The Tracy family lighterage and tugboat companies operating in New York harbor between 1881 and 1983. Three brothers, John, Michael J. and Thomas Tracy, organized firstly the M & J Tracy Transportation company in 1881 and the Tracy Towing Line in 1917. John Tracy was also an organizer of the Maritime Association of the Port of New York. The Tracy family included sisters Catherine and Helen, who also sat on the board of the various companies the family created for their tugboat and towing business. The company was located at 1 Broadway in New York City with additional offices in Brooklyn.
Oct 1, 1931 The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York)
John Tracy, 76, Papal Knight, Dies in Hospital
Brooklyn Shipbuilder 50 Years Noted for Generous Charity Gifts
John Tracy of 105 8th Ave., president of the M. & J. Tracy Transportation Company, a Knight of St. Gregory and outstanding Catholic layman and philanthropist, died this morning at the Doctor's Hospital in Manhattan after an Illness of about a year.
He was taken to the hospital about three weeks ago from his home. He was 76 years old and lived In Brooklyn most of his life.
Mr. Tracy was born In Kingston. N. Y., where he and his brothers, the late Michael J. Tracy and the late Thomas Tracy, learned the shipbuilding and towing business. The Tracys came to New York City about 50 years ago and organized the transportation business.
About five years ago Thomas died, and Michael died two years ago. John Tracy was a member and one of the organizers of the Maritime Association of the Port of New York and for some time chairman of its dry dock committee. He was also a member of the Montauk Club, the Whitehall Club. Manhattan Club, Lido Club of Long Beach and the Catholic Club of New York.
Generous in Charity
He was very generous to charity Institutions, especially to hospitals and to institutions for the aged and the poor. When Mr. Tracy made the gifts he specifically stated that the Identity of the donor was not to be revealed.
When Columbus Council, Knights of Columbus was engaged In the work of building Its $2,000,000 clubhouse at the corner of Union St. and Prospect Park West, Mr. Tracy made substantial contributions to help the enterprise and since that time he has given generously to Its maintenance.
The new Catholic Diocesan Seminary at Huntington, L. I., received generous gifts in money to further Its development. The St. Vincent de Paul Society of St. Francis Xavier's Church. 6th Ave. and Carroll St. of which Mr. Tracy and his two brothers were active members, regularly received contributions to help its fund for the poor of the parish and many individual needy cases brought to the attention of the family were cared for at home or in hospitals.
Knight Last May
In recognition of the many gifts to Catholic charity and education Bishop Thomas E. Molloy last May recommended John Tracy to Pope Plus XI. who subsequently honored me Brooklyn man with the papal honors, making him a Knight of St. Gregory, and bestowing upon him a special blessing. The ceremonies of Induction into the knighthood were held simultaneously with the investing of the Right Rev. Monsignor David J. Hickey, rector of St . Francis Xaviers' Church, a lifelong friend of Mr. Tracy, prothonotary apostolic, at which Bishop Molloy presided.
Mr. Tracy was not married. He is survived by his two sisters, Miss Catherine Tracy and Miss Helen Tracy, who reside at the 8th Ave. residence.
Requiem Mass For John Tracy Next Monday
Noted Catholic Layman Dies in Doctors' Hospital
Funeral arrangements were being completed today for John Tracy, well known Brooklyn Catholic layman and head of the M. & J. Tracy Transportation Company, who died yesterday in Doctors' Hospital. Manhattan.
Mr. Tracy, who was seventy-six years old, had been ill for nearly a year. He was born in Kingston, N. Y. Fifty years ago he and his brothers, Michael J., and Thomas Tracy, organized the transportation company. A brother, Michael J., died two years ago and another brother, Thomas, died five years ago.
Mr. Tracy, who was a Knight of St. Gregory, was one of the organizers of the maritime Association of the Port of New York and was chairman of the association's dock committee. He had been long active in Brooklyn Catholic charities. He gave large donations to hospitals and institutions for the aged and poor. he assisted financially in the building of Columbus Council, K. of c., clubhouse and the Catholic Diocesan Seminary at Huntington.
He was made a Knight of St. Gregory last May in recognition of his gifts to catholic charities and education. He was invested with the insignia of his knighthood at a ceremony witnessed by more than 1,500 parishioners at the Church of St. Francis Xavier.
Mr. Tracy, who lived at 105 eighth avenue, is survived by two sisters, Catherine Tracy and Helen Tracy, with whom he lived.
The funeral probably will be held Monday morning with a solemn requiem mass at the Church of St. Francis Xavier, sixth avenue and Carroll street. The celebrant of the mass will be the pastor, the Rt. Rev. Mgr. David J. Hickey, who was invested with the rank of prothonotary apostolic at the time Mr. Tracy became Knight of St. Gregory.
November 8, 1927, The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn New York)
Shipping Man Dies
Michael J, Tracy, Shipbuilder, Dies At 8th Ave. Home
Stricken With Pneumonia Month Ago; Was Friend of St. Francis Xavier Church.
Michael Tracy, president of M. & J. Tracy, Inc.,. one of the most prominent shipbuilding firms In the East, died early yesterday morning at his home, 105 8th ave. He has been ill about a month and a week ago contracted pneumonia from which he died. At his bedside when the end came were his brothers, John Tracy and Thomas Tracy; two sisters, Katherine Tracy and Helen Tracy, and the Rt. Rev. Mons. David J. Hickey, rector of the Church of St. Francis Xavier, of which Mr. Tracy was a prominent member.
A solemn high mass of requiem will be held in the Church of St. Francis Xavier, 6th ave. and Carroll st., at 10 am tomorrow. The celebrant of the mass will be Monsignor Hickey. Mr. Tracy was deeply interested in the, affairs of St. Francis Xavier Church, particularly in the advancement of the young people's organizations, to which he contributed generously. Whenever the Xavier Lyceum, the Young Men's and Holy Name Society meeting place, needed funds Mr. Tracy came to its assistance. He watched the growth of St. Francis Xavier parochial school with intense interest and was-ready at all times to enlarge its religious and patriotic equipment.
Born in Kingston.
Mr. Tracy was born in Kingston, N. Y., and with his brother, John, came to this city at the age of 20.
The two young men entered the stevedoring business in Manhattan and developed it into one of the outstanding shipbuilding firms in the country. During the World War the firm supplied the Government with many boats and helped in many ways to facilitate the shipment of war material.
Several hundred coal barges and colliers make up the fleet of the Tracy business, whose main office has been in lower Broadway for many years. Mr. Tracy was a member of the Montauk Club, the Maritime Club, the Railroad Club of New York, the Transportation Club and the Catholic Club of New York.
8 Nov 1927 The Kingston Daily Freeman
Michael Tracy, president of M. & J. Tracy, Inc. stevedores at No. 1 Broadway New York City, died of pneumonia on Sunday at his home 105 8ight Avenue Brooklyn. He is survived by two brothers, John and Thomas Tracy and two sisters, the misses Katherine and Helen Tracy. Mr. Tracy was born in Kingston, and whem 20 years of age, he and his brother went to Brooklyn and started the firm which has become one of the largestest in the east.
He was a member of the Montauk Club, the Railroad Club of New York, the New York Board of Trade and Transportation and the Catholic Club of New York. A solemn high mass of requiem will be celebrated Wednesday morning at 9:30 o’clock in the Church of St. Francis Xavier, Sixth and Carroll streets, Brooklyn. Interment will be private.
Tracy Tug boats (Helen L. Tracy, Kathleen C. Tracy, M. & J. Tracy, Thomas Tracy, and William J. Tracy)
Helen L. Tracy
“I am contacting you with regard to the pictures of the first tug boat race in the New York harbor in the early ’50’s that you posted recently. My uncle, Vincent Lake, a long-time employee of the M & J Tracy Towing Line, was a captain on the William J. Tracy on the day of the race. As you probably know, the William J. Tracy was one of four new tugs acquired at that time by Tracy Towing, including her sisters, Kathleen Tracy, Thomas Tracy and Helen Tracy (all named for members of the Tracy family). These tugs were replacements for older units in the fleet. My Uncle Vincent always talked about this race and what an honor it was to be involved in it. I am glad the races have been given a new beginning. The races give the public an opportunity to see tugs in action in the harbor. Thank you. D.J. Lake”
William J. Tracy
Mary T. Tracy
Helen L. Tracy
The Tracy Mansion, 105 Eighth Ave, Brooklyn, New York
The home was completed for the Tracy Family in 1912 as their private residence. In the early 1900’s John Tracy and Michael Tracy retained Frank J. Helmle (1869-1939) to design his mansion in Park Slope, an area that rivaled Manhattan’s Upper East and West Sides for desirability among the upper class. The site picked for the home was at 105 8th Avenue, a tree lined thoroughfare where notable families of the time were vying with each other in the grandeur of their residences. Helme had gained much renown for designing many monumental bank buildings, the famed Bossert Hotel in Brooklyn Heights, the landmark Bush Tower in Manhattan, and the Venetian-style boathouse in Prospect Park. The Tracy Mansion, was his first residential building, and remains one of his most iconic buildings.
Michaelis Tracy & Ellenae Connery
Brigidam Tracy b. 25 Mar 1849 of Coolroe [Ardmore] Sp. Patritis Lucas & Margarita Tracy Aglish Parish Co. Waterford Ireland
1855 Census - 33 (wood house) E.D. 3, Kingston, Ulster, New York
Michael Tracy Head M 38 b. Ireland, 4 years resident, labourer, alien
Ellen Tracy Wife F 30 b. Ireland, 4 years resident, alien
Mike Tracy Son M 2y6m b. Ulster Cont
Ellen Tracy Daughter F 1 b. Ulster Cont
1855 Census - 34 (wood house) E.D. 3, Kingston, Ulster, New York
John Tracy Head M 40 b. Ireland, 19 years resident, quarryman, naturalised
Ellen Tracy Wife F 40 b. Ireland, 10 years resident, alien
Alice Tracy Daughter F 8 b. Ulster Cont
1860 Census - 967 Kingston, Ulster, New York
Michael Tracey M 38 Ireland, day laborer, $25 vlaue
Ellen Tracey F 32 Ireland
Michael Tracey M 8 New York, attends school
John Tracey M 5 New York
Thomas Tracey M 2 New York
Catharine Tracey F 0y8m New York
Redmond Lynch M 8 New York, attends school
1865 Census - District 06, Kingston, Ulster, New York
Michl Tracy Father M 50 b. Ireland, labourer, alien
Ellen Tracy Wife F 38 b. Ireland, 9 children, alien
Michl Tracy Son M 13 b. Ulster, Canal
Jno Tracy Son M 10 b. Ulster
Thos Tracy Son M 7 b. Ulster
Katie Tracy Daughter F 5 b. Ulster
Morris Tracy Son M 4 b. Ulster
Ellen Tracy Daughter F 2 b. Ulster
Thomas Murray Boarder M 5 b. Ulster
1870 Census - 671 The village of Rondout, Ulster, New York, United States
Ellen Tracy F 42 Ireland, keeping house
William Tracy M 19 Ireland, laborer
Michael Tracy M 16 New York, app to carpenter
John Tracy M 14 New York, driver on canal
Thomas Tracy M 12 New York, do [driver on canal]
Kate Tracy F 10 New York
Morris Tracy M 8 New York
Ellen Tracy F 6 New York
1875 Census - (frame house) Kingston, Ulster, New York
William Trecey Self M 25 b. Ireland, labourer Kingston
Michal Trecey Brother M 23 b. Ulster, boatman canall
John Tresey Brother M 21 b. Ulster, boatman, canall
Thomas Tresey Brother M 19 b. Ulster
Cathrine Tresey Sister F 16 b. Ulster
Maris Tresey Brother M 14 b. Ulster
Ellen Tresey Sister F 12
1880 Census - Third ward, Kingston, Ulster, New York, United States
William Tracy Self M 28 Ireland, boatmen
Michael Tracy Brother M 25 Ireland, boatmen
John Tracy Brother M 23 Ireland, boatmen
Thomas Tracy Brother M 21 Ireland
Morris Tracy Brother M 18 New York, United States
Cathrine Tracy Sister F 19 New York, United States
Ella Tracy Sister F 16 New York, United States
1900 Census - 493 4th Street, Borough of Brooklyn, Election District 5 New York City Ward 22, Kings, New York
Michael Tracy Head M 47 b. July 1853 New York, parents b. Ireland, Lighterage
John Tracy Brother M 43 b. Aug 1857 New York, parents b. Ireland, Lighterage
Maurice Tracy Brother M 28 b. July 1872 New York, parents b. Ireland, Lighterage
Kate Tracy Sister F 25 b. Apl 1875 New York, parents b. Ireland
Nellie Tracy Sister F 22 b. Mch 1878 New York, parents b. Ireland
Annie Byrne Servant F 22 b. May 1878 Ireland
1905 Census - 827 Carroll St, Brooklyn, Kings, New York
Michael Tracy Head M 45y United States, stevedore lighteage Emp
John Tracy Brother M 43y United States, stevedore lighteage Emp
Morris Tracy Brother M 38y United States, stevedore lighteage Emp
Catherine Tracy Sister F 34y United States, housework
Ellen Tracy Sister F 28y United States, hosework
1910 Census - 829 Carroll Brooklyn Ward 22, Kings, New York
Michael Tracy Head M 50 New York, parents born Ireland, transporation Lighterage Emp
John Tracy Brother M 47 New York, parents born Ireland, transporation Lighterage Emp
Catherine Tracy Sister F 39 New York, parents born Ireland,
Maurice Tracy Brother M 37 New York, parents born Ireland, transporation Lighterage W
Nellie Tracy Sister F 34 New York, parents born Ireland,
Annie Mc Grath Servant F 26 Ireland, parents born Ireland, emigrated 1901
Mary Mc Grath Servant F 22 Ireland, parents born Ireland,
1 Feb 1916 The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York)
Tracys May Buy Large Block Of Stockhn Brooklyn Club
Michael and John Tracy, composing the firm of M. & J. Tracy, lightermen, With offices at 1 Broadway, Manhattan, and residents of the Twelfth Assembly District of Brooklyn for many years may buy a substantial block of stock in the Brooklyn National league Baseball Club, to give it its full title. They already own a small allotment of the preferred stock, and stand ready to increase their holdings if Charles H. Ebbets, Edward J. McKeever and Steven W. McKeever wish to dispose of more...John Tracy, who lives at 827 Carroll street, Brooklyn...
1920 Census - 105 Eight Avenue, Brooklyn Assembly District 10, Kings, New York
Michael Tracy Head M 61 New York, parents born Ireland, contractor Ship Building Em
John Tracy Brother M 58 New York, parents born Ireland, partner Ship Building Em
Morrice Tracy Brother M 51 New York, parents born Ireland, Superintendant Ship Building W
Catherine A Tracy Sister F 48 New York, parents born Ireland,
Helen Tracy Sister F 46 New York, parents born Ireland,
Margaret Aiken Servant F 53 Scotland, parents born Scotland, emigrated 1884, Alien, cook private family
Margaret Garvey Servant F 24 Ireland, parents born Ireland, emigrated 1910, Alien, chamber maid private family
Maurice Tracy died 15 Apr 1920 105 Eighth Ave Brooklyn Kings New York, Age 52, Single, b. 1868 U.S. (s. of Michael Tracy & Helen Connery both born Ireland), buried 19 Apr 1920 St Mary's Cem Kingston, N.Y.
April 17 1920 The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York)
April 18, 1920 The Sun and the New York herald (NY)
TRACY - On Thursday, April 15, 1920. Maurice Tracy, at his residence. 105 8th av., Brooklyn, N.Y. Solemn requiem mass at St. Francis Xavier Church, 6th av. and Carroll st. Brooklyn, N.Y.. at 9 A.M., on Monday, April 19. Interment at Kingston, N. Y. Please omit flowers.
Michael Tracy died 6 Nov 1927 Brooklyn Kings New York, Age 75, Single, Transportation (marine), b. 15 Jul 1852 New York, (s. of Michael Tracy & Helen Conroy both born Ireland), buried 9 Nov 1927 St. Mary's Cem. Burial Place Kingston, N.Y.
December 2, 1927 The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York)
Michael Tracy's Will Giyes All To Brother John
Other Members of Family Not Named by Millionaire Founder' of Shipbuilding Firm.
Michael Tracy, millionaire shipbuilder, has left his entire estate to his brother, John Tracy of 105 8th ave., and named him executor of his will, according to the terms of his will, filed today with Surrogate Wingate.
Although the petition for probate estimates the value of the estate at "more than $20,000" in real and personal property, it is known to be worth considerably more. Henry Balrd, attorney for the estate, refused today to discuss the will.
At the office of Mr. Tracy's firm, the M. & J. Tracy Company, Inc., 1 Broadway, Manhattan, one who said he was qualified to talk for John Tracy, said: "We haven't had a chance yet to estimate the value of the estate."
Mr. Tracy came here from Kingston, N. Y., when he was 20. With him came his brother, John, and together they organized the firm that today Is one of the largest of its kind In the country.
Mr. Tracy died Nov. 6 at his home on 8th ave. The brother and sisters who are not named in the will are Thomas Tracy of 210 8th ave.. and the Misses Helen and Katherine Tracy, both of 105 8th ave. The will Is dated Jan. 2, 1908.
1930 Census - 105 8 Ave Brooklyn (Districts 1251-1500), Kings, New York
John Tracy Head M 69 New York, parents born Irish free State, proprietor transporation
Katherine Tracy Sister F 57 New York, parents born Irish free State
Helen Tracy Sister F 54 New York, parents born Irish free State
Mary Carroll Maid F 34 Ireland, parents born Irish free State, emigrated 1916, Pa, maid private family
Julia Murphy Maid F 26 Ireland, parents born Irish free State, emigrated 1923, Pa, maid private family
John Tracy, of 105 Eighth Ave Brooklyn, died 1 Oct 1931 Manhattan New York, New York, United States, Age 69, Single, Occupation Transportation--tug boats, b. 13 Aug 1862 USA, (s. of Mitchell Tracy & Ellen Couran both b. Ireland), Buried 5 Oct 1931 St. Mary's Kingston, N.Y.
1940 Census - 105 8 Ave Brooklyn (Districts 1251-1500), Kings, New York
Helen Tracy Sister F 67 New York
Julia Murphy Maid F 38 Eire, servant private house
Katherine A. Tracy died 2 Mar 1940 105 8th Ave. Brooklyn Kings New York, Age 70, Single. Housework, b. 1870 U.S.A. (d. of Michall Tracy & Ellen Connery both born Ireland), buried 5 Mar 1940 St. Mary's Cem Kingston, N.Y.
Jun 17, 1940 The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York)
Katherine A. Tracy, who died on march 2 in her home at 105 8th Ave., left approximately $350,000 to charity and $345,000 in specific money bequests to relatives and friends, including $100,000 to the Roman Catholic Diocese of Brooklyn, according to her will, filed for probate today in Brooklyn Surrogate's Court. The petition accompanying the will estimated the estate at more than $27,000 in real property and more than $20,000 in personal property
Bequests included $105,000 to various employes including those of M. & J. Tracy, Inc., transportation company, of 1 Broadway, Manhattan, and in which Miss Tracy held an interest.
Relative Left Bequests
A nephew, William J. Tracy of 1148 5th Ave., Manhattan, Is left $50,000; his wife, Katherine, $10,000 and their children, Ann Marie and William Jr., receive $25,000 each.
Three nieces, Helen L. and Cathleen Tracy of 216 8th Ave., and Marie Murphy of 7901 4th Ave., are bequeathed $50,000 each. A sister-in-law, Kate Tracy, of 114 Mersereau Ave., Staten Island, receives $10,000, plus the income from 480 shares of New York Trust Company Stock. Succeeding to the principal of that stock are William J. Lane of the same address and his four children. Mr. Lane is left a separate bequest of $30,000.
Bequest Left for Masses
Miss Tracy left $5,000 to the Bishop of Brooklyn for masses to be said for her and members of the family.
Charitable bequests are as follows:
St. Benedict's Catholic Hospital, Kingston, N. Y.. $50,000; St. Mary's R. C. Church, Kingston, N. Y $10.000; Mt. Loretta Home for Boys, Staten Island, $25,000; the Foreign Mission of the Sisters of St. Dominic, Ossining, $25,000; St. Anthony's Hospital, Queens, $25,000; Nursing Sisters of the Sick Poor, $25,000; St. John's R. C. Orpheum Asylum $25,000; Holy Family Hospital. $25,000; St. Mary's Hospital. $25,000; St. Peter's Hospital, $10,000; Boy's Home, 66 Boerum Place, $20,000.
Employes of Firm Named
The bequests to employes of M. and J. Tracy, Inc., Included $25,000 to Michael P. Kelly of Jersey City; $20,000 to John A. Lennon of 208 Mason Ave., Munson Park, L. I., and $15,000 to Irene Gilmartin of 214 Newkirk Ave., Brooklyn.
To her chauffeur, Mathew Shay, of 710 Carroll St., Miss Tracy left $12,500. Julia Murphy of 105 8th Ave., was left $5,000. Henry W. Baird of New Rochelle, Miss Tracy's attorney, received $20,000. All of her capital stock in the transportation company was left to her sister, Helen, of 105 8th Ave.
The residue of the estate was divided one-quarter to a nephew, William Tracy, and one-quarter each in trust to her three nieces
Helen Tracy died 28 May 1945 105-9 Ave. Manhattan New York New York, Age 80, Single, Housewife-home, b. 21 Jan 1865 Kingston Ulster New York (d. of Michael Tracy & Ellen Connery both born Ireland), buried 31 May 1945 St. Mary's Cem. Kingston, N.Y.
May 29, 1945 The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York)
Tracy - At her residence, 106 8th Avenue, on Monday, May 28, Helen, beloved sister of the late William, Michael, John, Thomas, Katherine and Maurice Tracy and loving aunt of William J, Helen Marie Tracy Murphy, and Kathleen Tracy. Solemn mass of requiem at St Francis Xavier Church, Carroll Street and 6th Avenue, on Thursday May 31 at 10 o'clock. Internment St. Mary’s Cemetery, Kingston N.Y. Kindly omit flowers.
May 31, 1945 The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York)
Helen Tracy, Active in Charity Work
A solemn mass of requiem for Helen Tracy, who died Tuesday at her home. 105 8th Ave., was offered today in St. Francis Xavier's R. C. Church, 6th Ave. and Carroll St. Burial was in St. Mary's Cemetery Kingston. N.Y.
Miss Tracy, a parishioner of St. Francis Xavier Church for the last 50 years, had long been Identified with Catholic diocesan charities here. She was born in Kingston and was a sister of the late Michael and John Tracy, founders of the M & J. Tracy Transportation Company and the late Thomas Tracy who founded the Tracy Towing Line with offices at 1 Broadway. Manhattan. Her only sister, Catherine Tracy died five years ago.
Surviving are a nephew. William Tracy, president of the Tracy towing concern, and three nieces. Mrs. Marie Tracy Murphy, Helen and Kathleen Tracy.
Saint Marys Cemetery, Kingston, Ulster County, New York, USA
died Dec 29 1870
died June 4 1873
died April 15, 1920
Michael Tracy Jr.
died Nov 6 1927
John Tracy K.S.G.
died Oct 1 1931
Katherine A Tracy
died March 2 1940
died May 28 1945
died May 26 1916
Catherine Hart Tracy
died July 30 1949
William Tracy died 26 May 1916 Mariners Harbor 126 South Ave. New York City Richmond New York, Married, Shipyard Foreman, b. 1848 Ireland (s. of Michael Tracy & Ellen Conrey both born Ireland), Buried 29 May 1916 St. Marys Cemetery Kingston, N.Y.
27 May 1916 The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York)
Tracy - At his residence, 126 South av, Mariners Harbour, Staten Island, on May 26, 1916, William Tracy, beloved husband of Catherine and brother of M. and J. Tracy. Requiem mass at St. Clement's R.C. Church, Van Pelt av. Mariners Harbour, Monday May 29 at 8:30 a.m. Interment at Kingston, N.Y. (Kingston N.Y., papers please copy.)
27 May 1916 The Kingston Daily Freeman
William Tracy died at his residence, 126 South av, Mariners Harbour, S. I. A Requiem mass will be celebrated at St. Clement's R.C. Church, Van Pelt av. Mariners Harbour, Monday May 29 at 8:30 a.m. Funeral services will be held from the West Shore station upon the arrival of the 2:20 o'clock train that day with interment in the family plot in St. Mary's cemetery
1930 Census - 114 Mersereau Avenue, Richmond (Districts 251-363), Richmond, New York
William J Lane Head [nephew crossed out] M 32, married at 28, estimator, shipyard office, mother b. Ireland
Margaret M Lane Wife F 29 New York, married at 25
Katherin Lane Daughter F 2y6m New York
Peggy A Lane Daughter F 1y6m New York
Catherine Tracy Aunt F 65 widow, Irish Free State, married at 20, emigrated 1881
1940 Census - 114 Mersereau Avenue, Assembly District 2, Richmond, New York City, Richmond, New York
William Lane Head M 42 New York, Office manager steamship line
Margaret Lane Wife F 40 New York
Kathryn Lane Daughter F 12 New York
Peggy Ann Lane Daughter F 11 New York
William Lane Son M 6 New York
John Lane Son M 3 New York
Catherine Tracy Aunt F 76 widow, Irish Free State
1 Aug 1949 The Kingston Daily Freeman
Catherine Tracy of Staten Island a former resident of Kingston, died at her home on Saturday, July 30. Born in Ireland, she spent her girlhood in Kingston and moved to Staten Island about 40 years ago. She leaves three sisters: Mrs Margaret Lane of Union City, NJ, Mrs James Kelly and Michael Hart of Kingston; also a nephew, William J. Lane of Staten Island. Funeral services from the late residence, Byrnes Hill Road, Staten Island at 9:30 am Wednesday and at 10 o'clock at our Lady of Good Counsel Church where a solemn high mass of requiem will be offered. Burial will be in St. Mary's Cemetery, Kingston.
Thomas Tracy, 32, b. US & Mary Fenlon, 29, b. US
Ellen Tracy b. 25 May 1890 Brooklyn, Kings, New York
Thomas Tracy, 33, b. US & Mary Fenlon, 31, b. US
Walter Tracy b. 1 Apr 1893 Brooklyn, Kings, New York
Thomas Tracy, 36, b. US & Mary Fenlon, 36, b. US
William Tracy b. 15 Nov 1896 Brooklyn, Kings, New York
Thomas Tracy, 40, b. US & Mary Fenlon, 38, b. US
John J. Tracy b. 30 Mar 1900 Brooklyn, Kings, New York
1900 Census - 269 54th Street, Borough of Brooklyn, Election District 18 New York City Ward 8, Kings, New York
Thomas Tracy Head M 42 b. May 1858 New York, boatman
Mary Tracy Wife F 41 b. Oct 1859 Ireland, married 13 years 10 child 6 alive, emigrated 1861, 39 years resident
Ellen Tracy Daughter F 10 b. May 1890 New York
Walter Tracy Son M 7 b. April 1893 New York
Mary Tracy Daughter F 6 b. June 1894 New York
William Tracy Son M 4 b. Nov 1896 New York
Catharine Tracy Daughter F 2 b. April 1898 New York
John J Tracy Son M 0y2m b. March 1900 New York
Walter Thomas Tracy died 4 Nov 1911 Brooklyn Kings New York, age 17, Single, Student, b. 1894 NY, (s. of Thomas F Tracy & Mary Fenlon both born NY), buried Nov 1911 Holy Cross Cemetery
1920 Census - 216 8th Ave, Brooklyn Assembly District 12, Kings, New York
Thomas F Tracy Head M 55 New York, navigator Towing Co
Mary T Tracy Wife F 50 Ireland, Na
Helen L Tracy Daughter F 26 New York, teacher public school
Marie B Tracy Daughter F 24 New York, secretary father?
William J Tracy Son M 22 New York, management office
Kathryn C Tracy Daughter F 20 New York
29 May 1923 The Brooklyn Standard Union
An interesting engagement recently announced was that of Miss Marie Fenlon Bernadette Tracy, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Thomas Tracy, of 216 Eighth avenue, to Henry Vincent Murphy.
The wedding will take place In St. Saviour's Church, Saturday, June 9, at 10:30 o'clock, a reception following at the Waldorf-Astoria.
Thomas Tracy died 17 Aug 1929 216 8th Ave. Brooklyn Kings New York, b. 23 May 1863 U. S. (s. of Michael Tracy & Ellen Connery born Ireland), Age 66, Married, Retired-Transportation buried 20 Aug 1929 Holy Cross
19 Aug 1929 The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York)
Tracy - Thomas, on Aug 17, at his residence, 216 8th Ave., Brooklyn, beloved husband of Mary Fenlon Tracy, devoted father of Helen, Kathleen, William j. Tracy and Marie Tracy Murphy. Solemn mass of requiem Tuesday Aug 20 at 9:30 a.m. at the church of St. Savior 6th St and 8th Ave. Internment Holy Cross Cemetery.
BROOKLYN LODGE, No. 22, B. P. O. ELKS—Brothers: You are requested to attend the funeral service, of our brother, THOMAS TRACY, on Monday evening, Aug. 19, at his residence, 216 8th ave., at 8 o'clock. -
EDWARD A. WYNNE,
Joseph H. Becker, Secretary.
August 19, 1929 Standard Union Monday (Ny)
Thomas Tracy Dies; Maritime Figure Was Long B0r0 Resident
Funeral Service! to Be Held at His Heme at 9:30 A. M. To-morrow
Funeral services will be held tomorrow for Thomas Tracy, well known in maritime and shipping circles and for many years a resident of Brooklyn, who died Saturday at his home, 216 Eighth avenue.
He was a member of Brooklyn Lodge, 22, B. P. O. Elks, and the Maritime Club. He is survived by his widow, Mary Fenlon Tracy: three daughters, Helen, Kathleen and Mrs. Marie Murphy; a son, William J.; two sisters, Helen and atherine, and a brother, John Tracy.
The funeral will be held at 9:30 A. M. to-morrow from the home, with a requiem mass at the R. C. Church of St. Saviour, Eighth avenue and Sixth staeet. Interment under direction of Herbert Fitspatrick, 6409 Fifth avenue, will be at Holy Cross Cemetery.
1930 Census 216 Eight Avenue, Brooklyn (Districts 0501-0750), Kings, New York
Mary Tracy Head F 60 New York
Helen Tracy Daughter F 30 New York, teacher public school
Kathleen Tracy Daughter F 22 New York, teacher public school
1940 Census - 216 Eight Avenus, Assembly District 12, Brooklyn, New York City, Kings, New York
Mary Tracy Head F 70 New York
Helen Tracy Daughter F 45 New York, teacher public school
Kathleen Tracy Daughter F 38 New York, teacher public school
Doris Tracy Daughter F 12 New York
June 9, 1939 The Kingston Daily Freeman (Kingston, N. Y.)
A perpetual scholarship hasbeen offered to the academy, by Mrs. Thomas Tracy, of Brooklyn, in memory of her husband, Thomas Tracy. It will be known as The Thomas Tracy Memorial Scholarship. This year, it has been won by Miss Amelia Altamari.
Mary T. Tracy died 10 Jan 1946 216 8 Ave. Brooklyn Kings New York, Age 81, Widowed, housewife, b. 28 Oct 1864 Kingston New York, (d. of Martin Fenlon & Mary Ryan both born Ireland), Spouse Thomas, Buried 14 Jan 1946 Holy Cross
13 Jan 1946 Brooklyn Eagle Sun
Tracy — On January 10, 1946, at her home 216 8th Avenue Mary Fenlon, beloved wife of the late Thomas Tracy, and devoted mother of William J., Helen, Marie Murphy, Kathleen, Doris and the late Walter and John Tracy. Solemn Requiem Mass on Monday, January 14, at St. Saviour's Church, 8th Avenue and 6ih Street, 10:30 a.m. Interment Holy Cross Cemetery.
Mrs. Mary Tracy Rites Tomorrow
A requiem mass for Mrs. Mary Tracy, widow of Tomas Tracy, founder and president of the Tracy Towing Line, which operates a fleets of tugboats in New York Harbor, will be offered at 10.30am tomorrow at St. Saviour's RC Church 8yj Ave and 6th St. Burial will be in Holy Cross Cemetery.
Mrs. Tracy died Thursday in her home 216 8th Ave. She was 81, and was active in the societies of St. Saviours's Church.
Mrs. Tracy was the mother of William J. Tracy, president of the Tracy Towing Line and the M & J Tracy Transportation Company, both with offices at 1 Broadway, Manhattan. Also surviving are four daughters, Helen Tracy, Mrs Marie Murphy and Kathleen and Doris Tracy, and two grandchildren, Ann Marie and William Thomas Tracy.
11 Jan 1946 The Kingston Daily Freeman (Kingston, N. Y.)
Mrs. Mary Fenlon Tracy, widow of Thomas Tracy, founder of the Tracy Towing Co., died Thursday in her home, 216 Eighth avenue. Brooklyn. She was a daughter of the late Martin and Mary Fenlon of Kingston. She was the mother of William J., Helen, Marie Murphy, Kathleen, Doris, and the late Walter and John Tracy. Two sisters also survive, Sarah McCauley and Rose Mower. A requiem Mass will be offered Monday morning at 10:30 o'clock in St. Francis Xavier-Church in Brooklyn, with burial in the Holy Cross cemetery in Brooklyn.
1930 Census - 25 Fifth Avenue, (family 53) Manhattan (Districts 1001-1249), New York,
William J Tracy Head M 32 New York, 30 when married, Agent transportation
Katheleen Tracy Wife F 25 New York, 23 when married,
Ann M Tracy Daughter F 0y4m New York
11 Jan 1937 The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York)
Brooklyn Trust Company...At the meeting three trustees were elected to fill vacancies on the board. They are George A. Anderson, A. Augustus Low and William Tracy...Mr. Tracy is president of the Tracy Towing Line, Inc., and vice president of M. & J. Tracy, Inc., both companies being engaged In marine transportation in New York harbor. Born in Brooklyn in 1897, he is the son of Thomas Tracy, founder of the Tracy Towing Line, and a nephew of the two founders of M & J Tracy, Inc.
1940 Census - 1148 Assembly District 15, Manhattan, New York City, New York, New York, United States
William J Tracy Head M 41 New York, executive Marine Tracy?
Catherine J Tracy Wife F 35 New York (supplementary questions, parent b. NY, 23 years when married 2 child)
Anne Marie Tracy Daughter F 10 New York
William T Tracy Son M 8 New York
Peggy Rayhill Servant F 26 Eire, housemaid private house
May 4, 1949 The Brooklyn Daily Eagle (Brooklyn, New York)
In the Matter of the Petition of William J. Tracy. Helen L. Driscoll. Mary H. Murphy and Kathleen C. Tracy, as Owners, and Tracy Towing Line, Inc.. as Charterer in Possession of the Steam-tug "Ann Marie Tracy"...
1960 William J. Tracy, President, M & J Tracy, Inc.
Marine News Magazine (June 1969)
Harbor Carriers, Port of New York Hold annual Banquet
William T Tracy, secretary of M. & J. Tracy, Inc., was chairman of the Banquet Committee
Holy Cross Cemetery, Brooklyn, Kings County (Brooklyn)
Henry V. Murphy
Marie T. Murphy
Helen T. Driscoll
James P. Driscoll
Tracy Towing Corporation (N.Y.). - Tracy Family Corporate Towing Minute Books 1917-1983
Tracy Towing Line, Inc., 1917-1983
M&J Tracy Towing, Inc., 1917-1983
Keystone Towing Lines, Inc., 1942-1987
St. George Towing Line, Inc., 1947-1983
Tracy Towing Corporation, 1952-1987
W.J.T. Towing Line, Inc., 1940 - 1983
The collection comprises minute books of the various Tracy family tugboat companies operating in New York harbor between 1917 and 1983. Three brothers, John, Michael J. and Thomas Tracy, organized the Tracy Towing Line in 1917. The Tracy family sisters Catherine and Helen also sat on the board of the various companies the family created for their tugboat and towing business. The company was located at 1 Broadway in New York City with additional offices in Brooklyn.
Gift of Marilyn Tracy, Anne Bricker, and Irene van Houten, 2002.
The Tracy Family of Brooklyn
I wanted to share that sisters Katherine and Helen Tracy actually paid for the erection of a beautiful Marian shrine dedicated to the Immaculate Virgin Mary on the grounds of the former Mount Loretto Mission orphanage on Staten Island, NY dedicated to the memory of the brothers, Michael and John Tracy, in 1935.
It is still visited and filled with Catholic religious statues, rosary beads and candles.
While the main edifice of the shrine is still there, the statue of the Blessed Virgin Mary was moved decades ago.
The shrine is located on the grounds of the NYS Department of Environmental Conservation's grounds of the Mount Loretto Unique Area. Here is a picture of it:
Hope this is of interest to you!
Denis P. McGowan
23 April 2018
Last update: 24 April 2018