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.

Friday, August 15, 2014

Samuel Edward Shively And Wives From Butler County, Ohio

Samuel Edward Shively was born on 9-August-1889 in Gallia County, Ohio.  He was the son of Richard Shively and Emma Lyon (per Samuel's third marriage recorded in Butler County, Ohio in 1930). Samuel has left a good deal of history in the newspapers and records of Butler County, Ohio.

Samuel was married several times. His first marriage was ca. 1906 to Fay Blizzard. On the 1910 Walnut Township, Fairfield County, Ohio census is the household of Samuel Shively age 21, first marriage, married 4 years, wife Fay age 23 and son Raymond age 2.  Faye Blizzard Shively married second to P. E. Moury and they are found on the 1920 Marion County, Ohio census with stepchildren Raymond Shively age 12 and Bernice Shively age 8.

Samuel Shively married a second time to Nellie M. Sturgeon on 26-June-1911. From The Hamilton Evening Journal, Hamilton, Ohio, Wednesday, September 11, 1929, Page 15, Column 3 is the following:     Riotous living and associations with other women were charged against Samuel E. Shively, Hamilton, by Nellie M. Shively.  She asked custody of four children.  They were married June 26, 1911.

When Nellie M. Shively filed for divorce in 1929 she had most likely had enough of Samuel Shively as the following 1924 newspaper article was extracted from The Hamilton Daily News, Wednesday, May 7, 1924, Page 15, Column 4:
Wife Thwarts Proposed Trip
Samuel Shively Sentenced For Non-Support After Charge of "Triangle"
Samuel Shively, 34, of 648 Maple avenue, today was sentenced to serve 60 days at the Dayton workhouse on a charge of non-support filed against him late Tuesday at police headquarters by his wife, Mrs. Nellie Shively, 36.
Shively was arrested by police at a local shop just as he was preparing to quit his job and leave town with another woman, the police say.
According to the complaint registered by his wife, Shively has been going with another woman for two weeks and during that time failed to contribute to the support of his wife and five children ranging in ages from 10 months to 12 years.  

Samuel didn't waste any time being unmarried as a record of his third marriage to Martha Chiles Sebalj (she was married prior to this marriage to John Sebalj) on 3-May-1930 is recorded in the Butler County, Ohio marriages.  Records indicate Martha and her first husband, John Sebalj, had some marital problems as recorded in The Hamilton Evening Journal, Tuesday, May 6, 1930, Page 16, Column 6:
"Stay Apart", Court Tells Couple
John Sebalj, 935 South Eleventh street, and his former wife, Mrs. Mary Shively, had a lively spat in municipal court Tuesday morning when each charged the other with disorderly conduct.
John and Martha were divorced 10 months ago.  The wife was given the children and a half interest in the South Eleventh street house and its contents.  John said Martha came to "his house" Monday and cut him in the face with a pair of scissors.  Martha showed black and blue marks on the arms, saying John put them there.
Martha was married last Saturday.  She said she will continue to go to "her house" until it is sold and the money divided.
Dismissing both charges, Municipal Court Judge Alphonse Pater ordered the couple to keep away from each other until the property is disposed of and proceeds distributed.

It appears things didn't go too well for Martha and Samuel Shively either because in The Hamilton Evening Journal, Wednesday, June 17, 1931, Page 15, Column 3-4:
Martha Shively Sues For Divorce
Martha Shively was compelled to support herself, children of her husband by another marriage, and his brother, her suit for a divorce from Samuel E. Shively, employe of a Hamilton shop, contends.  The petition, on file Tuesday in common pleas court, says they were wed May 3, 1930, and have no children.
Judge E. J. Kautz granted an order restraining Shively from molesting her and barring him from drawing his wages, after her plea that she has been "in fear of him at all times".
She has been afraid to go the their home to obtain her clothing, the petition says, following an alleged beating he administered May 16, last when he choked and struck her and tore her clothing.  She asks a share in crops growing on the farm of George Guenther.

The newspaper obituary for Samuel Shively was located in Journal-The Daily News, Monday, January 22, 1962, Page 4, Column 5:
Samuel Shively Called By Death
Samuel Edward Shively, 72, 1010 Stahlheber Rd., died in Fort Hamilton Hospital Sunday at 2 p.m., shortly after becoming ill at his home.  He was taken to the hospital by the Hamilton life squad.
Born in Mt. Sterling, Ohio, Aug. 9, 1889, Mr. Shively was a son of Richard and Esterline Black Shively.  He married Martha Sebald on May 3, 1930, in Hamilton.
Educated in the Mt. Sterling Schools, Mr. Shively also attended the University of Cincinnati.  He took employment at the Hooven, Owens, Rentschler Co., later Baldwin-Lima-Hamilton, and became an expert machinist, working there for 45 years.  He retired seven years ago.
Skilled Workman
He was an unusually helpful and highly regarded machinist, considered by his company as an expert in the building of diesel engines.  Fond of hunting, he was also an avid gardener, who loved working in his yard and garden in later years.  He was a devoted husband and father, and had many friends.
He leaves his wife, Mrs. Martha Shively; two daughters, Mrs. Fred Ruff, Old Oxford Rd., and Miss Vivian Shively, at home; two sons, Richard Shively, at home, and Ralph Shively, with the armed forces in Germany; three grandchildren, a sister, Mrs. Katherine Baker, Gallipolis; a brother, Elbert Shively, Uniontown; nieces and nephews, and many friends.  He was preceded in death by a son, Raymond Shively in1949; a brother, Stanley Shively and a sister, Mrs. Emma Anderson, both of Akron.
Funeral services will be held Wednesday at 2 p.m. in the Elmer A. Proeschel Funeral Home, 547 Main St., The Rev. E. Lee Niswander, pastor of the Westwood United Presbyterian Church, will officiate.  Burial will be in Greenwood Cemetery.
Friends may call Tuesday after 4 p.m. at the funeral home.



Sunday, August 10, 2014

Charles W. Shively, Son Of John M. Shively, Who Lived In Clatsop County, Oregon

Charles W. Shively was born on 28-February-1839 and died 27-September-1910 in Clatsop County, Oregon.  He was the son of John M. Shively who was the subject of last week's Shively blog.  The following was extracted from The Morning Oregonian, Thursday, September 29, 1910, Page 7, Column 2:
Pioneer Of 1848 Dead
Charles W. Shively Was First Federal Officeholder In West
Acute indigestion, supplemented by an atack of heart failure, caused the death of Charles W. Shively, an Oregon pioneer, aged 70, Tuesday night at 11 o'clock at his home, 572 East Sixth street.  He was the son of the first man to hold Federal office west of the Rocky Mountains.
The pioneer is survived by his widow and six children, five daughters and a son. They are:  Mrs. John C. McCue, Miss Minnie Shively, Miss Eva Shively, of Portland; Mrs. Raymond Henkle, of San Jose, Cal.; Mrs. Harry Burgey, of Vancouver, Wash., and Charles W. Shively, Jr., of Portland.
Mr. Shively was born in Kentucky and with his parents came across the plains to Oregon in a prairie schooner, arriving here in 1848.  His father received from the Government a donation land claim which covered, along with the Taylor and Adair claims, the whole of the town site of Astoria, Or.   His father was postmaster at Astoria.
Mr. Shively for many years was purser on vessels plying between San Francisco and the Columbia river and was also a master pilot on the Columbia river.  He served several terms as school superintendent of Clatsop county and was also an Astoria Councilman.
The funeral will be held from the residence at 1:30 P.M. tomorrow.  Interment will be in Riverview Cemetery.

The newspaper obituary for the wife of Charles W. Shively was extracted from The Morning Oregonian, Tuesday, May 15, 1928, Page 6, Column1:
Mrs. A.M. Shively Dead
Oregon Pioneer Funeral To Be Held Tomorrow
Resident Of Oregon Since 1858 One Of First Students At St. Mary's Academy
Mrs. Anna Margretta Shively, Oregon pioneer, died Sunday at her residence, 720 East Grant street.  She was born in Paderborn, Germany, April 21, 1849.  Her parents brought her to the United States on a sailing vessel in 1857.  After living in New York a few weeks they moved to St. Louis, Mo., and in 1858 they came to Oregon by way of the Isthmus of Panama, arriving in Portland in August of that year.  Mrs. Shively had been a resident of Oregon practically ever since that date. She attended the public schools here, graduating from the old Central school, which was located on the present site of the Portland hotel.  She was a student of St. Mary's academy, enrolling on the day that institution was opened.
She was married to Charles H. Shively October 19, 1871.  His father, John M. Shively, located a donation claim at Astoria which is now the central part of the city, and he was the first postmaster west of the Rocky mountains in American territory. Mr. and Mrs. Shively lived in Astoria until 1901, when they moved to Portland.  He died in 1910.
Mrs. Shively is survived by five daughters, Mrs. John C. McCue, Mrs. Charles A. Meyer and Miss Minnie Shively of Portland, Mrs. H. H. Burgy of Vancouver, Wash., and Mrs. Raymond E. Henkle of Los Angeles; a son, Charles J. Shively of Beaverton, and a sister, Mrs. Mary Shafer of Portland.  Funeral services, in charge of Edward Holman & Sons, will be held tomorrow morning at 9:30 at St. Phillip's church, East Sixteenth street and Hickory avenue.  Interment will be in the family plot in Riverview cemetery.

Additional information was located in An Illustrated History Of The State Of Oregon, H. K. Hines, Author, Published by Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago, IL 1893, Pages 838 and 839:
C. W. SHIVELY, Superintendent of Schools of Clatsop county, was born in St. Louis, Missouri, February 28, 1839, a son of John M. and Martha (Meade) Shively. The mother was  a relative of the brave General Meade, and her death occurred in 1841.  The father came to Oregon in 1843, where he was among the pioneer settlers.  In 1847 he brought the first United States mail to the coast, was the first Collector of Customs on the Pacific Mail Company in 1846, and was active in the boundary between the United States and British Columbia.  He located in Clatsop county in 1843, and, being a civil engineer, laid out the town of Astoria.  In 1849 he began mining in California, but later removed to the Fraser river.  He still resides in Astoria, and he and John Hobson are the only two men now in the city who were here in 1843.
Charles W. Shively, our subject, started with his father, at the age of eight years, to cross the plains from Missouri to Oregon, and at twelve years of age he gan life for himself.  With 5 cents in his pocket he left Astoria for Oregon City, working his passage on the steamer, and from the latter place he rode horseback and drove cattle to Jacksonville, where his father was mining.  There he waited on tables in a restaurant for a time, and next followed mining. While there, in 1852, Gustave Wilson, now United States Consul from Russia, worked for him in the mines for $5 a day.   Two years later Mr. Shively attended school for five years; then followed surveying; in 1858 was employed as whartinger for Captain Richard Hoyt, of Portland, also a purser on river steamers; in 1860 began the study of dentistry in San Francisco, which he continued for two years, and at the same time was special correspondent of the Alta Californian; and in 1862 again tried mining, in Idaho, but was unsuccessful.  He then returned to Astoria, and was the first in the United States Engineer Department at Fort Canby, was subsequently placed at the head of the Commissary Department, and assistant timekeeper; in 1864 was in the Engineer Department at Alcatraz island, a few miles north of San Francisco; the following year was wrecked on the bar at the mouth of the Columbia river, March 16, 1865, and seventeen lives were lost.  In 1866 Mr. Shively was made purser on the steamer Rescue; in 1867 was engaged as reporter for the city papers of San Francisco, and also as assistant pilot on the Vallejo and captain of the steamer Fresno, between Sacramento and Red Bluff; in 1868 was employed by Ben Holladay, as purser, freight clerk and Wells-Fargo's messenger, on the steamer Active, between Portland and Victoria, British Columbia; next was foreman on the Stockton & Copperpolis railroad for one year; in 1871 was bookkeeper for the Cosmopolitan Hotel at Portland; then removed to San Francisco; and in 1876 came to Astoria.  Since that time he has been connected with various enterprises, and for ten years was Clerk of the School Board, and also in the real estate business.  He was elected Superintendent of Public Instruction in 1889, and is now serving his fourth year.  He is the only heir to his father's large estate, and is now giving his entire attention to his land interests.
Mr. Shively was married October 18, 1869, to Miss Annie M. Dielschneider, a native of Prussia, and they have had the following children:  Katherine May, a teacher, of Portland; Wilhelmina E., who graduated in music in San Francisco; Martha S., Annie P., Eva, Charlie and David P. Thompson.  Socially our subject is a mamber of the Masonic order, and the Knights of Pythias; and religiously, is an adherent to the Baptist Church.  He is one of Astoria's most enterprising and public-spirited men, and a citizen universally respected.

Saturday, August 2, 2014

John M. Shively From Kentucky To Missouri To Astoria, Clatsop County, Oregon

John M. Shively
Mention was made in communication this week about a Shively who lived in Astoria and was "run out of town".  The topic sounded too good to pass up and research was done to see if any information could be discovered on this subject.

The following newspaper article was extracted from The Oregonian, Friday, February 13, 1959, Page 17, Columns 1-6:
Now-Honored Astoria Postmaster Run Out Of Town In 1844
By Harold Hughes, Staff Writer, The Oregonian
John M. Shively, the man whom Oregonians and the vice president of the United States will honor in Centennial ceremonies Saturday at Astoria as the first postmaster west of the Rocky Mountains, was run out of town in 1844.
Shively, a surveyor who laid out the streets in Oregon City and later surveyed Astoria, got his pal, President James K. Polk, to appoint him postmaster in 1847. Shively wanted revenge and Polk wanted the post office as firm evidence of the United States' claim to the Oregon territory in the "54-40 or Fight" boundary dispute.
Shively crossed the plains in 1843, laid out Oregon City and moved on to Astoria, where he got himself a half of a donation land claim for his work in laying out Astoria.
Only there wasn't much of a town in Astoria then.  The fort had burned in 1818, and, in the words of Shively, the Hudson's Bay factor, Dr. John McLoughlin, had let the town become nothing "but a bald spot".
Although Shively had permission of the factor to lay out the town, Jesse Applegate, the famed wagon train leader, arrived in Astoria and presented Hudson's Bay letters which he attempted to palm off on Shively as deeds--at least this is the way Shively saw it in his later years.
"No powder was burned" between us, Shively reported, but "I pulled up Applegate's land stakes and threw them in the river".
An Indian was hired to chase a partner of Shively's out of town--and the partner fled. Shively stuck it out, even after another Indian who was a poor shot tried to kill him and missed.
Later, Shively and James Birnie, the Hudson's Bay officer, hired the Indian to do the shooting.
Shortly after the assassination try failed, a British man-of-war put in to Astoria and the captain threatened to have Shively put in irons and taken to Dr. McLoughlin's headquarters at Fort Vancouver.  The captain and Shively exchanged some lively conversation in which the surveyor was called "an impudent monkey".
Finally, the Hudson's Bay company succeeded in starving Shively out of Astoria. They refused to sell him any provisions.  Shively got in his canoe and paddled off up the Columbia River.
Months later he reached Washington, D.C., where he became the chief consultant with Congress on the boundary questioned raised in the "54-40 or Fight" affray with England. He got the ear of the President, who put through the post office measure, "without half of Congress knowing what they were voting on," Shively reported.
Shively came back to Astoria in triumph and set up in 1847 at what is now the corner of 15th and Exchange Streets in Astoria a post office in his residence.  It was the first post office west of the Rocky Mountains.
After the Polk administration, Shively lost his job to T. P. Powers, who promptly moved the post office to Upper Town, a rival section of Astoria, leaving Shively's Astoria barren of a post office.  But in 1861, Shively was again reappointed and he moved the post office back to his land claim.
Gold Rush Seen
While postmaster, Shively attempted to stimulate business (he insisted) by running off to California during the gold rush.  He swore in later years that he was not attracted by gold and would not have left "Uncle Sam" in the lurch.
Fortune Amassed
But gold rusher or not, Shively went to the gold fields and returned with a sack of gold with which he bought a $30,000 schooner engine in San Francisco.  His luck turned at this point, and while entering the mouth of the Rogue river, the ship he and his engine were aboard was wrecked and Shively "lost all".
Shively married a second time while hobnobbing back east with President Polk. When he died April 4, 1893, at the age of 89, in an Astoria hospital after several years of illness, the property he conveyed to a son was worth about $200,000.  It's probably worth 100 times that today because his claim lay right in the heart of the Astoria business area.
Astorians have long admired Shively because he stood off the British encroachments, but they have long since grown tired of his survey work.
Shively laid the town out with theoretical streets running straight up impossible bluffs and hills.  Early settlers actually built some of the streets this way, creating problems that the city was still trying to solve as late as five years ago when they completed a new survey of the city.

In Descendants of Henry and Mary Banta Shively by Lottie Compton McDowell, 1972, Page 12 is the following genealogy information:
John M. Shively, son of Henry and Mary Banta Shively, was born 2 April 1804 Shelby County, Kentucky.  Apparently, he spent some time in Orange County, Indiana, as old letters reveal he taught school in Stampers Creek Township before 1832.  He is found listed in the 1832 City Directory of Louisville, Kentucky, where he had a dry goods store, known as Shain and Shively, located on north side of Market Street and north of Fourth Street.
He married Martha Ann Johnson, daughter of William F. Johnson, 25 December 1836 (Marriage Book 2--page 157) Jefferson County, Kentucky.  William F. Johnson is listed in the 1832 City Directory of Louisville, as having a grocery store on the corner of Jefferson and Preston Streets.  Due to financial difficulties, the dry goods store failed. John M. moved to Saint Louis, Missouri, where Martha Ann died in November 1842, while giving birth to twin daughters.
In April of 1843, John M. Shively decided to go to Oregon.  He left his small son, Charles W., with his Aunt Sarah and made up a wagon train for the trek to Oregon, leaving Independence, Missouri the first of April 1843, and arriving in Oregon the 12th of October of that same year (Reference--"Personal account of his trip to Oregon" edited by Ralph E. Pinnick, 1971). ....."I made up a company of 120 wagons and 560 souls to go to Oregon."
On arriving in Oregon, he did survey work in Oregon City, where he met Dr. John McLoughlin, the Hudson's Bay Company chief, at Fort Vancouver, Washington. McLoughlin told him of Old Astoria and of the unclaimed land there.  Late in the autumn of 1843, he arrived in Astoria, then occupied by Hudon's Bay Company, with James Birnie in charge. He set about surveying lines for a donation land claim.  They ordered him to leave, but he refused to do so.  His claim extended from what is now 13th Street or the east side of the Bay.
While John M. Shively was in Washington City helping with negotiations for the purchase of the Oregon Territory, he met and married Susan Elliott, daughter of Judge Elliott, in 1847, and she returned to Astoria with him, along with his son, Charles W., who had been living with his Aunt Sarah.  John M. and Susan were divorced, but remarried 2 May 1859 in Astoria.  Susan died in 1883 and John M. died 4 April 1893 in Astoria.


Friday, July 25, 2014

John Shively And Wife Nancy Barless (Harless) In Darke County, Ohio To Logan County, Illinois

John Shively/Nancy Barless(Harless) Marriage
A Shively researcher requested genealogy information on the family of John Shively who married Nancy Barless (Harless) in Darke County, Ohio on 7-February-1844. John Shively was born 2-January-1814 and died 2-July-1885 at the age of 71 years and 6 months.  He is buried in the IOOF Cemetery in Marengo, Iowa County, Iowa.  Nancy was born 10-September-1823 in Virginia and died 17-November-1899. She is buried in Union Cemetery, Macon, Franklin County, Nebraska.  From information on the 1880 Iowa County, Iowa census record John Shively is listed as divorced.

Listed on the 1850 Washington Township, Darke County, Ohio census record is the household of John Shively age 37, wife Nancy Shively age 27, daughter Sarry J. age 6, son Jacob age 2, son Daniel H. age 1 and Sarah Harless age 11.  On the 1860 Prairie Creek Precinct, Logan County, Illinois census is the family of John Shively age 46, wife Nancy age 37, daughter Sarah J age 15, son J. W. age 12, daughter Mary age 8, son Harrison age 6 and James Shields age 40.  Nancy Shively is listed on the 1880 Chester Township, Logan County, Illinois census in the household of her son.  John Shively is listed on the 1880 Marengo, Iowa County, Iowa census in the household of his married daughter Sarah Beardshaw age 35. (In the records the surname is also found as Beardshear and Beardshere). John Shively is listed as age 65 and divorced.

Harrison Clay Shively was a son of John Shively and Nancy.  He was born 15-June-1854 in Darke County, OH and died 2-September-1931 in Franklin County, NE.  He married Gretchen Hans Abts in Logan County, IL on 26-Oct-1879.   According to information from Macon, Nebraska 125th Anniversary 1872-1997 noted by Lottie Shively Comneau, Fort Worth, Texas is the following:  Among the early settler in the Macon area were Harrison Clay Shively and his wife, Gretchen (Mary) Hans Abts.  They came to the area from Darke County, Ohio after the birth of their fourth child, Minnie, in 1884.  They lived in a sod house not more than 2 or 3 miles southeast of Macon.  In this area, 8 more children were born to Harrison and Gretchen.  Of the 12 children, 9 survived to adulthood, no mean feat for those times and conditions.  Harrison was born in Ohio, of Swiss descent, Shively being Anglicized from Scheuberlein.  His fore bearers came to the US in the early 18th century. Gretchen Abts came to the US in about 1865 from Ellismon, Ostfriesland, Germany as a child of seven.

From the newspaper obituary published in the Sentinal, 27-March-1924:  Gretchen H. Shively was born in Germany, January 11, 1858; she died at her home in Franklin, Nebraska, March 18, 1824, at the age of 66 years, 2 months, 7 days. Shortly after her birth she was brought to America with other members of her family.  They family resided for a short time at Peoria, Illinois, removing in 1861 to Fairbury, Illinois.  There the home remained for many years.  From the home at Fairbury she went out to be united in marriage to Harrison C. Shively, the marriage occurring in Logan county, Illinois, on October 26, 1879.
Mr. and Mrs. Shively lived in Logan county, Ill., until 1882, in which year they removed to Dewitt, Ill., where they resided for about two years.  In 1884 they moved west and located in the Macon neighborhood, where they lived fro twenty-one years.  Then followed a residence of one year some miles west of Bloomington.  At the end of the year they fixed their home on a farm at the edge of Bloomington, where they remained for about fourteen years.  Leaving the farm in 1920, they lived for a few months in Bloomington, and then removed to Franklin, where the family home has since been located.  
Twelve children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Shively, nine of whom survive the mother:  Mrs. Mary F. Williams, of eastern Wyoming, near the city of Edgemont, South Dakota; Minnie A. Shively, of Franklin; Mrs. June A. Owen of Kansas City, Missouri; Mrs. Grace Tupper, of Edgemont, SD; Mrs. Clara Kelley of Bloomington, Neb.; Harry W. Shively of Edgemont, SD; Harvey D. Shively and Albert W. Shively of Franklin and John H. Shively, of Bloomington, Neb.  Mrs. Shively is also survived by one sister and four brothers; by eleven grandchildren and numerous other relatives.
For a number of years Mrs. Shively has been the victim of a nervous disorder which made her latter life a period of suffering and distress.  Added to this in more recent years came a bodily ailment which gradually weakened her resistance until the frail tenement of life could bear no more, and she passed quietly away.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Henry Shively And Wife Mary Nightheart Who Lived In Mason County, Michigan



The following information was located in the 1980 Mason County Michigan History, Pages 187 - 188 regarding Henry and Jacob Shively:
Following the Civil War, military duty, and a government land grant, two Ohio brothers, Jacob and Henry Shively and their families traveled to Custer Township, thus making them among the early settlers in the area.  Jacob, the eldest, born of Swiss parentage in 1826 was a solidier with the Indiana Volunteers.  Henry, born in Fairfield County, Ohio saw service as a member of the Indiana Infantry.  Both brothers left their native state, Ohio, going to Indiana and then to Wisconsin for a short time.  Living with Henry and their seven children was Mary’s mother, Hannah Nightheart.  The children were Margaret 1855, Lanty 1856, Elizabeth 1858, and Leota 1873.
Arriving in Custer in March 1876, Henry’s homestead property of 120 acres was registered with the Reed City, Michigan land office.  This farm came to be known as the Rosenow farm.  In 1879 their eighth and last child, Charles was born.  Mary’s mother, Hannah Nightheart, at age 89 died in 1880.  Mary followed her in death in 1884.  Both are buried in the Riverside Cemetery, Custer.

Located on the 1880 Mason County, Custer, Michigan census is the household of Henry Shively age 52, Farmer, born in Ohio (states father born in Switzerland and mother born in Darmstadt), wife Mary age 43 born in HemeDarmstadt, daughter Margrett age 25 born in Indiana, son Lanty age 23 born in Wisconsin, daughter Matilda age 19 born in Indiana, son George age 17 born in Indiana, son Harvey age 7 born in Indiana, and son Charles age 5 months (born in Dec) born in Michigan.

A review of the Michigan newspapers provided additional information on the children of Henry Shively and Mary Nightheart.  Located in The Ludington Daily News, Ludington, Michigan, Wednesday, September 20, 1933, Page 4, Column 7:
L. Shively Surprised On His 77th Birthday
CUSTER, Sept. 20.--Several friends and neighbors surprised L. Shively Sunda in honor of his 77th birthday anniversary.
All met at the home of Harvey Goff at Ford lake, with whom Mr. Shively makes his home, for a chicken dinner at noon.  A decorated birthday cake made by Mrs. Newton Goff centered the table.
This attending were Mr. and Mrs. Newton Goff and sons, Robert Goff, Charles Miles, Mr. and Mrs. A. Smedke and members of the Harvey Goff family.  Mr. and Mrs. Louis Mottl of Ludington called in the afternoon.

Extracted from The Ludington Daily News, Wednesday, July 29, 1925, Page 1, Column 5:
Geo. Shively, Long Lake, Dies At Brother's Home
George Shively, 62 years of age, unmarried, died late yesterday afternoon at the home of his brother, Charles Shively, 807 east Danaher street.
George Shively, who spent his childhood in Ohio and Indiana, came to Michigan and Mason county more than 50 years ago.  He had long made his home with his brother, Harvey Shively, near Long lake, not far from Fountain.
Afflicted with heart disease, George came to Ludington to his brother's home in March and remained for several weeks, then returned home feeling better.  A week ago, however, he was so much worse that he again came to Ludington to be cared for by his brother and sister-in-law.  He immediately took to his bed and was not again able to get up.
Surviving are three brothers, Land and Harvey of Sherman township and Charles of 807 east Danaher street.
The body was taken to Scottville to remain at the Stephens chapel until Thursday when funeral services will be held from the Congregational church in Custer at 2 o'clock pm. Interment will be made in Custer cemetery.

The following newspaper obituary was located in The Daily News, Ludington, Michigan, Thursday, October 26, 1939, Page 5, Column 2:
Harvey Shively, 68, Passes Suddenly
The community was saddened to hear of the death of Harvey Shively, 68, who passed away very suddenly Wednesday afternoon at the home of Mr.and Mrs. Harve Goff in Sherman township where he had made his home for many years. Coroner Lloyd Stephens was called and pronounced death due to a cerebral hemorrhage.
Mr. Shively had lived in and around Sherman township for many years and was well-known and liked by everyone.  He had  always been very fond of hunting and outdoor sports and made many friends.
Surviving are a brother, Charles Shively of Ludington and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon at the Stephens funeral home and burial will be made in the Custer cemetery.

Extracted from The Ludington Daily News, Tuesday, February 27, 1940, Page 3, Column 2:
Charles H. Shively Passes On Monday
Charles Henry Shively, 60, passed away on Monday afternoon at his home at 807 East Danaher street following an illness of some duration.
Mr. Shively was born on Dec. 11, 1879, in Custer township, Mason county, where he lived for a number of years.  A resident of Ludington for 35 years, he was a member of St. John's Lutheran church.  He was employed at the Star Watch Case company.
Married in April, 1900, to Ottille Tonn,who survives him, he is also survived by two daughters, Mrs. Margaret Shields of Elgin, Ill., and Mrs. Lena Richardson of Ludington; three sons, Arthur Shively of Manistee and Clayton and Robert Shively of Ludington, and nine grandchildren.
The body will rest at Dorrell chapel until Wednesday afternoon when it will be returned to the home at 807 East Danaher street.  Funeral services will be held at 1:45 p.m. Friday from the home and at 2 p.m. from St. John's Lutheran church, Rev. William Opitz officiating.
Interment will be made in Lakeview cemetery.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Jacob Shively And Wife Johannah Menninger Who Lived In Mason County, Michigan

The following information was located in the 1980 Mason County Michigan History, Pages 187-188 regarding Henry and Jacob Shively:
Following the Civil War, military duty, and a government land grant, two Ohio brothers, Jacob and Henry Shively and their families traveled to Custer Township, thus making them among the early settlers in the area.  Jacob, the eldest, born of Swiss parentage in 1826 was a solidier with the Indiana Volunteers.  Henry, born in Fairfield County, Ohio saw service as a member of the Indiana Infantry.  Both brothers left their native state, Ohio, going to Indiana and then to Wisconsin for a short time.  Living with Henry and their seven children was Mary’s mother, Hannah Nightheart.  The children were Margaret 1855, Lanty 1856, Elizabeth 1858, and Leota 1873.
Arriving in Custer in March 1876, Henry’s homestead property of 120 acres was registered with the Reed City, Michigan land office.  This farm came to be known as the Rosenow farm.  In 1879 their eighth and last child, Charles was born.  Mary’s mother, Hannah Nightheart, at age 89 died in 1880.  Mary followed her in death in 1884.  Both are buried in the Riverside Cemetery, Custer.
Jacob Shively married his German wife, Johannah Menninger, in Wisconsin in 1856.  Family tradition tells of Jacob and Hannah’s immigration to Custer in September of 1876 with their seven children; Christian born in 1857, Julie 1859, Anna 1861, Emmaline 1862, Louise 1864, Mary 1867, and William 1871.  They traveled by train from Indiana to the point nearest Custer, probable Tallman.  Johannah was eight months pregnant.  Their last child, Florence, was born two weeks later.  All their worldly goods were piled on their backs and the distance of approximately six miles was covered on foot to the Shively homestead, north of Custer Village.  A photograph of that first dwelling, a log cabin, can still be seen in family albums.  Jacob died in 1900.  His wife Johannah died in 1905.  Henry died in 1902.  All are buried in Riverside Cemetery, Custer.

Located on the 1880 Mason County, Custer, Michigan census is the household of Jacob Shively age 52, Farmer, born in Ohio (states father born in Switzerland and mother born in Switzerland), wife Hannah age 43 born in Prussia, son Christian age 23 born in Wisconsin, daughter Anna age 19 born in Wisconsin, daughter Emma age 16 born in Indiana, daughter Mary age 13 born in Indiana, son William H age 9 born in Ohio, and daughter Florence, age 4 born in Michigan.

The newspaper obituary for Emma Shively was extracted from The Ludington Daily News, Ludington, Michigan, Monday, December 2, 1929, Page 1, Column 3:
Mrs. WIllis Dies Of Heart Attack
Mrs. Emma Willis died suddenly near midnight, Saturday night, death resulting from a violent heart seizure with which she was attacked while at the home of her son, Ernest Willis, 713 east Foster street.
Though Mrs. Willis and been in failing health during the past year, this sudden attack was quite unexpected and she died in the arms of her son, Ernest, who was striving to give her relief.
Emma Augusta Shively was born in Marion, O., 1866 and was married in 1881 to William Willis, who preceded her in death but six months ago.  Since his death she had made her home among her children.
Surviving are three sons and four daughters, 20 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
The children are :  Mrs. Cora Grove, Detroit; Ernest Willis, Ludington; Mrs. Alma Casperson, Duluth, Minn.; Floyd, Ludington; Harold, Grand Rapids; Mrs. Ceil Stadler, Hamlin; Mrs. Irene Lange, Ludington.  There are also two sisters, Mrs. Fred Smith of Custer and Mrs. Julia Cope of Akron, O., and a brother, William Shively of Custer.
Mrs. Willis had been a devoted wife and mother, centering all her interest and love in her family.  In nursing her husband through his last illness she really broke her own health and, it is believed, hastened her death.
A host of friends mourn her death and sympathize with her family.
In the years when the First Baptist church was in existence Mrs. Willis was a member, but of late, when strength permitted, had attended the First Methodist church.
Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon from the home and at 2:30 from the First Methodist Episcopal church.

The obituary for Mary Shively was located in The Ludington Daily News, Tuesday, June 10, 1919, Page 1, Column 3:
Cancer Causes Death Of Mrs. M. Whitaker
Resident Of Ludington Twenty Years; Suffered From Disease
Several Months
Four Children, Three Living At Home, Survive Her; Funeral 
Wednesday Morning
Mrs. Mary Whitaker, aged 52 years, passed away at 9 o'clock last evening at her home, 613 north Rowe street, following an illness from cancer extending over the past several months. She had been ailing for some time and in September, 1918, went to the hospital at Ann Arbor in hoe that an operation would alleviate her sufferings.  Doctors there, however, discovered the cause of her illness to be cancer and while all possible was done to relieve her, she suffered much pain from that time until death brought relief.
Ever a loving and devoted mother, over a week ago, realizing that the end was near, she called her family to her bedside and bid them all goodbye.  Besides Mrs. Andrew Anderson, Miss Myrtle Whitaker and Russell, who made their home with their mother, a daughter, Mrs. F. O. Redick of Charlotte, and son, Edward, of Grand Rapids, with his wife, came to see their mother at that time.  Mrs. Redick later returned to her home but arrived here this noon to attend the funeral.  Mr. and Mrs. Edward Whitaker remained in Ludington and were with the mother when the end came.
Mrs. Whitaker came to Mason county from Marion, Ohio, with her parents when but a child of six years of age.  For a number of years she lived with them on their homestead north of Custer.  For the past 20 years she resided in Ludington during which time she made many warm friends whose sympathy now goes out to the family in their bereavement.
Her husband preceded her in death elven years ago.  Besides the immediate family she is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Fred Smith of Custer, Mrs. William Willis of Ludington and Mrs. Julia Cope of Akron, Ohio, and two brothers, Chris and William Shively of Custer.
Funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning from the home, Rev. Thos. Cox officiating.  Burial will be made in the city cemetery.  The services will be private.

The newspaper obituary for Florence Shively was extracted from The Ludington Daily News, Monday, January 5, 1948, Page 3, Column 3:
Mrs. Fred Smith Taken  By Death
CUSTER--Mrs. Fred L. Smith, 71, of Custer died Sunday afternoon at Paulina Stearns hospital in Ludington, where she had been a patient since New Year's day.  Mrs. Smith, who had been in ill health for several years, had been cared for by her daughter, Mrs. John Beyer of Ludington since Nov. 16.
Born Florence Shively Sept. 28, 1876, she was a lifetime resident of Mason county. Married June 11, 1895, to Fred L. Smith, the couple lived in Ludington until 1918 when they moved to Custer.  Mr. and Mrs. Smith marked their 50th wedding anniversary in 1945.
Mrs. Smith, who was affiliated with the Methodist church, was a member of Custer Ladies' aid and Myrna Rebekah lodge of Custer.  Always fond of flowers, Mrs. Smith maintained a large flower garden.
She is survived by her widower; one son, Lloyd R. Smith of Custer; two daughters, Mrs. Lawrence Lewis of Manistee and Mrs. Beyer of Ludington; 11 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.  One grandson, Sgt. Clinton Lewis, was killed in 1943 in England.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday from Custer Congregational church.  Burial will be in Riverside cemetery, Custer.
The body, now at Stephens funeral home in Scottville, will be taken to the Custer residence Tuesday noon.  It will remain there until 12:30 p.m. Wednesday when it will be taken to the church for services.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

William N. Alsop Who Was Assassinated And His Wife Maggie Shively Who Lived In Jefferson County, Kentucy

Wm. N. Alsop Stone - Shively Cemetery, Jefferson County, KY
Courtesy Of Walter Shively
The stone says W N Alsop MD DDS, Born Nov. 23, 1855, Assassinated, July 12, 1899.  Walter Shively, New Albany, IN told the Shively cousins of the story  of the assassination of William N. Alsop who is buried in the Shively Cemetery in Jefferson County, KY. William N. Alsop married Maggie Shively in Jefferson County, KY on 3-September-1879.  Maggie Shively was the daughter of William Henry Shively and Margaret Jones.  She was the granddaughter of Henry Shively and third wife, Maria Hambleton (Hamilton) Parker. Maggie Shively was the great-granddaughter of Christian Shively and Mary Bashore.

Located in The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY, Thursday Morning, July 13, 1899, Page 5, Column 6:                                         DEATHS
ALSOP -- July 12, at Shaw, Miss., Dr. W. N. Alsop
Due notice of funeral in Louisville will be given.

Located in The Courier-Journal, Friday Morning, July 14, 1899, Page 5, Column 6:
Shot Down
Dr. W. N. Alsop Victim Of Three Assasins
Enticed From His Home
Filled Full Of Bullets And Buckshot In A Woods
Sequel To An Old Quarrel
Body Brought To Louisville From Cleveland, Miss., Where The Tragedy Happened
Formerly Practiced Here
Dr. W. N. Alsop, who for many years practiced medicine in Louisville, was most foully murdered at Cleveland, Miss., Wednesday morning about 11 o'clock.  The circumstances surrounding the killing are remarkable for the cold-blooded way in which the victim was shot down.
The body of Dr. Alsop was brought to Louisville last night, arriving here at 10:25 over the Illinois Central.  The widow and a son accompanied the body.
Dr. Alsop had for the past ten years been practicing his profession at Shaws, a small Mississippi town. Wednesday morning he received a telegram from Cleveland, a small town fifteen miles distant from Shaws, summoning him to that town.  The telegram said that the case was an urgent one, and requested him to come as quickly as possible.  When he arrived at Cleveland he was met by an unknown man, who drove him to the outskirts of the town.  There they were joined by two other men, who drew their revolvers and calmly told the doctor that they intended to kill him.  Dr. Alsop pleaded with them and tried in every way possible to pacify them.
They were determined, however, that he should die and would not listen to his entreaties. Dr. Alsop told them that he was unarmed and could not fight them and that it would be a plain case of murder if they killed him.  They then told him that he would be given an opportunity to fight for this life.  They gave him permission to go and arm himself upon his solemn promise to return.  When he returned, all three opened fire upon him.  One of them was armed with a shot gun and their victim fell at the first volley.  The men escaped and the body of the dead man was found a few minutes later by a passer-by, who was attracted by the shooting.  Life was already extinct and an examination showed that twenty-two buckshot had entered the dead man's right side.  Three pistol balls also struck him, two in the right side and one in the neck.
One of the men named Williams was afterwards captured and after a cross-examination confessed.  He refused, however, to tell who the other two men were. The body of Dr. Alsop was removed to Shaw's and when his former fellow-townsmen heard of the cowardly assassination public opinion ran high, and it was plain that the indignant citizens would organize a posse and lynch the guilty parties if caught.
The cause of the shooting is said to date back several years.  Some years ago, Dr. Alsop was conversing with an old man who conducted a grocery store near Shaws. The son of a rich old planter with two companions came to the store, and after a quarrel with the old man assaulted him.  Dr. Alsop interfered and administered a severe chastising to the rich young planter.  The latter left the store swearing vengeance.  Early next morning, he called on the doctor and informed him that one of the two "would eat breakfast in he_ _".
At this, both drew their revolvers and opened fire.  The shot fired by the doctor struck his antagonist and killed him instantly.  At the trial which followed, Dr. Alsop was dismissed.  The young man's father said that he would yet be avenged.
The deceased formerly practiced medicine in Louisville and had ann office at Fifth and Walnut streets.  About ten years ago he left Louisville, going to Shaws, Miss., where he purchased a plantation.  He developed into quite a hunter, and many of his Louisville friends visited him yearly to enjoy the hunting about Shaws.  He was a son-in-law of W. H. Shively, who formerly had a position in the County Sheriff's office.
The body was brought to Louisville last night and the funeral will take place this morning from Cralle's undertaking establishment.  The burial will be in Shively's private burying ground at Mill Creek.

Further information regarding the assassination of W. N. Alsop was extracted from The Courier-Journal, Saturday Morning, July 22, 1899, Page 12, Column 5:
In A Duel
Dr. Alsop Was Killed After A Quarrel
Slain By Harry Williams
Latter Used Shotgun While Alsop Had A Pistol
The Story In Detail
Harry Williams, the slayer of Dr. W. N. Alsop, was given a preliminary hearing at Cleveland, Miss., the scene of the killing, last week.  The story which was brought out at the trial differed in several ways from that heretofore published.
The testimony showed that Dr. Alsop was killed by Harry Williams, and not by three or four unknown men, who decoyed their victim to Cleveland.
The following account of the murder is taken from the Cleveland, Miss., Enterprise:
"A preliminary hearing is in progress here for the killing last Wednesday afternoon of Dr. W. N. Alsop, a prominent citizen of Shaw, by Harry Williams, of this place.
"The details leading up to the tragedy, insofar as we have been able to discover them, place the origin of the trouble some months back, and constitute certain criticisms and reflections upon Harry Williams, of this place, made by Dr. Alsop, together with the threat to kill him.  These remarks were made in the presence of a friend of Mr. Williams, who repeated them to  him.  Later, however, they were denied by Dr. Alsop, and the three men met in the City Drug Store here last Wednesday, when an understanding was sought.
"Failing to satisfactory adjust the trouble, Mr. Williams demanded of him to draw his gun, and they would settle it then and there.  Dr. Alsop stated that he was unarmed; whereupon he was told to go and get a weapon.  He went away, saying that he would do so and return.
"About an hour later he came down Main street with Hon. Oscar McGuire, of Rosedale.  At the corner of McCorkle street, they turned off to the railroad track and walked toward the station.  As they came from behind a flat car, which was standing in the yards, Dr. Alsop was seen to have a pistol in his hand.
"Mr. Williams, who was standing in the door of his butcher shop, stepped out upon the sidewalk and called to Mr. McGuire to get away, as he did not wish him to be harmed.  Mr. McGuire immediately ran on down the track, and the two shots rang out at about the same time.  There is no doubt but that Dr. Alsop was fatally wounded by the first shot, as he was seen to stagger forward a few steps and sink to a stooping position, with his pistol laid across one arm, in the attitude of taking deliberate aim.  It is the opinion of those who saw him, however, that he did not discharge his weapon.  He raised to his feet, reeled around, and fell.  Williams used a shotgun loaded with buckshot, and Alsop had a 45-caliber Colt's pistol.
"At some time during the fray Hon. Oscar McGuire was struck twice, once in the left elbow and a glancing shot on the forehead.  Just when and how he received them is not known to anyone save him.  Neither is supposed to e of a dangerous character.
"Mr. Alsop was picked up in an unconscious condition and carried into the station. Dr. L. B. Sparkman made an examination of him, but before he had completed same he died."

Extracted from The Courier-Journal, Wednesday Morning, July 26, 1899, Page 4, Column 6:
Still Another Account
Eye Witness Tells Of The Killing Of Dr. Alsop -- No Chance
To Defend Himself
There are so many conflicting stories concerning the murder of Dr. Alsop that it is almost impossible to distinguish between the true and false.  The last and one which is believed to be the true account of the murder was published last week in the Bolivar County (Arkansas) Democrat.  The article is headed "A Foul Assassination," and was written by O. G. McGuire, who was with Dr. Alsop when he was killed.
The article says that Dr. Alsop, who lived at Shaw, went to Cleveland to assist McGuire in obtaining the candidacy for State Senator.  He and Harry Williams had a quarrel shortly after the arrival of the doctor, and the latter had fears for his life.  A short time after this Dr. Alsop and McGuire passed a grocery in which Williams and several of his friends were sitting.  They and proceeded only a short distance when several shots were fired, and Dr. Alsop fell, mortally wounded.  He lived only a short time.  His assassins kept on firing after he had fallen, and McGuire was struck by several shots.  There were several in the party who fired on Dr. Alsop, and McGuire says they were armed with revolvers, shotguns and rifles.