Surname Saturday – Tracy Family

John Edward Tracy Family

This is the first “Surname Saturday”  post I have done so I thought I would begin with the Surname I have spent the most time researching.  The Tracy family.  My branch of the Tracy family lived predominantly in the York, Nebraska area from 1874-now.  John Edward Tracy was my first Tracy ancestor to move to Nebraska.  He had previously farmed in McLean County, Illinois with his wife Maria Boblett Tracy and young family. Before that he had grown up and married in the Ross County, Ohio area. He was the seventh child of Joshua and Rachel Dilworth Tracy both born in Harford County (Anne Arundel) area of Maryland.  Joshua had served in the war of 1812 and was granted the land in Ohio for his service.  Joshua was a son of Benjamin Tracy Jr who was a son of Benjamin Tracy who was a son of Tego Tracy, son of Teague Tracy Jr, son of Teague Tracy.  The first Teague Tracy was born in England 1650 and came to this area of Maryland around 1679.  They were one of the first families of Maryland.

John Edward Tracy

My great great grandfather, John Edward Tracy received a land grant in York County, Nebraska for the purpose of planting trees in 1875.  Over the years the family bought 5 more sections of land.  That farm was in our family until my grandmother passed away in 1998.  A small portion of the original land is still owned by a Tracy.  John Edward had seven children, several of whom married and moved further west.  His son John Wesley, my great grandfather bought the farm from his siblings after the death of his father.  He married Maria Rusler (her parents immigrated from Germany). and they had five surviving children.  Two of his daughters, Olive Nelson and Mary White and  eventually one of his sons Ivan, moved to the Pacific Northwest and his youngest son, Everett, moved his family to Louisiana.  My grandmother, Mabel, received the homestead portion of the farm and my grandpa, Leo Gotcher, farmed it until his death.  The oldest brother, Bryce, also continued farming his portion of the land until he retired.

John Wesley Tracy Family

I love the stories of my Tracy ancestors.  Someday I hope to find the connection across the pond.  Where was Teague born?  Who were his parents?  etc.  I have traced most of my ancestors back to their immigration to this country but now I need to turn my research towards their country of origin.  If you have more information about the Tracy family, or perhaps know where a branch of Joshua Tracy or John E Tracy’s family ended up please let me know.

Tracy Farm 1981


About Rosanna Ward

Rosanna is a devoted mother of four children, two of which are homeschool graduates. She currently homeschools her 11 and 6 year old sons. Rosanna is a homeschool graduate and a graduate of Oral Roberts University: She grew up in Tulsa and has been homeschooling here for the past eleven years. Rosanna has loved family history for as long as she can remember and love genealogy for the stories of her ancestors.
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2 Responses to Surname Saturday – Tracy Family

  1. Val G says:

    Joshua Tracy’s son, John Wesley, is my 4x great grandfather.

    • Rosanna Ward says:

      I believe you are referring to Joshua Tracy brother of my great great grandpa John Edward Tracy both sons of Joshua Tracy (6x) and Rachel (Dilworth) Tracy. So your John Wesley (4x) would be first cousin to my great grandpa John Wesley Tracy. Your Joshua Tracy (5x) was married to Rosanna (Kelley) Tracy which is my name. John Edward Tracy named one of his daughters Rachel Rosanna Tracy then her brother John Wesley (my great gpa) named his daughter Mabel Rosanna and Mabel was my grandma and I inherited the name Rosanna from her.

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