Here's some info on John Shively from "The history of Napa and Solano counties (CA)published in 1912.The article is actually about his son J.H., but there's a good amount of info on John at the beginning.
J. H. SHIVELY.
J. H. SHIVELY.Among the well-to-do ranchers of Napa county is J. H. Shively, who has been a resident of California since March 10, 1876.He was born in Howard county, Ind., September 17, 1850.His father was born in Wurtemberg, Germany, and came to America when twelve years of age and with his father settled first in New York and then in Howard county, Ind., where he followed farming.In 1853 he removed to Davis county, Iowa, and improved a farm from the wild prairie land, purchasing it from the government at $1.25 an acre.He worked at mauling rails at $1 per hundred, and turned out about two hundred per day.At the breaking out of the Civil war he enlisted in the Second Iowa Infantry and served nearly three years.By the practice of economy he succeeded in attaining a competency on the farm and retiring from active duty, he moved to Coatesville, Mo., where he died at the age of eighty-seven years.He married Ann Meliza, who was born in Rockingham county Va., of German parents.She died in Coatesville at the age of seventy-seven.They, were the parents of five children, of whom four are living.Their oldest son, George, served in the Twenty-first Regiment, Missouri Volunteer Infantry, and was wounded at Pittsburg Landing.J. H. Shively, third child in his father's family and the only one in California, was reared on the farm in Iowa and educated in the public schools' He remained with his parents until he was twenty-two years old, at which time he en-aged in independent operations, locating in Dallas county, where he followed farming until 1876, when he came to California.From early childhood he had heard of the advantages to be found in California, but it was not until the above-named year that he was enabled to enjoy the fruition of his hopes.He landed in Napa county March 17, 1876, and began work as a farmhand, and since his arrival has been engaged in farming.In 1881 he went to Santa Clara county and near Mountain View cultivated a vineyard for four years, when he returned to Napa county and bought ten acres, the nucleus of his present holdings.He resides on this land, which is located about two miles north of Napa, where he engages in general farming.From time to time he has added to his place until he now owns one hundred and thirty-five acres in one body, upon which he has made all the improvements, showing what can be done by industry and close application.He has beautified his place by planting trees and shrubs, among which is a row of pines in his driveway.Besides his own property he leases other land, farming about two hundred and thirty acres.He engages quite extensively in raising full-blooded Shropshire sheep.For recreation he loves to hunt and fish and owns his own boat, with which he cruises around the bay and its sloughs.Mr. Shively was married in Napa county to Miss Laura Robinson, a native of Boston, Mass., and a daughter of E. W. Robinson, who was born in Maine, and came from Boston to Napa county, Cal., where he followed farming.Mrs. Shively was but seven years old when she accompanied her parents to California.Here she has been reared and educated.Two children grew to maturity and are living: Mabel R., an artist and an instructor in Myers School of Art in Berkeley, and John Edwin, attending the local schools.In national politics Mr. Shively is a Republican.He is interested in the development of oil in Napa county as a stockholder in a company formed for that purpose, besides having other business interests. comments powered by Disqus