|John Shively/Nancy Barless(Harless) Marriage|
A Shively researcher requested genealogy information on the family of John Shively who married Nancy Barless (Harless) in Darke County, Ohio on 7-February-1844. John Shively was born 2-January-1814 and died 2-July-1885 at the age of 71 years and 6 months. He is buried in the IOOF Cemetery in Marengo, Iowa County, Iowa. Nancy was born 10-September-1823 in Virginia and died 17-November-1899. She is buried in Union Cemetery, Macon, Franklin County, Nebraska. From information on the 1880 Iowa County, Iowa census record John Shively is listed as divorced.
Listed on the 1850 Washington Township, Darke County, Ohio census record is the household of John Shively age 37, wife Nancy Shively age 27, daughter Sarry J. age 6, son Jacob age 2, son Daniel H. age 1 and Sarah Harless age 11. On the 1860 Prairie Creek Precinct, Logan County, Illinois census is the family of John Shively age 46, wife Nancy age 37, daughter Sarah J age 15, son J. W. age 12, daughter Mary age 8, son Harrison age 6 and James Shields age 40. Nancy Shively is listed on the 1880 Chester Township, Logan County, Illinois census in the household of her son. John Shively is listed on the 1880 Marengo, Iowa County, Iowa census in the household of his married daughter Sarah Beardshaw age 35. (In the records the surname is also found as Beardshear and Beardshere). John Shively is listed as age 65 and divorced.
Harrison Clay Shively was a son of John Shively and Nancy. He was born 15-June-1854 in Darke County, OH and died 2-September-1931 in Franklin County, NE. He married Gretchen Hans Abts in Logan County, IL on 26-Oct-1879. According to information from Macon, Nebraska 125th Anniversary 1872-1997 noted by Lottie Shively Comneau, Fort Worth, Texas is the following: Among the early settler in the Macon area were Harrison Clay Shively and his wife, Gretchen (Mary) Hans Abts. They came to the area from Darke County, Ohio after the birth of their fourth child, Minnie, in 1884. They lived in a sod house not more than 2 or 3 miles southeast of Macon. In this area, 8 more children were born to Harrison and Gretchen. Of the 12 children, 9 survived to adulthood, no mean feat for those times and conditions. Harrison was born in Ohio, of Swiss descent, Shively being Anglicized from Scheuberlein. His fore bearers came to the US in the early 18th century. Gretchen Abts came to the US in about 1865 from Ellismon, Ostfriesland, Germany as a child of seven.
From the newspaper obituary published in the Sentinal, 27-March-1924: Gretchen H. Shively was born in Germany, January 11, 1858; she died at her home in Franklin, Nebraska, March 18, 1824, at the age of 66 years, 2 months, 7 days. Shortly after her birth she was brought to America with other members of her family. They family resided for a short time at Peoria, Illinois, removing in 1861 to Fairbury, Illinois. There the home remained for many years. From the home at Fairbury she went out to be united in marriage to Harrison C. Shively, the marriage occurring in Logan county, Illinois, on October 26, 1879.
Mr. and Mrs. Shively lived in Logan county, Ill., until 1882, in which year they removed to Dewitt, Ill., where they resided for about two years. In 1884 they moved west and located in the Macon neighborhood, where they lived fro twenty-one years. Then followed a residence of one year some miles west of Bloomington. At the end of the year they fixed their home on a farm at the edge of Bloomington, where they remained for about fourteen years. Leaving the farm in 1920, they lived for a few months in Bloomington, and then removed to Franklin, where the family home has since been located.
Twelve children were born to Mr. and Mrs. Shively, nine of whom survive the mother: Mrs. Mary F. Williams, of eastern Wyoming, near the city of Edgemont, South Dakota; Minnie A. Shively, of Franklin; Mrs. June A. Owen of Kansas City, Missouri; Mrs. Grace Tupper, of Edgemont, SD; Mrs. Clara Kelley of Bloomington, Neb.; Harry W. Shively of Edgemont, SD; Harvey D. Shively and Albert W. Shively of Franklin and John H. Shively, of Bloomington, Neb. Mrs. Shively is also survived by one sister and four brothers; by eleven grandchildren and numerous other relatives.
For a number of years Mrs. Shively has been the victim of a nervous disorder which made her latter life a period of suffering and distress. Added to this in more recent years came a bodily ailment which gradually weakened her resistance until the frail tenement of life could bear no more, and she passed quietly away.