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.
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.