William Marion Shiveley (Shively) served in the U.S. Navy and has a Civil War Navy pension file. The pension file is full of genealogy information. William was born 9-Oct-1840 in Stout, Adams County, Ohio and died 26-Dec-1925. He was married to Nancy Eleanore Easter on 16-Jan-1862 in Adams County, Ohio.
William M. Shiveley on the 30-Aug-1864 at Cincinnati, Ohio enrolled as a Landsman in the Navy on the vessel named Paw-Paw in the Civil War and was honorably discharged at Mound City, IL on the 28-Jun-1865. He lived at Stout, Adams County, Ohio until the fall of 1874 and then to Selig, Adams County, Ohio. At enlistment he was 5 feet 5 1/2 inches tall, fair complexion, had blue eyes, fair hair and was a farmer. On 30-Aug-1864 he was a Landsman on the Great Western to 3-Sep-1864, then on the Peosta September 4 and 5, 1864, then the Paw-Paw from 6-Sep-1864 to 27-Jun-1865 when he was discharged as ward room cook.
In the pension file in the general affidavit "State of Michigan", County of St. Clair. In the matter of pension claim No. 7149 of Wm M. Shiveley of Steamer Paw-Paw U.S. Navy on this 21st day of May 1888, personally appeared before me the undersigned authority, duly authorized to administer oaths Nelson Thompson aged 45 years, a gentleman well known to me to be reputable and entitled to credit, and who being duly sworn says in relation to aforesaid case, I was a seaman on the U.S. Steamer Paw-Paw and was personally acquainted with the above named Wm M. Shiveley. I first became acquainted with him on the receiving ship Great Western at Caro about first of Sept 1864 from which we were transferred to the flag ship Peosta and then to the Paw Paw. On the day before we transferred to the Paw Paw from the Peosta at Paducha Kentucky the said Shiveley was assisting in loading coal and became exhausted and overheated and became for a while unconscious. This was in the early part of Sept said Shiveley was with diarrhea within a day or two after his overheat, which resulted in a chronic form from and continued until discharge. I know these facts from being present and know Shiveley was assigned as cook by reason of inability to do hard work..........Nelson Thompson"
The general affidavit "State of Ohio, County of Clinton. In the matter of claim for pension, William M. Shiveley, Landsman of the U.S.S. Paw Paw No. 31 Navy #5972..Personally came before me, a Notary Public in and for aforesaid County and State, Ira Conger, age 57 years, residing at Union Township, County of Clinton, State of Ohio, who being duly sworn, declare in relation to the aforesaid case as follows: I was a member of the same crew with the claimant and knew him intimately serving on the same vessel. In the forepart of September 1864, while coaling a vessel at Paduca Ky, he became exhausted from sun-stroke, which resulted in catarrh of the head and throat and disease of heart, and also in the month of Feb. 1865. While in the harbor at Cash Island opposite Mound City, Ill, during ice-run, while on duty, he contracted rheumatism, from exposure. I know these facts from personal observation while on duty with claimant as well as while in camp."
The following information on the death of William Marion Shiveley was located in the pension file: Stout, Ohio Dec 30th 1925 Dear Sir: William Marion Shiveley and old soldier whose pension checks com to P.O. Manchester Ohio died Dec. 24th 1925 at 2 A.M. He died at his daughters Mrs. Grant Rogers, Stout, Ohio - He was confined to his bed for 2 weeks with erysipelas. She asked me to write the Pension Department as to the probability of receiving his pension for 20 days that he lived from his last draw. They need toward paying expenses as to his funeral. Please let me know by return mail. Yours very truly, R.Y. Littleton, M.D."
Additional information on William Marion Shiveley and Nancy Eleanore Easter was written in the Shively blog dated 3-Mar-2012.