The biography of Lewis Tracy of Kentucky and Missouri, printed in 1881, is posted at
The biography does not name his children, but states ""His family consisted of six sons and three daughters, all except one, his second daughter, now living, four sons and the two surviving daughters being at this time residents of St. Joseph [Missouri], and two of his sons living in Kansas. Mrs. Sarah [Krigbaum] Tracy, his wife, died on March 12, 1858."
The list below does not necessarily contain the names of all of Lewis' grandchildren.
THE NINE CHILDREN OF LEWIS TRACY AND SARAH "SALLIE" KRIGBAUM were Andrew W., John M., Ida Eliza, Joseph L., Francis M. "Frank", Robert A., Marietta, Alba M. and Sallie B. Tracy.
1. Andrew William Tracy, b Nov 1827 MO, death date not learned; m Clay Co MO 17 Jun 1855 Mary Catherine McCrorey. Children James L., Idah E. EPPSTEIN, William A., Walter P., Adelaide Helen SMITH, Andrew, Hattie H. and Catherine E. SHARRER.
Andrew W. Tracy lived in New London, Ralls Co MO; Platte City, Platte Co MO; Liberty, Clay Co MO; Troy, Doniphan Co KS; and St. Joseph, Buchanan Co MO. Private Andrew W. Tracy served from Clay County (a second source says from Platte County) in the Mexican War in the 1st Missouri Mounted Infantry. Enlisted 1 Jun 1846 at Ft Leavenworth KS, discharged 1 Jun 1847 at New Orleans LA. Buchanan County history states: "Andrew Tracy…, a resident of St. Joseph and in business as a cabinet maker, was with Doniphan through the entire campaign… In thirteen months the command had marched, mainly in a hostile country, 3,600 miles by land and traveled 2,500 miles by water."
Andrew was a member of Co I, 48th Enrolled Missouri Militia, during the Civil War. An 1868 city directory shows him as a "soap factor" (soap manufacturer or agent) in Wathena, Doniphan Co KS. An 1878 newspaper ad reads "A. W. Tracy, Undertaker, Troy, Kansas. Furniture Neatly Repaired. Shrouds and Funeral Goods kept on hand." Cabinet maker in St. Joseph in 1900. Andrew is last found at the Danville, Illinois, Soldiers Home in 1904, where he spent six weeks for treatment of an injured right arm. Physical description on entry: age 76, 5'6" tall, dark complected, dark eyes, gray hair, could read and write, Protestant, cabinet maker, widower, residing at St. Joseph MO, next of kin: son Walter P. Tracy of St. Joseph.
2. John M. Tracy, b 31 Mar 1830 MO, d St. Joseph MO 9 Jul 1898; m Buchanan Co MO 27 Sep 1853 Emily Caroline High (recorded as Emma on some censuses.) Children Harry, Lillie BRENNAN, Ernest, Nellie, Charles, John, Robert, Frank. The biography of John M.'s father, Lewis, says all of Lewis' sons except the youngest (Alba) served in the Civil War. A search in the records of enlisted men has not produced a record for John. An 1868 directory shows him as a farmer residing three miles southeast of Wathena, Doniphan Co KS, on the Missouri River.
3. Ida Eliza Tracy, b 19 May 1832 in New London, Ralls Co MO, d 1901 (St. Joseph death records, Book #1881, p. 138), bur 3/7/1901 Mt. Mora Cem, St. Joseph; m/1 Doniphan Co KS 3 Jan 1858 Erskine M. Williams, m/2 St. Joseph, Buchanan Co MO, 25 Nov 1873 Alexander S. Brooks. The 1900 census indicates she had two children. Evidently one died young. Known child, Webb W. M. Williams, was born in December of 1860 near Elwood, Doniphan County, Kansas, and died in 1942 at Hampton, Hunterdon County, New Jersey. Webb invented a collapsible berth for railroad cars.He was the father of Jewell R. Williams (1890-1953), founder of Supreme Instruments Corp. Webb was the grandfather of Jewell's nephews Mervin C. Williams Jr. (1905-1992), stage and film actor, and Harry E. Williams (1907-1983), designer and manufacturer of pinball machines and founder of Williams Manufacturing Co., Chicago.
Ida was living in Buchanan Co MO (prob St. Joseph)as Eliza Tracy in 1850; Doniphan Co KS 1860 as Ida E. Williams; back in St. Joseph in 1870 and 1880. By 1885 she was the widow of A. S. Brooks at Kansas City MO, living there until around 1894, when she returned to St. Joseph. By 1898 she was residing with son Webb in Brooklyn NY, and in 1900 was living at the Masonic Home in St. Louis. Ida is referred to as "Eliza" in the 1850 census at St. Joseph. In a transcription of her mother's will her name appears as "Eliza A. Williams".
4. Joseph L. "Joe" Tracy, b 8 Aug 1835 MO, d 28 Dec 1917 Alameda Co CA; m Doniphan Co KS 17 Jan 1869 Amelia Hays, b ca 1848 OH, d 5 Apr 1914 Plumas Co CA, bur Quincy Cem, Quincy CA. Children Ada, Laura, Tacy Bell, Edward L., Thomas A., William A., Stella E. (m/1 Thomas Myers; m/2 Hugh L. Rose). Joseph was a carpenter. He lived in Stafford KS before moving to Klamath Falls OR by 1910. During the Civil War he served in Co F, 10th Kansas Vol Inf. In his last years he lived periodically at the Soldiers Home in Sawtell, Alameda Co CA. Physical description on entering the home was 5' 5" tall, dark complected, gray eyes, gray hair, Protestant, widower. Next of kin was daughter Mrs. Stella Rose of Spring Garden, Plumas Co CA.
5. Francis M. "Frank" Tracy, b Ralls Co MO 3 Jan 1838, d 13 Feb 1888; m 30 Jun 1862 Victoria Melvin, b Sep 1837 VT, d 13 Jul 1927 St. Joseph, both bur Mt Olive Cem, near Troy KS. At least Two known children: Genevieve and Ruby. Ruby b 1865, d 1866, bur Mt Olive Cem. Genevieve "Veva" Tracy, b Apr 1863 MO, m/1 Buchanan Co MO 5 Oct 1881 John W. Conway; m/2 Manhattan NY 15 Nov 1918 Albert Perrin. Genevieve was a talented musician and musical director.
Frank M. Tracy of Elwood KS enlisted 12 Apr 1862 as a first lieutenant in Co I, 1st Kansas Inf. Mustered out on 29 Oct 1862. He held the rank of colonel with another unit later. He was a newspaper publisher, postmaster, real estate agent, proprietor of Troy Mills, elected Doniphan County Treasurer 1863. See bios at
6. Robert Alexander "Bob" Tracy, b New London, Ralls Co MO 20 Oct 1840, d 11 Sep 1917 St. Joseph MO, bur Troy KS; m/1 Lafayette Co MO 2 Mar 1865 Mary Belle McLin (d 9 Sep 1874), m/2 Catherine "Kate" McLin. Children Eulah Tracy, Hal Duncan Tracy, Jessie Bell Tracy and Lola M. Tracy. Eulah Tracy d 31 Jul 1866. Hal D. Tracy, was general manager of Century Publishing Co. in New York City. He m Anna Benedict. Their son Robert Benedict Tracy (1892-1978) of Chicago was granted patents, one a baseball game board in 1921. Jessie appears as Jessie May Tracy in the 1870 census. She married John W. Buchanan at the home of her brother Hal in Fort Worth TX on 28 Oct 1891. Lola Tracy m Dr. Hans P. Nielsen at Evanston IL.
During the Civil War Robert enlisted on 30 May 1861 as a private in Co A, 1st Kansas Vol Inf. Promoted to corporal on 17 Jun 1861, to sergeant on 8 Oct 1861, and to 2nd Lieutenant on 30 May 1862. Mustered out on 16 Jun 1864. Referred to as a captain in a biography of daughter Lola's husband, Dr. Hans P. Nielsen.
Newspaper publisher, farmer, elected Doniphan County Treasurer in 1871, state legislator. Made first complete map of Doniphan County in 1873.
See the following web site for an interesting letter Robert wrote from Elwood KS while serving in the Civil War to friend Jennie Mitchell of Indiana PA:
7. Marietta Tracy, b ca 1843 MO, d at age 17 on 1 Jan 1861 of diphtheria near Elwood KS at the home of her brother John.
8. Alba Mitchell Tracy, b 20 Nov 1850 St. Joseph MO, d St Joseph 4 May 1918; m Catherine J. "Kate" McDonald (1852-1917); both bur Mount Mora Cem, St. Joseph. Children Annie W. Tracy, Lewis A. Tracy and Ruby Lucretia (Tracy) SALMON. Alba was a clerk in the St. Joseph Post Office in the 1880's. Clerk in County Recorder's office 1891-1895.
9. Sallie B. Tracy, b Mar 1851 St. Joseph MO; d 2 May 1933 Home Lake CO, bur Canon City CO; m Buchanan Co MO 1870 William Striblen. Children Lena, Frederick L., Nellie (m DUNCAN), Laura, Stella (m ROBINSON), Harry Striblen. A seventh child, name unknown, died young. Sallie was the widow of a Civil War veteran. [Her Civil War pension card is indexed under the spelling Striblin.) She may have died at the Veterans Home at Home Lake CO and been taken to Canon City for burial in Lakeside Cemetery, where daughter Nellie Duncan and her husband were later buried. City directories show Sallie living in Denver CO from around 1913 to 1922.
OBITUARY OF JOHN M. TRACY from "The Weekly Kansas Chief", Troy KS, 14 Jul 1898.
Died Saturday, July 9, [1898,] at 12:30 p.m. at his late residence 1401 Ridenbaugh Street, St. Joseph, Mo., John M. Tracy, aged 68 years. The deceased was a brother of Andrew W., Robert and Alba M. Tracy, and Mrs. Sallie B. Striblen, of St. Joseph, and Joseph L. Tracy of Stafford, Kansas, and Mrs. Ida E. Brooks of Brooklyn, N. Y. Mr. Tracy was for many years a resident near Troy [Doniphan Co, KS].
Sarah "Sallie" (Krigbaum) Tracy, wife of Lewis Tracy of Doniphan County, died 12 Mar 1858. The date of her will is unavailable, but it was written sometime between Jan and Mar 1858. Not all of her children are named in the will. As transcribed, it mentions "my daughter "Eliza A. Williams", "my son Joseph L. Tracy", and "my three youngest children, namely Marietta Tracy, aged about 13 years old, Alba M. Tracy, my son about 10 years old, and Sallie Tracy, 7 years old." A witness to the will was Robert Tracy.
FROM "GRAY'S DONIPHAN COUNTY HISTORY"
Sketch of Lewis Tracy, who went into the Union army from this county when a very old man, and whose five sons followed his example, from the St. Joseph Union, October 21, 1865:
"Mr. Tracy was a native of Kentucky, and one of the early settlers in the Platte Purchase, moving to this city when it was scarcely a village. When Kansas
was admitted as a territory he removed there, and during the Border Ruffian difficulties, sided with the Free State men of that section. At the breaking
out of the Rebellion, his five sons went into the army, and the old man, notwithstanding he had passed the age for the reception of volunteers, enlisted
as a private in a Kansas regiment and was engaged in several battles. For bravery at Cane Hill and Prairie Grove he was appointed to Sergeant, refusing
any lighter position, and was foremost in every attack. Of a genial disposition, he had a host of friends; of a benevolent nature, he sought not this world's goods,
but living upon his farm was satisfied with its income, and no one ever left Mr. Tracy's door upon an errand of mercy unsupplied. His heart beat for freedom,
and his life was freely offered as a pledge of his devotion to the cause of liberty and right. His remains were brought from Kansas and interred in Mt. Mora
From "The Gazette", Fort Worth, Texas, 29 Oct 1891. At the residence of Hal D. Tracy, corner Second and Lamar Streets, yesterday morning at 10 o'clock Mr. John W. Buchanan and Miss Jessie B. Tracy were united in matrimony, Rev. Dr. Lloyd officiating. Mr. Buchanan is advertising manager of the Mail, and the bride is a sister of Mr. Tracy, cashier of the Mail, and a daughter of Robert Tracy, telegraph editor of the St. Joseph, Mo., Herald.
ROBERT TRACY OBITUARY from the "St. Joseph Observer", St. Joseph MO, 15 Sep 1917
ROBERT TRACY IS DEAD
One of the Best Known Former Newspaper Men of This Section Is Called Home
One by one the old-time newspaper men of this section are passing away, and but few now remain of those who conducted the early papers of this city. The latest to cross the river is Robert Alexander Tracy, who died at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. R.* Buchanan, 1024 Lincoln Street, Tuesday morning.
He was seventy-nine years of age, and all but twenty of those years had been spent in St. Joseph and vicinity. He leaves a son, Hal D. Tracy of Chicago, two daughters, Mrs. J. R.* Buchanan and Mrs. L. M. Nielson of this city; a sister, Mrs. S. B. Striblen of Denver, and two brothers, Alba M. Tracy of Kansas City and Joseph Tracy of Los Angeles.
*Name is John W. Buchanan.
Robert Tracy had a varied career. He was one of the early residents of Troy, Kansas, and participated in the stirring events there, which led up to the Civil War, through which he fought as a good soldier. He served a term as treasurer of Doniphan County, Kansas, and was also a member of the state legislature. His newspaper career in St. Joseph is known to all of the older members of the profession and was a long and honorable one. He was a charter member of St. Joseph Typographical Union No. 40, and a delegation from that body attended the funeral, which took place from the Heaton-BeGole chapel Thursday morning and which was largely attended. The remains were taken to Troy for interment, the final scene in the cemetery at that place closing the career of a man who was respected and beloved by all who knew him.