Very Rev John J Tracy, Ph.D. (1868 - 1923) Catholic Educationist




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June 14, 1923 Big Timber Pioneer



June 13, 1923 The Prospector,



John J Tracy was born in May 1868 Kilruane, Cloughjordan Parish, Co. Tipperary, the eldest son of John Tracey & Anne Costello. His father worked as a carpenter on the Beechwood estate. After the death of his mother, his father emigrated to New York in 1879/1880 with his six children.


The Rev. Dr. Tracy has had a remarkable career as an educator. After his graduation from Manhattan College, New York, and from Harvard university, he spent two years in France, where he was professor of English at the College of St. Etienne, Savoy. For 15 years he was principal of the Cathedral high school, Providence, R. I., while Arch bishop Dowling of St. Paul was pastor of the parish. He was also vice president of Manhattan college, New York, and inspector of schools of that district. Feeling himself called to the priesthood, and at the same time wishing to continue his educational work, he applied to Bishop Carroll of Helena, who was at that time just building his college. Having finished his theological studies at St. John's university, Minnesota, and at Mt. St. Charles college, he was ordained to the priesthood by Bishop Carroll in the college chapel, June 18, 1914. His rise in his chosen work was rapid. In June. 1917, he was appointed vice president of the college and supervisor of teaching and of studies. In 1918, he was appointed diocesan superintendent of schools and was elected president of the Catholic Educational association of the diocese. In May 1919 he was initiated into the Fourth Degree of the Knights of Columbus. In August 1919, he was promoted to the Presidency of Mount St. Charles. In February 1921, he was appointed Superintendent of Schools of the Diocese of Helena.


He died 6 Jun 1923 13 miles SW of Helena Montana in an automobile accident.



June 01, 1919 The Prospector,

August 25, 1919 Great Falls Daily Tribune

August 26, 1919 Great Falls Daily Tribune

March 01, 1921 The Prospector

June 13, 1923 The Prospector

June 14, 1923 Big Timber Pioneer


John Tracey, of Beechwood [between Killylaughnane and  Ballymagree, Kilruane in Tithes], married Anne Castello of Curravolla  [Corravally Ardcrony]  Wit: Cornelius Cleary of Carrickaneagh [Kilruane] & Margaret Ryan of Dernaslyn [Derrynasling Ardcrony] 12 Feb 1866 Cloughjordan Parish.

John Tracey, 32, bachelor, carpenter, lives Beechwood (s. of James Tracey, farmer) married Anne Costelloe, 26, spinster, farmers daughter, lives Curravilla (d. of Martin Costello, farmer) 11 February 1866 RC Graunorish Wit: Cornelius Cleary & Margaret Egan [Cloughjordan Borrisokane PLU] signed John Treasy & Anna Costaqes

John Trassey/Tracey & Anne Costello

Bridget Trassey b. 17 Mar 1867 of Kyle [Ardcrony] Sp. Jas Trassey & Bridget Trassey of Kyle. Cloughjordan Parish (16 Mar 1867 LDS)

John Tracey b. 12 May 1868 of Kilruane [Kilruane] Sp Brian Tracey & Anne Tracey. Cloughjordan Parish (LDS)

Martin Trassy b. 18 Jul 1869 of Corbally [Corravally Ardcrony] Sp Michael Costello & mother Cloughjordan Parish. (2 August 1869 LDS)

Michael Trassy b. 17 Nov 1870 of Beechwoor Sp. Dan Tracey & Cony? Tracey Cloughjordan Parish. (note: v. [vide=see] 18 Jul 1869)

Bernard Tracey b. 15 Aug 1872 of Beechamid? Sp. John Costello & Margaret Costello. Cloughjordan Parish. (John b. (15 September 1872 LDS)

William Treacey b. 15 June 1874 of Beechwood  Sp. Martin Costello & Hanora Costello of Ardchroney. Cloughjordan Parish (14 June 1874 (LDS)

John Treacey/Treacy/Treasy, carpenter, & Annie/Anne Costolo/Costello

Bridget Treacey b. 16 Mar 1867 of Kyle Ardcrony. John Treacey, father, Kyle [Cloughjordan Borrisokane PLU]

John Treacey b. 12 May 1868 of Kyle Ardcronny. John Tresey, father, Kyle [Cloughjordan Borrisokane PLU]

Martin Treacy b. 2 Aug 1869 Kyle Ardcrony. John Treacy, father, Kyle [Cloghjordan Borrisokane PLU]

Michael Treasy b. 15 Dec 1870 Graigue Ardcrony. John Treasy, father, Graigue [Cloughjordan Borrisokane PLU] [registered 1870]


14 June 1879 (NG) Nenagh Petty Sessions

The case of Sir Charles C. Osbourne, Bart, against John Tracey, carpenter, of Beechwood Estate. Had been employed at 18s. a week, with the house and previously two acres. Declined to work any longer and promised to give up possession in April but still refused in May. In 1869, he gave up the land to Sir William but was left in the house until he could pay rent for the land. Said he was a tenant to Sir Charles but paid neither rent, cess or poor-rate. Magistrates ordered possession.


1880 Census - Syracuse, Onondaga, New York

John Tracy                   Self         M            42       Ireland, carpenter, widower

Bridget Tracy              Dau         F             13       Ireland

John Tracy                   Son         M            12       Ireland

Martin Tracy                Son         M            10       Ireland

Michael Tracy              Son         M            8       Ireland

Bernard Tracy             Son         M            7       Ireland

William Tracy              Son         M            6       Ireland


1910 Census - [De La Salle Institute] 46, 48 & 50 Second Street Manhattan New York

John J Tracy, Head      M            43           Ireland, single, emigrated 1876, Na, teacher private school


1911 The Catholic Educational Review

John J. Tracy, Clason Point Military Academy, West Chester, New York City.


Rev J J Tracy [PhD], of 416 Erving, single, died 6 Jun 1923 13 miles SW of Helena Montana, auto accident, 55 years, Catholic priest Clergyman, b. 6 May 1868 Nenagh ireland (s. of John Tracy & Anna Costello)



Bernard Tracy (1872-)


1895 Census - Buchanan, Iowa

Fred S White                              M            36       NY

Emma B White                           F             27       NY

Nicholas Rider                            M            38      Germany


1900 Census - Perry Township Jesup town, Buchanan, Iowa

Fred S White               Head       M            43       b. Feb 1857 New York, farm labourer

Emma White               Wife       F             33       b. Mar 1867 New York, 11 years married, no children, father & mother born Ireland [Bridget?]

Bernard Tracy             Brother-in-law       M       28           b. Aug 1872 New York, farm labourer, father & mother born Ireland


Bernard Tracy, 28 or 29, b. 1872-3 Syracuse, N. Y. (s. of John Tracy & Anna Costello) married Sadie Moffet, 22, b. 1879 Independence Ia. (d. of Thomas Moffet & Bredget Dougherty) 14 Feb 1901 Independence Buchanan Iowa


1920 Census - Newark Ward 7, Essex, New Jersey

Bernard Tracy             Head       M            44       New York, father & mother born Ireland, married, bridgeworker construction Co

Emma White               Sister      F             52       New York, widow


Martin P. Tracey (1869-1940)


Martin P. Tracey, 30, lives Philadephia Pa, engineer, b. 1870 (s. of John Tracey & Anna Tracey) married Hannah J. Haag, 28, lives Declais Clearfield Co Pa b. 1872 (d. Martin Haag & Bridget Haag) 6 Jun 1900 Holy Trinity Parsonage Huntingdon, Pennsylvania


1900 Census - Logan Township Petersburg borough, Huntingdon, Pennsylvania

Martin Tracey              Boarder M            31       b. Jul 1869 Ireland, married 1 year, emigrated 1879, Na, Engineer S Shovel?


1910 Census - Nashwauk, Itasca, Minnesota

Martin Tracy                Head       M            40       Ireland, emigrated 1880, Na, engineer, steam shovel?

Hannah Tracy              Wife       F             27       Pennsylvania, married 10? years, no children

Elva Henry                  Lodger    F             20       Pennsylvania

Floyd Henry                Lodger    M            17       Pennsylvania

Martin Henry               Lodger    M            11       Pennsylvania


The Annual Report, Inspector of Mines, Itasca County, Minnesota

April 9th 1919. Steam Shovel Engineer. at 9 o'clock p.m., Martin Tracey, American, age 50 years. Nature of injury, cut in lower lip, knocked out two teeth and loosened others, Piece from air hammer which injured was using flew back and struck him in the face.


1920 Census- Nashwauk, Itasca, Minnesota

Martin Tracey              Head       M            50       Ireland, shovel engineer Iron Mine

Hannah Tracey            Wife       F             47       Pennsylvania, parents b. Germany

Leonard Manley          Lodger    M            26       Minnesota

Alof Swanson             Lodger    M            32       Sweden

Achille J Lemire          Lodger    M            23       Minnesota


1930 Census - Greenway, Itasca, Minnesota

Joseph K Young          Head       M            39       Michigan

Nina F Young             Wife       F             36       Michigan

Harry E Dwyer            Roomer   M            26       Minnesota

Martin P Tracey           Roomer   M            60       Irish Free State, emigrated 1880, Na, Shop Foreman, Iron mine,


Martin P. Tracy died 19 Jan 1940 Marble, Itasca, Minnesota, Spouse Hannah Jane, age 70, b. 1870 (the s. of John Tracy & Bridget Costello)




Last update: 25 February 2024