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, May 17, 2014

Samuel Shively (Shiebler) And Wives, Susannah Henry And Mary Henry, From Westmoreland County, Pennsylvania

Samuel Shively/Mary Henry Marriage
There are times in the hobby of genealogy when a Shively story comes along that just has to be researched and shared. Following is a newspaper article that was located and some supporting data found to support the story.

Extracted from The Democratic Press, Ravenna (Portage County), Ohio, Thursday, July 9, 1874, Page 2, Column 5: About the first of May Samuel Shively and wife made his advent into this goodly city, and took up his abode.  On Wednesday last, a brother-in-law, who, it seems, was bound to him by a two-fold bond or relationship,, presented himself to constable Trail, and gave him a photograph of his interesting relative, and requested him to lay upon him the hand of the law.  Mr. Trail soon had him in charge, when upon a hearing the following facts were elicited:
Samuel Shively is a native of Westmoreland county, Pa., was born of poor but honest parents, and when he had come to years of maturity, gave his hand and his heart to Susannah Henry.  They lived in peace and harmony until their home was blessed with four little Shivelies.  A couple of years since the Shivelies removed to Tiffin, this State, taking with them a sister of Mrs. Shively's.  During these two years Mr. Shively, became convinced that he could make a better wife of his sister-in-law then he could out of Susannah.  So on the 20th of April last, leaving Mrs. Shively and all of the little Shivelies in Tiffin, he departed with Miss Henry, junior, for Dayton, where he obtained the legal documents which would enable him to conter upon Miss Henry the honorable distinction of being known as Mrs. Shively No. 2. But "man proposes &c", and Mr. Z. Henry, a brother-in-law of this too much married man, heard of the state of affairs, and traced the happy couple to Alliance, where he had him arrested on a charge of bigamy.  He was bound over to answer in $500.

Pennsylvania death certificates were located.  For Samuel Shively he was born 11-Oct-1842 in Pennsylvania, a son of Jacob Shively and (unknown) Kepple.  Samuel died in Westmoreland Co., PA. on 9-Jul-1909.  He was buried in Hillside Cemetery, Westmoreland Co.,  His stone lists Samuel Shiebler 1842-1909, Co F 103 Pa Inf and wife, Mary M (1852-1924).   The death certificate for Mary Shively states born Sep-1852, daughter of Frederick Henry and Liddy Eseman.  Mary died 2-Apr-1924 in Westmoreland Co.   The death certificate for the first wife of Samuel Shively was located and it would appear she married a second time to a Mr. Campbell.  The death certificate lists Susan Campbell, born 25-May-1846, daughter of Frederick Henry and Lydiann Gross.  Susan died 3-Jul-1914 in Westmoreland Co.  She was buried in Brush Creek Cem.

Further supporting the Henry family connections was the 1907 newspaper obituary of Lydia A. Henry which mentions Sue Campbell, Z. T. Henry, and Mrs. Samuel Shively.
Aged Woman Dead
Aged And Highly Esteemed Woman Formerly Of Jeannette Passes Away
Mrs. Lydia A. Henry, widow of Frederick Henry, late of West Jeannette, died at the home of her daughter, Mrs. F. P. Myers, of the Fifth Ward, Greensburg, last Wednesday morning at 10 o'clock.  She was aged 59 years, on month and 28 days, and her death was due to cerebro hemorrhages.
Mrs. Henry was a noble Christian woman and leaves a blessed heritage to her loved ones.  She is survived by the following children:  Z. T. Henry, of West Virginia; Noah F. Henry, of Tarentum; Mrs. Sue Campbell and Mrs. Ellen Gongaware, of Manor; Mrs. Samuel Shively and Mrs. F. P. Myers, of Greensburg.  She is also survived by 16 grandchildren and 14 great-grandchildren.  Her husband, Fred Henry, died several years ago.
Funeral services were held at the residence of F. P. Myers, Greensburg, at 10 o'clock, Friday morning, after which interment was made in Brush Creek cemetery.

Located on the 1880 Hempfield District, Westmoreland Co., PA census is Samuel Scheibler age 37, wife Mary age 27, son Harry age 5 and son John age 2.  On the 1900 Hempfield Townshp, Westmoreland Co., PA census is Samuel Sheibler born Oct 1843 age 56, wife Mary born Sep 1852 age 48, son John born Apr 1879 age 21, daughter Anna born 1880 age 19, son Howard born Dec 1882 age 17, son Edward born Mar 1884 age 16, daughter Laura born May 1886 age 14, son Lawrence born Mar 1891 age 9 and nephews Russell White and Floyd White.

The newspaper article above from Ravenna, Ohio mentions that Samuel Shively and first wife, Susannah Henry, had four children.  Two of the children for Samuel and Susannah may have included William Shively and Mary Jane Shively. Located in the records was Mary Jane Shively who married William Shuey.  Extracted from the Westmoreland Co. marriage records it is known that Mary Jane Shively and William Shuey were married on 8-Mar-1887 at the residence of Samuel Shively. Consent of the father, Samuel Shively, was given for the marriage.  The parents of Mary Jane Shively were listed as Samuel and Susan Shively.

The newspaper obituary for John Shivley, son of Samuel Shively and Mary Henry, mentions half-sister, Mary J. Shuey and half-brother William Shivley.  Extracted from The Daily Courier, Connellsville (Fayette County, PA), Monday, December 28, 1953, Page 7, Column 5:
John Shivley
John F. Shivley, 75, died at 2:30 o'clock Thursday afternoon following a heart attack at the home of a daughter, Mrs. Clarence Wise, at New Stanton, where he made his home.  Surviving are five children, including Mrs. Wise; 10 grandchildren; five brothers and sisters; a half-sister, Mrs. Mary J. Shuey of Jones Mills, and a half-brother, William of Turtle Creek.  The funeral was held this afternoon with interment in Hillview Cemetery.


  1. Thank you for posting this! Susan Henry Shively is my great-great-great grandmother. No one in the family knew this so this was new information for us!

    1. I am pleased I found information on your family. If you have photos of Susan and Mary Jane I would like to have a copy. Maybe the photos can be used in a future blog article. If you will email me at I would like more information on your Henry family. Maybe more information can be found on the Henry's. When time permits I could check for new info.