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, July 13, 2012

William Henry Shively And Alice Louisa Jenkins From Miami County, Indiana

Myers, Johnson, Shively, Shively, Shively, Conn, Wolf
C.H.S. Basketball Team 1925
There are many records on the Shively families in Indiana in the towns of Wawpecong, Bennetts Switch, Amboy, Santa Fe, McGrawsville and Bunker Hill.  Some of these families are descendants of Israel Shively and Cynthia (Synthia) Ann Brooks.
The picture at the left shows three members of the team who were Shively's. The picture is the C. H. S. Basketball Team from 1925.  The team members were listed as Ralph Myers, Leonard Johnson, Everett Shively, Laurel Shively, Raymond Shively, Omer Conn, and Harry Wolf.  The three Shivelys are descendants of Israel and Cynthia Ann Brooks.  Everett and Laurel Shively are brothers.  Their great-grandfather was Israel Shively, grandfather Alfred Shively, and father Walter H. Shively.  Raymond Shively was the grandson of Israel Shively and his father was William Henry Shively.  William Henry Shively was born in 1862 and married at age 30 and Alfred Shively was born in 1844 and married at age 21.
William Henry Shively was born on 19-May-1862 in Miami County, IN and died 28-Dec-1955 in McGrawsville, IN.  He was married on 4-September-1892 to Alice Louisa Jenkins.  Alice L. Jenkins was born on 4-May-1874 in Miami County, IN and died 29-May-1919, buried Park Lawn Cem.  William Henry Shively and Alice L. Jenkins were the parents of the following children:  Merle Edith born 24-December-1893 and died 9-Feb-1985.  She married 23-October-1923 to Charles Alvin Powell; John W. born 1896 died 1906, buried Park Lawn Cem.; Grace Elizabeth born 22-February-1898 died 12-November-1984, buried Park Lawn Cem.  She married Harry Irvin Christner on 12-March-1917; Oscar born 31-July-1902 died 29-December-1967 in Phoenix, AZ.  He married Vera Worl on 28-November-1928; Raymond born 28-October-1906 died 1-July-1974, buried Santa Fe Cem.  He married Mildred Childers on 13-April-1928; Dorothy H born 12-March-1914 died 31-July-1976, buried Santa Fe Cem.  She married Nelson Glassburn on 30-January-1935.
The family of  Walter Shively preserved the picture at the right entitled May 29, 1919.  The following article was located in The Kokomo Daily Tribune, Thursday, May 29, 1919, Page 2, Column 3:
Peru Woman Killed
Another Dangerously Injured When Train Struck Automobile
Peru, Ind. May 29.—Mrs. William Shively was killed and Mrs. Charles Sharp was injured dangerously this afternoon when the automobile in which they were riding was struck by a Pennsylvania railroad engine on the crossing at McGrawsville south of here.  Russel Sharp, son of Mrs. Sharp was injured slightly.  The party were returning from a cemetery where they had decorated the graves of relatives with flowers.  The automobile caught on fire and was burned following the accident.

Raymond Shively, son of William Henry Shively and Alice Jenkins, was a member of the 1925 C.H.S. Basketball Team pictured above.  The following newspaper obituary was found in the Logansport Pharos-Tribune, Tuesday, July 2, 1974, Page 2, Column 4:
R. Shively Dies At 67
Bunker Hill – Raymond O. Shively, 67, Rt 1, died Monday at 11:40 a.m. at St. Joseph Memorial Hospital, Kokomo.  He had been ill since February.
Born October 28, 1906, in Miami county, he was the son of William Henry and Alice Jenkins Shively.  He was married April 13, 1928, to Mildred Childers, who survives.
Shively was a retired carpenter who was a member of the McGrawsville United Methodist Church, Crescent Lodge No. 280 in Miami and the York Rite in Peru.
Survivors besides his wife include four sons, William A., Rt. 1, Bunker Hill, Robert E., Marion, Larry A., Bunker Hill, and James E. of Rt. 5, Perup three sisters Merle Powell, Rt. 1, Amboy, Grace Christner, North Grove, and Dorothy Glassburn, Rt. 1, Amboy; 15 grandchildren and one great-grandchild.  One son and two brothers preceded him in death.
Services will be at 2 p.m. Wednesday at the Allen Funeral Home with burial in the Santa Fe Cemetery, the Rev. Robert L. Melling officiating.  Masonic services will be tonight at 8 p.m. at the funeral home.


  1. In my tree I have a William H Shively born April 1866 in Indiana son of Daniel P Shively and Harriett Little. Could this be the same man? I have no other info on my William would love to add this line if it is a match. The birth date is different for the two men but could be an error on my part. William H in my tree has all siblings who were born in Pipe Creek Twp Miami County Indiana. The other William Shively I have is a couple generations earlier born 1806 in Montgomery County Ohio but died in Miami County Indiana. I have no down line on him either so this William in your post could easily be downline from him.

  2. Mary, Thank you for your question. There several different lines of Shively's in Miami County, IN. I did not include the newspaper obit for this William but will add in this comment. Kokomo (Ind.) Tribune, Wednesday, Dec. 28, 1955, Page 2, Column 3:
    William H. Shively
    Amboy (Tribune Area Special) -- William H. Shively, 93, lifelong resident of the McGrawsville community, died at 3:45 a.m. Wednesday in Dukes Memorial Hospital, Peru. He had been ill with heart trouble for three weeks.
    Mr. Shively was born in Clay township, Miami County, May 19, 1862, the son of Israel and Cynthia (Brooks) Shively and was the last survivor of a family of 10 children.
    He was married Sept. 4, 1892 to Alice Jenkins. She lost her life in a train accident in 1919.
    He was a carpenter throughout his active years and was a member of the McGrawsville Methodist Church.
    Surviving are three daughters and two sons, Mrs. Merle Powell, Bunker Hill R.R. 1; Mrs. Grace Christner and Mrs. Dorothy Glassburn, Amboy R.R.1; Oscar Shively, Kokomo R.R. 3 and Raymond Shively, Bunker Hill R.R. 1 There are 13 grandchildren and 18 great grandchildren.
    The body is at the Laird Funeral Home, Amboy where services will be conducted at 2 p.m. CST Friday, the Rev. Jesse Byrd of the McGrawsville Methodist Church officiating. Burial will be in Park Lawn Cemetery, Amboy.
    Friends may call at the funeral home after noon Thursday until the hour of service.

    One day I will try to work on the lineage of Daniel P Shively and Harriett Little to see what can be found on their children.

  3. For Daniel P Shively and Harriet Little Shively's children I have William H, Anthony Leroy, Charles Stacey, Edna May, Thomas Albert, Ellen and Ada. I have a lot of info on Anthony Leroy that being my line. I have what you posted about Charles Stacey. I do not have spouses or children on any of the other siblings.

  4. Thank you for the obit. I don't currently have an Israel Shively in my tree but will remember this source if I ever come across where one fits in.

  5. Thanks for the hard work you have put in, my name is Nathan A. Shively i am a great grandson of Raymond Shively, grandson of James E Shively, son of Brian K. Shively and father of TrevorJ. Shively. Looking forward to expanding my knowledge of family history.

    1. Nathan, Please e-mail me at I would like to discuss your Shively lineage using this e-mail address rather than the blog. Thanks...Larry Shively