John Wesley Tracy – Nebraska Pioneer



John Wesley Tracy was my great grandfather.  He was the second son, sixth child, of John Edward and Maria Artlysia (Bobblett) Tracy.  He was born June 14, 1868 in Mount Hope, McLean, Illinois and moved with his family to Nebraska as a young boy.  He was about eight years old when the family settled in Brown, York, Nebraska.




John & Mary S Tracy

He married Mary Sophia Rusler on February 21, 1894.  They had seven children: Bryce Dilworth (1896), Ivan Wesley (1898), Pearl Olive (1900), Ray Lewis (1902), Mabel Rosanna (1904), Mary Augusta (1908), and James Everett (1913).    His son, Ray, died in a household accident in 1905.  Other descendants say that Wesley went from being a fun loving practical joker to being more serious minded after the accident.  He died November 28, 1931 of a sudden heart attack while out hunting with family.  The 28th was the Saturday right after Thanksgiving that year.  He is buried at Council Church Cemetery in York County, Nebraska.

John Tracy and May Rusler Tracy familyWesley was a hard and enterprising businessman.  He doubled the landholdings of his family and had several successful breeding ventures. He was a loving and well loved family man and an active church member.  His descendants are many and spread all over the United States.



John Edward Tracy Family, Wesley is second row right end.

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John Wesley is second row left – pictured with his siblings minus Mary Talbott.


Isaiah Watson, Rachael Rosanna, John Welsey, Olivia Anne, Charles Edward, and Amanda Elizabeth


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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1 Response to John Wesley Tracy – Nebraska Pioneer

  1. Jeanette Tracy Kahl says:

    My dearest Grandmother!! She taught me sooooooooo much. Grandfather had crossed before I was thought about. Thank you for your lovely writings and all your research, Rosanna.

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