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James Tracy (b. ca. 1750) m. ???
William Tracy (1789-1842) m. Nancy Reynolds
James Wright Tracy (1819-1896) m. Regina M. Stone (1824-1894)
Catharine Leonora Tracy (1845-1933) m. Plato Durham (1840-1875)
Plato Tracy Durham (1873-1930) m. Lucy Cole (1882-1958)
Lucy Cole Durham (1925-2008) m. Roscoe Lee Strickland, Jr. (1917-1997)
Roscoe Lee Strickland III
|In a letter to her son Robert
Lee Durham on November 14, 1902, Catherine Leonora Tracy Durham Dixon wrote "the
Tracy great-grandfather was from one of the northern states." Robert theorized
that James Tracy came from Connecticut and was descended from Lt. Thomas Tracy
(1610-1685), a famous New England settler of Norwich, Connecticut. Robert also
latched onto the erroneous claim made by Evert Tracy and Dwight Tracy, in their
respective works, that connected Thomas with the noble Tracy family of England.
John Hunt laid that claim to rest in his article "Fact Versus Possibility in the
Tracy Genealogy." Furthermore, there is no evidence to support Robert Lee
Durham's theory that our James Tracy even came from Connecticut. Jane Owen, a
genealogist, said "Robert Lee Durham's actions in latching onto Evert Tracy's
misinformation were typical of his period and his family pride."
Another theory as to the origin of James Tracy, which may be closer to the truth, was given by Jane Owen in her article "Tracy in Old Tryon." She says James Tracy may have been descended from Teague Tracy, a Maryland settler in the late 1600's for which Tracy's Landing in Anne Arundel County may have been named. One of Teague's sons, born in 1700, moved as a young man to the section of Craven County, North Carolina, which would later become Jones County. He was living there in 1745 when he sold some of Teague's land in Maryland. Most of the Jones County Tracys appear to have moved west following the Revolution. Jane theorizes that James and two possible brothers, Nathaniel and William, were members of this family. Nathaniel's middle name has been given as Pradian, which is an unusual name and could only be French. Some French Huguenots came down from Manakin Town in Virginia into the section of eastern North Carolina where Teague Tracy's son settled, so if Nathaniel is descended from that line, it is possible that his mother could have been French. Jane further states that our James was a Revolutionary War soldier who served from eastern North Carolina and married a woman he met while recuperating from wounds received at the Battle of Camden. James received 275 acres of land in Tennessee for his service, but he sold the land immediately as is indicated on the land grant. She thinks that he then went to Kentucky, where at least one of his sons was born, before moving to Spartanburg County, South Carolina, by 1800.
|William Tracy, a captain in
the militia, was listed in the 1830 and 1840 censuses of Spartanburg County,
South Carolina. His will was recorded in October, 1842. He left his estate to
his wife, Nancy, and appointed her executrix along with Jesse Cleaveland,
executor. Witnesses were John Parks, Jonathan Rice, Timothy Queen, Polly Tracy,
Nathaniel Tracy, and J. W. Tracy.
William Tracy's grave was moved in 1930, by Robert Lee Durham, his great-grandson, from an abandoned family cemetery just east of Spartanburg, South Carolina, to Sunset Cemetery in Shelby, Cleveland County, North Carolina. The following inscription was on his tombstone:
"In memory of William Tracy, who departed this life September 14th, 1842, in the 53rd year of his age. Long and lasting will his name be cherished by the family he left behind, though they now roam in a distant country. My body here is now at rest. My kindred all far in the west. When Christ shall come I then shall rise and view them with immortal eyes."
Lucy Durham Strickland found a note in Catharine Leonora Tracy Dixon Durham's handwriting, listing the following members of the William Tracy family: "William Tracy married Nancy Reanals, Nathanial, Green, William, Mary, James Wright, Nancy, Justice Fair, Lucretia."
|James Wright Tracy's father
bred, ran, and bet on his own race horses, and young Wright was a jockey as a
boy. In 1839-40 at twenty years of age, he owned, rode, and bet on his own
horses all the way from South Carolina through Kentucky and back. He also played
cards for money. Quite suddenly, however, but enthusiastically as was his
nature, he got religion, joined the Methodist Church, and was licensed as an
exhorter. He was studying theology preparing to enter the regular ministry when
a man called him a liar, the greatest insult in his vocabulary. After the all
but fatal, for the other man, fray which resulted, young Wright's father, not
being able to see what the recent convert thought was a perfect explanation in
his simple statement, "he called me a liar," turned his books on theology back
to the Elder.
Wright then began the study of medicine. In 1844, he married Regina Minerva Stone, also a native of Spartanburg County, South Carolina. They moved across the state line to the southeast corner of the newly formed Cleveland County, North Carolina. Cleveland County was formed from parts of Rutherford and Lincoln Counties in 1840. They boarded for a short time and soon bought a farm of about 150 acres covering the head spring of Beason's Creek. The farm lay across the Shelby-Crowder's Creek Road and the Gaffney Road almost a mile southwest of their intersection with each other and with the Burke Road. On this farm Dr. and Mrs. Tracy lived until their deaths in 1894 and 1896. The young doctor established a medical practice in Cleveland County, and after a few years he had accumulated enough money to attend the Transylvania Medical College in Lexington, Kentucky. He received his degree as Doctor of Medicine in 1850.
Dr. Tracy served as Cleveland County's delegate in the Secession Convention in 1861, where he voted to secede. He immediately raised a company of volunteer cavalry in Cleveland and Rutherford Counties, and offered them to the State. The refusal of the state to equip his troop of cavalry forced him to abandon that venture, dismiss his volunteers, and offer himself as a surgeon. On October 26, 1861, he became an Assistant Surgeon in the 37th Regiment. He participated in the Battle of New Bern in March, 1862, and he wrote his wife a letter describing the battle.
After the defeat in New Bern, the 37th Regiment regrouped in Kinston. In May, 1862, Branch's brigade, consisting of the 18th, 28th, 33rd, and 37th Regiments, North Carolina Troops, went to Virginia where it participated in the Seven Days' battles around Richmond from June 25 to July 1, 1862. On or about July 1, 1862, Dr. Tracy was transferred to the 14th Regiment, North Carolina Troops, as an Assistant Surgeon, and he was appointed Surgeon on or about July 25, 1862. According to Robert Lee Durham, he served with the rank of Major and Brigade Surgeon in George Anderson's Brigade, and participated in the Battle of Gettysburg and the Mine Run campaign. He was transferred out of the 14th Regiment on or about April 23, 1864, and according to Robert Lee Durham, he was put in charge of the Confederate hospital in Raleigh, where he served until Sherman's advancing army forced the Confederate's retreat in April, 1865.
During the retreat Dr. Tracy passed a young Confederate lying face down by the roadside, apparently in great suffering. He got down off of his horse and turned the boy over to see if he could help him. He discovered it was his own son Rush whom he had not seen for three years. Dr. Tracy put Rush on his horse and took him home, but Rush never regained full health and died a few years later.
After the War, Dr. Tracy continued his medical practice. He ministered to the physical ills of the people in a circle 50 miles in diameter around King's Mountain for 52 years. At the time of his death he had on his books $60,000 of uncollected accounts for medical services rendered to the community. He ministered to the people's spiritual interests also, since he was the right hand of preachers and customarily filled their appointments for them in times of need. At all times he was an "amen corner" steward in the church, powerful in his spiritual appeal and in public prayer. One incidental characteristic of his praying method was his seeming assumption that the Lord was a little deaf.
Dr. Tracy was elected chairman of the Board of Commissioners of Kings Mountain at its first meeting, held on February 24, 1874. He was an ardent prohibitionist, and Kings Mountain was the first town in the state whose charter provided for the prohibition of liquor within the corporate limits.
After his wife died, Dr. Tracy's dreams were filled with visions of her. He spoke of many spirit meetings with her. One day while sitting at the table eating dinner, he said, "Look! Look!" He gazed for several moments upon the wall across the room as if he saw something. Then he lowered his eyes, took his hands down from the table, breathed out a long breath which had the sound of a sigh, and died.
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