Cornelius had become a printer and married Sarah Frances Rutledge on July 24, 1876. With financial assistance from his mother, he and his bride moved into their newly constructed house at 89 Rebecca St., in 1877. On April 27 of that year, Sarah gave birth to their son John Rutledge Tracy.
In 1880, FRancis Pratt and Cornelius opened Pratt and Tracy Printers at the corner of Market (now Downie) and Ontario streets, in the same building as his mother's dress shop. Almost no job seemed too small for Pratt and Tracy. They printed everything from business cards and envelopes to periodicals and journals. Cornelius was also secretary-treasurer of the local chapter of Father Theobald Mathew's Total Abstinence Society.
By 1891, the Tracy family had grown to include daughters Cornelia, Helen, Anne and Mary. There is no further record of their oldest child, John, or of his brother Peter, who was born in 1886. They might well have died in infancy. Bridget lived next door to Cornelius and his family, with her daughter and son-in-law, and remained with them when they moved to 102 Railway Ave.
In 1892, Cornelius sold his share of the printing business to his partner, and he and his family moved to Brooklyn, N. Y. He died there a few years later, on March 1, 1896. That his funeral and interment were in Stratford is evidence of his ties to the community in which he was raised. His funeral was well attended, several prominent fellow businessmen, including his former partner, Francis Pratt, as pallbearers. His wife and children appear to have chosen to live in the United States after his death.
Bridget operated her dress shop for many years. She died at the home of her granddaughter Margaret Swift Patrick at 281 Erie St. in June 1923. She and her son Cornelius are buried in the old Roman Catholic cemetery on O'Loane Avenue, north of Huron Street. By Stanford Dingman