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Obituary: Samuel Brooks

Samuel Brooks was married to Mary Jane Lightcap, the sister of my ggg-grandfather, Levi Lightcap.  Mary Jane died in 1877, and in September 1878 he married Mary Wiest.  His obituary was published in the Tiffin Daily Tribune on January 20, 1914.


Samuel Brooks

Melmore has been called to mourn the loss of one of her highly esteemed citizens, Samuel J. Brooks, who died Thursday, January 15, 1914. Mr. Brooks was born April 7, 1833, near Auburn, N. Y., and came with his parents to Seneca county, the family settling near Swander. He had been a resident of Melmore over sixty years. He was married to Mary J. Lightcap, December 28, 1853, and to this union were born ten children of whom four are living: William Brooks, of Shephard, Michigan; Mrs. Jane Leiby, of Mount Pleasant, Michigan; Harry B. Brooks, of Tiffin, and Mrs. George H. Parker, of Dayton. Mr. Books was a Civil War veteran and was a member of the 164th regiment O.V. I. His wife departed this life in 1877, and in September, 1878, he was married to Mrs. Mary A. Wiest and to this union were born two children: Ed. R. Brooks and Mrs. Cyrus Everingim, both of Tiffin. He leaves to mourn his departure, a brother, William Brooks, of Edison, O., and a sister, Mrs. Rebecca Leach, of Tiffin. The funeral services were held in the Methodist church, Saturday, at 10 o’clock, Rev. Martin Weaver officiating. Interment was made at Rock Creek cemetery.

50th Wedding Anniversary Celebration: Albert and Lucy Lightcap

I stumbled upon this newspaper article celebrating the wedding anniversary of Albert and Lucy (Waggoner) Lightcap.  Albert’s parents were Robert and Lucretia Lightcap.  Robert was the brother of my g-g-g-grandfather, Levi Lightcap.  Albert was born in Fremont, Ohio, but spent a majority of his life in Michigan.  The Flint Daily Journal on Wednesday, August 16, 1916, published this article celebrating Albert and Lucy’s golden anniversary.

Albert Lightcap 50th Wedding Celebration

Transcription of article:
Mr. and Mrs. Albert H. Lightcap

Mr. and Mrs. Albert H. Lightcap of 922 North Saginaw street celebrated their golden wedding anniversary last evening by entertaining 25 relatives and friends who extended congratulations upon the happy occasion. The house was decorated throughout in goldenrod, asters and roses.  The bride and groom of 50 years ago stood in the living room at the entrance of a gold bower and the marriage ceremony was performed again by Rev. G.W. Olmstead, pastor of the Garland street church. The bride was attired in white and her two great-grandchildren, Georgie and Marian Huston, carried the ring on a gold tray. During the ceremony and the reception that followed, Prof. Pierson was at the piano.

A chicken supper was served in the dining room at a long table adorned with a yellow fruit centerpiece and bouquets of asters and roses. The souvenirs were the invitation cards tied with yellow ribbon and the favors were gold baskets, nut-filled for the occasion.

Four generations were represented, Mr. and Mrs. Lightcap and their children, Mrs. George Huston and two children of Kansas City, Kansas, and her son Theodore Huston and children; Mrs. John Washburn of Jackson, Mrs. John Pierson and Massan Pierson of Milford were other out-of-town guests. During the evening Miss Nettie Huston served punch in the reception hall.

Albert Lightcap was born in Fremont, O., in 1845 and at the age of 18 years enlisted in the 38th Ohio regiment. He saw service in the Civil war from 1861 to 1865. He was married to Lucy Eveline Wagner [sic] of Ottawa, O., and came to Michigan in 1867, settling in Detroit. Mrs. Lightcap is a Michigan girl and was born in Detroit in 1845. After living in Detroit they moved to Jackson where they remained until nine years ago when they came to Flint. Mr. Lightcap was a carriage maker and since coming to Flint from Jackson has been employed in Buick factory No. 4 where he is styled by his fellow workers as “The Old Man of the Buick,” having been employed in that factory longer than any of the other men except the superintendent.

Mr. and Mrs. Lightcap are both in excellent health. They received many gifts in memory of the occasion.

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.

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 to who his parents and siblings are.

I’ve been stumped so much that I set up an appointment in July to meet with a researcher at the Genealogy Center at the Allen County Public Library in Fort Wayne, Indiana.  For those unfamiliar, this is the largest repository for genealogical research in the Midwest.  In fact, it’s second only to Salt Lake City as a genealogical resource in the United States.

Anyway, I forwarded about 60 pages of research to them that I hope will generate some leads.  There’s been research done on other Lightcap’s, but none involving Levi.  I’ve found researchers who link him to a brother, but have nothing that verifies this assertion.  Verification is key.  Without it, assertions means nothing.  I’ve not seen any researcher with information about his parents.

I hope that the Genealogical Center researcher can help.  Since Levi died in North Judson, Indiana, and suffered a strange death (he was accidentally shot at work while his son struggled with another man over a gun), I’m hoping they have more information.  The newspaper articles I’ve found have been of little assistance, except a few days ago I found an article in the Wisconsin State Journal that said that three men were arrested after Levi was shot, including his son.  Maybe there’s police documentation that’s available.  But I have no idea how to go about getting arrest records, or even if that’s possible.

I’m writing this down as a research line to pursue in the future.