Miss Mary Beard

Miss Mary Beard Letter from Co. A, 8th O.V. Infantry

While researching the Lightcaps, I came across an article where Miss Mary Beard received $53.50 from members of Company A, 8th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  Both my ggg-grandfather's brother Isaac Bateman Lightcap (also know as The Bigamist) and nephew James Sanford Lightcap served in that unit and contributed.  I don't know why they sent money. Using The Inflation Calculator $53.50 in 1862 would be worth $1212.78 today. The letter refers to her as a "Daughter of the 8th" and that the money is a small token of regard. Unfortunately, there is no context to the letter. … [Read more...]

Aaron Leightcap / Lightcap

Marriage: Aaron Leightcap and Mary Messer

My paternal 4th great-grandfather was John Lightcap (abt 1778 - aft 1864), husband of Mary Chamberlin. Identifying his parents has proven frustratingly difficult. There is no proof of parentage, only supposition. So I'm tackling the problem from another direction and researching other Lightcap families in the surrounding area near his place of birth.  John was either born in Pennsylvania or New Jersey (records vary), **probably** in Bucks County, Pennsylvania, or Hunterdon County, New Jersey. My research uncovered a man named Aaron Leightcap/Lightcap (1817-1900).  I … [Read more...]

A Letter from Mrs. LaVerne Schoenhard

Scales Mound, Illinois, Newsletter

While going through my late grandmother's genealogy files, I found an issue of the Scales Mound, Illinois, hometown newsletter, The Weekly Visitor, from October 20, 1955.  Published in the newsletter with a most intriguing letter from Mrs. LaVerne Schoenhard.  It seems Mrs. Schoenhard made the hard decision to place her grandmother, Mrs. Lena Kilian, in a nursing home and was receiving a bit of flack about the decision. I think anyone who as ever had a loved one in a nursing facility knows what a difficult decision it is. If my research is correct, Mrs. LaVerne … [Read more...]

Babies Dying and It Doesn’t Make the Papers!

Gary Lightcap

Research blocks stink!  And I've hit one! What I thought would be easy research has turned into a decidedly frustrating endeavor.  I'm looking for information on the death of my father's infant brother, Gary. In April 1946, my grandmother gave birth to her fourth child and son, Gary, at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Dubuque County, Iowa. He died after 16 days. I've always been told Gary died due to "bad water" at Mercy Hospital. He wasn't the only one either; according to family members a "bunch of babies" died.  How many is a bunch? Between 15 and 20; otherwise … [Read more...]

Zazios Cooking Class

Zazios logo

Last month I took a cooking class at Zazios, one of the local restaurants in Kalamazoo. Having never taken this type of class, I crossed my fingers and hoped for an enjoyable Saturday afternoon. The small class of nine participants included two couples, a man with his teenage son, a group of three women, and myself. The executive chef and owner, John Korycki, was the instructor. The class ran from noon to 4:30 p.m. The experience was enjoyable and Chef Korycki was an engaging instructor. Things I learned: the correct way to hold a knife how to properly … [Read more...]

The Story of My Life by Rev. Herman Emil Studier (Part 4 of 4)

Rev. Herman Emil Studier and Maria Barbara Niedermeyer, 1881 wedding
(photo courtesy of Ken Kelly)

Part four of the transcription from the draft of Rev. Herman Emil Studier’s “The Story of My Life.” Transcription details Square brackets [ ] denote handwritten additions made in the draft. Draft of “The Story of My Life” by Rev. H.E. Studier is available. (PDF, 2.5MB) The Story of My Life (Part 4) by Rev. H.E. Studier In Germany it had always been the plan for me to become a minister. Father had probably spoken to Rev. Klindworth of me before I came to Galena, for when I arrived there it was always the same advice, “Become a minister!” The first summer I … [Read more...]

The Story of My Life by Rev. Herman Emil Studier (Part 3 of 4)

Rev. and Mrs. H.E. Studier
(photo courtesy of Ken Kelly)

Part three of the transcription from the draft of Rev. Herman Emil Studier’s “The Story of My Life.” Transcription details Square brackets [ ] denote handwritten additions made in the draft. Draft of “The Story of My Life” by Rev. H.E. Studier is available. (PDF, 2.5MB) The Story of My Life (Part 3) by Rev. H.E. Studier My mother’s maiden name was Auguste Henrietta Freier and she was born Nov. 27, 1819 in Zeden near Wriezen in the Neumark part of Brandenburg. Her father was a taylor and a teacher, clerk of the church, and was the choir master. My mother … [Read more...]

The Story of My Life by Rev. Herman Emil Studier (Part 2 of 4)

Rev. Herman Emil Studier and Maria Barbara Niedermeyer, 1881 wedding
(photo courtesy of Ken Kelly)

Part two of the transcription from the draft of Rev. Herman Emil Studier's "The Story of My Life." Transcription details Square brackets [ ] denote handwritten additions made in the draft. Draft of "The Story of My Life" by Rev. H.E. Studier is available. (PDF, 2.5MB) The Story of My Life (Part 2) by Rev. H.E. Studier In the year 1862 my parents bought a piece of ground inside of the city wall in the northeastern part of town at a place where Jaegerstrasse (Huntsmanstreet) makes a turn to the southeast, the larger part of the drilling-grounds of the … [Read more...]

The Story of My Life by Rev. Herman Emil Studier (Part 1 of 4)

Rev. and Mrs. H.E. Studier
(photo courtesy of Ken Kelly)

While going through a box of materials about my maternal grandmother's extended family, I came across seven pages of a draft of Rev. Herman Emil Studier's autobiography.  Rev. Studier was the brother-in-law of Dorothea (Bohnsack) Studier, twin sister of Carl Herman Bohnsack, my grandmother's paternal grandfather. Over the next few posts, I'll share what Rev. Studier wrote.  I found it fascinating to read what his childhood was like in Germany, and what brought the family to America. Overview of Rev. Studier's life Rev. H.E. Studier was born 11 January 1859 in … [Read more...]

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