Death of Ellen (Lightcap) Jones Lawrence

Death: Ellen (Lightcap) Jones Lawrence

Ellen (Lightcap) Jones Lawrence, daughter of John Lightcap and Mary Chamberlin, died on February 5, 1895, in Bloomville, Seneca Co, Ohio, at the home of her daughter Anna (Lawrence) Carson.  She's buried at Rock Creek Cemetery in Seneca Co, Ohio. The notice of her death was published in the Tiffin Daily Tribune, Seneca Co, Ohio. Transcription of obituary: Died - Mrs. Lawrence, formerly of Melmore, at the home of her son-in-law, William Carson, two miles west of Bloomville, on the farm of the late Isaac Seitz, Tuesday morning, at one o'clock, in the … [Read more...]

Biography: Holoway W. Lightcap

Holoway W. Lightcap

Holoway W. Lightcap is the son of John Lightcap and Mary Chamberlin, my gggg-grandparents.  He was born on October 7, 1826, in Milford, Hunterdon Co, New Jersey. He married Ellen Miriam Westgate, daughter of Mose Weld Westgate and Alice Brooks, on August 9, 1849, in Republic, Seneca Co, Ohio. Holoway served in the Civil War as Quartermaster for 85th Regiment, Illinois infantry, Company F & S (Field & Staff). He mustered in December 1, 1861. Commissioned an officer in Company S, Illinois 85th Infantry Regiment on March 13, 1863. Holoway mustered out on July … [Read more...]

Obituary: Celestine (Uhlrich) Hatzenbuhler

Joseph and Celestine (Uhlrich) Hatzenbuhler

Celestine (Uhlrich) Hatzenbuhler was the daughter of Francis J. Uhlrich and Teresa Heid and sister of my gg-grandmother Mary Francis Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders.  She was born August 12, 1868, in Galena, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois.  She was one of eight children. She married Joseph George Hatzenbuhler October 29, 1894. They had six children. She is buried in Linwood Cemetery, Dubuque, Dubuque Co, Iowa, along with her parents, husband and their children Arnold J and Marjorie Hatzenbuhler . Obituary appeared in the Dubuque Telegraph Herald, Thursday, July 31, 1924, … [Read more...]

Levi Lightcap Shot and Killed

Levi Lightcap Shot and Killed

Here is another article about the death of my ggg-grandfather, Levi Lightcap, who was shot and killed.  The article was published in Kokomo Tribune, page 1, Thursday, Dec 22, 1872. Transcription of newspaper article: ACCIDENTALLY KILLED A Young Man in a Quarrel - His Father gets Shot A few days ago, at North Judson up the Chicago R.R., young Mr. Lightcap, the telegraph operator, got into trouble with a stranger and drew his revolver. Young Hoffacker, a brother of Daniel, both recently of this city, who are up there sawing wood for the company, ran in to … [Read more...]

Obituary: Marjorie Strelesky

Marjorie Strelesky

Marjorie Strelesky was the daughter of John Strelesky and Ernestine Sanders.  She was a sister of my grandmother, Eunice (Strelesky) Lightcap.  Marjorie was born in Sheridan, Sheridan Co, Wyoming, February 26, 1919.  She died January 15, 2001, in Cedar Rapids, Linn Co, Iowa. Interment made at Cedar Memorial Mausoleum. Her obituary published in The Gazette (Cedar Rapids-Iowa City) on Tuesday, January 16, 2001 . Transcription of obituary: Marjorie Strelesky , 81, of Silver Pines Assisted Living Community, died Monday, Jan. 15, 2001, in Mercy Medical Center … [Read more...]

Funeral Card: Gladys (Ray) Davis

Laban and Gladys (Ray) Davis

Funeral card for Gladys Cecelia (Ray) Davis.  She was the wife of Laban Davis, brother of my great-grandfather Percy Davis. Gladys was born January 21, 1896.  She was a mail-order bride, marrying Laban on November 23, 1915, in Dubuque, Dubuque Co, Iowa. Gladys died in childbirth on October 24, 1917. Their unnamed baby girl died a few days later. Gladys and baby are buried together in Scales Mound Township Cemetery in Scales Mound, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois.  There is no marker for the baby. Transcription of funeral card: In Loving Remembrance of Mrs. … [Read more...]

Finally! Confirmation by way of Bigamy!

Who knew I’d get so excited to find out that my ggg-grandfather Levi Lightcap’s brother Isaac was a bigamist? But boy, am I glad! And I’m not referring to the moral ramifications of his deception. I’m talking about the genealogical gold mine that I received after requesting Isaac's Civil War pension file from the National Archives.  After both of Isaac's widows applied for his pension, a paperwork bonanza ensued.  A special investigator starts sorting out the mess, and who wins?  ME!  (Definitely not the wives, and that's a story I'll address another time.) As I've … [Read more...]

Marriage Announcement: Holoway Lightcap and Ellen Westgate

Marriage Annoucement: Holoway W. Lightcap of Findlay and Ellen M. Westgate

Marriage announcement for Holoway Lightcap, son of John and Mary Lightcap,  and Ellen Miriam Westgate, daughter of Mose Weld Westgate and Alice Brooks, in the Seneca Advertiser on August 10, 1849, Seneca Co, Ohio. Holoway was the brother of my ggg-grandfather, Levi Lightcap. Transcription of marriage announcement: At Republic, on yesterday, by the Rev. Mr. Ransom, Mr. Holloway W. Lightcap, of Findlay, (formerly of this city.) to Miss Ellen M. Westgate, of Republic. … [Read more...]

Death Notice: Elizabeth (Davis) Wear

Death: Elizabeth (Davis) Wear

Elizabeth Davis was the daughter of John Davies II and Jennifer "Jane" Blewett.  She was born in Cornwall, England on December 6, 1834, the fourth of five children.  Her siblings were Jacob Davis III, William Davis, Mary Davies, and John B. Davis (my gg-grandfather). Elizabeth's father died about 1840 in Cornwall.  Jane  immigrated with her children in 1848 after the 1847 Cornish potato famine hit.  The famine occurred at the same time as the Irish potato famine and deprived the Cornish working classes of one of their staple foods. Jane and her family settled in … [Read more...]

Obituary: Caroline (Hebenstreit) Stephan

Headstone: Anna Caroline (Hebenstreit) Stephan

When I was back in Scales Mound in October, I discovered several obituaries in my Grandma Davis' genealogy files.  I assume she "inherited" them from Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman after she passed in 1974.  Anyway, I'm glad Grandma kept them and didn't toss'em since Caroline Hebenstreit's is almost 100 years old. Anna Caroline Hebenstreit was born in Germany, June 8th, 1858, to  Vitus Hebenstreit and Bertha Schafer.  Her sister was my great-great-grandmother, Catherine (Hebenstreit) Bausman.  This makes Caroline aunt to Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman. Caroline … [Read more...]

Obituary: Martha (Karberg) Schmidt

Obituary: Martha (Karberg) Schmidt

Obituary for Martha (Karberg) Schmidt, daughter of John and Wilhelmine "Minnie" (Bohnsack) Karberg. Martha was born on October 8, 1889, in Thompson Twp, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois. She died May 30, 1970, in Elizabeth, Jo Daviess, Illinois. Interment made at Elizabeth Cemetery in Elizabeth. Obituary published in Freeport Journal-Standard, Monday June 1, 1970. Transcription of obituary: Mrs. Allen Schmidt Elizabeth - Mrs. Allen (Matha) Schmidt of Elizabeth died Saturday night in Galena Hospital following an extended illness. Mrs. Schmidt, a lifelong Jo … [Read more...]

Hazel Bausman Killed in Car Accident

Hazel Bausman Killed in Car Accident

Over the weekend, I found another article regarding the car accident that killed my great-grandmother's sister, Hazel Bausman.  The article was published in the Rockford Republic, Thursday, November 21, 1929, page 2. Transcription of article: Galena Girl Killed in Highway Accident Galena, Nov. 21 - Hazel Bausman, 34, of Scales Mound, was instantly killed yesterday afternoon when the car in which she and Evelyn Stower of Galena were riding, skidded off the highway and overturned. The accident occurred on Grant highway, between here and E. Dubuque. Miss … [Read more...]

Biography: Philip H. Bausman

Biography: Philip Bausman

Philip Bausman was the brother of my ggg-grandfather, Nicholas Bausman Sr.  Philip was born in Germany on July 8, 1817; he died September 9, 1878, in Guilford Twp, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois.  He's buried in the Hammer Mennonite Cemetery in Guilford Twp.  Philip married Julia Stoft, and they had six children: Philip, Nicholas, William, Henry, Julia, and Catherine. Besides his brother Nicholas, I know that Philip had two sisters.  Unfortunately, I have been unable to identify their names.  I know that they settled in Jo Daviess County, Illinois. Here's a short … [Read more...]

Family Group Sheet: Henry Miller and Lavina Karberg

Family Group Sheet: Henry Miller and Lavina Karberg

Last week I received the family group sheet of Henry John Miller and Lavina Johanna Karberg from Tom Townsend, a childhood friend of my mom's and fellow genealogy researcher.  He took me on my trek to Singer Catholic Cemetery. Lavina's parents were John Karberg and Wilhelmine "Minnie" Bohnsack, a sister of my gg-grandfather Carl Herman Bohnsack.  The typed information is from 1983. Henry was born November 10, 1882, in Thompson Twp, Jo Daviess, Illinois.  Lavina was born August 21, 1893.  They married February 27, 1912, and had six children: Bernice, Earl, … [Read more...]

Medical Genealogy

I was recently asked by the wellness coordinator at my place of employment to give a presentation on medical genealogy. Somehow he heard that I did a lot of genealogy research.  Even though medical genealogy isn't something that I've focused on, I have a lot of experience researching and tracking down records. I understand the importance of having a record of medical information about relatives and illnesses/diseases/addictive behaviors that run in a family.  Making informed decisions about prevention and screening can only occur when a person knows the risks. When … [Read more...]

Obituary: Alvin E. Sanders

Alvin Sanders

Alvin Sanders, brother of my great-grandmother Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky, was born on March 12, 1896, in Dubuque, Dubuque Co, Iowa. His parents were Ernest Vincent Sanders and Mary Francis Josephine Uhlrich. Alvin married Genevieve M Duccini about 1928. They had six children: Alvin, Richard, Thomas, Mary Margaret, Alice, and John. Alvin died August 25, 1956, in Racine, Racine Co, Wisconsin. Interment was at Calvary Cemetery in Racine. His obituary appeared in the Racine Journal Times on August 25, 1956. Transcription of obituary: SANDERS, ALVIN … [Read more...]

Obituary: Mary (Davies) Jeffery

Obituary: Mary (Davies) Jeffery

Mary (Davis/Davies) Jeffery was a daughter of my ggg-grandparents, Jacob Davies II and Jennifer "Jane" Blewett. She was a sister to my gg-grandfather, John B. Davis. Mary was born on July 27, 1832, in Cornwall, England. A few years after her father died, Mary immigrated to the United States with her mother and siblings, first settling in Pennsylvania. John Jeffery and Mary married in June 23, 1853 in Pennsylvania. They had nine children, including: William, Joseph Alexander, Sherman William Tecumseh, Edward, John and Thomas. I do not know the names of the other … [Read more...]

Biography: John Deininger

Headstone: John, Mary & Rosie Deininger

John Deininger was the brother of my great-great grandfather, William Deininger Jr. His biography appeared in Portrait and Biographical Album of Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties, Illinois (1889, page 626-627. ----------------------------------------- JOHN DEININGER. A snug farm of seventy acres lying on section 28 in East Galena Township comprises the well-regulated homestead of the subject of this sketch. Upon it there are good improvements, comprising a neat and substantial residence, fruit and shade trees, a barn and various other outhouses required for the … [Read more...]

Death: Anna Marie Wulff

Anna Wulff

Anna Marie Wulff was the sister of my great-great grandmother Carolina "Lena" Sophia (Wulff) Bohnsack. She was born on June 20, 1875, in Mecklenburg, Germany, to Henry John Wulff Sr  and Maria Sophia Schumacher. The family immigrated to the United states about 1883. Besides Lena, Anna's other sibling was Henry Jr.  Anna was the youngest of the three. Anna never married. Anna died on May 30, 1952, in Hazel Green, Grant County, Wisconsin. Interment made in Schapville, Jo Daviess County, Illinois, at Shepherd of the Hills Cemetery. Anna's obituary was … [Read more...]

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...]

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