Laura Alice KIGHT (Malinda Jane McRobie, John William, William) was born in 1862 in Maryland. She died of kidney failure 28 Aug 1904 in Mineral County, West Virginia. She is buried in the Kight Cemetery in Claysville, Mineral County, West Virginia.

According to her daughter, Ola, Laura was crippled and walked with a cane. Laura had an illegitimate son before her marriage.

Charles Wilbert KIGHT was born 1 Aug 1882 in Mineral County, West Virginia.

Laura married Henry Grant LIKENS around 1891 in West Virginia. Henry was born 24 Nov 1870 in Antioch, West Virginia. Henry was the son of James LIKENS and Frances McNEMAR. Henry died 6 Apr 1943 in Bayard, West Virginia. He was a farmer.

Laura and Henry had the following children:

Freeda Jane LIKENS was born 13 May 1894 in Mineral County, West Virginia.
Ola Florence LIKENS was born 20 Sep 1895 in Mineral County, West Virginia. [Further notes below.]
Hazel Frances LIKENS was born 28 Apr 1898 in Mineral County, West Virginia.
William Baker LIKENS was born 7 May 1900 in Mineral County, West Virginia.
Sylvia Leanna LIKENS was born 1 Mar 1902 in Mineral County, West Virginia. [Further notes below.]
Joseph Earl LIKENS was born 1 Jul 1904 in Mineral County, West Virginia.

Further information on Ola Florence Likens:

Ola died in Nov 1978 in Lawrence County, Pennsylvania. She was mistakenly reported dead in 1895.

Ola married George W MONTGOMERY in 1913. George was born in 1886 in West Virginia. He was a coal miner. They divorced before 1925. They did not have children.

Ola married Louis Ernest BISHOP in 1926. Louis was born in 8 May 1894 in West Virginia. He was a repairman for the railroad. They divorced before 1952.

Ola and Louis adopted:

Franklin BISHOP.

Ola married John GRIDLEY in 1952. They did not have children.

Further information on Sylvia Leanna Likens:

Sylvia died 26 Jul 1967 in Cumberland, Allegany County, Maryland. She is buried in Bayard Cemetery in Bayard, Grant County, West Virginia.

Sylvia married William McKinley DUNITHAN 27 Jan 1921 in Cumberland, Allegany County, Maryland. William was born in 1887. He died in 1940 in Bayard, Grant County, West Virginia. Sylvia and William divorced prior to his death. They had no children.

Sylvia married James Albert Clyde CROSBY 5 Oct 1945 in Cumberland, Allegany County, Maryland. James was born 21 Jun 1894 in Bedford County, Pennsylvania. He died 21 May 1958 in Cumberland, Allegany County, Maryland. Sylvia and James had no children.

Notes on Likens/Likins:
Again, my research has shown the last name spelled both Likens and Likins. Records for Laura and Henry seem to favor the ‘Likens’ spelling, while current family members tend to use the spelling ‘Likins.’ I have chosen to stick with the ‘Likens’ spelling, since that is the one used in the majority of my records.

Photos:
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Sources:
1870 Census
1880 Census
1910 Census
1920 Census
1930 Census
Death Register for Laura A Likens
Death Register for Henry Grant Likens
Birth Register for Freeda Jane Likens
Birth Register for Ola Florence Likens
Mistaken Death Register for Ollie F Likens
Social Security Death Index for Ola Gridley
World War II Registration for Ernest L Bishop
Birth Register for Hazel Frances Likens
Birth Register for William Baker Likens
Birth Register for Sylvia Leanna Likens
Birth Register for Joseph Earl Likens
Information contributed by Susan Kight Lucas, Debra Kight, and Franklin Bishop.