Rev Samuel Levis Gracey


Rev Samuel Levis Gracey

Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Death 19 Aug 1911 (aged 75)
Newton, Middlesex County, Massachusetts, USA
Burial Philadelphia, Philadelphia County, Pennsylvania, USA
Plot Section 131 - Plot 10
Memorial ID 43745322 View Source
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Rev. Dr. Samuel Levis Gracey was the son of John and Ann Elizabeth Bartram (Leech) Gracey. Leonora (Thompson) Gracey was his 1st wife. They were married November 21, 1860. Leonora died December 11, 1897. Cordania "Corda" Elizabeth (Perkins) Pratt Gracey was his 2nd wife. They were married January 15, 1900. Cordania died May 3, 1937. Rev. Gracey was a minister in the New England Conference of the Methodist Episcopal Church. He was United States Consul at Foochow, China 1890-1893 and 1897-1907. He served during the Civil War.

Spring Garden, Ward 4, Philadelphia, PA
John age 50, b1800 PA
Ann age 51, b1799 PA
Ann Evans age 11, b1839 PA
John Gracey age 19, b1831 PA
Samuel Gracey age 14, b1836 PA
John Drake age 23, 1827 PA
William Gibson age 21, b1829 PA
Georgianna Gibson age 19, b1831 PA
Eliza LEECH age 23, b1827 PA

The Saturday Globe
Utica, Oneida County, New York
July 28, 1900
The Religious World
Notes and Comments
Rev. Dr. Samuel L. Gracey, United States consul at Foo Choo, China, in his lifetime has combined the functions of politician and clergyman. Dr. Gracey was born in Philadelphia in 1835. After obtaining an education he was for 30 years pastor of Methodist Episcopal Churches of considerable importance in and about Philadelphia, Wilmington and Boston. He was twice elected to the Massachusetts Legislature from Salem.

United States Civil War Soldier Records And Profiles, 1861-1865
Name: Samuel Levi Gracey
Age At enlistment: 27
Enlistment date: 2 Nov 1862
Rank at enlistment: Chaplain
State served: Pennsylvania
Survived the war: Yes
Service record: Commissioned an officer in Company S, Pennsylvania 6th Cavalry Regiment 20 Nov 1862. Mustered out 17 June 1865, Transferred to Company S, Pennsylvania 2nd Cavalry Regiment 17 June 1865, Mustered out 07 Aug 1865 at Louisville, Kentucky.
Birth date: 8 Sep 1835
Death date: 8 Sep 1911
Sources: History of Pennsylvania volunteers, 1861-1865 Massachusetts GAR: Journal of the annual encampment Dept of Massachusetts 1866-1947.

S. L. Gracey
Annals Of The Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry - Rush's Lancers, c1868
"Rev. Samuel L. Gracey was born in Philadelphia in 1835. He was educated at Boston University, and was ordained in 1857. The young pastor served in his native Philadelphia until his appointment as chaplain of the newly formed Sixth Pennsylvania Cavalry in 1861, a post he held until 1864. Gracey also held the post of chaplain of the First Division Cavalry Corps, Army of the Potomac. He briefly served as chaplain of the large prisoner of war camp located in Rock Island, Illinois, and rejoined the regiment in the spring of 1865, just in time for the regiment to be mustered out of service. After the war, Chaplain Gracey returned to the Philadelphia area. After publishing his fine regimental history, he served as pastor for a number of different congregations until 1890. When he was appointed United States Consul to China, a post he held for various periods until 1897. Gracey received the Decoration of the Double Dragon from the Chinese government for his service in suppressing the Boxer Rebellion. He died in Boston in 1911, and was brought home to rest in Mount Moriah Cemetery in Philadelphia, where he lies under a simple gravestone that reads "Soldier - Clergyman - Diplomat".

March 5, 2015
Info from Sarah D (fag #48106166)
The Middleboro Gazette
August 4, 1911, Page 2
He "takes rest at West Newton sanitarium".
August 25, 1911, Page 2
He "commits suicide at private hospital in Newton".
The Middleboro MA death certificate for Rev. Gracey states that he died in Newton, MA at "The Newton Nervine". The Newton Nervine was a small private asylum. Newton is a very short distance from Boston. The death certificate dosen't use the word suicide but it does mention "wounds of neck self inflicted".

Methodist Episcopal Church
New England Conference Journal
1912, Page 132

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"Samuel Levis Gracey D.D
Soldier - Clergyman - Diplomat
Chaplain 6th Regt PA Cavalry
Bush's Lancers
1835 - 1911"
Aged 75y 11m 20d

He rests from his labours,
But his works do follow him

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