From Grant County, Wisconsin Biographies:
James Likens, Sec 17; P.P. Rockville, Wis. born Jan. 10, 1812, in Washington Co, Va.; His parents, John and Margaret (Davis) Likens, removed to Wythe Co., Va.;Here he was reared as a farmer.During three years of his young manhood, he followed flat-boating on the Western rivers.From Vincennes, Ind., he went to Isle No. 100 on the Mississippi; thence to Galena, Ill., where he spent the winter of 1831-32; his next location was Dodgeville, Wis., where he followed mining six years.In 1840 he located near Rockville, and, in 1846 settled on his present farm.He married Artilla Crocker in 1839; she was born near the Kanhawa Salt Works, Virginia, and came to Wisconsin in 1835; they had ten children -- William Wallace, George W., Sarah J., John, James, Benjamin Franklin, Samuel Stottard, Artilla A., Josephine E., and Emma I. ; all were born in Grant County; the three eldest sons were in the Union service during the rebellion, the eldest, William Wallace serving as Captain of Co. H, 43d W. V. I.; George W. was a Sergeant in the same company, he died Nov. 20, 1864, at Johnsonville, Tenn.John Likens, after the war, graduated at the University of Wisconsin, only to be cut down by the merciless sickle of death in December, 1873.James Likens is one of the genuine old settlers of Harrison and the State.He is in politics a Republican, and has held various town offices.His eldest son is now an attorney at law in Harvard, Neb.
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