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Tracy - Bazzle

Taken from 1881 H. W. Beckwith History of Montgomery Co,  Indiana p. 593 (HH Hill, Chicago)

 Bazzle Tracy, Waynetown, was born in Mason County, Kentucky, in  the year 1802, but was raised in Fleming County, and is the son  of John and Nancy Tracey. In October, 1826, Mr. Tracey, with two  of his brothers, came from Kentucky and settled in this township.  They were seventeen days making the journey. This country was  then a wild almost unbroken and uninhabited wilderness. In those  days they would have to go five miles to get help to erect a log  cabin. The Indians were then plenty, but were peaceable. When Mr.  Tracey settled here there was no house in Waynetown, and only  three between where he lived and Crawfordsville. The first winter  he was here he and his wife, who has always been his helper and  sympathizer, cleared the timber from eleven acres of land, which  they planted to corn the next year. For two years after they came  here they had no wheat bread, but since their crop that year the  "staff of life" has always been plenty in their cupboard and on  their table. They raised flax, and made their own clothing, and  made nearly everything they used, so that the outlay of money was  small; it had to be, because there was not much money to lay out.  When Mr. Tracey came here he bought eighty acres of land. But  making this $100 was a task that took labor and saving. When he  was married he had nothing. His wife worked out, and he worked at  anything he could get to do at which he could earn an honest  penny. He split rails for 15 cents per hundred and boarded  himself, and broke hemp for 75 cents per hundred. He even chopped  and split 1,600 rails for an axe. The young men of to-day would  laugh at the idea of working so cheap, but he saw it was better  to work for something that to do nothing. He worked three months  in a distillery for $3 per month. He was four years in saving up  the $100 to come to this country with. In buying his second  eighty acres of land he had quite an interesting time. It joined  his first eighty, and he borrowed the $100 of a man by the name  of Fouts, and bought the land before any one knew of it. There  were others who were wanting it, and one man by the name of  Burrel was going to enter it the same day on which Mr. Tracey  entered it in the morning. Mr. Tracey bought calves and wintered  them, and would sell them the next fall. After he began to make  money he would buy cattle and break them to work, and sell them  to settlers on the prairie for teams. He sold pork in Chicago for  $1.25 per hundred, and wheat 35 cents per bushel. Mr. Tracey and  Jesse Grenard went in partnership and bought a boat-load of goods  and took to New Orleans, thinking they would realize a higher  price for their own goods, and make a profit on what they bought.  But instead of making they lost $1,500. This was a hard blow upon  Mr. Tracey, but he resolved to endure it and push on harder than  ever. He was five years settling up the losses of this trip down  to the mouth of the Father of Waters. After this he made but one  more trip to New Orleans, and cleared about $600. From this time  Mr. Tracey went on making money by industrious effort and wise  management. He has given each of his children, who are married,  eighty acres apiece, has paid $4,200 security debts, and has  eight farms containing over 200 acres each. Four of his farms are  in Benton County, and he has about 900 acres here he is living.  Much of his success and prosperity is due to the labors and  companionship of his wife, who was his helpmeet and inspiration  during his early years of trial and hardship, and who now helps  him enjoy the wealth and comfort of his mature years. His wife  (Elizabeth PRICE) was born May 8, 1804, and is a member of the  New Light Church. They were married March 4, 1822, and have had  eleven children, six of whom are dead. Their names are Ann  (deceased); Thomas, living in Benton County; Sarah, in Illinois;  Elizabeth (deceased); William (deceased); Lyddia, the wife of  James PIERCE, Missouri; the wife of Daniel HAWK, Mary (deceased);  Martha, the wife of John BIDDLE ; James (deceased); and John,  living. There are two of his grandchildren living with them,  William R. Pierce, and the other named Linnie. Mr. Tracey is a  member of the Christian Union Church, and in politics is  democratic, casting his first vote for that stern, brave and  patriotic statesman, the hero in New Orleans, Andrew Jackson Many  of the incidents and experiences in Mr. Tracey's life will be  mentioned in the history of the township. Mr. Tracey's career is  one from which all who are battling against poverty and  difficulties can learn a useful and instructive lesson.
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