Francis Marion Shively was born on 17-July-1893 in Marshall County, IN and died on 1-October-1914 in Fulton County, IN. He was the son of Frank Shively and Ursula Swinehart. Francis Marion Shively was married on 8-August-1913 to Readie Black.
Newspaper articles help tell the story of this Shively family. The obituary for Francis Shively was located in the Tri-County Gazette, Mentone, IN, Thursday, October 8, 1914, Page 1, Column 5:
Francis Marion Shively, son of Frank and Versula Shively, was born at Tippecanoe, Marshall county, Indiana, July 17, 1893, and departed this life at Woodlawn hospital, Rochester, Ind., Thursday Oct. 1, 1914, aged 21 years, 2 months and 14 days.
Francis Onstott, as he was commonly known, came to Akron with his mother when but a small lad and has lived all his life in and near town.
He was educated in our public schools, leaving high school in his junior year to take up a work position, to relieve the burdens and cares of his widowed mother. The last three years he has been employed at Strongs' store where he served the public in a gracious, pleasing and honorable manner.
He was united in marriage with Readie, oldest daughter of Al Black, at Warsaw, Ind., August 8, 1913.
During the tabernacle meeting last winter, Mr. and Mrs. Shively both confessed their faith in Christ and were baptized by Elder McCallery of the Church of God.
On the 1910 Fulton County, IN, town of Akron, census is the family of George W. Onstott age 66, wife Ursula age 41, son Chas. S age 29, stepson Francis age 16. On the 1900 Fulton County, IN census is the family of George W Onstott born Sept 1844, wife Ursula born July 1868, son Charles born July 1881, daughter Nellie born Dec 1887, son Jessie born Dec 1890, and stepson Francis born July 1893.
Indiana marriage records list the marriage of Franklin Shively and Ursula Swihart on 22-July-1889 in Kosciusko County, IN. The marriage of George W. Onstott and Ursula Swinehart is recorded as July 1896 in Fulton County, IN.
It appears that Frank and Ursula had marital problems. In the Tri-County Gazette, Saturday, January 7, 1893, Page 4, Column 4:
----Jan. 6, 1893. My wife, Ursula Shively, has left without any cause whatever. All store debts contracted after above date by said Ursula Shively I will not be responsible for.
Further details of the story are revealed in the article from the Tri-County Gazette, Mentone, IN, Saturday, March 4, 1893, Page 1, Columns 5-6:
Eloped for Fun
Frank Shively, of near Mentone, was in Rochester Tuesday for the purpose of having Sheriff King serve papers in the divorce suit brought against his eloping wife. He had learned that she had returned from her jaunt with Elmer Gochenour and was stopping at the home of Mike Brown. She accompanied the sheriff to town and claims she was "only in fun" when she deserted her husband, and is thoroughly disgusted with Frank for regarding it so seriously. She admits that she and Elmer have been having a "good time" for the past several weeks, but she is now ready to settle down to ordinary every day life again.
Mr. Shively informed the Sentinel that he could not be induced to again receive her into his home and no amount of pleading for forgiveness will establish her in his affections. He has given her what property belongs to her and secured a promise that she will not put in an appearance when the divorce case is called in the Warsaw court one week from Monday.--(Rochester Sentinel)
No further information could be located on Franklin Shively after the 1893 articles. The obituaries for Francis Marion Shively's mother and stepfather were located. In the Rochester Sentinel, Wednesday, July 11, 1945:
Mrs. Ursula Onstott, 77, passed away Tuesday 10 a.m. at her home in Akron from a heart ailment. For the past few years Mrs. Onstott had been residing at the Soldier Home in West Lafayette, however, for the past two months, she was at her home in Akron making preparations to return to Lafayette this coming fall. Mrs. Onstott had been a resident of Henry township for over two score years.
Ursula, daughter of Levi and Barbara Swinehart, was born in Marshall county, Indiana on July 1st, 1868. In 1889 she was married to Frank Shively, who preceded her in death a few years later. In a second ceremony solemnized in 1896 she was united in marriage with George Onstott. Mr. Onstott passed away on May 2nd, 1911. For a number of years Mrs. Onstott resided on a farm east of Akron and in 1912 she moved to her present home in Akron. The deceased was a charter member of the W.S.C.S.
Survivors are a few half-sisters and step-children. A step-son, Jess Onstott, resides in Edwardsburg, Mich. A son born to the first union preceded in death in 1914.
Funeral services in charge of Rev. R. A. Fenstermacher will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. at the Akron Methodist church and interment will be made in the IOOF cemetery, Akron. The body was taken to the Moyer funeral home where friends may call up until the hour of the services.
In the Rochester Weekly Republican, Thursday Morning, May 11, 1911, Page 4, Column 4:
The funeral of Mr. George Onstott was held at the M. E. church, last Friday afternoon. Mr. Onstott was in failing health for about two years before his death. He was stricken with thrombosis and late last fall was at the Soldiers' Home at Marion, Indiana, but after a few weeks was conveyed to the National Soldiers' Home at Washington, D.C., where he passed away last Thursday morning. He was an honorable and upright citizen, a brave soldier and a kind husband and father. He leaves a widow, a daughter and two sons, and many friends and comrades. Interment at Odd Fellows cemetery.