Miss Mary Beard Letter from Co. A, 8th O.V. Infantry

Miss Mary Beard

While researching the Lightcaps, I came across an article where Miss Mary Beard received $53.50 from members of Company A, 8th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  Both my ggg-grandfather's brother Isaac Bateman Lightcap (also know as The Bigamist) and nephew James Sanford Lightcap served in that unit and contributed.  I don't know why they sent money. Using The Inflation Calculator $53.50 in 1862 would be … [read more...]

Marriage: Aaron Leightcap and Mary Messer

Aaron Leightcap / Lightcap

My paternal 4th great-grandfather was John Lightcap (abt 1778 - aft 1864), husband of Mary Chamberlin. Identifying his parents has proven frustratingly difficult. There is no proof of parentage, only supposition. So I'm tackling the problem from another direction and researching other Lightcap families in the surrounding area near his place of birth.  John was either born in Pennsylvania or New … [read more...]

Scales Mound, Illinois, Newsletter

A Letter from Mrs. LaVerne Schoenhard

While going through my late grandmother's genealogy files, I found an issue of the Scales Mound, Illinois, hometown newsletter, The Weekly Visitor, from October 20, 1955.  Published in the newsletter with a most intriguing letter from Mrs. LaVerne Schoenhard.  It seems Mrs. Schoenhard made the hard decision to place her grandmother, Mrs. Lena Kilian, in a nursing home and was receiving a bit of … [read more...]


The wedding of Viola Bausman and Percy Davis

Marriage: Viola Bausman and Percy Davis

I found a newspaper clipping of a marriage announcement for my maternal grandfather's parents Viola Bausman … [read more...]

Marriage announcement for Viola Bausman and Percy Davis, 1913

Marriage Announcement: Viola Bausman and Percy Davis

A few months ago, I was going through some of the genealogy files I received after my maternal grandmother … [read more...]

Scales Mound Class of 1933

Scales Mound High School, Class of 1933

This is a picture of my grandfather Stanley "Spud" Davis' high school graduation class.  He graduated from … [read more...]

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Gary Lightcap

Babies Dying and It Doesn’t Make the Papers!

Research blocks stink!  And I've hit one! What I thought would be easy research has turned into a decidedly frustrating … [read more...]

Mom's trying to teach me to ride a horse - good luck!

Pictures of Me

So I was going through some of my grandmother's pictures and found a few of me as a child. This was a good reminder to me … [read more...]

Discusses the Pension System regarding the Act of August 7, 1882

A Sporting Woman

A few weeks ago I received the civil war pension records for my ggg-grandfather's bigamist brother Isaac Lightcap. The … [read more...]

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