George Wallace Gracie Jr1,2

#3076, (between 1904 and 1905 - 6 February 1951)
Father*George W Gracie1 (c 1855 - 1929)
Mother*Carrie Bell Ensell1 ( - 1948)
Birth*between 1904 and 1905He was born between 1904 and 1905.1 
27 April 1910He appeared on the census of 27 April 1910 in the household of George W Gracie and Carrie Bell Ensell at 176 DeWitt Avenue, Belleville, Essex Co., New JerseyG.3 
8 January 1920He appeared on the census of 8 January 1920 in the household of George W Gracie and Carrie Bell Ensell at 29 Normandy Place, Irvington, Essex Co., New JerseyG.4 
3 April 1930He appeared on the census of 3 April 1930 in the household of Carrie Bell Ensell at Essex Co., New JerseyG.5 
Death*6 February 1951He died on 6 February 1951 at Woodbridge, New JerseyG; Seven Dead, Eight Injured From Area In Pennsylvania Wreck At Woodbridge
Local Aid Squads, Police, Firemen, Join In Efforts To Aid Victims; Lack Of Service On Strikebound Jersey Central Crammed Train

Seven from his area were dead and eight injured in the still incomplete count of the casualties resulting from the Pennsylvania Railroad wreck Tuesday at Woodbridge. The total dead was 88 and over 500 were injured.

The dead:

Ruth I. Crimmins, 21, 111 Cleveland Ave., Laurence Harbor.
Irene J. DenBleyker, Matawan Rd., Laurence Harbor.
George W. Gracie, 46, 112 Morningside Ave., Laurence Harbor.
Leo W. Mullen. 28, of 411 Jefferson Ave., Laurence Harbor.
John A. Nordlund. 69, of 127 Laurence Pkway., Laurence Harbor.
Clarence W. Holmes, 58, of 220 Birchwood Dr., Cliffwood Beach.
George Bernius. Grove Ave., Laurence Harbor.

The accident occurred at 5:43 p.m. when the train entered a sharp curve on the temporary overpass opened three hours earlier to carry trains over construction work on the New Jersey Freeway. The exact cause was undetermined but it appeared to observers that a temporary wooden trestle had collapsed after the engine and the first five cars had cleared it.

The locomotive tender and first five cars of the 11-car train passed safely over the trestle, one car length across and supported by eighteen wooden tiles. Wheels of the sixth car apparently broke through the wooden bridge, causing a whip-lash action to convulse the train.

The steam locomotive toppled over on its side but remained on top of the embankment. The tender fell to the west down the 25-foot embankment, landing in Fulton St., a roadway running parallel to the tracks.

The first and second cars slewed part way down the embankment, perilously tilted but not overturned. The third and fourth cars plunged farther down the embankment and were the worst damaged. They contained most of the dead and critically injured.

Tho fifth car rested on its side in the mud of the embankment just south of the bridge, while the sixth, under which the trestle appeared to have collapsed, spanned the trestle, resting on the concrete abutments at either end. One of its wheel trucks had dropped through the bridge and rested in Legion Pl. below.

The seventh and eighth cars appeared to have sheared past the sixth car, ripping open their sides and plowing down the embankment near the third and fourth coaches. The last three cars remained to the north of the bridge, upright on the tracks.2 
Obituary8 February 1951Obituary for George Wallace Gracie Jr was published George W. Gracie, 46, of 112 Morningside Ave., Laurence Harbor, had lived there 18 months and was employed at General Motors Export Division in New York. Born in Newark, he lived in Irvington before moving to Laurence Harbor.
He is survived by his wife, Mrs. Jean Duncan Gracie; two daughters, Ellen, 5, and Jean, 3; a brother William Gracie of Linden, and three sisters, Mrs Elizabeth Corvan and Mrs. Florence Leu of Irvington, and Mrs. V. Rehm of Detroit.
The Matawan Journal on 8 February 1951. 


  1. [S8] 1910 U.S. Federal Census.
  2. [S382] Ensell & Encell, John R. Ensell, compiler, online \…\, GEORGE WALLACE JR. GRACIE, b. 1906, Belleview, Essex County, New Jersey; d. 06 Feb 1951, Woodbridge, New Jersey.
  3. [S8] 1910 U.S. Federal Census. George W (56), b. PA, fa. b. Scotland, mo. b. PA, master mechanic, silver factory; Carrie (48), b. and parents b. PA, 15 children, 11 living; marr. 32 yrs.
  4. [S11] 1920 U.S. Federal Census. George (55), master mechanic, chemical; Carrie (57).
  5. [S7] 1930 U.S. Federal Census. Carrie E (68), widow.