German Church Records of Western PA 1805-1812 vol. 3 by Paul Miller Ruff (p132) indicated a Jacob Woods born March 28, 1805, christened June 9, 1805, parents Jacob Wutz and Catharina Frieth, godparents Friedrich & Margretha Dorn (I believe this to be Thomas & Maria Leix's daughter Maria Margaret who married Frederick Thorn).A written family history dated 1914 from Catherine's grandson Lebbeus indicates Jacob Woods had "a half brother and sister older than himself named Abraham and Nancy Stilwell.Nancy married Henry Schafer in Westmoreland County...Abraham and his wife parted, so I never saw her or her children...Jacob had a younger half sister Ellen Likes, who married Adam Nicely McGee of Clarion County, and left numerous descendants...His mother, in [Jacob Woods'] young manhood, married John Wible at Greensburg, Pa., and an intimacy sprang up between him and his step-brother, Isaac Wible, which was maintained his whole lifetime, many thinking the two families related by blood." This would indicate she was married four times, to a Stilwell, Woods, then Likes, then John Wible with a son Isaac.
> they all relocated to Wayne County, Ohio where all "may" > be buried at the Salem Cemetery in Wayne County, Ohio.
I know the Greensburg connection, but this is the first I've heard of Catherine in Ohio.Makes sense, as Jacob Woods emigrated to Iowa via Illinois in 1868, and at least one of his children settled in Ohio.Now that I have spent the last 3 hours digging through my notes, I find a question-marked note I scrawled some time ago--waxing whether Catherine may have died in Wayne County, OH.
> I really don't understand how Elnora Michin Kepple can > be the daughter of someone whose name was supposedly > Catherine Leix at the time of Elnora's baptism. Perhaps > clerk got confused and wrote the Godmother's last name > as the last name of the child. With Michin being the > maiden name of an ancestor, it would make sense that the > baby's name be Elnora Michin Leix.
I don't have Ellen's surname as Kepple, I have it as Leix, but that her christening (from the Harrold Zion Lutheran book of baptisms, 1805-1812, p103) was sponsored by Leonora Kappel (most likely Elnora Michin Kepple) with her parents listed as Thomas Leix and Chatarina.Elnora Kepple and her brothers sponsored several children at Harrold's that year.There is a McGee researcher you might contact on the McGee forum, message #1489, who is a direct descendant of Ellen.Check message #730 too.I also have information on a petition in orphan's court, dated July 9, 1821, where George Shaffer listed the heirs of John Leix, including "Children of Thomas Leix, deceased...and Clemora, a minor."
> I am wondering why her first husband was considered her > heir at the disposition of her father's property if she > had married perhaps twice afterwards.
I've wondered the same thing, and my only conclusion is that the rest of her husbands were dead at the time.
> You did have Jacob Wutz died in 1830 so did > Thomas Leix die before 1832 also?
I don't know when Jacob Wutz died, only that it was *before 1830.Thomas Leix died in 1814, as per a Letter of Administration dated December 5, 1814.
> what about her other children as Abraham Stilwell > appears to be representing only two of her children
I am assuming you are referencing the indenture dated 11/25/1832. I don't get that Abraham Stilwell only represented two children.It doesn't say that, only that he is the "heir and legal representative of Catharine Freidt, decd."
> In those days the baby was given the mother's last name
I've heard that too, I've also heard that when the mother's last name was different than the father's at the baptism, that it meant they weren't married.I don't know, I can't reconcile every detail.
> I don't know why I didn't find your message last August > when I put out my queries on these three Friedt/Freed > sisters who went to Ohio
Perhaps because I've always spelled it Freidt?Then there's Freith/Frieth/Freed/Freid.Catherine, Chatarina, Katarina...then there's Leix, wow don't get me started on the spellings for that one!