John Joseph Treacy (1872-1935) of New Jersey, Judge, public utilities commissioner and legislator



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March 14 1935 The Pauw Wow (St. Peter's College, Jersey City, N. J.) page 3

Noted Alumnus Dies

John J. Treacy, '91

John J. Treacy, one of the oldest alumni of St. Peter's' College and one of the most famous, passed away on February 2G. During the tumultuous period of political reorganization in Jersey City about the beginning of the twentieth century, Mr. Treacy was an outstanding figure in the powerful group that battled successfully for clean and decent politics. Mayor Mark Fagan and Governor Woodrow Wilson frequently sought his advice, for his authority on municipal and corporation law was universally reognized thoughout the State, and his honesty and sincerity were never once questioned

Mr. Treacy was born sixty years ago in lower Jersey City, and received his early education in St. Bridget's Parochial School and St. Peter's High School. In 189l he graduated from St. Peter's college, three years later receiving a Bachelor of Laws degree from New York Law School.

Soon after being admitted to the New York Bar the young lawyer entered a New York law firm where he served his clerkship with the late Dwight W Morrow. In 1901 h e became a member of the New Jersey Bar and immediately began an active career in New Jersey politics. He was elected to the House of Assembly in 1902 and 1903, being Democratic leader in the latter year. A close friend of Governor Wilson, he was appointed Jay Judge of the Court of Errors and Appeals in 1911, resigning that position in 1913 to become a member of the Public Utility Commission for two terms, serving as chairman of the board for one term.

During the happy years before his death former Judge Treacy was associatecl with John Milton, aide of Mayor Hague, and later with his brother Benjamin. His passing marked the close of a career that throughout the years stood for that peculiar paradox, idealism in public life. Never once was the character of John J. Treacy brought into debate. He was a man of whom St. Peter's can justly be proud.


March 14 1935 The Pauw Wow (St. Peter's College, Jersey City, N. J.) page 2

The Pauw Wow, St. Peter‘s College, Jersey City, N. J.. March 14, 1935

In the ranks of death

The Pauw Wow takes this opportunity to express its sympathy to the friends and relatives of the late Judge John J. Treacy, who passed away two weeks ago. Here was the oldest living graduate of St. Peter’s College; one of the links in the chain that binds the old College to the new; one of the truest sons of St. Peter's.

Judge Treacy had the spirit that made the Jersey college of old a memorable and a glorious school. He had the true spirit of leadership that St. Peter's alumni exhibit. A civic leader, a good Catholic, one of our great was Judge Treacy.

To say that we at the college feel his loss is to minimize the sorrow that every true Petrean has when he notes the gradual thinning of the ranks, the passing of the men who made tradition at the college and lived that tradition after they had left.

St. Peter’s hopes that all her alumni will keep this spirit in their lives "from the morning watch even until night". We expect the younger element that is now in the process of character-building to remain true to the tradition made and kept by Judge Treacy and men of his greatness.


27 Feb 1935 Asbury Park Press (Asbury Park, New Jersey)

John Treacy Dies; Judge, Legislator

Public Utilities Commissioner, Friend of Wilson Dies in Jersey City.

Law Expert Succumbs To Indigestion Attack

Jersey City, Feb. 27. (AP) John J. Treacy, former Jurist, public utilities commissioner and legislator and an expert on corporation law, was dead today, victim of an attack of acute indigestion.

The lawyer, a friend of the late Woodrow Wilson and of many other prominent men whom he outlived, succumbed at his home last night. His wife, Ann, and his three daughters, Marie, Dorothy and Ann, were at his bedside when he died.

His death interrupted a vacation trip to the West Indies with Mrs. Treacy. The couple had planned to sail today.

Treacy, past the 60-year mark in age, was born here and was graduated from St. Peter's college in 1891 and from New York law school three years later. He served his clerkship in tha office of the late Dwight W. Morrow and in 1901 was admitted to the New Jersey bar.

The following year he was elected to the state assembly and was reelected in 1903, serving then as Democratic minority leader.

Wilson, then governor, appointed Treacy to the court of errors and appeals in 1911, but he sat on the bench only one year before resigning. The late Gov. James F. Fielder appointed him to the public utilities commission In 1914 and thru part of his term he served as chairman.

Returning to private practlce, he first joined John Milton, aide of Mayor Frank Hague, in law partnership and later formed a partnership with his brother, Benjamin.

Funeral arrangements have not been completed.


1916 The New Jersey Lawyers' Diary and Bar Directory

Benjamin Treacy (Treacy & Milton), June 07, 15 Exchange PL J City

John J Treacy (Treacy & Milton), June 07, 15 Exchange PL J City





1880 Census - 40 1st Dist of Monroe, Orange, New York

Patrick Tracy, head, 44, b. Ireland, RR trackman

Bridget Tracy, wife, 36, b. Ireland, house keeping

John Tracy, son, 8, b. New Jersey

Elen Tracy, daughter, 4, b. New Jersey

Mary Tracy, daughter, 2, b. New York


1900 Census - 400 2nd Street, ED 109 Precinct 2 Jersey City Ward 5, Hudson, New Jersey

Patrick Tracy, head, 55, b. Mch 1845 Ireland, emigrated 1870 Na, day labourer,

Bridget Tracy, wife, 45, b. May 1855 Ireland, married 26 years, 10 children 6 alive, emigrated 1875,

Jno J Tracy, son, 24, b. Feb 1876 New Jersey, Counselar Law,

Ellen M Tracy, daughter, 22, b. May 1878 New Jersey, saleswoman

Mary E Tracy, daughter, 20, b. Feb 1880 New York,

Benjamin Tracy, son, 18, b. Apl 1882 New Jersey, typewriter,

Edward F Tracy, son, 14, b. May 1886 New Jersey, at school

Catherine A Tracy, daughter, 9, b. Mch 1891 New Jersey, at school


12 Sep 1902 The Jersey City news. (Jersey City, NJ)

Patrick J. Treacy Dead.

He Was the Father of Assemblyman Treaoy.

Patrick J. Treacy, 51 years old, of No. 400 Second street, father of Assemblyman John J. Treacy, died last even ing at his late residence, after a lingering illness. He is survived by his widow as well ns his son.

His funeral will take place Monday morning from St. Bridget’s R. C. Church, where a solemn high mass will be celebrated.


12 Sep 1902 The Jersey City news. (Jersey City, NJ)

Treacy. — On Thursday, Sept. 11, Patrick B., beloved husband of Bridget and father of John J. Treacey.

Relatives and friends are respectfully invited to attend his funeral from his late residence. Xo. 400 Second street, on Monday, Sept. 15. from thence to St. Bridget’s It. C. Church, where a solemn high mass will be offered up for the happy reposo of his soul.


1905 Census - 657 Jersey Avenue, Hudson, New Jersey

Bridget Tracey, widow, 49, b. Dec 1855 Ireland,

John J Tracey, 33, b. June 1871 New Jersey, lawyer

Benjamin P Tracey, 22, b. Bov 1882 New Jersey, law student

Edward F Tracey, 18, b. Aug 1886 New Jersey, law student

Elizabeth M Tracey, 19, b. July 1885 New Jersey

Catherine A Tracey, 13, b. Feb 1892 New Jersey, at school


1910 Census - 657 Jersey Avenue, Jersey City Ward 3, Hudson, New Jersey

Bridget Treacy, head, 58, widow, 6 children 6 alive, b. Ireland, emigrated 1868

John J Treacy, son, 37, b. New Jersey, Lawyer general practice, emp,

Benjamin Treacy, son, 27, b. New Jersey, Lawyer general practice

Elizabeth Tracy, daughter, 25, b. New Jersey,

Edward Treacy, son, 23, b. New Jersey,

Catherine Treacy, daughter, 18, b. New Jersey,


31 Mar 1910 The New York Times (New York, New York)

Ex-Assemblyman Treacey a Bridegroom

Ex-Assemblyman John J. Treacey and Miss Anna Beggans, daughter of President John Beggans of the New Jersey Policemen's Mutual Aid and Protective Association, were married yesterday afternoon in St. Joseph's Roman Catholic Church. Baldwin and Pavonla Avenues Jersey City. Mr. Treacey is a lawyer, and the President of the Mercantile Trust Company.


1920 Census - 657 Jersey Avenue, Hudson, New Jersey

Bridget Treacy, head, 65, widow, emigrated 1874, Na, b. Ireland

Catherine Treacy, daughter, 24, b. New Jersey, cashier steamship corp

Henry J Murphy, son in law, 35, b. New York, foreman post office

Elizabeth Murphy, daughter, 33, b. New Jersey

John Murphy, grandchild, 5, b. New York

Henry Murphy, grandchild, 2, b. New York


1930 Census - 657 Jersey Ave, Hudson, New Jersey

Bridget Treacy, head, 75, widow, emigrated 1892, Na, b. Irish Free State

Catherine Treacy, daughter, 35, b. New Jersey, clerk City Hall

Henry J Murphy, son in law, 46, b. New York, clerk post office

Elizabeth Murphy, daughter, 45, b. New York

John Murphy, grandson, 15, b. New York

Harry Murphy, grandson, 12, b. New York


1940 Census - 657 Jersey Av, Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey

Catherine Treacy, head, 45, single, b. New Jersey, clerk Ruslang? Syd?

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Harry Murphy, head, 22, b. New York, Clerk Loan Co

Elizabeth Murphy, mother, 60, widow, b. New York

John Murphy, brother, 25, b. New York, law clerk law office


John Joseph Treacy


Dorthy Treacy Merrey died 8 Dec 1996 Nursing Home Berlin Washington Vermont, b. 17 Sep 1913 Jersey Nj (d. of John J Treacy & Ann Beqqins)


Anne Elizabeth Treacy, single, 21, b. 1921 Jersey City NJ (d. of John Joseph Treacy & Anne Marie Beggans of Jersey City NJ) married Alan Oscar Hickok, single, US Army, 22, b. 1920 Rochester NY, (s. of Stephan Rae Hickok & H Justine Tiffany of 185 Dorchester Rd Rochester NY) 14 Aug 1942 Richmond, , Virginia, United States


1920 Census - 100 Gifford Ave, Hudson, New Jersey

John Treacy, head, 45, b. New Jersey, parents born Ireland, lawyer office

Anna Treacy, wife, 23, b. New Jersey, father born Ireland mother born New York,

Dorothy Treacy, 6, b. New Jersey,

Maria Treacy, daughter, 7, b. New Jersey,

Amelia Lamonshki, maid, 26, single, emigrated 1912, Al, b. Poland, maid house


Ile de France, Le Havre 15 April 1923 to New York 21 April 1923

John J Treacy, 58, married, Jersey City New Jersey 16 June 1872 Passport 346343, 100 Gifford Ave Jersey City New Jersey

Anna B. Treacy, 42, married, Jersey City New Jersey 8 Nov 1888 Passport 346343


1930 Census - 100 Giofford Avenue, Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey

John J Treacy, head, 57, b. New Jersey, parents born Northern Ireland, lawyer law office

Anna B Treacy, wife, 42, b. New Jersey,  father born Northern Ireland mother born New York,

Maria V Treacy, daughter, 18, b. New Jersey,

Dorothy A Treacy, daughter, 16, b. New Jersey,

Ann E Treacy, sister, 9, b. New Jersey,

Margaret Gerraty, border, 22, b. Northern Ireland, emigrated 1926, Al, servant private family

Anne Jamison, border, 28, b. Northern Ireland, emigrated 1929, servant private family



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Anne Treacy Canavan


November 10, 2013


Anne Treacy Canavan, 92, passed away on November 10, 2013 in Fort Myers, Florida. "Treacy", as she was known to her friends since high school ("Anne", to those in the Shell Point community), was born Anne Elizabeth Treacy in Jersey City, New Jersey to Anne Elizabeth Beggans and Judge John Joseph Treacy. She was pre-deceased by her two sisters: Marie Galway of Glen Rock, NJ, and Dorothy Merrey of Ridgewood, NJ.


Treacy is survived by her sons Alan R. Hickok (Sheila), Rochester, NY and Stephen R. Hickok (Andrea), Dunedin, FL; daughter Treacy H. Malloy (Jim), Richmond, CA; stepsons C. Robert Canavan (Jaye), Tarpon Springs, FL and James Canavan (Teresa), Safety Harbor, FL; stepdaughter Lynn M. Canavan, Safety Harbor, FL; two nephews, Tony Merrey (Sheryl), Roswell, GA, Drew Galway, NY, NY; two nieces, Marianne Galway, NY, NY, Ellen Owen (John), New Rochelle, NY; two granddaughters, Marla Shannon (Patrick), Rochester, NY and Cristina Carey (Matthew), Rochester, NY; two great-granddaughters, Madison and Emilia Carey, Rochester, NY; and numerous other step-grandchildren and step-great-grandchildren.


The youngest of three girls, Treacy attended Dwight School (NY, NY) and Smith College (Northampton, MA) before becoming the wartime bride of Alan O. Hickok (Rochester, NY) during World War II. She later became the well beloved wife of Robert M. Canavan (Lewiston and Rochester, NY, and Sanibel, FL). Described by some as a graceful, fashionable society beauty, Treacy's singing and song writing, dancing, and sometimes wicked sense of humor earned her many creative and interesting friends wherever she went. She was always surrounded by music, and was a patron of the arts. In Rochester, NY, where she lived for over 40 years, she served in the Junior League, the Rochester Art Gallery and as an organizer and fundraiser for the Twigs (on behalf of Rochester General Hospital) and other community service groups. She continued many of these activities when she and Bob Canavan built their home on Sanibel Island, FL. Throughout her adult years, she also maintained a summer home on the Lake of Bays in Ontario, Canada, where she spent many happy summers with her friends, family and extended family. Throughout her life, however, she thought of herself as a "city kid" and loved returning to New York City and visiting other great cities around the world. Treacy was an avid hiker, swimmer, skier, water skier, boater, golf and tennis player, reader, songwriter, and world traveler who reveled in life. She had a strength and spirit that will be sorely missed by those who knew her.


A private family gathering will be held in the summer. In lieu of flowers, please send donations to Hope Hospice at Shell Point, C/O The Legacy Foundation at Shell Point, 15010 Shell Point Blvd., Fort Myers, FL 33908 (239-466-8484)





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Benjamin Treacy & Nora Farmer

Monica Treacy b. 9/24 Nov 1914 Saint Patrick, Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey mrried Joseph Donnelly 22 Jun 1939 Saint Patrick-Catholic, Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey


9/12/1918 Draft

Benjamin Treacy of 96 Arlington Ave, Jersey City, NJ, 37 years, b. 20 Nov 1880, lawyer Treacy & Milton 15 Exchange Place J.C., wife Nora F. Treacy, medium height, medium build, brown eyes, black hair


1920 Census - 96 Arbington Avenue, Hudson, New Jersey

Benjamin Treacy, head, 33, b. New Jersey, married, parents born Ireland, lawyer Corporation,

Nora Treacy, wife, 28, b. New Jersey, married, parents born Ireland,

Finan, Treacy, daughter, 6, b. New Jersey

Monica Treacy, daughter, 5, b. New Jersey,

Patricia Treacy, daughter, 2, b. New Jersey,

Joan Treacy, daughter, 0, b. New Jersey

Anna Farmer, sister-in-law, 21, b. New Jersey, single, parents born Ireland


1930 Census - 96 Arbington, Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey

Benjamin Tracy, Head, 47, b. New Jersey, married at 31, conncellar law office

Nora Tracy, Wife, 38, b. New Jersey, married at 22,

Finan Tracy, Daughter, 16, b. New Jersey

Monita Tracy, Daughter, 15, b. New Jersey

Patricia Tracy, Daughter, 12, b. New Jersey

Joan Tracy, Daughter, 10, b. New Jersey

Ann Fanner, Aunt, 30, b. New Jersey


1940 Census - 630/167 Bergen Avenue, Jersey City, Hudson, New Jersey

Nora Treacy, Head, 50, b. New Jersey, widow, house keeper at home

Finan Treacy, Daughter, 25, b. New Jersey, judex clerk W.P.A. record dept

Patricia Treacy, Daughter, 21, b. New Jersey, technician telephone ?

Joan Treacy, Daughter, 19, b. New Jersey, stenographer New Yorker



Monica Treacy Donnelly died 20 Oct 2008 New Jersey, born 1914 Jersey City

Paul D Donnelly, Son

James Donnelly, son

Peter J Donnelly, son

Ann Malinowski, daughter

Pat Donnelly Martinez, Daughter

Mary Donnelly, Daughter

Monica Moffitt, Daughter

Kate Donnelly, Daughter

Patricia Mellen, Sister

Monica Treacy Donnelly, of Jersey City, NJ on Monday, October 20, 2008. Beloved Wife of the late Dr. Joseph P. Donnelly. Devoted Mother of Dr. Peter J. Donnelly and his wife Christine Agir, Paul Donnelly and his Mary, Ann Malinowski and her husband Joseph, Pat Donnelly Martinez and her husband Arturo, James Donnelly and his wife Lenore Levine, Mary Donnelly and her husband Robert M. Gault, Monica Moffitt and her late husband Peter Moffitt, and Kate Donnelly and her husband Michael Livolsi. Dear Sister of Patricia Treacy Mellen and the late Joan Treacy Dodd and Finan Treacy Lynch. Loving Grandmother of Angelo Serrano, David, Joseph and Andrew Donnelly, Elizabeth Cena, Monica and Sarah Malinowski, Nora and Peter Martinez, Sarah, Laura, and Matthew Gault, and Benjamin and Kate Donnelly. Great-grandmother of Christopher and Treacy Cena. Relatives and friends are invited to attend the funeral from MCLAUGHLIN FUNERAL HOME, 625 Pavonia Ave., J.C., NJ 07306 on Thursday, Oct. 23rd at 10:00AM. Funeral Mass Our Lady of Czestochowa Church, Jersey City, at 11:00AM. Interment Holy Name Cem.. Visitation: Wednesday from 3 - 7:30 PM. Parking Opposite Funeral Home





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Patricia A. Treacy Mellen


Patricia A. Mellen, 91 of Milan, passed away Wednesday afternoon, May 27, 2009 at the Providence Care Center, Sandusky.
She was born November 17, 1917 in the Greenville section of Jersey City, NJ to the late Nora J. (Farmer) & Benjamin P. Treacy. Patricia was a graduate of Sacred Heart grammar school and the Academy of St Aloysius in Jersey City and attended the Notre Dame College of Staten Island, NY. She had worked as a Medical Lab Technician at Norwalk General Hospital, Norwalk, CT. While in Norwalk, Patricia met her husband, Dr. John R. Mellen. On November 7, 1942 they were married in Our Lady Chapel, at St. Patrick Cathedral, NYC. They later settled in Milan where they operated a medical practice until their retirement in 1985. Dr. Mellen preceded her in death on May 16, 2001.
Patricia was a devoted wife, mother and grandmother and a member of St. Anthony Catholic Church, Milan.
She is survived by her daughters, Patricia Anne Mellen of Huron, Mary Monica (Bernard) Granger of Marion, OH; sons, John Robert Mellen, Jr. of Sandusky, Michael Andrew (Nicola) Mellen of Harrowgate, England, Joseph Patrick (Mary Catherine) Mellen of Cincinnati, Mark Anthony Mellen of Toledo, Peter James Mellen of Savannah, GA, and Timothy Paul Mellen of Huron; grandchildren, Jennifer, Patrick & James Mellen, Travis, Maggie & Alison Granger, Brendan, Michael, Lily Anna, & Elliot Mellen; and great grandson, Andrew Mellen-Smolek.
She was preceded in death by her sisters, Finan Lynch, Monica Donnelly and Joan Dodd.
Friends may call 4:00-6:00 p.m., Sunday, May 31, 2009, in the Groff Funeral Home, Milan Chapel, One South Main St., Milan. Prayers will be recited 10:00 a.m., Monday at the funeral home, followed by a 10:30 a.m. Mass of Christian Burial at St Anthony's Catholic Church, Main Street, Milan. Burial will be in St Anthony's Catholic Cemetery at a later date.
Memorial contributions may be made to St. Anthony's Catholic Church, 46 Main Street, Milan OH 44846.
Condolences may be shared with the family at www.grofffuneralhomes.com



Patricia Ann Treacy Mellen

She was born Nov. 17, 1917, in the Greenville section of Jersey City, N.J., daughter of the late Nora J. (Farmer) and Benjamin P. Treacy.







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