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.

Sunday, September 25, 2011

Moses Shively And Wife Elizabeth Wentle Of Oliver Township, Mifflin County, Pennsylvania

Family Bible Of Elizabeth Wentle
This blog was created for the sharing of our Shively research.  It was also created for those who have questions and are looking for information on a Shively line to be able to see if others are working on the same lineage.
James Shively from Kansas City, Missouri is working on his Moses Shively and Elizabeth Wentle line.  If there are other researchers who are working on this Shively line he would like to make contact with you in order to work together.
Moses Shively is listed on the Pennsylvania census records from 1850 to 1900.  Moses is listed  in the Union County, Pennsylvania probate records (Book C, Page 43) in the records of John Shively of Hartle Township, Union County as "grandson Moses, son of my daughter Elizabeth".  In the Descendants of Christian Shively of Warwick Township, Lancaster County...,by Arthur Geiger Black, Moses Shively is mentioned as "Moses Shively, Oliver Township, Mifflin Co., Pa, eldest son of Elizabeth Shively, (now Elizabeth Valentine) and grandson of John Shively, late of Hartley Township, Union County, PA".
One of the mysteries that James Shively is trying to resolve is trying to find a record that lists the father of Moses Shively.  From the sources mentioned in the above paragraph his mother is named but no reference can be found naming his father.   James Shively has participated in the Shively family DNA project and the results did not match the Christian Shively participants. Therefore the concern that Elizabeth Shively may have born Moses out of wedlock and Moses given the surname Shively at birth.
Moses Shively married Elizabeth Wentle.  They had 5 children:  Thomas Charles Shively born 19-Nov-1854 and married on 24-Jan-1882 to Anna Houston, Scott Shively born 30-July-1856, Mary (Nannie) Shively born 14-Sep-1859 died 8-May-1882, Rachel Eliza Shively born 3-Aug-1866, and Nana born 6-May-1870.  
Mary Shively is listed with her father, Moses Shively on the 1900 census. They are located in Oliver Township, McVeytown Borough, Mifflin County, PA.  From the research of James Shively he records: "Mary Shively was born Sept. 14, 1859 in Oliver Township, Mifflin, Pennsylvania and was the third child and oldest daughter of Moses Shively and Elisabeth (Wentle) Shively.  Her siblings were Charles Shively (my great x4 grandfather), Scott Shively, Rachal Eliza, and Nancy Shively, and one other unknown child. She is first documented in 1860 in Oliver Township, Pennsylvania with her parents and two brothers and her age is given as 1.  Some time around 1867 Mary was placed in an Almshouse or Alms house.  She is listed on the supplemental schedule Numbers, 1 to 7, for the Defective, Dependent, and Delinquent Classes on July 19th, 1880 as spending two years in an Alms House where it is said she suffered from dementia where it said that her present attack lasted 2 days and has had a total of nine.  The form says that she was an epileptic.  She was only 8 years old when she was boarded there.   Mary is listed as spending two years in the Alms House and was released in 1869.  In 1870 she is listed living with her father, Moses, in Oliver Township and in 1880 she is is the same township living with her father, Moses, and mother, Elisabeth.  What happened between 1880 and 1900 is a mystery beyond being listed on the rolls of two churches; the Mcveytown Presbyterian Church in 1884 with her father Moses and in the Presbytery Church of Huntingdon in 1895.  In 1900 Mary is listed with her father, Moses, in Oliver Township, Mifflin County, PA where Moses is listed as having been born in 1803 and Mary is listed as having been born in 1869 (both of ages listed on this census record are wrong).  Moses must have passed away between 1900 and 1910 because Mary is next listed as single and a "boarder" in the home of Elmer E. Stine and his wife Ella and daughter and in 1920 she is still in the same household listed as "hired".  The last census record for Mary is on the 1930 census of Derry Township in an Alms House.  She is listed as being 70 and single and living in a home with 37 other "inmates".  The Alms House was a place for the poor and insane."
James Shively would appreciate any additional information on this Shively lineage.  You can find some of his research  at       If anyone has the cemetery records for Mifflin County, PA and can locate the records for Moses Shively or daughter Mary this information could help.  Once a date of death can be established for Moses Shively a search for a newspaper obit can be done.    If you comment to this blog James Shively will be able to read your replies.

Friday, September 16, 2011

Delbert A. Shively And Wife, Fannie Geiser, Who Lived In Kern County, California

Delbert A. Shively was born on 26-June-1866 in Iowa and died 2-September-1943 in Kern County, California.  He was the son of Samuel A. Shively and Cornelia Tisdale.  Delbert was married to Fannie Roselia Geiser on the 28-August-1887 in Rock Rapids, Lyon County, Iowa. Delbert was a barber.
Information on the family history of Delbert Shively was extracted from the History Of Kern County, California With Biographical Sketches, History By Wallace M. Morgan, Illustrated, Complete In One Volume, Historic Record Company, Los Angeles, California, 1914, page 583:
DELBERT A. SHIVELY.--The history of the Shively family in America dates back to a very early period in the colonization of Pennsylvania and one of the name, who removed from the Keystone state to Illinois during the first years of the nineteenth century, opened and conducted the first tailor shop ever started in Chicago, later relinquishing business in order to develop property at Freeport, Ill., and removed with his father to Chickasaw county, Iowa, when all that section of country was an undeveloped wilderness and prairie.  Scarcely had he arrived at man's estate when a call came for volunteers in the Union service and he volunteered in the Thirty-second Iowa Infantry, going with his regiment to the front and fighting in its battles until the expiration of his term of service.  The war ended, he engaged in farming near Lawler, Chickasaw county, Iowa, and on his farm there his oldest child, Delbert A., was born June 26, 1866.  The family contained two younger children, whose mother, Cornelia (Tisdale) Shively, now deceased was a member of a very old family of New England.
Taking the family to Minnesota about 1872, Samuel A. Shively home-steaded one hundred and sixty acres in Rock county and devoted ten years to the improvement of the tract.  Upon disposing of the property he returned to Iowa and settled in Lyon county, but later removed to Missouri and established a home at Springfield.  Thence he went to Chicago and took up the study of medicine.   After having graduated with the degree of M.D., he engaged in practice in Chicago until the time of his death.  His eldest son was six when the family went to Minnesota and thirteen when they became residents of Lyon county, Iowa.   After he had completed the studies of the common schools he learned the trade of barber in Rock Rapids, Lyon county, and there engaged in the business for himself.  The summer of 1895 was spent in Pasadena, Cal., and the visit gave him a favorable impression concerning the west.  Selling his business at Rock Rapids in 1901 he came to Bakersfield and purchased the Southern hotel barber shop, which since he has conducted with efficiency, securing a large trade by reason of recognized skill in the trade.  Meanwhile he has become interested in alfalfa ranching in the Rio Bravo country, where he has installed a pumping plant for irrigation of the one hundred and ten acre tract.  He has erected two bungalows, one of which he sold,  and the other (at No. 2021 Cedar street) he now occupies.  Fraternally he holds membership with the Knights of Pythias.
The marriage of Mr. Shively took place at Rock Rapids, Iowa, August 28, 1887, and united him with Miss Fannie Geiser, who was born at Normal, McLean county, Ill.  Their only child, Vera, is the wife of R. C. Hackett of Bakersfield.  A graduate of the Rock Rapids, high school, she was a teacher prior to her marriage.  She was the youngest among the three children forming the family of Frederick and Fannie (Eicher) Geiser, the former a native of Canton Bern, Switzerland, and the latter of France.  Shortly after his arrival in the new world Mr. Geiser enlisted in an Ohio regiment and served in the Union army throughout the Civil war.  After the death of his wife, which occurred in Normal, Ill., he removed to Iowa and embarked in business, and later he resided at Colby, Kans., where occurred his death, April 14, 1899, at the age of sixty-eight years.

In The Lyon County Reporter, Friday, September 2, 1887 is the newspaper account of the marriage of Delbert Shively and Fannie Geiser:
The marriage of D. A. Shively and Miss Fannie Geiser occurred Sunday evening at the residence of F. E. Barber.  The ceremony was performed in the presence of immediate relatives and friends of the contracting parties.  The Reporter takes pleasure in joining in the congratulations of their large circle of friends.  There is no worthier young man in Rock Rapids than Dell Shively and the lady of his choice is in every way worthy of him.  We predict for them a long life of prosperity and happiness.

The newspaper obituary of Delbert Shively records the following information:
Veteran Bakersfield Barber Dies At 77
Dean of Bakersfield barbers and one of the oldest in continuous operation, Delbert A. Shively, 77, died yesterday in a local hospital in Bakersfield.  Mr. Shively was stricken on Sunday after celebrating his fifty-sixth wedding anniversary Saturday.
Funeral rites has been set for 10:30 a.m. tomorrow at Doughty-Calhoun-O'Meara Chapel with the Reverend John Murdoch officiating.  Interment will be in the family plot in Union Cemetery.
He is survived by his wife, Fannie R. Shively, of 1813 Quincy Street, and a daughter, Mrs. Dell Godley of San Luis Obispo.
Mr. Shively had lived in Kern County for 40 years, after coming here from northwest Iowa in1902.  He had been actively engaged in the barbering trade for 63 years and had attended the duties of his shop on Saturday of last week.
Until recently, he had held membership in the Bakersfield Elks Lodge.

Saturday, September 10, 2011

James Buchanan Shively, M.D. Who Practiced In Cumberland And Chester County Pennsylvania

James Buchanan Shively was born in November 1856 and died on 2-December-1918 in Chester County, PA.  He was the son of Solomon Shively and his first wife, Rebecca Embick. James, also referred to as J. B. Shively in the records, was married 1st to Anna Lovella Hefflefinger on 6-February-1889.  Anna died in 1906. She was the daughter of David Hefflefinger and Eliza Baker.  James was married 2nd to Nellie Caldwell on 31-July-1907.  He was married a third time in 1917 to a Mrs. Kline. One known daughter, Helen E. Shively, was born in August 1892 to James Shively and Anna Hefflefinger.   She married George G. Gayman. Several printed records were located which give additional information on the life of James Buchanan Shively.

Extracted from Medical Men Of Franklin County 1750-1925, By Ambrose Watts Thrush, M.D., Chambersburg, PA., Published by The Medical Society Of Franklin County, 1928, page 269:
James Buchanan Shively, M.D.
J. B. Shively was born in Greene Township, the son of Solomon Shively.  He was educated in the common schools and read medicine with Dr. David Maclay in Greenvillage.  After attending the usual course of lectures he was graduated M. D. in 1887 from Jefferson Medical College, Philadelphia, Pa.
He practiced medicine in Greenvillage 1887 to 1896 in partnership with his preceptor and then removed to Shippensburg, Pa.  After about ten years practice in Shippensburg he located in West Chester, Pa., and followed the profession there until his death some years later.
His wife's family name was Hefflefinger.

Located in The Patriot, Harrisburg, Penna., Thursday, August 1, 1907, Page 9, Column 3:
(Note from this newspaper article the middle name for James is recorded as Bruce not Buchanan).
The home of Rev. and Mrs. J. B. Paulsgrove, 122 North Hanover street, was the scene of a very pretty wedding on Wednesday morning when their friend, Miss Nellie G. Caldwell, of the Children's Home Society of Pittsburg, was married to Dr. James Bruce Shively, of Shippensburg.  The wedding took place at 7:30 o'clock.
Dr. and Mrs. Shively left on the 10.44 train on a wedding trip of six weeks to the Thousand Islands and parts of Canada.  Upon their return they will reside in Shippensburg, where the bridegroom is a prominent physician.

From Chester County, Pennsylvania there was an unidentified obituary for James B. Shively:
Dr. James B. Shively
After months of lingering illness, Dr. James B. Shively passed away early this morning at his home at the corner of Church and Chestnut streets.  Dr. Shively came to West Chester in the spring of 1911, from Shippensburg where for years he had been a successful physician, making a speciality of diseases of the eye.  Although omparatively a newcomer here he made many friends, being cordial and kindly disposition, always ready to render a service whenever possible and doing many kindly acts unknown to any but the persons who benefited by them.  Dr. Shively was about two years ago elected a deacon in the first Presbyterian Church and as long as health permitted was earnest in the discharge of the duties attached to that office.
He is survived by a widow, formerly, Mrs. Kline, of Abington, near Philadelphia, to whom he was married a year ago today.
He also leaves a daughter, Mrs. Geo. C. Gayman of Doylestown.

Additional information on the lineage of James B. Shively can be extracted from a biography of his father, Solomon Shively.  Located in the History Of Franklin County, Pennsylvania, Illustrated, Warner, Beers & Co., Chicago, IL, 1887, page 790:
SOLOMON SHIVELY, farmer, P. O. Green Village, was born April 16, 18180, on the old homestead in Greene Township, this county.  The family traces its ancestry to French Huguenots who left their native country from Switzerland, from which place the great-grandfather of our subject emigrated to America.  He was married and had a son born on the ocean, Jacob, the grandfather of our subject.  The great-grandfather settled in Lancaster County, Penn., where he died at a good old age.  He had another son, Henry, whose descendants are still living in Lancaster County.  Jacob was a carpenter and farmer, and lived many years near Shippensburg, where he owned a farm; later he moved to near the residence of his son, John, where he built a house, and where he and his wife died.  they had the following children:  Samuel, John, Jacob, Henry, Daniel, Barbara, Nancy, Elizabeth and another daughter, name unknown.  Of these, John, a farmer, was born in Lancaster County.  He married Hannah, daughter of Henry Rhodes.  She died at about sixty years of age, the mother of six children:  Nancy (deceased), Solomon, Eliza, John, Daniel, and Rebecca (deceased).  John Shively, Sr., came to Franklin County about 1806, where his father bought about 250 acres of land, of which our subject, Solomon, has 120 acres.  John Shively, Sr., was a man who took a deep interest in political matters and was a strong Democrat.  He and his wife were members of the United Brethren Church, and he held several township offices.   Solomon was educated in this township, and for the last five years has lived in Green Village.  He has been twice married; first to Rebecca, daughter of John Embick.  She died in December, 1879, aged sixty five years.  She bore her husband twelve children, seven of whom are living:  John, Hannah, Sarah, Harriet, James, Jacob and Frank. Of these James is reading medicine with Dr. Maclay, of Green Village.  Our subject married for his second wife, Mrs. Catharine Gontz, nee Embick, a sister of his first wife.  Mr. Shively in a member of the Lutheran Church.  Our subject's brother, John, read medicine with Dr. Richards and attended one course of lectures, but his health failed and he died in the Isle of St. Croix, West Indies.

Saturday, September 3, 2011

George W. Shively From Macon County, Illinois

George W. Shively was born in Ohio and died in Macon County Illinois on 30-Dec-1939.  He was married in Macon County on 1-Jan-1863 to Elizabeth Wright.  Elizabeth passed away on July 30, 1909 and was buried in Boiling Springs Cemetery.  George was married to Mrs. Anna Marie (Peage) of St. Louis in May 1911.  Children born to George W. Shively and Elizabeth Wright included:
Howard W Shively born 1862 died 1864; Emery born about 1866 died about 1936 who married Mattie King on 5-Jan-1887 in Macon County, IL;  Clara born about 1869 who married Theodore Ebert; Olepha born 1870 died 1879; and Claude born about 1874 died 1957 who married Lizzie L. Elder on 20-Dec-1894 in Macon County, IL.  More information on this  family can be gleaned from the newspaper obituaries for George W Shively and his wives. (There seems to be conflicting information from the records as to the year of birth for George W Shively.  From the 1900 census record he is listed as being born in May 1844.  From the other census records the age that is listed is consistent with a birth year as 1844.  From the newspaper obits one would believe he was born about 1840).

From The Decatur Review, Saturday, December 30, 1939, page 10:
George Shively County's Oldest Man Dies At 99
George W Shively the eldest man in Macon County and for many years a prominent farmer and stock raiser, died at 3am today in his home in South Wheatland township.  He would have been 100 years old on Jan 1.
Eighty years ago Mr. Shively drove into the settlement of Decatur in a covered wagon and decided to make his home nearby.  He settled on Stevens Creek west of the town and lived there and near Harristown until 1869.
Land was cheap in those days and with a small savings he bought a large farm in South Wheatland township, southwest of Elwin, which had been his home for the last 70 years.
Until three weeks ago Mr. Shively was active, came to Decatur frequently and took an interest in the operations of his farm.amilton
He was married to Elizabeth Wright in Harristown on Jan. 1, 1861.  She died  in July 1909.
In May 1911 Mr. Shively at the age of 71 years was married to Mrs. A. Marie (Peage) of St. Louis.  The marriage performed in St. Louis was kept secret until the couple returned to Decatur.
Mr. Shively had been a member of the Methodist church  at Elwin since 1874.
He leaves a daughter, Mrs. Clara Ebert of Los Angeles, Calif. and a son, C B "Bert" Shively, rural route 2, Macon.  There are five grandchildren and three great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be held in the Dawson & Wikoff Chapel at 2pm Monday.  The burial will be in the Boiling Springs cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home.

From The Decatur Review, Saturday Evening, July 31, 1909, Page 8, Column 6:
Mrs. Shively Dies In South Wheatland
She Was Mother of E. O. Shively, Assistant Master Mechanic
Mrs. Elizabeth Shively, wife of G. W. Shively, a wealthy and prominent farmer of South Wheatland township, died at the family home, one and one-half miles from Elwin, Friday night about 11:30 o'clock.  Death was the result of asthma, from which Mrs. Shively had suffered many years, and an attack of lung fever.
The end came very suddenly.  During the afternoon Mrs. Shively had been around the house, apparently as well and active as ever.  About 11:20 o'clock she complained of shortness of breath.  The end came five minutes later.
Leaves Three Children
Mrs. Shively is survived by her husband and three children.  The children are Emery O Shively, assistant master mechanic for the Wabash at Decatur, Mrs. Clara Ebert of Elwin, and Claude B. Shively, 956 North College street.  Two children, Howard Wilson and Olivia, died in infancy, while a daughter, Mrs. Charlotte Bridewell, mother of William Bridewell of Decatur, died a month ago.
Born In Canada
Mrs. Shively's maiden name was Elizabeth Wright.  She was born in Hamilton Can., March 25, 1846, and came to Illinois with her parents in 1858 .  On Jan. 1, 1863 she was married to George W. Shively and they went to housekeeping near Harristown.   The same year she joined the Methodist church there and was a most devoted Methodist up to the time of her death.  In 1869 the Shivelys moved to their present farm near Elwin.
The funeral is to be held from the residence at 12:30 pm Monday and the interment will be at the Boiling Springs cemetery.

The following is the newspaper obit for Anna Shively, second wife of George W. Shively.  Note the newspaper error in identifying her as the wife of W. S. Shively. From The Decatur Review, Tuesday Evening, August 24, 1920, Page 12, Column 7:
Mrs. W. S. Shively Dies At Age Of 64
Had Been Ill for Last Three Months
Mrs. Anna Shively, wife of W. S. Shively, 311 East Center street, died at 4:45 o'clock Tuesday morning at St. Marys hospital.  She was sixty-four years old.  Her death was caused by a complication of diseases after an illness of three months.
Mrs. Shively was born in Sidney, Ill but had been a resident of Decatur for the last twenty-five years.  She was widely known and had a host of friends.  Mrs. Shively was a member of the First Methodist church.  She is survived by her husband and three daughters, Mrs. J. Frank Morehead and Mrs. Charles J. Warner of St. Louis and Mrs. Walter Nims of Los Angeles, Cal. all of whom were with her during her last illness.
The body was removed to the Brintlinger & Sons undertaking establishment and prepared for burial and friends may call there Thursday.
The funeral will be held at 2 o'clock Thursday afternoon at the Brintlinger & Sons chapel. The interment will be in the Boiling Springs cemetery.