|Levi Shively and Rebecca Wallace|
A recent query was made by a family member looking for information on Robert Shively who married Marjorie Bonen. A newspaper announcement of the wedding of this couple was located in The Star, Marion, Ohio, Wednesday June 2, 1943, Page 4, Column 2. The information in the wedding announcement prompted a census search for Marion County, Ohio. On the 1930 census of Marion County, Ohio, Marion City in the household of Henry Hecker was found the family of Fred Shively age 32, wife Margaret age 30, son Robert age 11 and son Richard age 7. On the 1920 census of Marion County, Ohio, Marion City is listed the family of Fred Shively age 22, wife Marguerite age 20 and son Robert age 11 months. In this household is listed Henry Hecker age 19, and identified as a brother-in-law. A search of the 1910 census records for Fred Shively and his parents was successful. Located on the 1910 Lawrence County, Ohio, Mason township was listed the family of Monroe Shively age 38, wife Annie age 40, son Freddie age 10, son Enos age 9, son Emery age 6, son Wallace age 4 and son Steward age 1yr and 11 months. From the census records of 1900 Lawrence County, Ohio, Mason Township is located Monroe Shively born March 1872, wife Annie born August 1871 and son Fred born August 1899. A couple of entries prior to this family is the family of Levi Shively born March 1845, wife Rebecca born October 1844, daughter Alice M born March 1874, son Alzo born June 1876, son Fred born March 1879, son William born February 1881, son Ora born 1883 and son Oliver born October 1887. To further verify the lineage of this family located on the 1880 Lawrence County, Ohio, Mason Township is the family of Levi Shively age 35, wife Rebecca age 35, son Alonzo age 10, son Monroe age 8, daughter Alice age 6, son Alzo age 4, son Frederic age 1 and father-in-law Preston Wallace age 77.
From an unidentified and yellowed newspaper obituary the following information can be learned about Levi Shively: "Levi Shively was born in Columbiana county, Ohio, March 30, 1845 and died Jan. 23, 1912, age 66 years, 9 months and 23 days. His parents moved to Gallia county when he was two years of age. When he was eighteen years old he enlisted in Company L, 12th Ohio volenteer cavalry, and served two years and one month. He was married March 2, 1868, to Rebecca Wallace. To this union was born 9 children, all of whom survive him, except Alzo and an infant child deceased. In 1868 he removed to Lawrence county near Wilgus, where he resided until his death.
Mr. Shively was a man of strong character and a firm believer in all doctrines of right. This he sought to instill in the minds of his children. His advice to them was ever of good and right, and especially did he encourage them to earnestness in church work and all public institutions for good.
His illness was of long duration. For six years he was unable to do any work, but for the last two months he was confined to his bed. His suffering was long and severe, yet he bore it all with patience, and during his sickness he gave evidence of the hope he had in christian faith.
He leaves to mourn his loss a wife and the following children: Alonzo, Monroe, Alice, Fred, William, Ora and Oliver all of Wilgus, besides the following brothers and sister; David Shively of Alice, O., Mrs. Emily Coy of Vinton, Ohio, Mrs. Mary Clark, of Columbus, Ohio, and Andrew Shively of Baltimore, Ohio."