Julien Frank Gracey1,2,3

ID# 1942, (1858 - 1929)
FatherFrancis Patten Gracey4,5,6 (30 Jun 1834 - 27 Apr 1895)
MotherIrene Cobb4,5,6 (31 Jul 1836 - 31 Mar 1906)

Key Events:

Birth: 22 Sep 1858, Eddyville, Kentucky7,8,9,10
Marriage: 1 May 1884, Blue Lick Springs, Kentucky, Minnie Thomas (Oct 1859 - 30 Sep 1919)11,12,13
Death: 6 Apr 1929, Madison St., Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee14,15,16
Burial: 7 Apr 1929, Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee17,18,2
AncestryThe Linah Mims - Rebecca Davis Family
The Cobbs of Pawlet, Vermont

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Narrative:

     
Julian, Kentucky
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Julien Frank Gracey was born on 22 Sep 1858 in Eddyville, Kentucky.7,8,9,10 He appeared on the 1860 Federal Census of Eddyville, Lyon Co., Kentucky, in the household of his parents, Capt. Frank Patton Gracey and Irene Cobb.19
     With his father away at the War, Julien Frank Gracey moved with his mother to Clarksville, Tennessee, by 15 Nov 1861.20 He appeared on the 1870 Federal Census of Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, in the household of his parents.21
     Julien was named an heir in the will of his father, dated 2 Sep 1879 in Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, in which he was to receive on half his estate.22 He appeared on the 1880 Federal Census of Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, in the household of his parents, Capt. Frank Patton Gracey and Irene Cobb.23
     Julien was educated in the public schools in Clarksville and later attended the University of the South at Sewanee, Tennessee. He graduated from Vanderbilt University, Nashville, in Jun 1881, with a Bachelor of Laws degree.24
Gracey, Kentucky
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     He established a law practice in Clarksville after his graduation, but gave it up in 1884 and joined the Louisville and Nashville Railroad Company, doing legal work. In 1887 he was appointed superintendent of the Clarksville & Princeton division of that railroad, the line acquired when it purchased the Indiana, Alabama & Texas Railroad, of which his father had been president.25,26,27 Under his superintendence the line was extended to Princeton, Kentucky. In the process numerous stations were established, with three of them named for the family. Gracey, in Christian Co., 7½ miles west of Hopkinsville, was established in 1887, supposedly named for his father. Cobb, in Caldwell Co., 8½ miles southeast of Princeton, was established late the same year. It was apparently named for his mother, or for her brother, Capt. Robert Linah Cobb, who was Chief Engineer of construction for the line at the time. Julian, six miles west of Hopkinsville, was established in 1888.28,29 During his tenure the former Indiana, Alabama and Texas line, previously completed only from Clarksville part way to Princeton, Kentucky, was completed to that city. In the process numerous stations were established, with three of them named for the family. Gracey, in Christian Co., 7½ miles west of Hopkinsville, was established in 1887, supposedly named for his sister's father-in-law. Cobb, in Caldwell Co., 8½ miles southeast of Princeton, was established late the same year, apparently named for him or his sister. Her son, an unknown person , was the superintendent of the line at the time. Julian, six miles west of Hopkinsville and established in 1888, was apparently named for him.28
     Julien married Minnie Thomas, daughter of Dr. Edwin Ruthven Wallace Thomas and Fredonia Francesca McGinty, on 1 May 1884 in Blue Lick Springs, Kentucky.11,12,13
     He became division freight agent, with headquarters at Memphis in 1891.24,30 Julien and Minnie were living in 611 Madison St., Clarksville, Tennessee, in 1895.31
     On 1 Sep 1895 he resigned his position with the Railroad to take the place of his father, who had died in April, as general agent in Clarksville, a postion he held until his death. He also participated in his father's other businesses, including F. P. Gracey & Brother, a local transfer firm. From 1896 to 1898 he was president of the Gracey-Woodward Iron Company, another business founded by his father. He clearly had other business interests as well. From 1896 to 1909 he was was general manager of the Clarksville Street Railway & Light Company. He reported his occupation as capitalist in the 1900 census, apparently reflecting his diverse business interests. He served as a director of the St. Bernard Milling Company in Earlington, Kentucky starting in 1895, and of the Northern Bank of Tennessee starting in 1908, becoming a second vice-president there.32,33,34,35,36
     Julien was one of the leaders in Clarksville in civic and public welfare work, and a regular contributor to charitable causes in Clarksville.5
Cobb, Kentucky
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     Julien built a summer home he called "Redbrook Farm" outside of Clarksville in 1899. In the early 1900's his family was used it to experience "sane, healthy, not too comfortable outdoor living." The girls were reportedly reluctant and insisted on having individual buggies and horses available for trips to the city.37
     Julien and Minnie appeared on the 1900 Federal Census of Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, at 611 Madison Street, enumerated 3 Jun 1900. Their children Louise, Hope, Julien, Frank, Elizabeth, Irene and Donald were listed as living with them, as was his mother, Irene Cobb, and Alice Johnson, a 57-year-old black servant.38
     Julien and Minnie appeared on the 1910 Federal Census of Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, at 611 Madison Street, enumerated 21 Apr 1910, reporting that they owned their home, mortgage free. Their children Louise, Julien, Frank, Elizabeth, Irene, Donald and Minnie were listed as living with them, as was their married daughter, Hope, and her husband, Howard Mclean Perry.39
     His wife died on 30 Sep 1919.40,41,42
     Julien appeared on the 1920 Federal Census of Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, at 611 Madison Street, enumerated 6 Jan 1920, reporting that he owned his home, mortgage free. His children Irene, Donald and Minnie were listed as living with him.43
     Julien died on 6 Apr 1929 in Madison St., Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, at age 70, at his home.14,15,16 He was buried on 7 Apr 1929 in Greenwood Cemetery, Clarksville, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.17,18,2

Children:
     Children with Minnie Thomas:

Citations

  1. [S2101] Moore and Foster, Tennessee the Volunteer State, 3:38, shows name as Julien Frank Gracey.
  2. [S3368] Julian F. Gracey grave marker, Greenwood Cemetery.
  3. [S645] Titus, Picturesque Clarksville, pg 403, shows name as Julien Gracey.
  4. [S3123] Julian F. Gracey, Certificate of Death.
  5. [S8848] Julian F. Gracey obituary, Nashville Tennessean.
  6. [S2101] Moore and Foster, Tennessee the Volunteer State, 3:38.
  7. [S3123] Julian F. Gracey, Certificate of Death, shows date, as 22 Sep 1859, and state.
  8. [S3368] Julian F. Gracey grave marker, Greenwood Cemetery, shows year, as 1858.
  9. [S2101] Moore and Foster, Tennessee the Volunteer State, 3:38, shows date. as 23 Sep 1858, town, and state.
  10. [S570] Francis P. Gracey household, 1860 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky, shows age 1 and state, as Kentucky.
  11. [S3369] Williams, Cabins to Castles, pg 189, shows month, as Aug, year, town, and state.
  12. [S2101] Moore and Foster, Tennessee the Volunteer State, pg 39, shows date, with month as May.
  13. [S2097] Julien Gracey household, 1900 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, shows married 17 years.
  14. [S3123] Julian F. Gracey, Certificate of Death, shows date, street, city, county, and state.
  15. [S8848] Julian F. Gracey obituary, Nashville Tennessean, shows died Saturday, at home and address.
  16. [S944] Davis, Folk Finders, citing Burial Records of Tarpley Funeral Home, 335 Franklin St., Clarksville, shows date and city.
  17. [S3123] Julian F. Gracey, Certificate of Death, shows date and cemetery.
  18. [S8848] Julian F. Gracey obituary, Nashville Tennessean, shows Sunday and cemetery.
  19. [S570] Francis P. Gracey household, 1860 U.S. Census, Lyon Co., Kentucky.
  20. [S3377] Frank P. Gracy, Compiled Service Records, Confederate, Kentucky, letter 15 Nov 1861, F. P. Gracey to Maj. G. B. Cosby.
  21. [S1774] F. P. Gracey household, 1870 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
  22. [S8704] Will Books, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, S:600, will of F. P. Gracey, 1 May 1895.
  23. [S1904] F. P. Gracey household, 1880 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
  24. [S2101] Moore and Foster, Tennessee the Volunteer State, pg 38.
  25. [S2101] Moore and Foster, Tennessee the Volunteer State, pg 38, shows his private practice, and positions with the railroad.
  26. [S645] Titus, Picturesque Clarksville, pg 403, shows occupation as connected with the law department of Lousiville & Nashville Railroad at Montgomery, Alabama.
  27. [S8848] Julian F. Gracey obituary, Nashville Tennessean, shows he had been with the Louisville and Nashville for more than 40 years.
  28. [S3425] Rennick, Kentucky Place Names, pp 63, 120, and 156, shows location and date of establishment of each station, and who named for, in the case of Cobb showing "either for the superintendent of the rr or a prosperous and influential family in neighboring Lyon Co." However Julian Gracey was superintendent, and the prominent Cobb's in Lyon county had mostly died or moved away some two decades before.
  29. [S2305] Transactions of the American Society of Civil Engineers, pg 546, shows Robert as Chief Engineer of Construction for Louisville & Nashville after it acquired the Indiana, Alabama, and Texas Railroad.
  30. [S8848] Julian F. Gracey obituary, Nashville Tennessean, shows he was first Memphis division agent.
  31. [S944] Davis, Folk Finders, citing Clarksville City Directory, 1895.
  32. [S2101] Moore and Foster, Tennessee the Volunteer State, pg 38, shows he resigned to take his father's place as general agent, officer roles in two companies, and a director of two others.
  33. [S8848] Julian F. Gracey obituary, Nashville Tennessean, shows he was general agent for the Louisville & Nashville at Clarksville at his death; was a senior member of F. P. Gracey & Brother; and second vice-president of Northern Bank of Tennessee.
  34. [S2097] Julien Gracey household, 1900 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, shows occupation as capitalist.
  35. [S2098] Julien F. Gracey household, 1910 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, shows occupation as freight agent, industry as general RR.
  36. [S2100] Julian F. Gracey household, 1920 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee, shows occupation as warehouse owner.
  37. [S3369] Williams, Cabins to Castles, pg 187.
  38. [S2097] Julien Gracey household, 1900 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
  39. [S2098] Julien F. Gracey household, 1910 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
  40. [S2101] Moore and Foster, Tennessee the Volunteer State, pg 39, shows date.
  41. [S3369] Williams, Cabins to Castles, pg 189, shows year.
  42. [S3379] Minnie Thomas Gracey grave marker, Greenwood Cemetery, shows year.
  43. [S2100] Julian F. Gracey household, 1920 U.S. Census, Montgomery Co., Tennessee.
  44. [S3381] Hope Gracey Perry, Certificate of Death.
  45. [S1003] Hardin, "Captain James Patton, Ancestors and Descendants," pg 239.
  46. [S8848] Julian F. Gracey obituary, Nashville Tennessean, shows name as Mrs. John J. West.
  47. [S8843] Minnie Diana Thomas Gracey, Delayed Certificate of Birth.