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, October 10, 2015

Loren Stanton Shively And Katherine Medley In Cape Girardeau County, Missouri

Missouri Death Certificate
Loren Stanton Shively was born 29-July-1881 in Edwardsport, Knox County, IN and died 16-April-1956 in Cape Girardeau County, MO. He was the son of Benjamin Shively and Rebecca Hoover.  Loren Stanton (L. S.) Shively was a conductor for the Frisco Railroad. He was married to Katherine Medley.

News articles were extracted from Missouri newspapers as follows:
The Weekly Tribune, Cape Girardeau, Missouri, Friday, June 25, 1916, Page 3, Column 6: Mrs. Loren Shively of St. Louis   arrived in this city yesterday, where she will spend several days visiting her parents, Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Medley, and other relatives and friends.

The Hayti Herald, Hayti, Missouri, November 4, 1915, Page 6, Column 3:
Mrs. L. S. Shively of St. Louis has been visiting in this city for the past several days. Mr. and Mrs. Shively were citizens of this city several years ago, and now Mr. Shively has a run out of this city and they will move again to Hayti.  We welcome them as citizens again.

The Hayti Herald, Hayti, Missouri, April 24, 1919, Page 6, Column 6:
The Caruthersville postmaster, Mrs. Gertrude McElvain, paid the Hayti postmaster, Mrs. C. S. York, a social call Wednesday afternoon.  Mrs. McElvain came over with her cousin, Mrs. L. S. Shively of this place who had gone over to the river city in her car.  Mrs. McElvain is the widow of the late Will McElvain, deceased, and has made and is making the best postmaster Caruthersville has had in a long time, according to the way the postmaster here speaks about her service, and we are sure she speaks with understanding since much of the financial business of this office is now transacted through the Caruthersville office, that being the Central Accounting Office of Pemiscot county, a new innovation introduced by the Burleson regimen, among the other good, bad and indifferent changes that have been made.

The Hayti Herald, Hayti, Missouri, July 10, 1919, Page 6, Column 4:
Mr. and Mrs. L. S. Shively and son, Edward, will leave tomorrow morning for Bicknell, Ind., making the trip in their automobile.  Mr. Shively will remain there only a short time, it being necessary for him to return to his Cape-Poplar Bluff run as conductor for the Frisco.  Mrs. Shively and son will remain there, later driving through northern Indiana, Michigan, and through the territory surrounding the Great Lakes.

The Hayti Herald, Hayti, Missouri, September 11, 1919, Page 5, Column 5:
Mrs. L. S. Shively and son, Edward, who have spent the last seven or eight weeks along the shores of the Great Lakes and visiting relatives and friends in Michigan and Indiana, returned home Sunday.  She reports having an excellent summer vacation.  She made the trip by automobile.

Saturday, October 3, 2015

William H Shively And Wife, Margaret Jones, Who Lived In Jefferson Co., KY

Shively Cemetery (June 2006)
William H. Shively was born Jan-1830 and died 19-Jan-1906. He was married on 15-Nov-1853 in Jefferson County to Margaret J. Jones. Margaret was born 29-Sep-1830 and died 16-Jul-1912.  Margaret was the daughter of Stephen Jones and Elizabeth French.  
Listed on the 1860 Jefferson County, KY census is the household of Wm H Shively age 30, wife Margaret age 29, daughter Maria age 5, daughter Maggie age 3, son Stephen age 2, and daughter Mary age 6 months.  On the 1870 Shiveleys Precinct, Jefferson County, KY is the household of Wm Shiveley age 39, wife Margaret age 39, daughter Maria age 15, daughter Margaret age 13, daughter Ella age 10, son Harry age 8, daughter Susan age 6, and daughter Sadie age 4.  On the 1880 Jefferson County, KY census is the household of William Shively age 50, wife Margaret age 49, son Harry age 18, daughter Susan age 16, and daughter Katy L age 14.  On the 1900 Jefferson County, KY census is the household of William H Shively born Jan-1830 age 40, wife Margaret born Sep-1830 age 69, daughter Susan A born Nov-1863 age 36 and grandson Harry R Short born Jan-1885 age 15.  
Extracted from The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY, Saturday, January 20, 1906, Page 12, Column 1:
W. H. Shively Dead
Poor Health During Past Year Ends In Death
Well-Known and Popular Man - Had Celebrated Fifty-second
Anniversary of Wedding
William H. Shively, at one time a deputy sheriff of Jefferson county, died at 1:10 o'clock yesterday morning at his home, 2121 West Madison street.  He was seventy-six years of age, and had been in poor health for more than a year.  He had been confined to his bed but two days.
Mr. Shively was a member of a pioneer Kentucky family.  He was born near the forks of the Seventh street road, three miles from Louisville.  He was a stanch Democrat, and served as deputy sheriff of Jefferson county for twenty years.  He took an active interest in politics from the time he was old enough to vote.
On November 15, Mr. and Mrs. Shively celebrated the fifty-second anniversary of their marriage.  Mrs. Shively was Miss Margaret Jones.  Besides his wife, Mr. Shively is survived by three daughters and a son, Harry Shively, who lives at the old family homestead.  Former Magistrate J. P. Shively is a brother of Mr. Shively.
The funeral service will be conducted at the Mill Creek church on the Seventh street road Sunday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock.
The Rev. J. S. Scobee, assisted by the Rev. P. G. Thogmorton, will officiate.  The burial will be in the cemetery at Shively, Ky.

The following was found in The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY, Wednesday, July 17, 1912, Page 5, Column 5:
Mrs. Margaret J. Shively
Mrs. Margaret J. Shively, widow of W. H. Shively, after whom Shively Station in Jefferson county was named, died at noon yesterday at the home of her son-in-law, Capt. Frank Portman, 2117 West Madison street, at the age of 82.  Two years ago Mrs. Shively suffered a fracture of her hip, and she had almost recovered from this injury when she had a stroke of apoplexy eight months ago.  She never recovered fully from that attack.
Mrs. Shively's parents came from Wales and settled in what was known as the Pond settlement.  Many relatives of the deceased live in all parts of the State, and she was widely known in Jefferson county.  She is survived by four children, Mrs. Portman, Mrs. Sam T. Phillips, Mrs. Sue Alsop and Harry Shively. A number of grandchildren, among them the Rev. H. R. Short, and several great-grandchildren also survive.  The funeral will be held at 10:30 o'clock to-morrow morning at the Millcreek church, and interment will be in the family burial place in Shively.

Sunday, September 27, 2015

Shelton Shively And Shively Shelton Who Have Kentucky Ancestors

Birth Certificate Shelton Shively
Shelton Shively was born on 11-October-1928 in Perry County, KY.  He was the son of John W. Shively and Mary  Flory.  John W. Shively was born on 9-June-1882 in Knox County, KY and died 14-February-1959 in London, Laurel County, KY.  John W. Shively was the son of Samuel J. Shively and Nancy Ellen Shelton.  Nancy Ellen Shelton was born 23-February-1873 in Barbourville, Knox County, KY and died on 27-March-1924 in Wyatt, Mississippi County, Missouri.  On the Missouri death certificate Nancy Ellen Shelton Shively the daughter of Joshua Faulkner and Margaret Shelton.   Margaret Shelton was the daughter of Madison Shelton and Elsie Holsie.   
Nancy Ellen Shelton Shively Death Certificate
On the 1870 Knox County, KY census record Joshua Faulkner is listed as household number 7 and the family of Madison Shelton is listed as household Number 8.  On the 1880 Knox County, KY census Joshua Faulkner age 32 is listed in the household of his father, Thomas Faulkner, and Joshua is listed with wife Nancy age 22 and son Charles age 2 months.  On the 1880 Knox County, KY census is the household of Margarette Shelton age 37, daughter Nancy E. age 10 and Samuel T. age 3.  
The Kentucky death certificate for Tilden Shelton lists his date of birth as 18-February-1877 Knox County, KY and date of death as 19-November-1920.  His parents are listed as Josh Faulkner and Marguarit Shelton.  The informant for the information on the death certificate is listed as Shively Shelton.  
Shively Drew Shelton Death Certificate
Per the Kentucky death certificate Shively Shelton was the son of Tilden Shelton and Carrey West. The following newspaper obituary was extracted from the Mountain Advocate, Barbourville, Knox County, KY, Friday, June 30, 1922,  Page 1, Column 2:
Shivley Shelton, formerly of the Knox Grocery Co., died at the home of his parents, Mr. and Mrs. T. Shelton, at Swan Pond, on Wednesday morning from typhoid fever. Deceased was a worthy young man and his death will be deeply felt by a large number of friends and acquaintances.  The funeral was held Thursday at 10 a.m.

The following newspaper obituary for Joshua Tye Faulkner was extracted from the Mountain Advocate, Barbourville, Knox County, KY, Friday, July 14, 1916:
Mr. Joshua Tye Faulkner was born in Knox county, Kentucky, on November, 10, 1847, near the place where he was buried last Monday.  He had a paralytic stroke on last Thursday, and on Saturday, July 7th, the summons came that called him to the beyond.  Mr. Faulkner was a good citizen, he was a man that attended to his own business, he was a member of the Methodist church and had been a member since he was a small boy.  He was on of the oldest members of Mountain Lodge No. 187, Free and Accepted Mason, having been ignited in the year of 1870.  His funeral was conducted last Sunday afternoon by Rev. Williams assisted by Rev. J. W. Ligon and the interment was Monday morning.
He leaves a wife and six children, four sons and two daughters, and two brothers.  He was held in the highest esteem by all who knew him which was evidenced by the large concourse of people who attended the funeral Sunday afternoon.  He leaves a host of friends and other relatives to mourn their loss.

Saturday, September 19, 2015

Robert W Shively And Wife, Rosalie M Rice, From Taylor County, KY To Mississippi County, MO

Robert W Shively/Rosella Rice
Robert W Shively was born 8-Jan-1826 and died 18-Aug-1903 in Mississippi Co., MO.  Robert was the son of John B Shively and Sarah Heaverin.  Robert married Rosalie M Rice on 6-Feb-1848 in Green Co., KY.  Rosalie (Rosella) was born 11-Mar-1834 and died 18-Dec-1897 in Mississippi Co., MO.  She was the daughter of John Rice and Mary Ann Newton.  

Robert and Rosalie Shively are found on the 1850, 1860, and 1880 Taylor Co., KY census.  Robert is listed on the 1900 Mississippi Co., MO census.   It is believed they were living in Taylor Co., KY in 1870 but no census record for the family has been found.  From the Missouri death certificate for daughter, Margaret Shively Raffety Vowels her birthplace  in approximately 1871 was Spurlington, Taylor Co., KY.  From the Missouri death certificate for daughter, Rosa Shively her birthplace on 17-Feb-1872 was Taylor Co., KY.   

It is believed that Robert W and Rosalie M Shively were the parents of at least the following children:  1) Thomas Ann (a female) born 23-Mar-1849  2) John Anderson born 27-Apr-1851 died 15-Jul-1901 married 1st Mrs. Frances Chambers and married 2nd Martha Ann Wyatt  3) Thrisie Jane born 1854   4) Sarah (Emma) Magdalene born 4-Jul-1856 died 10-Apr-1936 married Richard D. Wise  5) Mary V born 1-Nov-1858  6) David R born 1861  7) Samuel Joseph born 30-Jan-1866 and died 27-Jan-1951 in London, Laurel Co., KY married 1st to Nancy Ellen Shelton and married second to Marinda Lawson Meredith Taylor  8)Margaret Ann born 11-Oct-1870 died 27-Apr-1929 married 1st to Thomas Raffety and 2nd to George H Vowels  9) Rosialli (Rosa) born 19-Feb-1872 and died 29-Apr-1936 in Wyatt, Mississippi Co., MO and 10) Henry Rice born 18-Mar-1874 from family history in Kansas and died 11-Nov-1958 Shelby Co., MO married to Thresey Margaret Thompson on 4-Apr-1899 in Shelby Co., MO.

Land deeds in Taylor County, KY indicate that Robert W and Rosalie Shively had sold their land holdings in KY 1868.  In Taylor County, KY Deed Book 10, Page 287 dated February 1879 John Rice of the first part and R W Shively and Rosallie Shively, his wife, of the second part all of Taylor County are given 200 acres for the "natural love and affection John Rice has for the parties of the second part".  From the Missouri death records for daughters born about 1871 and 1872 it is believed that they were in KY.  From the Missouri death record for son Henry Rice Shively his birthplace in 1874 is listed as Kansas.

Robert W. Shively and wife, Rosalie M., are buried in Calvary Cemetery, Charleston, Mississippi Co., MO.

Help is requested in locating the family of Robert and Rosalie Shively in 1870.  It is believed they were in the area of Spurlington, Taylor Co., KY but the census record has not been located.  

There are many good original documents for the family of Robert W and Rosalie M Shively.  Above is the Kentucky death certificate for son, Samuel Joseph Shively.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Isaac Shively And Wife, Elmira A. Fitzwater, Who Lived In Mercer County, Ohio And Wexford County, Michigan

Mercer County, Ohio Marriage Certificate
Isaac Shively was born on 22-August-1847  in Darke County, OH and died 12-May-1920 in Wexford County, MI.  He was the son of David Miller Shively (1803-1883) and Esther Angle (1814-1888).  Isaac was married in Mercer County, OH to Elmira A. Fitzwater on 22-March-1874. Elmira A. Fitzwater was born 20-November-1850 and died 3-December-1913 in Wexford County, MI.  She was the daughter of Phillip Fitzwater and Adeline Hanley.  

Michigan Death Certificate
The family of Isaac Shively and Elmira Fitzwater are found on the 1900 Butler Township, Mercer County, OH census.  Listed in the household are Isaac Shively age 52 born August 1847, wife Almira age 47 born November 1850, daughter Nellie age 20 born December 1879, son William age 18 born December 1881, son Amer age 16 born August 1883, son Joseph age 15 born March 1885, son Walter age 12 born July 1887, son Daniel age 8 born October 1891, and son Royl age 7 born April 1893.  The family is found on the 1910 Butler Township, Mercer County, OH census.  In the household are Isaac Shively age 63, wife Elmira A age 59, daughter Nellie age 30, son William H age 28, son David C age 18, son Royal C age 17, son Joseph E age 24, mother in law Adeline Fitzwater age 86.  

The newspaper obituary for Joseph E. Shively was located in The Piqua Daily, Piqua, OH, Monday, August 10, 1970, Page 10, Columns 1-2:
Joseph E. Shively, Retired Hobart Mfg. Foreman, Dies
Joseph Earl Shively, 85, of 418 S. Wayne, died at 4:15 a.m. in Piqua Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient two days after having been in failing health several years.
Born in Mercer County, March 13, 1885, he was a son of Isaac and Elmira Fitzwater Shively.  He was married to the former Maude Baker on June 5, 1907 in Spencerville.  They moved from Spencerville to Piqua in 1924.
Mr. Shively was a retired foreman at Hobart Manufacturing Co. and a member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Maude, a daughter, Mrs. Arthur Grunert (Vonda) of Piqua; two sons, Ashley B. Shively and Paul L. both of Piqua; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and five brothers, Roy Shively of Manton, Mich., George of Fife Lake, Mich., Ray of Modesto, Calif., Carl of Bakersfield, Calif., and Hamer of Eugene, Oregon.
He was preceeded in death by three brothers and a sister.
Services will be conducted by the Rev. Carl Hahn at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Cron Funeral Home with burial in Miami Memorial Park.
Friends my call Tuesday at the funeral home between 3 and 5 p.m. and 7 and 9 p.m.

Friday, August 28, 2015

Michael Schauffele, A Schauffele Researcher And Co-Administrator Of The Shively/Schauffele Family Tree DNA Project

The Shively DNA project has grown and had success with many DNA matches. Earlier this year Michael Schauffele agreed to become co-administrator of the project. The project considers itself very lucky to have Michael's participation and interest in genealogy and also his knowledge of German history and the historical records.  This is especially important because his Schauffele DNA matched others in the project who had the surname Americanized to Shively.  Michael has written the following article as a means of introducing himself to the Shively researchers.

News from the Schauffele - Schaufele – Schaufelin - Scheifelin - Scheifele – Shively (and more) Branch of the Shively Family Name Project at Family Tree DNA.  
                    By co-administrator Michael Schauffele, Visalia, California.

As this is the first time that I am contributing to the admiring work of the main administrator Larry Wayne Shively which he is doing for all members of the Shively Name Project, I think that it makes sense to introduce myself to the members of the project.

I am Michael Schauffele, born 1942 in the city of Stuttgart, Germany. During my time as a student in the 1960-ies on the University of Stuttgart Germany I started with genealogical researches on my ancestry about 50 years ago, when it was still possible to visit local priest’s offices to retrieve personal data from ancestors out of the original church books!

At this time, beside special literature about families of celebrities, nothing existed what could support quick findings about ones ancestors as it is possible today through the Internet and websites like

To study those records it was even necessary being able to read the old German writings like “Sütterlin”.

If someone is interested to learn how this writing looks, he should just look up the following link:

I was so fortunate having learned this writing from my parents and that I took time to practice it more or less as a hobby during my time on high school.

However some of the priests from centuries ago practiced their writing in a way which made it very complicated and time-consuming to understand the records. Their language was also sometimes different to the today’s common language.

Sometimes it was even necessary to lay a sheet of parchment paper over the original document to copy the records letter by letter to separate the text of your interest from the overlapping of the writing between two and sometimes three lines!

By the end of 1970 the records of the data of my personal ancestors consisted in about 900 persons including about 400 records of ancestors from my mother’s side which I could get from an uncle!

With the researches of my direct fatherly line I run into my “Brick Wall” with the data of my forefather of 11 Generations back in history with the name Hans Scheifelin, who I called “the elder” born about 1580 in a town in Germany which I was reading in the records of his son’s Hans Scheifelin “the younger” wedding on September 20, 1642 in Cannstatt, Dukedom of Württemberg, as “Ginz”. 

After graduating from the University of Stuttgart as a structural and civil engineer I had to take care of my business career and therefore I couldn’t spend time for more intensive genealogical researches.

2003 at the age of 58 and 61 my wife and I moved for good from Germany to California.

During 2007 and 2008 I started to register personal data of my ancestors on Short after that I was contacted by Larry Wayne Shively who informed me about the existing family name project Shively on Family Tree DNA.

Larry told me that the name Shively was, for easier pronunciation, an Americanized form of German names Schauffele, Scheifele and the like. There was even a Michael Schauffele among the ancestors of some members of the Shively project.

In 2013 Larry could finally convince me to join his project and I signed in with Family Tree DNA, ordered my test kit and turned in my Y-DNA test. The result was a surprise! I found a 100% Y-DNA12 match with Daniel II Shively from Texas. And sometimes later this match was confirmed by a match with Daniel’s 1st grade cousin Mike Shively from Ohio.

Until then the two cousins Daniel II and Mike Shively knew only the name and data of their great grandfather Leonhard Anton Scheiffele/Shively, born 7. Feb.1843 in Steinenkirch, Kingdom of Württemberg, Germany, who emigrated 1867 together with a brother from Germany to the United States, married Mary Horn and died in Youngstown, Ohio, USA on 19. May 1910.

A professional genealogist from Germany traced the ancestors of Leonhard Anton Scheiffele/Shively for 11 more generations back to Hans Scheiffelin born about 1500 most likely in the town Gingen upon the river Fils then still Dukedom of Württemberg, Germany.

These findings were very exciting news for myself because after a half century since I run into my “Brick Wall” I could realize that I was wrongfully reading the name of the town of origin of my ancestor Hans Scheifelin “the elder” as “Ginz” instead of “Gingen”!

Equipped with this information I traveled to Germany in summer 2014 convinced to be able to find more data in the archives in Germany. I also traveled to the town of Gingen searching for possible descendants of my forefathers from there.

I found and visited Horst Scheifele in Gingen and could win him for the Y-DNA 25 test. Some days ago I received the result: It was a perfect match with my own Y- DNA!

This result confirms that my match with Daniel II Shively from Texas and Michael Shively from Ohio is a fact.

Horst Scheifele will soon join the Shively project.

The Schauffele - Schaufele – Schaufelin - Scheifelin - Scheifele – Shively (and more) Branch within the Shively family name project is growing. I am staying in contact with many close and far relatives in Germany, Switzerland, USA, Argentina, Chile and Australia.

I think that everybody who is interested to learn more about his ancestors will be inspired by the results of this findings and how they came together as a combination of researches in documents, archives and testing the Y-DNA.

Therefore I want to ask everybody with a family name of this name group to make the Y – DNA test and to join the Shively family project. I also ask everybody who knows about living males among his relatives with such a family name or the like to try to win them for the test.

Our great goal is to find as many as possible lines tracing back to a common forefather with whom our name began.

On the other hand I have to report that the permanently growing Y-DNA database contains a lot of zero distance matches to the Y-DNA of our name group but with completely different names and even more interesting in many other countries like in Scandinavia, all over the European main continent and on the British Islands.

This is the reason why I also joined other projects in Family Tree DNA like the German and the Viking project!

Over one thousand years ago young Viking warriors, the younger sons who inherited nothing from their fathers, spread out over northern and central Europe and even into the Ukraine seeking for women and for opportunities to settle. It is quite possible that our male ancestors are descendants of these adventurers!

I hope I could win your attention for exciting themes. I have the intention to report from time to time on our project’s website about new findings in the name branch mentioned above and other interesting news.

For everybody in our project who is interested in serious and reliable researches for ancestors in Germany I can recommend the professional genealogist with which I am working together. He is a far relative on my mother’s side and he is actually the president of the German Association of professional genealogist. Depending on the goal of the customer such researches take time and cost money but sometimes it can be less than you think because those professionals have access to documents and data which they and colleagues have already researched for other customers.

If someone is interested I can forward his description of desired researches. He will get an estimate and probably already an answer regarding the chances of possible findings.

Thank you for being a member of the Shively family project!
Sincerely yours!
Michael Schauffele