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, April 21, 2012

Henry Smith Shively And Wife, Emily E. Scamehorn, In Jefferson County, Ohio

The county history's are a good resource for genealogy information if the ancestor you are looking for has a biography.  In the 20th Century History Of Steubenville And Jefferson County, Ohio And Representative Citizens, By Joseph B. Doyle, "History Is Philosophy Teaching By Example", Published by Richmond-Arnold Publishing Co., F. J. Richmond, Pres., C. R. Arnold, Sec'y and Treas, Chicago, IL 1910, pages 825-826 is a biography for Henry Smith Shively.

HENRY SMITH SHIVELY, general farmer and respected and representative citizen, who owns 161 acres of well improved land in Wells Township, Jefferson County, Ohio, was born in Belmont County, Ohio, February 13, 1839, and is a son of Richard and Jane (Smith) Shively.
     Richard Shively was also born in Belmont County and was left fatherless in childhood.  He remained in Belmont County until manhood and worked there as a mechanic, but after coming to Jefferson County he bought a farm in Warren Township and resided there and engaged in agricultural pursuits during the remainder of his life.  He married Jane Smith, who was born in West Virginia.  They died on Warren Ridge, Warren Township, aged eighty and eighty-two years, respectively.  They had five children, namely: Sarah Ann, now deceased, who was the wife of George Nell, also deceased; and Henry S., John B., George and Forgus Richard.
     Henry S. Shively, was quite young when his parents came to Jefferson County and he grew to manhood on the home farm in Warren Township, obtaining his education in the old log schoolhouse near his home.  In 1863, after his marriage, he operated a portable saw-mill and was so engaged until 1874, when he bought his present farm, later suffering the loss of his buildings by fire.  He erected the present substantial structures and has made other valuable improvements.  This property formerly belonged to Smallwood & Winning.
     In January, 1863, Mr. Shively was married to Miss Emily E. Scamehorn, who died in 1905, aged sixty-one years.  She was a daughter of Henry Scamehorn, and old resident of Jefferson County.  To Mr. and Mrs. Shively ten children were born as follows:  Charles, who married Sarah Williams, and has a large family; John D. and Sarah Jane, twins, the former of whom died, leaving a widow, formerly Maggie Todd, Sarah Jane being the wife of Kenneth Blake, who operates Mr. Shively's farm, and mother of four children--Margaret May, Henry E., Lina Bell, and Kenneth A.;  Elmer E., who married Margaret Brendley; William, who married Louella Wells, who, at death, left two children--Henry T. and William W.; Anna Bell, deceased, who was the wife of William Barnes; Ida, who married Robert Carpenter and has four children--Earl, Emma, Della and Carl;  Alice; and Margaret and Harley, twins, the latter of whom married Lillian Bell and has three children---Mildred,Harry and Mary Margaret.  Mrs. Shively has reason to be proud of this large family of descendants, showing as they do evidence of vigorous stock and they also display in business and at school, down to the youngest, the qualities which promise future usefulness.  In his political views Mr. Shively is a Republican.

The newspapers from Steubenville, Ohio and Wheeling, West Virginia contain information that mentions the family of Henry and Emily Shively.    An article from The Wheeling Register, Sunday, March 9, 1890, Page 2, Column 5 indicates that Henry and Emily may have had differences and gotten a divorce.  This information seems to be supported by the 1900 Jefferson County, Ohio census.  In Wells Township household 315 is Luke Scamehorn and family, household 316 is Emily Shively who is listed as head of the household, and in household 317 is Henry Shively as head of household with daughter Alice, son Harley and daughter Maggie.


  1. In your May 2012 Newsletter, you say that Richard Shively's parents were John Shively and Nancy Hall. Where did you get this information? I have someone who is looking for this family line.

    1. Marilyn, I found my files on Richard Shively. In 1995 the researcher who worked on the Richard Shively line had someone search the original Belmont and Jefferson County, Ohio records. It was reported that "Jefferson County has retired the original death records because they are very brittle. They did transcribe them into typewritten books though. In Book One I found your Richard Shively in the death records. He died 27 Aug 1887 of Brights disease. He was a blacksmith, age 80 years 4 months and 7 days, died in Warrenton, and his parents were John Shively and Nancy Hall. It is very unusual for a death record for an adult in this time period to list the parents."

  2. Hi Larry, Just wondering if you may know any history on Arthur W Shivley. My brother purchased a car which was originally bought by Arthur W Shivley.