John William Shively was born on 24-May-1861 in Mercer County, OH and died on 12-Dec-1939 in Mercer County, OH. He was the son of William M Shively and Sarah E. Carr. John was married first on 22-Apr-1883 in Mercer County to Sarah Edith Buck. Sarah was born on 29-Aug-1862 and died 18-Sep-1886. John married second in Mercer County on 1-Jan-1890 to Eliza E Crouch. Eliza was born on 18-Mar-1867 and died on 7-Feb-1922.
Information on John W. Shively was extracted from History Of Mercer County, Ohio And Representative Citizens, Edited And Compiled By Hon. S. S. Scranton, Celing, Ohio, Published By Biographical Publishing Company, Chicago, IL, 1907, Pages 297 and 298:
John W. Shively, a leading citizen of Hopewell township, formerly township treasurer and the owner of a general store at Stedcke, was born in Jefferson township, Mercer County, Ohio, May 24, 1861. He is a son of William M. and Sarah E. (Carr) Shively.
Both parents of Mr. Shively were born in Ohio. The father was a solider in the service of his country in the Civil War, and lost his life in that great struggle. It thus came about that our subject was thrown entirely upon his own resources when but 10 years of age. He left Jefferson township and for a number of years worked at farming throughout Mercer County, and later operated a farm for himself. In 1887 he embarked in the mercantile business at Stedcke, which he has conducted ever since, each year enlarging and adding to the stock of goods handled. He owns a farm of 40 acres in Hopewell township and another, of 80 acres, in Butler township and also operates another store, at Mercer. He is one of the county’s enterprising and successful business men. He has also been very active in politics, has served as clerk of the Board of Elections of Hopewell township and for six years was township treasurer. He has also served as Postmaster at Stedcke. He is a stanch Republican.
Mr. Shively has been twice married. His first wife, Sarah E. Buch(Buck), at death left two children, Melvin and oral, the latter of whom is the wife of John Sielschott, of Mercer. He married second, Eliza Crouch, and they have five children, namely: Chloe, Florence, Walter, Nora and Ernest B. Both he and his wife are members of the German Baptist Church.
Mr. Shively is a representative, self made man and his material success is but the result of close application to business, honest dealing with his fellow citizens and an integrity of character, which has brought him the confidence and esteem of those with whom he has come in contact.
Children of John Shively and Sarah Buck included: son Melvin J. born 25-Jan-1884 died 3-Apr-1948 buried Swamp College Cemetery. Melvin J. married Mary "Mollie" J Snyder on 27-Sep-1903 in Mercer County; daughter Oral Edith born 11-Oct-1885 died 15-Jun-1943 buried Buck Cemetery. She married John Henry Sielschott (Sealscott) on 22-Jan-1905 in Mercer County. Children of John Shively and Eliza Crouch included: Chloe M born 18-Oct-1890 died 23-Mar-1982 buried Swamp College Cemetery. She married John Adolph Hoenie on 29-Jan-1908 in Mercer County; Florence D born 2-Apr-1893 died 2-Apr-1944 buried Swamp College Cemetery. She married Robert Hill; Walter H born 6-Feb-1895 died 6-Sep-1979 buried Swamp College Cemetery. He married Bertha S. Viereck on 3-Mar-1920 in Mercer County; LeNora (Nora) S. Shively born 11-Mar-1897 died 7-Aug-1980 buried North Grove Cemetery. She married Ernest Dee Young; and Ernest Basil born 5-Mar-1899 died 20-Jul-1980 buried Friends Chapel Cemetery. He married Fannie Florence Fisher on 16-Feb-1922 in Mercer County.