Jo Daviess County, Illinois Will Records, 1829-1926

I recently discovered at FamilySearch.org the Will Records for Jo Daviess County, Illinois,  1829-1926.  It's part of the Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970, collection.   I started going through the books individually looking for relatives' wills.  I've found about 20, but searching is a pain since the wills haven't been indexed.  Fortunately, all but one of the books have a list of names in the first few pages of the books.  The images quality is great.  To make my search easier, since I know I'll need it in the future, I started a spreadsheet which lists the names … [Read more...]

Marriage: Frank Joseph Uhlrich and Theresa Heid

Marriage: Theresa Heid and Frank Joseph Uhlrich

Here is the marriage license of  Theresa Heid and Frank Joseph Uhlrich, my ggg-grandparents.  When I was out in California this past August, I took a photograph of a marriage certificate copy that my fourth cousin Mary showed me. Theresa and Frank married in Rock Island, Illinois, on November 25, 1858.  Theresa was born in Bavaria and immigrated to the United States about 1855.  Frank was born in Alsace, France, and immigrated about 1853. … [Read more...]

Property: Isaac Halsey purchases 240 acres, 1844, Williams Co, Ohio

Property: Isaac Halsey purchases 240 acres, 1844, Williams Co, Ohio

Isaac Halsey, father of Lucretia (Halsey) Lightcap, purchased 240 acres on September 10, 1844, in Williams County, Ohio. Document Type: State Volume Patent. Document #11689. The East half of the South East quarter and the North West quarter of the South East quarter and the East half of the South West quarter and the North West Quarter of the South West quarter of Section twenty-two, in Township seven North of Range one East, in the District of Land subject to sale at Lima, Ohio, containing two hundred forty acres. Found at the U.S. Department of the … [Read more...]

Marriage: Ernest Edward Lightcap and Blanche Payne

Marriage: Ernest Edward Lightcap and Blanche Payne

My great-grandfather Ernest Edward Lightcap married his first wife, Blanche Payne, in St. Joseph, Berrien County, Michigan.  They married on January 2, 1900. He was 21; she was 20. She died of Bright's disease on December 29, 1903. Transcription of marriage record: Groom: Name: Ernest Lightcap Age: 21 years Color: White Residence: Indiana Birthplace: Indiana Occupation: Laborer Father: Geo L Mother: Ella Bride: Name: Blanche Payne Age: 20 years Color: White Residence: San Pierre, Indiana Birthplace: Indiana Occupation: At … [Read more...]

Property: Isaac Halsey purchases 80 acres, 1822, Dist. of Delaware, Ohio

Property: Isaac Halsey purchases 80 acres, 1822, Dist. of Delaware, Ohio

Isaac Halsey, father of Lucretia (Halsey) Lightcap, purchased 80 acres in the District of Delaware, Ohio, April 1, 1822. Document Type: State Volume Patent. Document #897. The East half of the South West quarter of section Twenty eight, in township one north of the baseline of Range fifteen, in the district of Delaware and State of Ohio, containing eighty acres. Found at the U.S. Department of the Interior, Bureau of Land Management (BLM), General Land Office Records. … [Read more...]

Marriage: Carl Alfred Christensen and Edna Mae Lightcap

Marriage: Edna Mae Lightcap and Carl Alfred Christensen

Edna Mae Lightcap married Carl Alfred Christensen on May 18, 1928, in Dewey County, South Dakota.  Edna was born on August 5, 1910, in North Judson, Indiana, to Benjamin and Hulda (Haryu/Haryre) Lightcap.  Edna's father was the brother of my great-grandfather, Ernest Edward Lightcap. … [Read more...]

Marriage: Eleanor (Lightcap) Jones and John Lawrence

Marriage: Eleanor (Lightcap) Jones and John Lawrence

Eleanor "Ellen" (Lightcap) Jones was the sister of my 3rd great-grandfather, Levi Lightcap.  Her first husband was Samuel Jones who died in 1838.  They had a son, William Jones, who was killed in action at the Battle of Stone River,  one of the bloodiest conflicts of the Civil War. Ellen remarried on December 30, 1841, in Seneca, Ohio, to John Lawrence, a widower with a young son. John's wife Sarah passed away on January 5, 1841. Ellen and John had seven children: James, Sarah, Robert, Emery, Anna, Frank, and Isaac. Here is Ellen and John's marriage … [Read more...]

Marriage: Albert Lightcap and Lucy Waggoner

Marriage: Albert Lightcap and Lucy Waggoner

Albert Lightcap married Lucy Waggoner on August 15, 1866, in Putnam County, Ohio.  Albert's parents were Robert and Lucretia (Halsey) Lightcap.  Robert's brother was my ggg-grandfather Levi. Albert and Lucy had six children, five girls and one boy: Mary Evaline, Alberta, Charlotte, Harriet and Louis James. … [Read more...]

Marriage: Amelia Strelesky and James Arthur Moore

Marriage: James Arthur Moore and Amelia Strelesky

Amelia "Millie" Strelesky was a younger sister to my great-grandfather, John Joseph "Jack" Strelesky. Millie was born July 1883 in Mineral Point, Wisconsin.  She was the fifth of eight children born to Frank and Fannie (Hainey) Strelesky.  Millie married James Arthur Moore on May 21, 1907, at Superior, Douglas Co, Wisconsin.  They had two children: Dorothy and Albert.  According to letter written by my grandmother's sister, Alice (Strelesky) Humphrey, Millie and James divorced and she raised the children by herself. Here is the transcribed information from the … [Read more...]

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...]

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: 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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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