Updated Descendant Reports

I updated reports for the descendants of Andreas “Anton” and Eva Barbara (Schick) DEININGER , Nicholas and Mary (Casper) BAUSMAN, Philip and  Julia (Stoft) BAUSMAN, Johann J.H. and Henrietta (Koch) BOHNSACK, Levi and Mary (Smith) LIGHTCAP, Frank and Fannie (Hainey) STRELESKY, and Johann Jacob Dietrich and Catherine Maria Magdalena (Bohnhoff) WULFF. These reports are based…

Willis Deininger Letter

In 1977, Willis J. Deininger wrote to his niece and my grandmother, Marian (Bohnsack) Davis, about their family.  It’s funny, because I worked a long time to figure out Willis’ mom’s siblings.  After I invested a lot of time and effort into the research, I found this note in one of my mom’s binders.  It…

1829 Map of U.S. Lead Mines on Upper Mississippi River

I found this 1829 map of the United States Lead Mines on the upper Mississippi River at my grandmother’s house. The map was drawn and published by R.W. Chandler of Galena.  I scanned it as black & white. According to the Wisconsin Historical Society’s website: This is the best-known map of southwestern Wisconsin during the…

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…

Family History: Jacob and Christina (Casper) Hess

My mom has binders filled with interesting information.  I’ve gone through them several times, and still find things. How do I miss this stuff? My discovery of the family history of Jacob Sr and Christina (Casper) Hess is one of these interesting finds.  My mother received this from her parents; I’m not sure when they…

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…

U.S. Daughters of 1812

My gggg-grandfather, Christian Smith, served in the War of 1812. He was drafted into Captain Jacob Catterlin’s 2nd Regiment Ohio militia in Fairfield County, Ohio, and served from 1 Sept 1813 until 1 Mar 1814.  Christian was discharged at Upper Sandusky, Ohio. A couple of months ago, I applied for membership into the U.S. Daughters…

FindAGrave.com

I started contributing to FindAGrave.com this week.  It’s a wonderful tool for research, and decided I needed to contribute to the website.  Check out my profile.  Currently I’m working on my Dad’s side of the family, so I’ve added Lightcap, Strelesky, Sanders, and Uhlrich records.

Firestone Genealogy

So, I’ve been researching Mary (Smith) Lightcap’s parents, Christian and Rebecca (Firestone) Smith.  Rebecca’s parents are Daniel and Anne (Lang) Firestone.  There has been a lot of research done on the Firestones – thank goodness! Sometimes it seems that I’m the only person researching certain family lines.  How wonderful to make a family connection where…

Random Acts of Genealogy Kindness

My ggg-grandfather was married to Mary Smith. I never focused much on her because, well, her name was Smith. Anyway, I should have focused on her side sooner since I’ve discovered so much about them the past couple of months – ever since I received her father’s War of 1812 pension records. I discovered through…

Death: John Thomas Davis

John Thomas Davis was the brother of my great-grandfather, Percy Davis.  He was born in Council Hill, Illinois, on March 8, 1878.   Both my mom and grandma thought it odd that no one ever talked about him.  His death was very mysterious. I haven’t been able to find any articles but this one about his…

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…

Happy 90th Birthday!

Not only is it Easter Sunday – today my grandma turns 90! Marian (Bohnsack) Davis was born in Schapville, Illinois  on April 24, 1921. I wish I could be with her to celebrate, but she’s in my thoughts and prayers! HAPPY BIRTHDAY!

Unidentified Photos from Viola Bausman

My great-grandmother, Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman, left a lot of photos when she died in 1974. Her daughter-in-law – my grandmother- Marian (Bohnsack) Davis has had them since Viola’s passing.  Well, now my grandma is 90 years old and suffering from Alzheimer’s. When I went to visit her a few weeks ago, I went through…

Davis – Blewett Information

About the year 1770 a man by the name of — Painter brought his small son to a family by the name of Kempthorn who lived in Cornwall, England and left him for them to care for.  He went to the continent and sent back money to pay for the child’s expenses.  Mr. Painter appeared…

Discovery: Picture of Lawrence Bausman Family?

Last week, I went back to Scales Mound Illinois to visit my grandmother.  My grandma has my great-grandmother’s, Viola Bausman Davis,  photo collection.  I thought I’d seen all the photos, but I was wrong! I discovered beneath several boxes of photos this gem.  And when I say beneath several boxes, I mean that literally.  It…

Obituary: Carolina Sophia (Wulff) Bohnsack

Obviously, I”ve had a lot of luck finding obituaries about the Wulff family.   This time, I came across my great-great grandmother’s, Carolina Sophia Wulff,  from the Freeport Journal-Standard, Sept 30, 1949, page 16. The portrait of Lena is a scan of a copy.  I do not have the original, have never seen the original, and…

Obituary: Mary Bohnhoff Wulff

While I was researching the Wulff’s, I came across this obituary for Mrs. Henry (Mary) Wulff on page 4 of  the Freeport Journal-Standard, Monday, May 19, 1958. Her relationship to me: wife of 2nd great grand uncle. Transcription of obituary: Stockton—Mrs. Henry (Mary) Wulff died Sunday about 5:15 p.m. from a heart attack suffered at…

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…

Family History

I’ve been researching my family history for about 10 years, give or take.  About 5 years ago, I gave up using software that needed to be installed on a computer. Instead I use ancestry.com’s system.  It allows for me to collaborate with my mom about research and let other family members look at it.  If…