Rebecca (Firestone) Smith Headstone – Thank You RAOGK.org!

Headstone: Rebecca (Firestone) Smith

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness is a fantastic website where dedicated volunteers agree to do a free genealogy research task at least once per month in their local area purely as an act of kindness.  I've used the website three times and am always amazed when they are able to get my information. In July I placed a request to Laurie Voss in Kosciusko County, Indiana, for a picture of my gggg-grandmother's headstone.  Rebecca (Firestone) Smith is buried in Firestone Cemetery in Kosciusko County, Indiana. Laurie was unable to find the headstone and, while … [Read more...]

Marriage: Rose Streletzky and Joseph Christoph Weber

Marriage: Rose Strelesky and Joseph Weber

Tracking down the siblings of my great-grandfather, John Joseph Strelesky, has been challenging.  Fortunately, there aren't too many people with this last name, so when I find it, I can usually determine pretty quickly whether or not they are related. One night I was using FamilySearch.org and found the marriage certificate of Rose Streletzky and Joseph Weber.  Rose was Jack's older sister.  She married Joseph Christoph Weber on September 22, 1893, in Chicago, Illinois. From the documents that I've seen, her last name is consistently spelled Streletzky.  The rest … [Read more...]

Obituary: Albert Wallace “Wally” Lightcap

Albert Wallace Lightcap

My grandfather, Albert Wallace Lightcap, was born in McIntosh, South Dakota on September 15, 1914 to Ernest and Henrietta (Doose) Lightcap.  He had one brother, Paul.  Wally died in Dubuque, Iowa in 1975. He married Eunice Strelesky in 1936.  Together they had seven boys: Tom, Bill, Ted, Gary, Greg, Jack, and Joel.  Gary died in infancy. His obituary was published in the Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa) on November 16, 1975. Transcription of obituary: Entered Into Eternal Rest Thursday, Nov. 13, 1975 A.W. Lightcap Services for A.W. “Wally” … [Read more...]

Death Announcement: Rosina (Heffner) Deininger

Death Notice: Rosina (Heffner) Deininger

Death Announcement for Rosina (Heffner) Deininger, which was published in the Galena Daily Gazette on December 30, 1918. She was my ggg-grandmother. Rosina married William Deininger Sr in 1853 in Pennsylvania. They had five children: Barbara, John, Mary, William Jr, and Amelia. (William Jr is my gg-grandfather.) Transcription of obituary: Death Calls Aged Woman Mrs. Rosineta Deiniger Dies at Home in East Galena Mrs. Rosineta Deiniger died this morning, Dec. 30th, at her home in East Galena after an illness due to advanced years. Mrs. Deiniger was born … [Read more...]

Cemeteries

I've added cemetery pages for Pioneer Cemetery in North Judson, Indiana Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa There are Lightcaps buried in all three of these cemeteries.  In addition to Lightcaps, family names at Mount Calvary include Strelesky, Sanders, Uhlrich, and Heitz.  Linwood Cemetery has Uhlrich, Hatzenbuhler, Hornung, and Woodward. All the people buried in these cemeteries are relatives on my dad's side of the family. … [Read more...]

John J Strelesky, Edes Robe Tanning Co. locates at South Omaha

John J Strelesky, Edes Robe Tanning Co. locates at South Omaha

My great-grandfather, John J Strelesky, of the Edes Robe Tanning Co. came from the home office in Dubuque, Iowa, and opened an office in South Omaha, Nebraska. An article was published in the Omaha World Herald on December 5, 1909 discussing the new venture. Transcription of article: Edes Robe Tranning Co. Locates at South Omaha John J. Strelesky of the Edes Robe Tanning company, who comes from the home plant at Dubuque, has secured an office at 2415 Q street, South Omaha, and will take orders there this winter. He will open a branch factory next … [Read more...]

Oath of Allegiance: Valentine Schoenhard

Oath of Allegiance: Valentine Schoenhard, page 2

I found a xerox copy of the Oath of Allegiance for Valentine Schoenhard in my grandparents' original edition of "History of Jo Daviess County, ..." (1878).  Valentine took the Oath of Allegiance in New York, New York on October 25, 1853. My grandfather's aunt Gertrude (Bausman) married Lester Harvey Schoenhard.  (Valentine Schoenhard was Lester's grandfather.) … [Read more...]

Biography: Albert and Harry Lightcap

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

The biography of Albert and Harry Lightcap, sons of George and Rhoda (Herod) Lightcap, appeared in "Pictorial and Biographical Record of La Porte, Porter, Lake and Starke Counties, Indiana" published by Goodspeed Brothers Publishers, Chicago, 1894, p. 407. LIGHTCAP BROTHERS. This well-known firm, which is engaged in the sale of clothing, hats and gents' furnishing goods generally, is composed of Harry and Bert Lightcap, who are wide-awake, pushing and enterprising young business men, destined to make their mark in the commercial world.  This business was established … [Read more...]

Marriage: Christian Smith and Rebecca Firestone

Marriage: Christian Smith and Rebecca Firestone

When I ordered Christian Smith's military records (he was a veteran of the War of 1812) from the National Archives, I never imagined that it would have this gem when the records arrived in the mail in May.  I was so excited to discover the marriage record of Christian Smith and Rebecca Firestone, my gggg-grandparents. Until this record, I had only deductive reasoning that the Christian Smith I was researching was married to Rebecca Firestone. "My" Christian Smith has been claimed by other researchers, most notably by people having him born in North Carolina (he was … [Read more...]

Obituary: Samuel Brooks

Samuel Brooks was married to Mary Jane Lightcap, the sister of my ggg-grandfather, Levi Lightcap.  Mary Jane died in 1877, and in September 1878 he married Mary Wiest.  His obituary was published in the Tiffin Daily Tribune on January 20, 1914. Obituary: Samuel Brooks Melmore has been called to mourn the loss of one of her highly esteemed citizens, Samuel J. Brooks, who died Thursday, January 15, 1914. Mr. Brooks was born April 7, 1833, near Auburn, N. Y., and came with his parents to Seneca county, the family settling near Swander. He had been a resident of … [Read more...]

Streletzkys from Dubuque, Iowa

I've been researching my grandmother Eunice Strelesky ancestors and I've come across a family with the last name of Streletzky living in Dubuque, Iowa.  While my grandmother wasn't born in Dubuque, she grew up there.  Since Strelesky is not a common name, I've wondered if there could be a connection between the families.  I believe if the families are related, the lineage connection would probably be between Frank Strelesky, my grandmother's grandfather, and John Streletzky (married to Margaretha Giesler/Margaret Geisen).  I think it's highly possible that they were … [Read more...]

50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration: Albert and Lucy Lightcap

Albert Lightcap 50th Wedding Celebration

I stumbled upon this newspaper article celebrating the wedding anniversary of Albert and Lucy (Waggoner) Lightcap.  Albert's parents were Robert and Lucretia Lightcap.  Robert was the brother of my g-g-g-grandfather, Levi Lightcap.  Albert was born in Fremont, Ohio, but spent a majority of his life in Michigan.  The Flint Daily Journal on Wednesday, August 16, 1916, published this article celebrating Albert and Lucy's golden anniversary. Transcription of article: MR. AND MRS. A. H. LIGHTCAP CELEBRATE THEIR GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY Mr. and Mrs. Albert H. … [Read more...]

Obituary: Rosa Bell (Bausman) Fritzel

Obituary: Rosa Bell (Bausman) Fritzel

Obituary for Rosa Bell (Bausman) Fritzel, daughter of Lawrence and Minnie (Buitz) Bausman.  She was the granddaughter of Nicholas Bausman Sr, my ggg-grandfather. I have a lovely photograph of what has been tentatively identified as the Lawrence Bausman family.  Rosa may be in it.  If you recognize her or anyone in the family, please let me know. Obituary was published in Mason City Globe-Gazette on June 16, 1958. Transcription of obituary: … [Read more...]

U.S. Daughters of 1812

My gggg-grandfather, Christian Smith, served in the War of 1812. He was drafted into Captain Jacob Catterlin's 2nd Regiment Ohio militia in Fairfield County, Ohio, and served from 1 Sept 1813 until 1 Mar 1814.  Christian was discharged at Upper Sandusky, Ohio. A couple of months ago, I applied for membership into the U.S. Daughters of 1812.  Yesterday, I received confirmation that I've been accepted!  I'm so excited and pleased that I was able to prove direct lineal descent. I've been researching my family history for a long time;  I thought I knew about documenting … [Read more...]

Obituary: Bryan Bland Bausman

Obituary: Bryan Bausman

This is the obituary for Bryan Bausman, son of Lawrence Bausman.  He was the grandson of Nicholas Bausman Sr, my g-g-g-grandfather.  His obituary was published in the Ackley World Journal on July 5, 1962. Transcription of obituary: Bryan B. Bausman Succumbs to Heart Attack Thurs. p.m. Wellsburg - Bryan Bland Bausman passed away at the Grundy County Memorial Hospital in Grundy Center on Thursday afternoon around 4 p.m. due to a heart attack. He had been taken to the hospital on Saturday evening June 16th. Funeral services were held on June 24, 1962, at … [Read more...]

Obituary: Catherine (Fuch) Sanders

Obituary: Catherine (Fuch) Sanders

Catherine (Fuch) Sanders was my g-g-g grandmother.  She was born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany in Feb 1823 and immigrated to the United States about 1846.  She married A.F.E. Sanders, who died in 1891.  Interment was made in Greenwood Cemetery, but I do not know the location of her grave. The 1900 U.S. Federal Census lists her as having 11 children.  I can positively identify six children: John Henry Sanders, Ernest Vincent Sanders, Catherine Sanders, Edward Sanders and Sarah (Sanders) Hansing, and Margaret (Sanders) Fairweather. There are Sanders children buried … [Read more...]

Marriage: Robert Barge and Louisa Jane Herod

Marriage: Robert Barge and Louisa Jane Herod

Robert Barge and Louisa Jane Herod married on November 1, 1859, in Morrow County, Ohio.  Louisa Jane's parents were Thomas and Ellen (Giffin) Herod. There's no standardization for the last name of Herod.  I've seen it spelled as Harrod and Herrod. Louisa was the sister of my gg-grandmother, Rhoda Ellen Herod, wife of George Lightcap. … [Read more...]

Obituary: Albert Lightcap

Death Notice: Albert Lightcap

Albert Lightcap was the brother of my g-grandfather, Ernest Edward Lightcap. He was married to Alice Theresa Rafferty and they had three children: Ada, Clarence and Herbert. The notice of his death was published in The News and Sentinel in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on June 2 1921. Transcription of obituary: Albert Lightcap, of Hammond, Ind., 49 years old, died yesterday at the home of his brother-in-law, E. C. Smith, of this city, after a serious illness of a few days of cancer of the stomach. Lightcap came to this city two weeks ago to visit. The body was taken … [Read more...]

Obituary: Iva Lena (Bausman) Leverton

Obituary: Iva (Bausman) Leverton

Iva (Bausman) Leverton was the daughter of George and Rachel (Miller) Bausman. Her obituary was published in the Freeport Journal-Standand on September 29, 1958. This obituary is a bit odd since it has another obituary mixed in with it.  Paragraphs 1, 2 and 5 are Iva's obituary.  Paragraphs 3, 4, and 6 reference a Mrs. Huett.  Why this obituary was written this way is a mystery. Transcription of obituary: Mrs. Leverton, the former Iva Bausman, was bom July 29. 1901, near Warren. the daughter of George and Regena Mueller Bausman. She was married to Clinton … [Read more...]

Marriage: Thomas Herod and Ellen Giffin

Marriage: Thomas Herod and Ellen Giffin

Thomas Herod and Ellen Giffin are my g-g-g-grandparents.  Their daughter Rhoda married my g-g-grandfather, George Lightcap.  Below is Thomas Herod and Ellen Giffin's record of marriage.  They were united in marriage on May 3, 1838 in Marion, Ohio. … [Read more...]

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