Marjorie Strelesky Journal, Part 5 of 6

When the family moved from Dubuque to Omaha our mother [Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky] was very homesick and lonely for the Sanders family. Grandma Sanders [Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders], her mother, sent Aunt Norma to Omaha to keep our mother company. As a young adult she was quite different from the person she later became. She was…

Marjorie Strelesky Journal, Part 3 of 6

One Christmas Aunt Norma spent with us. There were a lot of letters going back and forth between Alice Strelesky and Dubuque, so Alice knew Aunt Norma was there. When her box was opened there was a present for Grandma, Irene, Eunice and me but nothing for Aunt Norma. A.N. cried. In the early years…

Marjorie Strelesky Journal, Part 2 of 6

Before Vatican II the day before Christmas was a day of fast and abstance [sic, abstinence]so Christmas Eve for supper we had oyster stew. Then came Christmas Eve. The sheet was taken down between the living room (parlor as it was called) and dining room and we saw the Christmas tree for the first time….

Jo Daviess County, Illinois Will Records, 1829-1926

I recently discovered at FamilySearch.org the Will Records for Jo Daviess County, Illinois,  1829-1926.  It’s part of the Illinois, Probate Records, 1819-1970, collection.   I started going through the books individually looking for relatives’ wills.  I’ve found about 20, but searching is a pain since the wills haven’t been indexed.  Fortunately, all but one of the…

Marriage Certificate for Nicholas Bausman, Jr. and Catherine Hebenstreit

This is the marriage certificate of my great-great grandparents, Nicholas Bausman and Catherine Hebenstreit. They married January 21, 1886, at St. Matthew’s parsonage in Shullsburg, Lafayette County, Wisconsin.  Catherine is the daughter of Vitus Hebenstreit and Bertha Schafer.  Nicholas is the son of Nicholas Bausman Sr and Mary Casper. Transcription of marriage certificate: I, undersigned,…

Obituary for Gladys (Ray) Davis

Gladys Cecilia (Ray) Davis was the wife of Laban Davis, brother of my great-grandfather Percy. Gladys was 21 years old when she died in childbirth at Mercy Hospital in Dubuque, Dubuque Co, Iowa.  Her baby girl died a few days later.  The baby was not named. Mother and baby are buried together at Scales Mound…

Death of Ellen (Lightcap) Jones Lawrence

Ellen (Lightcap) Jones Lawrence, daughter of John Lightcap and Mary Chamberlin, died on February 5, 1895, in Bloomville, Seneca Co, Ohio, at the home of her daughter Anna (Lawrence) Carson.  She’s buried at Rock Creek Cemetery in Seneca Co, Ohio. The notice of her death was published in the Tiffin Daily Tribune, Seneca Co, Ohio….

Biography: 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…

Obituary: Celestine (Uhlrich) Hatzenbuhler

Celestine (Uhlrich) Hatzenbuhler was the daughter of Francis J. Uhlrich and Teresa Heid and sister of my gg-grandmother Mary Francis Josephine (Uhlrich) Sanders.  She was born August 12, 1868, in Galena, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois.  She was one of eight children. She married Joseph George Hatzenbuhler October 29, 1894. They had six children. She is…

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…

Obituary: Marjorie Strelesky

Marjorie Strelesky was the daughter of John Strelesky and Ernestine Sanders.  She was a sister of my grandmother, Eunice (Strelesky) Lightcap.  Marjorie was born in Sheridan, Sheridan Co, Wyoming, February 26, 1919.  She died January 15, 2001, in Cedar Rapids, Linn Co, Iowa. Interment made at Cedar Memorial Mausoleum. Her obituary published in The Gazette…

Funeral Card: Gladys (Ray) Davis

Funeral card for Gladys Cecelia (Ray) Davis.  She was the wife of Laban Davis, brother of my great-grandfather Percy Davis. Gladys was born January 21, 1896.  She was a mail-order bride, marrying Laban on November 23, 1915, in Dubuque, Dubuque Co, Iowa. Gladys died in childbirth on October 24, 1917. Their unnamed baby girl died…

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…

Marriage Announcement: Holoway Lightcap and Ellen Westgate

Marriage announcement for Holoway Lightcap, son of John and Mary Lightcap,  and Ellen Miriam Westgate, daughter of Mose Weld Westgate and Alice Brooks, in the Seneca Advertiser on August 10, 1849, Seneca Co, Ohio. Holoway was the brother of my ggg-grandfather, Levi Lightcap. Transcription of marriage announcement: At Republic, on yesterday, by the Rev. Mr….

Obituary: Martha (Karberg) Schmidt

Obituary for Martha (Karberg) Schmidt, daughter of John and Wilhelmine “Minnie” (Bohnsack) Karberg. Martha was born on October 8, 1889, in Thompson Twp, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois. She died May 30, 1970, in Elizabeth, Jo Daviess, Illinois. Interment made at Elizabeth Cemetery in Elizabeth. Obituary published in Freeport Journal-Standard, Monday June 1, 1970. Transcription of…

Biography: Philip H. Bausman

Philip Bausman was the brother of my ggg-grandfather, Nicholas Bausman Sr.  Philip was born in Germany on July 8, 1817; he died September 9, 1878, in Guilford Twp, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois.  He’s buried in the Hammer Mennonite Cemetery in Guilford Twp.  Philip married Julia Stoft, and they had six children: Philip, Nicholas, William, Henry,…

Death: Anna Marie Wulff

Anna Marie Wulff was the sister of my great-great grandmother Carolina “Lena” Sophia (Wulff) Bohnsack. She was born on June 20, 1875, in Mecklenburg, Germany, to Henry John Wulff Sr  and Maria Sophia Schumacher. The family immigrated to the United states about 1883. Besides Lena, Anna’s other sibling was Henry Jr.  Anna was the youngest…

Death Notice: Margaret Jane (Hicks) Davis

Margaret Jane (Hicks) Davis was  my great-great grandmother, and the wife of John B. Davis.  Her parents were Henry Hicks and Hester Ingram. Margaret was born on June 17, 1843 in Guilford Twp, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois.  She died June 14, 1915 in Council Hill, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois. Margaret and John had six children:…

Obituary: Marie (Strelesky) Smith

Marie (Strelesky) Smith was the daughter of Frank Strelesky and Fannie Hainey, and an older sister of my great-grandfather John Joseph Strelesky. She was born March 27, 1877, in Mineral Point, Iowa county, Wisconsin.  She died August 21, 1942, in Dubuque, Dubuque county, Iowa. She married Theodore M. Smith in Sioux City, Iowa, on November…

Obituary: Henry Hicks

Henry Hicks was the son of Henry Hicks and Hester Jane Ingram, my ggg-grandparents.  He was the brother of my gg-grandmother, Margaret Jane (Hicks) Davis.   He was born in Guilford Township, Jo Daviess County, Illinois, on March 25, 1845.  He died February 3, 1930, in Warren, Jo Daviess, Illinois. Henry is buried at Scales Mound…