The First Name Tacy. 34+ Women named Tacy in my Family Tree! 52 Ancestors, Week 24: Popular Name.

This week’s 52 Ancestors writing theme is “Popular Name”. This could include ancestors that have a name that was popular or trendy at the time, or a name that keeps getting used in your family tree. I decided to write about the female first name Tacy.

Icon of my ancestor Tacy Cooper Hubbard by artist GC Myers. He also is a descendant of hers.

The original ancestor that engendered the name Tacy to be passed down to numerous of her descendants was Tacy Cooper. She is my (twice) 9th great-grandmother. She was born 23 February 1618 in England and died 27 September 1697 in Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island, she married Rev. Samuel Hubbard.

The parentage of Tacy Cooper is unknown and unproven. But she and her husband were originally members of the Congregational Church. The origins of Congregationalism are found in 16th-century Puritanism.

Although the name Tacy can be a nickname for Eustacia or Anastasia, her name is only found listed as Tacy (and misspelled as Tasy on occasion). It was passed down to numerous descendants as Tacy, never as a nickname for Eustacia or Anastasia. Tacy is an English name that means “fruitful”. Tacy is also a name used by Puritans that means silence, it is from the Latin tace for “Be quiet!” It was in use in the 16th century, though usage of the name died out two centuries later. But as you will see the name did not die out in usage among the descendants of Tacy Cooper Hubbard. Even in the beginning of the 20th century, 200+ years after her death, I found one of her descendants named Tacy after her!

The name Tacy was passed down at least 34 times to the descendants of Tacy Cooper Hubbard. These are just the ones I know about! I am sure there are more than 34 if I were to follow every single one of her descendancy lines down to the 20th century. I descend from two daughters of Rev. Samuel Hubbard and Tacy Cooper: Ruth Hubbard who married Robert Burdick and Bethia Hubbard who married Rev. Joseph Clarke, Jr. (Seventh Day Baptist clergyman).

I am including a brief biography of she and her husband below, but further down I have included the list of her 34 known descendants named after her. This list includes two of my direct ancestors, several siblings of my direct ancestors, and oodles of cousins.

Tacy Cooper’s husband Samuel Hubbard arrived in Salem, Massachusetts, in October 1633, and probably came in the ship “James”, which left Gravesend, England, late in August of 1633, and arrived in Massachusetts Bay in October. He says in his diary, “I was born of good parents. My Mother brought me up in the fear of the Lord, in Mendlesham, in catechizing me and hearing choice ministers.”

In 1635, he moved to Watertown, Massachusetts, where he joined the [Congregational] church and that same year he went to Dorchester (Windsor), Connecticut. where he married Tacy Cooper.


Samuel and Tacy went to Wethersfield, Connecticut, in 1637, and moved up the Connecticut River to Springfield, Massachuetts in 1639. In December 1640 “Samuel Hubbard is alsoe appoynted by a generall vote to keepe an Ordinary [Inn] for ye entertaynment of Strangers.”

They left for Fairfield, Connecticut, in 1647, though only stayed a short time due to church disagreements. Samuel and Tacy were preaching the doctrines of Anabaptism. He says in his diary: “God having enlightened both (but mostly my wife) into his holy ordinance of baptising only of visible believers, and being very zealous for it, she was mostly struck at, and answered two terms publicly, where I was said to be as bad as she, and sore threatened with imprisonment to Hartford jail, if not to renounce it or to remove: that scripture came into our minds.”

“If they persecute you in one place flee to another;” and so we did 2nd day of October 1648. We went for Rhode Island and arrived there the 12th day. I and my wife upon our manifestation of our faith were baptised by brother Joseph Clarke, 3rd day of November 1648.

Samuel was a zealous Baptist and public religious disputant. For twenty-three years he belonged to the First Baptist Church of Newport, which sent him to Boston in 1651 “to visit the bretherin who was imprisoned in Boston jayl for witnessing the truth of baptising believers only, viz : Brothers John Clarke, Obadiah Holmes, and John Crandall.” In 1657 he went with Holmes on a preaching tour on Long Island, and in 1664 he was appointed General Solicitor of the Colony.

In about 1665, a Seventh Day Baptist missionary and his wife arrived in Newport from London; the first convert to the Sabbath in America being Tacy Cooper Hubbard. Samuel and Tacy, one daughter, and four other persons formed the first Seventh Day Baptist Church in America in 1671. Samuel reported that in 1678 there were 37 “Sabbatarians” in America; 20 in Newport, 7 at Westerly (also known as Hopkinton) and 10 at New London, Connecticut. Three years later the number of members reached 51; of this group two were Indians.

In 1675 in his diary, he refers to a “testament of my grandfather Cocke’s, printed in 1549, which he [Cocke] hid in his bed straw lest it should be found and burned in Queen Mary’s days.”

Samuel was born to Dissenter parents in Mendlesham, England in 1610. Samuel’s grandfather, Thomas Hubbard was driven out of the town of Mendlesham in 1556 for believing that Scripture contained enough information on its own to teach necessary doctrine to be saved.


He died between 1688 and 1692, and his wife after 1697, but no traces of their burial places have been found.

Source for biography:

One Thousand years of Hubbard History: 1866 – 1895
Published by Harlan Page Hubbard, New York. 1895.
Shope Family Ancestors

All the woman below are descendants of my ancestor, my twice 9th great-grandmother, Tacy Cooper Hubbard:

Tacy Crandall, my 5th great-grandmother, born 1721 in Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island, and died 1 June 1795 in White Day Creek, Monongalia County, West Virginia. She married Rev. Thomas William Davis (clergyman in the Seventh-Day Baptist church).

Tacy Kennedy, my 3rd great grandaunt, born about 1782 in Allegheny County, Pennsylvania, she died young. She was a sibling of my 3rd great-grandfather John Kennedy.

Tacy Davis, my 4th great grandaunt, born in 1761 Shrewsbury, Monmouth, New Jersey, and married Thomas S. Palmer. She was sibling of my 4th great-grandmother Ruth Davis Kennedy.

Tacy Burdick, my 7th great grandaunt, born 2 December 1677 in Newport, Newport, Rhode Island, she married Rev. Joseph Maxson (Seventh-Day Baptist clergyman), I am also related to him, he is my 7th great-granduncle.

Tacy Crandall, my 6th great grandaunt, born 1692 in Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island, she married John Lewis.

Tacy Davis, my 1st cousin, 5 times removed, born 1 September 1774 Monmouth, New Jersey, she died as a baby in 1775.

Tacy B. Davis, my 1st cousin, 5 times removed, born 25 June 1801 in Harrison, Charles, Virginia, she married Joseph Jeffrey Jr.

Tacy Davis, my 1st cousin, 6 times removed, born 13 July 1766 in Hopkinton, Washington County, Rhode Island, she married Nathaniel Kenyon.

Tacy Wells born 4 January 1715 in Westerly, Washington, Rhode Island, she married Hubbard Burdick.

Tacy Saunders born 4 February 1722 in Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island, she married John Allen.

Tacy Maxson born 15 December 1728 in Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island, she married Jonathan Lewis.

Tacy Burdick born 11 September 1735 in Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island.

Tacy Lewis born 29 September 1743 in Charlestown, Washington County, Rhode Island, she married Benjamin Cahoon Card.

Tacy Stillman born 14 April 1755 in Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island, she married Stephen Saunders.

Tacy Clark born 3 June 1756 Kingston, Rhode Island, she married Benedict Crandall.

Tacy Crandall born 30 November 1769 in Rhode Island, she married Samuel Crumb.

Tacy Lanphier born 14 May 1770 born Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island, she married Ethan Allen Maxson.

Tacy Langworthy born 1 Jul 1773 in Hopkinton, Washington County, Rhode Island, she married Charles Babcock.

Tacy Lewis born 14 January 1790 Westerly, Washington County, Rhode Island, she married Nathiel Tanner.

Tacy Crandall born 8 September 1798 Washington County, Rhode Island, she married William Scriven.

Tacy C. Card born 17 February 1807 in Richmond, Washington County, Rhode Island, married Seventh-Day Baptist clergyman Weeden Barber.

Tacy Ann Gilkeson born 1819 in Pennsylvania, she married William MacIntosh

Tacy Lucinda Greene born 7 December 1820 in Washington County, Rhode Island, she married Thomas Taylor Larkin.

Tacy Ann Greene born 18 October 1822 in North Stonington, New London, Connecticut, she married James Jerome Crandall.

Tacy Ann Maxson born 12 October 1825 in Washington County, Rhode Island, died four years later and is buried in Hopkinton, Washington County, Rhode Island.

Tacy M. Scriven born 17 September 1829 in Rensselaer County, New York, she married James Carroll Schullin.

Tacy Ann Palmer born 4 January 1831 in Rhode Island.

Tacy Jane Jeffrey born 28 February 1833 in West Union, Harrison, West Virginia, she married Elisha Hall.

Tacy Noyes born 7 November 1844 in Hopkinton, Washington County, Rhode Island, she died aged 19 in 1864.

Tacie Elizabeth Larkin born 31 Jul 1858 in Hopkinton, Washington County, Rhode Island, she married Alberti Randolph Stillman.

Helen Tacy Ann MacIntosh born 18 February 1865 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she never married, she died at age 52 in 1918.

Tacy Ann MacIntosh born 16 November 1896 in Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, she married Earl Chester Fuhrman.

Tacy Angeline Crandall born 19 July 1902 in Ashaway, Washington County, Rhode Island, she married Dr. Walter Saretzki (Chiropractor).

Famous Kin of Rev. Samuel Hubbard and Tacy Cooper:

  1. John Batterson Stetson, Inventor of the Cowboy Hat.
  2. Harry Chapin, Singer and Songwriter.
  3. Mary Chapin Carpenter, Singer and Songwriter.
  4. Billy Gilman, Country Music and Pop Singer.
  5. Cash Warren, TV Producer.
  6. Amy Adams, Movie Actress.

My two direct lines of descent from Tacy Cooper:

  1. Tacy Cooper and Rev. Samuel Hubbard (son of Yoeman James Hubbard and Naomi Cooke (Cocke)).
  2. Ruth Hubbard and Robert Burdick.
  3. Debora Burdick and Rev. Joseph Crandall (son of John Crandall (the elder) and his first wife).
  4. John F. Crandall and Mary Yeomans (daughter of Samuel Yeomans and Mary Ellis).
  5. Tacy Crandall and Rev. Thomas William Davis (son of Rev. John Davis and Elizabeth Maxson).
  6. Ruth Davis and Dennis Kennedy (son of John Kennedy and Sarah Murray).
  7. John Kennedy and Jane Williams (daughter of Zachariah Williams and Elizabeth Swartzlander).
  8. John Davis Kennedy and Susan Palmer (daughter of John Palmer and Mary Ann Spots (Spatz)).
  9. Abraham G. Kennedy and Mary Elizabeth Price (daughter of James Price and Julia Ann Meteer/Mateer).
  10. Glenna Annette Kennedy and Durward Edward Cole (son of Joseph Cole and Anna Cora Prindle) – my maternal grandparents.
  1. Tacy Cooper and Rev. Samuel Hubbard (son of Yoeman James Hubbard and Naomi Cooke (Cocke)).
  2. Bethia Hubbard and Rev. Joseph Clarke, Jr. (son of Rev. Joseph Clarke, Sr. and Margaret Turner).
  3. Judith Clarke and Rev. John M. Maxson, Jr. (son of Rev. John M. Maxson, Sr. and Mary ___).
  4. Elizabeth Maxson and Rev. John Davis (son of Rev. William Davis and Elizabeth May Brisley).
  5. Rev. Thomas William Davis and Tacy Crandall (daughter of John F. Crandall and Mary Yeomans).
  6. Ruth Davis and Dennis Kennedy (son of John Kennedy and Sarah Murray)
  7. John Kennedy and Jane Williams (daughter of Zachariah Williams and Elizabeth Swartzlander).
  8. John Davis Kennedy and Susan Palmer (daughter of John Palmer and Mary Ann Spots (Spatz)).
  9. Abraham G. Kennedy and Mary Elizabeth Price (daughter of James Price and Julia Ann Meteer/Mateer).
  10. Glenna Annette Kennedy and Durward Edward Cole (son of Joseph Edward Cole and Anna Cora Prindle) – my maternal grandparents.

Please see my other blog post related to these and related family lines and to learn all about them: My Davis, Maxson, Crandall, Burdick, and related lines, in Wales, England, and Rhode Island, Pennsylvania, New Jersey.

Links for further reading about my ancestors Rev. Samuel Hubbard and Tacy Cooper:

  1. Samuel and Tacy Hubbard: A Couple Devoted to God’s Sabbath by Rev. Don A. Sanford. Sabbath Recorder, Council on History.
  2. Icon: Tacy Cooper at redtreetimes.com. Concerning the work of artist GC Myers, who is also a descendant of Tacy Cooper Hubbard.

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About Anna Kasper, ACDP

I am an avid Genealogist. I am currently a student at Phillips Theological Seminary (one of the few Catholics!). I am an ACDP - Associate of the Congregation of Divine Providence (Sisters of Divine Providence of Texas). If you are unfamiliar with what a Religious Associate (also called an Affiliate, Consociate, Oblate, Companion) is exactly, visit my about me page for more information. In community college, I majored in American Sign Language/Deaf Studies, and Interdisciplinary Studies when at university.
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4 Responses to The First Name Tacy. 34+ Women named Tacy in my Family Tree! 52 Ancestors, Week 24: Popular Name.

  1. Barb LaFara says:

    I have never heard of the name Tacy before. And, reading about your ancestress’s connection to the Anabaptists and Seventh Day Baptists was very interesting. Thanks for sharing.

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  2. echoes77 says:

    Hi, Anne, I too am a member of 52 ancestors in 52 weeks, although I am more hit or miss! I came here on the recommendation from the newsletter and enjoyed your most recent post. But then, I saw the name Tacy and was drawn to it, as she is also my ancestress. I descend through Ruth Hubbard and Robert Burdick, their daughter, Deborah and Joseph Crandall, Then through Mary Crandall and her husband Nathaniel Wells. Tacy, for some reason has always intrigued me, and I have a plan to use her life in another blog post later this year. THanks for sharing and now I am off to read your other post about the Hubbards, Burdicks, etc. as we have them in common!
    Your cousin,

    Donna Mohney
    echoes77@comcast.net

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  3. Cheryl Cunningham says:

    Thank you for the interesting blog on the name “Tacy”. My husband’s maternal line descends from Rev. Samuel Hubbard and Tacy Cooper and eventually through T. William Davis and Tacy Crandall. This branch of the family ended up in Salem, West Virginia. (The Seventh Day Baptist Church moved from Rhode Island to New Jersey and to Salem, West Virginia.)

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  4. John Peckham says:

    Thank you so much for this, Anna. I’m also a direct descendent through both Ruth and Bethiah. I was inspired by Tacy when I encountered her in my family searches, not only for her intriguing name, but also the influence she seemed to muster over the family. Also she is emblematic for what is to me fascinating forces–quest for freedom of worship–that drive the migration or so many of my ancestors. I’ve just started writing her story. Would love to correspond with you as I go through the process. Meanwhile, I’ll be reading your blog. By the way, please tell me about the icon. I love it. John Peckham

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