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.

Friday, July 18, 2014

Henry Shively And Wife Mary Nightheart Who Lived In Mason County, Michigan



The following information was located in the 1980 Mason County Michigan History, Pages 187 - 188 regarding Henry and Jacob Shively:
Following the Civil War, military duty, and a government land grant, two Ohio brothers, Jacob and Henry Shively and their families traveled to Custer Township, thus making them among the early settlers in the area.  Jacob, the eldest, born of Swiss parentage in 1826 was a solidier with the Indiana Volunteers.  Henry, born in Fairfield County, Ohio saw service as a member of the Indiana Infantry.  Both brothers left their native state, Ohio, going to Indiana and then to Wisconsin for a short time.  Living with Henry and their seven children was Mary’s mother, Hannah Nightheart.  The children were Margaret 1855, Lanty 1856, Elizabeth 1858, and Leota 1873.
Arriving in Custer in March 1876, Henry’s homestead property of 120 acres was registered with the Reed City, Michigan land office.  This farm came to be known as the Rosenow farm.  In 1879 their eighth and last child, Charles was born.  Mary’s mother, Hannah Nightheart, at age 89 died in 1880.  Mary followed her in death in 1884.  Both are buried in the Riverside Cemetery, Custer.

Located on the 1880 Mason County, Custer, Michigan census is the household of Henry Shively age 52, Farmer, born in Ohio (states father born in Switzerland and mother born in Darmstadt), wife Mary age 43 born in HemeDarmstadt, daughter Margrett age 25 born in Indiana, son Lanty age 23 born in Wisconsin, daughter Matilda age 19 born in Indiana, son George age 17 born in Indiana, son Harvey age 7 born in Indiana, and son Charles age 5 months (born in Dec) born in Michigan.

A review of the Michigan newspapers provided additional information on the children of Henry Shively and Mary Nightheart.  Located in The Ludington Daily News, Ludington, Michigan, Wednesday, September 20, 1933, Page 4, Column 7:
L. Shively Surprised On His 77th Birthday
CUSTER, Sept. 20.--Several friends and neighbors surprised L. Shively Sunda in honor of his 77th birthday anniversary.
All met at the home of Harvey Goff at Ford lake, with whom Mr. Shively makes his home, for a chicken dinner at noon.  A decorated birthday cake made by Mrs. Newton Goff centered the table.
This attending were Mr. and Mrs. Newton Goff and sons, Robert Goff, Charles Miles, Mr. and Mrs. A. Smedke and members of the Harvey Goff family.  Mr. and Mrs. Louis Mottl of Ludington called in the afternoon.

Extracted from The Ludington Daily News, Wednesday, July 29, 1925, Page 1, Column 5:
Geo. Shively, Long Lake, Dies At Brother's Home
George Shively, 62 years of age, unmarried, died late yesterday afternoon at the home of his brother, Charles Shively, 807 east Danaher street.
George Shively, who spent his childhood in Ohio and Indiana, came to Michigan and Mason county more than 50 years ago.  He had long made his home with his brother, Harvey Shively, near Long lake, not far from Fountain.
Afflicted with heart disease, George came to Ludington to his brother's home in March and remained for several weeks, then returned home feeling better.  A week ago, however, he was so much worse that he again came to Ludington to be cared for by his brother and sister-in-law.  He immediately took to his bed and was not again able to get up.
Surviving are three brothers, Land and Harvey of Sherman township and Charles of 807 east Danaher street.
The body was taken to Scottville to remain at the Stephens chapel until Thursday when funeral services will be held from the Congregational church in Custer at 2 o'clock pm. Interment will be made in Custer cemetery.

The following newspaper obituary was located in The Daily News, Ludington, Michigan, Thursday, October 26, 1939, Page 5, Column 2:
Harvey Shively, 68, Passes Suddenly
The community was saddened to hear of the death of Harvey Shively, 68, who passed away very suddenly Wednesday afternoon at the home of Mr.and Mrs. Harve Goff in Sherman township where he had made his home for many years. Coroner Lloyd Stephens was called and pronounced death due to a cerebral hemorrhage.
Mr. Shively had lived in and around Sherman township for many years and was well-known and liked by everyone.  He had  always been very fond of hunting and outdoor sports and made many friends.
Surviving are a brother, Charles Shively of Ludington and several nieces and nephews.
Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Friday afternoon at the Stephens funeral home and burial will be made in the Custer cemetery.

Extracted from The Ludington Daily News, Tuesday, February 27, 1940, Page 3, Column 2:
Charles H. Shively Passes On Monday
Charles Henry Shively, 60, passed away on Monday afternoon at his home at 807 East Danaher street following an illness of some duration.
Mr. Shively was born on Dec. 11, 1879, in Custer township, Mason county, where he lived for a number of years.  A resident of Ludington for 35 years, he was a member of St. John's Lutheran church.  He was employed at the Star Watch Case company.
Married in April, 1900, to Ottille Tonn,who survives him, he is also survived by two daughters, Mrs. Margaret Shields of Elgin, Ill., and Mrs. Lena Richardson of Ludington; three sons, Arthur Shively of Manistee and Clayton and Robert Shively of Ludington, and nine grandchildren.
The body will rest at Dorrell chapel until Wednesday afternoon when it will be returned to the home at 807 East Danaher street.  Funeral services will be held at 1:45 p.m. Friday from the home and at 2 p.m. from St. John's Lutheran church, Rev. William Opitz officiating.
Interment will be made in Lakeview cemetery.


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