Here is another article about the death of my ggg-grandfather, Levi Lightcap, who was shot and killed. The article was published in Kokomo Tribune, page 1, Thursday, Dec 22, 1872. … Continue reading Levi Lightcap Shot and Killed
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!!!!
People start genealogy researching their family history for many different reasons. Mine was pretty simple. I wanted to join the Daughters of the American Revolution. I wasn’t sure when I … Continue reading Daughters of the American Revolution Application Approved!
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) … Continue reading Updated Descendant Reports
Levi Lightcap and Mary Smith are my ggg-grandparents. They married in Seneca County, Ohio, on January 26, 1942. Levi’s parents are John and Mary Lightcap. Mary’s parents are Christian and … Continue reading Marriage Record: Levi Lightcap and Mary Smith
George Lightcap is my gg-grandfather and the son of Levi and Mary (Smith) Lightcap. A biography of George was published in the “Pictorial and Biographical Record of La Porte, Porter, … Continue reading Biography: George Lightcap
Walter Lightcap was a son of Levi and Mary (Smith) Lightcap and brother to my gg-grandfather George. A biography of Walter was published in “A Standard History of Starke County … Continue reading Biography: Walter Lightcap