Tracy was born July 28, 1863 to John and Fidelia Betts. In his late teens he went to Mitchell, South Dakota to homestead, but while he was there, he got sick. After he got well, he moved back to New York.
Estella was born August 24th, 1871 to Leamon and Laura Robbins. She grew up in the Corning area. 4 days before her 17th birthday her father was killed by falling off a railroad trestle.
Tracy and Estella were married June 15th, 1890 and they lived in uptown Corning. This is where Ethel and Eva were born. They moved to a house on 393 Park Avenue just outside of Mossy Glen. It was the 2nd house down from the road that goes into the Catholic Cemetery. This is where Florence was born.
They moved to Mossy Glen which is now Caton Road, house number 21. It got its name by a stream that was a regular glen that came down a ravine and at the end there was a waterfall. The glen was covered with moss. There was a wooden watering trough that had water piped to it from the stream. The farmers would stop there to water their horses on their way to Corning and back. The house that they bought was only a short distance from there. Laura, Leamon, Clara, Paul and Chester were the children that were born there. Estella took care of the small post office that was in their house and they also had a store in the front room. Ben Robbins was the postman that took the mail out to the rural areas. Tracy George was a conductor on the New York Central Railroad. His train ran from Corning to Dewitt which is in the northern part of New York State. To get to the train, he would take a trolley to the town clock in South Corning, get off, and walk across the railroad bridge to his train that was being put together there.
They moved to a place just outside of Wellsboro, Penna. for about 4 years. There were no children born there. It was while they were there that Tracy became converted in a Baptist Church. They moved back to Corning to a house on Dodge Ave. This is where Clarence was born. There was a large tobacco field across the street from their house.
While they were at Dodge Avenue, They tried to sell the house in Mossy Glen. No one would buy it because a tenant got Typhoid fever, and the doctor claimed that he got it from the water. Tracy knew that it couldn't have been the water because the well was drilled down deep into the bed rock, so he moved his family back out there to live, to prove that the water was alright. They only lived there about a year. This is where Glen was born.
They then moved to a farm 3 miles outside of Corning to a place known as Feranbaugh which is on Route 414. When his train was leaving Corning, they would tie down the whistle to let Tracy George know that it was his train. He then would grab his lunch bucket and run to catch the caboose. This is where Mary Louise was born. When he laid off from the railroad, he went into business for himself. He went to the Syracuse Fair and bought a washing machine that had 2 rinse tubs and the wringer ran on a track so the clothes were rinsed twice. There came a gasoline engine with it to run it. He also bought a truck. The girls used flat irons that run by gasoline to iron the clothes. They would get head aches from the fumes. He piped the water from the creek through the covert under the road to a wash house separate from the house. He would pick up people's wash and deliver it, cleaned, and pressed.
They then moved to Sly Ave. in Corning. This is where Mary Louise contracted Anthrax which proved fatal to her. The virus was contracted from a pair of shoes given to her by a neighbor. They lived just a short time there until they bought a house on the corner of Hazel Street and Sly Avenue.
Paul bought a house on Bridge Street, Tracy, his dad an mother lived on the other side. It was a 3 family home and Paul built a store on the front to sell wallpaper and paint.
In their later years they moved to live with their daughter Laura who lived in Binghamton. There Tracy George died and his funeral was in Corning. His body was laid to rest in Barnard Cemetery in West Caton, New York.
Estella continued living with Laura until one day she got out of a chair and her hip broke and she fell. In those days they only put pins in them and she never walked by herself again. She lived like this for five years. She lived with Paul on Hornby Drive in Painted Post, New York. She died there January 18, 1955. She was laid to rest with her husband in Barnard Cemetery in West Caton, New York.
Obituary - "The Evening Leader" - Friday, August 3, 1945
Tracy G. Betts
Tracy G. Betts, 82, formerly of Corning, but for the past nine months a resident of 13 Dickinson Avenue, Port Dickinson, died at his home Thursday. He suffered a paralytic stroke about two years ago and had been ill since that time.
Born in VanBuren on July 28, 1863, the son of Fidelia Tracy Betts and John F. Betts, he married Estella L. Robbins of Caton in Corning July 15, 1890. He spent his entire live here except for the last nine months. Mr. Betts was employed as a conductor for the New York Central Railroad and for several years had been on the DeWitt run. He was a member of the North Baptist Church, Corning.
Surviving are his widow; four daughters, Mrs. Dewitt Perry and Mrs. Walter Nixson of Corning, Mrs. Benjamin Carlton of Endwell and Miss Laura Betts of Binghamton; four sons, Leamon J. Betts of Garwood, N.J., Paul T., of Painted Post; the Rev. Clarence R. Betts of Jackson, Mich., Glen L. of Corning; 20 grandchildren, and one sister, Mrs. Blanche Bonnell of Waterloo.
The body is at the Carpenter Funeral Home where services will be held Monday at 2 p.m. with the Rev. Alexander Perry officiating. Interment will be in Barnard Cemetery.
(1871 - 1955)
Tracy George Betts
(1863 - 1945)
Corning, Steuben Co., NY