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. … Continue reading Death of Ellen (Lightcap) Jones Lawrence
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 … Continue reading Biography: Holoway W. Lightcap
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 Archives. After both of Isaac’s widows applied for his pension, a paperwork bonanza ensued. A special investigator starts sorting out the mess, and who wins? ME! (Definitely not the wives, and that’s a story I’ll address another time.)
As I’ve stated before, my mom and I have been researching the Lightcap family for YEARS. It’s been absolute torture trying to figure out the children of John and Mary Lightcap, parents of my ggg-grandfather Levi Lightcap. All the research has used indirect evidence. Let me tell you, indirect evidence is frustrating.
I created this chart (off-line) of all the people I believed siblings of Levi but couldn’t prove most of them. With no direct evidence, only circumstantial, the last thing I could do was publish my speculations.
So I was absolutely delighted when reading through Isaac’s papers to find a letter which confirmed years of research. A nephew of Isaac’s wrote a letter to government investigators listing the names of all John and Mary Lightcap’s children, including birth dates – information taken directly from a family bible. Eureka!
I’ve updated the children of John and Mary Lightcap. Isaac Lightcap is now my favorite ancestor of all time!!!!
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, … Continue reading Marriage Announcement: Holoway Lightcap and Ellen Westgate