lineagekeeper's genealogy
genealogy of the drew, huggard, young, merrill families
First Name:  Last Name: 
[Advanced Search]  [Surnames]

Stephen Tracy

Male 1596 - 1655  (58 years)


Personal Information    |    Sources    |    Event Map    |    All    |    PDF

  • Name Stephen Tracy 
    Born 28 Dec 1596  Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Gender Male 
    Died 1655  , , England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Notes 
    • Stephen Tracy came to the United States arriving in July, 1623 ontheship,the Anne, with Captain William Prince. The Anne was accompanied by the Little James, bringing new settlers along with many of the wives and children that had been left behind in Leyden when the Mayflower departed in 1620. Also see Ahnentafel for Kent Davis Myrick available from Yates Publishing, PO Box 67, Stevensville, MT 59870.

      According to "Ancestors of Annie Lucretia Hinckley, www.familytreemaker.com/plweb-cgi..., Stephen Tracy and Tryphosa Lee were married in Yarmouth, Norfolk, England. Most other sources provide that they were married in Leyden, South Holland, Netherlands. According to "Ancestors of Raymond Webster Metcalf, "www.familytreemaker.com/plweb-cgi... from Plymouth Colony: History and People by Eugene Stratton: 2 CONC ne, Stephen Tracy had been a say-weaver among the Separatists at Leiden, where h emarried Tryphosa Lee on 10 December 1620 (Dexter, p. 636). He was baptized at Great Yarmouth, County Norfolk, on 25 December 1596, the son of (p. 364)Stephen and Agnes (Erdley) Tracy (Robert S. Wakefield,"The Adventurous Tryphosa (Lee) Tracy," and "Further on Tryphosa Tracy,"TAG51:71, 242).His wife probably arrived on the Jacob with their daughter Sarah in 1625. Stephen Tracy was on the 1633 freeman list, and he served on various public committees and juries (PCR, passim.) On 7 July 1638 he hired John Price to work for him four months (PCR 1:92). On 5 March 1638/39 he became a constable for Duxbury (PCR 1:116). He later returned to England and was residing at Great Yarmouth on 20 March 1654/55 when hegave a power of attorney to Mr. John Winslow of Plymouth to dispose of his estate in New England for the benefit of his son John Tracy, daughters Ruth Tracy and Mary Tracy, and the rest of his five children (MD 10:143). Daughters Sarah and Rebecca had been in the 1627 Merrick (Dawes-Gates2:801). John Tracy married Mary Prence, daughter of Governor Thomas and Mary (Collier) Prence, and later moved to Windham, Connecticut. Also see Dawes-Gates 2:799-802, some of which has been updated by Mr. Wakefields'articles.2 CONC lso Notes of TryphosaLee/Notes for Children: Kindred konnection File-ro000002 See also Partridge Genealogy, printed privately in 1915 by The Plimpton Press, Norwood, Mass.and from Winsor's" History of Duxbury," that states that Stephen Tracy returned to England in 1655 to live. See also information obtained fro mwww.seejay51@home.com. According to this source, Stephen Tracy first settled on the south side of Plymouth and shared in the cattle division of 1627. His name is on the list of freemen of the incorporation of Plymouth in New England, 1623. Soon he removed to Duxbury, where, in 1634, he was appointed one of five to lay out highways. He was constable in 1639 and served as one of five to select a site for a meeting-house. He served as a grand juror in 1639, 1640 and 1642,and was arbitrator by order of the governor and his assistants. Before 1654 he had returned to England giving John Winslow his power of attorney to dispose of his New England property. The instrument is dated March 20, 1654-1655. In this document, he calls himself of Great Yarmouth,a seaport borough and market town in county Norfolk, and mentions that he has 5 children in New England.

      ******************
      The Great Migration Begins:





      TRACY, STEPHEN [1623, Plymouth]
      STEPHEN TRACY

      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.
      CHILDREN:
      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]
    Person ID I3524513  7_families
    Last Modified 31 Aug 2006 

    Father Stephen Tracy,   b. 1559, Norwich, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1636, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 77 years) 
    Mother Agnes Erdley,   b. 1565, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 15 Jun 1640, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 75 years) 
    Married 23 Feb 1587  Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Family ID F1163370  Group Sheet

    Family Tryphosa Lee,   b. 1599, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef Mar 1652, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 53 years) 
    Married 2 Jan 1620  Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Children 
    +1. Sarah Tracy,   b. Abt Jan 1623, Leiden, Zuid Holland, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     2. Jane Tracy,   b. Jan 1623, Yarmouth, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     3. Rebecca Tracy,   b. 1625, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     4. Ruth Tracy,   b. 1628, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     5. Mary Tracy,   b. 1630, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Yes, date unknown
     6. John Tracy,   b. 1633, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1718  (Age 85 years)
    Last Modified 31 Aug 2006 
    Family ID F1163371  Group Sheet

  • Event Map
    Link to Google MapsBorn - 28 Dec 1596 - Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsMarried - 2 Jan 1620 - Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England Link to Google Earth
    Link to Google MapsDied - 1655 - , , England Link to Google Earth
     = Link to Google Maps 
     = Link to Google Earth 
    Pin Legend  : Address       : Location       : City/Town       : County/Shire       : State/Province       : Country       : Not Set

  • Sources 
    1. [S7702] The Great Migration Begins 1620 - 1633, Robert Charles Anderson, (Boston : New England Historic Genealogical Society, c1995).