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John Tracy

Also Known As: "Ens."
Birthdate: (85)
Birthplace: Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
Death: May 30, 1718 (81-89)
Windham, New London County, Connecticut Colony
Immediate Family:

Son of Stephen Tracy, of Great Yarmouth & Duxbury; Stephen Tracy; Tryphosa Tracy and Tryphose Tracy
Husband of Mary Tracy
Father of John Tracy; Apphia Sparrow; Hannah Tracy; Susanna Rogers and Stephen Tracy
Brother of Sarah Partridge; Rebecca Merrick; Thomas Tracy; Ruth Miester; Lydia Tracy and 4 others

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About Lt. John Tracy

From his Find A Grave page:

Lieut John Tracy, Sr

  • Birth: 1633 - Plymouth, Plymouth County, Massachusetts
  • Death: May 30, 1718 - Windham, Windham County, Connecticut

Lieut. John Tracy, only known s. of Stephen Tracy & Triphosa Lee, was b. circa 1633-4 prob. at Duxbury, Mass. He is mentioned in the Mar. 20, 1654/5 will of his father, written at London, England: "to my sonne John Tracye what land and house I have there in Duxburrow alsoe one yoake of oxen and one horse."

The first mention of John Tracy in the colony records is on June 3, 1656 when named one of four surveyors of highways for the town of Duxbury. On the same date he was recommended for freeman of the Plymouth Colony Corp. and was so admitted one year later on June 3, 1657. He is subsequently listed as a freeman of Duxbury in the colony's 1670 master list of freeman.

In 1677-78, 1680-83, and 1685-86 he was one of three selectmen managing the affairs of the town of Duxbury, Mass. On 1690 he was again chosen a selectman of Duxbury now referred to as "John Trasey, Sen." He was also a deputy to the Plymouth Court for Duxbury in 1683 and 1685.

From 1682 to 1688 he is called "Ensigne John Tracye" in the Plymouth Colony records, then in Oct. 1689 he was named Lieut. of the Duxbury train(ing) band [PCR 6:218].

In July 1683, "Mr. Ralph Thacher... petitioned the Court to take into theire consideration a graunt of land made vnto Mr Willam Kemp, lying within the towne of Duxburrow,... with meddow convenient to be layed forth vnto the same, which... was neuer yett layed out according to Court order, neither what was done about the laying of it out to be found vpon record nor in any other writing. This Court doth therfore order the three men appointed by the towne of Duxburrow to lay out the said lands and run the ranges, namly, Ensigne John Tracye, John Soule, and Willam Paybody, to... lay out the said meddow according to that proportion the said meddowes were ordered to be layed forth by the towne of Duxburrow att the first, that soe the vpland of the said Willam Kemp may be accomodated according to Court order." [PCR 6:93] This refers to land never laid out to Ralph (aka Rhodolphus) Thacher's mother Elizabeth Partridge as heir to her first husband, William Kemp, who d. at Duxbury in 1641. Rhodolphus Thacher was the husband of John Tracy's niece, Ruth Partridge.

The last mention of John at Duxbury is Feb. 17, 1699-700 in a transaction in which "John Tracye, Sen." helped the town lay out a parcel of land to Joseph Chandler.

At an unknown date, John Tracy m. Mary Prence, dau. of Gov. Thomas Prence of the Plymouth Colony and his 2nd wife Mary Collier, prob. b. at Duxbury, Mass. Anecdotally, John Tracy's brother-in-law was Arthur Howland, Jr., the husband of Elizabeth Prence, Mary (Prence) Tracy's sister. Gov. Thomas Prence, who enacted and then presided over some of the most restrictive laws against the early Quakers in New England, first refused to permit Arthur to marry his dau. Elizabeth perceiving Arthur as having Quaker leanings. Arthur, however, eventually prevailed in his matrimonial quest.

Lieut. John Tracy d. of record at Windham, Conn. on May 30, 1718, "in the 85th y. of his age." If he left a will, it most likely will be found in the New London, Conn. Probate District, as it does not appear in Manwaring's abstract of the Hartford Probate District. The Windham Probate District was not created until October 1719 from parts of the aforesaid two probate districts.

There is no record of when wife Mary died. In "A Historical Sketch of William Collier," pub. in 1925, the author claims Mary died before Jan. 25, 1696/7, giving no reference to a corroborating document. The memorialist presumes a deed executed at Duxbury by her husband on that date does not include Mary or her waiving her dower rights. But, the memorialist has made no search for such deed to confirm this presumption. As noted by the "Society of Colonial Wars in the Commonwealth of Massachuetts" (1906, Issue 8, p. 218) Lieut. John Tracy:

  • appears to have been possessed of a large property, for in 1700 to 1702 he made conveyances of a large amount of real estate situated in Duxbury, Plymouth, Marshfield, Bridgewater, and Middleboro. That in Duxbury was conveyed Dec. 30, 1702, to Thomas Loring, and is described in the deed as "all my farm in Duxbury about 80 acres and the buildings &c.," probably the homestead inherited from his father, Stephen Tracy, granted to Stephen by the Colony Nov. 2, 1640, described in the records as "80 acres of land with some meadow to it in Duxbury."

Lieut John and Mary (Prence) Tracy had the following children, their dates of birth unknown as no birth records for their family are found in the Duxbury vital records. Thus, the order is uncertain:

  • i. John Tracy, Jr., b. circa 1661, d. before June 1701; m. an unknown Deborah and had a purported seven children.
  • ii. Apphia Tracy, b. circa 1663, d. Dec. 15, 1739 at Eastham, Mass.; m. Dec. 5, 1683 at Eastham, John Sparrow, s. of Capt. Jonathan Sparrow & Rebecca Bangs, b. Nov. 2, 1656 at Eastham, Mass. He d. there Feb. 23, 1734/5. Four children of record.
  • iii. Hannah Tracy, b. circa 1666; whether she was an actual child of the family cannot be confirmed by a known record.
  • iv. Stephen Tracy, b. circa 1674, d. Dec. 19, 1769 at Windham, Conn., Æ 96 (g.s.); m. Jan. 26, 1707/8 at Windham, Deborah Bingham, dau. of Dea. Thomas Bingham & Mary Rudd, b. Dec. 18, 1683 at Norwich, Conn. She d. at Windham, Conn. Dec. 6, 1735, Æ 52 (g.s.). Seven children of the family.
  • v. Susanna Tracy, b. circa 1675, d. (survived her husb.); m. Feb. 17, 1697/8 at Eastham, Mass., James Rogers, Jr., s. of James Rogers & Mary Paine, b. Oct. 30, 1673 at Eastham. He d. there Sept. 8, 1751.

Family links:


  • Stephen Tracy (1596 - 1655)
  • Tryphosa Lee Tracy (1597 - ____)


  • Mary Prence Tracy (1639 - ____)*


  • Apphiah Tracy Sparrow (1663 - 1739)*
  • Stephen Tracy (1674 - 1769)*


  • Sarah Tracy Partridge (1623 - 1708)*
  • Rebecca Tracy Merrick (1625 - 1686)*
  • Ruth Tracy (1628 - ____)*
  • Mary Tracy (1630 - ____)*
  • John Tracy (1633 - 1718)

Burial: Unknown

  • Created by: Don Blauvelt
  • Record added: Feb 16, 2010
  • Find A Grave Memorial# 48208128


  1. Sherman Wild Tracy, The Tracy Genealogy; Being Some of the Descendants of Stephen Tracy of Plymouth Colony, 1623 (Rutland, Vt.. : The Tuttle Publishing Company, 1936).
       See other entry for more information.


  • John Winslow (1597–1674) was one of several Winslow brothers who came to the Plymouth Colony in its earliest years. .... etc.
  • Winslow was well thought of and a man to be trusted as evidenced in a record which shows that on March 20, 1654/55, Stephen Tracy, who had returned to England and was residing at Great Yarmouth in Norfolk, gave power of attorney to John Winslow of Plymouth to dispose of his estate in New England for the benefit of his son John Tracy, daughters, Ruth Tracy and Mary Tracy, and the rest of his five children. John Tracy married Mary Prence, daughter of Governor Thomas Prence.[16]
  • On October 10, 1657, Mr. John Winslow of Plymouth
  • From:


  • TRACY, John
  • b. 1633 Plymouth, Plymouth, Mass.
  • d. 30 MAY 1718 Windham Co., CT.
  • Family:
  • Spouse: PRENCE, Mary
  • b. 1639 Duxbury, Plymouth, Mass.
  • d. 1697
  • Parents:
  • Father: PRENCE, Thomas
  • Mother: COLLIER, Mary
  • Children:
    • TRACY, John
    • TRACY, Apphia
    • TRACY, Stephen
    • TRACY, Susanna
  • From:


Married by about 1661. Called Ensign.


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Lt. John Tracy's Timeline

December 29, 1601
Gt. Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
December 29, 1601
Gt. Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
Plymouth, Plymouth Colony
Age 28
Duxbury, Plymouth Colony
Age 30
Duxbury, Plymouth, Massachusetts, United States
Age 33
Age 41
Duxbury, Plymouth Colony
Age 43
Duxbury, Plymouth Colony
May 30, 1718
Age 85
Windham, New London County, Connecticut Colony