Jacob Lowe Shively was born on 14-Sep-1855 in Pennsylvania and died 11-Aug-1933 in Knoxville, Knox County, Illinois. He was the son of Jacob Shively and Harriet Lowe. Jacob Lowe Shively was married to Clara Edith Morris daughter of Isaac Morris and Mary Thomas on 21-Nov-1890. Clara Morris was born ca 1865 and died 29-Nov-1942 in Knoxville, Knox County, Illinois. Jacob and Clara are listed on the 1930 and 1920 Knox County, Illinois census records. They are listed on the 1910 Henry County, Illinois census records.
Extracted from the Hamilton Journal - The Daily News, Hamilton, Ohio, Monday, August 14, 1933, Page 5, Column 4:
Rev. Shively Rites Held At Knoxville
The funeral of the late Rev. J. L. Shively, former Butler county resident, was held from the Methodist church of Knoxville, Ill., Friday afternoon in charge of Rev. W. F. Day, pastor of the church, who paid a fine tribute to deceased with whom he had been associated for the past three years.
Dr. T. E. Newland, former district superintendent and now pastor of the First Methodist church of Galesburg, Ill., gave the sermon, and in his remarks referred to Rev. Shively, as a man who had lived the life of a cultured Christian gentleman.
Twenty-seven ministers of the Galesburg district occupied the choir loft, Rev. C. L. W. Smith giving the prayer and Rev. Blue and Rev. Boswell reading the Scripture. A male quartet rendered favorite selections of the deceased "Some Day the Silver Cord Will Break" and "In The Sweet Bye and Bye". The pall bearers were officials of the Knoxville church. The floral tributes were numerous and beautiful.
Pastor In Butler County
Rev. Shively was born in Westmoreland Co., Pennsylvania, September 14, 1855. His father died when he was six months old, when he and his mother went to make their home with his grandparents. He attended Mt. Pleasant Academy and taught four years in the Huntington township schools. In 1875 he entered Mt. Union College and in 1876 he became a freshman in Ohio Wesleyan University where he graduated. In 1882 he entered Boston University School of Theology and in 1881 joined the Cincinnati conference of the Methodist Episcopal church serving the following charges: Walker-Union, Carthage, Middletown, Easton, Madisonville and Lebanon.
He was married in 1888 to Clara E. Morris, daughter of the late Isaac K. Morris, and of this union four children survive as follows: Miss Harriet Shively, of Knoxville, Ill.; Mrs. Mary Lou Knight, and Mrs. Margaret Legette, both of Detroit, Mich., and Morris Lowe Shively, an officer of the U. S. Marine corps, stationed at Quantico, Va.
Returned To Illinois
In 1904 he moved with his family to Santa Fe, N.M., going there for the health of the eldest daughter, Myra, who died after a stay of a year and one-half. During his two-year stay as pastor of St. John's Methodist church of Santa Fe he was chaplain of the house of representatives.
In 1906 he was transferred to the central Illinois conference and served the following charges: Genesen, Bushnell, Knoxville, Odell, Viola, Vermont and Prairie City. In September, 1928, upon completion of 44 years of active service he retired in Knoxville, Ill., where resided at the time of his death August 8, 1933.
The interment was made in Knoxville cemetery, the short service being a most impressive one.
The newspaper obituary for Clara Morris Shively was found in The Hamilton Journal - The Daily News, Monday, November 30, 1942, Page 13, Column 8:
Mrs. Clara Shively Dies In Illinois
Mrs. Clara Edith Shively, widow of Rev. J. L. Shively, died Sunday morning in Knoxville, Ill. She was a former resident of Butler county, having been born east of Hamilton in the district then known as Pleasant View and was the oldest daughter of Isaac and Mary Thomas Morris, a widely-known pioneer family.
Mrs. Shively was married to Rev. Shively November 21, 1890, and they lived in Middletown, Eaton, and Lebanon, until Reverand Shively accepted a pastorate in the Methodist church in Las Vegas, N.M., where they remained for a short time because of the health of their oldest daughter, Myra. For 30 years they had resided in Illinois.
Reverend Shively died August 8, 1933, and a daughter and son also preceded Mrs. Shively in death. Mrs. Shively leaves three daughters, Mrs. Hale Knight, Chevy Chase, Md., Mrs. Reginald Leggette, Detroit, Mich., and Miss Harriet Shively, Knoxville, Ill.; a son, Lieut. Col. Morris L. Shively, United States marines, stationed in California; one brother, L. B. Morris, La Fontaine, Ind., and a sister, Mrs. H. H. Marsh, Seven Mile. Burial will be in Knoxville.