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, December 6, 2013

Samuel Davis Shively And Wife Mary McQuade Smith Who Lived In Blair County, Pennsylvania

Samuel Davis Shively was born in Petersburg, Huntingdon County, Pennsylvania on 9-July-1862.  He died in Bellwood, Blair County, Pennsylvania on 4-June-1945. Samuel was the son of Jacob Shively and Mary Shellito (Shaleto).  Samuel was married in 1884 to Mary McQuade Smith who was the daughter of Henry and Rebecca Smith.  Mary was born on 7-May-1863 in Tyrone Forge, Blair County, Pennsylvania and died on 15-June-1932 in Blair County.

Samuel D. Shively is listed in the household of his parents, Jacob W. and Mary Shively, on the 1870 Huntingdon County, PA census records.  His parents have moved to Tarrant County, Texas and are listed there on the 1880 census. Samuel is married by 1900 when he and his wife, Mary, are listed on the 1900 Blair County, PA census.  Samuel and Mary continue to reside in Blair County for the rest of the census records.

Samuel Davis Shively and Mary McQuade Smith were the parents of these known children:  Margaret born 24-June-1885 Blair County, died 12-Feb-1952 in Philadelphia, PA and married to Lester H Shuey in Blair County on 25-Dec-1910; Bessie born 24-June-1887 Blair County, died 14-Sep-1987 Blair County and married on 14-Nov-1907 in Elmira, Chemung County, NY to Herbert Shaffer; Robert born January 1890; Fredrick born October 1891; Geneva born 8-Sep-1894(1895) Blair County, died 3-Dec-1966 and married on 15-Mar-1917 to Mack William Reeder; Rebecca born 10-Dec-1896 Blair County, died 7-Apr-1959 and married 29-June-1914 in Cumberland, Allegany County, MD to Harry Hoffman; Donald born 23-Dec-1900 Blair County, died 1-Dec-1976 Blair County and married to Bessie Gardner; Katharine H born 1-Jan-1901, died 27-Jan-1984 Blair County and married 4-June-1938 in Huntingdon County, PA to James C Snyder; Charles Harry born 1904 and married 21-March-1923 to Almeda Blair (may have divorced);  and Forrest L born 1906 died 1974.

Extracted from The Altoona Mirror, Altoona, Pennsylvania, Monday, June 4, 1945, Page 12, Column 6:
Samuel Davis Shively
Died this morning at 12:25 o'clock at the home of his daughter, Mrs. J. C. Snyder of 320 Blair street, Bellwood, following an illness of five months.  He was born at Petersburg, July 9, 1862, a son of Jacob and May Shively and was united in marriage with Mary Smith, who preceded him in death fourteen years ago.  He was a resident of Tyrone until three years ago when he went to Bellwood to make his home.  He was a member of the Methodist church and was a retired worker for the Reading Iron works.  Surviving are these children:  Mrs. Lester Shuey of Philadephia; Mrs. Herbert Shaffer, Mrs. Mack Reeder, Mrs. Harry Hoffman and Donald Shively, all of Tyrone, Robert of Reading, Charles of Newville, Mrs. J. C. Snyder of Bellwood and Forrest of Altoona.  Friends will be received at the Graham and Getz funeral home in Tyrone after 7 o'clock this evening.

Located in the Tyrone Daily Herald, Tyrone, Pennsylvania, Wednesday, June 15, 1932, Page 6, Column 2:
Mrs. Samuel Shively
Died At Her Home On Washington Avenue
This morning at 10:10 o'clock, Mrs. Mary Shively, wife of Samuel D. Shively, passed into the eternal life at her home, 510 Washington avenue.  Mrs. Shively had been a semi-invalid the past eighteen years and had been bedfast the past eight weeks with heart disease.
Mrs. Mary McQuade Smith Shively was a daughter of the late Henry and Rebecca Smith.  She was born at Tyrone Forges, May 7, 1863 and in 1884 was united in marriage with Samuel D. Shively, who with these daughters and sons survive her going away; Mrs. Herbert Shaffer, Graniplan; Mrs. Max Reeder, Mrs. Harry Hoffman, Tyrone; Miss Catharine, at home; Robert, of Reading; Charles, at home; Donald, Tyrone and Forrest, at home.  Two children are dead.  She is also survived by these brothers and sisters:  Robert Smith, Nealmont; John, Thomas, Samuel, of Canton, Ohio; Henry Smith of Tyrone; Mrs. Charles Richardson and Mrs. James Ross, Tyrone.
Mrs. Shively was a wonderful mother.  She shed a full pleasure of love and devotion among those in her family circle and was kind and generous to all with whom she came in contact. She was a sincere christian woman and a member of the Ironsville Methodist Episcopal church.  When a young woman, Mrs. Shively was educated at the Mountain Seminary, now known as The Birmingham School for Girls.
Funeral services will be held on Saturday morning at ten o'clock at the home on West Washington avenue, conducted by Rev. J. J. Cummings.  Interment at Birmingham.


  1. Hi, Larry. I've been doing some research on this and I'm fairly positive that Samuel Davis Shively mentioned here was my Great-Great Grandfather. It'= seems clear that Jacob W and Mary (Shelato) were his mother and father, but I can't find who would have been Jacob W's mother and father. Have you had any luck there?

    Thank you!
    Paul E. Shively

    1. Paul, I am working on a reply to you. I hope to use what I can find this week as the subject for next weekend's blog. It seems Jacob and Mary were in Texas in 1880. After that I cannot find them and it may be I will not find your answer. Many of the Huntingdon Co, PA Shively's went to Montgomery Co., OH. It seems the younger children of Jacob and Mary returned to PA. Not sure if Jacob and Mary did the same. Any information you have will be appreciated.