Lacy Family Records
Source: information was collected by my grandmother Edith Lacey Waterbury during the late 1920's and 1930's.
Copyright 2004 Constance Mahoney
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The Lacy (Lacey) family of Tioga County, to the best of my knowledge started with the "removal" of John T Lacy from Ballston, Saratoga County, NY, the place of his birth in 1805, to Berkshire, Tioga County, NY. His marriage to Mary Polly Kellogg in about 1824(to 1828) is also attributed to Ballston, NY. (This may or may not be correct as the births of his 11 children are also recorded in two locales with slightly differing dates). Although one man, who would have been a half brother to Mary Kellogg Lacey, reported that their father Phillip Judd Kellogg, came from the Saratoga Springs, NY area at some early point in his life. This leads me to believe that the marriage between John T and Mary Polly could well have occurred in Ballston. Although the specific details are sketchie as to when John T Lacy "removed" to Tioga County, he did indeed settle there with his wife Mary Kellogg Lacy. I believe that Phillip Judd Kellogg and his wife Huldah Dikeman Kellogg (parents of Mary) also moved to Tioga area at this time. Huldah Kellogg is buried in Richford. Phillip married a second time and lived in Dryden for a brief period. John T and Mary's 11 children were born in Tioga , Onondaga , and Cayuga counties. All but one child grew to adulthood living in the general area of Tioga County during their youth. Eight of their nine sons served in the Civil War , survived and returned home to marry and raise families.
My grandmother Edith E Lacey was the only child of Rufus Lacey, the seventh child born to John and Mary Polly. By the time she had reached the age of 11 both her mother (Mary VanGorden Lacey) and father (Rufus Horatio Lacey) had died. For the rest of her childhood she lived in the homes of various uncles in Richford, Tioga Co. In her mid teens she lived in Syracuse with her Uncle Sanford D Lacey and worked in his cigar factory. It was during this time that she met her husband to be James D Waterbury of Brewerton, NY. They married in 1899 when she was 17.
I grew up in the home of my grandparents. She maintained a lifelong connection with her cousins on the Southern Tier. During the 1940's I remember attending more than one gathering of the Laceys for a reunion get together with a picnic on the lawn of Cousins Fanny and Ed Lacey's farm in East Berkshire NY..We would often spend a week on the farm as part of our summer vacations. Sadly much of what I remember from those days are the memories of a child, sweet to be sure, but lacking in family details. And details are what I now find myself looking for. Names, dates, places, children, and childrens children and the next generation after them, stories remembered, all seem to lure me on. I asked more than my share of questions about my grandmother's childhood when I was in her care and I remember what details she shared with me. Now I long to know more. Just to know. I am not aiming for membership in any organizations. I simply wish to know these people who came before me.
Since I started this quest in May of 2004, I have made contact with several Lacey (distant) cousins. I am pleased to discover that there are many Laceys still residing in the general area. The journey continues. ....as do the Laceys...
My mother has given me a positive ID for Uncle Charlie (back row center). It is my guess that this (professional) picture was taken in 1901 on a special occasion (a wedding or a funeral). If those present are all that were still living at the time...then.the three oldest men would be Thomas, James, and Phillip.(in that order) .Charles we have already identified. The two younger men would be (back row far right) Sanford and front row (far right) John Henry. The woman would be Eliza Lacy Hartman (the only "girl" in the family). But this line up of names is not etched in stone. They ARE the children of John T and Mary Kellogg Lacy though...on that I would be willing to place a bet...(and I'm not a betting person) Finding this photograph was nothing short of AMAZING. Neither my mother nor myself ever remember having taken notice of it before. We are not a family with a large gallery of old photos of un-named relatives. The majority of the ones we do have are from my grandfathers side of the family and are all identified. This one jumped out at me as NOT WATERBURYs.(my grandfathers family) The family resemblance within this group is striking...LACYs one and all. What a joy it is for me to have this picture and meet them face to face.
This first picture is of Edith Lacey (about age 13-14) with (most likely) 2 Lacey cousins. Edith was the young girl in the middle. This was most probably taken when she lived in Tioga County...The year would have been 1895-1896.
This second picture is of Edith (on the left) and her husband James Duane Waterbury (of Brewerton, Onondaga, NY). He sits in front of her and I believe Lulu (Lacey) Mersfelter (daughter of Sanford D Lacey) and her husband Ed...(of Syracuse I believe). This picture was taken about 1898 or 1899...Edith married in 1899 at the age of 17. The Mersfelters stood up with them at their wedding. What a handsome group.
Some of the following has been Copied from:
"The Kelloggs in the old world and the new" Vol. 1 pg 723 (Syracuse NY Library)
Some information was found on Family Search _LDS website, various cemetery website listings, and my grandmothers (ELW) notes on her family. (CGM 6-16-04)
Phillip Judd Kellogg s/o Ezra Kellogg &Ann Judd of Danbury CT
John T. Lacey s/o _______________?
Mary (Polly) Kellogg d/o Philip Judd & Huldah Kellogg
Eight of Mary's sons were in the Civil War. One is listed as having
Thomas (G) Lacey s/o Mary and John T.
James M Lacey s/o Mary and John T.
Phillip Judd Lacey s/o Mary and John T
Charles Truman Lacey s/o Mary and John T
Sanford M. Lacey (1st) infant s/o John T and Mary
Sanford D.Lacey (2nd) s/o Mary and John T.
STANFORD D. LACEY-obit information
Dates in ( ) represent different dates found for a given event. I tend to believe the earliest date.
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