Daughters of the American Revolution Application Approved!

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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...]

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...]

Biography: George Lightcap

Pictorial and biographical record of La Porte, Porter, Lake and Starke counties, Indiana (1894)

George Lightcap is my gg-grandfather and the son of Levi and Mary (Smith) Lightcap.  A biography of George was published in the "Pictorial and Biographical Record of La Porte, Porter, Lake and Starke Counties, Indiana" published by Goodspeed Brothers Publishers, Chicago (1894), p. 443-445. -- GEORGE LIGHTCAP. To our noble pushing hard-working business men is due the great prosperity, wealth and advancement of Starke County, Indiana. To their zeal, energy and integrity will its future greatness be indebted, as it has been in the past and among those names of … [Read more...]

Biography: Walter Lightcap

Headstone: Walter and Eliza Jane (Stewart) Lightcap

Walter Lightcap was a son of Levi and Mary (Smith) Lightcap and brother to my gg-grandfather George.  A biography of Walter was published in “A Standard History of Starke County Indiana” by Joseph N. McCormick, Chicago, 1915, p. 593-594. --- WALTER LIGHTCAP. One of the men who have had a large share in the development of the thriving City of North Judson is Walter Lightcap, whose home has been in that section of Starke County for sixty years. Mr. Lightcap and his family have owned much of the land around and in North Judson, and part of the town has been built up … [Read more...]

Marriage: Christian Smith and Rebecca Firestone

Marriage: Christian Smith and Rebecca Firestone

When I ordered Christian Smith's military records (he was a veteran of the War of 1812) from the National Archives, I never imagined that it would have this gem when the records arrived in the mail in May.  I was so excited to discover the marriage record of Christian Smith and Rebecca Firestone, my gggg-grandparents. Until this record, I had only deductive reasoning that the Christian Smith I was researching was married to Rebecca Firestone. "My" Christian Smith has been claimed by other researchers, most notably by people having him born in North Carolina (he was … [Read more...]

Obituary: Rebecca (Firestone) Smith

Obituary: Rebecca (Firestone) Smith

Rebecca (Firestone) Smith was my gggg-grandmother and she was the wife of Christian Smith.  Her daughter Mary was Levi Lightcap's wife.  Rebecca's father, Daniel, is the ancestor traced back to for my Daughters of the American Revolution application.  Rebecca is buried in Firestone Cemetery in Kosciusko County, Indiana, on land formerly owned by her nephew Samuel Firestone Jr. Her obituary was published in the Columbia City Post on December 24, 1890. Many thanks to the South Whitley Public Library in South Whitley, Indiana; a wonderfully helpful librarian scanned … [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...]

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