William Thomas Shively was born 20-May-1856 in Grayson County, Kentucky and died 18-Mar-1947 In Divernon, Sangamon County, Illinois. He was the son of Stephen A. Shively (1803-1895) and Elizabeth Abell. Stephen A. Shively was the son of Jacob Shively (1772-1851) and Sophia Davis who lived in Taylor County, Kentucky.
William Thomas Shively married Mary Ann Thomas who was born 18-Aug-1861 and died 5-May-1931 in Sangamon County, IL. The family of William Shively is listed on the 1900 Pawnee Township, Sangamon County, IL census as William Shiveley born May 1856 age 44 and married 21 years, wife Mary A born Aug 1861, daughter Fannie B born 1880, and daughter Virgie born Sep-1886. Listed on the 1910 Divernon Village, Sangamon County, IL cenus is Thomas Shively age 53, wife Mary age 48, daughter Virgie Neeson age 24, son-in-law Richard Neeson, Sr age 29 and grandson Richard Neeson, Jr age 2yr 3 months. William Shively is found on the 1920, 1930 and 1940 Sangamon County census records in the household with his daughter, Virgina Shively Neeson.
William Thomas Shively and his son-in-law, Richard Neeson, were funeral directors in Divernon, IL. An article extracted from the Illinois State Journal, Springfield, IL, Friday, July 8, 1938, Page 6, Column 4:
Render Able Dignified Service
Shively And Neeson Funeral Home Has Long Served Divernon Area
The profession of funeral directors is one of the most essential services in any district and it is a service that must be rendered by people well versed in all the details of the profession. Funeral services an only be correctly handled by persons of experience who have a natural aptitude to grasp the case of each individual.
For many years the Shively and Neeson funeral home has served the people of Divernon and adjacent towns and rural districts. It is an institution that has taken honest pride in the commendation of the families whom they have served. Their services have been arranged so as to sufficiently meet the immediate needs of each and every case. The personnel of the organization is composed of local people who have had years of experience in the profession; people whom one can depend upon to handle all matters in the most highly satisfactory manner.
The equipment of the Shively and Neeson funeral home is most complete. Night and day ambulance service to any part of that region is maintained and a lady attendant is on duty at all times.
We believe that Richard "Dick" Neeson, the owner, and all of the employes of this local home-owned institution deserve much commendation upon the dignified and distinctive service that they have rendered and are rendering their community.
Extracted from the Illinois State Journal, Springfield, IL, Wednesday, May 20, 1942, Page 4, Column 1:
Thomas Shively To Mark Birthday
Divernon Man Will Be 86 Years Old Today
Thomas Shively, Divernon, who has been a resident of Illinois since 1857, will celebrate his eighty-sixth birthday anniversary today. He came to Illinois with his parents from Kentucky. He lived in Pawnee until 1902 and then moved to Divernon, establishing a livery business. Later he entered the undertaking business as a partner of R. J. Neeson, retiring in 1933. He is in good health. Mr. Shively has been a read of the Illinois State Journal for more that forty years.
In 1931 the following article was written in the Illinois State Journal, Springfield, IL, Wednesday, May 6, 1931, Page 10, Columns 3-4:
Mrs. Mary Ann Shively
Divernon, May 5. -- Mrs. Mary Ann Thomas Shively, 70, well known resident of this city, died at 1:30 o'clock this afternoon at her home, following an illness of two years. Funeral services will be conducted at 9:30 o'clock Friday morning at Sacred Heart church, Rev. Father Smith officiating. Interment will be made in St. Bernard cemetery, near Glenarm.
The newspaper obituary for William Thomas Shively was located in the Illinois State Journal, Wednesday, March 19, 1947, Page 18, Column 3:
Thomas Shively, 90, Divernon, Dies
Funeral Arrangements Are Incomplete
Thomas Shively, of DIvernon, a resident of Sangamon county for 90 years, died at 7:15 p.m. yesterday at his home. He was 90 years old.
Mr. Shively was born in Grayson county, Kentucky, May 20, 1856, and came with his parents to Illinois when 6 months old. The family settled in Pawnee after making the trip in a covered wagon.
In 1897 he married Mary Ann Thomas and the two became the parents of three daughters, Mrs. Charles Lawley, of Rochester; Mrs. Richard Neeson, of Divernon, with whom he resided, and Lulu Shively, deceased. Mrs. Shively died in May, 1932.
In 1902, Mr. Shively moved to Divernon with his family and opened a livery stable. In 1910 he and his son-in-law, R. J. Neeson, opened a funeral home and were associated together until 1933, when Mr. Shively retired.
Surviving besides his two daughters are a brother, Dan Shively, of Detroit, Mich.; four grandchildren and five great-grandchildren.
The body was removed to the Kirlin & Egan funeral home. Funeral arrangements are incomplete.