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 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.

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