Inquest results for John B. Davis

Headstone: John B Davis

John B. Davis was my great-great grandfather.  He was born in Cornwall, England, and immigrated to the United States about 1850.  On April 7, 1913, he committed suicide by hanging himself under the floor of his barn.  One newspaper stated it was his despondency over ill health that drove him to this drastic action; another newspaper said he had a cold.   Family lore says he was not happy over sons' drinking. Whatever the reason, he hung himself in the oddest place and it does not read as a quick death. Here is the inquest determination/obituary for John B. Davis, … [Read more...]

Obituary: Herbert Hickman

Obituary: Herbert Hickman

Here is the obituary for Herbert Hickman, my great-grandmother Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman's second husband.  His obituary was published in the Freeport Journal-Standard on June 14, 1976. Transcription of obituary: Herbert Hickman SCALES MOUND - Funeral service for Herbert Hickman of Scales Mound, who died Friday in Cuba City (Wis.) Medical Center, was held this afternoon at First Presbyterian Church, Galena.  He was 87. Burial was in Scales Mound Township Cemetery.  Steinke Funeral Home, Galena, was in charge of arrangements. Surviving are two … [Read more...]

Inquest Results/Coroner’s Jury re: Hazel Bausman’s death in car accident

Hazel Bausman

Hazel Bausman, daughter of Nicholas Jr. and Catherine (Hebenstreit) Bausman, and a sister of my great-grandmother, Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman.  Her other siblings were Gertrude, Clement, Pearl and Viola. Hazel died on November 20, 1929, in a car accident.  Hazel is buried in Scales Mound Township Cemetery, Scales Mound, Illinois. While perusing some of my mom's genealogy binders, I found this article that discusses the car accident and the inquest that followed. There was no citation, but it was probably published in the Galena paper. Transcription … [Read more...]

Obituary: Benjamin Blewett

Obituary: Benjamin Blewett

This obituary is for Benjamin Blewett, son of John Blewett and Margaret Brookens. He was born May 20, 1845, in Guilford Twp, Jo Daviess  Co, Illinois, the fourth of six children.  He married Rose Stephens and they had a son Benjamin. He died October 21, 1928, in Elizabeth, Jo Daviess co, Illinois. He was killed by a bullet through the brain.  His death was ruled a suicide, but it was suspicious since there was two bullet casings. Interment made at Oakwood Cemetery in Elizabeth. Obituary from the Freeport Journal-Standard, 26 Oct 1928, page … [Read more...]

Obituary: Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman

Viola Edith (Bausman) Davis

I have several obituaries for my great-grandmother, Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman.  She was the daughter of Nicholas Jr and Catherine (Hebenstreit) Bausman.  Her first husband, Percy Davis, was my great-grandfather.  She married her second husband, Herb Hickman, in 1956 at age 63. Viola died January 20, 1974, in Cuba City, Wisconsin.  She's buried in Scales Mound Township Cemetery (also referred to as Citizens Cemetery) in Scales Mound, Illinois. I received this obituary from mom.  The citation is not known. Transcription of obituary: Mrs. Herbert … [Read more...]

Obituary: Carrie (Deininger) Stienstra

Obituary: Carrie (Deininger) Stienstra

Below is an obituary for Carrie (Deininger) Stienstra, daughter of John and Rosa (Berger) Deininger.  Edward Deininger was her half-brother. The obituary was published in the Freeport Journal-Standard, Friday, 15 May 1964, page 6. Transcript of obituary: Mrs. Carrie Stienstra GALENA - Mrs. Cornelius (Carrie) Steinstra died Thursday afternoon in the hospital here. She was born Nov. 26, 1879, in East Galena Township, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Deininger. She was married March 29, 1910, to Cornelius Stienstra. Her husband died in 1946. Survivors … [Read more...]

Obituary: Edgar Deininger

Headstone: Edgar Deininger Family

This is the obituary for Edgar Deininger, son of John and Mary (Nadig) Deininger. Originally published in the Freeport Journal-Standard, Friday, 27 Feb 1959, page 6.  Edgar is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Galena, Illinois, with his wife and son. Transcription of obituary: Edgar Deininger GALENA - A  lifelong resident of East Galena, Edgar A. Deininger died Wednesday at 4 p.m. in a Hazel Green hospital. He was the son of John and Mary Deininger and was born in East Galena June 28, 1886, on the farm where he lived his entire life. Surviving are his … [Read more...]

Obituary: Joachim Bohnsack

Headstone: Joachim Bohnsack

Joachim Bohnsack was the son of Johann J.H. Bohnsack and a brother of my g-g-grandfather, Carl Herman Bohnsack.  Joachim is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Galena Illinois. I found his headstone when I was doing my walking tour of Greenwood Cemetery.  I knew he was buried in Greenwood; I just didn't know where. I also think it's odd that he and his first wife, Marie (Peters), are buried in different cemeteries. Buried next to him is a Fredericka Bohnsack.  His second wife's name was Recha (Palmer).   Until I stumbled upon his headstone, I never heard of a … [Read more...]

William Deininger Sr Biography

Headstone Closeup: Willliam Deininger Sr

When I was visiting my grandmother in Galena, Illinois, one of the places we went was Greenwood Cemetery.  We always visit her parents and grandparents  in their eternal resting place.  Grandma had mentioned several years ago that there were Deiningers buried in the older section of  Greenwood, but she couldn't remember where. Well, after visiting the cemetery with my grandma and parents, I decided to return with my camera and see if I could stumble upon any lost family members, specifically William Deininger Sr.  Of course, you might be thinking, why not try to … [Read more...]

Obituary: Dorothea Marie (Bohnsack) Studier

Obituary: Dorothea (Bohnsack) Studier

This obituary is for Dorothea (Bohnsack) Studier from the Freeport Journal-Standard, Wednesday, 13 Sept 1944, page 1.  She was the sister of my g-g-grandfather, Carl Herman Bohnsack. Transcription of obituary: Mrs. William A. Studier Galena, Ill., Sept. 13.—Mrs. William A. Studier passed away Tuesday morning at 2:30 in Thompson township at the home of a daughter, Mrs. John Schultz, with whom she was visiting. She had been ill three days. Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon from the home of her daughter, Mrs. Ollie Dittmar, in … [Read more...]

Obituary: Nicholas Bausman Jr

Nicholas Bausman Jr

My mom gave me another obituary; she has quite a few in her possession. There is no citation. This is for Nicholas Bausman Jr, son of Nicholas Sr. and Mary (Casper) Bausman.  He was married to Catherine Hebenstreit. I'm not including a newspaper image.  It's a bit long and I didn't feel like manipulating the image into multiple columns. Transcription of obituary: Nicholas Bausman was born on December 2, 1855 at Scales Mound, Ill. He was married to Katie Habenstreit [sic] of Shullsburg, Wis., on Jan. 21, 1886. He died on Jan. 12, 1922, at 10:15 in the … [Read more...]

Obituary: Lovella (Davis) Temperly

Lovella Davis obituary

Obituary for Lovella (Davis) Temperly , daughter of John and Margaret (Hicks) Davis.  She was the sister of my g-grandfather, Percy Davis. I received this obituary from my mom.  There is no citation. Transcription of obituary: Mrs. Joseph Temperly of Hazel Green Dies on Monday Mrs. Joseph (Lovella M.) Temperly of Hazel Green passed away unexpectedly Monday evening at the Cuba City Medical Center where she was taken after suffering a stroke at her home in the early forenoon. Born in Jo Daviess county on May 16, 1885, she was the daughter of John and … [Read more...]

Inquest results on William Davis’ suicide

Inquest: William Davis

My g-g-grandfather, John B. Davis, committed suicide in 1913 by hanging himself in his barn.  His suicide was something that wasn't discussed because it upset my grandfather.  Until I read this article I didn't realize that 30 years earlier - in 1883 -  that John, along with his son Alvin, cut down the body of his nephew, William Davis.  William was suffering from a painful illness and hung himself.  William's parents were John's brother Jacob and Jane (Moyle). (Making William my 1st cousin, 3x removed.) I imagine that cutting down the body of his nephew would have … [Read more...]

Obituary: Carl Herman Bohnsack

Carl Herman Bohnsack

Below is the obituary for Carl Herman Bohnsack, husband of Carolina Sophia "Lena" (Wulff), and my great-great grandfather. It was published in in the Freeport Journal-Standard, Monday, 26 Feb 1940, page 14. Note:  In C. Herman's obituary and certificate of death, Joachim Bohnsack is listed as the name of C. Herman's father; however,  the name on his father's headstone is Johann J.H. Bohnsack.  Most likely, his full name was Johann Joachim Hermann (or Henry) Bohnsack.  C. Herman's father is NOT the Joachim Bohnsack buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Galena.  That is … [Read more...]

Davis – Blewett Information

About the year 1770 a man by the name of --- Painter brought his small son to a family by the name of Kempthorn who lived in Cornwall, England and left him for them to care for.  He went to the continent and sent back money to pay for the child's expenses.  Mr. Painter appeared to be well to do.  After about 5 years, the money stopped and it was assumed that he had died.  The Kempthorn's were evidently poor people and could not afford to keep the child so he was adopted by a man named Davies.  This boy's name was probably Jacob, and he married Elizabeth who lived to be … [Read more...]

Met a cousin back in Galena

Johann J.H. Bohnsack headstone in Shepherd of the Hills Cemetery

While I was visiting my grandmother in Scales Mound Illinois, I decided to make a stop at the courthouse in Galena.  I wanted get a few death certificates since a couple weeks ago, I found my great-grandfather's, Carl Herman Bohnsack, obituary and was thrown for a loop.  But that's a story for another time... While picking up the death certificate, I met a cousin.  She was the deputy at the records office in the courthouse.  Her grandmother was Mary Anna Johanna Bohnsack Brandt, the youngest sister of Leo Bohnsack my great grandfather.  What a small world!  Of … [Read more...]

Obituary: Minnie (Deininger) Bohnsack

Minnie (Deininger) Bohnsack

My mom recently lent me some binders filled with genealogical information.  In them, I  was excited to find my great-grandmother's obituary.  She was the wife of Leo Bohnsack and my mom's grandmother. Minnie (Deininger) Bohnsack died before I was born, but my mom has always spoken very warmly of her.  Mom said Minnie was the sweetest lady, made the best bread, and spoke with a heavy German accent.  I find the fact that Minnie had an accent interesting since she was born in Galena, Illinois.  Her parents were German, and Mom remembers that as a child everyone spoke … [Read more...]

Obituary: Carolina Sophia (Wulff) Bohnsack

Lena Wulff

Obviously, I"ve had a lot of luck finding obituaries about the Wulff family.   This time, I came across my great-great grandmother's, Carolina Sophia Wulff,  from the Freeport Journal-Standard, Sept 30, 1949, page 16. The portrait of Lena is a scan of a copy.  I do not have the original, have never seen the original, and do not remember how I received this image.  Probably through an ancestry.com contact. I'm not sure what's going on with the photo.  It sort of looks like the paper is curling. Transcription of obituary: Mrs. Lena Bohnsack Elizabeth, Ill., … [Read more...]

Obituary: Mary Bohnhoff Wulff

While I was researching the Wulff's, I came across this obituary for Mrs. Henry (Mary) Wulff on page 4 of  the Freeport Journal-Standard, Monday, May 19, 1958. Her relationship to me: wife of 2nd great grand uncle. Transcription of obituary: Stockton—Mrs. Henry (Mary) Wulff died Sunday about 5:15 p.m. from a heart attack suffered at the home of her son, Arthur of rural Stockton. The former Mary Bohnhoff was born Feb. 8, 1875, in Thompson Township, Jo Daviess County, the daughter of John and Henrietta Weich Bohnhoff. She married Henry Wulff Sept. 12, 1894, in … [Read more...]

Obituary: Henry John Wulff Sr

Mary Bohnhoff Wulff Obituary

I was researching Henry Wulff Sr, who is my 3rd great grandfather. He was born in Germany and died in Schapville, Illinois.  His wife was Maria Sophia Schumacher and they had three children, Carolina Sophia, Henry Jr., and Anna Marie. I found this obituary in the Freeport Journal-Standard. It was published January 3, 1929. Transcription of obituary: Elizabeth, Ill., Jan. 2 - Funeral services were conducted at Schapville, a few miles north of this city, on Sunday morning at 11 o'clock at the Schapville Lutheran church at the Schapville Lutheran church … [Read more...]

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