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Re: Josiah Lyke, Kaneville, Ill., 1878
Posted by: Ricki Janicek (ID *****3843) Date: February 23, 2008 at 17:35:46
In Reply to: Josiah Lyke, Kaneville, Ill., 1878 by kay of 80

Josiah Lyke was the nephew of my gr-gr-grandfather Josiah J. Shults who moved his family from Palatine Bridge, Montgomery County, NY to Little Rock, Kendall County, Il in 1853. Josiah Lyke's mother was Lucinda (Shults) Lyke, wife of Jacob Lyke, of Kanona, Bath, Steuben County, NY. She hung herself on 30 Jan 1867 and is buried in Avoca, Steuben County, NY. Josiah Lyke of Bath, NY married Caroline Gray, daughter of Ambrose and Catherine (Rickard) Gray, on 31 Dec 1868 in Avoca. The couple was living with her father in Avoca in 1870. They had no connection with Yates County, NY as far as I know. Josiah seemed to be especially close to his first cousin, Josiah Shults' son Joel, of Little Rock. Two of the Lyke's children ended up in the insane asylum for life. William R. Lyke was first placed in Elgin State Hospital about 1920 and later moved to Peoria State Hospital where he died in 1944. Ruth Mary Lyke was placed in Elgin State Hospital before 1920 and was still there in 1930. She died in 1962. Apparently their mother had kept them at home until she could no longer care for them. Caroline died in 1921 and a Lydia Jarvis was appointed conservatrix of Violette C. Lyke's estate. Apparently, Jarvis was contending that Violette was also a "distracted" person. In January 1922, Lettie's two brothers Marvin A. and David Edward Lyke came to her rescue, contending that Jarvis was taking control of Violette's $9,000 estate for her own use. They declared that Violette was not insane and offered to support and care for her free of charge. A court case ensued and apparently the brothers won. Violette was living at St. Joseph's Hospital in 1930 as a housekeeper, but in 1936 was declared incompetent. All the Lykes are buried in Kaneville Cemetery, except Carrie May who married Henry Long and moved to Minnesota.


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