This site was created by Larry Shively who is researching the history of the Shively families. The goal is to have a site where all Shively researchers can share and ask questions in regards to their Shively lines. The largest majority of the Shively family records are located in Pennsylvania, Ohio and Indiana. There are early records of Shively's also in Virginia and Kentucky. There are not many established Shively lineages back to Europe. There are documented lineages to Switzerland and Germany. Through the sharing of information from all of our research it is desired that all can learn about our Shively families.

Saturday, November 11, 2017

Jay Dow Shively And Wife Alfreda Hardt Who Lived In Henry County, Missouri

Jay Dow Shively
Jay Dow Shively was born 12-Sep-1869 in Clarke County, IA and died 9-Sep-1948 in Clinton, Henry County, MO. He was the son of Jacob Shively and Harriet Isabell Gibson (Harriet Isabell Gibson Shively was the subject of the Shively blog on 6-Dec-2014). He married Alfreda Hardt who was born 10-May-1894 in Nebraska died 26-Oct-1993 in California. Alfreda was the daughter of Jacob Hardt and Elizabeth Pauley.  Alfreda married a second time to Forrest Fauver on 2-Jan-1958 in Walla Walla County, WA.  

Listed on the 1880 Jackson Township, Clarke County, Iowa census is the household of Jacob Shively age 39, wife Harriet age 32, daughter Ida M. age 12, son Jay D. age 10, son John 3, and daughter Edith age 1. On the 1930 Osceola City, Clarke County, IA is the household Jay D. Shively age 58, wife Alfreda age 36, father Jacob Shively age 90, and mother Harriett I. age 85.  On the 1940 Clinton City, Henry County, MO is Jay D. Shively age 70, wife Alfreda age 45, and sister in law Irine Hart age 37.  

Located in The Clinton Eye, Clinton, Missouri, Thursday, September 16, 1948, Page 1, Column 2 and Page 4, Column 7:
Dr. J. D. Shively Dies
He Was Loved And Widely Known For Outstanding Service to Mankind
The earthly remains of Dr. J. D. Shively, beloved retired physician and resident of Clinton since 1939, were laid to rest in Englewood Saturday afternoon, Sept. 11th, following services at the Vansant Funeral Home, Elder H. F. Roll, Kansas City, read the Scripture and in the resume of Dr. Shively's life, stated that he was indeed a medical missionary, for every case brought to him for consultation was first taken to God in prayer. He closed his remarks by saying that the principles set forth by Dr. Shively were a challenge to arise, go forward in a closer walk with Christ, and be of service to others.
"Face to Race" and "The City Four Square" were sung by two young men from Kansas City, Messrs. Stewart and Hopkins, with Mrs. Roll at the piano.
The casket bearers were Amos C. White, Charles Hassen, Wm. Astner, L. H. Schulte, Fred Nuss, M. Astner, P. S. Jackson and Dave Fisher.
Dr. Shively's labors are ended and his house was in order when the final summons came at break of dawn Thursday, Sept. 9th, following an operation for an intestinal obstruction.
As well as usual, the retired physician enjoyed a trip to the nation's capital with his wife early in June. Upon their return he had been assisting in repairs, and the papering and painting of the interior of their cozy home, corner Main and Clinton, in happy anticipation of the family reunion which was in progress when he was stricken with his fatal illness.
On Monday, Sept 6, Dr. and Mrs. Shively motored to Warrensburg with their good friends, Mr. and Mrs. Henry Dickman, to meet Mrs. Shively's sister, Mrs. Witzke, who came from Washington, D. C.  Dr. Shively did not feel well, but, all hoped it would pass. By Tuesday evening, he became so gravely ill that he was taken to the hospital and the operation was performed Wednesday noon.
His wife, a registered nurse, and well loved in all Henry County, was ever at his side, as she has been down through the years, for their life was one of sweet, reverent companionship. Their interests were one and their home, the Seventh Day Adventist Church, and their life work of healing and doing for the sick have shown forth the ministry of love and service.
Genuine and rare, compounded in God's great mixing bowl of the simplest yet the costliest virtues, were his characteristics, obedience to duty, loyalty, heroism, patience, service, and a marvelous capacity for friendship. In talking with Dr. Shively ten minutes, one recognized a great soul, an outstanding personality, and a man of God.
As a superintendent of a number of church hospitals, and for 19 years head of his own private hospital in Iowa, Dr. Shively exemplified the teachings of his Master, for he was at all times kind. Those sick in body and mind found understanding and the sympathy which only a sincere physician knows how to share and when to give, in conjunction with his knowledge and skill.
Dr. Shively served humanity well, and to his church, he was ever a leader and pillar. As an elder of the local church, in reviewing the Sabbath School lesson or cleansing the sanctuary, he made this remark the Saturday before his death, "You know, I do not like to wait until the close of day to make everything right with God; I like to lift my heart in prayer, asking Him to forgive me at various times during the day".
Not everyone can be a Dr. Shively, but all can put more of kindness and affection into life, more thought of others and less of self--see the good in a neighbor a little quicker, and by so living, meet the challenge bravely, following his example.
J. Dow Shively was born Sept. 12, 1869, Clark County, Iowa. He attended school in Battle Creek, Mich., and received his B. S. degree in 1894, and his M. D. degree in 1900, at the University in Ann Arbor, Mich. Entering private practice, his ministry of service was so outstanding that he was chosen superintendent of the church hospital in Iowa and later he accepted the superintendency of Boulder Sanitarium, Boulder, Colo.  Prior to opening his own hospital at Osceola, Iowa, he served as head of the Nebraska Sanitarium, Lincoln, Neb.
Upon completion of 19 years with the Osceola hospital, the doctor retired from active practice and with his wife came to Clinton where they purchased property and have since made their home.
September 3rd, 1928, Mr. Shively and Miss Alfreda Hardt were married at the home of her parents, Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Hardt, Bodine Ave., Clinton.
Besides his wife, he leaves two sisters, Mrs. Edith Halverson, California; Mrs. Wm. E. Nelson, Washington, D. C. and a brother, John Shively, Osceola, Iowa.
Among those here for the services were: Mr. and Mrs. John E. Shively, Chariton, Iowa; Mrs. E. C. Witzke and son, Henry, Washington, D.C.; Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Hardt, Clovis, N.M.; Mr. and Mrs. W. F. Hardt, Big Bend, Calif.; Mr. and Mrs. Lee Pinkston, Kansas City; Mr. and Mrs. J. Lewis Neal, Osceola, Ia.; Mr. and Mrs. Wm Cochran and daughter, Katie, Mrs. Edith Ornter and Mr. and Mrs. Dave Reece, Appleton City.

Sunday, November 5, 2017

Henry Rice Shively And Wife Thrisie Margaret Thompson From Taylor County, Kentucky To Shelby County, Missouri

Wes Shively, Thrisie Margaret Thompson Shively,
Herschel Thomas Shively, Elsie Shively
A cousin, Fred "Joe" Luke, recently found the newspaper obituary for Thrisie Margaret Thompson Shively.  Thrisie Margaret "Maggie" Thompson Shively was the daughter of John Barton Thompson and Mary "Molly" E. Wise. Maggie was born 27-Feb-1876 and died 2-Nov-1929. Thrisie married Henry Rice Shively in Shelby County, MO on 4-Apr-1899 in Shelby County, MO (Shelby County Marriage Book 5, Page 23). Henry Rice Shively was the son of Robert W. Shively and Rosella Rice. He was born on 18-Mar-1874 in Kansas and died 11-Nov-1958 in Shelby County, MO. 

Listed on the 1880 Mannsville District, Taylor County, KY is the household of Robert Shivley age 54, wife Rosealli age 46, son David age 19, Samuell age 15, daughter Margrett age 10, daughter Rosialli age 8, and son Henry age 6.  Listed on the New Market District, Marion County, KY is the household of J. B. Thompson age 24, wife Mary age 25, daughter Margret age 4, daughter Sarah age 2, son John age  5 months. Located on the 1900 Jackson Township, Shelby County, MO census is Henry R. Shivley born March-1874 age 26 and wife Thrise M. born February-1876 age 24. On the 1910 Jackson Township, Shelby County, MO census is the household of Henry Shively age 36, wife Maggie age 34, daughter Elsie age 9, son Wesley age 8, son Herschel age 4, and son Shelby age 4 months. On the 1920 Jackson Township, Shelby County, MO census is the household of Henry Shiveley age 45, wife Margrett age 43, son Wesley B. age 17, son Hershel T. age 15, son Shelby O. age 10, son Vincil E. age 7, and daughter Mary R. age 5.

Additional information on the children of Henry Rice Shively and Thrisie Margaret Thompson include: Elsie M. Shively born 1900 died 2-Dec-1900 Shelby County, MO; Wesley Barton Shively born 3-Jul-1902 died 8-Aug-1986 married 1st Marie Viola Bush married 2nd Mildred Amanda McCue Gorby; Herschel Thomas Shively born 27-Aug-1905 died 11-Mar-1980 married Bernice Cochrane; Shelby Owen Shively born 3-Dec-1909 died 14-Oct-2006 married Sylvia Matilda Smith; Vincil Elbert born 12-Jun-1912 died 28-Nov-2004 married Vera Marie Rubinson; Mary Rose Shively born 23-Nov-1914 died 24-Feb-2009 married Fred Gerald Luke.

Extracted from The Hunnewell Graphic, Hunnewell, Missouri, Thursday, November 7, 1929, Page 1:
Death  Of Mrs. Henry R. Shively
Mrs. Henry R. Shively, one of the splendid residents of this community, died at her home near Lakenan, Saturday morning at 1:25 o'clock, after an illness of several months of cancer from which she was a great sufferer.
Thirsie M. Thompson was born at Lebanon, Kentucky, February 27, 1876 and was 53 years, 9 months and 5 days old. She was united in marriage to Henry R. Shively in 1899, and to this union there were born six children, Elsie, Wesley, Hershal, Shelby, Vincil and Mary Rose, the oldest daughter, Elsie, died in 1910. Mrs. Shively and family lived in the Union Chapel vicinity, where they lived until several years ago when they moved to a farm near Lakenan.
She leaves to mourn her passing, her husband and five children, one grandchild, her aged parents, Mr. and Mrs. J. B. Thompson of Lebanon, Kentucky and two brothers in Kentucky and one brother, Thos. Thompson of Neponsit, Ill., and one sister, Mrs. J. P. Maupin, of Bradford, Ill., the latter two being here to attend the funeral.
Mrs. Shively was a loving and devoted wife and mother, ever doing something for the happiness and comfort of her family, a kind and sincere neighbor and friend, and one who lived her christianity every day of her life, hers was life of service to her fellowman, and she has left to her family a priceless heritage, and her memory will linger long in the hearts of those who knew and loved her.
Funeral services were held from St. John's Catholic Church in this city at 9:30 o'clock, conducted by Rev. Fr. Grace, of Shelbina, to a large concourse of relatives and friends and burial was in the Catholic cemetery.

Sunday, October 22, 2017

Norman (Norborn) T. Sigmon (Sigman) And Wife Sarah "Sallie" Shively Who Lived In Franklin County, Virginia

Norborn Toliver Sigmon VA Death Certificate
The Shively families doing research on Daniel and Catharine Shively in Franklin County, Virginia are looking for any information on daughter, Sarah Shively. Documentation that lists the maiden name of Sarah's mother, Catharine, is desired. 
What is known is that Sarah Shively married Norborn T. Sigmon in Franklin County, Virginia on 19-Jul-1855.  Norborn was the son of Joseph Sigmon and Elizabeth Willis.  In the records the first name Norborn is also listed as Norman and the surname Sigmon is enterchanged with Sigman.  
N T Sigmon Confederate War Pension 

Catherine Shively is listed on the 1880 Long Branch District, Franklin County, VA census as mother in law, Catharine, age 82 in the household of Norman Sigmon age 48, wife Sally age 46, daughter Catharine age 21, daughter Julia age 19, daughter Sarah age 17, son Robert age 14, son Walker age 12, son John age 10, son Joseph age 8 and son George age 2.  

From the VA death certificate Norborn Toliver Sigmon was born 14-June-1831 in Franklin County and died 28-January-1916 in Franklin County.  He was the son of Joseph Sigmon and Elizabeth Willis.  From records Sarah Shively Sigmon was born 7-June-1833 and died 29-July-1908. If any one would have copies of the death obituaries from the Danville (VA) Bee the reasearchers would appreciate a copy. Norman T. Sigman served on the side of the Confederate Army in Company G, 37 Battalion, Virginia Cavalry and in 1901 did apply for a war pension. 

Limited information on the children of Norman T. Sigmon and Sarah Shively include: Elizabeth Sophronia "Sallie" Sigmon born 25-Jun-1856 died 7-Mar-1909 Rocky Mount, Franklin County, VA married James M. Wade; Catherine (Catharine) Sigmon born 2-Sep-1858 died 23-May-1936  married Joseph H. Blalock; Julia A. Sigmon married Lee Willis on 22-Dec-1892 in Franklin County; Sarah Frances Sigmon died 2-Feb-1941 in Roanoke County, VA married 23-Feb-1888 in Franklin County to James R. Willis; Robert Sigmon married 24-Apr-1894 in Franklin County to Minnie C. Slone; Walker C. Sigmon born 29-Dec-1868 died 16-Apr-1949 in Caswell County, NC married 7-Jan-1892 Elizabeth A. Ferguson; John T. Sigmon died 3-Jan-1946 in Caswell County, NC; Joseph Peter Sigmon born 16-Dec-1874 died 22-Apr-1947 in Franklin County, VA married 24-Sep-1896 in Franklin County to Mary C. Ferguson; and George E. Sigmon born  15-Sep-1877 died 9-Sep-1895.

Sunday, October 15, 2017

Daniel Shively Who Lived in Franklin County, Virginia

A Shively researcher working on the Daniel Shively lineage in Franklin County, Virginia is asking for help.  There are two Daniel Shively's listed on the 1850 Franklin County census records with the same names in each household.  After 1860 only one Daniel Shively family appears on the records.  If you have additional information and can help with this research please reply to blog article.

On the 1850 Franklin County, Virginia census, dated 29-Oct-1860,Written 269, Stamped page 135, Family Number 1109 is Daniel Shively (Daniel's son) age 56 (born ca 1794), wife Catharine age 56 (born ca 1794), daughter Sarah age 15 (born ca. 1836)  Interesting that for some reason the census taker identified this Daniel Shively as Daniel's son.  The entry before Daniel is Sparell Janney age 42 and wife Elizabeth age 37 and family.    The second entry for Daniel Shively is dated 29-Oct-1860, Written 270, Family Number 1117 with entry Daniel Shively age 60 (born ca 1790), wife Catharine age 50 (born ca 1800), and daughter Sarah age 20 (born ca 1830).  The household listed after this Daniel Shively is Fleming Shively age 27 and his wife Celia A. E. age 16.
  
Listed on the 1860 S. W. District, Franklin County, Virginia, Post Office Long Branch census is Daniel Shiveley Sr. age 63 (born ca 1797) and wife Catharine age 61 (born ca 1799). 

Listed on the 1880 Franklin County, Virginia census is the household of Fleming Shively age 46, wife Elender age 37, daughter Octavia age 13, daughter Josephine age 11, daughter Victoria age 9, daughter Adline age 6, daughter Sarah age 4, Flemings father Daniel age 74 (born ca 1796) and Flemings mother Catharine age 68 (born ca 1802).

Catherine Shively is listed on the 1880 Franklin County, Virginia census in the household of Norman Sigman age 48, wife Sally age 46 (born ca 1834) with children and mother-in-law Catharine Shively age 82 (born ca 1798).  From the records Sarah Shively born 7-Jun-1833 died 29-Jul-1908 married Norman Taliaferro Sigman(Sigmon).

The following information is found in Across The Blue Ridge by Billie Redding Lewis, Page 126 is the following:
Daniel Shively born ca. 1794; died after 1870 census; married on 13-Jan-1818 to Catharine RIchards, daughter of John, surety by P. Howard.   Daniel lived in Montgomery County, Va in 1820; returned to Franklin County and in 1870 he and his wife with living with son Fleming.
Son, Fleming Shively was born ca. 1823; married 17-May-1850 married to Celia Ann Janney.
From Page 124 it is written that this Daniel Shively was the son of John Shively, progenitor of Franklin County, Virginia Shivelys was born ca. 1755 in Penn. or Maryland; died between August and November, 1834, in Franklin County; married 1st unknown; married 2nd Susannah (Crist) Gusler (said to have been born on 13-Aug-1763) widow of Christian Frederick Guslter.  Susannah died sometime between 1834, at the time of her husband's will and 1853, when the estate was being divided among the four sons.

Friday, October 6, 2017

Susan Shively, Daughter Of William And Nancy Shively, Who Lived In Jefferson County, Kentucky

George C. Smoot Death Certificate
Susan Shively was born ca. 1834 in Jefferson County, KY and may have died in 1873. She was the daughter of William Shively and Nancy Erickson (Earickson). Susan was a brother to Norborn E. Shively who was the subject of last weeks blog. Susan married George C. Smoot who was born 6-Sep-1833 and died 28-Jan-1917. George Smoot was the son of Philip Barton Smoot and his first wife Mary Elizabeth King. The Shively and Smoot families were neighbors in early Louisville.  Note that on the death certificate for George C. Smoot that his mother is listed as Susan Shively. This was his wife and not his mother.

Children of George C. Smoot and Susan Shively include William M. born 16-Nov-1864 died 22-Apr-1916, Philip B. born 20-Apr-1865 died 16-Sep-1923, John K. born 1867 and died 20-Nov-1951, Nannie born 1870, Mary B. born 9-Aug-1871 died 30-Mar-1943, and Emma born 31-Oct-1873 died 22-Jan-1897.  

The following information was found in The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Kentucky, Friday, July 5, 1912, Page 10, Column 3:
Aged Man Hurt When Platform Gives Way
George Smoot, 78 Years Old, Seriously Injured, But No Bones Are Broken
George Smoot, aged 78, a farmer, was seriously injured at 9 o'clock last Wednesday night when the stairway of his residence in Pleasure Ridge Park gave way, carrying Smoot, who was standing on the landing at the time, with it. Smoot fell fourteen feet and was rendered unconscious by the fall.
Relatives inside the residence heard the crash of the falling stairway, and upon investigating saw the old man lying unconscious on the ground. He was carried inside and a physician was called to attend him.  Although no bones are broken, Mr. Smoot may be internally injured.
The stairway runs along the outside of the residence, and leads to a small doorway. The platform at the top, on which Mr. Smoot was standing, was weak and gave way from his weight. After being taken into his home he was unconscious for about three hours.

Located in The Courier-Journal, Louisville, Kentucky, Monday, January 29, 1917, Page 6, Column 7:
George Smoot, Shively's Oldest Resident, Dies
George C. Smoot, the oldest resident of Shively, Ky., and one of the best known farmers of Jefferson county, who was taken ill last Sunday while on a visit to his daughter, Mrs. Frank Ashby, 1212 South Fifteenth street, died shortly before 4 o'clock yesterday afternoon of pneumonia at the city hospital. Mr. Smoot was the father of Philip Smoot, police chauffeur at Central Police Station. The funeral will be held at 9 o'clock to-morrow from the residence of his daughter, Mrs. Ashby, with burial in the old Smoot burying ground near Shively, Ky.
Mr. Smoot was born near Shively eighty-four years ago and had lived in that section all of his life. He was a blacksmith and farmer, having retired a few years ago. His wife was the daughter of the late Col. Shively, after whom the town was named and whose home place adjoined that of the Smoots. Mr. Smoot was a lifelong Democrat. He is survived by two sons, Philip and John K. Smoot, of this city, and his daughter, Mrs. Ashby.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Norborn E. Shively And Wife Parmelia Williamson Who Lived In Jefferson County, Kentucky


Shively/Williamson Marriage 
A Shively researcher is asking for additional help locating when and where Norborn E. Shively might have died. If anyone has additional information please add a comment to this post. Norborn E. Shively was born ca. 1824 in Jefferson County, KY.   He was the son of William Shively and Nancy Erickson.  Norborn married Parmelia Williamson born ca. 1828 and died 12-Aug1885.  She was the daughter of Joseph Williamson and Susan.  

Parmelia Shively August 1885 Death Record
Listed on the 1860 City of Louisville, 8th Ward, Jefferson County census is the household of Joseph Williamson, his wife and children and Norbin Shively age 35 and a factory hand, wife Permelia age 33 and a seamstress, daughter Blanche age 5 and son John age 2.  Listed on the 1870 Shiveleys Precinct, Jefferson County, KY census is the household of N. Shivley age 45 and a farmer, wife Amelia age 41, daughter Blanche age 15, son John age 12 and son William age 9. Listed on the 1880 Johnsontown Mag. District, Jefferson County, KY census is the household of Norbon Shively age 56 and a farmer, wife Parmelia age 51, daughter Blanche age 23 and son John age 21 a farm laborer.

The August 1885 Jefferson County, KY Mortuary Records list Parmelia Shively on the August 1885 deaths.  Parmelia's sister Ellen D. Williamson Saltmarsh is the entry preceeding Parmelia's entry.  Following is the second page which lists the place of burial for Parmelia but cannot be determined by this researcher where this cemetery is located.  The following


newspaper death was located in The Courier Journal, Louisville, Kentucky, Thursday, August 13, 1885, Page 2, Column 2:
Died On A Visit
Mrs. Shively, who resided in the county, died at 8 o'clock last night, at the residence of her sister. Mrs. Saltmarsh, who lives on the corner of Twenty-ninth street and Portland avenue. Mrs. Saltmarsh has been suffering from consumption, and her sister came to visit her. A week ago the latter was attacked by acute diarrhea, which resulted in death last night. Night before last Mrs. Shively took too heavy an injection of laudanum, but her physician, Dr. Ray, thinks it had nothing to do with her death, as the injection was not heavy enough to make her lose consciousness.

A will was probated in Jefferson County, KY for Parmelia Williamson Shively's sister, Ellen D. Williamson Saltmarsh.  The following was extracted from The Courier Journal, Louisville, Kentucky, Tuesday, August 25, 1885, Page 8, Column 2:
Ellen D. Saltmarsh, bequeaths $300 each to her sisters, Elizabeth F. and Emma Williamson; her gold spectacles and watch and $100 to her sister, Margaret Whittingham. She gives her sister, Permalia Shively, $50, and her brother, John Williamson, $100. She gives her household effects to her sisters, Elizabeth and Emma. J. U. Shaffer is appointed executor and instructed to erect a $50 tombstone at her grave. He is also instructed to retain $50 to defray the funeral expenses of her father, Joseph Williamson.

From the KY Death Certificates it is listed that John Shively, the son of Norborn and Parmelia Shively, was born on 27-May-1858 in Jefferson County, KY.  He died 4-Jul-1941 in the home for aged and infirm in Jefferson County.  The daughter of Norborn and Parmelia Shively was Blanche Erickson Shively who was born on 24-Oct-1856 and died 6-Aug-1947 in Jefferson County, KY.  She was married to Murray Wilkerson on 27-Dec-1880 in Jefferson County, KY. 

Saturday, September 16, 2017

Claude Houston Shively Who Lived In Iowa, Florida, California And Arizona

Help has been requested by a Shively researcher.  If anyone can help find when and where Claude Houston Shively died please reply to this blog.  The following information was found for this genealogy search.

Claude Houston Shively was born on 19-Feb-1876 in Iowa, the son of Joseph H. Shively and his second wife, Elnora E. Simpson.  His grandparents were John B. Shively and Sarah Heaverin from Taylor County, Kentucky.  Claude Houston Shively had one sister Helen A. Shively who married Albertus Lafferty.  He had three half sisters; Corda Mae Shively who married David Barton Penniman, Gertrude Shively who married Lowell H. Jones and Alma D. Shively who died young.  They were the daughters of Joseph H. Shively and his first wife, Nancy Elizabeth Shipp.  

Claude is listed in the household of his parents on the 1880 Town of Shelby, Shelby County, Iowa census as Joseph H. Shively, age 35, postmaster, wife Elnora E. age 25 and son Claude H. age 3.  Listed in the 1900 20th Precinct, City of Tampa, Hillsborough County, Florida census Claud Shively is a boarder, age 24 and working in a box factory.  The 1907 newspaper obituary for his half sister, Corda Mae Shively Penniman lists that Claude is living in Santa Monica, CA.  Listed on the 1910 Yavapai County,  Arizona census Claude H. is a roomer, age 32 and a farm laborer.  Listed on the 1920 Florence City, Pinal County, Arizona census Claude is a roomer, age 43 and a carpenter.  On the 1930 Parker Precinct, Yuma County, Arizona Claud H. is age 53 and a building foreman. Claude H. Shively could not be found on a 1940 census record.

The following newspaper article was extracted from The Tampa Tribune, Tampa, Florida, Tuesday, November 4, 1902, Page 1, Column 5:
Symmes Victim Of Accidental Shot
Popular Merchant Instantly Killed While Hunting Sunday - His Bookkeeper Stumbled And Gun Was Discharged - Deplorable Tragedy Resulted
C. H. Symmes, of the Symmes' Hardware Company, one of Tampas leading merchants, was accidentally shot and instantly killed Sunday morning at 11 o'clock, while with a camping party thirteen miles north of the city. A heavy charge of shot from the gun of C. H. Shively, the bookkeeper of the Symmes business, entered the body of the unfortunate man near the left shoulder, penetrating his heart.
The camping party, which was marred by the sad tragedy, left the city early Sunday morning to hunt game.  In the party were Isaac Maas, Chas. A. McKay, James West, C. H. Shively and Mr. Symmes.
While endeavoring to get a shot at a squirrel, Mr. Shively's foot caught in a bush, and he fell. Just as he fell his gun was discharged, and Mr. Symmes, who was walking about six feet in advance of his bookkeeper, received the entire load, falling instantly dead.
Brought To The City
The body was brought to the city and placed at the undertaking establishment of Undertaker Reed. Mr Shively, who was prostrated with grief, was given medical attention, and Messrs McKay and Maas went to the home of the deceased and broke the sad news to Mrs. Symmes, who sorrow was pitiful to behold.
The funeral will occur this morning at 9:30, from the residence, corner of Sixth avenue and Morgan street. Rev. J. G. Anderson, of the First Presbyterian church, will conduct the service. Hillsborough Lodge of Masons, of which the deceased was a prominent member, will officiate at the grave, in Oaklawn cemetery.
Deeply Deplored
The deplorable tragedy has caused universal expressions of regret, and Mr. Shively, who had been one of Mr. Symmes' closest friends, is grief-stricken almost to the verge of madness.
Mr. Symmes leaves a wife and little daughter. He was the son of Dr. and Mrs. G. H. Symmes, of Peru, on of the most prominent families of Florida. Three brothers survive him. His mother arrived yesterday morning, and Dr. Symmes, the father, arrived last night.

The following article was found in The Tampa Tribune, Tampa, Florida, Wednesday, January 21, 1903, Page 2, Column 1:
Are Not Married
Reports Having Been Circulated That Mrs. Symmes And Man Who Accidentally Killed Her Husband Had Married, Tribune Obtains Positive Denial
Tribune Bureau,
1411 Seventh Avenue,
Tuesday
There has seldom, in the history of Tampa been a tragedy that has caused more widespread regret than the accidental shooting of G. H. Symmes by his confidential clerk and close personal friend, Claude H. Shively.  Both parties well-known if Tampa and throughout South Florida, and have numerous friends, who were shocked at the occurrence of this deplorable accident.
For some time previous to the tragedy, Mr. Shively had been closely connected with Mr. Symmes in the capacity of a confidential employe. He entered into the closest confidence of his chief, and on all occasions proved that confidence had not been misplaced. Never, in any business house in the city was to be found an employe more devoted to the interests of his employer, and Mr. Shively occupied the position more of a younger relative than of an employe.
Since the occurrence of the deplorable accident, Mr. Shively has continued to conduct the business of the Symmes Hardware Company, and has discharged every duty incumbent upon him in the management of its affairs with the same faithfulness and care that previously characterized his every effort. That the position and surroundings were anything but congenial, can be surmised, but Mr. Shively has manfully continued to use his best efforts to continue the business to the best interests of the widow and her children.
The fact that Mr. Shively continued as the nominal head of the Symmes Hardware Company, has occasioned at times some little comment and surprise. Latterly, rumors have been extant to the effect the Mr. Shively and Mrs. Mattie H. Symmes, the widow of the dead man, had been married.
The records of the county judge were searched for the record of a marriage license having been issued for the parties named, but without avail. For a time, this satisfied public gossip, but latterly the statement had been circulated that they had gone to another county, and had there been married.
Yesterday a Tribune man called upon Mr. Shively at his place of business, and after explaining his errand, as a newspaper man, asked Mr. Shively if he was aware of the circulation of rumors regarding his alleged marriage to Mrs. Symmes.
Mr. Shively was deeply affected by the queries as propounded by the reporter, and displayed considerable emotion in answering.
"I have been aware that such rumors were in circulation," said Mr. Shively, "and they have caused me much sadness and annoyance. I have been tempted at times to correct the rumors through the medium of the press, but personal friends, who felt as deeply as myself the rather unpleasant view in which these rumors placed me before the public eye, persuaded me to let them die a natural death, when time should have shown how utterly without foundation they were. Not to me alone have these rumors been the cause of much disquietude, but to Mrs. Symmes and her children, the latter having experienced some of the effects of the reports in their school.
"I am more than pleased that you have called upon me, and now that you have stated the reason of your visit, I freely invite you to ask any question that would tend to settle this matter conclusively."
"Is it a fact, Mr. Shively, that you have been out of Hillsborough county recently?" was asked.
"No, sir" was the prompt repsonse, "I have not been outside of Hillsborough county in two months."
"Do you know whether or not Mrs. Symmes has been out of the county recently?"
"It is my opinion that she has not."
"Have you and Mrs. Symmes, together, been out of the county recently?"
"No, most emphatically, no."
"Mr. Shively," said the Tribune man, "I would now like to ask you a point blank question: Are you and Mrs. Symmes married?"
"No, most emphatically, we are not, and what is more, are not likely to be. I hope that you will make this answer emphatic that the public may know the actual truth of the matter. It has caused both Mrs. Symmes, her family, myself, and our friends untold suffering and sadness, and I trust that you will so place my answer before the public that there will be no further question. The continuation of such rumors as these can only reflect upon my integrity as a man, and I sincerely trust that with this denial that the public will rest thoroughly satisfied. I cannot but feel that an injustice has been done all parties concerned in the circulation of these rumors and I sincerely thrust that the publication of these statements, will forever settle the matter in the public mind."