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, May 26, 2012

John W. Shively And Wife, Sarah Jane Griffiths, Who Lived In Venango County, Pennsylvania

John W. Shively was born on 15-Aug-1855 in Clarion County, PA and died 26-Aug-1902 in Venango County, PA.  He was married to Sarah Jane Griffiths born 1866 and died 1-Jun-1956 in Venango County, PA.  Sarah Jane married second to William H. Myers.  Children of John and Jane Shively were Bertha born 1884 who married 1st James Hannon and married 2nd Harry Stanly, Bernice born 1886 and died young 1888, Beatrice born 1888 who married R. Burce Allen, Charles born 1890, Henry born 1892, Edith born 1894 who married Milton Porter French, Mildred born 1898 who married Edward Hennessy, and George born 1902 who married Clementine Allen.  
John W. Shively was the son of Thomas M Shively (1823-1890) and Anna Eliza Showers.  Thomas Shively was the son of Christian Shively (1779-1860) and Mary Steese.  Christian Shively was the son of Christian Shively (1751-1842) and Sophia Catharine VonGroate Schmidt.  This lineage descends from the Durs Schaublin line from Switzerland.
Several newspaper obituaries were located for the family of John and Jane Shively.  The obituary for John W. Shiveley was located (but difficult to read) in the Oil City Derrick, Wednesday, August 27, 1902, Page 2, Column 5.  From the obituary it was learned that John Shively was employed as a driver for the Chris Paul furniture house.  He was survived by his wife and the following children:  Bertha, Beatrice, Charles, Henry, Edith, Mildred and George. Also surviving were two brothers, William and George Shively.
The obituary for Jane Griffiths Shively Myers was located in The Derrick, Oil City-Franklin-Clarion, PA, Monday, June 4, 1956, Page 8, Column 2:
Funeral service of Mrs. Jane Myers, who died Friday, were held at 2 p.m. yesterday in the Crawford Funeral Home with Dr. Wallace C. Calvert, pastor of Trinity Methodist Church, officiating.  During the service he read "The 23rd Psalm" and "Crossing the Bar".  Interment was made in Grove Hill Cemetery.  Pallbearers were Clarence H. Huff, Harry Huff, Arthur Hewston, Howard N. Campbell, Clyde Simmons and Cald M. McNaughton.
Attending from out-of-town were Mr. and Mrs. George Shively and son Richard of Jamestown, N.Y.; Mr. and Mrs. Robert Allen and son Bruce of Creighton; Mr. and Mrs. C. J. Huff of Conneant Lake; Mr. and Mrs. Harry Huff and Mrs. Harry Huff of Franklin; Mrs. William Shreve of Meadville; Mr. and Mrs. J. A. Short, Mrs. William Shively and Mrs. B. Grimm of Emlenton.
Newspaper obituaries were also located for the following children:  Mrs. Bertha L. Stanley in The Oil City Derrick, Tuesday morning, April 1, 1930, Page 10, Column 3;  Mrs. Beatrice D. Allen in The Derrick, Monday, November 11, 1963, Section Two-Page 9, Column 2;  Charles Thomas Shively in The Derrick, Thursday, November 1, 1962, Page 20, Column 3; and Henry J. Shively in The Titusville (PA) Herald, Wednesday morning, September 11, 1940, Page 3, Column 3.

Friday, May 18, 2012

Will Of Phillip Shively Who Lived In Monongalia County, West Virginia

Research continues on Phillip Shively who lived in Monongalia County, WV. Phillip Shively was a son of Michael Shively.  Other sons of Michael Shively included Christian Shively and Jacob Shively  who moved to Jefferson County, KY and Henry Shively who moved to Kentucky.  

The will of Phillip Shively is recorded in the Monongalia County, WV Will Book 1, Page 138:
In the name of God Amen, I Philip Shively of Monongalia County Virginia being weak in body but sound in mind and memory do make and constitute this my last will and testament in manner and form following – I do hereby set aside and annul all former Wills and Testaments made by me, My son John Shively I have already given his share of my property  My son Michael Shively he in his lifetime received his full share  to my son Jacob I give and bequeath the tract of Land on which he lives.  To my son Philip I bequeath the tract of Land on which I now live and in consideration of money I borrowed of him for which he holds my obligations I leave or bequeath to him all the money notes and accounts after paying my debts funeral expences the recording this my last will &c  that I leave at my death.  To my son Henry I have given him his full share, my daughter Polly I bequeath thirty dollars   My daughter Catharine I have paid her Eighty dollars which is the amount of her share,  My daughter Sarah I have paid her portion,  To my daughter Betsy I leave her fifty dollars.  My afflicted daughter Abigail I have given Damuel Basnet Notes to the amount of one hundred and fifty   dollars   
(Page 132 is written by hand) 
one milch cow one feather bed and beding for her use   I also bequeath to my son Jacob a certain coal bank on McKinleys run adjoing lands of D. Wallace and Solomon Huffman   I wish it particularly understood that the Land and the money is to cover and fully discharge the obligations I have given to my son Philip for the money I borrowed from him, and I do hereby appoint and constitute my son Jacob my Executor of this my last will and Testament and my Neighbor and good friend Christopher Brewer as trustee of the same  I do hereby declare this my last will and testament in Testimony whereof I have hereunto set my hand and seal this 20th June 1841.
Philip       x       Shively
Signed and sealed in presence of
D. Wallace, Richard Thomas, Robert Freeburn.
At a court held in Monongalia county July term 1841 the foregoing last will and testament of Philip Shively deceased was produced in court duly proven by the oath of David Wallace  Richard Thomas and Robert Freeburn witnesses thereto and ordered to be recorded.
Attest: Thos. P. Ray, Clerk

Additional information on the children of Phillip Shively include the following: John Shively married Teresa Scott.  He died about 1833 in Rush County, IN.   Jacob Shively married Catherine Pickenpaugh.  He died on 4-Mar-1869 in Monongalia County, WV.  Philip Shively married Margaret Tribbit.  He died about 1872 in Henry County, IN.  Henry Shively married Matilda Pickenpaugh.  Catherine Shively married Samuel Basnet.  Sarah Shively married Benjamin Thomas.  

Saturday, May 12, 2012

Claude Dwight Shively And Wife, Sarah B., Who Lived In Jackson County, Missouri

Claude D. Shively was employed in the grocery business in Jackson County, Missouri.  His wife, was Sarah B., who was born in Canada, immigrated to the US in 1884 and was naturalized in 1913. Claude D. Shively was born 3-Sep-1879 and died 23-Feb-1971.  Sarah B. was born 3-Feb-1879 and died 6-Jul-1973. The following newspaper obituaries were located:

The Kansas City Times, Wednesday, February 24, 1971, Page 5B, Column 2:
Claude D. Shively
Claude Dwight Shively, 91, Lake Tapawingo, died yesterday at the Jackson County hospital.  Mr. Shively was born in Markle, Ind., and had lived here 55 years.  He owned a grocery store before he retired.  He was a member of St. John's LaLande Catholic church, Blue Springs.  His wife, Mrs. Sarah Shively, of the home survives.  Services will be held at 10 o'clock Thursday at the church, burial in Mount Moriah cemetery.  Friends may call from 7 to 9 o'clock tonight at the Mount Moriah chapel.

The Kansas City Star, Friday, July 6, 1973, Page 20. Column 1:
Mrs. Sarah B. Shively
Mrs. Sarah B. Shively, 94, of 5331 Highland, died today at Lakeside Hospital. She was born in Framtom, Canada, and had lived here most of her life.  Graveside services will be at 9 a.m. Saturday in Mount Moriah Cemetery.  Friends may call from 7 to 9 o'clock tonight at Mount Moriah Chapel.

Claude D. Shively was the son of Jacob Shively (born Nov 1849) and Sarah Jane Maddux (born May 1855).  He is listed in the household of his parents on the 1900 Wells County, Indiana census record.  Jacob Shively (born 1849) was the son of Jacob Shively (born 1813) and 2nd wife, Rebecca Heren (Herran).  There is a biography for Jacob Shively in the Biographical and Historical Record of Adams and Wells Counties, Indiana, Lewis Publishing Co., Chicago, 1887, Pages 922-925.

Friday, May 4, 2012

Civil War Back Pay Received By William Thomas Shively

The following article was located in  The Cedar Rapids Evening Gazette, Saturday, September 18, 1909, Page 17, Column 4-5:
Veteran Gets ‘Way Back Pay
Government Remits After Half Century
Captain Shively of Council Bluffs Receives $26.50 He Earned In Civil War—Led His Company In Charge After His Captain Had Prepared To Surrender
Omaha World-Herald: It took the government forty-seven years to pay a debt of $26.50 to Captain William Thomas Shively of 3256 Avenue A, Council Bluffs, valiant veteran of a Kentucky regiment.  The captain has but recently received this money from Uncle Sam.
Back in ’61, Private Shively was promoted to second lieutenant for a piece of gallantry.  A little later he was made a captain.  For the first month that he was made a captain he was not paid the wages that he was entitled to in that office.   He made some complaint at the time, but never took it up with the department.
He had never received any bounty for his service, so he wrote to the department last year about it.  He received a reply that there were a good many claims ahead of his, but that as soon as it could be reached it would be looked into.  Recently, however, he received the money and the itemized statement:
Difference of pay, second lieutenant and captain,
Nov. 18 to Dec. 13, 1862…………………………$14.00
Subsistence to Dec. 31, 1861……………………    1.50
Clothing, Oct. 8 to 27, 1861………………………    2.33
For pay, Oct. 3 to 27………………………………    8.67
It was necessary to serve two years as a private to obtain the bounty, and as he was promoted just before the two years was up, the letter explained to him that he not entitled to that.
Kentucky Situation.
Captain Shively is a Kentuckian, born and bred.  He was born on a big tobacco plantation, between Lebanon and Campbellsville, in the central part of that state.  His father had twenty slaves, his father-in-law more and he himself had five, at the time of the war.
The boom of the cannon at Fort Sumter resounded through the land, and in those border states, such as Kentucky, there was an extra somberness to its tone, a deeper dread in the hearts of the people.  For there it sent brother against brother, father against son, neighbor against neighbor.  Sometimes they parted with a godspeed and a choking sensation that almost forbade speech—sometimes there was a bitter feeling at the heart, and a desire to meet in the midst of the conflict—but always it meant that they would be thrown constantly against each other, in some of the most hotly contested battles of the war, where blood, friendship, meant nothing, only the spirit of kill or be killed.
Six stalwart sons there were in the Shively family.  The call for battle came. They had been accustomed to slavery all their lives.  The negroes were almost essential as laborers on their plantation, but they loved their country.  The loved the glorious red and white and blue of the nation’s banner, and everyone of the six sons enlisted in the union army.
Their wives and children came to live at the home of their father, and they bade farewell to neighbors who went into the rank of the conferates, and fared forth to battle in the cause of their country, determined to aid in keeping it one great nation.
William T. Shively enlisted in Company H of the Tenth Kentucky regiment.  He was in many a hot battle in Kentucky, Tennessee, Alabama and Georgia.  He won his commissioned office by a singular piece of heroism, though he says of it, “I just happened to do the right thing at the right time.”  He was under General Thomas at the time, and Companies A and H had been sent to guard a bridge, down in Alabama.  A force of the confederates five or six times as large as the union companies, attacked the bridge.
Would Not Be Surrendered.
“Hold the bridge at all hazards, and reinforcements will be sent,” was the word that General Thomas sent to the company.  The bullets were storming around them and the enemy was drawing closer all of the time, Captain Shively tells of the struggle:
“Our capting was a good man, but he was a little timid.  I saw that he was preparing a white flag, as a signal of surrender.  I didn’t want to give up, with those orders from the general.  I stepped out and said, ‘Boys, did you come down here to fight or to be taken prisoners?” “’To Fight,’ they shouted. “Let’s do it, then, I said, “Get under the bridge and fight them.  You can surrender yourself, but you can’t surrender me or the boys, cap.”
“The major was sick, so that he wasn’t down at first, but presently he came down.”  “’Who’s in charge here?’ he asked.  I stepped up and said, ‘I’m doing the best I can, major’”
“’Bully for you,’ was his reply.  I looked around then, and saw that the captain had given up making his flag, and had taken a rifle and was fighting in the ranks with the rest.  The two lieutenants had run down into the brush, thinking we were going to be captured and wanting to get away.  One of them was later mustered out for cowardice.”
“Finally, as the odds were so overwhelming, and relief had not come, the major decided to surrender.”
“After I was exchanged, I was made second lieutenant of the company, the captain resigning, and later became captain.”
On the second day at Missionary Ridge, in the charge that won the ridge for the union troops, Captain Chively was wounded, but he fought right on through.  The order had come to charge, and so rapid was the advance on his part of the line that the rebels did not get their range at all, but kept firing over their.  Also they got ahead of the rest of the line and were ordered to lie down.
Place For Real Courage.
That was harder for them than charging around them, striking down a man here and there, and doing absolutely nothing.  To lie there with the bullets whistling in return—having time to think that any second a bullet might end it all, that indeed takes courage.
Here it was that a bullet penetrated the captain’s arm.  One of the officers told Second Lieutenant Funk to place him behind a tree trunk or in a hollow, but the lieutenant who had been fighting with him all through the war, said “No, I’ll take him where I go if I have to carry him on my back.” But the captain went on without any assitance.
“That was one of the most welcome words I ever heard in my life, ‘charge,’ after we had been lying there,” said the captain. “We did charge and our division swept up the ridge and over, capturing it.
“One of the most thrilling sights I ever saw was in that same series of battles, the battle of Lookout mountain, called the ‘battle above the clouds.’  We had been fighting the day before and building breastworks, so that we were resting. Some rebels were within gunshot, in breastworks also, that ran up close to the ridge.  From our position we could see all of the charges and the hotly contested battle.
“But we and the confederates in the breastworks were not fighting.  We were talking back and forth to each other.  The rebels had been driven back repeatedly, ‘but they can’t get us out of here,’ they shouted.
“They will trick you and have you out of there all right,” was our reply.
“Meanwhile a brigade had been forming behind the crest of the mountain, and swept down in the open space between the breastworks and the ridge, and made a flank attack.  There was a yell among the confederates, and unable to withstand the cross fire, they fled, with our shouts following them.”
United States Supreme Judge Harlan was colonel of this regiment, and Captain Shively became well acquainted with him, later visiting him at his home in Kentucky.
“I liked him better than any other officer in the regiment,” said the captain. “He was brave, conscientious, thoughtful of the men, and he was popular with them all.  But he used to take us into all kinds of places.  The colonel would go to headquarters and ask to take the regiment into engagements.  So thinking of the men, I used to be kind of afraid of where he would take us, sometimes.  His father, who was attorney general of Kentucky, died during the war, and he was called away from the regiment to that position.”
In one of the battles near the old home, word came to his father’s house that all of the sons had been either killed or captured.  A pitiful scene followed, the wives and children in tears, the negroes stricken with grief, the whole household in mourning.
But none of them had been captured.  In this battle one of the six was wounded and sent home, where he was taken sick with typhoid fever and died.
Following the war, Mrs. W. T. Shively was ill, and the doctors advised a change in climate.  Mr. Shively determined to bring her west.  Her folks had been pioneers in Kentucky, too, as her grandfather, John B. Hayden, journeyed to Kentucky with Daniel Boone, and her father, James Hayden, was a prominent citizen of that locality.  When he persuaded her to leave her relatives, he had a wagon built, and they started overland for the west, in 1867.  They made the trip slowly stopping whenever Mr. Shively desired.  Within a few days she was up and about, and her health rapidly improved.
Victim of Grasshoppers.
They journeyed through Iowa, living near Council Bluffs for a while, Mr. Shively teaming for the Union Pacific railroad, which was putting a line through to Omaha at that time.  In 1869 he went to LeMars, Iowa, and took up a homestead there.  He remained until 1881, then his crops were all eaten by grasshoppers, and he sold out and moved to O’Neill, Neb., where he took a timber claim.
Four years ago, he moved to Council Bluffs and built the cottage where he now lives, his oldest daughter, Mrs. Anderson, whose husband was killed in a railroad accident, keeping house for him, as here the faithful partner of his sirenuous life as veteran of the civil war, and pioneer of Iowa and Nebraska, departed this earth.
And Captain Shively has sacrificed much for his country, and is still sacrificing.  Ever since the battle in Hoover’s Gap, where it was expected that the confederates would make a desperate stand, but where they were driven back, he has been afflicted at times with rheumatism, which has badly crippled him.  That day was a torrid one, and the battle was fiercely contested, so that he was perspiring freely.  Toward night it clouded up, and a heavy rain fell, soaking them through and through.  He was sick that night, and at intervals it comes back to him with redoubled vigor.
Now Captain Shively is 80 years old.  Crippled with the rheumatism, so that it is difficult for him to leave the house at all, he welcomes a visitor, and receives him with hearty southern hospitality.  He loves to talk of the old experiences, is thoroughly familiar with the battles in which he fought, remembering a great deal of the conditions in the war.  He is a warm admirer of General Thomas, who was said to be the only union general who never lost a battle, and ardently defends all his moves.
Nine of his twelve children are living, and he has thirty-seven grandchildren and great-grandchildren.

The following information was taken from "History Of Pottawattamie County, Iowa, From The Earliest Historic Times to 1907" by S. J. Clarke Publishing Co., Chicago, copywrite date 1907, pages 743-746:
William Thomas Shively, who is living in honorable retirement in Council Bluffs, Iowa, was born in Taylor county, Kentucky, March 8, 1830.  His father, John B. Shively, was likewise a native of that state, born in 1804.   His wife bore the maiden name of Sarah Heavrin and was a daughter of Robert Heavrin, of Marion county.
In the district schools of Taylor county, Kentucky, William T. Shively acquired his education, and afterward began flatboating on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, going down to New Orleans in 1850.  He was thus engaged for three years and on the 15th of October 1853, he married and settled on a farm on Cloyd's creek in Marion county, Kentucky, where he continued for five years.  He then removed to Taylor county, Kentucky, and bought four hundred acres of land, upon which he remained until after the outbreak of the Civil war.  Espousing the cause of the Union he entered Company H, of the Tenth Kentucky Infantry, serving under Colonel John M. Harlan, now one of the judges of the supreme court of the United States.  He was in that command for nearly four years and was mustered out at Louisville.  He joined the army as a private and won promotion of the rank of captain.
When the war was ended Mr. Shively bought a farm in Taylor county, Kentucky, which he sold after a year and then gave his attention to the milling business until he came to Pottawattamie county, Iowa, in the summer of 1866.  For several months hs worked in the steam sawmills at Lewins Grove near Avoca, and in the spring of 1867 he began farming, in which he continued until the following winter, when he entered the employ of the Rock Island Railroad Company. He worked at grading until the road was completed to Council Bluffs in the same year.  Subsequently he entered the car repairing department of the Chicago & Northwestern Railroad and so continued until 1869.  In that year he removed to Lemars, Iowa, where he homesteaded one hundred and sixty acres of land and turned his attention to farming, cultivating and developing that place until the spring of 1882, when he went to O'Neill, Nebraska.  He there pre-empted one hundred and sixty acres of land, which he brought under cultivation, and upon that farm lived for sixteen years, his labors converting it into a rich and productive property.  Removing to the city of O'Neill, he there lived for six years, and in 1904 he came to Council Bluffs, where he has since lived retired, enjoying well earned ease.  His life has been one of untiring activity and enterprise and thus he acquired a handsome competence, enabling him now to live in honorable retirement.
On the 4th of October 1853, Mr. Shively was married to Miss Terresa Hayden, a daughter of James and Elenor (Hayden) Hayden, who though of the same name were not related.  The marriage was celebrated at St. Mary's Church in Calvary, Marion county, Kentucky.