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, September 14, 2012

Reuben F. Shively And Vicie Homan Who Lived In Elkhart County, Indiana

Reuben F. Shively was born on 16-Aug-1860 in Harrison Township, Elkhart County, Indiana.  He was the son of Jonas Shively and Hester (Esther) Miller. Reuben died on 4-June-1929.  Rueben was married 1st to Emma J. Hubler on 22-Aug-1882 in Elkhart County.  He married 2nd to Vicie Homan  in approximately 1889. Reuben and Vicie are listed on the 1900 Elkhart Township, City of Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana census, the 1910 Elkhart Township, City of Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana census and the 1920 Elkhart Township City of Goshen, Elkhart County, Indiana census.  Rueben was married 3rd to Lillie (last name unknown).

A large thank you is given to Jeanine Rhodes, Reference Assistant, at the Elkhart Public Library in Elkhart, Indiana for locating the newspaper obituary for Reuben Shively.  From The Elkhart Truth, Wednesday, June 5, 1929, Page 2:
Reuben F. Shively
Reuben F. Shively, 68, brother of the late Joseph C. Shively, who died Dec. 8, passed away last evening at his home at Kale Island, Wawasee Lake, from a complication of diseases, which dated back to last February.  For two weeks he was a patient in the Elkhart General hospital.  The last 10 weeks of his illness his condition was known to be serious.
The body was taken to Goshen, to the home of Mr. Shively's sister, Mrs. Alvin Stutsman, 613 South Eighth street, where a service at 2:30 Friday will be followed by another service at 3 o'clock at the First Brethren church, of which Mr. Shively was prominent member.  The Rev. H. F. Stuckman will have charge.  Burial will be in Oak Ridge cemetery beside the grave of his first wife, Mrs. Visa Homan Shively, was was killed at Goshen on Oct. 15, 1920, when struck by a train while enroute to the cemetery.
Mr. Shively was born in Harrison township, Elkhart county, on Aug. 16, 1860, the son of Joseph and Hester Miller Shively, and spent his entire life in the county with the exception of his last seven years residence at the lake.  For a number of years he was employed as a foreman and cabinet maker by the Hawks Bros. of Goshen.  SInce moving to the lake he has been retired.
He is survived by his wife, Lillie Shively; a brother, Alonza W. Shively of Elkhart; and two sisters, Mrs. Stutsman of Goshen, and Mrs. Amanda Berryman of Cleveland.  The latter is confined to her bed by illness.
(Note there are differences from the research of original records and this obituary for Rueben. Corrections in the obituary would include that Visa (Vicie) Homan was his second wife and that Reuben's father was Jonas Shively).

The sad events concerning the death of Vicie Homan Shively are recorded in The Elkhart Truth, Saturday Evening, October 16, 1920, Page 9, Column 3:
Met Death After Taking Flowers To Grave Of Son
Mrs. Vicie Shively, aged 53 years, wife of Reuben F. Shively of Goshen, who was killed when struck by New York Central train No. 10 near the entrance to Oakridge cemetery, Goshen,  about 2 o'clock yesterday, as briefly told in The Truth, had been to the cemetery to place flowers on the grave of her son, Lonnie Shively, who died more than 25 years ago, at the age of six years.  He was the only child born to Mr. and Mrs. Shively.  Mrs. Shively had told her husband when he was home at noon that she was going to take the flowers to the cemetery as they probably would be the last to bloom in their yard this year.
Mrs. Shively had been totally deaf for six years and it is supposed in her hurry to catch a street car she failed to look for trains.  She was killed instantly.
Mrs.  Shively, who was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Homan, was born in Milford on January 8, 1867.  Her marriage to Mr. Shively took place 34 years ago, and soon after they moved to Goshen.  Mr. Shively was employed a a foreman by the Goshen Novelty Co.  He was informed of the tragedy by a brother, Joseph C. Shively of this city, who had hurried to Goshen in his automobile.  Goshen friends decided it would be best to wait for his brother's coming before telling the husband of his bereavement.
Surviving Mrs. Shively besides her husband are two brothers, John W. Homan of Kokomo and Daniel Homan of this city, and four sisters, Mrs. Lorenzo Hall and Mrs. John Godschalk of this city, Mrs. William Tully of Nappanee and Mrs. Harvey Griffith of Milford.
The brother and sisters and the brothers-in-law, Joseph C. and Alonzo W. Shively of this city, all reached the stricken home within a short time after receiving news of the accident.
Mrs. Shively was an active member of the Progressive church of Goshen.

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