Mystery Monday – Rachel Rosanna Tracy Weeks

0e2e5716-cc68-4fe4-89f9-edd658105b87I 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.

Katie (or Hattie) adopted daughter of Ray and Lewis Weeks.

Katie (or Hattie) adopted daughter of Ray and Lewis Weeks.

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.

Lew and Ray Weeks

Lew and Ray Weeks

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.IMAG0230


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 Mystery Monday – Rachel Rosanna Tracy Weeks

  1. Nancy Beach says:

    There is an 1885 census for Nebraska. We were one of the few states to do one that year.

  2. Rosanna Ward says:

    Thank you. I have that for some of my relatives but I went searching for Rachel’s just now. They are listed as LP and RR Wicks. He was a teamster then and there was no child in the home yet. I had kind of wondered if maybe Katie was LP’s daughter before he married RR.

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