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.
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.
Wesley 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.