Jacob Shively was born 29-Sep-1853 in Wurttemberg Germany and died 18-Dec-1898 in Northumberland Co., PA. He was married to Sarah Jane Chubb (Tschopp). She was born 29-Dec-1858 in Lykens, Dauphin Co., PA and died 2-Apr-1953 in Lewisburg, Union Co., PA. Sarah was the daughter of George Chubb (Tschopp) and Magdalena Schoffstall.
Jacob Shively and Sarah Jane Chubb (Tschopp) were the parents of at least the following children: Charles F. born 29-Oct-1880 died 15-Sep-1939; Jacob E born 3-Aug-1883 died 17-Aug-1959; Frederick Henry Shively born 31-Oct-1885; Harry Shively born 10-Feb-1887 died 6-Oct-1918; Arthur J born 9-Dec-1890 died 5-Mar-1968; Francis H born 25-Feb-1895 died 21-Aug-1958 and Clarence W born 10-Feb-1897.
Jacob and Sarah Shively are listed on the 1880 Shamokin Borough, Northumberland Co., PA census. Jacob is age 27, a laborer in mines, born in Germany and Sarah is age 21 born in PA. By 1900 Sarah J. is a widow and listed on the 1900 Borough of Shamokin, Northumberland Co., PA census. Listed in the household is Sarah J., widow, age 41, son Charles age 19, son Jacob E. age 16, son Fredrick H. age 14, son Harry W. age 12, son Arthur J. age 9, son Francis H. age 5 and son Clarence W. age 3. Sarah continues to be listed on the 1910, 1920 and 1930 Northumberland Co., PA census records.
The death of Jacob Shively is recorded in The Philadelphia Times, Sunday Morning, December 18, 1898, Page 2, Column 6:
Miner A Pillar Of Fire
Explosion of Gas in a Shamokin Colliery Had Fatal Results
Special Telegram to The Times
Shamokin, December 17
A blast in a gangway at the Luke Fidler Colliery to-day ignited a large body of gas, which exploded with great force. Jacob Shively, Peter Sidrazki and Isaac Thomas were blown along the gangway a number of feet. Thomas was the first to recover and, although he was terribly burned, he called to his companions and, when they responded, he told them to put on a brave front and follow him to the bottom of the shaft. The force of the explosion was such that their lamps and been extinguished.
Suddenly Thomas was startled to see a bright light appear just in front of him. Shively's clothes were on fire. Thomas rushed forward, closely followed by Sidrazki, to extinguish the flames, but Shively, crazed by burns and excitement, darted away from them. A thrilling chase resulted, but soon ended, when Shively sank exhausted to the bottom of the gangway. Then what remained of his burning clothing was torn off. Meanwhile the explosion had attracted a number of miners to the scene.
They found Sidrazki dying, while Shively was all but dead. Thomas, although he was burned about the hands and limbs and had inhaled fire, was not so seriously injured as his comrades. The victims were stripped of their clothing and wrapped in oiled blankets,after which they were removed to their homes. Shively's back, chest and face were shockingly burned. While Sidrazki's abdomen was burned so badly that the intestines were exposed. He died soon after reaching his home. He was 20 years old and unmarried.
Shively, whose recovery impossible, is 44 years old and has a wife and five children.
Sarah Jane Shively did not remarry after the death of Jacob and lived to be 94 years old. Extracted from The Shamokin News Dispatch, Friday, April 3, 1953, Page 2, Column 5:
94-Year-Old City Resident Expires
Mrs. Sarah Shively, 94, of 633 Boyd Street, died yesterday afternoon in the Evangelical Church Home for the Aged, Lewisburg, where she was a patient for 17 months.
Mrs. Shively was born December 29, 1858, in Lykens, a daughter of the late Mr. and Mrs. George Chubb. She was married to the late Jacob Shively, who died 55 years ago.
Mrs. Shively was a resident of Shamokin for 75 years. She lived in Mount Carmel for several months before moving to Shamokin. The late matron was one of the oldest members of St. John Evangelical United Brethren Church.
Survivors include five sons, Jacob, Arthur, and Franis, Shamokin; Frederick, Lewiston,and Clarence, Kulpmont; 20 grandchildren, 29 great-grandchildren and seven great-great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday afternoon at 1:30 in the Farrow Funeral Home, Sixth and Chestnut Streets. Burial will be in Odd Fellows Cemetery. Viewing will vein the funeral home Sunday evening, from 7:00 to 9:00, and Monday until time of the services. Rev. F. H. Fletcher, past of St. John Evangelical United Brethren Church, will officiate during services.
The parents of Sarah Jane Chubb (Tschopp) were George Tschopp born 28-Nov-1827 Northumberland Co., PA died 5-Jul-1900 Dauphin Co., PA. He was married to Magdalena Schoffstall born 2-Jun-1833 Dauphin Co., PA died 10-Jan-1904 Dauphin Co., PA. Extracted from The Harrisburg Telegraph, Friday Evening, July 13, 1900, Page 7, Column 2:
Gratz, Pa., July 12 --Last Friday morning the people of town were shocked to hear of the death of George Tschopp, sr., of town. The evening previous he retired with his usual health. At about half-past 10 o'clock his wife heard a rumbling sound in his throat and by the time she had called the neighbors he had expired. Interment took place in the Lutheran and Reformed cemetery Saturday forenoon, the Rev. Leopold, of Girardville, officiating in the absence of the pastor, the Rev. O. E. Pflueger. Deceased was aged 72 years and leaves a widow and five grown children to mourn his loss. He had been an old soldier of the War of the Rebellion. A grandson of the deceased was buried at the same time.
From The Harrisburg Telegraph, Thursday, January 14, 1904, Page 5, Column 6:
Special to the Telegraph
Gratz, Jan. 14. -- Mrs. Tschopp, widow of George Tschopp, died at Lykens on Sunday, and was brought to this place on Wednesday for burial. The funeral services were conducted by the Rev. Adam Zimmerman.