Mary Luella Shively was born in 1869 and died in 1934. She was married to George Washington Allen on 20-Oct-1888 in Grant County, IN. He was born in 1860 and died 1916. Both are buried in Earl Park Cemetery, Benton County, IN.
Mary Luella Shively was the daughter of Samuel T. Shively and Rebecca Kiser. For more information on Samuel Shively read the February 8, 2014 Shively blog article. Samuel Shively married Rebecca Kiser on 20-Dec-1867 in Miami County, IN. He married second Hannah Malinda Shoffstall Woolery (Wolary) on 22-May-1894 in Grant County, IN.
Listed on the 1880 Jackson Township, Miami County, IN census is the household of Samuel age 29, wife Rebecca age 27, daughter Mary L age 11, son Charles age 9 and son William age 6. Listed on the 1900 Parish Grove Township, Benton County, IN census is the household of Geo W Allen born March-1860 age 40, wife Louella born Jan-1869 age 31, son Otto born May-1889 age 11, daughter Mable born Apr-1891 age 9, son Forest born Jul- 1894 age 6, son Harold born Oct-1896 age 3 and daughter Florence born Apr-1898 age 2. On the 1910 Richland Township, Benton County, IN census is the family of George Allen age 50 married 22 years, wife Luella age 41, son Otto age 20, son Forest age 16, son Harold age 14, daughter Florence age 12, and son Everett age 8.
The following obituary was extracted from The Benton Review, Fowler, Indiana, Thursday, March 16, 1916, Page 9, Column 3:
George W. Allen
Mr. George W. Allen was born in Swayzee, Grant county, Indiana, March 19, 1860, and died March 11, 1916, having attained an age of 55 years, 11 months, and 23 days. He had lived in Earl Park for sixteen years and had been a member of the Presbyterian church since March 2, 1913. On October 20, 1888 he was married to Miss Louella Shively at Swayzee. He is survived by his wife and seven children, Mr. Otto Allen, Mrs. Mabel Cobleigh, Messrs. Forest and Harold Allen, Miss Florence Allen, Everett and Dorothy, and by one sister, Mrs. Sade Smith, and five brothers, John, Israel, Wesley, Ephriam and A. J. Allen.
He had been a charter member of the Knights of Pythias for 20 years. Although robust nearly all of his life he suffered much for some months preceding his death. On Tuesday, March 7, he became critically ill with appendicitis and although medical skill was employed the effort to prolong life failed.
He was a devoted husband and father. Wherever he was employed he did his work faithfully and well. Ever ready was he to do his share and more. He was a man whose loss will be much felt not only by his immediate family but also by the many friends he made. There is one friend however, who loved him more than any other. He has called him home to be forever with Him.
Funeral services were held in the Presbyterian church Monday afternoon at 2 o’clock, conducted by Mr. William F. Hoot.