Nicholas Bausman Jr

Nicholas Bausman and Catherine Hebenstreit Wedding

Nicholas Bausman Jr. was the fifth of ten children born to Nicholas Sr. and Mary (Casper) Bausman. Nicholas Jr's daughter Viola was my mother's paternal grandmother. Nicholas "Nick" Bausman Jr. was born 02 December 1855 in Guilford Township, Jo Daviess County, Illinois. Nick was raised Presbyterian. He married Catherine "Katie" Hebenstreit on 21 January 1886 at St. Matthew's Catholic Church in Shullsburg, Lafayette County, Wisconsin. Katie was born 23 December 1863 in Shullsburg to Vitus Hebenstreit and Bertha Shaffer, who were Prussian immigrants. Nick and … [Read more...]

Charles Bausman

Charles Bausman

Since my previous post showcased the handsome sons of Nicholas Sr. and Mary (Casper) Bausman, I thought my next few would give a bit of an overview about each of them, starting with the oldest Charles Bausman. Charles' brother Nicholas Bausman Jr was my maternal grandfather's grandfather. Charles Bausman was the fourth of ten children born to Nicholas Sr. and Mary, but the first child who did not die in infancy or early childhood.  Mary and Philip died in infancy, about 1850 and 1851, respectively. Henry died about 1856 at four years. Six children, all sons, lived … [Read more...]

Bausman Brothers

The Bausman Brothers

This past summer I had the opportunity to meet a distant Bausman relative when I traveled to Steamboat Rock, Iowa. Janice showed me amazing Bausman family photos.  The one I'm sharing today is of the Bausman Brothers.  I took this photograph of a photocopy.  Unfortunately, Janice did not remember where she got her photocopy. Nicholas Sr. and Mary (Casper) Bausman had ten children; six sons living to adulthood.  One of these sons was my maternal grandfather's grandfather, Nicholas Bausman Jr, the man sitting on the right.  Lawrence Lincoln Bausman, the young man … [Read more...]

Obituary: Carl Bausman

Obituary: Carl Bausman

When I was going through newspaper clippings that once belonged to Gertrude (Bausman) Schoenhard (sister of my maternal grandfather's mother Viola), I found an obituary for Carl Bausman.  Intriguing since this was not a relative I was familiar with.  I knew he must be related since his obituary was with other notable events in the Bausman family. And yes, I know his last name was Bausman, but since I'd never heard of him I wasn't going to immediately jump to a familial connection.  His obituary's inclusion in Gertrude's clippings of the death of her sister Helena … [Read more...]

Obituary: Nicholas Bausman Sr

Nicholas and Mary (Casper) Bausman

Nicholas Bausman Sr. is my ggg-grandfather.  This past summer I had the opportunity to meet his great-granddaughter Janice who lives in Iowa. She's a genealogy enthusiast and had a typed transcription of Nicholas Bausman Sr's obituary, originally published in the Galena Gazette. The obituary lists his marriage to Mary Casper as occurring in 1849 in Pennsylvania. I've seen that marriage date before and it's wrong.  They married 15 February 1852 in Jo Daviess County, Illinois, as listed in Book A of Jo Daviess County, Illinois, Marriages. Janice also has a beautiful … [Read more...]

Marriage: Viola Bausman and Percy Davis

The wedding of Viola Bausman and Percy Davis

I found a newspaper clipping of a marriage announcement for my maternal grandfather's parents Viola Bausman and Percy Davis while going through some genealogy files once belonging to Viola's sister, Gertrude (Bausman) Schoenhard.  I enjoyed reading the description of Viola's wedding dress.  I have a picture of their wedding (posted below next to the article transcription), but would never have known the color of her dress without this clipping. Viola was 20 when she married Percy who was 26. There is no citation for the … [Read more...]

Marriage Announcement: Viola Bausman and Percy Davis

Marriage announcement for Viola Bausman and Percy Davis, 1913

A few months ago, I was going through some of the genealogy files I received after my maternal grandmother died in 2011.  It was an unexpected pleasure to find the marriage announcement for my mother's paternal grandparents Viola Edith Bausman and Percival Leland Davis.  The announcement was in pristine condition, in an envelope addressed to Percy's maternal uncle James Hicks. Transcription: Mr. and Mrs. Nicholas Bausman announce the marriage of their daughter Viola Edith to Mr. Percival L. Davis on Thursday, July seventeenth nineteen hundred and thirteen … [Read more...]

Scales Mound High School, Class of 1933

Scales Mound Class of 1933

This is a picture of my grandfather Stanley "Spud" Davis' high school graduation class.  He graduated from Scales Mound High School, Scales Mound, Illinois, in 1933. The Scales Mound Class of 1933 had eleven graduates. The photograph includes the graduates and the superintendent, W.D. Stephenson. Written on the back of photo: Stanley P. Davis Kenneth C. Hickman Helen Marie Bastian Hutchison Lloyd W. Cousins (salutatorian) Henry A. Fellenzer Mary Genevieve Sampson Bartell Ida Francis Paquette Smart Helen May Edge Rhemstedt (valedictorian) Mary … [Read more...]

Identified! Lavelle and Lawrence Bausman

Lavelle and Lawrence Bausman

The picture at the right is one of the unidentified pictures from my great-grandmother Viola's collection. Lavelle and Lawrence Bausman are the children of Irl Hicks Bausman and Annette Marie Jensen. Irl was Viola's cousin. I was able to identify it over the summer after visiting Pleasant Valley, Iowa, and meeting Janice, a cousin of Lavelle and Lawrence. Last week, I sent this picture to Janice, so she could give it to the widow of Lawrence. So, I've identified one picture of Viola's; only 29 more to go! … [Read more...]

Five Generations of Loretta (Cherry) O’Neil Boyle’s family

Five Generations of Loretta Cherry's family

When I was finishing my book, I wanted to include a bit of family history of my grandfather's first wife, Cleone O'Neill, whose parents were Joseph Patrick O'Neil and Loretta Bernice Cherry. Both Joseph and Loretta died young.  Joseph was 28 when he died in a mining accident in 1917. Loretta remarried a few years later, but died in 1928 at age 38. This past summer, I was looking through some photo albums at my Aunt Loretta's house and saw this old newspaper clipping. It's great because it has five generations of  Loretta (Cherry) O'Neil's family. It was published … [Read more...]

Publishing My Family History

Generations Book Cover

For the past several years, I've been working on a family history book of my maternal grandparents, Stanley "Spud" Davis and Marian Bohnsack.  After my grandma died late last year, completing the book became a priority.  I knew it was something she'd appreciate and completing it is my way of honoring her and my grandfather's legacy. I'm self-publishing through Blurb.com and I used their software, BookSmart.  Read my review of BookSmart at my other blog.  I ordered a proof and should receive it in a couple of weeks.  I've already decided to tweak a couple of … [Read more...]

Viola Bausman’s oration from her 1912 Scales Mound High School Commencement

Viola Bausman 1912 High School Graduation

My great-grandmother, Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman, was a teacher and educator.  I discovered the oration that she gave at her Scales Mound, Illinois, commencement on June 7, 1912.  She had written her speech in her graduation memory book. The Tercentennial of Henry Hudson by Viola Edith Bausman There was a time when Americans lacked distinction. It was traditionally assumed that the people of the United States had suffered the spirit of commercialism to rob them of their noble instincts and to stunt their intellectual development. Now, however, the American … [Read more...]

Discovering William Deininger Sr’s unknown daughter

Lena Limper identified as William Sr's daughter, from Last Will and Testament of William Deininger, 06 Oct 1891

Well, I was researching my family history and I discovered an unknown daughter of my 3rd great-grandfather, William Deininger Sr.  He was my maternal grandmother's great-grandfather.   I was searching for Deininger information on FamilySearch.org - trying to figure out if there were any other Deiningers in the Jo Daviess county, Illinois, area between 1850-1900.  Thought it would be a dead-end.  I was wrong. I certainly was not expecting to find a daughter.  It started with a name - Magdalena "Lena" Deininger.   I found her marriage record, her death record naming a … [Read more...]

Letter from George Davies to Jacob Davis 3rd

Letter from George Davies to Jacob Davis 3rd

Below is a transcribed letter that the widow of David Mayo Davis gave to my mother and grandmother, Marian Davis, in the early 2000s.  David and my grandfather, Stanley Davis,  were cousins. (Read all of David's research.) Written in 1868, the letter is from George Davies to his nephew Jacob Davis III.  George Davies (1803-1880) was the son of Jacob Davies I and Elizabeth Vivian, my 4th great-grandparents. Jacob III was the son of Jacob Davies II and Jane Blewett, and brother to my 2nd great-grandfather, John B. Davis. George was living in Port Burwell, … [Read more...]

1940 Letter from William Passmore Davis

William Passmore Davis Letter, 1940

William Passmore Davis was the son of James T. Davis and Elizabeth Edna Passmore.  William's grandfather Jacob Davis III was a brother of  John B. Davis, my gg-grandfather. William Passmore Davis was born in Marshall county, Iowa on 12 Nov 1881 and died 21 Jul 1959 in Murdo, Jones county, South Dakota.  He married Florence May Coleman, daughter of Eugene Coleman and Emma Weeks on 24 Dec 1907 in Wessington Springs, Jerauld county, South Dakota. A few months ago, I received a letter written in 1940 by William Passmore Davis to his cousin Edith (Wills) Dettmann.  … [Read more...]

Obituary for Gladys (Ray) Davis

Gladys (Ray) Davis

Gladys Cecilia (Ray) Davis was the wife of Laban Davis, brother of my great-grandfather Percy. Gladys was 21 years old when she died in childbirth at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Dubuque Co, Iowa.  Her baby girl died a few days later.  The baby was not named. Mother and baby are buried together at Scales Mound Township Cemetery in Scales Mound, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois. Her obituary was published in The Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, IA) on  Wednesday, Oct 24, 1917.  Obituary incorrectly states she died on October 23. She died on Oct 24. Transcription of … [Read more...]

Funeral Card: Gladys (Ray) Davis

Laban and Gladys (Ray) Davis

Funeral card for Gladys Cecelia (Ray) Davis.  She was the wife of Laban Davis, brother of my great-grandfather Percy Davis. Gladys was born January 21, 1896.  She was a mail-order bride, marrying Laban on November 23, 1915, in Dubuque, Dubuque Co, Iowa. Gladys died in childbirth on October 24, 1917. Their unnamed baby girl died a few days later. Gladys and baby are buried together in Scales Mound Township Cemetery in Scales Mound, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois.  There is no marker for the baby. Transcription of funeral card: In Loving Remembrance of Mrs. … [Read more...]

Death Notice: Elizabeth (Davis) Wear

Death: Elizabeth (Davis) Wear

Elizabeth Davis was the daughter of John Davies II and Jennifer "Jane" Blewett.  She was born in Cornwall, England on December 6, 1834, the fourth of five children.  Her siblings were Jacob Davis III, William Davis, Mary Davies, and John B. Davis (my gg-grandfather). Elizabeth's father died about 1840 in Cornwall.  Jane  immigrated with her children in 1848 after the 1847 Cornish potato famine hit.  The famine occurred at the same time as the Irish potato famine and deprived the Cornish working classes of one of their staple foods. Jane and her family settled in … [Read more...]

Obituary: Caroline (Hebenstreit) Stephan

Headstone: Anna Caroline (Hebenstreit) Stephan

When I was back in Scales Mound in October, I discovered several obituaries in my Grandma Davis' genealogy files.  I assume she "inherited" them from Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman after she passed in 1974.  Anyway, I'm glad Grandma kept them and didn't toss'em since Caroline Hebenstreit's is almost 100 years old. Anna Caroline Hebenstreit was born in Germany, June 8th, 1858, to  Vitus Hebenstreit and Bertha Schafer.  Her sister was my great-great-grandmother, Catherine (Hebenstreit) Bausman.  This makes Caroline aunt to Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman. Caroline … [Read more...]

Obituary: Martha (Karberg) Schmidt

Obituary: Martha (Karberg) Schmidt

Obituary for Martha (Karberg) Schmidt, daughter of John and Wilhelmine "Minnie" (Bohnsack) Karberg. Martha was born on October 8, 1889, in Thompson Twp, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois. She died May 30, 1970, in Elizabeth, Jo Daviess, Illinois. Interment made at Elizabeth Cemetery in Elizabeth. Obituary published in Freeport Journal-Standard, Monday June 1, 1970. Transcription of obituary: Mrs. Allen Schmidt Elizabeth - Mrs. Allen (Matha) Schmidt of Elizabeth died Saturday night in Galena Hospital following an extended illness. Mrs. Schmidt, a lifelong Jo … [Read more...]

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