Frances Ada Baugh1,2,3,4,5

(17 July 1859 - 5 June 1945)

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Frances (Fanny) Ada Baugh
1859 - 1945
RelationshipGreat-grandmother of The 3 Tracys
Family Group:Tracy
Trees14 Generations of Our Ancestors
Our Tracy Family Pedigree
Our Descent From Lt. Thomas Tracy of Norwich Connecticut

Some Background

Frances Ada Baugh was also known as Fanny (or Fannie) Ada Baugh. She herself spelled her name "Fanny A. Baugh" though some members of her family used the spelling, "Fannie."8,9
FatherWilliam Archer Baugh6 (1830 or 1834 - aft 1886)
MotherMary C. Smith7 (c. 1835 - 29 Dec 1906)

Birth - Marriage - Death

ChildFrances Ada Baugh was born on 17 July 1859, in Paducah, McCracken Co., Kentucky. The Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives conducted a search of birth records for Mc Cracken County for the years 1857 - 1861 but did not find a record of Fanny Ada's birth. However, on the 1900 Census for Moscow, Idaho, Fanny reported that she was born in Kentucky in July of 1859 which is consistent with her age and place of birth as reported for each prior and subsequent census return. The listing of her family members, written in her own hand, also gives this date and location of her birth. Her daughter Florence's death certificate, with information provided by Fanny's son Lorraine, gives Fanny Ada's birthplace state as Missouri, apparently in error.10,11,6,3,4
BrideFrances Ada Baugh married Henry Tracy, son of Henry Tracy and Bathilda Neel, on 24 January 1886 in First Presbyterian Church, San Jose, Santa Clara Co., California. The marriage was solemnized by H.C. Minton, Pastor, and was witnessed by Mrs. M.C. Baugh (bride's mother) and Mrs. E.R. Simonds.12,13,14
PrincipalShe and Henry Tracy were divorced sometime before 1920. According to Tracy Family Tradition, Henry's wanderlust became too much for Fanny who wanted to stay in one place and his desire to move back to California was the reason she gave to her family for the divorce. As of 2014 no record of their divorce has been located but Census returns subsequent to 1920 show their marital status as "Divorced."15,4,16
DeceasedShe died on 5 June 1945 in Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo Co., California, at the age of 85. By the testimony of several of her children and their spouses, Fanny's personality in her later days was, to say the least, especially difficult. Though it was apparently near impossible toward the end of her life to find a nursing home willing to keep her (and her irascible nature), her daughter Ada found one in Arroyo Grande, California, where Ada was living and she made sure her mother was well cared for; her children, Lorraine, Lass, Ada, and Charlie paid for all of their mother's care and final expenses.
     In an accounting of her final expenses there is reference made to the "Receipt of Mother's Pension Check of $50.00," without explanation as the source of the pension. It is most likely that this was an Old-Age Assistance "pension" paid by the State of California to elderly persons who had no other source of income.17,18,19
InterredShe was buried in Arroyo Grande Cemetery, Arroyo Grande, San Luis Obispo Co., California.19

Children with Henry Tracy:


Around 1865, Fanny (or Fannie) Ada Baugh emigrated from Texas to Mexico with her parents. According to Family Lore they travelled first to New York and then by steamship from New York to Vera Cruz, Mexico. The 1880 Census indicates William's and Mary's son Irvin was born in Mexico in 1866. Voter Registrations give a general time frame for the family's return and, again according to Family Lore, Fanny Ada said they returned to the States by way of covered wagon when she was 12 years old (1871). Sons Alfred and Albert died during that trip to California. Also according to Family Lore, while they never had any encounters with any of the Indian tribes along the way, if they stopped and put their ears to the ground they could hear the hoofbeats of Indian ponies running somewhere beyond their sight.
     Veracruz, Mexico is located at approximately the middle of the Mexican coastal arc in the Gulf of' Mexico - about 2100 miles from San Diego, CA; 1400 miles from El Paso, TX, & 900 miles from San Antonio, TX. Veracruz was the start of a transcontinental trail from the east to the west for emigrants from the Eastern U.S. to California.20,21,22,23


Home Maker and a School Teacher.
     Besides tending to the needs of her family, Fanny served as a midwife, apparently quite frequently for families living on neighboring homesteads. She had apparently assisted in the delivery of several children of the French, a family who lived on a nearby homestead in the mountains above Moscow. She also worked in homes in Moscow doing cleaning and washing.
     According to Tracy Family Lore, Fanny taught school in the area of Hollister, California, before her marriage and she had graduated from the San Jose Normal School (a school for teachers) in San Jose, California. However, the school's records, going back to 1862, do not show that Fanny was ever a student there though they do show that Fanny's sister, Florence Baugh, had attended the school and graduated in 1884. Fanny, on her census return for 1940, indicated that 8th grade was the highest grade of school she had completed.
     It isn't clear as to where Fanny taught school, whether near Hollister or anywhere else. Apparently she did not do "home schooling" as the one year her children stayed on the homestead rather than going into Moscow for the school term, her two youngest (in later years) said they "received no schooling that year."24,25,26

Residences and Censuses

Fanny (or Fannie) Ada Baugh appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of San Antonio, Bexar Co., Texas, in the household of her parents, William Archer Baugh and Mary C. Baugh. According to family stories, Fanny's parents had moved to Kentucky "from a Pennsylvania Dutch settlement;" they obviously left Kentucky very soon after Fanny's birth as her age on this census return is shown as 1 year old.6,24
1871, she was living San Diego, San Diego Co., California, with her parents, William Archer Baugh and Mary C. Baugh. According to Family Tradition, the family arrived in California by covered wagon in 1871, when Fanny, was 12 years old.22,27
She appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of San Jose, Santa Clara Co., California, at 85 First St., enumerated 21 June 1880. Fanny's occupation was listed as "Keeping House." This address appears to be a rooming house. Fanny was born in Kentucky, as was her mother, her father was born in Virginia.28
From 1884 to 1887, Frances Ada Tracy and Henry Tracy lived in Hollister, San Benito Co., California. Henry lived in Hollister from at least 1884, when he registered to vote there.
     It can be assumed that he and Fanny probably lived there for at least the first year of their marriage in 1886. His marriage license states that he was a resident of Hollister at the time of his marriage in January of 1886. Their son, Lorraine was born in Hollister in November of that year, 1886.
     Harry and his brother Enoch sold a piece of property in the town in 1887, the year that Harry and Fannie apparently relocated to San Diego.29,30,31,32
In April 1889, Frances Ada Tracy and Henry Tracy lived in San Diego, San Diego Co., California. Their son Art was born here, in the front room of the home of his grandmother, Mary C. (Smith) Baugh. Harry had brought his family to San Diego hoping that he could take part in the housing boom the city was experiencing in the 1880s in anticipation of arrival of the transcontinental railroad in 1885. The boom peaked in 1887 and was officially determined to be over in 1888.25,33
From December 1891 to December 1895, Frances Ada Tracy and Henry Tracy were living Cold Springs, Umatilla Co., Oregon. Florence, their first daughter, was born in Helix in December of 1891, but by the following September, 1892, Harry had acquired a ranch/farm in the nearby Cold Springs Valley, about halfway between Helix and Hermiston. Their son Harry and daughter Lizzie were born while the family was living on their ranch.33,25
In October 1896, Frances Ada Tracy and Henry Tracy lived in Ukiah, Umatilla Co., Oregon. Their youngest daughter, Ada, was born here. Ukiah is located south of Helix and Cold Springs, all three very small towns in the same county of ranches and farms.
     The "Panic of 1893" began seven years of one of the worst (to that date) financial depressions in U.S. history. Banks were closing, savings were lost... wheat prices were deflated, farmers were defaulting on their mortgages... some just walking away from their land. Recovery began in 1897, but by then it was apparently too late for Harry because, for reasons not really explained (other than a general reference to the depression), he moved his family off of their ranch and headed first to Ukiah, Oregon, and then from there to the mines in southern Idaho before moving on to Black Bear. Most likely the 320 acres he had bought from the government in 1892 were at least partially mortgaged and he was forced into default by the depression.25,33
In 1899, Frances Ada Tracy and Henry Tracy lived in Black Bear, Shoshone Co., Idaho. Black Bear was a mining camp (and mill for the initial processing of the ore), little more than a widening along-side the railroad tracks running through the narrow canyon of Canyon Creek (now Burke-Canyon Creek). The canyon is an off-shoot of Idaho´s Silver Valley in the Coeur d'Alene hard rock silver and lead mining district.
     At the time the Report of the Inspector of Mines for the State of Idaho for the Year of 1899, was prepared the Black Bear mine was said to be idle. The mine owners were "eastern parties" and were involved in financial difficulties during the panic of 1893 and they had suspended their operations in Idaho. Since the mine had not been in operation for several years it is doubtful that Harry was working for this mine, but it also probably meant that there were houses available in Black Bear. The mines in Canyon Creek above and below Black Bear were active, and generally were the heaviest producers in the Coeur d'Alenes. Production throughout the area was down considerably in 1899, "owing to the difficulty among the miners in that county"... quite an understatement. But there would have been opportunity for nearby employment for Harry in 1897, '98, and early 1899.25
She and Henry Tracy appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Moscow, Latah Co., Idaho, on Lilly St., enumerated 9 June 1900. Their children Lorraine, Arthur, Florence, Harry, Lizzie, Ada and Charlie were listed as living with them. It is possible that Fanny brought the children to Moscow ahead of Harry's arrival in the town; it would be reasonable to think that she did not consider the atmosphere in Black Bear at the time a good one in which to raise a family that included a newborn baby. Moscow apparently had a reputation for good schools. Education was near the top of Fanny's list of priorities for her children's upbringing and it was important to her that her children have the benefit of a "town school" education, rather than that a "country school" would have provided.3
Frances and Henry Tracy appeared on the 1910 Federal Census of Moscow, Latah Co., Idaho, at 240 North Washington Street, enumerated 16 April 1910. Their children Lorraine, Arthur, Harry, Lizzie, Ada, Charles and Florence were listed as living with them, as well as Florence's husband, George Karr. Henry is named as Harry L. Tracey (with the 'e' in Tracey appearing to have been crossed through).
     In addition to their homestead in the mountains above Moscow, at Fanny's instance they kept a home in the town where the family spent the winters and the school year. Even with this access to schools, only Lorraine and Beth of the family's seven children graduated from Moscow's High School.5,34
She appeared on the 1920 Federal Census of Spokane, Spokane Co., Washington, at 2120 West College Ave., enumerated 13 January 1920, Fanny is listed as head of a household consisting of herself, her sons, 33 year old Lorraine N. and 20 year old Charles W., and her 4 1/2 year old gandson (son of her daughter Ada) Howard Sargent; she listed herself as a 60 year old divorced woman who was born in Kentucky; her father born in West Virginia, and her mother in Kentucky; she said she was not employed (did not work) at the time of the census..4
She appeared on the 1930 Federal Census of San Diego, San Diego Co., California, at 1042 11th St., enumerated 3 April 1930. 70 year old Fanny is shown as one of six lodgers in a Rooming House; Mary E. Harper was the Landlady.35
On 9 April 1935, Frances Ada Baugh was living 1042 11th St., San Diego, San Diego Co., California. It was at this address that she received a birth announcement for son Harry´s twin boys.36,37
She appeared on the census of 15 April 1940 at 1007 6th St., Bakersfield, Kern Co., California. 80 Year old Fanny, divorced, said she had lived in San Diego, California on 1 April 1935. She also indicated that she had received income of $50 or more from sources other than money wages or salary.37

Sources - Citations

  1. [S81] Western States Marriage Index, 1809-2011, online at:; Marriage date: 1886 Marriage place: Santa Clara, California.
  2. [S210] Find A Grave, online at; Photographs and data are submitted by volunteer members - Text only data should be confirmed by additional sources.
  3. [S311] Henry and Ada Tracy household, 1900 U.S. Census, Idaho, Henry L. Tracy Family, Latah, Idaho, population schedule, West Moscow Precinct, Moscow City, Ward 2, Enumeration District 91, Sheet no. 6, line nos.: 30 - 38, dwelling 122 - Lilly Street, family 122; Washington: National Archives.
  4. [S315] Fanny A. Tracy household, 1920 U.S. Census, Spokane Co., Washington, population schedule, 2120 W. College Ave., Dillon Precinct, Spokane City, Ward 4, Enumeration District 228, Sheet no. 8 A, lines 33 - 36, dwelling 166, family 189; Washington: National Archives.
  5. [S313] Harry L. Tracey household, 1910 U.S. Census, Latah, Idaho, population schedule, 240 North Washington St., North Moscow Precinct, Moscow City (part of), Enumeration District 190, Sheet no. 3 A, lines 36 - 45, dwelling 53, family 53; Washington: National Archives.
  6. [S673] W A Baugh household, 1860 U.S. Census, Bexar Co., Texas, population schedule, San Antonio, Sheet 298, dwelling 2495, family 2385; Washington: National Archives.
  7. [S829] Fox & Proelas : New York Gallery : San Diego : Cal., photographer; Mrs M C Baugh, Cabinet Portrait, circa 1880, San Diego, California, Autographed on reverse: To Mrs F A Tracy from her Mother Mrs M C Baugh. Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy (Tracy Home Office).
  8. [S674] Frances Ada Baugh author, Births of H.L. Tracy Family, Handwritten List, This is a handwritten listing of the names, birth dates and places for the family of Harry Lorraine Tracy as prepared by his wife, Fanny Ada (Baugh) Tracy and annotated (incorrectly regarding the birth place of the eldest son, Lorraine Newton Tracy) by their daughter, Ada (Tracy) Berry, Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy (Tracy Home Office), Shows given name spelled Fanny Ada.
  9. [S665] Center for Health Statistics State of California Department of Health Services, California Death Index, 1940-1997 (Sacramento, California: State of California, unknown date) Digitized by - subscription database. Given name is spelled as Fannie... information probably provided by one of her daughters.
  10. [S826] Fanny (Frances?) Ada Baugh, Genealogical Reference Request Form R97-2145 (18 Sep 1997), Kentucky Department for Libraries and Archives, P.O.Box 537, Frankfort, KY, No Record Found.
  11. [S674] Births of H.L. Tracy Family , Handwritten List, Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy, Shows date, place and given name spelled Fanny Ada.
  12. [S396] Harry L. Tracy and Fanny A Baugh marriage, 24 Jan 1886, in Santa Clara County, Marriages: Paper Files of Sean C Tracy, Tracy Home Office.
  13. [S674] Births of H.L. Tracy Family , Handwritten List, Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy, Shows date, city of marriage and given names.
  14. [S666] Arthur Porter Special Collections, Western States Marriage Index (Rexburg, Idaho: BYU-Idaho SpecialCollections: McKay Library), Extracted from Sant Clara County Records - Available at:
  15. [S312] Harry L. Tracy household, 1920 U.S. Census, Del Norte, California, population schedule, Crescent City, Lake Earl Precinct, Enumeration District 33, Sheet no. 101 B, line 53, dwelling 58, family 68; Washington: National Archives.
  16. [S682] John L. Harper household, 1930 U.S. Census, San Diego, California, population schedule, 1042 11th Street, San Diego, Enumeration District 37-129, Sheet no. 2 A, line 35, dwelling 21, family 34; Washington: National Archives.
  17. [S665] Center for Health Statistics State of California Department of Health Services, California Death Index.
  18. [S827] Fanny Ada Baugh (Mrs. Tracy), Final Expenses Account Receipts, 5 June 1945, Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy, Tracy Home Office.
  19. [S210] Find A Grave, online at, Name, Years, Location; Find A Grave Memorial# 45229854, with photo.
  20. [S398] Recollections of Charles W. Tracy Sr. (Saratoga, California), information given to Libby Gragg. Recorded Oral History, Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy (Tracy Home Office). Three recorded sessions, tells of William going to Mexico.
  21. [S669] Wm Baugh household, 1880 U.S. Census, San Diego Co., California, population schedule, Monumentville, San Diego, Enumeration District 69, Page No. 7. Line #14, dwelling 31, family 32, Washington: National Archives. , year and place of Irvin's birth.
  22. [S387] Recollections of Helen Ada (Tracy) Berry (Arroyo Grande, California), information given to Charles W. Tracy Jr., c. 1970. Hand annotated notes, Paper Files of Sean C Tracy (Tracy Home Office). Charles W. Tracy, Jr., son of Charles, gave his aunt, Ada Tracy - the daughter of Henry L. Tracy, a handwritten page with the names and dates of family members' births and deaths to which she then added her corrections and annotations to the front side and wrote out histories of her parents' families on the back. The histories she provided had been part of the Family Lore for many years... subsequent research has corrected and supplemented her knowledge., family's return to California.
  23. [S78] State of California, Great Registers, 1866–1898 (Sacramento, California: California State Library, unknown date) Digital copy of the Great Register page can be found in voter's digital folder for Registrations. Digitized by - subscription database. Shows age, state of birth, residence, date of registration
    1872 - No. 197.
  24. [S387] Recollections, Helen Ada (Tracy) Berry, c. 1970.
  25. [S398] Recollections, Charles W. Tracy Sr.
  26. [S828] Denis, "LOOKUPs - San Jose Normal School," e-mail message to Sean C. Tracy, 28 Mar 2001, Records show Florence Baugh Graduated 1884; no Fanny Ada Baugh.
  27. [S398] Recollections, Charles W. Tracy Sr., tells of family returning from Mexico.
  28. [S667] Beckwith household, 1880 U.S. Census, Santa Clara Co., California, population schedule, 85 First St., San Jose, Enumeration District 243, Page No. 47. Line #18, dwelling 443, family 502, Washington: National Archives.
  29. [S78] State of California, Great Registers, 1866–1898, H. Tracy, Hollister, San Benito Co.
  30. [S396] Santa Clara County, Marriage Records: Paper Files of Sean C Tracy, Harry L. - resident of Hollister.
  31. [S397] C. Maxine (Ohlheiser) Tracy, Compiler, "Henry (Harry) L. Tracy - Family Group Sheet", c. 1985 (Saratoga, California). Compiled from a variety of sources (few of which were primary sources); and from her personal notes and recollections of conversations with and family stories related to her by her husband, Charlie W. Tracy (over the course of their 50 plus year marriage), her father-in-law, Harry L. Tracy, and her sister-in-law, Ada Tracy Berry, Birthdate of son, Lorraine Newton.
  32. [S414] "Real Estate Notes", The Hollister Free Lance, Hollister, California, July 1, 1887.
  33. [S397] C. Maxine (Ohlheiser) Tracy, "H.L. Tracy Family Group Sheet", Compiled from a variety of sources (few of which were primary sources); and from her personal notes and recollections of conversations with and family stories related to her by her husband, Charlie W. Tracy (over the course of their 50 plus year marriage), her father-in-law, Harry L. Tracy, and her sister-in-law, Ada Tracy Berry.
  34. [S398] Recollections, Charles W. Tracy Sr., first tape - Schools in Moscow.
  35. [S682] John L. Harper household, 1930 U.S. Census, San Diego, California, shows age; marital status; States of birth for self and parents.
  36. [S399] Letter from Harry Tracy (Idaho) to Mrs. F. A. Tracy, 9 April 1935; FAB1f-LTR-399 Paper Files of Sean C Tracy (Tracy Home Office).
  37. [S685] Margaret Lowery household, 1940 U.S. Census, Kern Co., California, population schedule, 1007 6th Street, Bakersfield, Ward 7, Enumeration District 15-33, Sheet no. 11 A, line 15, dwelling 288, family Lowery; Washington: National Archives.
  38. [S674] Births of H.L. Tracy Family , Handwritten List, Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy, Shows date, place and given name.
  39. [S675] A. W. Tracy and Hazel Erickson marriage, 27 September 1920, in Washington, Marriage Records, 1865-2004: Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy, Tracy Home Office, Confirms location and year of birth and parents' names and states of their birth.
  40. [S378] Helen Sargent Berry, Death Certificate Copy 4000 885, Paper Files of Sean C Tracy, Tracy Home Office, Gives name as Helen (self-given) Sargent (first husband's surname) Berry (last husband's surname). But also names parents and gives dates of birth and death.
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