Saturday, January 19, 2008

Kight & Likins Family Pictures

Here are some Kight and Likins family pictures that Franklin Bishop sent me.

Henry Thomas Kight III and Malinda Jane McRobie

Henry Grant Likins and Laura Alice Kight

Back: Hazel Frances Likins, Henry Thomas Kight III, Joseph Earl Likins
Front: Sylvia Leanna Likins, William Baker Likins

Henry Likins and Sylvia Leanna Kight

Monday, January 14, 2008

Ola Florence Likens - Mystery Solved

So I'm very happy to report that my mystery surrounding Ola has been solved, and much more quickly than anticipated. Thanks to my new friend Franklin Bishop, I have confirmed that Ola did not die when she was just a few months old, and did indeed live until the 1970's. Franklin is Ola's adopted son and has been a huge wealth of information. We're still not sure why there is a death register for Ola in 1895, but I guess we may never really know why. He has sent me a whole packet (including pictures!) on his branch of the family which I have already started to absorb into my research.

I have scanned the pictures and once I touch them up a bit, I'll post them.

Thanks again, Franklin!

Friday, January 4, 2008

Ola Florence Likens

My newest mystery seems to surround Ola Florence Likens. She was the daughter of Laura Alice Kight and Henry Grant Likens. According to her birth register, she was born 20 Sep 1895 in Mineral County, West Virginia. The mystery comes with her death. According to the West Virginia death records, Ola died on 5 Oct 1895. She was 16 days old. Yet, miraculously, she appears with her father and siblings in 1910, living with her Aunt Sylvia.

Here are the records:

Birth records from West Virginia, 1895

Death record from West Virginia, 1895

1910 Census for Sylvia Leanna Kight Abernathy, Mineral County, West Virginia.

So of course, I'm royally confused. The "O. Florence" listed on the 1910 census is the correct age, so if it is indeed her, why did her parents report her dead on 16 days after her birth in 1895? Furthermore, all research on other family trees have Ola married to at least one man, Louis Ernest Bishop, and some even list two more possible husbands, George Montgomery and John Gridley. None have Ola as having any children. If ANYONE has any information that could prove the truth one way or another, please please please email!