James Tracy and Clarissa (Champion) Tracy
John S. Tracy and Melissa (Baker) Tracy
James & Clarissa Tracy homestead, ca1900
Above left: This picture is thought to have been taken in the 1860's or 70's. The family lived near Strawberry Point.
Seated in front are husband and wife, James Tracy and Clarissa (Champion) Tracy
Standing in the back are husband and wife, John S. Tracy and Melissa (Baker) Tracy
See also James Tracey biography and Clarissa Tracy obituary
Obadiah Ethelbert Baker was a brother to Melissa Baker. I believe that the two siblings were close to each other, because Obadiah E. wrote about his sister Melissa in his journals a few times. Obadiah was an amateur poet, and he kept extensive journals during his life, writing poems about events, in particular about the Civil War. Even to this day a few of those poems can be found in published in books about the war. The following is a poem Obadiah E. wrote when he heard of the passing of his sister Melissa:
Fall River Mills, Shasta County, CA
April 19th, 1883
Written on receiving news of the death of my sister, Melissa S Tracy
Much lived sister, thou art gone
On earth I'll see thy face no more
May we meet beyond the river
When the toils of lie are o're!
Dear, fond sister, when we parted,
But a few short weeks ago,
Thought I not, we'd meet no never
In this vale of tears below.
But we'll meet beyond the river,
Nor the time will not seem long,
E're we'll meet, and praise the Savior,
In that land of prayer, and song.
Thou hast gone to meet a brother,
He who fell to save our land,
Ah he fell with a rebel bullet
Piercing through his forehead grand.
Thou will meet him my dear sister
Meet him with that patriot band
Slaughtered in our late encounter,
By the rebels of our land.
Thou will meet also a sister,
Not a year since gone before
She will greet thee, "Sister Janie"
At the portals of the door.
Thou will meet also a father
Not five years ago he went,
Went to join the host of heaven,
And a message to was sent.
At the same time, to our mother,
To be ready soon to go,
And she laid aside earth wrappings
Leaving us, to mourn below.
May I meet you all in Heaven
Brothers, Sisters, dear ones all
Father, Mother, Gracie darling
Meet you all at the Saviors call.
Obadiah E. Baker and his wife, Melissa Dalton Baker, had a somewhat famous son named Milo Baker. A society in California is named after him. Milo Baker was born in Clayton county in 1868. Obadiah E. Baker biography
Walter D. Tracy
Clara Ruth (Tracy) Toomey
~unless otherwise noted, the photos and information were contributed by Joel Tracy, ggg-grandson of Walter D. Tracy.
~to contact Joel: his email address can be found in the Surname Registry under 'Tracy'
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