I have downloaded several family trees with this person (b. 1813, d. 1898)He was a very well-known farmer in Wells Co. IND.Most of them mention his first wife Rebecca Brower but only one mentions his children.I also have a list of them from a biography of him.His oldest son was named Joseph Shively and he was born in 1840 in Huntington Co. IND.He was allegedly deceased "approx. 1866"
CAN ANYBODY PROVIDE ME WITH A MORE EXACT DATE OF BIRTH FOR THIS PERSON AND ANY DETAILS REGARDING HIS DATE OF DEATH.THIS IS VERY, VERY IMPORTANT.
My G-grandfather was known to my family as Joseph Shirley.He was born in Huntington Co. IND on 7/'04/1840.I have been searching for details about his line for years.I got his old military papers from the Civil War and was amazed to know that he spelled his last name at least 6 or 7 different ways. One of them appearedto be shively.Jacob's son is the only person with a likely name I have found that was born in Huntington Co. I found an 1860 Census Listing for Ft.Wayne that showed a Joseph Shivey. My ancestor was purported to reside there around that time.
Three of Jacobs other sons were living in Huntington Co. at that time.Each spelled his name differently on the census (I'm sure its them because they were living together)
There are some very long and mysterious issues in this family.I amnot grabbing at straws.I have spent hours researching this and there are endless coincidences and similiarities between what I know of my g-grandfather andtheShively Family.
I am very interested in knowing if someone knows what actually happened to Joseph Shively or if he was just written off as deceased when he never came back fromthe Civil War.
My Joseph was a Sgt. in the Union Army.He moved to South Bend sometime prior to 1870. He had a fairly substantial job with the Studebaker WagonWorks.I find this interesting because there are many Shivelys, Metzgers and Studebakers intermarried. Also, Wells Co. IND where Joseph lived as a child is full of Studebakers. Joseph had little formal education, yet he went up to South Bend and quickly got a very good job for the time.
Another interesting fact, Joseph went back to Indiana on a 30 day furlough from the war in the summer of 1864.Jacob Shively Jr., (yoiungest son of Jacob Shively) left home and joined the Union Army in Sept., 1864. Little Jacob was only 14 at the time.This may not seem like much but I have a picture of Joseph in uniform and I'm sure he presented a very glamorous figure to an Indiana farm boy.
My mother and I have been trying to find her family for years.I know that there were issues in Joseph's family.His oldest daughter hinted at a few things but would never say anything other than she knew little about her Dad's people but thought she had some Pennsylvania Dutch in her. MostSHIRLEY'S are english, SHIVELYS are Swiss/German.
I will be eternally grateful to whomever can help me with this.My mom is 83 years old and the only thing she really wants to know is where Joseph Shirley Sr.came from.Ater a whole year of dead-ends and false starts I am very hopeful that I may be getting somewhere.