Category: genealogy

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 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!!!!

Obituary: George John Bausman

Obituary announcement for George J. Bausman.  He was the son of George and Rachel (Miller) Bausman.  His obituary was published in Freeport Journal-Standard on Monday, February 20, 1956.

Obituary: George John Bausman

Transcription of obituary:


WARREN—George Bausman, 70, died early this morning at his home. He was an employe of the Savanna Ordnance Depot until his retirement last year.

Mr. Bausman was born in November 1885 at Scales Mound, the son of Mr. and Mrs. George Bausman.

He was a member of St. Paul’s Lutheran Church.

Surviving are four sons, Earl, Lawrence, Clyde and Richard, all of Warren; two sisters, Mrs. Elmer Pansing and Mrs. Clinton Leverton, both of Warren, and four grandchildren.

Arrangements are pending at the Bartell Funeral Home.

Obituary: George Bausman

George Bausman was the son of Nicholas Sr and Mary (Casper) Bausman, and the brother of my g-g-grandfather, Nicholas Bausman Jr.  George died on December 26, 1922, in Warren, Illinois.  I have no citation information for this obituary.

Obituary: George Bausman

Transcription of obituary:
George Bausman was born in Guilford township, Jo Daviess county, Ill., on Sept 5th, 1857, and passed away at Warren, on Tuesday, December 26, 1922. He is survived by the widow and five children.

He was married February 21st, 1882, to Miss Rachel Miller, of Guilford township. To this union were born three boys, Nick, George and John, all of Warren, two daughters, Mrs. Elmer Pansing and Mrs. Clinton Leverton, both of Warren.

Mr. Bausman spent the greater part of his life in Scales Mound, but in 1896 he bought a farm near Warren, where he lived until eight years ago, when he moved with his family to Warren to live.

He was a kind and loving husband and father, and will be greatly missed by the family as well as by the friends and neighbors.

The funeral was held on Thursday, Dec. 28th from the Lutheran church, and burial was made in Elmwood cemetery.

Card of thanks.
We wish to thank the kind neighbors and friends for their assistance during the illness and death of our loving husband and father, also for the floral offerings and the use of cars.

Mrs. Geo. Bausman and Children.