I recently discovered a piece of information I had filed away years ago and which time I did not think was my line. With the wonderful means of sharing information on the Internet I am asking if anyone can identify this John Shively:
Info taken from "Descendants of Josiah Flagg of Berkeley Co, VA with 7 sketches" by Charles Allcott Flagg, 1920:
The Shively Ancestry
John Shively was a Swiss merchant who came to America with his stock in trade before the Revolution. Having prospered in business, he purchased a large tract of land in FREDERICK County, VA (the part now Berkeley County, WVA). This is the family tradition.
It has been possible to learn very little about the family. In the home of the late Major Henry G. Flagg of Tennessee, John Shively's great-grandson, there is preserved a curious little devotional work in German, "Das kleine davidische psalterspiel der kinder Zions,", printed at Philadelphia in 1781. Its end papers and fly-leaves are covered with names and records, among which we find "Mary Shively her book" and "Margaretta Flagg her book", and births of the children of Josiah and Margaretta Flagg - it being the only source now extant for this information.
It would seem to indicate that German was the language of the elder Shivelys, or at least they were familiar with it, but whether this means that John Shively came originally from eastern or German-speaking Switzerland, or that he married a Pennsylvania-German, we cannot say. Among the records are the DEATH OF JOHN SHIVELY, 4-Nov-1792, aged 55 and of Mary Shively 10-May-1785, aged 48. We infer that Mary was wife of John and mother of Margaretta. No Shively children are recorded........
Does this John Shively sound familiar to any of the researchers?
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