The spelling of the name has changed over the years. The recent generations have spelled it Gracie, but prior to that, it was Grassie and Graisse, since most people spelled phonetically. So we don't know the original spelling, although there is one reference in the 1780's (Prince Edward Island)to "Gracie." His name was Emmanuel, and we don't know where he came from. Maybe Scotland, maybe Portugal...who knows. He married an Acadian, died shortly after the birth of his third son, then his widow moved to an Acadian community in Nova Scotia.