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...]

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...]

Jack Strelesky’s Taxidermy Shop Damaged by Fire

John J. Strelesky's taxidermy shop damaged by fire

When Jack Strelesky lived in Sheridan, Wyoming, he ran a taxidermy shop.  On April 6, 1917, fire damaged the shop.  An article discussing the fire ran in the Wyoming State Tribune-Cheyenne State Leader on April 6, 1917. Transcription of article: Taxidermist's Shop Damaged By Fire Sheridan, Wyo., April 6 - Damage to the extent of about a hundred dollars was caused by a fire which started in the loft of the building on East Fourth street, occupied by the taxidermy shop of J.J. Strelesky last night. It was discovered shortly before 9 o'clock and an alarm … [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...]

Marriage: John Joseph Strelesky and Ernestine Bertha Sanders

Marriage: John Joseph Strelesky and Ernestine Bertha Sanders

My great-grandparents, John Joseph Strelesky and Ernestine Bertha Sanders, were married September 19, 1906, by a Catholic priest in Dubuque, Iowa.  They had four children: Herb, Alice, Eunice and Marjorie.  In 1920, Ernestine and her unborn child died of influenza in Sheridan, Wyoming, during the Spanish Flu pandemic. … [Read more...]

Chancery Record: Christian Smith granted land for service in War of 1812

Chancery Record: Christian Smith military warrant 1 Oct 1851

As reward for his service in the War of 1812, my gggg-grandfather Christian Smith was granted land by the U.S. government.  Christian Smith was drafted into Captain Jacob Catterlin's 2nd Regiment Ohio militia in Fairfield County, Ohio. He served from September 1, 1813, until March 1, 1814. Military Warrant No. 3833 for 80 acres issued in his favor: the North half of SE qtr of Sec 9 in Twp 32, Rng 3 W in the Dist of Lands subject to sale at Winamac Indiana. This record was found at the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management, General Land Office … [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...]

Obituary: Sarah (Sanders) Hansing

Obituary: Sarah (Sanders) Hansing

Sarah Sanders was the sister of my great-great grandfather, Ernest Vincent Sanders.  She was born about 1860 in Galena, Illinois, and died on Christmas Eve 1937 in California. Her obituary was published in the Freeport Journal-Standard on December 31, 1937. Transcription of obituary: Mrs. Sarah Hansing, Galena Galena, Ill., Dec. 31 - Funeral services for Mrs. Sara Sanders Hansing, who died in California Christmas eve, were held yesterday afternoon at 4 o'clock in the Uehren and Furlong funeral chapel. The Rev. T.J.F. Pagels officiated. Pallbearers for … [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...]

Rebecca (Firestone) Smith Headstone – Thank You RAOGK.org!

Headstone: Rebecca (Firestone) Smith

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness is a fantastic website where dedicated volunteers agree to do a free genealogy research task at least once per month in their local area purely as an act of kindness.  I've used the website three times and am always amazed when they are able to get my information. In July I placed a request to Laurie Voss in Kosciusko County, Indiana, for a picture of my gggg-grandmother's headstone.  Rebecca (Firestone) Smith is buried in Firestone Cemetery in Kosciusko County, Indiana. Laurie was unable to find the headstone and, while … [Read more...]

Marriage: Rose Streletzky and Joseph Christoph Weber

Marriage: Rose Strelesky and Joseph Weber

Tracking down the siblings of my great-grandfather, John Joseph Strelesky, has been challenging.  Fortunately, there aren't too many people with this last name, so when I find it, I can usually determine pretty quickly whether or not they are related. One night I was using FamilySearch.org and found the marriage certificate of Rose Streletzky and Joseph Weber.  Rose was Jack's older sister.  She married Joseph Christoph Weber on September 22, 1893, in Chicago, Illinois. From the documents that I've seen, her last name is consistently spelled Streletzky.  The rest … [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...]

Cemeteries

I've added cemetery pages for Pioneer Cemetery in North Judson, Indiana Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa There are Lightcaps buried in all three of these cemeteries.  In addition to Lightcaps, family names at Mount Calvary include Strelesky, Sanders, Uhlrich, and Heitz.  Linwood Cemetery has Uhlrich, Hatzenbuhler, Hornung, and Woodward. All the people buried in these cemeteries are relatives on my dad's side of the family. … [Read more...]

John J Strelesky, Edes Robe Tanning Co. locates at South Omaha

John J Strelesky, Edes Robe Tanning Co. locates at South Omaha

My great-grandfather, John J Strelesky, of the Edes Robe Tanning Co. came from the home office in Dubuque, Iowa, and opened an office in South Omaha, Nebraska. An article was published in the Omaha World Herald on December 5, 1909 discussing the new venture. Transcription of article: Edes Robe Tranning Co. Locates at South Omaha John J. Strelesky of the Edes Robe Tanning company, who comes from the home plant at Dubuque, has secured an office at 2415 Q street, South Omaha, and will take orders there this winter. He will open a branch factory next … [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...]

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