Davis – Blewett Information

About the year 1770 a man by the name of --- Painter brought his small son to a family by the name of Kempthorn who lived in Cornwall, England and left him for them to care for.  He went to the continent and sent back money to pay for the child's expenses.  Mr. Painter appeared to be well to do.  After about 5 years, the money stopped and it was assumed that he had died.  The Kempthorn's were evidently poor people and could not afford to keep the child so he was adopted by a man named Davies.  This boy's name was probably Jacob, and he married Elizabeth who lived to be … [Read more...]

Met a cousin back in Galena

Johann J.H. Bohnsack headstone in Shepherd of the Hills Cemetery

While I was visiting my grandmother in Scales Mound Illinois, I decided to make a stop at the courthouse in Galena.  I wanted get a few death certificates since a couple weeks ago, I found my great-grandfather's, Carl Herman Bohnsack, obituary and was thrown for a loop.  But that's a story for another time... While picking up the death certificate, I met a cousin.  She was the deputy at the records office in the courthouse.  Her grandmother was Mary Anna Johanna Bohnsack Brandt, the youngest sister of Leo Bohnsack my great grandfather.  What a small world!  Of … [Read more...]

Discovery: Picture of Lawrence Bausman Family?

Studio:  J.H. Woods; Beatrice, Nebraska

Last week, I went back to Scales Mound Illinois to visit my grandmother.  My grandma has my great-grandmother's, Viola Bausman Davis,  photo collection.  I thought I'd seen all the photos, but I was wrong! I discovered beneath several boxes of photos this gem.  And when I say beneath several boxes, I mean that literally.  It was the only item in a brown paper sack with about 10 boxes of photos sitting on top of it.  No wonder I missed it when I looked at those photos over the past 15 years. Isn't it lovely?  On the back is written "think this is Lawrence … [Read more...]

Obituary: Minnie (Deininger) Bohnsack

Minnie (Deininger) Bohnsack

My mom recently lent me some binders filled with genealogical information.  In them, I  was excited to find my great-grandmother's obituary.  She was the wife of Leo Bohnsack and my mom's grandmother. Minnie (Deininger) Bohnsack died before I was born, but my mom has always spoken very warmly of her.  Mom said Minnie was the sweetest lady, made the best bread, and spoke with a heavy German accent.  I find the fact that Minnie had an accent interesting since she was born in Galena, Illinois.  Her parents were German, and Mom remembers that as a child everyone spoke … [Read more...]

Obituary: Carolina Sophia (Wulff) Bohnsack

Lena Wulff

Obviously, I"ve had a lot of luck finding obituaries about the Wulff family.   This time, I came across my great-great grandmother's, Carolina Sophia Wulff,  from the Freeport Journal-Standard, Sept 30, 1949, page 16. The portrait of Lena is a scan of a copy.  I do not have the original, have never seen the original, and do not remember how I received this image.  Probably through an ancestry.com contact. I'm not sure what's going on with the photo.  It sort of looks like the paper is curling. Transcription of obituary: Mrs. Lena Bohnsack Elizabeth, Ill., … [Read more...]

Obituary: Mary Bohnhoff Wulff

While I was researching the Wulff's, I came across this obituary for Mrs. Henry (Mary) Wulff on page 4 of  the Freeport Journal-Standard, Monday, May 19, 1958. Her relationship to me: wife of 2nd great grand uncle. Transcription of obituary: Stockton—Mrs. Henry (Mary) Wulff died Sunday about 5:15 p.m. from a heart attack suffered at the home of her son, Arthur of rural Stockton. The former Mary Bohnhoff was born Feb. 8, 1875, in Thompson Township, Jo Daviess County, the daughter of John and Henrietta Weich Bohnhoff. She married Henry Wulff Sept. 12, 1894, in … [Read more...]

Obituary: Henry John Wulff Sr

Mary Bohnhoff Wulff Obituary

I was researching Henry Wulff Sr, who is my 3rd great grandfather. He was born in Germany and died in Schapville, Illinois.  His wife was Maria Sophia Schumacher and they had three children, Carolina Sophia, Henry Jr., and Anna Marie. I found this obituary in the Freeport Journal-Standard. It was published January 3, 1929. Transcription of obituary: Elizabeth, Ill., Jan. 2 - Funeral services were conducted at Schapville, a few miles north of this city, on Sunday morning at 11 o'clock at the Schapville Lutheran church at the Schapville Lutheran church … [Read more...]

Research block: Levi Lightcap

Levi Lightcap Headstone

Have you ever hit a wall with your research of an ancestor?  I have, many times, but my current stumbling block is Levi Lightcap, my 3rd great grandfather. More specifically, I'm having trouble identifying his parents.   All I know is that he was born in New Jersey.  Other than that, it's pure speculation as to who his parents and siblings are. I've been stumped so much that I set up an appointment in July to meet with a researcher at the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  For those unfamiliar, this is the largest repository … [Read more...]

Family History

I’ve been researching my family history for about 10 years, give or take.  About 5 years ago, I gave up using software that needed to be installed on a computer. Instead I use ancestry.com’s system.  It allows for me to collaborate with my mom about research and let other family members look at it.  If it was only on my computer, I would not have the collaborative opportunity.  Whether this is  a good or bad thing is open to debate. Anyway, one of the drawbacks to using a proprietary system like ancestry.com is that those who are not subscribers cannot access … [Read more...]

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