TRACY, Louisa Agnes

1863 - 1943

Louisa Agnes Tracy was born at Ipswich on 16 May 1863 and baptised at Holy Trinity Church, Ipswich on 14 June 1863, eldest child of Nathaniel Tracy (10 August 1828-13 April 1902), a dental surgeon, and his wife Louisa Eliza Barnes (1836-18 January 1912), only daughter of Charles Barnes, draper of Cambridge, who married at St Michael's Church, Cambridge on 9 August 1862, Nathaniel was the elder brother of Agnes Loveridge Tracy, Isabel Martha Wingfield Tracy and Jessie Fife Tracy. In 1881, Louisa was a 17-year-old, living at The Folly, Tuddenham Road, Ipswich with her parents, 51-year-old Nathaniel and 45-year-old Louisa, with siblings, Ada Helen 12, Hugh Loveridge 6 and Nathaniel 2. One of the family of painters, she studied at the Ipswich School of Art and passed her examinations 1886-1888 and as Miss Tracy is listed as an exhibitor at the Ipswich Fine Art Club from Oak Lodge, Christchurch Street, Ipswich but does not seem to have any exhibits but some by a Miss Tracy maybe her work. In 1891, the family were living at 9 Lower Brook Street, Ipswich when Louisa had 'no occupation' and in 1901 she was a 37-year-old 'drawing instructress', on a visit to her 58-year-old widowed aunt, Isabel Martha Wingfield Hayes at Shrub Cottage, Foxhall Road, Ipswich. In 1911, living at 25 Roundwood Road, Ipswich 'on private means' with a 40-year-old servant, and in 1939 a 'retired gardener', living at 26 Murray Road, Ipswich with her younger sister Maud Isabel, a retired teacher, who was born on 14 May 1865. Louisa Agnes Tracy died at 26 Murray Road, Ipswich on 29 November 1943, aged 80, she was unmarried.