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.

Saturday, June 25, 2011

William Thomas Shively And Wife, Terresa Hayden, Of Pottawattamie County, Iowa

Family of William T. Shively
The following information was taken from "History Of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, From The Earliest Historic Times to 1907" by S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, copywrite date 1907, pages 743-746, a book found in the Council Bluffs, Iowa Library, and retyped by Richard Dale Shively, of Ralston, Nebraska, great grandson of William Thomas Shively.

William Thomas Shively, who is living in honorable retirement in Council Bluffs, Iowa, was born in Taylor county, Kentucky, March 8, 1830.  His father, John B. Shively, was likewise a native of that state, born in 1804.  Death came to him August 12, 1864, he being killed by Union soldiers, and it is said that the reason was that he owned slaves.  At the same time he had six sons serving in the Union Army, including William T. Shively of this review.  The father's death occurred in Lebanon, Marion county, Kentucky.  His wife bore the maiden name of Sarah Heavrin and was a daughter of Robert Heavrin, of Marion county.
In the district schools of Taylor county, Kentucky, William T. Shively acquired his education, and afterward began flatboating on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, going down to New Orleans in 1850.  He was thus engaged for three years and on the 15th of October 1853, he married and settled on a farm on Cloyd's creek in Marion county, Kentucky, where he continued for five years.  He then removed to Taylor county, Kentucky, and bought four hundred acres of land, upon which he remained until after the outbreak of the Civil war.  Espousing the cause of the Union he entered Company H, of the Tenth Kentucky Infantry, serving under Colonel John M. Harlan, now one of the judges of the supreme court of the United States.  He was in that command for nearly four years and was mustered out at Louisville.  He joined the army as a private and won promotion of the rank of captain.
When the war was ended Mr. Shively bought a farm in Taylor county, Kentucky, which he sold after a year and then gave his attention to the milling business until he came to Pottawattamie county, Iowa, in the summer of 1866.  For several months hs worked in the steam sawmills at Lewins Grove near Avoca, and in the spring of 1867 he began farming, in which he continued until the following winter, when he entered the employ of the Rock Island Railroad Company. He worked at grading until the road was completed to Council Bluffs in the same year.  Subsequently he entered the car repairing department of the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad and so continued until 1869.  In that year he removed to Lemars, Iowa, where he homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres of land and turned his attention to farming, cultivating and developing that place until the spring of 1882, when he went to O'Neill, Nebraska.  He there pre-empted one hundred and sixty acres of land, which he brought under cultivation, and upon that farm lived for sixteen years, his labors converting it into a rich and productive property.  Removing to the city of O'Neill, he there lived for six years, and in 1904 he came to Council Bluffs, where he has since lived retired, enjoying well earned ease.  His life has been one of untiring activity and enterprise and thus he acquired a handsome competence, enabling him now to live in honorable retirement.
On the 4th of October 1853, Mr. Shively was married to Miss Terresa Hayden, a daughter of James and Elenor (Hayden) Hayden, who though of the same name were not related.  The marriage was celebrated at St. Mary's Church in Calvary, Marion county, Kentucky.  Mrs. Shively was educated in the convent there.  Her father was a physician but practiced only among his friends and neighbors, devoting much of his time to farming and to the cooperage business.  Mr. and Mrs. Shively traveled life's journey together for more than a half century and were then separated by the death of the wife in Council Bluffs on the 26th of April 1907. She was a communicant of St. Francis Xavier Catholic church and was a lady of many excellent traits of character.
Sarah Elenor Shively, the eldest daughter of the family, was born May 28, 1855, in Marion county, Kentucky, was educated at Calvary Academy, and was married in Sioux City, Iowa, March 27, 1871, to Samuel Agnew Anderson, a son of Robert and Dorcas Ann Simms (Hopkins) Anderson.  He was born in Allegheny City, Pennsylvania, April 2, 1845, and for eighteen years was yardmaster for the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad at Council Bluff.  He was killed while on duty by a train November 30, 1887.  Mrs. Anderson is a member of the Degree of Honor in the Ladies of the Maccabees.  Her husband was a Mason and was buried with Masonic honors.  Mrs. Anderson is a trained nurse by profession and is now acting as her father's housekeeper.  Her son, William R. Anderson, born in Sioux City, July 5, 1872, was educated in the common schools of Council Bluffs and is at present engaged in railroad work in Waco, Texas, and is a member of the Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen.  Samuel E. Anderson, the second son of Mrs. Sarah E. Anderson, was born March 21, 1878, in Council Bluffs.  He was educated in the public schools and on the 11th of June, 1907, married Clara Chesnut, the daughter of William Chesnut, of Omaha.  He is a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen and of the Royal Highlanders.
Susan Ann Shively, the second daughter of William T. Shively, was born in Marion county, Kentucky, September 10, 1856, and died on the 8th of December of that year.  Mary Josephine Shively, born April 14, 1858, died February 27, 1863.
William Thomas Shively, Jr., born in Taylor county, Kentucky, August 11, 1860, lives at Norfolk, Nebraska.  He married Rosa Hershiser, of Waterloo, Iowa, a daughter of Henry Hershiser, and their children are May, Ruth, Jacob M., Louise and Glen.  William T. Shively, Jr., is an engineer for the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad, and socially is connected with the Highlanders, the Maccabees, and the O.E.S.
Richard Columbus Shively, born in Taylor county, Kentucky, August 2, 1862, lives in Council Bluffs and is a steamfitter for the Union Pacific Railroad Company at its shops in Omaha, Nebraska.  He was educated in the schools of Sioux county, Iowa, and married Katie Belle Jones, a daughter of William and Sarah Jones, of Council Bluffs.  The children of this marriage are Lawrence Ray, an electrian; Sarah Clara Fay, Franklin Emanuel, and Harry William.
John B. Shively, born in Taylor county, Kentucky, May 1, 1865, acquired a public school education and married Clyde Fullington at Denison, Texas.  He died February 2, 1904, and his wife in 1905, leaving two children, Gladys and Brent.  John B. Shively in his active business career was a conductor and he belonged to the Ancient Order of United Workmen and Brotherhood of Railway Trainmen, while his wife was connected with the auxiliary of the latter order.
James Hayden Shively, the next member of the family of William T. Shively, was born near Avoca, Iowa, November 3, 1867, and was educated in the rural schools.  For several years he was a stationary engineer and is now engaged in the automobile business in Omaha, Nebraska.  He belongs to the Ancient Order of United Workmen and the Stationary Engineers Union.  He wedded Stella Jane Smith, a daughter of O. F. Smith, at Centerville, South Dakota, and they have two sons -- Roy and Oscar.
George Edward Shively, born in Sioux county, Iowa, April 18, 1871, is a motorman on the electric line between Council Bluffs and Omaha and lives in the former city.  His fraternal relations are with the Modern Woodmen of America, the Woodmen of the World and Independent Order of Odd Fellows.
Bertha Alice, born in Sioux county, July 13, 1873, and educated in Council Bluffs, was married June 27, 1900, to Frederick George Loper, a son of Louis and Ellen (Roach) Loper, of this city.  Mr. Loper is engaged in the Rock Island train services at  Council Bluffs.
Frances E. Shively, born December, 15, 1875, in Sioux county, died July 28, 1879.
Estella Gertrude, born in Lemars, Iowa, March 25, 1878, was educated at Chadron, Nebraska, and Sioux City, Iowa, and taught school in Nebraska for five years.  On the 16th of May, 1899, she became the wife of Edmund Joseph Gallagher, a son of John and Mary (McCaffrey) Gallagher, natives of Ireland and Scotland respectively.  They came to America in early life and Mr. Gallagher, who was a tailor at Galena, Illinois, made the first uniform ever worn by General U. S. Grant, at the breaking out of the Civil war.  His son Edmund was born at Galena, September 2, 1873, and there began his education.  Following the removal of the family to the west in 1883 he resided at different points in Nebraska and Iowa.  He engaged in merchandising and in railroading prior to locating in Council Bluffs in 1905, and at the present writing he is engine inspector for the Illinois Central Railroad.  He is a member of the Knights of Pythias and the Ancient Order of United Workmen, and he and his wife are communicants of the Catholic church.  They have one child, France Irene.
Francis Jesse Shively, born October 3, 1881, near Lamars, Iowa, and educated in the Nebraska public schools, was married in 1904 to Emma Koche, of Norfolk, Nebraska, and they have two children, Lester and Ralph.  The father is manager of a telephone company at Windom, Minnesota, and is a member of the Ancient Order of United Workmen.
Mr. Shively (William T.) was a democrat until 1896 but he now casts an independent ballot.  Ever since going to Council Bluffs he has lived retired, deriving a good income from his properties and money otherwise invested.  He lives at No. 3256 Avenue A, and is well known in the city, a life of activity, integrity and honor gaining for him the respect and confidence of all with whom he has been associated in every community.

The following newspaper obituary was located for William T. Shively.  This article was extracted from The Omaha World Herald, December 24, 1922, Page 3:
Capt. Wm. T. Shiveley Dies Here At 92 Years
Civil War Veteran, Former Resident of O'Neill, Had Been Nebraska Resident 41 Years
Captain William T. Shively, civil war veteran, died Saturday morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. Stella Rose, 2114 South Thirty fourth street, at the age of 92 years.  He had been a resident of Nebraska for forty-one years, and came to Omaha ten years ago from his former home at O'Neill.
Captain Shively was born in Green county, Kentucky.  He enlisted in the union army in 1861, and was made a captain less than a year later of Company H. Tenth Kentucky volunteer infantry.  He was mustered out December 4, 1861.
Surviving him are a brother, Sylvester Shively, Lebanon, Ky.; five sons, William T., O'Neill, Neb.; George, Ralston, Neb.; Richard, Council Bluffs, and Frank and James of Omaha, and three daughters, Mrs. Sarah Anderson and Mrs. Stella Rose, Omaha, and Mrs. Fred Loper of Council Bluffs.  There are twenty-three grandchildren and eighteen great grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held at 8:30 o'clock Tuesday from the home of Mrs. Rose, to Lady of the Lourves church, Thirty-second avenue and Francis street, at 9 o'clock.  Burial will be in St. Joseph cemetery, Council Bluffs.


  1. William Thomas Shively Jr. & Rosa Hershiser were my great-grandparents. My grandmother was (Ida) May Shively who married Alex Rabeler Sr. Can anyone clarify the lineage starting with John B. Shively born in1804. Any prior lineage would also be appreciated.
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  2. John B. Shively (born in 1804) would be the grandfather of William Thomas Shively (born 1860) who married Rosa Hershiser. William Thomas Shively (born 1860) was the son of William Thomas Shively (born 1830) and Terresa Hayden.

  3. Larry,
    Nice site, by the way. My 3x great-grandfather was William E. Kelly who served as 1st Lt. of Co. I. 10th Kentucky Infantry.
    I was wondering if any letters from William T.'s service in the Civil War survived. Or any photographs got passed down through the family. Still looking for a wartime image of my ancestor and fellow officers' photo albums are great places to look.
    Please reply to