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.

Friday, June 29, 2012

George Washington Shively And Wife, Sarah Ann Pierce, Who Lived In Neosho And Labette Counties, KS

Neosho County Marriage
George Washington Shively was born 8-Feb-1859 in Sangamon County, Illinois.  He was the son of Stephen Shively. George was married on 9-Jan-1882 in Neosho County, Kansas to Sarah Ann Pierce.  Sarah was born on 27-Jan-1865 in Sangamon County, Illinois.  George and Sarah were the parents of four daughters:  Mayme Loretta who married Richard C. Crandon, Coressa Rose "Essie" who married Wilbur J. Cabness, Flossie Rebecca who married Charles J. Benson, and Violet Gertrude "Trudie" who married first Owen Leon Keiter and married second to Donna Earl Minton and married third to Raymond Maurice Keiter. George and Sarah can be located on the 1885 Kansas State Census in Neosho County, 1900 Neosho County, KS Mission Township census, 1910 Labette County, KS City of Parsons census, and 1920 Labette County, KS City of Parsons census.
     The following newspaper obituaries were located by Kay Shields who lives in Parsons, Kansas.  The Parsons Daily Sun, Saturday Evening, December 8, 1923:
Dies After A Long Illness
Mr. George Washington Shively, 64, died at 5:10 o’clock this morning at the home of his daughter, Mrs. O. L. Keiter, 208 South Twenty-sixth, after an illness of two years.
Funeral services will be held Monday morning at 10 o’clock Monday morning from St. Mary’s Catholic church, Thirtieth and Clark, at High mass, with the Rev. Father McCoullough officiating.  Burial will be at Calvary cemetery.
Mr. Shively was born February 8, 1859, being 64 years and 10 months old at the time of his death.  He was born in Illinois and came to Parsons 40 years ago, and for many years was a night watchman for the M-K-T railroad company.  About a year ago he moved to a farm near St. Paul for his health, returning to Parsons early last week for medical treatment.
Mrs. Shively leaves a wife, Sarah Shively, and four daughters, Mrs. R. C. Crandon, South Mound; Mrs. C. J. Benson, 610 North Seventeenth; Mrs. W. J. Cabness, 1221 Dirr;  Mrs. O. L. Keiter, 208 South Twenty-sixth.  He also leaves two brothers, Tom and Ben Shively of Elvermon, Ill.
The body will be in state at the Keiter home, 208 South Twenty-sixth stree, until the hour of the funeral.

The Parsons Sun, Wednesday Evening, April 8, 1942:
Mrs. Shively, 79, Dies Of Illness
Mrs. Sarah Ann Shively, 79, a resident of Parsons since 1906, died this morning at the home of her daughter Mrs. C. J. Benson, 718 N. Central.  She had been ill about three weeks.  She became ill while on a visit at St. Paul.  All of her children were at her bedside.
Sarah Ann Pierce was born Jan. 27, 1865 in Sangamon county, Illinois.  She was married to George W. Shively in Osage Mission, now St. Paul, Jan. 9, 1882.  The family lived on a farm until 1906 when they moved to Parsons.  Mr. Shively who died Dec. 8, 1923 was nightwatchman at the Katy machine shop.
She is survived by three daughters, Mrs. Benson, Mrs. W. J. Cabness, Houston, Texas, and Mrs. O. L. Keiter, Coffeyville, one sister, Mrs. Fred Feess, Parsons, and three brothers, J. R. and A. J. Pierce, St. Paul and W. R. Pierce, Hanford, Cal.
Funeral services will be held Friday morning at 9 o’clock at  St. Patrick’s Catholic church, conducted by the Rev. P. J. Mangan and burial will be in the family lot in Calvary cemetery.
The Daughters of Isabella will recite the Rosary at 8 o’clock Thursday night at the Benson home where the body will lie in state.  The Carson funeral home is in charge.

(George Washington Shively was an uncle to Earl Shively.  Earl Shively, son of Bennett Shively, was the subject of the 15-June-2012 blog.  George Shively and Bennett Shively were brothers). 


  1. My family has a HUGE book on our lineage. They spent a long time tracing it back the lines... not sure if that info would help. It is in PA with my mom....

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