Born: 1792-10-XX London, United Kingdom
Died: 1869-11-09 Sangamon County, Illinois
Flourished: 1838-03-22 Springfield, Illinois
At a young age, Pasfield immigrated with his parents from England to the United States, settling in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. His parents died from yellow fever shortly after their arrival, leaving Pasfield an orphan. He managed to obtain an education and establish himself in business. He later engaged in various industrial, mercantile, real estate, and shipping ventures in Cuba, Philadelphia, Cincinnati, Ohio, and Paris, Kentucky. He married Mary Forden in Paris, in 1821, after which the couple settled in Springfield, Illinois. In Springfield, Pasfield became a successful merchant and public figure. He was one of the leading citizens who pledged funding to secure the move of the Illinois state capital from Vandalia to Springfield.
John Carroll Power and S. A. Power, History of the Early Settlers of Sangamon County, Illinois (Springfield, IL: Edwin A. Wilson, 1876), 559; Gravestone, Oak Ridge Cemetery, Springfield, IL.