Month: September 2011

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 lineage.   When I started filling out the application, I really learned about documentation.

Since Christian wasn’t listed in the U.S. Daughters of 1812 ancestor database, I had to detail all lineage connections.  (Hopefully he’ll be listed in the database soon!) Fortunately, I have his War of 1812 service and pension files, so proving service was not difficult.   What was challenging was getting all the birth, marriage, and death certificates from the other generations!

Obituary: Bryan Bland 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.

Obituary: Bryan Bausman

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 1:30 p.m. at the Doyen Funeral Home and at 2:00 p.m. in the Pleasant Valley Evangelical United Brethren Church with the pastor, Rev. M. R. Houts officiating. Burial was in the family lot of the church cemetery. Graveside Military Rites were conducting by the American Legion, American Amvets, and the Veterans of World War I.

Those who preceded him in death were: his parents, his wife, two sister (Rose, Mrs. Charles Fritzel); Mary E. Bausman; five brothers, Charles, Lee, Irl, Floyd, and Wayne Bausman.

Those left to mourn his passing are his daughter Phyllis, one brother Lynn of Eldora, two sisters, Gladys (Mrs. Will J. Harms of Iowa Falls), Beulah, (Mrs. Jack Perry, Sr. of Parkersburg); one aged Aunt Mrs. Carolyn Van Ningen of Volga, South Dakota; and a host of other relatives and friends.

Obituary: Catherine (Fuch) Sanders

Catherine (Fuch) Sanders was my g-g-g grandmother.  She was born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany in Feb 1823 and immigrated to the United States about 1846.  She married A.F.E. Sanders, who died in 1891.  Interment was made in Greenwood Cemetery, but I do not know the location of her grave.

The 1900 U.S. Federal Census lists her as having 11 children.  I can positively identify six children: John Henry Sanders, Ernest Vincent Sanders, Catherine Sanders, Edward Sanders and Sarah (Sanders) Hansing, and Margaret (Sanders) Fairweather.

There are Sanders children buried in the Old City Cemetery in Galena. Their ages are consistent with Catherine’s other children, so I assume they are hers since I haven’t found information saying that there were other Sanders living in Galena. The following information was taken from a copy of the burial records of the Greenwood Cemetery Association, which was copied and indexed in 1973 by Alice Lawrason Barthell. The burials in the index begin March 30, 1853, and end in July 1859.  (source:

  • Sanders, Adam E., July 3, 1855, age 8
  • Sanders, August, Feb 26, 1854, age 6
  • Sanders, Carster, July 6, 1868, 19 wks, teething *
  • Sanders, infant, Feb 2, 1855

* This date is outside the index, so I’ve wondered if it was transcribed to the web properly.

Catherine’s obituary was published in the Galena Daily Gazette on August 21, 1907.

Obituary: Catherine (Fuch) Sanders

Transcription of obituary:

Former Resident of Galena Dies at Dubuque

Word was received in Galena last evening of the death of Mrs. A.F.E. Sanders, which occurred at the home of her son, Ernest, in Dubuque, late Tuesday afternoon. The deceased was about eighty-four years of age, and was one of the early residents of Galena. Her husband was in the grocery business in Galena for a number of years, and will be remembered by many of the older residents of the city. Besides her son Ernest, at whose home she died, Mrs. Sanders is survived by a son, Henry, of this city, a daughter, Mrs. Al. Hansing of Menominee. A daughter, Mrs. Fairweather, died about two years since. The remains will arrive in Galena on the afternoon Central train on Thursday and will be taken to St. Matthews Lutheran church from whence funeral services will be held. Rev. John Klindworth officiating. Interment will be made in Greenwood cemetery.

Marriage: Robert Barge and Louisa Jane Herod

Robert Barge and Louisa Jane Herod married on November 1, 1859, in Morrow County, Ohio.  Louisa Jane’s parents were Thomas and Ellen (Giffin) Herod. There’s no standardization for the last name of Herod.  I’ve seen it spelled as Harrod and Herrod. Louisa was the sister of my gg-grandmother, Rhoda Ellen Herod, wife of George Lightcap.

Marriage: Robert Barge and Louisa Jane Herod

Obituary: 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.

Death Notice: Albert Lightcap

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 back to Hammond yesterday for services and burial. Surviving are the widow, three children, three brothers and his parents.

Obituary: Iva Lena (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.

Obituary: Iva (Bausman) Leverton

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 Leverton who died in 1937.

Surviving are four daughters, Mrs. Charles Breed of Stockton. Mrs. Gerald Sargent and Mrs. Howard White, both of Warren, and Mrs. Donald Krupke of South Wayne, Wis.; two sons, Franklin of Winslow and Gary in the Air Force, stationed in Milwaukee; and one sister, Mrs. Elmer Pansing of Warren.

Mrs. Huett was born at Lena, the daughter of Joseph and Mary Schneider Mammoser. She was married to LeRoy Huett, who died in 1948.

Surviving are two brothers, Ralph of Winslow and Joseph of Stockton; and a sister, Mrs. Roy Pillmore of Warren. Funeral service for Mrs. Leverton will be Wednesday at 1:30 p.m. in the Bartell Funeral Home with the Rev. William Tupper of First Presbyterian Church officiating. Burial will be in Elmwood Cemetery.

Service for Mrs. Huett will be at 3:30 p.m, at the Bartell Funeral Home, with Rev. Mr. Tupper, officiating. Burial also will be in Elmwood Cemetery.