A review of the newspapers from Luzerne County, Pennsylvania produced information regarding the deaths of two brothers, M. C. Shively and George L. Shively, and their wives. The brothers are listed on the 1870 Tyrone Township, Blair County, PA in the household of their parents, Samuel W and Elizabeth Shively. Listed in the household also is their grandfather, Daniel Shively.
The Shively surname appears on the Blair County, PA census records beginning in 1870. Prior to 1870 the same families can be located on the Huntingdon County, PA census records. It appears that the patriarch of these Shively families was a Daniel Shively born ca. 1798 and his wife Mary (last name unknown) born ca. 1804. Daniel is found on the 1830 and 1840 Huntingdon County census records. The 1850 Huntingdon County census is the first census that lists names of the family and children listed include Samuel born ca. 1834, Mary born ca. 1837, Minerva born ca. 1838 and John W. born ca. 1844. There is an entry in The Herald, Shirleysburg, PA, April 1858 which lists a marriage by Rev. J. B. Crist for Mr. Samuel W Shively to Miss Eliza Sailor, both of Alexandria, PA.
In 1860 this Samuel Shively is found on the census for Alexandria and living in his household is his father, Daniel Shively (age 62) and his brother John Shively who is listed as age 18. It appears that Mary, the wife of Daniel, may have passed away between 1850 and 1860 as her name does not appear again on later records. Samuel and Eliza have one child, a son named Morris age 1, on this census record.
By 1870 the Samuel Shively family has moved to Blair County, PA. Samuel Shively and family are found in Tyrone Township. His father, Daniel Shively (age 72) is still living in his household. John W. Shively, brother to Samuel, appears to have gotten married between 1860 and 1870 as he is listed in the borough of Birmingham (still in Huntingdon County) with wife Nancy and two children; son Henry S and daughter Maria.
The period between 1870 and 1880 seems to have been a period of many changes for this Shively line. At the time this information is being written Samuel Shively and family could not be located on an 1880 census record. After the 1870 census record Daniel Shively is no longer found in the census records. (Note it may be that if Samuel Shively is located in 1880 that Daniel may still be living with him.) John and Nancy Shively have moved to Blair County, PA, Snyder Township with children Henry, Maria, Sarah S and Robert.
M. C. (Morris) Shively and G. L. (George) Shively , sons of Samuel Shively, appear on the census records in Luzerne County, PA beginning in 1900. From the newspaper information we learn the following:
The Wilkes-Barre Times, Monday Evening, September 10, 1906, Page 10, Column 3:
According to the will of M. C. Shively, of Grove street, this city, which was admitted to probate on Saturday, his personal property, valued at $2,500, is to be divided among his children. Among the personal property is the following: A $1,000 life insurance policy in the Life Insurance Company of Binghamton, N.Y.; a $500 policy of the Knights of Maccaees of Port Huron; a $250 certificate of the national council of the Jr. O.U.A.M. and a funeral benefit in the William J. Byars Council, No. 282, Jr. O.U.A.M. of this city. The children are Rev. Bernard A. Shively, of Naponee, Neb.; Maurice Charles Shively, Jr.; Misses Alice M. and Eliza Shively, of this city. Rev. Mr. Shively is named as executor of the estate and guardian of his two sisters, Alice and Mary.
The Wilkes-Barre Times, Wednesday Evening, December 13, 1905, Page 6, Column 5:
Mrs. Kate Shively, wife of M. C. Shively, died at her home, 105 Grove street, yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock after a long illness, her death being hastened by pneumonia, aged 43 years and 8 months. She is survived by her husband, two sons, Rev. Bernard A., of Shelton, Neb.; Maurice, of Park avenue; Alice and Mary, at home; also by her mother and father, two brothers and three sisters. Deceased was a faithful and consistent member of the First United Evangelical church, Dana street, being an ardent worker in the Ladies' Aid society and Keystone League of that church. Services will be held at the home this evening at 7:30, conducted by Rev. S. H. Chubb. The remains will be taken to Newport, Perry county, to-morrow morning on the 7:15 Pennsylvania train for interment at that place on Friday.
The Times-Leader, Wilkes-Barre, PA, Friday Evening, March 26, 1915, Page 4, Column 4:
George L. Shively, aged 54, a highly respected resident of this city died at his home, 28 parson Court, yesterday after a year's illness of complications. He was well known throughout the city and has for years conducted a grocery business near the Armory, on South Main street. He was always active in church and Sunday school work and was a member of the Dana street Evangelical Church and Dr. Kisler's Sunday school class. He is survived by two daughters, Ethel and Mary. His wife proceded in death a year ago. Funeral services will be held at the home this evening at 7:30 by Rev. J. P. Miller of Dana street Evangelical Church. The body will be taken to Altoona, Saturday morning at 10 o'clock for interment.
The Times-Leader, Wilkes-Barre, PA, Monday Evening, November 3, 1913, Page 12, Col 2:
Mrs. Amanda C. Shively, aged 54, of 37 South Main street, died yesterday afternoon at her home. Death was due to complications. Surviving her besides her husband, G. L. Shively, are two daughters, Mary and Ethel, her mother, Mrs. Daniel Nall, and the following brothers and sisters: Daniel Nall of Juaniata, William of Pittsburgh, Grant, David and Frank Nall of Bellwood, Mrs. Anna Krasher of Florida, Mrs. Mollie Gurthrie of Alabama, Mrs. G. A. Grunt of Altoona, Mrs. Webb Nelson of Williamsburg, Pa., and Miss Edith Nall of Bellwood. Services will be conducted this evening at 7:30, the remains will be taken to Altoona tomorrow for interment.