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, July 26, 2013

William T. Shively And Wives Who Lived In Henry County, Indiana

William T. Shively/Sarah Rutledge Irwin Marriage
William T. Shively was born on 5-Nov-1833 and died on 7-Apr-1917 in Henry County, Indiana.  He is buried in Mount Summit Cemetery.  William was the son of Philip Shively and Margaret Tribbet (Trippet).  William was the grandson of Philip Shively and Abigail “Abba” (Bach) Back.    William was married first  in Delaware County, Ohio on 12-May-1854 to Rebecca W. Rutledge. William was married second in Preble County, Ohio on 26-July-1856 to Mildred House who was born 30-Nov-1834 and died 23-Feb-1898.  William was married third in Delaware County, Ohio on 25-Feb-1868 to Mrs. Sarah Rutledge Irwin.  Sarah Rutledge Irwin was the sister to his first wife, Rebecca Rutledge.  Sarah had married first to William Irwin. She was born on 1-Jul-1842 and died 8-Dec-1909. 

The following article was extracted from The Newark Daily Advocate, Tuesday, November 1, 1898, Page 4, Column 3:
Was The Marriage Of Mrs. Sarah Irwin
At Muncie Indiana To Mr. William Shively Aged 68, A Lover Of Her Girlhood Days
Just recently near Muncie, Ind., a romantic ceremony was performed under a spreading chestnut tree planted forty years ago by William Shively, in a grove south of that city.
The groom was the said William Shively, a wealthy and prominent farmer, and his bride was Mrs. Sarah Irwin of this city.  The groom is 68 and the bride is 58 years of age.
The two were lovers when schoolmates but drifted apart and each married another.  Mr. Shively married Mrs. Irwin’s sister.  The wife died and he married another sister.  She also died and now and he has finally married the third sister of the same family and the sweetheart of his boyhood days.
The happy couple, the same as young sweethearts, are on a long wedding journey.

Additional information on William T. Shively was extracted from the History Of Henry County, Indiana, History Of Indiana, Inter-State Publishing Co., Chicago, Illinois, 1884, page 782:    William T. Shively, farmer, was born in Prairie Township, Henry Co., Ind., Nov. 5, 1833, the son of Philip and Margaret (Tribbet) Shively, his father a native of Monongalia County, W. Va., born May 10, 1790, and his mother a native of Delaware, born in October, 1800.  His parents were among the first settlers of Henry County, coming here in October 1831.  They were married in 1824, and to them were born three children----Elizabeth, afterward Mrs. Milton T. Hess; John and Wm T.  The father died in 1872 and the mother in 1876.  His father was a soldier in the war of 1812.  William T. has always been engaged in farming and stock-raising and now owns a farm of 265 acres, a mile and a quarter from Mount Summit.  He was married May 12, 1854, to Rebecca W., daughter of John Rutledge, of Delaware County.  She died Sept. 14, 1855.  On July 26, 1856, Mr. Shively married Mildred H., daughter of William and Sarah Ann (Finks) House.  They have had four children---James Milton, born May 30, 1857, died Dec. 26, 1857; William Franklin, born Oct. 28, 1858, died Dec. 8, 1858; Margaret, born May 21, 1861; and Ella, born Oct. 22, 1864.  Mr. and Mrs. Shively are members of the Christian church.  Politically he is a Republican.

William T. Shively and his second wife, Mildred House, had four children; sons James Milton and William Franklin died young. Margaret married William E. H. Marsh in Henry County, Indiana on 22-March-1894, Margaret must have died between 1938 and 1940.  If a researcher has additional information regarding her date of death and/or an obituary please reply to this blog. Ella married first William T. Shively, son of Joseph Shively and  ______ Taylor on 1-Dec-1884 in Henry County, Ind, she married second to Blon Vance on 4-Dec-1906 in Campbell County, Kentucky.  Ella divorced Blon in 1916.  If a researcher has additional information regarding her date of death and/or an obituary please reply to his blog.  Ella lived with her sister Margaret Marsh and family as they are found in the same household on many of the Henry County, Indiana records.

The newspaper obituary for William T. Shively was extracted from the Daily Times, Monday, April 9, 1917, Page 3, Column 7:
William T. Shively, 83, a pioneer resident of Prairie Township, died at 11:30 Sunday night at his home, Shively’s Park, a mile and a quarter south of Mt. Summit.  Mr. Shively had been an invalid for many years, but in his active life was one of the prominent and prosperous farmers of the community.
He was born in Prairie township November 5, 1833, and was therefore in his 84th year.  His parents were among the first settlers of that township, coming there from Virginia.  He is survived by two daughters, Mrs. Marsh and Mrs. Vance.
The funeral will take place from the home Tuesday morning at 10:30, intermentat Mt. Summit.

Friday, July 19, 2013

James Madison Shively And Wives, From Vinton County, Ohio To Canyon County, Idaho

James Madison Shively Idaho Death Certificate
James Madison Shively was born on 22-June-1854 in Vinton County, Ohio and died on 2-September-1927 in Caldwell, Canyon County, Idaho.  He was the son of David Shively (1822-1885) and Rachel Amy Bell (1821-1886).  James Madison Shively was married three times.  On 6-January-1876 in Vinton Co., OH he was married to Sarah Emily Sain who was born 24-Mar-1858 Vinton Co., OH and died 23-Nov-1891 in Whitman Co., WA. James and Sarah had the following children:  Olive J. Shively born 2-Mar-1877 in Ohio died 14-Aug-1961 in WA, married 1st to Robert Isaac Magoffin and 2nd to Delbert Hart; Ora Lottie Ivy Shively born 9-Jun-1879 in KS died 7-Oct-1970 in WA; Leonard D. Shively born 29-May-1882 in WA died 12-Aug-1953 in OR; Daisy Shively born 30-Mar-1885 died 26-May-1874 in WA; Grace Shively born 13-Jan-1888 died June-1965.   

James Madison Shively was married a second time Sarah I. Cole Taylor. Additional information on the family of Sarah was extracted from newspapers in Twin Falls County, Idaho.  Located in The Twin Falls Times, Friday, September 5, 1913, Page 8, Column 2:  
Kimberly, Ida., Sept. 1, 1913.....The home of Mr. and Mrs. J. M. Shively has been a regular summer resort for the past two months, the occasion being a family reunion.  Miss Annie D. Holmes of Laurier, Washington, has spent her entire vacation with her sister, Mrs. Shively, while another sister, Mrs. C. I. Wiggins, came later from Canyon City, Texas.  Somewhat later W. C. Cole, a brother, came from Pattonsburg, Missouri, thus completing the family, since the father, Mr. Orin Cole, has made his home with Mr. and Mrs. Shively for several years past. For two weeks the family had a merry time together, taking in the sights and enjoying things in general.  Miss Annie D. Holmes returned to her school at Laurier, Washington; Mr. Orin Cole, the father, went to Canyon City, Texas, with his daughter, Mrs. Wiggins, to spend the winter;  W. H. Cole went home to Pattonsburg, Mo., by way of Canyon City, Texas, to assist with the aged father. All guests were greatly pleased with the country and were loathe to leave our fair climate.
The newspaper obituary for Sarah I. Cole Taylor Shively is found in The Twin Falls Times, Tuesday, January 27, 1914, Page 1, Column 5:
Death Of Mrs. J. M. Shively
Well Known Kimberly Woman Passes To Great Beyond
Mrs. Sarah I. Shively, wife of J. M. Shively, of Kimberly, died at Portland, Oregon, January 3rd, 1914, after a prolonged sickness caused from cancer.  Mrs. Shively had not been well since last summer and this fall went to Spokane, Wash., to consult physicians as to an operation.  The physicians discouraged this, knowing she would never recover from the shock, but told her it was simply a matter of time.  A specialist of that disease was next consulted in Portland, Oregon, but with the same result.
Mr. and Mrs. Shively came to Idaho six years ago and settled on their farm one mile north and two east of Kimberly.  Mrs. Shively leaves, besides her husband, a son, Ora D. Taylor, and his wife, two sisters, Mrs. Aimee D. Holmes of Lurier, Wash., and Mrs. Bell Wiggins of Canyon, Texas; a brother, Harry Cole of Pattonsburg, Mo., and an aged father, Mr. Orin Cole, who until last summer, made his home with his daughter, Mrs. Shively.
Mrs. Shively was buried in Orting, Washington, where she lived in her earlier days.

James Madison Shively was married a third time on 17-February-1916 in Los Angeles, California to Miss Mary Ella Brunson.  The Marriage License states "James Madison Shively a native of Ohio, aged 64 years, resident of Twin Falls, Idaho and Mary Ella Brunson, a native of Illinois, ageed 46 years, resident of Long Beach, County of Los Angeles, California" were married.  Mary Ella Brunson was the daughter of W. S. Brunson and Suan Goble.  The  date of death from the California Death Index for Mary Ella Shively is listed as 5-August-1943 in Los Angeles, California.  Her birth date is listed as 24-September-1865 in Illinois.

Thursday, July 11, 2013

Caroline "Carrie" Shively Richardson, Who Lived In Taylor County, Kentucky To Weld County, Colorado

Caroline Shively Richardson
The family of Caroline "Carrie" Shively Richardson would like help in locating her death date and place of death. She had an interesting life and the family would like to know where she died and where she is buried.  A few of the facts on the life of Caroline Shively were extracted from Hunting For Our Roots which was researched by Suzy Bracey and Beverly Colvin Smith.
Caroline "Carrie" Shively was the daughter of Perry Sylvester Shively and Susan Margaret Melton. She was born in 1878 in Mannsville, Taylor County, KY.The last known place of residence was in Greeley, Weld County, CO at 315 Fifth Avenue about 1951.  Caroline was married to George W. Richardson and they lived in New Mexico and Colorado.  George W. Richardson died on 23-February-1943 in Greeley, CO.
"Caroline left the Spurlington/Campbellsville, KY area around 1914 and followed her older sister, Gertrude, to Louisville and began working as a nanny/housekeeper."  The two sisters were located in the 1914, 1915 and 1917 Louisville City directories.
"In September of 1917, Caroline and Gertrude Shively bought the 132 1/2 acre farm that would end up being the home place for their other sister, Cordelia "Cordie" White, their father Perry Sylvester Shively and Cordie's son, Charles S. White". 
By 1920 Caroline has married George W. Richardson and they are living in Colorado.   In the household is Alberta V. Richardson, age 7. George and Caroline are listed on the 1930 New Mexico, Dona Ana County census.  The newspaper obituary for George W. Richardson was located in The Greeley Daily Tribune, Wednesday, February 24,1943, Page 2, Col 3:
            G. Richardson Dies Tuesday
George W. Richardson,  68,   of 1443 Fifth  street  died at   
Caroline Shively Richardson
Presbyterian hospital, Denver, Tuesday night following an operation, which he underwent there a week ago.   His death came as a shock to his family, for his condition was regarded as very satisfactory earlier in the day.
Mr. Richardson was born Dec. 25, 1876 in Cambridge, Ia.  For 15 years he was associated with the U.S. Indian service in New Mexico, and inter farmed.  He had lived in Greeley the past three years, and had been in poor health all that time.
Survivors include his wife, Mrs. Caroline Richardson of Greeley, a daughter, Mrs. Alberta Wood of Hatch, N.M., four grandchildren, and a sister, Miss Etta Richardson, long a teacher in the Greeley high school.
Macys will announce funeral arrangements.
George W. Richardson was buried in the Linn Grove Cemetery in Weld County, Colorado.  

"In 1950-1951, at the age of 72-73, Caroline made her final trip to Campbellsville, KY.  It is told that Charles and Audrey White were sitting on the front porch at the farm in Spurlington, one HOT summer day when they saw someone walking down the road carrying a big bundle.  They wondered 'WHO IN THE WORLD?' and 'WHAT ARE THEY CARRYING'???  It was Caroline, coming home to visit the family she had not seen in about 30 years.  She brought a few clothes with her and the bundle..?..her full length fur coat! While she was there, which was for several months, Aunt Carrie lived with her sister, Cordie Shively White, Charles, Audrey and their son, Mike, who was about 5 years old.  She visited her other sisters Gertrude and Sallie and other family members while she was there."

Thursday, July 4, 2013

Hunting For Our Roots - New Shively Genealogy History Book Compiled By Beverly Colvin Smith - Descendants Of John B. Shively, Taylor County, KY

John B. Shively Family History
A new Shively family genealogy book has been published.  The book is entitled "Hunting For Our Roots, The Shively And White Family", and is an outstanding compilation by Beverly Colvin Smith on the descendants of John B. Shively and Sarah "Sallie" Heaverin who lived in Taylor County, KY.  The information for the book was researched by Suzy Bracey and Beverly Colvin Smith.  The book is dedicated to Cordelia A. Shively White, Elijah C. "Lige" White and their son's Oliver White and Charles Shively White.  The book contains over 300 pages of many pictures and the Shively and White genealogies.    
For the Shively's the first ancestor mentioned is John Shively and wife, Susannah Hayden, whose marriage is recorded in Washington County, KY marriage records 10-Oct-1794.  They were the parents of Sarah "Sally" Shively, Henry H. Shively, John B. Shively, Susannah Shively and Ann Nancy Shively.
John B. Shively married Sarah "Sallie" Heaverin in Meade County.  They were the parents of the following chidden:  Robert W. Shively born 8-Jan-1826, William Thomas Shively born 8-Mar-1830, John Henry Shively born 29-Apr-1832, Elizabeth Jane Shively born 24-Mar-1834, James Martin Shively born 5-Feb-1836, Stephen Mitchell Shively born 26-Jan-1837, David Alexander Shively born 29-Dec-1838, Mahala Shively born 11-Feb-1841, Samuel Shively born 25-Feb-1842, Joseph H. Shively born 17-Nov-1844, Perry Sylvester Shively born 4-Oct-1848 and Susan Mary Shively born 10-Sep-1850.  
Perry Sylvester Shively
There are many Shively researchers that are working on the genealogies of the descendants of John Shively and Susannah Hayden.  This new book by Beverly Colvin Smith is very important to the research of these Shively lines because it is the first book which has been published for the documentation of these lineages.  Many of the children of John B. Shively and Sarah "Sallie" Heaverin left Taylor County, KY after the Civil War. Several of these Shively descendants have done genealogy research but have not published their work.  Well documented works include the Robert W. Shively descendants who live in Shelby County, MO; William Thomas Shively descendants who now live in the Omaha, NE area; John Henry Shively descendants who live in the Crawford County, KS area; and Stephen Mitchell Shively descendants who live in Marion County, KY and the state of Washington. This book is further very important because it adds to the work on the above John B. Shively children and documents the lineage of son, Perry Sylvester Shively. Perry Sylvester Shively remained in Taylor County, KY and is an important link to Taylor County for those families who moved away. 
It is important to note that this book has been compiled by Beverly Colvin Smith who lives in Campbellsville, Taylor County, KY where the John B. Shively family lived.  Your editor of this blog has worked on this Shively line for over 40 years.  I highly recommend this new book to any Shively researcher and especially those with lineages starting with John Shively and Susannah Hayden.
If interested in obtaining a copy of "Hunting For Our Roots" please contact Beverly Colvin Smith, 49 June Drive, Campbellsville, KY 42718.  You can contact her by e-mail at:                  She presently has copies available for $25 per book plus $5 for handling/shipping.