Daniel Firestone Will

Daniel Firestone was my 5th great-grandfather. He was born in Lancaster County, Pennsylvania, to Johannes Feuerstein and Augusta Justina Maria Hildebrand. He married Anne “Nancy” Lang in Cocalico Twp, Pennsylvania, on August 5 1783; Rev. John Waldschmidt officiated. Daniel and Nancy had four children: Samuel, George Washington, Rebecca, and Sarah “Sally”.  Rebecca married Christian Smith. …

Marriages of Hattie Brooks

Hattie Brooks was the daughter of Samuel and Mary Jane (Lightcap) Brooks.  Mary Jane was the sister of my ggg-grandfather, Levi. Hattie married her first husband, Anson Miley, on Christmas Day 1872 when she was 16 years old.  He was 33. Their son, Drayton Luther Anson Miley, was born January 1874. Anson died in October…

Marriage Record: Levi Lightcap and Mary Smith

Levi Lightcap and Mary Smith are my ggg-grandparents.  They married in Seneca County, Ohio, on January 26, 1942.  Levi’s parents are John and Mary Lightcap.  Mary’s parents are Christian and Rebecca (Firestone) Smith. Transcription of marriage: Levi Lightcap and Mary Smith license to marry January 24 1842. [unreadable] The State of Ohio Seneca County –…

Marriage: Lucretia Lightcap and Henry Beck

I’ve been researching Lucretia (Halsey) Lightcap for awhile, and it’s so difficult to find information outside of U.S. Federal Census information about her. Her first husband Robert was the brother of my ggg-grandfather, Levi Lightcap.  Robert died when he was about 32 years old leaving Lucretia a young widow with two small boys. I was…

Chancery Record: Nathaniel Lynch deed to John Lightcap

I’ve decided that I’m going to start posting chancery records.  They are invaluable sources of information.  My mother is the queen of finding land records, so all thanks should be directed to her. This is the chancery record that Nathaniel Lynch deeded to John Lightcap, “the East half of the North Part quarter of Section…

Biography: George Lightcap

George Lightcap is my gg-grandfather and the son of Levi and Mary (Smith) Lightcap.  A biography of George was published in the “Pictorial and Biographical Record of La Porte, Porter, Lake and Starke Counties, Indiana” published by Goodspeed Brothers Publishers, Chicago (1894), p. 443-445. — GEORGE LIGHTCAP. To our noble pushing hard-working business men is…

Biography: Walter Lightcap

Walter Lightcap was a son of Levi and Mary (Smith) Lightcap and brother to my gg-grandfather George.  A biography of Walter was published in “A Standard History of Starke County Indiana” by Joseph N. McCormick, Chicago, 1915, p. 593-594. — WALTER LIGHTCAP. One of the men who have had a large share in the development…

Obituary: Albert Wallace “Wally” Lightcap

My grandfather, Albert Wallace Lightcap, was born in McIntosh, South Dakota on September 15, 1914 to Ernest and Henrietta (Doose) Lightcap.  He had one brother, Paul.  Wally died in Dubuque, Iowa in 1975. He married Eunice Strelesky in 1936.  Together they had seven boys: Tom, Bill, Ted, Gary, Greg, Jack, and Joel.  Gary died in…

Biography: Albert and Harry Lightcap

The biography of Albert and Harry Lightcap, sons of George and Rhoda (Herod) Lightcap, appeared in “Pictorial and Biographical Record of La Porte, Porter, Lake and Starke Counties, Indiana” published by Goodspeed Brothers Publishers, Chicago, 1894, p. 407. LIGHTCAP BROTHERS. This well-known firm, which is engaged in the sale of clothing, hats and gents’ furnishing…

Marriage: Christian Smith and Rebecca Firestone

When I ordered Christian Smith’s military records (he was a veteran of the War of 1812) from the National Archives, I never imagined that it would have this gem when the records arrived in the mail in May.  I was so excited to discover the marriage record of Christian Smith and Rebecca Firestone, my gggg-grandparents….

Obituary: Samuel Brooks

Samuel Brooks was married to Mary Jane Lightcap, the sister of my ggg-grandfather, Levi Lightcap.  Mary Jane died in 1877, and in September 1878 he married Mary Wiest.  His obituary was published in the Tiffin Daily Tribune on January 20, 1914. Obituary: Samuel Brooks Melmore has been called to mourn the loss of one of…

50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration: Albert and Lucy Lightcap

I stumbled upon this newspaper article celebrating the wedding anniversary of Albert and Lucy (Waggoner) Lightcap.  Albert’s parents were Robert and Lucretia Lightcap.  Robert was the brother of my g-g-g-grandfather, Levi Lightcap.  Albert was born in Fremont, Ohio, but spent a majority of his life in Michigan.  The Flint Daily Journal on Wednesday, August 16,…

Obituary: Albert Lightcap

Albert Lightcap was the brother of my g-grandfather, Ernest Edward Lightcap. He was married to Alice Theresa Rafferty and they had three children: Ada, Clarence and Herbert. The notice of his death was published in The News and Sentinel in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on June 2 1921. Transcription of obituary: Albert Lightcap, of Hammond, Ind.,…

Obituary: Paul George Lightcap

Paul was the brother of my grandfather, Albert “Wally” Lightcap. Even though Paul died in 1999, I never met him or any of his family.  Paul’s obituary was published in the Telegraph Herald (Dubuque, Iowa) on June 20, 1999.  I don’t have a newspaper clipping, but I have the text. Transcript of the obituary: Paul…

Levi Lightcap Shooting

Here’s one of the few articles that I can find that references the accidental shooting and death of Levi Lightcap. Of course, there’s a few errors.  The article appeared on page 1 of the Wisconsin State Journal on 13 Dec 1870.  FYI, the shooting actually took place in North Judson, Starke County, Indiana. Transcription of…

Obituary: Eunice (Strelesky) Lightcap

Eunice Strelesky Eunice (Strelesky) Lightcap, daughter of John Joseph “Jack” and Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky, was born in Sheridan, Wyoming, on December 21, 1915, and died on November 15, 1998, in Dubuque, Iowa.   The picture at the left is her 1933 high school graduation. My grandmother’s obituary was published November 18, 1998, in the Telegraph Herald…

John Sherman Lightcap’s Death

I was researching the Lightcap’s over the weekend and came across this article about John Sherman Lightcap.  He was the (adopted?) son of Walter and Eliza (Stewart) Lightcap.  (Walter Lightcap was the brother of my great-grandfather, George.) Anyway, I found an article on the front page of the Logansport Press (Logansport, Indiana) on Dec 9…

Obituary: Blanche (Payne) Lightcap

Blanche Payne was the first wife of  my great-grandfather, Ernest Lightcap.  They married January 2, 1900.  She was 19; he was 20.  She died of Bright’s disease, a historical classification of kidney diseases, when she was 23.  They had no children. Until I started researching my family history, there was always some confusion over how…

Obituary: Ernest Edward Lightcap

Ernest Edward Lightcap was my great-grandfather. He was married three times (even though his obituary only acknowledges two). His first wife was Blanche Payne.  They married January 2, 1900, in St Joseph, Michigan.  He was 20.  She died December 29, 1903, of Bright’s disease.  They had no children. In 1905, he married Henrietta Doose (my…

Research block: Levi Lightcap

Have you ever hit a wall with your research of an ancestor?  I have, many times, but my current stumbling block is Levi Lightcap, my 3rd great grandfather. More specifically, I’m having trouble identifying his parents.   All I know is that he was born in New Jersey.  Other than that, it’s pure speculation as…