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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

Strelesky Family Worksheet

I've been organizing my great-grandfather John Joseph Strelesky's parents and sibling information in a worksheet.  Included is any birth, marriage, death, and burial information that I have. Enjoy! … [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...]

Biography: Philip H. Bausman

Biography: Philip Bausman

Philip Bausman was the brother of my ggg-grandfather, Nicholas Bausman Sr.  Philip was born in Germany on July 8, 1817; he died September 9, 1878, in Guilford Twp, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois.  He's buried in the Hammer Mennonite Cemetery in Guilford Twp.  Philip married Julia Stoft, and they had six children: Philip, Nicholas, William, Henry, Julia, and Catherine. Besides his brother Nicholas, I know that Philip had two sisters.  Unfortunately, I have been unable to identify their names.  I know that they settled in Jo Daviess County, Illinois. Here's a short … [Read more...]

Family Group Sheet: Henry Miller and Lavina Karberg

Family Group Sheet: Henry Miller and Lavina Karberg

Last week I received the family group sheet of Henry John Miller and Lavina Johanna Karberg from Tom Townsend, a childhood friend of my mom's and fellow genealogy researcher.  He took me on my trek to Singer Catholic Cemetery. Lavina's parents were John Karberg and Wilhelmine "Minnie" Bohnsack, a sister of my gg-grandfather Carl Herman Bohnsack.  The typed information is from 1983. Henry was born November 10, 1882, in Thompson Twp, Jo Daviess, Illinois.  Lavina was born August 21, 1893.  They married February 27, 1912, and had six children: Bernice, Earl, … [Read more...]

Medical Genealogy

I was recently asked by the wellness coordinator at my place of employment to give a presentation on medical genealogy. Somehow he heard that I did a lot of genealogy research.  Even though medical genealogy isn't something that I've focused on, I have a lot of experience researching and tracking down records. I understand the importance of having a record of medical information about relatives and illnesses/diseases/addictive behaviors that run in a family.  Making informed decisions about prevention and screening can only occur when a person knows the risks. When … [Read more...]

Research Lineage Tips

When I started researching my family history I was really lucky that I had my mom to answer my questions.  Then - ten years later - I started joining organizations where documentation of family lineage is a necessity.  What "we" think are great resources - family tradition, county histories, lineage books, etc. - can only be used as clues when applying to an organization such as the Daughters of the American Revolution (DAR). Below are the tips I received from the DAR and thought I'd share them with you. There's probably a printout on the DAR website, but I couldn't … [Read more...]

Daughters of the American Revolution Application Approved!

DAR

People start genealogy researching their family history for many different reasons.  Mine was pretty simple.  I wanted to join the Daughters of the American Revolution.  I wasn't sure when I started if it would be possible; my mom told me it wasn't going to happen through her family line. This left my dad's family as the only possibility.  What I didn't realize was how long the process was going to take. I think I've been researching this between 8-10 years. My mom had researched the Lightcaps and thought that line looked promising.  Unfortunately, this promising … [Read more...]

Updated Descendant Reports

Headstone: Nicholas Sr and Mary (Casper) Bausman

I updated reports for the descendants of Andreas "Anton" and Eva Barbara (Schick) DEININGER , Nicholas and Mary (Casper) BAUSMAN, Philip and  Julia (Stoft) BAUSMAN, Johann J.H. and Henrietta (Koch) BOHNSACK, Levi and Mary (Smith) LIGHTCAP, Frank and Fannie (Hainey) STRELESKY, and Johann Jacob Dietrich and Catherine Maria Magdalena (Bohnhoff) WULFF. These reports are based on my research.  Accuracy is important to me; if you see an error, please let me know. … [Read more...]

Willis Deininger Letter

Willis Deininger Letter

In 1977, Willis J. Deininger wrote to his niece and my grandmother, Marian (Bohnsack) Davis, about their family.  It's funny, because I worked a long time to figure out Willis' mom's siblings.  After I invested a lot of time and effort into the research, I found this note in one of my mom's binders.  It would have been much more helpful to have found this before I spent all that time. Willis' note states "This is all I can find in her [Louisa (Muegge) Deininger's] old bible, there is nothing about her parents or dads parents names. Sorry I can't help you more. … [Read more...]

1829 Map of U.S. Lead Mines on Upper Mississippi River

1829 U.S. Map of Lead Mines on the Upper Mississippi River

I found this 1829 map of the United States Lead Mines on the upper Mississippi River at my grandmother's house. The map was drawn and published by R.W. Chandler of Galena.  I scanned it as black & white. According to the Wisconsin Historical Society's website: This is the best-known map of southwestern Wisconsin during the lead mining boom of the 1820s. The long text surrounding the map contains many statistics about mining activities in the region, including production 1825-1829, and the map proper depicts the location of all the major mines and settlements. … [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...]

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...]

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...]

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...]

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