Death: Bertha Mae (Sales) Lightcap

Death: Bertha (Sales) Lightcap

Bertha Mae Sales was the wife of James Bailey Lightcap, son of Walter and Eliza Jane (Stewart) Lightcap.  She was born Jul 1878 in Montery, Pulaski County, Indiana to Newton and Caroline (Brugh) Sales. At 18, she married James Bailey in Chicago, Illinois. Bertha and James had three children, including Marvin and Myra. I believe their other child was Darah E. Lightcap. Darah is buried in the Levi Lightcap family plot in Pioneer Cemetery, North Judson, Indiana. According to the 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Bertha had given birth to two children and one was living. Marvin … [Read more...]

Death Notice: Margaret Jane (Hicks) Davis

Death Announcement: Margaret Jane (Hicks) Davis

Margaret Jane (Hicks) Davis was  my great-great grandmother, and the wife of John B. Davis.  Her parents were Henry Hicks and Hester Ingram. Margaret was born on June 17, 1843 in Guilford Twp, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois.  She died June 14, 1915 in Council Hill, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois. Margaret and John had six children: Estella, Alvin, Laban, John, Lovella, and Percival. The announcement of her death appeared in the Galena paper on Tuesday evening, June 15, 1915. Transcription of Death Announcement: Council Hill Lady Dead Mrs. J.B. Davis Dies at … [Read more...]

Marriage: Frank Joseph Uhlrich and Theresa Heid

Marriage: Theresa Heid and Frank Joseph Uhlrich

Here is the marriage license of  Theresa Heid and Frank Joseph Uhlrich, my ggg-grandparents.  When I was out in California this past August, I took a photograph of a marriage certificate copy that my fourth cousin Mary showed me. Theresa and Frank married in Rock Island, Illinois, on November 25, 1858.  Theresa was born in Bavaria and immigrated to the United States about 1855.  Frank was born in Alsace, France, and immigrated about 1853. … [Read more...]

Marie Strelesky Surprise Party

Miss Marie Strelesky has a party

I was sleuthing through Google Newspaper Archives, news.google.com/newspapers/ when I found this article published in the Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA) regarding a surprise party for my great-grandfather's sister Marie Strelesky.  It was published on Sunday, February 18, 1906, page 2. Article transcription: Miss Marie Strelesky was pleasantly surprised by a number of friends at her home on Saturday evening. Cards and other games were the order of the evening, after which refreshments were served. Those present were: Misses Julia Farkes, Elizabeth Pinch,  … [Read more...]

Research Lineage Tips

When I started researching my family history I was really lucky that I had my mom to answer my questions.  Then - ten years later - I started joining organizations where documentation of family lineage is a necessity.  What "we" think are great resources - family tradition, county histories, lineage books, etc. - can only be used as clues when applying to an organization such as the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Below are the tips I received from the DAR and thought I'd share them with you. There's probably a printout on the DAR website, but I couldn't … [Read more...]

Obituary: Marie (Strelesky) Smith

Obituary: Marie (Strelesky) Smith

Marie (Strelesky) Smith was the daughter of Frank Strelesky and Fannie Hainey, and an older sister of my great-grandfather John Joseph Strelesky. She was born March 27, 1877, in Mineral Point, Iowa county, Wisconsin.  She died August 21, 1942, in Dubuque, Dubuque county, Iowa. She married Theodore M. Smith in Sioux City, Iowa, on November 23, 1911. They had three children: Alexander, Leonard and Marcella. She is buried in Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque.  Her obituary appeared in the Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA) on Friday, August 21, … [Read more...]

Obituary: Henry Hicks

Headstone: Henry Hicks Jr

Henry Hicks was the son of Henry Hicks and Hester Jane Ingram, my ggg-grandparents.  He was the brother of my gg-grandmother, Margaret Jane (Hicks) Davis.   He was born in Guilford Township, Jo Daviess County, Illinois, on March 25, 1845.  He died February 3, 1930, in Warren, Jo Daviess, Illinois. Henry is buried at Scales Mound Township Cemetery in Scales Mound, Illinois. His obituary was published in the Freeport Journal-Standard on Tuesday, February 4, 1930. Transcription of obituary: Henry Hicks, an aged resident, passed away at his home Tuesday, … [Read more...]

Obituary: Rose (Strelesky) Weber

Obituary: Rose (Streletzky) Weber

Rose (Strelesky) Weber was born on December 20, 1873, in Mineral Point, Iowa County, Wisconsin. She was the second of nine children born to Frank and Fannie (Hainey) Strelesky.  (Other spellings: Streletzky and Streletsky) She was the sister of my great-grandfather, John Joseph Strelesky.  Her other siblings: Agnes, Marie, Amelia, Lavina, Albert, and Alexander. One sibling's name remains unidentified, being born between 1880 and dying before 1900. Rose married Joseph Christoph Weber on September 22, 1893, in Chicago, Illinois. Together they had nine children. I know … [Read more...]

Obituary: Gary George Lightcap

Gary Lightcap

Gary George Lightcap was the infant son of my grandparents, Wally and Eunice (Strelesky) Lightcap, and older brother of my dad. Gary was born on April 7, 1946, in Dubuque, Iowa, and died on April 23, 1946. He passed at Finley Hospital in Dubuque, one of several babies who died due to an illness that spread through the nursery. He is buried at Mount Calvary Cemetery, next to his grandparents John Joseph and Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky. Transcription of obituary: GARY GEORGE LIGHTCAP Funeral services for Gary George Lightcap, 1250 W. Fifth street, … [Read more...]

Property: Isaac Halsey purchases 240 acres, 1844, Williams Co, Ohio

Property: Isaac Halsey purchases 240 acres, 1844, Williams Co, Ohio

Isaac Halsey, father of Lucretia (Halsey) Lightcap, purchased 240 acres on September 10, 1844, in Williams County, Ohio. Document Type: State Volume Patent. Document #11689. The East half of the South East quarter and the North West quarter of the South East quarter and the East half of the South West quarter and the North West Quarter of the South West quarter of Section twenty-two, in Township seven North of Range one East, in the District of Land subject to sale at Lima, Ohio, containing two hundred forty acres. Found at the U.S. Department of the … [Read more...]

Marriage: Ernest Edward Lightcap and Blanche Payne

Marriage: Ernest Edward Lightcap and Blanche Payne

My great-grandfather Ernest Edward Lightcap married his first wife, Blanche Payne, in St. Joseph, Berrien County, Michigan.  They married on January 2, 1900. He was 21; she was 20. She died of Bright's disease on December 29, 1903. Transcription of marriage record: Groom: Name: Ernest Lightcap Age: 21 years Color: White Residence: Indiana Birthplace: Indiana Occupation: Laborer Father: Geo L Mother: Ella Bride: Name: Blanche Payne Age: 20 years Color: White Residence: San Pierre, Indiana Birthplace: Indiana Occupation: At … [Read more...]

Property: Isaac Halsey purchases 80 acres, 1822, Dist. of Delaware, Ohio

Property: Isaac Halsey purchases 80 acres, 1822, Dist. of Delaware, Ohio

Isaac Halsey, father of Lucretia (Halsey) Lightcap, purchased 80 acres in the District of Delaware, Ohio, April 1, 1822. Document Type: State Volume Patent. Document #897. The East half of the South West quarter of section Twenty eight, in township one north of the baseline of Range fifteen, in the district of Delaware and State of Ohio, containing eighty acres. Found at the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), General Land Office Records. … [Read more...]

Marriage: Carl Alfred Christensen and Edna Mae Lightcap

Marriage: Edna Mae Lightcap and Carl Alfred Christensen

Edna Mae Lightcap married Carl Alfred Christensen on May 18, 1928, in Dewey County, South Dakota.  Edna was born on August 5, 1910, in North Judson, Indiana, to Benjamin and Hulda (Haryu/Haryre) Lightcap.  Edna's father was the brother of my great-grandfather, Ernest Edward Lightcap. … [Read more...]

Marriage: Eleanor (Lightcap) Jones and John Lawrence

Marriage: Eleanor (Lightcap) Jones and John Lawrence

Eleanor "Ellen" (Lightcap) Jones was the sister of my 3rd great-grandfather, Levi Lightcap.  Her first husband was Samuel Jones who died in 1838.  They had a son, William Jones, who was killed in action at the Battle of Stone River,  one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Civil War. Ellen remarried on December 30, 1841, in Seneca, Ohio, to John Lawrence, a widower with a young son. John's wife Sarah passed away on January 5, 1841. Ellen and John had seven children: James, Sarah, Robert, Emery, Anna, Frank, and Isaac. Here is Ellen and John's marriage … [Read more...]

Obituary: Hester Jane (Ingram) Hicks

Headstone Closeup: Hester Jane (Ingram) Hicks, wife of Henry Hicks Sr

My ggg-grandmother Hester Jane (Ingram) Hicks was born in Crowan, Cornwall, England in 1822, and died on October 24, 1889, in Scales Mound, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois. When she was 20 years old, she married Henry Hicks. The marriage took place in Cornwall, England, on March 28, 1842.   According to her son Alfred's biography published in The History of the Yakima Valley, Washington, Comprising Yakima, Kittitas and Benton Counties (1919) V.II, page 645: "They were married in their native country and their wedding journey consisted of a trip to the United States. Making … [Read more...]

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