A Shively researcher recently enquired about the lineage of Joseph Franklin Shively who lived in Sandusky County, Ohio. There were at least two men in Sandusky County, Ohio with the name of Joseph Franklin Shively. There are several men with the name Joseph Shively in the Sandusky County records thus these Shively histories requires close attention. An excellent source of information for the Shively obituaries in the Sandusky County area is the Rutherford B. Hayes Presidential Center in Fremont, Ohio. Many thanks are due to Sharon Barnett who works at the library and who recently extracted some of the newspaper obituaries that follow at the end of this article.
It was determined that the Joseph Franklin Shively who the Shively researcher was looking for was Joseph Franklin Shively, born 1848 died 1929 in Enid, Garfield County, Oklahoma. He married Alice A. King who was born in 1854 and died 1946 in Enid, Garfield County, Oklahoma. In the records most usual he gave his name as Frank Shively. Located on the 1870 Eaton County, Michigan census in the household of Charles Tossey is Franklin Shiveley age 22 who is a farm laborer. On the 1880 Jackson County, Michigan census is the family of Frank Shively age 31 a farmer, wife Alice Shively age 26 and son Linus age 4. On the 1900 Presque Isle County, Michigan census is the family of "James" F Shively born July 1848 age 51 a carpenter, wife Alice born June 1854 age 45, son Linus born August 1876 age 23 and daughter Pearl born March 1881 age 19. In 1910 Joseph Shively is found in Garfield County, Oklahoma listed as Joseph F age 61, wife Alice A age 55, daughter-in-law Bell W Shively age 32 and grandson Carlton W Shively age 11. Joseph and Alice are still in Garfield County, Ok in 1920 where listed is Joseph F Shively age 71 a carpenter and wife Alice age 65.
Extracted from The History Of Sandusky County, Ohio written by Homer Everett, H. Z. Williams, Cleveland, Ohio, 1882, page 769 is an article about the parents of Joseph Franklin Shively: Joseph Shively, an old settler and a worthy citizen, departed this life in the latter part of the summer of 1881. He was born in Union county, Pennsylvania, in 1812, and came to Sandusky county and settled in this township in 1834. The following year he was united in marriage to Susanna Obermoyer, daughter of George Obermoyer. They reared a family of ten children, viz: Sarah (Engler) and Elizabeth (Kramb), Washington township; Henry, Sandusky; John, Michigan; George A., Sandusky; Solomon, Washington; Franklin, Michigan; William H., Texas; James A. and Lewis W., Washington. Mr. Shively was by trade a wagon maker.
The newspaper obituary for a sister of Joseph Franklin Shively, Elizabeth Shively Kramb, further supports the lineage. Extracted by Sharon Barnett from The Fremont Daily Messenger, Thursday, January 2, 1930, Pages 1 and 5:
Aged Pioneer Passes Away
Mrs.Elizabeth Kramb Unable To Fight Off Ravages of Disease
Mrs. Elizabeth Kramb, 92, widow of the well-known H.J. Kramb, at one time recorder of Sandusky county, and one of the oldest women in Sandusky county, died this morning at her home, 1208 west State street, of a week's illness with bronchial pneumonia, which started with a cold, but with which she took to her bed a week ago. Before that time Mrs. Kramb had been in good health for one of her advanced years.
The funeral will be held Saturday afternoon at the late home, conducted by the Rev. Dr. W. H. Lehmann at 2 o'clock, and burial will follow in the family lot at Four-Mile House cemetery at the side of her husband.
Elizabeth Shively was the maiden name of the deceased, a daughter of Joseph and Susan Overmyer Shively, born on her father's farm north of Lindsey, September 10, 1837. On April 22, 1866, she was married to Henry J. Kramb, the death in 1912.
The young couple first took up their home on a farm for a short time near Lindsey and later the husband moved to Lindsey with his family and operated a well-known Kramb hardware store. They remained there until the late 80's
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when Mr. Kramb was elected recorder of Sandusky county, which office he held for two terms, a period of six years, altogether. The family them moved to Fremont, to west State street, which place has been the family home ever since.
Mr. and Mrs. Kramb were the parents of eight children, five of whom are living, Charles Kramb, Mrs. A. G. McMillan, Mrs. A. C. Moore, Mrs. Carl F. Steinle, all of Fremont, and Mrs. G. F. Benner of Norwalk. Three daughters preceded in death, one, an infant, and Misses Ida and Anna Kramb, who were young women at the time they passed away. There are eight grand children; also three bothers, Henry and Solomon Shively, of Fremont, and Lewis Shively, of Washington township.
Within the last year, two of Mrs. Kramb’s brothers, and one sister died. James Shively, 69, of Toledo, Frank Shively, 85, of Oklahoma, and Mrs. Sarah Engler, 93 who made her home with Mrs. Kramb. Ever since the death of Miss Ida Kramb, a number of years ago, the daughter, Mrs. McMillan, and family have resided at the Kramb home in order to look after the aged woman, and they tenderly and faithfully cared for her.
Mrs. Kramb was always a member of the Lutheran faith and belonged to Grace Lutheran church, which she attended regularly as long as she was able. She was essentially a home woman, entirely devoted to her family, to whom she was ever a loving and devoted wife and mother. All her life she was a resident of Sandusky county, either at Lindsey or Fremont, and she was one of the well-known, and beloved pioneer women. Her quiet unassuming character won her hosts of friends who will regret to learn of her death, even though she was full of years when the final summons came. Their sympathy will be extended to the bereaved children.
The death of Joseph Franklin Shively was reported back to Sandusky County as noted in The Sandusky Star Journal, Tuesday, August 20, 1929, Page 7, Column 3:
Frank Shively Dies
FREMONT, Aug. 20--Relatives and friends here were advised today of the death at Enid, Oklahoma, of Frank Shively, 82, a former well known Fremonter.