The following sources were used to construct the above chart:

1790 US Census - New York - Rensselaer, Stephentown
1800 US Census - New York - Rensselaer, Stephentown
1810 US Census - New York - Rensselaer, Stephentown
1820 US Census - New York - Rensselaer, Stephentown
1850 US Census - Jackson Township, DeKalb Co Indiana
1870 US Census - Jackson Township, DeKalb Co Indiana
1880 US Census - Jackson Township, DeKalb Co Indiana
1900 US Census - Jackson Township, DeKalb Co Indiana
1910A US Census - Union, DeKalb Co Indiana
1910B US Census - Butler, DeKalb Co Indiana
1920A US Census - Union, DeKalb Co Indiana
1920B US Census - Auburn, DeKalb Co Indiana
1920C US Census - Garrett Ward 2, De Kalb, Indiana World Tree - Ambrose database by Pat Asher, 9922 entries
Indiana Marriage Collection,1800-1941 (Provo, UT:, 2005)
Indiana Deaths 1882-1920 []
Periodical - Ft Wayne Journal 1907 03 16, Township graduates 1906 by Arlene Goodwin
Family Source = Steve Chadwick email message
Family Source = Roxane Chadwick interview
Family Source= Kathleen O'Neill Hepburn &/or Wayne Hepburn
Family Source = J Walter Chadwick email message 2007
Family Source = Brian Bobseine, conversations at Burnet TX 2007 05
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Lige Surname Origin, Meaning, Arms  

Lige Surname research is more difficult than most because there are so few records. The name is seldom used.

The only online source attempting to identify LIGE is House Of Names at I have drawn a fresh armorial representation from the content of their offering and quote their comments about origin here:

"The root of the ancient Dalriadan-Scottish name Lige is a devotion to Christianity. The Gaelic form of the name is M'A'Lios, which is a shortened form of Mac Giolla Iosa, meaning son of the servant of Jesus. Spelling variations of this family name include: MacLeish, MacCleish, MacLise, MacLish, MacGillies, MacGleish, MacGillis, MacLeash and many more.

"First found in Perthshire where they were seated from early times and their first records appeared on the early census rolls taken by the early Kings of Britain to determine the rate of taxation of their subjects. Some of the first settlers of this family name or some of its variants were: Anne McLeish settled in Pennsylvania in 1833; George and Catherine McGillis settled in Pennsylvania in 1773."

How and where they found this information is a mystery to me. In any case, the first Lige in our chart was born in Pennsylvania in 1784. He spelled his name Lidge. His descendants dropped the 'd'. There was a Sinas Lidge born in Maine in 1750. Jacob Lidge's widow Catherine was living alone in DeKalb County, Indiana in 1860 according to census. She must have migrated with her son Samuel Lige or grandson Samuel Lige Jr from Maryland to Indiana.

There were Lige and Lidge families in England in the mid nineteenth century but our family of interest was in America long before then with no way to trace them back. Assuming the researchers at are correct, the Lige family originated in Scotland, in Perthshire which is the yellow area on the adjacent map. In the UK census of 1891, a century later, the few Lige surnamed families are concentrated in a small area of Wales, colored red on the map, known historically as Flintshire (Sir y Fflint). The Griffith family into which Clara Lige married after 1891, also originated in Wales. In the 1891 UK census Griffith families were heavily concentrated in a nearby Welsh county Caernarvonshire (Sir Gaernarfon) to the west, and an even closer English county Lancashire to the north.

Lige progenitor Jacob Lidge was born 1784 in Pennsylvania.
Griffith progenitor Hezekiah Griffith was born 1790 in New York, so they were contemporaries and children of immigrants before them. It is entirely possible these families knew each other in the "old country".

Arms of Lige redrawn by author

Map of British Isles with Perthsire, Scotland coded yellow, and Flintshire, Wales coded red.

Lige Search Results  

The Lige family turned up in numerous US census records which were incorporated into the Lineage Chart above.

One publication item was found; a story in a Fort Wayne, Indiana newspaper which mentions Clara Lige, mother of Marion[sic] Griffith who married into the Chadwick family which later married with O'Neill.

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