My great-grandparents Percival Davis and Viola Bausman married on July 17, 1913, in Freeport, Stephenson County, Illinois. The certified record of marriage is from 1959. Transcription of marriage certificate: State … Continue reading Marriage: Percival Davis and Viola Bausman
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 … Continue reading Marriage: Lucretia Lightcap and Henry Beck
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. … Continue reading Marriage: John Joseph Strelesky and Ernestine Bertha Sanders
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 … Continue reading Chancery Record: Christian Smith granted land for service in War of 1812
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 twenty two, in Township one North, of Range fifteen” in Seneca County, Ohio. Recorded June 13, 1835. John Lightcap was my gggg-grandfather.
I usually try to transcribe the records that I post. However, figuring out the handwriting on chancery records and typing it out takes a lot of time. So, happy reading!
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 Joseph Weber. Rose was Jack’s older sister. She married Joseph Christoph Weber on September 22, 1893, in Chicago, Illinois.
From the documents that I’ve seen, her last name is consistently spelled Streletzky. The rest of her family uses Strelesky as the spelling.
Rose and Joseph had nine children; I know the names of eight: Frank, Marian, Lenora, Josephine, Joseph Jr, Amiel, Amelia, and John Henry. An unidentified boy died before 1900.
I found a xerox copy of the Oath of Allegiance for Valentine Schoenhard in my grandparents’ original edition of “History of Jo Daviess County, …” (1878). Valentine took the Oath of Allegiance in New York, New York on October 25, 1853. My grandfather‘s aunt Gertrude (Bausman) married Lester Harvey Schoenhard. (Valentine Schoenhard was Lester’s grandfather.)