Tag: john lightcap

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!!!!


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 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!

johnLightcap Chancery 1835 Feb 02