Levi Lightcap Shot and Killed

Levi Lightcap Shot and Killed

Here is another article about the death of my ggg-grandfather, Levi Lightcap, who was shot and killed.  The article was published in Kokomo Tribune, page 1, Thursday, Dec 22, 1872. Transcription of newspaper article: ACCIDENTALLY KILLED A Young Man in a Quarrel - His Father gets Shot A few days ago, at North Judson up the Chicago R.R., young Mr. Lightcap, the telegraph operator, got into trouble with a stranger and drew his revolver. Young Hoffacker, a brother of Daniel, both recently of this city, who are up there sawing wood for the company, ran in to … [Read more...]

Death: Bertha Mae (Sales) Lightcap

Death: Bertha (Sales) Lightcap

Bertha Mae Sales was the wife of James Bailey Lightcap, son of Walter and Eliza Jane (Stewart) Lightcap.  She was born Jul 1878 in Montery, Pulaski County, Indiana to Newton and Caroline (Brugh) Sales. At 18, she married James Bailey in Chicago, Illinois. Bertha and James had three children, including Marvin and Myra. I believe their other child was Darah E. Lightcap. Darah is buried in the Levi Lightcap family plot in Pioneer Cemetery, North Judson, Indiana. According to the 1900 U.S. Federal Census, Bertha had given birth to two children and one was living. Marvin … [Read more...]

Obituary: Alice T. (Rafferty) Lightcap

Obituary: Alice T. (Rafferty) Lightcap

Alice Theresa (Rafferty) Lightcap was married to Albert "Bert" Lightcap, brother of my great-grandfather Ernest Edward Lightcap.   She lived in Hammond, Indiana, for the last 30 years of her life.  A former resident of North Judson, Indiana, her obituary appeared in the North Judson News on October 27, 1938.  I received this obituary from my mom. Transcription of obituary: The following account of the death of a former North Judson resident, Mrs. A. T. Lightcap, widow of Bert Lightcap, appeared in a Hammond paper during the first week of this month: "Mrs. … [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...]

Rebecca (Firestone) Smith Headstone – Thank You RAOGK.org!

Headstone: Rebecca (Firestone) Smith

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness is a fantastic website where dedicated volunteers agree to do a free genealogy research task at least once per month in their local area purely as an act of kindness.  I've used the website three times and am always amazed when they are able to get my information. In July I placed a request to Laurie Voss in Kosciusko County, Indiana, for a picture of my gggg-grandmother's headstone.  Rebecca (Firestone) Smith is buried in Firestone Cemetery in Kosciusko County, Indiana. Laurie was unable to find the headstone and, while … [Read more...]

Cemeteries

I've added cemetery pages for Pioneer Cemetery in North Judson, Indiana Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa There are Lightcaps buried in all three of these cemeteries.  In addition to Lightcaps, family names at Mount Calvary include Strelesky, Sanders, Uhlrich, and Heitz.  Linwood Cemetery has Uhlrich, Hatzenbuhler, Hornung, and Woodward. All the people buried in these cemeteries are relatives on my dad's side of the family. … [Read more...]

Biography: Albert and Harry Lightcap

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

The biography of Albert and Harry Lightcap, sons of George and Rhoda (Herod) Lightcap, appeared in "Pictorial and Biographical Record of La Porte, Porter, Lake and Starke Counties, Indiana" published by Goodspeed Brothers Publishers, Chicago, 1894, p. 407. LIGHTCAP BROTHERS. This well-known firm, which is engaged in the sale of clothing, hats and gents' furnishing goods generally, is composed of Harry and Bert Lightcap, who are wide-awake, pushing and enterprising young business men, destined to make their mark in the commercial world.  This business was established … [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: Albert Lightcap

Death Notice: Albert Lightcap

Albert Lightcap was the brother of my g-grandfather, Ernest Edward Lightcap. He was married to Alice Theresa Rafferty and they had three children: Ada, Clarence and Herbert. The notice of his death was published in The News and Sentinel in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on June 2 1921. Transcription of obituary: Albert Lightcap, of Hammond, Ind., 49 years old, died yesterday at the home of his brother-in-law, E. C. Smith, of this city, after a serious illness of a few days of cancer of the stomach. Lightcap came to this city two weeks ago to visit. The body was taken … [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...]

Levi Lightcap Shooting

Levi Lightcap shot and killed

Here's one of the few articles that I can find that references the accidental shooting and death of Levi Lightcap. Of course, there's a few errors.  The article appeared on page 1 of the Wisconsin State Journal on 13 Dec 1870.  FYI, the shooting actually took place in North Judson, Starke County, Indiana. Transcription of article: A fight occurred near the depot at North Jackson, Stark county, Ill., on the evening of the 9th, between Lightcap, the station agent, and his son Henry on one side, and two men named Brown and Hoffacker, on the other. During the … [Read more...]

John Sherman Lightcap’s Death

John Sherman Lightcap Suicide

I was researching the Lightcap's over the weekend and came across this article about John Sherman Lightcap.  He was the (adopted?) son of Walter and Eliza (Stewart) Lightcap.  (Walter Lightcap was the brother of my great-grandfather, George.) Anyway, I found an article on the front page of the Logansport Press (Logansport, Indiana) on Dec 9 1939 discussing the death of John Sherman Lightcap .    The article states that John committed suicide by drowning. Transcription: No. Judson Banker Commits Suicide in Lake at Ft. Wayne Fort Wayne, Ind., Dec 8 (AP) – … [Read more...]

Obituary: Blanche (Payne) Lightcap

Headstone: Blanche Payne

Blanche Payne was the first wife of  my great-grandfather, Ernest Lightcap.  They married January 2, 1900.  She was 19; he was 20.  She died of Bright's disease, a historical classification of kidney diseases, when she was 23.  They had no children. Until I started researching my family history, there was always some confusion over how many wives Ernest had (3) or who was the mother of his children (Henrietta Doose).  He only had two children, so I can't understand why there was confusion over this.  (It wasn't like he dropped his children off after Henrietta died … [Read more...]

Obituary: Ernest Edward Lightcap

Obituary: Ernest Lightcap

Ernest Edward Lightcap was my great-grandfather. He was married three times (even though his obituary only acknowledges two). His first wife was Blanche Payne.  They married January 2, 1900, in St Joseph, Michigan.  He was 20.  She died December 29, 1903, of Bright's disease.  They had no children. In 1905, he married Henrietta Doose (my great-grandmother).  They had two sons, Paul and Albert.  She died on Sept 18, 1917.  According to her death certificate, she died after taking medication to induce an abortion.  I wish I knew more about Henrietta and her … [Read more...]

Family History

I’ve been researching my family history for about 10 years, give or take.  About 5 years ago, I gave up using software that needed to be installed on a computer. Instead I use ancestry.com’s system.  It allows for me to collaborate with my mom about research and let other family members look at it.  If it was only on my computer, I would not have the collaborative opportunity.  Whether this is  a good or bad thing is open to debate. Anyway, one of the drawbacks to using a proprietary system like ancestry.com is that those who are not subscribers cannot access … [Read more...]

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