Wordless Wednesday – John Wesley Tracy resting on a bench

John Wesley resting in Holdrege, Nebraska park

John Wesley resting in Holdrege, Nebraska park

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Sunday’s Obituary – John Wesley Tracy

My great grandpa Wesley died rather suddenly under unique circumstances.  He was out hunting with some other family members and as he was sighting a rabbit with his rifle he had a heart attack and died.  One of his grandchildren, a child,  was with him and he remembers it was dusk, and an owl kept hooting nearby and he was scared.  Even as an older man he didn’t like owls.  After hearing this story I was telling it to one of my aunts and she said that Grandma Tracy also didn’t like owls and also that she, my aunt, heard owl hooting for several nights before Grandma Tracy died.  All this was rather interesting in light of the recent fashion of owl patterned items and knick knacks.  I did a little bit of research and discovered that many cultures believe that owls are harbingers of death.  Maybe that superstition was more well known by my ancestors than it is today.

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Workday Wednesday – Shorthorn Cattle Breeder

johnw_putting_up_hayJohn Wesley Tracy, Nebraska Pioneer, was an enterprising man.  Along with his dad and brothers he carved a prosperous farm out of the Nebraska prairie.  After his father died, Wesley bought out his siblings shares of the farm and by the time of his death he had doubled his land holdings.



He started a business breeding Shorthorn Cattle.  He also raised and sold  Black Langshang chickens.  He called his farm, Clover Leaf Farm according to the Farmers’ Directory of Brown Township, 1924.


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Tombstone Tuesday – John Wesley Tracy

John Wesley Tracy Tombstone

John Wesley Tracy Tombstone


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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.




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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

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Making History Personal by Rosanna Ward

I just published my first ebook!  Ok let me be honest, I only wrote it, my sister in law, Renee, did all the hard work of editing, formatting and figuring out how to put it online for sale.  But we are both super excited.  It is entitled Making History Personal; Using Genealogy Study to bring History to life for your students.   To buy or for more information please go here.  And after you read it please come back here and leave me a review!  Thanks.

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Wordless Wednesday

I have no idea who this is or where it was taken but it was found with my Grandma Gotcher’s photos.

Man with big fish

Man with big fish

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