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.


Friday, July 11, 2014

Jacob Shively And Wife Johannah Menninger 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.
Jacob Shively married his German wife, Johannah Menninger, in Wisconsin in 1856.  Family tradition tells of Jacob and Hannah’s immigration to Custer in September of 1876 with their seven children; Christian born in 1857, Julie 1859, Anna 1861, Emmaline 1862, Louise 1864, Mary 1867, and William 1871.  They traveled by train from Indiana to the point nearest Custer, probable Tallman.  Johannah was eight months pregnant.  Their last child, Florence, was born two weeks later.  All their worldly goods were piled on their backs and the distance of approximately six miles was covered on foot to the Shively homestead, north of Custer Village.  A photograph of that first dwelling, a log cabin, can still be seen in family albums.  Jacob died in 1900.  His wife Johannah died in 1905.  Henry died in 1902.  All are buried in Riverside Cemetery, Custer.

Located on the 1880 Mason County, Custer, Michigan census is the household of Jacob Shively age 52, Farmer, born in Ohio (states father born in Switzerland and mother born in Switzerland), wife Hannah age 43 born in Prussia, son Christian age 23 born in Wisconsin, daughter Anna age 19 born in Wisconsin, daughter Emma age 16 born in Indiana, daughter Mary age 13 born in Indiana, son William H age 9 born in Ohio, and daughter Florence, age 4 born in Michigan.

The newspaper obituary for Emma Shively was extracted from The Ludington Daily News, Ludington, Michigan, Monday, December 2, 1929, Page 1, Column 3:
Mrs. WIllis Dies Of Heart Attack
Mrs. Emma Willis died suddenly near midnight, Saturday night, death resulting from a violent heart seizure with which she was attacked while at the home of her son, Ernest Willis, 713 east Foster street.
Though Mrs. Willis and been in failing health during the past year, this sudden attack was quite unexpected and she died in the arms of her son, Ernest, who was striving to give her relief.
Emma Augusta Shively was born in Marion, O., 1866 and was married in 1881 to William Willis, who preceded her in death but six months ago.  Since his death she had made her home among her children.
Surviving are three sons and four daughters, 20 grandchildren and four great grandchildren.
The children are :  Mrs. Cora Grove, Detroit; Ernest Willis, Ludington; Mrs. Alma Casperson, Duluth, Minn.; Floyd, Ludington; Harold, Grand Rapids; Mrs. Ceil Stadler, Hamlin; Mrs. Irene Lange, Ludington.  There are also two sisters, Mrs. Fred Smith of Custer and Mrs. Julia Cope of Akron, O., and a brother, William Shively of Custer.
Mrs. Willis had been a devoted wife and mother, centering all her interest and love in her family.  In nursing her husband through his last illness she really broke her own health and, it is believed, hastened her death.
A host of friends mourn her death and sympathize with her family.
In the years when the First Baptist church was in existence Mrs. Willis was a member, but of late, when strength permitted, had attended the First Methodist church.
Funeral services will be held at 2 o'clock Tuesday afternoon from the home and at 2:30 from the First Methodist Episcopal church.

The obituary for Mary Shively was located in The Ludington Daily News, Tuesday, June 10, 1919, Page 1, Column 3:
Cancer Causes Death Of Mrs. M. Whitaker
Resident Of Ludington Twenty Years; Suffered From Disease
Several Months
Four Children, Three Living At Home, Survive Her; Funeral 
Wednesday Morning
Mrs. Mary Whitaker, aged 52 years, passed away at 9 o'clock last evening at her home, 613 north Rowe street, following an illness from cancer extending over the past several months. She had been ailing for some time and in September, 1918, went to the hospital at Ann Arbor in hoe that an operation would alleviate her sufferings.  Doctors there, however, discovered the cause of her illness to be cancer and while all possible was done to relieve her, she suffered much pain from that time until death brought relief.
Ever a loving and devoted mother, over a week ago, realizing that the end was near, she called her family to her bedside and bid them all goodbye.  Besides Mrs. Andrew Anderson, Miss Myrtle Whitaker and Russell, who made their home with their mother, a daughter, Mrs. F. O. Redick of Charlotte, and son, Edward, of Grand Rapids, with his wife, came to see their mother at that time.  Mrs. Redick later returned to her home but arrived here this noon to attend the funeral.  Mr. and Mrs. Edward Whitaker remained in Ludington and were with the mother when the end came.
Mrs. Whitaker came to Mason county from Marion, Ohio, with her parents when but a child of six years of age.  For a number of years she lived with them on their homestead north of Custer.  For the past 20 years she resided in Ludington during which time she made many warm friends whose sympathy now goes out to the family in their bereavement.
Her husband preceded her in death elven years ago.  Besides the immediate family she is survived by three sisters, Mrs. Fred Smith of Custer, Mrs. William Willis of Ludington and Mrs. Julia Cope of Akron, Ohio, and two brothers, Chris and William Shively of Custer.
Funeral services will be held at 10 o'clock tomorrow morning from the home, Rev. Thos. Cox officiating.  Burial will be made in the city cemetery.  The services will be private.

The newspaper obituary for Florence Shively was extracted from The Ludington Daily News, Monday, January 5, 1948, Page 3, Column 3:
Mrs. Fred Smith Taken  By Death
CUSTER--Mrs. Fred L. Smith, 71, of Custer died Sunday afternoon at Paulina Stearns hospital in Ludington, where she had been a patient since New Year's day.  Mrs. Smith, who had been in ill health for several years, had been cared for by her daughter, Mrs. John Beyer of Ludington since Nov. 16.
Born Florence Shively Sept. 28, 1876, she was a lifetime resident of Mason county. Married June 11, 1895, to Fred L. Smith, the couple lived in Ludington until 1918 when they moved to Custer.  Mr. and Mrs. Smith marked their 50th wedding anniversary in 1945.
Mrs. Smith, who was affiliated with the Methodist church, was a member of Custer Ladies' aid and Myrna Rebekah lodge of Custer.  Always fond of flowers, Mrs. Smith maintained a large flower garden.
She is survived by her widower; one son, Lloyd R. Smith of Custer; two daughters, Mrs. Lawrence Lewis of Manistee and Mrs. Beyer of Ludington; 11 grandchildren, eight great grandchildren, several nieces and nephews.  One grandson, Sgt. Clinton Lewis, was killed in 1943 in England.
Funeral services will be held at 2 p.m. Wednesday from Custer Congregational church.  Burial will be in Riverside cemetery, Custer.
The body, now at Stephens funeral home in Scottville, will be taken to the Custer residence Tuesday noon.  It will remain there until 12:30 p.m. Wednesday when it will be taken to the church for services.

Thursday, July 3, 2014

William N. Alsop Who Was Assassinated And His Wife Maggie Shively Who Lived In Jefferson County, Kentucy

Wm. N. Alsop Stone - Shively Cemetery, Jefferson County, KY
Courtesy Of Walter Shively
The stone says W N Alsop MD DDS, Born Nov. 23, 1855, Assassinated, July 12, 1899.  Walter Shively, New Albany, IN told the Shively cousins of the story  of the assassination of William N. Alsop who is buried in the Shively Cemetery in Jefferson County, KY. William N. Alsop married Maggie Shively in Jefferson County, KY on 3-September-1879.  Maggie Shively was the daughter of William Henry Shively and Margaret Jones.  She was the granddaughter of Henry Shively and third wife, Maria Hambleton (Hamilton) Parker. Maggie Shively was the great-granddaughter of Christian Shively and Mary Bashore.

Located in The Courier-Journal, Louisville, KY, Thursday Morning, July 13, 1899, Page 5, Column 6:                                         DEATHS
ALSOP -- July 12, at Shaw, Miss., Dr. W. N. Alsop
Due notice of funeral in Louisville will be given.

Located in The Courier-Journal, Friday Morning, July 14, 1899, Page 5, Column 6:
Shot Down
Dr. W. N. Alsop Victim Of Three Assasins
Enticed From His Home
Filled Full Of Bullets And Buckshot In A Woods
Sequel To An Old Quarrel
Body Brought To Louisville From Cleveland, Miss., Where The Tragedy Happened
Formerly Practiced Here
Dr. W. N. Alsop, who for many years practiced medicine in Louisville, was most foully murdered at Cleveland, Miss., Wednesday morning about 11 o'clock.  The circumstances surrounding the killing are remarkable for the cold-blooded way in which the victim was shot down.
The body of Dr. Alsop was brought to Louisville last night, arriving here at 10:25 over the Illinois Central.  The widow and a son accompanied the body.
Dr. Alsop had for the past ten years been practicing his profession at Shaws, a small Mississippi town. Wednesday morning he received a telegram from Cleveland, a small town fifteen miles distant from Shaws, summoning him to that town.  The telegram said that the case was an urgent one, and requested him to come as quickly as possible.  When he arrived at Cleveland he was met by an unknown man, who drove him to the outskirts of the town.  There they were joined by two other men, who drew their revolvers and calmly told the doctor that they intended to kill him.  Dr. Alsop pleaded with them and tried in every way possible to pacify them.
They were determined, however, that he should die and would not listen to his entreaties. Dr. Alsop told them that he was unarmed and could not fight them and that it would be a plain case of murder if they killed him.  They then told him that he would be given an opportunity to fight for this life.  They gave him permission to go and arm himself upon his solemn promise to return.  When he returned, all three opened fire upon him.  One of them was armed with a shot gun and their victim fell at the first volley.  The men escaped and the body of the dead man was found a few minutes later by a passer-by, who was attracted by the shooting.  Life was already extinct and an examination showed that twenty-two buckshot had entered the dead man's right side.  Three pistol balls also struck him, two in the right side and one in the neck.
One of the men named Williams was afterwards captured and after a cross-examination confessed.  He refused, however, to tell who the other two men were. The body of Dr. Alsop was removed to Shaw's and when his former fellow-townsmen heard of the cowardly assassination public opinion ran high, and it was plain that the indignant citizens would organize a posse and lynch the guilty parties if caught.
The cause of the shooting is said to date back several years.  Some years ago, Dr. Alsop was conversing with an old man who conducted a grocery store near Shaws. The son of a rich old planter with two companions came to the store, and after a quarrel with the old man assaulted him.  Dr. Alsop interfered and administered a severe chastising to the rich young planter.  The latter left the store swearing vengeance.  Early next morning, he called on the doctor and informed him that one of the two "would eat breakfast in he_ _".
At this, both drew their revolvers and opened fire.  The shot fired by the doctor struck his antagonist and killed him instantly.  At the trial which followed, Dr. Alsop was dismissed.  The young man's father said that he would yet be avenged.
The deceased formerly practiced medicine in Louisville and had ann office at Fifth and Walnut streets.  About ten years ago he left Louisville, going to Shaws, Miss., where he purchased a plantation.  He developed into quite a hunter, and many of his Louisville friends visited him yearly to enjoy the hunting about Shaws.  He was a son-in-law of W. H. Shively, who formerly had a position in the County Sheriff's office.
The body was brought to Louisville last night and the funeral will take place this morning from Cralle's undertaking establishment.  The burial will be in Shively's private burying ground at Mill Creek.

Further information regarding the assassination of W. N. Alsop was extracted from The Courier-Journal, Saturday Morning, July 22, 1899, Page 12, Column 5:
In A Duel
Dr. Alsop Was Killed After A Quarrel
Slain By Harry Williams
Latter Used Shotgun While Alsop Had A Pistol
The Story In Detail
Harry Williams, the slayer of Dr. W. N. Alsop, was given a preliminary hearing at Cleveland, Miss., the scene of the killing, last week.  The story which was brought out at the trial differed in several ways from that heretofore published.
The testimony showed that Dr. Alsop was killed by Harry Williams, and not by three or four unknown men, who decoyed their victim to Cleveland.
The following account of the murder is taken from the Cleveland, Miss., Enterprise:
"A preliminary hearing is in progress here for the killing last Wednesday afternoon of Dr. W. N. Alsop, a prominent citizen of Shaw, by Harry Williams, of this place.
"The details leading up to the tragedy, insofar as we have been able to discover them, place the origin of the trouble some months back, and constitute certain criticisms and reflections upon Harry Williams, of this place, made by Dr. Alsop, together with the threat to kill him.  These remarks were made in the presence of a friend of Mr. Williams, who repeated them to  him.  Later, however, they were denied by Dr. Alsop, and the three men met in the City Drug Store here last Wednesday, when an understanding was sought.
"Failing to satisfactory adjust the trouble, Mr. Williams demanded of him to draw his gun, and they would settle it then and there.  Dr. Alsop stated that he was unarmed; whereupon he was told to go and get a weapon.  He went away, saying that he would do so and return.
"About an hour later he came down Main street with Hon. Oscar McGuire, of Rosedale.  At the corner of McCorkle street, they turned off to the railroad track and walked toward the station.  As they came from behind a flat car, which was standing in the yards, Dr. Alsop was seen to have a pistol in his hand.
"Mr. Williams, who was standing in the door of his butcher shop, stepped out upon the sidewalk and called to Mr. McGuire to get away, as he did not wish him to be harmed.  Mr. McGuire immediately ran on down the track, and the two shots rang out at about the same time.  There is no doubt but that Dr. Alsop was fatally wounded by the first shot, as he was seen to stagger forward a few steps and sink to a stooping position, with his pistol laid across one arm, in the attitude of taking deliberate aim.  It is the opinion of those who saw him, however, that he did not discharge his weapon.  He raised to his feet, reeled around, and fell.  Williams used a shotgun loaded with buckshot, and Alsop had a 45-caliber Colt's pistol.
"At some time during the fray Hon. Oscar McGuire was struck twice, once in the left elbow and a glancing shot on the forehead.  Just when and how he received them is not known to anyone save him.  Neither is supposed to e of a dangerous character.
"Mr. Alsop was picked up in an unconscious condition and carried into the station. Dr. L. B. Sparkman made an examination of him, but before he had completed same he died."

Extracted from The Courier-Journal, Wednesday Morning, July 26, 1899, Page 4, Column 6:
Still Another Account
Eye Witness Tells Of The Killing Of Dr. Alsop -- No Chance
To Defend Himself
There are so many conflicting stories concerning the murder of Dr. Alsop that it is almost impossible to distinguish between the true and false.  The last and one which is believed to be the true account of the murder was published last week in the Bolivar County (Arkansas) Democrat.  The article is headed "A Foul Assassination," and was written by O. G. McGuire, who was with Dr. Alsop when he was killed.
The article says that Dr. Alsop, who lived at Shaw, went to Cleveland to assist McGuire in obtaining the candidacy for State Senator.  He and Harry Williams had a quarrel shortly after the arrival of the doctor, and the latter had fears for his life.  A short time after this Dr. Alsop and McGuire passed a grocery in which Williams and several of his friends were sitting.  They and proceeded only a short distance when several shots were fired, and Dr. Alsop fell, mortally wounded.  He lived only a short time.  His assassins kept on firing after he had fallen, and McGuire was struck by several shots.  There were several in the party who fired on Dr. Alsop, and McGuire says they were armed with revolvers, shotguns and rifles.