Robert Gracey (variously spelled as Grissey, Greacy) appears in the list of Northern Inhabitants sending a memorandum to the Governor in 1791; had a public house licence to retail alcohol from at least 1776-1806, in 1797 described as Mariner. In 1814 census noted as living with 1 female over 16 together with a male under 16 (wife + son Robert). The name would appear to have its origin in Northern Ireland around Portadown area - no marriage can be found on the Island though Davison name not unknown in Peel at that time - a John Davison had a public house licence from at least 1754 to 1764.
In 1814 son Thomas Gracey noted as living with 1 female over 16, 1 male under 16 and three females under 16 (wife, number of children would fit but by then had 2 sons and 2 daughters); noted as Tide-waiter in 1823 and also for for his gallantry in helping to rescue the passengers and crew of the sloop Margaret and Anne in 1811. In 1816 Lib Assed Tho Gracey set down for ¾d Lord's Rent (part of Cottage entry #52 - now 17-23 Bridge street) with changes noted in April 1835 and May 1838 (death of wife/widow). No wills can be found for any of the male members.
Ann Gracey married William Boyde - not clear if any connection but a William Boyde, fisherman, held a public house licence from 1792 through to 1835 (in one year just an ale-house licence). In 1814 census a William Boyd (+1 adult female + 1 boy - son John Boyde born 1810 baptised Kk German) shown adjacent house in list to Thomas Gracey. The Lib Assed shows a change of ownership in Cottage rent #52 in that a Wm Boyd was noted for a 1½d rent which merged Thomas Gracey's ¾d and the adjacent ¾d rent, the change dating from after1834. By 1881 census a John Boyde (age 76 born Michael) and wife Ann are living at 19 Bridge Street; in the 1882 valuation list an Ann Boyd is shown as owning 19 + 21 Bridge street..
John Thomas Caine, a Mormon convert, states that John Gracey was his uncle and also a Mormon convert. Thomas Gracey is thought to have emigrated with a Mormon Aunt to Utah c.1852, though the Aunt is supposed to have died on the voyage; he is known to have been in California in 1860 (and in Nevada 1880 with a Manx born wife Elizabeth) and to have sent for his brother Robert.
Catherine Gracey was noted in 1861 census living with daughter Emma and Catherine in Peel.; in 1881 census describes herself as charwoman; living at 8 Charles Street, Peel, in 1894 - she died in 1899.
Mrs Jane Gracey noted at 57 Derby Square, Douglas in 1861 guide - in 1861 census living with Margaret age 19 and daughter Mary Jane, age 17 (though shown born in England whereas bapt Kk German). In 1863 a Mrs [? only as such in guide - entry gives no title] Margaret Gracey noted as matron of Ladies' Soup Dispensary, Fort street - Mrs Jane Gracey was operating a lodging/guest house at 57 Derby Square.
James Cowin in his Reminiscences implies that the Gracey boys were well known as tough characters - Robert Gracey died in June 1851 from a drunken brawl over the sale of a Jackdaw - Mona's Herald 25 June 1851 records a court apperance in which Gracey sold a jackdaw to Thompson for 6d but on non-receipt of the money blows were stuck and Gracey died supposedly from too much alcohol and the effect of the blow. An earlier case was noted in the Manx Liberal, 25 Dec 1841, in which Robert & Thomas Gracey together with William Corkill were charged with stealing porter on board a schooner in Peel harbour - the case was dismissed.
The following tree is offered as a first attempt. Unless otherwise stated all christenings and burials in Kirk German (St Peter's Peel); dates in italic derived from census.
Robert Gracey = Catherine Davison d.1815 | d. 1817 | +---------+--------+----+--+--------+--------+ | | | | | | John Ann Thomas Robert Robert Catherine b.1776 b.1779 b.1781 b.1783 b.1786 b.1788 d.inf | d.1831 ?d.1785 d.1789 | | 1804 | | 1804 William Boyd - = --+ +-------- = Catherine Kaighen d.1849 | | b.1781 V | d.1838 +--+---+-------+-----+-+--------+-------+ | | | | | | Thomas Mary Cath Robert John James b.1806 b.1808 b.1810 b.1812 b.1815 b.1817 1845 | d.1836 d.1849 d.1851 d.1845 d.1819 Mary Corlett = --+ | | | | 1833 | | +-------------------------------------+ V William Mcfee = -+ | 1838 | 1838 Braddan | +- = Catherine Christian = Jane Quilliam V | b.1817(Bride) d.1899 | b.1812 | | +-------+-------+------+-------+----+---+---------+ +------+---???----+--| | | twins | | | | | | | | Thomas Robert Margaret Ann John Emma Catherine Mary John Mary Jane b.1839 b.1842 b.1842 b.1844 b.1847 b.1847 b.1851 b.1839 b.1841 b.1845 d. USA d. USA d.1851 d.1847 d.1843 d.1844 | 1910 1934 1865 | George Edmund Lister - = -+
Confusion: there is PR noted marriage for John Gracey and Jane Quilliam at Braddan in 1843, she would appear to be the daughter of William Quilliam and Eliza Christian ch. Malew in Sept 1811 - however the German PR (May 1839) entry is for Mary Gracey daughter of John Gracey and Jane Cubbon; John Gracey jnr does not appear in PR.
Robert Gracy (25), Catherine (25) Thomas (2) Peel district 3 page 28 #155
John Gracey (mis indexed as Cracey) (25), Jane (30) Mary (2) Peel district 1 page 19/20 #105
Thomas Gracy (30) Peel district 1 page 19 105 -
can't fit following Thomas
Thomas Gracy (35) Peel district 3 34 #189
William Boyde (60), Ann (60) Peel district 1 page 19 103,
William McFee (40), Catherine (30), Emily (5) Douglas district 5 page 9 #40
Margaret Gracey (60) Onchan district 3 page 30 #122 - can see no relationship, indicated as servant, no marital status
Robert Gracey (38) , Catherine (37), Robert (9), Margaret (9), Ann (7), Emily (4), Grace D. (? later Catherine) 3mths Peel district 1 page 72 #15
Ann Boyde (71) Peel district 1 page 43 #157
Catherine Gracey (44 born Bride), Emma (12 born Peel), Catherine (10 born Peel) Peel district 2 #82
Jane Gracey (49 born Douglas), Margaret (19 born Douglas) , Mary Jane (17 born England) Douglas district 11 #77 - Mary Jane is bapt in Kk German ?
Burial Register Kk German - Robt inf son Robert 25 Jul 1799 + Thomas son of Robt 8 Nov 1785 both from smallpox - can't tie these in with births , transcription errors ?
IGI has Cath ch 1810 as dau of JOHN and Cath Kaighen and
IGI has Mary as dau of John & Jane CUBBON - this may be the link with John T Caine as his mother was a Cubbon and otherwise I cannot see how John Gracey was an uncle.
Ann Gracey m. Philip Corkan 27 Aug 1826; Mary Ann dau. Ann + Philip ch. 22 Feb 1829; Ann bur Peel 12 Mar 1855 - ? can't immediately place, not in 1841 or 1851 census;
John b.1841 bur. 30 Jun 1844 (age 3½.yrs) 'son of John Kk Patrick)' suspect son of John & Jane Cubbon (or Quilliam) - possibly not in Parish reg as John was by then a Mormon convert
Elizabeth b. 1821 bur 7 Jan 1836 - only possibility is daughter of Thomas + Cath Kaighin
Margaret d. 16 Feb 1817 - can't fit ? sister of Robert