Category: Lightcap

Miss Mary Beard

While researching the Lightcaps, I came across an article where Miss Mary Beard received $53.50 from members of Company A, 8th Ohio Volunteer Infantry.  Both my ggg-grandfather’s brother Isaac Bateman … Continue reading Miss Mary Beard


Aaron Leightcap / Lightcap

My paternal 4th great-grandfather was John Lightcap (abt 1778 – aft 1864), husband of Mary Chamberlin. Identifying his parents has proven frustratingly difficult. There is no proof of parentage, only … Continue reading Aaron Leightcap / Lightcap


Babies Dying and It Doesn’t Make the Papers!

Research blocks stink!  And I’ve hit one! What I thought would be easy research has turned into a decidedly frustrating endeavor.  I’m looking for information on the death of my … Continue reading Babies Dying and It Doesn’t Make the Papers!


Pictures of Me

So I was going through some of my grandmother’s pictures and found a few of me as a child. This was a good reminder to me that not all history is from other generations.  It’s good to take a look at your own history.

All pictures taken at the home of Grandma and Grandpa Davis [Spud and Marian (Bohnsack) Davis] in Scales Mound, Illinois.  My cousin Dan Davis bought the farm from them in the late 1990s/early 2000s.  Last year, he tore down the old homestead to build a new house. The brick is being recycled.

I think my favorite pictures are:

  • the one of me as a baby and my hair is sticking out as if I’ve been electrocuted.
  • the pictures of me with cats.  I’m pretty sure I’m torturing the poor devils with my love and affection.



A Sporting Woman

A few weeks ago I received the civil war pension records for my ggg-grandfather’s bigamist brother Isaac Lightcap. The records reveal quite a character – a very attractive man who … Continue reading A Sporting Woman


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.  … Continue reading Death of Ellen (Lightcap) Jones Lawrence


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 … Continue reading Biography: Holoway W. Lightcap