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, October 31, 2015

Christian Shively And 1st Wife Emma Louise Downs And 2nd Wife Ada Downs Who Lived In Allegheny County, PA

Christian Shively was born Oct-1842 and died Dec-1909 in Carnegie, Allegheny County, PA. He was married first to Emma Louise Downs, daughter of George W Downs and Rebecca Hutchison.  Christian and Emma Louise were the parents of a daughter, Estella Shively who was born 13-July-1870.  Christian is listed as widowed on the 1880 census.  Christian Shively married second, Ada Downs who was a sister to his first wife.  Christian and Ada were married in Allegheny County, PA on 6-Nov-1893.  They were the parents of a son, Paul Stanford Shively, who was born 16-Jul-1894 and died 2-May-1982 in Florida.  

The following newspaper obituary was extracted from the Pittsburgh Daily Post, Pittsburgh, PA, Tuesday, December 28, 1909, Page 3, Column 1:
Christian Shively Dead
Christian Shively, 64 years old, is dead at his home in Washington avenue, Carnegie.  Mr. Shively was born in Philadelphia, but when young removed with his parents to the Southside, this city, where he entered the employ of the Jones and Laughlin company as a roll turner.  He advanced to the position of general superintendent.  He resigned to become general superintendent for the Dilworth & Porter Steel Manufacturing Company, which position he held at the time of his death.
Mr. Shively moved from Pittsburgh to Carnegie 17 years ago.  He was an Odd Fellow.  Surviving, besides,  his widow, are two children, Paul Shively, at home, and Mrs. Stella McGeary, of Edgewood.

The newspaper obituary for the father-in-law of Christian Shively was located in the Pittsburgh Daily Post, Pittsburgh, PA, Monday, August 7, 1905, Page 2, Column 3:
George W. Downs
George W. Downs, a veteran of the Civil war and a pioneer river man, died yesterday morning at 7 o'clock at the home of his son-in-law, Christopher Shively, in Carnegie.  He was 84 years old.  Mr. Downs was born in Brownsville, Fayette county and learned the trade of blacksmithing.  Later he became a river man and was among the early pioneers of the coal transportation business on the Ohio and Mississippi rivers, floating coal barges from Pittsburgh to New Orleans in days when there were few steamboats.  Next he became a glassblower, and was employed in the iron mills of Jones & Lauth, of Brownsville, and helped the firm to establish its plant on the Southside, and which finally became the firm of Jones & Laughlin.
In September 1864, Mr. Downs left the Southside mills and enlisted in the One Hundred and Second Pennsylvania volunteers and served through the remained of the Civil war.  In an engagement with Colonel Mosby, the Confederate guerrilla leader, his left leg was lacerated by a rebel shell.  At the close of the war he returned to the mills, where he worked until 1892, when he retired from active work and removed to Carnegie.  Mr. Downs was married to Miss Rebecca Hutchison, who survives him, with the following children:  Mrs. Benjamin Stanford, of Knoxville; Mrs. John Ritter, of Braddock; Mrs. Christopher Shively of Carnegie; John T. and George W. Downs, Jr, of Carnegie.  Six grandchildren and two great-grandchildren also survive.  Mr. Downs was a member of the J. W. Patterson post, G.A.R., of the Southside, and of the Carnegie Methodist Episcopal Church.

The following was found in the Pittsburgh Daily Post, Pittsburgh, PA, Wednesday, February 7, 1906,, Page 4, Column 5:
Mrs. Rebecca Downs
Mrs. Rebecca Downs, 71 years old, widow of George W. Downs, who died six months ago, is dead at her home in Washington avenue, Carnegie.  She was born in Fayette county. Mrs. Downs was a member of the Methodist Episcopal church. The following children survive her:  Mrs. Benjamin Stanford, Knoxville; Mrs. John Kellar, Braddock; Mrs. C. Shively, Carnegie; John Downs, Duquesne and George W. Downs, of New York.

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