A favorite ancestor – Truman Isaac Lacey

I know it’s wrong to play favorites with family members, which makes me feel like it’s wrong to play favorites with ancestors.  There are a few, however, that stand out to me for whatever reason.  Some of them may have great stories that I have been able to find.  Some of them may have left something great behind.  I have decided to start covering some of these favorites.   The unfortunate truth is that SO many of my ancestors probably had amazing lives and did amazing things, but there is absolutely no information about them out in the world anymore.  Or…at least I haven’t found it yet.  I will certainly keep looking.

Today’s family fave: Truman Isaac Lacey

An absolutely creepy picture of Truman Isaac Lacey from 1890. This is why you're not supposed to blink, Truman!

The reason that I know anything about this guy is not because he left our family all of his personal journals (he didn’t).  He did, however, leave behind some amazing work.  He left behind some amazing buildings.  Good old T.I. was an architect and started a firm that employed much of the Lacey family.  Many of his buildings, and those of his firm in general, are still standing today which is amazing!

He lived in the Binghamton, New York area for years, which is where the firm was located, so many of his buildings were located in or around the city.  Some of his biggest jobs include the following:

The Security Mutual Building in downtown Binghamton.

The Press Building in downtown Binghamton, New York.

The Kilmer Building in Binghamton, New York

This all makes me feel like I’m going to have to create something very concrete (and awesome) to leave for future generations.  Thanks for setting the bar high, Truman.

Other facts about Truman:

  • He has a great name.  Truman Isaac Lacey.  So solid.  He sounds very stuffy.  I’m sure he was.  He also gave one of his sons an amazing name: Bascom Taylor Lacey.  Amazing.
  • He was in the Civil War.  He was enlisted in Company G, Pennsylvania 13th Infantry Regiment on 12 September 1862.
  • He is my ggg grandfather by this route:  Me > Linda Kinsley (my mom) > Charles Kinsley (her dad) > Marion Lacey (his mom) > Bascom Lacey (her dad) > TRUMAN! (his dad)
  • Other buildings he designed: Sayre Theatre (Sayre, PA), VanDerLyn Mansion (Oxford, NY), Monroe County Courthouse (Stroudsburg, PA).

So this is just one of many of my favorite ancestors.  Look out for another installment of “A Favorite Ancestor” sometime next month.  If you have one of your own, leave me a comment about them.

13 thoughts on “A favorite ancestor – Truman Isaac Lacey

  1. Do you know anything else about Bascomb Taylor Lacey? What was his wife’s name, and did he live in East Stroudsburg, PA? I thought it was he who had designed the Monroe County Courthouse and some other fine homes in the area. I believe he is my great uncle, on my father’s side.

  2. My father was Howard Taylor Lacey, lived in Bing. All his life. Believe his father was Foster T. Lacey. Married Rita Luce.

    • My name is Brian Taylor Lacey and my father was Foster Truman Lacey and I lived in Binghamton all my life…not sure of my ancestry

      • Truman Isaac Lacey had a son Bascom Taylor Lacey who then had a son Foster T Lacey senior who had a son foster T Lacey Jr who then had a son Brian Taylor Lacey that is me who I had a son Zachary Taylor Lacey

      • Love this! Hello cousins! Brian, let me know if I can help you with any people farther back than Truman Isaac. My Great Uncle gave me a wealth of information on the Laceys from WAY back. I’m not sure how much of it is accurate but he worked on this stuff a LOT. I am trying to find my own historical proof so haven’t included a lot of it in my tree. If you are on ancestry and want to link up, let me know!

  3. Our house is located in Binghamton on Crocker Hill. The original iron cut out from a screen door perhaps is handing in the house. The house was named the Crow’s Nest and the name on the door is Truman A. Lacy. He may have designed our house and the house across the road. Any ideas? Thanks!

      • One thing I have found with the Lacey/Lacy fam is that they do change the spelling sometimes. I kind of wonder if this is done on purpose to separate themselves from parents when creating their own career? I have no idea really but it definitely switched up between the two spellings a lot in that family.

    • I have a Truman A. Lacy in my tree. Son of Arthur Truman Lacey who was the son of dear Truman Isaac Lacey. He was born in Binghamton or Fenton until 1957 until 1957. He died in Sun City Arizona in 1964. He was indeed an architect with his own firm. In 1930 he lived at 52 Exchange Street. In 1940 he lived at 1314 Chenango Street with wife Grace and daughter Virginia. In 1957-1960 it says his Home is RD 3, Crocker Hill Rd. which sounds like that area you live. He lived there with his second wife Daisy. I can’t find directories past 1960. Anyway, Yeah! Truman A. Lacey is my 1st cousin 3x removed. There is definitely a proud tradition of architects in that family. It’s pretty cool to have buildings still standing that you can trace to a family member. I love it. Do you know what it would mean to have the address be RD 3?

  4. Absolutely !…apparently I’m a direct descendant of Truman Isaac Lacey and that is as far back as I have found out so far

  5. I am the current historian for St. Mary’s Assumption Church located in Binghamton, NY. Sanford Lacey who was I believe a nephew of Truman Lacey was the architect for the church. It is my understanding that Sanford apprenticed under Isaac Perry. One of Isaac Perry’s signatures was to incorporate faces of people into his buildings. On the front of the church is a likeness of James Sullivan, who was one of the builders. I am trying to find out more about Sanford Lacey. Would you have any information that you can share.

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