Person:Stephen Tracy (1)

Stephen Tracy, Jr.
d.Abt 1655 England
m. 23 Feb 1586/87
  1. William Tracy1587 - Bet 1650 & 1650/51
  2. Thomas Tracy1589/90 -
  3. Christopher TracyAbt 1592/93 - Bef 1630
  4. Agnes Tracy1594 - 1640
  5. Stephen Tracy, Jr.1596 - Abt 1655
  6. Margaret Tracy1599 - 1603
  7. John Tracy1601 -
  8. Margaret Tracy1604 -
  • HStephen Tracy, Jr.1596 - Abt 1655
  • WTryphosa Lee1596 - Bef 1654/55
m. 2 Jan 1620/21
  1. Sarah TracyAbt 1623 - Bet 1702 & 1708
  2. Jane Tracy1623 - 1638
  3. Rebecca TracyAbt 1625 - Aft 1688/89
  4. Ruth TracyAbt 1628 -
  5. Susanna Tracy1629 -
  6. Mary Tracy1630 - 1655
  7. Lieutenant John Tracy1633 - 1718
Facts and Events
Name Stephen Tracy, Jr.
Gender Male
Christening[2] 28 Dec 1596 Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, England
Marriage 2 Jan 1620/21 Leiden, Zuid-Holland, Netherlandsto Tryphosa Lee
Immigration? Aug 1623 Plymouth, Massachusetts, United StatesAboard the Ann
Will[3] 24 Mar 1654/55 London, England
Occupation? Clothworker
Death? Abt 1655 England


The first records unambiguously referring to this Stephen are his marriage in Leiden in 1620. The Tracy couple lived in "Zevenhoysen" on 15 Oct 1622 (poll tax).[5]

Stephens' parents probably were Stephen Trace and Agnes Erdley. The Roll of Freeman, 1606, lists Stephen Trace, sailor. The will of Stephen Trace, mariner of Greater Yarmouth, 25 Oct 1630, proved 27 Jan 1631, mentions wife Annas, sons William, Thomas, John, daughters Annas, Margaret. Son Stephen was in New England, and it was not known whether he was alive.

Life in New England

Came to New England aboard the Ann [ship arriving in Plymouth that carried many relatives of original Pilgrims] in 1623. [6] Granted three acres in the Plymouth land division in 1623 as a passenger on the Anne. In 1627 Plymouth cattle division, "Stephen Tracie, Triphosa Tracie, Sarah Tracie, Rebecka Tracie" were the fifth through eighth names in the tenth company. Served on various town committees and juries 1634 to 1642 in Plymouth and Duxbury. Constable in 1639. His 1654 will indicates he is of “old Yarmouth” back in England.[7]

The three acres Stephen received in 1623 indicate that he had two family members with him. These may have been wife Triphosa and oldest daughter Sarah. However, papers filed in 1624 list “Tryphose Trace,” wife of Stephen, with daughter Jane, 15 months old, granted a pass to leave for the New World. Possibilities include that this was a forgery, as passes were difficult to obtain, or that Stephen was actually accompanied by a relative or friend who cared for the young Sarah.[8] Wakefield concludes that Tryphosa and Sarah did not come until 1625 on the Jacob.[9]

Stephen’s home was north of the original Plymouth settlement, near the Duxbury line. In March 1652, he was one of a group of men who acquired the land that became Dartmouth. [10]

On 20 Mar 1654/5 in London, S. Tracye, "at present of great Yarmouth, old England," gave power of attorney to John Winslow of Plymouth, Massachusetts, to seel property in Duxburrow, and mentions son and daughter, John and Ruth, and the rest divided for five children in New England.[11]


  1.   Tracy Genealogy of Plymouth
    p. 21-24.
  2. Wakefield, Robert S., “The Adventurous Tryphosa Tracy,”, in The American Genealogist (TAG). (Donald Lines Jacobus,
    Vol. 51:71-75, April 1975.
  3. Stephen Tracy, in Anderson, Robert Charles. The Great Migration Begins: Immigrants to New England, 1620-1633. (Boston: New England Historic Genealogical Society, 1995).

    ORIGIN: Leiden, Holland MIGRATION: 1623 in Anne FIRST RESIDENCE: Plymouth REMOVES: Duxbury
    BIRTH: Probably the "Stephen Trace" baptized 28 December 1596 at Great Yarmouth, Norfolk, son of Stephen and Agnes/Anne (Erdley) Tracy [TAG 51:73; Tracy Gen 19-20].
    DEATH: After 20 March 1654/5, the date of his will.
    MARRIAGE: Leiden, Holland, 3 January 1621 [NS] Tryphosa Lee [Dawes-Gates 799]; she was born about 1597 (aged 27 on 1 May 1624 [TAG 51:242]) and presuma bly predeceased her husband.

  4.   Savage, James. A Genealogical Dictionary of the First Settlers of New England: Showing Three Generations of Those Who Came Before May, 1692, on the Basis of Farmer's Register. (Boston: Little, Brown, and Co, 1860-1862)

    "TRACY, STEPHEN, Plymouth, came in the Ann, 1623, with w. Tryphosa (wh. he m. at Leyden, 2 Jan. 1621, when the Dutch rec. has the name Trifasa, and surname illegib.) and one ch. prob. Sarah, counted in the div. of lds. in the ensuing spr. for three heads, and in the div. of cattle 1627, ano. ch. Rebecca is count. had Ruth, Mary, and John, b. 1633; in 1645 was of Duxbury, and in 1650, or near that, went home in the early part of 1655 call. hims. of Great Yarmouth, by his will, made in London, of wh. John Winslow was made excor. names the five ch. to wh. he gives all his prop. so that we must presume the w. was d. Sarah m. George Partridge."

  6. Partridge, George Henry. Partridge Genealogy: Descendants of George Partridge of Duxbury, Massachusetts
  7. Great Migration Begins
  8. Ferris, Mary Felton. Dawes - Gates Ancestral Lines
  9. Wakefield, TAG 51:71-73, 242
  10. Ferris, supra
  11. Mayflower Descendants 10:143

The Anne and The Little James (1623)
The Anne and the Little James left England together, and arrived a week or so apart in Plymouth. Most of the passengers were probably on the Anne, as the Little James was smaller and carried mostly cargo.
Sailed: May(?) 1623 from an unspecified port in England under William Peirce (Master Anne), Emanuel Althan (Captain Little James), and John Bridges (Master Little James).
Arrived: 10 July 1623 (the Anne) and about 10 days later (the Little James) at Plymouth, Massachusetts
Previous Vessel: Weston's ships (Swan, Charity, Sparrow) (1622)
Next Vessel: Jonathan (1623)

~60 (Full List)
Families of earlier immigrants: Patience and Fear Brewster - Elizabeth (Walker) Warren and daughters - Hester (Mathieu) Cooke and her children - Bridget (Lee) Fuller - Margaret Hicks and her children - Wife and daughter of William Hilton - Frances Palmer - Joshua Pratt - Barbara Standish
Other Passengers: Anthony Annable (and family) - Edward Bangs - Robert Bartlett - Mary Bucket - William Bridges - Thomas Clark - Christopher Conant - Anthony Dix - John Faunce - George Morton (and family) - Godbert Godbertson (and family) - Timothy Hatherly - Edward Holman - John Jenney (and family) - Manasseh Kempton - Experience Mitchell - George Morton (and family) - Ellen Newton - Oldham, John, his wife and sister - Christian Penn - Abraham Pierce - Nicholas Snow - Alice (Carpenter) Southworth - Francis Sprague - Stephen Tracy, wife, and daughter - Ralph Wallen

Resources: Primary Sources: Bradford's History of Plymouth Plantation - Mourt's Relation - Pilgrim Hall (wills and other contemporary documents)