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, March 17, 2012

Raymond Golden Shively, Son Of David C. And Carrie T. Shively, Of San Diego County, California

Raymond Golden Shively was the son of David C. Shively and Carrie T. (maiden name not known).  David C. Shively (born Feb 1852, died 1932) and Carrie T R (maiden name unknown) (born Nov 1861, died 1934). The family is found on the 1900 San Luis Obispo County, Salinas Township census and listed are sons Raymond G born Oct 1889 in CA and Clarence H born Aug 1892 in CA.  David and Caroline Shively are on the 1920 and 1930 San Diego, San Diego Township census records. 

Located in The San Diego Union, Thursday Morning, June 21, 1934, Page 3, Column 2 is the following obituary for Caroline T. Shively:
Services Will Be Held Tomorrow For Pioneer San Diego Resident
Mrs. Caroline T. Shively, 72, born in Shasta county, and a resident here 28 years, died unexpectedly yesterday at her home, 1781 Missouri st., Pacific Beach.  She was a member of Pacific Beach Presbyterian church and the Choral club.  She is survived by two sons, Raymond G. Shively, San Diego, and Clarence H. Shively, Grand Coulee City, Wash.  Funeral services will be tomorrow, 10 a.m., in Merkley's mortuary, the Rev. George F. Williams officiating.  Burial will be in Greenwood cemetery.
Located in the San Diego Union, Wednesday Morning, July 27, 1932, Page 6, Column 5 is the following newspaper obituary for David C. Shively:       SHIVELY--At 1782 Missouri st., Pacific Beach, July 21, 1932, David C. Shively, husband of Caroline Shively; father of R. G.  Shively of San Diego; Clarence H. Shively of Forks, Wash.; a native of Indiana, aged 80 years.  Friends invited to attend funeral services, Wednesday at 2 p.m., Merkley Funeral parlors, 3655 5th ave.   Rev. McCoy officiating.

From World War I enlistment information Raymond G. Shively is listed being born in Creston, CA and occupation is mechanic.  From ship passenger information there is record “SS Zeelandia sailing from Bahia Sep 26, 1917 arriving New York Oct 16, 1917 was Raymond G Shively, age 29, Place of birth as Creston, CA, Ensign USS Pueblo, USA address is Hotel Mcalpin, Navy Dept, Washington”.

Raymond Shively married Hazel Winona Burgess in 1910. Located in The San Diego Union, Wednesday Morning, October 12, 1910, Page 1, Column 3:
San Diegan Will Wed Eastern Girl
Raymond G. Shively and Miss Hazel W. Burgess to Be Married Today
Miss Hazel W. Burgess and Raymond G. Shively, son of Mr. and Mrs. D. C. Shively, of Pacific Beach, will be married this afternoon at the residence of Rev. Henry Roissy, pastor of the Pacific Beach Methodist church.  Only a few intimate friends of the couple have been invited and the wedding will be a quiet one.
Both young people have a large circle of friends in San Diego and Pacific Beach, and during the past few days have been recipients of many attentions.  Monday afternoon they were guests of honor at a surprise shower at the residence of Mr. and Mrs. Theodore Baker, and were presented with a large number of useful and beautiful gifts.
After the wedding ceremony the couple will come to San Diego, where they will board the Pacific Coast steamer, which sails late tonight for the porth.  They will take up their residence in Seattle, where Mr. Shively has accepted a lucrative position.
Mr. Shively has lived in San Diego and vicinity for a number of years and is well known here.  Miss Burgess is a New York girl.

From the California Death Index records Raymond was born 12-Oct-1887 in CA and died 31-Jul-1977 in San Diego.  Hazel Winona Burgess Shively was born 17-Jan-1888 and died 12-Sep-1979 in San Diego.  Located in The San Diego Union, Thursday, August 4, 1977, Page A-12, Column 2 is the following obituary for Raymond Shively:
Cmdr. Raymond Shively -- Graveside services for Cmdr. Raymond G. Shively, 89, USN, ret., of 4607 Talmadge Drive, a veteran of both world wars, will be at noon today in El Camino Memorial Park.  Burial will follow in the park under the direction of Benbough Mortuary.
Cmdr. Shively, who died Sunday in a hospital, served in the Navy for 34 years and was a metallurgist for 10 years at Convair after leaving the service.  A native of Creston, Calif., and a county resident for 59 years, he was a member of the American Legion and the American Society of Metals.
Surviving are his wife, Hazel W.; three daughters, Mrs. Dorothy E. VanBuren of Sacramento, Mrs. Helen E. VanBibber of San Diego and Mrs. Mary L. Bassham of Bonita, and eight grandchildren.

Children of Raymond and Hazel included Dorothy E born 15-July-1911 in state of Washington, Helen E born 29-Aug-1914 died 29-July-1991 in San Diego, and Mary L born 18-Aug-1916 died 5-May-2005. Helen Elizabeth Shively was the wife of John D. VanBibber (born 9-Oct-1910, died 9-May-1977).  Mary L Shively married on 24-Nov-1945 Byron Earl Bassham (born 2-May-1915 died 21-Nov-1965, buried Rosencrans Cem).Raymond and Hazel and daughters are listed on the 1930 CA, San Diego County, San Diego Township census and 1920 CA, San Diego County, San Diego Township, East San Diego City, 5th Precinct census.  Raymond is listed on the 1910 CA, San Diego County, San Diego Township as a lodger in the household of Myrtha Darlington who is listed as occupation hotel keeper.


  1. Hi Larry,

    My name is Erin Pettit. I am the granddaughter of John and Helen Van Bibber, through my mother, their daughter, Sandie Seckington. My second cousin, Rob (son of Mary L), sent this to me. I thoroughly enjoyed reading this! I was so surprised to find out that my grandpa, who we called "Baba" was married before he married Mimi (Helen). We truly had no idea! Would you be able to send us more detail on that? I haven't looked through the rest of your genealogy blog, but look forward to doing so when I have some time.

    Best wishes,

  2. Erin, I want you and Rob to know that I used information from regarding your grandfather John D. Van Bibber. I have spent the afternoon researching the information I used and I believe the marriage of your John Van Bibber to Gladys I Moore is incorrect. I have corrected this blog. You as a granddaughter and/or a member of your family would surely have known if John had another wife. I did find your grandfather on the 1930 Childress County, TX census living with his parents. By 1940 John Van Bibber has married Helen Shively and they are listed on the 1940 SanDiego County, CA census. I could not locate the marriage record for John and Helen in CA. Thank you for your feedback. My purpose for the genealogy work that I do on the Shively's is to try to correctly document our information for future generations. I want the information to be accurate.

  3. Thank you for this amazing post. Carrie's full name is Carrie Tennessee Riggs. I have had great difficulty identifying her parents. I have updated Ancestry. Com with the information but haven’t been on the site in awhile to investigate further.