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.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Maurice Charles Shively And Wife, Catherine Longacre, Who Lived In Luzerne County, Pennsylvania

The parents of Brenard Acker Shively (1881-1965) were Maurice Charles Shively and Catherine Longacre.  Maurice Charles (M. C.) Shively was born 22-November-1858 and died 31-August-1906 in Luzerne County, PA. Catherine Longacre, was born 7-April-1862 and died 12-December-1905 in Luzerne County, PA.  Both are buried in the Newport Cemetery in Perry County, PA.

M. C.  and Catherine Shively were the parents of five children:  Laura who died in 1895; Brenard Acker born 22-January-1881 died 24-September-1965 in Yelllowstone County, MT.; Maurice C. born October 1882 married 1st Maggie Thoma married 2nd Katherine J. Heksch in Marion County, IN and married 3rd Florence J. Landay; Alice born November 1888, died 1-July-1915 married to Robert Straup; and Mary born 1892.

Extracted from The Wilkes Barre Times, Luzerne County, PA, Monday Evening, September 10, 1906, Page 10, Column 3:
Will of M. C. Shively
According to the will of M. C. Shively, of Grove street, this city, which was admitted to probate on Saturday, his personal property, valued at $2,500, is to be divided among his children.  Among the personal property is the following:  A $1,000 life insurance policy in the Life Insurance Company of Binghamton, N.Y.; a $500 policy of the Knights of Maccabees of Port Huron; a $250 certificate of the national council of the Jr. O. U. A. M. and a $250 funeral benefit in the William J. Byars Council, No. 282, Jr. O. U. A. M. of this city.  The children are Rev. Brenard A. Shively, of Naponee, Neb.; Maurice Charles Shively, Jr.; Misses Alice M. and Eliza Shively, of this city.  Rev. Mr. Shively is named as executor of the estate and guardian of his two sisters, Alice and Mary.

Located in The Wilkes Barre Times,  Wednesday Evening, December 13, 1905, Page 6, Column 5:
Death Of Mrs. M. C. Shively
Mrs. Kate Shively, wife of M. C. Shively, died at her home, 105 Grove street, yesterday afternoon at 3 o'clock after a long illness, her death being hastened by pneumonia, aged 43 years and 8 months.  She is survived by her husband, two sons, Rev. Bernard A., of Shelton, Neb.; Maurice, of Park avenue; Alice and Mary, at home; also by her mother and father, two brothers and three sisters.
Deceased was a faithful and consistent member of the First United Evangelical church, Dana street, being an ardent worker in the Ladies' Aid society and Keystone League of that church.
Services will be held at the home this evening at 7:30, conducted by Rev. S. H. Chubb.  The remains will be taken to Newport, Perry county, to-morrow morning on the 7:15 Pennsylvania train for interment at that place on Friday.

The blog last week featured Brenard Shively.  Extracted from The Wilkes Barre Times, Wednesday Evening, March 26, 1902, Page 5, Column 7:
Farewell Gathering
A farewell gathering, a surprise to their host, assembled at the home of Mr. and Mrs. M. C. Shively, corner of Washington street and Hazle avenue, last evening. The gathering was made up mostly of the Christian Endeavor Society of the First United Evangelical church, Dana street, who met to bid a farewell and tender one of their number, Bernard A Shively, their best wishes for success in the work in which he is about to engage.  Mr. Shively goes to Nebraska this week to take up a charge and enter upon the work of the ministry.  There was a goodly number present and all spent a very pleasant time.  Refreshments were served.
Those present were Rev. Mr. and Mrs. A. H. Snyder, Mr. and Mrs. David Morgan, Mr. and Mrs. B. C. Allen, Mr. and Mrs. O. G. Bloom, Mr. and Mrs. George Lehr, Mr. and Mrs. Frank Delvert, Mr. and Mrs. George Miller, Mr. and Mrs. Ed Dennis, Mr. and Mrs. James Price, Mrs. Sarah Synder, Mrs. Garrett, Mrs. Abbott, Mrs. Reynolds, Mrs. Maurice Miller, Mrs. Knebler, Robert Worrel, Theo. Rogers, Misses Diana Hawk, Estella Briggs, Dora Rogers, Mary Shively,  Alice Shively, Fannie Reynolds, Lizzie  Straup, Bessie Lockens, Ella Fetzer, Lizzie Beverland, Bertha Snyder, Messrs. Maurice Shively, Frank Evans and H. Hersh.

Regarding the death of Laura, the daughter of M. C. and Catherine Shively the following newspaper article was extracted from The Wilkes Barre Times, Friday, February 8, 1895, Page 8, Column 1:
Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shively desire to thank their kind friends and neighbors for assisting them during the affliction and death of their daughter, Laura.  Also to the Jr. O. E. Society and the teachers and pupils of the Centennial school for flowers and their kind assistance.

Saturday, March 22, 2014

Brenard Acker Shively And Wife Bertha Heim From Perry County, Pennsylvania; Custer County, Nebraska And Yellowstone County, Montana

Brenard Acker Shively was born 22-January-1881 in Perry County, PA, son of Charles Shively and Catherine Longacre.  He died 24-September-1965  in Yellowstone County, MT.   He married Bertha R. Heim on 19-October-1904 in Dawson, Richardson County, NE.  Bertha R. Heim was born 13-July-1883 in Richardson County, NE, a daughter of Joseph G. Heim. She died 12-September-1957 in Yellowstone County, MT.   Brenard and Bertha were the parents of at least the following children:  Mildred A born ca 1906 who married Earl A. Fuller, Ray D. born ca 1908, Thelma Ruth born ca 1911 who married Samuel Ellis Shoemaker, Hilda M. born 17-April-1913 who married Chester Murphy and Henry Michael, Evelyn Elsie born 25-January-1916 who married George Martin Blevins, Charles J. born ca 1919, and Paul born ca 1921.

Extracted from the History Of Custer County, Nebraska, By W. L. Gaston And A. R. Humphrey, Lincoln, Nebraska, Western Publishing And Engraving Company, 1919, pages 509-510:         REV. BRENARD A. SHIVELY -- It is not often that an outsider understands or appreciates the work of the clergy of the United Evangelical church. Fortunately these learned and worthy ministers give but little thought to the criticism or lack of appreciation on the part of the world, resting content with the realization that they have carried out the ideas of their supervisors, have done the work of their Master, and have accomplished untold good for the benefit of humanity.  One of these unselfish and venerated members of the United Evangelical clergy is Rev. Brenard A. Shively, pastor of the church of this faith at Callaway.
Brenard A. Shively was born January 22, 1881, at Newport, on the Juniata river, in Perry county, Pennsylvania, and is a son of Charles and Catherine (Longacre) Shively, also natives of the Keystone state.  The father, now deceased, was for many years a merchant in Pennsylvania, where he had stores at different points.  There were five children in the family:  Brenard A., Maurice C., Laura (who died single), Mrs. Alice Straup (also deceased), and Miss Mary E
When still a boy, Brenard A. Shively, came into the first money earned by himself, this being gained by picking slate in an anthracite coal-breaker at the mines at Kingston, Pennsylvania.  When he was a little older he attended the public schools of Wilkes Barre, and when not engaged at his studies, he was employed in drawing wire in the establishment of the Hazard Manufacturing Company.  Later he went to Albright College, at Myerstown, in his native state, where he received his higher education, in preparation for the ministry, and at Hazelton, Pennsylvania, in February, 1902, he was licensed to preach the Gospel, by the Eastern Pennsylvania conference of the United Evangelical church.  At that time he came to Humboldt, Nebraska where he accepted a call to the Cottage church, and after there remaining two years he went to Shelton, Buffalo county, where he remained a like period.
On October 19, 1904, at Dawson, Nebraska, was solemnized the marriage of Rev. Brenard A. Shively, to Miss Bertha R. Heim, who was born at Dawson, daughter of Joseph G. and Rosa Heim, early settlers of Richardson county where they still reside.  Six children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Shively and all reside at the parental home---Mildred A., D. Ray, T. Ruth, Hilda M., Evelyn E., and Charles J.
From Shelton, Buffalo county, Mr. Shively went to Naponee, Franklin county, where he served three years as pastor.  He then went to Eustis, Frontier county, where he spent a like period, and eventually he removed to Aurora, the county seat of Hamilton county, where he remained two and one-half years.  In September, 1914, he was called to Callaway, where he has since acted as pastor of the Evangelical church, serving also the pulpits at Spring Creek and Brown Valley.
For seven years Mr. Shively held various offices in the State Christian Endeavor Union, and he was transportation manager for that organization to two international and one world's Christian Endeavor conventions.  Possessed of no mean literary ability and of the power of expression, he has done much writing in the past, and he is the author of the history of the United Evangelical church in Custer county, which appears in this publication.  Mr. Shively is an earnest, zealous, and energetic pastor---one who is not only possessed of ministerial ability, but is also a practical man of affairs, capable of handling business matters in an expeditious and able manner.  He is greatly loved by the members of his congregation, and has many warm friends among men of all creeds and denominations in the various communities where he has carried on his work.

The newspaper obituary for Bertha R. Heim Shively was extracted from The Billings Gazette, Saturday Morning, September 14, 1957, Page 6, Column 2:
Laurel Woman Dies In Billings
Mrs. Bertha R. Shively, 74, of Laurel, died in a Billings hospital Thursday night of a heart ailment.
Mrs. Shively was a native of Nebraska and was born in Dawson, July 13, 1883, a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Joseph G. Heim.  She was married to Bernard A. Shively in Dawson on Oct. 19, 1904.  Mr. and Mrs. Shively moved to Laurel in 1927.
Mrs. Shively was a member of the Methodist Church.
Surviving, besides her husband, are three sons, Maj. Paul Shively with the United States Army in France; D. Ray Shively of Spokane, Wash., and Paul Shively of Laurel; four daughters, Mrs. Earl Fuller of Laurel, Mrs. E. S. Shoemaker of Great Falls, Mrs. Henry Michael of 443 Lewis Ave., and Mrs. Georgia Blevins of Cheyenne,, Wyo.; two sisters, Mrs. Mae Beldon of Humboldt, Neb., and Mrs. George Ludwig of Tiffin, Ohio.  Nine grandchildren and one great-grandchild also survive.
Funeral services are planned at the Methodist Church in Laurel at 1 p.m. Monday. Burial will be in the Laurel Cemetery.  The Settergren Funeral Home is in charge of arrangements.

The newspaper obituary for Brenard Acker Shively was extracted from The Billings Gazette, Sunday Morning, September 26, 1965, Page 8, Column 7:
B. A. Shively, Billings, Dies
Brenard A. Shively, 84, former Methodist pastor in Laurel, died Friday in a state hospital where he had been a patient two years.
He was born Jan. 22, 1881, in Newport, Pa., a son of Mr. and Mrs. Charles Shively. He lived in Nebraska and married Bertha R. Heim Oct. 19, 1904, in Dawson, Neb. Mrs. Shively died in 1957.
They moved to Laurel in 1926 and to Billings 10 years later.
Survivors include three sons, D. Ray Shively, Spokane, Charles J. Shively, New York City, and Paul H. Shively, Laurel; four daughters, Mrs. Earl Fuller, Laurel; Mrs. E. S. Shoemaker, Las Vegas; Mrs. Hilda Murphy, 512 Ave. F, and Mrs. George Blevins, Dubois, Wyo.; a sister, Mrs. Leon Manasek, Miami, Fla., 11 grandchildren and 10 great-grandchildren.
The Rev. Robert Dunn of the Evangelical United Brethren Church will officiate at services in the Settergren-Carey Chapel at 1:30 p.m. Monday and burial will be in Laurel Cemetery.

Sunday, March 16, 2014

John J. Shively And Wife Leah Blickenstaff Who Lived In Piatt County, Illinois

John J Shively
The following information was extracted from The Historical Encyclopedia of Illinois, Edited by Newton Bateman, LL.D., Paul Selby,  A.M.  and History of Piatt County, Edited by Francis M. Shonkwiler, Volume II, Illustrated, Chicago, Munsell Publishing Company Publishers, 1917, pages 797 and 798.
SHIVELY, John J. Although his active life was spent in Macon County, the late John J. Shively, after his retirement from agricultural labors, moved to Cerro Gordo, where he spent his last years, so he properly belongs to the list of substantial men of Piatt County. He was born in Clinton County, Ind.. May 21, 1853, a son of Stephen and Catherine (Metzger) Shively, born near Dayton, Ohio. They were married in Indiana, and located on a farm, later becoming early settlers of Macon County, Ill. Subsequently they moved to Piatt County, and spent their declining years at Cerro Gordo, where they died. The educational training of John J. Shively was obtained in the common schools. He was taught farming in all its branches, and for many years was a prosperous farmer of Oakley Township, Macon County, operating a farm of 160 acres still owned by his widow. In 1908 he retired, moving to Cerro Gordo, where he bought a handsome residence, and in it he died March 14, 1908. On May 10, 1874, Mr. Shively was married to Leah Blickenstaff, born In Clinton County, Ind., August 13, 1851, a daughter of Leonard and Catherine (Ulery) Blickenstaff, born in Ohio, who came to Macon County, Ill., in 1855. Mrs. Blickenstaff died in 1866, while Mr. Blickenstaff died a few years later. Mr. and Mrs. Shively became the parents of the following children: Cora, who lives with her mother; and Levi, who resides at Chicago, married Gertrude Whisler, and they have one son, Willard. Levi Shively has taken an advanced course in mathematics at the University of Chicago, from which he will be graduated in 1917. He intends to make teaching his life work. In religious faith Mr. Shively belonged to the Church of the Brethren, in which the entire family hold membership. His political views made him a Republican, and he gave an earnest and conscious support to the principles and candidates of that party. Hard working, intelligent and thrifty, Mr. Shively was successful and made his mark upon his community.

Thursday, March 6, 2014

Jacob Banta Shively And Wife Anna Mavity In Dubois County, Indiana

From information contained in the Descendants Of Henry And Mary Banta Shively by Lottie Compton McDowell, 1972, Page 9:   "Jacob Banta Shively, son of Henry and Mary Banta Shively, was born 25 December 1797 Shelby County, Kentucky.  He was married 5 February 1817 Shelby County to Anna Mavity, a Virginian by birth.  She was born 15 December 1799 and came to Kentucky when three years old.  The family lived in Spencer County until shortly before 1826, when they moved to Orange County, Indiana.
Jacob Banta Shively had labored in the state of Kentucky as a Christian minister about 1825, according to E. W. Humphrey's "Memoirs of deceased Christian Ministers: published 1880--page 318.
He united with the church in 1818 in Montgomery County, Kentucky, and soon was noticed as a sweet singer.  He was a preacher of acknowledged ability, and had a commanding appearance.  He was five feet eight inches tall and had coal black hair, piercing eyes, and very regular features.  The solemn earnestness of his looks, and the brightness of his eyes appealed to his congregations.  Before moving to Indiana, he had served God in Bath, Fleming, Bourbon, and Montgomery Counties in Kentucky.  He was ordained to the ministry by the Reverend David Stewart of Marengo, Indiana.  He preached and built churches in Dubois, Perry, Spencer, Warrick, and Pike Counties in Indiana.  When time permuted he travelled to Orange, Crawford, Daviess, and Posey Counties to preach."
Jacob Shively and Anna Mavity are both buried in the Fairmount Cemetery near Huntingburg.  Their children were Eliza Jane, Henry, John Wesley, Louis Byram, Mahala, Dorothy Ann, William Fletcher, Mary Emeline, Malinda, Ellen and Cora Lauretta.

The above picture of Rev. Jacob Banta Shively was found in the History of Duobis County From Its Primitive Days to 1910 Including Biographies Of Capt. Toussaint Dubois And The Very Rev. Joseph Kundeck, V.G., by George R. Wilson, C.E., Illustrated, 1910, Published by the Author, Jasper, Indiana, pages 213:  The Rev. Jacob Banta Shively, a pioneer minister of the Christian church, in southern Indiana, was born near Harrodsburg, Kentucky, December 25, 1797, of German parentage.  He lived in his native state until about 1824, when he moved to Orange county, Ind.  About 1829 he moved, with his family, to Dubois county and was one of its pioneers.  He was a minister of the gospel and a farmer.  His first cabin was built on what in known as the Temple farm, located on the Troy and Jasper road. Here it was that his ministry began in Dubois county, preaching in the homes of the people scattered over several miles of territory.  As soon as  (Page 214)  a sufficient number had settled around him, he organized them into a church, which they called "The Indian Creek Christian Church." Meetings were held in cabins and groves, for a number of years, but finally a log house was built in which to worship. It was located north of the Temple farm and as long as it was used it had nothing but a ground floor.  The house has long since crumbled to dust.  An old burying ground lies near where the old church stood.
In the fall of 1840, Rev. Shively sold his farm to John Temple, and in March, 1841, he moved on a farm he and previously bought about one mile south of Huntingburg, where he lived the rest of his days.
A new log church building was erected two miles north of the old one on Indian creek and meetings were held there, until the organization was transferred to Huntingburg, in 1852, where it still remains, having had a continuous existence for at least seventy-five years.......
For his life's work, he received a mere pittance.  Sometimes a good sister would present him with a pair of home-knit woolen socks, or, perhaps, home-made jeans, enough to make a pair of trousers, and sometimes he would receive a few dollars for his work.  He depended upon his family for support.
His wife was Miss Anna Mavity, a Virginian by birth.  They were married, February 5, 1817.  Rev. Shively died, at Huntingburg, February 11, 1868."