SAH73 9224. Christopher Tracy (/Trace)

9225. Elizabeth Blakmanne

REF: c/o

"Fiction Versus Possibility in the Tracy Genealogy

"By John G. Hunt, B.S.C., of Arlington, Va.

"Several persistent efforts have been made over the last hundred years to connect (4612) Thomas Tracy, ship carpenter in 1637 of Salem, Mass., and in 1659 a proprietor of Norwich, Conn., with the noble family of the same surname long seated in Gloucestershire. The identifications claimed for him were criticized and in part disproved by Donald Lines Jacobus in The Waterman Family (vol. 1, 1939, pp. 691-94). As he has noted, It would have been unusual for a member of the gentry to be styled "goodman" in early New England, as was our Thomas Tracy of Norwich, Conn.

"Unfortunately, Dr. Dwight Tracy did not view the problem of Tracy's origin so dispassionately. In 1908 he published a pamphlet entitled "The Tracys in America--Recently Discovered English Ancestry of Governor William Tracy of Virginia, 1620, and of his only son, Lieutenant Thomas Tracy of Salem, Massachusetts, and Norwich, Connecticut."

"From a mass of documentation Dr. Tracy showed that William Tracy, formerly of Toddington and Hayles, in Gloucestershire, by his wife Mary Conway, had children Joyce and Thomas, and that the latter about 1621 returned to England, an orphaned lad of slender fortune. On page 24 of his pamphlet, Dr. Tracy asserts: "exhaustive searches in the ancient records of England, in parish books, courts of chancery, English graveyards, and fugitive papers and letters in antiquarian archives, have failed to give one word that even mentions his [Thomas Tracy's] return to England."

"While such records may not have mentioned young Tracy’s return, it must be recalled that young Tracy was nephew to Lord Conway, president of his majesty's privy council, a powerful nobleman. Further, the Conway papers are extant in the Public Records Office in London, and as might have been guessed they include holograph letters from young Thomas Tracy to his uncle, Lord Conway. One, dated in 1625, shows the youth serving as ensign in the Netherlands and hoping for a lieutenancy. The other missive, dated in July 1630 at London, is from Lieutenant Thomas Tracy to Lord Conway, asking him "not to forget a poor kinsman & servant of your honours to Sr. James Coote for a compani this voiage."

"Before Conway's death in 1631, he would seem to have obtained for young Lieut. Thomas Tracy some overseas duty, for under date 23 Oct. 1631 Tracy drew up his will, now preserved at Somerset House, London, ref. 41 Russell. Styling himself Thomas Tracy, gent., of London, he left 50 pds. to Margaret Hudson, widow, of St. Sepulchre without Newgate, London, the residue to go to the testator's sister, "Mary, wife of George Savidge of Walton of the Ole, Leicestershire." This sister proved the will 29 May 1633, when it was recorded that the testator had died overseas.

"Turning to George Francis Armstrong, The Ancient and Noble Family of the Savages of the Ards (London, 1888), we note on page 77 that George Savage, archdeacon of Gloucestershire [who died ca. 1600: see TAG, supra, 39:86] had a son, "George Savage of Walton on the Wold, Leicestershire, who married Mary, daughter of William Tracy, Esq., of Toddington House, Gloucestershire.

"In the light of the foregoing, it is clear that Thomas Tracy, erstwhile of Virginia, did return to England, but leaving London around 1631, he went overseas and died before 29 May 1633. So it is not possible for him to have been our New England settler of the same name. It seems hardly necessary to add that the handwriting of Lieut. Thomas Tracy of London in 1630 is dissimilar to that of (4612) Thomas Tracy of Norwich, Conn. Doubt on that score was resolved by looking at the facsimile of the New England proprietor’s handwriting in Dr. Tracy's pamphlet, at page 31, and then studying the totally different handwriting of Lieut. Thomas Tracy of London in 1630; ref. State Papers, 16/171-46, in the Public Record Office.

"In the Rare Book Room, Library of Congress, are preserved some of the MSS of the late Col. Charles Edward Banks. In them is found mention of one (4612) Thomas Tracy of Norwich in England who in 1631 was presented for not attending church, as of St. Clements in that year. The following year, he was likewise cited for failure to attend St. Peter Hungate, also in Norwich. The fact [Frances M. Caulkins, History of Norwich] that Thomas Tracy of New England was the sole English witness, aside from the great John Mason, to the deed in 1659 whereby the sachem Uncas granted land to the Norwich proprietors, leads one to believe that both Tracy and Mason may have been natives of Norwich in England. Mason is a Norfolk name, and Norwich is the county seat of Norfolk. See Sims' index of the Heralds' Visitations in the British Museum, which reveals that there were Masons in Norfolk whose pedigrees were recorded in the visitations. Tracy was often found in company with Mason. In 1669 he served as Mason's "ensigne" in carrying a letter to Gov. Winthrop of Connecticut [Winthrop Papers quoted in Mass. Hist. Soc. Coll., 4th Series, 7:426-27]. Search of church records in the area of Norwich, England, seems indicated for both Tracy and Mason.

"American Genealogist, Vol. 41, No. 4, 1965, pp. 250-251

"Rocky Strickland"

--,conway::tracy::713.html c/o Rocky Strickland

9226. NOT John Conway of Arrow, Warwick

9227. NOT Catherine Verney

9230. Stephen Tracy

"TRACEY, ...(9230) STEPHEN, Plymouth, came in the Ann, 1623, with w. (9231) Tryphosa (wh. he m. at Leyden, 2 Jan. 1621, when the Dutch rec. has the name Trifasa, and [[vol. 4, p. 321]] surname illegib.) and one ch. prob. (9231i) Sarah, counted in the div. of lds. in the ensuing spr. for three heads, and in the div. of cattle 1627, ano. ch. (9231iii) Rebecca is count. had (9231iv) Ruth, (4615) Mary, and (9231vi) John, b. 1633; in 1645 was of Duxbury, and in 1650, or near that, went home in the early part of 1655 call. hims. of Great Yarmouth, by his will, made in London, of wh. John Winslow was made excor. names the five ch. to wh. he gives all his prop. so that we must presume the w. was d. Sarah m. George Partridge."

-- James Savage, op. cit.

9231. Tryphosa Lee


"Bee it knowne unto all men whom it may Concern that I (9230) Stephen Tracye att present of great yarmouth in old England have given and doe heerby give power unto my loving ffrind Mr. John Winslow of Plymouth in New England to Dispose of all my estate I have in land and cattle in Duxburrow in New England according as followeth That is to my sonne (9231vi) John Tracye what lands and houses I hvve there in Duxburrow alsoe one yoake of oxen and one horse; And to my Daughter (9231iv) Ruth Tracye one cow and one two year old mare and what Cattle I have more (maryes two cows cast in amongst them) to be equally Devided among my five children liveing in New England or if god soe Despose that if any Die before this bee Donn then there pte shall goe to their Children And if any of the unmarried Die before this bee Donn then their pte shall Remain att my Desposing till further order; but if all Survive the performance of what is above written then what is written is my will and my Deed In witness whwreof I hereun to sett my hand: P me Stephen Tracye

"Dated att London this 20th of March 1654-5 I John Winslow Doe Testify that this is the Act of Stephen Tracye and that according to his will herein I have since his estate Devided among his children to theire likeing. P me John Winslow"

-- Plymouth deeds, Vol. II, part 1, page 179 c/o




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