George Likes and wife Eve are Todd’s 4X great grandparents. Their last name is sometimes listed as Leix.
I have a family history titled “The Pennsylvania Ditesch Family of Showalter” written by Floyd Howes. It was given to us by a neighbor of ours in St. Joseph, Missouri, Fay Haught Murray, who was a Showalter cousin. Mr. Howes included information about the Leix/Likes family and I’ve relied on it along with Ancestry.com and other internet sources for this article.
George Likes was born in 1790 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. His parents are said to have been Thomas Leix and Anna Maria Heizelman.
Eve was born in March of 1791 in Pennsylvania. Her parents are unknown. Many family trees online list her as Eve Elizabeth Zimmerman. There is a Find A Grave memorial for an Eve Elizabeth Zimmerman born in Pennsylvania the same year as our Eve, who died the same year as our Eve, but this one married David Ash. I feel sure that our Eve’s maiden name wasn’t Zimmerman.
George & Eve married in about 1810. In 1823, George and Eve bough 80 acres of land in Ashland County, Ohio.
On the 1830 US Census, George was head of a household of 11 in Mohican, Wayne County, Ohio: 1 male under age 5 (Abraham was 1); 1 male aged 5-9 (George was 5); 1 male aged 10-14 (Jacob Likes was 10); 1 male aged 15-19 (John Likes was 16); 1 male aged 30-39 (George was 39); 1 female under age 5 (Margaret was 5); 1 female aged 5-9 (Christina was 8); 1 female aged 10-14 (Susanna Likes was 14); 1 female aged 15-19 (Mary was 19 & Catherine was 17); 1 female aged 30-39 (Eve was 38).
On the 1840 US Census, George was head of a household of 9 in Mohican, Wayne County, Ohio: 1 male aged 5-9 (Henry was 8); 1 male aged 10-14 (Abraham was 11); 1 male aged 15-19 (George was 15); 1 male aged 20-29 (Jacob was 20); 2 males aged 40-49 (George was 49); 1 female aged 10-14 (Margaret was 14); 1 female aged 15-19 (Christina was 18); 1 female aged 40-49 (Eve was 48).
George died in 1843 in Ashland County, Ohio.
On the 1850 US Census, Eve was head of a household in Mohican, now in Ashland County, Ohio. She was 58. There were 2 children living at home: Henry, age 18; and Margaret, age 2. Her daughter Margaret would have been 20-25 years old, so either this is a grandchild or the census taker forgot a numeral. Living next door was George Likes, age 25, a shoemaker.
On the 1860 US Census, Eve was 70 and lived with son Abram Likes, age 30, in Wayne, Nobel County, Indiana. Abram had was a widower with two kids. Also in the home was Todd’s 3X Great Grandmother Christina Likes Showalter, a widow, and 3 of her children.
Eve died July 31, 1862 in Ashland County, Ohio. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.
The 10 children of George Likes and Eve:
Mary Likes – Mary was born about 1811 in Pennsylvania. She married Joseph Childs in Wayne County, Ohio. They had 8 children. She died January 23, 1875 in Noble County, Indiana. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.
Catherine Likes – Catherine was born about 1813 in Pennsylvania. She married Jesse Wycoff on May 25, 1832 in Wayne County, Ohio. They had 8 children. She is buried in Ashland County, Ohio. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.
John Likes – John was born February 4, 1814 in Pennsylvania. He married Abigail Childs on June 30, 1836 in Wayne County, Ohio. They had 7 children. He died December 6, 1861, perhaps in Michigan. The family is in Ohio on the 1860 US Census, and Abigail is next found on the 1880 US Census in Berrier County, Michigan. She died there a few years later. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.
Susanna Likes – Susanna was born December 14, 1816 in Pennsylvania. She married William Rendel on August 11, 1836 in Wayne County, Ohio. They had 9 children. She died August 23, 1875 in Noble County, Indiana. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.
Jacob Likes – Jacob was born in May of 1820. He married Rachel Crowner on March 25, 1854. They had at least 2 children. He died August 14, 1862. His Find A Grave memorial is here.
Christina Likes – Christina is Todd’s 3X Great Grandmother. Read more about her here.
George Likes Jr. – George was born about 1825. He married Mary Ann Barger on September 20, 1846. They had 3 children, and she died in childbirth in 1852. Later that year George married Malinda Buss on October 6, 1853 in Ashland County, Ohio, and they had 2 children. George died in about 1859.
Abraham Likes – Abraham was born October 7, 1827. He married Eva Bean and they had at least 5 children. He died March 5, 1870 in Berrien County, Michigan. His Find A Grave memorial is here.
Margaret Likes – Margaret was born between 1825 & 1830. She married Ebenezer McGinley on November 20, 1851 in Ashland County, Ohio. They had at least 2 children. Ebenezer died serving in the Civil War.
Henry Likes – Henry was born December 19, 1832. He married Hannah Showalter, whose deceased mother was his cousin, and whose stepmother was his sister Christina. They had at least 7 children. He died November 5, 1879 and he is buried near Fenton, Illinois. His Find A Grave memorial is here.