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 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.

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