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Anne, as she liked to be called, was born September 15, 1861 in Ross County, Ohio. She was the third child and third daughter of John Edward and Mary Artlysia Tracy. She married Eugene Plummer about 1882 and they lived in North Platte, Lincoln, Nebraska. In the 1921 directory they were clerks at a store called Derryberry & Forbes. Anne and Eugene had no surviving children although her niece, Alice, said that she had a couple babies that died in infancy. Eugene died October 19, 1922.
By 1930 Anne is living in Long Beach, California and is selling real estate. She married William Thomas Banks sometime between 1930 and 1935. He was a widow with six grown children. Mr. Banks died July 12, 1946. It seems she must have travelled to visit her sister, Amanda Woolman, in Lake Charles, Louisiana. She is said to have died there January 3, 1948.
She is buried next to her first husband in Greenwood Cemetery in York, Nebraska. findagrave.com has her indexed as Anna Plummer Banks and it is here where it says she died in Lake Charles, Louisiana. I would like to find an obituary to further source this information.
Through my research I have found that Anne was a very interesting adventurous lady. She travelled across country to be a realtor in Long Beach in the 30’s, what must that have been like? There are a couple pictures of her where you can just see that she had an adventurous fun-loving nature.
My grandma Mabel owned property in Los Angeles, California at one time. The story I heard was that she won it in a radio contest. She sold it to buy irrigation for the farm. But I always thought it odd that she won it from Nebraska. But now that I know she had an aunt in California it makes more sense. And perhaps she didn’t win it but inherited it? I look forward to doing further research about this. Gotta wonder how much that property would be worth today.
Rachel Rosanna Tracy married Lewis Perington Weeks in 1884 in York, Nebraska. Lewis was born July 7, 1851 in New York (probably Athens, Greene County, NY) to Lewis and Clarissa Chesebrough Weeks. They lived in Athens in the Catskills for the 1860 and 1870 census. Lewis was the second son and his father was a farmer. My 1880 Lewis is living as a boarder and farmer in York, Nebraska. I don’t find any relatives living in York so I can only assume the availability of good farm land is what drew Lewis to the area.
Rachel and Lewis did not have any children of their own but they did adopt a girl, Katie (Hattie?) who lived with them as an adopted daughter in the 1900 census but not before and not after. She was born in 1883.
Not much else is known about the Weeks family by me. But I did find among Alice’s sources a copy of a telegram sent to the Tracy family on the day of Lewis’ death on July 4, 1902.
I 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.
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.
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.
Mrs. Rachel Weeks Dies at End of Journey Home
Mrs. Rachel Weeks who reached the home of her nephew, Bryce Tracy southwest of York at seven o’clock Monday evening, was claimed by death some four hours later, closing her eyes on earthly scenes shortly after eleven o’clock.
In company with her sister, Mrs. Plummer, Mrs. Weeks, who has been in failing health for several months, made the long journey home from Whittier, California. She was met at Grand Island by her relatives and taken to the home of Mr. and Mrs. Bryce Tracy, who had offered her their hospitality when they learned of her sickness some weeks ago. When she greeted her family Mrs. Weeks said, “Now I know I shall get well.” Her anxiety to return to the home her girlhood had sustained her during the journey, but the weakened body could no longer endure the strain.
Mrs. Weeks was the daughter of John and Maria Tracy who came to York county in the early ’70s and made their home on a farm southwest of York. She grew to womanhood and was married to Lewis Weeks who preceded her in death a number of years ago. After the death of her husband Mrs. Weeks went to California where she has been living in late years. Funeral services will be held from the Methodist church on Thursday, probably in the afternoon. Definite arrangements await the arrival of relatives from a distance.