|Stephen Tracy arrived in the Plymouth Colony just three years after
the Mayflower, in 1623, aboard the "Anne". He is likely the Stephen Trace
baptized 28 December 1596 at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England, son of Stephen
and Agnes/Anne (Erdley) Tracy.
He was one of the Separatists who had migrated to Holland to escape
the persecution of the Puritans. It was there that he married his wife,
Tryphosa Lee, on January 2, 1621. This is how their marriage record reads:
They had their first child, Sarah, who was to become the next in my direct line, in Leiden, Holland in probably late 1621 or in 1622. Tryphosa then became pregnant again. At this juncture, the young couple makes a decision that must have been very difficult to make. Stephen is to come to Plymouth by himself (although he may have brought Sarah with him) leaving the pregnant Tryphosa to have her baby without him and come later.
Stephen arrived in the Plymouth Colony on July 10, 1623 and was given three acres of land when the land first was first available for private ownership. This means that two other people should have been with him, as the deal was an acre per person. The identity of those two people is unknown, but one might have been Sarah.
At any rate, Tryphosa, Jane (the second child), and possibly Sarah, if she didn't arrive with her dad, followed in 1625 on the "Jacob."
He settled in Duxbury, a settlement near Plymouth. Later, Ralph Partridge and George Partridge, other ancestors of mine, were to become his neighbors.
He is included in the records of the Plymouth colony as: Freeman: In "1633" Plymouth list of freemen, before those admitted on 1 January 1632/33; in list of freemen of 7 March 1636/7. In Duxbury section of 1639 Plymouth Colony list of freemen (with his name lined through).
Offices he held were:
On 20 March 1654/5, while in London, Stephen Tracy "at present of Great Yarmouth in old England" made his will, in the form of a power of attorney to John Winslow, disposing to:
His children, according to the Great Migration Begins, were:
2. Rebecca, b Plymouth say 1625; m 1645 William Merrick
3. Ruth, b say 1628; living unmarried 1655
4. Mary, b say 1630, living perhaps unmarried 1655
5. John, b say 1632, married about 1661 Mary Prence, daughter of Thomas Prence
The Adventurous Tryphosa (Lee) Tracy, Article in American Genealogist, by Robert S.Wakefield (TAG, Vol 51, No. 2, Pg 71, April, 1975.) - Gives sources for stay of both Stephen and Tryphosa in Leiden, Holland, their travels and immigration, as well as Stephen Tracy's parents family's parish register entries in England.
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See my Partridge Links for other related links and resources, as these families were tied together with the marriage of Stephen's daughter, Sarah, to George Partridge.
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