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Stephen Tracy

Male Bef 1596 - Aft 1655  (> 59 years)


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  • Name Stephen Tracy  [1
    Born Bef 28 Dec 1596  Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [2, 3, 4, 5
    Gender Male 
    Baptised 28 Dec 1596  Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 5
    Alternate birth 28 Dec 1596  Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [6
    Died Aft 20 Mar 1655  England Find all individuals with events at this location  [3, 4, 6, 7, 8, 9
    Person ID I7965  Ancestry of PNH, TNH, and others | Ancestor of TNH, Ancestor of TSW, Ancestor of TWK
    Last Modified 18 Nov 2020 

    Father Stephen Tracy,   b. 1559, Norwich, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 22 Dec 1630, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 71 years) 
    Mother Agnes Erdley,   d. 15 Jun 1640, Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location 
    Married 20 Feb 1587  Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England Find all individuals with events at this location  [10
    Family ID F4430  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

    Family Tryphosa Lee,   b. Abt 1597, England Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Bef 20 Mar 1655, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 58 years) 
    Married 2 Jan 1621  Leiden, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location  [6, 10, 11, 12, 13
    Children 
    +1. Sarah Tracy,   b. Jan 1623, Leiden, Netherlands Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Between 28 Nov 1702 and 6 Oct 1708, Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 79 years)
    +2. Rebecca Tracy,   b. Abt 1625, Plymouth, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. Aft 6 Mar 1689, Eastham, Barnstable, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age ~ 64 years)
    +3. Lt. John Tracy,   b. 1633, Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts Find all individuals with events at this location,   d. 30 May 1718, Windham, Windham, Connecticut Find all individuals with events at this location  (Age 85 years)
    Last Modified 5 Jan 2019 
    Family ID F1297  Group Sheet  |  Family Chart

  • Notes 
    • Emigrated 1623 from Leiden to Plymouth, on the Anne or the Little James; returned permanently to England by 1654.

      From the Find a Grave entry for Stephen Tracy:

      He was a Sayworker who came from Leiden, Holland to Plymouth Colony in 1623 in the Anne. He first settled in Plymouth, then Duxbury, and then he returned to England permanently, perhaps as early as 1643, and certainly by 1654.

      He died after 20 Mar 1654/55, the date he made his will in London, calling himself "of Great Yarmouth". [...]

      In Dexter's The England and Holland of the Pilgrims, in the Oct. 15, 1622 Leiden poll tax census the Tracy family is recorded to have been living at the Zevenhuysen quarter represented as: Steven Truer, Truy Voorsta, his wife. Six months later Stephen arrived at Plymouth in April 1623, along with at least 111 others, either on the Anne or the companion Little James. These ships must have sailed from England not later than February 1622/3. Stephen's dau. Sarah was born in or near the month of Jan. 1622/3 and was a "suckling babe" when her father ventured to Plymouth.

      In the subsequent May 1623 first division of land at Plymouth, Stephen was assigned a three-acre garden parcel, composed of one acre per member of his family. The accepted assumption was the three members of Stephen's household at Plymouth in May 1623 consisted of himself, wife Triphosa and daughter Sarah, which is not the case. He was given three acres because that is what his known family consisted of in May 1623, whether actually residing at Plymouth or elsewhere. In a list of persons to who "licences to pass from England beyond the seas" were granted by England's Exchequer, on May 1, 1624 a license was granted to "Trifoza Trace, 27 years, wife of Steephen Trace resident in Laiden, to the same, also her daughter Sara Trace, 15 months old," to return to Leiden. This means only Stephen Tracy was present at Plymouth in May 1623.

      In May 1627 the Plymouth Colony made a division of its cattle into various 13 person groups by drawing, resulting in the first practical census of the inhabitants of the Plymouth Colony. The drawing was made first by those that had arrived in 1620 on the Mayflower, followed by those who arrived in 1621 on the Fortune, followed by those who had arrived in 1623 on the Anne. In this division, Stephen "Tracie", wife Triphosa and two daughters, Sarah and Rebecca, constituted the basis of the family at Plymouth. They were attached to the "tenth lott" as persons number 5, 6, 7 and 8 headed by Francis Eaton and his family.

      Stephen Tracy was elected a freeman of the Plymouth Colony Corp., had a compliment of land in the colony either by purchase or grant, served on minor civil committees and juries, and was constable of Duxbury for the year 1639. He was sworn a member of the colony's Jury of Grand Inquest on June 7, 1642, was nominated as a referee in a civil case in Sept. 1642, but then ceases to be mentioned in the first person in further records of the Plymouth Colony. He also does not appear in the colony's important August 1643 "List of those Age 16-60 Able to Bear Arms." For reasons that remain unknown it is believed Stephen was not in New England in August 1643, perhaps being in England at the time. Whether his wife Triphosa accompanied him is unknown. Whether restrained in some manner or by choice, when Stephen returned to New England he would never return to New England. He made his will at London on March 20, 1654/5.

  • Sources 
    1. [S906] The Ancestry of Lorenzo Ackley and His Wife Emma Arabella Bosworth by N. Grier Parke II, edited by Donald Lines Jacobus. Woodstock, Vermont: The Elm Tree Press, 1960.

    2. [S119] Ancestors and Descendants of Andrew Lee and Clarinda Knapp Allen by Gerald R. Fuller. Esther Fuller Dial, ed. The Andrew Lee Allen Family Organization, 1952.

    3. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011.

    4. [S1647] The Pilgrim Migration: Immigrants to Plymouth Colony 1620-1633, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New York Historic Genealogical Society, 2004.

    5. [S1137] The Tracy Genealogy: Being Some of the Descendants of Stephen Tracy of Plymouth Colony, 1623 by Sherman Weld Tracy. Rutland, Vermont: Tuttle, 1936.

    6. [S376] Janet and Robert Wolfe Genealogy.

    7. [S119] Ancestors and Descendants of Andrew Lee and Clarinda Knapp Allen by Gerald R. Fuller. Esther Fuller Dial, ed. The Andrew Lee Allen Family Organization, 1952., says "Mar 1655".

    8. [S220] Findagrave.com page for Stephen Tracy.

    9. [S1617] Abandoning America: Life-Stories from Early New England by Susan Hardman Moore. Woodbridge, Sussex: The Boydell Press, 2013.

    10. [S1358] Robert S. Wakefield, "The Adventurous Tryphosa (Lee) Tracy" in The American Genealogist 51:71, April 1975, and "Further on Tryphosa Tracy" in the same volume, page 242, October 1975.

    11. [S219] Findagrave.com page for Tryphosa Lee.

    12. [S647] Dawes-Gates Ancestral Lines by Mary Walton Ferris. Volume 1, 1943; volume 2, 1931.

    13. [S101] The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633, Volumes 1-3 and The Great Migration: Immigrants to New England,1634-1635, Volumes 1-7, by Robert Charles Anderson. Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1996-2011., says 3 Jan 1621.