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Alexander Racy, Racey, Rasey born abt. 1830 in N.Y.

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Re: Alexander Racy, Racey, Rasey born abt. 1830 in N.Y.

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I wouldn't worry too much about her named being misspelled on the marriage certificate.

What I have found so far is that Cordelia Taylor Racy was born in New York, ca. 1830, the daughter of Canadian Aurelius/Amlicus/Amelick Taylor(his name is never spelled the same way twice) and Laura Hadsell. She married Henry Racy in 1852. In 1860, they were living with their three children (Phoebe, Laura and William H.) in Kinderhook Tp. Pike County, Illinois, as were Henry’s parents. Henry served in the 39th Missouri Infantry during the Civil War, and apparently died during or shortly after the war, as Cordelia filed for a widow’s pension in July of 1865. (Has anyone ordered his pension and service records from the National Archives?) In 1870, Cordelia and her children lived in Ray County, Missouri, as did her in-laws. The 1880 census found Cordelia and her son William, age 22 and disabled, living back in Hadley Tp., Pike County. Cordelia died shortly after this, as in 1881 her estate sold her New Philadelphia property.

It is interesting that Henry and Cordelia were married by C. S. Luce. Luce was a shoemaker and Baptist preacher. Free Frank McWorter, the founder of New Philadelphia, contracted with Luce to build a church and seminary at New Philadelphia. After several years, the church and seminary had not been built and lawsuits were filed. Luce and his family left shortly thereafter. Coincidently, Cordelia Racy would later buy two of the lots that Free Frank had deeded to C.S. Luce in exchange for building the church and seminary.

In 1850, according to the U.S. Census, Henry Racy lived in the household of his parents, John and Emeline, in Hadley Township, Pike County, Illinois (Hadley Tp. is where New Philadelphia is located). He was 20 years old. The other children in the household were Eliza J., Washington, John, Elizabeth and Mary A.

The Taylor/Tailor family also lived in Hadley Tp. in 1850.
"Amlicus Tailor" was a shoemaker, born in Canada, aged 35. His wife Laura, age also given as 35, was born in New York (the next census will say she was born in Massachusetts). The children in the household were Edward, Cordelia, Altha, Amelia, Noble D., and Jane.

The earliest surviving tax collector's book from Pike County shows that Henry Racy owned personal property assessed at $26 for which he owed 20 cents in state and county tax and 1 cent in town tax. However, the entry is marked "Gon" instead of "Paid." I think this means he was "gone off"--had moved away from the area. I do not find him in Hadley Township in the 1855 Illinois state census.

In 1860, "Amdeck Taylor" and family still lived in Hadley Township, but both the John Racy and Henry Racy families lived in Kinderhook Township, a few miles to the west. The Taylor family includes the parents and children Amelia, Noble, Jane, Alma (deaf) and Philander. Amelicus was no longer listed as a shoemaker, but was a farmer. I have noticed that the cottage industry of shoemaking was rapidly disappearing from the region at this time. In the east shoe factories were overtaking the manufacture of shoes at this time.

By 1870, Henry Racy had died, and the John Racy, Alexander Racy and Cordelia Racy households can all be found in Ray County, Missouri.

In October of 1874, Cordelia purchased two lots in New Philadelphia, Pike County, Illinois. These lots (Block 8, Lots 1 and 2)had changed hands several times over the years, but no one had bothered to file their deeds at the courthouse. I think Cordelia must have been a good businesswoman and insisted that she have clear title to her property, because all of a sudden, many years worth of deeds were filed on the same date that she bought the lots. The property was sold after her death. The executor was N.V. Hadsell, one of the many Hadsells in the community, no doubt a relative of Cordelia's mother.

The next time I get over to the Pike County courthouse, I will look to see if their is a probate file for Cordelia Racy. Also, I think she is buried in the New Philadelphia area, but I don't have my copy of the cemetery inventory handy.

Anyone interested in exchanging information on the Racy or Taylor families is free to contact me directly at

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