Christopher Tracy1,2

(1 June 1711 - 3 March 1765)

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Relationship6th great-grandfather 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
FatherChristopher Tracy (1 May 1680 - 9 Feb 1725)
MotherLidia (Lydia) Parrish (20 Apr 1687 - )

Birth - Marriage - Death

ChildChristopher Tracy was born on 1 June 1711, in Preston, New London Co., Connecticut Colony, New England.3,4,5,2
GroomHe married Elizabeth Tyler, daughter of Hopestill Tyler and Anna Gates, on 28 March 1734 in Preston, New London Co., Connecticut Colony, New England. This date for their marriage, 28 Mar 1734, is taken from the Preston Vital Records vol. 1, pg. 96, as recorded by the Lucius Barnes Barbour Collection, 1928.
     To complicate the issue other genealogies give earlier dates - 1731. A review of the original entry in the Preston Records clarifies the 1734 date and is still consistent with the year of birth for their eldest daughter, Ruth.6,7,8
Second MarriageOn 23 March 1758, in Preston, New London Co., Connecticut Colony, New England, Christopher Tracy, at the age of 46 years of age, married second Rose Tracy, who was 33 years old years old, daughter of Francis Tracy and Elizabeth Parrish.9
DeceasedHe died on 3 March 1765 in Preston, New London Co., Connecticut Colony, New England, at the age of 53. 'Christopher Tracy, my honored father, died March 3, 1765, in his 55th year.' From Preston Vital Records registering Christopher's birth it appears his eldest daughter, Ruth (Tracy) (Reynolds) Munsell, was off by about a year on his age having him a year older than he actually was... assuming she was correct as to the date of his death when she entered the information into her Bible. It is presumed that he had returned from his sojourn in the Delaware River Valley and died here in his hometown of Preston since the Preston Town Records make no reference to his having died elsewhere.10,11,2

Children with Elizabeth Tyler:

Founder or First Settler

On 18 June 1762, Christopher and Jonathan Tracy were among the first settlers of Cushetunk, Delaware River Valley, Westmoreland Co., Connecticut Colony, New England.
     The cousins Isaac and Christopher, and Christopher´s son, Jonathan, are also associated with The Ten Mile River Settlement a bit further up the river. That settlement was broken up by Indians in 1763 and all of the inhabitants were massacred. Christopher, Jonathan and Isaac all lived active lives beyond the 1763 date of the Indian Massacre so either they were never part of that settlement, were no longer part of that settlement... or they had the good fortune to have been elsewhere when the Indians wiped it out.
     (You can read about the Tracys move from Connecticut to the Delaware River Valley here.)12,13

Sources - Citations

  1. [S150] Lorraine Cook, Compiler, The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994-2002).
  2. [S149] Mike Cattin - Compiler, online at (RootsWeb's World Connect Project GEDCOMs), downloaded 23 Jan 2006.
  3. [S158] Preston, Connecticut Records, Tracy Family Entries, Book 1 vols. (n.p.:, unknown publish date). Local File Reference: TRA-VRB-118.
  4. [S366] Roswell Parish Jr., "John Parish of Groton, Mass., and Some of His Descendants.", New England Historical and Genealogical Register vol. 63, pp. 364 - 367 (Oct 1909): pg. 365.
  5. [S151] Matilda Ormand Abbey - Compiler, Genealogy of the Family of Lt. Thomas Tracy of Norwich, Connecticut (Milwaukee: D.S. Harkness & Company, Printers, 1888). Local File Reference: TRA-BPC-119.
  6. [S702] Connecticut Vital Records to 1870, online at: American Sept. 2015, Preston Vital Records, vol.1 pg.96, corrects Family of Lt. Thos Tracy Genealogy (TRA-BPC-119) year of birth. From original typescripts, Lucius Barnes Barbour Collection, 1928.
  7. [S151] Matilda Ormand Abbey - Compiler, Genealogy of Family of Lt. Thomas Tracy, pg. 49 date as 26 Mar 1731 (date "New Stlye."
  8. [S373] Willard I. Tyler Brigham, The Tyler Genealogy - The Descendants of Job Tyler, of Andover, Massachusetts, 1619 - 1700 (Plainfield, N.J. & Tylerville, Conn.: Cornelius B. Tyler & Rollin Tyler, 1912), pg. 97 date as 26 Mar 1730 (1731 "New Style").
  9. [S702] Barbour Collection, online at: American, Preston Vital Records, vol.2 pg.38.
  10. [S157] Ida < and e-mail address>, [TRACY] Tracy/Tyler tidbit from "Ruth (Tracy) (Reynolds) Munsell's Bible Entries", listserve message to, TRACY-L, 3 April 2001, Information from The Reynolds Family Association of America 189201922, thirty-First Annual Report (pg 44-45); by: Marion H. Reynolds; Brooklyn, NY; Press of Brooklyn Eagle, 1922;. Hereinafter cited as "Ruth Tracy's Bible Entries."
  11. [S429] Marion H. Reynolds, The Reynolds Family Association of America, Thirty-First Annual Report (Brooklyn, New York: Press of Brooklyn Eagle, 1922), ppg. 44-45.
  12. [S339] Sullivan County Historian James W. Burbank, Cushetunk,The first White Settlement in the Upper Delaware River Valley (Callicoon, N.Y.: Sullivan County Democrat, January and February 1952). Photo Copy on File.
  13. [S340] M.S. Henry, History of the Lehigh Valley, Pennsylvania, Containing A Copious Selection of the Most Interesting Facts, Traditions, Biographical Sketches, Anectdotes, Etc. Etc. (Easton, Pennsylvania: Bixler & Corwin, 1860). PDF Copy of this book is in SCT's digital library, assessment list prepared in 1762 by John Williamson at direction of John Jennings, Sheriff of Northampton Co., PA.
  14. [S151] Matilda Ormand Abbey - Compiler, Genealogy of Family of Lt. Thomas Tracy, pg. 49.
  15. [S151] Matilda Ormand Abbey - Compiler, Genealogy of Family of Lt. Thomas Tracy, pg. 50.
  16. [S373] Willard I. Tyler Brigham, The Tyler Genealogy, pg. 97.
Last Edited8 Dec 2017

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