Biography of Capt. James M. Tracy Sr.
FROM OUR COUNTY AND ITS PEOPLE
A DESCRIPTIVE WORK ON JEFFERSON COUNTY, NEW YORK
EDITED BY: EDGAR C. EMERSON
THE BOSTON HISTORY COMPANY, PUBLISHERS 1898

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Tracy, Capt. James M., sr., was born in the town of Hounsfield, Jefferson county, N. Y., March 16, 1818; he was educated in the schools of his day and in the Black River Institute at Watertown. He was captain on the lakes for thirty-five years and is now living a retired life. December 31, 1842, he married Elmina Wheat of Sackets Harbor, and they had four children: Elizabeth H., James M, Howard M. and John R. Elizabeth H. married Dr. Everett D. Waterbury, who is a practicing dentist there, and they have three daughters, Nettie B., Jessie L., and Nellie M.; James M. married Laura Davis of the State of Kansas, and they have two sons, Clifton H. arid John D.; Howard M. is not married at this date, 1897. John R. has married twice, first to Jennie Morgan, who died in 1884, and for his second wife he married Jennie Lamphear. Mrs. James M. Tracy died in August, 1885, mourned by a bereaved husband and children. Captain Tracy's father, Benjamin H. Tracy, was born at Ballston Spa, Saratoga county, N. Y., in 1787; he was educated in the public schools of that day and married Sybel Fish. They had nine children: Elsie, Julian, Herbert H., Eleanor, James M., Sr. (as above), George, Gordon, Bernard and Laura. Benjamin Tracy died in 1830 and his widow in 1874.

 

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