Biography: Alfred Hicks

The biography of Alfred Hicks was published in The History of the Yakima Valley, Washington, comprising Yakima, Kittitas and Benton Counties by the S.J. Clarke Publishing Co. (1919) Volume II, page 645.   Alfred Hicks was the son of Henry and Hester (Ingram) Hicks, and the youngest brother of my gg-grandmother Margaret Jane (Hicks) Davis….

Percy Davis Public Sale

On December 21, 1937, my great-grandfather Percy Davis retired from farming and held a public sale.  The sale was held on the farm of his mother-in-law, Catherine (Hebenstreit) Bausman. I found the poster advertising the sale while looking through pictures at my grandma’s house. Transcription of advertisement: Percy Davis’ Closing Out Sale! As I intend…

Death: Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky

My great-grandmother, Ernestine (Sanders) Strelesky, died of pneumonia, following an attack of influenza, during the Spanish flu pandemic. She was pregnant when she died in Sheridan, Wyoming, on February 5, 1920.  She was 32.  Ernestine is buried at Mount Calvary Cemetery in Dubuque, Iowa. Ernestine was born in Galena, Jo Daviess co, Illinois, on November…

Obituary: Laban Davis

Laban Davis was an older brother of my great-grandfather Percy Davis. Laban was born October 12, 1873, in Council Hill, Jo Daviess Co, Illinois, to John B. and Margaret (Hicks) Davis.  He was the third of six children. On November 23, 1915, he married Gladys Cecelia Ray in Dubuque, Iowa.  She was a mail-order bride….

Singer Catholic Cemetery

I’ve been wanting to visit Singer Catholic Cemetery in Guilford Twp, Illinois.  Clement, the infant brother of my great-grandmother, Viola (Bausman) Davis Hickman, is buried here. I tried to find this cemetery by myself but was unable.  Fortunately, my mom’s friend Tom Townsend had been to the cemetery and graciously volunteered to take my parents…

Obituary: Carolina Sophia (Wulff) Bohnsack

Carolina Sophia “Lena” (Wulff) Bohnsack was my gg-grandmother.  She was born in Germany on November 15, 1867 to Henry and Marie (Schumacher) Wulff. She immigrated at 16, and married Carl Herman Bohnsack on January 13, 1891, in Schapville, Illinois.  Herman and Lena had three children: my great-grandfather Leo, Mabel and Mary. I discovered this obituary…

Herbert Deininger Dies of Bullet Wound

Herbert Deininger was the oldest son of William and Louisa (Muegge) Deininger, and brother to my great-grandmother Minnie (Deininger) Bohnsack.  In November 1911, he was accidentally shot by his three-year-old brother Willis and later died of his injury.  Herbert is buried in Greenwood Cemetery in Galena, Illinois. His death announcement provides details on the gun…

Obituary: Catherine (Hebenstreit) Bausman

Catherine (Hebenstreit) Bausman was my gg-grandmother. She was born December 23, 1863, in Shullsburg, Wisconsin to Vitus and Bertha (Schafer) Hebenstreit. She had four siblings, two  identified: Andrew and Anna Caroline.  I assume her other siblings died in infancy.  Until reading Vitus Hebenstreit’s obituary, I was unaware of these children. Catherine married Nicholas Bausman Jr…

Marriage: Mildred Berryman and James Horan

Grandma Davis was a collector of newspaper articles about family members and people that she knew.  Thank goodness for that – these gatherings have provided invaluable guidance for me while researching my family history. The marriage announcement of Mildred Berryman and James Horan was found with other newspaper articles in my grandmother’s collection.  There is…

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…

Biography: William Passmore

William Passmore is not a direct ancestor of mine.  His daughter Elizabeth Edna Passmore married James T. Davis, a nephew of my gg-grandfather John B. Davis.  Passmore was the coroner for the suicide of William Davis, brother of James T. Davis. His ties to the Davis family are why I’m posting his biography published in…

Marriage: Percival Davis and Viola Bausman

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 of Illinois, Stephenson County Certificate of Marriage I, Kenneth G. Schultz, Clerk of the County Court of said County, hereby certify that Mr. Percival L….

Biography: Nicholas Bausman Sr

Nicholas Bausman Sr’s of Guilford Township, Illinois, appeared in the “Portrait and Biographical Album of Jo Daviess and Carroll Counties, Illinois” (1889), p. 444. Nicholas Sr. was my ggg-grandfather and was married to Mary Casper.  He died in 1907; he was buried on their land, near Scales Mound, Illinois. Enjoy his biography! Nicholas Bausman Sr….

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…

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…

Obituary: Catherine (Fuch) Sanders

Catherine (Fuch) Sanders was my g-g-g grandmother.  She was born in Hesse-Darmstadt, Germany in Feb 1823 and immigrated to the United States about 1846.  She married A.F.E. Sanders, who died in 1891.  Interment was made in Greenwood Cemetery, but I do not know the location of her grave. The 1900 U.S. Federal Census lists her…

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. Transcription of obituary: GEORGE J. BAUSMAN WARREN—George Bausman, 70, died early this morning at his home. He was an employe of the Savanna Ordnance Depot until his…

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. Transcription of obituary: George Bausman was born in Guilford township, Jo Daviess county, Ill., on Sept 5th,…

Obituary: A.F.E. Sanders

My ggg grandfather was Adam Frederick Ernest Sanders.  I was recently back in Galena Illinois and was able to find his obituary that was published in the Galena Daily Gazette on 9 Oct 1891.  I also went to the Galena courthouse, but there is no death certificate on file.  His wife Catherine (Fuch) is buried…