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.

Saturday, September 12, 2015

Isaac Shively And Wife, Elmira A. Fitzwater, Who Lived In Mercer County, Ohio And Wexford County, Michigan

Mercer County, Ohio Marriage Certificate
Isaac Shively was born on 22-August-1847  in Darke County, OH and died 12-May-1920 in Wexford County, MI.  He was the son of David Miller Shively (1803-1883) and Esther Angle (1814-1888).  Isaac was married in Mercer County, OH to Elmira A. Fitzwater on 22-March-1874. Elmira A. Fitzwater was born 20-November-1850 and died 3-December-1913 in Wexford County, MI.  She was the daughter of Phillip Fitzwater and Adeline Hanley.  

Michigan Death Certificate
The family of Isaac Shively and Elmira Fitzwater are found on the 1900 Butler Township, Mercer County, OH census.  Listed in the household are Isaac Shively age 52 born August 1847, wife Almira age 47 born November 1850, daughter Nellie age 20 born December 1879, son William age 18 born December 1881, son Amer age 16 born August 1883, son Joseph age 15 born March 1885, son Walter age 12 born July 1887, son Daniel age 8 born October 1891, and son Royl age 7 born April 1893.  The family is found on the 1910 Butler Township, Mercer County, OH census.  In the household are Isaac Shively age 63, wife Elmira A age 59, daughter Nellie age 30, son William H age 28, son David C age 18, son Royal C age 17, son Joseph E age 24, mother in law Adeline Fitzwater age 86.  

The newspaper obituary for Joseph E. Shively was located in The Piqua Daily, Piqua, OH, Monday, August 10, 1970, Page 10, Columns 1-2:
Joseph E. Shively, Retired Hobart Mfg. Foreman, Dies
Joseph Earl Shively, 85, of 418 S. Wayne, died at 4:15 a.m. in Piqua Memorial Hospital where he had been a patient two days after having been in failing health several years.
Born in Mercer County, March 13, 1885, he was a son of Isaac and Elmira Fitzwater Shively.  He was married to the former Maude Baker on June 5, 1907 in Spencerville.  They moved from Spencerville to Piqua in 1924.
Mr. Shively was a retired foreman at Hobart Manufacturing Co. and a member of the Evangelical United Methodist Church.
Surviving are his wife, Maude, a daughter, Mrs. Arthur Grunert (Vonda) of Piqua; two sons, Ashley B. Shively and Paul L. both of Piqua; six grandchildren; 12 great-grandchildren and five brothers, Roy Shively of Manton, Mich., George of Fife Lake, Mich., Ray of Modesto, Calif., Carl of Bakersfield, Calif., and Hamer of Eugene, Oregon.
He was preceeded in death by three brothers and a sister.
Services will be conducted by the Rev. Carl Hahn at 2 p.m. Wednesday in the Cron Funeral Home with burial in Miami Memorial Park.
Friends my call Tuesday at the funeral home between 3 and 5 p.m. and 7 and 9 p.m.


  1. Do you know which Shively Isaac's grandfather was? I have a few David Shivelys in my data base with no details on.

  2. From other Shively researchers I believe that the parents of David Miller Shively (1803-1888) were Isaac David Shively (1759-1823) and 2nd wife, Lydia Miller (1785-1805). The parents of Isaac David Shively were Ulrich Shively (1722-1776) and Elizabeth Thommen.

  3. My grandfather is Ron Shively, Paul L. Son and Josephs grandson. I have Josephs rocking chair in my house. :)