It is not the purpose of this Family History/Genealogy to aggrandize our family or its history, as there certainly is no need for that. But, as stated elsewhere in these pages, it should be noted that any family historian/genealogist worth her/his salt is almost bound by tradition to find some sort of a royal connection in their family... no matter how distant, minor, tenuous or dubious it may be. (And, by now, the royal connections we have found are certainly most of those.) In that tradition, for your edification and enjoyment, please find the following essay about our Immigrant Ancestor, Grace Chetwood, 10th great-grandmother of the 3 Tracys. (But note too, that this essay is about people whose lives were lived much earlier than is within the intended scope of this Family History/Genealogy. There is little information about them in our genealogy beyond the very basics - which may or may not be entirely accurate. If it interests you, these being historical figures, you can find more information about them with an Internet search.)

This essay has been excerpted from:

Jacobus, Donald Lines. The Bulkeley genealogy : Rev. Peter Bulkeley, being an account of his career, his ancestry, the ancestry of his two wives, and his relatives in England and New England, together with a genealogy of his descendants through the seventh American generation. New Haven, Conn.: The Tuttle, Morehouse & Taylor Company, 1933. Copyright, 1933 by Donald Lines Jacobus


Mr. Jacobus does not identify the descendant/essayist, (or date it) but the writer clearly held the same strong religious convictions as our mutual ancestress, the wife and mother of separatist, congregationalist, Puritan ministers of the gospel.

THE ANCESTRAL CHART
A PARABLE
By a Descendant of Grace Chetwood


The Lord Jesus Christ said:
     “Bring forth therefore fruits meet for repentance: and think not to say within yourselves, We have Abraham to our father: for I say unto you, that God is able of these stones to raise up children unto Abraham.”  Matthew 3:8, 9.


     One day a very plain woman living in one of our eastern states received from a distant relative a family chart tracing the lines of ancestry through many centuries and many lands. Imagine her astonishment in studying it to see four centuries of English sovereigns, among them Alfred the Great, the noblest of British monarchs, a soldier, scholar, business man and saint, one who was deeply spiritual and most devotedly Christian.
     There were three centuries of Scottish rulers, beginning with Kenneth, the first king; princes of South Wales; and Dermod, King of Leinster, Ireland, whose daughter Eva married Richard de Clare, Earl of Pembroke, “Strongbow,” as he was called.
     Turning to the continent she saw the name of Charles Martel, major domo under the last of the Merovingian Kings, and the real power behind the throne; the leader who, in one of the fifteen decisive battles of the world defeated the advancing Saracen army of four hundred thousand men at Tours in a battle which lasted a week, the longest one recorded in history; and he thus, under God, saved Europe from becoming Mohammedan.
     There were six Emperors of the Eastern and thirteen of the Western Roman Empire. Among the latter were Charlemagne, a great figure not only in his day but in all time; and Frederick Barbarossa, of the well known and beloved Hohenstaufen family of Germany. There were Counts of Flanders, Frisia and Holland, rulers of Norway and Sweden, eight of the earliest Capetian kings of France; eleven Italian generations, beginning with Umberto “Biancamano,” founder of the House of Savoy, to which the present monarch of Italy belongs; two Portuguese, eight Polish, fourteen or more German, and seventeen generations of Spanish rulers. There were names of great leaders in the Middle Ages belonging to nearly every country of Europe, some of whom are still loved and revered by their compatriots. Among them Bela I of Hungary, who did so much for his people and whose grand daughter married Heinrich, Duke of Bavaria; Borzivoi of Bohemia and his wife, St. Ludomilla, who introduced Christianity into their country; and Vladimir who performed a like service for Russia, and who is reckoned by the Russian Orthodox Church a saint equal to the apostles.
     As our friend gazed in amazement at this chart she took it for the genealogist's wild fancy or invention, but inquiry developed the fact that the author was very careful and exact, and there was every reason to consider his work reliable. Then there arose in her a strange feeling of kinship with peoples who before had seemed most remote and foreign, and she had also a sense of responsibility for them, especially for those who had come to her country, and she longed to give them the Gospel message, which was her dearest treasure. Her heart had been saddened by misunderstanding and alienation among her nearest relatives, and it seemed to her as though God in her time of trouble, had almost miraculously given her a larger family, a greater responsibility. she thought of some of her kin belonging to this astonishing line who were behaving unworthily, and of others who held the Christian faith who were doing well, and she realized more than ever before that no mere line of ancestry, though it reckoned heroes, kings and saints, can transform human life. There must be a divine power able to penetrate to the very heart, and cleanse it from sin. As the Saviour said to Nicodemus, “Ye must be born again.” (John 3:7.)
     To you, O reader, is extended a far greater privilege than descent from any earthly king or hero, for through faith in the Lord Jesus Christ and acceptance of Him, you may be born again spiritually, you may become a child of God, heir of the promises. It is the prayer of the writer of this parable that you may surrender your life to Him, and become a member “of the household of God,” (Ephesians 2:19) having with the other members a fellowship and a unity of the spirit warmer and deeper than comes from mere human relationship, precious though this be. Above all, may you have the love for your redeemer that will enable you to say “for to me to live is Christ,” (Philippians 1:21) and may He use you greatly in His service.
     From the Lord Jesus Christ comes the gracious invitation to be His; hasten to accept it now.
     “As many as received Him, to them gave He power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on His name; which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” (John 1:12, 13.)

 

Mr. Jacobus then proceeds to confirm and connect to Grace Chetwood the various ancestral lines put forward in the essay giving “Turton's Plantagenet Ancestry (1928)” as his reference. He also reinforces the essayist's main point that “the mere fact of descent from kings and rulers has little meaning in itself.”