Biography: William Passmore

William Passmore

William Passmore is not a direct ancestor of mine.  His daughter Elizabeth Edna Passmore married James T. Davis, a nephew of my gg-grandfather John B. Davis.  Passmore was the coroner for the suicide of William Davis, brother of James T. Davis. His ties to the Davis family are why I'm posting his biography published in Portrait and Biographical Album of Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties, Illinois (1889), p257. William Passmore, his wives Elizabeth and Sarah, and children Anna Marie, Salina, and John Yonatt are buried in Council Hill Cemetery. Unfortunately, I was … [Read more...]

Marriage: Percival Davis and Viola Bausman

Marriage: Viola Bausman and Percy Davis

My great-grandparents Percival Davis and Viola Bausman married on July 17, 1913, in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois.  The certified record of marriage is from 1959. Transcription of marriage certificate: State of Illinois, Stephenson County Certificate of Marriage I, Kenneth G. Schultz, Clerk of the County Court of said County, hereby certify that Mr. Percival L. Davis was married to Miss Viola E. Bausman in said County on the 17th day of July A.D. 1913 by Wm. M. McGuire. Ages given next birthday Groom: 26 Bride: 22 … [Read more...]

Biography: Nicholas Bausman Sr

Headstone: Nicholas Sr and Mary (Casper) Bausman

Nicholas Bausman Sr's of Guilford Township, Illinois, appeared in the "Portrait and Biographical Album of Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties, Illinois" (1889), p. 444. Nicholas Sr. was my ggg-grandfather and was married to Mary Casper.  He died in 1907; he was buried on their land, near Scales Mound, Illinois. Enjoy his biography! Nicholas Bausman Sr. In the person of this highly esteemed German citizen of Guilford Township we have the perfect type of the industrious, honest, and economical farmer. He is one of the pioneers of this county, and by the opening up … [Read more...]

Family History: Jacob and Christina (Casper) Hess

Frank Hess

My mom has binders filled with interesting information.  I've gone through them several times, and still find things. How do I miss this stuff? My discovery of the family history of Jacob Sr and Christina (Casper) Hess is one of these interesting finds.  My mother received this from her parents; I'm not sure when they got it. The history was written by Elmer William Hess, as told to him by his father, Jacob Hess Jr.  Jacob Jr was the son of Jacob Sr and Christina. Christina (Casper) Hess was the sister of Mary Casper, wife of Nicholas Bausman Sr (my … [Read more...]

Death Announcement: Rosina (Heffner) Deininger

Death Notice: Rosina (Heffner) Deininger

Death Announcement for Rosina (Heffner) Deininger, which was published in the Galena Daily Gazette on December 30, 1918. She was my ggg-grandmother. Rosina married William Deininger Sr in 1853 in Pennsylvania. They had five children: Barbara, John, Mary, William Jr, and Amelia. (William Jr is my gg-grandfather.) Transcription of obituary: Death Calls Aged Woman Mrs. Rosineta Deiniger Dies at Home in East Galena Mrs. Rosineta Deiniger died this morning, Dec. 30th, at her home in East Galena after an illness due to advanced years. Mrs. Deiniger was born … [Read more...]

Oath of Allegiance: Valentine Schoenhard

Oath of Allegiance: Valentine Schoenhard, page 2

I found a xerox copy of the Oath of Allegiance for Valentine Schoenhard in my grandparents' original edition of "History of Jo Daviess County, ..." (1878).  Valentine took the Oath of Allegiance in New York, New York on October 25, 1853. My grandfather's aunt Gertrude (Bausman) married Lester Harvey Schoenhard.  (Valentine Schoenhard was Lester's grandfather.) … [Read more...]

Obituary: Rosa Bell (Bausman) Fritzel

Obituary: Rosa Bell (Bausman) Fritzel

Obituary for Rosa Bell (Bausman) Fritzel, daughter of Lawrence and Minnie (Buitz) Bausman.  She was the granddaughter of Nicholas Bausman Sr, my ggg-grandfather. I have a lovely photograph of what has been tentatively identified as the Lawrence Bausman family.  Rosa may be in it.  If you recognize her or anyone in the family, please let me know. Obituary was published in Mason City Globe-Gazette on June 16, 1958. Transcription of obituary: … [Read more...]

Obituary: Bryan Bland Bausman

Obituary: Bryan Bausman

This is the obituary for Bryan Bausman, son of Lawrence Bausman.  He was the grandson of Nicholas Bausman Sr, my g-g-g-grandfather.  His obituary was published in the Ackley World Journal on July 5, 1962. Transcription of obituary: Bryan B. Bausman Succumbs to Heart Attack Thurs. p.m. Wellsburg - Bryan Bland Bausman passed away at the Grundy County Memorial Hospital in Grundy Center on Thursday afternoon around 4 p.m. due to a heart attack. He had been taken to the hospital on Saturday evening June 16th. Funeral services were held on June 24, 1962, at … [Read more...]

Obituary: Iva Lena (Bausman) Leverton

Obituary: Iva (Bausman) Leverton

Iva (Bausman) Leverton was the daughter of George and Rachel (Miller) Bausman. Her obituary was published in the Freeport Journal-Standand on September 29, 1958. This obituary is a bit odd since it has another obituary mixed in with it.  Paragraphs 1, 2 and 5 are Iva's obituary.  Paragraphs 3, 4, and 6 reference a Mrs. Huett.  Why this obituary was written this way is a mystery. Transcription of obituary: Mrs. Leverton, the former Iva Bausman, was bom July 29. 1901, near Warren. the daughter of George and Regena Mueller Bausman. She was married to Clinton … [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...]

Death: John Thomas Davis

John B., Margaret (Hicks), and John Thomas Davis

John Thomas Davis was the brother of my great-grandfather, Percy Davis.  He was born in Council Hill, Illinois, on March 8, 1878.   Both my mom and grandma thought it odd that no one ever talked about him.  His death was very mysterious. I haven't been able to find any articles but this one about his death.  Originally my mom thought that the Watertown mentioned in his obituary referred to Watertown, Wisconsin.  We couldn't figure out what he was doing there, but it made sense. However, when the information on his death certificate became available on Ancestry.com, … [Read more...]

Inquest results for John B. Davis

Headstone: John B Davis

John B. Davis was my great-great grandfather.  He was born in Cornwall, England, and immigrated to the United States about 1850.  On April 7, 1913, he committed suicide by hanging himself under the floor of his barn.  One newspaper stated it was his despondency over ill health that drove him to this drastic action; another newspaper said he had a cold.   Family lore says he was not happy over sons' drinking. Whatever the reason, he hung himself in the oddest place and it does not read as a quick death. Here is the inquest determination/obituary for John B. Davis, … [Read more...]

Obituary: Herbert Hickman

Obituary: Herbert Hickman

Here is the obituary for Herbert Hickman, my great-grandmother Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman's second husband.  His obituary was published in the Freeport Journal-Standard on June 14, 1976. Transcription of obituary: Herbert Hickman SCALES MOUND - Funeral service for Herbert Hickman of Scales Mound, who died Friday in Cuba City (Wis.) Medical Center, was held this afternoon at First Presbyterian Church, Galena.  He was 87. Burial was in Scales Mound Township Cemetery.  Steinke Funeral Home, Galena, was in charge of arrangements. Surviving are two … [Read more...]

Inquest Results/Coroner’s Jury re: Hazel Bausman’s death in car accident

Hazel Bausman

Hazel Bausman, daughter of Nicholas Jr. and Catherine (Hebenstreit) Bausman, and a sister of my great-grandmother, Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman.  Her other siblings were Gertrude, Clement, Pearl and Viola. Hazel died on November 20, 1929, in a car accident.  Hazel is buried in Scales Mound Township Cemetery, Scales Mound, Illinois. While perusing some of my mom's genealogy binders, I found this article that discusses the car accident and the inquest that followed. There was no citation, but it was probably published in the Galena paper. Transcription … [Read more...]

Obituary: Benjamin Blewett

Obituary: Benjamin Blewett

This obituary is for Benjamin Blewett, son of John Blewett and Margaret Brookens. He was born May 20, 1845, in Guilford Twp, Jo Daviess  Co, Illinois, the fourth of six children.  He married Rose Stephens and they had a son Benjamin. He died October 21, 1928, in Elizabeth, Jo Daviess co, Illinois. He was killed by a bullet through the brain.  His death was ruled a suicide, but it was suspicious since there was two bullet casings. Interment made at Oakwood Cemetery in Elizabeth. Obituary from the Freeport Journal-Standard, 26 Oct 1928, page … [Read more...]

Obituary: Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman

Viola Edith (Bausman) Davis

I have several obituaries for my great-grandmother, Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman.  She was the daughter of Nicholas Jr and Catherine (Hebenstreit) Bausman.  Her first husband, Percy Davis, was my great-grandfather.  She married her second husband, Herb Hickman, in 1956 at age 63. Viola died January 20, 1974, in Cuba City, Wisconsin.  She's buried in Scales Mound Township Cemetery (also referred to as Citizens Cemetery) in Scales Mound, Illinois. I received this obituary from mom.  The citation is not known. Transcription of obituary: Mrs. Herbert … [Read more...]

Obituary: Carrie (Deininger) Stienstra

Obituary: Carrie (Deininger) Stienstra

Below is an obituary for Carrie (Deininger) Stienstra, daughter of John and Rosa (Berger) Deininger.  Edward Deininger was her half-brother. The obituary was published in the Freeport Journal-Standard, Friday, 15 May 1964, page 6. Transcript of obituary: Mrs. Carrie Stienstra GALENA - Mrs. Cornelius (Carrie) Steinstra died Thursday afternoon in the hospital here. She was born Nov. 26, 1879, in East Galena Township, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. John Deininger. She was married March 29, 1910, to Cornelius Stienstra. Her husband died in 1946. Survivors … [Read more...]

Obituary: Edgar Deininger

Headstone: Edgar Deininger Family

This is the obituary for Edgar Deininger, son of John and Mary (Nadig) Deininger. Originally published in the Freeport Journal-Standard, Friday, 27 Feb 1959, page 6.  Edgar is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Galena, Illinois, with his wife and son. Transcription of obituary: Edgar Deininger GALENA - A  lifelong resident of East Galena, Edgar A. Deininger died Wednesday at 4 p.m. in a Hazel Green hospital. He was the son of John and Mary Deininger and was born in East Galena June 28, 1886, on the farm where he lived his entire life. Surviving are his … [Read more...]

Death Notice: Percival Leland Davis

Percy Davis

Below are two death notices for Percival Leland Davis, my great-grandfather.  Percy married Viola Bausman. Their son, Stanley, was my grandfather. The first notice appeared on page 3 of the Galena Daily Gazette, Friday evening edition, on April 16, 1943.  (I do not have an image.) Percy Davis Passes Away Suddenly at Scales Mound Percy Davis, 56, died suddenly at his home in Scales Mound about 9:30 Thursday evening. He and his wife were retired from the farm and have been making their home at Scales Mound for the past several years. Mr. Davis was well-known in … [Read more...]

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