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, October 22, 2011

Benjamin Franklin Shively From St. Joseph County Michigan

A Shively cousin received a calendar from the Fleet Reserve Association for 2012. For the month of December there is a view of the U.S.S. Arizona memorial which shows the name of B. F. Shively.  A request was made to see if any information on B. F. Shively could be found.   B .F. Shively's full name was Benjamin Franklin Shively and he was the son of Harry Wilbur Shively and Agnes Martha Albright.  
Benjamin Franklin Shively was a fireman, 1st class, U.S. Navy on the U.S.S. Arizona when the ship was attacked in Pearl Harbor on December 7, 1941.  He was on the casualty list and is buried in the Riverside Cemetery, Three Rivers, St. Joseph County, Michigan.  
Also buried in the Riverside Cemetery are his parents.  His father, Harry Wilbur Shively was born on 4-March-1886 in VanBuren County, Michigan and died 12-Aug-1976 in St. Joseph County, Michigan.  His mother, Agnes Martha Albright Shively was born 24-Sep-1888 in Rock County, Wisconsin and died 3-Dec-1966 in St. Joseph County, Michigan.
The family of Harry and Agnes Shively are located on the census records  in 1930 Lockport Township, St. Joseph County, Michigan and 1920 Kalamazoo Township, Kalamazoo County, Michigan.  From these records it is known there were at least the following children:   Louise born ca. 1915, Wilbur born ca. 1917, Benjamin born 1919 and James born ca. 1923.
Harry Wilbur Shively is found on the 1900 census records in the household of his parents, Benjamin F Shively born October 1834 and 2nd wife Hattie May Doolittle born June 1863.  The family is located in Laurel, Cedar County, Nebraska.  
Benjamin F Shively born in 1834 was the son of Benjamin Franklin Shively, Sr (1799-1844) and Barbara Asherman (1809-1887).  Benjamin Franklin Shively, Sr was the son of John Shively and Elizabeth Dersham.  John Shively was the son of Christian Shively (1751-1842) and Sophia Catherine Smith (1752-1821).  Christian Shively who was born in 1751 was the son of Christian Shively and Esther Naffin (Neff).  The Christian Shively who married Esther was the son of Christian Shively of Oberdorf, Canton of Basel, Switzerland. 


  1. I was recently in Hawaii and viewed the USS Arizona. My name is Steve Shively and I noticed there was a B F Shively on the wall of the sailors that died. My Dad was in WW2 and had five buddies that died on the Arizona. They all went in on the buddy plan and my Dad almost joined them but decided to go into the Army Air Corps which was the beginning of the Air Force. I dont know if we are related in any way but I found something that was a pretty good coincidence. My Dad was born in 1923 like james and his sister Maxine was born in 1919 like Benjamine. My Dad Wayne just died a few months ago and never would really talk about the war. He was out in the Pacific for the duration of the war. My Grandfather Elmer was born in 1896 in Indiana. Anyway most likely somewhere down through history our two families were related...

    1. Hello,

      My name is Jeremy Shively and served in the U.S. Navy from 2002-2007. My family is from Illinois and I was wondering if I was related to Benjamin Franklin Shively since all of his family was from Michigan and Wisconsin. Would be cool to check out. My father is Walter Eugene Shively born July 3, 1957 in Illinois.

    2. Jeremy, I would really like to work on your Shively genealogy to see if you are related to Benjamin Franklin Shively. I really need one more generation back meaning I need to know the names of the parents of your Dad, Walter Eugene Shively. If you can give me the names of your grandfather and grandmother Shively I will see what I can find.