Wednesday, July 18, 2007

Stanway Manor Stanway, Glouchestershire, England

Inside the courtyard of Stanway Manor. You can see part of the Gatehouse built ca. 1630 by Timothy Strong of Barrington.
You can see the beautiful amber paned window of the Great Hall. The house is currently occupied by Lord Neidpath son of David Charteris, 12th Earl of Wemyss.

Wednesday, July 11, 2007


History of Tracy Family
The Viscounts of Rathcoole and baronets of Limerick.
The Shield is: Or, an escallop in the chief point sable between two bendlets gules.
Translation: Or (yellow) symbolizes the Sun and denotes Splendor, Majesty and Magnanimity.
The Crest is: On a chapeau gules, turned up ermine, an escallop sable between two wings or.
The Motto is: "Memoria pii aeterna",'The memory of the pious is eternal'.
CHAPTER XI. Those Unidentified. The Conqueror and His Companions. by J.R.
Planché, Somerset Herald. London: Tinsley Brothers, 1874.
TRACIE, "Sire de," l. 13,605.
The Norman family of Tracy does not appear to have been of much importance in
England before the reign of Stephen, who bestowed upon Henry de Tracy the honour
of Ben stable (Barnstaple) in Devonshire; but the first of the name we hear of is
Turgis, or Turgisins de Tracy; who with William de la Ferté was defeated and driven
out of Maine by Fulk le Rechin, Count of Anjou, in 1073, and who was therefore in
all probability the Sire de Tracy in the army at Hastings. Tracy is in the
neighbourhood of Vire; arrondissement of Caen, and the ruins of a magnificent
castle of the middle ages were and may still be seen there. In 1082 a charter was
subscribed at Tracy by a William de Traci and his nephew Gilbert (Gallia Christina,
xi. Instrum. p. 107), one or the other being most likely the son of Turgis, and the
father of Henry of Barnstaple.
The name of Tracy is principally known to the readers of English history from the
unenviable notoriety of a William de Tracy, one of those involved in the murderer of
Thomas à Becket, Archbishop of Canterbury, A.D. 1170; but his connection with the
main line is obscure, as in his charter granting to the Canons of Torre, in the county
of Devon, all his lands at North Chillingford, he writes himself William de Traci,
son of Gervase de Courtenay, whose name I do not find in the pedigree of that house.

Joseph Carpenter Tracy

Joseph Carpenter Tracy was born November 13, 1804 in Connecticut.
He died November 23, 1855 the place we do not know.
His father was Avery Tracy and mother Charity Carpenter.
Lavilla Mariah Smith married August 2, 1825 in Mesopotamia, Ohio.
Lavilla was born March 29, 1808 in Whitestown, NY.
She died January 3, 1879 in Kingsville, Ohio.
Her father Gager Smith and her mother Ascenith Tracy.

Their Children:

  1. Avery Laurence Tracy b. Feb. 3, 1827 d. Dec. 8, 1855 married Eliza Hatch
  2. Alford Dennis Tracy b. Dec. 30, 1830 d. Jul 25, 1856
  3. Albert Gager Tracy b. Jan 25, 1834
  4. Emily Vitella Tracy b. Jun 26, 1837 d. Mar 24, 1906 married Buell
  5. Esther Almira Tracy b. Jun 26, 1837 d. Jun 25, 1855
  6. Addison Emery Tracy b. Oct 28, 1843 d. Feb 14, 1924
  7. George Edgar Tracy b. Jun 8, 1845 d. Apr 7, 1864
  8. Rachel Augusta Tracy b.Dec 8, 1847 d. Feb 26, 1907 married Russell
  9. Nelson John Joseph Tracy b. Feb. 9, 1850 d. Dec 27, 1897 married Eliza Fanny Berridge

Joseph Carpenter Tracy and Lavilla Mariah Tracy are my great great great grandparents, but they are more than that. When I was 17 I was looking thru my Grandmothers family Bible and their names & children's names written on a scrap of paper fell out and that started a 35 year search for my ancestors. I have gone to many interesting places to research this family; Mesopotamia, Trumbull Co., Ohio, Warren, Trumbull Co., Ohio, Preston, New London Co., Connecticut, Scipioville, Cayuga Co., NY and Stanway, Glouchestershire, England. I have visited many fine libraries in the real world and on the web, met many relatives in person, thru letters and e-mails. So I started my Tracy Genealogy blog with them. There is still more to learn!