David Showalter (1804-1856ish) & Christina Likes (1822-1875)

David Showalter and Christina Likes are Todd’s 3X Great Grandparents.

I have 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. I’ve relied on this document along with Ancestry.com and other internet sources for this article.

David Showalter was born July 10, 1804 in Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania. His parents are David Showalter and Hannah Weltmer. Read about them here.

Christina Likes, who went by the nickname “Teanie,” was born in 1822 in Pennsylvania. Her parents are George and Eve Leix/Likes. See Eve’s Find a Grave memorial here. Read about Christina’s parents here.

David came to Wayne County, Ohio with his widowed mother and siblings around 1825.

David Showalter first married Christina’s cousin Margaret Likes on August 30, 1827 in Wayne County, Ohio. They had 6 children. (We know their names because they were listed in a legal action taken in the estate of Margaret’s father John Like’s, and a transcript of it is included in the book by Floyd Howes.) Margaret died in 1841 in Wayne County, Ohio.

After Margaret died, David married Christina Likes on February 17, 1846 in Wayne County, Ohio. Todd’s 2X Great Grandfather David was the 2nd of their 5 children.

On the 1850 US Census, David was 46 and Christina was 28. The family was farming in Ashland County, Ohio. Children in the home were: John, age 23; Margaret, age 16; Hannah, age 13; Ann, age 11; Sarah, age 9; W. H. age 2; and David, 4 months. Everyone except David was born in Ohio. David was born in Pennsylvania.

The family moved to Defiance County, Ohio and had a son there in 1853, followed by 2 more children.

It is believed that David died between 1856 & 1860, in Noble County, Indiana, because that is where Christina is found in 1860.

After David’s death, Christina brought her young sons back to Ashland County, Ohio. She “bound out” David, Todd’s 3X Great Grandfather, to her cousin Jake Weltmer. She “bound out” William Henry to her cousin John Weltmer. She then returned to Indiana with the other children.

On the 1860 US Census, Christina was 35 and lived with her youngest children (Joseph, age 7; Martha, age 5; Abram, age 4) with her brother Abram Likes, his 2 children, and her mother Eve Likes, age 70, in Wayne, Noble County, Indiana.

A couple of years later Christina married Hezekiah Elwood, said to have been a Baptist Minister. He didn’t want to raise her children so they were “bound out” with relatives. Joseph, age 9, was “bound out” to Christina’s brother Abram Likes. Martha, age 7, and Abraham, age 4, went to other homes.

On the 1870 US Census, Hezekiah was 70 and Christina was 50. They lived in Spring Green, Sauk County, Wisconsin. They had 2 sons: Hezekiah was 6 and Richard was 3. Both children are said to have been born in Indiana. The sons are later known as Thomas and Frank.

Christina died in 1875. There is a stone for her where son David is buried in Holt County, Missouri, and some believed he moved her there.

The children of David Showalter & Margaret Likes:

John Likes Showalter – John was born June 18, 1828 in Ohio. He married Lucinda Tucker, and then he married her sister Martha Tucker. They had 6 children. He died on March 7, 1900 in Whiteside County, Illinois. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Catherine Showalter – Catherine was born about 1830. She is said to have married John Jewell but I can’t find record of it.

Margaret Showalter – Margaret was born about 1834. She married Job Beollier on June 30, 1853 in Ashland County, Ohio.

Hannah Showalter – Hannah was born January 15, 1837. She married Henry Likes in Ashland County, Ohio. (Henry Likes was the brother of Hannah’s stepmother Christina Likes, and her mother’s cousin.) They had at least 7 children. She married John Hollowell on January 14, 1886 in Whiteside Co., IL. She died on July 16, 1904 in Illinois. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Ann Showalter – Ann was born about 1839. She married Thomas Onstott on January 9, 1858 in Wayne County, Ohio. They had 2 sons. Thomas fought in the Civil War and Anna filed for a widow’s pension in July of 1890. She died April 28, 1895 in Wayne County, Ohio.

Sarah Showalter – Sarah was born about 1841. She married Nathaniel Edy in Ashland County, Ohio on October 10, 1859. I don’t have further record of them. It’s confusing because there is a Sarah Eddy in the area, but her maiden name is Merkel and her husband was Asa Eddy.

The children of Joseph David Showalter & Christina Likes:

William Henry Showalter – William was born October 27, 1847. He died in 1867 at age 19. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

David Showalter – David is Todd’s Great Great Grandfather. Read about him here.

Joseph Showalter – Joseph was born December 25, 1853 in Defiance County, Ohio. He moved to Holt County, Missouri around the time his brother David did. He married the widowed Sarah Ann Garrett Tharp on February 27, 1881 in Holt County, Missouri. They had 6 children and lived in South Dakota and Sherman County, Kansas before settling in Washington County, Kansas. He died on August 1, 1927 at the home of his daughter in Afton, Iowa, but he is buried in Washington County, Kansas. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Martha Showalter – Martha was born about 1855. There is no record of her after the 1860 US Census. She is said to have died at age 21 of tuberculosis while working as a “hired girl.”

Abraham Showalter – Abraham was born in 1856 in Ohio. The only record of him is the 1860 US Census.

 

David Showalter (1850-1927) & Edee May Baker (1849-1899)

David & Edee are Todd’s great great grandparents, the parents of Todd’s great grandmother Minnie Showalter.

I have 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. I’ve relied on this document along with Ancestry.com and other internet sources for this article.

David Showalter was born May 17, 1850 in Ashland County, Ohio. His obituary and his Missouri Death Certificate list his parents as Joseph Showalter & Christina Elwood. However, his father’s name was David. David Showalter married Margaret Likes and had 6 children. After Margaret died, Joseph married her sister Christina Likes, and David was the 2nd of their 5 children. After Joseph died, Christina married Hezekiah Elwood and they had 2 children. Read more about them here.

Edee May Baker was born August 21, 1849 in Ashland, Ohio. Her parents are Zachariah Baker & Edith Edee Busby. You can see Zachariah’s Find A Grave memorial here and Edith’s here. Read more about them here.

On the 1850 US Census, David was 4 months old. His father Joseph was 46 and farming in Ashland County, Ohio. His mother Christine was 28, and his brother William was 2. Half-siblings in the home were John, age 23; Margaret, age 16; Hannah, age 13; Ann, age 11; Sarah, age 9.

On the 1860 US Census, David’s father had died, and the family was divided. David, age 10, lived with his cousin Jacob & Elizabeth Weltmer and their children in Ashland Ohio. The family story, as related in the family history written by Floyd Howes, is that David told his grandson that he was “bound out” for 5 years for $20 a year, and was very badly treated. His brother William Henry Showalter, age 11,  lived with another Weltmer family. His mother Christina lived with her brother Abram Likes, a day laborer; two of his children; her mother Eve; and her children Joseph, 7, Martha, 5, and Abram, 4.

On the 1870 US Census, David was 20 and lived with his future brother-in-law David McClure and family, farming in Ashland County, Ohio.

David & Edee were married on November 26, 1871 in Ohio. They moved to Holt County, Missouri in 1875 and bought a 40 acre farm in Lincoln Township. They lived the rest of their lives on that farm.

On the 1880 US Census, David and Edee were 30 years old, and they were farming in Holt County, Missouri. Son Abraham was 7, and son Ezra was 5.

Edee died on May 13, 1899 in Holt County, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

Edee’s obituary as transcribed in the family history by Floyd Howes, reads in part:

Sudden Summons But Well Prepared
Mrs. Edee Showalter, wife of Mr. David Showalter, died very unexpectedly about eleven o’clock Saturday night, May 13, 1899. The family had retired for the night, and about eleven o’clock Mrs. Showalter got up to get more bed covers, but before returning to bed she became violently affected with heart trouble. One of the sons was at once sent to town for a physician, but it was only a few minutes until life became extinct and long before the physician arrived and before any of the neighbors could arrive. The summons was quick, but the good lady had so lived her life that she was fully prepared for the final end. For a number of years she had been in poor health, but during the past two months she had been feeling much better and before she retired for the night she was in the best of spirits. . . . At the time of her death she was aged 49 years, eight months and twelve days. . . Mrs. Showalter was a noble Christian woman, a strong Methodist in her belief, having united with that church when only 14 years old. She had always lived an exemplary life and was much devoted to her family and their religious welfare.

On the 1900 US Census, David was 50 and widowed. He was farming in Holt County, Missouri. Joseph was 19, Edee was 15, Minnie was 8. A servant, Harvey Barrickman, age 22, lived with them.

David married Tena Lawrence, a spinster, on March 28, 1910 in Holt County, Missouri.

On the 1910 US Census, David, age 59, and Tena, age 51, were farming in Holt County, Missouri. Tena died on May 22, 1912.

On the 1920 US Census, David was 69 and widowed again. He lived with daughter Edee, her husband Herman Wright, and their 5 children.

The family history written by Floyd Howes includes this memory from Todd’s grandmother Edna, who was David’s granddaughter:

I remember going to visit Uncle Joe, Grandfather David’s brother, when I was young. Uncle Joe was a tall and large man, quick moving, very jolly, one of those back thumping kind of person. I preferred my grandfather who was also tall and slender and on the quiet side.

David died on October 20, 1927 in Holt County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

His obituary, which appeared in The Craig Leader on Friday, October 28, 1927, and as transcribed in the family history by Floyd Howes read in part:

Death of David Showalter Sr.
David … passed from this life on October 20, 1927 having attained the age of 77 years, 5 months and 3 days. He was the last to survive of a family of six children, namely, William Henry, David, Martha and Joseph Showalter and two half brothers, Frank and Thomas Elwood. Mr. Showalter’s father died when the children were at a tender age, and the widowed mother then moved to Ashland County, Ohio, where the deceased grew to manhood. . . He leaves to mourn his loss 24 grandchildren and 11 great grandchildren. . . He and his faithful wife toiled together and reared their family, bearing bravely the trials and struggles (of) pioneer life, ever ready to lend a helping hand to a suffering neighbor, or extend hospitality to the many weary travelers who passed their door, and by many tokens of kindness, the weary road was made brighter and shorter. By tireless industry and thrift, a comfortable home was established for the growing family. Mr. Showalter professed Christ in his young manhood and always lived a consistent Christian life, remaining steadfast in his faith to the end. His illness extended over a period of some years and at times his sufferings were very severe, but bourne patiently and without complaint, with a Christian fortitude. During the last few years of his life he had been tenderly cared for in his home, by his devoted daugther Mrs. Wright, with the assistance of the sons, and grandchildren who lived near enough to lend a helping hand. Impressive funeral services were held at the Sharp’s Grove Church Sunday, October 23, 1927 at 2:30 pm. . . . A very large crowd of neighbors and friends assembled to pay their last tribute of respect to the departed. In the passing of “Uncle Dave,” as he was affectionately and familiarly called by the community, in which he lived for so long, it loses one of its most sterling citizens. As a loyal supporter of church and school, his loss will be keenly felt. He was a kind and loving father and a good neighbor.

The children of David Showalter & Edee May Baker are:

Abraham H. Showalter – Abraham was born September 15, 1872 in Ashland County, Ohio. He married Lydia Catherine Judy on June 21, 1893 in Holt County, Missouri and they had 5 children. She died in 1920.  He married Muriel Maude Adams/Atkins on October 29, 1921 in Troy, Kansas, and they had 2 children. He farmed in Holt County, Missouri, at one time living next door to Alexander Gray. See postcards Abraham sent to Alexander Gray here, here, and here. (Eventually, his niece Edna, Todd’s grandmother, would marry Alexander’s grandson Ralph.) Abraham died July 30, 1944 in Craig, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

Ezra Kindig Showalter – Ezra was born July 12, 1874 in Ashland County, Ohio. He married Cora Ellen Strough and they had 3 children. They farmed in Holt County, Missouri. He died on August 11, 1933 in Holt County, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

William David Showalter – William was born May 19, 1877 in Holt County, Missouri. He married Lucinda Chrisman on June 23, 1897 and they had 3 children. William worked as a farmer, and as a teamster at the water company. He died on November 27, 1957 in Craig, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

SHOWALTER Joseph Minnies brotherJoseph Ira Showalter – Joseph was born on December 23, 1880 in Craig, Missouri. He married Hattie Ruth Foster on December 23, 1907 in Holt County, Missouri. They had 5 children. They farmed in Holt County, Missouri and Richardson County, Nebraska. He died of malaria on October 22, 1922 in Craig, Missouri. His Find A Grave memorial is here.

(Photo: Joseph Ira Showalter)

Nannie Jane Showalter – Nannie was born on May 27, 1883 in Craig, Missouri. She died on April 1, 1884 in Craig, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

WRIGHT Wilma Ruth WRIGHT Pauline WRIGHT Herman Jr WRIGHT Lorrine black and whiteEdee May Showalter – May was born on May 15, 1885 in Craig, Missouri. She married Herman Wright on December 4, 1907 in Holt County, Missouri and they had 5 children. They farmed in Holt County, Missouri. She died on March 3, 1964 in Craig, Missouri. Her Find A Grave memorial is here.

(Photo: the children of Edee May Showalter & Herman Wright, left to right: Wilma Ruth Wright, Pauline Wright, Herman Wright Jr., Lorrine Wright.)

Minnie Alice Showalter – Minnie is Todd’s great grandmother. You can read more about her here.

They had 2 more sons according to her obituary, but they aren’t named.