Surname Saturday – Plummer and Banks

IMAG0180 Eugene R Plummer was the first husband of Olivia Anne Tracy.  He was born the 14th of February, 1854 in Indiana.  I have no information on who his parents were.  By 1880 he shows up in York, Nebraska as a boarder along with Lewis Weeks (who later married Rachel Tracy.  They were farmers living in the house of Aaron Wirt (sp?).  Eugene married Anne in 1882 and by 1885 he is a carpenter in York and they have a boarder of their own; U.S. Grant, photographer.  By the 1900 census he and Anne have moved to North Platte, Nebraska and he is working as a laborer. In the 1910 census they are in the same place, he is still a laborer and they have a boarder named Fred Gess.  Interesting note here, Anne notes that she has had 4 children, 0 surviving.  In 1920, they live in the same town but now Eugene is a salesman at Derbyshire and Forbes and they have 2 boarders living with them; Mabel Reynolds and Daisy Miller.  The 1921 City directory is what clued me in to which store he worked at and they owned a home at 114 S Sycamore in North Platte.  Eugene died October 19, 1922.  He is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in York, Nebraska.


IMAG0177Olivia Anne Tracy Plummer married William Thomas Banks sometime between 1930 and 1935.  I haven’t found information on how and when they met but a newspaper article I read said they owned a store in North Platte before moving to Long Beach, California.  But the 1930 census shows Anne living in Long Beach as a widow – so they hadn’t married yet.   He is also living in Long Beach as a widow.  William was born 14 September, 1858 in Jasper County, Iowa to Moses and Elizabeth (Blair) Banks.  In 1881 he married Stella Combs and they had six children.  All six children were born in Nebraska, most of them in North Platte.  Stella died 20 April, 1923 in Los Angeles, California.  The family is renumerated there in the 1920 census. by 1935 William and Anne are married and living in Long Beach.  In 1940 they are living in the same place and William’s son William is living with them.  Mr. Banks died July 12, 1946 in California.  In a newspaper article about William and Anne’s fishing experience it says that William had 6 children, 8 grandchildren and 2 great grandchildren.  And that was when he was 76.

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Wordless Wednesday – Olivia Anne Tracy Plummer

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Wordless Wednesday – Olivia Anne Banks

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Olivia Anne Tracy

1-AnnaAnne, 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.

Eugene and Anne Plummer

Eugene and Anne Plummer



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.

William and Anne Banks

William and Anne Banks

She is buried next to her first husband in Greenwood Cemetery in York, Nebraska. 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.




Aunt Anna PlummerThrough 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.

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Tombstone Tuesday – Olivia Anne Tracy Plummer Banks

O.Anne Plummer and Eugene Plummer Tombstone - Greenwood Cemetery, York, Nebraska

O.Anne Plummer and Eugene Plummer Tombstone – Greenwood Cemetery, York, Nebraska

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Weeks – Surname Saturday

Rachel and Lewis Weeks

Rachel and Lewis Weeks

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.

Telegram 1902

Telegram 1902

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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

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