I still have quite a few questions about Aunt Ray’s life. The 1900 census renumerates Ray and Lewis owning a home in New York Township, York, Nebraska and living with them in the home are a daughter (adopted daughter Katie or Hattie) along with 11 boarders. The boarders are all listed as being inmates of the poor farm. This is when I really miss not having an 1890 census to help get a little background. And Lewis died in 1902.
There is a picture of the adopted daughter but the picture and the 1900 census are the only information I have about Katie. Where did she come from and where did she go? By 1910 Ray is living alone as a widow. The 1900 census says she was born in May 1883.
And what was the story with the poor farm inmates/boarders? I know that must be an interesting story and may require yet another trip to York, Nebraska to do some more research.
Also, I have not been able to locate Rachel on the 1920 census. I believe she was either in York, Nebraska or perhaps she was in California.
But here is the information I do have on Rachel Ray Tracy Weeks. She was born the 20th of May, 1859 in Harrison, Ross County, Ohio. Rachel was the second child of John Edward and Maria Artlysia Boblet Tracy and by 1870 the family had moved to Mount Hope, McLean, Illinois. By 1880 they were in York, Nebraska with a brief stop in Richland County, Nebraska. She married Lewis Weeks in 1884 in York, Nebraska an here they lived until his death in 1902. By 1928 Rachel was living in Whittier, California. She traveled him September 1, 1930 and died the night of her arrival at her nephew, Bryce Tracy’s home.