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...]

Marriage: Lucretia Lightcap and Henry Beck

Marriage: Lucretia Lightcap and Henry Beck

I've been researching Lucretia (Halsey) Lightcap for awhile, and it's so difficult to find information outside of U.S. Federal Census information about her. Her first husband Robert was the brother of my ggg-grandfather, Levi Lightcap.  Robert died when he was about 32 years old leaving Lucretia a young widow with two small boys. I was very excited that I found her marriage certificate to her second husband, Henry Beck. She's listed on the marriage certificate at Mrs. Lauretta Lightcap.  They married November 4, 1860, in Sandusky County, Ohio. This is the only time … [Read more...]

Biography: Nicholas Bausman Sr

Headstone: Nicholas Sr and Mary (Casper) Bausman

Nicholas Bausman Sr's of Guilford Township, Illinois, appeared in the "Portrait and Biographical Album of Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties, Illinois" (1889), p. 444. Nicholas Sr. was my ggg-grandfather and was married to Mary Casper.  He died in 1907; he was buried on their land, near Scales Mound, Illinois. Enjoy his biography! Nicholas Bausman Sr. In the person of this highly esteemed German citizen of Guilford Township we have the perfect type of the industrious, honest, and economical farmer. He is one of the pioneers of this county, and by the opening up … [Read more...]

Marriage: John Joseph Strelesky and Ernestine Bertha Sanders

Marriage: John Joseph Strelesky and Ernestine Bertha Sanders

My great-grandparents, John Joseph Strelesky and Ernestine Bertha Sanders, were married September 19, 1906, by a Catholic priest in Dubuque, Iowa.  They had four children: Herb, Alice, Eunice and Marjorie.  In 1920, Ernestine and her unborn child died of influenza in Sheridan, Wyoming, during the Spanish Flu pandemic. … [Read more...]

Chancery Record: Christian Smith granted land for service in War of 1812

Chancery Record: Christian Smith military warrant 1 Oct 1851

As reward for his service in the War of 1812, my gggg-grandfather Christian Smith was granted land by the U.S. government.  Christian Smith was drafted into Captain Jacob Catterlin's 2nd Regiment Ohio militia in Fairfield County, Ohio. He served from September 1, 1813, until March 1, 1814. Military Warrant No. 3833 for 80 acres issued in his favor: the North half of SE qtr of Sec 9 in Twp 32, Rng 3 W in the Dist of Lands subject to sale at Winamac Indiana. This record was found at the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office … [Read more...]

Family History: Jacob and Christina (Casper) Hess

Frank Hess

My mom has binders filled with interesting information.  I've gone through them several times, and still find things. How do I miss this stuff? My discovery of the family history of Jacob Sr and Christina (Casper) Hess is one of these interesting finds.  My mother received this from her parents; I'm not sure when they got it. The history was written by Elmer William Hess, as told to him by his father, Jacob Hess Jr.  Jacob Jr was the son of Jacob Sr and Christina. Christina (Casper) Hess was the sister of Mary Casper, wife of Nicholas Bausman Sr (my … [Read more...]

Chancery Record: Nathaniel Lynch deed to John Lightcap

johnLightcap Chancery 1835 Feb 02

I've decided that I'm going to start posting chancery records.  They are invaluable sources of information.  My mother is the queen of finding land records, so all thanks should be directed to her. This is the chancery record that Nathaniel Lynch deeded to John Lightcap, "the East half of the North Part quarter of Section twenty two, in Township one North, of Range fifteen" in Seneca County, Ohio.  Recorded June 13, 1835.  John Lightcap was my gggg-grandfather. I usually try to transcribe the records that I post. However, figuring out the handwriting on chancery … [Read more...]

Obituary: Sarah (Sanders) Hansing

Obituary: Sarah (Sanders) Hansing

Sarah Sanders was the sister of my great-great grandfather, Ernest Vincent Sanders.  She was born about 1860 in Galena, Illinois, and died on Christmas Eve 1937 in California. Her obituary was published in the Freeport Journal-Standard on December 31, 1937. Transcription of obituary: Mrs. Sarah Hansing, Galena Galena, Ill., Dec. 31 - Funeral services for Mrs. Sara Sanders Hansing, who died in California Christmas eve, were held yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock in the Uehren and Furlong funeral chapel. The Rev. T.J.F. Pagels officiated. Pallbearers for … [Read more...]

Biography: George Lightcap

Pictorial and biographical record of La Porte, Porter, Lake and Starke counties, Indiana (1894)

George Lightcap is my gg-grandfather and the son of Levi and Mary (Smith) Lightcap.  A biography of George was published in the "Pictorial and Biographical Record of La Porte, Porter, Lake and Starke Counties, Indiana" published by Goodspeed Brothers Publishers, Chicago (1894), p. 443-445. -- GEORGE LIGHTCAP. To our noble pushing hard-working business men is due the great prosperity, wealth and advancement of Starke County, Indiana. To their zeal, energy and integrity will its future greatness be indebted, as it has been in the past and among those names of … [Read more...]

Biography: Walter Lightcap

Headstone: Walter and Eliza Jane (Stewart) Lightcap

Walter Lightcap was a son of Levi and Mary (Smith) Lightcap and brother to my gg-grandfather George.  A biography of Walter was published in “A Standard History of Starke County Indiana” by Joseph N. McCormick, Chicago, 1915, p. 593-594. --- WALTER LIGHTCAP. One of the men who have had a large share in the development of the thriving City of North Judson is Walter Lightcap, whose home has been in that section of Starke County for sixty years. Mr. Lightcap and his family have owned much of the land around and in North Judson, and part of the town has been built up … [Read more...]

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