Sunday’s Obituary – Rachel Rosanna Tracy Weeks

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.


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Wordless Wednesday – Aunt Ray with Nebraska Dry


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Amanuensis Monday – Rachel Rosanna Tracy Weeks

c060a807-8d58-454d-aa1d-50a9c71f6dd2 Aunt Ray, as my grandma always called her, is one of my favorite ancestors.  Her legacy is clear in my life.  It is from her, through my grandma, that I have my name.  She was a schoolteacher in a one room school as was my grandma.  I always dreamed of being a one room school teacher and believe I have achieved that to a degree as a Homeschool mom.  And she first owned the school bell which is the centerpiece of my bell collection, again through my grandma.

Recently, during my research at Alice’s, I came upon a letter that Aunt Ray wrote to her mother on the occasion of her mother’s second marriage.   It gives an interesting perspective on the marriage and I am sharing it here for Amanuensis Monday.


We understand in a roundabout way that you are married, despite your promises to me the evening of May 19, when I had that long talk with you.

Mother we can’t understand why you have treated us children in this way, in not telling us of this affair.  I know of no child that has objected to your marrying, providing you got a respectable man, one who would not be a disgrace to us or that you would have to support.  All the objections we have had to your doing this act was in marrying this North York man.  We certainly had good reasons for that.  Why don’t you come to see us as you have others.  You know we can’t get away now these busy times.  Oh! mother, mother, I can’t understand you.  Why have you and why will you treat us thus.  I don’t intend to do or say anything to you but what your husband should know, so please show him this letter.  I have a copy of it.

Ray R Weeks

July 16, 1900

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Surname Saturday – Talbot

272b2b69-2e37-480b-aa16-860ee0cdf977I have been writing about Mary Maria Tracy Talbot this week.  Today I will wrap up by writing what little information I have on the children of Mary Maria and James Fuller Talbot.

Annabelle Talbot Annabelle Talbot was born February 5, 1878 in Iowa.  She died at the age seven on August 31, 1885 in York Township in Iowa.

Charles Fuller Talbot was born November 17, 1879 in Iowa.  He married Ella sometime between 1900 and 1910 in Iowa.  They had a daughter, Irma in 1913 in Iowa.  Charles died in Des Moines, Iowa on April 6, 1935.

James Edward Talbot was born in Iowa City, Iowa on July 2, 1882.  He married Ella May Sherman between 1900-1910.  They had two daughters; Ruth L in 1907 and Irene in 1915.  James died in Iowa, July, 1962.

Walter GeorgeWalter George Talbot was the fourth child of James and Mary.  He was born June 10, 1887 in Iowa.  He married Grace Harris, October 1, 1908, in Iowa.  They had two children, Leslie Willard Talbot born October 1909 in Troy, Iowa and James Paul Talbot born Jun 24, 1916 in Williamsburg, Iowa.  Leslie married Madge and had children Beverly (1934) and Richard James (1945).  Leslie died in Iowa City on March 28, 1962.  James Paul died July 27, 1988 in Phoenix, Arizona.  He was enlisted in the army during WWII.  Walter George Talbot died in Shell Lake, Wisconsin on November 26, 1993 at the age of 106!Leslie Talbot

Clarence Earl Talbot was born in Iowa on November 8, 1892.   He married first Doris.  I believe they divorced sometime between 1920 and 1925.  He married Lydia M Armstrong Michaelson, December 31, 1925.  He had one stepson, Harold Almon Michaelson Talbot born June 1, 1917 in Des Moines, Iowa.  Harold died in Sidney, Iowa, January 19, 1996.  Clarence died January 1977 in Des Moines, Iowa.

Jennifer Talbot was born in Iowa in August of 1894.  She married Everett L James, December 27, 1915 in Jackson, Missouri.  She divorced him before 1920 and married Cecil M Corderre June 2, 1920 in Jackson.  I don’t have any further information on her after the 1920 census.

Esther G Talbot was born in Troy, Iowa, December 15, 1897. She was only about three months old when her mom died.  She married George K Long about 1916.  They had one daughter, Mary Elizabeth (1920-2007).  Between 1920 and 1930 the family moved to Palm Beach, Florida.  Esther died at the age of 90 on August 24, 1988 in Palm Beach.

And that concludes the seven children of Mary Maria Tracy Talbot.  Next week I will begin on the second daughter of John Edward and Mary Artlysia Tracy, Rachel Rosanna Tracy.

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Mary Maria Tracy Talbot

272b2b69-2e37-480b-aa16-860ee0cdf977The last couple of days I have posted about Mary Talbot’s death.  Most of the records I have for her were about her death.  But today I will tell what little I know about her life.

Mary Maria was the first child of John Edward and Maria Artlysia Boblett Tracy.  She was born August 10, 1857 in Ohio before the family moved west.  She married James Fuller Talbot in 1877 in York, Nebraska.  The story I heard was that she met James when the family lived in Illinois and he followed the family to York.  After they married James and Mary moved to Williamsburg, Iowa.  James was a farmer.  They had seven children: Annabelle (1878), Charles Fuller (1879), James Edward (1882), Walter George (1887), Clarence Earl (1892), Jennifer M (1894), and Esther G (1897). Mary died February 3, 1898.  We know from the letters posted previously that Mary had some sort of tumor.

The oldest girl, Annabelle died August 31, 1885 at seven and a half years old.

James remarried in 1907 to Caroline (Carrie) Schwartz Nelson.  He died in 1919 in Iowa.

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Tombstone Tuesday – Mary Maria Tracy Talbot

Continuing with Mary Maria Tracy Talbot, here is her tombstone, obituary and telegram about her death.

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Stay tuned tomorrow for more on Mary Maria Tracy Talbot’s life, marriage and children.

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Mary Maria Tracy Talbot – Amanuensis Monday

This week, as I begin with the seven children of John Edward Tracy, I will start with Mary Maria Tracy Talbot.  Most of the records I have for Mary are about her death and today I am going to transcribe a couple of letters written to her parents around the time or her death.

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Dec 6th 1897

Dear Mother and all

It’s been a long time since I wrote to you.  I have not been well the rest are as well as usual.  Father Talbot was taken sick the 16 of Nov and died the 22nd.  James got a telegram and went to Great Bend had him sent up and brought Mother and Albert up too as they could not do much there. We are looking for you here Christmas so don’t disappoint us, we have lots of snow just now, and cloudy for more, when you see Ray tell her I will write to her before long, I don’t see why Aunt Ann don’t write or send me the picture she said she had for me.  I answered her letter as as I got it last spring let us know in your next letter that you will be here Christmas.  Good by untill then.    Mary Talbot




Jan 7, 1898

Mrs Tracy,

Dear Friend,

I shall try too describe to you the condition off your daughter there was a chang the 8 and a decided change too day the 9 she is rapidly growing weaker and the tumor is growing so as too make it difficult too breath.  She is in more distress and so difficult too breath the Dr. says it is closing up over the stomach and crowding the heart she takes very little nurishment and if there is no relife soon she cant stand it long is my opion

The baby is doing well

the 10

your daughter is no better this morning, had a restless night.

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