JAMES A. GRACEY, of Cross Creek township, one of the enterprising farmers of Jefferson county, was born on a farm which is his present residence, February 3, 1847. His father was Joseph, a son of William Gracey, who came from Ireland, his native land, about the time of the close of the Revolutionary war, and settled in Jefferson county, where he remained until his decease, about 1853, aged eighty-eight years. Joseph Gracey was born in Cross Creek township, March 20, 1814, and on October 8, 1841, was married to Catherine A. Hook, by whom he had four children, one of whom besides the subject of this mention, survives. Joseph was a butcher by trade, but was also engaged in farming to a considerable extent. He died February 28, 1855, and his wife still survives. James A. Gracey was reared as a farmer, receiving his education in the common schools, and he has given his attention almost wholly to agriculture, giving some time also to stock raising and dealing, and having dealth quite extensively in horses. He is a member of the Methodist Episcopal church, as is his wife also, and of the I. O. O. F., and is esteemed as an industrious and worhty citizen. He was married January 23, 1877, to Sarah, daughter of James Bear, of Cross Creek township, and they have five children: Joseph H., Mary E., Annie B., Lizzie F., and Catharine M.
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