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...]

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...]

Pictures of Me

Mom's trying to teach me to ride a horse - good luck!

So I was going through some of my grandmother's pictures and found a few of me as a child. This was a good reminder to me that not all history is from other generations.  It's good to take a look at your own history. All pictures taken at the home of Grandma and Grandpa Davis [Spud and Marian (Bohnsack) Davis] in Scales Mound, Illinois.  My cousin Dan Davis bought the farm from them in the late 1990s/early 2000s.  Last year, he tore down the old homestead to build a new house. The brick is being recycled. I think my favorite pictures are: the one of me as a … [Read more...]

A Sporting Woman

Discusses the Pension System regarding the Act of August 7, 1882

A few weeks ago I received the civil war pension records for my ggg-grandfather's bigamist brother Isaac Lightcap. The records reveal quite a character - a very attractive man who enjoys a drink... or two... or three...  The bigamy speaks for itself. At first, I felt sorry for his second wife, Emily Hair.  I mean, who wouldn't?  Her husband dies in 1878, a little over 4 years after they married.  She's left a widow in her 30s.  In 1895, she's dropped from receiving Isaac's pension on the ground that she's "violated the Act of August 7, 1882, by open and … [Read more...]

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...]

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...]

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: 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...]

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...]

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...]

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: Alice T. (Rafferty) Lightcap

Obituary: Alice T. (Rafferty) Lightcap

Alice Theresa (Rafferty) Lightcap was married to Albert "Bert" Lightcap, brother of my great-grandfather Ernest Edward Lightcap.   She lived in Hammond, Indiana, for the last 30 years of her life.  A former resident of North Judson, Indiana, her obituary appeared in the North Judson News on October 27, 1938.  I received this obituary from my mom. Transcription of obituary: The following account of the death of a former North Judson resident, Mrs. A. T. Lightcap, widow of Bert Lightcap, appeared in a Hammond paper during the first week of this month: "Mrs. … [Read more...]

Marriage: Eunice Strelesky and Albert Lightcap

Eunice Strelesky and Albert Lightcap marriage celebration

Eunice Strelesky and Albert Lightcap are my grandparents, and figuring out their correct marriage date has been challenging. Both my dad and Uncle Bill told me that their parents married in December 1935.  I used that date since, as their sons, they should know. Then I stumbled upon an announcement published April 14, 1936, in The Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA) saying they married January 4, 1936.  Aha! December 1935 or January 1936 - close enough.  I assumed that Dad and Uncle Bill had been mistaken.  Odd that BOTH of them remembered the wrong date, but … [Read more...]

Updated Descendant Reports

Headstone: Nicholas Sr and Mary (Casper) Bausman

I updated reports for the descendants of Andreas "Anton" and Eva Barbara (Schick) DEININGER , Nicholas and Mary (Casper) BAUSMAN, Philip and  Julia (Stoft) BAUSMAN, Johann J.H. and Henrietta (Koch) BOHNSACK, Levi and Mary (Smith) LIGHTCAP, Frank and Fannie (Hainey) STRELESKY, and Johann Jacob Dietrich and Catherine Maria Magdalena (Bohnhoff) WULFF. These reports are based on my research.  Accuracy is important to me; if you see an error, please let me know. … [Read more...]

Marriage: Albert Lightcap and Lucy Waggoner

Marriage: Albert Lightcap and Lucy Waggoner

Albert Lightcap married Lucy Waggoner on August 15, 1866, in Putnam County, Ohio.  Albert's parents were Robert and Lucretia (Halsey) Lightcap.  Robert's brother was my ggg-grandfather Levi. Albert and Lucy had six children, five girls and one boy: Mary Evaline, Alberta, Charlotte, Harriet and Louis James. … [Read more...]

Marriage: James Sanford Lightcap and Sarah Swartz

Marriage: James Sanford Lightcap and Sarah Swartz

James Sanford Lightcap married Sarah Swartz on December 31, 1864 in Fulton County, Ohio.  James' parents were Robert and Lucretia (Halsey) Lightcap.  Robert's brother was my ggg-grandfather Levi. James and Sarah divorced in 1871; their daughter Adeline was raised by Lucretia. … [Read more...]

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