Peter Redd Shively was born Dec-1834 in Ohio and died 20-Jan-1913 in Guernsey County, OH. He was the son of John Shively and Mary Sphar. Peter R. Shively married Eveline Starr on 11-Dec-1856 in Guernsey County. She was born 18-Oct-1833 and died 17-Nov-1922.
This family can be found on the following census records: 1850 District 46 Spencer Township, Guernsey County, OH – John Shiveley age 60, wife Mary age 55, Henry age 29, John age 24, Matarine age 23, Simeon age 21, Joseph age 18, Peter age 16, Abraham age 13, Sarah J. age 10, Mary age 7, Jacob age 6 and daughter age 4; 1860 Spencer Township, Guernsey County, OH – Peter Shively age 25, wife Eveline age 26, James W. age 2 and John E. age 1 month; 1870 Spencer Township, Guernsey County, OH – Peter Shively age 36, wife Evaline age 36, James W. age 12, John age 10, Aattisa age 6 and Frank C. age 2; 1880 Spencer Township, Guernsey County, OH – Peter Shively age 45, wife Eveline age 46, John E. age 20, Artie C. age 18, Frank C. age 12, Edwin D. age 5, James age 22, Josie M. age 19 and Minnie age 1 month; 1900 Spencer Township, Guernsey Co. – Peter R. born Dec-1834 age 65 and wife Evaline born Oct-1834 age 65; 1910 Jackson Township, Guernsey County, OH – Joseph B. Adkins age 52, wife Artie C. age 48, Harrie O. age 21, Peter R. Shiveley age 75 and Eva L. age 76.
The following was extracted from The Times Recorder, Zanesville, Ohio, Wednesday, January 22, 1913, Page 3, Column 4:
GUERNSEY PIONEER DIES SUDDENLY
Pleasant City, O., Jan. 21.—After a day of usual health, during which he attended services at the Harmony Christian church, Peter R. Shively, one of the best known farmers of the southern part of Guernsey county, died suddenly in bed at his home near this place Monday night.
Mr. Shively is survived by the widow, five children: J. Willard and Edward D., Cambridge; J. E. of Quaker City; Mrs. J. B. Adkins of Byesville, and F. C. Shively, former mayor of Pleasant City.
The following newspaper obituary was located in The Times Recorder, Zanesville, Ohio, Monday November 20, 1922, Page 2, Column 2:
Death Of Pioneer Citizen
Mrs. Evaline Starr Shively, aged 89 years, pioneer citizen of Guernsey county, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. J. B. Adkins of Cambridge, Route 6, Friday night, following a brief illness. She was strickeren with paralysis one week ago, and remained in an unconscious condition from that time until the end came.
The deceased was the widow of Peter R. Shively, who preceded her in death on Jan. 20, 1913. The following children survive: J. E. Shively of Quaker City; J. W., F. C. and Edward of Cambridge, and Mrs. J. B. Adkins.
Mrs. Shively was born near Claysville, Oct. 18, 1833, and early in life became a member of the Harmony Christian church, where she kept her membership until death. Her husband was an elder in this church for more than half a century, and the aged couple were loved and respected by all for their many deeds of Christian service and kindliness.
It was their privilege, during their long earthly span, to watch the development of Guernsey county, and they aided materially in this growth by their honest effort and industriousness.
Funeral services for Mrs. Shively were held Sunday afternoon at 2 o’clock in the Harmony Christian church, conducted by her pastor, Rev. T. J. Wallace. Interment was made in the Harmony cemetery beside the body of her husband.
The following was found in The Times Recorder, Zanesville, Ohio, Friday, June 16, 1905, Page 4, Column 5:
Delightful Gathering In Spencer Township Guernsey Co.
Children And Descendants Of John Shively Have A Merry Time
A remarkable and delightful family gathering was held on Monday, the 12th inst. at the home of H. M. Hendershot, of Spencer township, Guernsey Co. It was practically an impromptu reunion of the children and descendants of the late John Shively and his wife, Mary Spahr, held at the old homestead.
A few days before, Mrs. Hendershot received a letter from her sister, Mrs. Elizabeth Strahl, of Kansas City, Mo., saying “I will eat my birthday dinner with you”. As this birthday marks her 87th milestone, and as she had not been in Ohio for more than a generation, this news was as surprising as it was welcome.
Though but a few days remained the mails and telephone lines were diligently employed, and Monday morning saw a large company of relatives and old neighbors swarming about the old home. The day was rare and the company happy. Such greetings, such visiting, and such reminiscences! How the hours flew until dinner was announced! No one who was there will ever again need to ask what is meant by “old fashioned hospitality”.
Dinner over the company grouped in the shade of the great oaks for their pictures, the visiting meantime uninterrupted. Late in the afternoon all assembled about the parlor door and joined in prayer with the family’s pastor, then began leaving for their homes, feeling as if they had covered generations in a single day, and carrying fresh impulses for noblest living.
To this spot came in 1829 John Shively, with his eldest son Daniel. They cleared a small plot and built a house, then returned to their eastern home. Four years later they returned with the entire family, consisting at that time of parents and nine children. The journey was made from the home in Washington county, Pa., in wagons.
Four children were born in the Ohio home, making in all 13, nine sons and four daughters. All the daughters, Mrs. Susan Hinton, aged 89, Mrs. Elizabeth Strahl, whose birthday was celebrated, Mrs. Sadie Ledman and Mrs. Mary J. Hendershot, the hostess, were together for the first time since about 1850. The family had long been widely scattered. The mother never but once saw all her children together.
But three of the sons survive. They are Peter R., of Spencer township; Simeon, of Butte, Montana and Abram C., of Portland Ore. The two latter were notified of the gathering, but age and distance prevented their presence.
The house which Mr. Shively built on his first arrival, with the large addition which he afterwards made still stands, the homestead of two generations. Mr. Hendershot has kept it in substantially its pioneer style. The major parts of the mammoth stone chimneys still do duty. Here for nearly four score years has been a typical American home with its industry, thrift, intelligence, hospitality, and piety. Here the neighbor sand the stranger have alike found welcome and fellowship. Though Methodist themselves the pioneer preachers of all denominations were welcomed at the Shively home. Mr. Hendershot thinks the high front porch with its fine view and almost constant breezes has been a resting place for more preachers than any other porch in the country about. The house is still comfortable and attractive, a romantic monument of pioneer days.
Besides Mr. and Mrs. Hendershot and daughter Miss Nettie, there were present the following: B. S. Hendershot and family, of Claysville; F. H. Hendershot and wife of Cambridge; Mrs. Susan Hinton, her son, Martin, and great grandson Gernie Dawson, of Muncie, Ind.; Mrs. Elizabeth Strahl, and daughter, Mrs. Sadie Leeper, of Kansas City, Mo.; P. R. Shively and wife of Spencer township, their sons, J. W. Shively and E. D. Shively and wife of Cambridge, and their daughter Mrs. J. B. Adkins, of Byesville; Mrs. Sadie Ledman, of Rix Mills and daughter, Mrs. Mae Sharer, of Columbus; Mrs. Elizabeth Bradley, of New Concord, Mrs. C. J. White and daughter of Byesville, Mrs. Luse and daughter of Cumberland, Mrs. Martha Groves and Mrs. Artie Kackly and son of Pleasant City, Mrs. Louisa Stone, Mrs. Mary J. Huhn and Miss Belle Huhn, of Spencer township; J. J. Vessels and J. G. Ezline and family of Claysville.