Dr Andrew Tracy (1846-1917) of Galway, Island Pond Vermont and Meriden Connecticut



Dr Andrew W Tracy (b. 1846 Galway Ireland d. Dec. 10, 1917 Meriden, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA)

Burial: Sacred Heart Cemetery, Meriden, New Haven County, Connecticut, USA

The son of Michael and Julia (Hannon) Tracy. He came to the US with his parents when three years old, locating in Island Pond, Essex county, Vt., where his parents lived. He attended St. Sulpie College, Montreal, and St. Charles College near Baltimore, and was graduated from McGill College, Montreal, in 1873. He began the practice of medicine in Island Pond, Vt. Since November, 1875, he has practiced in Meriden. He married Margaret, daughter of Edward Broderick, of Willimantic, Conn.

Physician. Mayor of Meriden, Connecticut in 1892. Active member of St. Rose's Church. Husband of Ell Broderick. Predeceased by daughter Molly.

Andrew W. Tracy, M.D., Meriden, Conn. ; McGill University, Montreal, 1873 ; aged 71; Democrat, member of the Connecticut State Medical Society ; mayor of Meriden in 1892, and a member of the city council for two terms ; died at his home, December 10 [Jour A.M.A. Dec 29, 1917]




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Dr. Andrew W. Tracy


Dr. A. W. Tracy died Monday

Suffered from Fatal Disease since August

Mayor in 1892

Practiced Medicine in Meriden since his college days


Dr. Andrew W. Tracy, mayor of Meriden in 1892, and a practicing physician in this city from his college days, died last night at 9.30 o'clock at his home 52 Liberty street. The doctor had been seriously ill since last August and recovery was hopeless. Arrangements for the funeral await the arrival today of his nephew, Dr. E.A. Tracy of Keene N.H.

The doctor has known all along that his illness would be fatal. Until October 18 he was able to be about the house, but after that date took to his bed and has been critically ill. His sustenance has been solely liquid nourishment. Fellow physicians have visited him often during his illness expressing their sympathy and helped to make his illness more bearable. He was conscious to the last, passing beyond peacefully and devoid of suffering. He was 71 years old.


Studied for Priesthood


Dr Andrew W. Tracy was born in County Galway, Ireland, in 1846. his parents were engaged in farming and when the son was three years old they came to America and settled in Island pond, Vt., which is less than 80 miles from the Canadian border.

The father had a fair-sized farm and was for some time engaged in railway work for the Grand Trunk railroad. The boy attended the country school of the community. He decided to study for the priesthood and entered the Sulpician college at Montreal. He perused the course for several years at this Catholic institution but just before taking holy orders he changed his mind about a future profession and returned to his home at Island pond.

Later he returned to Montreal for the purpose of entering McGill University to study medicine. He was graduated when about 24 years old and began his first practice at his home town. Shortly afterwards, in 1872, he came to Meriden and has practiced here ever since.

Fellow Physicians


Among the physicians who were then practicing in Meriden were Drs C.H.C. Davis, D.H. Catlin, John Tait, G.H. Wilson and Mansfield. Dr. Tracy established a lucrative practice in a short time. Always active and interested in public affairs the doctor was soon in demand. He was affiliated with the Democratic party and in 1888 and 1889 he represented the First ward in the city council, having been a candidate on the Democratic ticket.

His party thought so highly of him that in 1890 he was their candidate for mayor. He was defeated, however, by Benjamin Page, republican, by only 61 votes. In the next city election in 1891, Dr Tracy was again advanced as a candidate, his opponent being Dr. G.H. Wilson, republican. Dr Tracy was elected by a margin of 25 votes. Among the notable constructive features of his administration was the installation of the newer disposal plant.


At Town Meetings


He was again a candidate for mayor in 1892 but was defeated by Dr. Wilson by nine votes. Dr. Tracy was for many years a member of the town school committee, retiring about 10 years ago. He was a man of strong convictions which he was wont to register at the annual and special town meetings for the past two decades. Sometimes he was on the winning side but he was sure to be heard from on some important issues. Late years he had not been particularly active in the Democratic party although holding consistently to Democratic principals all his life.

He was a faithful member of st. Rose's church and was vice president of the Holy Name society. He was one of the first presidents of the Amaranth club and his interest in the club never lagged. He was a daily visitor at the club and enjoyed playing cards with his fellow club members or debating questions of the day with them.

He was a charter member of Silver City council, K of C and general physician of that order. At one stage he served on the State board of Charille[?] under a Democratic governor.


Lost Wife and daughter


He married Miss Ella Broderick of Willimanth and the Tracy hole for many years was at 5[?] Liberty street. the death of his wife was followed several years afterward by the death of his beloved daughter, Molly, and ? the double loss. In memory of his daughter he gave a memorial for her to St Rose's parochial school in the form of a Molly Tracy prize for essay work for which each graduating class competed. A brother of the doctor's, John Tracy, died the third week in October following an operation at St. Louis Mo. The doctor was the last surviving member of his family, a sister having died 20 years ago and another brother, Charles, having died about 10 years ago. John Tracy was a locomotive engineer for 25 or 30 years with the Grand trunk railroad. The doctor leaves a nephew Dr. Edward Tracy of Keene N.H. and several nieces in St. Louis, all children of his brother, John.

The doctor's native honesty, his firm convictions and his public spirit made him well liked by the community in which he spent so much of his life. As a friend he was staunch and true. Because of his prominence in the community both as a physician and as a public spirited citizen, his loss will be deeply felt.


Ill since August


The doctor has been feeling indisposed since last August. the first indication of disease came in difficult of speech. At the request of friends he committed with Dr. Verdl of New Haven and was told that his condition was such that medical science could not effect a cure. he has been confined to his home many weeks. He has been failing gradually being compelled to depend upon liquid nourishment for sustenance. His fortitude in the face of fatal illness has been typical of the man.


Meriden Morning Record - Dec 11, 1917




1. Andrew Tracy, (b. circa 1790 Galway d. 1874 Island Pond Vermont) & Catherine Dillon or Delaney

               1.1 Michael Tracy (b. circa 1816 Galway d. 1910 Island Pond Vermont) m. Julia Hannon circa 1840 Galway

            1.1.1 Delia Tracy (b. circa 1840 Ireland d. 1897 Island Pond Vermont)

            1.1.2 Andrew Tracy b. circa 1846 Galway d. 1917 Meriden Connecticut

               1.2 Peter Tracy b. circa 1819 Galway d. 1890 Island Pond Vermont

Peter Tracy m. Mary Folen OR Foley 20 April OR 03 May 1851 Portland, Cumberland Maine [listings include Foley, Folan, Falan, Fallan]


In 1856 Bishop de Goesbriand visited this remote part of his diocese [Island Pond], and said Mass in the house of Michael Tracy...

Diocese of Burlington by J. S. Michaud


1857-9 School District 5 - Brighton, Essex County, Vermont

Michael Tracy, parent; Andrew, John, Charles & Delia, children

Peter Tracy, parent; Catherine, Andrew, Mary, Peter, children       


1860 Census - Brighton, Essex, Vermont

Peter Tracy M 38 Ireland

Mary Tracy F 31 Ireland

Anda Tracy M 8 New Hampshire

Cate Tracy F 6 Vermont

Mary Tracy F 5 Vermont

Bridget Tracy F 3 Vermont

Ann Tracy F 0 Vermont

Morgan Conly M 33 Ireland

Stephen Carnin M 23 Ireland

Peter Foley M 10 Ireland

John Foley M 34 Ireland

Anda Tracy F[?] 65 Ireland

1860 Census - Brighton, Essex, Vermont

Michael Tracy M 44 Ireland

Julia Tracy F 48 Ireland

Andrew Tracy M 15 Ireland

John Tracy M 11 Vermont

Chas Tracy M 9 Vermont


1870 Census - Island pond, Brighton, VT

Peter Tracy M 49 Ireland, farmer, US citizen

Mary Tracy F 35 Ireland

Andrew [E] Tracy M 18 New Hampshire

Kate Tracy F 16 Vermont

Mary Tracy F 14 Vermont

Bridgett Tracy F 12 Vermont

Ann Tracy F 10 Vermont

Margaret Tracy F 8 Vermont

Thomas Tracy M 4 Vermont

John Holley M 40 Ireland

1870 Census - Vermont, United States

Michael Tracy M 54 Ireland, works on RR

Julia Tracy F 59 Ireland

Andrew Tracy M 24 Ireland, physician

John Tracy M 22 Ireland, engineer

Charles Tracy M 19 Maine, works on RR


John Tracy m. Lizzie Connery circa 1873


Naturalisation - Superior Court New haven

Andrew Tracy, b. Ireland, age 43, East Haven, Conn. Oct 25 1878


1880 Census - Brighton, Essex, Vermont

Self Peter Tracy M 59 Ireland

Wife Mary Tracy F 50 Ireland

Son Andre E. Tracy M 28 New Hampshire, United States

Daughter Kate Tracy F 25 Vermont, United States

Daughter Bridget Tracy F 23 Vermont, United States

Daughter Annie Tracy F 20 Vermont, United States

Daughter Maude Tracy F 16 Vermont, United States

Son Thomas Tracy M 14 Vermont, United States

1880 Census - Brighton, Essex, Vermont

Self Michael Tracy M 65 Ireland

Wife Julia Tracy F 68 Ireland

Son Charles Tracy M 29 Maine, United States

1880 Census - Meriden, New Haven, Connecticut

Self Abraham Harris M 33 Poland

Wife Rosa Harris F 27 Germany

Son Samil Harris M 6 New Jersey, United States

Son Louis Harris M 3 New York, United States

Other Morre Mcmahon F 23 Connecticut, United States

Other Maria Wicht F 22 New York, United States

Other Andrew Tracy M 34 Ireland, single, Doctor MD

1880 Census - Brighton, Essex, Vermont

Self John Tracy M 32 Ireland Locomotive Enginer

Other Lizze Tracy F 27 New Hampshire, United States

Other Julia Tracy F ... Vermont, United States

Other Edward Tracy M 3 Vermont, United States

Other Arthur Tracy M 2 Vermont, United States


May 25 1881 The Willimantic Chronicle - Windham, Connecticut

A brilliant wedding ceremony was witnessed at the Catholic church on Wednesday of last week, the occasion being the joining in matrimony of Miss Maggie Broderick, daughter of Edward Broderick, to Dr. Andrew Tracy, of Meriden. The nuptial mass was celebrated by three priests,--Rev. Thomas W. Broderick, of New London, brother of the bride, celebrant; Rev. Thos. Joynt, of Jewett City, deacon; and the Rev. Father Fleming, of Mystic, sub-deacon. The home of the bride was the scene of a pleasant reception during the day, and the presents were numerous.


1888 Town Directory - Brighton/Island Pond, Essex Co., Vermont

Andrew E. Tracy, (Island Pond) r 12, farmer with Peter.

Charles F. Tracy, (Island Pond) farmer with Michael.

John E. Tracy, (Island Pond) engineer G. T. Ry., h and lot, Mountain.

Michael Tracy, (Island Pond) farmer 79, Mountain.

Peter Tracy, (Island Pond) r 12, farmer 270, Mountain.


Charles F Tracy, 38, farmer, b. So Paris Mo [Maine?] (s. of Michael Tracy & Julia Harmon) m. Bridget Finnigan, 33, b. Canada (d. of John Finnegan & Ester Lamott) 09 Jun 1890 Island Pond, Brighton Vermont, United States; Catholic Ceremony.


Peter Tracy, 71 years 2 mths 7 days, b. circa 1819 Ireland (s. of Andrew Tracy & Catherine Delany), died 05 Aug 1890 Bighton Vermont, United States, suicide

1890 Peter Tracy Estate

Andrew E Tracy, Administrator

Mrs. Mary tracy, widow

Thomas C Tracy

Mrs Margaret Farrell

Mrs Annie Elkins

Mrs Mary Carleton


A. W. Tracy, M. D., born in 1846 in Ireland, is a son of Michael and Julia (Hannon) Tracy. He came to this country with his parents when three years old, locating in Island Pond, Essex county, Vt., where his parents still live. He attended St. Sulpie College, Montreal, and St. Charles College near Baltimore, and was graduated from McGill College, Montreal, in 1873. He began the practice of medicine in Island Pond, Vt. Since November, 1875, he has practiced in Meriden. He is a member of state and county medical societies. He married Margaret, daughter of Edward Broderick, of Willimantic, Conn.

John L. Rockey, W. W. Preston (1892) "History of New Haven County, Connecticut"


Delia Holeran, aged 57, b. Ireland (d. Of Michael Tracy & Julia Tracy) died 22 March 1897 Island Pond, of cancer.


1900 Census - Brighton town, east side, Essex, Vermont

Head Charles F Tracey M 49 Maine

Wife Bridget L Tracey F 44 Canada Eng

Father Michael Tracey M 84 Ireland

1900 Census - Meriden city Ward 1, New Haven, Connecticut

Head Andrew W Tracy M 54 Ireland, b. July 1846, emigrated 1852, physician

Niece Martha Tracy F 16 Vermont, b. Jan 1884, father b. Ireland

Housekeeper Delia Harhen F 26 Ireland

1900 Census - Brighton town, west side, Essex, Vermont

Head John E Tracey M 53 Ireland, b. Aug 1847, RR Engineer, Marriage Year (Estimated) 1873, Immigration Year 1855

Wife Elizabeth C Tracey F 43 New Hampshire

Daughter Julia E Tracey F 25 Vermont

Son Edward A Tracey M 24 Vermont

Daughter Martha H Tracey F 15 Vermont

Daughter Jeta C Tracey F 14 Vermont

Son Simon C Tracey M 12 Vermont


Thomas C. Tracy (s. of Peter Tracy & Mary Foley) m. Della A. Flaherty, 21, (d. of Patrick & Ellen Coyne) 12 Jun 1901 Island Pond, Vermont, United States 

Thomas Charles Tracy, 11 November 1865-18 March 1942, widowed, retired clerk railroad


1910 Census - Brighton, Essex, Vermont

Head Charles F Tracy M 59 Maine

Wife Bridget L Tracy F 53 Canada

Charge Paul Kennedy M 6 Massachusetts

Father Michael Tracy M 94 Ireland widowed

1910 Census - Meriden Ward 1, New Haven, Connecticut

Head Dr. Andrew W Tracy M 64 Ireland, widowed, Immigration Year: 1875

Housekeeper Adelia Harnan F 35 Ireland

1910 Census - Brighton, Essex, Vermont

Head  Ellen Flaherty  F 64 Ireland 

Son  Patrick J Flaherty  M 34 Vermont 

Son-in-law  Thomas K Tracy  M 44 Vermont 

Daughter  Delia A Tracy  F 30 Vermont 

Grandson  Phillip A Tracy  M 7 Vermont 

Grandson  Raymond G Tracy  M 5 Vermont 

Grandson  Richard G Tracy  M 3 Vermont 


Michael Tracy, 93 years 6 months, b. circa 1816 Ireland (s. of Andrew Tracy & Kate Dillon, both b. Ireland) d. 08 May 1910 Island Pond, Brighton, Essex, Vermont, of a fractured Collar bone femur by a fall old age.


Edward Andrew Tracy, B.A. 1899.

Born September 19, 1876, at Island Pond, Vt

Died September 2, 1934, at Keene, N H.

Father, John Edward Tracy; an engineer for the Grand Trunk Railway at Island Pond; son of Michael and Julia (Shannon) Tracy, of Galway, Ireland. Mother, Elizabeth (Connary) Tracy, daughter of Patrick and Elizabeth (Maguire) Connary, of Lancaster, N.H. St Johnsbury (Vt.) Academy. Second colloquy appointment Senior year

Studied medicine at McGill University 1899-1902 (M.D.C.M.1902); practiced medicine in Walpole, N.H., 1902-04 and in Keene since 1904; obstetrician, instructor in obstetrics, and diagnostician Elliot Community Hospital since 1907; commissioned Captain, Medical Corps, U.S. Army, October 21, 1918; attended Medical Officers' Training School, Camp Greenleaf, Ga., October-December; on medical board of examiners Camp Dix, N.J., December, 1918, until discharge May 7,1919; member American Medical Association, Cheshire County Medical Society, and St. Bernard's Roman Catholic Church, Keene. Marned June 19, 1907, in Walpole, Blanche Margaret, daughter of Herbert Baker and Elizabeth (Dnslane) Chapin. Children: John Chapm, '31 S.; and Elizabeth, B.A. Smith 1930, M A. 1932. Death due to bronchopneumoma. Buried m St. Joseph's Cemetery, Keene. Survived by wife, son, daughter, two brothers, Arthur E. and Simon C. Tracy, of St. Louis, and three sisters, the Misses Julia E. and Zita C. Tracy, of St. Louis, and Mrs. David H. Meyer, of Dayton, Mo.

Bulletin of Yale University New Haven 15 October 1935. Obituary Record of Graduates of Yale University Deceased during the Year 1934-1935


Island Pond - St. James the Greater Cemetery - Founded in 1871

Located in the village of Island Pond, Town of Brighton, Essex County...Early Irish settlers...Peter Tracy, Michael Tracy...


John Halloran, of Co. Galway, 3-21-1829 to 6-5-1910

Delia Tracy Halloran, of Co. Galway, 9-24-1840 to 3-21-1897

Julia Hannon Tracy, died 9-13-1895, 85 years (wife of M. Tracy)


Andrew Tracy, of Co. Galway, died 2-6-1874, 84 years

Catherine Tracy, died 3-19-1883, 29 years 5 months 13 days

Peter Tracy, died 8-5-1890, 70 years 1 month 6 days

Mary Folan Tracy, died 1-11-1894, 64 years 10 months

Andrew E. Tracy, 1852-1926

Thomas C. Tracy, 1865-1942

Ronald Chase Murphy, Janice Church Murphy (2000) Irish Famine Immigrants in the State of Vermont: Gravestone Inscriptions


Sarah Tracy, d. 11 June 1913, age 52 years

Philip A. Tracy, 1902-1926

Mary E. Tracy, 24 Oct 1877-4 Sep 1884

Hugh Tracy, d. 26 Aug 1892, age 25 years 6 months



12  December 1917 Essex County Herald

28 December 1917 Essex County Herald





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