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, August 9, 2013

Leroy A Shively And 1st Wife, Carrie B. Jacobs And 2nd Wife, Lenora E. Clark, Who Lived In Miami County, Indiana

Leroy Anthony Shively
Leroy Anthony Shively was the son of Daniel P. Shively and Harriet Little.  He was born on 26-July-1869 and died 21-May-1946 in Indianapolis, Marion County, IN.  On 2-Aug-1899 in Miami County, IN he was married to Carrie Bell Jacobs.  On 14-July-1926 in Fulton County, IN he was married to Lenora E. Clark. 

Leroy Shively And Carrie Bell Jacobs
Ralph, Lenora, Leroy, Doris Shively
Gene Rohrer In Front Row

The following biography was found in The History of Miami County, Indiana, A Narrative Account of Its Historical Progress, Its People and Its Principal Interests, Edited by Mr. Arthur L. Bodurtha, Volume 1, Illustrated, The Lewis Publishing Company, Chicago and New York, 1914, pages 818-819.
The career of Mr. Shively, now probably the best known and the ablest auctioneer in Miami county, has many points of interest.  He is a native of Miami county, who in his young manhood left his home surroundings and began his practical adventures in the west.  After a number of years of more or less successful enterprises in western states, he returned to his old county, and now for twenty years has been actively identified with the farming and general business affairs of this locality.  Mr. Shively was born on a farm in Pipe Creek township on July 26, 1869.
His father was the late Daniel P. Shively, whose career and character are worthy of long remembrance in the community which was his home for so many years, and to which he contributed so many uplifting and substantial influences.  Daniel P. Shively was born near Dayton, Ohio, was reared on a farm in the discipline of hard work and when a boy received only limited educational advantages.  As he grew up he began to appreciate his lack of schooling, and at every opportunity that was offered he studied and read with consuming ardor the most instructive literature.  His family were strong in the faith of the German-Baptist church and he was reared in the faith.  In his community in Miami county he came in time to exercise the influence of one of the leading citizens, and with his intense energy and religious zeal almost naturally took a place as local preacher among the adherents of his own faith.  He was known as a keen reasoner, a profound student of the bible, and in every relation of life his influence was for morality and practical good.  His death occurred in July, 1900.  An immense concourse of sorrowing friends followed his body to its last resting place, and on that day were paid many heartfelt tributes to his noble nature and many worthy deeds of his lifetime.
LeRoy A. Shively spent his boyhood in the old community of Pipe Creek township.  He attended the district school which was nearest the old home and trained his body by the vigorous work of the farm and the sports and diversions which country boys usually follow.  When twenty years of age he started out for himself and chose the west as a field for his early enterprise.  He was in Kansas and Colorado for some time.  Among the work which he did in Kansas was as engineer for the Great Bend Milling Company.  His experience in running an engine was practically nothing, but the company wanted an engineer, and he wanted work, so they arranged matters to their mutual satisfaction.  He continued in his place as engineer for about eighteen months, and when he left it was on his own volition and not because the company requested it.  During the following year he was engaged in carpentering and contracting, and for two years was engaged in prospecting and work in the mines at Galena, Kansas.
On returning to Miami county in 1893, Mr. Shively established himself on a farm and began the breeding of Hereford cattle, an enterprise which he continued for six years.  Selling out, he then associated himself with the late Col. Allie Powell in live stock auctioneering.  During three years of his association he made his home at Wabash.  After the death of Col. Powell in 1906, Mr. Shively continued his vocation as auctioneer on his own responsibility, and has had a large business in that calling.  For three years he was engaged in the management of the farm known as the Jerry Hardwick farm for the Shirk estate.
Mr. Shively is in politics a Democrat, and a good citizen without participating in practical party affairs.  On August 2, 1899, he married Miss Carrie B. Jacobs, of Pipe Creek township.  Their two children are Ralph D. and Dorris E.  Mrs. Shively is a member of the Methodist church.

The following newspaper articles were extracted from several sources regarding the life of Leroy A. Shively.  In the Goshen Weekly News-Times, Friday, August 14, 1914, Page 6, Column 1:                                                Stable And Barn Burns
Col. Leroy Shively, an auctioneer of Peru, well known in Goshen, lost his stable and seven horses by fire Monday night.  Loss of $4,500.

The News-Sentinel, Fort Wayne, IN, Thursday, April 13, 1922, Page 9, Column 6:
Victim Of Apoplexy
(Special to the News-Sentinel)  PERU, Ind., April 13. --Mrs. Carrie B. Shively, aged 45 years,  wife of Leroy Shively, prominent farmer and stockman of this city, died at her home here Wednesday.  Death was due to apoplexy.  Mr. Shively and two children survive.  The funeral services will be conducted from the residence Friday morning.

The Pharos-Tribune, Logansport, IN, Thursday, July 15, 1926, Page 8, Columns 4-5:
Coming as a complete surprise to their many friends, is the marriage of Miss Lenora Clark and L. A. Shively which was solemnized this morning in Peru, by the brother of the groom.  Mrs. Shively, who is a trained nurse has made her home in this city for several years with Miss Mary Gould.  Mr. Shively is a member of the firm of Stehle and Shively of this city, formerly of Peru.

The Kokomo Tribune, Kokomo, IN, Thursday, May 23, 1946, Page 15, Column 4:
Former Assessor Dies
Leroy A. Shively, 76, former Miami county assessor, died of a complication of ailments in Methodist hospital at 10 o'clock Tuesday morning.  His residence was at 286 1/2 West Third street.  He had been a patient in the hospital three weeks.
Survivors include the widow, Lenora, and two children, Ralph D. Shively, of Reynoldsburg, O., and Mrs. Doris Rohrer, of Ft. Wayne.  Surviving also are two brothers and a sister, the Rev. Thomas A. Shively, Peru route 4; Charles Shively, of Huntington, Pa., and Mrs. David Cripe, of Peru.
A resident of Peru practically all his life, the deceased was born here, a son of Daniel P. Shively.  He was a member of the Methodist church and the Bunker Hill Masonic lodge.
Funeral services will be conducted in the First Christian church here at 2:30 o'clock Friday afternoon.  The Rev. Lee Jackson, pastor of the church, will officiate and interment will be in Mt. Hope cemetery here.  The Masonic burial will be exemplified at the grave.
The body was to be returned Thursday from the Eikenberry funeral home to the late residence, 286 1/2 West Third street, where it was announced that friends may call after 7 p.m. Thursday.

The Daily Journal-Gazette And Commerical-Star, Mattoon, IL, Monday, May 9, 1949, Page 8, Column 6:       
        Mrs. Lenora Shively Dies in Charleston Nursing Home
(Special to the Journal-Gazette)   Charleston, Ill. -- Mrs. Lenora Shively died Saturday at the Cunningham nursing home in Charleston.  She had been a patient there since 1947.  Funeral services are incomplete.  She is survived by a step-son, two nieces, and a step-daughter.

Thank you to Mary Rohrer for providing the pictures for this blog.  Pictures are so appreciated as they add to the history.


  1. This would be my great grandparents! Thank you for the post. I have pictures if anyone is interested.

  2. Mary,
    If you would e-mail me at I would like to have pictures. I believe I can then edit this blog entry and add the pictures to the blog. Thank you.....Larry

  3. I emailed them. If you want photos a generation or more either way let me know.