12, 1847, Mr. Mace married Cornelia P. Deland, daughter of Alvin Deland, a native of Chautauqua county. Mr. and Mrs. Mace have two children: Charles W., now in the boot and shoe business with his father and married to Kate Faulkner, by whom he has two children, Willie M. and Mary E.; and Mary Eppie, wife of Major Edgar P. Putnam, clerk of the courts of Chautauqua county and whose sketch appears elsewhere in this volume.

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This family biography is one of 658 biographies included in Biographical and Portrait Cyclopedia of Chautauqua County, New York published in 1891. 

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