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...]

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...]

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...]

Obituary: George John Bausman

Obituary: George John Bausman

Obituary announcement for George J. Bausman.  He was the son of George and Rachel (Miller) Bausman.  His obituary was published in Freeport Journal-Standard on Monday, February 20, 1956. Transcription of obituary: GEORGE J. BAUSMAN WARREN—George Bausman, 70, died early this morning at his home. He was an employe of the Savanna Ordnance Depot until his retirement last year. Mr. Bausman was born in November 1885 at Scales Mound, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Bausman. He was a member of St. Paul's Lutheran Church. Surviving are four sons, Earl, … [Read more...]

Obituary: George Bausman

Obituary: George Bausman

George Bausman was the son of Nicholas Sr and Mary (Casper) Bausman, and the brother of my g-g-grandfather, Nicholas Bausman Jr.  George died on December 26, 1922, in Warren, Illinois.  I have no citation information for this obituary. Transcription of obituary: George Bausman was born in Guilford township, Jo Daviess county, Ill., on Sept 5th, 1857, and passed away at Warren, on Tuesday, December 26, 1922. He is survived by the widow and five children. He was married February 21st, 1882, to Miss Rachel Miller, of Guilford township. To this union were born … [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...]

Unidentified Photos from Viola Bausman

Viola Edith (Bausman) Davis

My great-grandmother, Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman, left a lot of photos when she died in 1974. Her daughter-in-law - my grandmother- Marian (Bohnsack) Davis has had them since Viola's passing.  Well, now my grandma is 90 years old and suffering from Alzheimer's. When I went to visit her a few weeks ago, I went through boxes of old photographs.  My mom also went through tons of photos.  There are so many beautiful and unidentified pictures that it's heartbreaking. I recently added 21 of these unidentified photos to my flickr page.  If anyone looks familiar, … [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...]

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