Daniel Firestone Will

Will: Daniel Firestone, pg 1

Daniel Firestone was my 5th great-grandfather. He was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to Johannes Feuerstein and Augusta Justina Maria Hildebrand. He married Anne "Nancy" Lang in Cocalico Twp, Pennsylvania, on August 5 1783; Rev. John Waldschmidt officiated. Daniel and Nancy had four children: Samuel, George Washington, Rebecca, and Sarah "Sally".  Rebecca married Christian Smith.  Daniel died in 1823 in Miami Twp, Logan County, Ohio. The executors of his will were his sons Samuel and George. Daniel's exact date of death is unknown.  Will written on … [Read more...]

Marriages of Hattie Brooks

Marriage: Hattie Brooks and Anson Miley

Hattie Brooks was the daughter of Samuel and Mary Jane (Lightcap) Brooks.  Mary Jane was the sister of my ggg-grandfather, Levi. Hattie married her first husband, Anson Miley, on Christmas Day 1872 when she was 16 years old.  He was 33. Their son, Drayton Luther Anson Miley, was born January 1874. Anson died in October 1875 leaving Hattie a widow.   Hattie married James Leiby in May 1876. To this union, nine children were born: Helen, George, Henry, Herbert, Dora, Jennie, Edward, William and Howard. … [Read more...]

Marriage Record: Levi Lightcap and Mary Smith

Marriage Record: Levi Lightcap and Mary Smith

Levi Lightcap and Mary Smith are my ggg-grandparents.  They married in Seneca County, Ohio, on January 26, 1942.  Levi's parents are John and Mary Lightcap.  Mary's parents are Christian and Rebecca (Firestone) Smith. Transcription of marriage: Levi Lightcap and Mary Smith license to marry January 24 1842. [unreadable] The State of Ohio Seneca County - I do hereby certify that I have united in the bonds of matrimony Levi Lightcap and Mary Smith this 26th day of January 1842.  Lewis Seitz M. G.  Certified March 29th 1842 Geo. G. Ritchis Dept. [unreadable] … [Read more...]

Marriage: Lucretia Lightcap and Henry Beck

Marriage: Lucretia Lightcap and Henry Beck

I've been researching Lucretia (Halsey) Lightcap for awhile, and it's so difficult to find information outside of U.S. Federal Census information about her. Her first husband Robert was the brother of my ggg-grandfather, Levi Lightcap.  Robert died when he was about 32 years old leaving Lucretia a young widow with two small boys. I was very excited that I found her marriage certificate to her second husband, Henry Beck. She's listed on the marriage certificate at Mrs. Lauretta Lightcap.  They married November 4, 1860, in Sandusky County, Ohio. This is the only time … [Read more...]

Chancery Record: Nathaniel Lynch deed to John Lightcap

johnLightcap Chancery 1835 Feb 02

I've decided that I'm going to start posting chancery records.  They are invaluable sources of information.  My mother is the queen of finding land records, so all thanks should be directed to her. This is the chancery record that Nathaniel Lynch deeded to John Lightcap, "the East half of the North Part quarter of Section twenty two, in Township one North, of Range fifteen" in Seneca County, Ohio.  Recorded June 13, 1835.  John Lightcap was my gggg-grandfather. I usually try to transcribe the records that I post. However, figuring out the handwriting on chancery … [Read more...]

Biography: George Lightcap

Pictorial and biographical record of La Porte, Porter, Lake and Starke counties, Indiana (1894)

George Lightcap is my gg-grandfather and the son of Levi and Mary (Smith) Lightcap.  A biography of George was published in the "Pictorial and Biographical Record of La Porte, Porter, Lake and Starke Counties, Indiana" published by Goodspeed Brothers Publishers, Chicago (1894), p. 443-445. -- GEORGE LIGHTCAP. To our noble pushing hard-working business men is due the great prosperity, wealth and advancement of Starke County, Indiana. To their zeal, energy and integrity will its future greatness be indebted, as it has been in the past and among those names of … [Read more...]

Biography: Walter Lightcap

Headstone: Walter and Eliza Jane (Stewart) Lightcap

Walter Lightcap was a son of Levi and Mary (Smith) Lightcap and brother to my gg-grandfather George.  A biography of Walter was published in “A Standard History of Starke County Indiana” by Joseph N. McCormick, Chicago, 1915, p. 593-594. --- WALTER LIGHTCAP. One of the men who have had a large share in the development of the thriving City of North Judson is Walter Lightcap, whose home has been in that section of Starke County for sixty years. Mr. Lightcap and his family have owned much of the land around and in North Judson, and part of the town has been built up … [Read more...]

Obituary: Albert Wallace “Wally” Lightcap

Albert Wallace Lightcap

My grandfather, Albert Wallace Lightcap, was born in McIntosh, South Dakota on September 15, 1914 to Ernest and Henrietta (Doose) Lightcap.  He had one brother, Paul.  Wally died in Dubuque, Iowa in 1975. He married Eunice Strelesky in 1936.  Together they had seven boys: Tom, Bill, Ted, Gary, Greg, Jack, and Joel.  Gary died in infancy. His obituary was published in the Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa) on November 16, 1975. Transcription of obituary: Entered Into Eternal Rest Thursday, Nov. 13, 1975 A.W. Lightcap Services for A.W. “Wally” … [Read more...]

Biography: Albert and Harry Lightcap

Pictorial and biographical record of La Porte, Porter, Lake and Starke counties, Indiana (1894)

The biography of Albert and Harry Lightcap, sons of George and Rhoda (Herod) Lightcap, appeared in "Pictorial and Biographical Record of La Porte, Porter, Lake and Starke Counties, Indiana" published by Goodspeed Brothers Publishers, Chicago, 1894, p. 407. LIGHTCAP BROTHERS. This well-known firm, which is engaged in the sale of clothing, hats and gents' furnishing goods generally, is composed of Harry and Bert Lightcap, who are wide-awake, pushing and enterprising young business men, destined to make their mark in the commercial world.  This business was established … [Read more...]

Marriage: Christian Smith and Rebecca Firestone

Marriage: Christian Smith and Rebecca Firestone

When I ordered Christian Smith's military records (he was a veteran of the War of 1812) from the National Archives, I never imagined that it would have this gem when the records arrived in the mail in May.  I was so excited to discover the marriage record of Christian Smith and Rebecca Firestone, my gggg-grandparents. Until this record, I had only deductive reasoning that the Christian Smith I was researching was married to Rebecca Firestone. "My" Christian Smith has been claimed by other researchers, most notably by people having him born in North Carolina (he was … [Read more...]

Obituary: Samuel Brooks

Samuel Brooks was married to Mary Jane Lightcap, the sister of my ggg-grandfather, Levi Lightcap.  Mary Jane died in 1877, and in September 1878 he married Mary Wiest.  His obituary was published in the Tiffin Daily Tribune on January 20, 1914. Obituary: Samuel Brooks Melmore has been called to mourn the loss of one of her highly esteemed citizens, Samuel J. Brooks, who died Thursday, January 15, 1914. Mr. Brooks was born April 7, 1833, near Auburn, N. Y., and came with his parents to Seneca county, the family settling near Swander. He had been a resident of … [Read more...]

50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration: Albert and Lucy Lightcap

Albert Lightcap 50th Wedding Celebration

I stumbled upon this newspaper article celebrating the wedding anniversary of Albert and Lucy (Waggoner) Lightcap.  Albert's parents were Robert and Lucretia Lightcap.  Robert was the brother of my g-g-g-grandfather, Levi Lightcap.  Albert was born in Fremont, Ohio, but spent a majority of his life in Michigan.  The Flint Daily Journal on Wednesday, August 16, 1916, published this article celebrating Albert and Lucy's golden anniversary. Transcription of article: MR. AND MRS. A. H. LIGHTCAP CELEBRATE THEIR GOLDEN WEDDING ANNIVERSARY Mr. and Mrs. Albert H. … [Read more...]

Obituary: Albert Lightcap

Death Notice: Albert Lightcap

Albert Lightcap was the brother of my g-grandfather, Ernest Edward Lightcap. He was married to Alice Theresa Rafferty and they had three children: Ada, Clarence and Herbert. The notice of his death was published in The News and Sentinel in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on June 2 1921. Transcription of obituary: Albert Lightcap, of Hammond, Ind., 49 years old, died yesterday at the home of his brother-in-law, E. C. Smith, of this city, after a serious illness of a few days of cancer of the stomach. Lightcap came to this city two weeks ago to visit. The body was taken … [Read more...]

Obituary: Paul George Lightcap

Paul was the brother of my grandfather, Albert "Wally" Lightcap. Even though Paul died in 1999, I never met him or any of his family.  Paul's obituary was published in the Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa) on June 20, 1999.  I don't have a newspaper clipping, but I have the text. Transcript of the obituary: Paul G. Lightcap, 93, of 2611 Windsor Ave., died at 4:55 p.m., Friday, June 18, 1999, at ManorCare Health Services. Services will be at 10 a.m. Tuesday at Dubuque Bible Church, 3500 Pennsylvania Ave., with burial in Linwood Cemetery. Friends may call from 3 … [Read more...]

Levi Lightcap Shooting

Levi Lightcap shot and killed

Here's one of the few articles that I can find that references the accidental shooting and death of Levi Lightcap. Of course, there's a few errors.  The article appeared on page 1 of the Wisconsin State Journal on 13 Dec 1870.  FYI, the shooting actually took place in North Judson, Starke County, Indiana. Transcription of article: A fight occurred near the depot at North Jackson, Stark county, Ill., on the evening of the 9th, between Lightcap, the station agent, and his son Henry on one side, and two men named Brown and Hoffacker, on the other. During the … [Read more...]

Obituary: Eunice (Strelesky) Lightcap

Eunice Strelesky

Eunice StreleskyEunice (Strelesky) Lightcap, daughter of John Joseph "Jack" and Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky, was born in Sheridan, Wyoming, on December 21, 1915, and died on November 15, 1998, in Dubuque, Iowa.   The picture at the left is her 1933 high school graduation. My grandmother's obituary was published November 18, 1998, in the Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa), page 6C.  The obituary incorrectly states that my grandparents married in 1935 in Dubuque, Iowa.  They actually married on March 17, 1936, at St. Mary's Church in Freeport, … [Read more...]

John Sherman Lightcap’s Death

John Sherman Lightcap Suicide

I was researching the Lightcap's over the weekend and came across this article about John Sherman Lightcap.  He was the (adopted?) son of Walter and Eliza (Stewart) Lightcap.  (Walter Lightcap was the brother of my great-grandfather, George.) Anyway, I found an article on the front page of the Logansport Press (Logansport, Indiana) on Dec 9 1939 discussing the death of John Sherman Lightcap .    The article states that John committed suicide by drowning. Transcription: No. Judson Banker Commits Suicide in Lake at Ft. Wayne Fort Wayne, Ind., Dec 8 (AP) – … [Read more...]

Obituary: Blanche (Payne) Lightcap

Headstone: Blanche Payne

Blanche Payne was the first wife of  my great-grandfather, Ernest Lightcap.  They married January 2, 1900.  She was 19; he was 20.  She died of Bright's disease, a historical classification of kidney diseases, when she was 23.  They had no children. Until I started researching my family history, there was always some confusion over how many wives Ernest had (3) or who was the mother of his children (Henrietta Doose).  He only had two children, so I can't understand why there was confusion over this.  (It wasn't like he dropped his children off after Henrietta died … [Read more...]

Obituary: Ernest Edward Lightcap

Obituary: Ernest Lightcap

Ernest Edward Lightcap was my great-grandfather. He was married three times (even though his obituary only acknowledges two). His first wife was Blanche Payne.  They married January 2, 1900, in St Joseph, Michigan.  He was 20.  She died December 29, 1903, of Bright's disease.  They had no children. In 1905, he married Henrietta Doose (my great-grandmother).  They had two sons, Paul and Albert.  She died on Sept 18, 1917.  According to her death certificate, she died after taking medication to induce an abortion.  I wish I knew more about Henrietta and her … [Read more...]

Research block: Levi Lightcap

Levi Lightcap Headstone

Have you ever hit a wall with your research of an ancestor?  I have, many times, but my current stumbling block is Levi Lightcap, my 3rd great grandfather. More specifically, I'm having trouble identifying his parents.   All I know is that he was born in New Jersey.  Other than that, it's pure speculation as to who his parents and siblings are. I've been stumped so much that I set up an appointment in July to meet with a researcher at the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  For those unfamiliar, this is the largest repository … [Read more...]

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