Marriage: James Sanford Lightcap and Sarah Swartz

James Sanford Lightcap married Sarah Swartz on December 31, 1864 in Fulton County, Ohio.  James’ parents were Robert and Lucretia (Halsey) Lightcap.  Robert’s brother was my ggg-grandfather Levi. James and Sarah divorced in 1871; their daughter Adeline was raised by Lucretia.

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…

Jack Strelesky’s Taxidermy Shop Damaged by Fire

When Jack Strelesky lived in Sheridan, Wyoming, he ran a taxidermy shop.  On April 6, 1917, fire damaged the shop.  An article discussing the fire ran in the Wyoming State Tribune-Cheyenne State Leader on April 6, 1917. Transcription of article: Taxidermist’s Shop Damaged By Fire Sheridan, Wyo., April 6 – Damage to the extent of…

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…

Marriage: John Joseph Strelesky and Ernestine Bertha Sanders

My great-grandparents, John Joseph Strelesky and Ernestine Bertha Sanders, were married September 19, 1906, by a Catholic priest in Dubuque, Iowa.  They had four children: Herb, Alice, Eunice and Marjorie.  In 1920, Ernestine and her unborn child died of influenza in Sheridan, Wyoming, during the Spanish Flu pandemic.

Chancery Record: Christian Smith granted land for service in War of 1812

As reward for his service in the War of 1812, my gggg-grandfather Christian Smith was granted land by the U.S. government.  Christian Smith was drafted into Captain Jacob Catterlin’s 2nd Regiment Ohio militia in Fairfield County, Ohio. He served from September 1, 1813, until March 1, 1814. Military Warrant No. 3833 for 80 acres issued…

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…

Obituary: Sarah (Sanders) Hansing

Sarah Sanders was the sister of my great-great grandfather, Ernest Vincent Sanders.  She was born about 1860 in Galena, Illinois, and died on Christmas Eve 1937 in California. Her obituary was published in the Freeport Journal-Standard on December 31, 1937. Transcription of obituary: Mrs. Sarah Hansing, Galena Galena, Ill., Dec. 31 – Funeral services for…

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…

Rebecca (Firestone) Smith Headstone – Thank You RAOGK.org!

Random Acts of Genealogical Kindness is a fantastic website where dedicated volunteers agree to do a free genealogy research task at least once per month in their local area purely as an act of kindness.  I’ve used the website three times and am always amazed when they are able to get my information. In July…

Marriage: Rose Streletzky and Joseph Christoph Weber

Tracking down the siblings of my great-grandfather, John Joseph Strelesky, has been challenging.  Fortunately, there aren’t too many people with this last name, so when I find it, I can usually determine pretty quickly whether or not they are related. One night I was using FamilySearch.org and found the marriage certificate of Rose Streletzky and…

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…

Cemeteries

I’ve added cemetery pages for Pioneer Cemetery in North Judson, Indiana Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa Linwood Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa There are Lightcaps buried in all three of these cemeteries.  In addition to Lightcaps, family names at Mount Calvary include Strelesky, Sanders, Uhlrich, and Heitz.  Linwood Cemetery has Uhlrich, Hatzenbuhler, Hornung, and Woodward….

John J Strelesky, Edes Robe Tanning Co. locates at South Omaha

My great-grandfather, John J Strelesky, of the Edes Robe Tanning Co. came from the home office in Dubuque, Iowa, and opened an office in South Omaha, Nebraska. An article was published in the Omaha World Herald on December 5, 1909 discussing the new venture. Transcription of article: Edes Robe Tranning Co. Locates at South Omaha…

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…