Herbert Deininger Dies of Bullet Wound

Headstone: Herbert Deininger

Herbert Deininger was the oldest son of William and Louisa (Muegge) Deininger, and brother to my great-grandmother Minnie (Deininger) Bohnsack.  In November 1911, he was accidentally shot by his three-year-old brother Willis and later died of his injury.  Herbert is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Galena, Illinois. His death announcement provides details on the gun accident, appearing in the Galena Daily Gazette on November 14, 1911. Transcription of Death Notice: Boy Dies of Bullet Wound Herbert Deininger Who Was Shot by Little Brother, Dead Herbert … [Read more...]

Marriage: Albert Lightcap and Lucy Waggoner

Marriage: Albert Lightcap and Lucy Waggoner

Albert Lightcap married Lucy Waggoner on August 15, 1866, in Putnam County, Ohio.  Albert's parents were Robert and Lucretia (Halsey) Lightcap.  Robert's brother was my ggg-grandfather Levi. Albert and Lucy had six children, five girls and one boy: Mary Evaline, Alberta, Charlotte, Harriet and Louis James. … [Read more...]

Marriage: Amelia Strelesky and James Arthur Moore

Marriage: James Arthur Moore and Amelia Strelesky

Amelia "Millie" Strelesky was a younger sister to my great-grandfather, John Joseph "Jack" Strelesky. Millie was born July 1883 in Mineral Point, Wisconsin.  She was the fifth of eight children born to Frank and Fannie (Hainey) Strelesky.  Millie married James Arthur Moore on May 21, 1907, at Superior, Douglas Co, Wisconsin.  They had two children: Dorothy and Albert.  According to letter written by my grandmother's sister, Alice (Strelesky) Humphrey, Millie and James divorced and she raised the children by herself. Here is the transcribed information from the … [Read more...]

Obituary: Catherine (Hebenstreit) Bausman

Catherine (Hebenstreit) Bausman

Catherine (Hebenstreit) Bausman was my gg-grandmother. She was born December 23, 1863, in Shullsburg, Wisconsin to Vitus and Bertha (Schafer) Hebenstreit. She had four siblings, two  identified: Andrew and Anna Caroline.  I assume her other siblings died in infancy.  Until reading Vitus Hebenstreit's obituary, I was unaware of these children. Catherine married Nicholas Bausman Jr on January 26, 1886, at St. Matthew's Parsonage in Shullsburg, Wisconsin. She spent her married life in Scales Mound, Illinois, and they raised five children: Gertrude, Clement, Pearl, … [Read more...]

Marriage: James Sanford Lightcap and Sarah Swartz

Marriage: James Sanford Lightcap and Sarah Swartz

James Sanford Lightcap married Sarah Swartz on December 31, 1864 in Fulton County, Ohio.  James' parents were Robert and Lucretia (Halsey) Lightcap.  Robert's brother was my ggg-grandfather Levi. James and Sarah divorced in 1871; their daughter Adeline was raised by Lucretia. … [Read more...]

Daniel Firestone Will

Will: Daniel Firestone, pg 1

Daniel Firestone was my 5th great-grandfather. He was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to Johannes Feuerstein and Augusta Justina Maria Hildebrand. He married Anne "Nancy" Lang in Cocalico Twp, Pennsylvania, on August 5 1783; Rev. John Waldschmidt officiated. Daniel and Nancy had four children: Samuel, George Washington, Rebecca, and Sarah "Sally".  Rebecca married Christian Smith.  Daniel died in 1823 in Miami Twp, Logan County, Ohio. The executors of his will were his sons Samuel and George. Daniel's exact date of death is unknown.  Will written on … [Read more...]

Marriages of Hattie Brooks

Marriage: Hattie Brooks and Anson Miley

Hattie Brooks was the daughter of Samuel and Mary Jane (Lightcap) Brooks.  Mary Jane was the sister of my ggg-grandfather, Levi. Hattie married her first husband, Anson Miley, on Christmas Day 1872 when she was 16 years old.  He was 33. Their son, Drayton Luther Anson Miley, was born January 1874. Anson died in October 1875 leaving Hattie a widow.   Hattie married James Leiby in May 1876. To this union, nine children were born: Helen, George, Henry, Herbert, Dora, Jennie, Edward, William and Howard. … [Read more...]

Willis Deininger Letter

Willis Deininger Letter

In 1977, Willis J. Deininger wrote to his niece and my grandmother, Marian (Bohnsack) Davis, about their family.  It's funny, because I worked a long time to figure out Willis' mom's siblings.  After I invested a lot of time and effort into the research, I found this note in one of my mom's binders.  It would have been much more helpful to have found this before I spent all that time. Willis' note states "This is all I can find in her [Louisa (Muegge) Deininger's] old bible, there is nothing about her parents or dads parents names. Sorry I can't help you more. … [Read more...]

Marriage: Mildred Berryman and James Horan

Marriage: John Horan and Mildred Berryman

Grandma Davis was a collector of newspaper articles about family members and people that she knew.  Thank goodness for that - these gatherings have provided invaluable guidance for me while researching my family history. The marriage announcement of Mildred Berryman and James Horan was found with other newspaper articles in my grandmother's collection.  There is no familial relationship, that I know of, between my family and John and Mildred Horan. I believe my grandma had this article because it references Mr. and Mrs. J.T. Gummow, uncle and aunt of the bride.  … [Read more...]

1829 Map of U.S. Lead Mines on Upper Mississippi River

1829 U.S. Map of Lead Mines on the Upper Mississippi River

I found this 1829 map of the United States Lead Mines on the upper Mississippi River at my grandmother's house. The map was drawn and published by R.W. Chandler of Galena.  I scanned it as black & white. According to the Wisconsin Historical Society's website: This is the best-known map of southwestern Wisconsin during the lead mining boom of the 1820s. The long text surrounding the map contains many statistics about mining activities in the region, including production 1825-1829, and the map proper depicts the location of all the major mines and settlements. … [Read more...]

Jack Strelesky’s Taxidermy Shop Damaged by Fire

John J. Strelesky's taxidermy shop damaged by fire

When Jack Strelesky lived in Sheridan, Wyoming, he ran a taxidermy shop.  On April 6, 1917, fire damaged the shop.  An article discussing the fire ran in the Wyoming State Tribune-Cheyenne State Leader on April 6, 1917. Transcription of article: Taxidermist's Shop Damaged By Fire Sheridan, Wyo., April 6 - Damage to the extent of about a hundred dollars was caused by a fire which started in the loft of the building on East Fourth street, occupied by the taxidermy shop of J.J. Strelesky last night. It was discovered shortly before 9 o'clock and an alarm … [Read more...]

Schoenhard Relatives?

Isola Lillian Stadel

I found an envelope containing four pictures.  Written on the outside of the envelope was: We think these pictures are some of Uncle Lester's Schoenhard family that live in Belote, Wis. Possibly some of his half sisters family. Also related to Ernie Schoenhard. Betty S. wasn't sure, really didn't get to know them. Uncle Lester used to visit a 1/2 sister named Lillian. We think she married a Stadel. I don't recognize the handwriting, so I'm not sure who gave these photos to my grandmother. There are Schoenhard relatives on my grandfather's side of the family.  I … [Read more...]

Marriage Record: Levi Lightcap and Mary Smith

Marriage Record: Levi Lightcap and Mary Smith

Levi Lightcap and Mary Smith are my ggg-grandparents.  They married in Seneca County, Ohio, on January 26, 1942.  Levi's parents are John and Mary Lightcap.  Mary's parents are Christian and Rebecca (Firestone) Smith. Transcription of marriage: Levi Lightcap and Mary Smith license to marry January 24 1842. [unreadable] The State of Ohio Seneca County - I do hereby certify that I have united in the bonds of matrimony Levi Lightcap and Mary Smith this 26th day of January 1842.  Lewis Seitz M. G.  Certified March 29th 1842 Geo. G. Ritchis Dept. [unreadable] … [Read more...]

Biography: William Passmore

William Passmore

William Passmore is not a direct ancestor of mine.  His daughter Elizabeth Edna Passmore married James T. Davis, a nephew of my gg-grandfather John B. Davis.  Passmore was the coroner for the suicide of William Davis, brother of James T. Davis. His ties to the Davis family are why I'm posting his biography published in Portrait and Biographical Album of Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties, Illinois (1889), p257. William Passmore, his wives Elizabeth and Sarah, and children Anna Marie, Salina, and John Yonatt are buried in Council Hill Cemetery. Unfortunately, I was … [Read more...]

Marriage: Percival Davis and Viola Bausman

Marriage: Viola Bausman and Percy Davis

My great-grandparents Percival Davis and Viola Bausman married on July 17, 1913, in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois.  The certified record of marriage is from 1959. Transcription of marriage certificate: State of Illinois, Stephenson County Certificate of Marriage I, Kenneth G. Schultz, Clerk of the County Court of said County, hereby certify that Mr. Percival L. Davis was married to Miss Viola E. Bausman in said County on the 17th day of July A.D. 1913 by Wm. M. McGuire. Ages given next birthday Groom: 26 Bride: 22 … [Read more...]

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