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Stephen TRACY

Male Abt 1596 - Aft 1655  (~ 59 years)

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  • Name Stephen TRACY 
    Born Abt 1596  Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Gender Male 
    Died Aft 20 Mar 1654/55  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
    Person ID I694  Sturgis
    Last Modified 2 Oct 2004 

    Family Tryphosa LEE,   b. Abt 1597 
    Married 03 Jan 1621  Leiden, Holland Find all individuals with events at this location  [1
     1. Rebecca TRACY,   b. Abt 1625, Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location
    Last Modified 14 Oct 2018 
    Family ID F90  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • From: The Great Migration Begins:

      ORIGIN: Leiden, Holland
      MIGRATION: 1623 in Anne
      FIRST RESIDENCE: Plymouth
      REMOVES: Duxbury
      RETURN TRIPS: Returned to England permanently, perhaps as early as 1643, and certainly by 1654
      OCCUPATION: Sayworker (in Leiden).
      FREEMAN: In "1633" Plymouth list of freemen, before those admitted on 1 January 1632/3 [ PCR 1:3]; in list of freemen of 7 March 1636/7 [ PCR 1:52]. In Duxbury section of 1639 Plymouth Colony list of freemen (with his name lined through) [ PCR 8:174].
      OFFICES: Duxbury representative on committee to lay out highways, 1 October 1634 [ PCR 1:31]; Plymouth colony committee to assess taxes, 3 March 1634/5, 1 March 1635/6 [ PCR 1:33, 38]; coroner's jury, 2 March 1635/6 [ PCR 1:39]; Duxbury representative to committee on the "nearer uniting of Plymouth & those on Duxburrough side," 14 March 1635/6 [ PCR 1:41]; grand jury, 7 March 1636/7, 2 June 1640, 7 June 1642 [ PCR 1:54, 155, 2:41]; committee to apportion hay grounds, 20 March 1636/7 [ PCR 1:55]; Duxbury constable, 5 March 1638/9, 4 June 1639 [ PCR 1:116, 125]. Arbiter, 7 September 1642 [ PCR 2:44].
      ESTATE: In 1623 Plymouth land division, granted three acres as passenger on Anne [ PCR 12:6]; in 1627 Plymouth cattle division, "Stephen Tracie, Triphosa Tracie, Sarah Tracie, Rebecka Tracie" were the fifth through eighth names in the tenth company [ PCR 12:12].
      Assessed 18s. in Plymouth tax lists of 25 March 1633 and 27 March 1634 [ PCR 1:10, 27]. He appears on the list of purchasers [ PCR 2:177].
      Permitted to mow "within his own ground," 1 July 1633 [ PCR 1:14]; assigned mowing ground, 14 March 1635/6, 20 March 1636/7 [ PCR 1:40, 56]; granted eighty acres with some meadow additional, at the North River [ PCR 1:165].
      On 20 March 1654/5, while in London, Stephen Tracy "at present of Great Yarmouth in old England" made his will, in the form of a power of attorney to John Winslow, disposing to son John "what land and houses I have there in Duxburrow" (along with some cattle), to "my daughter Ruth Tracy one cow and one two year old mare," and "what cattle I have more (Marye's two cows being cast in amongst them) to be equally divided among my five children living in New England," noting that some of his children are married with children, and others are unmarried [ PLR 2:179, transcribed in full in MD 10:143-44].
      BIRTH: Probably the "Stephen Trace" baptized 28 December 1596 at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, son of Stephen and Agnes/Anne (Erdley) Tracy [ TAG 51:73; Tracy Gen 19-20].
      DEATH: After 20 March 1654/5, the date of his will.
      MARRIAGE: Leiden, Holland, 3 January 1621 [NS] Tryphosa Lee [ Dawes-Gates 799]; she was born about 1597 (aged 27 on 1 May 1624 [ TAG 51:242]) and presumably predeceased her husband.
      i SARAH, b. Leiden about January 1623 [ TAG 51:242]; m. Plymouth [blank] November 1638 George Partridge [ PCR 1:103].

      ii REBECCA, b. Plymouth say 1625; m. say 1645 William Merrick [ Dawes-Gates 2:801-02].

      iii RUTH, b. say 1628; living unm. 1655.

      iv MARY, b. say 1630; living perhaps unm. 1655.

      v JOHN, b. say 1632; m. by about 1661 Mary Prence, daughter of THOMAS PRENCE [ Tracy Gen 26].

      ASSOCIATIONS: William Palmer the elder of Duxbury, nayler, left a legacy to Stephen Tracy in his will of 4 December 1637 [ Dawes-Gates 2:801]. How he might have been associated or related to Tracy is unknown.
      COMMENTS: Robert S. Wakefield discusses some important records relating to the Tracy family at Leiden, and to the date of arrival of Stephen's wife Tryphosa, and eldest daughter Sarah, and concludes that they came in 1625 on the Jacob [ TAG 51:71-73, 242].
      On 7 July 1638 the Plymouth court noted that Tracy "had hired John Price for four months; his time was to begin the first week in June" [ PCR 1:92].
      Stephen Tracy is not included in the 1643 list of men able to bear arms, and is not seen in any later Plymouth Colony record, so he may have returned to England late in 1642 or early in 1643.
      BIBLIOGRAPHIC NOTE: In 1936 Sherman Weld Tracy published a genealogy of some of the descendants of Stephen Tracy [The Tracy Genealogy (Rutland, Vermont, 1936)]. Mary Walton Ferris treated Stephen Tracy in 1931 [ Dawes-Gates 2:799-802], and Donald Lines Jacobus twice prepared accounts of this immigrant [ Waterman Gen 1:688-90; Ackley-Bosworth 37-38]. [1]
    • " STEPHEN, Plymouth, came in the Ann, 1623, with w. 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. Sarah, counted in the div. of lds. in the ensuing spr. for three heads, and in the div. of cattle 1627, ano. ch. Rebecca is count. had Ruth, Mary, and 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. *THOMAS, Salem 1637, carpenter, rem. soon to Saybrook, thence in few yrs. to Wethersfield, or Hartford, perhaps both, but at last took up perman. resid. at Norwich, of wh. he was one of the parent. rep. 1662, and almost always aft. ensign long, and lieut. His eldest ch. was John; other ch. he had, as Caulkins, p. 112 shows; Jonathan; Thomas; Solomon; Daniel, b. a. 1653; Samuel; and Miriam, wh. m. Nov. 1668, Thomas Waterman. He was Commissary in Philip's war. " [2]

  • Sources 
    1. [S45] Great Migration Begins, Anderson, Robert C., (New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995).

    2. [S94] Savage, Savage, James.