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, November 22, 2013

George Shively And Elizabeth Gravis Who Lived In Tuscarawas County, Ohio

George W. Shively/Katherine Kalmbach
The children of George Shively, who was born in Germany, and wife Elizabeth Gravis, are located in records from Tuscarawas County, Ohio.  P J Crawford extracted a record from the Massillon Independent, Massillon, Ohio, January 01, 1892, Page 4 which indicates George Shively died 31-Dec-1891. Elizabeth Gravis Shively was born 10-June-1856 in Stark County, OH and died 14-January-1949 in  Tuscarawas County, OH. Elizabeth Gravis Shively married second Reinhard (Rheinhart) Medam on 18-June-1896 in Tuscarawas County.  Listed on the 1900 Tuscarawas census are John Medam, wife Elizabeth, stepson George Shively, stepson David Shively, stepson Charles T Shively, son William F Medam, and daughter Flossie B Medam. Listed on the 1910 Tuscarawas census are Rinehart Medam, wife Elizabeth, daughter Flossie, daughter Helen and stepdaughter Mary E. Shively.

Extracted from the Ohio Deaths for Mary E. Shively is the information that she was born on 4-November-1880 in Pittsburg, PA and died 26-October-1926 in Canton, Stark County, OH.  Her parents are listed as George Shively born in Germany and Elizabeth Gravis born in Ohio.  From The Evening Repository, Canton, Ohio, Wednesday, October 27, 1926, Page 18, Column 6:
Illness Proves Fatal
Miss Mary E. Shively, 45, employed as a waitress at John's restaurant, died Tuesday at Mercy hospital following a several months' illness from a complication of diseases.  Miss Shively was a member of the First Congregational church, the Canton chapter of the Order of the Eastern Star and Perservance council, Daughters of America.  She had been a resident of Canton 13 years.  She is survived by her parents, Mr. and Mrs. R. Medam and two sisters, Mrs. Dewey Burrel and Mrs. Marvin Miller, all of Dover; four brothers, George Shively and David, of Strasburg, and C. T. Shively, of Gallup, N.M.  The body is at the Arnold funeral parlors.  Funeral services will be held Friday afternoon at 2:30 o'clock from the home of her cousin, Mr. and Mrs. George Cropper, 1615 23rd at NE. Rev. W. H. Longsworth will conduct the services.  Burial in Westlawn.

George William Shively, son of George Shively and Elizabeth Gravis, was born 10-June-1856 in Stark County, OH and died 26-July-1966 in Tuscarawas County, OH.  He was married on 29-Nov-1906 in Tuscarawas County to Katherine Kalmbach.  The picture of George and wife is above and was extracted from an article in The Daily Reporter,  Dover, Ohio, Wednesday, November 29, 1961 which detailed the couple celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary. The following newspaper obituary was extracted from The Daily Reporter, Dover, Ohio, Tuesday, July 26, 1966, Page 2, Column 4:
George W. Shively
STRASBURG -- George W. Shively, 83, of 137 1st st., died this morning in Union Hospital following a long illness.  He was a son of George and Elizabeth Gravis Shively and a member of the Strasburg EUB Church.
Surviving are his widow, Kathryn; a son, Blaine of here, well-known area musician; a daughter, Mrs. Paul (Ruth) Pfeiffer of Massillon; a brother, Charles of Gallop, N.M.; 2 sisters, Mrs. Marvin Miller and Mrs. Dewey Burrell of Dover and 2 grandchildren.
Funeral arrangements are pending at Steffe Funeral HOme.  Rev. Howard Fox will officiate with burial in Grandview Cemetery.

David Phillip Shively, son of George Shively and Elizabeth Gravis, was born 5-April-1885 in Stark County, OH and died 10-July-1962.  He was married on 5-September-1905 in Tuscarawas County to Grace Elsie Benfer.  Extracted from the Dover Daily Reporter, Dover, Ohio, Tuesday, July 10, 1962, Page 9, Column 8:
David P. Shively
STASBURG – David P. Shively, 77, of 112 3rd St, SW, died of a heart attack this morning in his home.  A retired farmer and school bus driver, Shively was a member of the E.U.B. Church and has resided in this area more than 60 years.  His wife, Grace, died in 1961.
Surviving are a daughter, Mrs. George MIzer of here; 2 brothers, George of here and Charles of Gallup, N.M.; 2 sisters, Mrs. Dewey Burrell and Mrs. Marvin Miller, of Dover; 3 grandchildren, and 4 great-grandchildren.
Services will be held Thursday at 2 p.m. (Fast Time) in Steffe Funeral Home with Rev. Howard Fox officiating.  Burial will be in Grandview Cemetery.  Friends may call at the funeral home Wednesday from 2 to 4 and 7 to 9.

Charles T. Shively, son of George Shively and Elizabeth Gravis, was born 14-March-1888 and died 15-December-1972 in McKinley County, NM.  The following article on Charles was extracted from The Daily Reporter, Dover, Ohio, Friday, February 17, 1950, Page 7, Column 2:
Have received word that Charles T. Shively, former Doverite, has retired from the postal service at Gallup, N.M., after being on Uncle Samuel's payroll more than 37 years.  He resided here on E. 11th-st, then Plano-st, and was employed by the Reeves Corrugating Works, long since dismantled.
Mr. Shively is a brother of Mrs. Marvin Miller and Mrs. Flossie Burrell of Dover and George and David Shively of Strasburg.  He went West about 40 years ago. A postal clerk in Santa Fe, he transferred to the Gallup office in 1919, upon his discharge from the Army after serving in World War I.  He was assistant postmaster at Gallup until 1941 when ill health caused him to transfer to Farmington, N.M.  He remained there a year and then returned to Gallup.
When he retired with almost 38 years of service, his colleagues gave him a set of luggage.  He plans to spend about eight months in Phoenix to recuperate and then will decide where to "settle down".  He has been active in the Masonic and I.O.O.F. lodges at Gallup.
Oh, yes, Mr. Shively now will have time to pursue his favorite hobby -- collecting stamps!

Friday, November 15, 2013

Elizabeth Shively Litzenberg, Daughter Of James Shively And Mary Treece, Wife Of Adam Litzenberg, Hancock County, Ohio

Elizabeth Shively/Adam Litzenberg Marriage
The family of James Shively and Mary Treece are located in the records of Hancock County, Ohio.  James Shively, age 24, is listed on the 1850 Hancock Co, OH census, Amanda Township, Page 946, Dwelling 186, Family 186 with Henry Treece and Elisabeth (Hager) Treece and family. Jame's wife, Mary Treece, was the daughter of Henry Treece and Elizabeth Hager. James Shively and wife Mary are found on the 1860 Hancock Co, OH census, Big Lick Township, original Page 45, Dwelling 317, Family 307 with children Mary E age 9, Isaac N age 7, Aaron J age 5, James P age 4, and Cassius H age 2.  In 1870 James, wife Mary, and family are listed on the Hancock Co, OH census, Big Lick Township, original Page 129, Dwelling 213, Family 213.  James had moved to Henry Co, OH by 1880 and is found in Marion Township, original page 8, Family 67, Dwelling 67. Two sons of James, Isaac Shively and Henry Shively, are married and also living in Henry Co, OH, Marion Township.  James Patterson Shively, son of James, is still in Hancock County.

The following information was copied by the library staff at the Allen County Public Library, Fort Wayne, IN.  The information was taken from the Henry County Genealogical Society Newsletter, Volume 1, Number 4 (May 1987).

James Shively was born the 24th day of March A.D. 1827
Mary Maria Shively was born the 6th day of October A.D. 1829

James Shively was married to Mary Maria Treece  on 19th of August 1849

Mary Elizabeth Shively was born the 5th day of October A.D. 1850
Isaac Newton Shively was born the 10th day of August A.D. 1852
Aaron Jasper Shively was born the 16th day of July A.D. 1854
James Patterson Shively was born the 23rd day of November 1855
Cassius Henry Shively was born the 1st day of June A.D. 1858
Eliza Ellen Shively was born the 17th day of June A.D. 1860
Martha Ann Shively was born the 24th day of February A.D. 1865
Agetha Almeda Shively was born the 30th day of August A.D. 1867

John Garfield Henderson was born August the 4th 1881

Martha Ann Shively died October the 5th A.D. 1865 Aged 7 mo 11 days
Mary Elizabeth Folk died September 24th 1885  Age 34 yr 11 mo 22 days
Mary Maria Shively died June 29th 1889 Age 59 yr 8 mo 23 days
James Shively died March 20, 1895 aged 67 yr 11 mo 26 days
Interred Belmore Cemetery
James Patterson Shively died March 17, 1903 aged 47 years 3 months and
22 days      Interred Leipsic Cemetery
Aaron Jasper Shively died February 2, 1917 on his farm Marion Township,
Henry County, Ohio  aged 62 years 8 mo & 16 days
Interred Leipsic Cemetery

Elizabeth Ellen Shively, daughter of James Shively and Mary Treece, was born 17-June-1860.  She was married Adam Litzenberg in Henry County, Ohio on 3-May-1885.  Located in The Republican Courier, Findlay, Ohio, Thursday Morning, July 19, 1945, Page 8, Column 5:
Pneumonia Is Cause Of Death
Mrs. Eliza Litzenberg Expires Wednesday In Home Of Daughter
Mrs. Eliza E. Shively Litzenberg, 85, died Wednesday evening at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Harry Sites, near Bloomdale.  Death was due to pneumonia.  She had been ill for a month.
Mrs. Litzenberg, a daughter of James and Mary Shively, was born June 17, 1860.  She moved to Wood county from Hancock county last April.
On May 3, 1885, she married Adam Litzenberg who died Oct. 12, 1935.
Besides Mrs. Sites, she is survived by another daughter, Mrs. Earl Keene, Conneaut Lake, Pa.; three sons, John Litzenberg, Sturgis, Mich.; Albert Litzenberg, route 6; and Otto, Lima; eight grandchildren, and nine great-grandchildren.
Mrs. Litzenberg was a member of the Church of the Brethren since childhood.  She also belonged to the McComb Church of Christ.
The body was taken to the Coldren funeral home where it will remain. Interment will be in the McComb Cemetery.  Funeral arrangements had not been completed  last night.

Adam Litzenberg and Elizabeth Ellen Shively celebrated 50 years of marriage as recorded in The Republican Courier, Findlay, Ohio, Tuesday Morning, May 7, 1935, Page 6, Column 4:
Golden Wedding Of Adam Litzenberg And Wife Observed
Mr. and Mrs. Adam Litzenberg celebrated their golden wedding anniversary Sunday, May 5, at their home northeast of McComb.  Relatives and friends came with well-filled baskets for a picnic dinner.
Adam Litzenberg and Eliza Shivey were united in marriage May 3, 1885, in a quiet home ceremony.  One guest at the celebration Sunday was present at the ceremony fifty years ago.
There are five children, four of whom were present Sunday.  Those present were Mrs. Zelma Keene of Conneaut Lake, Pennsylvania, Mrs. Almeda Sites and Albert Litzenberg of Findlay, and Otto Litzenberg of Lima.  John Litzenberg, of Sturgis, Mich., was unable to attend.
Other guests Sunday were Lavina and Ralph Keene, and Mildred Shakespeare of Conneaut Lake, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Sites, Mr. and Mrs. John Litzenberg, daughters Mary, Vivian and Dorothea, and son Delvin, Mr. and Mrs. Merle Sites and son Eugene and daughter Luella, Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Clumer, C. W. Litzenberg, Mrs. May Beard and son Thomas, Mr. and Mrs. J. E. Roberts, daughter Hilda, Mrs. O. E. Packard, daughter Norma, Ruth Smith, Mrs. Allie Swihart, Mr. and Mrs. Abraham Litzenberg, Mr. and Mrs. Luther Reese, Mr. and Mrs. C. L. Shively, Mr. and Mrs. Ora Shively, Mrs. Belle Shively, daughter Doris and son Richard, Mr. and Mrs. Elam Wise, Mr. and Mrs. A. E. Baker, sons Richard and Ray, daughter Marjorie, Mr. and Mrs. Harry Ebert, Mrs. Grace Stevens, daughter Norma Jes, Richard Ebert, Fred Reitz, Dale Harvitt, James Ebert, Mr. and Mrs. Nick Messmer, Mr. and Mrs. A. G. Kehle, Karl Decker, Mr. and Mrs. E. J. Mellott and children, Mr. and Mrs. O. M. Litzenberg, Mrs. Clara Cooksey.
Afternoon callers were Mr. and Mrs. O. J. Simon and Mr. and Mrs. Dwight Brown and son Billy.
In the afternoon Mrs. Luther Reese played Wedding March from Lohengrin, after which congratulations of the company were offered the bride and groom. “Put on Your Old Gray Bonnet” was sung the the entire group, after which Mr. Litzenberg sang a solo.  This was followed by a duet by Mr. Litzenberg and Miss Hilda Roberts, a recitation by Ralph Keene, and songs by a quartet.
Many gifts were received by  Mr. and Mrs. Litzenberg.
Mrs. Litzenberg’s only surviving brother, Henry Shively, is seriously ill at his home near Deshier, and was unable to attend.

Friday, November 8, 2013

Esther Whitehead Shively, Daughter Of Adam And Susannah Whitehead, And Wife Of Daniel Shively

Daniel Shively was born on 31-May-1827 in Stark County, OH and died 24-Oct-1906 in Goshen, Elkhart County, IN.  He was the son of Isaac Shively (1796-1843) and Susanna Snyder (1801-1858).  Daniel Shively married Esther Whitehead on 29-Jan-1852.  Esther was the daughter of Adam Whitehead (1803-1880) and Susan ( -1876).  Esther Whitehead was born 30-Oct-1831 and died 25-June-1910 in Elkhart County, IN.  Esther Whitehead Shively was from an old pioneer family in Elkhart County.

Two articles were located in the newspapers that give some of the history of the Whitehead family.  Located in the:
Goshen Mid-Week News-Times, Tuesday, August 29, 1905, Page 1, Column 6:
Whitehead Family Hold Big Reunion
Under The Maples Where Many Gather
Name That Has Been Connected With Elkhart County 50 Years—Jubliee At Berky Church
The Whitehead family reunion occurred Sunday on the J. M. Whitehead farm one and a half miles north of New Paris.  It was in 1833 when Adam Whitehead rode across the hills and prairies from Montgomery county, Ohio on horse back, his baggage being encased in saddle bags and his financial capital enclosed in a little leather pouch.  With the contents of his purse, tied to the leather pommel of his saddle he bought a section of land.  He went to LaPorte with the deed signed by Martin Van Buren and had it recorded.  Then he retraced his steps to Ohio and in 1836 the Whitehead colony, numbering 38, started for their new Indiana home.  They camped on the south bank of the Elkhart where the earth is now being thrown up in grading for the Goshen and Winona railroad.
A wagon filled with bed clothes and containing an old fashioned cord bedstead was overturned and John M. Whitehead and Mrs. Susan Clem, the latter now 80 years old, were mere children and were buried underneath the load. The bed cord had caught on a tree and held the wagon over the children and they were in danger of suffocating.  Valentine Whitehead cut the bed cord and pushed the wagon over and saved the children.
The next morning they left the camp and took their horses and axes and cut a road through for a mile and a half, emerging at the spot where the reunion was held yesterday.  There the first home was built.  It is now occupied by J. M. Whitehead, the only surviving son of Adam Whitehead.  Of the 38 original participants in the Whitehead settlement only four survive; Mrs. Daniel Shively of Baintertown, Mrs. Samuel R. Miller and John M. Whitehead of New Paris and Mrs. Susan Clem of Vermontville, Mich.  The assemblage represented the sixth generation of the Whitehead family, four generations being present.  Permanent organization was effected for future family reunions.  D. J. Whitehead was elected president; Daniel Riggle, secretary; George Riggle, treasurer.
There was a big basket dinner, the tables being spread in the yard under the maple trees.  Earl Juday, the Benton photographer, took the pictures.  Rev. Daniel Shively conducted religious services, 160 were present.

Goshen Democrat, Wednesday, August 30, 1905, Page 1, Column 2:
Whitehead Family Reunion
First Held On Sunday In Jackson Township
(From Monday’s Daily.)
The first reunion of the Whitehead family was held at the homestead of John M. Whitehead, one mile west of New Paris, on Sunday, Aug. 27. Since the Whiteheads are among the old settlers in this part of the state, it may be appropriate to give a few facts concerning their history.  The grandfather, Valentine Whitehead, came to Indiana from Ohio in the year 1834 and entered a section of land, which is now owned by several of the Whitehead family.  Very little of the land, comparatively, was settled in those days and Adam Whitehead, a son of the “grandfather” delivered the gold on horseback to LaPorte, coming from Ohio to pay for the land bought.  In the spring of 1836 the little settlement was re-inforced by several other families including the following:  John Whitehead, Peter Whitehead, Samuel Whitehead and Samuel R. Miller.  There were 38 in this company and they came from Montgomery county, Ohio.  The trip was made in covered wagons which was the mode of travel in those days.  Many hardships were experienced in this journey to which Mrs. Esther Shively and Mrs. Mary Miller can testify, as they nearly lost their lives.
There were about 125 present at the reunion, some of whom were:  Mr. and Mrs. Jacob Hattle, Mr. and Mrs. John Riggle, and Mrs. Jacob Riggle of Goshen; Jacob Whitehead of North Webster; Cynthia Myers of Syracuse; James Neff and family and D. W. Miller of Milford, and scores of others from the neighborhood including David Conrad and family, John Conrad, Frank Whitehead and D. J. Whitehead and wife.
A very pleasing and substantial feature of the day was that every family brought its basket of viands which were spread out on the lawn at the proper time.  Dinner was thus much enjoyed socially.  Then came the feast of good words from Daniel Shively, Alex Miller and James Neff.

The obituary for Esther Whitehead Shively was extracted from the Goshen Daily Democrat, Saturday, June 25, 1910, Page 1, Column 2:
Woman Dies Suddenly
Mrs. Esther Shively Expires While Sitting In A Chair
Mrs. Esther Shively, 79 years old and widow of Daniel Shively, died this morning while sitting in a chair at the home of her son Ira Shively on East Madison street. Death was caused by apoplexy.  Mrs. Shively had been in her usual health and there was no warning of the approaching end.  Her daughter-in-law was with her at the time of her demise.
Surviving the deceased are her son, three sisters, Mrs. John Riggle and Mrs. Jacob Riggle of Goshen and Mrs. Samuel Miller of Milford and one brother, Jacob Whitehead of New Paris.  Funeral services will be held on Tuesday at 2 o’clock p.m. at the Baintertown church, where burial is to take place.

Friday, November 1, 2013

Mary Jane Shively Shoemaker, Daughter Of Levi Shively And Elizabeth Smith, Huntington County, Indiana

Mary Jane Shively/John Shoemaker Marriage
Levi Shively married Elizabeth Smith in Union County, PA on 23-May-1844.  The family is listed on the 1850 Union County, Hartley Township, census. Family members are located in Kosciusko County, Indiana in 1860, 1870, and 1880.  Children of Levi and Elizabeth Shively included:  William born ca 1845, John born ca 1846, Barbara A born ca 1849, Richard born ca 1852, Mary J born ca 1854, Sarah born 1858 and Franklin born ca 1865.  An obituary for son William Shively was included in the 15-March-2013 blog.

The following obituary was located for  daughter, Mary Jane Shively who married John Shoemaker.  The obituary was extracted from the Tri County Gazette, Mentone, IN, Thursday, May 11, 1922, Page1 Column 2:                                                       
Mary Jane Shively
Mary Jane, daughter of Levi and Elizabeth Shively was born October 3, 1854, in Franklin township, Kosciusko County, Indiana, and departed this life April 25, 1922, while at the Huntington County hospital, just fourteen days after undergoing a major operation at that institution.
She was united in marriage with John Shoemaker, March 6, 1876, who preceded her in death February 10, 1917.  She was converted some thirty years ago through the preaching of Rev. D. S. Warner; has been an ardent believer and supporter of the gospel of our Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ through these years. She was always kind hearted and sympathetic toward the sick and needy, and always willing to assist in relief of distress whenever she could.  With the exception of two years in Fulton County she has lived all her life in Kosciusko and Wabash Counties.  Father and mother with the family moved onto the farm three miles west of Laketon about eighteen years ago.
She was the mother of nine children, two having died in infancy.  The surviving children are all grown and are as follows: Mrs. Nora Hanes of Silver Lake, Mrs. Verda Overcash of Eau Clair, Mich., Mrs. Pearl Boyer of Disco, Arthur, FLoyd and Donald of Laketon and Fred of Elmcreek, Nebraska.  Besides her children, eighteen grandchildren, she leaves a sister, Mrs. Barbara Purcell of Peru, one brother, Frank Shively of Warsaw, and many other relatives and friends.  She was a patient sufferer, and all was done to relieve her suffering  it was to no avail, and death claimed her at the age of 67 years, 5 months and 19 days.
The funeral was held Friday, April 28, at the Christian church at Laketon; Rev. Turner of Logansport had charge of the services.

The newspaper obituary for Elizabeth Smith Shively, the mother of Mary Jane Shively Shoemaker, who was located in the Tri County Gazette, Mentone, IN, October 21, 1893, Page 5: Column 3:
Elizabeth Smith was born July 27, 1823, in Union Co., Pa., departed this life, Oct. 1, 1893, aged 70 years, 2 months and four days.  She was united in marriage to Levi Shively May 23, 1844.  They resided in Union Co., Pa., until 1854 when they moved to Kosciusko county, Ind. To them were born eight children, four of whom are living.  Their father died in 1872.  Mrs. Shively joined the Evangelical Lutheran church in the year 1844 and remained in that faith until death.  Funeral services were held at the Nichols' Chapel conducted by S. Burkett.  Interment at the Nichols' cemetery.

The obituary for John Shoemaker, wife of Mary Jane Shively Shoemaker, was extracted in the Silver Lake Record, Silver Lake, Kosciusko County, IN, Thursday Evening, February 15, 1917, Page 1, Column 5 and Page 5, Column 4:
Died At Laketon
John Shoemaker, Well Known  Here, Passed Away At His Home Last Saturday
John Shoemaker died at his home in Laketon last Saturday morning, death was due to creeping paralysis, he having been afflicted for about two years and during the last few weeks was entirely helpless.
Mr. Shoemaker was past 64 years of age and was born near Claypool, and for a number of years resided on a farm west of this place moving to the vicinity of Laketon about twelve years ago.  
The deceased is survived by the wife, four sons and three daughters--Mrs. Charles Hanes residing north-west of here being one of the daughters.
John Shoemaker was born in Kosciusko County, Indiana, May 3, 1852; departed this life on February 10, 1917 aged 64 years 9 months and 7 days.
He was married to Mary J. Shively on March 6, 1876.  To this union were born nine children, two of whom died in infancy.  The surviving children have reached the age of manhood and womanhood and are as follows:  Nora L. Hanes of near Silver Lake, Ind; Arthur L. of near Laketon; Verda G. Overcash of Eau Claire, Michigan; W. Fred Shoemaker, of Elmcreek, Neb; Floyd R. Shoemaker, of near Laketon; Pearl G. Boyer, of near Disko; and Donald who was still at home with his parents.
Besides the widow and family, he leaves to mourn their loss, an aged mother, three brothers, three sisters and twelve grand-children, also a host of other relatives and friends.  It was John's lot to shift for himself when quite young, but through all the hardships that usually come to such a young life he grew to an honorable manhood, and won the respect of all who knew him.
He made his first start in the christian life at the age of sixteen.  Then again in later years through the preaching of Rev. D. S. Warner.  He found the Savior such a comfort during his last sickness.  Through his faith in the Devine One he was able to endure his suffering with a patience unsurpassed.  During his sickness many times he expressed a desire to simply fall asleep and not waken.  This was granted him on the morning of February 10th, when he peacefully fell asleep in the arms of Jesus.
The funeral was held Tuesday afternoon in the Methodist church in Laketon, the services being in charge of Rev. H. M. Riggle of Akron.
The children were all present at the funeral except Fred who resides in Elmcreek, Nebraska and could not get here on account of the snow blockades in the west.