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Obituary: Albert Lightcap

Albert Lightcap was the brother of my g-grandfather, Ernest Edward Lightcap. He was married to Alice Theresa Rafferty and they had three children: Ada, Clarence and Herbert.

The notice of his death was published in The News and Sentinel in Fort Wayne, Indiana, on June 2 1921.

Death Notice: Albert Lightcap

Transcription of obituary:
Albert Lightcap, of Hammond, Ind., 49 years old, died yesterday at the home of his brother-in-law, E. C. Smith, of this city, after a serious illness of a few days of cancer of the stomach. Lightcap came to this city two weeks ago to visit. The body was taken back to Hammond yesterday for services and burial. Surviving are the widow, three children, three brothers and his parents.

Levi Lightcap Shooting

Here’s one of the few articles that I can find that references the accidental shooting and death of Levi Lightcap. Of course, there’s a few errors.  The article appeared on page 1 of the Wisconsin State Journal on 13 Dec 1870.  FYI, the shooting actually took place in North Judson, Starke County, Indiana.

Levi Lightcap shot and killed

Transcription of article:

A fight occurred near the depot at North Jackson, Stark county, Ill., on the evening of the 9th, between Lightcap, the station agent, and his son Henry on one side, and two men named Brown and Hoffacker, on the other. During the melee Hoffacker and the older Lightcap struggled over a pistol, and discharged it, the ball passing through the heart of the latter, killing him instantly. Henry Lightcap, Hoffacker and Brown were arrested.

John Sherman Lightcap’s Death

John Sherman Lightcap

I was researching the Lightcap’s over the weekend and came across this article about John Sherman Lightcap.  He was the (adopted?) son of Walter and Eliza (Stewart) Lightcap.  (Walter Lightcap was the brother of my great-grandfather, George.)

Anyway, I found an article on the front page of the Logansport Press (Logansport, Indiana) on Dec 9 1939 discussing the death of John Sherman Lightcap .    The article states that John committed suicide by drowning.

John Sherman Lightcap Suicide


No. Judson Banker Commits Suicide in Lake at Ft. Wayne

Fort Wayne, Ind., Dec 8 (AP) – John S. Lightcap, 59 assistant cashier at North Judson, Ind., and former postmaster of that town was drowned today in the lake in reservoir park here. Dr. Walter E. Kruse, Allen county coroner, returned a verdict of suicide.

Lightcap recently suffered a nervous breakdown his son, Donald V. Lightcap of Fort Wayne with whom he was visiting, said.

Ralph Bruce, a passerby, saw Lightcap struggling in the shallow water and pulled him to shore. Efforts to revive the man failed. The body will be returned to North Judson Sunday for burial Monday.

Obituary: Blanche (Payne) Lightcap

Blanche Payne headstone

Blanche Payne was the first wife of  my great-grandfather, Ernest Lightcap.  They married January 2, 1900.  She was 19; he was 20.  She died of Bright’s disease, a historical classification of kidney diseases, when she was 23.  They had no children.

Until I started researching my family history, there was always some confusion over how many wives Ernest had (3) or who was the mother of his children (Henrietta Doose).  He only had two children, so I can’t understand why there was confusion over this.  (It wasn’t like he dropped his children off after Henrietta died and never saw them again.)

I also find it a little sad that no mention of this marriage was made in Ernest’s obituary.  Ernest’s obituary refers to his “first” wife Henrietta Doose and his “second” wife Susie Lensing.

Blanche is buried in North Judson, Indiana, in the Lightcap family plot.  Also of interest is how her name is spelled on her tombstone:  Blanch.  This is the only place where I have seen her name spelled this way.  In her obituary and marriage certificate, her name is spelled Blanche.  It’s also spelled this way in U.S census data.

Her obituary was published December 31, 1903, in the North Judson News, North Judson, Indiana.

Obituary: Blanche Payne

Transcription of obituary:

Mrs. Ernest Lightcap

Died Tuesday Forenoon At The Home Of Her Sister, Mrs. William Kuester, of This Place.

Tuesday forenoon Mrs. Ernest Lightcap formerly Miss Blanche Payne, of this place, died at the home of William Kuester and wife, aged twenty-three years, eleven months and eleven days.

About four years ago she married Ernest Lightcap and for the last year or more they have been living in Chicago. Mrs. Lightcap has been ailing nearly all summer and lately she came down here to stay with her sister in the hope that she would regain her health in time. Monday evening, however, she became so much worse that her Chicago physician, M. M. Thompson, was called. He could do nothing though, and she passed her [?]ong home Tuesday forenoon, acute Bright’s disease being the immediate cause of death.

Six brothers, three sisters and her father survive her. The funeral is tomorrow at the Methodist church at 2 p.m.