An Intriguing Thread

When researching, have you ever found someone in your family tree whose information seems a bit off? Something doesn’t quite fit? A thin thread of nothing, which must be explored? Happens all the time to me. George Studier, son of Wilhelm and Dorothea (née Bohnsack) Studier, has been a source of interest for me for awhile….

Bausman Brothers

This past summer I had the opportunity to meet a distant Bausman relative when I traveled to Steamboat Rock, Iowa. Janice showed me amazing Bausman family photos.  The one I’m sharing today is of the Bausman Brothers.  I took this photograph of a photocopy.  Unfortunately, Janice did not remember where she got her photocopy. Nicholas…

Publishing My Family History

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…

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…

Daughters of the American Revolution Application Approved!

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…

Frank and Fannie (Hainey) Strelesky Family Chart

I’ve been working identifying the family of my great-grandfather, John Joseph “Jack” Strelesky, for quite some time.  To say it’s been challenging is to put it mildly.  Jack was one of eight children born to Francis Strelesky and Frances Hainey.  He was the oldest boy.  His siblings, in order from oldest to youngest:  Agnes, Rose,…

Singer Catholic Cemetery

I’ve been wanting to visit Singer Catholic Cemetery in Guilford Twp, Illinois.  Clement, the infant brother of my great-grandmother, Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman, is buried here. I tried to find this cemetery by myself but was unable.  Fortunately, my mom’s friend Tom Townsend had been to the cemetery and graciously volunteered to take my parents…

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…

Biography: William Passmore

William Passmore is not a direct ancestor of mine.  His daughter Elizabeth Edna Passmore married James T. Davis, a nephew of my gg-grandfather John B. Davis.  Passmore was the coroner for the suicide of William Davis, brother of James T. Davis. His ties to the Davis family are why I’m posting his biography published in…

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…

Firestone Genealogy

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…

DAR

When I first started researching my family tree, I had one goal – trace my heritage with the goal of joining the Daughters of the American Revolution.  Well, almost 10 years have past and I am *this* close to having the proof.    Of course,getting the proof will probably take awhile.  I have to get will…

Unidentified Photos from Viola Bausman

My great-grandmother, Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman, left a lot of photos when she died in 1974. Her daughter-in-law – my grandmother- Marian (Bohnsack) Davis has had them since Viola’s passing.  Well, now my grandma is 90 years old and suffering from Alzheimer’s. When I went to visit her a few weeks ago, I went through…

Davis – Blewett Information

About the year 1770 a man by the name of — Painter brought his small son to a family by the name of Kempthorn who lived in Cornwall, England and left him for them to care for.  He went to the continent and sent back money to pay for the child’s expenses.  Mr. Painter appeared…