Streletzkys from Dubuque, Iowa

I've been researching my grandmother Eunice Strelesky ancestors and I've come across a family with the last name of Streletzky living in Dubuque, Iowa.  While my grandmother wasn't born in Dubuque, she grew up there.  Since Strelesky is not a common name, I've wondered if there could be a connection between the families.  I believe if the families are related, the lineage connection would probably be between Frank Strelesky, my grandmother's grandfather, and John Streletzky (married to Margaretha Giesler/Margaret Geisen).  I think it's highly possible that they were … [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...]

U.S. Daughters of 1812

My gggg-grandfather, Christian Smith, served in the War of 1812. He was drafted into Captain Jacob Catterlin's 2nd Regiment Ohio militia in Fairfield County, Ohio, and served from 1 Sept 1813 until 1 Mar 1814.  Christian was discharged at Upper Sandusky, Ohio. A couple of months ago, I applied for membership into the U.S. Daughters of 1812.  Yesterday, I received confirmation that I've been accepted!  I'm so excited and pleased that I was able to prove direct lineal descent. I've been researching my family history for a long time;  I thought I knew about documenting … [Read more...]

Obituary: Catherine (Fuch) Sanders

Obituary: Catherine (Fuch) Sanders

Catherine (Fuch) Sanders was my g-g-g grandmother.  She was born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany in Feb 1823 and immigrated to the United States about 1846.  She married A.F.E. Sanders, who died in 1891.  Interment was made in Greenwood Cemetery, but I do not know the location of her grave. The 1900 U.S. Federal Census lists her as having 11 children.  I can positively identify six children: John Henry Sanders, Ernest Vincent Sanders, Catherine Sanders, Edward Sanders and Sarah (Sanders) Hansing, and Margaret (Sanders) Fairweather. There are Sanders children buried … [Read more...]

Marriage: Robert Barge and Louisa Jane Herod

Marriage: Robert Barge and Louisa Jane Herod

Robert Barge and Louisa Jane Herod married on November 1, 1859, in Morrow County, Ohio.  Louisa Jane's parents were Thomas and Ellen (Giffin) Herod. There's no standardization for the last name of Herod.  I've seen it spelled as Harrod and Herrod. Louisa was the sister of my gg-grandmother, Rhoda Ellen Herod, wife of George Lightcap. … [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...]

Marriage: Thomas Herod and Ellen Giffin

Marriage: Thomas Herod and Ellen Giffin

Thomas Herod and Ellen Giffin are my g-g-g-grandparents.  Their daughter Rhoda married my g-g-grandfather, George Lightcap.  Below is Thomas Herod and Ellen Giffin's record of marriage.  They were united in marriage on May 3, 1838 in Marion, Ohio. … [Read more...]

Obituary: Rebecca (Firestone) Smith

Obituary: Rebecca (Firestone) Smith

Rebecca (Firestone) Smith was my gggg-grandmother and she was the wife of Christian Smith.  Her daughter Mary was Levi Lightcap's wife.  Rebecca's father, Daniel, is the ancestor traced back to for my Daughters of the American Revolution application.  Rebecca is buried in Firestone Cemetery in Kosciusko County, Indiana, on land formerly owned by her nephew Samuel Firestone Jr. Her obituary was published in the Columbia City Post on December 24, 1890. Many thanks to the South Whitley Public Library in South Whitley, Indiana; a wonderfully helpful librarian scanned … [Read more...]

New Header – Sheridan, Wyoming 1909

sheridanWyoming1909

I updated the header.  This Library of Congress image is the town of Sheridan, Wyoming in 1909. My grandmother, Eunice (Strelesky) Lightcap, was born here in 1914.  Her sister, Marjorie Strelesky, was born there in 1919.  My great-grandmother Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky and her unborn child died in Sheridan during the Spanish flu pandemic in 1920. … [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: Marjorie Strelesky

Obituary: Marjorie Strelesky

Here is the obituary of Marjorie Strelesky, my grandmother's sister.  This was 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 after a long illness. Friends may call after 10 a.m. Wednesday at Cedar Memorial Funeral Home, where a wake service, conducted by Roseann Hayek, begins at 3 p.m. Entombment: Cedar Memorial Mausoleum. Surviving are seven nephews, a niece and two … [Read more...]

Firestone Genealogy

Headstone: Rebecca (Firestone) Smith

So, I've been researching Mary (Smith) Lightcap's parents, Christian and Rebecca (Firestone) Smith.  Rebecca's parents are Daniel and Anne (Lang) Firestone.  There has been a lot of research done on the Firestones - thank goodness! Sometimes it seems that I'm the only person researching certain family lines.  How wonderful to make a family connection where research has been done and where the research has been CITED.  I don't know how many times I come across research and there's nothing to back it up.  I HATE that. George Ely Russell compiled Firestone genealogy … [Read more...]

Random Acts of Genealogy Kindness

My ggg-grandfather was married to Mary Smith. I never focused much on her because, well, her name was Smith. Anyway, I should have focused on her side sooner since I've discovered so much about them the past couple of months - ever since I received her father's War of 1812 pension records. I discovered through these records that Mary's mother was Rebecca Firestone. Rebecca's father is Daniel Firestone. Fortunately, there's been a lot of research done on the Firestones - just not Rebecca descendants.  That's been left up to me, but that's okay, I'm up to the challenge.  … [Read more...]

Obituary: A.F.E. Sanders

Obituary: A.F.E. Sanders

My ggg grandfather was Adam Frederick Ernest Sanders.  I was recently back in Galena Illinois and was able to find his obituary that was published in the Galena Daily Gazette on 9 Oct 1891.  I also went to the Galena courthouse, but there is no death certificate on file.  His wife Catherine (Fuch) is buried in Greenwood Cemetery, so he's probably buried there. Transcription of obituary: A.F.E. Sanders After a long illness with dropsy of the heart Mr. A. F. Sanders passed away this morning, at his home on Hill street. His demise had been expected, and all … [Read more...]

DAR

When I first started researching my family tree, I had one goal - trace my heritage with the goal of joining the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Well, almost 10 years have past and I am *this* close to having the proof.    Of course,getting the proof will probably take awhile.  I have to get will and probate records. I also have to deal with a name change.  Explaining that through proof should be interesting.  The revolutionary war records spells my ancestor as "Firestine" and most of the documents I have state it as "Firestone".  Fun!  Anyway, it will probably … [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...]

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