Biography: Holoway W. Lightcap

Holoway W. Lightcap

Holoway W. Lightcap is the son of John Lightcap and Mary Chamberlin, my gggg-grandparents.  He was born on October 7, 1826, in Milford, Hunterdon Co, New Jersey. He married Ellen Miriam Westgate, daughter of Mose Weld Westgate and Alice Brooks, on August 9, 1849, in Republic, Seneca Co, Ohio.

Holoway served in the Civil War as Quartermaster for 85th Regiment, Illinois infantry, Company F & S (Field & Staff). He mustered in December 1, 1861. Commissioned an officer in Company S, Illinois 85th Infantry Regiment on March 13, 1863. Holoway mustered out on July 30, 1863.

They had two children: Gertrude and Charles.

Holoway died on April 18, 1912, in Oak Park, Cook Co, Illinois.

His biography published in History of the 85th Illinois Volunteers Illinois Volunteer Infantry by Henry J. Aten (1901), pages 332-333:

QUARTERMASTER HOLOWAY W. LIGHTCAP was born at Milford, Hunterdon county, N. J., October 2, 1826, and removed to Illinois in 1856. He was a merchant tailor, residing in Havana, when he was commissioned quartermaster to succeed Samuel F. Wright, December 1, 1862. He was wounded by his horse falling on him, and resigned for disability July 20, 1863. He returned to Havana, and has been engaged as a commercial traveler most of the time since. His address is Havana, Ill.

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