Several of the children of Ulrich Shively (1774-1825) and Christiana Shideler (1776-1838) were early pioneers in Huntington County, IN. Newspaper articles extracted from Huntington County, IN provide interesting information on these Shively pioneers. Extracted from The Daily Democrat, Huntington, IN, Monday Evening, June 8, 1896, Page 8, Column 2:
Thou Good and Faithful Servant", Was the Life and Acts of Mrs. Anna Cline During a
Long and Useful Life
Death, the reaper, called to her heavenly home the spirit of Mrs. Anna Cline, widow of James Cline. She died at her home in Markle, Sunday. Deceased was 81 years and 3 days old and was the mother of seven children, three of whom survive and mourn the death of a beloved mother. The children are Mrs. R. Stuckman and George and James Cline of Markle.
Deceased was born in Starke county, Ohio, June 4, 1815. In 1837 she moved from Starke to Preble county, O. and to Huntington county in 1839. She had been a member of the German Baptist church for forty-six years and was a most exemplary woman. Mrs. Cline came to Huntington county with the following parties who had intermarried in such a manner that they were all brothers-in-law to each other. The gentlemen were Jacob and Daniel Shively, Gideon Landis, John Detro, James Cline, Samuel Wolfe and Henry Wintrode. The above parties all settled in Rockcreek township with exception of Henry Wintrode and Daniel Shively, who located in Dallas township. All of the above gentlemen,, who were unusually large men, measuring over six feet, are dead now with the exception of Jacob Shively, who resides near Markle and who is over 84 years old. Mrs. Landis, widow of Gideon Landis, still survives and is over 80 years old.
The funeral of Mrs. Cline will be held Tuesday morning at 10 o'clock, from the Dunkard church in Markle. Interment will be made at the White church.
The obituary for Leah Shively Lantis was located in The Daily News-Democrat, Huntington, IN, Thursday Evening, December 5, 1901, Page 2, Column 6:
Leah Lantis, daughter of Owen and Christena Shively, was born in Starke county, O., January 15, 1820, and died in Huntington county, Indiana, November 21, 1901, aged eighty-one years, ten months and six days. Her life reaches over a wide period of time and has marked many great changes. She was married to Gideon Lantis, August 17, 1836, in Preble county, Ohio. To this union was born twelve children, six of whom are still living. She became a member of the German Baptist church in 1843. Besides the immediate family she leaves forty-two grandchildren, sixty-two great grandchildren and a large circle of friends to mourn her loss.
Farewell, dear friends, I am at rest,
From pain and sorrow free:
Make ready now and before too late,
For you must follow me.
The obituary for Gideon Lantis, husband of Leah Shively Lantis, gives additional information on the history of the family connections. Extracted from The Huntington Democrat, Thursday, February 2, 1888, Page 5, Columns 3-4:
A Pioneer Gone
On Sunday the 22nd of January, 1888, Mr. Gideon Lantis Sr. complained of not feeling well and remained thus till Tuesday following when he received a stroke of paralysis which terminated in death at about 8 o'clock P.M. Thursday, January 26th, 1888. From the time he was stricken until death he was both speechless and unconscious. The organs of respiration were all that showed any signs of life. A physician was called early but so severe was the stroke that medical aid was of little or no avail. It now became evident that the time of his demise was at hand. both friends and neighbors in their minds began preparing for the worst. The funeral occurred on Sunday following at the white church, near Browns Corners. The services were conducted by Eld. Dorsey Hodgen of the German Baptist faith, using for a text, "What is man that thou art mindful of him?" (Hebrews II, 6.) The funeral was the largest one held there since the burial of those killed by the boiler explosion at Browns Corners ten years previous. The church is large and both seats and aisles were filled to their utmost capacity. A great number were therefore compelled to remain on the outside.
Pioneers came from various parts of the county to pay the last tribute of respect to one who shared alike with them the hardships incident to living in the woods. Sorrow was depicted upon the countenances of all. Stout hearts were made contrite and sympathetic tears flowed copiously and unrestrained. All knew that Mr. Lantis was dead and realized that a friend had gone from them. He being an early settler was still in possession of those noble, christian, and samaritan principles that governed in pioneer times. He, unlike many of this day of selfishness and independence always had time, when he met a neighbor, to stop and inquire after the welfare of the family. He was always on hand in sickness, not merely to be seen and be in the way, but to administer to the wants of the suffering and needy. Had one a piece of work he could not perform alone, he had only to let Mr. Lantis know it, and he was sure to have help......
Mr. Gideon Lantis Sr. was born to Samuel and Senee Lantis April 16th, 1813, in Preble county, Ohio. He died January 26th, 1888, being 74 years, 9 months and 10 days old. He was married August 17th, 1836, to Leah Shively, in Preble county, Ohio. She and Jacob Shively Sr., of Wells county, Indiana, and Anna Cline, widow of the late James Cline, are brother and sisters--the only members of the old Shively family now living. Their ages are respectively 68, 74 and 72 years. Mr. and Mrs. Lantis, Samuel Wolfe, Jacob Shively Sr., James Cline, John Detro Sr., Henry Wintrode and Daniel Shively, with their families, emigrated to Huntington county, Indiana. There were brother and brother-in-law. All are dead now save Mr. Jacob Shively, Mrs. Gideon Lantis, and Mrs. James Cline, his sisters.
Samuel Wolfe, Gideon Lantis and Jacob Shively bought and settled on the north half of section four, in Rockcreek township, this county. The remainder settling in other portions of the county. At that time but few settlements existed here. It was therefore but little else than one dense forest with the Indian trails through it serving as highways leading from one isolated settlement to another. They put up the first night or two after their arrival in an empty hut belonging to the Miami Indians, on the farm now owned by Mr. Henry W. Bonewits. The natives were apparently unfriendly, and the emigrants wishing to avoid any trouble, moved a quarter of a mile further into their own woods, and put up a tent in which they lived until they erected three log cabins; one for Samuel Wolfe, one for Gideon Lantis and one for Jacob Shively.
They raised these buildings with the aid of their own hands. There were only three families living between them and Huntington which was little more than a white settlement surrounded by Indians. Markle was just a settlement. The year of their arrival Thomas O'Thigh taught the first school in Rockcreek township on what is known as the Jonas Kelsey farm. Reader, I will let you contrast times and improvements then with the same now. When done you will see that we will forever owe a debt of gratitude to the memory of those who are dead and gone and left the fruit of their labors for our enjoyment.
In 1845, Mr. Lantis embraced Christianity and thereupon united with the German Baptist church. He continued steadfastly in the faith until his death. There were born to him twelve children, four sons and eight daughters, five of whom are dead. Those who survive are Samuel Lantis, Daniel Lantis, Gideon Lantis Jr., Jacob S. Lantis, Christina Freds, Jane Stetsel, Elizabeth Fahl, thirty-two grandchildren and fourteen great-grandchildren. L.E.S.