I am pretty sure I am descended from this Peter Shively but not from Sarah.That is the problem.All of the family "history" about my Shively's that was handed down as gospel is falling apart.We were all told that Peter Shively, a widower, married Christiann Bender Hughs, a widow, in 1858.Peter had at least four children, Peter, Peggy, Danny and Willie, and the story was that he lost touch with them during the Civil War.Christiann had twoboys, Argale and Wesley, who died at ages 6 and 8 during the Civil War.The boys are supposedly buried in Indiana, where my aunt insists Peter and Christiann were married.Peter and Christiann together had three children, Andrew Jackson, b. 1863 in Michigan, Ida May (my great-grandmother), b. 1867 in Wisconsin, and Ella Jane, b. 1869 in Illinois.Peter died in 1872 or 1873 in Illinois.In later life Christiann refused to talk about either of their earlier lives.
While searching for more information on their families, I found Christiann living with her husband George and sons in the 1860 census.I thought, well, the marriage date listed in the bible page my grandfather had was wrong, possibly he died later that year.
I've been trying to find the boys graves for years.Last year I found a death certificate for Argale, which had both parents names on it.I was very excited, then realized that Wesley didn't die as a child, he lived to be an adult and have a family.So did Argale.
The Shivelys in Ionia County match Peter's family almost perfectly.The only problem is that Sarah didn't die until many years later.And what happened to Peter?With all the untruths I've uncovered in my family story I'm beginning to think that Peter and Christiann never married.I can find absolutely no records for Peter and Christiann.My aunt has a copy of Peter's burial information but nothing with them together, not even birth records for any of the children.
Unfortunately DNA can't help as Peter and Christiann's only son died in his early 20s as the result of a fight.He had no children.