Jonathan Tracy1

(21 February 1646 - 29 November 1711)

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Relationship8th 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

Some Background

Jonathan Tracy was also known as Lieut. Jonathan Tracy.
FatherThomas Tracy Sr. (c. 1610 - 7 Nov 1685)

Birth - Marriage - Death

ChildJonathan Tracy was born on 21 February 1646, in Saybrook, Middlesex Co., Connecticut Colony, New England.2,3,4,5,6
GroomHe married Mary Griswold, daughter of Francis Griswold and Sarah, on 11 July 1672 in Preston, New London Co., Connecticut Colony, New England.7,8,9,10
Second MarriageOn 21 August 1711, in Preston, New London Co., Connecticut Colony, New England, Jonathan Tracy married second Mary Richards. Mary may have been the Widow Richards. This marriage came four months after the death of Jonathan's first wife, Mary Griswold. (And, barely three months before his own death.)9,2
DeceasedHe died on 29 November 1711 in Preston, New London Co., Connecticut Colony, New England, at the age of 65.7,11,12,6
InterredHe was buried in Long Society Cemetery, Preston, New London Co., Connecticut Colony, New England. This cemetery has a rough headstone marked 'J.T. 1711' believed to be the marker for Jonathan's grave.13

Children with Mary Griswold:

Founder or First Settler

Jonathan Tracy and his brother Thomas Tracy Jr. were among the proprietors of Preston City, New London Co., Connecticut, in October 1686. The brothers and 17 other men of the area petitioned the colonial Legislature for the incorporation of Preston... the petition was granted and the bounds laid out in January of 1687. On 17 March 1687, a deed to the township was given by Oaneco, one of Uncas' sons, naming, "Jonathan Trasy," "Thomas Trasy," and four others among "all the rest of the inhabitants living in "New Preson."14,15

Occupation

A deed dated in 1694 naming Jonathan refers to him as a "yeoman", i.e. a farmer. As with the majority of the early settlers in the colony, "farmer" only begins to describe the kind of work these men engaged in on a daily basis16

Military

Military ServiceIn May 1690, while living Preston, New London Co., Connecticut Colony, New England,Jonathan Tracy was commissioned as the first Lieutenant of the Preston Train Band.9,13

Community Service

In January 1687, at Preston, New London Co., Connecticut Colony, New England, Jonathan Tracy Jonathan was chosen as the town's first Recorder (Town Clerk), a position he held for many years. He was also the town's first Justice of the Peace. His name appears quite frequently in the Probate Records of New London Co., Connecticut, as he was often called upon to be a witness on wills and/or to take inventories for the probate of estates.15,12
In May 1695, in Preston, New London Co., Connecticut Colony, New England, Jonathan Tracy was elected to serve as Deputy to the Colonial Legislature.17
In 1698, Jonathan Tracy was elected to serve as a Selectman for Preston, New London Co., Connecticut Colony, New England. He also served as Preston's first Town Clerk, a postition he held for many years.17,13
From 1701 to 1711, Jonathan Tracy was elected to serve as the first Justice of the Peace for New London Co., Connecticut Colony, New England.9,13

Land and Property

Property AcquisitionOn 10 September 1694, Jonathan Tracy purchased a piece of property in Norwich, New London Co., Connecticut Colony, New England. Actually this purchase from Thomas Waterman was for three pieces... the first, a lot in the town of Windham in Hartford Co., the second a 93 acre piece "neer pabaqomsque on the west side of the Quenabaug River" and a third piece, 7 acres "lying at the saw mill on the east side of Shoutuckit," within the Township of Norwich. It is not clear from this as to whether or not the saw mill was actually on the property.
     The transfer deed refers to Lieutenant Thomas Tracy of the Town of Preston yeoman (farmer.)16

Residences and Censuses

From 1680 to 1711, Jonathan Tracy and Thomas Tracy Jr. resided in Preston, New London Co., Connecticut Colony, New England. By 1680, or soon thereafter, Jonathan and his older brother, Thomas Tracy, Jr., are presumed to have been cultivating farms on the east side of the Shetucket river in the area originally and variously referred to as the "Long Society," the "East Society," or "East Norwich,". In May of 1679, Uncas had granted 100 acres there to Thomas, Jr., and the brothers' farms were located close together.
This district on the east side of the Shetucket river was being settled under the authority of Norwich and a few of the sons of the Norwich proprietors had moved there. These Tracy brothers lived in Preston until their deaths... Jonathan in 1711, and Thomas, Jr., sometime before 1724.
On a deed executed on 10 Sep 1694, Jonathan is noted as being from Preston.18,16

Church

Church AffiliationOn 16 November 1698, in Preston, New London Co., Connecticut Colony, New England, Jonathan Tracy and Mary Tracy were among the 12 original members and the first communicants of the Congregational First Church.19,9,3

Will

His estate was distributed on 24 December 1712 in New London, New London Co., Connecticut.
     An administrative bond in the amount of £70 was signed in New London on 12 February 1712 by Christopher, Jonathan's son, who was to distribute his father's estate. The inventory of the estate (his father is referred to as "Leut. Joanathan Tracy") was sworn to on 12 February 1712; the inventory takers included "Mrs. Mary Tracy Widow and Relict of Mr. Jonathan Tracy Late of Preston Deceased" who swore an oath that she had given a true accounting and should anything of value further appear, she would add to that accounting...
     The inventory was "Exhibeted (sic) in a Court of Probate" on 11 Mar 1712, by Christipher Tracy as administrator... proved, accepted and ordered to be recorded, which it was, in the Third book of Wills, fol. 190 - 191, 12 March 1712.
     In December of 1712, the estate was distributed among the heirs: Lt. Jonathan Tracy's widow, Mary (Richards) Tracy; the two children of his eldest son, Jonathan, jr., who had died in 1704; and his seven living children; his daughter Sary had died at one year of age.
     Mary (Richards) Tracy, and Jonathan had been married barely three months before Jonathan's death.20,21

Sources - Citations

  1. [S150] Lorraine Cook, Compiler, The Barbour Collection of Connecticut Town Vital Records (Baltimore, Maryland: Genealogical Publishing Co., 1994-2002), Connecticut Town Marriage Records, pre-1870 (Barbour Collection).
  2. [S349] Reuben H. Walworth LL.D. - Compiler, Hyde Genealogy; or the Descendants, in the Female as well as in the Male Lines, from William Hyde, of Norwich, with their Places of Residence, and Dates of Births, Marriages, &C., and Other Particulars of Them and Their Families and Ancestry, Vol. I. (Albany, New York: J. Munsell, 1864). Jacobus warns of "numerous errors on New London County Families" and to look for support of data from other evidence., pg 26.
  3. [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.
  4. [S278] Frances Manwaring Caulkins, History of Norwich Connecticut: From its possession by the Indians to the year 1866 (Hartford: The Author, 1866), says his age in 1698 was stated at 50 - so gives the year of his birth as 1648 rather than 1646 as do others.
  5. [S345] Donald Lines Jacobus, The Waterman Family, Vol. I of 2 vols. (New Haven, Conn.: Edgar F. Waterman, 1939). ppg 687 - 695, pg. 697, agrees on year of birth.
  6. [S149] Mike Cattin - Compiler, online at http://wc.rootsweb.ancestry.com/cgi-bin/igm.cgi?op=AHN&db=mdcattin&id=I2231 (RootsWeb's World Connect Project GEDCOMs), downloaded 23 Jan 2006.
  7. [S158] Preston, Connecticut Records, Tracy Family Entries, Book 1 vols. (n.p.: n.pub., unknown publish date). Local File Reference: TRA-VRB-118, taken from notes of SCT dated 16 March 1995.
  8. [S278] Frances Manwaring Caulkins, History of Norwich Connecticut, pg. 177, confirms marriage and date.
  9. [S345] Donald Lines Jacobus, The Waterman Family, pg. 697.
  10. [S774] Donald Lines Jacobus, The Waterman Family, Vol. I of 2 vols. (New Haven, Conn.: Edgar F. Waterman, 1939). ppg. 665 - 671, pg. 668.
  11. [S278] Frances Manwaring Caulkins, History of Norwich Connecticut.
  12. [S279] Mary E. Perkins, Old Houses Of The Ancient Town Of Norwich [Connecticut] 1660-1800, With Maps, Illustrations, Portraits and Genealogies (Two Volumes) (n.p.: ISBN: 0788415158, unknown publish date).
  13. [S278] Frances Manwaring Caulkins, History of Norwich Connecticut, pg. 202.
  14. [S360] The Public Records of the Colony of Connecticut From 1636 to 1776 (Hartford, Connecticut: Press of the Case, Lockwood & Brainard Company [etc.], unknown publish date). Transcribed and Edited, in Accordance with a Resolution of the General Assembly, v- III, pp. 223, 224.
  15. [S278] Frances Manwaring Caulkins, History of Norwich Connecticut, pp. 254, 255.
  16. [S363] Norwich, New London Co., Connecticut Deed Book vol. 2a : pg 173, Digital Files of Sean C. Tracy, Tracy Home Office.
  17. [S345] Donald Lines Jacobus, The Waterman Family, pg. 697;.
  18. [S278] Frances Manwaring Caulkins, History of Norwich Connecticut, pg 243.
  19. [S364] First Congregational Church of Preston, Connecticut, 1698 - 1898: together with statistics of the church taken from church records. (Preston, Connecticut: n.pub., unknown publish date), Jonathan one of twelve founders of the church in Preston.
  20. [S362] Jonathan Tracy's Probate Records, online at: http://www.ctgenweb.org/county/conewlondon/wills/JohnTracy.html; accessed: unknown date accessed, accessed 4 Feb 2013.
  21. [S345] Donald Lines Jacobus, The Waterman Family, pg. 697; New London Probate District, File No. 5351, is listed as source.
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