Solomon Shively was the son of Stephen Shively (1828-1912) who married in Clinton County, Indiana ca. 1850 to Catharine Metzger (1831-1914). The parents of Stephen Shively were Jacob Shively (1805-1872) and Susan Metzger (1806-1883). The parents of Jacob Shively were Johannes (John) Shively, Sr (1775-1848) and Esther Wolf (1785-1822). The parents of Johannes (John) Shively were Christian Shively, Sr (1744-1834) and Susanna Cripe (1748-1818). The father of Christian Shively was Ulrich (Uli) Shively baptized 8-Jan-1722 in village of Oberdorf, District of Waldenburg, Canton of Baselland, Switzerland.
In reviewing the census records Solomon and 1st wife Sophrona Shively had at least the following children: Joseph born ca. 1874, Lilly born ca. 1877, Lucy born ca. 1879 and David Henry born 1881. Solomon and 2nd wife Mary Jane had the following children: twins William Oren and Vinnie May born September 1883, Catherine born July 1888, twins John and Stephen born November 1891, and Mary born July 1893. There is an obituary in the Post Register for a J. E. (Jack) Shively which mentions he was born Nov. 21, 1892 and was a brother to the children of Solomon and Mary Jane Shively. It is not known at this time if this is the twin brother of Stephen or if this is another son of Solomon and Mary Jane.
The following information was located in The Decatur Herald, Decatur, Illinois, Sunday, February 21, 1926, Page 13, Column 3:
Get Details Of Shively Death
Kidney Trouble Appears As Complication To Pneumonia --
Death Came Quietly
Concerning the fatal illness of her brother Solomon Shively, Mrs. Amos Wrightsman of Cerro Gordo has received a letter from her nephew Steve Shively, in which he tells that his father was taken ill at Denver, Feb. 5, while enroute home to Idaho Falls, and was taken from the train and to a hospital where he died at 3 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 7. In the hospital the physicians declared that not only was the sick man a victim of kidney trouble, but pneumonia had developed, his temperature being 103 when he arrived in the hospital. In addition to the hospital staff specialists were called to treat him without avail. After being taken to the hospital the sick man watched the hurried work of his attendants and commented "You act as though you thought I was going to die". A moment later he shifted his position, settled himself as though for a nap, and never afterwards was conscious. In response to a telegram telling of his illness, his son William Shively, went to Denver and accompanied the body to Idaho Falls where funeral services were conducted Thursday, Feb. 11.
This newspaper obituary was found in The Post-Register, Idaho Falls, Idaho, Thursday, March 30, 1939, Page 3, Column 4:
Death Comes To Mary Shively, Aged Resident
Mrs. Mary Janes Shively, 80, wife of the late W. S. Shively of this city, died Wednesday at 10:50 p.m. at the home of her daughter, Mrs. Charles Sleepey, on route 4. Death came after a brief illness.
Mrs. Shively was born in Gentry county, Mo., on March 8, 2859. Before coming to Idaho Falls 22 years ago she lived in Decatur, Ill.
Survivors include the following sons and daughters: Mrs. Charles Sleppey, Mrs. Ben Moore, Idaho Falls; Mrs. John Metzler of Iowa, La.; Joe Shively of McKeown, Calif.; J. E. Shively of Twin Falls and W. A. Shively and Steve Shively of Idaho Falls. Fourteen grandchildren and three great grandchildren also survive.
The body is at the McHan funeral home.
The newspaper obituaries for the father and mother of Solomon Shively follow. Located in The Decatur Herald, Decatur, Illinois, Sunday, December 15, 1912, Page 1, Column 5:
Deacon In Church Half Of Century
Stephen Shively Dies At Cerro Gordo At 84 Years
Stephen Shively, of Cerro Gordo, died Saturday afternoon after an illness of 13 weeks with diabetes, from which he has suffered for years. Thirteen weeks ago he suffered a stroke of paralysis and since then he has been bedfast His throat was paralyzed but his condition improved and until last Thursday has been gaining strength. Last Thursday, he suffered a second stroke of paralysis and since has been unable to speak or take nourishment.
Mr. Shively was born in Dayton, O. December 28, 1828 and had he lived one week longer would have been 84 years old. He moved into Clinton county, Illinois early in life and into Macon county in 1858. Before coming to Macon county he was married to Catherine Metzler, August 8, 1850, two years after he joined the Dunkard church. Eight years after his marriage he was elected a deacon of the church and served continuously until his death.
He lived in Macon county until 1881 he moved to Cerro Gordo to make his home.
He leaves a widow, three children, S. C. Shively, Decatur; Mrs. Anna Wrightsman, Mrs. John A. Cripe, Cerro Gordo, 21 grandchildren and 19 great-grandchildren.
Funeral services will be conducted Monday morning at 10 o'clock in the Church of the Brethren in Cerro Gordo, the Rev. Mr. Adams officiating. Burial will be in the West Frantz cemetery in Cerro Gordo.
The following was extracted from The Decatur Herald, Decatur, Illinois, Saturday, October 17, 1914, Page 1, Column 5:
Mrs. Stephen Shively Dies In Cerro Gordo
Was Nearly 83 Years Old And Lived In Macon County More Than Fifty Years
Mrs. Stephen Shively died in her home in Cerro Gordo, Thursday, after an illness of several years. She was 82 years, 11 months and 11 days old. Mrs. Shively was born near Dayton, Ohio, Nov. 4, 1831 and with her father moved to Indiana in 1836. She united with the German Baptist church in 1849 and was married to Stephen Shively Aug. 8, 1850. Five children were born, three of whom still live, these three being: Solomon C. Shively, Decatur; Susanna Wrightsman and Hannah Cripe, both of Cerro Gordo. She leaves 24 grandchildren and 18 great-grandchildren. She also leaves one sister, Mrs. Mary Shively, of Lordsburg, Cal.
Mrs. Shively came to Macon county in 1858, moving to Cerro Gordo in 1881. Her husband died December, 1912. They were both among the first members of the German Baptist church. Mrs. Shively was well known throughout the community and was loved as a mother and true friend.
Funeral services will be conducted at 1 o'clock this afternoon in the Church of The Brethren, in Cerro Gordo. Burial will be in the West Frantz cemetery.