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 24, 2015

Calvin Fillmore Shively And Wife Malinda Weand Who Lived In Montgomery County, Pennsylvania

Calvin Fillmore Shively was born 25-Oct-1849 in PA and died 3-Mar-1929 in Harrisburg, Dauphin County, PA.  He was a cigar maker.  Calvin F Shively was the son of Reuben Shively (born ca 1813) and Esther Fillmore (born ca  1815).   Calvin Shively was married to Malinda Weand, daughter of William Weand.  Malinda was born 10-Aug-1848 and died 18-Apr-1921.   

Calvin Fillmore (C. F.) Shively was in the business of making cigars.  His father, Reuben Shively, was listed on the 1850 Marlborough Township, Montgomery County, PA census record with the occupation of tobacconist. Calvin's brother, John Shively (born ca. 1843) was listed on the 1880 Grundy County, IL census with the occupation of cigar maker.  

The following article was extracted from The Allentown Leader, Allentown, Pennsylvania, Friday, November 15, 1895, Page 1, Column 2:
Sumneytown Takes A Brace
It Has A New Cigar Factory That May Turn The Town 
Into A Metropolis
Sumneytown, one of the oldest towns in the northern portion of Montgomery County, which was a famous stopping place for the teamsters before the construction of railroads, when all the grain was hauled to Philadelphia by team and the store good brought back in the same manner, became sidetracked when the railroads took the place of horses and wagons.  Latterly it has become again famous as a rival to volcanic regions on account of its powder and dynamite factories, which by persistent explosions compelled the world to take note of its existence.  Like many other towns in the region it desired to become the seat of some factory to give employment to its people, attract others and imbue life into everything. Messrs. Shively, Miller & Co. have just succeed in doing this by erecting a large cigar factory where nearly 100 people are employed at good wages in turning out all sorts and conditions of the weed from the twofers to the clear havanas.
The building is three stories high, of blue stone and is a very ornamental structure, 40 by 95 feet.  The firm sells most of its product through the western states, where they have established a good trade.  Green Lane is the nearest railroad station, but it is only about two miles away over a good road and they do not fine the inconvenience from this source very annoying.

Located in the Harrisburg Daily Independent, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Wednesday, December 20, 1899, Page 5, Column 1:
Shively, Miller & Co., who recently established a branch of their Sumneytown cigar factory at Pottstown, will combine their plants in one large establishment at Pottstown and give employment to 300 people.

The following article was located in The Allentown Democrat, Allentown, Pennsylvania, Wednesday, February 7, 1906, Page 3, Column 5:
Big Prices For Cigar Brands
At the dissolution sale of the stock of the Shively, Miller & Co. cigar factory, at Pottstown, last week, Irwin Jacobs, of the same place, paid $4000 for the privilege of using the brand "Ambrosia" upon a make of cigars.  Jacobs was a bookkeeper in the employ of the old concern and the brand was purchased by him for one of the members of the firm.  The "Happy Bill" label was sold to William Sassaman for $700 and the "James K. Hackett" brand also bought a high price.  Cigars and tobacco men from all sections of the country, including dealers from New York and Lancaster, were in attendance at the sale.  The bidding on some of the goods offered was spirited, while others went for low prices.
About 435 bales of different grades of tobacco were up, but much of this was withdrawn. 25,000 five and ten-cent cigars were also sold.  About 1000 pounds of fine Sumatra was put up for sale.  This grade of tobacco is worth about $1.60 a pound wholesale.  By a mistake it was let go for 70 cents a pound, which is more than $900 below what it cost.  The sale was afterwards cancelled upon the advice of William P. Young, Esq., attorney for the firm.  The bidder was James Dottenhoffer, a Lancaster leaf dealer, and he will probably carry the matter into the courts.  The auctioneer had been instructed to withdraw the lot of tobacco unless it brought $1.60 per pound.  Instead he thought it was 60 cents per pound and left it go on the 70 cent bid.  Mr. Young when consulted advised that the sale be cancelled on the grounds that an error had been made.

The following was located in the Philadelphia Inquirer, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania, Monday, January 24, 1910, Volume 162, Issue 24, Page 15:
Calvin F. Shively and William H. Sassaman, individually & Co., of Sumneytown, Montgomery county, were adjudged voluntary bankrupts in the United States District Court yesterday.  Firm liabilities $19,664.92; firm assets, $15,667.41; Shively's liabilities, $22,227.18; assets, 9934.80, Sassaman's liabilities, $4000; assets, $135.75.  Referee, C. Henry Stinson.

The newspaper obituary was found in The Evening News, Harrisburg, Pennsylvania, Monday, March 4, 1929, Page 2, Column 3:
Calvin F. Shively
Calvin F. Shively died yesterday at the home of his daughter, Mrs. G. A. Dapp, of 1827 North Third street, at the age of 79 years.
Funeral services will be held at Friedens Union Church, Sumneytown, at 1 o'clock Wednesday afternoon.  Burial will be in the cemetery adjoining the church.

Saturday, July 18, 2015

George Shively And Wife, Sarah Abel, Who Lived in Bucks County, PA

The subject of the Shively blog on 3-July-2015 was James W. Shively.  James W. Shively (1866-1953) was the son of John Shively and Sarah Elizabeth Bickert. John Shively was the son of George Shively born 17-Aug-1807 and died 19-February-1863 in Bucks County, PA and Sarah Abel.  Additional information was found on the children on George Shively.

On the 1850 Saucon Township, Northampton County, PA census is the household of George Shively, wife Sarah, daughter Maria, daughter Mary Ann, daughter Margaret, son Peter, daughter Cecilia, son William, daughter Sarah, son John, daughter Susanna and daughter Hannah.  On the 1870 Lower Saucon, Northampton County, PA census Sarah Abel Shively is listed in the household of son Peter Shively, wife Eva and mother Sarah age 65.

The following newspaper obituary was extracted from The Allentown Leader, Allentown, PA, Thursday, January 1, 1903, Page 1, Column 3:
Death Of Mrs. Sloyer
Mrs. Maria Sloyer, widow of Abram Sloyer, died at her home near Springtown, aged 72 years and 14 days.  She was a daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Geo. Shively.  She was the mother of 15 children.  The following survive:  William H. and Preston, Springtown; David, Williams Township; Abraham, Finesville, N.J.; Aaron, Bingen; Auguste, Durham; Daniel, Alliance; Goerge, Hellertown; Mrs. John Bigg, Springtown and Mrs. Milton Youngken, Quakerstown.  She is also survived by three brothers and two sisters, Mrs. Margaret Fisher, Wooster, O.; Mrs. Mary Ann Fisher, Spring Valley; Peter Shively, Catasauqua; William Shively, Hellertown; and John Shively, Maryland.

The PA death certificate for Mary Ann Shively Reiss records born 22-Jul-1830 and died 31-Aug-1923.  The cause of death is listed as accidental burns of entire body caused by smoking her pipe and clothing caught fire. Located in the Harrisburg Telegraph, Harrisburg, PA, Saturday, September 1, 1923, Page 16, Column 6:
Woman, 93, Dies Of Shock When Her Pipe Starts Fire
Bethlehem, Sept. 1. --  Mrs. Mary Reiss, 93, living with her daughter, Mrs. Nathaniel Stahler, on the Friedensville-Center Valley road, was killed in her bedroom there about 9 o'clock yesterday morning, when her clothing caught fire from a pipe she was smoking.  The shock and burns caused her almost instant death.  She had been unable to leave her room the last six years, being feeble.

Margaret Shively was born ca 1833.  She was married to John Kroft Fisher.  They lived in Wooster, Wayne County, OH.

The PA death certificate for Peter Shively records born 28-Jan-1836 and died 5-Mar-1926 in Lehigh County, PA.  The newspaper obituary is found in the Easton Express, Easton, PA, March 6, 1926:
Peter Shively
Peter Shively, probably the oldest resident in point of years in Catasauqua, died in the home of his son-in-law and daughter, Mr. and Mrs. Elmer Trine, that place, yesterday.  Mr. Shively had attained the age of 90 years and 1 month, and his demise is attributed to ills incidental to advanced age.
He was born in Bucks county and for years was employed as a blacksmith, later owning his own establishment.  Fifteen years ago he retired and made his home in West Catasauqua, seven years later taking up his residence in the Trine residence.
These children survive:  Mrs. Emma Frey and William Shively, Fullerton; Edward Shively, Detroit, Mich.; Mrs. Elmer Trine, Catasauqua and Mrs. Amanda Serfass, Hellertown.

Drucilla "Cecelia" Shively Snyder was born ca 1837 and died 1900.  Extracted from The Allentown Leader, Allentown, PA., Wednesday, March 14, 1900, Page 2, Column 5:
Dead On The Bushkill
Mrs. Drucilla Snyder, wife of William Snyder, residing along the Bushkill Creek, near Rock Mill, died of dropsy, aged 63.  Besides her husband she leaves four son, Charles W. and Elmer E. Snyder, Easton; Oscar W. and Allen Snyder, Forks Township; one daughter, Mrs. Albert Caskey, Palmer Township.  Three brothers, P. Shively of Lehigh County, William Shively of New Jersey, and John Shively of Maryland and two sisters, Mrs. Abraham Slover of Lower Saucon and Mrs. John Rice of Lehigh County, also survive.

The PA death certificate for William H. Shively records born 2-Sep-1839 and died 15-Mar-1925 in Hellertown, Northampton County.  Cause of death was cancer of the face. 

John Shively was born 1843 and died 1928.  He is buried in Greensboro Cemetery, Greensboro, Caroline County, MD.  He was married to Sarah Elizabeth Bickert who was born 6-Sep-1848 and died Feb-1917.  

Sunday, July 12, 2015

Eva Florence Shively Collins, Who Lived In Harvey County, Kansas And Marion County, Indiana

Eva Florence Shively was born ca 1884 and died ca 1970.  She married William H. Collins in Allen County, Kansas in June 1909.  Eva Florence Shively was the daughter of John W. Shively born 28-June-1839 and died 27-February-1915 and Malissa.  John W. Shively served in the Civil War and enlisted as a Private on 15-March-1865 in Company E, 155th Infantry Regiment (Indiana).  

The following article was extracted from The Iola Register, Iola, Kansas, Saturday, June 26, 1909, Page 3, Column 1-2:
News Of Gas City
Mr. and Mrs. W. H. Collins, Bridal Couple, Left Today
Had Unique Courtship
A Note In A Lamp Chimney Beginning Of Romance
Bridal Couple to Newton
Mr. and Mrs. William H. Collins left yesterday for Newton, Kas., where they will reside in the future.  Mr. Collins in a fireman on the Santa Fe railway, running out of Newton.  Mr. Collins and Miss Eva Florence Shively were married Thursday evening at the home of the uncle of the bride, F. M. Shively.  Rev. D. M. Campbell, formerly pastor of the Methodist church in this city, performed the ceremony.  The courtship of the couple was brought about in a unique manner.  Miss Shively, the bride, was employed in a lamp chimney factory in Alexandria, Ind. In packing a case of chimneys one day, Miss Shively wrote her name and address on a slip of paper and placed it in a chimney.  The chimneys were shipped to Newton, Kas., and the chimney with the girl's name and address in it finally came into the possession of William H. Collins, a Santa Fe fireman.  He wrote to Miss Shively and this began a correspondence which finally became a courtship and this culminated in the happy marriage of the young people.

Another account of the story was extracted from The Evening Star, Independence, Kansas, Thursday, July 1, 1909, Page 1, Column 4:
After Romantic Correspondence
Bride's Name Placed On Lamp Chimney
After Many Months of Correspondence and Love Making By Mail
Couple Met --Married-- Fireman At Newton Bought Chimney With Name On It
(Iola Record.)    The wedding of Miss Eva Florence Shively and William H. Collins, was the culmination of a very romantic courtship.  Indeed the contracting parties had seen each other only three days before the ceremony was pronounced which made them husband and wife, although a correspondence has been carried on for some years.
The wedding occurred at Gas City last evening, at the home of the bride's uncle, F. M. Shively.  Rev. D. M. Campbell, formerly pastor of the Methodist church performing the ceremony.
Miss Shively, the bride, lived at Alexandria, Ind., the home of the great lamp chimney works.  She was employed in the factory.  One day in a spirit of fun she wrote her name on a slip of paper and wrapped it up in a lamp chimney.
In due course of time this lamp chimney with others was shipped to Newton, Kansas, and fate or good fortune caused William H. Collins, fireman to buy the identical chimney in which Miss Shively had placed her name.  He wrote to her and she answered.  This was many months ago.  Regular correspondence followed.
The friendship ripened into love and the proposal to marry was accepted.
Some time ago Miss Shively came to visit her uncle's family at Gas City.  Mr. Collins came over from Newton four days ago and the wedding occurred last evening.
The happy couple left for a trip to Indiana but will make their home in Newton where the husband is still a fireman.

Florence Eva Shively Collins and William H. Collins are listed on the 1900 Harvey County, Kansas census in the household of Dave Croker (first marriage) age 36, wife Ella age 46 (second marriage), stepson William Collins age 28 fireman, and step daughter in law Florence age 26.  By 1920 William and Florence are living in Indianapolis, Marion County, Indiana.

Friday, July 3, 2015

James W. Shively And 1st Wife Lida Dennison, 2nd Wife Laura Gottwals Who Lived In Caroline County, MD

Denton Journal
James W. Shively was born 28-May-1866 and died 16-Jan-1953 in Caroline County, MD.  He was married first to Lida Dennison in 1891 and married second to Laura Gottwals in 1933.  Lida Dennison Shively was born 8-Aug-1862 and died 25-Aug-1930.  She is buried in Greensboro Cemetery, Greensboro, Caroline County, MD.  James W. Shively was the son of John Shively (1843-1928) and Sarah Elizabeth Bickert (6-Sep-1848 to Feb-1917).

James W. Shively is listed with his parents on the 1880 Northampton County, PA census.  Listed in the household are John Shively age 38, wife Sarah E age 32, son James W. age 14, daughter Laura M. age 9, son George W. age 7, and daughter Ella C. age 4.  James is married and listed with his wife on the 1900 Caroline County, MD census.  In the household are James born May 1866, wife Lidy born Aug 1862 (married 9 years with 6 children born to her and 6 children living), son Noble born July 1892, son John born May 1894, son Horace born May 1895, daughter Blanche born Aug 1896, daughter Alice born Aug 1898 and daughter Lolo born Apr 1900 (2 months).  The family is located on the 1910 Caroline County, MD census and daughter Lolo is listed as Agnes age 10 and one additional son Omer age 6.  James Shively is listed on the 1920 and 1930 Caroline County, MD census records also.

The first marriage for James Shively is located in the Denton Journal, Denton, MD, Saturday, April 25, 1981, Page 3, Column 4:
Mr. James W. Shively and Miss Lida Dennison were married at the M. E. Church South, Goldsborough, Wednesday evening last, Rev. J. C. Thrasher performing the ceremony beneath the emblematic horseshoe, which was suspended from a floral arch.  The bride, who is a daughter of William Dennison, Esq, a prominent First district farmer, was becomingly attired in a cream cashmere dress, with lace and ribbon.  The couple was attended by Miss Alice Dennison and Mr. Elbert Saunders, bridesmaid and groomsman; Messrs. W. T. and C. B. Jarman, Alda Jackson and Alfred Dennison, ushers.  Misses Mary Jarrell and Florence Wilson were little flower girls who opened the floral gates through which the party passed.  Mendelssohn's wedding march was played by Miss Georgia Tan. A reception was held at the home of the bride's parents.

The newspaper obituary for Lida Dennison Shively was extracted from the Denton Journal, Saturday, August 30, 1930, Page 5, Column 5:
Mrs. Lida Shively, wife of Mr. J. W. Shively of this town, passed away Monday evening at 8 o'clock. Mrs. Shively had been an invalid for several years, but had borne her affliction with great patience.  The deceased was a faithful member of the M. E. South Church and always took an active part in anything that was of interest to it.  She leaves to mourn her loss her husband and seven children:  John and Mrs. Ed Krissel, of Wilmington; Mrs. Arthur Cahall, of Royal Oak, and Noble, Horace, Omar, and Mrs. John Sylvester, of Goldsboro; also two sisters and two brothers, Mrs. Fannie Craig and Wm. Dennison, of Wyoming, and Mrs. Elbert Saunders and Horace Dennison, of this town, beside a host of friends.  The funeral services were conducted by Rev. W. H. Ballengee at her late home on Thursday afternoon at 1:30.  Interment was made in Greensboro cemetery.

The second marriage for James Shively was recorded in the Denton Journal, Saturday, July 15, 1933, Page 5, Column 7:
A quiet wedding was solemnized at the home of Mrs. Laura Meredith, near Goldsboro, on Thursday evening, July 6th, when she was united in marriage to Mr. James W. Shively, of Goldsboro.  The ceremony was performed by Rev. H. M. Waters, of Goldsboro M. E. Church.  The only persons present were Francis and Annie Laurie Meredith, son and daughter of the bride, and Mr. and Mrs. Paul Meredith, near town.  Mr. and Mrs. Shively will make their home in Goldsboro, where the groom conducts the Shively Hatchery and also a feed store.

The newspaper obituary for James W. Shively was found in the Denton Journal, Friday, January 23, 1953, page 6, Column 1: (note there seems to be an error in listing his parents as Mr. and Mrs. John Sylvester.  They were his son-in-law and daughter).
James W. Shively
Mr. James W. Shively, age 86, a retired farmer and business man, of Ridgely, formerly of Goldsboro, passed away at his home about 7 o'clock last Friday morning, after a long illness.
Mr. Shively had been a resident of Caroline County for over 65 years and resided at Goldsboro most of that time, where he conducted a farm, was also in the feed and hatchery business.  For the past nine years he resided in Ridgely.
He was the son of the late Mr. and Mrs. John Sylvester, of Goldsboro, was born at Allentown, Pa., May 28, 1866.
He was twice married, his first wife was the late Miss Lida Dennison, of Goldsboro. His second wife, who survives, is the former Miss Laura Gottwals, formerly of Goldsboro.  
Besides his widow, he is survived by children of his first wife: Noble J., Horace D., of Goldsboro; John H., Wilmington; Omar J., Georgetown, Del.; Mrs. Blanche Cahall, Dover; Mrs. Agnes Kreisel, Rehoboth Beach, Del.; 12 grandchildren and 9 great-grandchildren; one sister, Mrs. Allen Smith, Allentown, Pa.
Funeral services were held at Rawlings Funeral Home in Greensboro, Monday at 2 p.m. the Rev. Wilson Davis, pastor of Ridgely Methodist Church, and the Rev. T. E. Fischer of the Church of the Brethren officiated. Interment was in Greensboro Cemetery.