A “hit” on the O’Toole DNA brought me in contact with Cousin Colleen. Colleen has ancestors in County Tipperary, but seemingly no O’Tooles. Common names to both our trees are Sweeney and Meagher. While we were not able to find a match at this time, we worked on some elusive ancestors of hers, one of them Patrick Tracy (sometimes Treacy; sometimes Tracey] who was born in August of 1860 in Drangan, Tipperary the eighth child of William (Liam) Treacy and Mary Byrne. According to family lore, Patrick arrived in Boston about 1881. There were relatives in Appleton, Wisconsin, but according to my research, Patrick settled in Covington, Baraga, Michigan where he married Mary Doeing (sometimes seen as Doering or Deering) in 1903. In 1926 the family is seen in Lake County, Indiana where Patrick died in June of 1934.
His obituary reads:
1934 Jun 4, Hammond Times, P83, Hammond, Indiana
Patrick Tracey[sic] Dies Sunday
Funeral services will be held tomorrow for Patrick F. Tracy, 75, who died Sunday morning in St. Catherine’s hospital. He resided at 1402 East Chicago avenue and had lived here eight years. Besides his wife, he is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Mary Gatewood, Mrs. Agnes Ebeltoft and Miss Catherine Tracy, and by two sons, William and John Tracy. Rites will be conducted at 9 a.m. tomorrow at St. Patrick’s church, Indiana Harbor, and interment will be in Mount Mercy cemetery.
Patrick and Mary (Doeing) Tracy had at least seven children:
Francis H. Tracy (1903-1903)
Mary F. Tracy Gatewood (1905-1986)
William P. Tracy (abt 1907-Unk)
John Henry Tracy (1908-1979)
Agnes Cecelia Tracy Ebeltoft (1914-2000)
Catherine M. Tracy Day (1920-2003)
Frank Fremont Tracey (1922-1922)
We will keep an eye on this connection and hope to find more DNA matches to make the search more productive.